by Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez
Twitter at @lsgoriginal
This blog should have come out last Friday. As we are all painfully aware, Connecticut and specifically Newtown, were forever changed by the senseless killing of 20 innocent school children and 6 of their teachers/administrators at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Our hearts are broken. I just couldn’t find a way to sit and write about the things I normally do. It all seemed so unimportant. But I feel that spirit coming back. And it’s being revived by watching the strength of the Newtown community but also the loving and kind hearts of the CT Music Scene. In the days that have followed, I have seen various benefit shows being planned and music being written for recording. It does my heart good to see so many gather around the Newtown community ready to help in any way they can.
So here are a few things that I’m aware of right now…
Manic Productions/Asbestos Records will be collecting monetary donations for the community of Newtown as well as coats, hats, and gloves for those in need at the Spring Heeled Jack, Vic Ruggiero (of The Slackers), King Django show at BAR New Haven today (Wednesday 12/19) at 9:00 pm. Here for details:
There will be a concert to benefit the families of Newtown on Thursday (12/20) at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven at 8:15 pm. Here are the details:
There will be a benefit dinner at Woodwinds in Branford called Hope for Sandy Hook January 3 at 7:00 pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Jennifer Hill has written a song about the tragic shootings in Newtown. She is recruiting musicians to sing and play on it so that it can be recorded and sold to benefit the folks in need in Newtown. She has a recording studio ready to work with her. For more info on how you can help with this wonderful gesture, please contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF YOU HAVE OR KNOW OF OTHER BENEFITS you’d like to publicize, please let us know at Local Band Review and we will do our best to get the word out!
So last week in review…
AMERICAN PUNK LEGENDS, THE MISFITS ROARED THROUGH The Great Hall at Union Station in Hartford last Thursday. It was an interesting show to observe because The Misfits are truly cross generational in their appeal and their fans come from unlikely places. Example: As I stood at the front of the room, I spotted two uniformed officers at the back of the room. As The Misfits tore through the end of their set, I watched the female officer fist pumping and shouting “Die! Die! Die!” along with the rest of the crowd. Apparently, she asked her partner who was playing in the Hall and ran in when she found out who. She was absolutely giddy when she was introduced after the show.
Local punkers Project 7, End of War, and Executivitis opened the show with excellent sets. Please check out their Facebook pages and web sites!
Here are the rest of my shots!
THE 3RD ANNUAL HARTFORD SANTACON was a terrific success! We had hundreds of Santas and other various Christmas characters participate. We raised $600 that will be distributed between Mayor Mike’s Foundation and The Hartford Interval House. I would like to thank the venues for their hospitality…Black Eyed Sally’s, McKinnon’s Irish Pub, The Russian
Lady, Black Bear Saloon, and Up or On The Rocks. I would also like to thank the musicians and performers who gave their time at each location to entertain…Jennifer Hill, Tommy Lourdes, Vivienne LaFlamme, The Hybryd, Joey Batts and Them, and Shag Frenzy. You made it extra special. It was a full day of laughter and cheer and I look forward to doing it again next year! THANKS TO YOU ALL!!!
Thank you to CT.com for coming to photograph the merriment!
STRING THEORIE HAVE GIVEN US a little taste of their upcoming live recording “Live at La Paloma” with the release of a video called “Circuit Breaker”. I have been, and from the sound of this recording, will continue to be a fan. Check it out. If you aren’t already hooked, this will get you there.
AND THE INDUCTEES WILL BE…You finish that sentence. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have announced the class of 2013. I’m not as ticked off as some folks are about the list. I’m happy Rush finally got their due. I’m pleased to see sisters Anne and Nancy in there with their band Heart. I am also happy we’ll get to see that crazy little dude with the clock, Flava Flave admitted with Public Enemy. And you know what, I think Randy Newman was a good choice too. For you nay sayers about Donna Summer…She was the Queen of Disco. And since the moniker Rock and Roll Hall of Fame seems to be all encompassing in terms of genre…well…she should be there, Hot Stuff! The ceremony is in April. Here’s the full list for your approval or heckling pleasure.
Peace out, everyone! And as always…
Occupy a VENUE!!
“Spot”light on… NEWTOWN
Please show love to your neighbors in Newtown in any way you can.
HOT local video of the week…SYMPHONY OF MALICE
I am a fan of Edwin Escobar’s videos. I had never heard Symphony of Malice before Mr. Escobar posted this video yesterday with the proclamation “Yes sir. Metal baby.” I had to have a look. Excellent video for a nice and sweet metal band! \m/
What’s Playing in “The Flounce”? The Guru
(Music in my car CD player this week!)
Band: The Guru
Album: Go Easy
Genre: Disco Rock
Fave Track: The entire CD is awesome but I had to force myself to get past the title track, Go Easy, because I can listen to it over and over. It’s that good!
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