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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)
SERIES INFORMATION




A World of Women’s Voices

Featuring:

Sharon Goldman
Bev Grant
Villa Palagonia

Saturday, June 10th
8:00 PM
The Buttonwood Tree
605 Main Street, Middletown
Cost: $12

A World of Women’s Voices is a powerful, unique, collaborative performance, featuring three artists – – Sharon Goldman, Bev Grant and the duo Villa Palagonia – – who celebrate the power of women’s stories from around the world, from Italian folk tales and biblical stories to African women, New York immigrant history (including the Triangle Fire), personal/childhood narratives and labor movement anthems.

The evening offers audiences an enriching personal and community experience–not only through the stories told in our songs, which we artists knit together by illustrating how, even with our different backgrounds, we all are essentially connected, but also through encouraging the audience to sing along –and in some cases, to dance!

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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.

VANILLA BEAN WEBSITE



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.

VANILLA BEAN WEBSITE



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.

VANILLA BEAN WEBSITE



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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