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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.

 

 

Thomaston Summer Concert Series 2021

Seth Thomas Park
Thomaston, CT 06787

Monday Evenings

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

(June, July & August)

 

June 21

Chris Coogan Jazz Quintet

7:00 p.m.

June 28

Goldrush

7:00 p.m.

July 5

Old School

7:00 p.m.

July 12

Restless Mountain

7:00 p.m.

July 19

Cold Chocolate

7:00 p.m.

July 26

Parkway Diner

7:00 p.m.

August 2

60's Satisfaction

7:00 p.m.

August 9

Shed Rats

7:00 p.m.

August 16

The Afro-Semitic Experience

7:00 p.m.

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

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

Thomaston Opera House
158 Main Street
Thomaston, CT 06787

Watch this website or our facebook page for
last minute updates as to the rain location.


Seth Thomas Park is located at:
100 South Main Street
Thomaston, CT  06787 

(across the street from The Quiet Zone and the old Seth Thomas Clock Factory)
(intersections of Elm Street, Main Street, and Maple Street)

 

 

  • Chris Coogan Jazz Quintet in Concert - June 21

    Chris Coogan Jazz Quintet in Concert - June 21

    Jun 21st 2021

    The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston presents the 2021 Summer Concert Series with the Chris Coogan Jazz Quintet in Concert in Seth Thomas Park on June 21st.

    For over 20 years, Coogan has led the Chris Coogan Quartet, a combo with a repertoire that includes straight-ahead jazz, fusion jazz and boogie-woogie.

    S’Funky, Coogan’s first jazz album containing his original songs, was released in 1995 and re-released in 1999. It features the song Cranberry Isle which took the top jazz prize in the 1997 John Lennon Songwriting Competition.
    Coogan’s credits as a jazz musician include performing with the late Sal Salvador, Bette Midler, Donna Summer, Paul Newman, Whoopie Goldberg, Jo Ann Woodward, Alec Baldwin, Gene Wilder, Larry Coryell, Dave Liebman, Harold Danko, Ronnie Spector, James Naughton and Phoebe Snow, as well as arranging for Teo Maceo, producer for the late Miles Davis He appeared on television’s Celebrity Jeopardy and the Arsenio Hall Show and has performed at Manhattan’s Blue Note and the Montreaux Jazz Festival.

    In case of inclement weather, this concert will be held at The Thomaston Opera House, 158 Main Street, Thomaston, CT 06787

  • Goldrush in Concert - June 28

    Goldrush in Concert - June 28

    Jun 28th 2021

    The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston opens the 2021 Summer Concert Series with GOLDRUSH in Concert in Seth Thomas Park on June 28th.

    The Goldrush Band was founded in 2002 by Mary Beth and Gary Sippin, of Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Mary Beth and Gary have performed together for over three decades and have appeared on many national stages, such as the Grand Ole Opry, TNN, and hundreds of local concert venues. The Goldrush sound is a blend of music that crosses many boundaries of American music, but is rooted heavily in traditional country, bluegrass and American folk. That being said, Goldrush is well known for taking great songs from many other genres and giving them a new life powered by a broad array of acoustic instruments that portray these beautiful songs in a different light. Goldrush music is also simply based on the stuff that we really like to listen to! Our musical range is very wide mostly due to the fact that the musical tastes of our musicians is equally broad. Overall, our sound is acoustically pure, energetic and harmonic. We are fortunate to have the flexibility with our sound mostly due to the fact that we have a lot of different instruments to choose from. Among the instrumentation are several styles of acoustic guitar, five string banjo, mandolin and tenor mandolin, dobro, pedal steel guitar, acoustic bass, piano and organ. The Goldrush sound is also distinguished by our soaring vocals, featuring our founding band member Mary Beth Sippin. Her vocal range includes everything from high-energy rockers to the most intimate ballads. Our repertoire also features a significant volume of original material written by many of our band members.

