by Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez
Twitter at @lsgoriginal
HOT OFF THE “PRESSES”…New HEIRLOOMS! Congrats to them!!! I am sure that, like me, you’ve been waiting for this. And it’s finally here! Released just yesterday, you can pick up the down load of “Everyone a Diver”…and name your price to do it!!! So get to clicking! You NEED this music in your life! From me to you… http://heirlooms.bandcamp.com/album/everyone-a-diver
Anyway…I HAD NO INTENTION OF GOING OUT FRIDAY…And the evening started out innocently enough. We met Isaac Young (a recent CT Music Award winner for Best Jazz) at a local watering hole so I could chat him up a bit. Unfortunately, we had already discussed the effects of Jameson on me (please see CT Music Awards show!) and he thought we needed to drink some together. And away we go! So, after a good hour or two of great conversation and shots, I was ready to go home. But, my partner in crime had other thoughts and off we went to Up or On the Rocks to check our pals, Little Ugly. Good times as usual with the Uglies. Excellent set. Made me happy I went out. Fisch and our friends at Radio 104 were hanging out too. Good times! My conversation with Isaac will be published shortly!
PAPER HILL CASKET COMPANY is looking for your help! They have a kick starter going to put out their debut album “Undertow”. I enjoy so many genres and bands in CT, but, I gotta tell ya…This band stands out and I cannot wait to see what they have to offer in a full length album! I posted a recent video below. Check it out and listen to some more..if you like, help ‘em out, will ya? They will be very thankful!
HARTFORD HODGEPODGE was cancelled last week due to rain. But the show should go on again this Sunday with musical guests The Rivergods and Klokwize starting at 2:00 pm. Get down there. Enjoy a day of food, crafts, and music. Noon-6 pm and it’s FREE admission! Here’s some information about what Hartford Hodgepodge is and why you should totally go! http://www.localbandreview.com/2012/10/lsg-spot-rocktober-october-5-2012/
CONVERGE, BUCKCHERRY, JENNIFER HILL all have something in common. They are all playing tonight (FRIDAY 10/12)! I have no idea how I’m going to catch all of these but I’m sure as hell going to give it a try! For ticket info:
THE TELEGRAPH IN NEW LONDON is celebrating 2 years in business tonight as well! Owned by Daphne Lee and Rich Martin, it IS my favorite place to get my vinyl fix AND see live music when it’s in the store. They’ll have live music from locals like Suicide Dolls and, of course, Daphne Lee Martin! If you can’t get down there, make it a point. Party starts at 6:00 pm. Or make it a day. There’s lots to do and see on and off Bank Street. Here is the web site so you can check out more info on the store. Congrats to The Telegraph!!! http://www.telegraphnl.com
LED ZEPPELIN CELEBRATION DAY opens on Wednesday, October 17. There is no way I can express to you how stoked I am about this! Led Zeppelin. My all time favorite band. The Golden God. Gonzo. Oh, Gonzo. I have seen Robert alone. Jimmy alone. The Firm to see Jimmy. Jimmy and Robert when they did that “Indian influenced” tour doing Zep tunes. It was the closest to musical heaven I’ve ever been. I actually have a friend who was holding a Zeppelin ticket for a show in CT when Bonham died. So, seeing 3 of 4 on stage doing this…I can’t help but be giddy. Me and some cronies will be checking out the premier at Bowtie in Blue Back Square in West Hartford 10/17. Join us. Tickets can be purchased here… http://www.movietickets.com/movie_detail.asp?movie_id=140995
Peace out, everyone! And as always…
Occupy a VENUE!!
“Spot”light on… INDIE NIGHT AT THE OAK
Although Indie Nights had been going on for a while, to my knowledge, it wasn’t until the “last” that I caught one at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford. And damn I didn’t really know what I was missing! The good news is that it’s taking on a new life under the guidance of husband and wife duo, Karl Messerschmidt and Rachel Cabaniol. You may know them as he: a member of String Theorie and she: owner/photographer for Rachel Adele Studios and they: members of Post-Modern Panic. Now they add Indie show producers to their resume. And if anyone can carry this excellent event forward, it’s them. Their first show is TONIGHT and features women singer/songwriters nominated for Grand Band Slam awards in that category – Hannah Fair, Becky Kessler, and Jennifer Hill. We tried to get together over the last week or so to discuss their involvement but with the crazy schedules and my perpetual plague, we ended up passing emails with Q&A. At some point soon, I hope to sit with both of them but here is what they had to say about this new endeavor.
lsg: Please tell me a bit about the history of Indie Nights at the Oak (what you know of it).
k/r: Indie Night actually goes back a long way at Charter Oak. When I (Karl) first started working there as a tech assistant years ago, our tech director was also part owner of a booking/promotions company called Rock Yer Socks that worked mainly around Manchester and it was their brainchild. (The RYS crew had their own band, Panda and Child, which sadly isn’t around anymore as half the band has moved away.) RYS eventually disbanded, but two of the members, Dave and Andy, kept it going for quite some time. The shows were always rooted in a very DIY work ethic, so there was never any mainstream press involved, no expensive sound systems or tech riders, but they put on some great shows. They were able to bring in Ian McKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi) once which was kind of a big deal, and they’ve had touring bands from Philly, Brooklyn, Boston, and elsewhere come through. Each show is unique and ranges from “everybody sit down and listen carefully” to just a bunch of friends hanging out in a basement playing music. It totally depends on the bands and the crowd.
