lsg spot – 952 mixing it up – April 27 2012

lsg spot – 952 mixing it up – April 27 2012

lsg spot
by Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez

HOT Rewind                                                

9 bands + 5 venues + 2 states = the last 7 days.  Local, national, rock, indie, cover, southern, r&b…Oh, and I met one of the Original Gangstas of Americana…Charlie Daniels himself!

John Ryan of Down Monday

John Ryan of Down Monday

Last Friday night began at The Firebox ( for’s Firebox music series.  The very talented Becky Kessler ( appeared with her guitar and knocked everyone’s socks off with a soulful and beautiful set that included new songs from her upcoming release, “Man in the Country” and “Hole in my Heart” and a cover of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good” that just may have been better than Amy’s.  Checking out Becky were Chip McCabe and LBR’s own Aim D’Amaro.  Becky’s playing a Lucky Souls show on May 10 and you should check it out!  Moving on, I caught the Down Monday ( CD release show at Up or on the Rocks ( .  I arrived just in time to catch opener, Fight the Fear ( who are always worth a listen.  But the main attraction, playing to a capacity crowd, was Down Monday.  Kick ass set including songs from their debut CD along with a few covers from Tool and Breaking Benjamin (very well executed, I might add).  Many thanks to a couple new hanging partners from Radio 104, Fisch and Becky Mills Block, for your hospitality.  Check out more info on Down Monday’s new CD below in “What’s Playing in the Flounce?”  Incidentally, Down Monday is one of the 8 big-hearted bands playing LBR’s Epic ADA Fundraiser II ( next Sunday!

Crosseyed Cat at The Palace

Crosseyed Cat at The Waterbury Palace

I told you last week that the weekend was a big one for Crosseyed Cat ( …and Mike and I followed them Saturday and Sunday to capture the craziness.  The Cat opened up for The Charlie Daniels Bandon Saturday night at The Palace in Waterbury.  It was a great experience being there for load in, sound checks, and all the excitement of a major show for a local band.  The Palace is a beautiful theater and the boys played to a near sold out show.  The Cat were well-received by a crowd that sang and clapped along to their tunes.  I

Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels

wondered whether Charlie could still sing and play the way I remember him years ago at a show…and he absolutely can!  It took me back to some great times in my younger years.  He and the band performed everything you’d want to hear and the big man danced and swung his bow around like a young man would.  Big thanks to Charlie Daniels who was gracious

Mike, lsg, and Ed

Mike, lsg, and Ed

enough to sign, and pose with, a guitar that we’ll be auctioning off at the LBR ADA benefit next Sunday.  If you purchase tickets on line, you’ll be registered to win the guitar with your ticket purchase.  See our event page.  BONUS…We got to hang out with fellow blogger, Ed Bartlett (, Saturday AND Sunday.  \m/  Good times!

Crosseyed Cat

Crosseyed Cat Children's Hospital fundraiser

Apparently, sleep is not really an option for Crosseyed cat.  Immediately after exiting stage left (and loading up their gear!), they moved on to the Elks Club in Waterbury where they unloaded and set up (for the second time in one night!) for their 2ndannual

Wendy from Redline

Wendy from Redline

fundraiser to benefit The CT Children’s Medical Center.  Back again bright and early in the morning, along with their friends from Redline, The Bernadett’s, and Soul Funk, Crosseyed Cat rocked a crowd of hundreds packed into Elks hall…and raised over $10,000 for the medical center.  Those Cats ROCK…and have huge hearts to match.

Wasn’t that enough music for one weekend?  Nah.  Monday night, we jumped in the car after work and headed to Boston’s Orpheum Theater so I could photograph Rodrigo y Gabriela.  What a show!  R&G were joined by C.U.B.A., a 6 piece

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

orchestra from the island of the same name.  They played in support of their new studio album, Area 52, but included many of their previous hits including “Hanuman”.  I can honestly say it’s been a while since I’ve been at a show that had the energy and crowd engagement of this show.  The charismatic duo knows how to work a crowd and easily had us all on our feet and dancing for the majority of the show.  In the photo album of my life, this is one of those snap shots that will always be featured.  Thanks to Ryan Spaulding, Ryan’s Smashing Life, ( for hooking me up!  You rock, man!!


Looking ahead, you’d think a little rest might be in order.  I don’t think so because it’s Daffodil Fest time!!  I cannot wait!  Check out the line up and mark yourself as attending!  This IS the best local music line up of the year.  Don’t miss it!  (   See a few more band profiles below!  Here’s the line up on…Oh hey!  That’s my picture!  (,0,7256238.story)

Charlie Daniels with Guitar photo by Brian Boyle

Charlie Daniels with Guitar photo by Brian Boyle

Tickets are available now for Local Band Review’s Epic American Diabetes Association Fundraiser II.  Last year, this amazing event raised over $2000 for ADA.  Look at the bands who are pitching in for this show (Yeah, they ROCK!)…Graylight Campfire, Mina, The Sue Menhart Band, Down Monday, Fret Notz, Almost Ancient, Crosseyed Cat, and Stark Raving Lulu!  What??!??!??!  Check out our FB Event for more details, including how you can get your tickets AND a download card of music from past and present participating bands!   (  And check out our participating bands respective Websites and Face Book pages!


