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Beat the Winter Blues at Madison Beach Hotel

MADISON, Conn. - Madison Beach Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning boutique resort and chosen Hotel of the Year by Hilton, hosts its first Brews and Blues Festival on Saturday, March 7 from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

The Brews and Blues Winter Concert will feature Jake Kulak and the Lowdown, winner of the 2019 Foxwoods Resort Casino “Battle of the Bands” with special guest Tom “The Suit” Forst. 

Jake Kulak and the Lowdown bring their blend of modern and traditional guitar-driven blues and blues-rock to music lovers everywhere. 

The band represented Connecticut for four years at the International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2018, they won the CT Blues Society Band Competition and performed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2019. 

They have also been nominated for a New England Music Award in the “Best New Act of the Year” category and were one of six Boston-area bands to win the House of Blues emerging artist competition.

Tom “The Suit” Forst, a lifelong musician whose style has been called a cross between Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joe Walsh, will release his new album “World of Broken Hearts” on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2020. The five-song EP features guest vocalists Christine Ohlman, Ethan Isaac, guitarist Paul Nelson (Johnny Winter Band), guitarist Ryan Hommel (Amos Lee Band), blues harp player James Montgomery and drummer Travis McNabb (Sugarland, Better Than Ezra).

A music video for “Late Night Train” is to be released in January 2020. The video, co-directed by Marc Alan with Director of Photography John Shyloski, was filmed in the streets of Harlem, New York and in the New York City subway. A second feature video has been filmed at the historic Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, Connecticut, stylized as a modern take on “The Last Waltz.” The song and video feature a duet vocal performance by Tom Forst with vocal powerhouse Christine Ohlman. Learn more here

Doors open at 8 p.m. with the concert starting at 8:30 p.m. and playing until 10:30 p.m. The 21+ concert is general admission with limited seating and will offer a cash bar.


Advance Purchase: $20 per person, plus EventBrite ticketing fees here.
At the Door: $25 per person, plus EventBrite ticketing fees, based on availability.

Call ahead to secure dinner before the show at 203-350-0014. The Wharf Restaurant will feature a special blues menu all weekend. 

On Saturday, March 7 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., budding guitarists will have the opportunity to attend “The Basics of Improvising,” a Guitar Master Class with Blues Hall of Fame recording artist and guitarist Tom Forst. The group instruction will enable guitarists to learn the basics of improvising and to understand the fundamentals of melody structure. Each student will improvise as a group as well as individually with Forst. Attendees must bring a guitar and a notebook. The class is $20 per person, tickets will be sold via EventBrite.

Madison Beach Hotel is located at 94 West Wharf Road, Madison, Connecticut. For more information, please call 203-245-1404 or visit Madison Beach Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton. For more information on Curio Collection by Hilton, please visit

About Madison Beach Hotel

Madison Beach Hotel is a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning boutique resort and was chosen as Hotel of the Year by Hilton, the highest hotel award across all Hilton brands. The hotel, with 32 rooms offering luxurious accommodations with sweeping ocean views, private balconies and beach, is part of Curio – A Collection by Hilton. Opened in May 2012, Madison Beach Hotel features The Wharf Restaurant with both dining room and porch seating, concierge spa, state-of-the-art fitness center and private yoga studio, and more than 5,000 square feet of private event space. Madison Beach Hotel is managed by Distinctive Hospitality Group. 

Located at 94 West Wharf Road, Madison, Connecticut. For more information, please call: 203-245-1404 or visit: |

About Distinctive Hospitality Group

Founded in 2010, Distinctive Hospitality Group is led by president and owner, Lou Carrier, who offers years of experience in the hospitality industry and has overseen several of the most successful hotel establishments in the country. Lou launched DHG with a mission to build a portfolio of unique high-end hotels and comprised a solid team of seasoned hospitality professionals to work towards his dream. Located in Natick, MA, DHG is quickly building a name for its constant dedication to overseeing projects with lasting power and quality, ones that provide hotel guests and restaurant diners with the utmost in experience, service, style and atmosphere. For more information, please visit:

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