March’s 4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe

The Marlborough Arts Center is pleased to welcome back the Modern Riffs as the highlight of their 4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe on March 25, 2016 at 231 North Main Street in Marlborough, CT. The Modern Riffs ( is a classic rock, jazz, and pop band that performs at concert and dance venues throughout Connecticut . This inspiring powerhouse is fueled by young musicians who are extremely versatile in many genres of music.  Their upcoming show at the Arts Center is a musical time travel beginning with traditional jazz from the early 1900’s, continuing through the big band and bebop eras, and landing in the 1970’s with tunes from Chicago, Steely Dan and Stevie Wonder.  The program will conclude with music from current artists such as Adele and Maroon 5 –with some country rock from Martina McBride along the way.  The Riffs, who celebrated their 100th public performance last summer,  are composed of eight musicians from Bacon Academy , RHAM High School and Lyman Memorial High School who perform alongside two adult mentors. This will mark the final regular performance at the Marlborough Arts Center for 3 graduating seniors: saxophonists Alyson Litwin & Ryan Litwin of Colchester, and lead vocalist Brianna Tracy from Hebron .  The group has over twenty alumni since its founding in 2009, many of whom have pursued music professionally, including Marlborough keyboardist Matt Angelo (recently graduated as a performance major from Western CT State University) who will be returning to  support  graduating senior Ryan Masotti of Marlborough, who  will be away at a college audition that evening.. The other musicians are saxophonist Dawson Bertrand, trombonist Garrett Masotti, trumpeter Aaron Ouellette, drummer Jacob Ouellette, and guitarist Jesse Kirsch.  The two adult mentors are bassist Kim DuBois and saxophonist Bruce Phelps.

Admission at the door is $10 per person. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. BYOWine. Other refreshments are available.

The Marlborough Arts Center is a non-profit regional center for the arts with website and telephone (860) 295-9389. It is housed in an historic building that is fully accessible, and has ample parking.