Music at the Mansion Summer Series
The Friends of Long Hill Estate and the Long Hill Estate Authority with sponsorship from Middlesex Hospital host their Music at the Mansion series again this July. All of the concerts will begin at 6:30pm. The grounds will be open for picnicking at 5:30pm. For the first time, we have invited a selection of food trucks to offer guests an alternative option to picnicking for dinner. Look for the trucks on the west side of the lawn by the additional parking lot. Parking will be at the Mansion, at the Wilbert Snow School, 299 Wadsworth Street, and at Mercy High School, 1740 Randolph Road. Concerts will be held in light rain or the threat of showers, but cancelled with the proximity of electrical storms that may endanger both guests and musicians.
The concert schedule is:
- July 5: Eight to the Bar
- July 12: Doo Wop Deville
- July 19: Locomotion
- July 26: Sugar
- August 2: Rain Date
The fun starts off Wednesday July 5th with Eight to the Bar. They were voted ‘Best Band 2008’ by Connecticut Magazine and ‘Best Jazz Band’ in the 2008 Hartford Advocate Readers Poll. Drawing their musical influences from American roots music: swing, boogie woogie, rhythm & blues, soul, and Motown, Eight to the Bar is known for its outstanding its instrumentalists and sophisticated musical and vocal arrangements.
Doo-Wop Deville makes a return visit on July 12th. Doo-Wop DeVille is New England’s newest and hottest doo wop show band! Comprised of experienced professional musicians dedicated to the presentation of authentic doo-wop music, the group features four talented vocalists backed by a band that includes bass, guitar, sax, drums, and keyboard. The groups exciting and dynamic performances get audiences of all ages up on their feet to dance and sing along with songs from such classic groups as the Five Satins, The Crests, The Flamingos and The Penguins.
Locomotion will be making their first public appearance at the Mansion on July 19th. Locomotion has been a crowd-favorite fixture on the Connecticut music scene since June 1987. Since then, the band has grown and evolved into one of southern New England’s premiere club, dance, wedding, and party bands. Featuring two lead singers and a full horn section, Locomotion’s sound is distinctly diverse, with hot dance and party tunes from the 60’s right up to today. The signature sound of their powerhouse horn section can be heard on just about every song they do. Nominated in the Hartford Advocate’s “Grand Band Slam” as a “Best Band” for 1998, 1999, and 2000, Locomotion was also named “Best Band in Connecticut 2003” by Connecticut Magazine.
Sugar closes out the season on July 26th. They have been performing together as a band for over 15 years and have shared the stage with Bo Diddley, Rick Derringer, Tower of Power, and J. Geils to name a few. The Sugar music catalog boasts an enormous repertoire of material that spans a multitude of genres, styles and generations. Sugar will deliver with their unique blend of musical variety, vitality and class.
Thank you to Middlesex Hospital – our 2017 Presenting Sponsor!