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BRUCE'S 3rd COMEBACK TOUR!
April Come She Will

4/4 Thurs. Lake View Restaurant in Coventry 5:30-8:30

4/6 Sat. Celebration of Life Willimantic 10-11

4/8 Mon. Scalise Drive Therapeutic Music 3:30-4:30

4/9 Tues. Douglas Manor in Windham Ctr. 1-2

4/11 Thurs. Canterbury Senior Ctr.12-1

4/11 Thurs. The Bidwell Tavern in Coventry 6:30-9:30

4/12 Fri. Tolland Library Children’s Show 11:00-11:45

4/12 Fri. Lake View Restaurant in Coventry 6-9

4/13 Sat. Beni’s Restaurant in Vernon 6:30-9:30

4/15 Mon. Oak Hill Bloomfield Ave. Therapeutic Music 2:30- 

4/17 Wed. Whole Life Tolland Therapeutic Music 10-11

4/17 Wed. Bread Box Artist Showcase Tribute to John Prine 

4/18 Thur. Whole Life Brooklyn Therapeutic Music 10-11

4/18 Thur. Lake View Restaurant in Coventry 6-9 

4/19 Fri. Whole Life Norwich Therapeutic Music 10-11

4/19 Ross Ctr. at Sheltering Arms in Norwich 1:00-2:00

4/23 Tues. Celebration of Life St. Joseph Church 11-12

4/25 Thur. Lake View Restaurant in Coventry 6-9

4/26 Fri. Enfield Senior Center 1:30-2:30

4/26 Fri. Ganymead Restaurant Manchester Parkade 6-9

4/27 Sat. The Spot Restaurant in Tolland 6:30-9:30

4/28 Sun. Lake View Restaurant in Coventry 5-8

Merry Merry Month of May

5/2 Thur. Lake View Restaurant in Coventry 5:30-8:30

5/3 Fri. Arrowhead Acres Winery in N.Franklin 6-8

5/4 Sat. Stafford Democrats Kentucky Derby Party 5-9

5/6 Mon. Scalise Drive Therapeutic Music 3:30-4:30

5/7 Tue. Card Home Assisted Living Willimantic 1:30-

5/9 Thur. Bidwell Tavern in Coventry 6:30-9:30

5/10 Fri. Hungarian Club Dance in Ashford with D.A.D 7-10

5/12 Sun. Lake View Restaurant in Coventry 5-8

5/15 Wed. Main Moose in Columbia 5-8

5/16 3rd Thursday Street Fest Wmtc. Dinosaurs After Dark

8 Piece in The Beer Garden from 6:00-7:15   

5/17 Fri. Elks in Willimantic with Dinosaurs After Dark D.A.D,

        Come as my guest  7-10 [Dinner at 6:00 optional]

