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The Grassy Strip Music Series: Artists

June 26th - The Cartells , Madison Unites!

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Bring a blanket or chair and come enjoy a great show under the stars!

A band transcending the boundaries of style and able to adapt to virtually any performances situation, The Cartells have built a reputation for being the band of choice for concerts, nightclubs, & private functions of all kinds, and is one of the most popular bands in Connecticut.

Whether it's a wedding, corporate party or concert, The Cartells have been the favorite choice of people who want the best music, and the best time! Jazz, swing, motown, R&B, rock and roll, popular music of all styles are equally represented in their impressive repertoire, and their dedication to defining and fulfilling the wants & needs of their audience results in every appearance being an event to remember.


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July 3rd - Christine Ohlman

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Bring a blanket or chair and come enjoy a great show under the stars!

The heart of Christine Ohlman has belonged to rock n’ roll from just about the moment she could walk and talk. By the time she traveled from Boston to New York on an overnight train to make her first record at the age of 16, writing the "B" side on the way to the studio (that "B" side. "I Don’t Know Why," was reissued in 2012 in the UK as a part of a Mainstream Records compilation All Kinds Of Highs on the Ace label), she was already a veteran of the local coffeehouse circuit around New Haven, Connecticut.

With her trademark mile-high platinum beehive hairdo and enviable collection of sequins and rhinestones, Ohlman looks like a lady to be reckoned with, and when she opens her mouth to sing, the truth comes out. But underneath it all lurks a no-frills approach to music. In her own words—"I give it to an audience straight, which is the way I like it myself. Yes, I like to shout, and I like to croon, and I love to wail. I just need to get in the groove and rock---not think too much about it– tear it up or soothe it over. I’ve loved rock n’ roll since I was a little girl, and I’ll love it forever. It’s my greatest kick and my greatest privilege to be able to get up on a stage and rip it apart. That’s rock n’ roll to me. I’m here to set your soul on fire."

Show will go on rain or shine! In case of inclement weather, it will be moved indoors to our ballroom.

To avoid congestion on the West Wharf, we encourage car pooling. Even better, our complimentary shuttle will run between the hotel and the Scranton Gazebo continuously from 6pm-11pm.


July 10th - Steve Smith and The Nakeds

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Bring a blanket or chair and come enjoy a great show under the stars!

The World Premiere Rhythm & Blues Band – Since 1973

The ten-man unit consists of a four-piece rhythm section, a five-piece brass section, and it's lead vocalist, Steve Smith. Together, Steve Smith and the Nakeds are now celebrating forty esteemed years of live performances and studio recordings. During that time, the rhythm & blues powerhouse has thrived with their distinct infectious blend of rhythm, brass, and fun. Throughout it's history, the band has shared the touring stage and recording studio with Bruce Springsteen's saxophonist, Clarence Clemons for a series of critically acclaimed performances. They have been featured on television, appearing on MTV's video countdown program "The Basement Tapes", and more recently, an episode of "The Family Guy".
Steve Smith and The Nakeds were inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame, class of 2013.


July 17th - The Groovematics

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Bring a blanket or chair and come enjoy a great show under the stars!

The Groovematics are Connecticut’s most exciting new show band! This ensemble performs a first-rate mix of music that will jump-start the party and keep the crowd dancing! Refusing to be defined by just one genre, The Groovematics specialize in fusing the very best repertoire of R&B, Soul, Funk and Rock and Roll music – creating one of the most exciting nights of live entertainment you will ever experience. Expect nonstop dancing as this group seamlessly weaves through the classic hits you’ve come to know and love.

Whether you're seeking the right group for your event, wedding or club, the polished musical sounds of The Groovematics makes them the perfect choice. The winning combination of their personalized approach, talented performers, industry experience, musical selection, and premium sound system ensures the success of your event.


July 24th - The Shiney Lapel Trio

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Bring a blanket or chair and come enjoy a great show under the stars!

The Shiny Lapel Trio is a tiny little band with a great big sound! Keeping it simple with just three rockin’ instruments, and a big ol’ slice of velvety smooth vocals, these guys tear up a dance floor like a carpenter late for lunch. Whether they’re rippin’ thru a classic Louis Prima standard, or makin’ ya cry with a Nat King Cole ballad, the instruments grind along full throttle while the vocals float across the top as thick as a layer of gritty bar room smoke. Oh, they schwing baby and it ain’t for the faint at heart!

