Somerville Local First


August Union Square Chapter Luncheon Update

Aug 28 4:07 pm

Hi everyone! Just a quick update about tomorrow’s luncheon. In addition to all the fun planned, we will also take a quick moment to address some upcoming business items. As you may already know, the city has created a revitalization plan for Union Square in conjunction with the new T station planned for Prospect Street. The arrival of the Green Line is exciting news, but you may be wondering what impact it might have on your business. Because we know many of you may have questions about the plan (more info and link to plan can be found here), we have arranged for George Proakis, Director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, to attend tomorrow’s Union Square Chapter Lunch. He will talk about the plan and answer any questions you may have. If you cannot attend the lunch but have concerns you would like us to bring up, please contact me at or (617) 684-5581.
The lunch is being held at the Fringe Building, Olive Square, at 11 am on 8/29.


Hey Guys: Citizen Komedy Showcase

Dec 01 2:47 pm

By Laura Burns


Citizen Komedy: We promise the last words you hear here will be much funnier…

“Sometimes you just end up where you need to be,” my new random and admittedly intoxicated best friend imparted to me. “Isn’t it great?” On a whim, she’d followed a stand-up comedian from a McDonald’s to the Rosebud Diner, where he was scheduled to perform at the Citizen Komedy showcase.

Every Wednesday at 8 pm, local comics convene by some design in the back room of the Rosebud. The masterminds behind Citizen Komedy are two bald and beautiful stand-up comedians, Nick Ed Palm and Peter Rogier. When asked how they would describe the breed of comedy that can be found at the Rosebud, they agreed: “hair-raising.” The duo launched Citizen Komedy in October after a less successful attempt at hosting an open mic at Sligo Pub in 2010. Since their packed first Rosebud show, they’ve continued to draw crowds with a great line-up guaranteed every night.

One of the advantages of living and performing in Somerville, Nick and Peter explained, is the opportunity to self-start. Local comedians who want to perform and collaborate will find a space to suit their needs. For stand-up comedy, especially, the requirements for a performance venue are minimal. All that’s needed is room for an audience and a designated space for the performers. As Nick and Peter experienced, finding a space with a vibe that complements the performance is the trick.

This flexibility is also present in the types of comedians that are seen performing. “It’s a combination of comedy and anti-comedy, D-list comedians with A-list material, observational slapstick, Meat Loaf cover bands called Turkey Loaf, and, oh God, just real fun, weird, hair-raising (as we said) good stuff.”

Wednesday night’s show featured performances from Kate Ghiloni, Peter Martin, Al Park, and Andrew Durso (ED Note: Friend of the Editor Shoutout! Catch him at the Fresh Faces showcase at The Comedy Studio in Cambridge on 12/21), all locally grown artists. Closing out the evening was Mr. Goodnight, a resident man of mystery who I’ve personally never seen break character on or off stage.

That night, I left the diner confused but fulfilled and, most importantly, informed. If you remain open and alert, you’re sure to end up where you need to be. And if you’re lucky, on Wednesday nights, you’ll find yourself at the back of a local diner, reminiscing about GLOW.


Shift Your Shopping Week Event Calendar

Nov 29 11:01 pm

This post is part of our series covering Shift Your Shopping Week, which runs in Somerville from December 2-11.  Shift Your Shopping week highlights holiday shopping themed events and gift ideas from local businesses to promote choosing local and independent this holiday season. Shift Your Shopping week is part of SLF’s 3rd annual Shift Your Shopping campaign, now a national collaboration of hundreds of local business networks. To find out more about Shift Your Shopping, related events, and how you can get involved, please visit

Shift Your Shopping Week starts this Friday, folks, and lasts through Dec. 11! That’s 10 whole days of holiday fun! We’ve put together a calendar of events for you for the week, so that means no excuses (we’re looking at you, last minute gift buyers).

