BRISTOL - The Mum Festival Committee has announced that over 20 hours of live music and entertainment will be featured at this year’s Mum Festival.
Once known as the Mum City, Bristol was famous for this colorful flower, and the Mum Festival has been the city’s marquee fall event for 58 years now.
This year’s festival will run Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 19-22, and will feature more than 10 bands and performers.
It will again feature two entertainment venues, the Main Stage on the old Memorial Boulevard School grounds adjacent to the carnival and the Stage East location midway down Memorial Boulevard near the tennis courts.
“We are really excited to try something new this year with the Thursday night, Sept. 19 opener,” said Maria Salice, festival arts and entertainment chair. “We are calling it ‘Jazz Under the Stars,’ which will have a soft-opening to the festival feel and will feature smooth jazz music provided by the Sharp Five band.”
The carnival will not start until Friday night this year. Instead “Jazz Under the Stars” will feature the band playing in the beverage garden under the big tent instead of on the traditional Main Stage. A variety of food trucks will be on site along with the beer and wine beverage garden and there will be sip-and-paint activities. The evening starts at 5 p.m. and Sharp Five is scheduled to play from 7 to 9 p.m.
Beginning Friday, the city’s Mobile Stage will open for the weekend-long Main Stage entertainment lineup. The Friday night is Family Fun and will feature fireworks, with formal opening ceremonies and a ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m.
Then solo acoustic artist Gracie Day takes the stage until 7:30 p.m. Day is a singer-songwriter known for her smooth voice and original songs mixing rock and soul.
This year, local favorite Lori and the Legends will be the Friday night headliner and will play at 8 p.m., take a break for the fireworks, then play until 10 p.m. The band plays a variety of classic rock and soul.
Friday night will also feature local artists and artisans displaying and selling their work under the beer and wine beverage tent.
On Saturday, the entertainment includes nine hours of live music. Things kick off at 1 p.m. with Changes in Latitude, billed as one of the country’s premiere Jimmy Buffet Tribute Bands.
On the Stage East, located by the Mum Festival Car Show, Jimmy Papapietro will be performing from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. with his guitar and smooth vocals on original songs and covers of contemporary hits. He will then be heading on over to the beer and wine beverage garden to play under the big tent from 2:30 to 3 p.m.
For county music fans, Southern Voice hits the Main Stage from 3 to 4 p.m.
Making a return appearance to the festival is the Number 9 Band, a Beatles tribute bands, playing from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Warming up for the headliner is the night’s featured artist, the Cole Morson Band, scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The Saturday night headliner is the Soul Sound Review, from 8 to 10 p.m.
The music continues Sunday afternoon after the Mum Festival parade, with the Mike and Jerry Beaudion Duo wrapping up the festival from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
For a full, detailed schedule of the entertainment lineup visit www..
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.