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Beer gardens at Whittemore Park for 2019 end

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UPDATED, Sept. 8: The 2019 beer garden continues Saturdays June through September, again in Whittemore Park (rain date Sunday).

The garden's last event for 2019 was heldSaturday, Sept. 7, from noon to 7 p.m.


Ethan Setiawan (1 p.m.)

Ethan Setiawan is a Boston-based mandolin player who’s won such accolades as the National Mandolin Championship and the RockyGrass Mandolin Championship. He’s a member of bands Corner House, Mudskippers, The Harmolodic String Band, and freelances with musicians including Darol Anger and Tony Trischka. In 2015, he attended the Acoustic Music Seminar at the Savannah Music Festival, a program where participants work with musicians like Mike Marshall, Julian Lage, Casey Driessen, and Bryan Sutton. Later that year, he guested on A Prairie Home Companion (now known as Live From Here.) A move to Boston in August of 2015 to attend Berklee College of Music on a full ride scholarship brought about a new chapter in Ethan’s life. He’s been a catalyst for several projects in the Boston area and elsewhere, including Mudskippers, a progressive string band, Corner House, which draws from Scottish, Appalachian string band, and bluegrass styles, and the Harmolodic String Band, which plays the music of Ornette Coleman on bluegrass instruments.

His path has wended its way through traditional bluegrass, to Bach partitas, to free jazz, and his debut full-length album, “Flux” is made up of original tunes drawing from all these wells. The album was conceived and crafted as a whole; the tunes were written for the band, who were chosen for the tunes. To write the album, he dove deep into the compositional techniques and tunes of some of the pioneers of the current wave of bluegrass: Bela Fleck, Matt Flinner, David Grisman and Mike Marshall, to name a few. After months of writing, discarding, and editing, a body of tunes emerged as clear candidates for a record. Over several years, the community around Ethan in the Northeast and Midwest evolved into the perfect band for a project such as this. The band features Julian Pinelli and Avery Merritt on fiddles, Sam Leslie on guitar, and Jacob Warren playing bass. Skilled engineer and mandolinist Dan Bui of Twisted Pine engineered and mixed the album. The recording process took place at the Record Company in Boston, and the resulting album contains close friends and bandmates, a batch of carefully crafted tunes, and the freshest grooves in bluegrass. He has shared the stage with Julian Lage, Darrell Scott, Mike Marshall, Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, Bryan Sutton, Casey Driessen, and the Steel Wheels.

Bradley Copper Kettle and Friends (4 p.m.)

"I'm Bradley Copper Kettle, and these are my friends!"

We play Hi-Energy Gritty Folk Rock and jam a lot. We've been told we sound like the Grateful Dead mixed with a taste of My Morning Jacket.

Based out of Lowell, MA, BCKnF has been regularly playing the area since 2014, and lately have been branching out into the Boston area including Cambridge and Somerville. At the moment we have a few demo songs recorded but are hoping to grab some studio time to release a few quality recordings.

A group made up of friends and talented musicians - You can regularly catch us consisting of acoustic and electric guitars with a solid rhythm section of bass and drums; all with vocal harmonies. If our other friends can make it you'll be delighted by violin, banjo, or keyboard.

Let our original music or live performance show you what we have to offer. Take a look at our upcoming shows list and come visit; we hope to rock your socks off!

At the April 22,  Select Board hearing, the board approved the proposal from Aeronaut Brewing Co. to operate a beer garden at the park during the summer of 2019. 

 Weather cancellations will be announced on Aeronaut Arlington’s Facebook page, which can be viewed without having to join Facebook.

The beer garden is a free, family-friendly event featuring live music, lawn games, and a festive atmosphere for socializing with friends. Local restaurants will be offering light food service for purchase throughout the summer and you can feel free to bring a picnic lunch as well.

For more information, contact Ali Carter, economic development coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-316-3095. 

April 24, 2019: Beer garden to start second year June 1

 This news announcement was published Thursday, May 23, 2019, and updated Sept. 8.

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