Silk City Arts & Music Fest
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Purnell Place
Manchester, CT 06040

Join us at this FREE event for live music, local art vendors, interactive activities, food trucks, and a beer tent offering craft beers from local breweries! We will be located in downtown Manchester, CT, on Purnell Place (follow the signs for the Orange Lot). There will be plenty of free parking in the nearby lots, as well as on Main Street and various side streets.

Participating musicians, artists, and vendors 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.

Are you an artist, craftsperson, or maker who would like to participate?

Vendors may register online here.

Are you a community minded person who would like to give some of your time and talents to our event?

Volunteers may signup here and be sure to select the box “Arts & Music Festival: Day of Event Volunteer”!


Audio Jane

Audio Jane is an atmospheric grunge band from Hartford, Connecticut. They recently released their second full length album “Letters” which was included in the Hartford Courant’s top 20 albums by Connecticut artists in 2018.

The band received rave reviews for its 2016 EP “A Full Bird’s Wing”, with the Huffington Post affirming  “Audio Jane is just damn good”.  The follow up, 2017’s “Naive” was similarly well received and won CTNow’s 2018 Best of Hartford Reader’s Poll for Best Connecticut Album of the Year. They were also featured on NPR’s “Where We Live”.

Audio Jane has a 90’s alt rock vibe with reverb-drenched vocals, atmospheric guitars, and a heavy rhythm section. They enjoy rousing games of bingo, good beer, and puppies.



MARMO features three Connecticut singer-songwriters with a Folk/Americana/Roots feel employing a variety of instrumentation and strong vocal harmonies. Since 2017, MARMO has performed at festivals, markets, brew pubs, and private parties, as well as on TV, providing audiences with thoughtful, witty, and soulful songs about love, life, and beverages. MARMO features Bill Ludwig (Current Official Troubadour of Manchester CT), Christian Loftus (Music Director at Silk City Coffee, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist), and Dan Thompson (Troubadour Emeritus).


Someone You Can Xray

Founded in 2012, Someone You Can Xray has evolved from an acoustic duo into a 6 piece stage ensemble. Surprising instruments, original material, plus a regular rotation of guest performers, multi-instrumentalists and visual artists keep the music fresh, alive and fun!

‘Xray’ performs regularly at CT blues and rock venues, as well as festivals, private parties, and to support charities and humanitarian causes . 

Their third studio album, “Hot ‘N Fresh” released on June 9, 2018, to a sold out show at Bridge Street Live, in Collinsville, CT. 


Tall Tale

Formed from remnants of punk band “Rusty Things” comes new music from “Tall Tale”. New Haven based, eclectic punk rock band. Members include Alex Murowsky, Tyler Addis, Jesse LaBranche, and Walker Destroismaidons.


Tigerman WOAH

Tigerman Woah is a rock and roll band from Lynn, MA that’s been singing and hollering and stomping their working class boots since 2012. With a sound somewhere between Woody Guthrie and Motörhead, they have taken the trendy nostalgia for the great early music of the U.S. South and Appalachia and combined it with the punk and rock and roll they were raised on.  The upright bass and banjulele create a folky addition to the otherwise raucous lead guitar, drums, and gang vocals. Their live shows are an energetic crucible of aggression and tenderness, marked by audience participation, flying hair, and heavy beer drinking. What started as a couple of underemployed friends learning songs off the American Anthology of Folk Music and the George Mitchell Collection has become a locally celebrated brotherhood dedicated to making music that moves people into mosh pits and onto picket lines. Since the band formed around their first EP in June of 2012 they’ve put out four more releases and played hundreds of shows, mostly around the northeastern U.S.



Adelaide Punkin, Alex Forest, The Fuzz, Sam Murphy, Straight Up Business, Tim Maynard


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.

Labyrinth Brewing Company is located the historic district of Manchester, CT. Our 130+ year-old space houses our production facility and tap room, along with an art gallery to feature works by local artists. We aim to deliver a brewery experience unlike any other through an unsurpassed focus on quality, creativity and community.



