The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

North End to host New Haven musicians


MIDDLETOWN — The city’s North End performing arts venue will be hosting several musicians over two days June 2 and 3.

The Buttonwood Tree, at 605 Main St. in Middletown, will present the musical showcase of Connecticu­t songwritin­g group Anything Goes, and local favorite Terri Lachance June 2 at 8 p.m. Admission is $20.

Anything Goes is a trio featuring Steve Azzaro on guitar and vocals, Marian Bairstow playing ukulele and vocals, and Bob Lee on bass and vocals. The group performs covers and original compositio­ns by Azzaro at senior centers, open mics and first Fridays at Wayfinders in Chester, according to a press release.

Azzaro’s original songs may be seen on his YouTube channel.

Lachance, whose music can be found under the Terri and Rob Duo, is a singer-songwriter who interprets life through song, the statement said. She has six CDs of original music with one more in production. She will be performing with Bruce Hazard, “musician extraordin­aire” whose expertise is the violin, washboard, spoons, harmonica and saw.

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The Buttonwood will also bring in a musical showcase of New England songwriter­s Michael Briar, Zach Andersen and Quest the Bard June 3 at 8 p.m. Admission is $15.

Briar has been writing and recording original music since 2006, however, only now in 2023 has he decided to take the solo route, according to the news release. “You may know him from his other bands, AEther Body or

The Terrible Fates, or perhaps you’ve met him in your travels around Connecticu­t,” it said.

Briar has lived in the New Haven area for most of his life. His debut solo album, “Hallows,” came out in January, and he hopes that his music brings joy and healing to all his listeners, the statement continued.

Andersen is an “extremely talented” singer-songwriter, also from the New Haven area, who sings about a multitude of subjects, including allergies, The Legend of Zelda, anime and imperfect timing, The Buttonwood said.

Quest the Bard, also known as Brother Collin of The Terrible Fates, will play alongside Briar. He is a “sonic sorcerer unlike any other. What he can unlock within our minds with his arcane beats and Eldritch synth lines is a joy that goes unbridled within your soul,” the venue said.

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Visit for show details, call 860-347-4957 or email TheButtonw­ for informatio­n.

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