MERIDEN — More than 25 area acoustic performers and songwriters will play Friday night at the premier event in the Old Church Concert Series.
The concert series runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 62 Colony St. A home-cooked dinner ranging in price from $3 to $10 will be offered from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The concert series will be held every first Friday of each month until the beginning of the summer outdoor season.
The Old Church Concert series was founded in Rocky Hill by Mike Wilcox in March 2016. Wilcox’s goal was to provide a unique venue for Connecticut-based acoustic singer/songwriters.
Wilcox is a friend of David Cooley and his team at the Making Meriden Business Center. .
“This kickoff event in Meriden is a special one as the musicians are donating all proceeds to help defray his significant medical bills stemming from Mike’s long cancer battle,” Cooley said. We invited all the artists who have played over the past four years in Rocky Hill to celebrate the new Meriden venue and the response has been amazing.”
Each of the 25 artists will play one original song during the premiere. Future events will include three artists getting a full set to share their original music.
“We are happy folks will be coming into Meriden from around the state for these events,” Cooley said.
Meriden resident, Frank Critelli, a noted singer and songwriter, volunteered to emcee the event. He will also be performing.
“It is very exciting to have Meriden be the host city for the Old Church Concert Series after a multi-year run in Rocky Hill,” organizer Denise Jones stated in prepared remards. Jones has performed at and supported the Rocky Hill Series with her band Inner Groove. “We believe Meriden’s central location and easy access to the train station will attract more participation from around Connecticut.”
The Colony Street church was the ideal place to host the Old Church Concert Series because of its architecture and acoustics, said the Rev, Bruce Miller.
“The Concert Series allows talented singers and songwriters from Connecticut to truly showcase their original music in a venue perfect for active listening and enjoyment,” MIller said in a prepared statement. .
For more details on the Old Church Concert series, visit http://www.fccmeriden.org/.
Artists scheduled to perform are: American Elm, The Moon Shells, Among the Acres, Nick Depuy and Barbie Tatum, Canyon, No Line North, Elana Zabari, Pigeon English, Farewood, Ponybird, Frank Critelli, Richard Neal, Gilead Road, Say Love, Heather Fay, Seat of Our Pants, Jeff Burnham, Seth Adam, Kat Wallace and David Sasso, Shannon McMahon, Lines West, Shannon Mulready, Lys Guillorn, Still Rivers, Meggie Zoo Front.