lsg: How did the two of you get involved?
k/r: Our band Post-Modern Panic played at IndieFest, which was a full-day installment of Indie Night back in July. Unbeknownst to us at the time, it was also Dave and Andy’s farewell show. A few days later we caught up with them at the Sunspots reunion show at Arch St. Tavern and they asked us if we’d want to take over Indie Night and keep it running. Karl has worked with Dave and Andy in many capacities for a long time and I think they felt comfortable with our drive and our connections to the local music community.
lsg: Tell me about your first show coming up this Friday.
k/r: This particular show is going to be a more intimate setting than some of the other ideas we have planned. Charter Oak currently has the Hartford Opera Theater set up in the main room upstairs, so we’ll be downstairs in the art gallery. We specifically picked out some artists we really wanted to have who we thought would be good fits for that space. We were blown away by Hannah Fair’s performance at the CMA’s and knew we had to get her up to Hartford, we’ve been wanting to work on something with Becky Kessler for quite some time and haven’t had the opportunity, and Jennifer Hill is already among our existing circle of close colleagues.
lsg: What are your plans for Indie Night at the Oak?
k/r: Over the past few years we’ve experienced life at both ends of the musical pecking order in Hartford. When we started trying to gig with our band we really started to see how hard new bands have it. Gigs can be really hard to come by when you have no name recognition yet, and new bands aren’t always welcomed into the “scene” with open arms (we don’t like the word “scene” to describe what we do, as it carries a negative connotation of exclusivity). It’s been a huge eye-opener and we see Indie Night as a way of addressing these things so that new bands have a way of breaking in and being welcomed without having to submit to pay-to-play schemes. From the get-go, we came up with a set of core principles for Indie Night: There are no “headliners” (this has been a principle of Indie Night since before our time, but we agree with it). With each show we want to find new bands and give them the opportunity to perform alongside well-established bands as equals. Shows should be scheduled so that no one ever has to start a set so late that they end up playing to an empty house that was full half an hour ago. All of our shows are all ages.
lsg: Are you looking for any assistance?
k/r: We need you to tell your friends.
lsg: How does a band or musician get on the bill for one of your shows?
k/r: You can drop us a line on our Facebook page, we usually answer within a day or two. Just be prepared to have some patience – we only book about three bands a month right now and we have a lot of inquiries, but we will get you in sooner or later.
lsg: What bands/musicians do you have lined up in the future?
k/r: We’re booking each month as a “theme.” We have plans for a punk night, an alt-country night, a dance party… We’ll keep you posted with new lineups as they come out.
I, for one, can’t wait to see what Karl and Rachel have in store! Please check out the show tonight! Three terrific musicians. $5.00 admission. BYOB! http://www.facebook.com/events/174460592690732/
HOT local video of the week…Paper Hill Casket Company
I love this band. All the elements I love. Excellent front man with “character”. A kick ass fiddle player. Amazing musicians all. Dig the video. Donate to their kickstarter.
What’s Playing in “The Flounce”? Freezy
(Music in my car CD player this week!)
What’s HOT this week…
Friday October 12
* Buckcherry w/ Lit, The Great Hall (Union Station), Hartford – 7:00 pm
* Manic Productions presents Converge w Torche, Club INT, New Britain –7:00 pm
* Indie Night at The Oak w Hanna Fair, Becky Kesller, & Jennifer Hill, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford – 7:30 pm
* Driven, Blackstone Irish Pub, Plantsville – 9:00 pm
* Dave Hogan, Two Boots, Bridgeport – 5:30 pm
* Exposed Festival w Enemy Remains, I Love Diane, and more, The Webster, Hartford – 6:00 pm
* Michael Cleary Band, Portland Fair, Portland – 7:00 pm
* Oddball Garage Psychedelic Stomp, Two Boots, Bridgeport – 0 pm
* Full Blast Mix Tape Vol 4 Release, Factory Underground, Norwalk –8:00 pm
* Reckless Abandon, Strykers, Berlin – 9:00 pm
* Nasty Disaster w End-Time Illusion and others, Cooks Café, Naugatuck – 8:30 pm
* MINA, Allstars, Manchester – 10:00 pm
* Diamondback, Geraldine’s, West Springfield – 10:00 pm
Saturday October 13
* Rocktoberfest w Forgotten by Friday, 1974, Wavelength, Post-Modern Panic, Zen Bar, Plainville – 9:00 pm
* Mercury, Bleachers, Bristol – 9:30 pm
* Amy Black & Daphne Lee Martin, The Vanilla Bean, Pomfret Center – 7:00 pm
* Danbury’s Got Talent, 7 Backus Avenue, Danbury – 6:00 pm
* Bluegrass Hoedown w multiple bands, Black Eyed Sally’s – 8:00 pm
* Connecticut Transit Authority, The Red Door, Watertown – 10:00 pm
* Manic Productions presents David Liebe Hart (Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show w Defcon, Café 9, New Haven – 9:00 pm
Sunday, October 14
* The Rivergods and Klokwize, Harford Hodgepodge, Pratt Street, Hartford – 2:00 pm
* Gigglejuice, Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington – Noon
* Sketchy New Haven Sunday Spooktacular, Café 9, New Haven – 3:30 pm
* Danbury’s Got Talent, 7 Backus Avenue, Danbury – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, October 16
* Dave Hogan, Klekolo, Middletown – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, October 17
* Led Zeppelin Celebration Day Premier, Various Screens and times