lsg spot – Early Cinco de Mayo – May 4th 2012

lsg spot – Early Cinco de Mayo – May 4th 2012

lsg spot
by Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez

HOT Rewind
Before I get into the main event of this past week, Daffodil Fest, I just wanna side bar about a couple of other things.I’d never really think about a restaurant like Firebox ( in Hartford as a music destination but we find ourselves there frequently to see bands like Heirlooms and String Theorie.  Wednesday  night, we went in for a light meal and to check out Ed Fast and The Conga-Bop.  What a treat!  This Latin Jazz band (honestly orchestra is more like it!) consists of 8 musicians playing multiple horns, piano, stand up base, and multiple percussion instruments.  The big surprise, however, was their guitarist, none other than Atticus Kelly of McLovins fame.  They played Latin Jazz standards with finesse and even brought up the talented, India, for vocals on “Besame Mucho”.  Ed Fast and The Conga-Bop play Firebox every first Wednesday of the month.  Break up your week next month and check it out.  Great food, wonderful atmosphere, and this terrific band…you won’t be disappointed.

Chili Cookoff

Chili Cookoff

On Sunday, I took a side trip to Somers before I went back for day two of the Daffodil Fest.  I went there to shoot photographs of the ICS New England Regional Chili Cook Off.  It was my first time ever attending a chili cook off and what an education I received!  I was lucky enough to find one of my new partners in crime, Becky Mills Block of Radio 104, sitting at their booth among the chili tents.  It just so happened that the 4 booths around her were all occupied by members of her family!  So, I got to go “behind the scenes” and meet the chefs, including her Mom, and watch as multiple styles of chili were being prepared for judging.  Did you know that there is a green chili?  It’s actually green in color.  I didn’t.  It was delish!  I was truly amazed by the event and congratulate event organizer, “Mad” Mike Freedman on the success of the cook off!  I can’t wait to do it again next year as a spectator!  And thanks to photographer, Steve Smith, ( for the opportunity

The main event for me this past weekend, however, was the Meriden Daffodil Festival on Saturday and Sunday.  What can I say?  Robbie DeRosa, entertainment guru for the event, really outdid himself this year with the lineup.  It was just two outstanding days of music.  Of the 22 bands on Saturday, I managed to listen to and photograph 19.  Because of my side trip Sunday, sadly I only managed to see 6 of the 15 bands.  Some stand-out performances for me from bands I

Mike, lsg, Rob DeRosa

Mike, lsg, Rob DeRosa at WESU

hadn’t seen before:  LBR’s own, Anne Castellano and the Smoke – taking the stage for the very first time as a band; Farewood – who released their new CD, “Wings of Gold” at the festival; The Guru – I just can’t rave enough about their performance; The Rivergods – who rocked out New London style; and The Pedro Valentin Orchestra – who had the Food Tent rocking with their huge ensemble band playing a little bit of Latino music.  And of course, there were some of my usual favorites who put on fine performances as expected:  Frank Critelli, Jennifer Hill & Company, Mark Mirando, Bop Tweedie and the Days, Crosseyed Cat, The Manchurians, and M.T. Bearington.  Headliner, Mates of State were fantastic as well.  There wasn’t a band that I saw that didn’t put on a fine show and there are many that I have on my list now to catch so I can see a full set (I saw a song or two on average from each band!)  Another element of fantastic?  The show of support from local bands who weren’t even playing Daffodil!  I spotted members of Little Ugly, Stark Raving LuLu, The Peacock Flounders, and Heirlooms there supporting the scene.  And let us not forget the terrific guys who did a wonderful job as MC’s for the 3 stages:  Frank Critelli, Gary Gone, and Bob D’Aprile.  Great job, guys!  Special note to Robbie DeRosa:  THANKS a million times for what you do and for another amazing Daffodil Fest!  You put on one hell of a show!  Now, about that golf cart for LBR next year…

Here is the photo gallery (Day Two is forthcoming)…

Well…It’s upon us.  Boy, did it come up quickly!  Local Band Review’s Epic American Diabetes Association Fundraiser II IS THIS SUNDAY beginning at noon at Illusions in Wolcott.  For Ten Dollars, you can check out…Graylight Campfire, Mina, The Sue Menhart Band, Down Monday, Fret Knotz, Almost Ancient, Crosseyed Cat, and Stark Raving Lulu!  There are also rumors of some “volunteers” from some local bands who will ride the bull!!  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!  I EXPECT TO SEE ALL OF YOU THERE!!!!

Support LOCAL!  And, as always…

Occupy a VENUE!!


“Spot”light on… Graylight Campfire, Mina, The Sue Menhart Band, Down Monday, Fret Knotz, Almost Ancient, Crosseyed Cat, and Stark Raving Lulu

Graylight Campfire


The Sue Menhart Band

Down Monday

Fret Knotz

Almost Ancient

Crosseyed Cat

Stark Raving LuLu


HOT local video of the week…Beastie Boys

As news spreads of the untimely passing of Adam “MCA” Yauch, I thought I’d change up this week and post one of my favorite Beastie songs.  I, like many who have already expressed sadness over his passing, keep some of my fondest memories of my life with a Beastie Boys soundtrack.  RIP, MCA…


What’s Playing in “The Flounce”?…
(Music in my car CD player this week!)

Band:  Fret Knotz, Bad Rooster, Jennifer Hill & Company, Fight the Fear, Down Monday, Sue Menhart, Ellen Sackman, Crosseyed Cat, Graylight Campfire, Anne Castellano, Stark Raving LuLu

Album: Local Band Review EPIC II Benefit CD

Genre:  Just plain kick ass music

Contact: ( Pick it up at the event or from Mike Lawson or I as you see us out and about for only $8.00.  All proceeds go to ADA

Fave Track:  All of them!  Check it out!


What’s HOT this week…


Friday May 4

* Manic Productions presents Quilt w/ Higgins (mem of Vetiver), Cheerleader, Cafe Nine, New Haven – 9:00 pm

* InterCambio Presents: Ben Von Wildenhaus and Dr. Caterwauls, Gilt Lounge, New Haven – 9:00  pm

* New Remains, Sidewalk Café, Hartford – 9:00 pm



* DIRK QUINN BAND, Two Boots, Bridgeport – 9:30 pm

* Star Wars Day of Rock Bandwith Kaoroke, Coach’s, Hartford – 10:00 pm


Saturday May 5 – CINCO DE MAYO – ARRIBA!!

* FREEDOMS REIGN and ENEMY REMAINS, The Webster Theatre, Hartford – 8:00

* From Dusk Til Dawn: CD Release/ BBoy Battle, Freight Street Gallery, Waterbury – 5:00 pm

* Daphne Lee Martin & Sam Perduta, Green Well, New Haven – 6:00 pm

* The Exquisite Gypsy, Never Ending Books, New Haven – 8:00 pm

* Farewood Record Release Party w/ Clearlight Industries and Killer Kowalsk, Chas’ Place, Meriden – 9:00 pm

* The Tattered Tramps, The Brickhouse Bar & Grill, Newington – 9:00 pm


Sunday May 6th

* Local Band Reviews Epic American Diabetes Association Benefit II – llusions, Wolcott – Doors at noon.  Music starts at 1:00 pm with Graylight Campfire


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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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