Monday, February 17, 2020

The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center is proud and honored to host two fabulous concerts this weekend, both at 8 pm and a diverse array of other programs.

Centennial Cole - The Music of Nat "King" Cole 

 Orice Jenkins latest project along with the Cuatros Puntas String Quartet. 

On Friday, Feb 21 from 8-10pm

This will be a night to remember, not to miss! Reservations are suggested and can be purchased here, $20 per person.

Cuatro Puntos String Quartet
Aaron Packard – violin
Annie Trepanier – violin
Kevin Bishop – viola
Allan Ballinger – cello

Orice Jenkins is a vocalist, arranger, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist signed to independent imprint Truth Revolution Recording Collective. After three remarkably diverse projects, his newest album, ‘Centennial Cole’, is a celebration of a great voice from the past: Nat ‘King’ Cole. The legendary singer was most famous for songs like Unforgettable and The Christmas Song, but Jenkins performs his own soulful arrangements of less popular and nevertheless timeless tunes, similar to his work on his 2016 release, ‘Soar’, which reached #11 on the iTunes jazz chart. Jenkins became notorious for his hip-hop laden covers of jazz standards like Bye Bye Blackbird and Body & Soul, as well as his swinging treatments to songs by Drake and Rihanna. Centennial Cole offers much tamer sounds, accented by the presence of a string quartet.

Around The Piano, his 2014 debut, featured original orchestral soul songs written during Jenkins’ teenage years. More of his early songs were released on Tertiary, a 2017 mixtape that featured entirely self-produced music. Both projects were released several years after their inception, partially because of Jenkins pursuing higher education at prestigious arts conservatory, The Hartt School, as well as his work as a music educator in his hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. He also tours nationally with The Afro-Semitic Experience, and has served as musical director and arranger for legendary soul singers Betty Harris and Kenny Hamber, as well as Grammy-award winning artist Charmagne Tripp. He has collaborated with rapper Klokwize, Grammy-nominated producer Chris Davis, and shared the stage with jazz legends such as Dr. Eddie Henderson and Stanley Jordan.

For more about Orice visit his website 


Saturday night, February 22, 2020 

This beloved Middletown group has been awarded the Middletown Commission on the Arts' award of the Middletown Music Ambassador 2020. Mayor Ben Florsheim will present them with this award and a Proclamation at this event. Reservations are highly suggested and may be purchased here. Seats are only $10 and this event is expected to sell out.

House Of Moses is:
Randy Moses, vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboard Freddie Moses, vocals, percussion
Scott Kessel, vocals, drums
Eben Ross, harmonica
Tim Rankin, bass guitar
Matt Solak, electric guitar
Michael Arafeh, electric guitar

“Randy Moses & House Of Moses 2020”
Randy Moses is the founder, singer and songwriter for his band House Of Moses. Randy is the composer of dozens of original songs dating from the 1970s to today. Established in Middletown, CT in the 1970s with his brothers Freddie Moses and Thomas “Jakula” Moses, House Of Moses has been a Middletown mainstay, performing dozens of times and employing generations of local musicians from around the Middletown music scene.

Randy Moses is a Veteran of Foreign Wars, a cancer survivor and a public figure. Following the Moses family’s long tradition of civic engagement setforth by his parents James A. and Lillian Reba Moses, House Of Moses music appeals to the mind, body and soul of audiences. Buoyant rhythms and love lorn ballads share the message that Love is the answer to whatever vexes us—and you can dance to it.
House Of Moses music reflects a life of emerging social consciousness, but also a life of light, hope and joy amidst the struggle.
House Of Moses music captures the characters and moments in life that are both familiar and unfamiliar to audiences, setting these stories into a relaxed and deeply funky soundtrack.
House Of Moses music expresses the soulful ease of a summer vacation and the emerging social consciousness of youth.
House Of Moses is currently working on its third album and will be returning to the Middletown Music Festival in 2020.

 Also on Saturday:

Aligned With Source: Empowering Workshop for Self Awareness

February 22 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm  $10.

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 powerful guided meditation.

For more info see 

All The Write Ways: A Workshop for Self-Expression

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm $10/session

Join published writer and instructor Briana Una McGuckin for this eight-week workshop. Each week, you’ll explore a fresh form of writing (from found poetry and lyric essays to memoir and genre fiction). After reading an example piece of a type of writing, you’ll participate in a group discussion about the defining features and strengths of the work before writing something of your own.
This workshop is meant to expose you to many different types of writing, to give you new tools for self-expression. Writers aiming to publish are welcome, but the primary goal of this workshop is for participants to know themselves better, as writers and as human beings, through the art of the written word.  For more info / reserve your space, click here.


February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a Buttonwood  Reiki Share – For those who are at Reiki 1 level or above.
Cost $20.   /    TBT Members $15. (Members please call or email to sign up)
Reiki share. Reiki share, also known as Reiki circle or exchange, is a gathering of Reiki believers who participate in group Reiki treatments on each other. The main purpose for the Reiki share is to give and receive Reiki in a casual atmosphere of friendship, honor, positive energy and devotion.
To reserve your space and see more click here.

TBT is located at 605 Main Street with free, ample parking next door behind It's Only Natural market on weekends and after 6 pm during the week. Refreshments, free wifi and local artwork are available.
Currently, the bookstore and art gallery are open M-T-R-F from 10-2 and during events, subject to change. See more at, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram


Anonymous said...

Sample Orice's vocals, and part of his story, at

View more about House of Moses at

These men have a lot to give--See them at The Buttonwood Tree.

Anonymous said...

House of Moses performance last Saturday gripped my senses and created in me a craving for more. This group is much more than a home-town band. House of Moses are nationwide-- a very high level of talent and a dazzling blend of sound and soul. The last group I saw at Buttonwood that gripped me in this way appeared not long after that in London, at The Albert Hall. Keep your eye on House of Moses, ladies and gentlemen. And keep your eye on The Buttonwood Tree.
Here's to the House of Moses! and many more performances.