lsg spot – Slacker Blog – Feb 24 2012

lsg spot – Slacker Blog – Feb 24 2012

lsg spot
by Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez

HOT Rewind                                                                                      

Michael Cleary Band

Michael Cleary Band

Welcome to my slacker blog.  Yeah.  I coulda done a better job with it this week, however, a) I am a master procrastinator (insert masturbation joke here), and b) I could have done it last night but chose, instead, to go see String Theorie open up for Marco Benevento at Main Pub in Manchester.  And I’m pretty happy I chose wisely (thanks, Dana!)  String Theorie was the perfect complement to Benevento’s piano rock.  I was astounded by the otherworldly sounds coming from that old Wurlitzer!  I also got to chat with Jordon Critchley from String Theorie.  They are gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated debut CD, Little Elephant, on March 24.  You better not miss out on that one!  Pics to follow soon!!

You Scream I Scream

You Scream I Scream

Last Friday and Saturday were amazing nights of music and CD releases.  Friday night, we planned to catch the Live and Local show going on but took an impromptu trip over to The Winchester Café in Portland to attend LBR friends, The Michael Cleary Band burn up the house on stage at their CD release party.  Man do those boys know how to rock and pack a house!  Elbow to elbow playing to a very receptive crowd. Congrats on MCB5!!

Moving on that night, we landed at Arch Street in Hartford to check out 2 more bands that night during the filming of Live and Local.  I was there to check out one of my fave local bands again, You Scream I

lsg with YSIS

lsg and YSIS

Scream.  How I love Audrey and her fuzzy drums (and she let me play them too!!!)  They put forth a high energy set that ended in a happy crowd sing along of Rokin Out!  I love them!  And PS…Congrats to Audrey and Floyd!!  I was pleasantly not surprised by The Field Recordings set.  I’d heard great buzz about them and had been looking forward to their set.  They did not disappoint!

After tearing it up on Friday night, I was a bit weary about venturing to Willimantic for the Echo & DrakeCD release show.  But I was quickly energized.  If you ever want tips on how to throw a CD release, they are the go-tos!  Everything about it was perfect.  The venue (The Capital Theater with it’s amazing acoustics and old

Field Recordings

Field Recordings

Little Ugly

Little Ugly

time movie marquee), the performance (plenty of songs from Sundrenched Elsewhere, including my fave Mad Hatter, as well as a couple of excellent covers including 80’s tune Melt with You), and the CD release (huge crowd standing on line after to get their copy of the CD and meet the band).  I would be remiss in forgetting to tell you about their amazing opening band, Little Ugly.  I’ve been trying to see them for ages and kept missing.  So glad the stars aligned correctly Saturday!  They were amazing as I’ve heard (and seen via Live and Local airing).  Who doesn’t love a band with a great set of players including a hot chick on violin and a stand up bass player?  Yeah.  It was the shit.

Mike and Jen at SWAN

Mike and Jen at SWAN

Before I managed to get to Willimantic on Saturday, I attended the SWAN Day CT meet and greet at The Dirt Salon (venue for SWAN Day March 31 – get your tickets yet???)  Martha Richards, founder of WomanArts (who founded SWAN Day globally) attended to the delight of all involved to meet us and offer words of encouragement for our endeavors.  I had the privilege of meeting many of the musicians and artists who are donating their talents to this amazing show supporting women in the arts.  Canyon even drove in from NYC to attend and then had to turn right back around so she could pick up her husband at the airport!  She’s a peach!  I also now own a piece of jewelry that I will treasure always – a beautiful bracelet from the lovely women at Jewels for Hope.  Their jewelry is included in the gift bags for this weekend’s Oscar awards!  <3

Calling all you Trumpet Players!!!  A local group called Southington Brass is looking for trumpet players to help claim the Guinness Book World Record for Largest Trumpet Ensemble on April 21 at high noon.  GET OUT THERE brass boys and girls and let’s bring this record to CT!  You can register at (

Lastly, I’m going to feature a different video from a local band or artist each week.  There’ll be no rhyme or reason to the selection…Just whatever happens to be floating around in my insane head.  Many of our local bands have put forth some amazing music videos with very little funding and I think they should be seen/heard.

Looking forward to seeing folks out and about this weekend at The Mates of State/Stepkids show tonight in New Haven as well as the Fuzzy Bunny and the Dirty Cupcakes show in Milford Saturday (aka lsg’s Hellacious 45th Birthday Bash!)  Get dirty with me, will ya????  =)

Support LOCAL!  And, as always…

Occupy a VENUE!!


“Spot”light on…lsg

“I like talkin but you you you you usually.  But occasionally…I wanna talk about ME!”

OK.  It’s my Hellacious Birthday Weekend.  I am looking forward to spending it with friends and family… and seeing some kick ass local CT homegrown.

So, as I reflect on the start of my 45th year (shut cho mouth!), I want to thank everyone who has made the last year memorable for me.  I have had more fun than one woman should have.  I’ve met amazing people, photographed even more, and heard some of the best fucking music, not only in CT, but in the world!

Anyway, here’s my song for the weekend.  Anyone who knows me well knows the hilarity of me posting a country song!

Peace and love to each of you!



HOT local video of the week…

I’m starting off with a blazing hot song/video from one of my favorite female musicians in CT, Ms. Daphne Lee Martin and Raise the Rent.  This ain’t her first rodeo, cowboys, and this ain’t her first video.  But, I choose it because I’ve been listening to her debut album, Dig and be Dug, a lot this week and I love this song.  So, grab a stiff whiskey and please enjoy “In Lieu of Flowers”



What’s HOT this week…

Friday February 24

* After Hours with Daphne Lee Martin & Sandy Allen, Chamard Vineyard, Clinton – 5:00 pm

*Dave Hogan Acoustic Happy Hour, Two Boots, Bridgeport – 5:30 pm

*FBATDC With Shakedown, Toad’s Place, New Haven – 7:30 pm

* SXSW Tour Kick-Off Show, M.T. Bearington, Arch Street Tavern, Hartford – 8:00 pm

* MATES OF STATE w/ THE STEPKIDS & SEAN BONES, InterCambio, New Haven – 8:00 pm SOLD OUT!!!

* Little Ugly, Echo & Drake and Tumbleweed Company, Stella Blues, New Haven – 9:00 pm

* RECKLESS ABANDON, Strykers, Berlin – 9:00 pm

* DRIVEN, the DRAFT HOUSE, Shelton – 9:30 pm


Saturday February 25

*Fuzzy Bunny & The Dirty Cupcakes, Topside, Milford – 9:00 pm

*Manic Productions presents Pianos Become The Teeth, Xerxes, The World is, Saddest Landscape, WMW, The Space, Hamden – 6:00 pm

*gigglejuice, 70 Main Coffee House, East Hampton – 8:00 pm

* TWO VIRGINS / J-CHERRY & THE STRAWBERRIES, Iguanas Ranas, Middletown – 8:00 pm

* Oasis Pub presents: Brown Bird, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent, New London – 9:00 pm

* Lucid w Little Ugly, Neutral Ground, Bridgeport – 9:30 pm


Sunday February 26

* Manic Productions presents Islands w/ Idiot Glee and Modern Merchant, The Space, Hamden – 7:00 pm


Monday February 27

* Bop Tweedie and The Days, Café 9, New Haven – 11:00 pm

Thursday March 1

* Beat City Beauties Do The Russian Lady, Russian Lady, Hartford – 9:00 pm


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Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez – lsg Original

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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