5/18 Beni’s Restaurant in Vernon 6:30-9:30

5/20  Oak Hill Bloomfield Therapeutic Music 2:30-3:30

5/21 Tues. Coventry Senior Center Noon-1:00

5/22 Wed. Whole Life Tolland Therapeutic Music 10-11

5/22 Wed. Lebanon Senior Center 1-2

5/23 Thur. Whole Life Brooklyn Therapeutic Music 10-11

5/23 Thur. Lake View Restaurant in Coventry 5-8

5/24 Fri. Whole Life Norwich Therapeutic Music 10-11

5/25 Sat. Mt. Hope Montessori in Mansfield 10-11

5/25 Sat. Oliver’s Dairy Bar & Grill in N.Windham 12-2

5/25 Sat. Blackledge River Tavern in Hebron with Peggy Ann

          6:30-9:30 For Reservations  860-228-0250

5/26 Sun. Nickerson’s Campground in Chaplin {Private} 8-10

5/27 Mon. Memorial Day at Lake View in Coventry 5-8

5/29 Wed. Juniper Hill Assisted Living in Storrs (private) 2-3

5/29 Wed. Main Moose in Columbia 5-8

5/30 Pleasant Pizza Garden in Willimantic 6:00-8:30

      A June to Croon

6/1 Sat. Oliver’s Dairy Bar & Grill N.Windham 12-2

6/1 Sat. Hops 44 in Storrs 6-9

6/2 Sun. The Vineyard at Hillyland Windham/Scotland 2-4

6/3 Mon.Scalise Drive Columbia Therapeutic Music 3:30-

6/6 Thur. Lakeview Restaurant on Coventry Lake 5-8

6/7 1st Friday at Oliver’s w/ Dinosaurs After Dark 5:30-8:30

6/8 Sat. Oliver’s Dairy Bar & Grill N.Windham 12-2

6/8 Sat. The Spot Restaurant in Tolland 6:30-9:30

6/9 Sun. Lakeview Restaurant on Coventry  Lake 4:30-7:30

6/12 Wed. Whole Life Tolland Therapeutic Music 10-11

6/12 Wed. Main Moose Route 66 Columbia 5-8

6/13 Thur. Whole Life Brooklyn Therapeutic Music 10-11

6/13 Thur. Bidwell Tavern in Historic Coventry 6:30-9:30

6/14 Fri. Whole Life Norwich Therapeutic Music 10-11

6/15 Sat. Oliver’s Dairy Bar & Grill N.Windham 12-2

6/15 Sat. Gina Marie’s Restaurant in Hebron  6-8

6/18 Tue. Colebrook Village Assisted Living in Hebron 2-3

6/19 Wed. Columbia Town Hall Green w/ Peggy Ann 6-8 

6/20 Thur. Vanderman Place in Willimantic 2-3

6/20 Thur. Lakeview Restaurant on Coventry Lake 5-8

6/21 Fri. Heartstone Winery Rte. 87 in Columbia 6-8

6/22 Sat.Windham Golf Club-Fairways Bar & Grill 6-9

6/23 Sun. Lakeview Restaurant on Coventry Lake 4:30-7:30

6/24 Mon. Oak Hill Blmfld Ave. Therapeutic Music 2:30-3:30

6/26 Wed. Main Moose Route 66 Columbia 5-8

6/27 Thur. Pleasant Pizza Garden in Willimantic 6:00-8:30

6/28 Fri. Hops 44 in Storrs 6:30-9:30

6/29 Sat. Oliver’s Dairy Bar & Grill N.Windham 12-2

6/29 Sat. Hilltop Restaurant in Willington 6:30-9:30

BIO
ABOUT BRUCE

Bruce John, grew up in the beautiful downtown Eagleville section of Storrs connecticut and has lived there for more than 70 years.  He started performing at coffee houses and hootenannies in 1962 and has continued to play guitar & sing professionally for his entire life.  He is well known in the area as the Singasaurus from the Kidsville Kuckoo Revue, a band geared towards entertaining families and young children, that he founded in 1989. And as The Human Juke Box who knows over 400 songs.  Bruce was co-founder and owner of the iconic Shaboo Inn, a popular Willimantic nightclub in the seventies.  The club brought in every famous band you can imagine from around the world, right here to Mansfield/willimantic. 

 

At the Shaboo, one of Bruce's biggest responsibilities was marketing and advertising.  This led him to his next career as an advertising account executive for the Chronicle News and the Reminder Press.  Bruce's understanding of business came from first working in his father's restaurant (Lou's) in Eagleville, being an active partner in the Shaboo for ten years and then helping scores of business owners in the area in marketing their business with the newspaper.  With his wife Therese, he founded the bread box folk theater in Willimantic in 2009.

 

Bruce uses his past skills at booking great national entertainment to bring touring folk acts and past shaboo legends to perform to benefit the covenant soup kitchen. they have raised over $260,000 dollars  so far. He also has done a major benefit dance for the past sixteen years with his band, the Dinosaurs After Dark (D.A.D.), to pay the $12,000 rent for the No Freeze homeless shelter in Willimantic. He willingly donates his music to many other area charities such as the American Cancer Society, Windham Area Interfaith Ministry, Windham Aids Program, Chocolate Festival, Eastern Ct. RailRoad Museum  etc. or anyone else who needs his help at the time. Today you can catch Bruce performing live music at many area restaurants and venues as well as  helping his community in many other ways.

These are some of the fine eateries where you can find him: Hilltop Restaurant, lake View restaurant, Beni’s Restaurant, Inn at Woodstock Hill, the Windham Club, the Chowder Pot, Harbor House, the Dog Watch, Gina Marie’s, Blackledge River Tavern, Oliver’s Grill, Preston Ridge Vineyards, Heartstone Winery, Pancho Loco, Arrowhead Acres, Fish Family Farm, Oliver's Dairy Bar, Hidden Still , Main Moose, Farmer's Cow Calfe, Square Peg Pizza, The Scoop Ice Cream Cafe and Basil’s Restaurant.

