Friday, April 29, 2011

Meriden's Daffodil Festival 2011

Meriden’s 2011 Daffodil Festival is one of the top gatherings of local musicians in Connecticut. Past years have featured headlining acts like Eric Burdon & the Animals, Gary Burr and The Turtles. This year will showcase a wide range of musical interests, along with many returning acts as well as a few new ones.

There are three stages set up to choose from, with music flowing all day Saturday, May 30. The day starts off at 10:30, with Chico & Friends performing acoustic cover songs on the Food Tent stage. Some other acts appearing throughout the day at that stage are River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs and Caravan of Thieves. The Welcome Stage kicks-off with the young indie band Freshly Squeezed. The music just flows on with The Furors, Connecticut punk legends The Stratford Survivors and New London punk rockers The Reducers among others. Kicking off the live music at the Bandshell will be Surge Chamber performing hard rock cover songs. The Frank Critelli Band and The Manchurians return once again to the Daffodil Festival performing their mix of covers and originals. Also appearing on the Bandshell on Saturday is the teen Disney-pop sensation Kicking Daisies.

Don’t forget to return Sunday for even more great live music beginning with Tommy Lourdes’ acoustic cover songs at the Food Tent stage. Also appearing their on Sunday is The River Street Band with their set of wonderful rock cover songs. The Welcome Stage will feature first time Daffodil Festival performers Plume Giant and The Heirlooms bringing their neo-folk sound to Meriden. The Zambonis will close-out the Welcome Stage with their brand of hockey rock. The Bandshell opens with the Motown sounds of 691, then just takes-off from there. The stage will feature original rock from The Michael Clearly Band, then Beatles’ covers by Ticket To Ride and a closing set from one of the fastest growing Connecticut bands The McLovins.

With over 30 bands performing over 2 days, there is plenty of music for you to take in. Admission is free, so make the trip to Meriden this weekend and enjoy the sights and sounds of on of Connecticut’s premier festivals. For a complete list of musicians at this year's event, please visit

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