The Friends of Long Hill Estate and the Long Hill Estate Authority with sponsorship from Middlesex Hospital will host their ‘Music at the Mansion’ season at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown in July. The season opens on July 5th with Eight to the Bar. On July 12th the Doo Wop Deville will perform. Locomotion will perform on the 19th and closing out the season on July 26th will be Sugar. The concerts begin at 6:30 and are free to the public.
July 5th: www.eighttothebar.com
The fun starts off with Eight to the Bar. They were voted ‘Best Band 2008’ by Connecticut Magazine and ‘Best Jazz Band’ in the 2008 Hartford Advocate Readers Poll. Drawing their musical influences from American roots music: swing, boogie woogie, rhythm & blues, soul, and Motown, Eight to the Bar is known for its outstanding its instrumentalists and sophisticated musical and vocal arrangements.
July 12th: http://doowopdeville.com/index.html
Doo-Wop DeVille is New England’s newest and hottest doo wop show band! Comprised of experienced professional musicians dedicated to the presentation of authentic doo-wop music, the group features four talented vocalists backed by a band that includes bass, guitar, sax, drums, and keyboard. The groups exciting and dynamic performances get audiences of all ages up on their feet to dance and sing along with songs from such classic groups as the Five Satins, The Crests, The Flamingos and The Penguins.
July 19th: http://www.lcmotion.com
Locomotion will be making their first public appearance at the Mansion. Locomotion has been a crowd-favorite fixture on the Connecticut music scene since June 1987. Since then, the band has grown and evolved into one of southern New England's premiere club, dance, wedding, and party bands. Featuring two lead singers and a full horn section, Locomotion's sound is distinctly diverse, with hot dance and party tunes from the 60's right up to today. The signature sound of their powerhouse horn section can be heard on just about every song they do. Nominated in the Hartford Advocate's "Grand Band Slam'; as a 'Best Band" for 1998, 1999, and 2000, Locomotion was also named 'Best Band in Connecticut 2003" by Connecticut Magazine.
July 26th: http://sugarband.net
Sugar have been performing together as a band for over 15 years and have shared the stage with Bo Diddley, Rick Derringer, Tower of Power, and J. Geils to name a few. The Sugar music catalog boasts an enormous repertoire of material that spans a multitude of genres, styles and generations. Sugar will deliver with their unique blend of musical variety, vitality and class.
At each concert there will be a variety food trucks offering light fare. Vecchitto’s Italian Ice, Franks Wood Fired Pizza, and Shishkabobalicious are scheduled for each week of the series.
All of the concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m. The grounds will be open for picnicking at 5:30 p.m. Parking will be at the Mansion, at the Wilbert Snow School, 299 Wadsworth Street, and at Mercy High School, 1740 Randolph Road. Concerts will be held in light rain, or the threat of showers.
Concerts will be cancelled in electrical storms or threat to the wellbeing of the musicians or their instruments. A rain date of August 2nd has been scheduled. Information will be available on the Wadsworth Mansion website at www.wadsworthmansion.com or by calling (860) 347-1064.