Garage Band

THE RETURN OF GARAGE BAND
Get your motor running at “GARAGE BAND 2022” – The Arlington Porchfest “after party”! Come out for free and family-friendly fun! Saturday June 18th, from 6 to 8pm at Arlington Global Service Station, 334 Mass Ave (next to Walgreens just past Arlington Center) (Raindate is Sunday, June 19th)
Part music-fest, part dance party, GARAGE BAND is brought to you by the Arlington Commission for Arts & Culture, with special thanks to Arlington Global Service Station for hosting! This signature event, part of the Live Arts Arlington project, has been on hold the last two years because of safety concerns due to COVID-19. ACAC is thrilled to offer this event as a great community celebration following a day of fantastic music at Arlington Porchfest, which is sponsored by our partners at Arlington Center for the Arts.
ARLINGTON PORCHFEST
Arlington’s Porchfest continues to be the town’s favorite grassroots community music festival, bringing local artists, bands, and musicians to porches all over Arlington. The festivities run West to East beginning at noon. All the details about where to find your favorite genre/porch/performer for Arlington Porchfest 2022 are here. You can also download the event map here as a .pdf, or find a printed map at the following locations: 13 Forest Gallery, Arlington Town Hall, Boon Noon Market, Cambridge Savings Bank (Arlington Center and East Arlington locations), Food Link, Fox Library, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, Kickstand Cafe, Leader Bank (Arlington Center and East Arlington locations), Menotomy Beer & Wine, Play Time, Roasted Granola, and the Robbins Library.
Date: June 18, 2022 (rain date June 19), 12 – 6pm.
Location: Arlington porches, storefronts, and more!
Visit Arlington Porchfest for more information.
GARAGE BAND 2022: THE SQUEEZEBOX STOMPERS
This year’s featured band is a Boston-area Americana Roots band known for their upbeat music, performing Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Folk, and originals with instrumentation that includes accordion, keyboards, fiddle, saxophone, harmonica, penny whistle, guitar, bass and drums. Members of The Squeezebox Stompers have received Boston Music Awards and Songwriting Awards, and have been playing together for the past 15 years. You can visit their Facebook page here for more information.


HISTORY OF GARAGE BAND
GARAGE BAND is a perfect example of the Arlington Commission for Arts & Culture’s mission to bring music, dance, and visual arts to public spaces in Arlington and has become one of its signature events. It represents the culmination of the Arlington Center for the Arts’ Porchfest experience, which unfolds in neighborhoods throughout the town earlier that day. GARAGE BAND is organized with assistance from the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture’s Programs and Festivals Committee, an activist group of local arts leaders.
In June 2019, Garage Band featured the highly acclaimed old school funk and R&B Bittersweet Band, along with the 100-member community street band School of HONK. School of HONK has been exciting audiences since its creation as an inclusive community street band, welcoming people of all ages and abilities to play music and have fun. The diverse musicians of this ensemble bring joy and outrageous energy to the streets every time they appear in their distinctive thrifted polka dotted costuming.
The Bittersweet Band plays an irresistible blend of funk, soul, and classic R&B guaranteed to get people up on their dancing feet. With members drawn from Philadelphia, Virginia, New York and elsewhere, these talented players know how to lock in the groove. Drummer and leader Greg “PoPPa’G” Baker built up his chops backing up the Village People, touring with them during the height of their popularity. Bittersweet’s singer Tracy Howerton consistently knocks it out of the park with his outstanding lead vocals. You can read more about 2019’s Garage Band here.
THE VENUE: ARLINGTON GLOBAL SERVICE STATION
Arlington Global Service Station serves as a perfect venue for the GARAGE BAND celebration. The station’s owner Abe Salhi was inspired to bring art to his establishment when he heard about his neighborhood’s designation as Arlington’s first Cultural District. He cooked up a design with Johnny Lapham, an artist and long-time client who lived just down the street, and now the station’s canopy and upper walls are embellished with colorful circles and stripes, straight out of a Dr. Seuss story. The art at the top of this page is also by Lapham. Abe Salhi was awarded “Business of the Year” in 2019 by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his innovative practice of privately sponsoring public art by engaging a local artist. Now this vibrant service station hosts a celebratory dance free-for-all!
Members of the public can help support art and performances in public spaces in Arlington by making a tax-deductible donation to the Public Art Fund on the town website – just note your contribution is for Live Arts on the form.