20+ hours of Live Music and Entertainment featured throughout Festival Weekend
Bristol, CT., September 07, 2017 – The Mum Festival Committee, in keeping with this year’s theme of “Home is Where the Heart Is,” is so very proud and excited to announce over 20 hours of live music and entertainment will be a feature of this year’s Mum Festival.
The Mum Festival has been an epic fall festival in Bristol’s history. Once known as the Mum City, Bristol was famous for this colorful flower, and through the years proud Fall festivities were put on by residents for all in the region to enjoy! This year’s Festival will run from September 21st – 24th and will feature over 14 bands and performers playing over 20 hours of live music from local and regional favorites to bands attracting national attention.
This year’s Festival will feature two entertainment venues – a Main Stage on the school grounds adjacent to the carnival and a Stage East location midway down the Memorial Boulevard just past the tennis courts.
“Our focus on music and live entertainment has made the Mum Festival a statewide must attend event”, said Maria Salice, Mum Festival Arts and Entertainment Chair. “In keeping with our theme of “Home is Where the Heart Is” we are showcasing several local bands and entertainers as well as performers from throughout the state. There is truly something for everyone throughout the four days of the Festival.”
Live entertainment will kick off at Memorial Boulevard Main Stage on Thursday evening, September 21st with the Stanley Street Band, an 18-piece jazz orchestra. The orchestra, which will be playing during the Mum Festival’s first ever Art Gala, is under the direction of Dr. Carl Knox. Knox is the director of jazz studies at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) and also directs the highly-acclaimed CCSU Jazz Ensemble. The Stanley Street Band will perform a variety of swing and funk tunes with a contemporary big band style. “An 18-piece orchestra playing under the stars during an exhibition of talented artists adds a real touch of class to the Mum Festival,” Salice added.
On Friday, September 22nd, the musical fun begins with the Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club who are once again entertaining the Mum Festival crowd with their fun, toe-tapping fiddling folk music. These busy performers continually play country fairs throughout the state, most recently the Goshen Fair, and can be seen performing on town greens and at American Legions, Elks, VFW, Knights of Columbus and Masonic lodges. The group is about 75 members strong, ranging in ages 12 to 92 – and their music appeals to people of all ages. Not only will Festival goers enjoy the fiddles, but also other instruments including the mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo, spoons, washtub, piano, button-box, harmonica, accordion, bones, jaw’s harp and percussion instruments.
After the Fiddlers, the girls take over the Main Stage with “Bristol Diva’s Live”, featuring area female singers including the Mum Festival Grand Marshall, Brittany Decker. Sing along with Brittany and the other ladies as they perform classic tunes by famous female singers including Carole King, Bette Midler, Adele, Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, Pat Benatar and others.
Then, the Festival grounds will be rocking the night away with a performance by Relic, a classic and 80’s rock tribute band. They will cap off the evening’s live entertainment on the Festival’s Main Stage. Relic covers famous 80’s bands and artists including Bon Jovi, Journey, Billy Squire, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Billy Idol and more.
The band includes four powerhouse musicians who have been in rock bands since they were teens in the 1980’s. Randy Paige provides the guitar riffs and screaming leads, while Bristol native, Allen Stone takes on the powerful lead vocals that define the classic and 80’s rock era. The thunderous rhythm section created by drummer, Matt Balemian and bassist, Doug Debisschop rounds out the incredible foursome.
The Main Stage on Saturday will feature original and rock cover bands from across Connecticut and one from Holyoke, Massachusetts. Coordinated by the Arts and Entertainment committee main stage lead, Casey Pothoff, the bands include They + Them, Here After Death, Split Decision, Arc City Angels and BlackHeart Tango. Saturday evening’s Main Stage lineup culminates with the Festival’s headliner band – the Balkun Brothers.
The Balkun Brothers is an American rock and roll power duo hailing from Hartford. Originally formed in 2010 by blood brothers Nick and Steve Balkun, the duo has been described as ‘spectacular torch-bearers for rockin’ American blues.’ The Balkun Brothers mixes heavy rock and funk grooves with traditional styles of delta and electric blues to make a unique style all their own. Their distinct sound draws from a vast range of influences including The Black Keys, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Black Sabbath, Johnny Winter, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muddy Waters and more.