    In case of inclement weather, this concert will be held at The Thomaston Opera House, 158 Main Street, Thomaston, CT 06787

  • Old School in Concert - July 5

    Old School in Concert - July 5

    Jul 5th 2021

    The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston presents 2021 Summer Concert Series with OLD SCHOOL in Concert in Seth Thomas Park on July 5th.

    From Shelton, CT, Never Too Old To Rock & Roll OLD SCHOOL is a Ten Piece line-up which includes strong vocals, a rock solid rhythm section and a four piece horn section. Our song list features favorites from Chicago, Steeley Dan, The Blues Brothers, Van Morrison and more!

    In case of inclement weather, this concert will be held at Thomaston High School Auditorium, 185 Branch Road (Rte. 109), Thomaston, CT 06787

  • Restless Mountain in Concert - July 12

    Restless Mountain in Concert - July 12

    Jul 12th 2021

    The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston presents 2021 Summer Concert Series with RESTLESS MOUNTAIN in Concert in Seth Thomas Park on July 12th.

    Restless Mountain Bluegrass Band has become a familiar and popular act on the small but active Connecticut bluegrass scene, frequenting local festivals, stages and restaurant/bar venues and events. The band performed in various configurations in Connecticut for over a decade, and was reconstituted in 2017 with several new musicians, a new song mix and presentation. Scott, Jerry, Matt, Dave and Gracin have each been active bluegrass musicians for many years.

    Matt Fleury (vocals, banjo), Jerry Devokaitis (vocals, guitar), Scott Camara (Dobro), Dave Aston (bass), Gracin Dorsey (vocals, mandolin).

    In case of inclement weather, this concert will be held at Thomaston High School Auditorium, 185 Branch Road (Rte. 109), Thomaston, CT 06787

  • Cold Chocolate in Concert - July 19

    Cold Chocolate in Concert - July 19

    Jul 19th 2021

    The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston presents 2021 Summer Concert Series with COLD CHOCOLATE in Concert in Seth Thomas Park on July 19th.

    Cold Chocolate is a genre-bending Americana band that fuses folk, funk, and bluegrass to create a unique sound all their own. Feauturing Ethan Robbins on guitar, Ariel Bernstein on percussion, and backed by some of the root’s music scene’s finest players, this group from Boston is impressing audiences throughout New England and beyond. Punctuated by tight harmonies and skillful musicianship, and with a focus on songwriting, Cold Chocolate has quickly gained recognition for their original music and high-energy shows. The band has shared bills with Leftover Salmon and David Grisman, and regularly performs at venues and music festivals up and down the East Coast.

    In case of inclement weather, this concert will be held at Thomaston High School Auditorium, 185 Branch Road (Rte. 109), Thomaston, CT 06787

  • Parkway Diner in Concert - July 26

    Parkway Diner in Concert - July 26

    Jul 26th 2021

    The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston presents 2021 Summer Concert Series with PARKWAY DINER in Concert in Seth Thomas Park on July 26th.

    Parkway Diner began a few years ago as a duo, with J.J. manning the mic, & Chris on keys.
    They moved around Ct. for a couple years doing shows of all types, with a very Billy Joel heavy song list, while covering many of your favorite artists’ tunes as well.
    Picking up momentum over time, they felt it was time to grow. So a couple of years ago they added guitar & drums.
    Then, to take Parkway Diner to the next level, they needed to add that vital to all rhythm sections piece. That very special bassist. Done!
    To polish things off, the band drew from a very special well of seasoned saxophonists. And was very fortunate to be able to add it’s final piece, to bring their sound to exactly where they want it to be.
    Now, Parkway Diner is coming at you strong, with the classic hits of Billy Joel, while filling the air with powerful renditions of songs that you’ve enjoyed, all your lives.

    In case of inclement weather, this concert will be held at Thomaston High School Auditorium, 185 Branch Road (Rte. 109), Thomaston, CT 06787

  • '60's Satisfaction in Concert - August 2

    '60's Satisfaction in Concert - August 2

    Aug 2nd 2021

    The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston presents 2021 Summer Concert Series with ‘60’s SATISFACTION in Concert in Seth Thomas Park on August 2nd.

