Concerts With Causes, Inc.

"Making A Difference With Music"

The Music Project Company was born out of respect, admiration and necessity. Many years ago a music industry mentor of mine discussed with me the drastic changes she has seen in the business creating much turmoil and difficulty for artists to focus on their craft. For over 6 years I have been working very closely with hundreds of musicians who have shared this very sentiment. Requests for help with all phases of artist development prompted me to do some work with an entertainment company that required artist development courses which I completed and became certified in 2013. I did this to be able to have a better understanding of the music industry after founding Concerts With Causes, a 501c3 nonprofit organization and to add value to the relationships being created with the wonderful work of the nonprofit.

Further years of event planning, producing the public access TV show 'Music With Purpose' and relationship building with musicians, painted a picture of a need that became apparent I could fill. Creating an entity that would be of service to those who are community driven, passionate about their music and like minded for the purpose of the benefit of all involved (including an income stream for Concerts With Causes, Inc.) seemed like a next natural step for me personally, professionally & spiritually.

Each artist and act has been chosen for their exceptional talent, professionalism and passion for providing outstanding entertainment. This is an evolving company that is being built to serve. 10% of all service fees will be donated to Concerts With Causes, Inc. Additional fundraising for charities of choice are also options that can be discussed.

For more information about booking one our artists, becoming an artist on the platform or fundraising, please email or call 203-213-8355.

I look forward to helping music make a difference in your life!

In peace with music & gratitude,

Lisa Catherine

We Work With and Recommend
For more information and booking details contact Lisa Catherine


SOLO Acoustic

Carrie Ashton
Carrie Ashton’s passion for music has been long standing; she began performing at the age of thirteen and never looked back. For almost 20 years Carrie has been performing and perfecting a stage show that is unpretentious and captivating. She is currently performing solo acoustic as well as with her band, and travels throughout New England and the east coast. Carrie has shared the stage with Natalie Merchant, the Go-Go’s, REO Speedwagon, Antigone Rising, Van Zant and Lucinda Williams. She has an innate ability to read the crowd and move them with her unique style and charisma, and her energy on stage is hard to ignore.

Carrie also performs with a full band. See full band listings

Tim Longden

Originally from Syracuse,  has been playing guitar since 17.  At 19 was playing in the college campus bar and was forever hooked on music.  Influences include Petty, Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Mellencamp.   Plays acoustic rock covers as well as originals.  Plays multiple venues.  Also plays in a local rock band as lead guitar.  Available for full night of entertainment. Full PA.


ArleneWow!'s live performances have been described as "uplifting and emotionally charged with a hint old-school peanut butter and jelly". 

Earlier in her career Arlene fronted the band “Little Queen, the Ultimate Heart Tribute.” Upon the band’s breakup, Arlene then joined two different groups where her talents lent her to singing as well as a new opportunity to play bass. Milk, an all original female power trio brought a new audience to Arlene’s original material. The second endeavor, the Unexpected, a three piece band that featured Arlene as a female powerhouse singer/ songwriter / bassist performed originals as well as covers and offered her a fun alternative with her male counterparts to the more serious pursuits of Milk. Both of the bands released CDs which are now sought after collectors items.

In 2006, Arlene decided go the solo route full time. She took a leap of faith and quit her unfulfilling daytime career to pursue the passion of her dreams. Here is where her nickname ArleneWow! was discovered. It seemed that wherever she performed her audiences would be slack-jawed and say “Wow, that was awesome, Arlene!” Her friends and fans then began calling her ArleneWow! and the rest is history.

Her debut CD “The Red Is Becoming” was released in 2007. The songs represented in this collection are about a very moving period in Arlene’s life. Many of the selections are introspective peeks into the passing of both father and mother, several seesaw relationships and her many escapes to songwriting capital Nashville, Tennessee. The CD is critically acclaimed and has won several awards.

As performing most nights of the week and traveling extensively to national music festivals began to show its wear, Arlene took a bit of time off to decompress. However, she continued playing out a few nights a week. Mid-summer 2013, as

Arlene was recording a new single, she began working with violinist Dana Takaki.

Together they formed Ear Candy for the Soul. The duo has taken Arlene’s songwriting to a new level of beauty. Their first CD effort “Live at Silk City Music Factory Vol.1” is a flowing recording of 10 live takes with no corrections. There are also 2 bonus tracks on the release. One selection, “Train Song” is a composition about the late Johnny Cash and was written, produced and recorded by Arlene at her mobile studio. The second song “Si No Me Quieres” is a spanish lament which represents Arlene’s passion and bilingual prowess. It is also the first song which incorporates Takaki’s violin. This track was recorded and engineered by Hugh Birdsall of Dogbite and the Reducers.

