Ed Fast & Conga-Bop
Tuesday, August 4th, from 5 to 7 pm on the Front Lawn
The brainchild of percussionist extraordinaire Ed Fast, Conga Bop is the only ensemble of its kind to deliver a unique blend of Latin music and Jazz. Mr. Fast, himself an in demand musician, has honed the groups repertoire into one that is a balance of the obscure and accessible. Cal Tjader rarities linger with electrified songbook standards and Eds own originals. The group is a blend of seasoned performers and the newest generation of Hartfords young talent. Conga Bop can be seen at the Firebox Restaurant in Hartford on the first Wednesday of every month as well as at various other venues that will be announced on facebook.
We Happy Few
Tuesday, August 11th, from 5 to 7 pm on the Front Lawn
A unique cover band of folk, rock, and jazz music all rolled into one, fronted by multi-instrumentalist Jeffrey Boratko.
The Jimmy Buffét
Tuesday, August 18th, from 5 to 7 pm on the Front Lawn
“The Jimmy Buffét” is the running joke working title for the greater Hartford area’s newest cover band! Based out of Manchester, CT, most of the members are teachers at the privately owned music store Summit Studios. The band’s expanding repertoire features today’s top radio tracks, as well as throwback hits from the 80’s and 90’s. Featuring three dynamic vocalists, the band has the capacity to play many different styles and are always looking for something new to play.
The Jolly Beggars
Tuesday, August 25th, from 5 to 7 pm on the Front Lawn
The Jolly Beggars bring the rich tradition of Celtic folk music and storytelling to modern day audiences. Based out of Connecticut, their traditional songs and musical arrangements have exposed many to the joys of Celtic music.They tell traditional stories from Irish folklore and intersperse their musical arrangements with traditional reels and jigs. Characterized by their tight harmonies and use of guitars, mandolin, tin whistles, octave mandolin, mandola, tenor banjo, double bass, bodhran, spoons, and more, The Jolly Beggars have quickly built a solid following and continue to spread their music around the east coast. The band performs music that is largely Celtic in origin (Irish and Scottish), with some pieces coming from an extension of that music in other cultures.
In the 2014 inaugural year of the series, all enjoyed Tuesday evenings on the front lawn and, in our the course of our three concerts raised $320 for the West Hartford Food Bank. Our thanks to all who donated, attended, organized, and enjoyed!
And a special thanks to our performers – West End Blend and Elm City Sound.