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.

Aquanett

Friday, 6:00pm — Concert Stage

Aquanett has been labeled “New England’s most authentic tribute to the 80’s.” Their look, authentic sound to the original artists and dedication to their fans have been keeping people coming out again and again for over 15 years. Aquanett covers bands from Ozzy to Metallica, Bon Jovi to Poison. The seasoned group of musicians that call themselves Aquanett consists of Tina Valenti, Lead Vocals; Rick Thompson, Keyboards/vocals; Dave Ward, Guitar; Michael Abdow, Guitar/vocals; Matthew Macri, Bass guitar/vocals; and Edmond H. Dupont III, Drums. Aquanett can be seen and heard all over the North East performing at several venues including clubs, fairs, private partys, weddings, corporate functions and concert halls.

Physical Graffiti

the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Show

Saturday, 6:00pm — Concert Stage

Wethersfield’s own Physical Graffiti is celebrating its 32nd year playing the music of Led Zeppelin. Founded by Matt Hetherman, playing the guitar parts of Jimmy Page, and Doug Putnam, singing as Robert Plant, the group also features Gary Fox as John Paul Jones and John McIlhoney as John Bonham. Physical Graffiti makes its second appearance at this year’s Berlin Fair on Saturday, September 15th.

The band continues to romp through the entire Zeppelin catalogue from the early blues numbers, the sublime acoustic arrangements, to the progressive keyboard sonics of the later albums. The boys still have it! Come check them out at the Berlin Fair; it’ll feel like you’re in the crowd of 250,000 at the Knebworth Festival in 1979.

The Machine performs Pink Floyd

Saturday, 8:00pm — Concert Stage

The Machine performs Pink Floyd have been the first and the greatest of all Pink Floyd tributes, now entering their 30th year of touring. Press, promoters and presenters all rave about the band’s unique ability to reproduce Floyd, while making the songs their own. Featuring the Interstellar Lights on all engagements.

Steve Daggett Band

Sunday, 2:00pm — Concert Stage

Hailing from Groton, Connecticut, Steve Daggett is a Native American singer/songwriter who got his start singing at a young age. He always found a way to the stage at family and community functions and went on to become a popular name in his community as a country singer while performing at local Karaoke venues. After he received steady air time on country radio, Steve has made countless appearances on country radio networks such as NashIcon and CBS Radio.

Neon Circus – Brooks & Dunn Tribute

Sunday, 4:00pm — Concert Stage

The undisputed kings of the ’90s line dancing craze, Brooks & Dunn were not only the biggest selling duo in country music history, they have also sold more records than any other duo in any genre. When Brooks & Dunn decided to hang up their hats in 2010 after a successful 20 year career on the road, it left a big void in the hearts of their fans. In 2011 the concept arose to form a tribute act that would rival the duo’s touring road show and live sound, and Neon Circus was born.

Named after the 2002 tour, Brooks & Dunn’s Neon Circus and Wild West Show, Neon Circus has been successful in continuing the legacy of the country music icons with the help of RK Ford (Ronnie Dunn) and Tim Johnson (Kix Brooks). Neon Circus has accurately recreated Brooks & Dunn’s exciting live show down to the last detail performing hit country anthems like My Maria, Neon Moon, and Boot Scootin’ Boogie. To the delight of millions of country music lovers Neon Circus continues to honky-tonk up the stage every night, and so, the cowboy legends live on.

Braiden Sunshine

Friday 6:30pm — Blacktop Stage

A lifelong musician, he has been playing in bands since he was nine. Last year he recently completed a 30 city US Tour, the highlight of which was playing with Blues Traveler at Red Rocks in Colorado. Braiden is best known for his participation in Season 9 of NBC’s talent competition ‘The Voice’ in 2015. As part of Team Gwen, and the youngest contestant ever to be on the show, Braiden’s fun loving attitude and pure enjoyment of music encouraged America to vote him through 9 of 10 rounds of competition to the Semi-Finals.

