Fans of country bluegrass, the Cantab Lounge has you covered. Tonight, and every Tuesday night, the Central Square venue hosts its weekly Bluegrass Pickin’ Party, beginning at 8 p.m. Admission is free, but the venue suggests a $7 donation to benefit the evening’s featured performer.
The popular event draws some of the region’s finest bluegrass performers: among those who have performed are the James King Band, Jim & Jennie & the Pinetops, and the Matt Glaser All Stars, headed by Glaser, the former long-time chair of the Berklee College of Music string department.
The festivities begin with informal pickin’ from 8 to 10 p.m. by members of the audience. At 10 the week’s featured band takes over to play a 50-minute set, and informal pickin’ returns until closing time at 12:45 a.m.
The Cantab serves traditional tavern fare, including Buffalo wings, burgers, and nachos, as well as a full bar. Be advised, the bar is cash only and the lounge itself is 21+.
The Cantab Lounge offers a different music-themed evening weeknight, helping cement its reputation as one of Cambridge’s more interesting music venues. Monday nights the place hosts a singer-songwriter open mic event, Wednesday nights have Bob & the Beats 80s & 90s Jam upstairs and a popular poetry slam downstairs in the Underground, Thursdays regulars the Chicken Slacks serve up a set of soul and funk, Fridays and Saturdays, various dance bands perform, and Sundays are reserved for a weekly All-Star Music Jam. Cover charges vary.
The Cantab Lounge, 738 Mass Ave, Central Square, Cambridge, hosts its weekly Bluegrass Pickin’ Party every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Admission is free, but a $7 donation is encouraged. The event is open to performers and fans alike. Food and drink are available, cash only. Take an MBTA Red Line train to Central Square.
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