If you need another boring top 40 cover band, there are plenty to be found, but if you want a band that’ll make your feet hurt from dancing and your voice hoarse from singing along, then you need to see what the Shiny Lapels are all about: Pure, sweaty, sinful swingin’ fun!


July 31st - Magic of Motown

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Bring a blanket or chair and come enjoy a great show under the stars!

The Magic of Motown (formerly “Souled Out”), combined with their soulful lead vocals and sweet flowing harmonies, is taking the night by storm! The now six piece band blends soul, funk, rock and country. From rock and roll to rhythm and blues, The Magic of Motown meets all of their fans’ musical desires. This high-energy group forces fans to put on their dancing shoes and dance the night away, and their long list of song choices satisfies all age groups.


August 7th - 10,000 Maniacs

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Bring a blanket or chair and come enjoy a great show under the stars!

10,000 Maniacs are one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades. Together with artists like R.E.M. they defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became known as the alternative rock format on FM radio.By producing, manufacturing and marketing their own recordings 10,000 Maniacs were the original “indie” band before signing with Elektra Records and making The Wishing Chair in 1985.

EVENT PARKING

Please help us avoid congestion on the West Wharf by carpooling.

Better yet, take advantage of our COMPLIMENTARY SHUTTLE, running continuously between the hotel and the Scranton Gazebo from 6pm-11pm.  

  ADDITIONAL PARKING and complimentary shuttle service is available at the Surf Club from 6pm-11pm.


August 14th - Ticket to Ride

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Bring a blanket or chair and come enjoy a great show under the stars!

“Ticket to Ride” features the Country’s top Beatles sound-a-likes! Members of “Ticket to Ride” have traveled the World re-creating the Beatles “Live in Concert”.  With authentic instruments and costumes, “Ticket to Ride” performs the Beatles most Classic and Greatest hits!

PARKING:

Avoid congestion on the West Wharf by taking advantage of our complimentary shuttle running between the hotel and the Scranton Gazebo from 6pm-11pm. Complimentary shuttle and free parking also available from 6pm-10pm at the Surf Club grass lot.


August 21st - John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band

8:30pm

Bring a blanket or chair and come enjoy a great show under the stars!

The legendary "East Coast Rock'n'Roll" group John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band began their career in 1972 and achieved mainstream success in the 1980s with the "Eddie & The Cruisers - Motion Picture Soundtrack".  The hit single "On the Dark Side" held the "Number-One" position on the Billboard Rock charts and the MTV video charts for “five” consecutive weeks.  The album sold over 3 million copies and was certified triple Platinum by the RIAA.

 The title track from the group's 1985 follow-up album “Tough All Over” became their second "Number-One" single on the Billboard Rock charts and the song “C-I-T-Y” reached the Billboard Top 20.  John Cafferty's solo track "Hearts on Fire" was featured in the Sylvester Stallone film "Rocky IV” and he received his second double Platinum soundtrack award.  Over the years John has placed 35 songs in major motion pictures.

Today John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band continue to tour and bring their exciting live shows to fans around the world.  In 2012 they were inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall Of Fame.

EVENT PARKING

Please help us avoid congestion on the West Wharf by carpooling.

Better yet, take advantage of our COMPLIMENTARY SHUTTLE, running continuously between the hotel and the Scranton Gazebo from 6pm-11pm.  

  ADDITIONAL PARKING and complimentary shuttle service is available at the Surf Club from 6pm-11pm.

 

August 28th - Christine Ohlman

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Bring a blanket or chair and come enjoy a great show under the stars!


This queen of blue-eyed rock n’ soul teased her blonde hair into a beehive in honor of Ronnie Spector and never looked back,picking up a guitar and forging a career as a songwriter in the process. She’s the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band, whose latest CD, was honored on five national Top Ten lists. Ohlman topped the Alternate Root.com’s 2013 Readers’ Poll as top Americana vocalist, joining other winners Paul Thorn, Rosie Flores, The Mavericks and Rodney Crowell.

EVENT PARKING

Please help us avoid congestion on the West Wharf by carpooling.

Better yet, take advantage of our COMPLIMENTARY SHUTTLE, running continuously between the hotel and the Scranton Gazebo from 6pm-11pm.  

ADDITIONAL PARKING and complimentary shuttle service is available at the Surf Club from 6pm-11pm.

 

 

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