Cafe 9 Upcoming Events

May 2022
May 19, 2022 7:30 PM
May 19, 2022 11:55 PM
May 19, 2022
CT Rocks Fest Day 7
Starts:
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CT ROCKS! FEST 2022 DAY 7

CT ROCKS! FEST
Springfest 2022
Thu May 19 : Day 7of10
Cafe Nine, 
250 State Street, New Haven CT
$5 to $10 : pay what you can
35 min sets
7.30 - 8.05 • Elison Jackson solo
8.20 - 8.55 • Love N' Co
9.10 - 9.45 • Shame Penguin
10.00 - 10.35 • douxreves
10.50 - 11.25 • The Inside Out
May 2022
May 20, 2022 9:00 PM
May 20, 2022 11:55 PM
May 20, 2022
Elephant Stone / Zero Years
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9:00 pm
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Elephant Stone
Rishi Dhir writes what he knows. In Elephant Stone, the modern psych-pop band he has helmed for the past 13 years, Dhir has woven stories of loss and grief, existential crisis and rebirth, and a world withering away all set to elegant, intense droning music. What Dhir knows—and something so many of us can relate to over the past two years—is presented with such clarity on Elephant Stone’s latest, Le Voyage de M. Lonely dans la Lune.


The EP, set for release on February 18, 2022, is sung entirely in French, a departure for the English-speaking band. The record is what Dhir calls a “love letter to Montreal, Quebec, and all of our French-speaking fans around the world.” While Dhir, a first generation Indian immigrant with very strong cultural ties to the motherland, was born and raised in Montreal, he's always had a strong connection with French-speaking friends and fans.


M. Lonely is, as Dhir explains, thematically connected to the band’s last record, Hollow. On Hollow, a conceptual record that features a vocal appearance from Dhir’s daughter, Elephant Stone confronts the questions around a dying earth and how humanity can survive that. Recently, Dhir told CJLO that Hollow featured clear narratives, with side A focusing on the storyline of actual destruction and side B heavily leaning into how people in the story could live through such a moment. M. Lonely picks up the personal aspects of survival, and what that means with or without people.

Of course, Dhir was deeply influenced by pandemic lockdowns—with an entire world in real crisis.


“I built this story line about a hermit named M. Lonely who is very content in his solitary world until a world event happens that causes everyone else to stay home as well… sound familiar?” Dhir says. “He sees this as a mockery of him and his choices, deciding instead to build a rocket ship to the moon to be left alone,” Dhir explains. Unravelling over the course of four songs with raucous hooks and voltaic synths on first two tracks, and lonely, soft melodies on the last two, M. Lonely, Dhir says, “ultimately realizes he was happier back on imperfect earth with all of its imperfect people.”


The EP came together over the course of the pandemic, with Dhir working with Miles Dupire on drums, Jason Kent on keys, and guitar, and Robbie MacArthur on guitar. Dhir began the project by writing out melodies, different chords, and scribbling out messy lyrics. He noticed, then, that the intonations and few “gibberish words,” as he called it, were in French. From there, Dhir’s friend and fellow musician, Félix Dyotte, helped finesse the record into French entirely. M. Lonely was, as an ironic benefit of the pandemic, mixed at Dhir’s home studio, Sacred Sounds, a new skill he happily picked up after being in the industry for over two decades.


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Elephant Stone was born out of a need for refuge for Dhir. After playing in bands such as The Datsons and High Dial in the late 90s, Dhir was burnt out by the rigorous demand of touring. Dhir admits this period led him to a crisis of identity—unsure of what to do next, if his work mattered, and trying, through all that darkness, to reignite his passion for playing music. He picked up the sitar in 1997, an act that would influence the next phase of his career.


In the mid-2000s, as he told CJLO recently, Dhir and his wife experienced loss through a miscarriage. That experience, as well as his time spent in India with his wife, influenced The Seven Seas, Elephant Stone’s debut record in 2009, which would be critically acclaimed and long-listed for the Polaris Prize. This began Dhir’s relationship to writing about the personal, bringing in the sitar, and carving out a niche in the modern psych-rock genre by infusing it with some pop sensibilities.


Elephant Stone’s self-titled sophomore record, released in 2013, would clarify the band’s sound to Dhir, and to their fans. At that time, he felt a sturdiness in the work being produced, saying that of their entire discography, this is the record that is the most Elephant Stone sound. From there, the band released The Three Poisons in 2014. Written at the end of 2013, The Three Poisons serves as a beginning pivot for the band. It quite honestly references death and rebirth, the cycles of life, through Buddhist principles. It was the first record of the bunch to get remixed, deconstructing the sound and restitching it back together into something new.


In 2016, Elephant Stone released Ship of Fools, their most synth-pop, danceable record to date by embedding in more modern aural textures into the work. While they are arguably one of the most important groups in their genre in the Montreal rock scene, Ship of Fools exemplifies the beauty of reaching out and beyond genre—experimenting with playful sound over something quite dark. That sampling contemporaries like Daft Punk or even legends like Isaac Hayes to see what comes to the fore makes for interesting work. On Ship of Fools, brooding doesn’t have to exactly sound as angst-heavy as it may feel.

Elephant Stone has been praised by the likes of NPR, Brooklyn Vegan, Consequence of Sound, Rolling Stone, Clash Magazine and more. As a highly-regarded sitar player, Dhir has also collaborated with indie-rock icons (Beck) and legendary cult bands (The Brian Jonestown Massacre). As Dhir looks back on 13 years of this project, in a decades plus career in the Montreal rock scene and beyond, he has a deep appreciation for the life that exists around and with him. That taking one’s time and finding footing in a world they are excited by is a crucial lesson to carry.


Dhir’s journey with music, in and out of Elephant Stone, was wrought with trying to find a place that fit him until he decided that what he made was worth sharing in the space that he could carve out for himself. The best kind of music, and the stories paired with those sounds, often begin with that internal excavation.


”I only write about what I know and think I understand. As long as there's Rishi, there's going to be Elephant Stone.”

Zero Years
Esoteric pop from New Haven, CT.

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May 2022
May 21, 2022 4:00 PM
May 21, 2022 7:00 PM
May 21, 2022
Jazz Jam Session with Tony Di & Friends
Starts:
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Tony Di / Drew Fermo Duo

Come enjoy an afternoon of live jazz with the areas finest players. Sit in with the band and show off your chops or just sit and enjoy a cold drink while the music creates the vibe.

Tony Dioguardi is a Connecticut based jazz and blues guitarist who has performed with Jaimo's Jazz Band, Bernard Purdie, Jim Oblon, Guitar George Baker, Laco Deczi and Rickie Miller.

May 2022
May 21, 2022 9:00 PM
May 21, 2022 11:55 PM
May 21, 2022
Los Cumpleaños / Habbina Habbina Combo
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9:00 pm
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Los Cumpleaños
Los Cumpleanos mixes tropical rhythms and experimental sounds into an energetic, danceable, free-form musical experience. The group performs rituals on stage including a demented birthday celebration with luminescent balloons, disguises themselves with animal masks straight from Colombian Carnival and channels pre-post-evangelist non-yes-sense sermons straight from the Gran Primo himself.


Habbina Habbina
The NY trio Led by guitarist Amit Peled, channel the rare repertoire of Mediterranean guitar with music by giants such as Aris San and Omar Khorshid. Retro-Mediterranean-hits are brought to life with renditions to songs by Umm Kulthum, Ahuva Ozeri, Farid Al-Atrache, Tzlilay Ha'Oud, TLC, Daklon, Britney Spears, Margol, Blondie, and many more.

The band is set to make every concert turn into a loud, unforgettable celebration of life. Their dedication to the lineage of Mediterranean music along with their unstoppable live energy, and one of a kind sound is what makes Habbina Habbina one of the most interesting bands to come out of NYC today.

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May 2022
May 22, 2022 3:30 PM
May 22, 2022 7:30 PM
May 22, 2022
William 'Bill' Knapp Tribute Show
Starts:
3:30 pm
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William “Bill” Knapp Tribute Show

Sunday, May 22 Matinee at Cafe 9 | Doors: 3:00 pm, Show: 3:30 pm | $5 suggested donation
Celebrate the life of legendary CT drummer William Knapp with a showcase of bands that he has supported over the years. Proceeds will support the bands and the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

3:30 - 4pm
The Consultants, Brooklyn, NYC

4:10pm - 4:45pm
My Little Eyes, Brooklyn, NYC
My Little Eye is an #indierock band from NYC with Jeannie Fry on vox, another Anthrax kid.
You might dig them. Watch the video for “Louise” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILcmWd-06js

4:55 - 5:30
Cotton Candy, Boston, MA
Featuring Mark Robinson and his wife Evelyn Hurley. Mark Robinson is an indie-rock musician from Washington, D.C. who founded Teen-Beat in 1984. Best known for founding Unrest (with Phil Krauth and Tim Moran), he has also been a member of Air Miami, Flin Flon, Grenadine, and currently plays with Evelyn Hurley (Blast Off Country Style) in Cotton Candy and also with D. Trevor Kampmann as Fang Wizard. Watch the video “35 Years of Teen-Beat, Mark Robinson plays Imperial”

5:45 - 6:30
The Smittens (mostly), Burlington, VT
The Smittens are a hard-working, globe-trotting independent American twee pop band - friends first and open-hearted indiepop revolutionaries after that. Max Andrucki, Missy Bly, Colin Clary, Dana Kaplan, Holly Chagnon, and David Zacharis switch up instruments, song-writing, and singing to create catchy, harmony-driven pop anthems and queer love songs—always brilliantly lyrical, and often brazenly political. Formed on a whim at a party in 2002 the Smittens have emerged as one of America’s best-loved underground indiepop bands. They played many of William & Christine’s Popfest! New England shows in Northampton, MA.

May 2022
May 24, 2022 8:00 PM
May 24, 2022 11:55 PM
May 24, 2022
Postponed - Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
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SARAH SHOOK & THE DISARMERS

North Carolina’s Sarah Shook sings with a conviction and hard honesty sorely lacking in much of today’s Americana landscape. Always passionate, at times profane, Sarah stalks/walks the line between vulnerable and menacing, her voice strong and uneasy, country classic but with contemporary, earthy tension. You can hear in her voice what’s she’s seen; world weary, lessons learned—or not—but always defiant. She level-steady means what she says. Writing with a blunt urgency—so refreshing these days it's almost startling—Sarah's lyrics are in turn smart, funny, mean, and above all, uncompromising. The Disarmers hit all the sweet spots from Nashville’s Lower Broad to Bakersfield and take Sarah's unflinching tales out for some late-night kicks. At times, it’s as simple and muscular as Luther Perkins’ boom-chicka-boom, or as downtown as Johnny Thunders. The Disarmers keep in the pocket, tight and tough.

Sunny War

It’s no secret that great art comes from the margins. From those who are either pushed to create from inner forces, or who create to show they deserve to be recognized. Los Angeles-based street singer, guitarist, and roots music revolutionary Sunny War has always been an outsider, always felt the drive to define her place in the world through music and songwriting.

As a young black girl growing up in Nashville, she searched for her own roots, looking first to the blues she heard from her mother’s boyfriend, and learning from a local guitarist. Moving to Los Angeles in her teens, she searched for herself in the LA punk scene, playing house shows with FIDLAR, and shoplifting DVDs from big box stores to trade at Amoeba Records for 80s punk albums. But here too she found herself on the outside, working to bridge her foundation in country blues and American roots guitar traditions with the punk scene she called home. She first made her name with this work, bringing a wickedly virtuosic touch on the fingerstyle guitar that sprang from her own self-discoveries on the instrument. But her restless spirit, a byproduct of growing up semi-nomadic with a single mother, led her to Southern California, where she’s been grinding the pavement for some years now, making a name for her prodigious guitar work and incisive songwriting, which touches on everything from police violence to alcoholism to love found and lost.
 
May 2022
May 25, 2022 8:00 PM
May 25, 2022 11:55 PM
May 25, 2022
Bob Log III / The Problem With Kids Today
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BOB LOG III
Bob Log III is a one man band slide guitar party. A perverse product of the Arizona desert, Bob Log III has been diligently travelling the globe since 1996, showcasing his incomparable talents and developing a devoted following along the way. A whirlwind of dexterous limbs and digits, this super star sonic showman has to be seen to be believed.
Clad in his cannonball man, extra tight jumpsuit and signature motorcycle helmet with telephone/microphone attached, Bob Log III unfailingly sweats up a river while kicking on a kick drum, stomping his homemade foot cymbal and playing slide on an old archtop guitar. His endless pursuit for musical mayhem and a downright party has seen his unique talents utilized for children’s birthday parties, obscure beer barns, mammoth music festivals and everything in between.
Yet, beyond these mesmerizing visuals, lies the true reason for Bob Log’s international cult status and superhero adoration. It is quite simply the guitar playing - finger picked lightning, sliding up and down, stopping when it wants to, then starting again when it feels like it, all in a way that makes people move uncontrollably, smile and reel.
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Excerpts from an unpublished journal – The Adventures of Bob Log III and His Faithful Guitar, by The Guitar
Chapter 39
HELP!
162 shows this year!
30 Countries!
My strings hurt! My nut aches!
My volume knob was broken by a Swedish girl’s butt! I don’t even know where we are right now.
We have been doing this for 12 years!
One man, kicking shit and playing guitar!
He never stops! EVER!
People keep smiling, dancing, sweating, dancing...... I am covered in beer! His suit smells so bad!

QUOTES AND TESTIMONIALS
And now let’s hear some actual words from notable people who know and love, or at least know Bob Log III...
TOM WAITS "And then there’s this guy named Bob Log, you ever heard of him? He’s this little kid — nobody even knows how old he is — wears a motorcycle helmet and he has a microphone inside of it and he puts the glass over the front so you can’t see his face, and plays slide guitar. It’s just the loudest strangest stuff you’ve ever heard. You don’t understand one word he’s saying. I like people who glue macaroni on to a piece of cardboard and paint it gold. That’s what I aspire to basically.”
MILTON BERLE “Hey kid.... DO what thou wilt.”
ROBERT PLANT “Dear Bob, it’s been ages since Sweden.”
POISON IVY (The Cramps) “If you do that again, we are kicking you off the tour.”
HASIL ADKINS “Woooo! Can I have your autograph?”
R.L. BURNSIDE “Sideshow, you hanging in there like a dirty shirt. I want you playing with me tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that.” PEACHES “I am NOT from Miami, asshole.”
FRANZ FERDINAND (Nick) “... Can I ride in your car?”
BLOWFLY “Bob Log, you play guitar by yourself, you play drums by yourself, you drive yourself, but I bet you need help to masturbate.”
GARY NUMAN “Hello”
WEEN “Can I have one of your sandwiches?”
SHARON JONES “Bob Log, you can use my dressing room. Wait...let me get you a towel.”
SHONEN KNIFE “Can we sit your knee?”
JIMMY CARL BLACK “Bob Log, I can’t find the hotel.”
MICK COLLINS “What was that???”
CHRISTINA SPENCER (BOSS HOG) “Can I wear your suit? Oh, wait...nevermind.”
SAHARA HOT NIGHTS “We’re not mad! Really! We love Bob Log!” (in a Swedish accent)
T-MODEL FORD “Try playing THAT, mutha fucker! HEY! You sat on my sandwich!”

ITOMO! “Nodo chinko????” RUMORS
Yes, we have all heard the rumors:
He has a monkey paw instead of a hand
Girls like to sit on his knees and bounce while he plays
Occasionally, various people from the crowd jump onstage and put their boob in his drink
He rides in an inflatable dinghy over an ocean of fans
These whispers are all best explained in the following article, which has been translated from its original publication in French, using the Transitron Whizgig 4000-
“Msr. Bob Log appears, and so joy! It is of many nights and one thousand ladies, the guitar defeats us to dance. On the top, a crown. Never has this in time! Maybe not future. Only the now, her glowing hand, can be seen. Thunder of foot escapes the stage, chasing wild tempo with sound animal. We, the entourage, are not free. Arrested! But not of shame. Many times more we ask it. Encore, Captain. Encore!” And so you see, it is all true. All Bob Log asks is that you do the math...and if you do it (correctly), you will find that (with the single exception of Hasil Adkins) Bob Log has out-guitared, out-drummed, out-sweated, out-driven, out-boated, out- bounced, out-custom agented and out-inspired all other one-man bands. Numbers never lie. Bob Log III. MY SHIT IS PERFECT.

The Problem With Kids Today

Rock n Roll delinquents
 
May 2022
May 26, 2022 8:00 PM
May 26, 2022 11:55 PM
May 26, 2022
Shake N' Vibrate
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Shake & Vibrate 

DJ B the T Jr trades sets with some of the Elm City's hottest cutters. 

