Concerts

What better way to make a fair come alive than with some great music. Year after year, the Berlin Fair hosts concerts by top musical acts that will have you singing along.

Spirit Shaker

Friday, 5:30pm — Concert Stage

Spirit Shaker is definitely considered Connecticut’s Hottest Power Trio! You won’t believe the powerful sound that kicks from this group of three! Spirit Shaker has been playing throughout Connecticut for over 15 years. Prior to forming Spirit Shaker, each band member played in a host of other bands. These musicians are well seasoned artists dedicated to “tightness” and versatility with an uncanny ability to “play the crowd!”

Spirt Shaker will rock your world with songs from a wide variety of artists. You’ll dance to songs from artists such as Aerosmith, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Cinderella, Motley Crue, KISS, etc. Spirt Shaker has something to please everyone and can expand their variety to fit any crowd.

Parkway Diner Band featuring The Rubber City Band Horns

Friday, 7:30pm — Concert Stage

Parkway Diner with Special Guests the Rubber City Horns is a combination of two top tier bands based in Connecticut that have been playing throughout New England for 13+ years. This talented group of musicians will combine to perform all of the most popular hits from the Billy Joel catalog, as well as the classic horn sounds of Chicago, the Blues Brothers, your Favorite Motown hits, and so much more. Make sure you bring your dancing shoes and your singing voice as these talented folks will have you singing and dancing all night long. Front man and formal local New Britain native Joe Martin said that “This Collaboration is based around our shared love of The Billy Joel Catalog, the classic sound of the Horn Band Music you know and love, and our friendships with one another” we cannot wait for you to enjoy this special evening with us.

Straight Shooter

Saturday, 5:30pm — Concert Stage

Straight Shooter live is a tribute to the music of Bad Company and Paul Rodgers. Their high energy show fully engages the crowd with faithful song renditions of Bad Company that capture the raw energy and power that has made them one of the most popular bands of all time.

A group of elite musicians who have worked with House of Lords, Dokken and nationally acclaimed Led Zeppelin tribute band Physical Graffiti, along with Vinyl Revolution, have joined forces to create the new standard of excellence in live music performance.

Damn the Torpedoes Tom Petty Tribute

Saturday, 7:45pm — Concert Stage

Over the years Damn The Torpedoes has evolved with more committed members and a deep understanding of the Tom Petty catalog. The current lineup has been in place for several years and demonstrates the unspoken chemistry that makes a great band. The signature riffs, harmonies and underlying parts of the music are all there – along with some fresh twists that are often inspired in the moment. The resulting performances have audiences smiling, singing, dancing and mourning the loss of this great artist.

Rich Kubicz, who plays the role of Tom Petty in the show, has been playing guitar and singing since his early teens. By 2007, so many people had told him that he looked and sounded like Tom Petty that he decided to put together Damn The Torpedoes as a tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

His goal was to play all of the studio hits, with live versions and some deep cuts to create the illusion of a Tom Petty concert performance. This meant that each band member would need to duplicate the sounds as found on the records.

KC Sisters

Sunday, Noon — Concert Stage

Featured on season 1 of Nickelodeon’s brand new show “America’s Most Musical Family”, Connecticut based five-some the KC Sisters – ranging in age from 17-23 – stir up an explosive Americana flavored vocal/instrumental mix of country, R&B, gospel and more.

Having shared their dynamic, harmony driven vocal and instrumental excitement in hundreds of performances throughout their home state of Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York, the multi-talented five-some the KC Sisters are putting a fresh new spin on the term “Sister Act.” Harkening back to the heyday of family groups, with a rootsy Americana sound that incorporates folk, country, gospel, R&B, and jazz, the Casey siblings are now emerging as song writers, Nashville recording artists, and TV personalities.

What sets The KC Sisters apart from any other group of musical siblings or indie bands is their musical diversity, transcendent ease with three, four, even five part harmonies, and the fact that each sister is a multi-talented vocalist and musician skilled in a variety of instruments including piano, guitar, bass, violin, ukulele and drums. Their shows include multi-harmonized vocals, country fiddling, A Capella hymns, pop, jazz, standards, country and original music.

