Date(s) - 07/12/2019
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Town Center Park
2761 Dixwell Ave
Friday June 28th at 6pm: Hamden Volunteer Firefighters Independence Day Celebration – Featuring a full fireworks show and musical entertainment by both DJ Rachel and the New London Big Band. DJ Rachel will take the stage from 6-8pm and then be followed by the band at 8:15pm. In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks will take place on Saturday June 29th with musical entertainment by DJ Rachel. Fireworks will go off at approximately 9:20pm.
Friday July 5th: The Mandingo Ambassadors followed by Las Cafeteras – The Mandingo Ambassadors are a well-known, Guinean Afro-Jazz Ensemble lead by New Haven guitarist, Mamady Kouyaté. Through years of performance and musical collaboration, Kouyaté has learned to incorporate over a half-century of his traditional Guinean musical culture and heritage into hypnotically melodic riffs that will absolutely lift you – body and soul. The Mandingo Ambassadors play weekly throughout Brooklyn and have been featured at the New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas. Las Cafeteras is a Chicano band hailing from East Los Angeles, California. Their music fuses spoken word and folk music with traditional Son Jarocho, Afro-Mexican music and Zapateado dancing. Described as “creative and socially conscious” by National Public Radio, Las Cafeteras’ music “encourages people of all backgrounds to cherish both what makes them unique and what unites them all”. They have collaborated with other entertainers such as John Legend, Talib Kweli, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and even Columbian pop star Juanes. This is sure to be a totally unique show.
Friday, July 12th: Mike DelGuidice – DelGuidice is currently a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist touring internationally with Billy Joel and has spent the last 18 years building and perfecting his encyclopedic knowledge of Joel’s musical catalogue. He has performed at large venues such as Madison Square Garden, Fenway Park, Wembley Stadium, Wrigley Field, Dodger Stadium, and other Iconic Stadiums and Arenas around the world with Joel. One of Mike’s original Songs, “Ordinary Guy” was the theme song for actor/comedian Kevin James sitcom Kevin Can Wait. Kevin James also stars in Mike’s new music video of another one of his original songs “Mona Lisa” – https://youtu.be/TvOZNVW_nsc. You’ve all asked for him and we are delivering! The opening band for Mike DelGuidice will be The Future Heavies at 7:30pm and Mike and his band will take the stage around 8:15pm.
Friday, July 19th: The Wailers – The band is led by original Wailer Julian Junior Marvin and boasts classic reggae hits such as “One Love” and “Three Little Birds”. Celebrating 40 years of bringing reggae to all communities, The Wailers’ Julian Junior Marvin’s performance is an opportunity you don’t want to miss to experience a sliver of musical history right here in our own hometown. The opening band for The Wailers will be Hamden’s very own feel-good folk band, Blue Trail at 7:30pm – The Wailers follow around 8:15pm.
Friday, July 26th: 10,000 Maniacs – The band boasts an eclectic catalogue of hits including “These Are the Days” and “Because the Night” – songs that have been established as classics in the treasure trove of contemporary music known as pop rock. Their music has been described as innovative and enduring – sure to be a crowd favorite. The opening band for 10,000 Maniacs will be Hamden favorite, Steve Rodgers and Friends at 7:30pm – 10,000 Maniacs go on about 8:15pm.