by Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez
Twitter at @lsgoriginal
OCTOBER…It’s so difficult for me to believe that we are two months from the end of this year. I am a summer person but I enjoy the wonders of fall in New England as much as the next person. Fairs. Beautifully hued leaves. Hot air balloons. Warm cider. Apple picking. And homemade, warm apple pie! Yes, I can dig it. So, Happy Fall everyone!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO GARY GONE AND INDEPENDISC as Independisc turns 14! Hmm. Does this mean we’ll witness the start of those difficult teen years of rebellion? I hope so! As he always does, Gary is hosting a birthday show at Café 9 this Saturday night. GARY is giving YOU birthday gifts as you come through the door (first 50), so get there early if you can! Cheers! http://www.independisc.com
I WITNESSED THE HEALING POWER of music on Saturday afternoon when we took part in the benefit gathering in honor of Mr. Randy Collins. As some of you may know, Randy was seriously injured in an accident while he was working. He’s been in a rehab center for months learning to use his legs again. On Saturday, hundreds gathered to eat and drink, win raffle prizes, and, of course, hear live music from many local CT musicians along with a special set by Randy
himself. The love and positive energy were palpable as Randy took the stage (porch as it were) to play 3 songs for us. It was evident as he played, that the power of music has been key to his miraculous recovery process. I have to tell you, it was a truly moving experience. Hats off to the many local musicians and folks who donated their time and goods to help Randy. He and his family were visibly moved by your generosity. For me, it was proof positive of the healing power of music and love.
BY A SHOW OF HANDS…Now that medical marijuana is legal in CT, who has actually managed to “register as a user” (this, imho, is ABSURD when I can get a narcotic anytime I want from my doctor without registering for it), receive a script, and legally purchase. Come on CT. You have the ability to make available a natural pain remedy to those in need AND reap the benefits of all that tax money and creation of jobs. What the hell are you waiting for?!?!?! #failuretoseetheforestthroughthetrees #darkages #ridiculousstigma OK. I’m done.
SANTACON HARTFORD…What? You say you don’t know what it is? Well, let me tell you. Around this time of year, I morph into another person. Please meet Miss Candy Cane. No. She isn’t a stripper (although she has had pole dancing lessons…look at your dirty mind wander!) I have been chairing the event known as SantaCon Hartford for the last 3 years. Follow the follies here! http://santacon.info/Hartford-CT/
This is what it looked like last year! http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.235975253137901.54910.123226597746101&type=1
AND SPEAKING OF FAIRS…It is time, once again, for me to take my place at one of two mammoth fryers in the Fried Dough Booth at the Berlin Fair this coming weekend. I know. I know. Is there no limit to my skills? I have been frying dough for fair-goers now on Saturday night at the fair for years (if you live in Berlin, it’s basically mandatory to work at THE Fair). I fry the very best dough in these parts, my friends. Get yourselves to the Berlin Fair on Saturday night and I’ll demonstrate. PS…You can also heckle me for the fried dough hat I wear!!! Here is the website for schedule of events! http://ctberlinfair.com/entertainment
See ya at the fair!
DO YOU KNOW BUCKCHERRY will be at The Great Hall in Hartford on October 12??? Well, they are. With Lit. You should get your tickets now, you crazy bitches!!! http://www.facebook.com/GreatHallHartford
Peace out, everyone! And as always…
Occupy a VENUE!!
“Spot”light on… HARTFORD HODGEPODGE
You haven’t had a “Sunday Funday” in Hartford until now! The inaugural Sunday for Hartford Hodgepodge is this weekend. Hodgepodge is part street fair, part festival, and part bazaar that will include vendors of all sorts – food, crafts, apparel, etc. – along with music each week on Pratt Street downtown from noon-6 pm. Admission is Free!
Added bonus – it will be very kid friendly and will include hands-on arts. Nina Salazar, owner of Studio N11at Dirt Salon in Hartford, will be conducting some art “workshops” during Hodgepodge. “I don’t have all of them buttoned down yet”, she said, “but here’s what I have so far…” Weekly actives will include: small art, small canvas, oil pastels on canvas, mask making near Halloween, still life sketching, and community weaving with hoolahoops and found materials to celebrate our multicultural city. Of course, all of the activities are supply dependent and Nina is hoping everyone can help out by donating fabrics and hoola-hoops (You KNOW you’ve got one in the basement that isn’t being used anymore!) All activities are free. Nina is owner and operator of Studio N11 and will be moving her studio to Pratt Street very soon! http://www.facebook.com/Art.Studion111 )
Hodgepodge is the brainchild of T.J. Clynch, founder of Civic Mind, collaborating along with the Business Improvement District (BID), the City of Hartford (MECA), and ProPark. Said Stephanie Lynn, organizer with Civic Mind, “T.J. is all about creating happier communities through events that are about family, food, music. He’s into sports and health and wellness and he’s trying to find ways to bring that all together and really highlight the great things that are happening in Hartford.”
