Sunday, January 30, 2011

Where to go for live music in Winter Hill or East Somerville?

I think that it was somewhere in Somerville Scout that I recently read something about only New York having more artists per capita than the City of Somerville. Music is no small part of the artistic contributions throughout the city. Somerville has plenty of places to see local and visiting musicians play, Precinct, Johnny D's, The Burren, PA's Lounge, Sally O'Briens to name a few; and that's not even to mention the various local house, studio, and loft shows that happen around town. And don't forget the live mariachi at at El Potro in Union Square! A search on myspace gives me about 2400 hits for bands claiming Somerville as their home (ok, I'm not sure if I did that right, but you get the point).

That said, I am not aware of too many places in Winter Hill or East Somerville to see live music. If places exist, please let us all know! If they don't exist, what current establishments might make the best live music venues?

Looking forward to your responses!

And let's hear it for some of the locals (click picture to see more):

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Thinking Through East Somerville (and Winter Hill)

Everyone knows that there is a range of development throughout the Wards of Somerville. Although East Somerville (...and let's not forget Winter Hill) doesn't get the overall attention that Davis does, from what I have seen, this is not due to lack of trying on behalf of the Mayor and the City. Any perceived difference in support from the City would first need to be quantified, and in doing so, would have to take into account a range of relevant variables. Priorities for services likely have to account for factors such as where the most people are and where the most traffic is. There are many people working with the City to make East Somerville and Winter Hill a better place for everyone. This isn't particularly satisfying if you can't get your car through the snow on your street to get to work. In a case like this, I would like to think that the City would be willing to help if they are made aware of the problem. I would be very interested to hear other opinions on this. It takes a community, and the more the merrier, so please get involved. Best to all Somerville neighbors.

This mini-thought was inspired by Danielle Dreilinger's recently posted article on

Dan Sorger of the Dutch Bike Company is thrilled with his company's recent move to Boston's Financial District. Though the new workroom/storefront is a little smaller, "It's a much improved space. We used to be in a garage which was just horrible," he said. His rent went down. "We moved to a much nicer neighborhood, and… we're not dealing with the issues of East Somerville."

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Winter Hill Democrat to challenge Scott Brown

Somerville Democrat to challenge Scott Brown: It's about healthcare
From Wicked Local Somerville
By Andy Metzger
Wicked Local photo by Mark Thomson

Somerville —
In his 54 years, Bob Massie has beat the odds, clinging to health insurance and surviving an incurable disease, and now he wants to defeat the man who is possibly the state’s most popular politician.



Sunday, January 16, 2011

Somerville honors King Monday

From Somerville News:

The 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will include new programming, such as the reading of essays submitted by Somerville youth, and increased musical performances

Student essays and musical performances will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at the city’s annual event on Monday.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Porchfest Planning Meeting

The Porchfest Somerville Planning Meeting happened tonight at the West Branch Library. The fact that there weren't enough seats available in the meeting room demonstrates the strong local interest in this sort of citywide event. The meeting focused on basic logistics, with several details yet to be determined. Stay tuned for more info.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Winter Hill's Tin Thistles Rock to Benefit City Life 1/15/11!

Winter Hill's own The Tin Thistles (at least Winter Hill according to their Tweets) will rock P.A.'s Lounge on 1/15/11 to benefit City Life/Vida Urbana! Be there or be with deprived eardrums.

HOT MOLASSES ( Molassa-chusetts rock guild )- THE TIN THISTLES ( Somerville face melters )- Tad Overbaugh and The Late Arrivals- Fashion Snake with The Sass Attack Radical Cheerleaders!

PA's Lounge 345 Somerville Ave.Somerville, MA 02143

Doors are at 8:30pm$10 21+

City Life/Vida Urbana is a grassroots community organization in Boston committed to fighting for racial, social, and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power through direct action, coalition building, education and advocacy. Through organizing poor and working class people of diverse races and nationalities;we promote individual empowerment, develop community leaders, and build collective power to effect systemic change and transform society.