LIVE PERFORMANCES

SPECIAL NOTICE

Out of continued caution, and concern for the safety of both our wonderful patrons and staff, we will continue to exhibit limited occupancy to allow for socially distanced tables and seating.

 

Under state law, anyone unvaccinated is required to wear a mask. And we ask that everyone please be considerate of personal COVID safety precautions, even if fully vaccinated, for the overall safety of our community.

July 20th

Frank Vignola

with

Vinny Raniolo

&

Nicki Parrott

Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, John Lewis, Tommy Emmanuel, Lionel Hampton, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List:” for the Wall Street Journal.

As a touring guitar musician, performer, and educator, Vinny Raniolo is best known for his accompanying skills and is a very high demand rhythm guitarist. His dynamic playing has brought him to 14 countries on three continents – and still growing – having performed in some of the world’s most illustrious venues, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia, The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, New York’s Lincoln Center and the world’s oldest indoor concert hall, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy.

Born in Newcastle, Australia, Nicki picked up the double bass at 15, beginning a legendary career filled with honors and achievements in composition, performance, recording, and much more. Her long list of collaborations includes Australian musicians Mike Nock & Dale Barlow, Russian musicians Daniel Kramer & Alexander Fischer, the legendary Les Paul, and guitar greats Paul McCartney, Slash, Steve Miller, and Tommy Emmanuel.

Between busy tour and recording schedules, Nicki takes pride in continuing musical education for women and inner-city children through such programs as Women in Jazz, New York Pops: Create A Symphony and Musical Mentors, WBGO-FM & NJPAC’s Jazz for Teens, and Litchfield Jazz Camp.

Take a listen:

Frank Vignola with Vinny Raniolo & Nicki Parrott
When
Jul 20, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where
Gilson Cafe & Cinema,
354 Main St, Winsted, CT 06098, USA
 
 

July 27th

Houston Bernard

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Houston Bernard's Country roots run deep as the direct descendent of original wild west outlaw, George "Bittercreek" Newcomb, and inheritor of the country staple Rebel Brothers' spirit.

 

Houston draws his musical inspiration from his family's country and rockabilly roots. He brings upbeat, relatable music with his powerhouse vocals and a touch of country twang that transcends age, and resonates with a large audience.

Houston has shared bills with country superstars like Luke Bryan, Old Dominion, Granger Smith, Montgomery Gentry, Marshall Tucker Band, and Clint Black. His music has been featured on Country Rebel, CMT, The Heartland, and The Country Network. And strength of Houston's performances has Motif singing his praises:

"Without a doubt, the Houston Bernard Band is making an indelible mark on the New England music scene, country or otherwise. To date, I’ve never heard any band more deserving of household name status than the Houston Bernard Band. And mark my words they will achieve it." - Motif

Be ready to don your dancing shoes and get moving when the Houston Bernard Band gets playing at the Gilson.

Take a listen:

Houston Bernard
When
Jul 27, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Where
Gilson Cafe & Cinema,
354 Main St, Winsted, CT 06098, USA

August  3rd

 

CONNECTICUT
CROSSROADS

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We're super excited to bring a night of homegrown local talent as part of our Summer music series. The heart of this series is to bring live music back to Winsted and give our artists the platform and support they deserve.

And we're kicking that off with a collective performance featuring:

Hailing from New Hartford, CT, Brett Connors Band (BCB), formerly Flipper Dave, has performed mint original jam-rock from Maine to Colorado since 1994. Described as 'road of life rock' their blisteringly high-energy live shows are infused with catchy choruses, infectious grooves, astounding musical pyrotechnics, and hooky alt-country anthems.

Take a listen:

Winsted native Acoustic-Rock group, Potter's Field, is helmed by Janet Taylor (Lead & Backup Vocals), Adam Carley (Rhythm Guitar, Percussion & Lead Vocals), Steven Trinchillo (Lead Guitar, Mandolin & Backup Vocals), and Jake Tolson (Keyboard, Lead & Backup Vocals). Big harmonies that accompany every unique cover and soulful original has made Potter's Field one of the premier acoustic bands in Western Connecticut for over 10 years!

Jockamo, is local New Orleans inspired R&B group comprised of Chris Eldredge (Bass & Lead Vocals), Tom Czarnecki (Keys, Accordion & Guitar), and Brian "Griz" Griswold (Drums). With special accompaniment from Joanie Schroeder on vocals and Jim Di Francesco on percussion!

Connecticut Crossroads
When
Aug 03, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Where
Gilson Café & Cinema,
354 Main St, Winsted, CT 06098, USA

August  10th

 

TWISTED PINE

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Twisted Pine is in a league and world of their own design. Unique is the word that comes to mind most immediately, and in all the best ways.

