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The Count Down Begins!

Presented by: The Friends of Heublein Tower, Inc.

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New Bands, New Sponsors and New Activities!

August 26th & 27th 2017

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

This is the Third 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 wil continue with the second day with even more local food, bands and special entertainment. Scheduled for the afternoon until sunset on both Saturday 8/26/2017 and Sunday 8/27/2017, 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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2017 LINE UP
more acts to be announced...

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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Westend Blend

West End Blend

Since their conception, ten piece Funk/Soul band West End Blend has been playing their version of Funk and Soul in venues all over the Northeast. Fronted by vocalist Erica Bryan, the band pays homage to classic throwback sounds while adding their own distinct vibe and flair. Behind her, the Blend packs a four-piece horn section,…

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Jay Collins & Kings County Band

One of the most sought-after touring musicians in American music, Jay is perhaps best known for his saxophone and flute work with many artists including Gregg Allman, Allman Brothers Band, Levon Helm (of The Band), Donald Fagen and the Dukes of September (w/ Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs), James Hunter and jazz greats such as…

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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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One Time Weekend

One Time Weekend formed their groove in Collinsville, CT. Members Ben Sullivan, Ian D’Arcangelo, Adam Eytan, and Zach Mulcahy combined their talent to form a fresh youthful vibe influenced by artists such as John Mayer, The Allman Borthers Band, Stevie Wonder, Julian Lage, Snarky Puppy, Twiddle, and various artists both past and present. The newly…

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The Kenn Morr Band

Kenn Morr’s songs have an elemental quality—water, earth, relationships, seasons, time, change, loss—like the great songwriters who inspired him early on:  Dylan, Simon, Van Morrison, Graham Nash, and especially Gordon Lightfoot. He understands that when trouble comes, the trade winds bring an upside, and there’s always the redemptive power of music. “I’m not sure just…

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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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Emily Victoria

Emily Victoria is an American singer, songwriter and recording artist from Connecticut.  She has an eclectic mix of songs that cross all genres. She has an incredible vocal versatility and range.  Vocally she can go from a smooth, warm, sultry sound to a powerful pop/rock sound. Emily Victoria creates unique, expressive songs with a pop, jazz, rock, blues edge to them.  Some…

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Preiser and O’Brien Band

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The KC Sisters

Over the past few years, The KC Sisters have developed an enthusiastic regional fan base via their numerous appearances on live local TV and radio (Fox 61 Morning Show, The Real Radio Show), county fairs, churches, farmer’s markets, benefit concerts, libraries, museums and high profile festivals like the Hartford Folk Festival and the Hike to…

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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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Kris Jensen and Chris Casey with special guests

Special Sunday Morning  Jazz featuring Kris Jensen, Chris Casey and Mike G…..

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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.

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

PENWOOD STATE PARK: 560 Simsbury Road Bloomfield, CT 06002

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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.