The 7th Annual Middletown Music Festival

The 7th Annual Middletown Music Festival

August 3-5, 2018

Middlesex Community College. 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT


Michael Turgeon, Screaming Eagle Band

The Middletown Music Festival is a celebration of local music with two stages featuring 26 local bands, and is free to the community! Folks who want to support the festival can make a suggested $10 donation and enter to win a free t-shirt or CD. The Middletown Music Festival is produced by JCherry Presents, with a grant from the Middletown Commission on the Arts, with support from WESU 88.1FM, and Middlesex Community College.

The 6th Annual Middletown Music Festival


The 6th Annual Middletown Music Festival, August 4-6, at Middlesex Community College. The Middletown Music Festival is a celebration of local music with two stages featuring 26 local bands, and is free to the community! Folks who want to support the festival can make a suggested $10 donation and enter to win a free t-shirt or CD. The Middletown Music Festival is produced by JCherry Presents, with a grant from the Middletown Commission on the Arts, with support from WESU 88.1FM, and Middlesex Community College.

The festival opens on Friday evening at 5PM on The Pavilion Stage, with music from L.A.M.F, Terry Rand Band, Inner Worlds, Randomizer, and DapperascaL. Saturday on The Cedar Grove Stage beginning at 12 noon with Dropping Quarters, Arlene Wow, 610 Supertanker, Randy Moses, Some One You Can Xray, HannaH’s Field. Saturday on Pavilion Stage beginning at 3pm, Parallax, A Filthy Fiasco, CherrySparks Sloe Berry Jam, Off The Done. Sunday on The Pavilion Stage beginning at 11:00 am, Waberi Jordon, Kristen Larson, Murderous Chanteuse and Scarlett, Amity. Sunday on The Cedar Grove Stage starting at 11:30 am, Jay Roberts, Screaming Eagle Band, gigglejuice, Balkun Brothers, The Michael Cleary Band.

The vendor village is chock full of locally crafted gems! Neri Handcrafted Jewelry, KBM Creations, Ridge Runner Soaps Company LLC, Sleeping Giant Hemp Company LLC, JCherry’s Prime My Body CBD Oil, and much more!

New this year are local authors Beth Caruso, author of, One Of Windsor, The Untold Story of America’s First Witch Hanging, and Katherine Spada Basto, author of, Days To The Gallows. Come meet them and learn about Connecticut’s witch history! Plus local columnist and Life Coach, Diana Rae Carr. There will be sound healing and a drum circle with Andrew Mark Prue.

We are thrilled to bring back our craft beer tasting on Saturday afternoon. Great food by X Marks The Spot, Perk On Main, and more!

Lineup and Schedule:

The 5th Annual Middletown Music Festival, August 5-7 @ Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT

Founder’s Hall Stage
Friday Night

Drum Circle (and Drums By Andrew Mark Prue. Providing a circle of drums for everyone throughout the festival!)

