Schedule

Sep
26
Thu
Guilford Performing Arts Festival @ Multiple
Sep 26 – Sep 29 all-day
Guilford Performing Arts Festival @ Multiple | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Experience four days and nights of music, drama, dance, poetry, storytelling and circus arts—even mind reading. Plus workshops in music and dance, interactive improvisational theater, a drum circle and musicians’ jam. All FREE! The Connecticut Shoreline will come alive with 70 shows going on in 13 venues, mostly on or around the historic Guilford Green. Come out, wander about downtown and catch as many shows as you can, then explore Guilford, grab a meal and shop while you’re here!

Special treat: attend our benefit Dinner on the Guilford Green on Thursday, September 26, at 6:15 pm. It’ll be an elegant evening with a farm-to-table dinner; wine, beer and a signature cocktail; live music by the Afro Bop Alliance Latin Jazz Sextet and the Sandy Stoddard Trio; and special appearances by other festival performers. Extremely limited seating. Reserve your seat today!

Guilford Poets Guild @ Breakwater Books
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Guilford Poets Guild @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Members of the Guilford Poets Guild will do readings of their latest works, many of which are to be collected in the guild’s forthcoming anthology, Our Changing Environment.

Artist Bio

The Guilford Poets Guild is a group of 15 award-winning, published poets from the Shoreline who meet regularly to share poems and promote the love and engagement of poetry within the community. The mission of this nationally recognized group is to enhance awareness of poetry by providing a forum for it to be heard, read, written and enjoyed. The guild sponsors eight readings a year at the Guilford Free Library, stages a Holiday Roundtable, conducts an annual poetry contest for Guilford High School students, and coordinates poetry and art events with the Guilford Art Center, Madison Art Society and Florence Griswold Museum. The guild is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and plans to publish its third anthology, Our Changing Environment, in the fall.

Breakwater Books

Dinner on the Guilford Green @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 26 @ 6:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Dinner on the Guilford Green @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Join us under the tent as we officially open the 2019 Guilford Performing Arts Festival with an exclusive celebration for festival patrons and guests.

DATE: Thursday, September 26, 2019
TIME: 6:15 pm
PLACE: Historic Guilford Green

The night will feature a farm-to-table dinner with wine, beer, a signature festival cocktail and live music by the Afro-Bop Alliance Latin Jazz Sextet and the Joe McCarthy-Sandy Stoddard trio.

Seating is extremely limited with admission by donation to the festival of $150 or more per person, or purchase of Silver or higher-level festival sponsorship.

Can’t make it? Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Guilford Performing Arts Festival. The show can’t go on without your help.

Thank you, and see you in September!

Meg Smith & Simone Gell
2019 Dinner on the Guilford Green Co-Chairs

The Guilford Green

Sandy Stoddard Trio @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 26 @ 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Sandy Stoddard Trio @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Sandy, drummer Joe McCarthy and bassist Jim Tutunjian perform music from the Great American Songbook, bossa nova and straight-ahead jazz—part of Dinner on the Green, a benefit event for the Guilford Performing Arts Festival.

The Guilford Green

Afro Bop Alliance Latin Jazz Sextet @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Afro Bop Alliance Latin Jazz Sextet @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The Afro Bop Alliance Sextet, a subset of the Latin Grammy-winning Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, will play an evening of Latin-inflected jazz music, riding Afro-Cuban rhythms, a driving horn section and the exquisite drumming of bandleader Joe McCarthy. This performance is part of a benefit for the Guilford Performing Arts Festival. You can reserve your space, at $150 per person, here.

Artist Bio

Latin Grammy Award-winning Afro Bop Alliance is an Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble based in New York. It received Latin Jazz Album of the Year at the 9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in 2008 for the recording “Afro Bop Alliance, featuring Dave Samuels,” which was released on the Heads-Up label. The recording was also nominated for a Grammy in the same category that same year. The band was founded and is led by drummer Joe McCarthy, who lives in Madison, Connecticut. The band is comprised of first call jazz and Latin jazz players from New York and New England.

Afro Bop’s music has long been inspired by the great be-bop tradition, married to the rich rhythmic stylings of Afro-Caribbean music and is composed by the members of the band and arranged by Vince Norman. Afro Bop Alliance has been featured at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, The Silver Spring Jazz Festival, The Provincetown Jazz Festival, The WC Handy Jazz Festival, Blues Alley, Bethesda Blues and Jazz, Rams Head On Stage with Paquito D’ Rivera, The Jazz Educators Network International Convention, The Percussive Arts Society International Convention, The University of Florida, Georgetown University, George Mason University, University of Maryland, West Chester University, Rowan University and The Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Series, among many others.

Sep
27
Fri
Dolores Hayden: Exuberance @ Breakwater Books
Sep 27 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Dolores Hayden: Exuberance @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Dolores will give a reading from her most recent book of poems, Exuberance, set in the earliest years of American aviation, when daredevil pilots—women and men—thrilled spectators who had never seen an airplane. She will also conduct a discussion with the audience on poetry, history, aviation and the writing process.

Artist Bio

Urban historian and poet Dolores Hayden writes lyric poetry with a strong storytelling component. A Guilford resident, she is the author of three poetry collections: American Yard; Nymph, Dun and Spinner; and Exuberance. She’s received awards from the Poetry Society of America and the New England Poetry Club. Dolores is professor emerita of Architecture and American Studies at Yale University and is the author of six books on the history of American landscapes, towns and cities.

Breakwater Books

Frederick-Douglass Knowles II: BlackRoseCity @ Breakwater Books
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Frederick-Douglass Knowles II: BlackRoseCity @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Award-winning spoken-word artist, educator and activist Frederick-Douglass Knowles II—the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Hartford—will do a reading of work from his collection of poetry, BlackRoseCity.

Artist Bio

Frederick-Douglass Knowles II is a poet, educator and activist, an associate professor of English at Three Rivers College and the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Hartford. His collection of poetry, BlackRoseCity, was featured at the 2018 Association of Writers & Writing Programs. His poem Mason Freeman Cuts Jenkins Down has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his sonnet Sunday School in the 90’s (the way I understood it) won the 2019 Nutmeg Poetry Award. His work has been published by the Connecticut River Review, Sinkhole Magazine, Yale University Press, Lefoko Magazine and Third World Press.

Breakwater Books

The Derek Grippo Project @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Derek Grippo Project @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The Derek Grippo Project performs classic songs in a jazz and bebop style. Vocalist Derek Grippo, accompanied by locally known guitarist Dr. Gary Grippo and bassist Preston Murphy, will perform songs such as Route 66, Georgia On My Mind and Tracy Chapman’s rocking Give Me One Reason and Aretha Franklin’s soul anthem Think.

Artist Bio

This four-person combo features vocalist Derek Grippo, a New Haven resident with a unique style ranging from low baritone to tenor. Accompanied by bass, drums and Gary Grippo on guitar, Derek Grippo performs its own unique renditions of jazz, R&B, soul pop and rock, with an emphasis on bebop.

Herstory Theater: Panic in Connecticut @ The Hyland House Museum
Sep 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Herstory Theater: Panic in Connecticut @ The Hyland House Museum | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Herstory Theater will present Panic in Connecticut: Accused Witches Have Their Say, a one-woman, costumed performance that brings to life the stories of women were accused of witchcraft in 17th-century Connecticut. An audience Q&A will follow.