Each week, Hodgepodge will center on a new theme. First up…”Circus”. Add to that a few local music acts each week and you’ve got a wonderful and festive Sunday afternoon all wrapped up in one place for the family.
The vendors and musical acts will change by week so each will bring new and interesting things to eat, drink, and purchase. (Hint: Maybe some local art for a Christmas gift?) In addition, Hodgepodge will be tying in with a different restaurant weekly to offer some sort of discount or special for dinner. How convenient! Go to Pratt Street then dinner with the family at a local eatery. This week, The BruHaHa Comedy club (right across the street on Main) will have a free comedy show at 7:00 pm.
Of course, since we are Local Band Review, I am really excited about the bands that are lined up for you to check out…again, FREE…every week. There are some Grand Band Slam winners included and all represent multiple genres and cities in CT. Some of them are Daphne Lee Martin, Isaac Young Quartet, Hannah Fare, Rivergods, Klokwize, and OH MY! See the full list scheduled so far below! Music will generally be from 2-4 pm.
So, if you aren’t interested in football (or your team just bites this year like the Dolphins!) or you need a break from the tube and wanna hang with the fam, go to Hartford. Admission is Free and parking is Free on the streets as well as a few parking garages in the area (ie Morgan Street). Let’s help make this a fall tradition in downtown Hartford!!
Hartford Hodgepodge starts this Sunday, October 7 and runs through November 18 from noon til 6 pm. Admission is free. For more information and updates, “like” the Hartford Hodgepodge page on FB. http://www.facebook.com/HartfordHodgePodge
Oct 7 – Isaac Young Quartet
Oct 14 – The Rivergods, Klokwize
Oct 21 – Daphne Lee Martin and Raise the Rent
Oct 28 – Hannah Fair, Kevin Howard Band
Nov 4 – Lys Guillorn, The Grimm Generation
Nov 11 – Paper Hill Casket Co, Lance Mountain Dance Party
Nov 18 – 1974
HOT local video of the week…Pink Missile
Not gonna lie to you. I enjoy a good hair metal band. What??? I own it! With that said, I received a cool CD not long ago from metal band out of Stamford called Pink Missile. I’ll feature the CD, Stab it and Steer, at some point soon but I thought they’d be a fun video today. Oh…Did I mention they have a female bass player? You KNOW how I did bad ass female players…especially bass! Rock on, Jessie May! I give you “Sexis4fun” filmed this summer at Toad’s Place.
What’s Playing in “The Flounce”? Fear the State
(Music in my car CD player this week!)
Band: Fear the State
Album: Wake Another Day
Fave Track: Meet Our Maker
What’s HOT this week…
Friday October 5
* Fast Lane Band, Berlin Fair, Berlin – 6:00 pm
* Mercury, The Hungry Tiger, Manchester –9:30 pm
* Little Ugly, Up Or On The Rocks, Hartford –8:00 pm
* Bandwith Karaoke, La Boca, Middletown – 10:00 pm
* Crosseyed Cat, Legends Sports Bar, Bristol – 9:00 pm
* Smooth Money Gesture: The Band: A tribute to Levon Helms, Arch Street Tavern – 10:00 pm
Saturday October 6
* IndepenDisc 14th Birthday Show, Café 9, New Haven – 9:00 pm
* Sunshine Kids Ride, Bartlem Park, Cheshire – 9:45 am
* B.A.A.C. Pet Toy Run, – Phil’s Bar and Grill, North Haven, 11:00 am
* October Fest/Pig Roast, Prospect VFD, Prospect – 12:00 pm
* Dave Hogan, Liquid Lunch, Shelton – 12:00 pm
* Barnaroo 2012, 32 South Maple Street, Enfield – 1:00 pm
* Michael Cleary Band, Southside Café, Torrington – 5:00 pm
* Kath Bloom, Ed Askew, Marsh Botanical Gardens, New Haven – 7:00 pm
* Dirt Floor Studio presents Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent, Dirt Floor Recording Studio, Chester – 7:00 pm
* Dave Hogan, Kriss Santala, Scott Camara, Never Ending Books, New Haven – 8:00 pm
* John Fries with Matt Zeiner, Black Eyed Sally’s, Hartford – 9:00 pm
* Driven, La Boca, Middletown – 10:00 pm
* Diamondback, Lanza Restaurant & Capri Lounge, Ansonia – 10:00 pm
Sunday, October 7
* Isaac Young Quartet, Harford Hodgepodge, Pratt Street, Hartford – 2:00 pm
* Manic Productions presents The Growlers, Sean Bones, Denney & The Jets, and The Guru, The Space, Hamden – 7:00 pm
* Octoberfest Acoustic Fest, Mezzo Grill, Middletown – 4:30 pm
* Danbury’s Got Talent, 7 Backus Avenue, Danbury – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, October 9
* The Advocate and CT.com present Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers and Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent, The Russian Lady, Hartford – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, October 10
* Jacques Le Coque/The Eeries, The Fez, Stamford – 10:00 pm