Concert Jamboree to Benefit TPL, 10/2 – 3 (CT)

Monroe, CT: Following the completion in July 2004 of the Webb Mountain Park project in Monroe, CT, the proceeds of a local annual benefit concert will go to the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national non-profit organization. The Trust for Public Land spearheaded the Webb Mountain park project and the organizers of Cliff’s Backyard Railroad Jamboree want to show their appreciation at the upcoming event. The concert will feature over sixteen musical acts, and will take place October 2-3 at the Brisch Family farm on Webb Circle, in Monroe. The general public is invited to attend.

The Town of Monroe purchased two properties totaling 167 acres to be protected as open space and added to Webb Mountain Park, nearly doubling the size of the park. It also received a conservation easement on an additional 4.46 acres, bringing the total protected area to 171 acres. TPL prevented the land from being developed by obtaining agreements to purchase the properties in the last year and worked with the town to enable it to permanently protect the land.

TPL has been recognized year after year as one of America’s top rated charities for wise use of donated funds. According to Tim Northrop, CT state director for TPL, “we are really honored that the concert organizers have chosen to raise funds for our continuing work on open space in Connecticut. Without private donations we couldn’t do what we do, and we’ve never been busier than we are now. We’re fielding many requests to help with open space acquisitions in the area. It’s great that there is such strong public sentiment to preserve the Connecticut landscape.”

Matt Miklus, one of the concert organizers, said, “The people of the community fought continuously for nearly six years to make this addition to the park a reality, and TPL helped bring the Webb Mountain Project to fruition. Without their help, the Webb Community would still be fighting to save their neighborhood.”

Below are the concert details and schedule for the weekend of October 2-3.

THE BENEFIT Cliff’s Backyard Railroad Jamboree has been an annual event since 2000. It started as an effort to raise money to aid in the permanent protection of land in the Webb Circle community of Monroe. The 2004 Jamboree will take place the first weekend of October, and will be a benefit to raise funds for the CT Trust for Public Land.

WHAT’S HAPPENING The Fair Grounds will open at noon on Saturday Oct. 2 at the Brisch Family farm, on Webb Circle in Monroe, for two days of camping, picnicking, dancing, and rejoicing. There will be a playground area and activities for the kids; live music all weekend featuring a variety of CT bands and performers, and plenty of room for leisure or recreation. All who attend will be asked to make a $20 donation to benefit the CT Trust for Public Land. The donation is good for admission on both days of the concert. TPL will have a table set up at the festival to offer information and answer questions.

THE ENTERTAINMENT The following is the entertainment schedule for Saturday Oct 2nd:
2:00 – 2:30pm ——————– Steve Leite (solar set)
2:30 – 3:30pm ——————– Dan Tressler and Dan Carlucci
3:30 – 4:00pm ——————— Brett Hungerford (solar set)
4:00 – 5:00pm ——————— Rafter Bats
5:00 – 5:30pm ———————- Joe Carrano (solar set)
5:30 – 6:30pm ———————- Sour Grapes
6:30 – 7:00pm ———————- T-Mac (solar set)
7:00 – 8:30pm ———————- Electric Mayhem
8:30 – 10:30pm ——————– Hubinger St.

The following acts are scheduled for Sunday Oct 3rd:
11:00 – 12:00pm —————– Chris Teskey
12:00 – 12:45pm —————– Darien Cunning (solar set)
12:45 – 1:00pm ——————- Trust for Public Land speaking
1:00 – 2:00pm ——————- Chris Da’Mato Blues Band (aka Smokin’ Opey)
2:00 – 2:30pm ———————- Stacy (solar set)
2:30 – 4:15pm ——————— Collosis / Wave Ryder
4:15 – 4:45pm ———————- Lyghten’ Up (solar set)
4:45 – ?:00pm ———————- Candy Mantra

Papp Productions will provide sound all weekend, and Solar Jam Productions will be providing sound for the acts labeled “solar set,” by using the power of the sun.

For further concert information, contact Matt Miklus at 203-922-1098, or visit

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national nonprofit organization that works with others to conserve land for people to enjoy as working landscapes, parks, gardens, and natural areas, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Since its founding in 1972, TPL has helped protect more than 1.9 million acres in 45 states, including over 3,000 in Connecticut. For more information, please visit