by Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez
Twitter at @lsgoriginal
I HAVE BEEN SICK NOW FOR 2 WEEKS…Which is why there was no lsg spot last week and why this one will be…sparse. But, I didn’t want this week to go by without a blog because there are so many amazing things happening in CT music!
AFTER BEING COMPLETELY DRAINED after the festivities at the First Annual CT Music Awards show, I laid low last weekend for the most part. We did get out to Arch Street Tavern to check out favorites, The Mallet Brothers, along with Waylon Speed. Unfortunately, I arrived in time only to see a couple of Mallet Brothers tunes. Great per usual. And then came Waylon Speed. I was told I really needed to get to Arch to see their set…and glad I did. They are a band out of Burlington, VT who describe themselves as “Underground Outlaw Dirt Rock”. It fits, actually. They high geared through their set and kept the crowd going. I scored their CD “Valance” and will let you know about that soon.
THE GRAND BAND SLAM SHOWCASE was amazing! I only managed to make it out to Friday night in Hartford but we did it up right! We caught sets by Down Monday, Fatgrip, McLovins, Jennifer Hill & Co, NightBitch, Vengeance, Dead by Wednesday. I’m sure I am forgetting someone. I am so glad I caught the metal set at Arch Street. Made me recall that, despite all the genres of music I follow and love, I am a metal girl at heart. Congrats, again, to all the nominees and winners. The whole experience was amazing for everyone involved, including yours truly. I can’t wait to see (and hear) what the coming year will bring from everyone in the CT Music Scene.
Props to the boys in Mandrake Mechanism for bringing the best party prop ever! #rookproblems #masksforall
Check out profiles and pictures of winners and bands here! http://www.ct.com/entertainment/music/grand-band-slam/2012/
And my pictures from Friday night!
DUDES! I GOT TO SHOOT KISS! Yes! I had the pleasure of photographing the legendary, KISS, on the final stop of their tour with Motley Crue last Sunday at Comcast in Hartford. What a show! Although they’ve been around for eons, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, still know how to strike a pose and churn out the rock n roll all night! One of the best times I’ve had shooting a band so far. Many thanks, as always, to Matt at Live Nation for the hospitality!
Here are my pictures!
AND IF THAT WASN’T ENOUGH…I also caught Tremonti (Mark Tremonti, of Creed and Alter Bridge fame’s band) at Club INT on Tuesday. I was a bit skeptical about it as I am not a Creed fan(sorry to those of you who are) but did they bring it! What an amazing rock band! And…for added delightfulness…he brought along Wolfgang Van Halen (yup, his daddy is the one and only, Eddie!) on bass. Talk about star power. The huge crowd (you should have seen the line around the building on a Tuesday night!) was treated to a hard rocking set by Tremonti along with openers, Lansdowne (out of MA) and Man the Mighty. And who was checking out the show from local bands? Mike Smolack, Duncan MacIntyre, Vic Arduini, and Tommy Blardo! You should check out more of what’s happening at Club INT and at Great Hall by liking these pages!! http://www.facebook.com/ClubINTCT
And here are my pics… I didn’t get any really good shots of young Van Halen who, very graciously I think, kept to the shadows during the set.
ANOTHER ACADEMIC YEAR IS UPON US which means the Monday night music series at Red and Black Café in Middletown (at Wesleyan) have begun. Local Homegrown expert, Robbie DeRosa, brings live music to the café each Monday night at dinner time. Leave the kitchen. Go to Middletown and enjoy food and live music. What better way to start the week than with a little Homegrown?
Check out and “like” this page for more of Rob’s stuff! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Homegrown-The-Connecticut-Connected-Music-Show-on-WESU-FM/280542858667544?ref=ts
A REALLY COOL BENEFIT SHOW is going on this Saturday afternoon for guitarist, Randy Collins, who was injured while working and has been in the hospital now for a few months. His local musician friends have put together a fine afternoon of music tell help him out. Getting by with a little help from his friends, indeed. Local musicians supporting local musicians. See the links below for more information!
THE FULL STAGE AND SET TIME LINE UP IS OUT for The Last Green Festival September 28 – 30. The Last Green Festival is a 3 day outdoor music and arts festival in Brooklyn, CT. The festival will work to promote sustainability and greener living as well as promote preservation of our region. Our mission to provide education on more sustainable options for greener living will include: Exhibitors, Demonstrations, Public Speakers, Music, Art, Film and a variety of Food and Retail Vendors. Performers this year include Jeff Pitchell with J. Geils (Friday), Third Eye Blind (Saturday), and Ricky Skaggs (Sunday). For more info: http://www.thelastgreenfestival.com/
AFTER A BRIEF HIATUS AND CHANGE OF HANDS, Indie Night at the Oak will resume with an all-female singer/songwriter show on October 12 at 7:30 pm featuring Grand Band Slam nominees Becky Kessler, Hanna Fair, and Jennifer Hill. Newlyweds, Karl Messerschmidt and Rachel Adele C (String Theorie and Post-Modern Panic), have taken over producing the monthly event and I know they will do it up right! If you are interested in participating, hit either of them up! Like the page to keep up to date on happenings!
Peace out, everyone! And as always…
Occupy a VENUE!!
“Spot”light on… Sleep…
HOT local video of the week…Fake Babies
This is a new video from winner of Best “Other” category of the Grand Band Slam just released on Tuesday. Additionally, they’ve released a new 4 track ep that is available for digital download at their site. Check it out. Quite possibly one of the most unique bands out there!
What’s Playing in “The Flounce”? Frank Critelli and The Sawtelles
(Music in my car CD player this week!)
Band: Frank Critelli and The Sawtelles
Album: Live From The Buttonwood Tree
Genre: American Acoustic and Nerve Rock
Contact: http://www.frankcritelli.net/ and http://thesawtelles.com/
Fave Track: The Ghost of Johnny Cash and Not Even in a Whisper
What’s HOT this week…
I’ll get to this again next week!! =(