1st Annual Connecticut Music Awards

1st Annual Connecticut Music Awards

Over the last month Lisa has been compiling a bunch of short interviews with this years Grand Band Slam nominees, here are all of them consolidated into one blog post. This year is the first time that the Hartford Advocate has had an awards show and if you’d like to support the local bands please consider attending. Tickets are still available at the Bushnell Box Office for only $10. Also Local Band Review and CT.com will be hosting an after party at The Russian Lady immediately following the awards.

The following week on Sept 20-21 a host of venues will be hosting some of the nominees all over the State, so if you can’t go to the award ceremony please consider going to a show or two. Below are all the links to find out more about this years Connecticut Music Awards and The Grand Band Slam.  See you all on Wednesday!!!

Full list of Nominees:
http://www.ct.com/entertainment/music/news-and-commentary/wtxx-grand-band-slam-2012-the-finalists-20120803,0,6309799.story

Here is the link on Facebook to the Music Awards:
https://www.facebook.com/events/274155869351808/

Here is the link on Facebook to the After Party:
https://www.facebook.com/events/440166169355058/

Schedule of upcoming Grand Band Slam Concerts:
http://www.ct.com/entertainment/music/grand-band-slam/2012/wtxx-grand-band-slam-2012-concert-schedule-20120813,0,3485754.story

Band/Artist:  Kaia Pazdersky of Little Ugly
Grand Band Slam Category: Best Overall Band and Best Rock Band
Your Role?: Violinist, Vocalist

How and when was your band formed or you became a member?:

Well, I’ve been told that Little Ugly started a long time ago in the mind of Michael Day, and he began picking up musicians along the way. My connection with Little Ugly started in the Fall 2010 when I opened for them as a solo singer/songwriter at one of their shows in New Haven. When Windsor Johnson, the keyboard player at the time, decided to turn his focus back to the classical world, Michael approached me about coming over to jam. The chemistry was pretty instantaneous. I fell in love with their style of writing, and was drawn in by the passion and high energy that Little Ugly is known for.

How long have you been involved in music and what brought you to it?:

I’m pretty sure I became involved with music in the womb. My Father is a musician and my Mother grew up dancing, so the beat runs through my blood. There were always instruments around our house for me to pick up and play. I’ve tried everything from the trombone to the cello to the kazoo, but finally landed on the violin. So many of my early memories include boxes of records laying around, and playing 45s of the Beatles “Hey Jude” and “Revolution” on my Fisher Price Record Player. I don’t think music was ever a choice for me, it was and is a way of life, a gift, and one that I never take for granted.

What does being nominated for a Grand Band Slam award mean to you?:

It means a great deal to me, as it does to the rest of Little Ugly. Through the years, Little Ugly has had the privilege of having many members who have all shared their hearts and their talents. With our most recent line up (Michael, Nick, Jared, and Myself), we’ve really started to close in on a sound that we’re incredibly pumped about. These nominations spotlight all of the hard work Little Ugly has put in over the past few years, and also paves the way for the music we’ve got brewing.

Who do you give mad respect to for their musical accomplishments?:

Honestly, my band of brothers. I am constantly inspired by the commitment, hard work, passion, and drive that Michael, Nick, and Jared share with Little Ugly. The moments we spend writing, jamming, and of course, performing, are for me completely incomparable. These boys have quickly become my family and I am forever grateful to them for providing me with a space to share my creativity, my truth and my soul.

Congrats to all of the Nominees! I speak for all of Little Ugly when I say it is an honor to be among such a talented array of musicians. Also, a HUGE thank you to Lisa and LSG for always rocking out with us and taking (in the words of Michael Day) the most “dopesicle” pictures ever!  EDITOR’S NOTE:  Aw!  Shucks!

 

Band/Artist:  Angela Rhea Piccoli of 1974
Grand Band Slam Category: Best Rock Band, Best New Artist
Your Role: Keyboardist, Vocalist

How and when was your band formed or you became a member?:

In August of 2011 I was asked to be a part of the band. I was at Timothy’s house (he’s our drummer, for those who don’t know), watching Breaking Bad in his bedroom while he practiced downstairs with the 1974 gang. Mike (our lead singer/guitarist), who I was already friends with, came up from practice and asked to talk to me. Right then and there, he asked if I’d consider playing the keyboard for them. They needed a fill in due to a lost band member, and I was available, so I accepted. I guess they like me, because they kept me!

