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.

Last Licks

Friday, 7:00pm — Concert Stage

Last Licks is a top shelf classic rock band based in central Connecticut. The band differentiates themselves from all other bands in the genre by pulling out the songs that are uncommonly played, yet very well known and loved. The band is talented, charismatic, and delivers a show that always leaves the audience wanting more.

Last Licks began as a 4 piece band when original bassist Steve Shore, formerly of Cryer/Oreo and assorted other well known CT bands, made an introduction to singer Bill Wilson, after running into Bill’s band in a CT night club. Guitarist Gray Fowler and drummer Joe Santucci all got together for a “jam” in January 2006. “From the very beginning of that afternoon, everyone just kind of knew something really special was happening”, says singer Bill Wilson.

Jake Kulak & The Low Down with Special Guest Braiden Sunshine

Saturday, 5:30pm — Concert Stage

Hartford area blues rockers Jake Kulak and the Low Down are thrilled to be playing The Berlin Fair with special guest Braiden Sunshine! Jake is a member of the Connecticut Blues Society and most recently won the Hartford Advocate’s 2019 Reader’s Poll for Best Blues Band and Singer!  Jake will blow your mind with his guitar-driven blues/rock music which highlights his improvisational ability. His set list includes original blues and contemporary rock music which he writes himself, as well as unique covers of blues and funk legends.

Jake Kulak and the Low Down will be joined by good friend and Brother in Music, Braiden Sunshine! Braiden is best known as a Semi-Finalist on Season 9 of NBC’s #1 rated television show, ‘The Voice’. He performs and writes his own music with his self-titled five piece band, but he never misses an opportunity to jam with Jake because nothing less than pure magic ensues when they play together. Catch them both at
the Berlin Fair!

Friends of the Brothers

Saturday, 7:30pm — Concert Stage

Friends of the Brothers is a celebration of the music of the Allman Brothers Band, with members closely associated with the original band and continuing the brotherhood with passion, committed to the ideals of every night being special and unique. Guitarist/singer Junior Mack has fronted Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band for 12 years. Guitarist Andy Aledort played with Dickey Betts for 12 years. Keyboardist Peter Levin toured the world with Gregg Allman for 3 years and appears on his final album, Southern Blood. Singer Lamar Williams Jr. is the son of the late Allman Brothers bassist and was featured in Les Brers, featuring ABB members Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge and Jack Pearson.

Singer/guitarist Alan Paul is the author of One Way Out, the New York Times bestseller hailed as the definitive biography of the Allman Brothers, based on 25 years of reporting on the band. Drummer Dave Diamond is a core member of the Zen Tricksters and has played with Bob Weir, Derek Trucks, moe., Robert Randolph and many others. Drummer Van Romaine has performed with too many great artists to list completely, including Steve Morse, the Dixie Dregs, Jaco Pastorius, Billy Joel and Joan Osborne. He is currently the drummer and Musical Director for multi-platinum artist Enrique Iglesias. Bassist Craig Privett is a New York veteran of countless bands and stages, including the elite Grateful Dead tribute band Half-Step.

Levin, Mack, Williams and Aledort all performed with the Allman Brothers Band.

“This band is based around our shared love of the Allman Brothers Band and our friendships with one another,” says Paul. “It’s not just a gig. The music is holy to us, but it’s also alive. We honor our friends and mentors’ legacies by investing this great music with life, heart and passion. It’s not about copying solos, which would be completely against the spirit the Allman Brothers had from the day Duane Allman started forming the band in 1968.”

Moonshine Band

Sunday, 2:00pm — Concert Stage

Moonshine is best known as one of the hottest country cover-bands in Connecticut and they reach further and further with every performance. The band was formed by David Robushi (pronounced Row Bush Eye) the bands lead vocalist. Formed in late 2015, the band has played Opry City Stage in NYC as a headliner along with some of today’s biggest country acts. Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, LoCash and more.

Moonshine has also had the privilege of opening for 2 Grammy nominated bands, been written about several times locally, as well as performing live in studio on country radio. Most recently Moonshine had a short term residency at Mohegan Sun at a brand new country music venue within the casino. In addition they have also performed on the venues legendary Wolf Den Stage!

Moonshine puts on an amazing high energy performance, and the band says, “we are happy to headline or be there in a supporting role. In country music there are no egos!” Moonshines lead vocalist David’s family is from Canton, GA… just a few hours from Columbus, Dodds birthplace – “maybe this was supposed to happen!” Robushi says.

