The Acoustic

Bar & Music Hall

The best sounding, best looking stage in town.

Built for musicians, by musicians.

Midnight North w/s/g Leslie Mendelson
Sep
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Midnight North w/s/g Leslie Mendelson

Midnight North is back!! This is there 3rd visit in the last 12 months and we are thrilled to welcome this amazing band back with open arms!! They are red hot and not to be missed!! We are also very excited to have Leslie Mendelson make her Black Rock debut supporting this show. Leslie has an amazing new album out that will knock your socks off. Don't miss this one.

Doors 7pm Music 8:30pm

Advance tickets available - www.midnightnorththeacoustic.bpt.me

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The Funky Dawgs
Sep
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Funky Dawgs

Come get funky with CT's favorite brass band, The Funky Dawgs!! Come see what all the hype is about!!!
Doors 8pm Music 9:30pm

$10 at the door

The Funky Dawgz Brass Band are one of the premier touring acts on the live music scene today. Emerging from Connecticut, these young men have engulfed the spirit and traditions of New Orleans as well as earned the respect from local musicians who grew up and reside in the city. It is impossible not to enjoy yourself during a show as they play a contagious upbeat mix of traditional New Orleans R&B, original music, hip hop, funk, and today’s top hits with a brass twist.

They have toured internationally and have been featured in all corners of the live music scene. From playing sold out shows at Madison Square Garden as the horn section for Dispatch, to Camp Bisco, to closing out The Peach Music Festival, their performances flow seamlessly from EDM festivals to jam band festivals to traditional New Orleans second line parades.

There is a reason they were featured as one of Live For Live Music's Brass Bands You Need To Know. The Funky Dawgz are dropping jaws. These high energy horns have been featured on bills with Dispatch, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, We The Kings, Snarky Puppy, The Soul Rebels, Lettuce, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Twiddle, Turkuaz, Kung Fu, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Ryan Montbleau, and Glen David Andrews and the list continues.
 

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Matt Helm Experience w/s/g Matt McNulty Band
Sep
23
8:00pm 8:00pm

Matt Helm Experience w/s/g Matt McNulty Band

Come check out Terrapin's own Matt Helms in his musical experience. Matt brings together some of the best players in GD scene to make the music come to life!!!

The MHE Big Band

Fayer//McNulty//Bernstein//O'Connor// Blumenfield

Matt McNulty & Friends is a revolving cast of CTs best doing what they do best. McNulty will be debuting a new project covering the music of Phish with "A Host of Ghosts"!!!

Doors 8pm Music 9:30pm $10 at the door

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WPKN Underground Series feat. Jillette Johnson & more
Sep
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

WPKN Underground Series feat. Jillette Johnson & more

Please join use for the 7th installment of WPKN's underground music series.

We are pleased to announce that talented singer-songwriter Jillette Johnson will be showcased at this months event. Jillette will be performing songs off her incredible new album "All I ever see in you is me". Her set will start at 9pm.

Please help us support live music and the station that brings it to us!

More artist TBA
Doors 7pm
Music 8pm

This is a fundraiser for WPKN
$10 donation at the door the day of show...

With her nuanced lyricism and shapeshifting vocals, Nashville-based singer/songwriter/pianist Jillette Johnson is the rare artist who needs little sonic accompaniment to make an indelible impact. Produced by Dave Cobb (the Grammy Award-winner known for his work with Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson), Johnson’s sophomore album All I Ever See in You Is Me offers up sparsely orchestrated songs centering on her spirited piano work and graceful vocal command. Like only the most timeless songwriters, Johnson finds infinite depth within that simplicity, tapping into her quiet intensity and classic sensibilities to capture the subtlest of feelings.

