Meeting House Presents

Meeting House Presents

Unitarian Society of Hartford Concert Series since 2017

50 Bloomfield Avenue  Hartford, CT  06105

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Welcome Summer 2024:

6:00 pm Friday, June 21, 2024 Outdoor* Concert with ResQ and Bluebyrd!

* if it rains we will move the show inside


Friday, June 21, 2024 at 6 PM – starting early for more fun

Outdoor* Concert with and Bluebyrd to Welcome Summer!

* weather permitting – come even if the weather is bad because we can easily move indoors

Bring a picnic and chairs or a blanket!

$10 donation for the concerts, frozen treats available, our premises are smoke-free and alcohol-free.

Vivien Stembridge – Vocals

Bob Trebra – Guitar

Charlie Newcomb – Bass

Mike Fortunato – Drums / Percussions

Kevin Gallagher – Guitar, Mandolin, Slide

ResQ  is a band made up of seasoned musicians who come together with an eclectic selection of songs. They play blues, country, bluegrass, rock & pop- putting their own spin on some familiar classics. Depending on the venue, ResQ can be seen playing acoustic or electric. They incorporate songs by The Chicks, Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Stone Sour, The Bangles, and many others.

ResQ Facebook site: ResQ | Manchester CT


Bluebyrd was created as a duo when now husband and wife team Steve and Bette Haskell first met at an open mic, playing in support of an art show opening in 2006. Steve, originally from Avon, CT, moved to San Francisco in 1971, drawn to the sounds of the San Francisco bands. He played in the Bay Area until 2006 when he returned to CT and met Bette. Bette, an Enfield, CT native, loved to sing and taught herself to play guitar as an accompaniment. She played extensively in recreational therapy and joined various duos and bands.


Bette and Steve began collaborating on songs they mutually enjoyed from their era, creating their own arrangements with guitars and vocal harmonies. Over the years they have been joined by other musicians augmenting their sound.


With them tonight are multi-instrumentalist Kevin Gallagher, Keith Toohey on bass and vocals, Jill Toohey on percussion and vocals and Mike Fortunato on drums.


We are saddened with the loss of Rod Muck in December 2023. He will be missed. The video is from a December 2022 Meeting House Presents show.



Meeting House Presents at the Unitarian Society of Hartford

50 Bloomfield Avenue  Hartford, CT  06105

Archive 2017-18  Meeting House Presents Shows

  • May 2017                Jack Williams
  • Oct. 27, 2017          Sam Moffett Quartet
  • Nov. 24, 2017        David Massengill
  • Jan. 19, 2018          Jacques Lamarre
  • Jan. 26, 2018         New World Trio
  • Feb. 23, 2018         Dennis McCorkle with Idalberto Perdomo, Edilio Bermudex, Desiree Negron-Carrero and Adèle Paxton.
  • March 23, 2018     JP Cormier
  • March 30, 2018    Susie Burke and David Surette
  • Apr. 27, 2018        An Evening with Mary Gauthier

Archive 2018-19  Meeting House Presents Shows

  • Sept. 14, 2018          Jill Friedman, Tang, Self-Suffice, David Giardina, and friends
  • Sept. 29, 2018         Peter Mayer
  • October 26, 2018   Charlie King
  • Nov. 30, 2018         Lula Wiles
  • Dec. 28, 2018          Sarah Harmon McKenzie and Ellen Iovino
  • Jan. 18, 2019           Hubby Jenkins (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops)
  • Feb. 22, 2019          Citizen U
  • March 22, 2019      Belle of the Fall
  • April 5, 2019           Mackie and Me
  • Saturday, May 4, 2019 Pete Seeger Birthday Party Sing-Along Gathering with Annie Patterson & Peter Blood, Sally Rogers, Magpie, and Charlie King

Archive 2019-20  Meeting House Presents Shows

Closed from April 2020 through May 2021 due to Covid-19 precautions.

Archive 2021-22  Meeting House Presents Shows

Special Saturday Show

Archive 2022-23  Meeting House Presents Shows

  • Thursday. October 20, 2022     Calan, co-sponsored by the Welsh Society of New England
  • Friday, November 18, 2022      Van Manakas on Jazz Guitar with Rave Tesar on Piano
  • Friday, November 18, 2022      Cosmic Legends, featuring Sylvie Degiez and Wayne Lopes
  • Friday, December 2, 2022        Oldies Rock & Roll Show with Rod Muck
  • Friday, March 17, 2023             Celtic Melody
  • Friday, March 17, 2023            Jerry Jacques and Nancy Fightlin (intermission set)
  • Friday, April 28, 2023              Meetinghouse
  • Friday, May 19, 2023                Horizon Blue

Archive 2023-24  Meeting House Presents Shows

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  • Phone Laura and Paul Cipriano at (959)223-0590
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