December 3


The picture says it all

The picture says it all

Groundwork Somerville: Maple Syrup Brunch Fundraiser

Join GWS on December 3 at The Independent in Union Square for the third annual Maple Syrup Project Fundraiser! Brunch will be served from 10am-4pm on Saturday and 20% of proceeds will be donated to the Somerville Maple Syrup Project.

Artisan’s Asylum Grand Opening

Come join the Artisan’s Asylum Saturday, December 3, 1-5pm. The new facility will be open to the public all afternoon, with tours and exhibits and food and full Asylum services finally available. You’ll be able to check out the facilities, meet the staff and members, see all the work members are doing, sign up for daily and monthly memberships, register for our next round of classes, and purchase gift certificates and unlimited class passes just in time for the holiday season.

Support local artisans and craftspeople

Support local artisans and craftspeople

Union Square Winter Craft Market

Winter Craft Market in Somerville’s Union Square offers distinctive, handmade holiday gifts for everyone on your shopping list! From 11am to 4pm, Precinct will be filled with local vendors, including Albertine Press, Susanna Brown, Citizen Chain, Community Growing Center, Dinofrio Handbags, Jennifer Durkin, Esoterica Jewelry, Forest Karma Soap, Funky Monkey Colorworks, Emily Garfield, Alice Grossman, Jo Jo, Rocklen Designs, Salamander Arts, Silverfalls Designs, Three Graces Designs, Union Press, Union Square Main Streets, and Emily Weisman.

Libana: Artisans of India 2011 Holiday Marketplace

On December 3 (10am-6pm) & 4 (11am-6pm), head to the Third Life Studio in Union Square for an Indian-inspired craft fair right in your own backyard! Come for a weekend of food, fun and cameo performances by Libana, while you browse the array of global Fair Trade crafts, festive scarves and imports from India, and Libana CDs and merch. Proceeds will benefit the women artisans of Barefoot College in Rajasthan and SEWA in Gujarat.

Washington Street Art Center Winter Open Studios and “My Blue Heaven” by Gretchen Ann Graham

Join the Washington Street Art Center from 12-5pm for the 7th annual Winter Open Studios. Come by and support local artists in your community as WSAC kicks off Washington Street Saturdays. There’ll be plenty of art, snacks, and affordable small works for gift giving. Then, be sure to come back in the evening from 6-9pm for the opening reception for “My Blue Heaven” Photographs by Gretchen Graham (also on view Saturdays in December from 12-4pm).

The Burren: SLAM Holiday Artist Market

For truly unique gifts this holiday season, the Saturday Local Artist Market (SLAM) is holding three holiday markets on December 3, 10, & 17 from 12-4pm. You’ll find a great selection of crafts including painting, photography, jewelry, textiles, glass, ceramics, handmade soaps, artisan foods and much more. A different mix of artists will exhibit each Saturday, so you’re sure to find that one-of-a-kind gift. When you get hungry from all that shopping, The Burren will also be offering $5 lunch specials on market day.

December 4

Discover the bounty of Windsor Street!

Discover the bounty of Windsor Street!

Albertine Press: 561 Windsor Street Open Studios

Meet the denizens of Somerville’s hotbed of creative businesses – from chocolate makers to letterpress printers and everything in between. Shop local for the holidays and maybe take up fencing while you’re at it! This event is free and open to the public. It will take place on Sunday between 12 and 4 pm at various studios throughout the building 561 Windsor Street, Somerville. Free parking is available.

QRST’s “Yard Sale”

During the Open Studios from 12-3pm, QRST’s will be having a “yard sale” of all brand new blank apparel odds and ends! Brand new t-shirts only $2, polos for $4, sweatshirts & sweatpants for $5, and ALL American Apparel brands are only $5 per piece. QRST’s will also be offering ALL of their online store apparel at 50% off. Purchase anything from a coffee mug to local Boston band t-shirts.