Artist Bio

Actress and playwright Virginia Wolf founded Herstory Theater to produce three shows about little-known women in American history: Panic in Connecticut, Accused Witches Have Their Say; Katy Leary and Mark Twain; and Mary Rowlandson, Indian Captive, about a 17th century woman held captive by Native Americans from the Wampanoag Tribe during King Philip’s War. Herstory Theater has since become a home for other projects about lesser-known women in history, including works written by other Connecticut playwrights and staged by ensemble casts.

The Bassless Trio: Bad Children @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 27 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The Bassless Trio: Bad Children @ Christ Episcopal Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The group will perform Bad Children, an entertaining and eclectic collection of music that uses original librettos by adults and children, and celebrated poetry, to explore the dark meanings behind some of the most popular children’s stories in history.

Artist Bio

The Bassless Trio is an innovative classical/contemporary chamber ensemble featuring world-class musicians who explore traditional and new music, untapped instrumentations and genres. The soprano voice of Lisa Williamson, cello of Cara Cheung and saxophone of Joshua Thomas combine in an unexpected way, bringing fun and thoughtful music to the stage.

Christ Episcopal Church

Carlos Eire @ Breakwater Books
Sep 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Carlos Eire @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Come hear author Carlos Eire, whose book Waiting for Snow in Havana won the 2003 National Book Award in nonfiction, read from his work and lead a timely discussion of escape from political repression, immigration, self-discovery and belonging. 

Artist Bio

Not many people can say that being declared an enemy of the state is their life’s highest honor. Carlos Eire can. An exile who fled Cuba without his parents and bounced around foster homes before settling in the United States and embarking on a career as a historian, Eire wrote a best-selling memoir, Waiting for Snow in Havana, which won the National Book Award in 2003—and earned him the distinction of being declared an enemy of the Castro regime. A professor of history and religious studies at Yale, Carlos specializes in the social, intellectual, religious and cultural history of late medieval and early modern Europe, with a focus on both the Protestant and Catholic Reformations; the history of popular piety; and the history of the supernatural, and the history of death.

Breakwater Books

Suzanne Sheridan @ The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center
Sep 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Suzanne Sheridan @ The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Suzanne’s solo performance on voice and guitar will showcase her original songs along with the music of Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan.

Artist Bio

With a capacity for writing as well as covering great songs, Suzanne is a singer, songwriter and guitarist well known for her tribute performances of music by Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Carole King, Carly Simon, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and James Taylor. She’s released an album of Mitchell and Cohen covers and a collection of 20 of her own songs. A former advertising jingle singer whose work for Pepsi won a Clio award and who wrote music for The Electric Company and was a runner-up in the gospel category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, she’s also a tireless advocate for marriage equality.

The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center

Wild Maple @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wild Maple @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

This Massachusetts-based acoustic trio has a lively, original sound wrought from diverse musical influences ranging from Americana roots, singer-songwriter and folk to rock, blues and classical. Flat-picking guitar, expressive violin and stand-up bass combine for an energetic swing on songs with rich emotional content that speak to people’s everyday lives, historical events, and relationships.

Artist Bio

Wild Maple’s lively sound is woven from a rich variety of musical influences, including Americana/Roots, singer-songwriter, blues, folk, rock and classical. Their repertoire is a blend of originals, traditional/folk songs and covers of obscure singer-songwriter material performed on acoustic string instruments accompanied by gorgeous vocal harmonies. This trio from north of Boston has a growing fan base throughout New England and has been performing for 10 years in coffeehouses, music festivals, street fairs and restaurants.

Here’s their quartet performing Chris Biester’s Blackbird Song at Boston’s Club Passim in January.

FOCUS Teen Improv @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
FOCUS Teen Improv @ Christ Episcopal Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The 15 talented kids of FOCUS Teen Improv conjure stories out of thin air, using improvisational theater to spark a spontaneous, interactive relationship with their fellow performers as well as the audience. Structured improv games provide the foundation for a creative, fun and unpredictable afternoon of collaborative dramatic play.

Artist Bio

FOCUS Teen Improv is a group of Shoreline kids, ages 12-16, who study improvisational theater with Lara Morton, founder/director of Handful Productions of Madison. Lara is passionate about the power of theater to transform lives and has been working professionally in theater for more than 20 years.

Check out this promo for the group’s spring 2019 classes.

Christ Episcopal Church

Natya Mandala: Bharatanatyam Dance @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Natya Mandala: Bharatanatyam Dance @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Natya Mandala performs one of the oldest forms of traditional Indian classical dance, known as Bharatanatyam. Its features intricate footwork, complex rhythms, and depictions of mythological stories and emotions that can transport the dancer and the viewer to temples and spiritual places far beyond their surroundings.

Artist Bio

Natya Mandala is an Indian classical dance awareness group that promotes traditional Indian dance forms through performance, shows, workshops and other events. Based on one of the oldest forms of Indian classical dance, known as Bharatanatyam, its pieces range from purely abstract and rhythmic to devotional to dramatic to modern, with depictions of the divine in various forms. The troupe, led by dancer Smita Krishnaswami, is largely drawn from students, faculty, lab technicians and others at the Yale School of Medicine.

Seat of Our Pants @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Seat of Our Pants @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Seat of Our Pants (SOOP) plays a distinctive brand of American roots music featuring rock-influenced songwriting, intricate harmonies and unique instrumentation that includes mountain dulcimer, fiddle, guitar and upright bass, and the percussion box known as the cajon. A SOOP show is heartfelt, humorous and contagiously fun!

Artist Bio

Seat of Our Pants plays at the forefront of the Connecticut roots music scene with heartfelt, humorous songs and unique instrumentation. The distinctively all-American tone of the Appalachian mountain dulcimer, the visual intrigue and rhythmic thump of the electric upright bass, the energetic beat of the cajon, the melodic play of fiddle and guitar, plus impeccable intricate vocal harmonies distinguish this one-of-a-kind Connecticut ensemble.

Enjoy this cover of Rattlin’ Bones, by Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson.

Arthur Murray Dancers: Ballroom Dance Class @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Arthur Murray Dancers: Ballroom Dance Class @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Event details to come!

Nathanael B. Greene Community Center

Conn Artists: Contemporary a Capella @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Conn Artists: Contemporary a Capella @ Christ Episcopal Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

From Ellington to madrigals to Sting, the Doobies and doo-wop, plus a dose of comedy and satire, this men’s a cappella singing group does it all—defying audiences’ preconceived ideas of what an a cappella show should be.

Artist Bio

The Conn Artists is a highly acclaimed, seven-member a cappella singing group based in Fairfield County, Connecticut. It’s a genre-defying ensemble that, in spite of the fact that none of its members are professional musicians, placed second in the New York regionals of the national a cappella competition Harmony Sweepstakes. The members are Martin Brayboy, bass; Gary Schanzer, really low bass; John Carlson and Doug Rollins, baritones; and Charlie Dear, Peter Sachner and Dave Callahan, tenors. Each of them sang with one of the top collegiate a cappella groups, including the Princeton Tigertones, Amherst Zumbyes, Williams Ephlats, Trinity BMOC and New Hampshire Gentlemen. They’re talented, fun and unpredictable. And if you need a lawyer, orthodontist, financial planner, wealth manager, insurance policy, marketing plan or organic garden …

Christ Episcopal Church

Hagner-McKay Nonet @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hagner-McKay Nonet @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The Hagner-McKay Nonet covers the breadth of modern jazz with imaginative soundscapes and high-intensity swing. Enjoy modern jazz and new music in a performance of original compositions and reimagined American songbook classics and art songs. Creative ensemble passages combine with powerful solos to generate an intense listening experience.

