Smell The Love Fundraiser for JP Music Festival at Midway Cafe on Feb. 18

Local musicians will be performing at fundraiser for the JP Music Festival at the Midway Cafe on Feb. 18. The following are some of the songs that will be sung during the fundraiser that starts at 8 pm. A Lover Sings by Billy Bragg
All But Done by 9 Chambers
All I Want by Joni Mitchell
Are You Gonna Be My Girl? by Jet
Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell
Brand New Love by Sebadoh
Corinna by Taj Mahal
Eighteen Years by Daughtry
Falling In Love by NOFX
Gone Daddy Gone by The Violent Femmes
Hopeless Romantic by Bouncing Souls
I Want You To Want Me by Cheap Trick
I'll Cover You from Rent
Imposters by Lenny Lashley
Interstate Love Song by Stone Temple Pilots
Just One of Those Things by Cole Porter
Love Minus Zero/No Limit by Bob Dylan
Our Lips Are Sealed by The Go-Go’s
Secret Heart by Ron Sexsmith
Son Of A Gun by The Vaselines (and later, Nirvana)
The Origin of Love from Hedwig and the Angry Inch
The Waiting by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush
You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) by Sylvester


‘Jamaica Plain Through Time’ Takes Readers on Historical Tour of Neighborhood

Historian Anthony Sammarco's newest book Jamaica Plain Through Time chronicles the neighborhood from the late 19th century through to the 21st century. The following is from Sammarco's book with contemporary photographs by Peter B. Kingman. Known in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as the Jamaica End of Roxbury, the neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, evolved from agrarian farmland for over 200 years into one of the more dynamic and inclusive neighborhoods of twenty-first century Boston. Jamaica Plain became one of the earliest streetcar suburbs of Boston with various forms of transportation linking it to downtown Boston. With horse drawn streetcars, the Boston & Providence Railroad as well as the Boston Elevated Railway, by the turn of the twentieth century, the ease of transportation allowed a thriving nexus of cultures to move to a community that not only saw tremendous residential and commercial development, especially with the numerous breweries along the Stony Brook, but also green space and open lands that were laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted as a part of the "Emerald Necklace" of Boston.


‘I Like You Weird’ — Another Nomination for JP’s Anthem

Love Love, a Boston band with JP ties, is debuting the video for their song "I Like You Weird" here on Jamaica Plain News. The tune's a candidate for neighborhood anthem. Take a look and listen at the embedded video and see if it doesn't have a JP vibe. In addition to the sentiment of the song itself being very JP, the video includes shots from The Midway Cafe and the Pond. The band includes JP singer/songwriter Chris Toppin, who also teaches music in the neighborhood and coaches at Girls Rock Camp, which is mostly based out of Spontaneous Celebrations.

Posters for various JP Music Festival Fundraisers

Before It Raises the Roof, Here’s How the JP Music Festival Raises the Money

Running a free community event like the JP Music Festival is great fun — even behind the scenes. The festival itself brings together the people of JP and Boston (and many Brooklinites sneak over the border) to celebrate great, local, live music. Every year the thousands of people who come discover just how much amazing musical talent lives and works in our ‘hood. As a group of JP residents (okay, a couple of us have migrated to Dorchester), part of the fun of putting on a free community event is raising the money to pull it all off. The committee is led by Rick Berlin and Shamus Moynihan as co-producers and the festival committee is currently Margie Nicoll, Kellie Cardone, Justin McCarthy, Ferris Mueller, and Charles McEnerney.