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Career Re-Boot 2023

Guitars

A SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER

Please remember to come out and see me

9/9 Sat. Private Party Mansfield 11:30-1:30

9/10 Sun. The Scoop Ice Cream Cafe in Ellington 5:30-8:30

9/11 Mon. Scalise Dr. Group Home THerapeutic Music 3:30-430

9/13 Wed. Norwichtown Rehab 2:00-3:00

9/13 Wed. The Main Moose in Columbia 5:00-8:00

9/14 Thurs. Vanderman Place in Willimantic 2-3

9/15 Fri. Ross Adult Daycare in Norwich 1:00-2:00

9/17 Sun. Hawk Nest Beach in Old Lyme Private Party1:00-4:00

9/20 Wed Brooklyn Whole Life Therapeutic Music 10-11

9/20 Wed. Mansfield Senior Center 1:00-2:00

9/21 Thurs. Tolland Whole Life Therapeutic Music 10-11

9/22 Fri. Hungarian Club Dance in Ashford w/ Dinosaurs After Dark 7-10

9/23 Sat. Beni's Restaurant in Vernon 6:30-9:30

9/24 Sun The Scoop Ice Cream Cafe in Ellington 5:30-8:30

9/27 Wed. Coventry Senior Center 12:30-1:30

9/27 Wed. The Main Moose in Columbia 5:00-8:00

9/28 Thurs. Creamery Brook Assisted Living in Brooklyn 1-2

9/29 Fri. Manifest Station in Merrow (Mansfield)

with Peggy Ann , Jason Altieri & surprise guests 6:00-8:15.mfsstation or 860-477-0777 for Tkts.

9/30 Sat. Canterbury Historical Society 10:15-11:00

9/30 Sat Downtown Mansfield Festival w/ Kidsville Kuckoo Revue 2:30-3:30

Rocktober Baby !!!

10/2 Mon. Scalise Group Home Therapeutic Music 3:30-4:30

10/6 First Friday at The Willimantic Golf Course with Dinosaurs After Dark With Peggy Ann….6:00-9:00 Rain or Shine

10/7 Sat, Hilltop Restaurant in Willington 6:30-9:30

10/8 Sun. Lebanon Green Vineyard Debut Performance 2:00-5:00

10/9 Mon. Lapsley Orchard in Pomfret Harvest Festival Noon-4:00

10/13 Fri. Sheltering Arms in Norwich 1:30-2:30

10/13 Fri. Arrowhead Acres Farm & Winery in N.Franklin 6:00-8:00

10/16 Mon.Oak Hill Bloomfield Ave Therapeutic Music 3:30-4:30

10/18 Wed.Brooklyn Whole Life Day Program Therapeutic Music 10-11

10/19 Thurs. Tolland Whole Life Day Program Therapeutic Music 10-11

10/21 Sat. Beni’s Restaurant in Vernon 6:30-9:30

10/27 Fri. Elks Lodge in Willimantic with Peggy Ann, All Are

Welcome 7-10

10/29 Sun.Recovery Event in Groton 1:00-3:30

 

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BIO

About Bruce John

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 $255,000 dollars  so far. He also has done a major benefit dance for the past sixteen years with his band, the Bandaleros, 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.

Awards and Achievements

Awards and Achievements

Because of Bruce's commitment to community and helping those less fortunate , he has been recognized by many organizations throughout the years

2004 Access Agency Appreciation Award for organizing 12 years of concerts to help the North East Community Food Collaborative

 

2007 Windham No Freeze Shelter Certificate of Appreciation for organizing 15 years of concerts to pay the rent for the shelter 

2011 Lions Club International Humanitarian of the Year for Windham, Tolland, New London and Middlesex Counties,included was a Melvin Jones Fellowship, a personal letter from former President Bill Clinton and Congressional Citations from Senator Liberman and  Congressman Courtney 

2011 Romantic Willimantic Cupid Award , Windham's highest civic honor for volunteerism in the community

2011 Town of Mansfield Proclaimation of Recognition naming January 22, 2011 as Bruce John Day for dedication to community

2014 Church Woman United INC. Human Rights Award recognized as an advocate of Peace and Social Justice

2015 Willimantic Elks Lodge 1311 Citizen of the Year Award

for volunteerism in the community

2016 Windham County Bar Association Liberty Bell Award  

for commitment to Social Justice

2016  Recognition from Feed Our Vets for volunteerism on behalf of Biking for Vets

2016 Golden Spike Award from Ct. Eastern Rail Road Museum for 5 years of donating and organizing music for Rail Road Day 

2017 Connecticut Office of the Arts Arts Hero Award presented by Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman representing all of Eastern Ct.  Included was a Congressional Citations from Senator Chris Murphy and Congressman Joe Courtney.

2019 Gil DeBarros Award from Generations Health Center 

for advocating for the poor and homeless

2019, 2020 & 2021 Chronicle Readers Choice Best Entertainer

2022 Connecticut Magazine Reader's Choice Runner-up for 

Connecticut Magazine's Solo Musician of the Year

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