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  • The “Ford of Branford” Town Hall Stage

  • Friday ~ June 15th

  • 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. ~ Opening Celebration featuring 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 Mike Martone Jr.

  • 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 16th

  • 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. ~ Elegant Primates

    Elegant Primates was formed as an eclectic world-beat pop duo by Rob Nelson and Dave Provolo in 2006, when they released their first CD “Swimming Since Birth.” The band became a trio in 2012 when they were joined by Christian Ponce, a founding member of legendary Ecuadorian rock pioneers El Retorno de Exxon Valdez, whose hit “Que Te Vas” was featured in the Sebastian Cordero film “Ratas, Ratones, In 2014, the band was joined by multi-instrumentalist Yotisse Williams, formerly of Cosmic Jibaros, on vocals, marimba, keyboards and percussion and the most recent addition to the band is Haitian/Dominican singer and songwriter Kathianna Celestin. Her melodic and vocal stylings bring a world class vocalist to an already stellar line up. Their music stands out as refreshingly unique in the current landscape of computerized pop music. Back to Back performances on the festival Main Street stage in 2016 and 2017 have earned this group a shot at the Big Stage!

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

  • 6:00 to 7:00 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

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

  • 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. ~ “RedLight”

    Party Rock at it’s best!! Come ready to dance and have a good time. When the RED LIGHT shines it’s PARTY TIME!! Good times, Great friends= RED LIGHT SHOW!

  • 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. ~ David Brighton’s Space Oddity"The Ultimate David Bowie Experience

    Space Oddity – The Ultimate David Bowie Experience is a live, multi-media spectacle that takes you on a musical journey through the constantly metamorphosing career of Rock and Roll’s most celebrated innovator. David Brighton and his amazing band deliver a stunning note-for note theatrical concert event… transporting today’s audiences back in time through some of the most exciting moments in the history of Rock music.

    Experience Bowie’s miraculous transformation from space-aged rock idol, to polished mainstream media star… and the timeless classics that forever changed the face of pop culture, with David Brighton’s salute to the most electrifying performer of our time.

    “David Brighton has the voice, moves and look to actually step in for David Bowie if he were unavailable and few would ever know. Experiencing Space Oddity made for a truly remarkable evening…” says Harry Maslin, the Producer of David Bowie’s YOUNG AMERICANS and STATION TO STATION Albums.

  • Sunday ~ June 17th

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

  • 11:30 Winners of the 2018 Baking Contest

  • 11:45 The Branford Road Race Awards Ceremony

  • 12:00 to 2:00 – Avenue Groove

    “Avenue Groove” is a Connecticut based band formed in 2007 consisting of six very talented and dedicated musicians playing R&B/Funk/Dance Music. Known for being extremely tight and having fantastic vocals (4 of them), Avenue Groove is very well received wherever they perform. If you think that Avenue Groove is just “Another Cover Band” …. come see for yourself what sets them apart.

  • 2:30 – The Branford Chorale

  • The Branford Chorale is a regional, non-profit group established in 1976 made up of talented shoreline singers who share their love of music. Under the new direction of Nick Filippides we will be performing at the 2018 Branford Festival bringing you the music from our spring 2018 concert, Rooted: American Music African Roots. We hope you enjoy our arrangements of Toto’s Africa, Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk and Stevie Wonder’s Superstition to name just a few! We hope you will consider joining us for our next term which begins in September. As always, no auditions are required. For more information about the chorale please visit http://www.branfordchorale.com./

  • 3:15 – Students from the Tabor Arts Performance School

  • Tabor Arts Branford will close out The Branford Festival on Sunday, June 17th. Students from the cast of Peter Pan will sing selections from the show in addition to other Disney favorites. Under the direction of Jamie Petrone and Colin Sheehan. For more information on programming, music lessons, and everything else offered at Tabor Arts Branford, please visit TaborArtsBranford.com.