Elm City Music Fest to feature panels, 3 nights of performances Nov. 2-4

NEW HAVEN — A strong sampling of the area’s musical talent will be upstairs at the nightlife complex called Terminal 110 on Thursday at 8 p.m. when the three-day Elm City Music Fest kicks off with a party.

You don’t have to be a musician to attend the performances at the music fest, which are free, said organizer Brian Cronin. But much of the fest is for musicians, who can benefit from VIP networking parties, educational panels, workshops and vendors assembled by Horizon Music Group and Mirror Image Media.

Friday and Saturday afternoon will bring those, with topics such as “Real Marketing: How to Use Your Brand to Gain Fan Engagement,” “Building Your Team,” “Getting Exposure: How to Gain Press, Radio, PR Attention” and “How to Write the Perfect Song: Workshop by Dr. Louis DiLise.”

Cronin said the weekend keynote speaker, Lou Plaia of Reverbnation, will have an “interview-style presentation” moderated by Mark Zaretsky (of the Register and the group The Cobalt Rhythm Kings).

As for the entertainment, there’s no shortage of talent in the house on three stages evenings at Terminal 110 and also at Olives and Oil at Crown and Temple streets, Elm City Social on College Street, Brother Jimmy’s BBQ on Crown Street and at their new venue, the Rec Room, Cronin said.

E. Joseph and the Sparrows will perform, as will Jeffrey Gaines and Seth Adam (9 p.m. Saturday at Olives and Oil for Adam), according to the fest’s Facebook page. A full schedule was not released.

In an email to the Register, Mark Daniels of Milford said he will be playing with his band, the Free Radicals, at 8 p.m. Saturday at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ.

“I’ve been recording and touring the USA for over 15 years, appeared on multiple albums and tours, am a former Berklee College of Music student and will be releasing my new solo album around the holidays,” Daniels said. “The album features session drumming legend Mickey Curry (Bryan Adams, Hall & Oates, Eric Clapton) and Marc Hickox on bass (blues legend Charlie Musselwhite) and was in large part recorded in Connecticut.”

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