How long have you been involved in music and what brought you to it?:

FOREVER! I started taking music classes when I was still an infant. My mother would take me to a class with other infants and toddlers and music would be played or sung. From then on, I’ve always loved music. I’ve been playing the piano since I was 5 years old and singing for as long as I could talk.

What does being nominated for a Grand Band Slam award mean to you?:

Well, first of all, I get to wear a pretty dress!!! But, seriously, I’m still in shock about the whole thing. I just joined this band a year ago, even though they’ve been together for a long while. Since I’ve joined it’s been nothing but practice, practice, practice and play, play, play. And, lo and behold, it’s payed off! It feels SO amazing to be recognized for all of the hard work that this band, this wonderful group of friends, has done.

Who do you give mad respect to for their musical accomplishments?:

If we’re talking the big guys, the ones who have sold millions of records and have an entourage, I give the biggest and best props to David Bowie. He was a pioneer as a musician and as an entertainer. But if we’re talking the little guys, the unknowns, honest to goodness, I have the utmost respect for 1974′s very own Mike Forgette. Without Mike, the band wouldn’t be the same. His creativity and passion for music is contagious, and without him, our band would never have gotten this far.

 

Band/Artist:  Gabrielle Lakshmi of Fight the Fear
Grand Band Slam Category: best new band and best indie band
Your Role?: Lead vocals, synth, kaossilator.

How and when was your band formed or you became a member?:

Fight the Fear, formerly Lakshmi, formed in the summer of 2008. Jake, currently the drummer and I started writing and recording an album together. Soon after, we were joined by Alex and Andrew, and the existing lineup was formed.

How long have you been involved in music and what brought you to it?:

I began playing classical piano at age five, and had my stage debut singing colors of the wind in 4th grade. music has always been in my blood, so I believe that destiny brought me to it.

What does being nominated for a Grand Band Slam award mean to you?:

It’s an honor to be nominated. there are so many talented bands in CT, with so many different styles and elements. we’re just excited that people dig our sound.

Who do you give mad respect to for their musical accomplishments?:

I’d have to say that currently, Kimbra is someone that I look up to. She’s 21, produces her own music, has a killer live show, and still maintains her originality. Staying true to who you are is difficult in this business, so I commend her.

 

Band/Artist:  Lee-Ann Lovelace of Bad Rooster
Grand Band Slam Category: Best Blues
Your Role?: Singer/Songwriter/insanity provider/sometimes guitar

How and when was your band formed or you became a member?:

Joe Olsen(bass) wanted to compete in the CT Blue’s Society’s Blues Challenge in 2010, and he didn’t have a band to compete with. He called Paul Kramarz (guitar/vox), who in turn called me, Nick Metrow(keys/vox) and Jim Petano(drums). We arranged a few tunes to compete with, made the finals (and won the Grand Band Slam), and then we hit the ground running. We made the finals with all originals in 2011, and we’ve been gigging and writing and having a great time ever since! They are some of the best guys I’ve ever worked with!

How long have you been involved in music and what brought you to it?:

I didn’t ask for this career. It found me, cleared a path and pushed me down (or should I say up, into the light). I don’t think anyone chooses to be perpetually broke, perpetually tired, and yet perpetually full of adrenaline and emotion all at the same time. This career chooses only a certain brand of folks, and we are blessed to be able to do what we do.

My father was a polka drummer who was obsessed with music (especially jazz and big band), as well as my older brother (he’s ten years older), so it was only natural that I too became severely obsessed at a young age. My mother did a bit of singing in her youth as well, though I’ve rarely heard her sing.

What does being nominated for a Grand Band Slam award mean to you?:

Well, this year I have to be honest, I did not even vote and the band didn’t even announce the link. Dave and I were on a road trip, I’ve been putting in 60 hour weeks between work, singing and training, and I just didn’t have the energy to try to summon all my friends and family to vote. So the fact that we are even nominated means a heck of a lot more to us this year because we didn’t even campaign. THAT’S flattering. Our fans are seriously some of the coolest cats around, and it’s ONLY because of them that we are lucky enough to play out in public.

