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  • The “Ford of Branford” Town Hall Stage

  • Friday ~ June 14th

  • 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. ~ Opening Celebration featuring The Ct Governors Foot Guard and the Raising of the Festival Flag

  • 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. “Furious George”

  • Furious George plays everybody’s favorite music from the 60’s right up through today.They’ve shared the stage with big name artists like Los Lobos and Gavin DeGraw and can be found playing for some of the nicest people at some of the best establishments around.

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    Furious George Is: Steve Johnson, Dave Zold, Kevin Finn and George Shea have been making music for over six years and have established themselves as one of the areas top-tier cover bands with club owners and fans alike.

    The Band’s core belief: “Music makes us all feel younger, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

  • 8:45 – 11:00 p.m. ~ “Damn the Torpedos” A Tom Petty Tribute

    Tom Petty Tribute – Damn The Torpedoes – Bio
    Rich Kubicz, who plays the role of Tom Petty in the show, has been playing guitar and singing since his early teens. By 2007, so many people had told him that he looked and sounded like Tom Petty that he decided to put together Damn The Torpedoes as a tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
    The goal was to play all of the studio hits, some of the live versions and a few deep cuts to create the illusion of a Tom Petty concert performance. This meant that each band member would need to find the same sounds as on the records and play their parts note for note.
    Over the years Damn The Torpedoes has evolved with a deeper understanding of the Tom Petty catalog and more committed members. The current lineup has been in place for several years and demonstrates the unspoken chemistry that makes any great band. All of the signature riffs, harmonies and underlying parts of the music are there—-and the show has become “second nature” with an artistry and emotion that makes audiences smile. Or as Rich likes to say, we deliver the “awe factor” in every performance.

  • Saturday ~ June 15th

  • 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. ~ The Rubber Band

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

  • 6:00 -7:00pm ~ The Syndicate

    Based on the Connecticut shoreline, The Syndicate is a four-piece rock, funk, and soul band that offers unique interpretations of popular songs spanning many decades, styles, and genres.  This versatility is due to the fusion of musical tastes and the unique approach among the musicians.  They enjoy reimagining popular music while maintaining the integrity of a song’s message, structure, and sound. Formed in 2011, the band members are: Paul Battles, from Branford, guitarist and instructor, vocalist, and songwriter; Tim Mead, from Killingworth, bassist, vocalist, and songwriter; Ed Soufer, of Madison, guitarist and instructor, vocalist, and songwriter; and Alfred Woody, also from Branford, on drums and percussion. The Syndicate can be found rocking out at such venues as: Scotch Plains Tavern, The Back Porch, The Lionheart Tavern, and the James Madison House, as well as performing at weddings and other private functions. Check out The Syndicate’s Facebook page for upcoming events.

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

  • 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. ~ “Jump the Gun”

  • Today’s best Country, and some blast’s from the past too!

  • 9:00 to 11:00 "The Lords of 52nd Street

    The Lords of 52nd Street Bio

    Before they were The Lords of 52nd Street, you could find them playing at local clubs in Long Island under the band name, “Topper.” Topper was a 1960s high school rock and roll band originally formed by, Russell Javors on guitar and vocals, Doug Stegmeyer on bass, and Liberty DeVitto on drums. The band was drawing a large audience at the time, but bassist Doug Stegmeyer quickly flew out to California to audition for the “Piano Man,” Mr. Billy Joel.
    
Joel was looking to form a new band that will record and tour with him regularly. Stegmeyer was immediately accepted into the Billy Joel Band, and Joel asked if Stegmeyer knew of any other players, specifically a New York style drummer. Stegmeyer told Joel, “You know them,” and recommended his Topper band mates, Russell Javors and Liberty DeVitto, for the part. DeVitto frequently played gigs with Joel’s high school band “The Hassles” at Plainview’s My House. To say the least, Joel and DeVitto were not foreign to each other’s playing. No one ever expected these musicians would cross paths again, and help form one of pop music’s most famous bands.

    Doug Stegmeyer, Liberty DeVitto and Russell Javors joined Billy Joel in studio to record his 1976 album “Turnstiles.” Billy Joel was also looking specifically for a saxophone player who can play keyboards. Al Stegmeyer, Doug Stegmeyer’s father, was a sound engineer on the album, and recommended Richie Cannata to play saxophone and keyboards on the album. Cannata walked into Ultrasonic Studios in Hempstead, New York, and heard for the first time the legendary hit, “Angry Young Man.”