E. Scott Originals & CarrieSewFancy: Everyday Glamour

From 5-9pm above Carrie’s Fancy Sewing Studio, join e. scott originals jewelry and CarrieSewFancy clothing for an evening of glamour! New collections will be unveiled, presents will be purchased, drinks will be drank, good times will be had!

December 5

Knucklebones’ Epicenter of Athletic Services Grand Opening

Knucklebones is pleased to announce the GRAND OPENING (Stage 1) of Knucklebones’ Epicenter of Athletic Services! To celebrate this special day, they will have free athletic games and activities from 9am-6pm on Monday, December 5th for ages six months to six years.  Come by and meet the KB team, register for upcoming classes, find out more about our retail and, of course, play with the coolest and most unique athletically inclined products around.

Chocolate. 'Nuff said

Chocolate. ‘Nuff said

December 10

Taza Chocolate Holiday Fiesta

Taza’s free Holiday Fiesta is coming! Join them December 10 & 11 from 11am-5pm for two days of sampling, sipping and shopping for locally made treats. Warm up with some Taza hot chocolate, enter the raffle to win free Taza Chocolate prizes, and shop for Factory Store Limited specials. Counter Culture Coffee, Somerville Brewing Company, and Sofra Bakery will also be there at different point in the day to sample their own tasty holiday treats


Snow Mall - Holiday Marketplace

Snow Mall – Holiday Marketplace

December 11

Arts at the Armory: Snow Mall

Take a break from the malls and support local artists and craftspeople at the second annual holiday marketplace– SNOW MALL. Peruse all manner of local crafty goods for free from 12-6pm in the Armory’s performance hall. Get an in depth look at some of the vendors on the Snow Mall Facebook page.


Thanksgiving Dinner: Made by Somerville

Nov 18 9:43 am

Yeah, trytophan’ll do that to you…

Ah yes, it’s Thanksgiving time again. For a lot of people, the holiday means time off work/school, football, and a delicious spread. For others, it means stress, stress, stress. Maybe you got stuck hosting more people than you can handle this year. Maybe you have to accommodate a few last minute moochers and tailgaters.

Or maybe you’re unable to make it home this year, and you’re just a little nostalgic for the holiday tradition. Or maybe you and the fam are just playing it low key this year.

Whatever your plans this year, the ‘Ville has countless options to ensure your Thanksgiving meal is stress-free and melancholy-free, minus none of the delectability. Check out these local Somerville businesses that are taking care of the food, so you don’t have to.


Open on Thanksgiving Day

Brunello Bistro is offering a no fuss, no muss traditional turkey dinner. Dig into all your favorites accompanying the bird, including mashed potatoes, squash, green beans, cranberry sauce, and apple and pumpkin pie – without the all day cooking undertaking. Or choose from the 4-course special menu for some of their more typical fare.

Dinner served 12pm-7pm, starting at $29.95/person ($14.95/child)

Pork pâté, poutine, pecan and chocolate ganache tart…croque-monsieur? This is how Thanksgiving should be! Foundry on Elm’s Chef Derek Clough sure isn’t serving your mama’s Thanksgiving meal – why not treat yourself to something a little gourmet this holiday. And don’t worry diehards, there’s a turkey dinner option on the menu – cider-brined and free range, of course.

Dinner served 12pm-8pm, prices vary. View the full holiday menu here

Not into the whole turkey thing? Or meat of any kind, for that matter? For the vegans and veggies with the unsympathetic families, you don’t have to starve this holiday. Head to True Bistro for a vegan Thanksgiving Day smorgasbord the likes of which you’ve never seen. Who knows? Their four course spread with options like chestnut-stuffed yuba roulade and vegan pumpkin cheesecake may just convert some of the nonbelievers.

