Thursday, September 17, 2015

Wild Bills and JCherry Presents,

 Bring you... 

Monster Mash: Music, Movies, & moonSHINE! 

visit wild bills online, CLICK HERE
1003 Newfield Street, Middletown
Where the wild, weird, zany and creative, let loose!

"It's the wild west of venues," JCherry

There is a place on the outskirts of Middletown with the world’s largest bobbling head, a giant jack-in-a-box, a haunted mansion, and a colorful cornucopia of visual art on almost every paintable surface. Wild Bills Nostalgia on Newfield Street, in Middletown, is home to the unusual, the retro, the odd, and the bobbling heads. On any given day you can wonder around inside the shop at Wild Bills and find stuff you never knew existed. From posters, to retro toys, leather jackets, LPs, board games, and retro clothes. 

The walk through Fun House is quite the site! It’s crocked windows and zany design scream for attention, scream for the curious, but the city won’t let it open. The building needs a $70,000 sprinkler system. So it sits empty for now, while the creative and resourceful array of artists that are attracted to Wild Bills, plot and scheme to raise the funds in order to open the Fun House doors. In the meantime, Wild Bills isn’t just a shop, it’s a way of life, an attraction to visit, a place to explore. Outside three Yugo cars sit balanced on top of fiberglass balls. There is a giant field, a stage, and a outside movie theater, an organic garden, and a farm stand. The possibilities for fun and creativity are endless. 

Local artists have used Wild Bills to film movies, do photo shots, paint murals, and most recently host festivals. Once a hotspot night club back in the 40s, Wild Bills is now a hopping venue in it’s own right. Attracting creative types from across the state to produce festivals. One such artist was thrilled at the opportunity to produce a show at Wild Bills. JCherry, of JCherry Presents, is  a local artist/producer, and radio host at WESU 88.1FM. She has been producing shows in CT for the last decade. Most notably are, VOICE of the CITY, airing on WESU 88.1FM since 2009. VOICE of the CITY features local artists, musicians, and creative people in CT, and The Annual Middletown Music Festival held every second weekend in August at Middlesex Community College now in it’s fifth year of production.

Joe McCarthy of SandBox Arts and Radio Obscura, a fellow artist and radio producer at WESU, approached JCherry about producing a show at Wild Bills. And Monster Mash: Music, Movies, and moonSHINE was born! Monster Mash will feature over a dozen local bands including, JCherry and the Strawberries, gigglejuice, Murderous Chanteuse, Snooty Garland, The Terry Rand Band, SuperTrance, Randomizer, Kozmic Voodoo, Amity, and more!  The music is all original with genres in rock and roll, jazz, pop, funk, indie, and folk. There is something musically for everyone explained JCherry. “Connecticut is home to an array of very talented local bands. We are blessed and it gives me such a high to bring this music to the public at Wild Bills!” On Saturday there will be a costume party being dubbed, Monster Ball with a grand prize collection of local music CDs going to the “best costume”.

Monster Mash runs the whole weekend starting on Friday, October 16th at 3PM, and ending on Sunday, October 18th, at 4PM. Tickets are $40 to camp for the whole weekend, day passes are $10 a day. There will be a vendor village for local shopping, local food vendors, games, knocker balls, lots of music and dancing, movies, and more! For tickets and more information visit

Friday, September 11, 2015

Monster Mash: Music, Movies, & moonSHINE!

Get your tickets here! Only $40 to camp! 
$20 for whole weekend day pass till midnight, and $10 for the day

                                                                  sound by Stereo Joe

TWO DAYS! TWO STAGES! Wild, Live, and Local! October 16-18 @
Wild Bills on 1003 Newfield Street , Middletown, CT. Camping $40, day pass till midnight $10. Saturday night is Monster Ball, come dressed up and win some awesome local music for your collection, and a JCherry t-shirt! Ladies, we have girly Ts that suit your curves (0; 

MONSTER BALL, Saturday, October 17th @ Monster Mash! 

JCherry & The Strawberries
Dapper Rascals
Snooty Garland
The Terry Rand Band
Kozmic Vodoo
Soule Styce
Jay Roberts
Caution Tape
Mental Pause
(My parents jazz funk band, not yet named. Hey, the apple, or the cherry, in our case, don't fall far from the tree!
And more TBA.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

JCherry Presents

 Mission Statement

To bring local artists, musicians, poets, actors, comedians, philosophers, authors, and creative types of every ilk doing great things in their community, to the airways, Internet, and stage in Middlesex County and Connecticut at large, as well as globally on the worldwide web. We provide a means for the community to access the talent in their own backyards. Using the public radio airways, and public spaces, JCherry Presents builds a stage to open up the arts to everyone.

An artist needs an audience, and an audience needs an artist. You don’t have to go to a  giant arena or listen to a commercial radio station, to hear quality music. Tune into VOICE of the CITY, or visit  to find out about all the community events we produce, on the air, internet and stage. With our focus on the local arts scene, we give the community a chance to be heard.

