Branchwater and Switch Factory to Perform 6/28 at the Warner Theatre
Branchwater is a quartet from Northwest Connecticut, guided by dual lead guitars, vintage Hammond organ, a powerful rhythm section and a focus on improvisation. With their fresh take on covers and originals, Branchwater diversifies their multi-genre music through a blend of blues, funk, rock, hip-hop and more. With two self-produced releases, Branchwater's live album was recorded at the Warner Theatre in 2013. Branchwater and their debut studio album, When the World Seems Cold, have been nominated for the 2014 CT Music Awards in the categories of "Best New Band" and "Best Blues Band." The band features Mike Brightly on guitar and vocals, Elliot Hall on drums and vocals, Chris Connelly on guitar and vocals; and John Carroll on bass.
Switch Factory is a 4-piece string band based in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut that plays a mix of folk, blues, bluegrass and rock music. Known for their instrumental improvisation and down-home harmonies, their music revives old, great songs and brings a fresh style to American roots music. The band features Jason Perkel on guitar and vocals, Todd Stoughton on mandolin and vocals; Nat Worden on guitar, harmonica and vocals; and Jona Ziac on bass and vocals.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling the Warner Box Office at 860-489-7180 or at www.warnertheatre.org.
Built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931 as a movie palace (1,772 seats), the Warner Theatre was described then as "Connecticut's Most Beautiful Theatre." Damaged extensively in a flood, the Warner was slated for demolition in the early 1980s until the non-profit Northwest Connecticut Association for the Arts (NCAA) was founded and purchased the theatre. The Warner reopened as a performing arts center in 1983, and restoration of the main lobbies and auditorium was completed in November 2002. In 2008, the new 50,000 square foot Carole and Ray Neag Performing Arts Center, which houses a 300 seat studio theatre, 200 seat restaurant and expansive school for the arts, was completed. Today, the Warner is in operation year-round with more than 160 performances and 100,000 patrons passing through its doors each season. Over 10,000 students, pre K-adult, participate in arts education programs and classes. Together, with the support of the community, the Warner has raised close to $17 million to revitalize its facilities. NCAA's mission is to preserve the Warner Theatre as an historic landmark, enhance its reputation as a center of artistic excellence and a focal point of community involvement, and satisfy the diverse cultural needs of the region.