• Entertainment

  • The Chowder Pot Town Hall Stage

  • Friday ~ June 16th

  • 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. ~ Opening Celebration featuring The Branford Chorale, The Ct Governors Foot Guard and the Raising of the Festival Flag

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  • 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. ~ Branford High School Choir, directed by Cathyann Roding

  • 6:45 – 7:00 p.m. ~ The John Moss Scholarship Presentation

  • 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. ~ The Benders

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    the BeNdErS:  a 5 member band that clicked  7 years ago it all began when lead singer Denise Parri met Branford man Clark Bender a lead guitarist, they were instantly bonded as a couple. The musical pair were showing up everywhere as an inseparable duo. After returning from a trip to Memphis with 32 friends they enjoyed their acquired Sir name given to them by those in their social circle,  the BeNdErS were born!  Among their many bands & music endeavors they enjoyed their hang out where they were gaining popularity at the underground music scene, the New Haven  the Warehouse.  Soon their choice in Classic Rock music with a twist attracted, drummer Dave Barberi who knew instantly he would have a life long connection to this band, bass player Dan Lynch joined in.  It wasn’t long after they united that they introduced an addition to the band; one of New Havens very well known Saxophone players & slide guitarist, JD Hertzog who truly has played around!  They play classic rock & and some originals. Their motto:  “We play the music, YOU make it a party!”  Life is short – live it with all that you enjoy!

  • 8:45 – 11:00 p.m. ~ “Wanted DOA” The Ultimate BonJovi Tribute!

    WANTED DOA: Who We Are….

    The sentiment of Bon Jovi’s music hits home and no matter the age group, their music is iconic and recognizable to masses. As one of history’s most successful music acts with over 130 million RIAA certified sales and countless awards, it’s no wonder there are countless acts looking to pay tribute to this legendary group. However, there is only one who truly captures the authenticity of what Bon Jovi’s music is all about and what their fans demand; Wanted DOA.

    This is the part that we are supposed to tell you how great we are, and state all the awesome things we have done individually in the past. Well it’s not about us, it is about Bon Jovi!  As musicians, we have had varying degrees of success in our careers but the one thing we have in common, and the one thing that makes this tribute act work, is that we love and connect with the music. The group first formed in 2015 with the goal of capturing both the studio and live aspects of the songs and to really hone in on the essence of Bon Jovi.  First and foremost it is all about the music. So that means working the vocal harmonies, guitar and keyboard sounds, and most importantly the lead vocals.  To be a good Bon Jovi tribute you need to sound as much like Jon as possible!  A pretty tough feat….

    Next…The live show!  Our goal is to put on a performance reminiscent of the rock shows from days long gone. Sound, lights and to engage the crowd, getting them on their feet while screaming for one more. Yes, our lead singer looks a little like Jon, and our guitarist (in a cowboy hat) could pass for Ritchie… But we are not trying look like the band, so you will not see us in wigs, trying to imitate the 80’s era group.  For us, it is a celebration of the music while, at the same time, trying to deliver an authentic experience to all the other fans of Bon Jovi.  Please Join us…

  • Saturday ~ June 17th

  • 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. ~ DynaMojo

  • DynaMojo was formed in the summer of 2012 with a mission of playing blues, rock and soul, the truest American music and the building blocks of so much rock and pop.
    Playing the songs of the biggest blues artists – BB King, Muddy Waters, Howlin’, Wolf, Robert Johnson and more – R&B from the likes of Otis Redding and Sam & Dave, as well as some blues inspired songs of more recent vintage in our own way.Our line up is:
    ‘Lucky T’ Timothy Topalian – Vocals and Bass
    Rob ‘Sweetness’ Barbieri – Vocals and Guitar
    ‘Deacon’ John Nelson – Vocals and Guitar
    ‘Barefoot’ Matt Alling – Drums and Vocals

  • 5:45 – 6:00 p.m. ~ Father of the Year

  • 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. ~ The Leaf Jumpers

    Formed in 1996, Leaf Jumpers have been creating music together for over 20 years. Formed By singer/guitarist Chris Marra (a native of Guilford) and bassist Spike Kingsley, the band released two full length CD’s during their first five years together. During that time they toured the East Coast from Maine to Georgia and opened for such acts as Sister Hazel, NRBQ, The Drifters, Disco Biscuits, Deep Banana Blackout, Max Creek, and many others. The band broke up in 2001 and reformed briefly in 20003
    In 2013 the band reformed and in 2016 released a new full length CD “A Distant Land”. Their current lineup of Marra, Kingsley, drummer James Anderson, guitarist Matt Splain, and singer/keyboard player Marc Apostolides are playing a full schedule of festivals, fairs and clubs in 2017 in support of the new CD. Their covers range from bands such as Counting Crows, U2, REM, and other modern classic rock bands. 2017 marks their second appearance at The Branford Festival.

