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

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Robert C. Fullerton LIVE at The 4th Annual Middletown Music Festival August 8-9 @ Middlesex Community College

Robert C. Fullerton is a self-taught musician, whose musical journey has taken him through blues, folk, rock, gospel, jazz and even choral music. This journey has brought him to a place of seeing other people's music through his own eyes and ears, resulting in interpretations that are faithful to the original, yet often quite unique.
“Whenever I’m asked what style of music I play, I’m at a bit of a loss. Although my voice seems to lend itself to the blues, I don’t necessarily sing the blues…but I do tend to add a touch of jazz and blues to every song I perform. I don’t think of it as ‘covering’ a tune, rather as interpreting it. “
With a repertoire that includes songs primarily from the 30's, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s (as well as a few original songs), everything is “looked at through blue eyes" - a touch of jazz, blues, a little bit of soul. In the words of one venue manager, “Robert has shown an ability to cater to the multiple tastes that show up at our place. But with his deep, gravelly voice, and amazing blues chops, there rarely is a need for him to stray from what’s familiar.” 

Joey Batts & Them - #Bestie LIVE at The 4th Middletown Music Festival

Joey Batts & Them are a five-piece alternative hip-hop band based out of Connecticut. The band, comprised of Joey on vocals, Tony Volpe on guitar, John Dotson on bass, Marty Wirt on keys and Mike "Beatwiz" Spellman on drums and percussion, is taking the live hip hop scene by storm, Joey Batts never takes no for an answer - you either love his sound right away, or his voice kidnaps you until you change your mind. A lyrical genius and an amazing front man with impeccable crowd control, rolled into, one Joey Batts has proven to be an asset to CT's growing underground hip-hop culture.

With funky grooves and plenty of hooks, Joey Batts & Them can turn any show or event into an outright party. And with shows all over New England, the Northeast, and beyond, be sure to check them out, and you can be the best of friends! - See more at:

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

Randomizer Bio: Blastronaut (Jeff Sullivan): Drums, samples, rhythmic visions, and interdimensional missiles. Cro-Magnum (Dylan Cram): Bass, sub-frequency soundscapes, Low-end meta-detonations. Pan Galactic (Jeff Carter): Guitars, synths, banshees, elephants, and various outlawed alien technologies.

Formed in 2012, Randomizer is a fully operational space station of improvisational music. It seeks to expand the sonic horizons it's listeners with a confluence of musical styles including Trance, Jazz, Funk, Progressive Rock, and World Music. Randomizer's debut album will arrive via wormhole this Summer (2015).

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The 4th Annual Middletown Music Festival

August 8-9
@ The Cedar Grove 
Middlesex Community College

We'd like to welcome Amanda to the crew of Emcees for this year's festival!!

Amanda Sorvillo
is a senior at East Hampton High School who is well rounded in the arts. She has danced with Creative Dance Center for thirteen years, acted with Epoch Arts for four years, and hosted open mic night at Higher Grounds Coffee House for about a year. She began her journey in music with the percussion section at Center School in East Hampton, and then chose to learn other instruments as she continued through middle school, such as the ocarina and the ukulele. Amanda began performing covers for the public in eighth grade at Higher Grounds open mic nights, and today, she is currently writing music that she hopes to perform to the public soon.