Who do you give mad respect to for their musical accomplishments?:

Oh JEEEZ. Locally? Obviously all the guys I’ve ever played with and do play with. I can’t even begin to name them all. Trish Radil never gets enough cred, and the woman is a monster singer. She can sing anything and find a harmony to any line, on the drop of a dime, in any key. Watching her perform changed the way I started performing.  Mad respect will always go out to every hard working musician in this state who gets out there week in and week out, slugging it out in struggling clubs. We are in dire times right now, and every person who comes out to a local, live show deserves just as much respect as the musicians on stage. We are all in this together. SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC!!!

Huge thanks to all of you social media gurus for posting videos, helping the bands promote, and for generally just being the coolest people to do shots with. We owe you guys!!!

 

Band/Artist:  Ciara Picard Cohen of Heirlooms
Grand Band Slam Category:  Best Indie Rock and Best Overall Band
Your Role?:  Violin and Background Vocals

How and when was your band formed or you became a member?: 
Jesse, Thom, Justin and Neal were working on the first EP for a few
Months before I joined in March of 2010. I found them through a Craigslist posting looking for some violin to be recorded on a few of their tracks. I’m really happy it turned out to be a permanent role.

How long have you been involved in music and what brought you to it?: 

Music is an essential part of my life. I started playing violin in 4th grade. Took private lessons all throughout middle and high school, and played in orchestra and sang in choirs. In college I majored in Music Education at The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. I currently teach Pre-K through 8th grade music in Hartford.

What does being nominated for a Grand Band Slam award mean to you?: 

It’s so exciting to be nominated for a Grand Band Slam award and to be in such fantastic company with the other nominees. We really appreciate everyone’s support!

Who do you give mad respect to for their musical accomplishments?:

There are countless artists and musicians that I admire and respect locally. I don’t get an opportunity to gush about my band mates very often, but I have so much respect for what they do. I really couldn’t be luckier; they’re all extremely talented and also the best bunch of gentlemen. My husband plays drums in another local band (Superart), and I have a ton of respect for them-all of them have ridiculous chops instrumentally and vocally. I’m also totally inspired and impressed whenever I see/listen to String Theorie. What an amazing trio! All three of those boys are amazing individually, but collectively I think they are an excellent representation of creativity and musicianship. I could go on and on…I’m really proud to be part of the music community in Hartford.

 

Band/Artist:  Audrey Sterk of You Scream I Scream
Grand Band Slam Category:  Best Indie Band
Your Role?:  Drums, back up vocals, outfit coordinator

How and when was your band formed or you became a member?: 

Floyd Kellogg and I started the first configuration of the band while riding around across country in a tour bus. At that point we were called “I’m With Stupid”. That was about 4 years ago.

How long have you been involved in music and what brought you to it?: 

I always enjoyed dancing and was involved in a choreographed dance troupe which was the way I was involved in music and beats. But it was only until we started this band did I really get into playing the drums.

What does being nominated for a Grand Band Slam award mean to you?: 

I am really so proud our our band, it is about expanding and growing and a group. Being nominated for the Grand Band Slam award is a real tribute to us and to the people that enjoy our music. WE really have a good time together and hope that shines through with our music.

Who do you give mad respect to for their musical accomplishments?: 

Wow, that is a big questions. All of the bands that are going for it in the industry. It is a tough arena and it takes a lot of passion for the art. So, cheers to all of us!!

 

Band/Artist:  Debbie Seymour of Vengeance
Grand Band Slam Category:  Best Metal Band
Your Role?:  Lead vocalist

How and when was your band formed or you became a member?:

The band has been going for more than 8 years now and I joined 4 years ago. The band is Duncan’s baby and he is the one who continues to inspire and push us to greater heights. Joining this band was the best decision I ever made!

How long have you been involved in music and what brought you to it?:

I’ve been involved with music since I could walk and talk. I started singing at an early age. I was just drawn to the sounds coming out of the radio and a good song could literally make me stop in my tracks. It’s in my blood I guess. I can’t inagine living without music in my life.

