Previous events

Sep2

SVE - Middletown Arts Fest (Full Band Show)

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Trinity Stage, 381 Main St., Middletown, CT

FREE! Join the fun on Main Street for First Fridays Eco Edition!

From 5-8pm you'll find shopping, restaurant specials, live music, dance performances, DIY art, gallery showings and so much more.

This month, we're featuring great eco-initiatives like clothing swaps, upcycling and eco arts.

Pencil in all the activities, including :

  • Fine art auction & thrifted artistic clothing sale @ Mind Brakes

  • The Chalk Walk & DIY Sidewalk Art

  • Bob Schnittman Nature Photography Gallery Show at Middletown Framing

  • Live Music & Lesson Open House at Middlesex Music Academy

  • Off Route Art Colective showing @ 428 Main St

  • Reboot Eco Clothing Swap @ 428 Main St.

  • Prize Wheel for shoppers @ RJ Julia

  • Sidewalk Crafts for kids @ Amato's Toy & Hobby

  • Dance, Comedy Improv & Music performances at Trinity Stage, hosted by Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet stage.

  • Art showing & BYO-Cup Discount @ Klekolo World Coffee

  • Signature Arts Fest Cocktail @ Conspiracy

  • Paint Your Own Cookies with Cake, Batter & Roll

  • Live music by Erik Labranch, Zach Anderson & The Sawtelles @ 225 Main

  • Indie Makers Market at 195- 225 Main Street

  • Open Mic & screen-printing demo @ cinder + salt

Aug5

Join the fun on Main Street for First Fridays Food Edition! From 5-8pm you'll find shopping, restaurant specials, live music, dance performances, DIY art, gallery showings and so much more. This month, enjoy tastes and tidbits from Middletown's robust restaurant scene & be inspired by the performers, artists and musicians lining the street. * Live watercolor portraits & artisans @ Mind Brakes * Seaglass Art @ The Buttonwood Tree * The Chalk Walk & DIY Sidewalk Art * Gallery Show at Middletown Framing * Live Music & Lesson Open House at Middlesex Music Academy * DIY Crafts for kids @ Amato's Toy & Hobby * Dance & Music performances at Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet stage. * Art showing & $1 pastries @ Klekolo World Coffee * Signature Arts Fest Cocktail at Conspiracy * Treat tastings at Cake, Batter & Roll * Live music & circus performances @ 225 Main * Indie Makers Market at 221- 225 Main Street * Open Mic & screenprinting demo @ cinder + salt

Dean and I are thrilled to share a bill with the amazing Josh Rouse. You don’t have to work hard to enjoy Rouse’s music. His songs present themselves to you with an open heart, an innate intelligence and an absolute lack of pretension. They are clear-eyed, empathetic and penetrating. Without pandering, they seek to satisfy both your ear and your understanding. The verses draw you in with telling detail, both musical and thematic, and the choruses lift and deliver. They resolve without seeming overly tidy or pat.

$32

Meriden Daffodil Festival

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Hubbard Park Meriden, CT - Welcome Stage

After getting rained out in 2019, cancelled in 2020 & 2021, we (fingers crossed) will be at the Meriden Daffodil Festival on the Welcome Stage on 4/30! This unofficial kick off to spring is always so much fun. Join us, a dozen or so other bands, craft vendors and food vendors for this annual tradition. FREE!

BROOKE DUGAN / INNER GROOVE / SVE (DUO) - ALL AGES & FREE Entry to this show requires proof of vaccine by card, photo or a negative test result within 48 hours of show time.

The Sunday Buzz Matinee from Cygnus Radio

Brooke Dugan

Brooke Dougan has been making music her whole life. An open mic appearance at age 14 led to a steady stream of solo performances throughout Connecticut and she is now an experienced and talented songwriter with over 50 original songs already in her growing catalog. Brooke’s live shows typically feature acoustic guitar while her recordings usually find her using electric guitars to create layers of sounds. Brooke is a talented guitarist who utilizes multiple open tunings and techniques to serve the different moods of her songs. What really makes Brooke special is the way she sings softly with an intimacy, confidence, depth and a bit of rasp. Her songs are thoughtful with melodies that will stay with you!

Inner Groove

Inner Groove is a band that plays an eclectic mix of rock and classic rock, with the occasional pop and country song thrown in for good measure. The common denominator in every song we choose to cover is a strong vocal presence and a catchy tune.

Brian Ember w/ SVE & Falconeer

Cafe Nine, 250 State St, New Haven, CT

Come celebrate Shellye's birrhday (2 days early) with us at Cafe Nine! Entry to this show requires proof of vaccination by card, photo or a negative test result within 48 hours of show time.

Brian Ember has been slathering New Haven with his soulful baroque pop for the past decade as the singer and songwriter for the string quartet rock band, The Tet Offensive. On the heels of his solo album release (minus a pandemic year), Brian premieres his second video off the album, The New Chastity, and the first time Ember will play with a full band. Come hear tunes off the first album, as well as new songs soon to be released.

Falconeer is an audio/visual project bringing the spectacle back to live music in New Haven, Connecticut. Blending over the top synth pop and retro game influences, Falconeer builds on vintage synthesizers, modified videogame consoles, and a bit of tongue-in-cheek nostalgia for hyperbolic electronic hits of the 80s to make a sound somewhere between Kraftwerk and LCD Soundsystem. As a performance Falconeer uses mechanized sounds, but the human element never leaves the equation. All of the songs have a goal, and the whole production is carried out by one man, live on stage, with arena-sized production values scaled for the modern music venue. The culmination of years of experimentation with electronics and chasing classic sounds, Falconeer began in earnest in 2017 with a collection of animated and constantly moving tracks that conjure dreams of electric sheep.

$10 advance - 21+

The final show of the year in the Olde Church Acoustic Series featuring Rex Fowler, Dodie Pettit and Steven “Muddy” Roues of Aztec Two-Step 2.0, Brooke Dougan and Shellye Valauskas & Dean Falcone. or just $5 you and your friends can hear all these great musicians in one amazing venue. Doors open at 5PM for affordable dinner options and showtime is 6:30PM. Enjoy FREE and easy parking in the garage adjacent to the church!

Proof of vaccination and masks required!

$5

SVE w/ Maple Mars

Cafe Nine, 250 State St, Hamden, CT

We are excited to be sharing the stage at our favorite venue with our LA pals, Maple Mars. Maple mars is a psychedelic pop/rock outfit that has released four albums to rave reviews featured in industry mags such as Billboard, Album Network, Mojo, Hits Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and many online publications. The band has toured both coasts and Europe, and has opened for bands as diverse as the Silver Sun Pickups, The Tubes, and the Lemonheads.

The Shellye Valauskas experience

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Best Video Film & Cultural Center, 1842 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT

We are so excited to get back at it! Join Brian Stevens, Dean Falcone, Rich Dart and I for a semi-unplugged show on the Best video Film & Cultural Center deck. Jebb, a singer songwriter, opens the show at 5 PM. We ask respect for social distancing, please, and masks are mandatory. (Yes, you can lower them to take a drink but please raise them up again.) No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up.