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Fundraiser For Local Musician This Weekend At NewSylum



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Local musician friends and a Newtown brewing company are planning a fundraiser for Sunday afternoon to help a fellow musician who has become a fixture on the western Connecticut music scene.

“Jam For Erica” is being planned for Sunday, October 24, from 1 to 5 pm, at NewSylum Brewing Company, 36 Keating Farm Avenue.

Tickets are $22.85 in advance, $25 at the door, and cover one beer, refreshments, and the afternoon of live music.

Erica Schwichtenberg, a blues violinist and singer, has been part of the area music scene for 40 years. The former longtime Sandy Hook resident founded the band Spontaneous Combustion — a fixture at such local venues including My Place Restaurant — with her late husband Karl.

Schwichtenberg has moved away from town, but not by much. She now lives in Southbury.

Since the onset of the pandemic, Schwichtenberg has experienced more than her share of undeserved adversity, say friends and event organizers. This has culminated in two serious health crises in the last few months. “Jam for Erica” will help Schwichtenberg with her medical and living expenses.

Performing Sunday will be some of the area’s most popular bands including The Doug Wahlberg Band, The New Desperation, and members of Spontaneous Combustion, including guitarist Phil Forbes and bassist Pat Lavery.

As of October 19, guitarist Tim DeHuff, drummer Roger Post, bassist Mark Bridgman, and saxophonist Scott Chamberland were planning to perform as a quartet. Others who show up and want to play will also be welcomed, according to organizers.

Additionally, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning musician, composer, film scorer, and local resident Brian Keane will also be sitting in with musicians, according to co-organizer Judith Joiner.

This will be an outdoor event. Current COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

Reservations can be made by clicking through the ad at NewtownBee.com or through Eventbrite.com (search for Jam For Erica). For those who cannot attend but would like to help, donations can also be made through the Eventbrite page. Click on the Tickets button for that option.

Guests can hit the brewery Sunday just to enjoy the music, without purchasing a ticket. Organizers are hoping, however, that most will purchase tickets or at least make a donation to support the effort.

Additional information is also available by contacting NewSylum at 203-491-2038.

Erica Schwichtenberg will be the beneficiary of funds raised during “Jam For Erica,” an event being organized by the local musician’s friends to take place next weekend at NewSylum Brewing Company. —photo courtesy Judith Joiner
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  1. stevebarscal says:

    This is Steve Scales I wish I could be there for this event Please give my regards to Tim and Brian. I will send a donation!!!!!

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