Creating a Music Scene

What is a scene? 

Music does not take place in a vacuum. Music is at its best when it brings people together. We have lost venues in the past couple of years, like Johnny D's and Ryles. But it isn't the venue that is the magic. It's not even the music that is the magic. 

It is the scene. 

What is a scene? A scene exists when you go someplace because you know the music will be great even if you have never heard of the performers. A scene is social. Food and drink are important. Meeting new friends is important. 

Music is an important part of a scene. Music brings your heart and mind together better than therapy. Music brings you together with strangers better than Tinder. Music heals your soul and helps you sleep at night better than Ambien. 

I've been lamenting the loss of venues over the last few years. But my thinking has only been clarified: music's job is to bring people together. I decided to put my efforts where my heart is. I partnered with the great folks at the Center for Arts at the Armory to start a new music series. Details are below. I want this to be the kind of evening where you always feel confident that you are going to have a great time. You are going to feel something. You are going to think something. You will come out just a little bit different than how you came in. 

Sound interesting? Read on. 

Songwriters in the Round 

Wednesdays, April 6th and April 20th, 7pm-8:30pm 
Arts at the Armory Café 
190 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 
Tickets are $10 at the door 

Four songwriters, trading songs and swapping stories. And you have a front row seat. 

Four songwriters take the stage, seated in a comfortable semi-circle. They take turns playing songs, occasionally joining in with each other on harmony vocals or guitar licks. The format encourages conversation between the writers, which gives the audience an opportunity to hear these creative people talk as if in their own living rooms. Inspired by the "guitar pulls" of the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville. 

Hosted by Somerville singer/songwriter David Thorne Scott. Held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. 

Part of the ROOTED Armory Café Series. Café menu is available here: 

Beer and wine also available! 

You might hear a young up-and-coming pro, an established mid-career performer and mentor, and a cherished elder of the scene -- all sharing music. The growing relationships will warm your heart and enrich your soul. Come every week as the lineup shifts and new friends are made. 

April 6: David Thorne Scott, Eric Marcs, Emily Sangder 
April 20: David Thorne Scott, Eric Marcs, Emily Sangder, Peter Eldridge 
May 4: David Thorne Scott, Eric Marcs, Kristin Cifelli, Peter Eldridge