Friday, May 4, 2018

Happenings at The Buttonwood Tree

Rock Bands, Storytelling, Musicians' Workshops and More This Week at TBT!
Special Show: Black Panther movie's soundtrack musician: Massamba Diop!

It's Party Time!  Dave Ten Eyck has assembled four bands to perform for the special occasion of Cinco de Mayo - May 5th. He'll be giving away an assortment of mementos like cups and beads and the event will feature a BEACH SCENE photo booth, by Marc Petterson. The event is FREE and open to all ages. First band starts around 6:45 pm and the show goes til 10pm. For a full lineup click here.

Put your name in the hat to tell your own story, or sit back and listen to others tell their true stories, all done in the MOTH STYLE. It's like being in your own Moth radio show!  8-10pm
This month's theme: Endings

 Saturdays are always special time to learn about your Self and begin new healthy habits. Join the discussion and gain knowledge from a very experienced healer, Annaita Gandhy. She leads a Personal Development Workshop and Guided Meditation: Aligned with Source. This week's topic: Life in Death; Changing Realities What is Death? What do we take with us, or leave behind?  Explore this often ‘feared’ state that so drives our society choices.

Annaita Gandhy

The Buttonwood Tree Open Mic is a supportive environment for emerging and professional artists of all sorts: dancing, storytelling, comedy, poetry and of course, music. Get your feet wet in the world of performance at the Tree! Moments of Gratitude is a time for all to take a moment to recognize what we are grateful for, building positive energy and encouragement.

Tuesdays we offer a weekly free yoga class, generously donated by Theresa Govert, as she believes yoga should be accessible to all. Donations are welcome to support TBT. This gentle and simple class will leave you feeling relaxed, renewed and more confident. 

This Tuesday night May 8th - TBT offers two valuable MUSICIANS' WORKSHOPS

Booking Gigs & Building a Crowd  (6-7:30)
Learn how to create stand-out booking materials and get promoters attention. Discover strategies to find venues, manage booking emails, and build toward better gigs. Find out how you can use online, social media, print, and in-person promotion to get your music heard and build a crowd at your shows.  Presented by Blue Crane Music, a consulting and management company representing artists in the Northeast. 
Legal Advice for Musicians   (7:30-9 pm)
Learn about copyrights & trademarks, collecting performance royalties, music licensing and organizational structure for musical groups.
Presented by Entertainment Attorney, Michael F. Freeman
NO registration is needed. $5 each workshop. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday - Exciting night of percussion and stories with the musician who created much of the score for the BLACK PANTHER Movie Soundtrack: Massamba Diop with the amazing Tony Vacca.  Be sure to see this rare appearance!
What happens when you combine Massamba Diop’s fiery Senegalese tama drumming with Tony Vacca’s spectacle of World Percussion? For over two decades these two musicians have come up with a different answer pretty much every time they perform. Expect some above-and-beyond pyrotechnics, expect some whisper soft gongs, a sonorous avalanche of notes from a giant balafon (West African xylophone), some spoken words in Wolof and English and oh yeah, a palpable vibe of friendship, connection and love these two guys have created from years of working together.
Reservations are suggested!  8-10 pm  $18.  All events are held at The Buttonwood Tree 605 Main Street, Middletown. Free parking at night behind It's Only Natural Market. (860) 347-4957

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