SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Outcrops, a 4-piece New Jersey band, returns to perform on the Summer Stage Saturday, Sept. 26.
The band was in Somerville two weeks ago, playing across the street at Village Brewing.
The three-hour show is free and begins at 6 a.m. on the Division Street pedestrian mall. Bring your own lawn chairs, wear a mask, and practice social distancing.
Cassidy Rain and Bryan Schroeder are the founding members from Sussex County, New Jersey, both of whom are self-taught musicians. Cassidy is the lead-vocalist and plays rhythm guitar, while Bryan is the lead guitarist.
Prior to The Outcrops, Bryan was the drummer in two other bands. His father, a guitar player, was a big influence. Cassidy says she has always been singing, and took up guitar at the age of 14; playing a lot of open mic nights. In addition to her work in The Outcrops, Cassidy also plays in a female duo, Second Hand Smoke. Upon seeing the Allman Brothers Band, she was taken away and knew that their style was the inspiration she needed to hone in her own style.
The Outcrops formed in 2016. Their debut album, Peace of Mind, produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, is scheduled for release October 13, 2019. Their music is a flavor of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, old country, and jazz. Their influences include: The Allman Brothers, Jerry Garcia, Eric Clapton, BB King, and Buddy Guy.
The Downtown Somerville Alliance is sponsor of the music series, held throughout the summer and extending this year to the fall.
“Summer Stage has really become a staple of the season in Somerville,” said Natalie Pineiro, executive director of the DSA. “We’re happy that despite the challenges brought forth by COVID-19 we’ve found a way to bring the music back to Division Street.”
The series runs every Saturday evening, weather permitting, from 6-9 p.m. Traditionally the season kicks off on Memorial Day Weekend and runs through the end of September however, because of COVID-19, the season was delayed but will now run through the end of October.
This year’s remaining lineup includes::
10/3 - John Busse
10/10 - Terrance Haupt
10/17 - Venture to Zen
10/24 - The Paul Nagy Project
The weekly series receives support from local non-profit Arts on Division. Talent for the season is booked by local music/arts advocates Shawn Daley and Michelle Kassick, owners of Gallery on Main Street, located at 30 West Main St. in Somerville.
Summer Stage is free of charge to enjoy however due to concerns surrounding hygiene and social distancing, attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and/or blankets. Masks are required to be worn and patrons are reminded to maintain a social distance of six feet between each other.
For more information, visit downtownsomerville.com or contact the Downtown Somerville Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, Visit them on social media @DowntownSomerville (instagram) and @DowntownSomervilleAlliance (Facebook).
The Downtown Somerville Alliance is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation and the District Management Corporation for Downtown Somerville, NJ - one of New Jersey's premiere down towns. The district has become known for its colorful dining scene, flourishing retail, and up and coming arts and culture scene.
The DSA promotes balanced and progressive economic development and leverages the art of creating experiences that continue to bring a new and diverse population to Somerville. The DSA oversees infrastructure and beautification projects and works with historians and environmentalists alike to maintain and promote the historic charm that is unique to the district.
The Downtown Somerville Alliance is a TAPinto marketing partner.