Melrose Downtown Stroll 2018
The 2018 Summer Stroll brought to you by the Melrose Chamber of Commerce and Presenting Sponsor LCM PLUS, with support from the City of Melrose and the Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts, will feature four area of live music on Essex Street and Main Street in downtown Melrose.
Pedestrians will enjoy moving back and forth throughout the evening, shopping, browsing, eating and grooving to several types of music including, Jazz, Irish, Americana, Blues, Acoustic Rock, and Classical. Several locations will offer free babysitting so adults can mingle care-free. See our list of fun music acts for more details.
We hope you will join us for this community tradition, which is made possible through the generous support of the Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts and the City of Melrose, as well as the following Summer Stroll sponsors:
Bell & Izzi • Eastern Bank • Evolved Mechanical • Juliet & Co. - Compass • Melrose Glass • Wyoming Lodge, Masons
Featured Live Music
Jesse DeLaurier is a young singer-songwriter from Melrose. His influences range from the Beatles to Steve Earle to Jason Isbell, but he likes performing his own songs best. He has been described as an old soul in a 14 year old body, his music--both fun and wise--reflects that.
Kind Of Now
“Kind of Now” is a male/female duo blending piano and guitar within adult contemporary music. With strong vocals at the forefront, Terrance Reeves and Danielle Leigh, are full of stage-inspired melodies, piano ballads, and lyrical pop. Their covers range from Alicia Keys - Paramore, John Mayer - Phil Collins.
Lech, Davis & Coyne
Tina Lech, Ted Davis and John Coyne are Melrose residents who play traditional Irish music in the Boston area.
The Lucky Fun
Under an Americana umbrella, The Lucky Fun cover music ranging from Old Timey, Celtic, and Bluegrass, plus modern roots artists. Boston-area musician, promoter, and open mic host, Tim Ko joins uprooted Alaskan, Katie Delvaux for blended harmonies with back-n-forth guitar and fiddle.
Music 101 Featured Performers
A private music school located on Upham St. in Melrose, Music 101 specializes in instruction for Piano, Voice, Guitar, Bass, and Violin. They will feature some of their top talent at the Downtown Stroll.
Sam Chetkin currently goes to MVMMS and has taken guitar for 7 years and vocal lessons for 3 years. He has performed musicals with the Melrose Drama Club and recently performed the title role in the WYRT production of Shrek.
Sammy & Bill McQuaid
Bill McQuaid has been performing country-blues and ragtime music for several years and his albums have received radio play on local stations. He has opened for Luther Guitar Junior Johnson, Chris Smither, and Rory Block and has also performed at the Boston Blues Concert. Bill has recently been sharing the stage with his son, Sammy, a talented 10 year old singer / guitarist who likes to play The Beatles, Woody Guthrie and Chuck Berry tunes. Sammy & Bill have performed at the MAAV coffeehouse for the past four years and at the annual Parkinson's Benefit at Sally O'Briens in Somerville for the past seven years.
“Acoustic country-blues still lives in Cambridge. The tradition continues with McQuaid, an accomplished local singer and picker who can play that music with the brilliance it deserves. McQuaid is a true joy." —Steve Morse, Boston Globe
Julianne Johnston plays flute and saxophones to Barry Johnston’s guitar, enjoying a range of classical and jazz styles. Julianne is a classically trained flutist with years of orchestral and small ensemble experience. Taking up jazz led her to add the alto and soprano saxes to her repertoire. Barry started in high school rock bands and now plays both classical and jazz guitar. They love playing together and perform frequently as a duo in the Boston area, and also with larger groups.