I talked more about the festival today than I experienced it. I was one of several guests on Colin McEnroe’s WNPR radio show, broadcast live from the lobby of the Study Hotel on Chapel Street. Festival artists Martin Bresnick, David Chambers, Akiya Henry and Aaron Jafferis talked about their varied projects (the chamber opera My Friend’s Story, the Handspring Puppet Company/Bristol Old Vic production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the new musical theater piece Stuck Elevator), which festival director Mary Lou Aleskie and I provided context.
After the broadcast (archived here), I dashed to the Green but had missed the afternoon entertainments at the bandstand and the family stage. I planned to come down to the Green again at 6 p.m. for the Mighty Soul Drivers, but there was a massive downpour and my daughter talked me out of it. I heard later that the band is indeed mighty, and drove their soul in a driving rain to a small, faithful audience clutching umbrellas. Good for them. I regret not being there. Luckily, the Mighty Soul Drivers are locally based, and have a slew of other Connecticut gigs coming up. A schedule is here. Reward their hardiness with your presence at an upcoming show, such as Sneekers Café in Groton June 29 or the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden on July 26.