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Free Concert Tonight at Somerville’s Assembly Row

Chris Kazarian, Griffin Robillard to play Baxter Park Amphitheater


Most people know of Assembly Row in Somerville as a shopping destination featuring dozens of retailers, including J. Crew Factory, Adidas, Loft Outlet, and Nike Factory Store, as well as the home to Legoland Discovery Center. But on select Thursday nights from May through August, the complex offers a series of free, outdoor concerts titled Assembly Row Live Music Thursdays at the adjacent Baxter Riverfront Park Amphitheater overlooking the Mystic River.

Tonight’s event, featuring local musicians Chris Kazarian and Griffin Robillard, kicks off at 6 p.m. Robillard describes his sound as “folk-tinged indie rock that blends 90s alt-folk with the bigness and theatricality of 70s rock.” A native of Minneapolis, he plans to release his first studio album Cracks in the Ceiling, in September. Robillard says he fashioned the record “between stints in his dad’s Minneapolis basement, Copenhagen, and Boston,” where he now lives.

Kazarian, a Berklee College of Music alum who has performed with a number of local bands, brings his solo acoustic act to the stage tonight. He says he plans to perform a set of original songs that he describes as “poems fused with sounds meant to reflect on what it is to be me.”

In addition to its numerous retail offerings, Assembly Row offers nearly two dozen al fresco, local, and one-of-a-kind eating options, so plan to arrive in time for a pre-concert libation or stay after for a post-concert meal. You can find a complete list of restaurants here.

Assembly Row’s Live Music Thursdays concludes with concerts on August 10, featuring El Gran Mitote & BJ & TMF, and August 24 with musicians Haley Katrin and Solei.

The Assembly Row Live Music Thursdays series takes place at Baxter Riverfront Park Amphitheater, 100 Great River Rd., Somerville, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The shows are free and open to the public. Via public transportation, take an MBTA Orange Line train to the Assembly station.

Taylor Raglin can be reached at traglin@bu.edu.

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