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


Seat Of Our Pants - Up To The Mountain (Cover)Seat Of Our Pants - Up To The Mountain (Cover) Catch Them on Sunday @ The 4th Annual Middletown Music Festival THIS WEEKEND!! August 8-9 @ Middlesex Community College

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Joe Paresi LIVE @ The Middletown Music Festival

Saturday and Sunday, August 8-9
@ Middlesex Community College
100 Training Hill Road 
Middletown, CT 

Catch Joe on Sunday on The Acoustic Stage @ 12:40

Joe Paresi LIVE on VOICE of the CITY
Tuesday nights from 8-9PM