September is Revival Month in Harvard Square

Friday, September 1, 2017 - Sunday, October 8, 2017 all-day


Students Come Back, New Friendships are Made, Relationships are Renewed and People are Reconnected

September 1 – October 8, 2017


In 2011, the Harvard Square Business Association (HSBA) declared September Revival Month in Harvard Square.  At that time, we celebrated the release of local writer Scott Alarik’s award-winning folk music novel, Revival, along with a series of events centered on themes of tradition and renewal.  The book is a love story about two songwriters set in the Cambridge folk scene.  The 2011 book release and month-long series of events that followed it were such a big success, that September continues to be celebrated as “Revival Month”.


Please join us at one (or all!) of the Revival events listed below!  In addition to these events, our businesses host events every day.  Please see for additional events and detailed information.



9/01 – 9/04  Campfire at Passim  - It started as a way to fill a bad booking weekend in 1998, but over the course of more than 15 years, the campfire. festival has become the single-biggest way that Passim develops new talent and celebrates the Boston area’s amazing music scene. Originally called, "On the Cutting Edge of the Campfire,” the festival combined the idea of artists sitting around the campfire playing music with our commitment to bringing new talent to discerning listeners. Today, the campfire festival is as much about the community as it is about the music. "In the round" performances with songwriters swapping tunes are as common as solo and band sets throughout the course of each day of the festival.

Passim, 26 Church Street,, (617) 492-7679


9/03 Bread and Puppet at Cambridge Common - This year's Circus is called Our Domestic Insurrection Circus because of the urgency of the national and international situation. It will hopefully be able to ridicule the ridiculous and make fun of the obvious. Water, soil, air, and the livelihood and health of the most vulnerable are all under attack. Special attention is required for all elementary protections and their protectors. That is exactly the ambition of this year's Circus.  3pm

Cambridge Arts Council, 344 Broadway,, (617) 349-4380


9/06 Kevin Morby at Sinclair - City Music is the new album by Kevin Morby. Full of listless wanderlust, it's a collection inspired by and devoted to the metropolitan experience across America and beyond by a songwriter cast from his own mould. As he puts it: "It is a mix-tape, a fever dream, a love letter dedicated to those cities that I cannot get rid of, to those cities that are all inside of me."  8:30pm

The Sinclair, 52 Church Street,, (617) 547-5200

9/07 Park Sounds at Winthrop Park
Park Sounds Boston- Free, public concerts featuring emerging local artists in urban green spaces around the city.
WHERE: Winthrop Park (JFK St. Between Mt. Auburn Street and Winthrop Street)
WHEN: Thursday September 7th from 5 - 9 PM.

5:00 Molly Pinto Madigan

6:00 Andrew Smith

7:00 JNF Dadfunk

8:00 Stains of a Sunflower

Sponsored by Otter Creek Brewing, Grendel's Den Restaurant & Bar, The Red House, and Charlie's Kitchen.

Grendel’s Den, 89 Winthrop Street,, (617) 491-1160


9/08 Salman Rushdie presented by Harvard Book Store at First Parish Church - Harvard Book Store and the Mahindra Humanities Center welcome internationally renowned author SALMAN RUSHDIE for a discussion of his latest novel, The Golden House—a modern American epic that is equal parts The Great Gatsby and The Bonfire of the Vanities, set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture. Mr. Rushdie will be joined in conversation by HOMI K. BHABHA, Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University.

Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue,, (617) 661-1515


9/08 – 9/14 Columbus at the Brattle Theatre - With its naturalistic rhythms and empathy for the complexities of families, debut writer/director/editor Kogonada’s COLUMBUS unfolds as a gently drifting, deeply absorbing conversation. With strong supporting turns from Parker Posey, Rory Culkin, and Michelle Forbes, COLUMBUS is also a showcase for its director’s striking eye for the way physical space can affect emotions.

Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street,, (617) 876-6837


9/09 Hayley Reardon – Passim - Performer Magazine describes her music as “brilliantly moving folk/pop with a lyrical depth and soul,” while American Songwriter Magazine refers to Numb and Blue, the lead single from Wayfindings, as “a melancholy little masterpiece.”
Her latest album, entitled “Good” (Fall 2016 release) was entirely fan-funded by a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. Produced by Lorne Entress (Lori McKenna, Catie Curtis, Erin McKeown), “Good” is a dazzling reflection of a period of immense growth and change, as lush arrangements surround the heart felt and humble rawness of Hayley’s writing. 8pm

Passim, 26 Church Street,, (617) 492-7679


9/09 – 10/13 Warholcapote at the American Repertory Theater - In the late 1970s, Truman Capote and Andy Warhol decided that they were destined to create a Broadway play together. Over the course of the next several months, they would sit down to record a series of intimate, wide-ranging conversations. The play never came to be, and the hours and hours of tape were lost to the ages. Until now.