Soul, Funk, Junk, Trash

All Vinyl! All Dance, All Night

May 2022
May 27, 2022 9:00 PM
May 27, 2022 11:55 PM
May 27, 2022
Maurice Louca / Stefan Christensen & Friends
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Maurice Louca
Maurice Louca is an Egyptian musician and composer born in Cairo where he lives and works. As well as being the co-founder of the bands The Dwarfs of East Agouza (with Alan Bishop & Sam Shalabi), Karkhana, Lekhfa (with Maryam Saleh & Tamer Abu Ghazaleh), Alif, and Bikya, he lends his sound to numerous projects, composing for dance, theatre, film and contemporary art.

Born in Cairo in 1982, he started on guitar at age 12, and became immersed in the music of the MTV era, as well as such 60s psychedelic mainstays as Pink Floyd, Hendrix, and the Doors. These were pre-Internet years in a country with state-run media, so access was scarce; tapes were dubbed and traded at school, along with bits and pieces of information. As the ’90s became the aughts, the reins were loosened on live music, and Louca’s tastes eventually expanded into classical and contemporary Arabic music, especially the street-level pop called shaabi, as well as the avant-garde and electronic music. Accordingly, his toolbox grew to include the synthesizer, laptop, sampler and drum machine.

Inspired by many influences, from psychedelic to Egyptian shaabi, Louca’s second album Salute the Parrot, released on Nawa Recordings in November 2014, shattered the confines of musical and cultural labelling and was dubbed by many as a game-changer for the region’s bustling independent music scene. He now performs this material as a live solo artist or as a trio.

Fast forward to 2019’s Elephantine, Maurice Louca’s third and most ambitious album to date. With Elephantine Louca departs once again to a new context, this time composing for a thirteen-piece band of brilliant musicians. He guides a 12-piece ensemble through a 38-minute masterwork that might best be described as panoramic. Elements of free improvisation, Sun Ra’s cosmic jazz, gorgeous Arabic melody, trance-like African and Yemeni music and minimalism meet in his wholly unique compositional vision. Louca also makes vital contributions on guitar and piano, and inspires stirring performances from a global lineup.

Certain components of Elephantine, especially Louca’s use of avant-jazz-style improv, a developing fascination, required the composer to go outside Egypt’s rich talent pool and tap players from Italy, Iraq, Sweden, Turkey and Denmark. The sessions, however, held in 2017 in Stockholm, made these efforts worthwhile. “There was a blessed thing about the process of making this record,” he says. “The dynamic between us musically but also as people … it was a very exciting time.”

In 2020 Maurice Louca will bring this material to North America for the first time with an ensemble of seven to nine players of his American based contemporaries.



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May 2022
May 28, 2022 4:00 PM
May 28, 2022 7:00 PM
May 28, 2022
Chervansky, Tappan & Ice
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Chervansky, Tappan & Ice Jazz Jam

Come enjoy an afternoon of live jazz with the areas finest players. Sit in with the band and show off your chops or just sit and enjoy a cold drink while the music creates the vibe.

May 2022
May 28, 2022 10:00 PM
May 29, 2022 2:00 AM
May 28, 2022
Canopy
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PST PRESENTS!

Unnofficial Goose Afterparty

with

CANOPY

Risk-taking improvisation. Hard-hitting psychedelic rock with no filter.

May 2022
May 31, 2022 7:00 PM
May 31, 2022 11:00 PM
May 31, 2022
NHVJU Sessions / Chris Morrison
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Cafe Nine and the New Haven Jazz Underground present

 
TUESDAY NIGHT JAZZ!
 
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, a rotation of local and special guest musicians and bands will play a house set from 7-8pm. After the house band set host bands will open the stage for a jazz jam session from 8-10pm.
 
All musicians are welcome! 
June 2022
June 1, 2022 8:00 PM
June 1, 2022 11:55 PM
Jun 1, 2022
Patrick Sweany / Brian Dolzani
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PATRICK SWEANY

Patrick Sweany likes the spaces in between.

On a given night (or on a given album) he’ll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock, or a punk speedball. He’s a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years, and mixing ’em all together seamlessly into his own stew. Yet, the one thing that most people notice about Patrick isn’t his ability to copy – it’s his authenticity. Like his heroes, folks like Bobby “Blue” Bland, Eddie Hinton, Doug Sahm, Joe Tex, Patrick somehow manages to blend all of these influences into something all his own.

It’s no wonder that as a kid he immersed himself in his dad’s extensive record collection: 60s folk, vintage country, soul, and, of course, blues. Patrick spent hours teaching himself to fingerpick along to Leadbelly, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and other folk-blues giants.

In his late teens, Patrick began playing the clubs and coffeehouses around Kent, OH. He quickly gained a reputation for the intricate country blues style he was developing: part Piedmont picking, part Delta slide – with an equally impressive deep, smooth vocal style.

Now, twenty years, six critically acclaimed records and one massively viral song (“Them Shoes”) later, Patrick Sweany has expanded his touring radius to 49 states, Canada, and Europe, both headlining and supporting acts such as The Black Keys, Tedeschi Trucks, The Wood Brothers, Hot Tuna, and others on tour.

Latest record, Ancient Noise (a title lifted from fellow NE Ohio musicians Devo), was recorded to tape at legendary Phillips Recording in Memphis with GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Matt Ross-Spang at the helm. It features the incredible backing talents of Ken Coomer on drums (ex-WILCO), Ted Pecchio on bass (Susan Tedeschi, Col. Bruce Hampton), and Charles Hodges from Al Green’s Hi Rhythm Section on keyboards.

Brian Dolzani

Connecticut-based songwriter Brian Dolzani’s music has been called ‘musical medicine for the soul’ by Lonesome Noise blog. Alt-country magazine No Depression has said ‘Dolzani’s melancholy musings are remarkably affecting.’

2021 has seen the release of Brian’s tenth independent record, ‘We Are Magic’. Produced and performed completely by himself in his basement to 4-track cassette during the 2020 pandemic, the songs have a raw edge, vulnerability, and urgency that reflects the difficult times we are in. ‘I thought at the time of recording that these tracks would just be demos, and give me something creative to do,’ Brian reflects. ‘But by October, about 15 songs later, I thought ‘this needs to be the album, as it is.’ Often compared vocally to Neil Young, We Are Magic has an ‘unreleased Neil studio album’ feel to it.

We Are Magic follows up Brian’s highly acclaimed previous albums, including 2018’s Horse, recorded in Connecticut at Dirt Floor with Eric Lichter, and 2015’s A Place That I Can Feel, recorded in Nashville with a cast of musicians who have played with Roy Orbison, Vince Gill, and many others. 2019 found Brian traveling to Memphis to record his socially-conscious single ‘Culture of Fighting’ with producer Scott McEwen, and features legendary keyboardist Rev. Charles Hodges and drummer George Sluppick (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, City Champs).

Brian performs all across the United States and has shared the stage with The Subdudes, Bill Payne of Little Feat, Midnight North, Freedy Johnston, Caravan of Thieves, and many others.

June 2022
June 2, 2022 8:00 PM
June 2, 2022 11:55 PM
Jun 2, 2022
Mari Geti / Moxie Pocket / Pulsr
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Mari Geti

"Rapping since the tender age of 11 and with over 80 live shows under their belt (Harvard, JetLAG Festival, Miami to Montreal), this physical manifestation of a purple flurp has established a unique audio/video aesthetic for themselves; saturated in thick coats of grape purple and manic beats. With tracks covering such sensitive topics as cycles of abuse, love, and the animal kingdom, MARI GETI doesn't shy away from any subject, employing humorous could-be one liners to paint the world in their own surrealist vision. There’s a persistent sting of humor to their vocal delivery and song arrangement that’s erratic and endearing; it’s as if there’s this infectious smile hiding behind every song, grinning wide beneath a pair of gleeful, almost sarcastic rolling eyes." - Guilty Guide 2019

Moxie Pocket

New York and Connecticut experimental rock

Pulsr

Pulsr is a rock band from Connecticut made up of Jake Fucci (vocals, guitar), Drew Collins (bass, vocals) and Josh Merkin (drums). Their music ranges from shoegaze to slowcore to emo, hitting everything in between while pushing the limits of what a three-piece can be. Two self-released EP's can be found online, with an LP wrapping up recording due out in 2022.

June 2022
June 3, 2022 9:00 PM
June 3, 2022 11:55 PM
Jun 3, 2022
Liam Kazar
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Liam Kazar

Liam Kazar makes joyful rock songs so irresistible they feel timeless. Just ask Jeff Tweedy. “I love everything about Liam. His voice, his songs, the way he plays instruments, his smile, his cooking... Everything,” says Tweedy. ”Whenever I hear one of his songs for the first time I almost immediately start thinking to myself, ‘oh yeah! This song! I love this song.’ It’s a magic trick very few people can pull off: making something brand new sound like a cherished memory.” But on Kazar’s debut album Due North, out August 6 via Mare Records, the LP’s 10 tracks are full of so much charm, wit, and heart it can’t be a sleight of hand. 

The Kansas City-based, Chicago-raised musician and acclaimed chef/founder of the Armenian pop-up restaurant Isfahan, describes the making of Due North as a personal revelation, where the more he wrote the more his songs showed what kind of artist he’s always wanted to be. While he’s consistently been a dream bandmate over the past several years, performing with artists like Tweedy, Steve Gunn, Daniel Johnston, and more, making his own songs presented a chance to finally find his own voice. But figuring out how to step out was a rewarding challenge. “This record kind of all stemmed from a conversation I had with Jeff,” says Kazar. “I showed him some of my earliest songs I was working on and he told me, ‘It sounds like you're writing for the people in your bands, you're not writing for yourself.’ He was completely right. I was not writing songs for myself.” With that needed insight, Kazar decided to start from scratch and write songs that felt like himself. 

Single “Shoes Too Tight” was a clarifying moment for Kazar in this journey. Originally a slower acoustic ballad, Kazar slowly tinkered with a synth sound and happened upon the song’s bouncy chord progression. “That was probably the closest to an aha moment that I had of ‘Oh, this is me and this is what I'm into,’” says Kazar. The finished product is an undeniable jam with a swaggering exuberance that channels Richard Swift and David Bryne. Soon after, Kazar switched gears for the yearning and delicate “On a Spanish Dune” which showcased his emotional resonance as a writer. With lush synths and wistful acoustic guitars, he sings, “Everybody's asking me / What you gonna do, gonna be / I couldn't tell you if I tried / I'm just a poem with an open line.” Though completely different songs, Kazar used these two earliest offerings as guides for what would come next. “ Those two songs were my North Star that I was following for this album,” says Kazar. “This is what it sounds like when I write for me.” 

“There were two words I had in my head during the making of this record, which was joyful and vulnerable,” says Kazar, citing Al Green’s 1978 The Belle Album as an LP that encapsulates such a feeling. “I was trying to talk about things that I'm scared about but acknowledging that I'm not that powerful and you can still be joyful in the face of your own insecurities.” Take album highlight “Frank Bacon,” where Kazar sings, “When you’re running uphill and swimming upstream / Nothing’s ever gonna be the way it seems.” Despite any lyrical uncertainty the track is bursting with life, especially in the monster groove from drummer Spencer Tweedy and bassist Lane Beckstrom. Elsewhere on “Nothing To You,” Kazar finds the sweet spot between indie rock jangle and subtle country twang as he sings, “I hope you don’t resent / The love between your hands.” 

Along with Tweedy and Beckstrom, Kazar enlists keyboardist Dave Curtin (Woongi), co-producer James Elkington on pedal steel, as well as Ohmme and Andrew Sa on backing vocals. Opener “So Long Tomorrow” showcases the band’s chemistry, a winding jam full of playful and soulful instrumental flourishes. One of the last songs written for the album, it was recorded remotely in quarantine but despite the distance the band’s tight bond is obvious. “These songs totally blew me away the first time I heard them: they sound like David Bowie meets the Band,” says Mare Records co-founder Kevin Morby. Due North was mixed by Sam Evian at his Flying Cloud Recordings Studio in upstate New York. “Sam knew exactly what I'm trying to do with this record,” says Kazar. “He put the whole track listing together and really had a vision for the record that I needed at that time.” 

Like most musicians, the pandemic threw Kazar for a loop, knocking out both his touring revenue and his part-time gigs as a bartender. With more than enough time in his Kansas City home, he decided to pursue his longtime love of cooking by creating the restaurant, Isfahan. With recipes that honor his Armenian heritage and his family’s journey to the United States from Iran, Syria, and Lebanon, Kazar’s cooking has received press from Time Out Chicago and Eater. “In COVID, my mantra was to not have my heart broken about the future and be present,” says Kazar, explaining that ethos is one of the reasons why he named the LP Due North. 

Though Due North is full of songs that act as a mirror to Kazar’s many talents, few sum it up as concisely as “No Time For Eternity.” On the track, he and Chicago country crooner Andrew Sa sing over wailing pedal steel, taking stock of the most important things in life: “Making time to live my life / Making time for you and me.” “The reality of my life is that when I come home, and I'm talking with my partner, maybe we had a bad day, but we still are laughing and having a good time with each other at the same time,” says Kazar. “I had to make music that expressed that part of me that’s a person who genuinely enjoys themselves.”

June 2022
June 4, 2022 9:00 PM
June 4, 2022 11:55 PM
Jun 4, 2022
the Worst / Killer Kin / Peäsänt
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theWorst:
Hailed by Alternative Press as the "...glorious love child of Joan Jett & Kurt Cobain," theWorst has been on a meteoric rise since their inception.  Led by bandleader and true survivor, Brooke Binion, the band has gained a reputation as a one-of-a-kind raucous live act, fueled by an aggressive raw sound, anthemic songs and a brutally honest lyricism that is rare in today's highly commercial and often fabricated mainstream music scene.  Having toured nationwide and coast to coast since 2016, theWorst is comprised of Binion on lead vocals and guitar, Will Bradford (SeepeopleS) on bass and Craig Sala (Paranoid Social Club, Kurt Baker, Planeside) on drums.  The band earned wide critical acclaim with the release of their debut album Jane Doe Embryo (RascalZRecordZ 2017), and the recent release of their new singles, 'Blacksheepish,' and 'Yes Regrets' featuring Dana Colley (Morphine, Vapors Of Morphine).  The singles and forthcoming record were produced by Will Holland (Pixies, Fall Out Boy) and recorded at the legendary Chillhouse Studios in Boston, MA. The album also features guest musical contributions from the likes of Colley, Tony Bevilacqua (The Distillers), Nikki Glaspie (Beyoncé, Nth Power, Maceo Parker, Griz), and Nate Edgar (Nth Power, John Brown’s Body) and is being released on June 3 on RascalZ RecordZ.    For more info / tix info / socials / streaming links -
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Killer Kin is a screaming, sonic, rockin’ waltz that actually rolls; garage-punks claiming to be the descendants of Arthur “Killer” Kane make rock n roll feel dangerous again.  Frustrated duo Mattie Lea and Chloe Rose write ball-breaking, black leather sporting, soundtrack-to-your revenge songs. In 2018, the pair formed the band, recruited the rest of the gang, and it began to burgeon and burn.  Notorious for these untamed exhibitions the Kin saté a deep-desire for reprisal, retribution, revenge, and will cut the words from your motor mouth and brandish a blues that will make you want to bounce to the beat in your black boots.  In 2021 the band released their debut vinyl 45 called Sonic Love on Pig Baby Records, which will be followed up by a full length in early 2022 the Killer Kin is COMING FOR YOU! For more info please visit:
 
 
 
Peasant is an upand coming New Haven, CT indie rock act making waves with their recent release, and live shows. For more info please visit: peasantct.bandcamp.com/
 
 
June 2022
June 5, 2022 4:00 PM
June 5, 2022 6:00 PM
Jun 5, 2022
Light Warriors / Luke Rodney
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The Sunday Buzz Matinee from Cygnus Radio

LIGHT WARRIORS

Inspired by a survival of joy within the current onslaught on negativity, Light Warriors channels the subtle realms in every note, raising our collective frequencies and bringing love into action through an ancient-to-future synthesis of sound that blends rock, funk and reggae with global indie sensibilities. create a sound uniquely its own. Their music is both familiar and boundaryless, transmuting an energy that invokes uplift from the hopeless mundane, peace within and deep connection to our global human family.
Originally formed as a solo project in 2016 by Erik Rabasca (Guitar/Vox) in New York City, Light Warriors has organically grown to seven members (Steven Jean Baptiste - Drums, Kris Brewer - Saxophone, Jamar Jabari - Percussion/Vox, Karen Johnstone - Keyboards/Vox, Liz Page - Vocals/Percussion, Angel Sanchez - Bass) who all believe we can achieve “No More Division” as their singalong urges. Their music and performances have been reviewed as “transcendent, uplifting and positive” with comparisons to Bob Marley, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Sublime and more.
 
