The Marlborough Arts Center’s popular “4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe” musical evenings for July features the acoustic duo Deep Ellum on Friday, July 27, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the beautiful art filled Charles W. Hall Art Gallery at 231 North Main Street, Marlborough, CT.
Deep Ellum’s experienced musicians, Rich Johnson and Jon Swift, have performed separately, and together, while appearing on radio and TV shows, with various bands, and in many Connecticut venues featuring acoustic music. They call their playing an “Americana” mix of blues, old jazz, folk music, bluegrass, and oldies and are known for putting their distinctive stamp on each song they perform. They play a variety of instruments including the dobro with its distinctive sound. If you haven’t heard the dobro, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so. Deep Ellum’s style is so open and relaxed that everyone in the audience comes to feel like this is an evening with friends, sharing delightful music, and the stories behind it.
Admission is $10 per person. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the music beginning at 7:30 p.m. BYOWine. Other refreshments are available. Come early and peruse the variety of paintings now on exhibit in the Art Gallery by member artists. All of the art is for sale.
The Marlborough Arts Center is a non-profit regional center for the fine arts, performing arts, and fine crafts. It is housed in an historic building that is fully accessible and surrounded by landscaped lawns and ample parking. Visit www.marlborougharts.org or telephone (860) 295-9389 for further information.
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In late May we played for an open house at the beautiful Kalmia Gardens in Middlefield. Several listeners commented on how much they enjoyed our show. One woman told us that she was reminded of a jazz festival she went to in New Orleans, and a man said, ‘Your music changed my perspective on the day.’ Then, early in June, we were pleased to be invited to play at a reception for the opening of an art exhibit and sale sponsored by Brownstone Arts at the Hubbard Farmstead Gallery in Portland. The audience was very appreciative, and one of the organizers told us that our music was perfect for the event. We have also been playing regularly at Smokin’ with Chris, an award-winning barbecue restaurant in Southington. Owned and operated by a family of musicians, SWC has an excellent music program, and we are happy to have been included as regulars in their lineup for the past few years. The owner loves our music and our selection of songs, and when he has a few minutes free he sometimes sits down in the front of the room and just listens to us. He hired us after hearing us play at a vineyard, and keeps telling us how glad he is to have us playing at his establishment.
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