Artist Bio

With alto, tenor and baritone sax, trumpet, trombone, guitar, drums, piano and bass, the Hagner-McKay Nonet performs modern jazz and new music influenced by the likes of Jim McNeely, Darcy James Argue, Maria Schneider and Warne Marsh. The band is co-led by saxophonist-composers Skyler Hagner, a Guilford native and adjunct professor at the University of New Haven; and Hunter McKay. Hagner has performed with Michael Feinstein, Lil’ Kim, Bobby Rydell and others. McKay has performed with Godsmack’s Sully Erna and America’s Got Talent winner Eugene Murphy Jr.; his compositions have been described as “the music that will soundtrack the future.”

NHSO Brass Quintet @ First Church of Christ, Scientist
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
NHSO Brass Quintet @ First Church of Christ, Scientist | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The program includes classical, jazz and musical theater repertoire by Verdi, Bach, Handel, Joplin, Gershwin and Bernstein.

Artist Bio

The NHSO Brass Quintet comprises five members of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra: Richard Clymer and Kenneth Tedeschi, trumpet; Scott Cranston, trombone; Eva Conti, horn; and Adam Crowe, tuba.

Christian Science Church

Submarine @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Submarine @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Original instrumental music rooted in 1970s progressive rock, classic rock, funk and jazz with a timeless jam-band vibe. 

Artist Bio

Submarine is a four-piece instrumental rock band whose sound has been compared to a mix of Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa and Santana. With guitars (Jeff Zudek), bass (Ted Ervin), keyboards (David Golden), drums (Glenn Webb) and electronic sampling, the band moves from progressive and classic rock to funk and jazz. Former members of the Yes tribute band Fragile, the Allman Brothers tribute band Brothers of the Road, Electric Mayhem, In Step, Cinnamon Sky and the U.S. Army Band, they bring diverse influences to the project.

Here’s “Fingertrap,” one of the band’s originals:

Joe Flood @ Bittersweet Barn
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Joe Flood @ Bittersweet Barn | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Joe will play music from his large catalog of original songs, informed by his diverse influences in folk, country, blues, cajun, rock and other music.

Artist Bio

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Flood has worked the streets of Paris with the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band, written songs with Levon Helm of The Band and won a gold record for his work with Blues Traveler. He’s released five albums under his own name; played with tap dancers in New Orleans, Cuban musicians in Key West, gypsies in France and Italy; and had on-stage and studio encounters with Pinetop Perkins, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and John Sebastian. Shall we go on … ?

Here’s the music video for the song Wildflower, which Joe co-wrote with Jono Manson. It’s on Jono’s 2016 release The Slight Variations.

 

Bittersweet Barn

Dingonek Street Band @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 27 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Dingonek Street Band @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Built on the celebratory energy and raw spontaneity of the second-line brass band tradition, Dingonek has created a funky, high-energy party music all its own by absorbing and reworking elements of Afrobeat, Ethio-jazz, punk rock, free jazz and Balkan brass music.

Artist Bio

Dingonek Street Band is a Brooklyn-based brass band dedicated to human culture and sonic adventure, drawing from the celebratory energy and spontaneity of the second-line brass tradition. The sextet features Bobby Spellman on trumpet and slide trumpet; Emily Pecoraro (from Guilford) on soprano sax, Greg Blair on tenor sax, Tyler Burchfield on baritone sax, Josiah Reibstein on tuba and Marco Frey on drums.

Noah Baerman & Friends: Cliff Palace @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 27 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Noah Baerman & Friends: Cliff Palace @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Noah Baerman and Friends, a six-piece ensemble featuring piano, trumpet, alto saxophone, euphonium, bass and drums, will debut a jazz composition commissioned in part by the Guilford Performing Arts Festival. The piece, called Cliff Palace, is part of a larger body of work dedicated to former band member Claire Randall, who was murdered at the age of 26 in a domestic incident.

Artist Bio

Noah Baerman is a pianist, composer and educator who has spent much of his recent career composing and performing “message music,” exploring themes of social justice and community engagement, disability (he has an incurable connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) and the American foster care crisis (he’s a foster parent). Noah has released 10 CDs and published 10 instructional books and was a 2008 recipient of a New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation. He was the recipient in the music category of the Guilford Performing Arts Festival’s inaugural Artists’ Award. His festival band is an extraordinary collection of musicians: Nadje Noordhuis on trumpet, Kris Allen on alto sax, Kate Ten Eyck on euphonium, Henry Lugo on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums.

Check out this trailer for Noah’s most recent album, The Rock and the Redemption, which features the vocals of Claire Randall, to whom his festival piece is dedicated.

Madison Lyric Stage: From Broadway to the Met @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 27 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Madison Lyric Stage co-founders Marc Deaton and John Johmann, plus members of the company’s Emerging Artists Program, will perform selections from the musicals Sunday in the Park with George, Parade, The Secret Garden, Pippin and Phantom of the Opera; from the operas Der Rosenkavalier, Pearlfishers and Madama Butterfly; and from the company’s upcoming October production of Hansel and Gretel.

  View or download From Broadway to the Met playbill

Artist Bio

Madison Lyric Stage is a professional theater company that presents high-quality entertainment from the worlds of opera, musical theater and drama. Founder and Artistic Director Marc Deaton is a producer, director, playwright, actor and tenor who has appeared with leading opera companies and orchestras throughout the world. His performance in the title role of Tristan und Isolde, recorded with the Bulgarian Festival Orchestra, was released by Centaur Records, as was his solo CD of excerpts from Wagner recorded with the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra. He has played key musical theatre roles including Che in Evita, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Tony in West Side Story and the title role in Candide on leading stages in Europe. Past Madison Lyric Stage productions include A Little Night MusicAgnes of God, Blithe SpiritCompanyEvita, Into the Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar, MacbethPeter GrimesSalome, The Glass Menagerie and The Turn of the Screw.  

The Guilford Green

Sep
28
Sat
Dennis Culliton: Witness Stones Tour @ Breakwater Books
Sep 28 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Dennis Culliton: Witness Stones Tour @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Dennis Culliton, co-founder of the Witness Stones Project, will give a walking tour of downtown Guilford, where a number of bronze “stones” have been installed to honor the contributions of enslaved people in Guilford’s establishment, growth and development.

Artist Bio

Dennis Culliton is a social studies teacher at Guilford’s Adams Middle School and the co-founder of the Witness Stones Project, which installs markers in front of places where enslaved people lived, worked or prayed. The purpose of the project, which was started under the Guilford Preservation Alliance and engages local schools and historical societies in research and documentation, is to honor the humanity and contributions of the enslaved in the building of their communities.

WTNH-TV covered a Witness Stones installation ceremony in 2017:

Breakwater Books

The Spot, Guilford Acrobatics @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
The Spot, Guilford Acrobatics @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Fifteen young acrobats and dancers will perform their latest routine.