Dinner served 2pm-8pm, $60/person, add $30 for wine pairings. By reservation only


Take-Out Options

Prefer to eat at home and catch the game? Or maybe you’re trying to fool everybody into thinking you are a turkey chef extraordinaire. Fair warning: if you choose Redbones to supply your Thanksgiving meal, they’ll all call your bluff. Only the BBQ masters themselves could serve up such a high caliber bird, slow smoked to perfection. You never knew turkey could be this moist! Don’t forget the fixin’s – choose from candied yams, garlic mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, collard greens, succotash corn pudding, and sweet potato and pecan pie.

Order by Monday, Nov. 21 for pickup on Wednesday, Nov. 23

JJ Gonson of Cuisine en Locale has gotten together with Kate Stillman of Stillman Farms to help you out with your last minute Thanksgiving needs. It’s not too late to order a bird you can feel good about – Stillman is offering fresh and frozen free range turkeys throughout the holiday season, and the En Locale crew is whipping up some premade sides, like cranberry maple sauce and winter squash mash. The full list can be found on the order form. There are several pickup options, but we recommend you head out to Stillman’s New Braintree on Sunday, where they’ll be offering a farm-cooked pre-Thanksgiving supper.

Sunday Supper, Nov. 20 @ 3pm, $25/person (kids eat free). Turkey pickup locations & dates listed here; sides can be delivered via Metro Pedal Power or picked up at the JP Farmers’ Market 11/22.

Save room for dessert! Petsi Pies is taking orders for just about every kind of pie you could want to finish off your Thanksgiving meal. With options like Apple Pear Cranberry, Brown Butter Pecan, and Mississippi Mud, you may find yourself going straight for dessert first. But hurry – preorders close tonight!

Order by Friday, Nov. 18 @ 7pm. Pickup on Tuesday, Nov. 22 or Wednesday, Nov. 23


If you find yourself not cooking dinner this year, why not spend part of the day volunteering? Many organizations need volunteers on and around Thanksgiving Day to help provide meals to those in need. In Somerville, the food pantries at the Elizabeth Peabody House and the Somerville Homeless Coalition hold annual Thanksgiving events. And if you can’t donate your time, donate a meal – food banks like the Greater Boston Food Bank hold food drives and turkey drives this time of year.

To serve another good cause (provided that you are ever able to eat again after Thursday), join Groundwork Somerville at The Independent for their annual Maple Syrup Brunch Fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 3, 10am-4pm. 20% of the proceeds will go to GWS’s Somerville Maple Syrup Project . The theme ingredient of the day is…you guessed it: maple syrup, complete with maple-inspired cocktails. Just call it Death by Syrup. Reservations highly recommended.


Relive the Awesomeness that was Harvest Fest 2011

Oct 18 2:24 pm

SLF’s Harvest Fest fundraiser always starts off with a bang – this year started off with an alarm. If you dropped by early on Saturday for Session I, you were likely greeted with sirens and flashing lights. Luckily, everyone’s panic was quelled with the news that it was, indeed, a false alarm, set off by the Armory Café’s kitchen, and the only injured party was a very burnt batch of cookies.


False alarm, folks!

The fire department arrived just in time to set everything right, and Harvest Fest Session I started right on schedule.

The perk of being there when the doors opened was no lines. However, the downside was that my friend and I, ignoring the fact that we had a full four hours to sample at our leisure, tried to eat and drink everything in sight as fast as could. After getting about two thirds of the way through all the restaurants, we had to take a break. In the words of one wise tweeter, it was time for “HarvestNap2011.”

This year’s event brought together several of the Somerville staples we know and love, but we were also introduced to some new kids on the block. Five Horses Tavern, barely a month old, flaunted its extensive beer list, and the pork belly taco they served, a regular menu item, was a fan favorite. 3LittleFigs, a Mediterranean-style bakery opening on Highland this month, wowed at Session I by a.) being adorable and b.) serving up a mouthwatering Local Squash & Yogurt Baby Bundt Cake. At Session II, Foundry on Elm speakeasy project Saloon finally gave us a little detail behind all the mystery while sampling a chicken liver pate with beet jam. Speaking of beets, Pizzeria Posto had a delicious fall twist on a classic with their beet bruschetta. Mmm, fall in New England, so delicious.