At the same time, All I Ever See in You Is Me unfolds with an eloquence that reveals Johnson’s natural sophistication as a songwriter. Drifting between hazy romanticism and resolute self-awareness, the album examines heartbreak and resilience with a willful vulnerability. From song to song, Johnson heightens that emotionality with the ever-changing texture of her voice, an instrument that’s irresistibly powerful whether she’s belting out a refrain or whispering a hushed melody.

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Doug Wahlberg Band
Sep
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

Doug Wahlberg Band

Get ready for a Saturday devoted to some good old fashion Rock n Roll!!! We are excited to have Doug Wahlberg and his band at The Acoustic for what is sure to be a special night of music on the Ave.!!

Lineup - Tom "TheSuit" Forst & James Mauri

Doors 7pm Music 8:30pm $10 at the door

 

 

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Box of Rain - Essential Grateful Dead 68-74
Oct
7
8:00pm 8:00pm

Box of Rain - Essential Grateful Dead 68-74

Box of Rain is returning by popular after last years first show in Bridgeport. This group of seasoned musicians take on The Grateful Dead song book from the early years and run with it. Tight jams & wonderful harmonies make this tribute stand out from most.

Doors 8pm Music 9pm $10 adv tickets / $12 at the door

BOX OF RAIN is the classic six piece that pay’s tribute to the most prolific and finest period of the GRATEFUL DEAD, 68-74. Featuring an all star linup with former members of Dark Star Orchestra, Living Earth , Zen Tricksters and Dead On Live, BOX OF RAIN channels the sound and magic that could have only happened at that special time.

And what a time it was…the Dead were at the height of both their songwriting and improvisational prowess!!! Featuring an extended Pig Pen presence, one very swingin’ drummer and the most coherent and visceral space and improvisations, the typical 5-6 hour GD performances were legendary and a trip for sure.

BOX OF RAIN is a true labor of love with Bob Stirner ( Living Earth / Boris Garcia ) on lead guitar,Dave Berg ( DSO, Dead On Live ) on guitar, Jerry Marks ( Living Earth ) on bass and Pig Pen vocals,Bud Burroughs ( Boris Garcia ) on keys ,Tim Kelly ( Boris Garcia, Montana Wildaxe ) on drums and Jon Bernstein on harmonica
BOX OF RAIN plays GOOD OL' GRATEFUL DEAD!!!
 

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Charlie Hunter Trio
Oct
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Charlie Hunter Trio

We are thrilled to announce that the Charlie Hunter Trio will be stopping at The Acoustic on the northeast tour this fall to support his new release. Charlie has been one of the most unique sounding players on the scene for the last 20+ years. This is a not be missed show

Doors 7pm Music 8pm This is a limited seated show so please purchase tickets in advance http://charliehuntertrio.bpt.me

'Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched In The Mouth', the title of which refers to a quote once uttered by heavyweight boxing champion Iron Mike Tyson, was recorded 100% live in a studio in Hudson, New York, Charlie Hunter returns to his quartet to perform 10 all new Blues, Rock, Jazz and Latin flavored songs alongside bandmates Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Bobby Previte (drums), and Curtis Fowlkes (trombone). 'Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched In The Mouth' was released in 2016 on GroundUP Music.

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Jay Stollman's Rhythm Revue... an All-Star Stax Celebration w/ Rang-A-Boom Late Night
Oct
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Jay Stollman's Rhythm Revue... an All-Star Stax Celebration w/ Rang-A-Boom Late Night

Jay Stollman and his All-Star lineup are gonna get some SOUL UNDER CONTROL with a tribute to the best of Stax Records. From Memphis to Black Rock!!!
Featuring:
Jay Stollman, Scott Spray,"Hollywood" Steve Gaspar, Bill Harris, Lee Finkelstein,Jeremy Goldsmith, Eddie Torres and more TBA
Door 7pm Music 8:30pm...
$15 adv tickets available http://jaystollmanstaxshow.bpt.me


Late Night set of Funk from Shane Kirsch Rang-a-Boom

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Late in the Evening - A Paul Simon Tribute
Oct
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