Cale Dodds

Sunday, 4:00pm — Concert Stage

“I feel like I’ve got a loaded cannon,” says up-and-coming Warner Music Nashville artist Cale Dodds. “Be honest and be excellent was always my main goal, but things took a turn when I really started fueling the music with my truth.”

In 2019, that turn is becoming more and more apparent. After scoring early success with fans via streaming platforms and out on the road, the preamble to Dodds’ career is over, and the first chapter is set to begin. He’s got a brand new single and some of the biggest live shows of his career on tap. And if he’s honest, Dodds likes where this is going.

A natural-born entertainer and native of Columbus, Georgia, Dodds came by his love of country the old-fashioned way – in a boat, listening to his dad’s favorite tunes over lazy weekend fishing trips. Meanwhile, his mother had a Tom Petty CD stuck in her car for Dodds’ entire childhood – plus an abiding love for Top 40 radio – and when the youngster took hold of his grandfather’s acoustic guitar at age 12, he began fusing it all into something uniquely suited to today’s world.

Co-written with hit makers Nicolle Galyon and busbee, Dodds’ new single is “I Like Where This Is Going” – a steamy, uptempo standout blending romantic nostalgia with a pure sense of excitement for where love may lead. Equally adept at rocking arenas and warming hearts for a peaceful night at home, Dodds describes it as “rock ‘n’ roll with a country soul,” and says it’s all about anticipation.

Avenue Groove

Friday 6:30pm — Blacktop Stage

Avenue Groove is a Connecticut based band formed in 2007 consisting of six very talented and dedicated musicians playing R&B/Funk/Dance Music. Known for being extremely tight and having fantastic vocals, Avenue Groove is very well received wherever they perform. If you think that Avenue Groove is just “Another Cover Band” Think Again! Come see for yourself.

River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs

Saturday 3:30pm-5:30 — Blacktop Stage

Popular roots music DJ and drummer River City Slim provides the beat. As host of “The Pine Grove Blues” on WWUH-FM, Slim has developed a deep and wide-ranging knowledge of both the traditional and modern music of Louisiana. He has played drums behind Louisiana legends Willis Prudhomme, Dexter Ardoin, Sheryl Cormier, D.L. Menard and Jesse Lege. He has played drums with several Northeast Cajun and Zydeco bands – Backroad Zydeco, Bayou Brethren, Dirty Rice and Krewe de Roux. Slim also draws on his years as harp player and vocalist with The Blues Blasters, stirring the occasional blues vocal into The Zydeco Hogs’ simmering gumbo.

The Curl Daddys

Saturday 7:00pm — Blacktop Stage

THE CURL DADDYS are a California styled Surf band whose sound reflects a time of hot rods, bikini’s and fun in the sun. Rockabilly, surf, vintage rock’n roll, instrumental and vocal covers from The Ventures, Dick Dale, Johnny Burnett, Link Wray, The Los Straightjackets, Beatles and many other nostalgic bands as seen and heard in Pulp Fiction, 60’s beach movies and T.V. theme songs.

Seasoned musicians with long histories in blues and rock: Dino Pelletier (lead/rhythm guitar/vocals) owner of The Guitar Workshop and longtime front man of East Coast Blues; Scott Putnum (lead/rhythm guitar/vocals) currently of Without Wendy; Mario Agnello (bass) currently of the Dick Dale tribute band, Surf Squad; Scot Bates (drums/percussion/vocals) currently of Without Wendy. Each bring their own flavor to this line-up of shimmy, shake’n, hip twist’n, high energy music. Our Curl Girl Dancers bring their Hula Hoops and 60’s inspired dance steps to encourage you to bring yours!

The Boogie Boys with Special Guest

Friday, 2:00pm-5:00pm — Pavilion Stage

The Boogie Boys, from Connecticut, consists of a two-piece combo comprising of piano, vocals and drums. Larry Buzzy Fallstrom handles the vocals and piano while Nick Longo handles the drums. They’ve been performing as the Boogie Boys for the past 10 years. Their styles include jazz, blues, swing, country and Roots Rock and Roll. They perform regionally at private and corporate functions, clubs, Blues festivals and charity events. Chris D’Amato on guitar/vocals will be joining them.