June 2022
June 6, 2022 8:00 PM
June 6, 2022 11:00 PM
Jun 6, 2022
Cumgirl8
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Cumgirl8


From the first time seeing them live, cumgirl8 has always felt part-punk rock, part-performance art. Delving into fashion pursuits featured in Vogue in addition to their latest conceptual music videos, it’s clear that the group’s creativity and performance quality is currently throttling at its full potential and it’s thrilling to see. -Alt Citizen
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CG8 (aka Cumgirl8)—the self-described “sex-positive” band and creative entity dreamed up by Lida Fox, Chase Noelle, and Veronika Vilim—added fashion to their résumé last year with a clubby, nightlife-inspired collection. This season they brought their work into the sun and onto the street when they presented their sophomore collection outside Café Forgot on the Lower East Side on September 11. It was a real New York moment that created a bridge between Y2K and today. -Vogue
Listening to NYC trio cumgirl8 feels like going back in time and catapulting to the year 2040 all at once. It’s a heady, latex-clad future-nostalgia that’s part dial-up chatroom, part pioneering punk, and three parts sex-positive dreamgirl from outer-space. -Hero
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Their stage performances are a proverbial exclamation point, one that pogos from one act to the next. An incendiary noise romp that growls at and then humours its audience. -i-D
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cumgirl8 is a rising punk band from NYC known for their raucous live shows.
Blast the bombastic trio's spazzy spacey (and very solid) self-titled debut album below.
And then go see them play. That's the key. The key to everything. -OMR

June 2022
June 7, 2022 8:00 PM
June 7, 2022 11:00 PM
Jun 7, 2022
Kristen Ford / Kyla P / Carrissa Johnson
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Kristen Ford

Kristen Ford is an Indie/Rock singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Nashville, TN and has toured in 48 states and 6 countries. Adaptability was learned by "kfo" early on, living in 6 states by her 18th birthday. At 15 she started writing her own songs, learning girls can play it all from sound engineer to drums, bass, and lead guitar under the leadership of June Millington (Fanny). After juggling jobs and logging over 100 shows a year since 2008, in 2014 she finally put in her notice to tour full-time. Living out of a van and sleeping at countless Walmart lots, "The Neverending Tour" led to shows across every major city in the continental USA, and tours in Europe and South America, sharing the stage with such acts as Betty Who, Billy Gilman, Troye Sivan and Melissa Ferrick. 2021 marks 5 years since calling Nashville home. Fordhas received airplay on Lightning 100, WXNA and played shows at The Bluebird Cafe, Exit/In, Basement East and Marathon Music Works. She currently plays with the looping acoustic guitar and cello duo "Evrgrn", is one half of the hip-hop duo The Blu Janes and is a writer for SESAC.

Her most recent full-length record "War in the Living Room" was produced by her mentor June Millington and Brett Bullion (Now, Now, Lizzo). It is her first LP pressed to vinyl, released in November, 2021 on Waxsimile Productions and accompanied by an international tour.

Kyla P

Carrissa Johnson

Johnson is known for her straight-forward lyrics, driving melodies, and her band’s inimitable live energy. From the start, Johnson has been supported sonically by hard-grooving drums, growling bass lines, and resonant guitar melodies. The singer and her band won Boston's legendary Rock and Roll Rumble (previous winners include 'Til Tuesday and The Dresden Dolls) in 2017 and took home ‘New Act of the Year’ at Boston’s 30th Annual Music Awards. Johnson has toured the country extensively as a solo artist with an acoustic guitar, and at times accompanied by her band, She has opened up for national acts such as Toth, TORRES, Sarah Jaffe, Dorothy, Thunderpussy, Damone, & The Damnwells. Johnson is currently promoting her latest full-length release Blue Hour.

June 2022
June 8, 2022 8:00 PM
June 8, 2022 11:55 PM
Jun 8, 2022
Youth XL /Say What You Will /North By North
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 Youth XL
 

Say What You Will

CT Alt Rock / Pop Punk band

North by North

Chicago garage rock n roll.
 

June 2022
June 9, 2022 7:30 PM
June 9, 2022 11:00 PM
Jun 9, 2022
Lurrie Bell / All Night Boogie Band
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7:30 pm
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Fernando Pinto Presents

Blues Legend 

Lurrie Bell

Lurrie Bell “An incendiary fusion of Chicago Blues boilerplate and his own mercurial imagination, hyperkinetic energy, and dazzling technical dexterity.”
David Whiteis – Chicago Reader

“If there is a Chicago blues child who perhaps epitomizes the blues life, it’s Lurrie Bell…the premier guitarist in the Windy City.” Boston Blues News

Chicago Blues guitarist Lurrie Bell is the son of harmonica player Carey Bell. His father's band, the Carey Bell Blues Band, often rehearsed in the family's apartment, and Bell grew up among music and musicians. He taught himself how to play the guitar and eventually played with his father's band in a couple of club performances. In 1977, Bell, Freddie Dixon (son of Willie Dixon), and harp player Billy Branch formed Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues. Bell left the band in 1982, and spent the rest of the decade as a session musician and touring with KoKo Taylor’s band. In 1984 he and his father recorded the album Son of a Gun. Bell continues to play and record.

In addition, he grew up with many of the Chicago blues legends around him. Eddie Taylor, Big Walter Horton, Eddie C. Campbell, Eddie Clearwater, Lovie Lee, Sunnyland Slim, Jimmy Dawkins and many more were frequent visitors to his house. They all helped to shape and school him in the blues, but none as much as his father’s long-time employer Muddy Waters.
By seventeen Lurrie Bell was playing on stage with Willie Dixon. In 1977 he was a founding member of The Sons of Blues with Freddie Dixon (son of Willie) and Billy Branch. The band recorded three standout tracks for Alligator Records’ Grammy nominated Living Chicago Blues series. In 1978 Bell joined Koko Taylor’s band and stayed for several years, honing his chops and learning the ropes of being a traveling musician. He continued to work with his dad as well, recording the 1984 Rooster Blues album Son Of a Gun and several other titles for UK’s JSP Records. Not only was Bell recognized as an exceptionally talented guitarist and musician, his knowledge of different blues styles, his soulfulness and his musical maturity delivered write-ups in publications such as Rolling Stone and The New York Times.
Battling and defeating a series of personal demons kept him out of the studio and off the road for a long spell in the late 1980’s, but Bell persevered and re-surfaced in the mid-1990’s with a succession of four highly acclaimed records for Chicago’s Delmark label.
In 2007 Bell started his own label Aria B.G. Records and released Let’s Talk About Love, which has been called his most accomplished, deeply heartfelt album yet. On the strength of this record, he was voted Most Outstanding Guitar Player in the 2007 Living Blues Magazine’s Critic’s Poll, and in 2008 and 2012 he was named the magazine’s Male Blues Artist of the Year. Since 2007 he has received multiple Blues Music Award nominations as Best Guitarist and Best Traditional Male Blues Artist by the Blues Foundation. 2009 found him pairing up with Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch on the recording Chicago Blues: A Living History which garnered him his first official Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Blues Recording. In 2011 a follow-up was released; Chicago Blues: A Living History (The Revolution Continues) featuring Buddy Guy, Magic Slim, and Ronnie Baker Brooks. And in 2012 came the arrival of his second CD on Aria BG Records The Devil Ain’t Got No Music, a collection of acoustic blues and gospel songs that recollect the music he often played with his dad and at church in Mississippi and Alabama as a child. In January 2013 The Devil Ain’t Got No Music was honored with the Prix du Blues award from the prestigious French L’Academie du Jazz for the Best Blues Recording of 2012 and the title song (written by producer Matthew Skoller) received a nomination from the Blues Foundation for song of the year.
In 2013 Bell re-signed with Delmark and enlisted famed Chicago producer Dick Shurman to make the record Blues in My Soul. For this project he wanted to get back to the solid foundation of Chicago-styled traditional guitar blues. Blues in my Soul features three new Lurrie Bell originals plus songs by Little Walter, T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Rogers, and Big Bill Broonzy and others.
At last count Lurrie Bell has now appeared on over 50+ recordings either as leader or featured sideman. Lurrie Bell’s elegant and intense guitar playing and passionate vocals have made him a favorite at clubs and festivals around the world and have earned him a reputation as one of the “leading lights” in the future of the blues.

All Night Boogie Band

June 2022
June 10, 2022 8:00 PM
June 10, 2022 11:55 PM
Jun 10, 2022
Brandi and The Alexanders / OK Company/ Jessy Griz
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BRANDI and the ALEXANDERS

As the powerhouse vocalist for Brandi and the Alexanders, Brandi's divalevel range and melodies with plenty of kick hit the listener right in the gut. Backed by The Alexanders, a funk and soul influenced rock band, they form a band equal parts gravel and silk.
Like fusing Sticky Fingers-era Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin with a love for 90's R&B; Brandi and the Alexanders have a sound that is driven and soul-quenching with modern flourishes. See less

OK Company

Characterized by soulful songwriting, sweet melodies, and driving rhythm, O.K. Company is a band native to New Haven that explores the sounds and rhythms that people move to, the songs that free their minds and bodies. OKCO includes Austin (drums), James (bass), Pete (guitar), Josh (keys), and LaQruishia (vocals). In homage to the greats who forged the way, we create music that continues the legacy of healing work in the streets and public spaces.

Jessy Griz

June 2022
June 11, 2022 9:00 PM
June 11, 2022 11:55 PM
Jun 11, 2022
Rockaway Bitch / The Agonizers
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GO CAT GO! Presents

ROCKAWAY BITCH

All Girls All Ramones

The Agonizers


The Agonizers are a 4 piece punk/ska band based out of Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Formed in August of 2019 with members who have been part of the New England underground music scene since the mid/late 90’s.
Mixing styles of punk, ska ,and other genres with layered vocals; The Agonizers bring high energy and good feeling to every track they produce.

June 2022
June 12, 2022 4:00 PM
June 12, 2022 7:00 PM
Jun 12, 2022
Sue Foley
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Sue Foley

The follow up to Sue Foley’s acclaimed album, The Ice Queen is due to be released on Stony Plain / True North Records in Spring 2021.

Foley’s highly anticipated new album (currently untitled) was recorded live in the studio in San Marcos, TX and produced by Mike Flanigin (Jimmie Vaughan, Billy F Gibbons). It features Chris “Whipper” Layton (Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble) on drums and original Sue Foley Band bass
player, Jon Penner on bass. Foley’s new album is a raw, electric guitar driven romp through the backroads of Texas blues, with Foley’s signature pink paisley Fender Telecaster, “Pinky” at the wheel. With this project we find Foley returning to her roots as the band leader and guitar slinger in a dynamic blues power trio.

Sue Foley has been riding a wave of success since The Ice Queen (2018). She won “Best Traditional Female (Koko Taylor Award)” at the 2020 Blues Music Awards in Memphis, was nominated for a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy), and she took home the award for “Best Guitar Player” at the Toronto Maple Blues Awards.

For the last few years Foley and her band have kept a rigorous touring schedule across the US, Canada and Europe. Some highlights were appearances at The Beacon Theater (NYC), guesting with Jimmie Vaughan (opening for Eric Clapton) at Royal Albert Hall in London, Montreal Jazz Fest, Ottawa Blues Fest (w/ Buddy Guy), Utah Blues Fest, The Heights Theater (Houston), Moulin Blues (Holland), NPR’s Mountainstage (w/Bela Fleck), Doheny Blues Fest, and the Jungle Show in Austin, TX.

“I’ve had a lot of time to think about what the next chapter is,” says Foley. “After being home for so long, all I really want to do is turn up and play my guitar for as many folks as I can. I can’t wait to get out on the road.”

June 2022
June 15, 2022 8:00 PM
June 15, 2022 11:55 PM
Jun 15, 2022
The Burning Sun/Olive Tiger/Audio Jane/Juune Doe
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THE BURNING SUN

sounds of love in the apocalypse

OLIVE TIGER

folktronic indie rock from new haven ct

AUDIO JANE

Audio Jane is a female-fronted atmospheric band from Tariffville, Connecticut. Fronted by singer-songwriter Sarah Pech, the group melds elements of grunge and shoegaze. The songs feature reverb-drenched vocals, atmospheric guitars, and a driving rhythm section. Backing up Pech (lead vocals, guitar) are Mike Goldberg (guitar), Nate Harris (bass, backing vocals), and Mike Ciunci (drums).

JUUNE DOE

June 2022
June 16, 2022 8:00 PM
June 16, 2022 11:00 PM
Jun 16, 2022
Airborne Charlie / Amber Anchor
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AIRBORNE CHARLIE

LIKE SOME INTRICATE flying machine, the music of Airborne Charlie is fueled by jazz and birdsong, folk harmony and Bach fugues, all welded to a sturdy frame of Americana. On their eponymous debut, the duo presents a bold, diverse collection of songs that run the gamut of their preoccupations. Recorded in Austin, TX during the winter of 2018, the record is both a glimpse of a moment in time and a sweeping tour through the sensibilities of two musical omnivores.

At turns disarmingly intimate and explosively orchestral, the songs on the record unfold like a collection of musical vignettes, moving fluidly between gossamer confessionals, groovy nocturnal trysts, and existential country waltzes. Hell, there’s even a Baroque invention buried in there somewhere. A narrower scope would feel untrue to the spirit of the duo, which looks for depth in the weird, humor in the grandiose, and oddness in the straight ahead.

Airborne Charlie is headed by NYC natives Hans Bilger and Eli Greenhoe. Lifelong friends and collaborators, Eli and Hans grew up learning music and writing songs side by side before continuing their education separately—Hans in the realm of jazz and evolutionary biology, Eli in classical composition. As a duo, they draw from their eclectic training and diverse interests - crafting a sound that is vivid and far-flung, but still deeply rooted in the folk traditions they grew up in.

AMBER ANCHOR

Amber Anchor is a duo based music group from Southern CT. Featuring sounds of new and old. Experienced through fiddles, banjos, dobros, guitars, mandolins and harmonious vocal blends by two of the most revered multi-instrumentalists in the area.

June 2022
June 17, 2022 9:00 PM
June 17, 2022 11:55 PM
Jun 17, 2022
Skylab / Kush Honey / Moh Music / Space Junk
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Nick DiMaria & Skylab

Nick Di Maria is a trumpeter, composer, band leader, educator, podcaster & community activist based in New Haven, CT.

 
Kush Honey
 
MOH MUSIC
 
Space Junk
June 2022
June 18, 2022 9:00 PM
June 18, 2022 11:55 PM
Jun 18, 2022
The Hempsteadys/ Brunt Of It / The Simulators
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CT Ska Productions Presents

The Hempsteadys
CT Party Ska Punk/Reggae

 Brunt of It
RI Stoner Ska Punk

The Simulators
CT Ska Punk/Rocksteady

June 2022
June 24, 2022 9:00 PM
June 24, 2022 11:55 PM
Jun 24, 2022
Bobby Oroza / DJs: Dayansiiita & Sonidero Mixteco
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Bobby Oroza
After years of grinding as a sideman in the Finnish music scene, Bobby Oroza has stepped up to make his voice heard. Always with an air of crude romanticism, Bobby pushes towards an expression transcending the borders of soul and rock balladry. His dark and intimate debut single ”This Love” didn’t take long to reach the ears and hearts of a worldwide soul music community and is already a proper classic amongst the lowrider and soul collector scenes. Bobby was born in Helsinki, Finland into a family of musicians and artists. During frequent family parties Bobby ?s Bolivian grandfather would pick up a guitar and sing Latin canciones and Cuban classics. Bobby ?s mother is a singer and his father a gypsy-style jazz guitarist. All his siblings work in show business and music. As a kid, Bobby was lucky to grow up surrounded by his parents’ record collection which included early jazz and blues, Motown hits, gospel ensembles, and doo-wop groups like The Drifters and The Clovers. The Soul records were balanced out by Brazilian ones, African ones, his mother’s collection of North and South American folk songs, and Nuyorican Salsa albums. All of these influences show up in Bobby’s music. Bobby started working professionally as a musician in his early teens. His main instruments are guitar and percussion. Before finishing high school Bobby decided he needed to experience the rhythmic source that had inspired him the most, and travelled to Santiago, Cuba. There he studied percussion and singing intensively for months. Since his return he’s been producing, recording and performing music to make a living for his family. Teaming up with the Timmion Records house band Cold Diamond & Mink, led by Jukka Sarapää, Sami Kantelinen, and guitarist/composer Seppo Salmi, he has a tight quartet of musicians to support his vision. With his instant classic, debut album “This Love” Oroza has shared his strange and unique shade of Soul with the world, creating a cult-like following for his sound from Finland to sunny Southern California and beyond.

