Sweet Petunia

When listening to queer freak folk duo Sweet Petunia for the first time, many are blown away by the interchanging vocal lines of Madison Simpson & Mairead Guy. Unbelievably, the two are not related, though their voices are almost indistinguishable from each other. These brother harmonies lead Sweet Petunia through many shifting genres, melding traditional folk sensibilities with a distinct punk flare. Established in Boston in 2018, the pair have spent the last three years cultivating their sound and playing over one hundred shows.

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Sweet Petunia

Birthday meal?
Mairead: My go to birthday meal is homemade Mac n cheese and red velvet cake!
Maddy: I don’t have a go to meal, but I love cheesecake on my bday.

One album for the rest of my life?
Mairead: I would listen to Dolly Parton’s “Little Sparrow” for the rest of my life.
Maddy: Right now it would be “Songs” by Adrianne Lenker I think.

Dream Collaboration?
Mairead: Dolly Parton for sure is the ultimate dream collaborator.
Maddy: My dream collaborator is also Adrianne Lenker!

What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day?
Mairead: I love sitting on my porch with the dog and some friends after a long day.
Maddy: I like walking around Brookline while listening to music, or making a nice dinner with my roommates.

What does performing at Somerpride mean to you?
Mairead: I feel so honored to play Somerville pride! I love being gay and sharing that with other LGBTQ+ people.
Maddy: It feels great to be able to celebrate my identity with other gay people!”



Happy Pride! Celebrate in Union Square with a day and night full of live music from local bands, food and art vendors, games and more Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys headline and have curated an entire day of entertainment for you. The Toys are “musically sophisticated and immensely talented, wildly unusual and diverse in material and presentation, a Dada-esque circus carnival run amuck, and just plain good ‘not-always-so-clean’ fun” Matt Heaton starts at 12PM with a set for kids, followed by 8 original bands. Local legend, Matisse Dupont, returns to drag as her newest creation, Redd Haring The day is designed for people of all ages to come discover local vendors and local musicians.

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Festival Details

Children 13 and under are free with an accompanying guardian. There is a bar where we will also have non alchoholic options. In addition to the music vendors will be selling art, clothes, records and more. Come hungry and enjoy fresh, hot pizza from Lala’s or homemade southern India cuisine from Bombay Brunch. Lightweight folding chairs are allowed, please be mindful of not sitting in dancing space or blocking walkways. Dogs are well loved and not encouraged. We know your dog is well behaved, but we prefer you not bring them. Please show us pictures, we really love dogs. This event is entirely outside, but covid is not over, we ask ask that if you are not vaccinated that you please wear a mask when you are close to other people.

This is an all ages event. Rain date 6/12/22.