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This Year’s Model: Pollination aims to unite the music scene in a familiar Allston spot


With an increasingly lack of proper stages around Boston and its surrounding communities, the Model Cafe has once again slowly dipped its toes into live music. Known mostly as a music scene hangout and base for DJ nights, the Model is usually the spot to grab a drink before last call after the shows end. But Glenn Michael of nearby Allston rehearsal complex and artist space Studio 52 is trying to do what a few have tried, with varying results, in the past: unify live music and the city’s various scenes under one roof.

The second of his new monthly series, Pollination, arrives tonight, and it features a few local acts performing live acoustic sets before Michael then hits the DJ booth to spin Boston-centric sets.

“Handpicked local acts playing five-song, stripped-down sets,” Michael tells Vanyaland. “All genres. Punk, metal, rock, indie, etc. It’s one or two members of a band performing a set you wouldn’t normally see otherwise. This creates some unique performances that you wouldn’t likely see anywhere else.”


Tonight’s event features Jess Collins of Petty Morals and the Static Dynamic, Dave Unger (a Model bartender) and Tim Catz of White Dynomite, and others, and it hopes to build off the success of last month’s launch party.

“The opening night was amazing I’m hoping the attendance continues to grow!” Michael adds. “I’ve been getting a lot of interest from local bands to take part in this new monthly night and am booked until September. Pollination seems like the perfect name. We should all work together to help feed the scene. The bees are buzzing and this night is blooming nicely.”

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