Friday night TBT hosts local musical stars for an 8 pm show:
Frank Critelli and Friends CD Release Celebration
Featuring Frank Critelli, vocals and guitar; Don Horton, Bass; Mark Mirando, electric piano; Jim Stavris, drums and Michael Arafeh aka "Bumpy Chimes", guitar (who also produced the CD at the Coffeehouse Recording Studio, right here in Middletown). $10 cover fee includes the new CD! Reserve your seat here
With the horizon's line as a challenge and attraction, Beppe Gambetta is continually composing his personal mosaic of sounds and flavours. From his unique background as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music as well as the music of his native country, Beppe has travelled the world and even crossed the “Iron Curtain” to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. After eleven CDs, DVDs, teaching books and collaborations with many other top-flight musicians, Gambetta is increasingly known as one of the true live master innovators of the acoustic guitar.
It is the smile that is the key for reading the musical universe of Beppe Gambetta. An open and disarming smile that is also the contagious and irresistible smile of a person who invites you to a musical journey with light heart and curiosity. The destination, as for any traveller, is not totally defined because it is beautiful, at the very last, to find ourselves where we never would expected to be.While Beppe still lives in his native Genova, he travels to North America at least four times a year. He has performed in prestigious festivals in the U.S. and Canada such as Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, Merlefest in North Carolina, the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas and those in Winnipeg and Edmonton. He's appeared on such radio shows as All Things Considered and E-Town.
Beppe has performed in prestigious rooms like the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In his career he has performed with some great heroes of the folk scene, such as David Grisman, Gene Parsons, Doc Watson, Norman Blake and with the band Men Of Steel: an international guitar summit (Dan Crary, Tony McManus and Don Ross) of different guitar schools with complex musical interactions. A tour with banjo player Tony Trischka resulted in his 1991 live album Alone and Together.
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The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center is located at 605 Main Street, Middletown.