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From rock clubs to music awards, there are a lot of anniversaries going on around town in 2017. Jamaica Plain’s Midway Café is getting into the anniversary action as well, hosting a fortnight of “Dirty 30” parties this summer that traces the independent venue’s weird history and off-the-path bookings back to 1987.
Among the highlights of the July 17 to July 30 celebration are Township, The Dents, and Love Love on opening night; John Powhida International Airport on July 19; Richie Parsons on July 20; Thrust Club on July 26; Bryan McPherson, Lenny Lashley, and Matt Charette on July 28; and The Real Kids, Watts, Muck & The Mires, Gene Dante & The Future Starlets on July 29.
“The Midway’s reputation as a thoroughly eclectic neighborhood joint,” writes booking agent Nick Blakey, “has been cemented by the fact that where else could you see burlesque on a Monday, earth-shattering noise on a Tuesday, free jazz on a Wednesday, folkies and then a Queer DJ dance party on a Thursday, jam bands and then meat and potatoes rock and roll on a Friday, hardcore punk and then cabaret on a Saturday, and Berklee fusion and open mic comedy on a Sunday? Also, regular Midway events such as Queeraoke (and before that Dyke Night), Hippie Hour, Monthly Fem Night, Thomas Lawlor’s Sunday Blues Jam, and the Midway or The Highway Open Mic became and in some cases continue to be staples and crucial community gathering places.”
Blakey adds: “However, the Midway Café’s bread and butter has been the thousands of local metro Boston and New England bands along with a host of neighborhood flash-in-the-pans that have graced its stage and continue to do so to this day.”