With the support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Truman Capote Literary Trust, award-winning director Rob Roth adapted WARHOLCAPOTE from never-before-heard conversations between these two icons of American art and literature. This world premiere production is staged by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch).

American Repetory Theater, 64 Brattle Street,, (617) 547-8300


9/12  Mystery of Deep Candor  at Longy School of Music - Soprano Judith Bettina and pianist James Goldsworthy perform David Rakowski's The Mystery of Deep Candor. This piece is based on the poems of Denise Levertov, and was commissioned by, and written for the duo. The first song of the set begins with a central question of this performance season: “Who am I?”  7:30pm

Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street,, (617) 876-0956


9/13  Ken Follett  presented by Harvard Book Store at Brattle Theatre - Harvard Book Store welcomes bestselling author KEN FOLLETT—author of Eye of the Needle and the Kingsbridge series—for a discussion of his latest novel A Column of Fire, the next installment in the Kingsbridge series. 6pm Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue,, (617) 661-1515


9/13 – 12/09 Wole Soyinka Antiquities at the Cooper Gallery - Internationally acclaimed dramatist, social critic, and Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka is an avid collector of African artworks including those from his home country, Nigeria. The Cooper Gallery will feature several of these works in an exhibition curated by New York University professor, Awam Amkpa.  We place this collection, including masks, head-dresses, dolls, busts, vessels, and weapons made in wood, brass and other media, in conversation with contemporary artworks by: Peju Alatise, Moyo Okediji, Olu Amoda, Chris Abani and Peter Badejo. Opening Reception: September 12th, 2017, 6pm

The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery, 102 Mount Auburn Street,, (617) 496-5777


9/14 Zachary Joseph at Beat Brasserie – Boston/Brooklyn based DJ and producer Zachary Joseph can be seen performing at numerous NYC hotspots including Norwood, Pianos, Soda Bar, Cibar Lounge, Almadira, Habana Outpost, Vino 313, Branded Saloon, Public Assembly, Franklin Park, and The Ossington (Toronto). He has also deejayed for numerous private events and organizations in NYC including Aeropostale, Loft 107, MyMoon, Aurora, and The Maple Street School. 8pm

Beat Brasserie, 13 Brattle Street,, (617) 499-0001


9/14  Conversations on the Edge:  Voting Rights and the Constitution at Cambridge Center for Adult Education  While voting is seen as a fundamental right and duty of citizens, the years since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 have seen a dizzying array of legislation alleged to have the aim of disenfranchising a wide swath of American voters. Lend your voice to this conversation about the history of voter suppression, grassroots efforts to empower voters, and the policies that affect both. Moderated panel discussion and conversation with a reception to follow.  6pm

Cambridge Center for Adult Education,, (617) 547-6789


9/14 – 15  Antje Duvekot  at Passim - Antje Duvekot has solidified her reputation as one of Boston's top singer songwriters with "Big Dream Boulevard" her debut studio release and "the Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer" and "New Siberia" her follow-up albums. The debut CD was produced by Seamus Egan, founder of the Irish super group, SOLAS and the project was released on songwriter Ellis Paul's label and quickly attracted international attention for Antje. It was voted "#1 Folk Release of 2006" by the Boston Globe and was named to the "Top10 Releases of the Year" by National Public Radio's, Folk Alley. Her follow up albums "the Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer" and "New Siberia" were produced by Richard Shindell and along side with Richard feature other "folk royalty" such as John Gorka, Lucy Kaplancky and Mark Erelli. 8pm

Passim, 26 Church Street,, (617) 492-7679


9/16  Joseph at the Sinclair - There is nothing like the sound of siblings singing together. Whether it’s the Beach Boys or the Everly Brothers—or, more recently, First Aid Kit—absorbing the same breathing rhythms and speech patterns adds an element to vocal harmonies that can be pure magic. With the release of I’m Alone, No You’re Not, the mesmerizing, hypnotic sound of the trio known as Joseph—made up of sisters Allison, Meegan, and Natalie Closner—joins this elite company. 9pm

The Sinclair, 52 Church Street,, (617) 547-5200


9/17 – 14th Annual Revels Riversing at Winthrop Park and on the banks of the Charles River - Co-hosted by Revels music director Megan Henderson & David Coffin, songleader.  Join thousands of voices in song as Revels waves’ goodbye to summer and welcomes in the fall at this FREE family-friendly Autumnal Equinox celebration taking place in Harvard Square and along the Charles River in Cambridge.  Enjoy pre-show festivities, a puppet-filled parade and communal singing with The Revels Chorus, guest soloists, and a fabulous folk band.