Cannolis from Pizzeria Posto, yum!

Oh, and there was beer. Lots and lots of local suds. With seven breweries, one cidery, and a mustachioed baby (courtesy of Pretty Things), each offering 3-4 options, there were nearly 30 different drafts to try. Newcomer Clown Shoes was a hit, and we hope they’ll be joining us again next year! The room layout interspersed the breweries and the restaurant tables, so everyone got to play amateur food/beer pairer. Attendees got to sample the whole brew rainbow – brewers brought everything ranging from Belgian whites to hardy porters.

The entertainment this year was fantastic. Hugh McGowan rallied his local musician buddies Tom Bianchi, Todd Russell and Ruth Anzalone of The Wild Sea, Jenee Halstead, Mike Hastings, and Kenneth Budka for an awesome collaborative set during Session I. Catch McGowan at The Burren open mic night on Tuesdays. Session II rendered the Armory unrecognizable, as DJ Die Young filled the enormous space with his electro set, accompanied by the light show of Boston Hoop Troop, doing things with hula hoops I didn’t know were possible. Then, of course, the dancing began, as the taps started to kick and all that beer began to set in.


Hugh McGowan, playing his own set to close Harvest Fest 2011

We ensured that Harvest Fest Tweeters will never again be satisfied unless tweeting via giant screen with a room full of people. Check out the tidbits you missed with #HarvestFest2011. And be sure to keep checking our Facebook for your photo booth pics! Here’s a taste:


Look! Thar be some local booty!

All in all, we had a really great turnout this year (Session II door tickets sold out in under 10 minutes!), and we ended up raising over $10,000 to fund our local mission. Thanks so much to everyone who came out to support SLF and thanks to all the hard work and contributions from the restaurants, breweries, entertainment, and volunteers! We’ll see you again next year!

Boston Local Food Festival 2011: A Photo Tour

Oct 07 2:43 pm

If there is a higher power, that power clearly digs local. After several days of rain, Saturday was forecasted to be no different. It was supposed to shower, and it did…after the Boston Local Food Festival. In fact, the sad, gray morning had turned into brilliant sunshine by the early afternoon. So, take that, giant corporations! We’ve got weather on our side!

On this happy note, armed with a bundle of Local’s Guides, a camera (and my very amateur photography skills), and an empty stomach, I marched on in to the expanse that is the Boston Local Food Festival, unsure of where to start.


I was greeted by chickens.


My badass local ink

Expecting to begin my day with a smorgasbord of local, at the first booth I instead found myself face-to-face with a biiig red mama hen, and to my delight, baby chickens! Well, by the looks of them, probably toddler chickens, but the point is, The Trustees of Reservations booth had garnered my interest. “Why chickens?” I asked while receiving a sweet temporary tattoo. The Trustees rep chuckled and told me that the chickens were sort of their mascot for the day. I learned that The Trustees is a non-profit Massachusetts conservationist organization with an activist twist, active in issues such as sustainability, CSAs, and environmental education, and one of their regional offices is located right in my hometown at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary. Their motto, Find your place, set the tone for my day at the festival.

As I made my way through the tables, I continued to fill my mind before filling my stomach.


I tested my veggie IQ with Mass Farmers Markets.



I learned about sustainable food systems with youth volunteers of The Food Project.


I picked up some urban farming tips from Green City Growers. (Shoutout to SLF board member Jessie Banhazl!)

And then, it was on to the local farmers, hawking their fresh produce and organic meats and dairy.


Mobile produce fresh from the Enterprise Farm bus…possibly coming to a Somerville location near you soon!


Juicy raspberries and sweet peppers, oh my!


Mmm, pumpkin and squash may be my favorite part of fall in New England…

Then, it was on to the local eateries. Of course, I made sure to stop by and say hi to some of our Somerville and SLF favorites!


