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Bob Dylan Tribute

Friday, April 28th
6:00 PM; Doors open at 5:30 PM
“Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s”
Westport Historical Society

25 Avery Place, Westport
Donation: $20 (includes light refreshments and wine)

Suzanne Sheridan (pictured above) and The Suzanne Sheridan Band will perform an evening of songs written by Bob Dylan in honor of his 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. The band includes Bob Cooper (keyboards), Colin Healy (harmonica, mandolin and fiddle), Paul Horton (lead guitar) and Jake Habegger (drums).

Reservations are suggested: (203) 222-1424.



The Slocan Ramblers

Friday, April 28th
7:30 PM
Presented by GuitartownCT

Best Video Performance Space

1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

The Slocan Ramblers is Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, they have quickly become the leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, with energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and that uniquely Canadian charm!

COST: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

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Kristen Graves and Natalie Gelman

Friday, April 28th
8:00 PM
The Buttonwood Tree

605 Main Street, Middletown
Cost: $15

Kristen Graves is a folk/pop singer, songwriter and humanitarian. Mentioned by both Rolling Stone and the New York Times, and given her own day across the state of Connecticut by Governor Malloy for her musicianship and activism, she has shared stages with Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Rusted Root, Holly Near, Dar Williams, Guy Davis, Dan Zanes, David Amram, Harry Belafonte and many more.

Natalie Gelman writes honest, heartfelt songs – responding to current affairs and revealing parts of her inner self with the world. A modern day troubadour, Natalie performs across the country tirelessly and recently completed her first 10 week European tour in support of Streetlamp Musician.

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Cosy Sheridan

Saturday, April 29th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret
Cost: $15

Cosy Sheridan has been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters” and deservedly so. After more than 20 years of touring and the release of a dozen albums, she solidly established herself not only as a performer who writes intelligent and clever lyrics but also as one of the acoustic music scene’s finest guitarists. Her concerts are wide-ranging explorations of modern mythology (meet Hades the Biker), love songs for adults, contemporary philosophy for the thoughtfully-minded and her signature parody on aging and women.

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Joy Ike

Sunday, April 30th
Doors open at 1:30 PM
Music begins at 2:00 PM

Ridgefield Folk

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street, Ridgefield

The music, voice, and writing of Joy Ike have drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, and Fiona Apple. Born to Nigerian immigrants, her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing. Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Ike has spent the last 9 years playing thousands of shows across the country. She has had the opportunity to share the stage and open for Cody Chestnutt, Allen Toussaint, Tyrone Wells, Jeffrey Gaines, and Sara Groves, to name a few.

Free Admission
Tickets can be picked up at the door on the day of the show starting at 1:00 PM.



Andrew McKnight

Saturday, May 6th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret
Cost: $15

Andrew McKnight is an award-winning folk/Americana artist whose journey has traced nearly a million miles of blue highways, and earned him a wealth of critical acclaim and enthusiastic fans for his captivating performances and seven recordings. Andrew’s powerful and entertaining show is like one man theatre, delivered with warmth and down-home comfort. His finely crafted songs are woven together with humorous stories and poetic drama, while the musical soundscape traverses influences from Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, rustic folk, and even a little fancy flatpicking on a Carter Family tune.

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Randy Burns and Jake Jacobs

Sunday, May 7th
4:30 PM
(Doors Open at 4:00 PM)

The Outer Space Ballroom

295 Treadwell Street, Hamden

Two legendary Greenwich Village folk-rock singer/songwriter/storytellers from the magical golden years of NYC’s Village Music and Art Scene will perform solo sets of their original music and telling tales of Americana in the ’60s and ’70s. Randy Burns is a founding member of The Morning and The Skydog Band. Jake Jacobs is a charter member of Jake and the Family Jewels, Bunky and Jake, The Magicians, and The Fugs.

Cost: $25
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Catie Curtis

Sunday, May 7th
7:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret
Cost: $15

Catie Curtis is an award-winning singer/songwriter, wife, mom, philanthropist and “folk-rock goddess.” She has an uncanny ability to radiate a positive and authentic glow felt by everyone in her presence. Her credits include performing at the White House and sharing the stage with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dar Williams, Patty Griffin and Melissa Ferrick, among others.

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Atwater-Donnelly

Saturday, May 13th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret
Cost: $15

The award-winning duo Atwater-Donnelly provide a unique and thrilling blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry. The highly praised husband-wife duo blends gorgeous vocals with an astounding array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, limberjacks, feet and more. Their performance is appealing to all ages with humor, audience participation, and a relaxed stage presence.

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Locapalooza III

Featuring Elle Sera, Brian Dolzani, Laini and The Wildfire, Five in the Chamber, Catalina, Hitch and The Giddyup, Chaser Eight, ZWS and Creamery Station

Locapalooza is a family-friendly art and music festival, focusing on Connecticut music, handcrafted items made in Connecticut, and small Connecticut businesses.