With DJ sets by Dayansita and Sonidero Mixteco
Dayansita and Sonidero Mixteco are a team of the hottest selectors, strictly vinyl. Arrive early and have a listen.

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June 2022
June 25, 2022 9:00 PM
June 25, 2022 11:45 PM
Jun 25, 2022
Elison Jackson Record Release w/ special guests...
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Elison Jackson

"Elison Jackson is a band from Philadelphia, PA. Though the band has had a rotating membership since it's 2010 start, the core of the group is singer-songwriter Sam Perduta and bassist/ keyboardist Greg Perault. They've released several albums and singles over their 10-year existence.

Their latest release, "Good Deeds", was recorded over several months in 2019 in North Philadelphia at Uniform Recording, and was engineered, produced, and mixed by Jeff Zeigler (War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, Laraaji, Mary Lattimore, Gargia Peoples), with Perduta and Perault playing almost all of the instruments (except drums, which was played by Chad Brown of West Philly Orchestra, and singing saw and clarinet by Jordan Burgis). Pieced together over several sessions, the album is the heaviest and rawest Elison Jackson release yet, while still maintaining the masterful lyrics and evocative atmosphere of previous Elison Jacksonmaterial.

Big Sigh

Tubey Frank

Sam Carlson

Dear Rabbit

Dear Rabbit is the band name for the musician Rence Liam from the southern Colorado town of Colorado Springs, CO. Rence’s performance are electric, sensational and full of catchy lines meant to provoke the audience to sing along. His style is mostly idiosyncratic and only understood by experiencing him live.

June 2022
June 30, 2022 8:00 PM
June 30, 2022 11:55 PM
Jun 30, 2022
Shake N' Vibrate
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Doors will open approximately 1 hour prior to show start time.
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Shake & Vibrate 

DJ B the T Jr trades sets with some of the Elm City's hottest cutters. 

Soul, Funk, Junk, Trash

All Vinyl! All Dance, All Night

July 2022
July 1, 2022 9:00 PM
July 1, 2022 11:55 PM
Jul 1, 2022
On The Trail
Starts:
9:00 pm
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On The Trail

On The Trail is a modern acoustic quartet that explores everything from bluegrass to contemporary pop, from stunning instrumentals to beautiful traditional songs. The band bonded from their love of bluegrass and the band Punch Brothers, and has already gained recognition and praise for their exploration and strong execution of the challenging music, as well as for their new original music. On The Trail also features Austin Scelzo-fiddle and vocals, Tom Polizzi-mandolin and vocals, Chet Duke on Banjo, and Charlie Widmer-guitar and vocals.

July 2022
July 2, 2022 9:00 PM
July 2, 2022 11:55 PM
Jul 2, 2022
Tramp / Killer Kin / TPWKT
Starts:
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TRAMP

Watch out New Haven, Tramp is in town.

Killer Kin

 
Frustrated duo Mattie Lea and Chloe Rose write ball-breaking, black leather sporting, soundtrack-to-your revenge songs. In 2018, the pair formed the band, recruited the rest of the gang, and it began to burgeon and burn. Killer Kin is a screaming, sonic, rockin’ waltz that actually rolls; garage-punks claiming to be the descendants of Arthur “Killer” Kane.
Known for their live performances and a better-off bitter disposition, they creep, crawl, and cut through white-hot, rust-dusted broken-blueses with dangerously sharp fervor while Mattie Lea howls at a rabble of revelers held hostage by the sweat-coated malign madness. -- HERE COME THE KILLERS. HERE COME THE KIN.
SONIC LOVE/NARROW MIND 7" AVAILABLE ON PIG BABY RECORDS
 
 
Rock n Roll Delinquents
 
 
July 2022
July 5, 2022 8:00 PM
July 5, 2022 11:55 PM
Jul 5, 2022
Professor Goldstein/Mightymoonchew /Pretty Princex
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Professor Goldstein

Hi! I'm Professor Goldstein. By day I’m a teacher. I’m a Maryland public school teacher. I’m a transgender Maryland public school teacher. I’m a Jewish transgender Maryland public school teacher. By night I’m still all of these things but I have a guitar in my hands and a microphone in front of me that I’ve been slowly learning how to use over the past decade. My students are still there in my lyrics about them and the playful banter I use to create a community around my music. My queerness in how I present myself. My Jewish values in what I boost and the chords I’ve plunked out from the Jewish fake book.

Mightymoonchew

Tri State Trio
Indie & DIY af
from New Haven, CT

Pretty Princex

July 2022
July 7, 2022 8:00 PM
July 7, 2022 11:00 PM
Jul 7, 2022
Cary Morin / Ponybird
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CARY MORIN

Described as “one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today,” Cary Morin brings together the great musical traditions of America like no other. With deft fingerstyle guitar and vocals that alternately convey melodic elation and gritty world-weariness, Morin crafts an inimitable style often characterized as roots-infused Native Americana with hints of bluegrass, folk, blues, and rock. He has performed at renowned venues across the globe, including the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, and is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. David Bromberg describes him as “a unique and brilliant guitar player, songwriter and singer.” A tribute to the American South, Morin’s seventh solo release, Dockside Saints, merges Cary’s celebrated style of Native Americana with the spirit and sounds of Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music. The album was produced and engineered by multi-Grammy winner Tony Daigle at the renowned Dockside Studio.

PONYBIRD

Ponybird is the moniker of Connecticut songwriter, Jennifer Dauphinais. Her music is a blend of Americana, Gospel, and Alternative Folk. Dauphinais has played previously as a drummer and accompanying vocalist for Christina Abbott in the duo the Karner Blues, with Travis Moody and Kriss Santala in their blues-rock trio, Belle Starr, with Martin Earley and her father Robert in a reunion of their early 80s punk trio, Editors, and alongside members of Blue Rose Liar (Todd Rodgers, Mike Farrelly, and Gerry Stopper) in Spider & Fly. She and her father are descendants of the Anishinabek Solutrean Metis Indigenous Nation and Aboriginal Peoples of Canada (Cree, Ojibwe, Algonquin).

 

Dauphinais is currently a teacher educator in the greater NYC area and taught previously in New Haven Public Schools. She works with other songwriters in a cooperative writers group, and mentors youth circles and individual lessons for emerging songwriters. Dauphinais had a previous career in journalism and marketing, frequently working as a freelance writer for local papers, bands, businesses, and radio. She is recently completed a Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching at Columbia University.

 

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Ponybird has taken many forms; either as a full band with a carousel of players borrowed from other CT bands, as a pliable duo accompanied by either fiddle or bass and solo as a robust singer-songwriter that stands on her own.  Performing regionally, Ponybird has also shared the bill with Americana and psychedelic acts such as Richard Buckner, Jeffrey Gaines, Vetiver, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Blood Warrior, Amy LaVere & Will Sexton, Alexander Turnquist, Arborea, Violent Mae, and Kerri Powers.

July 2022
July 8, 2022 9:00 PM
July 8, 2022 11:55 PM
Jul 8, 2022
mc chris / Crunk Witch
Starts:
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mc chris


mc chris is having a moment. You’ve probably already heard of him or heard him; you just don’t know it. His voice is playing most nights on Adult Swim. Thanks to streaming, his shows (Sealab 2021, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and many more) are finding their way to new audiences and die-hards alike. Thanks to Disney+’s The Book of Boba Fett, his lyrics have found their way into most articles about the show, into most YouTube reviews of the show, into most Fett oriented Twitch and TikTok videos. His lyrics are just part of language because he’s influenced a generation. Twitter personalities and huge companies are getting in on the act, even X-BOX was dropping some mc chris lines in recent tweets in response to Fortnite’s Boba Fett DLC. He has become an integral part of the zeitgeist. His fans call him legend, icon and king. He’s thought of as a game changer. His influence on comedy, animation and rap is unparalleled. It’s almost as if all red strings stem from the efforts of mc chris as he pioneered things like Adult Swim and Nerdcore. These days he’s a single dad coming out of Covid and divorce with a determination to do what’s best for his son who he cares for full time. For two long years he has not been able to tour, cutting short a successful and groundbreaking 15-year run, but now that Covid restrictions have eased, mc is going back out one more time. Join him and Maine based Crunk Witch as they make their way across the country for another go, bittersweet as it may be. He will be appearing in Adult Swim’s “Aquadonk Side Pieces,” later this year and his 19th release “King in Black” will be coming out in conjunction with his tour. Catch him while you can! Who knows when and if he will return.

Photo by Mandee Johnson | @mandeephoto
https://www.mandeejohnson.com/ 

Crunk Witch

The husband and wife electro-pop duo from Maine that make bangin' beats and rad parties a reality!!

July 2022
July 9, 2022 9:00 PM
July 9, 2022 11:55 PM
Jul 9, 2022
Suzi Moon / Ditch Boys
Starts:
9:00 pm
Doors will open approximately 1 hour prior to show start time.
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Suzi Moon

The unstoppable SUZI MOON comes thundering back with her debut solo EP Call the Shots, a powerful clutch of high impact songs which reaffirm her status as one of punk rock’s most vibrant performers! With a stellar rock & roll pedigree reaching back to when the then 15-year-old MOON joined her sister’s famed punk band, CIVET, the singer-songwriter has followed through with songs that show her incredible growth. Recording two albums for Hellcat Records and touring with the likes of SOCIAL DISTORTION, DROPKICK MURPHYS, and FLOGGING MOLLY (all before she turned 21), MOON established herself as a ferocious punk truth-teller with both a distinctive personal style and a fiercely untamed stage presence. After CIVET went on hiatus, MOONformed TURBULENT HEARTS, a high-intensity trio that quickly gained popularity in their hometown Los Angeles scene and earned followings in the US and Europe, playing such high-stakes settings as the Rebellion Festival and Punk Rock Bowling.

The restless, boundlessly creative MOON next co-founded unique
garage/punk/stoner female power trio L.A. MACHINA. The group almost immediately issued a memorable EP for Alternative Tentacles before abruptly flaming out in late 2020. Undeterred, MOON set about crafting the groundbreaking songs which comprise Call the Shots, and was in the recording studio just months later. Set for a May 2021 release on Pirates Press Records, Call the Shots is classic MOON: hard hitting, dynamic and thunderingly expressive, the perfect artistic antidote for today’s uncertain climate. A daringly mesmerizing performer and bold, intuitive, composer, SUZI MOON consistently delivers an appealing, high-velocity authenticity that is hers alone.

Ditch Boys

"New Haven's power pop surprise". (Deli Magazine)

July 2022
July 10, 2022 8:00 PM
July 10, 2022 11:00 PM
Jul 10, 2022
Robert Gordon
Starts:
8:00 pm
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GO KAT GO! & Cafe Nine Present

ROBERT GORDON

Featuring Chris Spedding, Anton Fig and Tony Garnier..

From his NYC punk rock days fronting the Tuff Darts in 1976, to his days on RCA Records, neo-rockabilly singer Robert Gordon has always had music on his mind and in his sights.
Robert Gordon, who recorded for the great RCA Victor label, has appeared on many television shows around the world including: the Conan Obrien Show, Late Night With David Letterman, Second City TV, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, The Old Grey Whistle Test" (U.K. television), “Live from the Bottom Line" (Japanese television), "D.O.C." (Italian television), "Top Pop" (Dutch television), "Musikladen" (German TV) and a TV commercial for Budweiser Beer. His music has been used in major motions picture soundtracks like Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers” and “The Loveless”, which Robert had a co-starring role with Willem Defoe. Robert’s hits include the Bruce Springsteen song “Fire” which was written for Elvis Presley and includes Springsteen playing keyboards on the track. Additional hits include “Red Hot”, “The Way I Walk”, “Rockabilly Boogie”, and “Someday, Someway”. Robert has recorded and toured with some of the most respected musicians of the last 25 years, musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Anton Fig, Paul Shaffer, Link Wray, Chris Spedding, Danny Gatton, and Eddie Angel.

July 2022
July 13, 2022 8:00 PM
July 13, 2022 11:00 PM
Jul 13, 2022
Eilen Jewell
Starts:
8:00 pm
Doors will open approximately 1 hour prior to show start time.
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Entry to this show requires proof of vaccine by card, photo or a negative test result within 48 hours of show time.

Eilen Jewell
 Rescheduled from July 15, 2020- all tickets honored.

Doors at 7pm, music starts at 8pm.

American Songwriter describes Eilen Jewell as one of America's most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices. The Boise, Idaho songwriter is one of a kind.

That singular voice springs forth from a woman of more than one mind, and she taps into many of them on Gypsy (August, 2019 Signature Sounds Recordings). By turns personal and political, pissed off and blissed out, Jewell's first album of original material since 2015 expands brief moments of joy into lifetimes, and distills epic sentiments and persistent doubts into succinct songs.

Jewell seamlessly blends heavy electric guitars and dirty fiddles on the rollicking country rocker Crawl with the sweet and understated horn section of the tender Witness. 79 Cents (The Meow Song) skewers sexism and discrimination with pointed humor over a circus bed of musical saw and horns.

Longtime fans who love Eilen Jewell in classic country mode will delight in the pedal steel driven These Blues and the sole cover on Gypsy, You Cared Enough To Lie, written by fellow Idahoan and country legend Pinto Bennett.

Rather than pulling artist and listener this way and that, the tensions within and between these twelve tracks propel Eilen Jewell's eighth studio album forward as a remarkably cohesive full length.

July 2022
July 15, 2022 9:00 PM
July 16, 2022 11:55 AM
Jul 15, 2022
Mr. Cheeks / ReadyRockDee / DJ Superior
Starts:
9:00 pm
Doors will open approximately 1 hour prior to show start time.
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Mr. Cheeks 

Before establishing himself as a solo artist in the early 2000s, Mr. Cheeks made a name for himself as a member of Lost Boyz in the mid- to late '90s. Cheeks and the other members of Lost Boyz practiced a sincere, literate, non-sensational style of New York hip-hop. As a result, they never attained substantial commercial success, yet garnered substantial critical acclaim and were underground favorites. But when Freaky Tah met an unfortunate demise, Lost Boyz soon broke ranks and remained quiet. Cheeks resurfaced in late 2001, though, and he came with a more mature outlook on life that informed his rhymes with a greater sense of knowledge and truth than before. His debut solo album, John P. Kelly, featured the massive hit single "Lights, Camera, Action!". He was also apart of Lil Kim's The Jump off hit single as well as production by a broad roster of producers including Stephen Marley, Bink!, and Easy Mo Bee. For 2019 Mr Cheeks makes an epic return to mainstream with the new Lost Boyz undeniable banga with freaky Tah's son Freaky Kah & LB fam's K Chrys . Check it out now🔊 Contact Info@MrCheeksLostBoyz.com

ReadyRockDee 

ReadyRockDee is American born emcee from the notorious and legendary Mulford Gardens projects out of Yonkers, NY. Also known as “527” and “Warside”. His love for Hip Hop began at a very early age, he credits his first favorite rapper to be “Heavy D” out of Mount Vernon, NY as early as the age of 6 years old. Later on to be heavily inspired by the successes of fellow Yonkers emcees DMX, The LOX (Jadakiss, Styles P, Sheek Louch) And legendary Yonkers native DJ “Superior” of Most Hated Entertainment!
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ReadyRockDee embodies the true emcee in its purest form. Exuding authenticity, originally, & street presence. The stage is his sanctuary and he captivates audiences worldwide with clever lyricism and creative choruses. Street hip hop and real street life experiences shape his music. ReadyRockDee and his crew Rowdy City have made a name for themselves on the underground hip hop scene with an extensive tour schedule that now travels across multiple countries. Most say ReadyRockDee’s best quality is his relentless and believability on records. Be on the lookout for the “Flow God” aka ReadyRockDee for many years to come.
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Notable Collaborations with: King Los , RJ Payne , Mark Battles, Sy Ari Da Kid , Mickey Factz , Jon Connor , Rick Hyde , Arsonal da Rebel , Oun-P , Brizz Rawsteen , Bizarre (D12), Ca$his (Shady Records), Young Hot Rod (G-Unit Records)
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City: Yonkers , NY (Born and Raised)
Bridgeport, CT (Currently residing)
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

DJ Superior 

SUPERIOR MH CEO 

Of the many quotes that surmise the life of Superior, Ernest Hemingway said it best; “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

Appropriately named, Superior’s work ethic personifies the definition of the word which means above the average in excellence, merit, intelligence; of high grade/ quality, even being higher in station, rank, degree, importance, etc. His life story as a creative, reflects the noun definition; one superior to another. Either way Superior’s leadership skills makes this entrepreneur beyond what the industry calls a triple threat; promoter, DJ, and also the man sitting next to the man who gets the job done!!! Yet, it’s time for this trendsetter and game changer to step from behind the scenes and tell his legacy front and center.

