See the Updated Watertown Summer Concert Schedule, New Band Added

Southbound TrainSouthbound Train will perform at Watertown’s Saltonstall Concert Series on Aug. 18 with free dance lesson beforehand. Due to some weather cancellations, a number of Watertown summer concerts have been rescheduled and the revamped lineup includes two weeks when the Town will host a pair of performances, including a new act. The Compaq Big Band was moved from early August to Aug. 13.

Two Summer Concerts This Week: Compaq Big Band & Band from U.N.C.L.E.

Music lovers will have not just one but two concerts to attend this week in Watertown’s Saltonstall Park Concerts. The regularly scheduled Compaq Big Band, with vocalists Ed Scheer from The Love Dogs, will play on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m. The band has been around for 46 years, and the 2021 edition includes a 19-piece band. The music ranges from Big Band legends such as Glenn Miller, to classics from Frank Sinatra, Billie Holliday and others, and hits through the years up to today. See more about the Compaq Big Band by clicking here.

August at the Library: Patio Concert, Summer Reading, Community Yoga

Watertown Free Public LibraryThe Watertown Free Public Library. The Watertown Library has a wide variety of events going on this month, here is a selection provided by the library. Look at the calendar links for a full listing. LIBRARY REMINDERS

COVID-19 Reopening | WFPL has resumed full hours of operation, with some COVID precautions still in place. Face masks are required for all people 2 years and older in the Children’s Room. Learn more: watertownlib.org/reopening

Public computers are available for walk-ins and by appointment.

Watertown Musicians Return to Serenading Visitors of the Watertown Library

Anaïs MarkwoodThe Watertonics play music and sign on the porch of Thomas Michel’s home, which overlooks the back parking lot of the Watertown Library. On Sunday he was joined by friend and soprano Maria Ferrante. This past Sunday saw the first Watertonics concert since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, an event welcomed by many Watertown residents.  

The Watertonics, self described by co-founder Thomas Michel as “Watertown’s leading front porch busking group” is a local music group who have been giving concerts from Michel’s front porch for a few years. 

The Watertonics’ front porch concerts began with Michel and his friend Ted Sharpe simply practicing together on Michel’s porch, which overlooks the back parking lot of the Watertown Free Public Library (WFPL). They noticed many library patrons stopping to listen to the music as they got in and out of their cars and decided to make it more official, naming themselves the Watertonics and establishing a weekly concert schedule of Sunday afternoons. . 

Michel and Sharpe met in graduate school at Duke University and have been playing music together for many years.

Mosesian Center Welcomes Writers & Musicians for Earfull Series, Group that Melds Hip Hop & Other Genres

The Mosesian Center for the Arts provided the following announcement:

While the Mosesian Center for the Arts building remains closed for renovation, the arts center continues to produce live, in-person events on the grounds of the Commander’s Mansion at the Arsenal on the Charles. On July 14 and August 4, two Earfull events takes the stage—and both are nearly sold out. Since the early 2000’s, Boston musician and author Jen Trynin, and bookstore connoisseur Tim Huggins, have been hosting the series, bringing together the worlds of writers and musicians. They prove that, given the right environment, Book People will love the experience of live music, and Rock People will realize how cool it is to hear great authors reading their work aloud. On July 28, STL GLD performs with Regie Gibson.

Revels Set Sail for Boston Harbor Cruise and Sing in First In-Person Event

Revels will set sail on Boston Harbor for a Cruise and Sing. Watertown-based Revels provided the following announcement:

Revels remerges: Join us for a fun night at sea as we sing together in-person for the first time in over a year! Join Revels on August 10th for a Boston Harbor Cruise and Sing with musician and chantey-man David Coffin! Revels is happy to announce the return of one of its most popular summer events, a two-hour sunset Boston Harbor Cruise and Sing! Join us on the spacious Provincetown II for the return of our popular Boston Harbor Cruise and Sings with musician, Harbor historian, and New England’s best-known chantey-man David Coffin leading the fun along with Revels longtime music director George Emlen. We’ll sing sea chanteys and more at the top of our lungs, sip our favorite (adult or children’s) beverage, and enjoy spectacular views of the harbor. There’ll be plenty of time to socialize between sets and David’s historic/hysterical harbor narration is always a treat as well!