David and Raina both possess musically ability that could only be passed down generations. David Gonzalez is a professional storyteller, poet, playwright, musician and public speaker. He is a cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department, and is the proud recipient of the International Performing Arts for Youth “Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence“. Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez is a New York-based alternative R&B/Soul maven. “When you hear someone say ‘contemporary R&B,’ it often brings to mind pulsing electronics and bass-heavy beats by the likes of Mabel or Frank Ocean, but for Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez, contemporary R&B means raw instrumentation, stirring soul vocals and a fresh dose of smooth jazz.” – Born Music. David will be performing an opening set of inspiring music with Ev Mann & Kitt Potter
Bonsai Trees is a Hartford, CT band founded in 2011. Often categorized as indie-rock with distinct traces of emo influence, the young quartet has spent the last year with a seemingly relentless touring schedule, playing shows all across the country. Most recently, in support of their independently released LP Learn To Grow.
Sisters with heartfelt, modern folk music exploring the feminine age through harmonies, “On first listen, some might glibly categorize this acoustic folk trio-turned-modern rock quintet as Alanis fronts the Indigo Girls. But listen to [the Nields] twice and you’ll start to catch the twists in the tales, the quirks and ironies that make every song a short story. And then you’ll be hooked.” - SPIN Magazine. They’re cheery, these two, but not Pollyanna. They know that life is hard, and making art while tending to our other obligations, especially as women, is a painful struggle. “But someone has to cut the brambles back / Someone has to stave the weeds’ attack/ Someone has to bring the harvest in.” Sure, the Nields may fantasize about casting off to sea, or replacing obligations with time to write, or simply getting an extra hour of sleep. But then, life and art both are enriched by the full catastrophe. The joy that underwrites their music is a new adage: “Complicate, complicate, complicate.” After all, what’s wrong with an overflowing cup? Listen here!
Jonathan Burns transforms ordinary objects into something extraordinary. Using everyday items like suitcases, trash bags, whipped cream, toilet seats, Chapstick, underwear, and bananas, Burns creates a childlike world where imagination and innovation meet. You will leave with fresh eyes, a few party tricks to impress your friends, and with lots of laughs. Jonathan has appeared on America’s Got Talent, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and many more!
Good for Grades K - 6 (and everyone!). Inspired by the Russian folktale and popular ballet of The Firebird, watch as even the impossible is possible, as the mythical firebird comes to life and Ivan and Princess Yelena team up to break the enchantment placed over their kingdom. This 50-minute magical puppet fantasy features beautifully handcrafted marionettes, lavish costumes, vivid sets, and a large body puppet; masterly accompanied by Stravinsky's musical score from the ballet of The Firebird. Explore Character Education themes such as: cooperation, friendship, courage, self-esteem and responsibility in this wonderful puppet production.