I got to sample a Chocolate Ginger Bomb from 3 Little Figs, opening this month on Highland Ave!


Get BBQ on the go with the Redbones food truck!


Pizza from Flatbread Co. in Davis


The delicious eggplant and arugula sandwich from Sherman Cafe that my friend had for lunch

I indulged myself in a little dessert, courtesy of Taza Chocolate. I got to speak with Kate Hollis, a Taza marketing assistant, about Taza’s role in the local movement.

The festival wouldn’t be a true local food festival without demonstrations galore, including one by SLF member and blogger Miss JJ Gonson of Cuisine en Locale!


Global Local Vegetable Cooking Demo with Nadine Nelson of Epicurean Salon


“Brokedown Chicken Demo” presented by Michael Ehlenfeldt of Stone Hearth Pizza Co.

I crossed Seaport Blvd. to chat up participants in the Seafood Showdown. John Sullivan of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance introduced me to the monkfish, a tragically ugly, mysteriously delicious fish.

Out of everything that day, I was most struck by how BIG the festival was. I was amazed to find that the layout extended the entire length of the boardwalk from Congress to Seaport, and then some. We Locavotees may be the scrappy underdogs, but if the recent Occupy and Take Back Boston protests have proven anything, when we band together, we are a force to reckon with. Together, WE are the majority. Plus, we clearly have more fun doing it. I have certainly found my place within the local movement, and I hope to continue to help others find that local absolutely still has a place in the community in this day and age.

Keepin’ It Real: BLFF’s Success at Staying Authentically Local

Sep 14 10:58 am

(Originally posted on the Boston Local Food Festival 2011 blog)

By Danielle Kennedy

You may not realize it, but the local movement is at a critical moment in its development. As buying locally increases in popularity across the country, skeptics want to say it’s simply the next big, fleeting thing in food. This is the point at which a movement is in danger of losing its credibility by “selling out,” and this is what can kill it. Will the buy local movement go the way of so many failed ideologies and be written off as a mere cultural trend in the history books?


Local certainly doesn’t have to small!

Not if the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston has anything to say about it! SBN’s Boston Local Food Festival, which is expected to attract as many as 50,000 attendees this year, is back to bring local values to the masses. However, the BLFF doesn’t mainstream it with a watered-down message. Never accepting corporate sponsorship or vendors, BLFF has become huge on the shoulders of only local, independent businesses and organizations. BLFF also ups the sustainable ante by aiming to be a Zero Waste event. I’ve been to “green” events that didn’t even have recycling receptacles!

Events like this are so important to the movement. When you work within a small organization like Somerville Local First, it’s reassuring to go to a big festival and see that our supporters number in the thousands. BLFF is successful at converting new locavores because it truly has something for everybody. At last year’s inaugural celebration, activities ranged from DIY chicken farming to Post Secret-esque community art project Stir a Memory. And with free admission and the sample plates costing a mere $5 at most, BLFF has concocted a great way to introduce the “it’s too expensive” naysayers to local food on the cheap.

How has the BLFF become such a wide-reaching event without giving in to corporate pressure? “It has not been easy, but so far we have managed to do so for our first 2 years,” says Nicola Williams, President of The Williams Agency and producer of BLFF. “The success of the event is also due to partnerships and relationships we have developed with local businesses, local media and nonprofit partners who share our organization’s values. If we succeed, they succeed.” The key to a strong local economy is the connections made between businesses. When everyone has a stake in the outcome, they will do more to ensure it thrives.


Waste not, Want Local!

For a movement that is working its way from the bottom up in grassroots fashion, it would be so easy to give in and just take the money (and money is hard to come by for us small-scale nonprofits). The fact that a local festival like this one has grown into such a huge event without taking shortcuts shows that people are actually beginning to realize that our current consumption patterns are just not sustainable.