6:00 pm, Cosmos Sunshine

7:00 – 7:40 pm, SOOP

8:00 – 8:30 pm, Auction with Maple

 8:30 – 9:15 pm, HannaH’s Field,

9:30- 10:10 pm, Supertrance

Cedar Grove Stage

10:30 am, Lydia Hunt

11:00 – 11:40 am, Murderous Chanteuse

12:25 — 1:05 pm, Terry Rand Band

1:50 – 2:30 pm, Randomizer

3:15 – 3:55 pm, gigglejuice

4:40 – 5:25 pm, Chaser 8

5:55- 6:35 pm, Phonosynthesis

7:20 – 8:00 pm, Someone You Can Xray

Founder’s Hall Stage

11:40 – 12:10 pm, Rust’d Keys

1:05 – 1:35 pm, The Greys

2:30 – 3:00 pm, Robert C. Fullerton

3:55 – 4:25 pm, Belle of The Fall

5:10 – 5:40 pm, AUCTION with Maple

7:00 – 7:30 pm, The Merks

8:30 – 9:00 pm, DappeRascal

9:30 – 10:00 pm, The Seventh Edge


Cedar Grove Stage

10:00 – 10:40 am, We’ve Got Rhythm

11:25 – 12:05 am, Amity

12:50 – 1:30 pm, River City Slim and The Zydeco Hogs

2:15 – 2:55 pm, Joey Batts

3:40 – 4:10 pm, JCherry and The Strawberries

4:55 – 5:35 pm, Balkun Brothers

6:20 -7:20, Michael Cleary Band

Founder’s Hall Stage

10:40 – 11:10 am, Dada Vida

12:05 – 12:35 pm, Jeff Przech

1:30 – 2:00 pm, TBA

2:55 – 3:25 pm, Jay Roberts

4:10 – 4:40 pm, Plywood Cowboy 

5:35 -6:05 pm, AUCTION with Maple

Let’s welcome Jeff Przech to The Middletown Music Festival!

The 5th Annual Middletown Music Festival, August 5-7 @ Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT




Jeff Przech likes to tell stories. Musical stories. “My favorite songwriters, the ones I always gravitate towards, are the ones who tell great stories in their songs.” Influenced by contemporary artists like Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams, and Sturgill Simpson, along with classic artists like Kristofferson, Jennings, and Dylan, Przech’s 2015 debut release, “Sounds Like Fresh,” is his first, though certainly not last entry into the canon of Americana music. The record is carried by classic songwriting and led by Przech’s deep, soulful vocals and acoustic guitar work. Many of the arrangements are sparse, but never wanting for more. Przech’s vocals and guitar are more than enough to carry songs like “Back Again” and “Wasting Time.” On the other hand, Przech’s arrangements on songs like “Clinchfield Rail,” “Eden,” and “Make A Wrong Thing Right” feature dazzling lead work by Jon Graboff (pedal steel), Dennis Fancher (lead guitar), and Przech himself. It’s perfectly clear that Przech knew exactly what he was going for on his first record, a collection of songs that takes the listener on, as one reviewer called it, a “rewarding emotional journey.”

Behind the ten original songs (along with a cover of Adams’ “English Girls Approximately”) that make up “Sounds Like Fresh” is Przech himself. Born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, Przech began writing in high school though, as he says now with a laugh, “My earliest attempts at songwriting make me cringe.” While he dabbled in music during his college years in Boston, Przech didn’t start playing professionally until his late 20’s, late in the game by today’s standards. He spent several years playing in cover bands, gigging throughout New England and, while constantly writing through those years, his own songs took a backseat to the other projects he was involved in. Ultimately, Przech felt a need to do something more to satisfy the artist within. He took his life experiences and his years as a Creative Writing teacher and applied them to his music, painting musical portraits with his songs. As Przech describes it, “There’s an element of me in all of my songs. Some more than others of course. I like to borrow a phrase from Kris Kristofferson to describe them: ‘Partly truth and partly fiction.’ They’re not all about me or my life per se, but I’m in all of them so to speak. They’re all honest though, and I always hope people will be struck by the stories and the characters within them.” Those characters are people we all know, even if we’ve never actually met them, and they share a vulnerability as they search for a way to make sense of the world they live in.

“Przech is as Americana as they come and it’s not a dirty word to throw the country moniker around when describing this album. If Przech’s influences were trees he’d have an entire orchard full of some of the greats of the traditional and alt-country movements, as well as varying forms of folk and Americana.”

“People ask me all the time what kind of music I play,” says Przech, “and it’s a tough question to answer. Chris Robinson once said, ‘I’m a folk singer. I sing songs for folks.’ But I classify myself as an Americana artist because that’s the music I identify with the most. That’s where the artists I respect the most reside. Even guys like Kristofferson, Waylon, Merle, even Dylan, they’d all fit into that genre today.” Przech spent the summer of 2015 bringing his form of Americana music from Vermont to the Carolinas, and was a featured performer at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival, the New England Acoustic Music Festival as well as the Keene Music Festival in New Hampshire. Przech has also enjoyed successful shows at great venues like Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Connecticut and The Bitter End in New York City, and shared the stage with fellow songwriters like Shawn Mullins and Pat McGee. As one venue owner put it, “Jeff Przech is one of those artists that you hear in a room and you have to stop what you are doing. You stand there with drink in hand…or set it down because you don’t want to be disturbed and you just take it all in.”

“‘Sounds Like Fresh’ relies on classic songwriting that shoots straight for the heart. It’s pure with its intention and leaves little question as to what we might expect from Przech in the future.”

