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Hike To The Mic 2021

We would like to thank everyone who made the hike this year!  We hope to see you back next year.

The Hike To The Mic
Music and Arts Happening
Is A Donation Sponsored Event.

The New
September 25th & 26th 2021 Band Line Up!


Scheduled for a Spring, 2021, drop date, 21-year-old singer, songwriter, and guitarist Quinn Sullivan is set to release a new studio album via Mascot Label Group/Provogue.


One Time Weekend has made an impact as one of the youngest talents in the Connecticut music scene and is quickly on its way to spreading its original material around the world. The fans love their music for its danceable and story-telling qualities, as well as its composition and creativity. 


“Among the Acres” is an Indie/Americana/Rock Quartet based out of Hartford, CT that fuses an eclectic range of influences into a sound defined by cascading vocal harmonies, intricate string melodies, and an insatiable desire for “groove”. They deliver powerful live performances, marked by a dynamic spectrum of style, emotion, and sound.


Jake Kulak and the LowDown bring their blend of modern and traditional guitar-driven blues and blues-rock to music lovers everywhere. 


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”. Nikita has an undeniable energy onstage and in the studio that has had audiences dancing and singing along since day one. 

NO MIND                                    

No Mind was formed in 2015 and is comprised of members Trevor Giles (Acoustic Guitar/Vocals), Cody Urban (Guitar/Vocal), Rob Madore (Drums), Isaac Young (Hammond/Moog), and Max Schiavone (Bass/Vocals)


David Stoltz is a bassist born in West Hartford who has toured and recorded with Jaimoe and with Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band.  

Brandt Taylor is one of New England’s busiest and most notable musicians. A professional since the age of 19, 

Tyger MacNeal has both toured internationally and been a stalwart presence on the Connecticut music scene for many years.


An emotive singer-songwriter-pianist with a sensual and sultry edge, Cori aims to take audiences on a journey and move them with stories, soul, and nostalgic sounds. Based bicoastally between New England and SoCal, she has played stages big and small as both a solo artist and with her 8 piece backing band- The Music. 


Foolish Wisely lives in the space between waking and dreaming. Intricate folk/americana-inspired songwriting supported by a diverse variety of instrumentation lays ground for luxuriant harmonies to paint over, which bring to life a surreal-yet-familiar world that exists within us all.


Downright Music is a music school located in Collinsville, CT known for its innovative styles of teaching instruments and performance.  Going on its 18th year in existence, Downright has been an oasis of musical talent and has trained some of the finest young musicians in the state!  


Hartford native, multi-instrumentalist, and recording artist, Austin James, blends the worlds of folk, soul, and rock to create a completely original genre-bending sound.

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.

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Commemorative T-Shirt



Please help support the 2021 Hike to the Mic and Friends of Heublein Tower with this limited edition commemorative event t-shirt.

Be a part of the 7th Hike to the Mic Music & Arts Happening with our genuine event t-shirt! Featuring custom art from CT’s own Corey Pane and listing all the incredible bands and sponsors from this year’s event.

With a modern fit and wide range of sizes, this shirt makes a great option for any event and is sure to be a collector’s item. Get yours now before they sell out!

Proceeds from this sale help make events like this possible and help the Friends of Heublein Tower continue their mission of restoring for public use the state-owned Heublein Tower landmark to its original and authentic splendor.

T-Shirts are Gildan G200, 100% Cotton.

This is a pre-order item. Orders will be shipped when available or pick it up at the Hike to the Mic event!

Hike to the Mic 2021
Blue or White T-Shirt


SEPTEMBER 25th & 26th 2021

Saturday September 25th


Downright Family Band
11:00 am


Cori & The Music
12:00 noon


Austin James
1:00 pm


No Mind
2:00 pm


3:30 pm


Quinn Sullivan
5:00 pm

Sunday September 26th


Chris Casey Jazz
10:00 am


Foolish Wisely
12:00 noon


Flying Monkey Blues Band
1:00 pm


Among The Acres
2:00 pm


Jake Kulak & The Lowdown
3:30 pm


One Time Weekend
5:00 pm

Featured Artist: Corey Pane

Corey Pane is an artist from Connecticut. He has always been interested in art and the creative side of life since he was a child. He was always drawing as a kid, and as he grew up, he stopped for a while to try to get into other things like music, playing guitar or drums. Always keeping drawing and visual arts on the back burner, he abruptly moved back to drawing again. “Like any artist, it is just something inside me that I need to get out, no matter what kind of creative form that involves, whether it be visual art, music, film, poetry, etc.” he explains. He thinks it is good for any artist to switch there creative drive towards a different art form every once in a while and broaden your artistic range. He likes to spread himself out and not get trapped in one spot, being labeled as a certain type of artist. Corey views his work as being more abstract and expressive in its technique, even though it may not always look that way. His main focus is not to achieve photo-realism, but to show expression and to tell a story that evokes a certain emotion or feeling. Corey attacks his paintings with a very quick approach. Most of his paintings come together spontaneously and automatically. Corey has a certain direction or idea he sets out to capture, but likes to let his paintings work and create themselves at the same time, while he helps to guide them in certain directions. Letting it come together how ever it may be meant to happen.


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Our Sponsors

Ski & Boards

Bob & Susan Davey

Case & Case, P.C.

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.