Jordan Oaks

Sunday, 2:00pm — Concert Stage

Jordan Oaks, the singer / songwriter originally from New England. Jordan’s love of country music stems from his deep southern roots. Jordan’s family hailed from Houston Texas, Jordan was exposed early on to classic country legends, such as Johnny Cash, Merle Hagard, George strait and countless others. Jordan’s deep southern sound mesmerizes audiences across the country, Jordan’s love of the outdoors, is reflected in many of his song lyrics. In 2020, Jordan was featured on Country rebel securing over 40 thousand views and a plethora of support from his audience Jordan most recently opened for Global country artist “Clay Walker” in West Palm beach, FL.

Presley & Taylor, Country Music’s Sister Duo

Sunday, 4:00pm — Concert Stage

This hard-working duo exhibits atypical maturity for an act barely in their twenties. Far from an overnight success, Presley & Taylor have honed their craft since their early teenage years, along the way performing a sold out show with Pam Tillis at the Grand Ole Opry, hitting sanctioned CMA Fest stages several years in a row, and opening for the likes of Martina McBride, Jimmie Allen and many more. Their personalities and styles effortlessly complement each other. Presley has a cool, sexy style that’s reOlected in her attitude on and off stage, while Taylor brings out the classy, bold taste that isn’t afraid to take risks. Together, they hit the mark of what’s trendy while staying true to themselves.

At the core of every breath Presley & Taylor take are their fans. “Without our fans, our music would never be heard or make a difference.” These ladies cherish the everlasting support from the kind, strong and loving group of fans they have built over the years.

McGee Middle School Spartan Marching Band and Berlin High School Band, Drill Team & Color Guard

Friday, Noon & 1:00pm — Black Top Stage

Students from Berlin’s McGee Middle School and Berlin High School perform for their hometown fair.

1974 Band

Friday, 6:30pm — Black Top Stage

1974 is an award-winning rock band from central Connecticut. Since 2007, the band has been dazzling audiences with rich vocal harmonies, punchy guitar riffs and live performances reminiscent of the Classic Rock era. On stage, charismatic band personalities meld to create dramatic, high-energy shows that are enthralling to watch. Their expansive set lists feature artists like Pink Floyd, Boston, Kansas, Rush, Queen, Styx, along with their own massive catalogue of original material. Acclaimed for their powerful sound and distinct imagination, it is no wonder 1974 has been described as “truly huge,” “epic sounding,” and “ear candy for the masses.”

Greater Kensington String Band

Saturday, 1:00pm & 4:00pm — Black Top Stage

The Greater Kensington String Band was organized in 1946 and first marched in the New Year’s Day Mummers Parade in 1948. The band, known as “GKSB,” has taken first prize on three occasions and has finished in the top ten forty one times including seventeen years in the top five.

GKSB started in 1946 on Front Street below Lehigh Avenue and moved to a location atop the Cumberland Sho-bar at Kensington Avenue and “A” Street beneath the Market–Frankford Line.In 1960 the band relocated and established its headquarters at 2844 “D” Street. The band is a charter member of the Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association and, as such, can never change its name. So when the band moved in 1966 to Tacony, it still carried the name of Greater Kensington String Band.

White-Eyed Lizard

Saturday, 6:30pm — Black Top Stage

The White-Eyed Lizard Band is a Steel Drum Calypso Reggae Island Style Group. Officially organized in 2003 with founding members Luke Rodney and Kurt Ginter, the band has performed through out Connecticut as well as many events in Massachussetts, Rhode Island, New York, Vermont and Maine.

