Laura Jorgensen (photo by Ethan Walfish), Rob Potylo (photo by Danae Legrow), Goli (photo by Karen Clunes), and Walter Sickert's ArtBeat octopus.

Laura Jorgensen (photo by Ethan Walfish), Rob Potylo (photo by Danae Legrow), Goli (photo by Karen Clunes), and Walter Sickert's ArtBeat octopus.

There’s so much great music to check out this week, I can only touch on some of it. See listings on the sidebar for more, and please let me know if I’m missing something interesting (I frequently do). We’ve got two FREE daytime concert series in four different locations, presented by arts organizations around Cambridge. Somerville has their annual Art Beat happening Friday and Saturday in Davis Square. And there’s interesting shows (and a few new album releases) coming up with Laura Jorgensen and Nature In The City; Rob Potylo and HUMANWINE; and Sarah RabDAU and Goli.

Summer Concert Series @ Harvard & Kendall Squares

Wednesdays 12-1 pm, Kendall Square, Cambridge | Thursdays 12-1 pm, Palmer Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge | FREE!


This FREE concert series presented by Club Passim and The Cambridge Arts Council features folk, roots, singer-songwriter, and Americana artists at Kendall Square every Wednesday 12-1 pm (through August 25), and on Palmer St. (next to The Harvard Coop & Club Passim) in Harvard Square every Thursday 12-1pm (through September 9). This week there’s Jason Myles Goss (who’s from Brooklyn NY, so I guess it’s not just local artists) on Wednesday at Kendall, and singer-songwriter/guitarist Jake Armerding on Thursday at Harvard. For a full schedule, visit

Central Square Arts Outdoors

Thursdays 4-6 pm, Lafayette Plaza (Main St & Mass Ave), Cambridge | Fridays 4-6 pm, Barron Plaza (Mass Ave & Magazine St), Cambridge | FREE!

This ALSO FREE concert series (July and August) is in Lafayette Plaza (Main Street and Mass Ave.) in Cambridge Thursdays 4-6pm and in Barron Plaza (Mass Ave. & Magazine Street) on Fridays 4-6pm. It features performances from the Cambridge Symphony, Central Square Theater, Dance Complex, ImprovBoston, and Other Leading Central Square Arts Organizations. For a full schedule, see This week: on Thursday, The Middle East presents Destroy Babylon at Lafayette Plaza (their site includes styles; this one says “Rock”, but they have reggae, punk, and dub influences) and on Friday, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra Chamber Group (which is indeed “Classical”).

Laura Jorgensen CD Release Party with Nature In The City

Thursday 7/15 at Cafe 939 | 8pm, FREE admission!


Songstress Laura Jorgensen, who accompanies her angelic singing on accordion, dulcimer and piano, has a new album coming out July 15 called Feathered Arms, and will be celebrating at Cafe 939 with Nature In The City, who also has some new music in the form of an EP coming out this summer.

Rob Potylo Double-CD Release Party with HUMANWINE, Super Power, Bacchus King

Thursday 7/15, T.T. the Bear’s Place, Central Square, Cambridge | 9pm show, $9

Rob Potylo (photo by Danae Legrow)

Rob Potylo (photo by Danae Legrow)

Musician, comedian and performance artist Rob Potylo has a double-album (So Far From The Hatch/Worried All The Time) CD release party at T.T. the Bear’s on Thursday. He’s joined by the always fascinating HUMANWINE and two hard-rocking Allston bands – Bacchus King and SuperPower. Uh, you might want to bring some earplugs for those last two. I mean that as a compliment.

Somerville ARTBEAT 2010: W A T E R

Friday and Saturday 7/16 & 7/17 ~ Davis Square, Somerville | FREE!

Don't miss Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys @ ArtBeat!

Don't miss Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys @ ArtBeat!

The City of Somerville hosts its annual Art Beat Festival on Friday and Saturday in and around Davis Square. (from their press release): “At the height of summer, artists and festival goers converge on Davis Square, transforming it into one of the area’s largest and most innovative arts festivals. This year’s ArtBeat theme is W A T E R, which artists will explore in a variety of ways.” Somerville Arts Council has a complete schedule listed. Note! Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys will be performing Friday at 6:30pm at Park Stage, Seven Hills Park (behind Somerville Theatre). He also designed their awesome poster this year (bet you would never guess that).

Goli | Sarah RabDAU | Nohow On

Saturday 7/17 ~ Cafe 939 | 8pm show, $8

Goli (photo by Karen Clunes)

Goli (photo by Karen Clunes)

Goli is the very interesting cello and marimba duo of Valerie Thompson and Vessela Stoyanova. But before you assume this is “straight classical music,” their musical backgrounds include world music, rock, folk ensembles, free improv, and yes of course, symphony orchestras. I take this from their MySpace page: “wrestling with the universal subjects of death and getting laid while playing the cello and marimba.” Oh yes, most definitely worth checking out. I’ll include a little sample below (filmed by AdrenalineSleep). They’re joined at Cafe 939 Saturday night by pianist/vocalist Sarah RabDAU and delightfully quirky folk trio Nohow On (formerly No Eye Contact).

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