Today ArleneWow! can be found along the east coast in many of her incarnations…performing solo, with duo Ear Candy for the Soul or just having fun playing bass for Hugh Birdsall’s Dogbite.


Tommy O

Intercontinental troubadour w/an intergalactic sense of humor, weaving Free Energy into cohesive units of joy & expansion; all around Space Trucker.

Bil Somers

Matt Sperzal

"Live Looping. It's my specialty. Surrounded by the coolest electronic gadgets, I offer the modern day one man show. I use guitars, effects processors, a hand triggered percussion synthesizer and my faithful Looping Phrase Sampler to record the music I'm playing in real time, loop those recordings in real time and layer creative musical arrangements to produce some really cool stuff. Blues, Rock and Roll, Hip Hop, Dance, Reggae, Soul and Funky Jams. The old and the new, acoustic or electric.The possibilities are endless and I love exploring them."

Mike Cappiello
With roots steeped deep in Americana bolstering this young songwriter's craft, Mike Cappiello performs original music and hits from varied genres with an exuberant & confident delivery. An engaging performer, Mike has won over audiences from every age group performing what he describes as, 'Country with a mix of rock, blues, and a little bit of punk edge'.

"A singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist from a shoreline town on a mission to achieve his dreams. Music has been and always will be the ultimate drive and goal. I've wanted to play music for a living ever since I was a child, and I will stop at nothing to achieve that."

Erick Northrop

With confessional lyrics and an introspective personality, Erick Northrop allows his sensitivity to pour freely from his words and often pensive vocals, enabling him to strike a balance between hard rock bombast and thoughtful country music. 


The Big Ideas
The Big Ideas is a musical duo from central Connecticut, playing music ranging from 40's Jazz, 60's rock and Motown to 70's and 80's classic rock and Disco.


Brendan James Donahue and the Guilty Party

A mixture of Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, old school country and funky originals to keep the crowd on the dance floor having a great time. A high energy band complete with a full horn section and great vocals.

Brendan has performed all over the country and been an opening act for Grateful Dead, Black Crowes, Arlo Guthrie, Radiators, Peter Frampton and Chuck Berry.

Latest CD released called Check Please has been released by CD Baby and available on itunes and spotify as well as hard copy. This all original CD has received rave reviews.


One of the East Coast's foremost Beatles Tribute Shows, complete with costumes, instruments and, of course, the musical sound of The Beatles.


Tommy and the Rivieras have been a dominating force on the entertainment scene for over Five decades. Beginning with their East Coast tour with the Beach Boys in the mid-sixties. Tommy and the Rivieras have logged more than a million miles of travel. Tommy and the Rivieras performs the hits they have recorded in addition to the hit songs of the bands they have shared the stage with over the years

 The Roustabouts

Performing a wide variety of music written by great songwriters, spanning many decades.. the Kinks, Beatles, Bruce Sprinstiean, Jasckson Brown, Tom Petty, Steely Dan to name just a few!

Serious professional musicians making rocking out easy because they are having a blast with you!



Get everyone on the dance floor with KARMA!
One of the hottest new bands in the area, KARMA generates energy and excitement everywhere they perform.
This dynamic band is comprised of 4 very talented musicians performing music from the last 5 decades:
classic rock, today's rock, blues, oldies, country, pop and originals - KARMA does it all! Parties, clubs/bars, BBQ's, weddings, corporate and social events. Indoors, outdoors, rain or shine, KARMA will work with you well before your event date to understand your preferences and plan just the right music for you. 


Wastin' Bullets primarily a country cover band but not in the way you might expect from a country band based in Meriden CT. Artists covered include Dale Watson, Jamey Johnson, Cody Jinks, Whitey Morgann, Sturgill Simpson, Kevin Fowler, Strait, Haggard, Yoakam & Jennings just to name a few.

Down The Hatch

Cover band from Connecticut. Playing covers ranging from the 60's to 2010. The Beatles, The Doors, Bush, 3 Doors Down, Green Day, Blink 182, Kings of Leon, Pink, Katy Perry, The Killers, Neon Trees....and many many more.

The Ultimate Southern Rock Experience! Featuring members from Angry Again, Far From Here, Lost Rebel and the Whiskey River Band playing the best from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, ZZ Top, The Allman Brothers Band, The Outlaws, 38 Special, Blackfoot and more! Not to be confused with some cheap imitation! Full band with 3 guitarists and keyboards!
For more information and booking details contact Lisa Catherine