Superior got his start within the entertainment business early as a teenager with Al Pizarro of VIP Record Pool. As product manager, he promoted artists and new music for all to hear and enjoy. It was then that he began to learn the fundamental lesson of supply and demand. That knowledge grew with experience and at the age of 18, Superior funded a show with Wu-Tang Clan in Yonkers before they made it big. The success of that venture opened the doors of entrepreneurialism for Superior.

Superior, “The CEO” (better known as “DJ Superior”) is solely responsible for the preparation of DMX's career. As a producer, promoter, DJ, and true friend Superior spent hours in the projects with X helping to develop his sound. They would video tape the studio sessions and that footage has been used for numerous documentaries on the journey of the artist and man; DMX. In 2011, Superior wrote a biography entitled, "The Man Who Walked The Dog" documenting his relationship both past and present with DMX and others. There is currently a biopic film in the works by the same name. Those years in the projects / studio lead Superior to expand his ventures into forming a record label and management company. Superior was responsible and featured in VH1’s Behind the Music: DMX in 2009, in which he licensed his footage on the star, which he owns. He also was responsible and featured in Ruff Ryders Chronicles on BET last year, which he also licensed footage that he, too, owns. He also has a film company, MH FILMZ, and a network entitled HUSTLE TELEVISION NETWORK, which he has 2 TV shows in rotation, currently on YouTube (UNDERGROUND GRIND and COOKING WITH LOVE).

July 2022
July 16, 2022 9:00 PM
July 16, 2022 11:55 PM
Jul 16, 2022
Brian Ember / Psychic Newborns / Night Mansions
Starts:
9:00 pm
Doors will open approximately 1 hour prior to show start time.
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Brian Ember

Classically-trained composer and singer, Brian Ember, began his musical journey singing Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful" to his mom as a toddler in the bathtub. On the school bus as a first grader, the kids blasting KISS made fun of him for shamelessly singing "Xanadu" to himself in his seat. When he took up the trumpet at age 9 and learned how to read music, he would skip recess to stay indoors and transcribe John Williams soundtracks by ear. By middle school, he was a choir geek and musical theater nerd, trying to write a musical about the Battle of Antietam, hoping it would be the next Les Miserables. By high school he was insufferable, as he'd discovered songwriting and classical music and couldn't figure out how to relate to anyone, he decided that everyone in the suburbs were complete assholes who could keep their Guns N fucking Roses and get lost.

Ember studied classical composition at the Mannes College of Music in New York City, where he also hosted a poetry open mic on the Lower East Side, joined more choirs, and continued studying voice. His classical training led him to create a string-quartet rock band called the Tet Offensive, which began as a cover band and emerged into a songwriting vehicle for Ember over the past several years. After starting a family, he moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where he has been for a startlingly long time.

Now Brian Ember does whatever the fuck he wants. As it turns out, that just means he's singing a lot and writing string quartets and pop records. Frustratingly self-aware at how not dangerous he is, he makes up for it with the occassional swear word.

Psychic Newborns

Joe and Tom and Kyle and Chris.

Night Mansions

Night Mansions is a collaboration of two solo projects "Night House of Venus" which is the haunted disco/experimental electronic music project by Emma Kathan and "Quiet Mansions" which is the beautifully transcendent electronic ambient solo project of Mitchell Cichocki. Dig.

July 2022
July 17, 2022 2:00 PM
July 17, 2022 8:00 PM
Jul 17, 2022
A Celebration of the Life & Music of Kerry Miller
Starts:
2:00 pm
Doors will open approximately 1 hour prior to show start time.
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Tribute to The Life and Music of Kerry Miller.

Kerry Miller has been  a rock and roll cornerstone of the New Haven music scene for decades, holding down the beat for many bands over the course of a  long and diverse career. 

Kerry's New Haven rock and roll life counted off beginning at the Infamous Shandy Gaff in Devon and spanned through the 2010's at Cafe Nine. He filled every area club over the years with his smooth, powerful voice, singular guitar style and explosive drumming. A pioneer of New Haven's early punk scene with his band Hot Bodies, his presence was felt over the years in too many bands to mention here, culminating with the power pop outfit Peacock Flounders. 

Kerry was a New Haven Original. He had a keen sense of style and an even keener sense for great music and art. His wellspring of enthusiasm for the music and local art community was felt by everyone who saw him play, but especially by the musicians who were fortunate enough to share a stage with him.

Come share a favorite story and some music as we celebrate the life and music Kerry Miller.  

July 2022
July 19, 2022 8:00 PM
July 19, 2022 11:00 PM
Jul 19, 2022
Tony Purrone Trio
Starts:
8:00 pm
Doors will open approximately 1 hour prior to show start time.
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Tony Purrone Trio

Doors at 7pm, Two sets starting at 8pm.

$10 in advance, $15 at the door.

No reserved seating.


Tony Purrone was born and raised in Connecticut. His love affair with the guitar started with his first lesson at age nine. This early ability, expressed across a diversity of styles, led to acceptance by the University of Bridgeport Jazz Ensemble at a very young age. Four years later, whilst still a student, he performed with the Don Elliott Quintet and the Gerry Mulligan Sextet. After transferring to New York University, Tony graduated with a BSc in music.

In 1978, he came to the attention of Jimmy Heath in Connecticut and was invited to join the Heath Brothers Band, going on to record five albums on CBS and Island-Antilles in between touring the world.


In 1982, Tony left to carve his own impressive niche in the eclectic jazz world. He has performed with a Who’s Who of Jazz, including: Frank Foster and the Count Basie Band, Jerome Richardson, Lee Konitz, Al Cohn, Pepper Adams, Paquito D’Rivera, Sal Nistico, Nick Brignola, Bill Barron, Dave Leibman, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Brecker, Lew Soloff, Jon Faddis, Donald Byrd, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman band members, the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Stanley Cowell, Billy Eckstine, Johnny Hartman, the Trio (3) with Pete Levin and Lenny White, and his own groups.

He completed an album in July 1991 with Ed Thigpen on Justin Time records called “Mr. Taste”. This received the accolade of a Downbeat magazine 5-star rating.

Tony has taught music at Housatonic College and Wesleyan University in Connecticut and at Queens College in New York. Tony participated in two Grammy nominated albums, “Heath Brothers Live at the Public Theater”, (1980); and “Jimmy Heath-Little Man, Big Band” (1994). Tony has also recorded with Jimmy Heath on the Landmark, Verve, and Steeplechase labels, Ed Thigpen on the Reaction label and is the featured guitar soloist along with bassist, Stanley Clarke, on the song “Dark” co-written with Lenny White on Lenny’s CD, “Present Tense” (Hip Bop records).


In 1993 Tony released his debut CD as a leader and composer on the B&W label (now, Meltdown-2000) entitled, “Electric Poetry”. It features Bob Mintzer (woodwinds), Dave Anderson(bass) and Ray Marchica (drums). His compositions and eclectic diversity figure greatly in this setting.

July 2022
July 20, 2022 8:00 PM
July 20, 2022 11:00 PM
Jul 20, 2022
Chris Pierce / Paul Bergmann
Starts:
8:00 pm
Doors will open approximately 1 hour prior to show start time.
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Chris Pierce

Chris Pierce first gained national prominence with "We Can Always Come Back To This." His hit co-write aired on 3 episodes of the #1 NBC primetime series 'This Is Us', then went on to peak at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart, and #12 on iTunes Top 100. Pierce has done worldwide headlining tours and has performed on stage with Seal, Cold War Kids, Al Green, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Keb'Mo', and many more. Pierce's 2020 collaboration with artist Sunny War in Americana duo WAR & PIERCE yielded hit single "AMEN". "AMEN" was featured on NPR's WORLD CAFE and aired on 200+ AAA / NonComm stations, then racked up over 1 million plays on Spotify. Chris Pierce's 2021 album, 'AMERICAN SILENCE' has garnered massive critical acclaim from NPR, SiriusXM, The Bluegrass Situation, No Depression, Rolling Stone Country, Americana UK and more.

Paul Bergmann

For some time, Paul Bergmann has been writing and singing as if from a vantage point far into the future; as though uncovering rather than composing his own body of work. To date, his twelve releases have ranged broadly across the landscape of the indie singer-songwriter. Early work in folk-pop, recorded while signed with Fairfax Recordings, has found its way into TV and film, but to dip into Paul’s work at random is to discover many different versions of the same artist. This scruffy folk punk, electro-piano torch crooner, analog psychedelian, and, occasionally, strident Neil Young disciple par excellence has crisscrossed the country in concert in support of one project or another, opening for the likes of Angel Olsen and Lou Barlow, selling out the historic Cairo Jazz Club in Egypt. Such peregrinations have concretized Paul’s thematic obsessions over the years: the life, and death, of the creative type; human desire; aging; the follies and false promises of stature and fame. In his relentless œuvre-building, Paul has amassed an especially articulate kind of existentialism: what it means to persist, and to create, in a world which dies in the near distance. In The Other Side, his latest reckoning with life and imminent dissolution, he forces a truce with our collective lack of an afterlife.
July 2022
July 21, 2022 8:00 PM
July 21, 2022 11:55 PM
Jul 21, 2022
Shake N' Vibrate
Starts:
8:00 pm
Doors will open approximately 1 hour prior to show start time.
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Shake & Vibrate 

DJ B the T Jr trades sets with some of the Elm City's hottest cutters. 

Soul, Funk, Junk, Trash

All Vinyl! All Dance, All Night

July 2022
July 22, 2022 9:00 PM
July 22, 2022 11:55 PM
Jul 22, 2022
Redd Volkaert / Eugene Chrysler Band
Starts:
9:00 pm
Doors will open approximately 1 hour prior to show start time.
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Fernando Pinto Presents

REDD VOLKAERT

Redd Volkaert (Guitar)
Eugene Chrysler (Bass)
Tom Smith (Drums)

Grammy-winner and guitar-playing legend Redd Volkaert is renowned throughout the country music world and beyond for being one of the greatest Telecaster players in history. A true giant of country music, Volkaert once played in Merle Haggard’s backing band The Strangers in the spot previously manned by Roy Nichols.
Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Redd picked up guitar at an early age, and moved to Alberta where he got his first serious start as a professional musician. Redd then relocated to Southern California in 1986, eventually running into a young Dale Watson who became a frequent collaborator. Redd then spent more than a decade in Nashville primarily as a live performer, playing with the likes of Ray Price and The Statler Brothers among others, and eventually behind Haggard. But he never quite liked it in Music City, where most of the musician work was centered around studio time as opposed to the clubs and honky tonks. So eventually Volkaert moved to Austin, Texas, where he lived for some 20 years, including performing at Austin’s famed Continental Club with the supergroup Heybale! every weekend.
From western-swing to jazz and rock, Redd is considered an icon on the Telecaster with numerous guitar models named after him. He emerged as a solo artist with the celebrated release of Telewacker (1998) and No Stranger to a Tele (2001), each showcasing a satisfyingly diverse mix of country and swing, hot instrumentals, and vocal numbers in the Bakersfield-honky-tonk tradition. In 2009 Redd received a Grammy for best country instrumental performance for “Cluster Pluck,” a collaboration with Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, and Steve Wariner. In addition to his seamless ability to conjure up a vast array of complex guitar styles, Redd is beloved for his trademark wit and sense of humor.
We are thrilled that Redd has recently relocated from Texas to Galax, Virginia, and simply cannot wait for him to kick off his
East Coast Tour - Friday July 22nd at the Café Nine Stage.

Eugene Chrysler Band


While rockabilly-Western swing doghouse bassist and singer Eugene Chrysler has been based near New York area for thirty years, his four albums have featured contributions from friends on the Austin and Nashville music scenes, notably Ray Benson, Cindy Cashdollar, and other great musicians in the Asleep at the Wheel orbit.

Eugene will be joined by three veteran bandmates and studio recording pals - guitarist James Montez and drummer Tom Smith, both familar to cafe nine audiences from their work with The Bandidos and The Hickups, among others - and steel guitarist extraordinaire Ed Iarusso, a frequent accompanist of singer-songwriter Kerri Powers, and a member of The Shinolas and Plywood Cowboy.

July 2022
July 23, 2022 9:00 PM
July 23, 2022 11:55 PM
Jul 23, 2022
Thelma and The Sleaze
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9:00 pm
Doors will open approximately 1 hour prior to show start time.
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THELMA and the SLEAZE

Thelma and the Sleaze is an independent all-female, queer southern rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. The group is the brainchild of lead vocalist and guitar player Lauren "LG" Gilbert and features an evolving cast of A-team players to back her up for an unforgettable live experience.
LG is the embodiment of hustle. As the driving force behind Thelma and The Sleaze, she is the songwriter, the visionary, the take-no-shit-from-anyone front woman that is single handedly keeping rock and roll alive. Thelma and The Sleaze has been touring the US for years building a legion of fans, affectionally called her creepers. The growing social media presence, the hit podcast, the features with Yamaha Guitars are really all the result of her incredible songwriting, visceral guitar playing, and the guts to deliver on her vision of what Rock and Roll should be.
LG has also launched two successful seasons of their Podcast “Queen of Shit Mountain”. Each episode features legendary musicians such as Tanya Tucker, Brittany Howard, Juliana Hatfield, Kate Pierson, Lori Barber, Patty Schemel, Mary Ramirez and Margo Price.

July 2022
July 24, 2022 4:00 PM
July 24, 2022 7:00 PM
Jul 24, 2022
Rachel Sumner & TravelingLight / Brian Slattery
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4:00 pm
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Rachel Sumner & Traveling Light

 

"Though Sumner has roots in both the bluegrass and classical worlds, this is true-blue singer-songwriter folk through and through, too: achingly clear, and wide open to the world, with twang and tenderness enough to carry us through the fire of an unusually difficult year on its own" - Cover Lay Down


Rachel Sumner may be best known as the former guitarist and singer-songwriter from bluegrass string phenom Twisted Pine, but it is in her recent venture as a solo artist that we are beginning to fully recognize her dynamism as a writer and performer. Whether she’s fronting her new stringband, Traveling Light, or appearing with only a guitar, you’ll be mesmerized by her elegantly intricate arrangements and captivated by the delivery of each and every word. Now, you may be getting the idea that all of her songs are delicate, crystalline confessionals; they are most certainly not. Rachel is both a Willie Nelson and a Patsy Cline of indie-folk - writing the heartfelt but catchy songs and conveying their emotional complexity with candor and an achingly beautiful yodel. And it is her diverse love of pop, classical, country and everything in between that she draws upon to synthesize into her own unique sound. 

In 2011, Rachel relocated from the west coast to Boston as a classical flutist, intending only to study Composition and Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music. She didn’t play any other instruments - she hadn’t even thought to strum a string on the guitar at that point. Rachel might have begun her formal training in wind ensembles and orchestras, but folk music was important to her family and had been fueling her musical passion from the very start. While at school, she eventually found herself making friends with bluegrass musicians (some of whom would become her future band mates and collaborators) who encouraged and taught her to play basic chords on the guitar and introduced her to the canon of traditional music. In the short time since, Rachel has become one of the most vital voices in Boston's thriving roots music scene; she has written award-winning songs, toured internationally, and recorded and released four albums. Rachel’s debut solo EP Anything Worth Doing was released in November 2018, and she has begun work on the follow-up to that, her debut full-length record due out in 2022.

BRIAN SLATTERY

July 2022
July 28, 2022 8:00 PM
July 28, 2022 11:55 PM
Jul 28, 2022
Evolfo / The Tines /Bajzelle
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EVOLFO

Evolfo’s homegrown musical universe is forever expanding.

If the Brooklyn-based pysch rockers felt pressured to repeat the successes of their 2017 album Last of the Acid Cowboys they certainly didn’t show it. One might think a band that racked up 6 million plus streams on their debut record would try to recreate this by doing more of the same. But when the 7 members of Evolfo piled into the tiny, sweltering, attic-turned-recording studio of band leader Matt Gibbs’ Ditmas Park home, they intended to step confidently forward into fresh sounds and more vivid conceptual subject matter. They have flipped the world of the Acid Cowboy on its head, departing the earth bound adventures in melting landscapes, rat cities, and desert sojourns for metaphysical territory and the mountains of the mind. “We’re always going to be in a state of flux,” says Gibbs, who formed the group a decade ago, “I consider this to be an exciting, positive thing. We have to embrace our own change.” On their brand new album Site Out of Mind, Evolfo reaches far beyond the confines of genre to create a colorful echo drenched psych rock dream all their own. Adorned with a mind bending cover by visual artist Robert Beatty, the result is a collection of songs that are unexpected, absorbing, and blissfully tripped out.