The most important aspect of Przech’s songwriting, and of Przech himself, is the authenticity. There is a distinct lack of pretense in everything he does and his intentions are as true as some of the stories he tells. Przech is humble and unassuming with a dry sense of humor, evidenced by the title of his record – ‘Przech’ actually does rhyme with ‘fresh.’ Now proudly calling the small town of Unionville, Connecticut home (“I love the peace I get living here,” he says, “it’s the right place to write the kind of songs I do.”). And those songs have not gone unnoticed, receiving excellent reviews and airplay on WPLR, WESU, and WAPJ in Connecticut as well as internet radio stations and podcasts throughout the country from Connecticut to Washington.

“‘Sounds Like Fresh’ is more than a clever title meant to explain the pronunciation of ‘Przech.’ In a world where so many artists are employing marketing gimmicks and studio tricks, vying for the next big spotlight in the music scene, Jeff Przech makes it abundantly clear that’s he’s here to do one thing, and that’s make great music.”

Jeff Przech is many things. He is a songwriter, troubadour, a bit of a raconteur, and most importantly, a single father. “It all starts and ends there, man, with those two,” says Przech, referring to his two young children, who both make cameos on his record. He understands struggle and his life experiences shape his songwriting, which is always very true with its intentions. He wants his songs to make people think and feel. Przech’s music is an ideal union of the classic sound he so admires and the modern Americana genre. Whether he is playing with his newly formed band, The Outfit, or just by himself with an acoustic guitar, Przech’s dusty, resonant baritone provide a weight to his songs and lyrics. While the songs may be ‘partly truth, partly fiction,’ Jeff Przech is not. There is an unquestioned sincerity to the man and his music. “There’s a line in one of my songs,” says Przech, “All I can do is all I can do. That’s pretty much the way I look at it. I put everything I have into what I write and record. If it doesn’t mean something to me, how can I expect it to mean something to anyone else?”



“Without music, life would be a mistake.”

Friedrich Nietzsche


Simply Peaceful Healing at

The 5th Annual Middletown Music Festival

Have an Intuitive Angel or Tarot Reading with healer, Joan Witherell



11780028_655582787910490_3440233040943310452_oThe Middletown Music Festival is brought to you by JCherry Presents, with a grant from the MCA, and support from WESU 88.1FM, and Middlesex Community College

Join us this year, August 5-7, at Middlesex Community College.  Music starts Friday night at 6PM and ends    

Sunday evening at 7:30.


Seat Of Our Pants LIVE at:

The 5th Annual Middletown Music Festival, August 5-7,

Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT.

A FREE community local music festival!! Vendor Village, Craft Beer Tasting, Hula Hooping, Knocker Balls, Dancing and more!! 

AWP-220“Seat Of Our Pants is thrilled to be invited back to the Middletown Music Festival for the 2nd year in a row. We play our own brand of contemporary folk, and have a whole heck of a lot of fun doing it. Whether were playing songs we write, or putting our own twist on songs you wouldn’t expect to hear from an acoustic band, there’s always something for everyone. Our 2nd CD “Higher Ground” was released in February, and the response has been tremendous.”

Visit this amazing band online and check out the brand new album!


CLICK HERE for: Seat Of Our Pants




We love to play, come dance away, Interactive Hula Hooping!

The Middletown Music Festival, August 5-7, at Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT 06480!

Friday 6-10PM, Saturday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am – 7:30pm

Free festival celebrating local original music.

Don’t have a hoop? Never fear, just visit this booth!


Hoop Dance Workshops with Hula and Alexandria!

What better way to get out and dance than with a hula hoop? Put a smile on your face with a hoop around your waist in our interactive Hoop Loop! Alexandria Barron and Jenn “Hula” Roux have both been hooping for about five years and are excited to bring this activity to Middletown Music Festival. Hula hooping is a great way to increase mood and creativity, strengthen the core muscles, and have fun!

There will be workshops throughout the event covering all things hula hooping from how to keep the hoop going on your waist, beginner hoop dance tricks and how to choose the right hoop for you. Hoops will be available for use and there will also be hoops for sale. The workshops are accessible to all ages and all stages of hula hooping so be sure to stop by and get in the HOOP!


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