lsg Spot – Daffodil Festival 2013 – April 26 2013

lsg Spot – Daffodil Festival 2013 – April 26 2013

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by Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez
Twitter at @lsgoriginal
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Meriden Daffodil Fest is upon us this weekend…but first…



ANDREW W.K. BROUGHT HIS mello little solo show to Arch Street Tavern in Hartford on Friday night.  Yeah.  That’s what I thought when I spoke with him two weeks ago.  And while he completely blew my preset notions about him during the interview, he messed me all up with his show on Friday!  The word that comes to mind is mayhem – among a near-capacity crowd of friends, of course.

Justine from Math the Band

Justine from Math the Band

I missed openers Potty Mouth and Continuous Improvement.  I am sorry I did because if they were the tellers of things to come, they had to have knocked it out of the park.  Third up on the bill was Math the Band out of Rhode Island.  I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Justine, one half of this raucous duo, before their set.  Again, another mind blower.  She was this sweet, subdued, mellow chick with an infectious smile.  And then she put her stage clothes on.  And all hell broke loose.  Honestly, the show could have easily ended right there and I would have been blown away.  Math the Band came roaring out – a guitar, a drum, and a synth – and tore the place up.  They are driving, crushingly delicious.  I could have watched and listened to them for hours.  I can’t wait to see them again.

Andrew W.K.

Andrew W.K.

So, the crowd parted like the red sea as AWK entered the venue and up he bounded to the stage. Drum machine.   Piano.  Backup singer.  Simple, right?  Wrong.  So.  Very.  Wrong.  The hell that broke loose previously, just took another 10 ticks up!  The place exploded from the first note.  I was lucky enough to be perched atop a bench at the side of the stage so I had a fantastic view of the show and the crowd…and the amazing interaction between AWK and his “friends and family”.  I honestly have never seen anything like it.  He didn’t need a band.  He had this crowd!  They sang and chanted to every single song right along with him.  And they got on stage…en masse…and he hugged and sang with them all.  He offered the mic to many and even shared a drink with a fan.  It was, well, mayhem.  And when folks were done with their piece of the show, they’d simply leap and surf.  And we all just partied hard.  It’s funny, after seeing so many shows over the years, they all kind of blend and fade into each other.  But there are those that will always stick out in my mind.  This one…is one of those.

AWK and fans

AWK and fans

I don’t do this very often, but I iPhone video taped because I just didn’t think I could do the scene justice in words.

ONE OF MY FAVE CT DUOS, THE SAWTELLES are releasing a new CD at Daffodil Fest this year.  I’m psyched about it because their Tryptych album was one of my favorites of the year a couple of years ago.  The album title is a secret – well, I know it but am not at liberty to tell you…yet!  Hehe.  You can get a preview this Friday night at a cool show at Spin Cycle Café in Newington.  Apparently, this event came about from a challenge of sorts among the bands playing:  write a song.  Subject:  Spin Cycle.  Ah…now we’re putting two and two together.  Anyway, four bands will be performing their challenge song as well as some songs from each of their catalogs.  Adding to the cool?  Show proceeds will be going to The Iwo Jima Foundation of Newington.  $10 bucks = good music and good company.  Oh, and you can multi-task at this event.  Spin Cycle is cleverly named because it doubles as a bar/music venue/laundromat!  So bring your unclean unmentionables oh and some laundry.  Show starts at 7:00 pm and includes The Sawtelles, Lys Guillorn, The Grimm Generation, and The Tonebanks.

PS…I also look forward to the packaging of the new Sawtelles album because it includes a photograph by lsg original photography!   =)

AND SPEAKING OF DAFFY FEST…It’s THIS weekend!  Check out some of the bands that will be playing…


VIBES VIBES VIBES…Gathering of the Vibes is a few months off but lots of stuff is already in motion.  Cosmic Dust Bunnies want you to vote them in to play!  You can vote here!


CYGNUS RADIO HAS announced a new weekly radio program.  It comes to you from the one and only Chip McCabe!  His show begins on Friday May 3 at 8:00 pm.  What’s it about?  Metal, of course!  “666 Days of Metal Radio” is sure to be a must for you metal heads!  You can listen to his show as well as a whole slew of other programming here


THE BRIDGEPORT ARTS FEST is looking for performers for the show in July!  Apply to play here!