Late in the Evening - A Paul Simon Tribute

We're bringing together members of Max Creek, Rane, Eggy, Legion of Jerry, Dead Show, Auburn Mode, Tyrone Shoelaces and more to celebrate the music and legacy of Paul Simon, including a FULL performance of Graceland! featuring
Travis Lamothe (Rane) - drums
Jamemurrel Stanley (Max Creek) - percussion
Jeff Martinson (Legion of Jerry, Dead Show) - Guitar, Vox
Jake Brownstein (Eggy) - Guitar, Vox
Jeff Bowen (Legion of Jerry, Dead Show) - Guitar, Vox
Nico D'amico (Afro-Reggae All Stars) - Bass
Dani Battat (Eggy) - Keys
Chip Fenney (Auburn Mode) - Horns
Chris Vece - Horns
Sarah Polley (Tyrone Shoelaces) - Vox
Kate Hubbard (Legion of Jerry) - Vox

Doors 8pm Music 9:30pm $10 at the door

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The Funky Knuckles
Oct
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Funky Knuckles

Calling all Music Lovers out there!!! This is a Jazz & Funk night with The Funky Knuckles that you won't want to miss!!!

Doors 7pm Music 8:30pm $10 in advance www.thefunkyknuckles.bpt.me

The inevitable result of a talent-soaked soul and jazz community, The Funky Knuckles are taking the sound of Dallas to an entirely different level. They have been together six years and have held a weekly residency since the beginning. The band is comprised of sidemen from some of the most respected acts in the music industry (Beyonce, Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michelle, Talib Kweli, P. Diddy, The Polyphonic Spree, etc.), yet possesses a sound distinctly separate from any of their individual projects.

The Funky Knuckles move together musically as a school of fish, never complacent and always stretching the boundaries of improvisation and composition. Whether performing original music or standards, they draw from each members musical experiences to create their unique genre-bending sound. After the release of their debut album on GroundUP Music, As of Lately, The Knuckles added a full-time horn section and began touring nationally.

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Brandon "Taz" Niederauer w/s/g Baby Dynamite
Nov
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Brandon "Taz" Niederauer w/s/g Baby Dynamite

The Acoustic is thrilled to have Brandon "Taz" Niederauer back in Black Rock for a special Friday you won't soon forget!!
Baby Dynamite will be supporting this show with there amazing blend of Rock, Soul & Blues!!

Doors 7:00 Music 8:30pm

Tickets on sale now!!! www.brandonniederauerband.bpt.me

Fourteen-year-old guitarist Brandon Niederauer is living proof that dreams really do come true. Having played in the most legendary rooms in America with some of the most prominent musicians of our time, the young guitarist/singer/songwriter has built up quite the reputation in the music world, welcoming the nickname Taz amongst fans and peers alike.

It started when Brandon watched the movie School of Rock at eight-years-old. Also inspired by his... fathers record collection, he instantly realized he wanted to play guitar. Four years later, he was cast as the principle role of guitarist Zack Mooneyham in the Tony Award-
nominated Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway production, School of Rock the Musical at the Winter Garden Theatre.

Living in New York City welcomes great opportunity for Brandon to play with some of his most idolized musicians. Hes had the brilliant experiences of playing with members of the Allman Brothers Band including Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, and Oteil Burbridge, as well as other notable musicians such as Buddy Guy,
Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Slash, Jon Batiste, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr., Col. Bruce Hampton, Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, Doug Wimbish, John Popper, and countless others. He has also played with Umphrey's McGee, Scorpions, Dumpstaphunk, The Revivalists, Galactic, and so many more.

Baby Dynamite music has been described as Shit-Stompin-Thumpin-Funkin Rock n Roll covered in sweet soul that's reminiscent of the 70's. And that it is!!! Come see for yourself!

