August 21st & 22nd 2021
Count Down To Event
Presented by: The Friends of Heublein Tower, Inc.
The Hike To The Mic
Music and Arts Happening
Is A Donation Sponsored Event.
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.
In his live performances, Will displays a technical mastery of live-looping skills to showcase his background in percussion mixed with layers of acoustic guitar and soulful vocals.
Atlas Gray is an all-original band driven by soulful songs that tell powerful stories. The members of Atlas Gray are dedicated to connecting with their audiences through their songs and constantly evolving musically.
Dvibes Watermelon Funk
Deshawn Dvibes Alexander born in Denver , Co. DeShawn began playing music at the age of 3, Deshawn grew up playing in his grandparents church in Commerce City Colorado, he was the church organist at the age of 7.
One Time Weekend
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
“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.
The New Mosaic
It’s a mood, a collage, a heartbeat of sound. Hiphop flow, jazz, rhythm and blues collide with presence and pocket. From the voice and mind of Erica T. Bryan with Tom Sullivan (bass, West End Blend), comes a neo-soul project for a new generation.
Special Guest – Jeff Howard
The Professors of Sweet Sweet Music (POSSM), Jeremy, Ben, Earl, Craig, Jeff and Dave, have an infectious charm and enthusiasm for life, and love to spread their laid back love for life wherever they go. The POSSM are co-creators of the Hartbeat Music Festival in Hartford, and according to the Hartford Courant, The POSSM “have been turning the Hartford music scene on its ear for the last couple years as the Professors of Sweet Sweet Music.
Winkler is a Boston based, rock and roll band with music ranging from songs about Haribo Gummies, to songs about the Fonz himself. This DIY band got their start playing house shows in the Boston area, and is continuing to work on putting out EPs, music videos, and more during this hiatus of shows. Music is streaming on all services, including Spotify, Bandcamp, and Apple music.
Cori + The Music
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.
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 16-22 – stir up an explosive Americana flavored vocal/instrumental mix of country, R&B, gospel, and more.
The Kais & 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.
Downright Family Music Band
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!
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.
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.
Hike to the Mic Virtual Event 2020
Hike to the Mic Promo 2016
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
West Hartford Parking
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MDC Reservoir Number 6: Route 44, West Hartford CT 06117
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.