MERIDEN – Many will remember Christine Ohlman when she takes the stage as one of the headliners at the 39th Annual Daffodil Festival later this month.
Seven years ago, Ohlman and Rebel Montez rocked the bandshell at the festival.
“I grew up in Cheshire, (Meriden is) right next door,” Ohlman said. “I love Hubbard Park, it really feels like a homecoming. I can’t wait.”
Ohlman, also known as the “Beehive Queen” because of her hairstyle, will be bringing her brand of rock and blues to the festival, scheduled for April 29 and 30.
“It’s a Rock-N-Roll presentation but there’s notes of gospel, notes of roots music and certainly blues,” she said. “I will get up and sing with Kal (David) and we’re looking forward to that.
She is also a regular with the Saturday Night Live Band and will be playing around New England this spring and summer, including a stop in Cheshire.
“I know there will be a lot of Cheshire people that will be (at the Daffodil Festival) and people from Southington and the surrounding towns,” she said.
Joining Ohlman as the other headliner on Saturday is Kal David – Lauri Bono, the Real Deal Plus the Real Deal Horns.
Though David has never played at the Daffodil Festival, he has visited Hubbard Park and was sent a photo of the bandshell.
“I didn’t find out much about it except that it has been around for 39 years and I think that’s great,” David said.”I love playing festivals. I love the idea of a lot of bands playing in front of a lot of people.”
David and his band are known for upbeat, fun music. “One could expect to hear some wonderful duets between Lauri and I in an R&B kind of setting,” he said. “It’s blues but it’s not sad, it’s uplifting.”
Along with Ohlman, festival attendees might also recognize a few of the other bands slated to perform at this year’s festival – Chaser Eight, Frank Critelli, Gonkus Brothers, Last Train Out, River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs.
The following is the full music lineup for the 2017 Daffodil Festival: Kal David – Lauri Bono, the Real Deal Plus the Real Deal Horns; Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez; Blackheart Tango; Chaser Eight; Chico; Easybaby; Frank Critelli; GearJammers; Gonkus Brothers; Hartford Steel Symphony; Jake Kulak and the Lowdown; Last Train Out; Mariachi Mexico Antiguo; Michael Cleary Band; Phonosynthesis; River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs; Shaded Soul; Sharades; Sunday; The Alpaca Gnoes; Black River Union; Coconuts Comedy Rocks; Fustercluck; The Girls from Ruby Falls; The Kathy Thompson Band; Kerry Boy; Plywood Cowboy; Ramblin’ Dan Stevens & The Fiery Band; Red Hots; Someone you can XRay; Southern Voice
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