  • 7:15 – 7:30 p.m. ~ Sponsor Announcements, Festival Committee Introductions

  • 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. ~ “Cover This”

  • Cover This is a rock band that focuses on the latest hits as well as mixing in party rock songs people want to hear when they are having a night out looking to blow off some steam and dance. We focus on getting the crowd going, keeping them in the bar and having a good time.

  • 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. ~ “Bruce in the USA

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    Bruce In The USA is much more than just another tribute…
    This high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E St. Band show.

    Matt Ryan, from the World Famous “Legends In Concert” cast, began playing the Springsteen character in 2000, in Legends “full scale” Las Vegas show. The great success in the famous Las Vegas show brought him to performances across the world, eventually evolving his character into the Bruce In The USA show.

    The Bruce In The USA Band consists of seasoned world class professional musicians. The show has hosted musicians from such acts/bands as Queen/Paul Rogers, Meatloaf, Blue Oyster Cult, Hall and Oats, Joe Cocker, The Ojays, Aretha Franklin, David Cassidy, The Temptations, Slash… and so many more.This high end, powerhouse, band has taken this genre of performance art to a whole new level, making it the World’s #1 Tribute to the E Street Band’s musical legacy.

    To millions of diehard fans around the world, it’s Springsteen’s marathon, party-like performances that have elevated him to hero status. Bruce’s legendary concerts (in the largest arenas) sell-out within hours of their announced sale. For those even lucky enough to get a ticket, there was nothing that could fill the aching void in between Bruce’s long-awaited tours…until now….

    The Bruce In The USA show was born on the Las Vegas Strip in the winter of 2004, with its debut at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, in the majestic “V Theatre”. The show assaulted the senses in a fun-filled and exciting party atmosphere on the Vegas Strip, while suspending disbelief for even the toughest skeptics. They’ve been met with critical acclaim, from the Stone Pony, large theaters, and Performance Art Centers across the country, as well as corporate events spanning across the globe for over a decade. Sell out crowds are on their feet from the first song to the last.

    Titled, The World’s Greatest Tribute to Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. by AXS TV’s, THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS, Hosted by Katie Daryl.
    Performing a 90 Minute Live Concert on The Sunset Strip, LA.

    “Bruce In The USA is the ultimate celebration of Bruce Springsteen & The E St. Band’s legacy”.
    Casteel Productions USA.

  • Sunday ~ June 18th

  • 10:15 a.m. ~ 36thAnnual Branford Road Race ~ click here for details

  • 11:30 Winners of the 2017 Baking Contest

  • 11:45 The Branford Road Race Awards Ceremony

  • 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ~ Eight to the Bar

  • Listening to Eight to the Bar is a lot like driving along a time-warped highway precisely halfway between Count Basie’s Kansas City and Fats Waller’s Harlem, where the car radio picks up everything from Jumpin’ at the Woodside to The Andrews Sisters. Their material, like their outlandish wardrobes and onstage choreo, is a colorful mix of forties jazz and swing, fifties jump blues, and their own swing-influenced tunes. With their female vocals, saxophone (their sax player, Collin Tilton is the original sax and flute player In Van Morrison’s band, and appears on Morrison’s quadruple-platinum-selling Moondance album), guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, this unique sextet pack a musical and visual wallop not seen in New England since the group’s inception in 1975. Since that time they have released 12 CDs and have excited audiences from Europe to the Caribbean. The band has been named “Best Band 2014” by Hartford Magazine and recently had the honor of touring the Republic of Georgia (near Russia) at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy there. Currently the group has released its 12th CD, Bring It & Swing It!

  • 2:30 – The New Haven Ballet

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    A non-profit 501©(3) corporation, the New Haven Ballet is a community based classical ballet school that provides the highest caliber training in southern Connecticut. The school’s curriculum is designed to develop strong, flexible, and versatile dancers who can adapt to a variety of styles and dance forms.
    The faculty of the New Haven Ballet is committed to helping students reach their full potential whether they plan a professional career in dance or dance recreationally.

    The school also offers tremendous outreach programs, including DanceAIR and Shared Ability, as well as programs for adults.

  • 3:00 – Her Song

    Bullying in our nation has become an epidemic and a topic of dicussion for all Boards of Education. “HER SONG” is addressing this frightening issue with an original PSA MUSICAL PRODUCTION. The Musical will highlight the severity of bullying while it educates and entertains our audience. A primary goal is to educate adults on what to look for: Is your child being bullied? Could your child be the bully? What do I do? Who do I go to?
    PRODUCER: JILL NESI
    MUSIC COMPOSED BY: JILL NESI&NICK FRADIANI SR
    CHOREOGRAPHER: MICHELLE NATALINO