Welcome to Roaring Brook Concerts
Roaring Brook Nature Center A member of The Children's Museum family

Roaring Brook Nature Center

Contact Us Visitor Info Programs Events
The 35th Concert Season

"Playing at Roaring Brook is like playing inside a Martin Guitar"
- Eric Andersen -

Unless indicated otherwise, all concerts are scheduled for Saturday 7:30 PM, doors open at 7 PM

Tickets on Sale Now!

Call the Nature Center at 860-693-0263 during regular hours:
Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM or Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 PM.



Saturday, November 1, 2014

Paul Rishell & Annie Raines Band

After many fine duo shows here, we are proud to present W.C. Handy Award Winners, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines in their own full band, Mojo Rodeo!  If you've seen them as a duo or playing with John Sebastian or Susan Tedeschi, you'll love this show.  Tonight you can experience the full range of their appetite for country blues, old time country, roots classics and  Americana music.  Paul Rishell has played with Son House, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Brownie McGee and Sonny Terry.  "Rishell's ability to convey the essence of Acoustic Delta Blues is shocking.  His guitar playing is tremendous, his vocals are exceptional."  --Skyland Blues News.  Reigning Queen of blues harp, Annie Raines will perform on harmonicas, mandolin and vocals.  Harp Legend, James Cotton calls her "James Cotton Jr." while Pinetop Perkins said "she plays so good it hurts!"  Also in the band are vocalist Christie Flemming, Brad Besko on bass and vocals and Billy MacGillivray on drums and vocals.  As soon as they start playing, their great talent and good vibes will cause you to relax, forget your cares and smile like you haven't done in a long time.  Highlights from their  7 cds  and 3 dvds may include may include "Shake 'em on Down," "It'll Be Me," "Memphis Town," "Got to Fly" and "Moving to the Country."

7:30 PM
$22.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
or 25.00 at Door Day of Show

  Paul Rishell & Annie Raines  




Saturday November 8, 2014

Happy Traum

The Dylan Years” through Song, Story and Media

with Special Guest Stan Sullivan


Did you know that Happy Traum recorded “Blowin’ In the Wind” with The New World Singers before Peter, Paul & Mary or Bob Dylan? Enjoy an evening of great guitar work, fine singing and fascinating career overviews by Woodstock, New York’s Happy Traum. In song and first person narrative, he’ll portray his 40 year musical relationship with Bob Dylan, The Greenwich Village Folk Scene in its heyday and the continued musical legacy of Woodstock, NY. Happy was part of Big Pink and recorded on many of Bob’s sessions. One of these sessions produced “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” a song that Jakob Dylan counts among his favorite top ten songs ever recorded by his father. These long-ago sessions are now being released by Bob’s own label as The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11. Tonight’s audience will be treated to a media presentation from Happy’s personal photo collection. Additionally, he’ll share anecdotes about Pete Seeger, Dave Van Ronk and the movie Llewyn Davis. We recently saw Happy wowing audiences while trading leads and verses with Richard Thompson, Martin Simpson and John Sebastion. Tonight, he’ll play songs from his albums, I Walk the Line Again and Buckets of Songs. His set list may include, Buckets of Rain, Sportin’ Life Blues, Friend of the Devil and Deep River Blues. Traum is the founder of HOMESPUN music instruction videos and has been featured in The Fretboard Journal, Acoustic Guitar and Singout! “

Stan Sullivan is a virtual whirlwind on 6 & 12-string guitars.”—The Valley Advocate An award-winning Hartford-based singer-songwriter-guitarist and blues performer, he will play songs from his recordings, The Right Road and Do You Like the Rain? Stan will also share his song “The Next Folk Scare” which was inspired by being in attendance at The Newport Folk Festival in ’65 when Bob plugged in for the first time, and in 2002 when Bob returned to Newport.

7:30 PM
$18.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
or 20.00 at Door Day of Show




Saturday November 15, 2014

New West Guitar Group

"Smith, Stein and Storie play seamlessly together.  Beautiful acoustic rhythms, vibrant classically-infused single note lines and jazzy arpeggios cover the magnificent landscape these three players create"--Metronome Magazine.  "Shimmering arpeggios, collectively strummed chords...tightly cracking interplay and complimentary playing."  Bill Makowski, DownBeat Magazine.  Please join us in welcoming New West Guitar Group for their Roaring Brook debut.  Guitarists John Storie, Perry Smith and Jeff Stein are all graduates of USC's Thornton School of Music.  The trio's versatility in performing classic popular covers, jazz standards and exciting originals on a combination of acoustic and electric guitars gives them a fresh, cutting-edge signature sound.  Based in Los Angeles and New York, they tour worldwide giving concerts and master classes.  Tonight they will please you by performing selections from their cds Big City, Round Trip Ticket, Sleeping Lady and Wide Awake.  Enjoy their renditions of the classic "All the Things You Are," Joni Mitchell's "All I Want" plus their "California" and "Blues for Brubeck."

7:30 PM
$20.00 Advance - Call 860-693-0263
or 22.00 at Door Day of Show




Upcoming Shows

Saturday November 22, 2014

Donna Martin and Gail Wade

7:30 PM - $15.00 Advance / $18.00 Door

Sunday December 7, 2014

David Mallett

7:30 PM - $20.00 Advance / $25.00 Door

Saturday February 28, 2015

Garnet Rogers

7:30 PM $20.00 Advance / $25.00 Door

Saturday March 7, 2015

Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo

7:30 PM $22.00 Advance / $25.00 Door



RBC Logo
RBC Logo
RBC Logo
Please note that performers and dates are subject to change

Advance Sales Policy: Purchasing your tickets in advance is recommended for all shows due to space limitations and may be done by calling the Nature Center at 860-693-0263 during regular hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM or Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 PM. Mastercard or Visa numbers will be required. When you arrive at the concert, you will have your choice of paying by cash, check or charge card.

70 Gracey Road, Canton, CT  06019
Phone: 860-693-0263
Copyright © 2013 Roaring Brook Concerts. All rights reserved worldwide.
Banner Photos - Nat Kennedy (1,2), Gary Trail (3)