What does being nominated for a Grand Band Slam award mean to you?:

It means a LOT. It’s the culmination and confirmation of our achievements, and shows us that people really like what we do. We’ve worked hard to get here and we are humbled by the support and all the great things that keep happening to us. We’re proud to be part of the CT music scene. There’s a lot of dedicated people out there.

Who do you give mad respect to for their musical accomplishments?:

Duncan, our lead guitarist, for his never-ending enthusiasm and belief in us. He makes it all happen and I’m so honored to be part of the ride. He is the epitome of dedication and passion. Also, Ronnie James Dio, David Coverdale and Tony Iommi, for proving that it really doesn’t matter how old you are. Music crosses all boundaries and there is no limit. Whenever you feel like giving up, just look at those guys and realize that it never has to end.

 

Band/Artist:  Becky Kessler
Grand Band Slam Category:  singer songwriter
Your Role?:  singer songwriter/guitarist

How and when was your band formed or you became a member?:

um…EDITOR’S NOTE:  Right.  She’s actually NOT a band!  =)

How long have you been involved in music and what brought you to it?:

My mom played guitar and sang; my dad played piano and wrote music. I always sang… started with piano when I was 8 and then picked up guitar when I was 11. Guitar is what got me sucked in.
What does being nominated for a Grand Band Slam award mean to you?: 

Being nominated for this means so much! I was totally surprised!! I hope it leads to opportunity and a chance to be more involved with the CT music community.

Who do you give mad respect to for their musical accomplishments?: 

Right now, Floyd Kellogg of You Scream I Scream and Casa de Warrenton recording studio comes to mind. He produced and is in the process of mixing my debut CD. He also assumed the role of my band by playing 9 or10 different instruments throughout the record. He’s the most skilled and talented musician with whom I’ve ever worked.

 

Band/Artist:  Jennifer Hill of  Jennifer Hill and Co
Grand Band Slam Category:  Best singer Songwriter
Your Role?:  I guess frontwoman, lyricist, songwriter, pianist.

How and when was your band formed or you became a member?:

Hmmm….I have been playing solo with my original songs since 1998 and this particular formation of my band has been together since 2008. I always had different incarnations of my band and three of us currently in the band (except for Zak Howard) , have been together for almost 5 years. (we had a few bumps in the road that separated us for a bit…but our friendship and ability to write well together t brought us back together)

How long have you been involved in music and what brought you to it?:

I started singing when I came out of the womb…lol . I don’t think I ever really got a choice at what I wanted to do in life. Music chose me. A gift and a curse, I have been following it with passion my whole life. I was singing Janis Joplin in perfect pitch at 3 years old and planning my musical career at the same time. My candy store at age 6 was the tape section of Bradlees. Music was and is my world.

What does being nominated for a Grand Band Slam award mean to you?:

Being nominated in the GBS means to me that what I am doing is actually worth doing. That I haven’t been following a dream without of reach. I am making a difference in my state, with my original songs and it feels GREAT! It makes me feel good that all the hard work I have put in is paying off…(although not actually “paying” off lol)

Who do you give mad respect to for their musical accomplishments?:

I give mad respect to a TON of musicians…but hmmm….if i had to choose I have to pick these amazing women in no particular order. First, I would say Ani Difranco. I give props to for doing it on her own and not giving in to the record companies. Next, of course, Tori Amos with the way she commands a piano and took classical piano music to the next level , Fiona (who can still rock it even though she is obviously not all there at times)… she always gives you her soul and you cant beat the feeling in her lyrics. Bjork for the way she interprets sound and is not afraid to experiment with all kinds of instrumentation and to be an individual…and of course Madonna….for her business savvy and her way of controlling the machine of pop music at it’s peak. She was big when it was rolling in dough and SHE called the shots. She may not have had the best voice or have played an instrument, but she was a strong fierce woman who didn’t only put up and exceed almost every expectation…she got them to shut the fuck up. My saying in business decisions is always WWMD? What Would Madonna Do? That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

 

Band/Artist: I Anbassa Word. Sound. Power. Movement
Grand Band Slam Category: Best Reggae

How and when was your band formed?:

I Anbassa Word. Sound. Power. Movement, was formed three years ago after Ras N’gosi (Lead Singer) met several of the original members at an open mic in Fairfield, CT’s Chef’s Table.

