ONCE Somerville Grand Reopening Slated for September 16

Music, Photography & Community to Shine “All at ONCE”


Somerville, MA—After a brief hiatus, ONCE Somerville will reopen on Sunday, September 16 with great fanfare and festivity. All at ONCE: A Triumphant Return will feature live music, photography, and community – exemplifying the venue’s philosophy and ideals. The celebration kicks off at 2PM with a rock ‘n’ roll ribbon-cutting by Somerville’s Director of Economic Development Tom Galligani.

For SomerStreets Strike Up the Band, ONCE happily presents Lockette, sister, and Awaaz Do on its outdoor stage and again hosts its popular one-day beer garden. Produced by the City of Somerville and the Somerville Arts Council, SomerStreets runs along Highland Ave. from 2-6PM with craft and community vendors, interactive activities, and live music.

Take a break from the heat and step into the ONCE Ballroom for LOCAL Focus: A Celebration & Sale of Boston Rock Photography. From 2-10PM, more than 20 talented artists will display some of their favorite live music photos. Check out works from Johnny Anguish, Jenny Bergman, Kelly Davidson,  JJ Gonson, Joshua Pickering, Coleman Rogers, Nicole Tammaro, and many more. Prints will be available for purchase, and the photographers have chosen to give a portion of their sales to benefit ONCE.

Continuing the celebration, A Fond Farewell: Bob Colby’s Musical Adieu runs from 7:30PM-12:30AM. A fixture in the Boston music community since the 70s, Bob Colby is leaving the city to start his next chapter. When his favorite performers heard about the send-off, the bill filled in record time – a fitting tribute to local music’s number one fan. 15 solo artists, duos and bands will play for Bob one last time, including Mary Lou Lord and Annabelle Lord-Patey, Chris Brokaw, Happy Little Clouds, Carissa Johnson & Steph Curran of the Cure-Alls, DYR FASER, and Classic Ruins.

And that’s just the beginning. ONCE Somerville’s fall calendar is heating up, with:

9.20 Allston Pudding presents Thin Lips

9.22 1st Annual ONCE FEST

9.28-29 2018 Boston Fuzzstival

10.13 Porter productions presents The Pack A.D.

10.19 Prom Do-Over

10.24 Doctor Gasp Halloween Show

10.27 Porter productions presents SuperSonic – North America’s Tribute to Oasis

11.1 Crossroads presents Mom Jeans (sold out)

11.2 Crossroads presents Roky Erickson (limited tickets remain)

11.8 The Wilbur presents Jamali Maddix

Plus the return of recurring weekly and monthly events: Metal Tuesdays and Simpson’s Trivia starting 9.18, Moth Radio Hour starting 9.19, and Toddlerbilly Takeover starting 9.24. New shows and tickets are going up all the time. Enter your email at oncesomerville.com to make sure you don’t miss out!

MEDIA CONTACT: Sue Minichiello, ONCE Somerville PR Manager, soober22@gmail.com, 617.782.5995