by Eden Holt, Contributing writer
The latest performers to grace the Herter Park Amphitheater stage were the story telling movement company, ParadiseMoves. Boston based, this is a group of talented dancers and story tellers interested in having a conversation, and know exactly how to get that conversation started. To beautifully composed original music and choreography, ParadiseMoves urges us, in their piece called Enough, to think more broadly, more compassionately, about gender, mental illness, and friendship.
Focused on the formative high school years, Enough tells the story of Noah, a young student grappling with his sexuality, identity, and mental illness. Supported by a cast of wonderful dancers, Noah discovers the value of relationships, explores his inner voices, and is quite literally saved from himself.
We have had several events since we last spoke, bringing over 1,200 folks through our gates! Word is spreading about our free, all-ages shows & the venue itself. This past Saturday 7/14 brought in the amazing Phunk Phenomenon Urban Dance Theatre, complete with several performances by the young phunks from the summer hip-hop dance classes. Sunday 7/15 was a huge a cappella festival hosted by Vocal Revolution. The festival, lasting 4 hours, showcased over a dozen of Boston's premier a cappella groups. Check out our Facebook page for photos & videos.
But wait! There's more! Saturday July 21 brings in the Boston Minstrels with a huge repertoire of your favorite classics. All welcome to sing along!
Thursday July 26 is our first Open Mic Night! Sign-up to perform HERE! First come, first play. (Some slots will be held for walk-ins the day of.) And stay tuned for information for Open Stage Night - a variety show where all types of acts & talents are welcome to perform!
We are still adding shows every day. Even more movie nights may be wedged in last minute, so check the SCHEDULE page for latest info.
See you at the Amp!
Even though it's not quite officially over, I would like to thank September for giving us two out of three great evenings of weather. Yes, September, you did give us one rain-out, but I will only give you two demerits & no detention, as I know you can do better next time.
Our 9/12 Boston Hassle show was a blast. Folks flowed in & out throughout the evening, adding to the perfectly mellow, groovy vibe of the night. Even the baby snapping turtles came out to say, "Hi!" Unfortunately, we did have to cancel the second show on 9/19. Our apologies to those bands: Tory Silver, Ed Balloon & Above Ground Basement. Can't wait to get you in here next year!
And Dance Day 2017 was amazing. We ended up with SIX amazing dance performances, and ended the night with a little sing-a-long. We have some great pics posted on Facebook & Instagram.
Lastly, many thanks to Bev Armstrong & Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer for being our partner brewery for Dance Day. If you aren't familiar, Brazo Fuerte is Massachusetts' FIRST woman-owned brewery & Bev's cold crafty-goodness are available locally!
We don't know what the rest of the fall will bring, or if we can get any more shows in. Do take comfort in the fact that we are progressing on the electrical front, & that we do hope to have a big programming planning meeting next month. We are interested in what the community wants to see, what you want to perform for the community, who wants to help out, who has what contacts, figure out some how-to's, some do's & don'ts, some wants & needs, and maybe a little pizza. (...Just kiddin' about that last part. I didn't mean little! I meant a LOT!)
Hey kids! Make sure you get your homework done right after school tomorrow 9/12 so you can come out & play with us at the #HerterAmp show, presented by Boston Hassle! There will be 3 great local bands, 7-10 pm. Check out some sample tunes - links are all on the Schedule page.
Also - another great dancer has been added to our Dance Day 2017! In Addition to Alexander Davis Dance & ParadiseMoves, we are pleased to announce the addition of Jimika Mehta, bringing traditional Bollywood to the #HerterAmp stage! See ya there Saturday 9/16, 6-7:30!
So, who's excited for summer to end & looking forward to cold, ice & snow? Whaaaaaat?! No one?! Well, let us enjoy the heck outta the fall then!
We have three GREAT events planned for September. Tues. 9/12 & Tues. 9/19 from 7-10 pm, we have evenings full of live, local music presented with Boston Hassle! Three different bands will perform each night. The band selections look amazing & represent a wide variety of Boston's indie-music scene.
What else, you ask? Well, we have had music & Shakespeare... now DANCE! We have two fantastic, local dance companies joining us Sat. 9/16, 6-7:30 pm for DANCE DAY 2017! Showcasing everything from narrative dance to modern & contemporary, these dancers will blow you away.
These are all FREE community performances & open to all ages.