Silk City Arts & Music Festival
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Purnell Place
Manchester, CT 06040

Join us at this FREE event for live music, food trucks, local art vendors, interactive activities and a beer tent! We will be located in the Purnell Place parking lot in Manchester, CT – just one block behind Main St. There will be free parking in the nearby parking lots as well as on Main Street and various side streets.

Participating vendors / musicians / artists will be added frequently, so save the date, check back for updates here often or on our Facebook event page, and share with your friends to help us build a fun, community centered event to help foster the arts in downtown Manchester.

Broadcasting live from the event with Amy Grey from 2–5PM: Radio 104.1 WMRQ

Are you an artist, craftsperson, or food truck operator who would like to participate?

Vendors may register online here.

Vendors may pay the $20 registration fee online via the PayPal link below:



Olive Tiger: 2:30–3:15
Amandla Band: 4:00–4:45
Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots: 5:15–6:00
Rhythmic Circus: 6:30–8:00

Dawn Cwirka: 2:00–2:20
Hands on Drumming: 3:15–4:00
Honest Music: 4:45–5:05
CherrySparks: 6:00–6:20

Amandla Band

Originally formed in 2004 through a collaboration between singer/songwriter/musicians Burnie T (Dominica) and Kali Wale (Connecticut), Amandla Band represents the very best in modern roots reggae music. In 2011, Amandla joined forces with internationally acclaimed reggae artist Ras Iba (St. Croix) to form a powerhouse trinity. With a unique sound and style harkening back to the days of Dennis Brown and Bob Marley and the Wailers, inspired by the musical prowess of Steel Pulse and Aswad, and continuing into the present day world-wide reggae diaspora, Amandla Band has delighted crowds up and down the East Coast and Northern California.



Hands on Drumming

Craig Norton started “Hands on Drumming” in 1998, offering community drums circles in schools, libraries, hospitals and community events throughout the Northeast US. Craig has had the opportunity to play for hundreds of thousands of people of all ages. Hands on Drumming now specializes in participatory drumming in schools, corporate retreats, wellness programs and community events.
Craig also plays percussion in a variety of bands including Cosmic Hue and Bodhi Groove. From April to September he leads the Circle in The Square Drummers in Blue Back Square, West Hartford. He has studied or played with Babatunde Olatunji, Mickey Hart, Andelique Kidjo, Glenn Valez, Arthur Hull among others and performed for a ceremony honoring Bishop Desmond Tutu.



Olive Tiger

Olive Tiger is an evolution of sound and texture:  a nontraditional quartet hailing from New England that lushly combines electronics with organic elements of chamber-pop, defying the boundaries of genre in favor of obsessive exploration. Grounded in the stunning songwriting and soaring voice of its bandleader, Olive Tiger arcs continuously toward more meticulous, more rich and more seductive arrangements.



Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots

Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots began as a one man show in 2014. Over the course of a year and a half, and with the help of many talented friends, the bands debut full length album, “Patterns In The Rain” was transformed from a one man show into a full blown folk-punk orchestra. Shortly after the release of the full length, Stone and the other two core members (Andrew Wyton – Bass, Nick Cannato – Drums) moved in together to a house in rustic Oxford, Connecticut. The band has been hard at work on their sophomore album, set to release in 2017.
Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots has been bringing their unique blend of modern, energetic folk-punk with a dash of old school bluegrass to a variety of bars, theaters, basements and living rooms for the past 3 years.



Rhythmic Circus

Born from a dust cloud and ashes, The Rhythmic Circus rose out of the bowels of Central Connecticut to join in the battle, to change the conscience mind, to uplift the mundane and give birth to a new age of music. Our purpose, to emancipate your soul and to help those lost to find meaning through musical adventure. The Collective unconscious needs a higher elevation and we, through music, are the conduit. Original tunes from various genres including but not limited to:Rock, funk, soul, R…&B, Hip Hop, gypsy reggae, blues, bluegrass and the occasional Pop classsic. If you like to dance and are into conscience uplifting music, well… Run away with the Rhythmic Circus!

Also Performing: Dawn Cwirka, Honest Music, CherrySparks


At Firefly Brewing, our mission is to express our collective pursuit of happiness through our shared passion for beer. We are a conglomerate of creative minds who believe we can make the world a better place by providing an atmosphere and a product conducive to creative expression. It is our sincerest hope that the beer we create helps you further your own creative journey and propels you down your own road to happiness. Our slogan, “Get Lit” is a testament to spreading our inspiration, because it takes more than one firefly to enlighten the world.

“Life is about expression…Somehow allowing others to experience a piece of yourself through your craft: For a musician it’s their sound; a photographer, their perspective; an artist, their design. For us, it’s both a flavor and a lifestyle.”

Jammed 4 Thyme
Jeff’s Kettle Corn
Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies
Silk City Coffee

41 Closets Boutique & Consignment Store
The August Gallery
Birdee’s Beads
Black Orchid Skincare
Brian Hues Photographs
Connie Lowell Photographic Arts

Creative Ductapestry
Donna’s Colorz Creations
Ellenanne Yoga
E.M. Dougan Art and Framing
ES Chanterelle Art
Gems and Jewels
Grandma’s Soapdish & Sundries, LLC
Impressions of Style
Jeff Holcombe
Jenny’s Flowers

Jessica Lowell Photography
Julianna Kristoff Designs
The Manic Macaw
Melissa Plude
Mijumi Art
MLK design studio
Normand Photography
Pack Rat Pictures
Patterns & Beyond by Prathima Bhargav
Photography by Donatello
Pit Party Products
Rebecca Maloney Art
Soto’s Lab
Sugar Pop Crochet
Sun Hoop Shop
Tomaca Designs
The Quark Side
Tania Palermo Studio on Main
White Oak Candle Co.
Wit & Wisdom Poetry Club of Manchester

Cetacean Society International
Connecticut Guitar Society
Imagine Main Street
Little Theatre of Manchester
Manchester Art Association
Texas Roadhouse

The Silk City Arts & Music Festival is made possible by a grant from the Town of Manchester’s Downtown Arts and Culture Grant Program.

Many thanks to our donors: Brew & Wine Hobby, Dynamic PercussionFirefly Hollow Brewing Co, K. Russo PhotographyLabyrinth Brewing Company, Manchester Ice & Fuel

Event’s approximate address for GPS directions:
12 Purnell Place, Manchester, CT 06040
Parking available in nearby lots and along Main Street and its sides streets as shown on this map.