Reggae, Celtic Music by Full Gael to celebrate James Joyce and more at The Buttonwood Tree this Weekend
Writers Out Loud! - Thursday June 14 at 7pmConnecticut’s premier literary prose open mic w/host Cocomo Rock & co-host Al Bower, Jr.
Talented prose writers of every ilk come to Writers Out Loud! to present up and coming works-in-progress, directly from their own pens. Come for an exciting literary slate filled with sinners, saints, the comedic, the tragic, the fictional, and the all too true.
Each Second Thursday of every month, six phenomenal storytellers sign up seeking constructive critique of their latest works in progress. Come launch your experience of literary prose off that earthbound plane of solitary and cerebral and into the extraordinary heights of live and out-loud! You will never read—or write—quite the same again!
$4 suggested donation
(Refreshments served – Snack Bar and Beverage Bar available.)
(Doors open at 6:45 for sign-up, presentations begin at 7:15)
The AMANDLA "Powerlink" CD Release Party - Friday June 15 at 8pmOn Friday June 15th Amandla will announce the release of its debut album, “POWERLINK,” at The Buttonwood Tree kicking off their tour of the Northeast. This new anthology of reggae rhythms and explosive performances is sure to have you declaring “Amandla, Awethu!” (Power to the People).
Amandla is an original roots reggae ensemble moving and shaking the hearts and hips of listeners along the East Coast and around the world. Amandla features five internationally renowned reggae artists: YahKali, Ras Iba, Toussaint the Liberator, Tuff Lion, and Burnie T. This collaboration of seasoned musicians brings the culture of roots reggae music into a whole new light. While staying true to the foundation of roots reggae, Amandla incorporates a variety of famed musical styles ranging from lover’s rock and soul to jazz and world music that meld into an uplifting chorus of rhythms to which your body can’t stop moving.
Full Gael Performing for "Bloomsday": The Celebration of James Joyce Saturday June 16 at 7 pm
This year we are celebrating James Joyce’s literary legacy with a performance from the band Full Gael with an open mic for some of Joyce’s Works. Join us to read your favorite works by Joyce!
Connecticut based Full Gael performs traditional Irish music, including a variety of jigs, reels, and songs, from Irish, Scottish and American traditions as well as the Canadian Maritime provinces. The band includes Will O’Hare (flute, whistles, vocals), Gary Palmer (guitar and vocals), and Ben Gagliardi (concertina, whistles, vocals).
Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet, who is considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modern avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known for Ulysses, a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer’s Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting literary styles, perhaps most prominently the stream of consciousness technique he perfected. Other major works of his are the short-story collection Dubliners, and the novels and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Finnegans Wake.
$5 suggested donation
Poetry Potluck - Sunday June 17 at 4pm
Do you love poetry?
Poetry Potluck is an opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. It isn’t an open mic. Almost like a salon, it’s a gathering for discussion and literary conversation using poetry as the focal point. Third Sunday of each month. Hosted by Suzy Lampson. $5 suggested donation Refreshment potluck.