Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Meet the Strawberries! Middletown Music Festival! Sunday August 12, from 4-9 PM. Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT.

The Strawberries are a band of multi-talented musicians and poets that formed three years ago. Inspired by a night of music under the full moon during a summertime festival, J-Cherry and the Strawberries came to be. What's unique about the Strawberries,  is that they are a traveling variety show. They come together as a band with J-Cherry and play original songs written by Cherry and Sparks. The Strawberries also bring their own songs and poetry to the group,  making an eclectic arrangement of music and poetry. 

Tim Sparks, Bandmaster/singer/songwriter/guitar/mouth harp. Mr. Sparks brought his first guitar with money he saved as a young teen. He's been writing and playing music ever since. A multi-talented artist, Sparks writes music from the heart that touches social issues, and the cycles of life. His latest CD. 'Color Outside The Lines', was recorded at Coffeehouse Recording Studio.

Tim Sparks

Tim Sparks live at, VOICE of the CITY, Spring 2010, The Buttonwood Tree.

"Sparks began his set by testing out a yet-to-be-recorded tune, then moved into the songs from "Color Outside The Lines," an album he describes as a reflection on the journey of life.  With soul-searching music that paid homage to his daughter ("Avery") and the roots of our country, Sparks' interesting and heartfelt folksy stories and strong and steady guitar work captivated the house." David Gellar, Middletown Patch

Steve Far

Steve Far, singer/songwriter/bass. Ordained with a semi-hollow body Guild guitar twice as old as himself, Steve mixes everything from jazz to garage rock, but uses changes in time and rhythm to separate himself from any one specific genre. Under this guise, Steve explores his own journey through time with a conversational lyrical style. To listen to Steve's music click here

Phill Bullaro

the elusive cyberman...

Phill Bullaro, drummer/synth/eclectic instruments. Phill is a multi-talented visual artist and musician. He likes to explore the far out regions of sculpture, visual arts, and music. A skilled drummer, music maker, and poet. Phill will take you on wild space jams, and have you land outside the moon. 

Space Monster! 
Phill on upright bass, and Michael Arafeh on electric guitar

Sympetalous, the bard... 

A mild mannered reporter for The Subterranean Homesick News
hears the Call o' Fate and suddenly awakes some velvet morning
when he's straight then starts to sway and write this way
for no apparent planetary reason save the subtle motion
of a Deep Blue Moon and the Red Dwarf Stars

Illusory Time comes and goes all the while our Whirling Earth
performs One full ellipsis around our Sacred Sun and soon
bright pulsing words from the Pipes of Pan arise and soar
as they hang a bit about a pointed space filled with heat
and light and pairs of eager ears open wide to vivid minds
some even willin to shoot the rapids and then float
the calms of this Stream o' Con Ki-O-tay

Rich Hatfield
Guitar man extraordinaire  

J-Cherry and the Strawberries

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