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Hot flashes at the Hicks
The Hicks Museum at 42 Tolland Green will host a concert on the lawn featuring The Hot Flashes on Wednesday, July 27. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Guests are encouraged to bring seats and a picnic dinner. The bad weather spot is the Tolland Center for the Arts, three doors down from the museum. Admission is by donation to support the programs of the nonprofit Hicks. Funding for the concert is the Tolland Greater Together Community Fund of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
The Hot Flashes are led by three female vocalists – Amy Gallatin, singer-songwriter and award-winning guitarist Gail Wade, and multi-instrumentalist Peggy Harvey, founding member of bluegrass band Traver Hollow – supported by mandolinist JD Williams, the Dobro veteran Roger Williams, both of Gallatin band Stillwaters, and bassist John Urbanik. Instrumentation also includes violin, harmonica, clawhammer banjo and soprano saxophone.
For more information, call the Hicks Museum at 860-875-7552.
Hop River Chamber Music Series
The Hop River Chamber Music Series at the First Congregational Church of Andover takes place on Thursday evenings, July 21 and 28, at 7:30 p.m.
Tonight, pianist Gary Chapman will be joined by Hartford Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Leonid Sigal and cellist Tom Hudson in chamber music for piano and strings.
On July 28, music for string quartet will be performed by violinists Mary Ellen Briga and Barbara Vaughan, violist Laurel Thurman and cellist Fran Bard.
Free entry; the suggested donation is $10.
Proof of vaccination and wearing a mask is required.
MARC Inc. of Manchester will host a free summer concert, presented by Pratt & Whitney, on Tuesday July 26 at 6.30pm at their venue at 151 & 161 Sheldon Road in Manchester.
The band will be King Kountry, playing country music. Chef Corey Wry of The Hollow at Manchester Country Club will be cooking. The Tolland Lions Club will be selling nachos and lemonade.
Free parking is available at 135, 151 and 161 Sheldon Road and 50 Utopia Road.
For a concert update or schedule change, call 860-474-2700 after 3 p.m. on the day of the show or visit: marcct.org
Mosaics, a concert planning organization, will present a summer concert series through Saturday September 17 at the South Congregational Church, 1301 Forbes St., East Hartford. The building is handicapped accessible.
All concerts start at 7 p.m., except for the August 28 concert, which starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15, available at the door and online.
The star performer on July 23 will be Veronica O’Brien, who will perform songs and dances with a spiritual theme.
The concert series is dedicated to the late Reverend Albert Turner, Pastor Emeritus of the South Congregational Church.
The City of East Hartford hosts Sounds of Summer, a free, family-friendly concert series at the Riverside Amphitheater at Great River Park, 301 East River Drive.
Tonight’s band is the Alvin Carter Project playing jazz. July 28 is The Score, playing classic party rock.
Bring a picnic basket, relax and listen to live music outdoors while overlooking the banks of the Connecticut River and the Hartford skyline.
The concert series continues weekly until Thursday, August 4. The concerts take place at 6 p.m., but will be canceled in the event of bad weather.
Rainy dates are August 11 and 18. Cancellations will be posted on the same website and on the city’s Facebook page.
Sarah Hanahan will give a concert with her quartet on Friday July 22 at 8 p.m.
They will play tunes from the standard jazz songbook and original material. The quartet will consist of Hanahan on saxophones, Jonathan Barber on drums, Barry Stephenson on bass and Miki Yamanaka on piano.
Hanahan is a jazz saxophonist in New York City pursuing her master’s degree in jazz performance at the Juilliard School.
• Mike Borgia will be at the Butttonwood Tree on Saturday July 23 at 8 p.m.
Mike Borgia is a New York native singer and songwriter celebrating three decades of music.
Admission to each show is $15.
The Buttonwood Tree is located at 605 Main St., Middletown. For more information, call 860-347-4957 or visit: buttonwood.org
The Somers Cultural Commission’s Summer Concert Series takes place Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. until August 4 at The Gazebo, 19 Battle St.
Tonight, July 21, Baird Souls will play classic rock and blues.
Rainy dates are Friday, same time. Updates will be posted on the Somers Concert Series page on Facebook.
The concerts can also be seen on Facebook at “Somers Concert Series”.
The concerts are free; a voluntary offer will be accepted for the non-profit Somers Cultural Commission. Bring folding chairs and a picnic.
For more information, call Ann Levesque, Concert Series Coordinator and Chair of the Somers Cultural Commission, at 860-749-2630.
The East Windsor Park Summer Concert Series takes place Thursdays at 6.30pm at East Windsor Park, 27 Reservoir Road, Broad Brook section.
Bring a picnic and listen to tunes from local bands in a variety of genres. There are no admission fees.
Jukebox45 will play tonight.
Le Cercle social français at 341 Kelly Road in Vernon will be doing karaoke with L&B on Friday, July 22, from 8 p.m. to midnight.
• On Saturday, July 23, Ron Pinney will present an acoustic show from 8 p.m. to midnight.
There are no entrance fees. There is free pool, darts and table games.
Roomful of Blues, the horned blues band, will perform live at the Stafford Palace Theater in Stafford Springs on Friday, August 5 at 8 p.m.
The latest release from Alligator Records is “In A Roomful Of Blues”. The Rhode Island-based group has garnered five Grammy nominations and numerous other accolades, including seven Blues Music Awards. Twice, the prestigious DownBeat International Critics Poll selected them as best blues group.
The Stafford Palace Theater is located at 75 Main Street.
The James Montgomery Band, which has toured with Gregg Allman, Johnny Winter, BB King and more, will perform at the Stafford Springs Blues Fest in Hyde Park on August 6.
His latest album, “The James Montgomery Blues Band: A Tribute to Paul Butterfield”, is available on Cleopatra Records.
Montgomery was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in 2018 and the New England Music Hall of Fame in September 2021.
For more information on Montgomery, visit OfficialJamesMontgomery on Facebook or visit: jamesmontgomery.com
• The Stafford Springs Blues Fest will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on August 6. Advance tickets are $25, available at: staffordspringsbluesfest.com