    Relive the era we all loved with Pierce Campbell on guitar and vocals, Tony Pasqualoni on bass, Loren Evarts on piano and vocals and John Rispoli on drums. This hot band of high level pro musicians, who have been playing together in an assortment of bands since the ’80s, will have you on your feet singing and dancing from start to finish and leave you smiling at the end of the show!

    The band started in June of 2015 after being asked to play The New Haven Arts Council’s 50 Year Anniversary Party on Audubon St in New Haven. It was a ’60s themed party and the council was having trouble finding the right band for the event. Pierce suggested his classic rock band, The Scramble, which already knew many 60’s songs. With a bit of rehearsal, and about 15 strategic new songs added, they could play an entire night of ’60s music. He re-named the group for the event, ‘60s Satisfaction, and the party was a huge success. Both the band and the audience had such a great time, the guys said,” Ya know, maybe we should do this more often, let alone, we already owned the tie dye t-shirts,” and as they say, the rest is history. ’60s Satisfaction was born.

    The band picked up several more shows right away through Pierce’s contacts in CT Park and Rec organizations and they were off and running. One administrator commented that the group was the perfect band for people who come out to summer concerts. ’60s Satisfaction has top notch players, is fun, upbeat, and everyone can sing along. What more can you ask of a summertime concert!

    In case of inclement weather, this concert will be held at Thomaston High School Auditorium, 185 Branch Road (Rte. 109), Thomaston, CT 06787

  • Shed Rats in Concert - August 9

    Shed Rats in Concert - August 9

    Aug 9th 2021

    The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston presents 2021 Summer Concert Series with SHED RATS in Concert in Seth Thomas Park on August 9th.

    Central Connecticut Band Playing Music That We Love. Grateful Dead, Dylan, Blues, Rock, American Roots and More

    Tom Nardi – Flute, Keyboard, Vocals
    Scot Siarkowski – Guitar , Vocals
    Cody Lord – Bass, Blues Harp, Vocals
    Alex Derynioski – Drums. Percussion
    Bob Delgiudace – Lead Guitar

    In case of inclement weather, this concert will be held at Thomaston High School Auditorium, 185 Branch Road (Rte. 109), Thomaston, CT 06787

  • The Afro-Semitic Experience in Concert - August 16

    The Afro-Semitic Experience in Concert - August 16

    Aug 16th 2021

    The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston presents 2021 Summer Concert Series with The AFRO-SEMITIC EXPERIENCE in Concert in Seth Thomas Park on August 16th.

    Co-founded by African-American jazz pianist Warren Byrd, and Jewish-American jazz bassist David Chevan in 1998, The Afro-Semitic Experience is a band that combines an eclectic array of styles, sophisticated musicianship, good songwriting, deep grooves, and years of friendship with a simple message: Unity in the Community. Their music has been heard around the United States—the group has performed at festivals, in churches, synagogues, colleges, and wherever people come together to share their love and respect for community. Their performances are celebrations of community and culture that invariably get audiences up and dancing.

    With their unique instrumentation, solid grooves, and their ability to get an audience on its feet, The Afro-Semitic Experience is redefining the jazz concert. This is a band beyond category—their music is an intricate tapestry of spiritual, world-beat, funk, jazz, cantorial, gospel, salsa, swing . . . soul-driven music. Their concerts are celebrations where they play great music, tell stories, and offer a positive and meaningful message: Unity in the Community.

    Their CDs have garnered critical acclaim and made numerous best-of lists. Their newest work, Jazz Souls on Fire, pays tribute to some of the Afro-Semitic Experience’s favorite composers, ones whose own creativity inspired that of the members of the group. On this recording we visit pieces by Leon Thomas, Duke Ellington, Hank Mobley, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and others. We honor their music, forged out of the struggles from which they emerged, lighting a way for us. It brings us back to the groove and passion of blowing, dancing, and soaring freely in sound and spirit—it brings us back to our musical roots. It brings Unity in the Community.

    In case of inclement weather, this concert will be held at Thomaston High School Auditorium, 185 Branch Road (Rte. 109), Thomaston, CT 06787

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