lsg spot – SAVAGE!!! – Sept 23 2011

lsg spot – SAVAGE!!! – Sept 23 2011

lsg spot
by Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez
9.22.2011

 

HOT Rewind

Chris James and the Savage Brothers

Chris James and the Savage Brothers

Whenever I hear the first bars of “Brown Eyed Girl” at a Savage Brothers show, I know the party has started.  I haven’t seen the boys play in years, but had the pleasure this past Saturday night when I attended the wedding of Chris James of The Southern Comfort Band.  The Brothers were in stellar form and kept the party going for hours.  Added treat were a few songs when Chris jumped in to sing and play keyboards (it was his wedding, he could!)  High light of the evening…A surprise flash mob that Chris and his new wife participated in. Congrats to Chris and Daniela!

SantaCon CT - Miss Candy Cane

SantaCon CT - Miss Candy Cane

For those of you not familiar, I’d like to introduce you to SantaCon.  I am hosting – as Miss Candy Cane – this outrageous pub crawl in Hartford for the second year.  All the info you need is located here on my page on the main SantaCon site.   You will also find a link to my Face book Event there.  I’ve just announced a special performance by Hartford’s own, Beat City Beauties Burlesque at one of our stops.  I’ll be announcing more special surprises in the next few weeks so stay tuned!  Don’t miss out on the most fun anyone can have in a Santa suit!

 

 

“Spot”light on…Jennifer Hill

Jennifer Hill - Swan Day Artist Profile

Jennifer Hill

For my first artist profile, I can’t think of anyone I’d like to tell you about more than my dear friend, Jennifer Hill.  Since I met her last year at SWAN Day CT, we’ve become kindred souls.  <3

Jen started out singing around the age of 5.  Her Mom played records and sang to her and Me and Bobby McGee was one of the first songs she could sing.  At around age 7, her Mom bought a piano and began taking lessons.  Jen would sit down at the piano and play without instruction.  Her Mom soon realized that Jen was a natural and she continued with the lessons instead.  Soon, Jen was invited to sing and play at various fairs and pageants.

She won a mini scholarship to the HARTT School of Music at 14.  She continued her education there after graduating from high school until she moved to Colorado.

Eventually, she moved to NY to pursue her musical dreams but soon realized it was “really f*cking expensive to live there” and moved home; literally during the 9/11 tragedy.  In 2007, along with drummer Bob Schwecherl (now her husband), Jen started Jennifer Hill and Company after playing many years as a solo artist in CT and NY.  JH&C have put out 3 CD’s to date and are working on their 4th, a full length production due out in early 2012 just in time for SWAN Day.

Five years ago, Jen was searching for grants for women and came upon a new holiday that a group of women were trying to get off the ground celebrating women in the arts.  Jen immediately wanted to be involved.  And involved she was.  Jen put together SWAN Day CT but with her own special twist.  While most SWAN’s had mainly film and theater offerings from various women, Jen decided to add musicians, artists, and photographers.

Each year, SWAN has grown more impressive with many new artists and performers wanting to be involved.  Her show has been so successful that it has caught the attention of Martha Richards, founder and executive director of WomenArts, the organization that began SWAN.  Martha has granted Jen funds that helped her move SWAN Day CT from local bars to the East Hartford Cultural Center.

Jen is currently accepting applications to participate in SWAN Day CT’s 5th Anniversary show on March 31, 2011.  Additionally, she is collecting songs from previous SWAN performers for a compilation CD with proceeds to be given as a grant to a selected female artist or performer.

For more information on SWAN Day or the SWAN Day CT compilation CD, please see (http://www.womenarts.org/swan/) and (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=725501343#!/SWANDAYCT) or contact Jennifer Hill directly at ladyblueproductions@gmail.com

With all this going on, Jen still finds time to write, give vocal lessons, and be wife and mother to 2 daughters.  And, she even has time to be a great friend too!

 

What’s HOT this week…

Friday Sept 23

**Savage Brothers opening for KC and the Sunshine Band at the Durham Fair, Durham  – 5:00 pm

**The Southern Comfort Band, The Hungry Tiger, Manchester  – After 8:00 pm

**Benefit Fundraiser for Rita Valley featuring Forrest Harlow, ArtSpace, New Haven – 6:00 pm

**JAMAFEST with Diamondback, City Limits Café, Waterbury – 7:00 pm

**Major Motion, Billy Tees, Cromwell – 9:00 pm

**Suckerfish, Cory’s Catsup and Mustard, Manchester – 10:00 pm

 

Saturday Sept 24

**Grand Band Slam, Arch St Tavern, Hartford – 6:00 pm

**7th Annual WIMBASH featuring Doug Wimbish, legendary Living Colour bass player, Sully’s Pub, Hartford – 3:00 pm

 

Thursday September 29

**Live and Local featuring MT Bearington, Jennifer Hill and Company, and String Theorie, Arch St Tavern, Hartford – 8:00 pm

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

Peace…

lsg

 

 

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!

 

3 Responsesto “lsg spot – SAVAGE!!! – Sept 23 2011”

  1. I am truly flattered by this article and thank you all who support local music. It’s not everyday you know what you are doing has an impact and today I feel somewhat accomplished. <3

  2. lsgoriginal says:

    LBR thinks you’re swell…

  3. Michael Lawson says:

    When the next lsg spot comes out I’m going to move the spot light to it’s own post.