WCSU announces Midtown Coffeehouse line-up

DANBURY, CONN. Western Connecticut State University’s Midtown Coffeehouse will feature a weekly 8 p.m. open mic, followed by a 9 p.m. feature act performance, on Thursdays during the fall semester in Alumni Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Admission will be free and open to the public; donations to sustain the coffeehouse are welcome.

The Coffeehouse began the semester on Aug. 29 with “Night of a cappella,” featuring the male group The Parallel Fifths, female group Martini Glass, and the ensemble singers of Play It By Ear.

Upcoming performers will include:

Sept. 5, the Western Improv Group, a collection of WCSU theatre arts students.

Sept. 12, Nicole Thompson, a repeat performer at the Midtown Coffeehouse, who will sing her original songs.

Sept. 19, Matt Sucich, who will play selections from his debut album. With a distinctive sound and style, he embodies the influences of Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen. In 2009 he supported Levon Helm at his Midnight Ramble in Woodstock, N.Y.

Sept. 26, WCSU alumna Amanda Forker, who will perform for the second time at the Midtown Coffeehouse. Since graduating from WCSU, she has performed regularly at West Hartford’s professional theater, Playhouse on Park, and has moved to New York City to pursue her career.

Oct. 3, contemporary country band Post No Bills, which features an ensemble comprised of former WCSU students.

Oct. 10, Connecticut contemporary folk/pop artists Edwin and Juan. They will perform their unique vocal harmonies with accompaniment from Anthony Asmar of WCSU. Edwin also plays keyboard and Juan performs on percussion.

Oct. 17, the Connecticut-based duo Aaron and Andrew, who will perform their diversified sound that has attracted audiences to venues at colleges, clubs and listening rooms across the East Coast.

Oct. 24, WCSU Jazz Ensemble, a group of student musicians.

Oct. 31, Drum circle led by Dan Mustin, who invites audience members to bring along their own drums and join in.

Nov. 7, Connecticut’s top Brazilian musician, Arildo de Souza. Playing for 17 years, he has his own CD out, with each track filled with drumbeats, acoustic guitar, and lyrics and poetry in his native Portuguese.

Dec. 5, Martini Glass, an a cappella group made up of female WCSU students, alumnae and students from Danbury High School.

Feature acts for scheduled Coffeehouses on Nov. 14 and 21 will be announced later.

For more information, call the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.


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