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Upper Riverfront Plaza, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford 4:00 4:05 National Anthem - Sung by Brett Wilson of Article 19 4:06 5:30 Memphis Soul Spectacular - Memphis Soul Spectacular, boasting seven talented members, is a stomping tribute to the southern soul sound that rocked the planet. With the dynamite vocals of Rob "Mr. Big Stuff” Jockel, a relentless rhythm section, and brass-knuckle horns from some of New England’s most seasoned bands, Memphis Soul Spectacular brings to life the laid-back romance, sweaty grooves, and front-pew power of the great Southern Soul era. 5:40 7:00 Show Biz Kids - Show Biz Kids are committed to creating a faithful, live performance reproduction of one of Americas most sophisticated and durable musical icons: Steely Dan. The band consists of experienced studio and live performance musicians, seasoned veterans of the show biz scene, with Doug Kupper and Michael DeVito on vocals and guitar, Bob Casinghino on vocals and piano, Glenn D. Jubilee on vocals and bass, Gary Blu on vocals and sax, and Kevin Chouinard on drums. In addition to strong jazz and rock instrumental abilities, this group has the benefit of five capable singers to handle the intricate harmonies that are an S.D. trademark. With numerous club and outdoor gigs under their belt, including two dynamite shows at the legendary BB King's in Times Square, the 'Kids' are ready to play in anybody's neck of the woods! 7:10 - 8:45 Article 19 – Back to Riverfest for the third year in a row! Their talents together named Article 19 ""Best New Group"" as well as ""Best Pop/Rock Band"" in the 2008 and 2009 Hartford Advocate Grand Band Slam and also named “Best Band” by its readers. Each band member has won numerous awards in their respective categories over the years as well. Article 19 has performed at some of the Northeast’s most premium venues including: Mohegan Sun Wolf Den, XL Center, Toad’s Place, Kenny’s Castaways, The Webster Theatre and Six Flags Parks. The band has also shared the stage with National acts, such as: Hanson, Ryan Cabrera, N.E.R.D., We the Kings, Boys Like Girls, Flo Rida, The Veronicas, Streetlight Manifesto, Big D. and the Kids Table, O.A.R., Kris Allen and Lady Gaga. Lower Riverfront Plaza, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Hartford 4:06 to 5:30 Columbia Fields - Columbia Fields is a burgeoning star in the New England music scene. In both 2008 and 2009 the band won the award for the Best Indie Band in Connecticut. The sound could be described as a cross between Coldplay and Dave Matthews with a hint of a Tori Amos modern sounding twist and a very big feel. The Hartford Courant has said the band has “an irrepressible melding of rhythmic drums, classical piano styling and heartfelt lyrics.” The band has shared the stage with national acts: Bon Jovi, Ed Roland of Collective Soul, Pete Francis of Dispatch, Hinder, Keith Kane of Vertical Horizon, Edwin Mccain, Ryan Montbleau, Nine Days, Pras from the Fugees, Dicky Betts of the Allman Brothers, The Backstreet Boys, The Script, and The Fray. 5:40 to 7:00 Eight to the Bar - Drawing its musical influences from American roots music - swing, boogie woogie, rhythm & blues, soul, Motown, - Eight to the Bar is known for its outstanding instrumentalists and sophisticated musical and vocal arrangements, highlighted by female vocals. With the support of independently-produced albums and videos, Eight to the Bar has cultivated a large, enthusiastic following that has put them in clubs from Disneyland to Disney World as well as Europe and the Carribean. Their rigorous performing schedule (approximately 200 dates per year), has included opening spots for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Manhattan Transfer, Robert Cray, Neil Young, Roy Orbison, and Ray Charles. 7:20 to 8:50 Northeast Navy Showband - The Northeast Navy Showband is one of the most sought after big bands in New England. The Showband performs a variety of musical styles from straight-ahead swing to funky contemporary big band. The band travels extensively throughout the northeast region of the United States, giving public concerts, music clinics, and performing for jazz festivals. Founders Plaza, East River Drive, East Hartford 4:06 to 5:30 Little Big Band - Appealing to a wide range of audiences, "the Little Big Band" is a dynamic 15-piece swing band with a repertoire including popular swing and big band music from traditional standards, through today's contemporary swing sounds, with a little big band rock n' roll and rhythm n' blues added. 5:40 to 7:00 The Dramatix - The Dramatix Showband plays songs from the swing era right up through current hits. The music is presented with choreography, costumes and audience participation. Featuring 4 vocalists and 4 musicians, The Dramatix make the music fun. 7:10 to 8:50 Shaded Soul - Shaded Soul Band is an eight-piece high energy band focusing on Motown, Rhythm & Blues, Rock, Swing and Soul music. Shaded Soul Band is unique in that five of the eight members sing. The dynamic stage presence of both the male and female lead vocalists captivates audiences, while the versatility of musical styles played by the band keeps people dancing all night long. They cover a wide range of artists; from Sam Cook, Billy Joel, and Whitney Houston to James Taylor, Outkast, and Alicia Keys. Great River Park East River Drive, East Hartford 7:10 to 8:55 Hartford Pops Enjoy the Hartford Pops Band, a 38-piece professional concert band featuring wind, brass & percussion instruments.
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