Saturday, February 15th looks to be a good day to get off the couch for something other than shoveling snow. In addition to the Willimantic Chocolate Festival, Saturday also offers an opportunity to see several bands who've played here, or who I've wanted to play here, perform nearby, or somewhat nearby, in Willimantic, New London, and Storrs.
The Willimantic Food Co-op celebrates their 34th birthday with 34 birthday cakes and music from 11am to 5pm by Dawn Cook, Echo Uganda, Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards, Poor Old Shine, Dan & Liz, and Uncle Jesse.
Next, starting at 5pm, The Telegraph in New London hosts Downtown Boys, Powerblessings, and Shady Hawkins. Downtown Boys and Powerblessings have brand new vinyl out, so it is somewhat of a double record release party.
Then at 7pm at the Congregational Church on North Eagleville Road in Storrs, WHUS Radio hosts about as solid of a line-up, start to finish, as you're likely to see this year: Guerilla Toss, Priests, Birth of Flower, and Furnsss.
Willimantic Records is open 11am to 5pm on Saturdays. I won't be able to catch the Willi Food Co-op shindig, or historian/time travel guide Bev York's 11am chocolate talk upstairs at Rajeans. Probably won't have time to get to New London, either. I'll be here, if you're passing through and have a few minutes to check out the latest used LP arrivals, and I'm looking forward to the absolutely stellar show in Storrs Saturday evening.