The Redliners

Friday, 5:30 – 9:00 pm — Pavilion Stage

The Redliners are known for their tightness, originality and honest approach to blues, funk, country and rock. Always entertaining, playing in the Connecticut area for the last 10 years. Steve Hatch on keys and vocals represented Connecticut at the International Blues Competition in Memphis in 2018. Magic Mike Bloomer on guitar and vocals is one of the best guitarists in the area. Jackson LaRose on Bass is the backbone of this band. And John Pell is easily one of the best drummers on the east coast. This band is worth taking the time to enjoy.

Bees Deluxe featuring Carol Dobson

Saturday 1:30 – 4:30 pm — Pavilion Stage

Bees Deluxe is a blues-rooted, jazz-inspired, funk-infused band from Boston. Hellbent on a mission to drag the music of Chicago in the 60’s and the Blue Note catalog kicking and screaming into the 21st century. They’ve won over audiences from Maine to the Mississippi with their arresting and highly danceable originals and their innovative interpretation of less-travelled tunes by artists like Etta James, Joe Zawinul, J.B. Lenoir, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Albert Collins and the three Kings.

The band is a four-piece band is led by British guitar monster Conrad Warre and features Carol Band on keyboards, harmonica & vocals, Allyn Dorr bass & vocals, Paul Giovine on drums and percussion. The musicians each bring their unique experience to bear. Band was recruited from jazz bands that were playing the Boston circuit, notably at Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge. Dorr (known colloquially as “Aldo”) has played the blues with almost every notable area blues band including a stint in Jamaica as a reggae artist. Giovine was found playing rock and roll in a variety of punk rock clubs in Allston, Cambridge and Jamaica Plain. Warre, born in London was in a high-school band with Paul Kossoff (of Free), toured with the English Beat and the Joe Jackson Band. He migrated to New York where he became a regular performer at the legendary CBGB’s. In Boston, he assembled Bees Deluxe, to pay homage to the music he fell in love with while touring Europe and playing historic London venues like the Rainbow Theatre and the Moonlight Club. Bees Deluxe recently released an all original acid-blues album “Voice of Dog” produced by Joe Egan to critical acclaim.

Chris Marolda and Lil Chris

Saturday, 5:30 – 8:30 pm — Pavilion Stage

Chris Marolda delivers a solid performance of radio hits and quirky songs from all eras of rock music. He has a quality singing voice that easily covers terrain from soft and sweet to strong and soulful, while his guitar playing is peppered with blues, rock, funk, folk and jazz influences. Through the tasteful use of modern technology, Chris is able deliver a fullness of sound that is uncommon for a solo performer. In particular, Chris uses a looper in order to record his guitar in real time and then play along with it, creating the sound of multiple musicians performing at once. He also utilizes a vocal harmonizer, providing the effect of multiple singers where appropriate, along with various gadgets that allow his guitar to sound acoustic or electric, and even like organs and
wind instruments.

Accompanied by New Britain native “Lil” Chris Cirullo on percussion, this high energy duo will provide a full sound that triggers nostalgia, and great vibes.

Troy T

Sunday, 12:30 – 3:00 pm — Pavilion Stage

Troy T. is a Guitarist, Vocalist, and Songwriter who grew up in West Hartford and now resides in nearby Newington. He’s a musician who pours out his heart and soul into the music. His approach to performing is simple: Whether it’s a small gathering, or a full blown concert – make it fun!” Troy brings a wide variety of musical influences to the acoustic stage. He will be playing in the Beer Pavilion, singing all of your favorite modern and classic cover songs from Rock to Pop, Country, and more. Stop by, sit back and enjoy!

Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze – CT Blues Challenge Winner

Sunday 3:00 – 6:00 pm — Pavilion Stage

Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze a Chicago-style boogie and blues band was formed by Wally “Sweet Daddy” Greaney in 1990. Through the years Sweet Daddy has developed a loyal European following Touring overseas for the past twenty years. He’s recorded with the likes of Matt Guitar Murphy from the Blues Brothers, Jaimoe, drummer for the Allman Brothers, Wally has also worked with John Kay (Founder & Lead Singer of Steppenwolf) recording a DVD titled John Kay & Friends Live at The Renaissance Center. He’s shared the stage with blues legends Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, James Cotton, KoKo Taylor, Junior Wells, Taj Mahal and BO Diddlie . Sweet Daddy’s smoking lead vocals, full-bodied harmonica, and soulful saxophone along with Tommy Whalen’s explosive Guitar add up to an unprecedented high energy Blues show that few bands can match. Lawd have mercy, Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze is in town.

Concerts