After the last porches wrap up at 6pm on June 18th, come to Arlington Service Station, 334 Mass Ave, for GARAGE BAND, a special dance party finale that caps off Arlington Porchfest 2022.
GARAGE BAND is a pop-up dance party, a celebration of community, a gathering in an unusual venue, the Arlington Global Service Station, a classic auto service station that has become, thanks to input from neighborhood artist Johnny Lapham, a public art landmark in the heart of Arlington’s Cultural District.
Bringing the party to the Arlington Global Service Station will be the highly acclaimed Squeezebox Stompers! The Squeezebox Stompers is a Boston area Americana Roots band. They’ve performed Cajun, zydeco, blues, folk, and originals all over New England for the past 15 years. Members of the band have received Boston Music Awards and Songwriting Awards. They are noted for their step-lively, up-beat music inspiring audiences to get up and dance! Instrumentation includes accordion, keyboards, fiddle, saxophone, harmonica, penny whistle, guitar, bass, and drums. The Squeezebox Stompers – a guaranteed rockin’ good time!
The service station’s owner Abe Salhi was inspired to bring art to his establishment when he heard about his neighborhood’s designation as Arlington’s first Cultural District. He cooked up a design with Lapham, an artist and long-time client who lived just down the street, and now the station’s canopy and upper walls are embellished with colorful circles and stripes out of a Dr. Seuss story.
Now the vibrant service station will also serve as host to a celebratory dance free-for-all, sponsored by the newly established Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture along with Porchfest presenters, the Arlington Center for the Arts. GARAGE BAND is the musical culmination of all the tonalities generated by the participants in this year’s Arlington Porchfest.