    Joel, Stegmeyer, DeVitto and Javors recorded the tune a day earlier, and Cannata was blown away by their experienced playing and speed. Cannata went into the studio and immediately recorded the unforgettable Empire State love song, “New York State of Mind.” What made the music on this album so special, were the dedicated and loyal New York musicians behind its creation.

    The Turnstiles album was a huge success because Joel and his new recording and touring band performed the songs with such a fresh, and young driven beat. DeVitto, Javors and Cannata blew away audiences with their playing, and helped Joel sell millions of albums. The band went from playing local colleges and universities across the nation to performing at the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden.

    After the success of the Turnstiles album, Joel and the band began looking for a music producer for their next album. George Martin, the legendary Beatles record producer, offered Billy Joel a record deal, but he informed Joel he wanted to record with studio musicians. Joel would not create this new album without The Lords of 52nd Street, so he told Martin, “Love me. Love my band.” Joel turned down The Beatles’ record producer, George Martin, and was pleased to work with the legendary, Phil Ramone.

    Phil Ramone and Joel coined DeVitto, Cannata, Javors and Stegmeyer as The Lords of 52nd Street, and went into Columbia Studios to record, “The Stranger.” The album was a commercial success, it holds a RIAA diamond certification (10x platinum), and several #1 singles including, Only The Good Die Young and Just The Way You Are. The Lords of 52nd Street, along side the Piano Man, led an international tour, and performed at famous venues including, Wembley Stadium, Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Nassau Coliseum, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, Budokan, the LA Forum and many others.

    The band also performed on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and on the BBC’s “The Old Grey Whistle Test” television program back in the 1978. The Lords of 52nd Street helped Joel establish a popular music career, and the opportunity to perform and record in the most prestigious settings.

    Joel and The Lords of 52nd Street returned to the studio, and recorded Grammy award winning albums including, 52nd Street, Glass Houses, and The Nylon Curtain, The band recorded and toured with Joel for over a decade, and it wasn’t until their induction into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame where they decided to reunite after a 30-year separation. After their 2014 hall of fame induction, The Lords of 52nd Street picked up their instruments yet again, and began performing in front of live audiences together.

    The Lords finally returned to the stage to a sold out crowd at The Space at Westbury in February 2016. Critics adored the band, and their performance blew away fans of all ages. The Lords of 52nd Street are touring regularly since their return in early 2016, and they do not plan on stopping anytime soon. Fans declared that The Lords’ live performances sound just like the original recordings with Billy Joel, if not better. The Lords of 52nd Street perform regularly for live audiences in public and private events, and continue to awe fans from around the world.

    They are New York’s favorite band, they sold more than 150 million records, they helped establish Billy Joel’s formidable sound, and they continue to perform their legendary hits still to this day. Look no further; The Lords of 52nd Street are here!

  • Sunday ~ June 16th

  • 9:45am New Earlier Roadrace Start Time!

  • 36th Annual Branford Road Race ~ click here for details_

  • 11:30 The Branford Road Race Awards Ceremony

  • 12:00 A performance from the Dance Unlimited Dancers!

  • Celebrating their “37th Season of Dance”
    The Dance Unlimited Studio for the Performing Arts will bring their world class
    Competitive dance group to the Festival Stage for a Fathers Day performance
    You will not soon forget.
    Under the direction of 2 Time“National Teacher of the Year Janet Gambardella Bracale
    this group of young Dancers will thrill, inspire and motivate all of us to be our best!

  • 12:45 "Vocal Performances from WISP Studio’s

    Wagner Iovanna Studio Performances (WISP) is a non-profit theatre education program providing Broadway-caliber training through performance to people of all ages and skill levels throughout Connecticut.
    WISP offers a platform for those wanting a career in the performing arts to gain much needed exposure, experience and the necessary direction through the rehearsal/performance process, workshops with industry professionals and casting agents and managers.
    Cast members from our past four shows will be performing selections from “Grease”, “13 The Musical”, “Legally Blonde” and much more. You don’t want to miss “Legally Blonde”, August 16-18 at Andrew’s Memorial Auditorium in Clinton, CT. For further info visit our website www.wisperformances.org

  • 2:15 – Students from the Tabor Arts Performance School

    Tabor Arts Branford will close out The Branford Festival on Sunday, June 16th. Students from the cast of Willy Wonka Jr. and Seussical Jr. will sing selections from the shows in addition to some surprises. Under the artistic direction of Colin Sheehan and Jamie Petrone, Tabor Arts has been reimagined and reborn to now expand its programming. For more information on programming, music lessons, and everything else offered at Tabor Arts Branford, please visit TaborArtsBranford.com.