VOICE of the CITY, 
since 2009, airing on WESU 88.1FM Middletown, Tuesday evenings from 8-9PM, is a showcase of the many talented and creative people here in Middlesex County and Connecticut at large. VOICE of the CITY originates from the concept of Vaudeville.  Vaudeville has an interesting history. At its core, vaudeville is a variety show from the many people in a city. The word Vaudeville comes from the French word, Voix de Ville and in English translates to voice of the city. We bring vaudeville, the voice of the city, to the airways at WESU 88.1FM.

Anything Goes Open Mic, 
since 2008 at The Buttonwood Tree. Open Mic aka Microphone, is a bridge to the stage for artists. At Open Mic you will find people of all ages depending on the space. JCherry Presents produces open mics in Third Space settings. A Third Space a place outside of the home where people like to gather. A Third Space can be a coffeeshop, a community center, a place where people of all ages  can “hangout”, share a conversation, a poem, a piece of art, political debate, you name it! Anything Goes Open Mic, fosters a working relationship with The Buttonwood Tree in accordance with their mission of providing a stage for performance artists, as well as the community at large. All voices without censorship can be heard

The Annual Middletown Music Festival 
Each summer we bring local musicians, artists, poets, dancers, and more, to the Annual Middletown Music festival. Held at Middlesex Community College the 2nd weekend of August. Now heading into our fifth consecutive year of production. We started with one small stage, four bands, a poet, and a dancer on a Sunday afternoon. We have grown into a two day festival with two stages, over eighteen bands, three emcees, more poets, dancers, and a local vendor village where people can shop local.

Monster Mash: Music, Movies & moonSHINE, is our newest project happening for the first time on October 16-18 of 2015. It will be very similar to the The Middletown Music Festival in that we will feature original local music, on two stages, and a local vendor village. Complete with a costume ball on Saturday night, and yoga Sunday morning. 

So who is JCherry? Take a look

JCherry & The Strawberries

J-Cherry & The Strawberries
“In the Belly Of The Beast” by J-Cherry and the Strawberries, is the group’s first album, recorded before a live audience with Michael Arafeh of The Coffeehouse. “In The Belly Of The Beast”, is part poetry, blues, and roots rock. A critical look at life, politics, and the world we live in. From “Lies”, to “Dirty Water”, the “Dog’s On Prozac”, and “The Illuminati”, just a few titles on this 13 track record. Here’s what critics have to say about J-Cherry and the Strawberries, “J-Cherry and the Strawberries took to the stage and played to a house that overflowed the music room and spilled out into the library. A local artist with a passion for music, lead singer J-Cherry, a.k.a. Jennifer Shafer Wood, plays her own soulful style of blues, poetry, and funk surrounded by an ethereal musical background.” David Gellar, Middletown Patch.

producer/radio host/singer/songwriter, producing variety shows since 1999, J-Cherry is a committed and passionate community artist.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The 4th Annual Middletown Music Festival Schedule


The 4th Annual Middletown Music Festival Schedule 

Cedar Grove Stage: 

Drum Circle 1:00 - 1:30

Jennifer Hill (peace belt)
1:50 - 2:30

Joey Batts & Them 
3:05 - 3:45

JCherry & the Strawberries/  
4:20- 5:00   (JCherry/peace belt)

5:35 - 6:15   (Kevin Day/peace belt)

Someone You Can Xray     (Dana Newman/peace belt)
6:50 - 7:30

SuperTrance   (peace belt) 
8:05 - 8:45

9:20 - 10:30

Saturday Acoustic Stage

Emcee FreeStyle

1:30 - 1:50

Robert C. Fullerton 
2:35 - 3:05

Julia Autumn Ford &Tracy Walton
aka Belle of the Fall
6:15 - 6:45

Erica Lynn
7:30 - 8:00

EMCEEE FreeStyle


The 4th Annual Middletown Music Festival 
Cedar Grove Stage 

12:00 - 12:40

Terry Rand Band 
1:15 - 1:55

2:30 - 3:10 

HannaH's Field (Hannah/peace belt)
3:45 - 4:25

Balkun Brothers (Nick Balkun/peace belt)
5:00 - 5:40

Michael Cleary Band (Michael Cleary/peace belt)
6:15 - 7:00

Sunday Acoustic Stage

Joe Paresi
12:40 - 1:10

2:00 - 2:25

Rust'd Keys 
3:10 - 3:40  (Diane Koz/peace belt)

Amber Cello
4:30 - 4:40

Basil Ali 
4:45- 4:55

5:40 - 6:10

SuperTrance LIVE @ The 4th Annual Middletown Music Festival

Catch them on Saturday night 
on The Cedar Grove Stage
 August 8-9 
@ Middlesex Community College!!
100 Training Hill Road, 
Middletown, CT