Artist Bio

The Spot, Guilford Acrobatics & Co., is a training center in Guilford that teaches acrobatics, gymnastics, stunting, hip hop dance and more. Owner Danielle Scarpellino is a former competitive acrobat, cheerleading captain and coach, professional dancer and actress. Through the art of acrobatics, she inspires and encourages children of all ages and abilities.

See Scarpellino and some of her students and instructors in this 2018 clip from WNTH-TV’s CT Style.

The Guilford Green

Laura Clapp @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Laura Clapp @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Singer-songwriter Laura Clapp will bring her passionate, folksy rock to the stage, telling true stories in song form.

Artist Bio

Laura Clapp’s career has taken her from Berkeley College of Music to demo sessions in Nashville, to singing backup for ’80s legend Howard Jones to demonstrating products for music equipment manufacturers. She lives in Guilford and is working on her fourth album as well as her latest labor of love: songwriting workshops. A brash, honest and happy New Englander, she’s an artist who’s not afraid to tell it like it is and who thrives on love, excitement and a passion for life.

Check out her music video for First Shade of Winter:

OK, you also have to see and hear Laura sing backup with synth legend Howard Jones:

Arthur Murray Dance Center

River Run @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
River Run @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Family members Sam, Kat and Bill Wallace perform original acoustic music on voice, fiddle and guitar, drawing from country, folk, Celtic, folk-rock and other traditions. Tight sibling harmonies deliver lyrics exploring the turmoil of modern love and celebrating feminism and changing gender stereotypes.

Artist Bio

Moss-covered stepping stones, heathered fields and the Harvest Moon are all evoked when River Run steps on stage. Their sound, rooted in melancholic storytelling, wanders among folk, Americana and Celtic traditions. It’s a Wallace family affair, featuring sisters Sam (lead vocals) and Kat (vocals and fiddle) and dad Bill on guitar. The trio began writing songs together as an extension of conversations they were having at the dinner table, and the result is a sweet musical experience featuring original tunes, great musicianship and soaring sibling harmony.

The Guilford Green

Lou Del Bianco @ BSK Design at Greene Gallery
Sep 28 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Lou Del Bianco @ BSK Design at Greene Gallery | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Lou will perform Out of Rushmore’s Shadow, based on his quest to gain recognition for his grandfather, Luigi, the chief carver of the Mount Rushmore monument.

Artist Bio

Actor, singer and storyteller Lou Del Bianco has created a dozen one-man historical, cultural and scientific shows, depicting the lives and achievements of the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Hans Christian Andersen and Frank Sinatra. His shows convey folk tales, myths and fables from around the world; native American philosophy; stories of the constellations and more. His six recordings have been featured in the New York Times, Billboard Magazine and other publications. His latest book is Out of Rushmore’s Shadow, about his grandfather’s work as chief carver of the Mount Rushmore national monument.

BSK Design at Greene Gallery

Cherry Pie @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Cherry Pie @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Cherry Pie will put on an eclectic, fun-for-the-whole family show featuring swing, Latin and other favorite dance music with a bit of cabaret and storytelling on top.

Artist Bio

Featuring Guilford’s own Jilian Grey and Ric Haddad, Cherry Pie Band is a delicious, freshly baked musical dance party with just enough retro sprinkled on top for a sweet-stepping good time! Grey and Haddad have been performing together for more than 20 years. Together with Michael Frishman from the Shiny Lapel Trio and Mike Savino on guitar, they are frequent and favorite performers at venues across the Shoreline.

Very cool demo here:

Cherry Pie

Check out my new video…only 3 minutes of your time 🙂 For bookings please private message me!

Posted by Cherry Pie Band on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Arthur Murray Dance Center

Lexie Smith: Bread in the Public Square @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lexie Smith: Bread in the Public Square @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Watch, experience and taste this bread-making demonstration and conversation, while Smith bakes over an open fire and onlookers eat the results fresh from the flame. Conversations about bread and its place in history and culture extend the performance beyond the palette.

Artist Bio

Lexie Smith is a New York-based baker, writer and artist who utilizes bread as a way to explore culture and society. Smith believes bread is essential to a large slice of human experience, and that there is nothing more telling than the way people engage—or don’t engage—with bread. Her publishing platform, Bread on Earth, is a “bread web,” built to support the diverse dialogues that stem from our relationship to grain. Smith recently collaborated on Landing Pages, a two-month literary performance project in a defunct Hudson News at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. She was named to the 2019 list of Forty under Forty by the New York Food Policy Center. Her writings and recipes have appeared in many online and print publications, and she has exhibited in galleries and conducted residencies around the world.

The Guilford Green

Schuyler Beeman: Three Bags Full @ First Congregational Church
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Schuyler Beeman: Three Bags Full @ First Congregational Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Guilford native Schulyer Beeman performs Three Bags Full, his new cabaret show, which takes audiences on a roller coaster ride of his life, flipping between jobs of handling animals on stage for the theatre and sheep farming. The show serves up a large helping of touching and funny storytelling, with songs from musical theatre, standards and pop to pull everything together.

Artist Bio

Schuyler Beeman is a singer, dancer and actor with a passion for sheep farming. He’s brought these all together as an animal handler for the stage, and has been on tour with Isabella Rossellini as her dog handler and puppeteer in the whimsical show, Link Link Circus. The show explores animal cognition and communication—which is also something of the theme of the cabaret show/dramatic memoir Three Bags Full, that he’ll perform at the festival. A Guilford native, he performed his solo cabaret show Home for the town’s 375th birthday celebration in 2013.

First Congregational Church

Drumming Circle with Peter Hawes @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Drumming Circle with Peter Hawes @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Be the music in this all-ages workshop/class/celebration of rhythm, drumming and improvisation led by Peter Hawes, percussionist/teacher and team-building facilitator. We’ll use voice, body percussion, movement, drums and other instruments to make a joyous, heartfelt and synchronous racket on the Guilford Green—while learning about the rhythmic traditions and music of West Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and elsewhere. Instruments provided; bring your own if you’d like. Drums and percussion instruments provided, or bring your own.

Artist Bio

Peter has studied West and North African, Middle Eastern, Japanese and central Asian drumming, as well as music improvisation, and is a certified Music for People teacher of improvisation as a mode of self-expression, creativity, communication and collaboration. A former member of Framework Percussion Ensemble, he’s led community drumming circles throughout the Northeast and facilitated drumming- and improvisation-based team-building programs for USAA Financial Services, Silicon Graphics, Oppenheimer Funds and the American Society for Training and Development. He’s taught at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rowe Camp and Conference Center, and Norwalk Community College.

The Guilford Green

Green Light @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Green Light @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Green Light has shifted gears from doing Beatles, Grateful Dead, Mumford & Sons and Taylor Swift covers, and is now writing and performing original music with the flavor of alt-folk or indie pop.

Artist Bio

This Shoreline trio never lived up to its original name, One and Done, and has moved on from rock and pop covers to writing, recording and performing original music. The band—keyboardist Bill Cox, drummer Dan Coca and guitarist-singer Courtney Seely—released its first EP, Where to Fit, in August.

Here’s Only a Moment from the EP:

Check out “Only a Moment” from Where to Fit – out on 8/19/19!

