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. … Continue Reading