American recording artists DWIGHT & NICOLE (Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson) have inspired comparisons to some of the greats: Etta James & John Lee Hooker, The Rolling Stones & The Staple Singers, but it is their fresh blend of spirited blues, rock & gospel that is landing them their own spot among the celebrated music makers. Riding a surge of accolades following their soulful 2010 release !Signs, they have just appeared on the Boston Globe’s “25 Most Stylish” list for 2011 and have been nominated for 5 Boston Music Awards and 3 Boston Phoenix awards.
Paul Byrom is hailed as Ireland's premier young tenor and with good reason. From an early age, his special vocal gift brought him the attention of music industry scouts and fans alike. The Dublin-born tenor began voice lessons and training when he was just seven years old and later he had the opportunity to study under the legendary Dr. Veronica Dunne, Ireland's leading lady of opera.
Performed live by Peter Loffredo accompanied by Eric Esposito
Connecticut Heritage Productions (CHP) is proud to present Dylan Thomas’ holiday classic A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Peter Loffredo brings to life these sometimes amusing, sometimes touching memories of childhood in the early 1900s. Holiday music adds to the nostalgia with songs of the season.
A Window Shoppers’ Xmas with Joe Flood and George Breakfast
Playing a variety of stringed instruments, Joe Flood delivers original material in what Karen Schoemer in the New York Times called “a gravelly voice that perfectly straddles the fence between country and the blues.” His songs inhabit a place where folk and blues roots meet the craft of Tin Pan Alley and the soul of the street. They have been covered by artists as diverse as the New Orleans style jazz band The Flying Neutruinos and Alt Country Chanteuse Laura Cantrell.
This group was formed, almost by accident, in the fierce Connecticut winter of 2011 by like-minded musicians from drastically different backgrounds. Comprised of an electronic percussionist/laptopist, and an effects addicted guitarist, 955 weaves a web of vast, chasmic sound that combines the electric, the electronic, and the acoustic seamlessly. Some have called it “ambient,” “spacious,” and “cinematic,” which are quite appropriate and complementary adjectives.
CALLING ALL POETS, MUSICIANS …The World’s a stage … the mic is OPEN!
This Open Mic is for YOU – the budding artist. Showcase your talents, nurture them with this supportive group. Recite a poem, sing a song, dance, read some spoken word, the microphone is yours for the asking. Community spirit prevails.