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MUSIC

The Fine Arts Connection MUSIC group is probably the most well known as it has been providing programs for the longest time. Most notable is the annual Summer Band Concert Series which began in the late '90's with a few concerts by the American Service Bands.  The Concert Series began in 2003 with six bands and has grown to today's nine bands!



MUSIC has brought the Connecticut Opera Express into the school system with their presentation of "Amahl and the Night Visitors".  A joint concert with the New England Symphonic Band and the Farmington Valley band was held in 2004 at the historic Thomaston Opera House.  Future plans include assisting with providing new presentations for the schools and the greater Thomaston Community.

 

The 15th season of Summer Concerts is now upon us.  See the lineup below.

A great big thank you to The Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation for once again being our faithful corporate sponsor for this season's concert series so you and your families can come and enjoy some wonderful entertainment free of charge.

Thank you to all of our patrons, supporters, and music lovers for supporting our 15th Year of free live music concerts!

Go to our Facebook Link and see some photos and video links from the summer concerts of 2016.

 

Thomaston Summer Concert Series 2017

Seth Thomas Park
Thomaston, CT 06787

Monday Evenings

7:00 p.m. (June, July & August)

 

June 19

Farmington Valley Band

7:00 p.m.

June 26

Opening Night

7:00 p.m.

July 3

Evan Gottfried

7:00 p.m.

July 10

Thomaston Jazz Orchestra

7:00 p.m.

July 17

Clearview

7:00 p.m.

July 24

Nancy Tucker 

7:00 p.m.

July 31

Restless Mountain

7:00 p.m.

August 7

The Kerry Boys

7:00 p.m.

August 14

The Zolla Boys

7:00 p.m.

In Case of Inclement Weather - Performances will be held inside at:

Thomaston High School Auditorium
185 Branch Road
Thomaston, CT 06787

 

 

  • FARMINGTON VALLEY BAND - June 19  - 7:00 p.m. - First Congregational Church

    FARMINGTON VALLEY BAND - June 19 - 7:00 p.m. - First Congregational Church

    Jun 19th 2017

    THIS CONCERT WILL BE HELD at the FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH of THOMASTON (sanctuary) due to poor weather predictions

    The Thomaston Summer Concert Series celebrates it’s 15th consecutive season of providing FREE live music in historic Seth Thomas Park (across from the old Seth Thomas Clock factory).

    Opening our 2017 season on Monday, June 19th at 7:00 p.m. we welcome back the Farmington Valley Band.

    Under the direction of conductor Sam Hudak since 1994, the Farmington Valley Band continues a tradition dating back to the 1890s. The Farmington Valley Band, which began in 1944, is comprised of a thirty to thirty-five piece concert band of wind instruments plus percussion playing a wide variety of music including the classics, jazz, pop, movies, marches, and patriotic tunes.

    A native of Torrington, CT, Samuel A. Hudak received his music degree from the University of Connecticut and taught music in the Chicopee Massachusetts school system. Prior to becoming conductor, Sam had been the band’s principal euphonium player. Sam has been associated with the band for over 40 years.

    For this concert ONLY, in case of rain or other inclement weather, the rain location performance will be held in the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church of Thomaston at 135 Main Street, Thomaston (across the street from Adam’s Hometown Market).

    FARMINGTON VALLEY BAND

  • OPENING NIGHT in Concert - June 26 - 7:00 p.m.

    OPENING NIGHT in Concert - June 26 - 7:00 p.m.

    Jun 26th 2017

    Thomaston Summer Concert Series 2017 brings you week 2 of 9 weeks with some classic oldies from the past.

    Opening Night is welcomed back with another exciting concert of timeless music hits of the past and present.

    The members of Opening Night have been the musical foundation of many a show in the past several years at the Warner Theater and Thomaston Opera House, so you may have heard them and not even known it.

    Featuring the music of such legends as Billy Joel, Elton John, Jimmy Buffet, Huey Lewis, The Doobie Brothers, The Eagles, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder,  and many, many, more, OPENING NIGHT will have you singing and dancing right out of the gate.

    The rain location is Thomaston High School Auditorium located at 185 Branch Road (Rte. 109), Thomaston, CT 06787

  • EVAN GOTTFRIED Concert - July 3 - 7:00 p.m.

