All-day benefit concert on Meriden Green to feature 10 musical acts including Animals’ guitarist

All-day benefit concert on Meriden Green to feature 10 musical acts including Animals’ guitarist


MERIDEN — The Meriden Green amphitheater will be rocking from noon to night later this month.

“Rockin’ the Green” will feature musical acts from around the state on Saturday, July 22. The acts will start at noon and will end with headliner Hilton Valentine, who was the guitarist of the legendary rock band The Animals.

Concerts with Causes is putting on the benefit concert for the Connecticut Fisher House, which supports veterans. The idea started with a simple phone call.

“Steve Robichaud is the one who contacted me and said, ‘Hey listen, July 22 I have the Green for the day. Let’s do something,’” said Lisa Catherine, president of Concerts with Causes. “I said OK let me give it some thought, and the Connecticut Fisher House is an organization we have been helping to support and raise awareness and money for since we started back in 2011.”

Robichaud, of Restore with the Arts, organizes the city’s summer concert series.

Through her contacts, Catherine was able to coordinate a lineup of Connecticut-based acts, including Wallingford’s ArleneWow.

“The thought is always there that this is to help others,” AreleneWow said. “Usually when I perform I feel that I am helping people anyways but in this case, I am putting myself there, my time is being given towards a really, really important group.”

ArleneWow will also be emceeing the concert, which includes other acts such as Down the Hatch, Erick Northrop, Mike Cappiello, 80 Pruf, Live Rust, Crossroads and Tom (The Suit) Forst.

“I think this particular performance will be very good because it’s more of a showcase. I get my set time and do all my original music. Usually if I am playing restaurants or bars I have to incorporate covers and things like that,” she said. “This is just a showcase of my stuff. I do enjoy having other musicians to talk to and learn about what they’re doing.”

There there will also be vendors, food trucks and a muscle car show that will start two hours before the concert.

“It’s really a full day,” Catherine said.

Catherine has even factored in the weekly farmers market, which is normally open from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The market will stay open until 3 p.m. with Bill Somers playing at the market.

“Just bring a blanket and a chair and prepare to spend the day or come and go,” Catherine said.

The benefit concert is rain or shine. In the event of rain, the concert will move to the Silver City Ballroom on Colony Street.
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