Veteran Hartford performer to headline First Friday event at NBMAA

Published on Wednesday, 22 August 2018 20:58
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN - The Brian MacDonald Trio brings the American roots of folk, classic rock ‘n’ roll and country to the New Britain Museum of American Art on Friday, Sept. 7.

The concert, part of the museum’s First Friday series, is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. and guests are welcome to dance to the music.

“We know he will bring a quality backing band and roll out the hits for the crowd,” Jeffrey Mainville, senior manager of visitor experience programs at the museum, said.

MacDonald, from Hartford, has been performing for over 40 years along the East Coast and has appeared with James Taylor and Paul Simon. The band is known for playing songs that have defined the United States.

The event also will feature beverage tastings and food from local vendors. Ariston Specialties, Hartford Flavor Co., and Kinsmen Brewing Co. will be on hand.

Admission is $7 for members of the museum and $12 for nonmembers. Tickets include entry to the museum’s galleries and special exhibitions and other activities, as well as snacks and soda.

A cash bar will be set up, offering beer, wine and cocktails.

People who attend the concert can also participate on a guided tour to get to know the museum permanent collection with fellow art enthusiasts.

The New Britain Museum of American Art focuses on American art and artistic accomplishments. Its First Friday events started on Feb. 3, 1995 and have been running ever since.

The purpose of the museum’s First Fridays is to give the community a chance to enjoy art, food and music.

In April, First Friday also includes Mother’s Day shopping opportunities at the Spring Maker’s Market. December’s First Friday incorporates a Holiday Maker’s Market.

“We like to refer to First Friday as ‘New Britain’s Best Happy Hour,’” Mainville said. “The music, the conversation, the drinks, and the art are all part of this great monthly gathering, and in a sophisticated setting.” 

To learn more about the Museum of American Art, visit or call .

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Wednesday, 22 August 2018 20:58. Updated: Wednesday, 22 August 2018 21:00.