5:00 pm  Family Fun in Winthrop Park

5:45 pm  Parade to the river 

6:00 pm  The singing begins!

Revels, 80 Mount Auburn Street,, (617)972-8300


9/17  Porch Party Mamas  at Passim - Inspired by playing and singing each other’s songs at their own "porch parties", these established Boston area musicians and singer/songwriters decided to combine their individual talents and create their own brand of Urban Folk, Country and Blues. They took their act on the road and "Porch Party Mamas" was born. All are seasoned players, each with their own pervasive individual music persona and critical accolades. Between them, they have shared the stage with a distinguished litany of artists, including Willie Nelson, the Indigo Girls and Lyle Lovett. 7pm

Passim, 26 Church Street,, (617) 492-7679


9/21 John Kelly – Time No Line at Oberon  - A solo performance work presented as a live memoir. Time No Line focuses on how we can identify collective histories through the experience of an individual. This new solo performance work integrates movement, song, live drawing, and interactions with projected texts and images as the components of a live dramatic autobiographical narrative.

This work utilizes themes and details of John Kelly’s personal history as a survivor of a generation of artists that emerged out of the East Village performance scene of the 1980’s and was subsequently decimated by the AIDS pandemic. One of the goals of this work is to focus on and contribute to a rift in the larger cultural and social continuity and dialogue.

Oberon, 2 Arrow Street,, (617) 496-8004


9/22  Harvard Square Annual Fall Clean Up Day  –  The Harvard Square business community comes together to spruce up the Square!

Harvard Square Business Association, 18 Brattle Street,, (617)491-3434


9/23 Harvard Football / Brown at Harvard Stadium.  12pm

Giant Sports Associates,


9/23  Geoff Muldaur  at Passim - Geoff Muldaur is one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues and folk-rock scenes centered in Cambridge, MA and Woodstock, NY. During the 1960's and '70's, Geoff made a series of highly influential recordings as a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and the Paul Butterfield's Better Days group, as well as collaborations with then-wife Maria and other notables (Bonnie Raitt, Eric Von Schmidt, Jerry Garcia, etc.). He left the stage and recording world in the mid-1980's for a working sabbatical but continued, however, to hone his craft, albeit 'flying beneath radar'. He composed scores for film and television, and produced off-beat albums for the likes of Lenny Pickett and the Borneo Horns and the Richard Greene String Quartet. Geoff's his definitive recording of "Brazil" provided the seed for - and was featured in - Terry Gilliam's film of the same title. 8pm

Passim, 26 Church Street,, (617) 492-7679


9/25  Jen Sincero:  “You are a Badass at Making Money “ Book Reading at the Harvard COOP - Registration Required for this event.  You Are a Badass at Making Money will launch you past the fears and stumbling blocks that have kept financial success beyond your reach. Drawing on her own transformation—over just a few years—from a woman living in a converted garage with tumbleweeds blowing through her bank account to a woman who travels the world in style, Jen Sincero channels the inimitable sass and practicality that made You Are a Badass an indomitable bestseller. She combines hilarious personal essays with bite-size, aha concepts that unlock earning potential and get real results. 7pm

The COOP, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue,, (617) 499-2000


9/27  Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution at Harvard Museum of Natural History - Free Public Lecture and Book Signing - Jonathan Losos, Monique and Philip Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America; Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; Curator in Herpetology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

Nature abounds with instances of convergence: structures or adaptations that have evolved independently, multiple times. But evolutionary biologists, most notably Harvard’s Stephen Jay Gould, also point out examples of contingency, cases where the tiniest change—a random mutation or an ancient butterfly sneeze—caused evolution to take a different course. What role does each force play in the natural world? Are today’s plants, animals and humans, inevitabilities or evolutionary flukes? Jonathan Losos will discuss these questions and more as he presents content from his new book Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution. 6pm

