Chelsea Square, Luther Place and City Hall Plaza are the centers for family-fun happenings in the downtown.
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SUNDAY, November 28, 2021
6 pm to 8 pm in Chelsea Square
Menorah Lighting and Art installation
Join us for a Hanukkah-themed celebration in Chelsea Square.
On Second Street, will be an illuminated mobile art display called "Brighter Revealed." Artists Tova Speter and Emily Bhargava focused on sharing the light and vibrancy we each have to offer. Commissioned by JArts Boston and incorporating artwork created by students and local partners throughout the Greater Boston area, this large- scale beacon will reveal the inner strength and bright spirit contained within our community. The celebration of Hanukkah centers around sharing the miracle of light amidst darkness and the triumph of freedom prevailing over persecution. By bringing communities together to create art and by publicly showcasing their collaborative work, we hope to not only highlight the past miracle of Hanukkah, but also to reveal and acknowledge the present-day miracles, inspiration, and collective strength found in our Boston community.
At 6:30 gather with members of Tobin Bridge Chabad, Temple Emmanuel and Walnut St Synagogue for the lighting of the public menorah with song, prayer and refreshments.
saturday, November 6, 2021
11 am to 1 pm City Hall to Mystic Overlook Park
A gathering for well-behaved dogs and their human friends.
Meet on the lawn in front of City Hall at 500 Broadway. Together we'll walk down the sidewalks of Broadway to Mystic Overlook Park under the Tobin Bridge. There we'll enjoy refreshments and conversation. The off-leash dog park there is a place for free-wheeling doggie play.
saturday, September 11, 2021
5 to 9 pm in Chelsea square
Salsa night with Clave & blues
Rain date is Saturday, September 25.
Get ready to dance!
For our first hour, DJ Doc Thoro (known to many in Chelsea as our neighbor, Dakeya Christmas) gets the party started. At 6 pm the team from Salsa y Control leads us in a dance lesson. At 7 pm there's a special Salsa performance before we open the floor to everyone for dancing until 9 pm.
Our live band, Clave & Blues, mixes Afro-Cuban rhythms Blues, R&B, and World music to create a contemporary sound. They declare: “Our goal is to create music that engages people of all ages, and cultural backgrounds. We have made it our mission to grow an audience that loves Cuban music and its culture.”
saturday, June 26, 2021
5 to 8 pm in Chelsea square
Raindate is July 10
Lookie Lookie is an eight-piece band – four percussionists, three horns, bass, and much singing – which revives and updates Latin Búgalu, a crossover genre invented by Newyorican musicians in the 1960s. Undeniably fun and catchy, Bugalu fits somewhere between the stately Cuban-influenced mambo of the '50s and the manic high salsa of the '70s. Top artists included Pete Rodriguez, Joe Cuba and Richie Ray, after whose song the band is named. Lookie Lookie features two of the grand maestros of Boston’s Latin music scene, Vicente Lebron and Jorge Arce, as well as Grammy-nominated arranger and saxophonist Russ Gershon, and a cast of jazz, Latin, ska and rock veterans. Their collective experience mirrors the Anglo-Latin fusion that created Búgalu even as they recharge it with influences from Jimi Hendrix to Ornette Coleman.
Albino Mbie is an award winning musician from Mozambique, a country in southern Africa known for its rich musical and cultural heritage. He came to the Boston area to study at Berklee College of Music where deepened his technical skills and widened his range of musical influences.
His music today incorporates his musical experiences from Mozambique, the U.S., and many other places around the world, combining rhythmic patterns and musical concepts to create a unique Afro-Pop and Moz-Jazz sound.
saturday, july 24, 2021
8 to 10:30 pm in Chelsea square
Bring your friends for a night of dancing and fun in Chelsea Square. We've got you covered with three guest DJs spinning Hip-Hop, Reggaeton, House. You'll always find your favorite song!
Reserve a headset to be in on all the music. A deposit of $15 is required to hold your space and a Massachusetts ID is required the night of the event to check out the equipment. Your deposit will be refunded in full when you return the headset.
saturday, July 31, 2021
5 to 8 pm in Chelsea square
Charlie Kohlhase Explorer's Club quintet
Rain date Saturday, August 7
Headliner is Billy Wylder. This rock band features Avi Salloway (Bombino/Hey Mama/Avi & Celia) and a cast of singular artists who have performed across five continents including concerts at Coachella, Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center.
Opening is alto, tenor and baritone saxophonist Chelsea resident Charlie Kohlhase with his jazz quintet. Kolhase has been a mainstay of Boston’s jazz scene for over twenty years. Whether leading his two newest bands, performing in a dozen others or writing over 50 compositions, his music spans a broad range of styles with an emphasis on the contemporary and the improvised.
Between performers spinning classic vinyl will be DJ Basib.