As always, occupy a venue and get out there and support local!!

Peace, lsg


“Spot”light on… Re:Create CT

With everything going on and trying to get ready for Daffy coverage, I didn’t have the bandwidth to do this justice but I really wanted to get this out there.  This is a new event that will include food, music, and lots of fun things to do.  It’s family friendly in Elizabeth Park and FREE to attend.  Check it out.

Saturday, May 4th, 2013 :: 10am-4pm :: Elizabeth Park

Free Holistic & Green Living Event; Shop an upcycle artisan marketplace, preview the farmers’ market season, enjoy music & activities, & explore alternative solutions to health & healing.

Re: Create CT is a cultural event that will be a destination event for like-minded people, both business and consumers to share their passions, trade ideas, and continue to grow a healthier and more sustainable community. This event will showcase holistic and green businesses & organizations, be host to a farmers market as a preview to the upcoming Market season, as well as a “green-driven” artisans market. These artisans, designers, and makers specialize in up-cycling, recycling, and eco-friendly materials. Bring your yoga mat and dancing shoes… there will be interactive demonstrations and activities for all ages!

This event is presented by the CT Holistic Chamber of Commerce; an organization for Holistic Health Providers, Eco friendly and Green businesses or anyone interested in Healthier people on a Healthier Planet! We promote community, teach business skills at our monthly meetings, provide community education about our members and services, and act as a “gateway” to green living and Holistic Health.


HOT local video of the week…Fake Babies

Hot off the presses and released just today!  New Fake Babies.  Sexy little groove.  Don’t burn yourselves!


What’s Playing in “The Flounce”? Isaac Young Quartet

(Music in my car CD player this week!)
Band: Isaac Young Quartet
Album: Staved Eve
Genre:  Jazz


Fave Track:  Dow Jones



What’s HOT this week…

Friday April 26

* The Sawtelles, et al benefit for Iwo Jima Memorial, Spin Cycle Café, Newington – 7:00 pm

* presents Klokwize, The Hartford Room, Hartford – 9:00 pm

* Full Circle Music presents Aaron Carter, The Great Hall at Union Station, Hartford  – 7:00 pm

* Nasty Disaster, et al, Cherry Street Station, Wallingford  – 8:00 pm

* Manic Productions presents Javelin w/Jamaican Queens, IJHMG, The Outer Space, Hamden – 8:00 pm

* City Streets Country Roads et al, Grand Opening of Bethany Underground, Bethany – 8:00 pm

* Michael Cleary Band, The Winchester Café, Portland – 8:30 pm

* Tongue and Groove, T’s Café and Lounge, Hartford –9:00 pm

* Total Hacks, The Guilford Mooring, Guilford – 9:00 pm

* Trio w Chris, Stone, and Nano, Union Street Tavern, Windsor –9:00 pm

* Two Virgins, The Black Sheep, Niantic – 9:30 pm

* Redline, Southside Café, Torrington – 9:30 pm

* Diamondback, Allstars Rock Bar, Manchester – 10:00 pm

* Drivetime, Yardehouse Tavern, Enfield – 9:00 pm


Saturday April 27

* Meriden Daffodil Fest, Hubbard Park, Meriden – First band at 10:00 am

* Fake Babies and Shag Frenzy, The Hartford Room, Hartford – 10:00 pm

* The Sweet Ones w Bret the One Man Band, Arch Street Tavern, Hartford – 9:00 pm

* Weird Beards, Little Ugly, et al, Sully’s, Hartford – 6:00 pm

* M.T. Bearington, et al, Anna Liffey’s Pub, New Haven – 9:00 pm

* All Heart and Soul, Trinity on Main, New Britain – 6:00 pm

* The Savage Brothers, Saint Margaret Mary’s Church, South Windsor – 7:00 pm

* Ear One Productions presents Lord Fowl et al, The Space, Hamden – 7:30 pm

* Obsession w Vengeance et al, Cook’s Café, Naugatuck – 8:00 pm

* Robert C Fullerton, McKinnon’s Irish Pub, Hartford  – 9:00 pm

* Kora, Southwest Cantina, South Windsor – 9:00 pm


Sunday April 28

* Meriden Daffodil Fest, Hubbard Park, Meriden – First band at 10:30 am


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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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