Schedule

Sep 26 – Sep 29 all-day
12:00 am
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[...]
Multiple
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
1:00 pm
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 BioThe Guilford Poets Guild is a group[...]
Breakwater Books
Sep 26 @ 6:15 pm – 9:30 pm
6:15 pm
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, 2019TIME: 6:15 pmPLACE: Historic Guilford Green The[...]
Guilford Town Green
Sep 26 @ 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
6:15 pm
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 Town Green
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
7:30 pm
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[...]
Guilford Town Green
Sep 27 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
12:30 pm
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[...]
Breakwater Books
2:00 pm
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 BioFrederick-Douglass Knowles II is a poet, educator[...]
Breakwater Books
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2:00 pm
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,[...]
Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3:00 pm
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[...]
The Hyland House Museum
Sep 27 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
3:30 pm
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[...]
Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
4:00 pm
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,[...]
Breakwater Books
Sep 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
4:00 pm
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 BioWith a capacity for writing as well as covering great songs,[...]
The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center
Sep 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
4:00 pm
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[...]
Guilford Town Green
Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
5:00 pm
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[...]
Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
5:00 pm
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[...]
Guilford Town Green
Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
5:00 pm
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[...]
Arthur Murray Dance Center
6:00 pm
Event details to come! Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
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[...]
Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
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.[...]
Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
The program includes classical, jazz and musical theater repertoire by Verdi, Bach, Handel, Joplin, Gershwin and Bernstein.Artist BioThe NHSO Brass Quintet comprises five members of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra: Richard Clymer and Kenneth Tedeschi, trumpet;[...]
First Church of Christ, Scientist
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
Original instrumental music rooted in 1970s progressive rock, classic rock, funk and jazz with a timeless jam-band vibe. Artist BioSubmarine is a four-piece instrumental rock band whose sound has been compared to a mix of Pink[...]
Guilford Town Green
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
7:30 pm
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 BioSongwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Flood has worked the streets of[...]
Bittersweet Barn
Sep 27 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
8:30 pm
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,[...]
Guilford Town Green
Sep 27 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
8:30 pm
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,[...]
Arthur Murray Dance Center
9:00 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[...]
Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 28 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
9:30 am
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,[...]
Breakwater Books
Sep 28 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
11:00 am
Fifteen young acrobats and dancers will perform their latest routine.Artist BioThe Spot, Guilford Acrobatics & Co., is a training center in Guilford that teaches acrobatics, gymnastics, stunting, hip hop dance and more. Owner Danielle Scarpellino[...]
Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
12:00 pm
Singer-songwriter Laura Clapp will bring her passionate, folksy rock to the stage, telling true stories in song form.Artist BioLaura Clapp’s career has taken her from Berkeley College of Music to demo sessions in Nashville, to[...]
Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
12:00 pm
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[...]
Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
12:30 pm
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[...]
BSK Design at Greene Gallery
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
1:00 pm
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 BioFeaturing Guilford’s own Jilian Grey and Ric Haddad,[...]
Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1:00 pm
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[...]
Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
1:00 pm
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[...]
First Congregational Church
Sep 28 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
1:30 pm
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[...]
Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2:00 pm
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 BioThis[...]
Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2:00 pm
A performance by the Guilford Town Band, 100 musicians ranging in age from 15 to 80.Artist BioThe Guilford Town Band is directed by Mark Gahm, director of the concert band and wind ensemble at Guilford[...]
Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2:00 pm
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 BioA mindreader and licensed hypnotist with scores of[...]
Breakwater Books
Sep 28 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2:30 pm
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[...]
First Congregational Church
Sep 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3:00 pm
Artist BioWith 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[...]
Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3:00 pm
The quartet will perform Mozart’s String Quartet No. 19 in C Major K.465 Dissonance. Artist BioThe Jef Quartet was formed at Yale University in September 2018 as part of The Performance of Chamber Music, an undergraduate[...]
First Church of Christ, Scientist
Sep 28 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
3:30 pm
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.[...]
Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
3:30 pm
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 BioRob Rosenthal writes, researches and teaches in the[...]
Breakwater Books
Sep 28 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
3:30 pm
Steve will perform jazz standards and popular music, accompanied by vocalist Caroline Shelton and bass player Mark Rabuffo.Artist BioGuitarist Steve Shelton performs solo and in regional groups such as The Muddy Rudders, The Racket Downstairs,[...]
The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center
Sep 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
4:00 pm
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 BioKeely Baisden Knudsen, artistic director of Legacy Theatre, created Wheel Life[...]
Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 28 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
4:30 pm
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 BioYouth XL is a kooky, garage-pop band from[...]
Arthur Murray Dance Center
5:00 pm
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 BioTenor and musical director Thomas Heilman, a specialist in[...]
First Church of Christ, Scientist
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
6:00 pm
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[...]
Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
6:00 pm
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,[...]
First Congregational Church
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
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 BioBased in New England and inspired by Ireland, Driving Route 9[...]
Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm
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 BioThe[...]
Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
7:30 pm
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[...]
Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
7:30 pm
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[...]
First Congregational Church
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
7:30 pm
A cherished “hometown” band in these parts, The Guilford Ramblers perform a lively program of folk and bluegrass music.Artist BioLed by acclaimed Guilford musician Phil Rosenthal, a former Connecticut State Troubadour and lead singer in[...]
Bittersweet Barn
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
7:30 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 BioPilobolus is among the world’s[...]
Guilford High School
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
7:30 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[...]
Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 28 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
8:30 pm
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,”[...]
Guilford Town Green
Sep 28 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
8:30 pm
Like a roller skate in a tumble dryer, The Racket Downstairs performs offbeat original rock songs and neglected covers. Wear purple!Artist BioThe Racket Downstairs is an indie rock band that defies description, playing original music[...]
Arthur Murray Dance Center
Sep 29 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
11:30 am
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[...]
Guilford Free Library
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
1:00 pm
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 BioCombining indie rock, Americana, alt-country and a[...]
Guilford Town Green
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
1:00 pm
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[...]
Guilford Free Library
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
1:00 pm
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 BioJonathan Kruk grew up on tall tales and daydreams. He acted[...]
Hyland House Museum
Sep 29 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
1:30 pm
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 BioThe Argyle Sax Quartet performs a repertoire that spans genres[...]
Christ Episcopal Church
Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2:00 pm
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 BioWriters Gaby Onorati and Carlin[...]
First Congregational Church
Sep 29 @ 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
2:30 pm
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 BioLes[...]
Hyland House Museum
2:30 pm
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[...]
Guilford Town Green
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
3:00 pm
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.[...]
Nathanael B. Greene Community Center
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3:00 pm
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 BioGuitarist Tommy Cosmo and bassist Bobo Lavorgna play[...]
The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
3:00 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[...]
Guilford High School
Sep 29 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
3:15 pm
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[...]
Hyland House Museum
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
4:00 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[...]
First Congregational Church
4:15 pm
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[...]
Hyland House Museum
Sep 29 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
4:30 pm
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,[...]
Guilford Town Green