As a seven-piece band, Evolfo has grown into a naturally collaborative songwriting process. Each member fills a role: Gibbs on guitar and vocals, Rafferty Swink on keys and vocals, Ben Adams on guitar, Kai Sorensen singing harmonies and playing trumpet, Jared Yee on saxophones, Ronnie Lanzilotta on bass, and Dave Palazola on drums. All share in the writing credits on Site Out of Mind and are not overly territorial with their instruments. Adams, a guitar player, also laid down some trombone parts where called for, and while guitars are handled primarily by Gibbs and Adams, Swink and Sorensen are frequently heard playing guitars live and on the album. Evolfo can easily shuffle roles and arrangements on stage with a relaxed refinement that calls to mind Wand or early Tame Impala.

Swink also took on the role of producer for Site Out of Mind. After performing his own parts, he would swap hats, mixing each person’s part and overseeing the broader scope of things. “The rest of the group put an enormous amount of trust in me when it came to guiding what became this album,” he says, humbly. “I wanted to make a record more cohesive, lush, and cinematic in scope. Recording Site Out of Mind felt so good because, for the first time, we were free.”

In that, Site Out of Mind is the best of both worlds: thoughtful planning and joyful improvisation. Because the record is comprised of one-take recordings, an organ-heavy song like “Orion’s Belt” feels like you’ve walked into a mind-exploding jam session where everyone’s so in tune that they don’t even need to make eye contact, or a rhythm-driven cut like “Strange Lights” which jolts with an on the fly energy akin to Can. Evolfo don’t just channel ‘60s psychedelia on Site Out of Mind; they warp the genre with experimental flair, from saxophone electronics to droning violinists.

Partially inspired by concepts pulled from sci-fiction and one group psychedelic drug trip, Site Out of Mind is a thrilling spiral into the depths of the spiritual mind and the afterlife. Lyrically, Gibbs says, it could be interpreted as a continuation of the loose concept that Evolfo’s previous album hinted at. “If the protagonist of that album died at the end of Last of the Acid Cowboys,” says Gibbs, “then this was the protagonist’s internal journey, flipping the landscape, and going through the mountain of their mind in that moment of mortality; perhaps a blurring of brain activity between dying and death, between life and the afterlife.”

During late-night overdub sessions, Gibbs, Swink, and Adams would tweak lyrics line by line until it resulted in poetic verses like those of “In Time” and “White Foam”. “We got into far-out conversations and we would collaborate to turn them into the most stimulating and effective lyrics,” recalls Gibbs. “Some songs turned dark, creepy, and sad, but we embraced it all and you can tell it’s working to draw out the energy we’re channeling.”

Site Out of Mind was recorded on the top floor of his Ditmas Park home where, years before Gibbs moved in, a real-life exorcism was held. His roommates have heard things moving, the previous tenant witnessed items falling, and everyone can see the cross made from ashes above the doorway. “Funnily enough, it was one of the things that made this the greatest recording experience of my life,” says Gibbs. “The lingering spirit could be considered the eighth member of the band.” He’s not joking either. While recording, Evolfo’s amps would break, creepy feedback would kick in, and inexplicable shifts in levels would occur — all of which can be heard on the album if you listen closely.

By far what sets Site Out of Mind above the rest of today’s psych rock records, though, is Swink’s intuitive ear for crisp, warm production. He presents high energy hooks without neglecting any instrument in the music’s overall mix, a decision that recalls the early albums of Yes or the lush revivalism of Quilt. Collaboration is at the core of Evolfo’s creativity, yes, but it’s the subtle overdubs and sleek mixing Swink added that make their new music so rewarding.

“The attic is a very small space for all of us to stand in, let alone play instruments and record basics, but I think that was a benefit because our communication was hypersensitive,” says Swink. “We were all set up in a half circle around our drummer Dave with one guitar amp isolated in a crawl space, another in Matt’s bedroom, and a third in his bathroom. By recording this album in Matt’s attic and mixing it in my home studio, we’ve woven together sounds that already have a very special and unique sonic fingerprint. These sounds are ours.”

The Tines

The Tines are a New Haven based indie rock outfit. The Enemy Is Listening is out now via Free As Birds
The Tines are a New Haven base outfit helmed by songwriter and producer S.G. Carlson. The band was formed as a recording project in late 2019 featuring Ilya Gitelman of Ports of Spain, J Thompson of Laundry Day and Daniprobably, and Sean Koravo of Ryxno. They play cleverly crafted indie rock that focuses on the balance of tension and beauty.
The Tines released their first E.P., The Enemy Is Listening (Free As Birds Records) in 2020, and began to perform live in 2021. They have since appeared at the New Haven Arts and Ideas Festival, The Thing In Spring, and Limb Snapping, and played with artists like The Huntress and Holder of Hands, Lee Ronaldo, Acid Dad, and Hector Gannet. As a solo artist, S.G. Carlson has appeared with the likes of Andy Shauf, Michael Nau, Erin Durant, and Shaun Rowe.
"Big, layered, and gloriously warm. Imagine a fuzzed-out Andy Shauf or a DIY Wilco."
- Post Trash
"(Carlson's) unassuming demeanor masks a rich musical background and artistic presence"
- New Haven Independent
"soaked in indie rock and thrumming bass, tinged with an old school sensibility"
- Arts Council
"Warm melodies and lyrics that easily catch your brain's eye"
- CT Verses

BAJZELLE
Bajzelle is a band based in Bridgeport, CT, playing music ranging from indie to psychedelic-progressive rock since 2018.
Made up of four music-obsessed friends from the Bridgeport area; Greg Poore, Connor Rog, Matt Valade and Jeff Wickun, Bajzelle dialed in their sound as they began playing shows at reputable DIY venues around CT, jumping from lo-fi ballads to screeching guitar-driven riffs at a moment’s notice.  Currently, Bajzelle is prepping a psych-rock double-album for release in mid-2022, acting as a follow-up to their debut LP “Enjoy”?.
With a desire to push boundaries and expand their sound with each new release, the band are never ones to rest on their laurels.
Bajzelle’s sound shifts from song to song, always maintaining an earnest quality but never taking itself too seriously, much like the members of the band. Come for the heavy rocking music and narrative-bent lyrics, but stay for the goofy on-stage antics, eclectic setlists, and (some may say) peculiar stage decor, and you won’t be disappointed.

July 2022
July 31, 2022 4:00 PM
July 31, 2022 7:00 PM
Jul 31, 2022
The Goddamn Gallows / Rebelmatic
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The Goddamn Gallows

In 2004 The Goddamn Gallows began their rough and tumble voyage and haven't looked in the review mirror since. Leaving six studio albums in their path, they have been reinventing their music with every record. Spit from the heart of America's Rust Belt, arising from a night of flophouse violence. Drifting across the states, they cemented their sound in Portland, OR and later in Los Angeles, CA, where they lived in abandoned buildings, squatter camps, storage units and

shoebox apartments. In 2007, they left everything behind and spent the next four years living out of whatever vehicle would get them to the next town. Building upon their original sound of twanged-out,

punk rock "gutterbilly" (Life of Sin 2004 and Gutterbillyblues 2007), they began picking up stray musicians along the way and adding to their sound; washboard, accordion, mandolin and banjo (Ghost of th’

Rails 2009 and 7 Devils 2011) creating a sound referred to as "hobocore", "gypsy-punk" or "americana-punk", while never being stuck in any one sound. Enter 2018 and The Goddamn Gallows have

reinvented themselves once again with The Trial. From rockabilly, psychobilly and punk rock, to bluegrass and metal, The Trial infuses disparate sounds into a new strange recipe of seamless genre bending profundities. Chock full of impromptu antics of the shocking variety and hauntingly eclectic instrumentation, The Goddamn Gallows have made legions of fans with their legendary, live shows. The Goddamn Gallows, takes their progression of mixing punk rock, bluegrass,

psychobilly, and metal to a whole new level! The Goddamn Gallows

have now partnered with Sailor's Grave Records to help deliver the next chapter of their legacy to the world. The Trial begins now.

Rebelmatic

Few bands have cut a path through the New York music scene like Rebelmatic. A jagged edged path, rooted in the breakneck rhythm and tone of a forgotten New York. Frank 151 once called them “the sound of pre-gentrified New York,” which aptly describes their raw energy. Still, their sound crackles with a youthful zeal, every bit as uncompromising as their name suggests.

Their songs are anthems, meditations in struggle and breaking loose. Black rock with a purpose. Their critically acclaimed 2020 album Ghost In The Shadows, (produced by Taking Back Sunday’s Mark O’Connell) spawned the underground hits “Blood and Gold” and “Insult to Injury.” The album, a woven steel blend of NYHC, punk, metal and doses of funk. It’s a recipe that led Okay Africa to cite the band as one of the 10 black punk bands to watch, and the band to be described as “James Brown in a mosh pit.” HR, legendary front man of Bad Brains’ recently called them one of his favorite new bands. The Talking Heads,’ David Byrne mentioned them once after catching one of their legendary performances at Afropunk Festival. And in truth, their live sets every bit to blame for the band’s status as underground heroes.

After the pandemic brought the band’s monthly showcase at iconic skater/musician haven, Max Fish to a halt, finding their inner-punk, was hardly a chore. So, it wasn’t long before they began organizing secret shows, at the height of lockdown. These outdoor shows promoted social distancing, and allowed cooped up Brooklyn rockers a chance to cut loose safely. That the band’s music was the perfect soundtrack to conversations of social change dominating life under quarantine, was the cherry on top that resonated with fans new and old.

Becoming literally one of the only rock bands in business, lends itself to exposure. Their album and defiant antics, led to recognition from skater bible Thrasher, and Loudwire. This was followed by the band’s appearance on Vans TV. By summer of 2021, Angelo Moore of Fishbone tapped Rebelmatic to open for him in LA. Weeks later, Doc Martens asked the band to be featured in Dr. Martens Presents, for an episode focused on New York’s punk scene.

Now, more people than ever are lining up to watch this band’s on-stage rebellion turn into celebrations of life and unity in sound. Rebelmatic was founded by Creature, a Corona, Queens, native, and established indie hip-hop artist (having recorded with luminaries including the late MF DOOM, and Slug of Atmosphere). The band also features Karnage on bass, Alkatraz on guitar, and Ramsey Jones (GZA) on drums. The unit has shared the stage with pioneering acts across genres, from punk innovators, Death, and art rap legend Aesop Rock, to punk heroes Leftover Crack and hip-hop heavyweights, The Lox. Catch Rebelmatic this Fall on tour with stoner-metal heroes Weedeater, The Atomic Bitchwax and Joe Buck Yourself.

 
 
August 2022
August 4, 2022 8:00 PM
August 4, 2022 11:00 PM
Aug 4, 2022
Bajzelle / Gvrden / Arms Like Roses / Ponce
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8:00 pm
Doors will open approximately 1 hour prior to show start time.
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Entry to this show requires proof of vaccine by card, photo or a negative test result within 48 hours of show time.


BAJZELLE
Bajzelle is a band based in Bridgeport, CT, playing music ranging from indie to psychedelic-progressive rock since 2018.
Made up of four music-obsessed friends from the Bridgeport area; Greg Poore, Connor Rog, Matt Valade and Jeff Wickun, Bajzelle dialed in their sound as they began playing shows at reputable DIY venues around CT, jumping from lo-fi ballads to screeching guitar-driven riffs at a moment’s notice.  Currently, Bajzelle is prepping a psych-rock double-album for release in mid-2022, acting as a follow-up to their debut LP “Enjoy”?.
With a desire to push boundaries and expand their sound with each new release, the band are never ones to rest on their laurels.
Bajzelle’s sound shifts from song to song, always maintaining an earnest quality but never taking itself too seriously, much like the members of the band. Come for the heavy rocking music and narrative-bent lyrics, but stay for the goofy on-stage antics, eclectic setlists, and (some may say) peculiar stage decor, and you won’t be disappointed.


GVRDEN
GVRDEN is the eclectic alternative rock band from Connecticut. Fusing the sounds of the early emo era with modern cascading guitars and emotive vocals which all come crashing down in tidal waves of nostalgia-fueled felicity.

Arms like roses
An emo band from Connecticut.

Ponce
Emo/math rock band from CT.

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August 2022
August 9, 2022 8:00 PM
August 9, 2022 11:55 PM
Aug 9, 2022
The Toasters / Ghost Tones
Starts:
8:00 pm
Doors will open approximately 1 hour prior to show start time.
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MANIC PRESENTS

THE TOASTERS
“In my opinion, The Toasters are to ska in America the 1980s and beyond what The Specials were to ska in the U.K. in the late '70s and early '80s, and what the Skatalites were to ska in Jamaica in the 1960s. The Toasters were innovators, creators, shapers of the music, evolving it in a fresh direction, blending it with the cultural influences in a very American manner, and I mean that in a completely complimentary way. Just as Byron Lee & the Dragonaires brought professionalism and polish to ska, allowing others to benefit from the fruits of their labor, so too did the Toasters' music allow numerous other bands to share in the spotlight of skill and success, many of whom have gone on to great heights. Upon the shoulders of giants.
Oh, yeah, and they kick ass!”
-Heather Augustyn,
Author of SKA , An Oral History
After nearly 4 decades, The Toasters are hitting the gas, not the brakes. With an international all-star line-up their whirlwind global tour continues unabated across the continents. Performances are scheduled in South America, Asia and Russia on top of regular touring in the USA, Europe and Canada.
Formed on the Lower East Side of NYC the band is the longest running US SKA formation. They bridge the gap between England's 2-Tone movement and the American Ska explosion of the 90's which they are rightfully credited with starting. During the 3rd Wave Ska revival The Toasters formed the famous Moon Records label and kick-started the careers of dozens of bands.
The Toasters will released a new single in 2020 titled “Turn Back Time”. Ska Brewing (Durango) will brew a special beer to celebrate the band’s anniversary.
Links: Official Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Spotify

GHOST TONES
Ghost Tones is an 8 piece ska/reggae band based out of New Haven, CT and features members from past CT ska bands Distance No Object, Flip Ya For Real, Knightsbridge Fiasco, and Go Hit Dave. Drawing influences from bands such as The Specials, The Slackers and Rancid, ghost tones is sure to get you on the dance floor and wanting more!

August 2022
August 11, 2022 8:00 PM
August 11, 2022 11:55 PM
Aug 11, 2022
Walt Wilkens /Marc Douglas Berardo /The Carleans
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8:00 pm
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Walt Wiltkens

Songwriter, singer, traveler, troubadour - the calling I answered, the life I chose, the way I make my way.

I chose to go full time on this road 25 years ago. Its been a spiritual quest, an amazing trip, at turns heartbreaking & transcendent. In that time I've made 9 solo records, 4 records with The Mighty Mystiqueros, 1 with my wife Tina, and there's a new live record with my friend Kevin Welch. I've had 100 or more songs recorded by other artists, traveled a fair part of the world, and had some very, very large times. I have these anchors: Wednesdays with my brothers The Mystiqueros at The Saxon Pub in Austin, the 1st Sunday of every month at Luckenbach, The Red River Songwriters Festival on the last weekend of January in the mountains of northern New Mexico, and Waltstock & Barrel, a Texas wine, beer & music festival near Fredericksburg on the 1st weekend of April. I move around a lot.

I get to work with some inspiring artists on their records, most often with the coolest cat on the field, Ron Flynt, at his Jumping Dog Studio in Austin. I play all over Texas & as much as the US as we can get to, and even in Europe, where our 2nd home is The Netherlands. I know a wide, beautiful variety of mighty poets, pickers, philosophers, artists, and wild spirits. I am a most fortunate man. Mostly, I drive, play & sleep & dream. Its a rich experience, a wild ride, and the way I make my way. I hope to meet you if I haven't. If I have, I hope to see you again soon on this path. Cheers.

Marc Douglas Berardo

Singer-songwriter, performer and keen observer, Marc Douglas Berardo combines songs that mine the deep feelings and lessons gleaned from real life characters and situations along with an onstage presence that uses humor and deft storytelling to rally an audience and lead them into a deep and almost spiritual experience. It’s an adventure that brings to mind James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, Guy Clark or Steely Dan with a touch of Mark Twain or Hunter S. Thompson for good measure. It’s a night of laughter and emotion that works to send an audience home with a renewed sense of possibility.

