Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
413 Main Street
Noon-12:45pm: Anitra Brooks
In delivering her truthful, courageous original songs, Anitra Brooks’ warm, resonant contralto ranges from ethereal and tantalizing to soulful and grounded. The Connecticut-based singer-songwriter accompanies herself on ukulele and piano, blending pop, jazz, folk and blues with a side of reggae and Latin. Her music - which often comes to her while she is dreaming - is infused with inspiration drawn from some of her favorite artists: Lila Downs, Lhasa de Sela, Bjork, Ozomatli, Peter Gabriel, Esthero, D'Angelo, and Prince. www.anitrabrooksmusic.com
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10:30-11am: Children’s Story Hour
RJ Julia hosts weekly Saturday morning read-aloud stories for kids; for Main Street Stroll, we welcome Middletown Mayor Dan Drew as our VIP reader!
11-11:45am: Polly Fiveash and Anand Nayak
Polly Fiveash (Wes '98) & Anand Nayak (Wes '96) have been making music together ever since they started in the stairwells of Butterfield more than 20 years ago. Their songs are deceptively simple, often blending the sublime and the ridiculous. Anand's spare guitar arrangements and harmony frame Polly's achingly beautiful lyrics and voice.
1-1:30pm: Chamber music with Nadya Potemkina
Violist Nadya Potemkina directs the Wesleyan Orchestra and Concert Choir; for this short program of classical music, she is joined by Wesleyan student instrumentalists.
2-3:30pm: Author Talk Featuring Anthony Renzoni, author of Connecticut Rock n' Roll: A History
Find Tony Renzoni at RJ Julia Bookstore to learn about rock n’ roll in Connecticut, including the Highwaymen folk group that came together as freshman at Wesleyan! Long neglected in the annals of American music, the Nutmeg State’s influence on the history of rock’n’roll deserves recognition. A graduate of Sacred Heart University, Tony Renzoni is a rock ’n’ roll enthusiast and an avid collector of rock memorabilia, amassing a record collection of over ten thousand vinyl records. With in-depth interviews as well as rare, never-before-seen photos, Renzoni leads a sonic trip that captures the spirit and zenith of the local scene.