Acts lined up for Riverfront Music Festival

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Jun. 3, 2011
Shaded Soul will kick off the Riverfront Music Festival on July 6. Courtesy photos. - Contributed Photo

The Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Glastonbury Parks & Recreation Department, has announced the lineup for this summer’s Riverfront Music Festival.

The free concerts take place on the lawn outside the Riverfront Community Center on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., beginning July 6.

Kicking off the festival is Shaded Soul, a seven-piece outfit known for its high energy. Renee Prescott, founder and keyboard player of the band, said they like to start off their shows with classic hits and motown favorites from the ‘60s, like Marvin Gaye, and then move into upbeat, danceable songs from the ’70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and work their way toward today’s top hits. So, there’s a little something for everyone.

July 13 will bring Eight to the Bar, known for their costumes and dancing, as well as their mix of jazz, swing and blues. The band also mixes a few of its originals, along with their funk-ified versions of classics. Cynthia Lyon, the band’s lead singer, keyboardist and founder, was formerly with the Amyl & the Icons and the Dirty Blondes. She said the band’s popularity in Connecticut has led to a schedule of about 200 shows annually.

Since its inception in 1975, the band has released 11 CDs, and has appeared on HBO, VH1 and PM Magazine.

ETTB, which has just returned from its second European tour, was named Best Live Band 2010 by “Hartford Magazine” and Best Band 2008 by “Connecticut Magazine.”

The July 13 concert will also feature a classic car show. All car enthusiasts are invited to bring their classic car (1985 or older) to display or simply to attend as a spectator. No prior reservation is required.

On July 20, Rob Zappulla & His Big Band take the stage. Zappulla was the featured vocalist for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, with which he toured around the world. For the past 30 years, Zappulla has also been touring with groups including Tower of Power, the Temptations, the Shirelles, and Little Anthony and the Imperials.

Known for his trumpet playing, as well as his voice, Zappulla is renowned on the festival and casino circuit. He said part of his performance at the Riverfront Music Festival will be a tribute to the late Frank Sinatra.

Closing the series on July 27 is a treat for parrotheads. Changes in Latitude bill themselves as the premier tribute to Jimmy Buffett. The acclaimed band plays regularly up and down the east coast, and travels with a fully-tropical stage set-up, creating an atmosphere worthy of Buffet, as well as the Caribbean. Of course, concert-goers can expect to hear classics such as “Margaritaville,” and “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” but the band will go a step further and dust of other non-Buffet hits, such as “Brown-Eyed Girl.”

Free parking and shuttle service will be available at 180 & 200 Glastonbury Boulevard, which is adjacent to Somerset Square. For more information, visit

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