lsg spot – Rejected by Nuns, She lost her soul – Sept 7 2012

lsg spot – Rejected by Nuns, She lost her soul – Sept 7 2012

Eagerly awaiting SUNN O)))

Eagerly awaiting SUNN O))) outside Club INT.

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by Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez
Twitter at @lsgoriginal


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Fuel in Downtown Hartford

Fuel in Downtown Hartford

Well hello all!  I took last week “off” from writing the blog…but not from activities to fill the blog.  So…Here.  We.  Go!

RADIO 104 AND UP OR ON THE ROCKS held a block party August 24 right out on Allyn Street in Hartford.  In addition to locals like Joey Batts and Them, there were a couple of bands from MA – Fear Nuttin Band and Gone By Daylight – and all put on terrific sets.  But the stars of the evening, however, were Fuel.  It was very cool to have them playing out on the streets of Hartford and they put forth an energetic set.  It was nice to see a good sized crowd enjoying the show!

More pictures here:



THREE NUNS WALK out of a concert venue…We took in the Chicago/Doobie Brothers show August 26 at Comcast in Hartford  It was a strange experience because we were probably the youngest folks there (and we ain’t spring chicks!) save the kids that were dragged by their

Dead By Wednesday

Dead By Wednesday

parents.  Made stranger, however, when we encountered the nuns.  Yes.  Nuns.  In full garb with habits.  Of course, me being me, I stopped and asked them if they wouldn’t mind being photographed with me for my music blog.  “I don’t think we’ll do that” was the response.  Crushed, I threw up horns and told them I was glad we had been rocking out with God for the evening.  Jesus is just alright, people.  PS…Don’t Nuns have some kind of obligation to try and…save me????

THE GREAT HALL AT UNION STATION IN HARTFORD hosted its first major show August 31 when the P.O.D. tour hit CT.  What a cool place to see a show!  The parking is convenient and highway accessible.  The show was well-organized and a pleasant experience.  In addition to a thunderous set by P.O.D., local and regional rockers Fear the State, Dead By Wednesday, Jasta, and Landsdowne warmed up the room.  There are many shows being lined up at this venue, including the sold out AWOLNATION show September 11.

More pictures here:

Fatal Film at Oasis

Fatal Film at Oasis

I LOVE NEW LONDON.  Seriously.  We spent last Saturday evening bar hopping along Bank Street and the surrounding side streets.  We hung at Oasis to check out Fatal Film who I have been waiting to see because I love their CD.  Daphne Lee Martin, Rich Martin (Happy Birthday, Rich!), and John Fries were also on hand checking it out.  We danced.  We drank.  We had a blast.  We took a room within walking distance and I highly recommend a Saturday night spent there.  I also want to thank the wonderful bartenders who helped me continue my partying ways with chasers of bitters and gingerale!  =)



THE DEAD MAY STEAL YOUR FACE, but I had my soul stolen by SUNN O))) on Monday night at Club INT in New Britain. I left the show that night and my Latina ass went home, lit a candle, and prayed for its return.  I can’t put into words the..yes, creepy…feeling I had while experiencing their set.  They aren’t for the average concert goer.  Or music lover for that matter. Imagine a smoke filled and moody room.  Attendees standing almost zombie-like in a group trance.  The row of amps.  And then the first chord rumbles straight through your body.  Ear plugs were almost not enough.  And for the first 10 minutes, we were assaulted by apparitions that we couldn’t see.  And then, as the spooky fog cleared a bit, grim reaper like men cloaked in hooded capes.  Not sure I will ever go home and listen to it again (I did watch on Youtube as a primer.)  But it is definitely one of those things that I’m glad I experienced…Just once.

More pictures here

I’LL TAKE DRONE/DOOM BANDS FOR $1000.  What local music journalist and photographer used to play in a drone band?  Who is Nick Caito.  The things you learn about people between bands.  #whoknew

YOU CAN STILL GET TICKETS to the CT Music Awards which are being held on Wednesday, September 12 at The Bushnell in Hartford!  The tickets are $10 and can be purchased via the Bushnell box office.  In addition, you can join us in congratulating the nominees and winners at The Russian Lady in Hartford right after the awards ceremony!