Rhode Island based Marc Douglas Berardo's songs have been recognized at many prestigious national festivals and events such as the The South Florida Folk Festival and The Wildflower Art and Music Festival Song Contest where he won The Michael Terry People's Choice Award in 2014.  He was a finalist in the legendary Kerrville New Folk Contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival. In early 2015, Berardo's interview and live performance featured on Sirius/ XM Satellite Radio show, The Village was voted one of the best of the year by listeners.  No Depression Magazine called his last CD Whalebone: “sincere, fluid, charming and above all gripping.” Berardo's 2016 interview and performance on Sirius/XM radio's The Village was voted one of the best of the year by listeners. Berardo was nominated as Best Americana Vocalist by readers of Motif Magazine in early 2017.

On February 25, Marc released a single and video  for  "The Hard Part" , a track from his upcoming record.  

The Carleans

The CarLeans are a New England based acoustic trio. It’s members include singer-songwriters/guitarists Jim Carpenter (The Hoolios) and Sarah MacLean (The MacLean Sisters). Joined by bassist, Corina Malbaurn, the trio has toured to Austin, New Orleans, Nashville, Key West, Asheville, NYC, and Maine.
Their simple onstage sound of acoustic guitar and upright bass is at once subtle and emotional, then explosive within the diverse rhythms of americana, cajun, bluegrass, reggae, and Texas folk.
Equally notable is the trio's vast repertoire. Currently recording their fourth album, and drawing from an 85-song setlist, The CarLeans’ original compositions are as eclectic as their musical style: intimate ballads ala’ Ricki Lee Jones and Townes Van Zant; humorous, thought-provoking introspections not unlike Randy Newman or Lyle Lovett; and driving, hypnotic grooves by Jim Carpenter and Corina Malbaurn supporting Sarah MacLean's soulful vocals, ala' The Subdudes and Lucinda Williams, provoking the audience to its feet to dance.

The trio has performed throughout the country, sharing the stage with the likes of Birds of Chicago, Marcia Ball, The Subdudes, Hooray For The Riff Raff, Walt Wilkins, Sarah Borges, Mipso, The Wolff Sisters, and The Preservation Jazz Band . . . in such renowned venues as Daryl’s House CT, Ossipee Music Fest ME, Kate Hepburn Theater CT, Isis NC, Neutral Ground NOLA, The Southern TX, Skinny Pancake VT, Knickerbocker Music Hall CT, Proclamation FL, The Buzz Mill TX, The Narrows RI, Eugene O’Neil Theater CT, and Jimmy Buffett's Lulu’s in AL.

August 2022
August 12, 2022 9:00 PM
August 12, 2022 11:55 PM
Aug 12, 2022
Carole Sylvan & The Name Droppers
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Carole Sylvan 

Come join international recording and performing artist Carole Sylvan and her band The Name Droppers as they showcase her new R&B/soul album, “Love”, featuring New England Music Hall of Fame inductees Bobby "T" Torello and Scott Spray.   
Carole's career highlights include opening for legendary musician James Brown at Yankee Stadium at just 16 years old; charting a Top Ten Billboard dance hit with her song "Just Doin' What We Love"; performing and recording with superstar artists like C&C Music Factory, Change, Aaron Neville, Peabo Bryson, Pet Shop Boys, Simply Red, Toni Braxton, RuPaul, Eddie Murphy, Lionel Richie, Ben E King, James Ingram, Melba Moore, Musique, Change, Dan Aykroyd, The Weather Girls, Brandy, Gloria Lynn, Diane Schuur, Natalie Cole, Jennifer Holiday, Charlie Karp, Patti LaBelle, and many others; and even recording vocals for U2's multi-platinum song Rattle and Hum.
With a mix of original numbers, and covers of popular hits like "Tennessee Whiskey" and The Bee Gees “To Love Somebody", this dynamic performance, as AfricanHype.com says, will let you “relive the golden era of soul music.”
 
 

Bobby “T” Torello- Bobby has an extensive career, most notably as the former drummer for the Johnny Winter Band. He was inducted into the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame, was inducted into the New England Music Hall of Fame, serves as an ambassador for WFIII drums, and has served as a session drummer on some of rocks greatest recordings.
Scott Spray- Like Bobby “T”, Scott was the bassist for the Johnny Winter Band and has an extensive career having played with some of the biggest names in rock and roll. His credits span decades, and his bass work on Johnny Winter’s album “Step Back” earned him a Grammy for Best Blues Album in 2015.
Ron Rifkin- Ron is a keyboard powerhouse who has played on numerous sessions, and played along side Charlie Karp live and in the studio for many years.
Rafe Klein- Rafe is no stranger to the music scene, as he played along side blues legend Charlie Karp for many years and co- wrote many songs that appeared on Charlie Karp’s last album “Back to You” (Courtesy of Red Parlor Records)
 
 
August 2022
August 17, 2022 8:00 PM
August 17, 2022 11:55 PM
Aug 17, 2022
Meridian Brothers / DJs- Leon City Sounds & Shaki
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8:00 pm
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Shaki Presents


Meridian Brothers
Colombian guitarist and composer Eblis Alvarez started Meridian Brothers back in 1998 as a vehicle for his own experimental music. Over the years, the group has evolved into a five-piece band focused on re-interpreting all manners of Latin Tropical styles with a strong psychedelic and experimental sensibility. The Meridian Brothers music uses popular Latin American rhythms, augmented by sampling techniques, elaborate effect processing, and Eblis’ quirky and theatrical vocals, which channel imaginary characters with both pathos and humor.

The group has released records on Soundway records, Names You Can Trust and Bongo Joe and have proved very popular in South America and Europe where the band has toured extensively and has started to reach out to an audience more familiar with indie rock and experimental than Latin music.

Meridian Brothers new album is a tribute to New York's 70's era Salsa Dura. For the project, they have created an avatar, a fictitious group named El Grupo Renacimiento, and written a new repertoire trying to emulate the writing style of those late 60's and early 70's groups while retaining the Meridian Brothers idiosyncratic style of arranging and recording. The sound of instruments has been modified to fit the Meridian electronic templates, and the result is a fantastic album true to the spirit of Salsa Dura and in line with Eblis Alvarez two decade-long experiment with Latin tropical sounds.

The album will be released on the Ansonia label - a historical Latin label that was specialized in Puerto Rican, Dominican and Cuban music from the 1960's and has only recently been revived and has made its catalog finally available on digital platforms.
Meridian Brothers new album will be their first release in over 30 years - a nod from Ansonia Records to the legacy of Latin music history as it steps into the modern era.

Eblis Alvarez has been an intricate part of the new generation of Colombian musicians for the past ten years. He is also a former member of Frente Cumbiero and a current member of trio Los Piranas.

Meridian Brothers include Maria Valencia (saxophone, clarinet, percussion and synthesizers), Damian Ponce (Percussion), Cesar Quevedo (bass) and Alejandro Forero (electronics and synthesizers).

Leon City Sounds
Our favorite team of DJs, coming from the DC area. Arrive early, and hear thee best of rare grooves and tropical beats... strictly vinyl.

THIS GIG IS ESSENTIAL!

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August 2022
August 19, 2022 8:30 PM
August 19, 2022 11:55 PM
Aug 19, 2022
REX / Snake Oil / Mesmer
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Rex (Southern Records)
An early version of slowcore band rex originated in Maine in 1989, but then dissolved as some members moved to New York. Soon after, drummer Doug Scharin started devoting his time to slowcore innovators Codeine. In 1994, rex restarted in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. From the beginning the band, which at its core is a trio with Curtis Harvey on guitar and vocals and Phil Spirito on bass, wanted to include strings, specifically cello. Kirsten Maccord became the first of many string players to contribute to the band's unique sound. rex used a DIY 4 track recording approach more out of necessity than belief, with Doug handling the engineering duties. After a few live shows their self-titled debut was picked up by Southern Records and released that same year. This record fluctuates wildly between gentle meandering guitar lines, powerful emotive vocals and weird burnout psychedelic dreamscapes.
The follow up to the first album was a 10" vinyl only release called waltz. The EP brought in aspects of old time music to add to the already complex mix. The band's next album, C, recorded by Brian Deck at Idful studios in Chicago revealed a significantly more mature version of Rex. The slow, rolling nature of the band was augmented by the addition of string arrangements and more emotionally refined vocals with focused lyrics. Well received by the critics, C established rex's unique variety of slowcore/post rock. The band's ties to Chicago incited a collaboration with Red Red Meat, released under the name of Loftus as well as the addition of Julie Liu on violin and viola. After many tours with this new quartet the band was ready to record their final record of that era. With the album 3 the band refined the steady, driving nature of C into a more complex soundscape. They successfully shifted their gritty grungy slowcore sound with a cleaner, gentler post-rock sound.
The band's maturity signaled a further emphasis on clarity and composition, as opposed to previous efforts where crescendoing bursts of emotional power defined their art. At the end of 1998, after several tours to support the album 3 the group dissolved as all three members focused on their own projects. Harvey under his own name, Scharin under the name HIM and Spirito under the name oRSo.Later on in 99 Spirito and Scharin moved to Chicago. The band had a summit in 2012 to play music, eat, hang out and strategize about rereleasing their records. After many attempts to get their masters back from Southern records failed, the three went back to their lives and other activities. In 2021 Rex was contacted by Numero Group to do a full re-release of all their records. Numero helped to negotiate the release of the masters and in 2022 rex’s music is finally being released digitally for the first time. This positive movement built the momentum to get back together and play live again and start to record some new music together. Although Harvey, Spirito and Scharin live in three different corners of the country they are excited to be working together again although is is very different from when the lived in the same loft together in Brooklyn.

Snake Oil

Snake Oil was established in 2011 by Jason Labbe and began as a collective of over a dozen musicians, living all over the country, who used home recording technologies and file sharing to collaborate on three hard-to-categorize instrumental releases: a self-titled LP, a 7” EP, and a second LP titled The Train is White and the Moon is Strong. Over the next several years, a core line-up of musicians emerged and Snake Oil regularly took to the stage, sharing bills with bands as diverse as Mates of State, Acid Mothers Temple, and Deerhoof. A commission by NPR’s Story Corps brought the band out of a short hiatus with a new line-up, and before long Snake Oil’s latest LP, Dying of Sunsets, was released on Safety Meeting Records. Departing from their usual recording process, the new album was tracked live to 2” tape at Brooklyn’s Seaside Lounge by Charles Burst and Jason Labbe. This record also marked a drastic stylistic change for the band, with vocals by keyboardist Emily Lee (Shearwater, Loma, Fiery Furnaces) and guitarist Kelly L’Heureux (Atrina). Their vocally-driven arrangements act as compliment and counterpoint to the fuzzy psychedelic instrumentals, continuing to draw on influences ranging from Sabbath to CAN to Bitches Brew.

Mesmer

Mesmer is a new project consisting of many members from band of CT old name of Crag Mask. It’s alternative rock with a hint of slime. It’s punk junk with a glimmer of grime. With nearly 100 on going demos that might never get finished, the only way to hear it is to see them live style.

August 2022
August 23, 2022 8:00 PM
August 23, 2022 11:00 PM
Aug 23, 2022
Linda Gail Lewis Family Affair / Nathaniel Hintz
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GO KAT GO! PRESENTS

Linda Gail Lewis
Like her brother Jerry Lee, Rockabilly Hall of Fame member Linda Gail Lewis soaked up the sounds of hillbilly music and rhythm and blues in the rural areas of Louisiana. When Jerry Lee began to score hits with “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire”, he singlehandedly lifted the family from dire poverty to a life of relative ease. Linda Gail’s chief inspiration was Jerry Lee, but later, as the era of rock ‘n’ roll came into play, she also tuned into the sounds of Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline, and Lavern Baker.
Linda Gail Lewis’s official recording debut came when she performed as Jerry Lee’s duet partner for Sun Records in 1963. It was after Jerry Lee mounted his late-1960s comeback via country music that Lewis was able to make it onto the charts. Recording with her brother, she scored a top ten country hit with a version of Carl and Pearl Butler’s “Don’t Let Me Cross Over.” A rousing duet remake of Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven,” a staple of her act, followed it onto the charts. The Lewis duo’s 1969 Smash LP “Together”, featured their rowdy duet style on a variety of country standards and rockers. This led to Lewis’s debut solo album for the label, The Two Sides Of Linda Gail Lewis. In addition to composing material for her brother’s top-selling Smash and Mercury discs, Lewis also garnered an ASCAP award for her song “Smile, Somebody Loves You,” a top 40 country hit During this time, Lewis toured almost non-stop as part of her brother’s show. By 1977 she had had enough—she quit the act, married a man outside the music industry and started a new family. After a hiatus of nearly ten years, Lewis returned to music in the late 1980s, touring briefly with Jerry Lee before belatedly going solo at age 39. Lewis caught a career break when the New Rose label in France released International Affair, her first solo album in 23 years. Well regarded by critics like Robert Christgau for its raw, openly country sound, the album did not get much distribution in the United States, but put the European rock community on notice that she was available for shows.
Lewis’s biggest career boost came via legendary Irish rocker Van Morrison. Lewis met Morrison at a Jerry Lee Lewis convention in England. After a sound-check jam session, Morrison proposed the collaboration, which resulted in the 2000 Pointblank/Virgin duet album You Win Again The album reached the pop charts and sold strongly at the duo’s live shows. It became Lewis’s best-selling disc. Over the next 15 years, Delta Music Hall of fame member Linda Gail Lewis, toured the world constantly. She has played some of the biggest and most prestigious rock and roll festivals. During 2014 Lewis met Rockabilly guitarist Danny B Harvey (Headcat, Rockats) who introduced her to Lanark Records. So during four extremely creative days at Lanark Studios in Lancaster PA, Linda Gail Lewis, Danny B. Harvey, and her daughter Annie Marie Lewis, along with producer / bassist Quentin Jones and drummer Blair King cut 12 new rocking tunes which was released worldwide on an album called “Hard Rocking Woman” in 2015 by Lanark Records August 2018 a new duo album will be released by Chicago based Bloodshot Records. The duo album is with Grammy nominated highly critically acclaimed Americana / Folk singer and amazing guitar player Robbie Fulks. It was recorded and produced by Robbie Fulks who wrote most of the songs. Robbie Fulks is one of the greatest song writers of this century. Legendary musicians who played on the album, Redd Volkaert, Kevin Smith, Tommy Detamore, Danny B. Harvey, Hank Singer, Alex Hall, in Austin / Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, and Alex Hall in Chicago.

Danny B Harvey and Linda Marie Lewis

Danny B Harvey is best known as the Guitarist for the super group HeadCat, a band he formed with Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead) and Slim Jim Phantom from The Stray Cats, Danny B was also a founding member of the The Original Neo-Rockabily band The Rockats and his dynamic “Whitestripes of Country” duo THE LONESOME SPURS.
Danny has also produced, recorded and performed with Wanda Jackson, Nancy Sinatra, Johnny Ramone, The Rockats, Levi Dexter and The 69 Cats. In 2020 Danny B. produced and played guitar on Robert Gordon’s new album in 2021 produced and played guitar for Dale Watson’s album , to be released later this year.
Annie Marie Lewis is the niece of Jerry Lee Lewis, Daughter of Linda Gail Lewis and cousin of Mickey Gilley. Annie Marie Lewis has the genealogy, the roots, and is a direct blood connection to the first family of Rock’n’Roll. Annie Marie has been opening shows for Jerry Lee with her mama since she was a teenager as well as singing backups with her uncle Jerry and touring the world with mama Linda Gail and Van Morrison. Now she has hooked up with the Texas Rockabilly Vampire Danny B. Harvey and has been touring and recording with him even since.

Pure Rock’n’Roll, linking to the first generation of Rock’n’roll

Nathaniel Hintz

Nathaniel Hintz is a singer/songwriter from Connecticut. Nathaniel's influence comes from country & western, rock & roll, and gospel music. His Southern New England twang has been heard in breweries, festivals, and music venues throughout the United States.
Hintz's live shows are always entertaining and filled with music history knowledge. The "Two Drinks" Tour has seen more than fifty breweries up and down the east coast. In 2019 Nathaniel's second album, "Watertown," was nominated as one of Connecticut's best album by a local artist.
Nathaniel has had great honor to share the stage with acts such as The Blasters, Jesse Dayton, Sunny Sweeney, Deke Dickerson, and Amy LaVere.

Few local artists are as unabashed in their desire to be called a country musician than Connecticut native Nathaniel Hintz. Mixing rockabilly and outlaw country with a folk flair, Hintz is a fantastic storyteller and an equally fantastic showman.