With a stripped down and lively Blue Grass instrumentation, Kathleen Parks on fiddle and lead vox, Dan Bui on mandolin, Chris Sartori on bass, and Anh Phung on flute, Twisted Pine flows freely along interlaced lines of Pop hooks and rhythms, soulful Orchestral and Jazz harmonies, with a stellar Jam corkscrew twist organically nestled in for good measure.

Amid the chaos and uncertainty of 2020, this passionate group produced an album, Right Now, that transports you to a place of comfort and intrigue, and has received such rave reviews as:

“An upbeat, poppy vibe; energetic, driving rhythms; virtuosic solos; tight harmonies. This is definitely a band to watch.”

— NPR

All told, this is far and away one of the best releases you’ll hear this year. (He says, trying to sound restrained when he really wants to say “Good Christ, this is fantastic!”) Is it folk? Is it jazz? Who cares. It’s exceptional. (You can hear the mothership land at the very end, too. Seriously.)” 

- Penguin Eggs Magazine

“The one full-on bluegrass moment on the record — a cover of Tex Logan’s classic breakdown “Come Along Jody” — encapsulates what Twisted Pine is now. It starts off in driving, trad-sounding fashion, as if to say “See, we can still do that,” before flying off in new directions to proclaim “But see what we can do now!” 

The Boston Globe

Come ready for a night of musical exploration to talk about for years to come.

Take a listen:

Twisted Pine
When
Aug 10, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where
Gilson Café & Cinema,
354 Main St, Winsted, CT 06098, USA
 

August 17th

Neal and
The Vipers

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Neal and The Vipers are a Rhode Island based band, playing American Roots Music encompassing blues, rock & roll, rockabilly, and surf, entertaining their fans for over 30 years!  You can feel the chemistry between all of them as they play original hits songs from their multiple CD's as well as covering classic songs.  The Vipers add their unique arrangement on these classic songs, always making them their own. You can see NEAL & THE VIPERS at music festivals and clubs dates. 

Neal Vitullo as well as the Vipers have shared the stage with many music legends such as B.B. King, Roy Buchanan, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Albert Collins, Greg Allman, Jimmy Vaughan, Willie Dixon, Johnny Copeland and Robert Plant.

Take a listen:

Neal and The Vipers
When
Aug 17, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Where
Gilson Cafe & Cinema,
354 Main St, Winsted, CT 06098, USA

August 24th

 

Christine Ohlman

Rebel Montez

&

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This queen of blue-eyed rock n’ soul, grew up on the sweetness of Memphis horn lines and raunch of electric guitar riffs. Ready for her life on stage, Christine teased her blonde hair into a beehive, in honor of Ronnie Spector, and never looked back. She’s the current long-time vocalist of the Saturday Night Live Band and her latest album, The Deep End, was honored on five national Top Ten lists.

Christine Ohlman's long list of achievements and accolades includes her induction into the National Blues Hall of Fame, singing on Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, partnering with Elvis Costello for a duet on HBO's Vinyl, and so much more.

Ohlman tours relentlessly with her band Rebel Montez, torching clubs up and down the Eastern Seaboard in support of her recordings: Strip, The Hard Way, Radio Queen, Wicked Time, Re-Hive, The Deep End, Live Hive, and The Grown-Up Thing.

“I’ve come here tonight to set your souls on fire,” she’ll tell an audience. And she will.

Bring your dancing feet because, Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez will have the Gilson hoppin'.

Rebel Montez is an accompanying super group comprised of:

Cliff Goodwin - Lead Guitar

A founding member of The American Standard Band. Having collaborated with such artists as Joe Cocker, John Mayall, Steve Miller, and Robert Palmer before he stepped seamlessly into the musical shoes of Eric Fletcher, Rebel Montez’s charter member and guitarist, who passed away suddenly in May, 2006. Goodwin’s accolades include three Billboard Hot 100-charted singles with the New City Rockers, and the million-seller Twisted Christmas with The Bob Rivers Comedy Corporation.

Michael Colbath - Bass Guitar

Known as "The Buddah Of The Bass" for his unflappable Zen-trance stage presence, Mike got his start working out with R'n'B soul groups in Hartford's North End and continued to cut his teeth on the Hartford scene with the Hibachi Brothers, a World Beat band, while at the same time playing with a succession of jazz combos. He says, "Playing with Christine allows me to work on music in an original context, which is very gratifyng to me as a musician."

Lorne Entress - Drums and Percussion

Part of the Rebel Montez family since 2019,  New England-based drummer/producer/engineer, Lorne Entress collaborated with Big Al Anderson, Susan Tedeschi, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer, Junior Wells, Freedy Johnston, Chris Collingwood, and many others.  In studio, he’s mixed records for Stephen Stills, Sheryl Crow, Tom Jones, Rosanne Cash, Ellis Paul and Betty Lavette.

Take a listen:

Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
When
Aug 24, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where
Gilson Cafe & Cinema,
354 Main St, Winsted, CT 06098, USA