Musis For All
RESTAURANTS & PARTIES

Bruce John’s show is an eclectic mix of Hit Songs, mostly from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Classics like; King of the Road, Mr.Bojangles, Country Roads, Ring of Fire, Dock of the Bay, All I have to do is Dream, The Boxer, Sweet Caroline, Will you Still Love Me Tomorrow and Hallelujah to name just a few. He has learned over the years to play the right songs for the audience in front of him. His performance will take you down a Musical Memory Lane of days gone by. He tries never to play too loud and is adaptable to any party or dining situation, be it a living room, an auditorium, a campground ,a patio or a fine dining restaurant. The biggest testament to his ability to please an audience is the number of restaurants and private functions that he has been invited back to play at for many years.

 

Restaurants:

 

He will play up to four hours in any size room, to any age audience and in a very small space. His BOSE sound system is quite compact and disperses the music over the heads of people seated around him. No need to wait until dinner is over to start the entertainment. He is also equipped to play outdoors.

 

Weddings:

 

Bruce is willing to learn a song or two to play at your wedding ceremony, reception, cocktail hour or all three. He has played numerous weddings and takes it very seriously as he knows there is not a chance for a do-over. Let him make your wedding special and unique with live music. His band the Bandaleros, are also available for receptions.

 

Celebrations Of Life & Funerals:

 

Bruce has played quite a few in the past couple of years as celebrations of people’s lives are always made more special with live music. He is willing to learn a song or two that is special to the family.

 

Parties, Picnics, Celebrations, etc: 

 

Bruce regularly plays family parties from 1 year olds to 91+ year olds. His ability to play songs for the Grandparents and Grandchildren, make for a fun family get-together, where everyone feels included.

Shows For Seniors

Shows For Seniors:

I have a show specially tailored for people sixty five and older. It includes the songs we all grew up with, from America the Beautiful and God Bless America to nineteenth century classics like Oh Susannah, I’ve Been Working on the Rail Road and Bicycle Built for Two. All of my songs are meant to be sung along with: Four Leaf Clover, Baby Face, Bye Bye Black Bird, 5’2 Eyes are Blue, Side by Side, Shine on Harvest Moon, Que Sera-Sera, Pennies from Heaven, That’s Amore, Somewhere over the Rainbow, Oh What a Beautiful Morning etc.  I have been performing high energy shows at Senior Centers, Assisted Living Facilities, Convalescent Homes and Senior’s Birthday Parties all over Connecticut. My music has a special connection for Alzheimer’s patients who live for the moment. I try very hard to make that moment extremely enjoyable. The biggest compliment I get is that I am asked to come back everywhere I play. Here are some of my regular venues: West View Health, Mansfield Rehab Center, Douglas Manor, The Card Home, St. Joseph Living Center, Creamery Brook Village & Day Program, Essex Meadows, Windham Falls, Beckish ( Columbia )Senior Center, Mansfield Senior Center, East Haddam Senior Center, Windham Senior Center, & Coventry Senior Center.

Kid's Music

Children's Music:

Bruce has a special 45 minute show for small Children ages 1-7. He performs classic children's songs that we all know and love that encourage sing-along and dance-along participation. Over the past 30 years plus, he has performed at many Child Care Facilities, Libraries, Municipal Functions and Private parties

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"Kidsville Kuckoo Revue is simply the best in children’s entertainment."

 

We are a five piece ensemble of musicians in kid friendly costumes who deliver a high energy, seventy five minute performance of songs the kids already know and love: Itsy Bitsy Spider, Wheels on the Bus, Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, The Chicken Dance, The Hokey Pokey, and many more familiar songs with which to sing and dance along. We are very interactive. Members of the band mingle with the audience for most of the show. Our characters are:  Singasaurus, Jason the Jester, Potato Farmer Mia Ballerina , The Tumble Kid and Mr. P.. We have been entertaining children around Connecticut forover 30 years. Our show is designed for two to eight year olds, but is fun for the entire family. We have played at the Hebron, Lebanon, Brooklyn and North Haven fairs as well as numerous town events in Putnam, Danielson, Plainfield, Windham, Bloomfield, Windsor, Hartford, Suffield, Bristol and Avon. We have played over 20 consecutive years at The Manchester Bicentennial Band Shell and for the Mansfield Recreation Department. Let us enrich your summer family Concert Series or your Holiday Party.

Awards
CIVIC AWARDS & HONORS
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Contact
CONTACT BRUCE

Tel: 860-933-1936    |    brucejohn1951@gmail.com

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