Saturday, May 20th
Music: 11:00 AM through 11:00 PM
Gates Open at 10:30 AM
Three Saints Park
112 Miller Rd, Bethany

Cost: $15 in Advance, $20 at the Gate
Free Admission for Children (Ages 12 and Younger)

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Joel Cage

Saturday, May 20th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret
Cost: $15

Joel Cage is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Boston. Once a member of the internationally acclaimed rock & roll group Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Joel has been performing regionally and nationally as a soloist for the past two decades. He has performed at some of the most prestigious folk & acoustic venues & festivals in the country, including the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas where he was awarded top prize in the Kerrville New Folk Competition.

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Plywood Cowboy

Saturday, May 20th
8:00 PM
(Doors Open at 7:00 PM)

Lyric Hall

827 Whalley Ave. New Haven
Cost: $15 (at the door)

Plywood Cowboy strikes deep at the soul of American music with songs about hound dogs, heart strings, and the vice of the bottle. The band, which has quickly caught the attention of music lovers, radio stations, music venues and festivals across the region, features singer-songwriter Steve Dedman (piano, guitar and vocals), Jason Apostoleris (drums), Austin Gray (lead guitar and vocals), Ed Iarusso (pedal steel guitar), Kat Wallace (violin) and Shane Tanner (bass guitar).

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Mark Erelli

Saturday, May 27th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret
Cost: $15

Mark Erelli has won several prestigious awards, including the Kerrville New Folk contest and the International Song Contest, where a song he co-wrote with Catie Curtis (“People Look Around”) bested 15,000 entries to win the grand prize. For nearly twenty years, he has maintained a rigorous touring schedule, appearing onstage everywhere from coffeehouses and major folk festival stages (Newport, Philadelphia) to Fenway Park, where he once sang the national anthem before a Red Sox game. In recent years, Erelli has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman and producer, accompanying GRAMMY-winning artists such as Lori McKenna, Paula Cole and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry to London’s Royal Albert Hall.

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David Wax Museum

Tuesday, May 30th
7:00 PM

CHIRP Summer Concerts
Ballard Park
485 Main Street (near Gilbert Street), Ridgefield

David Wax Museum is a folk and roots rock band blending traditional Mexican Son music with Americana in what they call Mexo-Americana. Married couple David Wax and Suz Slezak are its core members.

FREE ADMISSION (Donations Appreciated)
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The Hot Flashes

Saturday, June 10th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret
Cost: $20

The Hot Flashes are an exciting and eclectic group fronted by three female vocalists who have made a name for themselves on the New England music scene showcasing their tight vocal harmonies and jazzy acoustic stylings. The Flashes are Amy Gallatin, who with her expressive soulful singing has made a name for herself both in North America and overseas, award-winning singer-songwriter/guitarist Gail Wade, and multi-instrumentalist Peggy Harvey, founding member of the legendary bluegrass group Traver Hollow.

Backed by the solid chops of mandolinist/guitarist JD Williams, Dobro veteran Roger Williams and bassist John Urbanik, the instrumentation also includes the occasional clawhammer banjo. As a group these six veteran musicians meld their collective experiences, voices and instruments into a unique and rousing musical experience as the three women fuse their distinct voices into one soaring, harmonious musical element.

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Heather Maloney

Sunday, June 11th
Doors open at 1:30 PM
Music begins at 2:00 PM

Ridgefield Folk

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street, Ridgefield

Heather Maloney, a Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter, has toured nationally as a headliner and also in support of musicians such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lake Street Dive and Colin Hay. She spent three years in a meditation center in central Massachusetts before she emerged as a songwriter with musical influences including the folk, pop and rock greats of the ’60s and ’70s as well as lots of ’90s radio hits. In 2014 she collaborated with the Boston quartet Darlingside on the well-regarded “Woodstock” EP, a tribute to the famous Joni Mitchell song that became a hit for CSNY.

Free Admission
Tickets can be picked up at the door on the day of the show starting at 1:00 PM.



David Wilcox

Sunday, June 11th
7:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret
Cost: $20

David Wilcox is a father, a husband, a citizen and a songwriter. First inspired to play guitar after hearing a fellow college student playing in a stairwell, Wilcox is now 18 records into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music. His songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others.

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Mile Twelve

Friday, June 16th
7:30 PM
Presented by GuitartownCT

Best Video Performance Space

1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

Mile Twelve is a hard-driving young Boston band, fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in bluegrass and folk circles. In 2016 the band won the Podunk Bluegrass Festival Band Contest and was nominated for a Momentum Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

COST: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

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Cliff Eberhardt

Saturday, June 17th
8:00 PM
Vanilla Bean Cafe

450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret
Cost: $15

Cliff Eberhardt knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. Growing up in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, he and his brothers sang together and their parents played instruments. His dad introduced him to the guitar and he quickly taught himself to play. Fortunate enough to live close to the Main Point (one of the best folk clubs on the East Coast), he cut his teeth listening to the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt — receiving an early and impressive tutorial in acoustic music. At the same time, he was also listening to great pop songwriters like Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart, which explain his penchant for great melodies and clever lyrical twists.

