SummerWind’s new T.G.I.F. concert series is underway

By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Fri., Jun. 7, 2013
Max Creek, a popular rock and roll band, perform at SummerWind on Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

SummerWind's outdoor concert series kicked off the season with Memphis Soul Spectacular on May 31 and has summer weekends in Windsor filled with performances for a variety of musical tastes. SummerWind, a non-profit organization centered around performing arts, features popular up-and-coming performers known nationally and locally. Music genres featured at the venue include country, jazz, R&B, rock, acoustic folk, and '80s dance party.

“It's a beautiful venue to come sit down and relax under the tent and under the stars and listen to some live music,” said SummerWind Director Michael Campbell.

This year the venue offers a T.G.I.F. concert series beginning at 5 p.m. most Fridays. Tickets are being sold at the door for $5, and food, drinks and free parking are available at the shows.

Performances scheduled for T.G.I.F. are rock cover-band Sex Pizza on June 14, acoustic folk artists Dana Pomfret and Tim McDonald on June 21, roots-rock Americana band Lonesome Brothers on July 19, blues-roots rock and roll band Mile Law & the Playboys on July 26, and an '80s dance party band Orange Crush on Aug. 2.

Bands are also scheduled to perform on Saturdays, offering expanded concession serving beer by HDI, wine by 90+ Cellars, soft drinks and food by Vito’s Restaurant. Adult tickets are $15 or $25, and 17 and under receive free admission with the exception of the Windsor Jazz Jam Concert on July 6 at 2 p.m. The Jazz Jam Concert featuring the Yellowjackets and Marion Meadows are priced at $39 for lawn seats and $59 for tent seats.

Tickets for Saturday and Sunday shows can be purchased in advanced and ticket holders are allowed to bring food and beverages. Performances featured on Saturdays and Sundays are legendary rock and roll jam band Max Creek on June 15, rising country stars Nicole Frechette and Marla Morris (Connecticut natives) on June 22 and the United States Coast Guard Band on June 29.  The 10-vocalist rock band Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra is returning to perform renditions of classic '60s and '70s British rock from Queen, David Bowie, The Beatles, The Who and more on July 20. Sugar Ray and The Bluetones with The Mike Crandall Band and a special performance by the Connecticut Blues Society's band challenge winner takes place July 27, and blues/country/rock artist and Connecticut native Big Al Anderson performs on Aug. 3.

All Saturday and Sunday performances will take place at 7 p.m. Gates open one hour prior to performances with the exception of the Windsor Jazz Jam concert, which opens at 12:30 p.m. for its 2 p.m. show. The United States Coast Guard concert is free for everyone and offers priority seating to U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel. All events are scheduled to take place rain or shine under the tent.

For more information on shows, performers or to purchase tickets, visit

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