Posted by Green Light on Friday, July 26, 2019

Arthur Murray Dance Center

Guilford Town Band @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Guilford Town Band @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

A performance by the Guilford Town Band, 100 musicians ranging in age from 15 to 80.

Artist Bio

The Guilford Town Band is directed by Mark Gahm, director of the concert band and wind ensemble at Guilford High School. Musicians, many of whom perform professionally, come from Guilford and surrounding towns. Founded in 2002, the band performs at Guilford’s annual summer picnic and gives a winter concert at Guilford High School every year.

7/13 Guilford Town Band Summer Concert on the Green

THIS SATURDAY July 13th! 5PM on the Guilford Green, come hear the Guilford Town Band in our annual summer concert! We will be featuring some incredible local talent, including GHS Alum Sara Trenner on this beutiful aria from Donizetti's "Lucrezia Borgia."

Posted by Guilford Town Band on Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Guilford Community Center

Keith Zalinger: Mindreader @ Breakwater Books
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Keith Zalinger: Mindreader @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Explore the power of the human mind with mindreader and hypnotist Keith Zalinger, as he connects with every member of his audience through thoughts, feelings and imagination.

Artist Bio

A mindreader and licensed hypnotist with scores of corporate and educational clients, Keith Zalinger is also an acclaimed paranormal entertainer. He divines the thoughts of audience members, answers their personal questions and predicts their actions. A recipient of Gigmasters’ best-of awards for 2012-2018, he is the author of Palmistry, Love and You; Learn the Tarot (in Three Simple Steps) and Practical Astrology.

Here’s a segment of a 2018 appearance at the Thimble Islands Brewery in Branford:

Breakwater Books

Shoreline Jazz Quartet @ First Congregational Church
Sep 28 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Shoreline Jazz Quartet @ First Congregational Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

SJQ provides its interpretations of classic and modern jazz, from the Great American Songbook to Pat Metheny, John Abercrombie and Joshua Redman.

Artist Bio

This four-piece band led by saxophonist Dr. Cyril D’Souza plays a mix of classic and modern jazz. Drummer Mike Bimonte, bassist Adam Anderson and guitarist Stephen Wood round out the ensemble, which plays regularly along the Shoreline at such places as the Elm City Market in New Haven, Chamard Vineyards in Clinton and Quattros restaurant in Guilford.

SJQ at Medad Stone Tavern

It was our second time playing for the Guilford Keeping Society at the Medad Stone Tavern and we had a blast! Great food, wine, and a great cause. We're looking forward to coming back in the fall for their beer tasting!

Posted by Shoreline Jazz Quartet on Sunday, April 28, 2019

First Congregational Church

DittyMack @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
DittyMack @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Artist Bio

With D.W. Ditty on guitar and vocals, and Kenny Mack on sax, flute and vocals, DittyMack covers tin pan alley, pop standards, blues and almost anything else that grafts to their heads. Look for Tom Waits and turn left.

Arthur Murray Dance Center

The Jef Quartet @ First Church of Christ, Scientist
Sep 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Jef Quartet @ First Church of Christ, Scientist | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The quartet will perform Mozart’s String Quartet No. 19 in C Major K.465 Dissonance

Artist Bio

The Jef Quartet was formed at Yale University in September 2018 as part of The Performance of Chamber Music, an undergraduate class at Yale. Its members are sophomore violinists Oliver Leitner and Nanki Chugh, sophomore violist Brian Isaacs and junior cellist Jong Ho Park.

Christian Science Church

Air Temple Arts @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Air Temple Arts @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Step right up! The Air Temple Arts circus will perform aerial silk, hoop and sling acts, and keep the whole family entertained with juggling, tumbling, side show, stilt walking, unicycling and other ground-based circus routines.

Artist Bio

Air Temple Arts is a circus training studio and performing company based in Woodbridge, Connecticut. It offers a variety of classes for teens and adults in aerial dance, circus, movement and yoga; offers circus entertainment to the public; and produces dramatic circus shows featuring Air Temple Arts coaches, students and outside collaborators.

Breakwater Books

Rob Rosenthal @ Breakwater Books
Sep 28 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Rob Rosenthal @ Breakwater Books | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Rob will read from his books Playing for Change and Homeless in Paradise, then guide a discussion on music and art in community building and social movements.

Artist Bio

Rob Rosenthal writes, researches and teaches in the areas of housing and homelessness, the use of music in social movements and community-based learning. A professor of sociology and interim provost/senior vice president for academic affairs at Wesleyan University, Rob is the co-author of Playing for Change, which documents and analyzes the use of music in social movements in the United States and around the world over the past 100 years. He also co-edited an anthology of Pete Seeger’s letters and writings, Pete Seeger in his Own Words, and wrote Homeless in Paradise: A Map of the Terrain, in which he explores the politics and policies of poverty, unemployment, a lack of human services and other problems that often lead to homelessness. For Homeless in Paradise, he won the Association for Humanist Sociology Book Award in 1995.

Breakwater Books

Steve Shelton & Friends @ The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center
Sep 28 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Steve Shelton & Friends @ The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Steve will perform jazz standards and popular music, accompanied by vocalist Caroline Shelton and bass player Mark Rabuffo.

Artist Bio

Guitarist Steve Shelton performs solo and in regional groups such as The Muddy Rudders, The Racket Downstairs, Shoreline Jazz Big Band and Tuxedo Junction Big Band. He’s dedicated to educating listeners about the full potential of the six-string guitar and enjoys speaking about the history behind the music he plays, especially the unique and guitar-heavy world of Latin jazz. He’ll be joined this afternoon by singer Caroline Shelton, who was involved in Guilford High School Theatre Arts and was a theater director at the Neighborhood Music School, and bassist Mark Rabuffo, a metalhead at heart who plays with the Muddy Rudders and The Racket Downstairs.

The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center

Wheel Life Theatre: That’s Just Me @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wheel Life Theatre: That's Just Me @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Wheel Life Theatre performs That’s Just Me, in which actors who ambulate via crutches or wheelchairs create real-life situations and riff on them, improv-style.

Artist Bio

Keely Baisden Knudsen, artistic director of Legacy Theatre, created Wheel Life Theatre Troupe to provide an acting outlet for people who ambulate with crutches or use wheelchairs, and their family members. The troupe, which has members of all ages and range of mobility, performed at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in June. Interested new members should contact info@LegacyTheatreCT.org.

Nathanael B. Greene Community Center

Youth XL @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 28 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Youth XL @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Youth XL has a fresh and unconventional garage-pop sound and a quirky, engaging stage presence in which the line between music and comedy is never wholly clear.

Artist Bio

Youth XL is a kooky, garage-pop band from New Haven. Formed in 2018 as an evolution of frontman Alex McGuire’s live act, it writes and performs tunes characterized by crunchy guitars, sweet harmonies and charmingly irreverent lyrics about breakups, acid reflux and flirtatious nomads.

Here’s the band’s Summer Bummer:

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West Haven Consort: The New Music of the 1600s @ First Church of Christ, Scientist
Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
West Haven Consort: The New Music of the 1600s @ First Church of Christ, Scientist | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The West Haven Consort will present The New Music of the 1600s, featuring works by Monteverdi, Huygens, Caccini and d’India, sung and performed on period instruments.