What does being nominated for a Grand Band Slam award mean to you?:

Being Nominated is very special to us in I Anbassa.  It shows us that keeping true to real, new, and original music, can be and in fact rewarding.

Who do you give mad respect to for their musical accomplishments?:

We give MAD RESPECT to all the bands in CT that have earned the right to be the favorites amongst the public.  We would like to solute all genres in the competition and give MAD RESPECT to all who have worked so hard to reach this point.

Video:

Website or Facebook Page:
www.Ianbassamusic.com

 

Band/Artist: The Guru
Grand Band Slam Category:  Best Indie Rock Band

How and when was your band formed?:

Ed and Colin started jamming 4 years ago in highschool, Kyle and Ed met in a junior golf tournament and decided music and skateboarding were cooler then golf and Dan helped record our first demos for us then eventually just started playing bass in the band.

What does being nominated for a Grand Band Slam award mean to you?:

It means the world to us! 3 years ago the 4 of us finally figured out that we really clicked together and found something that truly makes us all happy. To even be nominated to get any type of award to do something you enjoy is unreal.

Who do you give mad respect to for their musical accomplishments?:

When it comes to CT music, The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die, Heirlooms and M.T. Bearington are all killing it!

Video:

Website or Facebook Page:
www.facebook.com/themadcatguru, www.theguruband.tumblr.com

 

Band/Artist: Elison Jackson
Grand Band Slam Category: Folk/Americana

How and when was your band formed?:

Elison Jackson started as a solo thing for Sam Perduta in New Britain, CT.  We became a ‘band’ in 2010 out of Berlin with the addition of Kevin Marrs on drums and shortly thereafter with Greg Perault on upright bass. We’re now based out of New Haven and added a lead guitarist and keyboard player (Michael Kusek and Dan Squid, respectively), and have been gigging non-stop since.

What does being nominated for a Grand Band Slam award mean to you?:

Being nominated for Grand Band Slam means people are listening to original music by local artists and hopefully it opens people’s eyes to music that isn’t Toby Keith or Dave Mathews.

Who do you give mad respect to for their musical accomplishments?:

Phil Ochs.

Video:

“Man From Lowell” live at Lyric Hall Dec 2011 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snDgq9GKACA
or
Live and local appearance – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTxQqyLp9u0&feature=related

Website or Facebook Page:
www.elisonjackson.com
facebook.com/elisonjackson

 

Band/Artist:  Almost Ancient – Bill Calabrese, Dave Lasalata, Brett Calabrese, Tom Barra
Grand Band Slam Category:  Best Cover Band

How and when was your band formed?:

2 years ago. We were doing a lot of session work providing a backing band for local acoustic singer-songwriter types at my studio. One day Dave and I decided it was time to put something together once again. Brett so okay and Tom came on board and we knew we had some solid from day one.

What does being nominated for a Grand Band Slam award mean to you?:

That we touched a lot of people’s ears in a big way.

Who do you give mad respect to for their musical accomplishments?:

Anyone that can pick up an instrument and perform to a live audience and keep them engaged.

Video:

Website or Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/AlmostAncient

 

Band/Artist:  Hannah Fair
Grand Band Slam Category:  Singer/songwriter

How and when was your band formed?:  

I started writing and playing two years ago.  I play often with a friend who is a very talented percussionist.

What does being nominated for a Grand Band Slam award mean to you?:  

Hopefully, it means more opportunities to have my music heard by a more diverse group of people.  It’s an honor!

Who do you give mad respect to for their musical accomplishments?:  

Eric Lichter who owns and operates Dirt Floor recording studio.  He not only possesses his own, over the top musical talents, but  he also helps bring many CT musicians’s work to life through his guidance, vision and honesty.

Video:

Website or Facebook Page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hannah-Fair/190801794293069?ref=hl

 

Band/Artist:  John Fries (I dropped “The Heat” Recently)
Grand Band Slam Category:  Blues

How and when was your band formed?:  2010

What does being nominated for a Grand Band Slam award mean to you?:

I’m honored! We play throughout CT and the Northeast, it’s a great feeling to have our hard work noticed!

Who do you give mad respect to for their musical accomplishments?:

Eric Clapton, my single biggest inspiration.