 
 
August 2022
August 25, 2022 8:00 PM
August 25, 2022 11:55 PM
Aug 25, 2022
Shake N' Vibrate
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Shake & Vibrate 

DJ B the T Jr trades sets with some of the Elm City's hottest cutters. 

Soul, Funk, Junk, Trash

All Vinyl! All Dance, All Night

August 2022
August 28, 2022 4:00 PM
August 28, 2022 7:00 PM
Aug 28, 2022
Clem Snide / Alexandra Burnet
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The Sunday Buzz Matinee from Cygnus Radio Presents

CLEM SNIDE

The last ten years have been a rollercoaster of deep despair and amazing opportunities that somehow present themselves at the last possible second,” says Eef Barzelay. “During that time, the band bottomed out, I lost my house, and I had to declare bankruptcy. The only way to survive was to try to transcend myself, to find some kind of deeper, spiritual relationship with life. Once I committed to that, all these little miracles started happening.”

‘Forever Just Beyond,’ Barzelay’s stunning album under the Clem Snide moniker, may just be the most miraculous of them all. Produced by Scott Avett, the record is a work of exquisite beauty and profound questioning, a reckoning with faith and reality that rushes headlong into the unknown and the unknowable. The songs here grapple with hope and depression, identity and perception, God and the afterlife, humanizing thorny existential issues and delivering them with the intimate, understated air of a late-night conversation between old friends. Avett’s production is similarly warm and inviting, and the careful, spacious arrangement of gentle guitars and spare percussion carves a wide path for Barzelay’s insightful lyrics and idiosyncratic delivery.

“I look up to Eef with total respect and admiration,” says Avett, “and I hope to survive like he survives: with total love for the new and the unknown. Eef’s a crooner and an indie darling by sound and a mystic sage by depth. That’s not common, but it’s beautiful.”

Named for a William S. Borroughs character, Clem Snide first emerged from Boston as a three-piece in the early 1990’s, and the group would go on to become a cult and critical favorite, picking up high profile fans from Bon Iver to Ben Folds over the course of three decades and more than a dozen studio albums. NPR highlighted the Israeli-born Barzelay as “the most underrated songwriter in the business today, with a sneakily firm grasp on poignancy and humor,” while Rolling Stone hailed his songwriting as “soulful and incisive,” and The New Yorker praised his music’s “soothing melodies and candid wit.”

Barzelay currently resides in Nashville, TN.

Alexandra Burnet

Alexandra Burnet is a song writer living in New Haven Connecticut. Her work with The Proud Flesh and Laundry Day has gathered her regional and national eyes. After two years of hibernation she has started emerging with new material; excited to share. 

August 2022
August 31, 2022 8:00 PM
August 31, 2022 11:55 PM
Aug 31, 2022
The Woggles / Dust Hat
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THE WOGGLES

For a band to not only last beyond 30 years together but keep scaling more imposing heights, it’s going to need a sense of purpose. In the case of The Woggles, the seasoned garage rockers past that milestone with a renewed rallying cry to move ever forward, despite the death of their lead guitar player Flesh Hammer aka Jeff Walls shortly before the pandemic took hold..
Currently The Woggles have several friends filling in on guitar, including Graham Day (The Prisoners, Solar Flares, Thee Mighty Caesars) and Shane Pringle (Tiger! Tiger!, Bad Spell) while the band looks for a new permanent member.
The band is touring in support of a new single Flesh Hammer b/w The Witch out on Wicked Cool Records (Steven Van Zandt’s label), inspired by the late guitarist.
The single is from an upcoming album featuring contributions on lead guitar from the likes of Steven Van Zandt (Little Steven), Graham Day, Shane Pringle, Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound), Peter Greenberg (Barrence Whitfield & The Savages), Rick Miller (Southern Culture on the Skids), Keith Streng (The Fleshtones), and Pat Beers (The Schizophonics).
“The band is not as much an institution as a way of life,” says frontman “The Professor” Mighty Manfred. “The main thing is to keep swimming, cause the shark has got to keep moving.”
The band continues to feature the sock-it-to-them rhythm section of bassist Buzz Hagstrom and drummer Dan Eletxro, both also sometime members of savage English rockers Graham Day & The Gaolers.
“Alan Freed once said that ‘Rock and roll is a river of music that has absorbed many streams,’” quotes Manfred. “The Woggles drink from its many tributaries, from early rock and roll and R&B to ’60s garage rock, British Invasion, ’60s soul and forward.”
Fusing pure rock and soul from vintage sources into their own singular sound, The Woggles lay it down hard and loud but with more majesty than recklessness. Their beats and riffs are as strident as Manfred’s swagger and strut onstage. Having played in the past with Johnny Cash, Link Wray, The Zombies and nearly every garage rock group worth its salt, as Meredith Ochs wisely advised on NPR All Songs Considered: “Go see a Woggles show. It will change your life.”

Dust Hat

A refreshng taste of authentic Rock & Roll for those with a garage band palate.

September 2022
September 17, 2022 9:00 PM
September 17, 2022 11:55 PM
Sep 17, 2022
Shuriken/WarBrothers/West Rockers/DrEx&theBreakups
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Doors at 8pm, music starts at 9pm.

War Brothers

Newly generated, explosively energized
band formed from the deepest roots of Rock and Roll!

SHURIKEN

Shuriken is a Rock & Roll trio band from NYC/CT/JAPAN. No fake, no bs, the real deal. 

Dr Ex & The Break Ups

NYC garage rocking freakbeat groove guaranteed to get the crowd moving..

West Rockers

The West Rockers are a unique five-piece from New Haven who started mixing up reggae with thrash metal, punk and post hardcore styles (dubbed "reggae-core" by fans) back in 2006. Their first recording was in 2008, another in 2010 was sadly lost in the bowels of a New Haven University studio.
They've performed around the tri-state region and have opened for touring acts such as Hamell on Trial, 20WT and The Duppies. Today, West Rockers are working on their next project and continue to play shows regularly for fans and friends.
 
 
September 2022
September 29, 2022 8:00 PM
September 29, 2022 11:55 PM
Sep 29, 2022
Shake N' Vibrate
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Shake & Vibrate 

DJ B the T Jr trades sets with some of the Elm City's hottest cutters. 

Soul, Funk, Junk, Trash

All Vinyl! All Dance, All Night

October 2022
October 6, 2022 8:00 PM
October 6, 2022 11:55 PM
Oct 6, 2022
Alex2e / Alex Rohan / Sage King
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Alex2e:

Alex2e (actual name Alex Tuohey) is an alternative singer/songwriter from Western Massachusetts. More importantly, Alex2e is a storyteller. In 2012, while recovering from major surgery and desperate for reprieve, he picked up his sister's beat up guitar and started writing. Words became lyrics, days became months and bathroom video covers turned into gigs. Fast forward to today and his leaps can be measured in dog years.
Called "One of Boston's most sought after artists" by Berklee's Red Room, Alex has made a name for himself both in his home state and beyond. Averaging 130+ dates annually, he has traveled the country while supporting national acts such as Howie Day, Everclear's Art Alexakis, Shawn James, Tyler Hilton and Griffin House among others. His latest releases 'Lonely' and 'Your Day' have continued the touring momentum, helping his catalog collect over 450,000 streams since 2019 - including placements on Spotify's New Alternative and Discover Weekly playlists. "The past few years have been more than I could've hoped for. I really feel like I'm playing with house money," Tuohey says. "For a guy who never thought he'd play to anyone but his mom's bathroom mirror, it's been a dream to play for people. At a bar to a couple people or a packed venue - it's a dream."

Alex Rohan:

Residing in Springfield Massachusetts, Songwriting is a huge part of Alex's Soul. With a Unique & polished style of guitar playing and deep emotion filled lyrics alongside powerful & delicate crooning style Vocals. Alex offers a wide in variety for all music Lovers.. Music and its ability to bring people together always fascinated Alex, Starting his singing career very young. If not in the back seat of his mothers 1990 Honda Civic as a toddler, then listening to the chosen radio stations at her hair salon's. Also his father's musicianship and love for music led him to a successful blues band & DJ career throughout Alex's life. Music was literally in every direction Alex Looked. Falling in love with Artist's / Genres such as: Micheal Jackson, Nirvana, The Eagles, Cat Stevens, Beach Boys, Boys 2 Men , Ub 40, Jewel, James Taylor, Reggae, Jazz / Funk, Folk & Blue Grass, Progressive, Punk, Heavy Metal and Rap/R&B. Essentially influencing his chord progressions and lyrical selection. In Alex's most recent years he has found success as Independent Singer/Songwriter. In November of 2021 Releasing his debut 5 song EP called "Lancaster" at Spirit House Recording Studio in Longmeadow Ma. Also in September of 2021 Alex shared the stage with Marc Roberge of O.A.R. and was invited to play in BMI's Island Hopper Songwriters Festival in Fort Meyers FL, that is now a yearly endeavor. Alex plays live Solo and with a band. Playing Locally and nationally every weekend of the year.

Sage King:

Raised on rock n' roll and born with big dreams, Sage King was born to entertain. From the small town of Enfield CT, Sage grew up and cut his teeth playing nearly ever bar, restaurant, and pub in the area. Since 2017, he has fronted the hard rock group Hivebane, based out of Springfield MA. Known for writing songs about his own struggles in life, he blends inspiration from artists such as Aaron Lewis, Chris Cornell, and Jeff Buckley.
In November of 2019, Sage released his first EP Chasing Virtue. His song “Lay Down Your Guns” won a national Battle of The Bands sponsored by iHeartRadio and Jack Daniels in 2020. His follow up EP “BLOSSOM” was released July 16th, 2021 featuring the single “My Own Damn Heart.” His hardrock outfit Hivebane, is scheduled to release their full length debut album in 2022.

Over the years he has shared the stage with artists such as Aaron Lewis (Staind), Darius Rucker (Hootie & the Blowfish), Hinder, David Allan Coe, Drowning Pool, Firehouse, Trapt, Ed Kowalczyk (Live), John Corabi (formerly of Mötley Crüe), and more.

“It’s taken me over a decade to find out who I am as a songwriter and as an artist. My roots will always be in rock n' roll, but I love finding new styles of music and trying my hand at them. That’s the way I listen to music. It’s always been a big mixing bowl of styles.”

October 2022
October 12, 2022 8:30 PM
October 12, 2022 11:55 PM
Oct 12, 2022
Agent Orange / The Vultures
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Agent Orange

Doors at 8pm, music starts at 8:30.

The Original OC Punk/Surf Power Trio

The Vultures

New Havens favorite skate / rock band reunite for some old school Rock & Roll.

October 2022
October 23, 2022 4:00 PM
October 23, 2022 7:00 PM
Oct 23, 2022
Platon Karataev
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The Cygnus Radio Sunday Buzz Matinee 

Platon Karataev

Platon Karataev, named after a Leo Tolstoy character, was formed in 2016. With their music, the Hungarian indie quartet wanders around the core of existence, seeking answers through paradoxes, contemplating on questions by observing elements on an atomic level or viewing them from an astronomical perspective. After the instant success of For Her (2017), the band gradually moved away from their acoustic sound to a broader one. Atoms (2020), with heavier instrumentation, focuses on speaking about the most universal but on the most personal level with catharsis being a key element of the album. The new record, Partért kiáltó, continues diving into the collective subconscious and was followed by the band’s first Europe tour. In the past five years Platon Karataev has not only gained attention on a local level but has been recognized internationally, with more than 5 million streams on Spotify, mostly from the USA, the UK, and Germany. Besides the Europe tour and three different German tours, the band has performed at major festivals like Sziget, Reeperbahn, Zandari Festa Seoul, Moscow Music Week, and Liverpool Sound City. This time, the songs will be performed as a duo (Gergely Balla and Sebestyén Czakó-Kuraly), with songs from the new album alongside previous compositions, and a glimpse of the fourth album in the making.

October 2022
October 29, 2022 9:00 PM
October 29, 2022 11:55 PM
Oct 29, 2022
Shake N' Vibrate
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Shake & Vibrate 

DJ B the T Jr trades sets with some of the Elm City's hottest cutters. 

Soul, Funk, Junk, Trash

All Vinyl! All Dance, All Night

October 2022
October 30, 2022 4:00 PM
October 30, 2022 6:00 PM
Oct 30, 2022
Flynn Cohen & Matt Heaton w/ Sweet Louise and MRB
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The Sunday Buzz Matinee from Cygnus Radio


Flynn Cohen and Matt Heaton

Acoustic Guitar and mandolin player Flynn Cohen has performed all over the world with many notable acts in traditional and contemporary acoustic music. He can be seen in concert with the American folk band LOW LILY (formerly known as Annalivia), and legendary Irish Accordion player John Whelan, as well as duo shows playing music from his four solo albums.

Flynn has also performed with Ruth Moody, Halali, The Sevens, Aoife Clancy, Cathie Ryan, Lawrence Nugent, Dylan Foley, Skip Healy, Joe Derrane and Frank Ferrel, John McGann, Matt Glaser, Brian Wicklund, Tony Watt and Southeast Expressway, Adrienne Young, Jake & Taylor Armerding, Laura Orshaw, Duncan Wickel, Gail Davies, Jilly Martin, Malibu Storm, Bruce MacGregor, Lissa Schneckenburger, Laura Cortese, Mark Simos, Matt Heaton, The Boxcar Lillies, Women of Ireland, The Vancouver Symphony, the Orchestra of Indian Hill, Revels, and Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, among others. He has performed at the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

A former guitar student of John Renbourn, Davey Graham, Scott Nygaard, and Paul Binkley, Flynn has degrees in Music from Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England and at Mills College in Oakland, California. He taught for many years in the Music Departments at Keene State College in New Hampshire and Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts and is currently an online guitar instructor with Peghead Nation.

You can support Flynn's original music on Patreon:

 
 
 
 
Presenting a lively mix of Country classics, Pop singalongs, a few Irish jigs and reels, some foot stomping Old Time fiddle classics, and blues.
November 2022
November 11, 2022 9:00 PM
November 11, 2022 11:55 PM
Nov 11, 2022
Billy Bremner's Rockfiles
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This date has been rescheduled from September 24, 2021. All tickets from that postponed date will be honored. for this show.
 
Fernando Pinto Presents
 
 
-A Tribute to Rockpile!
 
You can''t get any closer than this to the legendary ROCKPILE!
 
It’s material from Rockpile, Dave Edmunds, Billy Bremner and Nick Lowe that is the bands mission. 
 

Scottish guitarist, Billy Bremner founded  the legendary ROCKPILE in 1976 with Nick Lowe and Dave Edmonds.  Their album, SECONDS OF PLEASURE, was released in 1980 featuring Billy Bremner and Dave Edmunds on vocals and guitars, Nick Lowe on Bass and Terry Williams on Drums.  Bremner is known for his work on many of Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe's albums and has played with The Pretenders, Shakin' Stevens, and Carlene Carter.

 
It’s pure Rock´n´Roll at its best, its high energy and guitar based music!
 
 

Rock 'n' roll as charred as the apizza of New Haven

 
 
 
 
 
 
November 2022
November 26, 2022 9:00 PM
November 26, 2022 11:55 PM
Nov 26, 2022
Shake N' Vibrate
Starts:
9:00 pm
Doors will open approximately 1 hour prior to show start time.
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Entry to this event requires proof of vaccination or a negative test result within 48 hours of showtime.

Shake & Vibrate 

DJ B the T Jr trades sets with some of the Elm City's hottest cutters. 

Soul, Funk, Junk, Trash

All Vinyl! All Dance, All Night

December 2022
December 8, 2022 8:00 PM
December 8, 2022 11:55 PM
Dec 8, 2022
Vance Gilbert
Starts:
8:00 pm
Doors will open approximately 1 hour prior to show start time.
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$
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PAY WHAT YOU CAN
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Fernando Pinto Presents! East Rock Concert Series

If Joni Mitchell and Richie Havens had a love child, with Rodney Dangerfield as the midwife, the results might have been something close to the great Vance Gilbert.” As the above quote from Richmond magazine suggests, Vance Gilbert defies stereotypes. It’s little wonder then that he also exceeds expectations. In this case, those two qualities go hand in hand. “I’m black, I sing, I play an acoustic guitar, and I don’t play the blues,” Gilbert insists. That may be a broad statement, but it rings with truth.  What he does do is make memorable music, as evidenced by the 13 albums he’s released so far, as well as the mark he’s made on the folk and acoustic music scenes in general. Over the course of a prolific career that extends back to the early ’90s, he’s recorded with his good friend Ellis Paul and shared stages worldwide with Aretha Franklin, Shawn Colvin, Arlo Guthrie, the Milk Carton Kids, George Carlin (150+ shows), Anita Baker, the Subdudes, Paul Reiser and any number of others.