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Fundraiser for ‘Smiles I Can’t See’ Guitar Giveaway (ZOOM)

January 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Due to Covid-19 precautions, this event will now be held on ZOOM.

It all began in August of 2020 when the owner of a company in Bethel, CT, BASE Technologies, gave each employee a certain amount of money to donate however they wanted. Vincent Rodriguez bought 3 acoustic guitars and posted a video to see if he could find any children that would be interested in one. Not only did he find people interested, a year later he has raised over $13,000 and has given away over 70 guitars. This mission is now refered to as ‘Smiles I Can’t See’, based off the fact that during the pandemic, many of the children that have received guitars were wearing masks and their smiles were not visible.

We will be running this event like an open mic, with showcases by the following performers:

7:00 Terri Lachance


7:30 Denise Jones

7:45 Barbara Harvey

8:00 Lynn Tracey

8:15 John Brown

8:30 Bonnie Jacobson

8:45  Joe Gilbert

Terri Lachance is a teacher by day and musician all the other times. She has been singing and songwriting since she first got a guitar in her hands in Middle School. Her songwriting helps her process the world around her but usually has a message of perception and / or change. She plays in a duo called the Terri and Rob Duo which has 5 CD’s of original music all written by Terri on Spotify. You can check out her Facebook page or the Terri and Rob Duo page to see where she is playing.

Lynn Tracey, graduate Summa Cum Laude of Manchester Community College A. A. in Music Studies, and State Certification in Recreation Therapy, and graduate (High Honors Award )of the Hartford Conservatory School of Performing Arts – Jazz Studies – Accredited Certification Program, has been performing mainly in the CT scene since 1998. She performs in a variety of groups including genres of Bossanova, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Pop, Big Band, & Musicals. Lynn has had the pleasure of performing with local greats including Nicki Mathis, Jocelyn Pleasant, Joe Carter, Cat Sullivan and many more, and has also shared the stage with David Stoltz, Walt Gwardyak, Alvin Carter Jr. and Alvin Carter Sr., and other phenomenal musicians. Lynn has also toured in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, WA, with HannaH’s Field. Lynn has been a guitar instructor since 2001 and is currently accepting new students.

Bonnie Jacobson from rural eastern CT plays a variety of eclectic covers and original music, known for her sultry blues style. She performs as a solo act and with friends at a variety of venues from coffee shops, breweries and local events.

Joe Gilbert from the CT shoreline plays a variety of music by artists such as Steve Earle, The Moody Blues, Aztec Two Step, Grateful Dead, Neil Young, and many more with passion and energy. He can be seen at venues around the state such as farmers markets, coffee shops and pubs. He also performs with many musician friends in various groups under the name Joe Gilbert and friends.

Denise Jones is from the band Inner Groove. She is a powerful singer songwriter who feels everything she sings and plays . She is a strong promoter of original music in her town of Meriden and elsewhere.

John Brown is a singer songwriter based on the Connecticut shoreline who performs at numerous area venues . John performs solo as well as with his Whiskey & Aspirin duo and also with his full band, John Brown & the BackPorch Pickers. He has appeared on ICRV Radio and the Shoreline Music Monthly and Gramma’s Attic television shows His music can best be described as a blend of country, country rock and Americana. Look for him on Facebook under his own name as well as with the BackPorch Pickers .

Inspired by the folk scene of the sixties and early seventies, Barbara Brouard Harvey has enjoyed playing guitar and singing since she was a teenager. She has played solo and with several area bands and is thrilled to be part of this wonderful fundraiser at the Buttonwood.


January 15
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center
605 Main Street
Middletown, CT
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(860) 347-4957

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