Getting Ready
For Year Ten

September 14th & 15th 2024

Days Before The Event








The Hike To The Mic

Music and Arts Happening
Is A Donation Sponsored Event.

Performers For 2024
Hike to the Mike X

Julai & the Serotones

JULAI and the Serotones are an 8-piece powerhouse band that brings their high-energy sound to listeners worldwide. The band has appeared on bills with award-winning legends such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Mayer, Alanis Morissette, Trey Anastasio, Hozier, Steel Pulse, Gin Blossoms, The Skatalites, Ripe, and more.

Jay Collins & Northern Resistance

Saxophonist, vocalist, keyboardist, song-writer and arranger, Jay Collins, won 2 Grammy’s with the Levon Helm Band, toured on sax with the Gregg Allman Band for 15 years, and performed and arranged horns for the legendary group, Little Feat. He currently plays in the Helm Family Ramble Band (from Levon Helm Studios).“Northern Resistance”, Jay’s Woodstock NY – based band, delivers original rock-and-roll injected with plenty of Jazz and Blues.


Jelly is a highly original funk-fusion jamband – uniquely blending funk, rock, jazz-fusion and soul to deliver a deviously groovy dose of high-energy danceability, crunchy riffs, powerful vocals, juicy hooks, improvisation, and a deep pocket. No matter what your flavor, Jelly has something you just might love.


Coming from a rich musical background of Soul, Funk, RnB, and Rock, Nikita brings a vibe that is both sexy and psychedelic with an original sound they’ve dubbed “Purple Soul.”

New Mosaic

The New Mosaic

It’s a mood, a collage, a heartbeat. Hip-hop flow, jazz, rhythm, and blues collide with presence and pocket. 


The Professors of Sweet, Sweet Music (POSSM) are obviously very handsome men. The POSSM recently won of the Best of Hartford Readers Poll three years in a row and are co-creators of the Hartbeat Music Festival

22 Brides

22 Brides is a band formed by sisters Carrie and Libby Johnson. Known for their lush harmonies and melodic, introspective Americana songs, they were signed to Universal/Zero Hour Records, released three critically acclaimed full-length albums, and toured extensively.

KC Sisters

Featured on season 1 of Nickelodeon’s brand new show “America’s Most Musical Family”, Connecticut based five-some the KC Sisters – ranging in age from 19-25 – stir up an explosive Americana flavored vocal/instrumental mix of country, R&B, gospel and more.

Jake Kulak

Award-winning musician Jake Kulak has been performing professionally in front of audiences since the age of 12.  Thrilling audiences from Norway to Boston, from Sydney Australia to NYC.

Brandon Serafino

Brandon Serafino is a singer/songwriter/producer based in Hartford, CT whose soaring vocal arrangements pair with lush production, creating a vibrant and soulful soundtrack for millennial restlessness. His unique blend of soul, indie pop, r&b, and world beats have contributed to a sonic landscape all his own.


HEADCASE was formed to bring sonic melodies to make you dance, sing, and think deeply.  Jacy Case, on vocals and guitar, Ash Tessmann, on guitar, and Patrick Welch, on bass, forged their aural energies in Brooklyn to bring auditory joy to the world.  Headcase is committed to progressive vibes and your good time.

Returning for his 10th Year
Sunday Morning Jazz curated by Chris Casey

An active pianist, composer and arranger, Chris has performed extensively throughout New England and the New York area. He has performed with such greats as Jackie McLean, Nat Reeves, Steve Davis, Claudio Roditi, Slide Hampton, Houston Person, Jacomo Gates, Bob Berg, Jimmy Greene, and Greg Banaszak. Mr. Casey’s works have been commissioned by Jackie McLean, Curtis Fuller, Steve Davis, PBS Television, and The Polish National Chamber Orchestra of Slupsk. Recordings include “Double Vision”, “Jazz in the Wild”, “Sounds of Hartford”, “Head over Heals”, and “Imagination”. Other faculty appointments include The Greater Hartford Academy for the Performing Arts and Choate Rosemary Hall.

Food Sponsors

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.

Simsbury Parking

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

PENWOOD STATE PARK: 560 Simsbury Road Bloomfield, CT 06002

West Hartford Parking

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

Alternate Parking

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.