Singer-songwriter, guitar instrumentalist and blues player Stan Sullivan celebrates 50 years of playing music and 25 years of volunteering at Roaring Brook Concerts. The 2011 Roxbury Pickin’ and Fiddlin’ Fingerstyle Guitar Champion has won songwriting and guitar playing awards in CT, AZ, NH and KS. He has opened shows for Richard Thompson, Cheryl Wheeler, Greg Brown and John Hammond. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2Knjnuf0Mw
Mattabesset is a 5-piece acoustic ensemble playing an eclectic mix of bluegrass, blues, folk, country and rock, all in a string band style. Describing a recent show on Wesleyan’s campus, the student newspaper wrote, “Perhaps it was the cozy, casual atmosphere, or the self-effacing and vivacious charisma of the performers, but… that night was all but burning with friendly energy against a nimble soundtrack of bluegrass and classic rock… in my mind, no words could every quite describe the sound.” http://mattabesset.com/
The Greg Hopkins Nonet AKA Cryogenic Renaissance Orchestra
This dynamic, brilliant sounding mini–big band will perform several original arrangements from Hopkins' past recordings, as well as a new piece by Greg inspired by Hurricane Sandy, Microblast. The program will also include inspirations from two Blue Note albums from the late ‘60s, McCoy Tyner’s Tender Moments and Herbie Hancock’sThe Prisoner.