lsg spot – The Vagabond Issue – Nov 3 2011

lsg spot – The Vagabond Issue – Nov 3 2011

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by Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez

HOT Rewind – The Vagabond Issue

Weathering the storm

Weathering the storm

Well, its day SIX here in CT without power for this girl.  It sucks.  We’ll just leave it at that.  I am very grateful, however, for the warmth and hospitality from my adopted family at “The Resort”.  Much love…<3


String Theorie

String Theorie

I did manage to get out on Friday night before the storm.  I honestly had no intention of being out and about with my LBR hat on (I didn’t even bring a camera…) when we went to see String Theorie (  Just dinner with awesome music.  But, I looked around and saw Jesse Stanford from Heirlooms checking out the tunes so I wandered over to speak with him for a moment.  He said Heirlooms are hard at work completing their first full length release and are very excited about it.  They will have updates and new tunes soon on their web site.  Check it out (  I strongly recommend you check out Firebox ( on Friday nights as they have great food and offer local live music from bands like String Theorie and Heirlooms.


From Firebox, we ended up at Billy Tee’s (  in Cromwell.  Wow!  I hadn’t been there in sometime and we had no idea what we were walking into.  The place has been fully gutted and has a beautiful bar area with food and a separate lounge called The Hideaway where they have a large stage for bands.  We happened to be there on a night when they had a Motown cover band, Jus Us ( ), for our listening pleasure.  I don’t know if it was the band or if it’s a normal Friday night at The Hideaway, but we walked into Cougar Heaven.  Suffices to say, we had a blast observing the scene and I even managed to get my “drunken jiggy” on.  Thanks RB for making sure I made it out!  You should definitely check out Billy Tee’s some time!!

My strong recommendation for the upcoming week is Angela Easterling at Café 9 on Thursday.  She’s am amazing performer and it’s fantastic that she is returning to Café 9!

That’s about it for this week.  Please send me (and all the other half million folks in CT) good vibes and wishes for the restoration of our power!  Cheers!


“Spot”light on…HippoCampus

The Hippo Campus

The Hippo Campus

The HippoCampus is a major component of the brains of humans and other vertebrates. It belongs to the limbic system and plays important roles in the consolidation of information from short-term memory to long-term memory and spatial navigation OR it’s this cool band out of VERNON that took a year-long hiatus and is back this Saturday night!  Since I’ve been on this jam band kick, let’s talk about them.  Vocalist/guitarist, Tom McBreen told me this…

Ray Clark and Tom McBreen started playing together when they were 13. In late 2001, they formed HippoCampus with drummer Neil Douglass. Over the course of the past ten years, they have played all around the northeast including Burlington, VT, Ithaca, NY and NYC. During most of their band career, they have been a rock band that delved into the jam band scene and improvisation became a staple to their live performance. However, they still hold their hearts close to the 90’s alternative sound with influences from bands like Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana.  In 2009, Pat Simone joined the band playing synthesizer and keyboards which led the band into a more electronic sound.

After playing numerous shows, Pat decided to leave the band in 2010 and head to LA to pursue his own solo career. The HippoCampus had announced it’s last show in October of 2010, going on an indefinite hiatus.

But the hiatus didn’t last long!  Earlier this spring, the band grew antsy and starting rehearsing in a studio, writing several new songs, and reviving old ones that had been placed in the vault from the band’s early years, returning to their rock roots. The band is eager to return to the live stage which is their favorite thing to do…play as a live band.

Their return to the live stage is this Saturday at The Hungry Tiger Cafe and Music Club in Manchester.  Come check them out!!


What’s HOT this week…

My recommendations are a bit light as I have limited access to internet. Please check out Anne’s recommendations on LBR for tons more!

Friday November 4

**Tommy Lourdes, Mad Murphy’s, Middletown – 9:00 pm

Saturday November 5

**Voix de Ville…The Voice of the City, 190 Court Street, Middletown – 8:00 pm

**Driven, Bar None, Derby – 10:00 pm

**HippoCampus, Hungry Tiger, Manchester – 9:00 pm

Thursday November 10

**Angela Easterling, Café 9, New Haven – 8:00 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!

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