    EVAN GOTTFRIED Concert - July 3 - 7:00 p.m.

    Jul 3rd 2017

    Thomaston Summer Concert Series 2017 – Week 3 of 9

    Evan Gottfried has been making music since he was a kid growing up on Long Island, and his love for it has grown as the years passed. He became a special education teacher because he “wanted to work with people and make a difference in their lives.”

    Evan hopes to inspire kids to be creative and silly, have fun, learn cool things, and mostly, to just be themselves. He hopes that the big people who hear his music will also find inspiration, and that they may even remember how it feels to be a kid. He says, “I believe that children are not just mini adults-in-training, but rather fully formed souls that are generally much more in touch with their true, creative selves than most grownups. It is my goal to connect with children through my lyrics, music, and performances. There is a lot of power in music, and I am always amazed at how it can forge connections. I work with students with severe disabilities, and I have done several shows for children with autism, and their love for and connection with music transcends any difference in “ability.”

    When doing a performance I strive to keep kids really engaged, with my songs, props, puppets, bubbles—even though I may never have met these children before and may never see them again, I appreciate the joy that they are, and I aim to give them a truly special experience. They may not remember this one hour of their life five or ten or thirty years later, but I know that I have brought my best and seen their best, and that these moments mattered because we shared that connection.

    Rain location is Thomaston High School Auditorium, 185 Branch Road (Rte. 109) Thomaston, CT 06787

    EVAN GOTTFRIED

  • THOMASTON JAZZ ORCHESTRA in Concert - July 10 - 7:00 p.m.

    THOMASTON JAZZ ORCHESTRA in Concert - July 10 - 7:00 p.m.

    Jul 10th 2017

    If you like Big Band Jazz then you’re in for a treat as the Thomaston Summer Concert Series 2017 brings you week 4 of 9 with the THOMASTON JAZZ ORCHESTRA.

    Under the direction of Jim Luurtsema, the Thomaston Jazz Orchestra is an 18 piece big band that performs contemporary, modern and standard charts from Kenton to Metheny and many others. With a big sound and energy to match you can’t deny that you are in for a lot of fun when the TJO is performing.

    The rain location is Thomaston High School Auditorium located at 185 Branch Road (Rte. 109), Thomaston, CT 06787

    THOMASTON JAZZ ORCHESTRA

  • CLEARVIEW in Concert - July 17 - 7:00 p.m.

    CLEARVIEW in Concert - July 17 - 7:00 p.m.

    Jul 17th 2017

    The Thomaston Summer Concert Series 2017 brings you week 5 of 9 with the ever popular group CLEARVIEW.

    Clearview’s humble beginnings came about in December of 2001 when Darlene Brasche, Dave Bordeau, and Dennis Collins were rehearsing music for Christmas services at their church. They had sung together for a few years and Darlene off-handedly asked if they should try putting together some non-church music. A year later they had the core of the band and their music and started playing in public. The learning experience and the coming-and-going of several members brought them to their current makeup. While they classify themselves as a “classic rock” band, their sets are comprised of a wide variety of music, including rock, Motown, and an occasional hint of country. Their love of music and their enjoyment in performing are evident in their appearances.

    The rain location is Thomaston High School Auditorium located at 185 Branch Road (Rte.109), Thomaston, CT 06787

    CLEARVIEW

  • NANCY TUCKER - July 24 - 7:00 p.m.

    NANCY TUCKER - July 24 - 7:00 p.m.

    Jul 24th 2017

    We Bring you the hilariously funny lady NANCY TUCKER to the stage in Seth Thomas Park as we celebrate week 6 of 9 as part of the Thomaston Summer Concert Series 2017.

    Who Is Nancy Tucker?

    Nancy Tucker, a one-time biology teacher, is now an award-winning songwriter, singer, and comedian. She has been called a “one-woman fun festival.”

    Her humor is based on life’s absurdities, on which she has an excellent grasp. She is an accomplished guitarist, has written and recorded countless songs on many CD’s, and has been included on several compilation CD’s ranging from Phil Ochs to Dr. Demento.

