I finally made it downtown for the weekly Music at the Exchange program--this week featured Christi Maia-Jones, who has an amazing voice. Every week there is a different performer. Next week will be Angelo Ruggiero.
Music at the Exchange is a free lunchtime program, Wednesday from 12 to 1:30. You can pick up a lunch from Seven Villages, Cafe Europa or the mobile vendor without missing a sound. You can also grab a take-out lunch from one of the other downtown restaurants and bring it to the Exchange. What a great way to spend a lunch break!
Not surprisingly, the program is organized by Main Street Waterbury and its Promotions Committee. If something good is happening downtown, Main Street is probably involved!
The Wednesday programs are sponsored by TD Bank, which is why they are free.
Here's the rest of the lineup for this year:
Angelo Ruggiero sings a blend of the great standards of Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, and Engelbert, not to mention artists such as Neil Diamond and Billy Joel; as well as the sounds of the '50s and '60s which he sings on tour with the great Doo Wop groups. Angelo also sings his beloved Neapolitan favorites.
Anita LeBlanc Siarkowski
Anita, a Waterbury native, took accordion lessons around the corner from The Exchange at Mecca Music School - which was at 6 Bank Street near "Bauby's Corner". She played with an all accordion orchestra at the dedication of the Veterans' Memorial Monument (west end of the Waterbury Green) Memorial Day 1958. At Mecca’s she met her husband, Bob, also an accordionist. They played at their own wedding! Bob stills gives private lessons on all keyboard instruments at Bob's Music Center in Plantsville, CT.
Recently married and carrying a new last name, Maia-Jones, a native of Waterbury, CT continues to tour the state singing at various venues, providing live entertainment. If you haven't heard the songstress express her talent, you will have to come and check out her smooth, sultry yet melodic sound- for your own listening pleasure. She exudes passion in every note she sings; from Etta James to Alicia Keys; she brings variety, style and quality! Come and dance your lunch away!
Wavy Dave’s Stellar Trio
Laid back improv style with Bass, drums, and keyboards.
Recently married and carrying a new last name, Maia-Jones, a native of Waterbury, CT continues to tour the state singing at various venues. If you haven't heard the song-stress express her talent, you must come and check out her smooth, sultry yet melodic sound for your listening pleasure. She exudes passion in every note; from Etta James to Alicia Keys; she brings variety, style and quality! Come and dance your lunch away!
Wayne J. Levandoski
Wayne sings and plays hundreds of cover tunes plus dozens of original songs influenced by Blues, Country, and Rock n’ Roll. He performs primarily solo, but sometimes with a percussionist, and occasionally with a rock trio known as “HapHazardville. He also performs regularly at The John Bale Book Company and the Institute of Living in Hartford where he volunteers providing music therapy to patients.
The Irish Minstrels
Enjoy joyful Folk/Classic Irish music featuring Mike Moriarty and Dan "The Fiddlin’ Man” Gardella.