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The Gage Brothers

Friday, June 23rd
8:00 PM
The Buttonwood Tree

605 Main Street, Middletown

The Gage Brothers began in March 2014 when brothers Ben and Zach Gage spent a Sunday afternoon kicking around old folk songs and singing some harmonies. From there the group has evolved naturally and quickly, gaining the reputation as one of the hardest working groups in their area. The brothers come from a large family nestled in the rural parts of northeast Ohio, and have grown up working hard, making music, eating healthy doses of mama’s cooking and making more music. Writing comes naturally to them both, and you will find that their straightforward lyrics and relatable songs capture their roots and spin tales that all walks of life can make their own. Brendan O’Malley (mandolin) and Chris Volpe (banjo) have now joined forces with Ben and Zach as a four-piece Americana band that creates an energy that draws audiences in and leaves them wanting more.

Cost: $10
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Soupstock Music & Arts Festival

Saturday, June 24th
and Sunday, June 25th

Veteran’s Memorial Park
38 Canal Street, Shelton

Soupstock will once again be celebrating art, music, food and craft in downtown Shelton’s Veterans Memorial Park. The event will includes two music stages, a high-activity Kids’ Zone, lots of artisan craft shopping and exhibits and the Annual Soup and Chili cook-offs.

Cost: $15 per day (Price includes includes soup/chili tasting, subject to availability)
Free Admission for Children (Ages 12 and Younger)

Net proceeds will benefit community programs in the arts through the MAS Turtle Shell Fund.



The Honey Dewdrops

Friday, August 4th
7:30 PM
Presented by GuitartownCT

Best Video Performance Space

1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

The Honey Dewdrops are a Baltimore-based duo, who have garnered great national prominence. They are often compared to Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, but their strong reliance on original material and a spare, live duet sound give them a beautiful and unique presence. This will be their fifth appearance for GuitartownCT.

COST: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

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Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

Thursday, September 15
7:30 PM
Presented by GuitartownCT

Best Video Performance Space

1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

The unique collaborative effort between Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley is bound to be a revelation to traditional music fans on several counts.

Rob Ickes has been playing bluegrass with his much-decorated band Blue Highway for over twenty years, during which time he has been adjudged Bluegrass Dobro Player Of the year fifteen times. Rob has played on countless sessions, recording with artists such as Merle Haggard, Dierks Bentley, Patty Loveless, and Alison Krauss. He has also helped form a jazz–oriented trio, Three Ring Circle, along with Andy Leftwich and Dave Pomeroy. His most recent album Three Bells is a true dobro summit, collaborating with fellow greats Jerry Douglas and the late Mike Auldridge. He even once received a surprise phone call from admirer, jazz guitar and harmonica master Toots Thielemans.

Trey Hensley is bursting at the seams with freshness and musical excitement. His resonant baritone voice is rich, expressive, and equally at ease with classic bluegrass, traditional country, and original compositions. Raised in Jonesborough, Tennessee, he began playing guitar and singing when he was 10 years old. Invited by Marty Stuart and joined from the wings by Earl Scruggs, Trey Hensley landed on the Grand Old Opry when he was only 11. Trey has already in his young life played with Johnny and June Carter Cash, Charlie Daniels, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, The Oak Ridge Boys and Janie Fricke. He’s appeared on bills with Sara Evans, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Randy Owen, Steve Wariner and Marty Stuart.

COST: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

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Missy Raines and the New Hip

Friday, October 20
7:30 PM
Presented by GuitartownCT

Best Video Performance Space

1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

Missy Raines and the New Hip , the all-acoustic quartet led by seven-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year Missy Raines, features mandolin, guitars, bass and drums – as well as Missy’s smokey and seductive alto vocals.

During the band’s performances, Missy Raines — one of the most respected and popular figures within the bluegrass community — holds court in the center of the stage, directing with her bass every bit as much as she’s playing it.

COST: $25 in advance

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Tim O’Brien

Thursday, November 16
7:30 PM
Presented by GuitartownCT

Best Video Performance Space

1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien grew up singing in church and in school, and after seeing Doc Watson on TV, became a lifelong devotee of old-time and bluegrass music. Tim first toured nationally in the 1980’s with Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize. Over the years, Tim has released 15 solo albums, as well as collaborations with his sister Mollie O’Brien, songwriter Darrell Scott, and noted old-time musician Dirk Powell. He’s performed or recorded with Steve Earl, Mark Knopfler, Bill Frisell, and Steve Martin, and produced records for Yonder Mountain Stringband, David Bromberg, and Canada’s Old Man Luedecke.

His solo shows feature his solid guitar, fiddle, and banjo, along with his engaging vocals and harmony from Jan Fabricius. Expect a range of original compositions and traditional arrangements from his many discs, mixed with stories and Tim’s self-deprecating humor.

COST: $35 in advance

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