Thursday, January 17, 2013

Buttonwood Hosts 4 Concerts in 3 Days This Weekend

The Buttonwood Tree covers the spectrum of musical genres this weekend by bringing in music ranging from Americana to Jazz, Bluegrass to Blues. They'll host four musical groups including a matinee on Saturday with smooth jazz. Two bands are returning, two are playing their debut at TBT, three are from Connecticut, one is from upstate NY on tour, headed to Vermont.

Answering a request for concerts before dark, the Larry Gareau group plays Saturday at 2 pm. Tonight's group covers a whole host of genres itself. The Andrew and Noah Band were chosen from among hundreds performing at NERFA, (North East Regional Folk Alliance), to come to The Buttonwood Tree. The only night they could afford to do at TBT is this Thursday. So step out of the box to hear some music that will cause you to think and move your feet at the same time. Or at least it will cause you to sway, its that sweet. They bring 7 passionate, young musicians who will move you in some way, no doubt.

Reservations may be made online at

    Noah and Andrew Band,  Robert Treman State Park,  Upper Endfield Glen. 

Powerful songwriting, explosive improvisation, deep dance grooves and a unique vision for the future of American roots music. That’s what the Andrew & Noah Band is bringing to festival stages, concert halls, living rooms and dance floors all over North America. Their core material, written by brothers Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand, might best be described as Americana Groove: a mix of Appalachian, Celtic, classic Country and Bluegrass, Jazz and Swing, Cajun / Zydeco, Alternative Folk, Roots Rock and various world music influences. The full seven-piece band features fiddle, accordion, mandolin, saxophone, guitars, bass, drums and three-part harmony vocals. Music that captures the memory of what we had, the urgency of where we are and the beat to keep you moving all night long.

Listen to Andrew and Noah Band

Friday night sees the return of the Kenn Morr band.  A real comfortable fit even if it's blue sometimes.  8 pm   $10 suggested donation

Kenn Morr with Bob Gaspar on percussion and Tom Hagymasi on violin, bouzouki, mandolin and accordion

Kenn Morr’s songs have an elemental quality—water, earth, relationships, seasons, time, change, loss—like the great songwriters who inspired him early on:  Dylan, Simon, Van Morrison, Graham Nash, and especially Gordon Lightfoot. He understands that when trouble comes, the trade winds bring an upside, and there’s always the redemptive power of music. “I’m not sure just how you do it,” he addresses the muse on “Worth Imagining,” his sixth and latest recording, “but sweet music tames my mind. It can keep you cool in the summer sun and warm in the winter time.”
A masterful writer and soulful singer at the peak of his creative powers–as a listen to his latest Sandy Brook Studios recording, “Worth Imagining,” quickly attests–Kenn is the real deal. With airplay across the country and in Europe (where his popularity continues to grow), Kenn Morr’s star is on the rise.

Listen to Kenn Morr Band

 Saturday 1/19  at TBT:

Community Yoga

Guided by Yoga Instructor, Terri Johnson, RYT
Saturdays  8:30am-9:45am  for Beginners and Intermediates
Having experienced an immense sense of peace in her first yoga class, Terri has devoted the past 14 years to the study of several yoga styles to learn and grow interpersonally from the journey of Yoga on and off the mat. In 2010 she decided to become a Yoga Instructor to help others to find peace and health within themselves.
From the thousands of practice hours on the mat and a recent graduate of Lex Gillan’s The Yoga Institute in 2011, Terri brings a deep understanding of the yoga experience to her classes. She will be teaching a unique and varied Vinyasa Flow style as it allows her to unify her appreciation of the  benefits of the different types of yoga.

“Aligned with Source” Workshop for Empowerment

$5 suggested donation            10:30am to 12:30pm
Aligned With Source empowers us to deal with life’s challenges through understanding. As the conversation of the 2012 Shift in Energies becomes louder, we need to understand what in fact is happening. As Earth, our home planet evolves, so too must we as Beings.
Saturday January 19, 2013- Your Relationship With the Material World

Annaita is a Spiritual & Holistic Healer who moved to Connecticut from India Experienced in applying varied healing modalities to a wide range of situations her primary focus has been to heal through empowerment.
In these inter-active workshops, Annaita shares her deep understanding of life, holism and spirituality enabling you to rise above life’s challenges, live a healthy, fulfilled & confident life.
You will explore simple concepts of living in awareness that: open you up to the wonders of life; discover who you are; let go of fear and all that keeps you stuck. You create your reality and as co-creator of this world, find out how you can bring to it and you, peace, harmony, health and abundance. Each session ends in a brief yet powerful guided meditation.
Life is never easy and change only happens when we change from within. In today’s climate of hardship, ill-health, corruption and inequality it is often difficult to see the Light. The purpose of this work shop is to empower you to see yours.
Be the change you wish to see. All you need is Willingness.

Larry Gareau Trio

2 pm   $10 suggested donation

The ensemble features Norman Johnson on guitar, Louis Bocciarelli on bass and Larry Gareau on trumpet and vocals. Enjoy unique interpretations of songs by Stevie Wonder and Peter Frampton. Jazz standards like Autumn Leaves,Summertime, and several originals as well. The music is framed by intriguing stories about the artists and the making of the tunes. There may even be a surprise or two! 

Larry Gareau has played supporting performances with Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra Jr., Aretha Franklin, Bernadette Peters, Johnny Mathis, Franki Valli, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Ojays, Mannheim Steamroller, The Irish Tenors, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Don Rickles and Regis Philbin. He has performed with the Hartford and New Haven Symphonies and played Broadway shows at the Bushnell, Shubert and Oakdale theaters and at the Goodspeed Opera House. Recent solo appearances with Central Connecticut State University Jazz Ensemble, Southern Connecticut State University Wind Ensemble,  Bristol Eastern High School Wind Ensemble, Hartford Pops Band, Farmington Valley Symphony, Colchester Civic Orchestra,  Nutmeg Symphony, Goff House Gazebo Series, New Britain Museum of American Art, and the Baby Grand Jazz Series. He is on the faculties of Central Connecticut State University and the Hartt School, Community Division.


8 pm   $10 suggested donation

Known for its drive and bounce on up-tempo numbers, and soul and depth of emotion on the slower tunes, Charter Oak Bluegrass is the essence of bluegrass.
The band is comprised of veteran performers who have played together for years. The band is a true unit — keenly attuned to and complementing one another, leaving the maximum amount of space for each to shine.
Listen to Charter Oak

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