The Buttonwood Tree

Our Mission:
To uplift, inspire, educate, and enrich lives through artistic and cultural programming, while supporting the creative endeavors of emerging and established artists.

The Buttonwood Tree operates under the 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization of The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center, Inc. From its storied opening on Rapallo Avenue in the North End of Middletown, in 1989, The Buttonwood Tree has been a grassroots, avant garde center for all ages, all comers, artists and audiences. Recognized internationally, nationally, and locally as a music venue, it has also offered programs led by outstanding artists in contemporary theater, literature, art, poetry and dance—from belly to hip hop—as well as opening its doors to community activists, educational and religious groups.

The Buttonwood Tree is unique among Performing Art centers as we focus on creating UPLIFTING, POSITIVE experiences. We nurture personal development through leading edge, often spiritual workshops and programs. We believe in our innate power to create as we desire, and trust the inherent good nature of our sisters and brothers to help us succeed, as we serve them. Our music events range from providing space to the local musician who has never performed in public, to world-class artists who have played at The White House, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, in stadiums around the world, and more. 

Always high quality, always warm & friendly, casual and entertaining. We serve light snacks and beverages of all sorts and there’s FREE, ample parking behind our neighbor, It’s Only Natural market. In addition to our Open Mics with one specifically for TEENS, we have wonderful programs every month like Storytelling, Drum Circles, Sound Healings, Laughter Yoga, a daytime Hatha Yoga class and a workshop for your greater well-being: “Aligned With Source”. TBT Members may attend all regular events for free and get one free beverage at events. We also offer a terrific, though limited, used book store and an Art Gallery for local artists. We welcome volunteers, interns, and work-study students and thank Wesleyan University and Middlesex Community College for providing needed staffing – offering students the opportunities to learn about LIFE, and all the intricacies of running a nonprofit arts organization.


Come and experience us!

“The Buttonwood tree is a beautiful place for poetry, artist,musicians and more and their open mic is awesome..I love doing my poetry there always a vibrant audience and the manager is really nice I have never had a gallery showing there but I have introduced my poetry to them plenty and it is wonderful to work with Cocomo Rock, he is a great person and his creative ideas and mind are one of a kind. Buttonwood Tree in Middletown rocks. bring your talent and show off…”


“This place has a lot to offer! The staff were very friendly and answered all my questions. There was literature available advertising upcoming events. They display local art for purchase and have an area for small gatherings/events. There was also a refreshment area. They are nonprofit as well. Not in the best location on Main St in Middletown, but worth checking out!”


“I really enjoy the peaceful vibes of this place as well as it being a more intimate concert setting for all the different kinds of musical shows/bands. I look forward to attending more shows and events here in the future! It is a great place run by great people!”


“To all the great people at The Buttonwood Tree. I thank you so much for the good performances that I have watched. I am also grateful for being able to read my books to the audiences on Open Mic nights, and for the relaxed and open atmosphere. Keep up the good work.”


“Great, intimate venue. Great sightlines. Fantastic variety of Music. Easy to buy tickets. Nice to be able to reserve seats.”


“Artsy, bohemian, community-oriented, delightful, educational, fun — I could go on all day, but the ButtonWood Tree is a Middletown treasure: a regular haven for music, performance, creative arts, and more! North End Arts Rising — hooray!”