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The Professors of Sweet Sweet Music (POSSM), co-creators of the Hartbeat Music Festival in Hartford, have an infectious charm and enthusiasm for life. Their original songs are a surprising collection of songwriting and arranging that harkens back to groups and musicians who have become icons in the industry. The POSSM play live shows often, and entertain crowds with an energetic style that and broad appeal. They have become well-known and loved in their hometown of Hartford, CT and are thankful for the support, inspiration and friendship given by their community. Off the stage they are surfers, teachers, students, business owners and lovers of life. Check them out at thepossm.com or on social media at @thepossm.
2019: Nominated for New England Music Award. Best in State of Connecticut. Winner, CTNOW Best of Hartford poll: Best Overall Band, Best Album (Take Your Time)
2018: Winner, Best of Hartford Magazine Readers Poll for Best Local Band or Musician
2017 Winner, CTNOW Best of Hartford poll: Best Overall Band, Album of the Year (Debut EP), Song of the Year (Tidal Wave).
2017 Winner, Best of Hartford Magazine readers poll: Best Local Band or Musician
2018 Hartford Courant:
The Professors of Sweet Sweet Music tend to go by POSSM, to cut down on all those syllables. The Connecticut-based quartet plays in that energetic alt-folk style that involves a lot of spirited vocal harmonies and a strum-along, shout-along, and stomp-along feel. POSSM released their debut full-length record, “Take Your Time,” earlier this year. CTNOW’s readers voted them Best Band in 2017, and the band has remained busy.
This is music that embraces big feelings and a hopeful excitement about the possibilities of life, love and the world. POSSM does a nice job of blending an ecstatic drive with chiming guitar sounds and clipped riffs. Fans of Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers might like to hear a local band playing in a small venue where the group-spirit of the music will get the appropriate compression and punch. Elements of groove and psychedelic soul slide into POSSM’s sound, like on “She Came To Me.” Elsewhere a little party ska creeps in on “This World.” The group can go for a mellow and pretty folky sound, but the band also likes distortion pedals. That eclecticism is a given in the jam-band scene, but it’s also probably a reflection of the fact that all four members actively contribute songs.
2018: Hartford Courant:
Few bands have exploded onto the Hartford music scene the way the POSSM has over the last few years. The band’s brand of pop and folk-infused rock can be downright infectious at times. Last October, they played the Hartford Marathon and the Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival on the same day. What to do for an encore? Start your own festival, of course.
The masterminds behind this whole shindig – Tony Koos, Earl Henrichon, Ben Paden, and Jeremy Haddad – have been turning the Hartford music scene on its ear for the last couple years as the Professors of Sweet Sweet Music. Now they get a chance to bring their music and scene to a larger audience
You may have heard of POSSM from winning ‘Best of Hartford’ 2 years in a row or recently being nominated by the New England Music Awards for ‘Best in CT’. They are often spotted at Hartford’s popular gastropub, Republic at the Linden, where they might be playing ‘First Thursday’ shows or just hanging out at the bar. Lead vocalist, Earl says, “Republic is our home away from home… and because it’s in our neighborhood it’s tough to go anywhere else. We think it’s one of the best spots in CT.”
And if POSSM hadn’t been busy enough planning the Hartford music festival of the year, they also recently released their first album, ‘Take Your Time’. The music is described as “acoustic-driven indie rock…or sexy, sexy, sexy, sexy music”, and POSSM has been thrilled to be able to bring the collection to their fans.
October 14, 2017.
CTNOW interviews members of POSSM after they played the Hartford Marathon main stage and the Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival on the same day.
“At the Hartford Marathon Foundation, we love and appreciate everything about Hartford, and when it came time to find a band, to play at our flagship event in our state’s capital (the Eversource Hartford Marathon), we needed a group that embodied that same belief. The Professors of Sweet, Sweet Music brought an energy that everyone could relate to and even game our tired runners a reason to get back on their feet. POSSM’s performance did not disappoint, and we look forward to hopefully working with them again soon!” – Matt, Hartford Marathon Foundation
“I am a big fan of POSSM and the energy they bring each and every time they perform. I recently booked them for a New Year’s Eve event at the Bond Ballroom, and they did a fantastic job! They even learned new songs for the special occasion. Everyone had a great time! I would welcome the opportunity to work with POSSM again.” -Mitch J.
“POSSM! Thank you so much for being such a fabulous wedding band. There’s no one else that we would have rather rocked out with all night. Whether you were covering classics or playing new POSSM tracks, everyone was on the dance floor. Feedback from our friends and family was that you guys, our band, made our wedding the awesome party that it was! POSSM was flexible and took care of everything. We recommend you guys to any and all venues!” -Sara M.
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