For the last few years, Meriden Daffodil Festival music-booker Rob DeRosa has given me an exclusive first look at the line-up for the festival, which has happened during the last weekend in April at Meriden’s Hubbard Park for the past 35 years, and which has grown to become the biggest and best local-band gathering in Connecticut.
DeRosa tends to stagger the bookings so that few if any bands play two years in a row. At least of couple of acts from last year are back this year, like Mark Mulcahy and Violent Mae and of course The Manchurians. Those returning after a bit more of a break include Big Fat Combo, Farewood, Goodnight Blue Moon, Lys Guillorn, The Foresters and James Velvet’s Mighty Sparrows.
Bands making their Daffodil Festival debuts range from long-lived local acts such as Happy Ending and Greg Sherrod to much younger groups such as the Wesleyan-based Grand Cousin, with acts like Them Damn Hamiltons somewhere in between.The tradition of having a designated kid-friendly act continues with Steve Elci & Friends.
The two-day festival includes 35 music acts in all, on three stages.
The complete list (augmented with my own descriptions of the bands) is at my personal site, scribblers.us, here.