Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Fun Buttonwood Events, July 20 - 23

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
605 Main Street / PO Box 71, Middletown, CT 06457 / 860.347.4957

Shaking the Tree, Gong and Sound Meditation

Thursday, July 20 @ 7 9 pm. Suggested $15

THIS WILL TAKE PLACE AT 650 Main Street, just across the street from The Buttonwood Tree.

Reservations are suggested. Plenty of space available, bring your mat, blankets or zero-gravity chair. 

Greetings and welcome all! My name is Andrew and I would like to invite you to the soundship meditation that is Shaking The Tree!

I do my practice with many different sound tools and percussion affects including but not limited to; Gongs, bells, ocarinas, drums, horns, shakers, singing bowls and many other meditation items to create a soundship for you to take off in and travel to and from meditation land. Each month we will have a new guest join us and share their talents and special unique gifts with all of us. This will indeed be a night to remember! So tell a friend, bring the family, bring a blanket and pillow to lay down on.

We want to help you minimize the stress that you collect on your journey in life. Meditation is medicine for the mind, body and spirit— and is very effective in relieving that stress. It’s really as simple as that. Come find out what it can do for you or if you already know then I will see you at the tree.
BadSlax, Jazz Quartet

Friday, July 21 @ 8 - 10 pm. $10

BadSlax is one of the area’s premier jazz quartets. What distinguishes us from most jazz groups is our eclectic repertoire, which ranges from straight ahead standards, to composers such as John Scofield and Pat Metheny, as well as some great originals. We pride ourselves in playing a style that is swinging, accessible, and highly inventive.

We have performed on The New Haven Green, The Ninth Note Jazz and Supper Club, The Buttonwood Tree, Best Video Film and Culture Center, The Outer Space, and numerous other concert venues. As individual jazz performers and band leaders, we have a distinguished history of delighting jazz audiences. Our new drummer, Keith LeBlanc, is a hip-hop pioneer of Sugar Hill Gang fame, as well as a bebop stylist having backed Eddie Harris and Jack McDuff.

A sneak peak at their sound.

Aligned with Source, Interactive Workshop & Meditation

Every Saturday, 10:30 am to noon.  $10 suggested donation 

A Spiritual & Holistic Healer from India, Annaita seeks to empower, sharing her deep understanding of life, holism and spirituality, enabling you to rise above life’s challenges and live a healthy, fulfilled & confident life.

Be the change you wish to see. All you need is Willingness.

This week’s topic: Harmony & Balance through Grace

Naomi Wachira & Lara Herscovitch

Saturday, July 22 @ 8 - 10 pm.  $15

East meets West coast in a terrific co-bill of two of the best emerging artist new-folk singer-songwriters. Join Naomi Wachira and Lara Herscovitch at an acoustic show to support these two artists and Naomi’s new album Song of Lament.

Seattle singer-songwriter Naomi Wachira was born in Kenya and grew up singing gospel music in a choir of family and friends. Inspired by the music of Tracy Chapman and Miriam Makeba, Wachira saw the potential for song to make the world a better place and set out to create music that is “poignant, hopeful and life-giving.” Since her arrival on the Northwest music scene, she has received numerous accolades, including being named “Best Folk Artist” by Seattle Weekly, and has cultivated a growing base of enthusiastic fans. She has released three recordings to date–“African Girl” (2012), “Naomi Wachira” (2014) and “I am Because You Are” (2015)–and her fourth album “Song of Lament” is scheduled for release in June 2017.

“Pure musical poetry” (The Courier), Lara Herscovitch’s music is an original blend of modern folk with blues, jazz & pop influences. With a voice “clear and smooth like expensive liquor” (Northeast Performer), she is “A rising talent who is truly someone to watch for” (Acoustic Live in NYC). Her music is “expertly written prose, songwriting at its best; good for your ears AND your soul” (Sound Waves). Former Connecticut State Troubadour, Lara brings a charm, authenticity, and love of performing that resonates with diverse audiences. She has appeared as a guest on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and tours from Maine to Miami. She also has extensive experience as a policy social worker, and has worked in the US, Latin America and Asia – focusing on education, community development, and juvenile justice. Echoes of these themes resonate throughout her music: “Singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch doesn’t write songs just for the ears, but also for the heart and soul.” (Daily Journal, Tupelo MS).

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Stay tuned here and make sure to check our website's calendar for upcoming events. The following weekend we'll be joined by jazz groups Lorens Chuno and The Rosemary Minkler Trio. Summer nights are the best time to enjoy live music so make sure to save the dates and snag your seats in advance. 

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