Music in the Meadow
"Music in the Meadow" concert returns Friday, June 20, 2014, 6:30-9:30 PM
Presented by the Connecticut College Arboretum, in conjunction with WCNI, "Music in the Meadow II”\" will be held Friday, June 20, in the Arboretum meadow by the pond. This year’s concert boasts another stellar line-up of original bands from the region: The Meadows Brothers, The 3-Pack and The Rivergods. The ever-popular Munchies food truck will also be on hand. The rain date for the concert is Sunday, June 22.
Cost: $10 for adults ($8 in advance); $5 for children under 12 years
Tickets: in advance at the Arboretum administrative office, room 103, Olin Science Center, Connecticut College (first building north of the main entrance gate house) 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Mon-Fri.
Bring: blankets or beach chairs to sit on; picnic and insect repellent are encouraged
Parking: along Williams Street, or across from the Arboretum in the Bolles House parking lot, or on campus in the Horizon House (Admissions) lot or in south lot
Enter: at the Williams Street entrance to the Arboretum (Native Plant Collection). At the bottom of the Laurel Walk (grassy ramp) turn right and downhill into the outdoor theater. Doors open at 6 PM.
The Meadows Brothers are brothers Ian and Dustin Meadows, and they combine folk, bluegrass, country, and blues to create a truly unique form of American music. In younger brother Dustin's words, "We’re just doing what we love. We pay attention to history, and use that as a beginning point for our own sound." In the two short years they have been performing as a duo the brothers (ages 20 &18) have toured much of New England, released their debut CD, and even secured an opening slot for folk legend Don Mclean on his last tour. In January, the Meadows Brothers were awarded the 2014 Rising Artist Detection and Recognition (RADAR) Award by The New England Music Awards (NEMA). The award was created to identify and celebrate New England musicians younger than 21.
Comprised of former members of one of the area’s longest running and most-loved rock bands, the Reducers, The 3-Pack features Peter Detmold on bass/vocals, Hugh Birdsall on guitars/vocals and Tom Trombley on drums. The group formed out of friendship and camaraderie following the 2012 passing of Reducers’ bassist Steve Kaika, which essentially closed the book on the Reducers’ 35+ year run as a band. According to Rick Koster of The New London Day, “the 3-Pack’s originals indicate exuberant craft, hooks and an acute lyrical narrative — sometimes bittersweet, sometimes hilarious — that seem reflective of their musical past and lives together.” Expect danceable, garage-rock-flavored tunes that will get your feet moving. Both Detmold and Birdsall have prior affiliation with Connecticut College, and in fact, met here over 40 years ago as kids: Birdsall’s father, Richard Birdsall, was a history professor, and Detmold’s father worked in the development office.
The Rivergods are a popular southeastern CT-based band that has performed its own harmony-rich folk, roots and rock-influenced original music in the region since 1997. The Rivergods are fronted by husband/wife songwriters, Ben and Nancy Parent (Ben Parent is also Art Director/Senior Designer for the College), and the band’s rotating lineup includes some of the finest players in the region. In January 2014, the Rivergods released a new 4-song EP called Never Grow Old to great reviews: “Blood on the Tracks-era Bob Dylan and Harvest Moon-era Neil Young in a poppy, less guitar centric, package … 60’s folk rock and pop influence mixed with a more modern tonality” (Wailingcity.com). In 2013, the band won a New London Whalie Award for ‘Best blues/country rock performance’ for their song “When Times Were Good.” The Rivergods have played countless shows and festivals over the years, including Summer Pops in Westerly, RI, Sailfest and Opsail in New London, Conn., the Meriden Daffodil Festival, the Block Island Music Festival, the NEMO New Music Showcase in Boston, and NXNE (the sister festival of SXSW) in Toronto, Canada.
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