Monthly show hosted at Harvard Street Music Exchange
■ By Gena Estrin / Contributed
The monthly “Super Saturday Music Show” presented by Harvard Street Music Exchange offers an eclectic mix of music genres and has something for every music lover, no matter their age. Every month is a different line-up. June and July shows featured a variety of great performers.
Tyler Baker, Hemet is Heaven singer/songwriter, kicked off the show in June. Followed by hardcore punk group, Awful Tested. Then the sounds turned cool when R&B Jazz group Shinobi Ghost’s tunes filled the room. Fourth in the lineup was Mello Carmello. His name is like his hip hop beats, mello and as sweet and smooth as caramel. Closing the show was indie-rocking Almond Blossom.
On July 7, the Super Saturday show opened with a free pre-show: Sands, San Bernadino’s dream pop artist; Hang Smoove3, one of Hemet’s hip hop artists; and Endorphinz, alt-punk performer. The main show performer lineup included So. Cal. hipster indie artist, Hello Penelope. Hemet psych freak punkers, Happy in Hemet. Hemet electro dance was represented by 1980s Prince. Atlas Squad delivered some more hip hop in Hemet. San Jacinto’s singer songwriter was The Most Familiar Stranger.
Harvard Street Music Exchange also combines their Super Saturday concert night with a Super Saturday record sale during the day. The sale includes 15 percent off used records, a buy one get one free special from their four dollar and under bins, and 10 percent off new records.
At July’s Super Saturday concert, the DOGODOG restaurant offered refreshments, hot dogs and tacos to patrons of Super Saturday Music Show, from their tent booth in front of the Harvard Music Exchange. There was also jewelry for sale, plus “LoCoLadyGuitar” offered her original tributes to music artists consisting of art collage decorated guitars for sale.
Every month during Super Saturday, Harvard Music prepares a tent, table, chairs, and art materials for creation of an art mural project on the sidewalk out front. In June, students adding to the night’s mural were recent graduates from Hemet High who were contemplating their goals and plans after high school. July’s mural was an eclectic mix of images. The store has archived these murals over the years and are planning to use them as an art project in the future.
While The Valley Chronicle scoped out the scene, a cashier named Layla gave some insight about Harvard Street Music Exchange. It’s a two-year old family owned business in Hemet. They offer not only music shows, but also music lessons on a multitude of instruments, singing lessons, and of course musical equipment for sale. They offer discounts on new and used record albums, student discounts, and love getting more vinyl from residents of the Valley. They want to offer music for every ear and every soul.
Harvard Street Music Exchange is located at 134 S. Harvard St in Hemet. Super Saturday Music Shows are standing room only for five dollars per person and performed on the first Saturday of every month. Shows usually start at 7:45 p.m. They also offer Open Mic every Saturday from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. when the stage is open to all singers, songwriters, musicians, and poets.
For upcoming shows at Harvard Street Music Exchange, check The Valley Chronicle’s “Things To Do – The Calendar” or visit Harvard Street Music Exchange on FaceBook or their website at https://reverb.com/shop/ harvardstreetmusic. For more information call 951- 925-6200.