Thursday, July 30, 2015

DRUM CIRCLE! The 4th Annual Middletown Music Festival on August 8-9 kicks off with a COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE!

Blessing The Cedar Grove with DRUMS!! 

Drum Circle with
Andrew Prue! 

Middlesex Community College
100 Training Hill Rd
Middletown, CT


Andrew handmade many of the drums in his collection! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The 4th Annual Middletown Music Festival, August 8-9 @ Middlesex Community College

Mr. Sparks & JCherry

East of the River artists and producers, JCherry and Tim Sparks, of Portland are at it again with the 4th Annual Middletown Music Festival at Middlesex Community College, Saturday and Sunday, August 8-9. Two stages and two days of music. Brought to you by JCherry Presents,  with support from the Middletown Commission on the Arts, Middlesex Community College, and WESU 88.1FM. 

The festival will take place in the Cedar Grove at Middlesex Community College. In case of rain the festival will be held indoors at Founders Hall. There will be local vendors, local food, yoga, belly dancing, hula hooping, outdoor games and lots of dancing.We are excited to have Middletown Art Academy provide live art painting!

This year we have another stellar line up with thirteen bands, and six acoustic acts. Stage times are scheduled so that you can catch all of you’re favorite artists. On Saturday you can catch, Jennifer Hill, gigglejuice, JCherry & The Strawberries, Someone You Can Xray, Joey Batts & Them, SuperTrance, and StraddleDaddy on the Cedar Grove Stage, and Robert C. Fullerton, Julia Autumn Ford, and Erica Lynn, on the Acoustic Stage. 

Sunday catch Kalimur,, Randomizer, The Terry Rand Band, Hannah’s Field, The Balkun Brothers, and The Michael Cleary Band on The Cedar Grove Stage, and Joe Paresi, Rust’d Keys, and Seat Of Our Pants, on The Acoustic Stage. Tune into VOICE of the CITY airing on WESU 88.1FM, Tuesday nights from 8-9PM to catch a preview of the 4th Annual Middletown Music Festival. Also visit for artists bios, videos, and all festival information. Live and local… this is one great festival! 

Jennifer Shafer Wood 

JCherry and Tim Sparks of Portland, producers of the The Middletown Music Festival

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sympetalous... the Poet... Man of many words is part of the Emcee crew!! The 4th Annual Middletown Music Festival, August 8-9 @ Middlesex Community College


Capricorn born, Wonderbread raised in a long ago time of Apple Pie Mom and a rusted ol' 2 tone Chevrolet, Stan the Man came of age in the 60s, partied thru the 70s, buckled down in the 80s, raised a family in the 90s, then re-configured for a new millenium, so dubbed Sympetalous: a million spoken words emerge, grace the aire, the occasional ear, but nary a published page (don't do submissions, but will take requests!)

Seat Of Our Pants LIVE at The 4th Annual Middletown Music Festival, August 8-9 @ Middlesex Community College

Seat Of Our Pants, live on VOICE of the CITY 2014

Catch Seat Of Our Pants on on the Acoustic Stage on Sunday @ 5:40
Playing the music is easy. Describing what ‘kind’ of music we play is more difficult, as our tastes are varied. Our song choices range from those with prominent vocal harmonies (The Civil Wars, Kasey Chambers, Gail Wade, The Wailin' Jennys, Allison Krauss, and Mad Agnes), to more familiar folk/rock artists (Simon and Garfunkle, Jonathan Edwards, Aztec Two Step, Dan Fogelberg, Joni Mitchell, and James Taylor), to our own versions of up-tempo songs you’d never expect to hear from an ‘unplugged’ folk band (Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, the Beatles, Amity, and yes, even War). There’s even some of our own originals in the mix. It’s the variety of music that creates the fun for us. Our listeners often ask enthusiastically, “I love that song! What song was that!?” when hearing a lesser known tune, and sing along with the ones they know by heart. 

Seat Of Our Pants

Rust'd Keys live at The 4th Annual Middletown Music Festival, August 8-9 @ Middlesex Community College!!

Catch them on Sunday on The Acoustic Stage @ 3:10PM

The Rust'd Keys (Diane Kozikowski & Dave Downs) perform a style of music they call "Nouveau Croon," blending early jazz/pop influences with modern acoustic sensibilities. Their repertoire spans several decades of American popular music. Rust'd Keys