lsg spot Pasty Malfunction – Sept 02, 2011

lsg spot Pasty Malfunction – Sept 02, 2011

lsg spot
by Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez

HOT Rewind

Donna Travis Bandwith Karaoke winner

Donna Travis winner

Hoping that this blog finds most, if not all of you, filled with electricity (or at least your homes!)  What a week it’s been!  And sexy too!  What with Burly Q wardrobe malfunctions and everyone being blown by Irene!  Wow! (and, yeah, RB, unapologetic plagiarism)

I want to start out by thanking Bandwith Karaoke (Bandwith Karaoke) for allowing Mike, Maria Manes, and I to horn in Thursday night on the Summer Sing-off Finals.  It was fab to join John Dotson of Big Floppy Disk, Rebecca Mendoza of Frank and the Beans and Gary Gone of  Had a boat load of fun judging the 5 finalists and critiquing (despite not being able to easily get a DRINK!)  They were terrific.  Congrats to winner, Donna Travis, who did a stellar job all-around.  High five!



Dot Mitzvah at Hessian Lion

Dot Mitzvah at Hessian Lion

Friday night was a treat because I was able to catch two of my favorites in one night at The Hessian Lion in Avon – Jennifer Hill & Co and Burlesque from Ms. Dot Mitzvah!  JH&C has a very skilled new guitar player in their line-up who joined them for this show.  He adds some interesting guitar work to a tight band.  Love the new addition!  The lovely Dot Mitzvah performed twice with one wardrobe malfunction!  I really wish that we could have seen her face under that wolf mask because she could certainly see our surprise!  What happens at the Lion, stays at the Lion!

Jennifer Hill & Co.

Jennifer Hill & Co.


And speaking of Gary Gone…Happy 13th Birthday to Radio Independisc!  DJ G Gone is currently planning his annual blow out (continuing theme) at Café 9 on October 8, 2011.  Stay tuned for more on that.


Wishing all of you a relaxing and fun-filled Labor Day weekend!

“Spot”light on…Venues

Location, Location, Location.  The Real Estate Agent’s Mantra.  Well, for performers and audiences, critical to a good show…or not.  Below are a few of my favorite venues in the area to check out live entertainment of all kinds.  All have something special to offer in providing a good experience for the audience and (I assume) performers.  There are many more but this is what comes to mind for me.

Airport Road Café, Hartford – Large venue.  Good stage and table set up.  Excellent bar staff.  Decent food as well.  I never feel like my personal space is invaded here and not a long wait for a drink!

Black Eyed Sally’s, Hartford – I’ve seen some terrific shows here.  Always a good variety.  Good place to check out a show and also have conversation away from the stage.  Can be very crowded at times but the bar staff adapts well.

Café 9, New Haven - Billed as the Musician’s Living Room, it really is just that.  Perfect stage for acoustic sets and burlesque (I’ve seen both here).  They bring in local and national acts and I’ve never seen anything I didn’t enjoy.  It’s a little small but the bar staff are awesome and, well, I just enjoy checking out shows here in the heart of New Haven.

Daniel Street, Milford – The first time I saw a show here, I was actually taken aback by the great area it’s located in.  Full of cool, artsy shops and bars.  Excellent night life to spill out into from Daniel Street.  Love seeing shows set up cabaret-style there.  Good sound. Nice high stage so you can see everything.  And, the all important, good bar service.

East Hartford Community Cultural Center, East Hartford – The building is an old school auditorium.  The sound and set up are fantastic.  I’ve seen a few great shows here including John Wait and Colin Hay and it’s the new home of SWAN Day CT.  Most often, wine and beer are available via a local brewery.

The Hessian Lion, Avon - I was there for the first time last Friday..and pleasantly surprised at what I found.  One room with the bar located in it and then another large room with a stage and some tables and comfy chairs and couches.  Lot’s of room for a large band and good service.

The Wadsworth Theater, Hartford – Yup.  At the museum in downtown Hartford and my new favorite place to see a show.  The theater is beautiful with excellent acoustics.  The lobby outside the theater is set up with a full bar and tables and chairs and area for bands to set up merch tables.  I’ve seen many shows there now and have enjoyed each experience.

I’d love to hear what venues are favorites for performers and audiences in CT and why…


What’s HOT this week…

Friday Sept 2

**Talk Nerdy to Me (Burlesque), Café 9, New Haven – 10:00 pm

**Bandwith Karaoke Summer Sing Off Winner, Black Bear Saloon, Milford – 10:00 pm


Saturday Sept 3

**Saucers, Peacock Flounders, the Down-fi, Café 9, new Haven – 8:00 pm

**Lipbone Redding, Bridge Street Live, Collinsville – 8:00 pm

**Gathering of the Swine featuring (Nasty Disaster New Haven Advocate Readers Poll Winner), Daniel Street, Milford – 6:00 pm

**FIELD TRIP!!  Dave Hogan at Keene Music Festival, Keene, NH – 1:30 pm

**The Solution, Airport Road Café, Hartford – 7:00 pm


Sunday Sept  4

**3rd Annual Rockers Reunion, JB Williams Park, Glastonbury (Bands, Burlesque, Bikes, and Beer! – 10:00 am


Monday Sept 5

**Bop Tweedie and the Days, Café 9 Beatnik 2000, New Haven – 11:00 pm


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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!

2 Responsesto “lsg spot Pasty Malfunction – Sept 02, 2011”

  1. Michael Lawson says:

    Burlesque in Avon, who would of thought it?