Join the Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc. for free, summer concerts on Betsy Paterson Square in Downtown Storrs every Thursday in June & July (except July 4)! All of the performances are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit mansfieldmusic.org
From the front-lines at Standing Rock to the archaic streets of Jerusalem, the Sahel Desert to Carnegie Hall, music has been the source of strength for Billy Wylder. The band features Avi Salloway (Bombino/Hey Mama/Avi & Celia) joined by an inspired cast of singular artists who have performed across five continents including concerts at Coachella, Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. From 2013 to 2016, Salloway toured the globe with Bombino, the Tuareg guitar hero from Niger, Africa. While on the journey and since returning, Salloway wrote the material on the band’s new album, "Strike the Match," released in September 2018.
Salloway has been bringing these songs to life with the Wylder Family, a group of dear friends and musical kindred spirits. Their music weaves together American folk and rock with sensibilities from the Sahara Desert: think Andrew Bird meets Ali Farka Toure, Pete Seeger and Talking Heads. "Strike the Match" expands on American musical traditions, building a bridge to their African roots and coloring the songs with experimental art-rock textures: gilded string lines, synthesizers, and angular guitars. Mother Earth is at its center, surrounded by stories of love, conflict, change and dreams.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Check out our FAQs as you plan your visit: mansfieldmusic.org/faqs
Parking is available in the Downtown Storrs Parking Garage (33 Royce Circle), which is FREE for the first 2 hours, then just $1/hour. The garage is about a 2 minute walk from Betsy Paterson Square (2 Dog Lane).
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Barnes & Noble at UConn
The Oaks on The Square
UConn Summer Winter
Moe's Southwest Grill
Storrs Center Retail