Branded

Saturday 7:00pm — Blacktop Stage

Based out of Waterford, CT, Branded “Country that Rocks” is a modern country band that likes to “Rock.” We cover the most popular modern country tunes right off the country charts, as well as popular country songs from the last 10 years. We also throw in some classic rockers, plus a few surprises, to keep everyone dancing.

Jake Kulak & the Low Down

Saturday 2:00pm — Blacktop Stage

Award-winning musician Jake Kulak has been performing professionally in front of audiences since the age of 12. Thrilling audiences from Norway to Boston, New York City, and to the Mississippi Delta, Jake plays guitar-driven rock music which highlights his improvisational and jam abilities. His set list includes original rock and contemporary blues/rock music which he writes himself, as well as unique covers of blues and funk artists. Jake has spent the last four summers playing the Blues in the home of the Blues – Clarksdale, Mississippi. He has also been CT’s entry in the International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase in Memphis, TN for four consecutive years. He and his band the LowDown were nominated for a 2017 New England Music Award for “Best New Act of the Year.” His original song “Better” was chosen as a semi-finalist in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition, the “competition to take note of”, according to the New York Times. In June 2018, Jake Kulak and the LowDown won the CT Blues Society Band Challenge and will be traveling to compete in The International Blues Challenge in Memphis this coming January. The LowDown includes Anthony Dailey of Longmeadow, MA on bass and Jeremy Peck of Manchester, CT on drums.

Frank Breen

Friday, 1:30pm-3:00pm — Pavilion Stage

2018 International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalist from Connecticut Frank Breen is an Acoustic Blues Artist from Connecticut who is dedicated to keeping Traditional Blues alive. From intricate finger style melody playing to the sweet soulful sound of slide guitar Mr. Breen will bring you back in time to a bygone era of a true American art form As well as give you the history behind the music and its artists Mr. Breen owns and plays vintage guitars and adapts traditional blues to his own personal style while maintaining the original integrity of the music he loves. He is very active playing all over Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Solo and as a member of the Coffee Grinders

Shiny Lapel Trio

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

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!

Rich Badowski Blues Band

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

The Rich Badowski Blues Band was formed in the fall of 2011. They are the winners of the 2012 Connecticut Blues Band Challenge and represented Ct at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN back in Jan of 2013. The Band brings to the table a hefty portion of old school blues. Add to that a little funk and you have a recipe for a good time.The band hails from Granby, CT. Rich Badowski was born in New Britain, CT and has been blowing harp and singing the blues for over 25 years. He is known for his entertaining brand of showmanship and engaging rapport with the audience. Michael St George is the guitar player and second vocalist and covers all styles of blues. The band is backed up by one of the area’s best rhythm sections with Dennis Cotton on drums and bass player Max Samson on bass.

Ryan Hart and the Blue Hearts

Saturday 4:30 – 9:00 pm — Pavilion Stage

Voted Connecticut’s “Best Blues Band” by the readers of the Hartford Advocate in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2011, Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts are one of the hardest working blues bands in the Northeast. Vintage Guitar magazine called them “a real find for Blues fans.” The Blue Hearts are three-time winners of the CT Blues Society’s Blues Challenge, and have competed three times in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.

Vitamin B-3

Sunday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm — Pavilion Stage

The mighty Hammond B-3. An instrument that all by itself can literally shake the dust off the rafters. Whether it’s a volcanic swell, down-and-dirty Blues wails or Soulful Gospel chords, the Hammond sound is at the heart of everything Vitamin B-3 plays. Add some tasty guitar and driving drums, and you have the full sound of a poor man’s big band! From classic R&B to Southern Soul to deep Blues and occasional forays into Jazz, Rock and Funk, Vitamin B-3 keeps the rhythms pumping all night long.

River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs

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

River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs bring the exuberant sounds of the steamy bayous of southwestern Louisiana to the hills of New England. The Zydeco Hogs cook up a spicy musical gumbo that combines the traditional sounds of the button accordion and washboard with a driving, syncopated beat. The Hogs turn every venue they play into a rockin’ Louisiana dance party!

Concerts