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Music and More at The Buttonwood Tree, August 2023

Submitted by Amy Albert

(July 25, 2023) — The following events will take place during August, 2023 at The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main Street in Middletown. For information on all shows, call 860-347-4957 or visit

Friday, August 4, 2023 at 7:00 p.m., Story City Troupe. Admission is $10. This event is hosted by Michael Isko, who tells stories about his foibles and family. He recently retired from a 34 year career as Public Defender, he accepted Sue Huggan’s request to keep the Story City Troupe together, and bring shows to the Buttonwood.                                    Admission Link:

Saturday, August 5, 2023 at 8:00 p.m., Jazz Pianist and Composer Noah Baerman. This evening is dedicated to the music of one of Baerman’s (and jazz music’s) biggest heroes, Wayne Shorter (1933-2023). The lineup is to be determined. Admission for this event is $20. Noah Baerman has recorded eleven acclaimed albums under his own name and several more as a co-leader of cooperative ensembles including Trio 149, Envisage Collective, and Playdate. He recently released his eleventh recording under his own name, the duo album Alter Ego, documenting 20 years of collaboration with bassist Henry Lugo.

Friday, August 11, 2023 at 8:00 p.m., Indie Group The Lowliest One and Middletown Artist Dan Tracey. Admission is $15. The Lowliest One is a musical group, featuring a rotating cast of performers from New York, led by singer-songwriter and composer Peter Siegmann. The moniker refers to the early days of the group when Siegmann would perform solo and generate as much noise as he could on his own. In 2019, the group released their debut album entitled, “Shuffle The Lines” at Look to Listen Studios, produced by Keith Zarriello of The Shivers.The Lowliest One is perfect for fans of Timber Timbre, The Kills and Bon Iver.                    Admission Link:

Saturday, August 12, 2023 at 8:00 p.m., Acoustic Americana Band Horizon Blue. Admission is $15.Horizon Blue is an acoustic Americana (folk, country and bluegrass) musical group. Performances are family-friendly, conversational and inviting. Monique Hill is the voice and songwriter of Horizon Blue. Monique is a multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and dulcimer.  Pete Hill is a multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, mandolin, banjo, strum stick and flute.  Mark Annulli plays electric bass and upright bass. Mark is a veteran of the Eastern Connecticut music scene performing with many blues and rock bands. Rich Johnson is a multi-instrumentalist who plays resophonic guitar, lap steel, guitar and percussion.

Thursday, August 17, 2023 at 8:00 p.m., Celtic Folk Singer Iona Fyfe. Admission is $20. Aberdeenshire folk singer Iona Fyfe has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. Her debut album “Away From My Window”  received nationwide airplay on programs such as BBC Radio 2 The Folk Show. Her follow-up CD, “Dark Turn of Mind” is Fyfe’s first EP entirely in English and features six ballads and songs found in both Appalachia and Aberdeenshire.

Friday, August 18, 2023 at 8:00 p.m., Rhode Island-based Indie Performer Justice Cow and Boston-based Indie-Pop Performer Kit Orion. Kit Orion will open the show, then both artists will be performing together. Admission is $20.
Jessica Kion, who has released a handful of albums under the moniker Justice Cow, is a rare type of artist who doesn’t shy away from accessing the full range and depth of the human experience. Some of her songs and videos will make you laugh, some will make you cry, some will teach you, some will fill you with hope, and some will make you dance. Caitlyn O’Brien, creatively known as Kit Orion, is a Boston-based musician and producer.  A long-time collaborator and featured member of local bands and projects, she released her debut EP in February 2021.

                                                                                                  Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 8:00 p.m., Festival Rock Band Parker’s Tangent. Admission is $15. Parker’s Tangent is a fun group playing all original rock music based on blues and roots sources. They have a wonderful female lead singer (who has been compared to Grace Slick and Nora Jones), drums, percussion, lead and rhythm guitars, bass, and an awesome violin player. They are a professional working band based out of Greater New Haven.

Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 8:00 p.m., A Tribute to the Music of John Denver, performed by Lucinda Rowe. There will also be sets by Mick Connolly, Guy Fiandra, Chris Morrison, and Marc Russell. Admission is $25.“I heard ‘Sunshine on My Shoulders’ by John Denver for the first time on the radio when I was twelve years old,” said Rowe. “From that moment, I knew that I wanted to do the same thing John was doing… perform songs that I would write for as many people as I could reach. I bought a John Denver songbook with guitar chords, got my brother’s guitar and three days later I had taught myself how to play and never looked back.” Lucinda found a relationship with Denver’s music in his desire to change the world’s perspective on nature, world hunger, conservation, the ocean, and our natural resources. 

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