Artist Bio

Tenor and musical director Thomas Heilman, a specialist in vocal music before 1650, has recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Harwood Early Music Ensemble, and given concerts at the Detroit Museum of Art, the Newberry Library and Amherst Early Music Festival. The ensemble for this performance comprises Heilman, soprano Danielle Munsell Howard and theorbist Hideki Yamaya.

First Church, Christ Scientist

Battle of the Big Bands-Round 1 @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Battle of the Big Bands-Round 1 @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The joint’ll be jumping as two of the Shoreline’s most popular swing bands—Tuxedo Junction and The String of Pearls—face off in round one of a two-round Battle of the Big Bands, with the audience crowning the winner by applause.

Artist Bios

For more than 20 years, the 17-piece String of Pearls Big Band has performed a wide repertoire of jazz standards, early rock ’n’ roll and dance tunes featuring the cha cha, waltz, Tango and swing. Musical director Dick Campo toured with Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra and played with Sammy Kaye and Vaughan Monroe. The band plays extensively along the Shoreline.

New 5 Minute Demo

View our new 5 minutes demo tape

Posted by String of Pearls Big Band on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuxedo Junction is an 18-piece, Shoreline-based swing band with a full brass section, bass, drums, piano, guitar and and vocals. Formed in 1989 by Pete Jacobs as a Dixieland band, it’s now run by Patricia Todd. It’s been a staple at Bill’s Seafood Restaurant in Westbrook for 21 years and performs often in New Haven, Wallingford, Avon, and at the Guilford Rotary’s LobsterFest.

Nathanael B. Greene Community Center

Proud Duo @ First Congregational Church
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Proud Duo @ First Congregational Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

A combination of original new works for oboe and saxophone, and arrangements of compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Poulenc, Musgrave and others.

Artist Bio

Oboist Teodora Pejasinovic Proud, from Serbia, and saxophonist Joseph Proud, from Connecticut, form a contemporary classical duo that explores diverse cultural terrain. Doctoral graduates from the University of Alabama, the pair actively commissions new works for oboe and saxophone while also performing transcriptions of pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Poulenc, Musgrave and others.

Here’s Proud Duo performing Stanislava Gajic’s Maiden’s Dance for Oboe and Saxophone:

 

 

First Congregational Church

Driving Route 9 @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Driving Route 9 @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Driving Route 9 plays original music grounded in Americana and Irish traditions, and puts on a high-energy show with plenty of Celtic-style audience participation.

Artist Bio

Based in New England and inspired by Ireland, Driving Route 9 performs original music that lives at the intersection of Americana and Celtic—the unforgettable sound of the Irish whistle giving the music a haunting, lyrical quality. The band—lead vocalist Rebecca Gripp, drummer Jim David, whistle/sax player Geoff Cox, guitarist Barry O’Doherty and bass guitarist Paul Emmerling—is working on its first album, Matter of Time.

Arthur Murray Dance Center

Nu Haven Kapelye @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nu Haven Kapelye @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Tonight’s concert features an array of Klezmer and Yiddish music from Romania, Hungary, Bessarabia and other Eastern European locales. If you feel the urge to dance, you will be honoring, not insulting, the musicians.

Artist Bio

The Nu Haven Kapelye is a group of area musicians who have been playing Klezmer and Yiddish music for so long—20 years—that some of the musicians weren’t even born when the band started! The Kapelye explores the traditional and the innovative in Klezmer, putting on an exciting show born of the musicians’ energy; their diversity of age, gender, experience and background; and all-in commitment. The band released its first CD, What’s Nu, in 2016. Come join the freylekh (fun)!!!

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Battle of the Big Bands-Round 2 @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Battle of the Big Bands-Round 2 @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The joint’ll be jumping as two of the Shoreline’s most popular swing bands—Tuxedo Junction and The String of Pearls—face off in the second round of a two-round Battle of the Big Bands, with the audience crowning the winner by applause.

Artist Bios

For more than 20 years, the 17-piece String of Pearls Big Band has performed a wide repertoire of jazz standards, early rock ’n’ roll and dance tunes featuring the cha cha, waltz, Tango and swing. Musical director Dick Campo toured with Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra and played with Sammy Kaye and Vaughan Monroe. The band plays extensively along the Shoreline.

Tuxedo Junction is an 18-piece, Shoreline-based swing band with a full brass section, bass, drums, piano, guitar and and vocals. Formed in 1989 by Pete Jacobs as a Dixieland band, it’s now run by Patricia Todd. It’s been a staple at Bill’s Seafood Restaurant in Westbrook for 21 years and performs often in New Haven, Wallingford, Avon, and at the Guilford Rotary’s LobsterFest.

Check out The String of Pearls’ latest demo:

New 5 Minute Demo

View our new 5 minutes demo tape

Posted by String of Pearls Big Band on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Here’s Tuxedo Junction’s demo video:

Nathanael B. Greene Community Center

Duo Beltenstrum: Songs from the Time of Hamilton @ First Congregational Church
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Duo Beltenstrum: Songs from the Time of Hamilton @ First Congregational Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Songs From the Time of Hamilton will present music from the period of the American Revolution, interspersed with talks and a Q&A about the history of the composers and music. The repertoire will be familiar (Mozart, Bellini, Schubert) as well as obscure.

Artist Bio

Duo Beltenstrum is guitarist Hideki Yamaya and mezzo-soprano Sara Henry, a duo that specializes in late 18th-century and early 19th-century song repertoire. The duo’s focus is to revive works that are often forgotten, but also to perform well-known pieces by famous composers. Yamaya is a specialist in historic performance on lutes and early guitars. Henry is an acclaimed singer who has performed in more than 40 operas.

Here’s Yamaya performing Alessandro Piccinini’s Toccata XIIIa on theorbo:

First Congregational Church

Phil Rosenthal & The Guilford Ramblers @ Bittersweet Barn
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Phil Rosenthal & The Guilford Ramblers @ Bittersweet Barn | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

A cherished “hometown” band in these parts, The Guilford Ramblers perform a lively program of folk and bluegrass music.

Artist Bio

Led by acclaimed Guilford musician Phil Rosenthal, a former Connecticut State Troubadour and lead singer in The Seldom Scene, the Guilford Ramblers perform Americana, folk and bluegrass music, featuring songs from traditional and contemporary sources, harmony singing and expert picking on banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, bass and other stringed instruments.

Bittersweet Barn

Pilobolus: Come to Your Senses @ Guilford High School
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The internationally acclaimed dance company will present Come to Your Senses, a sensuous, multisensory experience featuring live performance and transmedia digital creations.

View or download Come to Your Senses playbill.

Artist Bio

Pilobolus is among the world’s most innovative and rebellious dance companies—presenting unusually expressive works with otherworldly costuming and stunning theatricality. Pilobolus has tested the limites of human physicality for more than four decades, exploring the beauty and power of connected bodies and nonverbal communication through performance, education and facilitated experiences.

Check out the trailer for Come to Your Senses:

 

Guilford High School Performing Arts Center

Susan Cinoman: Guenevere @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

* Note: This show is intended for mature audiences. Some content is not appropriate for children under 16.

Susan will hold a staged reading of her full play Guenevere, which she completed with the support of a 2019 Guilford Performing Arts Festival Artists’ Award. The work uses the King Arthur legend to illuminate the struggle for power and control between women and their closest male friends, in love, at work and at play.