2nd Bridge Brewing Co. LLC is a concept we came up with for local and regional fans of crafted fresh beer in our hometown of Manchester, CT at the historic Hilliard Mills. We are focused and dedicated to hop forward ales, porters, and stouts, coffee and iced teas. We figured a place to enjoy it, or a visit to take some with you was a great way to live and give. A passion for the freshest beer with a respect for the art to brew something great with. We want to create a haven for the soccer enthusiast that would like to share with their fellow community on watching matches live together. A dream my late brother and team mate shared. We look forward to tickling your taste buds! Cheers!


With over 30,000 sq ft of production space, a 30 BBL Brew house, and a beautiful tasting room, Thimble Island Brewing Company is finally able to meet the demands of our beer-loving community! Proud to be CT’s largest self distributing brewery with over 1500 active accounts in the state. Cheers!


Urban Lodge Brewing Co. is Manchester’s newest brewery. Whether your personal escape is a cabin in the woods, or within the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle – you will always find tranquility with good friends and good beer at Urban Lodge Brewing. Grand opening on August 22.



Baba Ghanoush
The Comfort Zone
Gourmet Jazz Dogs
Kona Ice
Thomas’ Smokey Pit Stop


A Way to My Heart Creations
The August Gallery
Brackattack Illustration
Brian Hues Photographs
By Rim Dragonfly
Cafe 48
Cecilia Jayawickrema Ceramics
Clay Tripper
CT Designs
Field Fire Candle Company
Flame Licked Designs
Focksy Rox
Frank Varela
Gems and Jewels
Grandma’s Soapdish & Sundries
Impressions of Style
James Black
Jordan F Smith Fine Art
Julianna Kristoff Designs
K. Russo Photography
Knotty Bliss
Matt May Photographic Images
MelRose Denim
Michael Selissen
Mijumi Art
Momma Crow
Mystical Moon Warrior
Paige Doerr Art
Patterns and Beyond by Prathima Bhargav
Per Diem Printing
Quilting After Dark
Ritual Earth Tea
Sabrina John Studios
Selene Drawz
Simply Beautiful Treasures
Soto’s Lab
Tania Palermo Studio on Main
Thriving in Tie Dye
Tim Spongbert Art
Timeflies by Lauralie
Toni Lynne CreationsTrasloof
Unique Soaps
Untitled Photos
Westercrafts, LLC
White Oak Candle Co.


The Firestone | Art Studio + Cafe
Gallery 153
Imagine Main Street
Interval House
Little Theatre of Manchester
Neckahneck T Shirts
Paws 4 Life CT
Summit Studios

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

*A portion of the proceeds to benefit the MCC Cougar Pantry.
About the pantry: We serve. We don’t judge. We don’t gossip. We serve MCC’s students, faculty and staff so we can all succeed. The Cougar Pantry and Career Clothing Closet is open to all students, faculty and staff who are in need. The Cougar Pantry provides solutions to temporary problems that can negatively impact your academic career. We also are in the process of creating partnerships with community service providers to address issues off-campus that can interfere with your academic career. According to MSNBC, Feeding America’s 2014 Hunger in America report estimates that roughly 10 percent of its 46.5 million adult clients are currently students, including about two million people who are attending school full-time. Nearly one-third of those surveyed—30.5 percent—report that they’ve had to choose between paying for food and covering educational expenses at some point in the last year. Don’t wait until you have to make this choice. Come visit us today! Contact Gordon Plouffe, AmeriCorps VISTA, 860-512-3285 or T.J. Barber, Director of Student Activities, 860-512-3282.

Many thanks to our donors:  2nd Bridge Brewing, Firefly Hollow Brewing, Highland Park Market, JJC PhotographyK. Russo Photography, Labyrinth Brewing, Lofts at the Mills, Manchester Ice & Fuel, People’s United Bank, Per Diem Printing, Urban Lodge Brewing, Summit Studios, and Thimble Island Brewing.

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.