Video:

Live from My CD release show “Tomorrow” featuring Doug Woolverton & Rich Lataille of “Roomful of Blues”

Here’s my you tube channel as well:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5C44EA4175B65E83&feature=plcp

Website or Facebook Page:
http://www.johnfriesmusic.com/

 

Band/Artist:  Michelle Montavon of The Suicide Dolls
Grand Band Slam Category:  Best Rock
Your Role?:  Bass/Vocals

 

How and when was your band formed or you became a member?:
We started writing in late 2002 and recorded our first demo in 2003. brian and i had played together in other ventures before that time, but we really put a new focus and direction into this band. after another demo in 2005, we really picked up the pace in 2006 when we started playing out on a regular schedule, and we haven’t slowed down since.

How long have you been involved in music and what brought you to it?:
I’ve always loved music, and always wanted to be involved in it in someway. i had messed around as a singer for a while, but realized i could be more creative in the song writing process if i was part of the creation itself. so in 1994, i picked up my bass for the first time and taught myself how to play, and i haven’t put it down yet!

What does being nominated for a Grand Band Slam award mean to you?:
It’s definitely cool. the Suicide Dolls have had a good year… we won ‘Best New Artist’ at the New England Music Awards, and we won ‘Album of the Year’ at New London’s Whalie Awards, so being nominated as one of the Best Rock Bands in CT means a lot. because of how the rest of our year went, we also kind of think it makes sense! haha! but seriously, we are absolutely grateful that people took the time to vote for us, and that’s what really means the most, whether we win or not.

Who do you give mad respect to for their musical accomplishments?:
Well, being from New London and growing up here, we were always aware of The Reducers and how far they were getting their name out in the world. as far as NL bands go, they’ve easily done the most. Can Kickers have also been relentless in their efforts, and even tho they have slowed down these days, when they were active it was impressive to see them work so hard. Another extremely hard working band that we know and respect is 28 Degrees Taurus from Boston. they are constantly touring and making connections across the country, and bringing scenes and sounds together as often as they can. they embody the DIY spirit, and we really admire people who give it their all by connecting themselves to different parts of the country and world.

 

Band/Artist:  Hannah Fair
Grand Band Slam Category:  Best Singer/Songwriter

How and when was your band formed or you became a member?:
I started writing and playing two years ago.  I play often with a friend who is a very talented percussionist.

 

What does being nominated for a Grand Band Slam award mean to you?:
Hopefully, it means more opportunities to have my music heard by a more diverse group of people.  It’s an honor!

 

Who do you give mad respect to for their musical accomplishments?:
Eric Lichter who owns and operates Dirt Floor recording studio.  He not only possesses his own, over the top musical talents, but  he also helps bring many CT musicians’s work to life through his guidance, vision and honesty.

 

Band/Artist:  Daphne Lee Martin of Daphne Lee Martin and Raise the Rent
Grand Band Slam Category:  Best Country
Your Role?:  Songwriter, Chanteuse

 

How and when was your band formed or you became a member?:

The band started in 2006 as an acoustic string band doing a lot of traditional music as a blend of a band called Hot Manouche (Phil Agins, Thor Jensen, and Sebastian Coppotelli) and The Sideshow (myself and Craig Edwards) but we started writing and eventually added drums and bass in 2009 and we’ve had many other great players along the way take part in our recordings and live shows.
How long have you been involved in music and what brought you to it?:
The whole bio things is here, if you’d like to [ick through it for more info- http://raisetherentmusic.com/?page_id=301

 

What does being nominated for a Grand Band Slam award mean to you?:
It is incredibly exciting and flattering to be considered among the top artists in the state. But much more than that, I love how the Grand Band Slam is bringing artists and audiences from all over the state together to celebrate our the wealth of talent here. There are so many great bands, and it's been wonderful to discover more of the cool stuff in our own back yard.

 

Who do you give mad respect to for their musical accomplishments?:
To pull out one of the other nominees right off the bat, I'd have to say The Suicide Dolls. They have worked so hard for so long and are finally being recognized all over the Northeast, including winning a New England Music Award for Best New Artist.

I'm also really proud and happy for the GraveRobbers for this summer's appearance at the Newport Folk Festival. I think 2013 will be an even more amazing year for CT bands, and I can't wait to see who really brings their game!

 

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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