This was recently heard at The Buttonwood Tree, and anyone who checks their schedule can see its truth.
While every Friday and Saturday night is filled with music, First Fridays features a thriving Storytelling night, fashioned after the MOTH style, and often featuring acclaimed teller, Matt Dicks and often they feature programs to enlighten, educate and empower. Examples of the latter include Reiki classes and Shares, a writing workshop and many other classes and workshops.
Regular programs throughout the month include a widely popular Monday Night Open Mic, the oldest (continually running) Open Mic on First Thursdays, a Youth Open Mic, Drum circle, Sound Healings, Laughter Yoga and the very important workshop for Self-Awareness, Aligned With Source on Saturdays (currently on hiatus as facilitator, Annaita Gandhy spends a month in India.), along with Art exhibits and Receptions and various other
Starting January 18th, they are proud to host an 8 week Writing Workshop. Registration is online or by phone. Click on the titles to make reservations, or find out more. Buttonwood members are entitled to a reduced rate for this and many other programs.
This weekend they'll feature a Gypsy Jazz concert with a returning world-traveling trio and the debut of Sharkey and The Sparks, a father-son duo featuring the amazing Slambovian Circus of Dreams guitarist, Sharkey McEwen. All ages are welcome at Buttonwood shows, and a fee of $5 is set for this special show to encourage youngsters on Saturday night.
DJANGO"S RESERVE Jan 10, 8 pm
SHARKEY And The SPARKS Jan 11, 8 pm
Riding a wave of inspiration, Sharkey stepped out and began performing solo in the spring of 2016. This provided him more space to stretch out musically and to share his pure and soulful singing voice with us all. Around the same time, Sharkey and Ben began playing music together for fun. But once Sharkey started inviting his talented young protégé to join him on stage and perform in public, the “sparks” began to fly.
REIKI SHARE Jan. 12 (2-4pm)
ALL The WRITE WAYS, Writing Workshop Jan 18-March 14 (1-2:30pm)
ANDREW WILCOX TRIO Piano Jazz group Jan 24 (8-10pm $10.)
JOE BELMONT EXPERIENCE Jan 25, (8 pm $15.)
Joe Belmont: electric, acoustic, eclectic guitar, vocals
Eliezer Martinez: drums
Rudi Weeks : bass
Daily Hampshire Gazette: “Firing on all cylinders: The Joe Belmont Experience offers jazz, blues, R&B and more”
Joe Belmont Experience is comprised of accomplished veterans of the Northeast music scene playing a cohesive blend of divergent elements of jazz, original songs and compositions, funk, classic songs, Chicago blues, and jamming.
ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND with KATE CALLAHAN Jan. 31 8pm
Featuring former CT State Troubadour, Kate Callahan
Reservations are suggested for all weekend shows!!
For a complete listing of Buttonwood events, see their website at Buttonwood.org. They're also no Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Located at 605 Main Street, Middletown, (860) 347-4957. Free, ample parking behind It's Only Natural market, next door.