lsg spot – Deep Fried!!! – Sept 30 2011

lsg spot – Deep Fried!!! – Sept 30 2011

lsg spot
by Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez
HOT Rewind
Eric Danton

Eric Danton of Hartford Courant's Sound Check

There was a ridiculous amount of live, local music going on in CT (9.29) last night as discussed by Robbie DeRosa on his Homegrown show yesterday.  But, apparently, Arch Street Tavern was THE place to be to catch the latest filming of Chip McCabe’s Live and Local show.  The bill was a scorcher…String Theorie, Jennifer Hill & Company, and M.T. Bearington a band I have not seen until last night.  Hosted by the Hartford Courant’s own, Eric Danton, each band put on one amazing set after another.  String Theorie were their always incredible best.  Jennifer Hill & Company did something a bit different and unplugged with a little help from their friend, Jordan Critchley (String Theorie).  And finally, M.T. Bearington just tore it up with a superb set.  Now I understand what the buzz is about!

String Theorie

String Theorie


In and of itself, the show was pretty special with three solid performances.  But the icing on the cake here was the amount of local band support that came out for the show.  A Who’s Who of

M.T. Bearington

M.T. Bearington

local music.  Recently, a fan hit up the Local Band Review page and asked a question about local bands kissing each other’s asses.  It was a ridiculous question but I’ll respond here.  Last night, there was nothing for any of the bands who showed up to watch to gain from it except to support and enjoy other local bands.  Period.  And that list?  Members of the following local bands, click any of their names to check them out!


Stark Raving Lulu

Stark Raving Lulu


Little Ugly



Stark Raving LuLu

Elastic Hoax

Reckless Abandon

I Love Diane

Jen Hill and Chip McCabe

Jen Hill and Chip McCabe


Jen Hill Alyse Lamb

Jen Hill and Alyse Lamb from EULA


Cheers to Chip McCabe  for a fab line up and to Arch Street Tavern for hosting.  Local music is indeed alive and thriving in Connecticut!



Check out this video of some impromptu drumming outside Arch Street.  Such talent!



Don’t forget to come out Friday night and support our very own, Mike Lawson, as he films a commercial for Illusions Dance Club in Wolcott!  The band 1800 will be live on stage and you can be part of a video shoot!  Come be a part of the fun.  9:00 pm!!


“Spot”light on…Eastern States Exposition (Belovedly known as The Big E)



If you live in New England, chances are you’ve been to a fair.  And many of you go to said fairs under the pretense of bringing the kiddies to spin themselves silly on midway rides or starting that Christmas shopping early for Auntie Bee or checking out some has-been band (I was bummed I didn’t catch Yvonne Eliman!).  But let’s be honest, you really go there to eat fair food.  Oh please.  You know it.  Admit it.  And that’s what a friend and I did on Tuesday when we strapped on the feedbags and headed to the Big E.

Sure.  We shopped a bit.  We wandered in and out of the big craft buildings and down the rows of vendors and, of course, a stop into the Connecticut

Connecticut Building

Connecticut Building at The Big E

building (holla!) but that was simply to make room for the next fair delicacy.  This is a very serious business, by the way.  And we have a strategy.  We buy one of each thing we’d like and split it.  It works really well if there are 4 people involved because you can pick more items to try.  It isn’t necessary to always agree on items to eat, you just eat it on your own.  Our goal this year was to eat as many weird or truly disgusting things as we could find.  No fried dough.  No pizza.  Blasé.  Nope, we were going for the immediate artery hardening stuff.  Here’s the list:

  • Corn Dog
  • Bacon cheese fries
  • One shot of Jameson for me – we were in the International building in the Irish section – it would have been wrong not to
  • The CrazE burger (bacon cheeseburger between 2 glazed donuts)
  • One galumpki for him – I don’t care for them
  • Deep fried Whoopie pie
  • Deep fried Shepard’s pie with gravy
  • Chocolate covered bacon (from a store right in New Britain where they also carry chocolate covered…pickles)
  • Soft serve chocolate/vanilla twist ice cream

Shake well.

Bacon Cheese Burger between Donuts!

Bacon Cheese Burger between Donuts!


I will tell you that the burger and the Whoopie pie ran a very close race for my favorite items to eat this year.  Yeah, the bacon cheeseburger between 2 glazed donuts sounds just gross but, oh man!, was it delish!  Burger with a sweet donut finish.  Heaven.

The tragedy here is that I didn’t get to have the deep fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or the deep fried butter balls (giggle).  And, as we were exiting and I was feeling a bit green, we spotted my favorite item – Arepas.  Damn.  Maybe next year.

If you have the opportunity, the Big E goes until this Sunday (and Cheap Trick plays Friday night!.  You should totally check it out.  But be sure to wear the “expandable” clothing!


What’s HOT this week…


Friday Sept 30

**1800/Illusions Commercial Shoot. Illusions, Wolcott – 9:00 pm

**Waking Elliot, Up or on the Rocks, Hartford – 10:00 pm

**Frank Critelli Band and the Sawtells, The Buttonwood Tree, Middletown – 8:00 pm

**Manic Productions presents Asobi Seksu along with EULA and Modern Merchants, Daniel Street, Milford – 8:00 pm

**Drew Blood Blues Band, Berlin Fair, Berlin – 4:00 and 7:00 pm

**Southern Comfort Band, Berlin Fair, Berlin – 6:00 pm


Saturday Oct 1

**Drivetime, Hot Shots, East Windsor – 8:00 pm

**Fuzzy Bunny and the Dirty Cupcakes, Georgetown Saloon, Redding – 9:00 pm

**Driven, Rookies, Cromwell – 9:00 pm


Sunday Oct 2

**Eran Troy Danner Band, Berlin Fair, Berlin – 1:00 and 4:00 pm


Thursday October 6

**SWAN Day CT Red Carpet Movie Premier, The Shadow Room, Middletown – 7:30 pm

**The Ivory Bills and Bop Tweedie and the Days, The Outer Space, Hamden – 7:30 pm

**Stark Raving LuLu, Bleachers, Bristol – 10:00 pm


Hey!  You!  We’re not done yet!  Check out my fb page – – and follow my antics on Twitter at @lsgoriginal.  Web page forthcoming!





Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez aka lsg

Lover of music and the visual arts, Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez is the insanity behind lsg original photography. lsg specializes in artist and performer photography. She’s had the honor of photographing national bands such as Weezer, Snoop Dogg, A Simple Plan, Paramore, Whitesnake, Wye Oak, and The Antlers along with countless local bands and performers.

Hailing from Hartford, CT, Lisa is a life- long music connoisseur. Growing up, her mother exposed her to everything from The Stones to Simon and Garfunkel to Earth, Wind, and Fire to Loretta Lynn…and everything in between. No genre was left unexplored in her vinyl collection. She saw her first concert at 14…Rod Stewart at the (then called) Hartford Civic Center. Thirty years later, it’s still her favorite pastime.

Lisa has two kids (grown!) and a day job. Her loves of music and photography have melded into a second career. And her love of CT keeps her promoting and pushing for local artists and performers. Lisa spends the greater part of her free time seeing and shooting live bands, performers, and artists and art work…and purchasing vinyl!

One Responseto “lsg spot – Deep Fried!!! – Sept 30 2011”

  1. Michael Lawson says:

    Karen only liked the soft serve ice cream… Lol