The media has been touting the local movement as a fad ever since it started to really gain prominence around 2007. But the movement is still going strong. Localism is not a new concept, and it is gaining prominence now because we have come to a point where we HAVE to change our ways. So amidst the grand ol’ time you’ll inevitably have at BLFF on October 1, remember the festival is also an ample learning opportunity. Spread the knowledge and the fun, and stay local, folks!

Get your foodie self prepared for fall and spend the day at the Boston Local Food Festival on Oct. 1, 11am-5pm. Get your tickets to the craft beer tasting, then sign up as a festival volunteer and do your part for the local movement (or do it for the freebies!).


Somerville Live Music: Deep Heaven Now 4 Psych Rock Festival in Union Square

Aug 01 11:16 am

By Sam Coren

One of the best parts about living in Somerville is being in close proximity to some of the Boston area’s best live independent music venues. Who doesn’t love seeing up and coming talent for reasonably priced tickets in your own neighborhood? To give you a taste of what Somerville’s music scene has to offer I’ll be running a biweekly update with some of the most interesting music events playing in town:

August 3rd: Tribute to Blues Greats Robert Johnson & Mississippi John Hurt (Bloc 11 Cafe)
Aside making a well made cup of coffee, Bloc 11 in Union Square also serves as a good spot for blues, jazz, and singer-songwriter acts. Most of these music events are free, but you should definitely give the tip jar some love if you hear something you like. This Wednesday you can get over your hump day blues with musicians Craig Robertson and Zack Niman as they pay homage to Delta Blues legends Robert Johnson & Mississippi John Hurt. Show starts at 7pm.

August 4th: Mikael Mutti with Percussivo Mundo Novo  (Johnny D’s Uptown)

A world-class music prodigy makes a tour stop at our own Johnny D’s. Mikael Mutti’s fuses traditional Brazillian afrobeat rhythms with a dash of latin jazz and swirling synthesizers. Even cooler? Mutti’s featured all over the soundtrack for the 3D animated film Rio (2011) and he’s been known to make his own instruments out of various video game controllers.


August 5th & 6th:  Deep Heaven Now 4 – Union Square (PA’s Lounge and Precinct)
Endless Wave
Dig trippy guitar solos and crazy video light shows? Hop down to Union Square for the Deep Heaven Now 4 Psych Rock fest on Friday August 5th and Saturday August 6th. 26 bands will be playing Precinct and PA’s Lounge. For the low price of $10 a day you get access to both venues and the set times are staggered between the two so you don’t have to miss a band. Some notable acts that are not to be missed include local shoegazers Endless Wave and the far out experimental folk of Portland’s Herbcraft. For more info visit the Deep Heaven Now 4 Facebook event page and don’t forget to check out the compilation featuring all the bands playing in the streaming player below:


August 11th: Kobie (Johnny D’s Uptown)

It takes a lot of chutzpah to be a singer in a Prince cover band. However, if there’s anyone who could pull that role off gracefully it would be the Boston by-way-of DC singer-songwriter Kobie. When he’s not performing in Lovesexy, a tribute to The Artist, he’s bringing his original brand of sweet, funky soul to venues all over New England.

August 12th: Dave Sammarco Band (Sally O’Brien’s)

Got a hankering for some country fried rock? For those of you who doubt Somerville’s ability to deliver the sounds of the south, pay Sally O’Brien’s a Friday visit and catch Arlington’s Dave Sammarco Band in action. Nothing gets the weekend going like a nice glass of whiskey and shuffling your feet to some twang.

Redbones Pig Pickin’ – Y’all can have the pig whole ‘n’ eat it too!

Jul 29 12:00 am

If the recent heat wave wasn’t enough to make you feel like you’d been transported à la Dorothy to the magical land of The Deep South, a jaunt to Chester St. this Monday at 6pm just may be enough to make you wish you had. The south sure knows how to do the summer barbecue right, but despair not Somervillians! You need not get swept away in a tornado to experience this festive, finger-lickin’ feast – our very own Redbones will be holding its 10th annual Pig Pickin’ and Fundraiser!

