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Bridge Street Live Looks to Strengthen Community Ties, Broaden its Audience

March 16, 2016 Arts and Entertainment, Business No Comments
Royal Southern Brotherhood plays at Bridge Street Live in March of 2015. Photo by John Fitts

Royal Southern Brotherhood played Bridge Street Live in March of 2015.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

COLLINSVILLE — While Bridge Street Live will continue to showcase national acts during its seventh season, the venue is also looking to strengthen community ties, broaden its audience and add some new features for 2016.

One of those aspects will be Homegrown Thursdays, select evenings that will showcase regional and local musicians. While the venue has featured some local acts in the past, Bridge Street really wants to develop deeper community connections and showcase talent in its back yard, said Rebecca Castellani, director of marketing and public relations for the venue.

“We have such talent in the area,” she said. “There’s no reason we can’t integrate that more into Bridge Street.”

Shows in that series include a March 24 date with Hartford area musician Nate Ginnetty and his friend Daniel Amedee of New Orleans.

While it’s not a Thursday, the general theme continues on March 26 with two area string bands – Litchfield County based Switch Factory and The Collinsville String Band, a locally based band with members from several area towns, including Canton, Avon, and Torrington.

On Thursday April 7, Collinsville singer-songwriter Krista Johnson will open for French-American singer Francesca Blanchard.

Another great thing about the homegrown series is the ticket prices, which generally run $10 and $15, Castellani said. She hopes that is more accessible to those who can’t afford a higher ticket price.

“We’re trying to encourage a wider demographic to attend and listen to music,” Castellani said.

Bridge Street will also continue to bring in nationally known music and comedy acts.

On Friday, March 18, the season opens with a Saint Patrick’s themed variation of the venue’s popular New York vs. Boston Comedy series.

On the music front, several artists, including Nick Moss will host album release parties in Collinsville this year.

One show Castellani is especially excited about is Leo Moran and Davy Carton of the Saw Doctors on May 5. For Moran, it will be a return trip to Bridge Street Live and the two are only performing a few select dates on the acoustic tour.

“That’s going to be a really great night,” Castellani said.

Bridge Street has also brought on chef Peter Riog and is opening its “Bridge Room” dining area at 5 p.m. on show nights. Those not attending the show will be able to come for dinner.

Bridget Street Live is located along the Farmington River at 41 Bridge St., Collinsville. With some exceptions, most shows start at 8 p.m. Many new shows will be announced in the coming weeks. For times, prices and other information, visit http://www.41bridgestreet.com/

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