Luke Rodney the drum set player and lead vocalist is originally from Trinidad, the birth place of the Steel Pan9currently residing in Branford. He was part of a Trinidadian Calypso group which performed in front of Ronald Reagan at the Whitehouse in the 80’s. In 2015 Luke was selected by the South Central CT American Trinidad/Tobago Society to receive an award for his contributions in sharing Caribbean Culture throughout our region. He is as talented as Buddy Rich along with a dynamic vocal presence. Kurt Ginter is a graduate from Ithaca College in New York and performs on keyboard covering as both a bass player and island keyboardist by splitting the keyboard in two and covers background vocals. Together they perform with many of New England’s best Steel Pan performers. Appearing with them at this event is George Schneider of St Thomas and Bridgeport CT.

Recliner Pilots

Friday, 4:00pm — Pavilion Stage

The Recliner Pilots is a classic rock band based in Central Connecticut. Covering classic rock as well as a library of originals. You may have listened to a lot of our repertoire on 8-track while cruising around in your Pinto!

Bootleg Band

Friday, 6:30pm — Pavilion Stage

The BootLeg Band is one of Connecticut’s premier live show bands, having entertained thousands of fans all over New England for over 30 years!

The 4 piece, high energy band has developed a loyal large following due to their excellent musicianship, crowd involvement and unequaled selection of music including New & Old Country, Classic Rock ‘n Roll, Oldies, MoTown, Southern Rock and much more! The band thrives on making each show a memorable experience. With Mark Blethen (drums/vocals), Norm Rivers (bass/vocals), Mark Cadrain (lead guitar/vocals) and Yves LeBel (keyboards and lead vocals) all pooling their talents, the guys have over 150 combined years of live musical performing experience, which you the fan will enjoy! Anyone who has seen this band perform live has ALWAYS come back for more!

Neal Vitullo and the Vipers

Saturday, 2:00 — Pavilion Stage

Neal & the Vipers are a Rhode Island based band, playing American Roots Music encompassing blues, rock & roll, rockabilly, and surf, entertaining their fans for over 30 years! You can feel the chemistry between all of them as they play original hits songs from their multiple CD’s as well as covering classic songs. The Vipers add their unique arrangement on these classic songs, always making them their own. You can see NEAL & THE VIPERS at music festivals and clubs dates.

Neal Vitullo as well as the Vipers have shared the stage with many music legends such as B.B. King, Roy Buchanan, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Albert Collins, Greg Allman, Jimmy Vaughan, Willie Dixon, Johnny Copeland and Robert Plant.

Wastin Bullets

Saturday, 7:00 — Pavilion Stage

Wastin’ Bullets is CT’s best outlaw country band. Covering honky tonk heroes like Waylon, Haggard, Cash, Jamey Johnson, Dale Watson, Whitey Morgan, Cody Jinks, Sturgill Simpson, & more.

Studebaker John & Liviu Pop

Sunday, 1:30pm — Pavilion Stage

Studebaker John Grimaldi was born in an Italian-American section of Chicago and started playing harmonica at age 7. Under the spell of music he heard on Maxwell Street, Chicago’s famed blues melting pot, Grimaldi began performing as Studebaker John and the Hawks in the ‘70s. The band name referenced the Studebaker Hawk, a car Grimaldi still owns today, and was also intended as a tribute to his friend, J.B. Hutto and the Hawks. John began playing guitar after a life-changing experience of seeing Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers perform. “Hound Dog started playing, hitting notes that sent chills up and down my spine. He was versatile and powerful and would play rhythm as well as leads. I left there knowing what I wanted to do. I had to play slide guitar.”

The Mike Crandall Band

Sunday, 3:45pm — Pavilion Stage

The Mike Crandall Band is one of the premier blues bands in New England. The Band has accumulated many awards in the last decade as the three time winner of the Connecticut Blues Society Blues Challenge in 2000, 2005, and 2008 as well as winner of the Boston Blues Society Blues Challenge in 2009. As the winner of the Connecticut and Boston Challenges, the band was sent to Memphis, TN four times to participate in the International Blues Challenge. In 2000 and 2008, The Mike Crandall Band qualified as finalists in Memphis after being evaluated against more than 200 bands from all over the world.

Concerts