NEW MUSIC NEW MUSIC NEW MUSIC!  In the last 2 weeks alone, I have received new music from:  You Scream I Scream, Fear The State, Joey Batts & Them, Dead By Wednesday, The Sawtelles/Frank Critelli.  I anticipate Plume Giant and Good Night Blue Moon.  It’s going to be a wonderful Fall/Winter!!!

THERE ARE TWO VERY COOL CD RELEASE PARTIES going on this weekend.  Get new music from Plume Giant tonight in New Haven and You Scream I Scream tomorrow night in Hartford!

IT’S FAIR TIME AGAIN!  Please clue us in on any fairs you are playing at…Fair, Date, and Time so we can post a listing!

I am sad that I will miss the many cool things going on tomorrow.  CD releases.  I AM Festival.  CT Folk Festival.  But, I’ll be dancing at Yankee Stadium (P-tooey!) to The Material Girl herself, Ms Madonna.  I AM SO EXCITED!  =)

Peace out, everyone!  And as always…
Occupy a VENUE!!

“Spot”light on… The Grand Band Slam Nominees
I have a few more Ladies of Grand Band Slam profiles to get you primed for the First Annual CT Music Awards.  They are all amazing.


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-


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!


HOT local video of the week…

Kate Callahan is nominated in the category for Best Singer/Songwriter at the 1st Annual CT Music Awards/Grand Band Slam on Sept. 12 at the Bushnell.  She’s got a great style and a beautiful voice.  Enjoy!


What’s Playing in “The Flounce”? Joey Batts & Them

(Music in my car CD player this week!)
Band:  Joey Batts and Them
Album: Bowtie Chronicles
Genre:  Alternative Hip Hop
Fave Track:  860


What’s HOT this week…

Friday September 7

* Redline, Reynold’s Café, Naugatuck – 8:00 pm

* MT Bearington, Great Elk, Good Night Blue Moon, The Outer Space, Hamden – 8:00 pm

* Stark Raving Lulu at The Year of the Goddess 3 day event, MAC 650 Gallery, Middletown – 9:46 pm

* Sully’s Rock Fest Feat. Superart, 1974, and Unlucky Me, Sully’s Pub, Hartford - 9:00 pm

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

* Quicksand Collective & Graylight Campfire, Acoustic Café, Bridgeport – 9:00 pm

* Fast Lane Band, Center Station Pub, Berlin – 9:00 pm

* Drivetime, Free Spirit Café, Vernon – 9:30 pm

* Bandwith Karaoke, Coach’s, Hartford – 10:00 pm


Saturday September 8

* 2012 CT Folk Festival featuring many local musicians, Edgerton Park, New Haven – All Day

* Spirits of 76 Annual Freedom Festival featuring many local musicians, German Club, Bristol  – All Day

* I AM Festival featuring many local musicians, Multiple Stages in New London, New London – All Day

* You Scream I Scream CD Release Party, Arch Street Tavern, Hartford – 9:00 pm

* I Love Diane, Zen Bar, Plainville – 9:00 pm

* Joey Batts and Them, Main Pub, Manchester – 9:00 pm

* John Street, Brickhouse Bar and Grill, Newington – 9:00 pm

* Full Blast, Tucker’s Café, Norwalk – 9:00 pm

* Driven, Murphy and Scarletti’s, Farmington – 9:00 pm

* Marks Brothers, Sam the Clams, Plainville – 10:00 pm


Tuesday September 11

* AWOLNATION, The Great Hall, Hartford – SOLD OUT but you can win tickets at Radio 104 FM


Wednesday September 12

* First Annual CT Music Awards, The Bushnell, Hartford – 7:00 pm

* First Annual CT Music Awards After Party, The Russian Lady, Hartford – 10:00 pm


Thursday September 13

Two Boots (Bridgeport)

Fake Babies
Mandrake Mechanism

Black-Eyed Sally's (Hartford)
Bad Rooster
Forgotten By Friday
Daphne Lee Martin & Raise The Rent

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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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