Music at the Mansion Summer Series
The Friends of Long Hill Estate and the Long Hill Estate Authority are excited to host their Music at the Mansion series again this year. All of the concerts will begin at 6:30pm. The grounds will be open for picnicking at 5:30pm. Parking will be at Wilbert Snow School, 299 Wadsworth Street, and at Mercy High School, 1740 Randolph Road. Handicap parking is available at the Mansion. As there is limited parking at the Mansion, ALL vehicles will be directed to Mercy High School/Snow School when Mansion parking is full. 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:
The fun starts off with The Professors of Sweet, Sweet Music (POSSM) on June 30th. The band, co-creators of the Hartbeat Music Festival in Hartford, have an infectious charm and enthusiasm for life. Their original songs are a surprising collection of songwriting and arranging that harkens back to groups and musicians who have become icons in the industry. The POSSM play live shows often, and entertain crowds with an energetic style that and broad appeal. They have become well-known and loved in their hometown of Hartford, CT and are thankful for the support, inspiration and friendship given by their community.
On July 7th we welcome Moto. The band is a five piece group known for their fun swaying reggae, partying rhythms, soca sounds and uplifting fun music. For their performance at the Mansion they will collaborate with Bickley Rivera; internationally acclaimed steel pan artist, one of South Florida’s most popular performers. She has gained international attention with the album “Chillin’ After Five” produced by Greg Minnick, currently airing in over 50 countries worldwide. Bickley and her husband Nelson led the popular CT band, Cuba Libre before relocating to Tampa in 2001. Cuba Libre was known for festive concert and party appearances and their sold out boat cruises on the CT River.
CJ West and the Downtown Train will be performing on July 14th. Take A TRIP on The Train to Woodstock 1969! CJ West and The Downtown Train will be taking you on trip through time with a tribute to the bands that graced the stage at Woodstock in 1969. Relive moments that made rock and roll history…..the sights, the sounds and the songs. The Who, Janis Joplin, CSN, Jimi Hendrix, Melanie, The Grateful Dead, and Santana to name a few. Anyone who was there…or wishes they had been, is going to love this TRIP on The Train! Get out your headbands, love-beads, tie-dyeds, bell bottoms, peace signs, ALL that “hippie” stuff and immerse yourself into Woodstock 1969.
Someone You Can Xray will perform for the first time at our music series on July 21st. Founded in 2012, Someone You Can Xray has followed its roots, though the band has evolved from an acoustic duo into a dynamic electric stage ensemble. With a high-energy funky rock n’ blues sound, ‘Xray’ is as much at home in an acoustic listening room as on a festival stage, engaging listeners to sing and dance along.
Connecticut Ballet’s Ballet Under The Stars performance at the Wadsworth Mansion on July 28th at 6:30pm includes classical and contemporary works by Jolet Creary, Eve Chan, Nicole Tongue, Marden Ramos, and company Artistic Director Brett Raphael. Created in a ballet bubble for an online audience, the works comprise this summer’s outdoor performance repertoire. Rain date is the following evening, July 29th. Connecticut’s professional ballet company performs annually in Hartford and Stamford. The company’s repertoire spans masterworks by Balanchine and Fosse, eight full-length classical ballets and over 60 commissioned ballets. This summer’s performances mark the beginning of its 40th anniversary season. The Middletown performance is supported in part with funds from Middletown Commission on the Arts and Price Chopper.
This entire summer concert series is FREE to the public thanks to our sponsors and donations from the public. If you would like to help support the Mansion and it’s mission to remain a beautiful resource to the public, please consider donating.