    She took first place honors in the 2002 Connecticut Comedy Festival after a grueling 3 weeks of competition, and has appeared in a Connecticut Public Television special, at the Bushnell’s Ha! Ha! Hartford, and as a headliner throughout New England and New York, and in many original one-woman shows. Her humor is both squeaky clean and funny—something few comics can claim.

    Tucker’s talents appeal to children and adults, and she can and does entertain a range of generations simultaneously and contiguously without missing a beat.

    In 2004, she won an Indie Award for her outstanding achievement and exemplary dedication to the independent music undustry. That same year, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award by the 2,000-member Connecticut Songwriters Association (CSA) at the organization’s 25th anniversary conference. Members of CSA, one of the oldest and best-known songwriters’ associations in the U.S., are lyricists, composers, vocalists, producers, musicians, publishers, and recording artists.

    The rain location is Thomaston High School Auditorium located at 185 Branch Road (Rte.109), Thomaston, CT 06787

    NANCY TUCKER

  • RESTLESS MOUNTAIN - July 31 - 7:00 p.m.

    RESTLESS MOUNTAIN - July 31 - 7:00 p.m.

    Jul 31st 2017

    We are bringing back the Americana/Bluegrass group RESTLESS MOUNTAIN by popular request. Last year we almost had to cancel because of mother nature. Hopefully, the weather will be great this year so we can showcase these guys outdoors in the park.

    *Restless Mountain* – Four veteran musicians in a restless search for the sounds of the mountain, have come together to leave their footprint on the acoustic music scene. Using traditional bluegrass instrumentation Restless Mountain delivers a wide range of music drawing from old time, bluegrass, blues, swing and folk delivered with that high lonesome sound.

    The band consists of: Scott Camara (resophonic slide guitar); Vic Gallagher (vocals, guitar, fiddle); Dave Aston (dog house bass); Gary Davis (vocals, mandolin).

    The rain location is Thomaston High School Auditorium located at 185 Branch Road (Rte.109), Thomaston, CT 06787

    RESTLESS MOUNTAIN

  • The KERRY BOYS in Concert - August 7 - 7:00 p.m.

    The KERRY BOYS in Concert - August 7 - 7:00 p.m.

    Aug 7th 2017

    Our concert series wouldn’t be the same without the echoes of Irish folk songs filling the air in Seth Thomas Park as we bring back The Kerry Boys for a fun-filled evening of sing-alongs and Irish ballads. This is always a crowd-pleaser for the whole family!

    The Kerry Boys are Mark James, originally from the county Kerry Ireland now a Cheshire, CT resident, and Pierce Campbell from Prospect, CT’s official State Troubadour 2007/08. These two dynamic and popular Connecticut Irish balladeers have been performing together for over 20 years, dazzling fans of all ages from Maine to New York. Their humorous, high-energy show will have you clapping and singing along in no time, engaging you from start to finish with their wide collection of traditional and original Irish/Celtic songs performed with pristine harmonies and expressive guitar and mandolin.

    The rain location is the Thomaston High School Auditorium, 185 Branch Road (Rte. 109), Thomaston, CT 06787

    THE KERRY BOYS

  • The ZOLLA BOYS in Concert - August 14 - 7:00 p.m.

    The ZOLLA BOYS in Concert - August 14 - 7:00 p.m.

    Aug 14th 2017

    A few years back a couple of young boys, The ZOLLA BOYS, took to the stage bringing us some fresh new sounds of old traditional bluegrass music. Now, just a few short years later, they have played with some of the most incredibly talented veterans in the field. Ben and Sam Zolla are here once again to entertain us with what they’ve learned and share their musical talents, joined by their father, Larry on bass and guitar, and their newest addition, Richard Underwood on Banjo.

    16 year old Ben Zolla and his 15 year old brother Sam started playing music with their dad, Larry in the spring of 2012. What started as a hobby quickly grew into regular bookings at music halls, bluegrass festivals and concerts . The Boys have found their voices; from the songs of the Louvin Brothers, Stanley Brothers, and Jim and Jesse, to Bob Dylan and Blue Highway. They have been featured on the Emerging Artist stage at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and perform at numerous bluegrass festivals throughout New England. The newest member of the band, legendary banjo player Richard Underwood, brings energy and drive to the boys classic brother duet sound.

    THE ZOLLA BOYS

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