Redbones Pig Rig

The most crucial part of slow smoking the hog juuust right: waiting!

Vegetarians beware, as we walk you through a traditional pig pickin’ done right at Redbones. The art of the pig roast is a 24 hour affair, music to the ears of all you slow foodies. The pit master will light up the rig Sunday night before the event, slowly smoking the whole hogs before carving them up, so they retain all their natural savory flavor. The Southern pig roast is traditionally a very social event, one meant to assemble the entire community due to the time and effort that go into it. Keeping this in mind, Redbones slow roasts the hogs outside of the restaurant, from start to finish, so that passersby can engage in the process and meet the pit master. As people gather, the anticipation builds until the pinnacle moment when the smoker is at long last released, and the hogs emerge, smoked to perfection. Are your mouths watering yet?

Aside from the whole hogs, Redbones will be serving up all the fixin’s: slaw, corn on the cob, greens, corn bread, watermelon, your choice of beer, lemonade, or iced tea, as well as extra servings of your favorite parts – loins, butts, and bellies! And of course, what would a pig pickin’ be without some entertainment! This barbecue-gone-block party will feature Somerville’s very own New Orleans-style street band, The Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, as well as other local acts.

Now, if ALL that doesn’t have you convinced this will be a rousing good time, come to support the cause – benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition, providing housing and supportive services to the area homeless population since 1985.

So be sure to join the Redbones crew in front of the store on Chester St. on Monday, August 1 (rain date: August 8 ) from 6-9pm! $25 (only $5 for the kiddies under 10!) will get you a beverage, all the sides, and a healthy helping of slow-smoked pork right off the bone; no need to call ahead, just bring your self – hungry! Strengthening the Communities Within Our Community

Jul 21 12:00 am


RSVP to at Precinct - July 28!

RSVP to at Precinct – July 28!

Calling all Somerville creative enterprises, both established and burgeoning, for a swap meet of all things network-y at! This event run by the gang over at Union Square Main Streets through the Design Annex, their collaborative facility for design businesses, promises to be an evening of sharing with new friends, whether it be an exchange of industry information or a mutual sampling of the fare at fabulous host venue Precinct. Read below for more info (and how to RSVP!) or see the original post here, and keep an eye out for other awesome USMS events!

Design Annex launches, a new kind of networking event for design professionals in Somerville on July 28. At, we’re building a shop local movement for Somerville’s creative enterprises. Participants won’t just exchange their contact information; they’ll trade advice, referrals, and services to make each other’s businesses stronger. This event is the first of a quarterly series to bring together the city’s vibrant design community to grow this dynamic industry.

  • Join us for Thursday, July 28, 6-9 pm at Precinct. Free.
  • RSVP and don’t forget to bring your business cards!
Work Space at the Design Annex

Work Space at the Design Annex

While you likely know the big design players in Somerville such as ArrowstreetMoshe Safdie and Altitude, you may not know the literally hundreds of smaller scale creative businesses bustling here in Somerville and making their own bold mark. The Design Annex’s goal is to interconnect this community of people working at the intersection of commercial and creative and through the shared connections to thrive together. Somerville has been a quiet hub design and creative businesses and it’s time we made some noise, locally and nationally.

This event supports Union Square Main Streets’ efforts, through the Design Annex, to grow the creative economy in Somerville. The Design Annex provides the resources to grow creative businesses including shared office space and equipment, networking, and advocacy for industry needs. Since its founding just 18 months ago, 25 small creative businesses have used the Annex’s resources and community to help grow their enterprises.

The networking series is our first big step towards accomplishing our goal of a tightly networked, strong design community in Somerville. Please join us and other creative business professionals to relax, share ideas, and share some drinks on Thursday, July 28, 6-9 pm at Precinct. RSVP to, and don’t forget to bring your business cards!

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