Somerville’s Johnny D’s Closed Its Doors In Style After 47 Years


Photos by Rosalee Zammuto

By William Tauro 

Johnny D’s has been located at 17 Holland Street in Davis Square Somerville for the past forty-seven years and is now going to be developed into new commercial and residential space.

Celebrating their official closing this past weekend they hosted the Johnny D’s Open House Weekend that begin on Friday and lasted all the way through Sunday! 
The celebration consisted of and began with:Friday March 11, with their OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND with doors that opened at 5:30pm – 8pm with music and free shows with some great talent that included James Montgomery and his super talented band, featuring Barry Goudreau (formerly of the band Boston). 

Then on Saturday March 12 from 8:30-2:30pm was their LAST BRUNCH with guitarist Tom Pendergast rocking the house. 
Then at 4PM – 4:30PM, Yani Batteau and The Styles’ roots run deep, encompassing the sounds and lore of Vintage Country, Traditional Folk and the unique mystique that was embedded in Appalachian music and culture rocked the stage. 
Then from 5PM – 6PM, Chandler Travis Philharmonic featuring John Clark on bass n vox, Mike Piehl on drums, Cliff Spencer on piano, Dinty Child on mandocello, accordion, n vox, Fred Boak on vox, Chandler Travis guitar n vox, with the June Trailer Dancers: Ken Field on sax, Bob Pilkington on trombone, and Jerry Sabatini on trumpet further shook the house. 

Then at 8PM – 12AM, Neon Grandma, and others took stage and these boys knew how to make the crowd forget how sad they were about the closing.  
Then with the grand finale that began on Sunday March 13th, the Pre-Parade fun started when the doors opened at 4pm to host an hour of New Orlean’s style brass band music   

This event was open to all ages with two short sets by Revolutionary Snake Ensemble and Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band with proceeds to go to Somerville Homeless Coalition and Community Cooks.

At 5:30 they all marched into the (closed) street, locking the doors behind them, waving special Johnny D’s hankerchiefs and parade with over 30 marching musicians. Club cwner Carla DeLellis told the crowd “What a run it has been.” 



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