The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center Sun, 23 Oct 2016 01:24:31 +0000 en hourly 1 The Dr. Steve Band Halloween Show – 10/29 8pm Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:41:07 +0000 The Dr. Steve Band is four fine musicians offering one of a kind, original music. Noted for catchy grooves and unique, surprising lyrics the band will celebrate Halloween with scary/funny songs like “Voodoo War,” “Witchin’ Time,” and “Twisted Men.” There will also be Halloween games and prizes!

Dr. Steve is fronted by Steven Prasinos. Singer/Songwriter, Psychologist, Science Fiction Author. The Dr. Steve Band also includes Mike Gieralt on lead guitar, Gary Gieralt on bass and Eugene Zampieron on percussion. Formerly The Whatever Band, the group has won slots at various festivals including the Connecticut Folk Festival, the Bumblebee Festival and the Woodbury Fall Festival. The Dr. Steve Band has also been featured on VSCTV and WPKN and played at many restaurants and pubs throughout the area. The band has been playing together for nearly 78 year.

Visit the event page and purchase tickets for event HERE!

CONNER WALLOWITZ Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:30:23 +0000 Saturday, October 22nd at 8 p.m.
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Orice Jenkins & Chad Browne-Springer – 10/28 at 8pm Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:55:32 +0000

Orice: Soul (subgenres: Jazz, Hip-Hop, Classical)

Chad: Pop (Electronic, R&B, Alternative Pop, Alternative World)

Orice Jenkins – voice, guitars, piano, percussion

Chad Browne-Springer – voice, guitar, electronics

Nathan Davis – trombone, piano

Marc Wager – guitar

Joel Hewitt – bass

Jocelyn Pleasant – drums, percussion

Singer-songwriter, Orice Jenkins’ first love was Hip-Hop. His second love was Jazz. He identifies with soul music above all, but studies classical music. When he allows himself to make music without restrictions, the result strikes a chord in the hearts of all kinds of people and enables him to be on stage with musicians such as Stanley Jordan, Jane Monheit, Eddie Henderson, and Doug Wimbish, while earning comparisons to vocalists ranging from Gil Scott-Heron and Curtis Mayfield to Al Jarreau and Johnny Hartman. His debut recording was an EP of his first original songs entitled “Around the Piano” – recorded six years after most of its songs were written. Now in his early 20’s, Orice’s new album, “Soar”, branches out to neo-soul interpretations of jazz classics, jazz arrangements of songs written by public figures extending from James Weldon Johnson to Drake and Kanye West, and traditional covers of Stevie Wonder tunes and Great American Songbook masterpieces.

Orice was born into a culturally diverse community in the city of Hartford, Connecticut. He credits growing up in a Black Catholic church as the source of his love for unorthodox arrangements. His vast amount of influences, including Jamie Cullum, Alicia Keys, and Harry Connick, Jr., were inspired by the greats such as Nat “King” Cole, Nina Simone, and Donny Hathaway; all artists that have achieved “pop” music success despite coming from a jazz or classical background. Most of Orice’s inspirations are also exceptionally gifted at something other than singing and songwriting such as arranging, playing instruments, producing, and conducting. Orice has studied all of these crafts with educators like David Macbride, Larry Alan Smith, Nat Reeves, Ken Steen, Andy LaVerne and more at the prestigious Hartt School, alma mater to Steve Davis, Dionne Warwick, and Javier Colon. He has also studied voice with Shawnn Monteiro, Kevin Mahogany, Sheila Jordan, and other respected jazz vocalists.

