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Thank you for a great weekend.
See you next year!

Presented by: The Friends of Heublein Tower, Inc.


On behalf of the Friends of Heublein Tower, Inc. board, a tremendous thank you to all of the bands, sponsors, vendors, volunteers and supporters for our 2nd annual #hiketothemic! Stay tuned for more posts and photos in the coming days and we can’t wait to see you all again next year!


August 26th & 27th 2017

Welcome to Hike to the Mic’s Second Annual
“Music and Arts Happening”

This is the second Hike to the Mic -“Music and Arts Happening” that once again will reward hikers to the Heublein Tower with great musical entertainment, food vendors and family fun.   It was so successful last year we added a second day with even more food, bands and special entertainment. Scheduled for the afternoon until sunset on both Saturday 8/27/2016 and Sunday 8/28/2016, this event will be a great way to celebrate summer and enjoy the “royal view” from one of Connecticut’s premier hiking destinations.

‘Hike To The Mic Festival’ is a Donation Sponsored Event.
All proceeds go to Friends of Heublein Tower, Inc., a non-profit preservation society, established in 1984, for the purpose of restoring for public use the state-owned Heublein Tower landmark to its original and authentic 1914 splendor.

It is our hope that you come with your family and friends and enjoy the great food, spectacular music, incredible  hiking and awe inspiring views on August 27th&28th.

Please give generously to help preserve this majestic architectural landmark for generations to come.

Thank you!

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2016's Line Up!



McLovins is a soulful, funk-rock band that complements a youthful energy with seasoned musical talent. Inspired by an eclectic mix of influences like The Meters, The Band and The Flaming Lips, members Jason Ott, Jake Huffman, Justin Berger, and Atticus Kelly combine their songwriting skills with extended improvisations and instrumental ingenuity. Taking a page from…

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Wise Old Moon

Since forming in 2013, Hartford, CT’s favorite roots rock band Wise Old Moon has been on a wild ride that has taken them from Vermont to California and everywhere in between. Along the way they have performed at NAMM, been nominated for a New England Music Award, had blog write-ups from No Depression, Redline Roots, The…

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photosynthesis Band

Phonosynthesis Band

About Phonosynthesis Phonosynthesis is the careful infusion of rock and jazz, imbued with the indomitable swagger of a classic funk band. The result: A slick combination of sonic vibration that pushes the boundaries of live music and evokes its audience to dance and shout. Formed in the summer of 2014 by Jon Dostou and Isaac…

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Will Evans

Will Evans has spent the last decade as the primary song writer and drummer/ front man for the roots rock outfit Barefoot Truth. Will recorded four full length albums and several EP’s of his original music with the band. Their most recent release, “Carry Us On”, debuted at #10 on the iTunes Rock Chart. With…

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ATLAS GRAY BIO Rumor has it that Sir Tembo (headmaster of a school for wayward boys) took five of his most troubled enrollees on a safari to the Serengeti….a well meaning attempt to further their worldly awareness. Soon after their arrival, and in the depths of late night darkness, the boys deceptively abandoned the tutorial…

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The Michael Cleary band

The Michael Cleary band is a Hartford institution. They are celebrating their 24th year of making original Groove/Funk/Rock music with a twist. Their shows are filled with great songs, monstrous solos, epic jams, funky grooves and wacky humor. All in all, a diverse, joyous musical stew played and sung by talented musicians who love what they…

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Now For Ages

Now for Ages

Katie and Erik are recent graduates of Endicott College located in Beverly, MA. During their 4 years they participated in jazz Band, pep band and other student run groups. The two have been writing music together since their freshman year but have just recently decided to take it further. This is the first summer Katie…

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Belle of the Fall

Belle of the Fall is Tracy Walton and Julia Autumn Ford. 2 is always better than 1. Facebook:

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Girls from Ruby Falls

Girls from Ruby Falls

Tennessee Wildflowers drenched in whisky and regret. The Girls From Ruby Falls have a little story to tell. Move on in and sit for a spell… Website:

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The Kais and Dollz

What happens when four talented buddies don’t watch TV or surf the internet? They form a band and start writing music! Meghan Jessica, Rowan Kai, Jaden Kai and Ella Marie, a.k.a., “The Kais and Dollz”, love to play originals and cover songs at private parties, fundraising events, school events, festivals and local establishments. Rowan Cookman…

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The KC Sisters

The KC Sisters, formerly The Casey Girl Singers, formed in 2004 and released their first album in 2007. “Winter Wonderland” is a holiday CD complete with original arrangements of both standard and original holiday songs sung by the girls and backed by a jazz trio. The KC Sisters have performed over 500 concerts from live TV,…

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Ragtop Doozy

Ragtop Doozy first formed their groovy sound in the late summer of 2015. Members Ian D’Arcangelo (bassist/vocalist), Ben Sullivan (drummer), and Zach Mulcahy (guitarist/vocalist) combined their talent to form a fresh youthful vibe influenced by artists such as John Mayer, Snarky Puppy, Twiddle, and various artists both alive and dead. The newly formed group has…

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Kris Jensen

Kris Jensen and Chris Casey with special guests

Special Sunday Morning  Jazz featuring Kris Jensen and Chris Casey… and special guests…..

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Hike to the Mic 2015

Band Schedule

Saturday August 27

Now For Ages 12-1pm

Belle Of The Fall 1-2pm

Kais & Dolls 2-3pm

Michael Cleary Band 3-4:30pm

Will Evans (with Jeff Howard) 4:30-6pm

McLovins 6 – 7:30pm

Sunday August 28

Sunday Morning Jazz Kris Jensen & Chris Casey w/Special Guests 10am -12pm

Ragtop Doozey 12 – 1pm

KC Sisters 1 – 2pm

Girls From Ruby Falls 2 – 3pm

Phonosynthesis 3-4:30pm

Wise Old Moon 4:30-6pm

Atlas Gray 6 –7:30pm

* all times approximate

Sponsored By

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Case & Case, P.C.

Nathan Accounting Group

Avon Self Storage

Residence Inn by  Marriot,  Avon

The Hartt School Community Division

Birken Manufacturing

Simscroft-Echo Farms

Ruppert & Company

Dental Associates, LLP

Argentum Financial Partners, LLC

Acura of Avon

Bradley, Foster & Sargent, Inc

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Food Vendors

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Access, Parking & Directions

The Heublein Tower and the Hike to the Mic event will be accessible only on foot through the Talcott Mountain State Park. The Park closes at sunset.

There are three locations to park and carpooling is recommended.

Please click name to connect to their website for further instructions.

TALCOTT MOUTAIN STATE PARK: Summit Drive, Simsbury, CT 06092

PENWOOD STATE PARK: 560 Simsbury Road Bloomfield, CT 06002

Please click name to connect to their website for further instructions.

MDC Reservoir Number 6: Route 44, West Hartford CT 06117

Talcott Mountain State Park

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The Friends of Heublein Tower, Inc – Mission Statement

The Heublein Tower in Talcott Mountain State Park educates the visiting public about the natural beauty and rich history of Connecticut. An architectural landmark since 1914, the Tower provides a unique destination for recreational and educational opportunities, and a 360 degree “royal view” into Connecticut’s past, its present, and future. The Friends of Heublein Tower, Inc., a non-profit community based organization formed in 1984, supports and assists the State of Connecticut by restoring, improving and interpreting the Heublein Tower and its surrounding grounds. The restored Tower serves as a museum and a place of learning, gathering and exploration for the enlightenment and social benefit of those who visit.