Let the music play at OpSail and Sailfest

Brittney Smooch performs at the Custom House Stage Saturday.
Brittney Smooch performs at the Custom House Stage Saturday.

Let's say for a moment there was no OpSail and/or Sailfest this weekend. No sky-masted schooners and colorful sailors, no briny processionals or carnival rides or comet-like pyrotechnics or even 15 separate but equally wonderful trips to the fried-dough vendor.

If all that was left was the various and attendant live-music events booked to provide an OpSailsian soundtrack - well, you'd still have a helluva good time.

Herewith are the official OpSail and Sailfest music listings, along with a select offering of shows in the area that might add to your overall sonic enjoyment.

Of special note: The time-honored, pre- and post-fireworks sets have always performed by The Reducers. In the aftermath of the death of Steve Kaika, the band's bassist, New London's Incognito Sofa Love, will step into the hallowed spot.


Fort Trumbull


Pier Stage

Noon - Geoff Kaufman (folk, maritime)

1:30 p.m. - Geoff Kaufman & Rick Spencer (maritime)

2:30 p.m. - William Pint & Felicia Dale (Seattle-based maritime)

3:45 p.m. - Dan Stevens (acoustic blues)

Lawn Stage

Noon - Freemen Of the Sea (War of 1812 re-enactors)

1:00 p.m. - Raizes (New Beford-based Azorean band)

2:15 p.m. - Bob Bloom (drum circle)

3:30 p.m. - The Rivergods (Americana)

7:30 p.m. - U.S. Coast Guard Band


Pier Stage

10 a.m. - Maggie's Guitar (acoustic folk-pop)

11:15 a.m. - Johnson Girls (a cappella maritime)

12:30 p.m. - Pint & Dale (Seattle maritime)

1:45 p.m. - Johnson Girls

3 p.m. - Forebitter trio (Mystic Seaport-originated maritime)

Lawn Stage

11 a.m. - Glenn Hansen Orchestra

noon - The Ancient Mariners - chantey singers and fife-and drum corps

1:30 p.m. - The Morgans (maritime/Celtic)

3 p.m. - The Silver Cornet Band (brass)


All performances on the Custom House Stage


4 p.m. - Frank Viele/Manhatten Project (rock)

5 p.m. - The Hoolios (Americana)

6 p.m. - Sue Menhart (blues-rock)

7 p.m. - Zili Misile (world)

8 p.m. - Skyler (American contemporary)

9 p.m. - Fighting Jamesons (Irish)


Noon - Ashanti Muuir (soul)

1 p.m. - Matt Beilis (pop)

2 p.m. - Franklin Brothers (rock/pop/funk)

3 p.m. - The Unattended (rock)

4 p.m. - Ill Funk (hip-hop)

5 p.m. - Duffy Kane (blues)

6 p.m. - ATM (hip-hop)

6:30 p.m. - Brittney Smooch (hip-hop)

7 p.m. - John Fries & the Heat (blues-rock)

8 p.m. - Special 20 (rock)


Noon - Llami Tsunami (rock)

1 p.m. - Burt Teague and the Good Life Gang (blues)

2 p.m. - Adam Ezra (roots rock)

4 p.m. - Max Creek (rock)



Hygienic Art Park, 79-83 Bank St., New London

7 p.m. - The Baseball Project with the Paul Brockett Roadshow Band, Sidewalk Dave, Fatal Film, Brad Bensko Band

6th Annual Shoreline Acoustic Music Festival at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 19 Jay St., New London, includes the following:

6:30 p.m. - Bruce McDermott

7 p.m. - Pat Daddona

7:30 p.m. - Celtic Ceol

8 p.m. - Karen Ethier-Waring

8:30 p.m. - Friday Night Folk

9 p.m. - Willoughby Gap

9:30 p.m. - Bubblin' Crude


Hygienic Art Park

1 p.m. - Matzah Cigar

2 p.m. - Daphne Lee Martin and Raise the Rent

3:30 p.m. - The Field recordings

4:30 p.m. - Steve Broderick and Shamrock Eyes

6 p.m. - Soul Shot

8:30 and 10 p.m. - Incognito Sofa Love


6th Annual Shoreline Acoustic Music Festival, Hygienic Art Park

11 a.m. - Meadows Brothers

11:30 a.m. - Jonah Tochin

Noon - Wilson Kane

12:30 p.m. - Sue Mead

1 p.m. - Jim Lampos

1:30 p.m. - Roger Viens

2 p.m. - Dean Denis

2:30 p.m. - John "Woody" Wood

3 p.m. - Silver Hammer

3:30 p.m. - Golden Ratio

4 p.m. Maggie's Guitar

4:30 p.m. - Peter Magrane

5 p.m. - Arlene Wow!

5:30 p.m. - The Crew

Zili Misile performs at the Custom House Stage Friday evening.
Zili Misile performs at the Custom House Stage Friday evening.


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