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street,, (617) 495-3045


9/27 Art Garfunkel presented by Harvard Book Store at First Parish Church - Harvard Book Store welcomes folk rock legend ART GARFUNKEL for a discussion of his memoir, What Is It All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man. This event, taking place at First Parish Church, is co-sponsored by Harvard Square's Club Passim. Garfunkel will be joined in conversation by JARED BOWEN, WGBH's Emmy Award-winning Executive Editor and Host for Arts.  This event will not include a book signing. 7pm

Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue,, (617) 661-1515


9/27 & 10/25  Session Americana at Oberon - Session Americana huddles close to a table wired for sound, with suitcase drums, an electric bass, and a pump organ on the perimeter. With five writers, and all six of these Boston all-stars sharing lead vocals, you never know what’s coming next, only that you can’t wait to find out. After ten years of building audiences and winning awards in Boston, the Northeast, and Europe, 2015’s Folk Alliance exposed the band to the national industry.  Invitations to showcase at the AMAs, join a national booking agency, be the closing act at Sister’s Festival, and play Rocky Mountain Folks Fest followed.  8pm

Oberon, 2 Arrow Street,, (617) 496-8004


9/29  Asgeir at the Sinclair - How do you follow up the fastest selling debut album in Icelandic history, a record that out-performed even national treasures Björk and Sigur Rós’ first releases? At first 24-year-old sensation Ásgeir, returning at last in 2017 with daringly electronic new album Afterglow, pretended to those around him that the heat wasn’t on, that the stakes weren’t high. “I used to tell most people that I didn’t feel any pressure,” he laughs now. “But I was lying. I didn’t want to go into that discussion.”  9pm

The Sinclair, 52 Church Street,, (617) 547-5200


9/29 – 30  Kenny Garrett at Scullers - It has become eminently apparent that Kenny Garrett is the most consistently scintillating and inspiring alto/soprano saxophone force in the genre. The multi-Grammy nominee brings a muscular yet lyrical eloquence to everything he lends his artistry to. Garrett always delivers galvanizing and forceful work, digging deeper into composing while bringing a crackling vibrancy to his performances. “Someone should post a storm warning prior to a Kenny Garrett concert” – Washington Post 8pm and 10pm

Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road,, (617)562-4111


9/30 Torres at the Sinclair - When does a musician finally hit upon his or her particular “sound”? For some, it bursts forth from their body fully formed; for others, it takes months or sometimes years of trial-and-error. For Mackenzie Scott, the singer-songwriter from Nashville who performs under the name Torres, the foundation and framework of her distinctive sound were already in place but it just needed that one crucial final piece. 8pm

The Sinclair, 52 Church Street,, (617) 547-5200


10/03 Future of Happiness:  How Communication Technologies Will Change Our World – Or Not at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology - What impact are information and communication technologies such as the Internet and social media having on our health, politics, and culture? While there is considerable controversy about this topic, informed analysis and empirical evidence to address it are lacking. In this discussion, an interdisciplinary group of experts from across Harvard University will debate the impact of these technologies on health, happiness, and well-being and discuss future implications for policy, practice, and culture.  6pm

Peabody Art Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue,, (617) 496-1027


10/06 Sorrows of Young Werther  at Longy School of Music - Brahms was a Romantic with both an upper- and lower-case ‘r’. Here, his third quartet is paired with two romances by Clara Schumann, whose own love theme flows through a number of Brahms’ works. 8pm

10/06 – 10/29 Assault on the Senses  at the Jose Mateo Ballet  - The Program:

Isle of the Dead (1993)

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Isle of the Dead


Covens (2005)

James MacMillan, Symphony #3


Fearless Symmetries (2008)

John Adams, Fearful Symmetries


Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street,, (617) 876-095


10/08 39th Annual Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade - The Harvard Square Business Association is pleased to announce the return of the 39th Annual Oktoberfest and slightly Irrepressible and fabulously madcap HONK! Parade.  Attended by over 200,000 people, Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest  features food from all the world, arts, crafts, vintage goods, free samples,  sidewalk sales and one-of-a-kind gifts.  In addition, Oktoberfest boasts five beer gardens.  This annual celebration of fall features six stages of live music, including a Passim stage, a rock stage, and on the main stage, an all-HONK! Review!  Dancing in the streets is encouraged! 12pm

Harvard Square Business Association, 18 Brattle Street,, (617) 491-3434


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