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.

Frankie Ballard

Saturday, 4:00pm — Concert Stage

Frankie Ballard scored three consecutive Number One singles off Sunshine & Whiskey – “Helluva Life,” the title track and “Young & Crazy.” Setting up shop at the famed Sonic Ranch, just south of El Paso in Tornillo, Texas, Ballard, producer Marshall Altman (Sunshine & Whiskey) and his band threw themselves headlong into the music, eating and sleeping at the studio. Their goal: make a bona fide album. Ballard emphasizes the rock on a choice cover: his version of Seger’s “You’ll Accomp’ny Me.” Recorded at a session in Los Angeles, where Ballard, ever the perfectionist, revamped two songs he says “betrayed” him in El Paso, the cover song connects the dots of Ballard’s career.

Opening Act: Katelyn Clampett

Saturday, 2:00pm — Concert Stage

Stunning vocalist, poignant writer, and talented producer, North Carolina native Katelyn Clampett truly is the full package. Her dynamic range, genre-versatility, and prolific writing has taken her all over the world, performing with top artists in pop and country music, and garnering praise from the likes of Victoria Beckham, Vince Gill, and Kara Dioguardi. In 2013, Katelyn made the long drive from California to Nashville, TN, returning to her Southern roots to dive headfirst into her country career. She has spent the last few years writing for her debut record, as well as for other artists. She is excited to be releasing her debut single, “The Trouble with The Truth,” co-written with Barry Dean (Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood), and co-produced with Brad Hill (Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne).

Last Licks

Saturday, 7:00-9:00pm — Concert Stage

LAST LICKS is a top shelf classic rock band based in 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.

Jeff Pitchell & Legends Show

Sunday, 3:00pm — Concert Stage

This dynamic show features music tied together by the bloodlines of legends. Michael Allman, eldest son of Rock Hall of Famer, Gregg Allman, whose distinctly original songwriting and playing style mixes rock, roots, and the blues; Tyrone Vaughan, nephew of Stevie Ray Vaughan, who delivers spine tingling renditions of his uncles best-known songs such as “Pride and Joy!” “Little Sister!”; Claudette King, youngest daughter of iconic Blues Master, B.B. King, who was trained in Gospel music at age 13 and mentored by such greats as Aretha Franklin and Etta James. Rounding out this phenomenal quartet is Jeff Pitchell, whose soulful sound and songwriting have won national and international awards for he and his band Texas Flood.

These four multi-talented artists promise to provide an evening of entertainment as they play a variety of original music and cover songs for listening, dancing, or sing-along. With Allman, Vaughan, King and Pitchell on lead vocals and Jeff and Tyrone guitars with Texas Flood, this show promises to be an unforgettable experience, as described by crowds at previous sold-out venues.

No Excuses

Friday 6:30pm — Blacktop Stage

No Excuses is a female fronted Top 40 (rock/pop/dance) cover band from Central CT. They are a group of talented musicians with decades of experience from various backgrounds that came together to make great music. With soaring harmonies and a great stage presence, they provide hours of entertainment for any occasion and any age group from clubs and bars to weddings, corporate functions, and town activities. No Excuses plays it all, from the hits of the 80’s to today’s chart toppers. No Excuses will keep you dancing all night long.

New Amsterdam Nobles Band

Saturday 3:30pm — Blacktop Stage

New Amsterdam Nobles is a Connecticut based Alternative-rock band that plays all original music. We’ve played all over the state at places such as Toad’s place, Wild Bill’s Earth day fest, and many more. Our music has been driven by several different styles that include rock, jazz, alternative, math-rock, and indie. Currently, we have music available on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, and many more music streaming websites. Along with our previously released recordings, we are working with Jam2nite Studios to prepare new music for our upcoming full-length album.

The Bootleg Band

Saturday 6:30-9:00pm — Blacktop Stage

The BootLeg Band is one of Connecticut’s premier live show bands, having entertained thousands of fans all over New England and Canada for over 30 years! The 4 piece, high energy band was formed by Wallingford native Yves LeBel, and quickly gained a large following due to their excellent musicianship, crowd involvement and unequaled selection of music including 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 (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!

Gene Taylor with Chris Ruest Trio

Friday 1:00 – 4:00 pm — Pavilion Stage

Gene Taylor is an extraordinary blues piano-player and singer, born in Los Angeles, California, in 1952. At the age of eight, he came under the influence of a family of blues and boogie-woogie players who moved in next door to his house. After starting out with the drums, he switched to the piano and the guitar at age ten. He learned very quickly playing by ear and, at age 11, he began performing in a ‘family band’ with his best friend Jim Payne and Jim’s parents. Gene released his first solo record, ‘Handmade’, in 1986. He toured with the late Rick Nelson, between Blasters engagements. After leaving the Blasters at the end of 1985 Gene worked around Canada as a solo artist and with the Downchild Blues Band—a band that, years before, had inspired their fellow-Canadian Dan Akroyd to create the “Blues Brothers”. In 2003, Gene released a self-titled CD on the Pacific Blues label and participated in all the tours and recordings of the ‘Original Blasters Reunion’ from 2002-2003.

Easy Baby

4:30 – 9:00 pm — Pavilion Stage

EasyBaby includes members Kelly Rago on vocals, Michael St. George on guitar, Max Samson on bass, Dennis Cotton on drums, and Rich Badowski on harp. EasyBaby is proud to have won the 2017 CT Blues Society’s Blues Challenge and is headed to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. EasyBaby’s cd “Going Upstairs” won the 2016 CT Blues Society Best Self Produced CD award. EasyBaby plays throughout CT, MA and RI at bars, BBQ’s, fairs, carnivals, festivals, and private parties.

Tommy Whalen and the Ragged Edge

Saturday 1:00 – 4:00 pm — Pavilion Stage

For over 20 years, Tommy Whalen has excited audiences all over the world as the lead guitarist and vocalist with well-known CT based swing/rhythm and blues band Eight to the Bar. Now Tommy is launching his own project, Tommy Whalen and the Ragged Edge! A Springfield, MA native, Tommy is a veteran musician, recognized all over New England. The band plays an eclectic mix of Blues, Rock, Soul and Funk. At its core, his sound can be likened to BB King, Robert Cray and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Tommy is a chameleon, adapting seamlessly to any room, connecting to his audience and getting them off their feet dancing!

The Mike Crandall Band

Saturday 4:30 – 9:00 pm — 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.

Dizzy River Band

Sunday 1:30 – 5:30 pm — Pavilion Stage

The Dizzy River Band, playing a broad mix of originals and covers, is eclectic and real. With guitar, bass, drums and achingly beautiful harmonies, Dizzy River draws liberally on music spanning decades, from across the musical spectrum, and turns it into something uniquely its own: something pure, sweet, aggressive, joyful, inspiring and unforgettable. Local to the lower CT river valley, Dizzy River members, Erin Smith (vocals/guitar/mandolin), Frank Natter (vocals/guitar/mandolin), Keith Newman (vocals/bass), and Mathew Seymour (vocals/drums/percussion) come together to make a rare, unforgettable sound.

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