Live Music, Jams, and Educational Opportunities – June Newsletter

Bluegrass Coffeehouse Presents: Trunk Band

The Bluegrass Coffeehouse is a casual environment great for the whole family.

On Friday, June 3 and Friday, July 8 There will be Live bluegrass music from 7:00PM-9:00PM, followed by an open bluegrass jam from 9:00-10:00PM.

Refreshments, baked goods, and pizza will be for sale

Suggested donation is $10 per person. Free admission for children.

Location: First Congregational Church, 103 Main St, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Trunk Band was formed during the pandemic as a weekly collaboration of local musicians at “The Elephant’s Trunk” flea market in New Milford. It’s core features Newtown’s Richard Neal (Flagpole Radio Band) and Bethel’s Frank Infurcia. They will be inviting guest’s Rick Brodsky (Flagpole Radio Band, Rock Hearts) and Austin Scelzo (Rock Hearts, On the Trail)

Richard Neal is a Connecticut-based multi-instrumentalist (banjo, guitar, mandolin), recording studio operator, producer, session musician, stringed instrument teacher, songwriter, and performer. Visit Richard at

Wall Street Theater Brings Big Name Bluegrass Artists to CT

On the Trail Bluegrass Band @ The Mather Homestead (Darien, CT)

Sunday, June 12, 5PM Tickets can be purchased here

On the Trail Bluegrass Band @ the Blues Cafe

The Blues Café is not the blues nor a café. It is an independent music project located in Southbury, Connecticut. The volunteers are music enthusiasts and strongly believe in providing independent talent with an intimate, up close and personal crowd. All net proceeds go to the artists.!


George Newton VFW Hall

150 Lee Farm Drive

Southbury, CT 06488


Doors open 1 PM Community Pot Luck.  Plrase bring a dish to share

Musical friends 1:15 to  2:30 PM

Main Act Scheduled 3PM


Tickets are limited. Reservations are highly encouraged, email:

Suggested donations are $25 person

Kids under 16 are free

Net proceeds go to Artist

Cash at the Door

New Traditional Bluegrass Band in CT

TRUCK DRIVING MAN by The Hosmer Mountain Boys

The Hosmer Mountain Boys are a Bluegrass band born out of Windham County in Connecticut.  The two boys in front have always had an affinity for all things old and nostalgic and that includes music.

Open Bluegrass Jams

Friday, June 3

Ridgefield First Congregational Church

9-10 PM

Sunday, June 5 

Best Video Film and Cultural Center, Hamden CT

2-5 PM

Second Thursday: 

Note Kitchen – Bethel CT

6:30-9 PM

Third Thursday

Bearsville Theater – Woodstock NY

4-10 PM

Fourth Thursday:

Charter Oak Brewery – Danbury CT

6:30 – 9 PM 

Next Door Pizza – New Haven CT

6:30 – 9 PM

Fourth Sunday

Nod Hill Brewery – Ridgefield CT


Westchester Bluegrass Club Presents: Kevin Prater Band

Come out and support the Westchester Bluegrass Club for a show that will not disappoint!

Listen to the band and learn more here:

Where: 33 Lake Way, Purdys NY

Kevin Prater Band hosts Jam in West Suffield 

Jam with a professional bluegrass group! Kevin Prater’s band will be leading a jam at Todd’s. Todd Michael is a staunch bluegrass supporter and is heavily involved with the Podunk Bluegrass Festival.

When: Monday, June 13

Email Todd Michael for RSVP and exact address

Jam classes

Bluegrass Jam Class taught by Austin Scelzo Using the Wernick Method*


Bethel, CT at Note Kitchen

227 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801


Wednesdays, June 1-July 13, 2022

6:45-9pm each Wednesday; no class on June 29

Tuition: $225 for 6 sessions

$10 off through May 1. $50 deposit reserves your spot. 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance.

*All bluegrass instruments welcome

*No jamming experience necessary

*You will be jamming the first class!

*Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching.

*Mistakes allowed!

*Singing not required, but encouraged and taught.

*Easy 2- and 3-chord songs, slow speeds.

*Soloing not required! “Faking” solos taught.

Do you qualify? It’s easier than you may think!

If you play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or dobro… you can be part of a bluegrass jam.

Only requirements:

You must be able to tune your instrument (electronic tuning devices welcome) and change smoothly between G, C, D, and A. (Fiddles and basses need to know which notes work with which chords)

The sooner you sign up, the sooner you’ll receive the student study materials for the camp. Sign up here or email Austin:

Take a Deep Dive into Bluegrass Music this Summer

All Jam Classes

Bethel CT Wednesdays starting June 1

Guilford CT Saturday Aug 27

Ashokan Bluegrass Camp Aug 8-12

Silver Bay Bluegrass Camp Aug 21-26

Clinton Arts Festival

  • Saturday, July 30th 12pm to 5pm
  • Main Street Clinton on the lawn in front of the Pierson School
  • Youth Bluegrass showcase
  • Professional bluegrass band
  • Bluegrass Jam

St. Johns Bluegrass Festival

Announced their schedule and line up

New Banjo Teacher Central CT

Clara Guilmette is a banjo player located in Portland, CT. She is currently a Junior at Central Connecticut State University and is studying Music Education. She has been playing bluegrass banjo for 13 years. For the past two years, Clara has been the banjo instructor for the Podunk Bluegrass Kids Academy. In 2020, she was a recipient of the IBMA Sally Ann Forester Scholarship. If interested in taking lesson with her, please contact her through her Facebook page, her cell phone (860-916-7115), or by email ( Clara plays in the group “Bend in the River”

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