View or download show program

Artist Bio

Susan Cinoman is a playwright and screenwriter who has written for the ABC television shows The Goldbergs and Schooled. Her one-act plays Cinoman and Rebeck and Gin and Bitters were produced off-Broadway at the Miranda Theatre in New York. Her short play Cat and Dog Watch the Tonys was staged at the Stella Adler Theatre in Los Angeles. Susan was the recipient of the inaugural Guilford Performing Arts Festival Artists’ Award in drama.

Christ Episcopal Church

The John Spignesi Band @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The John Spignesi Band @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Original music is alive and well on the Shoreline and throughout New England, thanks to The John Spignesi Band. Blurring the lines of soul, rock and funk, JSB’s skilled musicians play “music for your soul,” spreading positive vibes and fun on stage.

Artist Bio

The John Spignesi Band is popular in the regional jam scene thanks to a lineup of experienced, accomplished musicians and their positive and fun original music. Blurring the lines of soul, rock and funk, the group is constantly refining its craft on the stage and in the studio. Known for playing without a set list and letting the moment dictate the mood, The John Spignesi Band takes audiences on wild rides at their shows.

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The Racket Downstairs @ Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 28 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Racket Downstairs @ Arthur Murray Dance Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Like a roller skate in a tumble dryer, The Racket Downstairs performs offbeat original rock songs and neglected covers. Wear purple!

Artist Bio

The Racket Downstairs is an indie rock band that defies description, playing original music and obscure covers with an offbeat, theatrical aesthetic. Behind frontman-electric uke player-singer John Liebler are Jack Liebler on bass, Steve Shelton on guitar, Justin Paglino on keys, Pete Magnotti on drums and Sarah Prown on mandolin, bouzouki, sax and everything else under the sun. They’re a little zany—finding inspiration in everything from Canadian traffic signals, to fresh fruit and the existence of God.

The show stopper from their 2017 performance at the Guilford Performing Arts Festival:

Arthur Murray Dance Center

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ShoreGrass Bluegrass Band @ Guilford Free Library
Sep 29 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
ShoreGrass Bluegrass Band @ Guilford Free Library | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

One of the Shoreline’s longest standing ensembles presents a family-friendly concert of lively folk and bluegrass tunes.

Artist Bio

A bluegrass band from the Connecticut shoreline that’s performed around the Northeast since 1996, ShoreGrass is Frank and Barbara Shaw (banjo and guitar), Paul Pozzi on mandolin, and various musicians on bass, fiddle and Dobro. The group’s music is a lively mix of traditional bluegrass, old-time, early country, gospel and folk, as well as original pieces reflecting band members’ roots in contemporary music and delivered with local flavor. The band has released four albums and is working on its fifth.

Guilford Free Library

Butter Jones @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Butter Jones @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Butter Jones will perform all-original music, reflecting the talents of the band’s three poet-songwriters and influences ranging from indie rock to alt-country and Americana—set in a jam-band context.

Artist Bio

Combining indie rock, Americana, alt-country and a dash of jam band, Butter Jones features lyrical storytelling and creative arrangements of original tunes—written by three of the band members. Butter Jones is Ken Chmielewski on lead guitar and vocals, Mike Conklin on bass and vocals, Matt Gyorog on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Gary Parrington on drums and vocals.

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Jim Paradis @ Guilford Free Library
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jim Paradis @ Guilford Free Library | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Jim Paradis presents songs of love, family and hope. Smooth vocals, heartfelt melodies and poetic lyrics will draw you in to the emotional highs and lows of life’s journey.

Artist Bio

The contemporary folk music of singer-songwriter Jim Paradis evokes a sense of home, love, loss and a searching soul. His smooth, melodic voice and finger-style guitar work complement his intimate, philosophical lyrics. The Guilford native lives aboard a sailboat with his guitars and a recording studio. He has written two songs and a memoir about his childhood summers on Leetes Island. His latest album is Not Finished Yet.

Here’s his latest demo reel:

Guilford Free Library

Storyteller Jonathan Kruk @ Hyland House Museum
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Storyteller Jonathan Kruk @ Hyland House Museum | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk presents a theatrical and highly interactive performance of classic and original Faerie tales featuring varied voices, characterization and period garb.

Artist Bio

Jonathan Kruk grew up on tall tales and daydreams. He acted in a teen travel camp, told stories to his younger brother, and in 1989 turned his passion into a career, leaving a job watering Henry Kissinger’s office plants to become storyteller in residence at Freeport Schools on Long Island. Since then, he’s performed at hundreds of schools, libraries, historic sites and festivals, and has appeared on The Today Show, the Travel Channel and BBC. Probably best known for his The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and A Christmas Carol shows, he performs work whose subjects span Greek mythology, regional history, Medieval stories and Hudson Valley lore. His newest book is Legends and Lore of the Hudson Highlands.

Hyland House Museum

Argyle Sax Quartet @ Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 29 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Argyle Sax Quartet @ Christ Episcopal Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The quartet will perform a selection of works, from light and fun to intricate, pensive and intense, drawing from classical, jazz, contemporary and movie music. 

Artist Bio

The Argyle Sax Quartet performs a repertoire that spans genres from classical, jazz and waltzes to contemporary music and movie themes. Comprised of soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, the ensemble highlights the instrument’s wide range and tonality.

Here’s the ensemble at a 2016 performance at Branford’s Blackstone Library:

Christ Episcopal Church

Just One Sip: A Caffeinated Musical @ First Congregational Church
Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Just One Sip: A Caffeinated Musical @ First Congregational Church | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

A contemporary pop musical created by high-school and middle-school actors, singers and musicians, Just One Sip is a coming-of-age-story with humor, romance and drama, set in a local coffee shop.

Artist Bio

Writers Gaby Onorati and Carlin Steere, sophomores at Madison’s Daniel Hand High School, are interested in the different ways kids mature into young adults. Just One Sip, their original, 17-song musical, had its first public stage reading in Guilford in 2018, and it’s been reworked for performance at the festival.

Here’s that full, first staged reading, from May 2018:

First Congregational Church

Les Tordus @ Hyland House Museum
Sep 29 @ 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Les Tordus @ Hyland House Museum | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Les Tordus will perform and teach traditional music from Québec, Appalachia and Scandinavia. Learn the history, rhythms, music and instrumentation of this old-time dance music—and the toe-tapping reasons for its resurgence in popularity today.

Artist Bio

Les Tordus are four Shoreline musicians who play traditional, upbeat Québécois and American old-time music, along with a smattering of tunes from Scandinavia and elsewhere. “Tordus” is French for bent, crooked, or off-kilter … and so is the band’s music, which is sure to get your toes tapping! The band features Guilford High School student Rosalie Coleman on fiddle; John Zachos on guitar; Sarah Prown on whistles, mandolin and banjo; and Ken Karpowicz on accordion, tenor banjo and foot percussion.

Hyland House Museum

No Boundaries Youth Theater: Estrellita de Oro @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 29 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
No Boundaries Youth Theater: Estrellita de Oro @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

NBYT will perform a short Cinderella story, Estrellita de Oro, followed by acting games in which performers and the audience interact to explore the characters just seen on stage. Based on a Mexican folktale, Estrellita de Oro (Little Gold Star) has familiar elements to the Cinderella story that we all know—but with fun twists and changes!