Orice’s music has been a hometown favorite in venues such as Bushnell Theater, the Connecticut Convention Center, Bushnell Park, the Mark Twain House, and Black Eyed Sally’s. He has also been welcomed to sing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and the legendary Birdland Jazz Club, both in New York. The versatile musician worked for five years as a pianist for Goodspeed Opera House and currently has an ongoing engagement at Foxwoods Casino as the keyboard player and musical director for R&B veteran, Kenny Hamber. In addition to being a student, sideman, recording artist, and bandleader; Orice teaches at Charter Oak Cultural Center, Rawson Elementary School, Covenant Preparatory School and substitutes at Artists Collective. He loves all of his work, but feels most passionate about singing his arrangements from his upcoming album. The project will be released in the Spring of 2016 and will feature Orice’s normal band (two trombones, Fender Rhodes, guitar, bass, and drums), along with guest vocalists and rappers that have been close to Orice during his seven years of music making. It will take you through various styles of African-American music including Afro-Cuban, Swing, Soul, Hip-Hop, Cool Jazz, Hard Bop and Go-Go. The world might not be ready for a “jazz singer-songwriter” quite like this, but Orice Jenkins doesn’t care, and he’s ready to Soar!

“Jenkins’ blend of unbridled emotion, rhythm and blues, soul, and local inspiration culminates into a mesmerizing and original sound.” -Art Tatta, Enjoy CT Live
“An incredible blend of genres perfored with style and charisma. A truly unique journey.” -Andrew Kotliar, LIVAMP
chad-browne-springer-2ABOUT CHAD
   A singer-songwriter, producer, and rapper born and raised in East Hartford, Connecticut. He has released 3 projects, most recently Miscellaneous Morsecode: Frequency on April 20, 2015.
   Growing up, Chad dove into multiple musical quests, having some classical, musical theater, and jazz vocal training. With a newly developing interest in instruments, he started to fuse these different elements into a unique sound of his own. His first statement to the world was what some would call Frank Ocean meets John Mayer: an acoustic EP entitled “Hi I’m Chad”.
Following the intrigue of this project, Chad picked up a new “instrument”. FruityLoops Studios opened up a new world of crossing genres. Creating the new sound “E.R.B” (Electronica and R&B), he made a second statement displaying his wide array of tastes and potential on the full-length album “The Wonders of the Wanderer”. After a period of time, Chad came back with his most recent body of work, “Miscellaneous Morsecode: Frequency”, which portrayed where his artistic intrigue lies. Re-envisioning songs recorded by Kendrick Lamar, Zedd, Logic, Chance the Rapper, Kid Cudi, and more, he put his own stamp on a compilation of eclectic sounds.
   These projects show his lyrical capability to not only be a unique concept, but a story in itself.
JOHN BASINGER – Paradise Lost – 10/23 at 7pm Sat, 15 Oct 2016 08:33:35 +0000


The Paradise Lost Performance Project

John Basinger started committing all twelve books of John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” to memory in 1993. Since then, he has performed them at a variety of venues across the country, including; Poetry Alive in Asheville, North Carolina, 1997 National Slam Poetry Festival, The Connecticut Storytelling Festival, Bluffton University, Wesleyan University, Yale University, Three Rivers Community College, Trinity College (Hartford CT), Connecticut College, Southern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University, South Congregational Church, Middletown CT, Middlesex Community College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Avol’s Bookstore in Madison WI, Edgartown (MA) Public Library, the University of Redlands, Regensburg University (Germany), Warren Wilson College, and Manhattanville College. He has also appeared at the Milton Academy in Milton, Mass., New London (CT) High School, Glastonbury (CT) High School, East Catholic High School (CT),The Buttonwood Tree (Middletown CT) and numerous living rooms, churches and theaters.

John will be presenting Book 1 of John Milton’s Paradise Lost

This is a live “reading”. Books to follow along will be available.

Paradise Lost Web Site

JANN KLOSE & JACLYN JONES Sat, 15 Oct 2016 02:23:51 +0000 Friday, October 21st. 8-10 p.m.

