RCA Summer Highlights
The 2017 RCA Summer Music Festival
Packing up the cooler, laying down a picnic blanket, visiting with friends and listening to great tunes is how we’ve all become accustomed to spending Sunday evenings in the summer. The 2017 RCA Summer Music Festival provided another 10 opportunities to continue that Rowayton rite of summer, featuring one of the best lineups of rising, talented acts we’ve ever had.
We started at Bayley beach in June with Connecticut’s own McLovins, grooved to Dead tunes performed by the Spadtastics before the fireworks on the 4th of July, chilled to reggae infused riffs played by Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad and Roots of Creation and jammed to The Werks and Spafford. In August we moved over to Pinkney Park to slow down the pace a little with some folk music from Upstate Rubdown. Next up was the highly anticipated show with singer-songwriters Martin Sexton and Ryan Montbleau before closing out the park series with bluegrass from Cabinet and Billy Springs.
It all culminated in a spectacular Labor Day finale as we welcomed back festival favorite Eric Lindell. Throngs of area residents, families and friends flocked to the shows. Without the generous support of local businesses and residents in the Rowayton, Norwalk and Darien communities, we would never be able to bring these top acts to town.
This amazing experience for our community would not happen without the tireless efforts of the RCA Summer Music Committee. Many thanks to our all-star band of Paul Curtin, Matt Manley, Drew Seath, Rob Munro, the hardest working man in show business – Brendan McGee and the hardest working man in town – Andy Meyerson. We begin planning for hot summer nights in the cold, blustery days of January – scouting, inquiring and booking the bands as well as hitting the street in search of sponsorships. When it’s finally show time, this crew spends Sundays setting up behind the scenes and then breaking it all down when everyone goes home.
Others that are an integral part to the effort include: Peter Blandori who provides graphic design, Scott Kuykendall of Oxygen Design who produces our digital content and the professional sound is provided by Brooks Dubois Audio. Susan and Melissa Bucciarelli keep the parking lot organized. Ben Bresnahan helps lead the sanitation crew and has the official shirt to prove it. Thanks to Agnes Temerowski for her help moving RCA merchandise at the shows. Don Wilson keeps the grounds in order, and Ed Carlson and Mike Barbis provide valuable counsel on all logistics. Special thanks also go out to RCA treasurers Sue Casey and Lynn Worland who keep our books (and our minds) in order.
Thank you to everyone for coming to the shows. The turnout was tremendous and there is a palpable, welcoming vibe the artists feel when they come to town. Lastly, thank you to everyone who “filled the jug” at the concerts.
Your generous support is vital to what we do.
We all had a blast. Just another piece of what makes our town a little slice of heaven… Let’s do it again next Summer!
We would like to thank all of those made the festival possible this year.
Dr. Osherow Orthodontics – Dr. David Osherow
Rowayton Wine Store – Marianne McNulty
Charkit Chemicals – Charles Hinnant
ETM Construction – Teddy & Kerry McFarlin
Upper Crust Bagel & Cafe – Charly Sahlia
Vineyard Vines – Shep & Ian Murray
Liz Beinfield & Peter Stuart
RAND Insurance – Meredith Bach
The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood – Kevin Conroy
Alembic Global – Stephen Mathews
All-Seasons Marine Works – Ted O’Neill
AltEnergy – Russ Stidolph
Brendan’s 101 – Christine and Brendan McGee
Bushell, Sovak Ozer & Gulmi – Chris Sovak
Cygnet Home Staging – Frani Taylor
Darien Rowayton Bank – Amy Pomponi
De Clerq Office Group – Dan De Clerq
Eaton Partners – Charles Eaton
Fairfield County Bank – Nancy Romberg
JW Allen – Robert Lawrence
The Mosquito Squad – Tom Luthy
Nielsen’s Florist & Garden Shop – Sandy Nielsen
Raise High Construction – Joe Carter
Rowayton Fuel & Oil – Lee Kiggins
Rowayton Market – Chef Marc Poidevin
Rowayton Pizza – Joe Criscuolo
White Bridge Wines and Spirits – Mickey Interlandi
Please join us in thanking them for their support by offering our support for their businesses.
Additional thanks goes to all the Rowaytonites and nearby neighbors who became Festival Fans with generous (and tax deductible) donations. Too many to recognize all, but we would like to mention a few by name:
[one-half-first]Friends from Range Road
Steve Tomlinson & Pam Fletcher
The Pettee Family
Ray & Vickie
Tom & Kelley Franco Throop
The Manley Family
[/one-half-first][one-half]The Ogden Family
Nick & Nicholle Priola
Doris Trivisonno & Gene Miller
Marty & Roger Gilbert