Artist Bio

NBYT is a professionally run community and educational children’s theater company based in Berlin, Connecticut. Inviting kids from all communities and with all levels of ability and experience, it was named by Connecticut Magazine as Connecticut’s Best Children’s Theater in 2017. NBYT enriches lives by encouraging creative thinking and collaborative teamwork, and developing self-confidence, social and academic skills through involvement in high-quality, low-cost programs in the creative arts.

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Festival of Dance @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Festival of Dance @ Nathanael B. Greene Community Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Three dance companies—Eastern Connecticut Ballet, Shoreline Ballet and Starship Dance—combine to present a showcase of each company’s latest repertoire.

Artist Bios

Eastern Connecticut Ballet (ECB) has been one of Connecticut’s premier dance schools since 1992. Offering a curriculum that includes ballet, pointe, modern, character and jazz for students of all ages, ECB provides high-caliber training that challenges students to reach their full potential. Executive Director Lise Reardon and Artistic Director Gloria Govrin offer professional, New York City-level instruction to aspiring dancers and bring joy to thousands every year with live performances.

Shoreline Ballet provides students with the highest quality dance education and an environment where every student is valued and respected. It offers training in classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance, musical theatre and tap, and adult barre fitness. Director Kathryn Contessa danced professionally with the Cincinnati Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Amaranth Contemporary Dance Company, Peter Sparling Dance Company and Jacobs Campbell Dance.

Sneak peek of just one of the dances from our Greatest Showman camp, these girls are looking awesome! #workingit #greatestshowman #theotherside #summerdance #summercamp #summerdancecamp #shorelineballet choreography credit @thepatrickjohn

Posted by Shoreline Ballet on Thursday, July 26, 2018

Starship Dance Studio offers superior technical dance training in an atmosphere that fosters creativity, motivation and a positive self-image. Its dance company comprises students as well as professionals and performs original children’s ballets in schools and other venues throughout the Shoreline. Artistic Director Joyce DiLauro studied at The American Ballet Theatre School, The American Ballet Center and Luigi’s Broadway Jazz Center. She has also studied modern dance, African dance and belly dancing, and is a certified Yoga teacher.

Nathanael B. Greene Community Center

Tommy Cosmo & Bobo @ The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tommy Cosmo & Bobo @ The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Tommy and Bobo promise a rocking good time for all ages, with a wide-ranging selection of country, folk, rock, rockabilly and R&B songs—old favorites and new delights.

Artist Bio

Guitarist Tommy Cosmo and bassist Bobo Lavorgna play a diverse repertoire that ranges across the decades and features the music of Fats Waller, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Van Morrison, Hank Williams, Neil Diamond, Buddy Holly, Little Anthony, Billy Holiday, The Eagles, The Kinks, The Platters, Leonard Cohen, Train, Plain White T’s and more.

Here they are doing Hal Bynum’s classic Lucille:

The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center

U.S. Coast Guard Band @ Guilford High School
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Coast Guard band will play a broad spectrum of music, from wind ensemble classics to swinging jazz, highlighted by a side-by-side performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Sea Songs, and Bigelow and Swearingen’s Our Director March with the Guilford High School Wind Ensemble.

  View or download Coast Guard Band Concert playbill

Artist Bio

The 55-member Coast Guard Band, based at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, was founded in 1925. It was the first American military band to perform in the Soviet Union and has played in Canada, England, Japan and Taiwan. A mainstay of high-level government ceremonies, it has performed at the inauguration of every U.S. president since Herbert Hoover.

French Horn Highlights/Compilation

French horn licks are fun to listen to. Here are a few from your US Coast Guard Band French Horn Section. MUCS Brian Nichols MU1 Bryce Nakaoka MU1 Timothy Bedard MU1 Matt Muehlmiller.

Posted by United States Coast Guard Band on Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Guilford High School

The Skunk Misery Ramblers @ Hyland House Museum
Sep 29 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
The Skunk Misery Ramblers @ Hyland House Museum | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

The Skunks will play a set of old-time tunes drawn from both American and immigrant culture. Got an old fiddle or guitar in your closet? Dust it off and join the fun.

Artist Bio

The Skunk Misery Ramblers is a loud, fun, old-time string band made up of players of all ages and abilities. It evolved from the Fire in The Kitchen Concerts and Workshops, which brings some of the world’s greatest string players to the Shoreline. The Ramblers play a mostly Celtic repertoire and want everyone to get up and dance. Better yet, they want you to grab a fiddle or guitar and join in, no matter how new or rusty you are.

Hyland House Museum

Julie Fitzpatrick: 77 U-Turn @ First Congregational Church
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

77 U-Turn is a fully staged theater piece that uses poetic storytelling and song to reflect on coming home, parenting, love, loss, confusion and what happens when we turn around and look back before moving forward. Keely Baisden Knudsen of Legacy Theatre directs and Bill Speed plays piano. Talkback follows.

View or download show playbill.

Artist Bio

Julie is an actress, acting coach and writer who also works in her family’s car dealership. She recently returned to her hometown of Guilford after 15 years working as an actress in New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania and California. She’s a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and went to the American Conservatory Theater for her MFA. She’s been working on 77 U-Turn, about her return to Guilford, for approximately a year.

First Congregational Church

Open Old-Time Musicians’ Jam with Sarah Prown @ Hyland House Museum
Sep 29 @ 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Open Old-Time Musicians' Jam with Sarah Prown @ Hyland House Museum | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

With probably half of the fiddlers in the Western Hemisphere already present at the Hyland House for the Skunk Misery Ramblers’ performance, rosin up your bow, grab your guitar, your horn, your whatever and join the fun. Sarah Prown, who plays in the Skunks, Les Tordus and The Racket Downstairs, plus plays almost every instrument ever made, leads a musicians’ jam based on the age-old tradition of community music making. All ages, all instruments and all levels of experience welcome!

Artist Bio

Sarah Prown plays almost every instrument ever made: guitar, bouzouki, flute, saxophone, fiddle, mandolin; we could go on. She heads the band Les Tordus, which performs Quebecois, American and northern European old-time music, plus plays in the Skunk Misery Ramblers and The Racket Downstairs.

Hyland House Museum

Living with Robots @ Guilford Town Green
Sep 29 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Living with Robots @ Guilford Town Green | Guilford | Connecticut | United States

Blues-infused Americana duo Living With Robots (Sandy Connelly and Ted Ervin) will perform family-friendly and deep cover-track songs, connecting to the audience with humor and energy. Sandy and Ted are busy local musicians and teachers, as well as dedicated promoters of the local music scene.

Artist Bio

Ted’s jam-band bent and Sandy’s pop/rock/blues style reflect the influences of songwriters like The Wood Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones and Tom Waits. Sandy, originally trained as an opera singer, found her calling as a blues and rock n’ roll singer and guitarist. She plays with many Shoreline musicians, and performs as one of the three divas with Washboard Slim & The Bluelights Roots Diva Show. Ted sits in with many Connecticut-based groups, such as Take Two & Call Me in the Morning, The Repeat Offenders and another festival act, Submarine.

Check out their version of Gasoline & Matches, by Buddy and Julie Miller.

The Guilford Green