Revival Month in Harvard Square: A Celebration of Renewal and Tradition
The Harvard Square Business Association is pleased to announce that September is Revival Month in Harvard Square. Long regarded as a bastion of intellectual thought, social awareness, and tradition, Cambridge remains a welcoming hive for artists, musicians, authors and free thinkers of all stripes. Inspired by the forthcoming folk music novel, Revival by celebrated arts writer and folk musician Scott Alarik, the festivities kick off with a return of Bread and Puppet to the Cambridge Common on September 2nd and culminates in the HONK! Parade and 33rd Annual Oktoberfest on October 2nd. Throughout September, an array of events will display the vibrant mix of inventiveness and revival, tradition and renewal, that define Harvard Square’s unique cultural life, including Alarik’s book release show at Passim, Revels’ annual RiverSing gathering, free outdoor concerts, the 3rd Annual Urban Agricultural Fair, an old fashioned hootenanny and more.
September 2nd – Return of Bread and Puppet Theater to the Cambridge Common
Bread and Puppet Theater presents Man = Carrot Circus, with an introduction by Scott Alarik, author of the new folk music novel, Revival, will be held on the Cambridge Common from 6pm – 8pm. The award-winning Bread and Puppet Theater from Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, have not inhabited the Cambridge Common since the mid- 1980s. Bread and Puppet champions a visually rich slapstick style of street-theater that is filled with huge puppets made of paper mache and cardboard, along with masked characters, political commentary, and a lively brass band for accompaniment.
Man = Carrot Circus, for children of all ages, is based on the revelation that upright man rooted in dirt was created in the image of the upright carrot in the dirt. Fifteen Vermont puppeteers and musicians will enact the issues of the day, not only in how they affect carrots, but how they affect us all. Some of the circus acts may be politically puzzling to adults, but usually an accompanying kid can explain what is going on! The audience is welcome to examine all the masks and puppets after the performance, and cheap art will be for sale.
Bread and Puppet Theater’s free Man = Carrot Circus performance on the Cambridge Common is made possible with assistance from the Cambridge Arts Council. More information about Bread and Puppet can be found at www.breadandpuppet.org.
Bread and Puppet Theater, Cambridge Common, 6pm – 8pm.
September 8th – Scott Alarik Performs a Free Outdoor Concert on Palmer Street.
Author, folk singer, and songwriter Scott Alarik will sing original and traditional songs, and will read excerpts from his new book, Revival: A Folk Music Novel, a love story set in the modern Cambridge folk scene. He’ll be joined by gifted instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, Jake Armerding, who will accompany excerpts and perform his own songs. Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor wrote of Alarik’s shows, “I have rarely seen an audience in such a good mood as when he’s just been there.”
This free event is part of Passim’s outdoor summer music concert series. More information can be found at http://www.clubpassim.org/
Scott Alarik in Concert, Palmer Street, 1pm – 2pm
September 10 – Alastair Moock Album Release Shows at Passim
On Saturday, September 10 at 10:30am and 3:30pm, Boston roots musician and family entertainer Alastair Moock will be performing two shows to celebrate his new kids’ album, These Are My Friends, at Passim. Moock will be accompanied by a number of musicians who joined him on the album, including Rani Arbo, Mark Erelli, Vanessa Trien, Anand Nayak, and more!
These Are My Friends follows Moock’s award-winning family music debut, A Cow Says Moock, which won a 2010 NAPPA Gold Award. Like Pete Seeger and others from an earlier generation of folk music, Moock makes little distinction between his own songs and cover material. For him, it’s all part of a continuum – a collaboration between the old and the new.