Garage Band: A Town Day Pop-Up Dance Party!

Arlington’s Dance Party is Back to Cap off Town Day!

Saturday, September 14, 4 to 6 pm

Arlington Global Service Station, 334 Mass Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474

Free and open to all!


After experiencing the best that Arlington has to offer at Town Day, head over to GARAGE BAND, an After Party organized by Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture and hosted by Arlington Service Station. Bring your dancing shoes to fully enjoy a diverse program of swing, Latin, and Japanese musical traditions performed by master musicians in the town’s hippest new venue for the arts – an old-time neighborhood garage covered with polka dots!

ACAC is grateful to our sponsors, Arlington Service Station and Column Health, for bringing these amazing talents to the party:

Odaiko Drumming
A dynamic ensemble performing and preserving a traditional Japanese form of drumming, based in Arlington.

Dan Fox Foxtet 
Arlington band leader and educator Dan Fox of numerous ensembles and the Morningside Music School brings a swing band dedicated to getting folks on the dance floor!

Dance Caliente 
During the Intermission following the Dan Fox Foxtet, learn how to dance SALSA! Eileen Herman-Haase and Raul Nieves, owners of Dance Caliente will be on hand to teach you some moves! The owners have been teaching and performing for more than 21 years and are known for their upbeat energy, creative teaching style — most notably “Oon Ka Ah!” (an alternative to counting). Eileen and Raul were the Lead Teachers for the opening night of the Boston Celebrity Series, Let’s Dance Boston on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. You’ll be glad your feet got some training, because the next act will get them moving!

Grupo Fantasia
A panoply of Latin/Caribbean styles, Grupo Fantasia is the brainchild of Dominican multi-instrumentalist Angel Wagner. With Grupo Fantasia, Wagner and his band demonstrate a mastery of Latin music through the styles of merengue, salsa, Latin jazz, cumbia, bachata and vallenato. When he isn’t performing at shows, Wagner heads the Angel Wagner Musical Workshop, providing students with hands-on lessons in the sounds of the Caribbean and Latin America.

The next day, September 15, from 3 to 6 pm, ACAC will also hold a PATHWAYS CELEBRATION in the Cultural District, including a walking tour with 4 participating artists, and live New orleans-style music in Spy Pond Park by The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble.



Arlington’s arts scene has been gaining momentum in the last 3 years, bringing a cultural renaissance to the town. A newly reformed and energized Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture is working to bring artists and cultural organizations together to share goals, coordinate programs, and achieve synergy.,

GARAGE BAND is an excellent example of the Commission’s mission. The first GARAGE BAND event, held on June 8, 2019, drew over 1,000 people of all ages from throughout the region to a free, family-friendly dance party that was the perfect culmination the town-wide Porchfest. Arlington Global Service Station serves as a perfect venue for the GARAGE BAND celebration. The station’s owner Abe Salhi was awarded “Business of the Year” by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce in recognition of this innovative practice of privately sponsoring public art, in this case, engaging artist Johnny Lapham into transforming his establishment into a colorful array of polka dots and stripes.

For further information, contact Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture (ACAC):,, 781-646-1071