Support LOCAL!  And, as always…

Occupy a VENUE!!


“Spot”light on…Burrito Betty, Jennifer Hill & Company, and Big Fat Combo
Burrito Betty


Daffodil Set Time:  Sunday, April 29 10:00 – 10:30 am, Welcome Stage
Burrito Betty is an experimental/alternative rock band formed in February of 2008 in Meriden, C.T. Since their forming they’ve hit the ground running, playing parties , charity events, and all types of venues through out Connecticut. Now, Recently joining forces with SlingSlang Records, Burrito Betty has strengthened their numbers and are working hard, writing and recording songs for their debut release. Keep an ear open for this fresh new sound!


Jennifer Hill & Company

Daffodil Set Time:  Saturday, April 28 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm, Bandshell Stage
Coming together as a group of strangers from both coasts and from different musical backgrounds Jennifer Hill and Co have a distinct vibe that is all their own.Often described as a “piano soul collective” the sound is a musical martini of pop, rock,punk,jazz, soul, and funk shaken together with a piano pounding beat.

Jen is a little off her rocker. She likes to dress for the part and be a bit cheeky with the audience.The audience is a key part of the show after all… and Jen’s comedic interaction and life stories are a valued part of the performance.


Big Fat Combo

Daffodil Set Time:  Saturday, April 29 2:45 – 3:30 pm, Welcome Tent Stage
Tom: Frontman, singer, songwriter, keeper of the corn, formerly of Tom Hearn and the Tune Butchers, ocassionaly still plays with The Tommy Hearn Band… Cary: Plays the High Notes, blathers, occasionally puts his foot down, … Tom Murphy: King Thunder Broom of Doom, “The good looking one”, most likely to defect to a real band, …. John “Jack” Murphy: Drums, strange glares, good ideas, the voice of reason.

The following was probably written by Rob DeRosa, the super-cool guy who runs the music portion of the Meriden Daffodil Fest every year, and hosts his own radio show on WESU 88.1 every Thursday at 5 pm. Thanks Rob!:

“Big Fat Combo is a super cool band- it’s hard to put it any other way. They play rootsy American music, mixing well crafted originals with a surprising pick of left field cover tunes. A solid rhythm section featuring stand up bass, a charismatic hero-type front man and a guitarist who makes the most wonderful bunch of noises come out of his instrument, all combine to a groovy rock experience.. Their debut CD may be taking longer to finish than the latest Axl Rose piece, but it will be worth the wait.”


HOT local video of the week…EULA

She’s sugar and spice and everything nice…and naughty.  She’s Debbie Harry.  She’s Courtney Love.  She’ll kick your ass.  Video speaks for itself.  Turn it up!!


What’s Playing in “The Flounce”?…
(Music in my car CD player this week!)
Band:  Down Monday
Album: Down Monday
Genre:  Rock, Hard Rock, Alternative
Contact: (
Fave Track:  “I Know”


What’s HOT this week…

Friday April 27

* Manic Productions presents Kind of Like Spitting w/ One Hundred Year Ocean and Suns, The Space, Hamden – 7:00 pm

* Anger, Tester, Nasty Disaster, Solar Angels, Cherry Street Station, Wallingford – 8:00 pm

* Mining For Diamonds, Amalgamated Muck, The Kate, Old Saybrook – 8:00  pm

* Lonesome Sparrows and Frank Critelli, Huntington Street Café, Shelton – 8:00 pm

* Total Hacks, Crush Sports Café, Milford – 9:00 pm

* Bad Rooster, City Sports Grill, Bristol – 9:30 pm

* 1974, Heirloom Arts Theater, Danbury – 8:00 pm

* Sue Menhart Band, Chamard Vineyards, Clinton – 5:30 pm

* Mandrake Mechanism, Sully’s Pub, Hartford – 9:00 pm


Saturday April 28

* Meriden Daffodil Festival, Meriden – 10:00 am – 9:00 pm with Fireworks!!!

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* Graylight Campfire Rocks Stratford Little League, Short Beach, Stratford – 9:00 am

* Michael James Anderson and The Dirty Twang featuring Andy Wakeman, The Outer Space, Hamden -6:00 pm

* Suckerfish, Jake’s, Wallingford – 9:00 pm

* REDLINE, Hirschbeck’s Sports Bar & Grille, Shelton – 9:00 pm

* PYRAMIS and I Love Diane, Diamond Lil’s, Waterbury – 9:00 pm


Sunday April 29

* Meriden Daffodil Festival, Meriden – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm with Fireworks!!!

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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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