JULIE LAST AND MICHAEL VEITCH Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:30:06 +0000 Friday, October 15th. 8 PM

Connor Wallowitz with Opening by Dan Merritt – 10/22 at 8pm Mon, 10 Oct 2016 21:59:40 +0000 conner-wallowitz-2ABOUT CONNER WALLOWITZ
15-year-old singer/songwriter Connor Wallowitz will feature about 14 original songs with themes ranging from love, to loss of love, to social justice.  The playlist will touch and reach all audience members regardless of age and life experience.  He writes songs that can be interpreted on multiple levels and he sings them with passion and commitment.

Connor has 4 studio CD’s and has been composing and performing since he was 8 years old.  He has been on WPLR, WILI, West Hartford public access TV, WFSB’s CT Style.  He’s performed at bars, charity events, outdoor music concert venues, weddings, Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods, and at the XL Center.  You can find his music on Bandcamp, iTunes, Youtube, CD Baby, Amazon, and Spotify.

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Dan Merritt is a genre-bending singer/songwriter/guitarist from central connecticut. He tries as hard as possible to push the limits of words used to decribe him. He evokes sounds out of his steel-string acoustic guitar that sometimes only barely resemble a guitar. His repitiore is partially instrumental, partially vocal songs. Drawing influence from many styles and performers, he has been compared to the likes of Michael Hedges, Bruce Cockburn, Mike Doughty, Don Ross, Jack White, Ian Thornley and Keller Williams. He draws influence from a number of more abstract artists as well, most notably pianist George Winston, bassist/composer Michael Manring, orchestral composers Stars of the Lid, as well as some electronic artists such as Boards of Canada, Loess, and Com Truise.






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Patti Rothberg & Kristin Hoffmann Reservations Sun, 09 Oct 2016 08:36:40 +0000 ABOUT PATTI ROTHBERG

Patti Rothberg’s recording career goes back to 1996, with her debut on EMI Records, ‘Between the 1 and the 9’, which refers to the time she spent performing in New York City’s 14th Street subway station. The title track relates some of her experiences, when EMI executive discovered Patti performing there. Seemingly overnight, Patti Rothberg achieved the kind of worldwide success one could only dream of. Critically acclaimed, Between the 1 and the 9 was an instant hit, and remains a timeless classic. The success of Between the 1 and the 9 had Patti touring quite non-stop from 1996 through 1997, and into 1998. She toured the USA supporting the Wallflowers, Chris Isaak, Midnight Oil, and Garbage, and she toured Europe supporting the Black Crowes. Patti and her band performed on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
While Patti promoted the record on the road, the song “Inside” reached #25 on Billboard in America, while in Europe, the song “Treat Me Like Dirt” went all the way to #1. A cover of “Kung Fu Fighting” was featured in the 1997 release of Beverly Hills Ninja, and her song “Forgive Me” was featured in the 1998 film The Misadventures of Margaret.


Starting at the age of 4, ethereal renaissance songstress, and Juilliard trained multi-instrumentalist, Kristin Hoffmann began building a prolific career in music. She studied opera with acclaimed teachers Lorraine Nubar and Zehava Gal and composition with Rob Mathes and Behzad Ranjbaran. With a particular interest in French art songs, Kristin spent a summer honing the craft at Académie Internationale d’été de Nice. In addition to stints at major record labels, Capitol and Interscope Records, and song placements on hit TV shows like Dawson’s Creek and Palmetto Pointe, she has shared stages with The Wallflowers, Feist, Brandi Carlile, Richie Havens and many other musical luminaries. With a strong sense of artistic altruism, she is most passionate about projects that explore music’s healing power and allow listeners to tap into their higher potentials.

Theatre of the Deaf Sat, 08 Oct 2016 07:49:50 +0000 The National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) has a history that is proud and groundbreaking.
Touring the nation and the world for over 45 years, the acting company is comprised of deaf and hearing actors.  Each performance unfolds simultaneously in two languages; one for the eye, American Sign Language, and one for the ear, the Spoken Word.
Wednesday, October 19th. 7 – 10 PM.

In the meantime visit The National Theatre of the Deaf’s website.

KHALIF NEVILLE Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:47:41 +0000 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7TH