Stage East is a new addition to the Mum Festival this year and will provide entertainment options for those who will want a change of pace from rock and blues. “We added this extra stage to allow for solo and smaller group acts and to dedicate a place for kids-based, family entertainment”, said Maria Salice. The stage will be located in the Kids Depot area, also a new 2017 Festival feature. “Stage East will provide a nice option for Festival goers who want to take a break from the main location or to stop by on their way to the Car Show which will also be located on that area of the Boulevard on Saturday.”
Young Festival goers can bring their parents and grandparents to Stage East to enjoy a juggling, joke telling, ventriloquist Robo the Clown from 1pm to 2pm. The Festival’s Grand Marshall, Brittany Decker will help lead kids in the Mum Festival’s version of the popular ‘Carpool Karaoke’ from 2:00 to 2:30. Nutmeg Performing Arts Center will showcase their talented dancers from 2:30 to 3:00, followed by a variety of other talented youth and teen solo and group vocalists from 3:00 to 3:30. Next on tap will be a magician act from 3:30 to 4:00.
A new addition to the entertainment lineup this year will be “Off the Chart” (OTC), an a cappella quartet made up of four vocalists, including Bristol’s own Craig Minor, who came together in 2012 through their love of barbershop harmony. OTC enjoys singing a wide variety of songs in the barbershop style, including vocal jazz, blues, gospel, pop classics, standards from the Great American Songbook, and an occasional contemporary hit. OTC enjoys performing for small groups and large audiences, and competes in the Yankee Division of the Northeastern District of the Barbershop Harmony Society. OTC was awarded the Yankee Division “Senior Quartet” honor in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Their set will feature an amazing rendition of the Armed Forces Salute, so we welcome all military members and veterans to be on hand to help make that number even more powerful.
And, to close out the Stage East lineup will be local country artist, Jason Gerrish. Jason’s music and style has influences from Americana and folk music to traditional and modern country. He has been described as ‘singing from the heart with a foot rooted deep in country music’s soul. Festival goers and fans are welcomed to bring along a blanket or lawn chairs for an enjoyable late afternoon performance at Stage East.
Live entertainment will take a short break during the annual Mum Festival Parade on Sunday, September 24th. Immediately following the parade, local favorites, the Mike and Jerry Beaudoin Acoustic Duo, will close the Festival on the Main Stage. Mike and Jerry have been performing for several years with bands such as Second Chance, Bittersweet Harmony and Fly-in Blind. The group performs at many local venues and fundraisers. Festival organizers are hoping to draw older and younger fans of this popular Bristol band to help make the Sunday performance and Festival grounds a big Bristol reunion of sorts.
“What would a Mum Festival be without entertainment?”, said Jack Ferraro, Mum Festival Chairman. “With this in mind, we have made sure that this year’s Festival includes plenty of live entertainment to entertain people of all ages and we can’t wait to see all the acts take the stage in a few weeks!”
The full entertainment schedule is as follows:
Thursday, September 21, 2017 – Festival Main Stage
6:00 Opening Ceremonies and Ribbon Cutting / Introduction of Hometown Hero
7:00 to 9:00 Stanley Street Big Band
9:00 Festival Fireworks
Friday, September 22nd, 2017 – Festival Main Stage
5:45 to 7:00 Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers
7:15 to 8:00 Bristol Divas Live
8:30 to 10:00 Relic
Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 – Festival Main Stage
11:45 to 1:00 They + Them
1:00 to 2:30 Here After Death
2:30 to 4:00 Split Decision
4:00 to 5:30 Arc City Angels
5:30 to 7:00 BlackHeart Tango
7:00 to 9:00 Baulken Brothers
Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 – Stage East
1:00 to 2:00 Robo the Clown
2:00 to 2:30 Kids Carpool Karaoke/Singalong
2:30 to 3:00 Nutmeg Performing Arts Center
3:00 to 3:30 Youth and Teen Performers
3:30 to 4:00 Magician Show
4:00 to 5:00 Off the Chart – Barbershop Quartet
5:00 to 6:00 Jason Gerrish
Sunday, September 24th, 2017 – Festival Main Stage
4:00 to 6:00 Mike and Gerry Beaudoin Acoustic Duo
6:00 Closing Ceremonies
For more information on the 2017 Mum Festival & Parade please visit: www.bristolmumfestival.com.
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