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The Breakfast -  Annual Thanksgiving Eve Show
Nov
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Breakfast - Annual Thanksgiving Eve Show

That's right Bfam. The Tradtion continues!!
It's Breakfast for Dinner again and not just any dinner, but the night before the big one. We're hosting our 3rd annual Thanksgiving Eve blowout in Black Rock. Come make some memories and have some amazing stories to tell around the dinner table when you are hanging with relatives the next day.

Tickets on sale www.thebreakfasttheacoustic.bpt.me

$15adv/$20 DOS

The Breakfast is a hard-hitting jazz rock experimental quartet whose music ranges from progressive rock to sonic landscapes. The Breakfast's sound and energy are founded in the psychedelic but their music features some incredibly well-crafted song structures and melodies, showing the members' gifts as highly talented musicians. Indeed, original members Tim Palmieri (guitar) and Adrian Tromantano (drums) provide the distinguishing characteristics the band has thrived on from the beginning. The two are able to reach near-telepathic communication on stage, ripping through progressive shredding licks and jams without missing a beat. This is held together by the sonic glue of longtime, though newly re-added, keyboardist Jordan Giangreco, and supported from beneath by the jazz sensibilities of bassist Chris DeAngelis.

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Marco Benevento
Dec
30
8:00pm 8:00pm

Marco Benevento

Marco Benevento is back in Black Rock!! Start your New Years celebration a night early with us!!

Doors 8pm Music 9:30pm www.marcobeneventotheacoustic.bpt.me
$15adv/$18 DOS

For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive body of work. His studio albums and live performances set forth a vision that connects the dots in the vast space between LCD Soundsystem and Leon Russell, pulsating with dance rock energy, but with smart, earthy songwriting to match. It has led to numerous high profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Pickathon, Mountain Jam to Treefort Festival, while headlining shows coast to coast.

Marco Benevento’s latest studio LP, The Story of Fred Short, and its companion live release, The Woodstoc...k Sessions, is some of his finest and most adventurous work to date—a maestro making "bold indie rock" says Brooklyn Vegan, while the LA Times raves, “Benevento continues to straighten his twisted sound into the guise of an indie-rock singer-songwriter, harnessing his inventive sonic palette into rewardingly bite-size pop songs that touch on disco and soul." Honing his psych rock and late night dance party sensibilities, the recordings find the pianist citing everything from Harry Nilsson, Manu Chau and Gorillaz as inspiration.

As anybody who's seen Marco Benevento perform can attest, with eyes closed, smile wide across his face and fingers free-flowing across the keys, he's a satellite to the muse. With a devout and growing fan-base, Benevento is an artist whose story is only beginning to unfold.

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FUNK YOU w/s/g Cabin Fever
Sep
16
8:00pm 8:00pm

FUNK YOU w/s/g Cabin Fever

We are very excited to bring Funk You to Black Rock for the first time. This band is super funky and will be making a big splash in the years to come in the Funk world!!

Local Favorite, Cabin Fever will be kicking things off for this Saturday night dance party!!

Doors 8pm Music 9:30pm $5 at the door

Hailing from the east side GA town of Augusta, FUNK YOU is an outgoing burst of energy that is continually climbing their way to the top of the music scene. This "funk" oriented outfit projects multiple musical styles focusing mainly on dance driven grooves with powerful clean vocals. Incorporating intriguing musical composition, tasteful lyrics, and crowd captivating live performances, FUNK YOU is surely to make an imprint on your musical taste.

FUNK YOU provides the audience with a furious fusion of influences ranging from Umphrey's Mcgee, Lettuce, James brown, and Stevie ...Wonder. By colliding funk, jam, rock, fusion, and prog into one uniform sound, these guys will keep your jaw dropped and your feet moving without stopping. Their songs combine lush ambiance, catchy vocals, and intense shredding simultaneously into a unique well defined sound.
 

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Jeff Mattson & Friends Ft. Members of Dark Star Orchestra
Sep
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Jeff Mattson & Friends Ft. Members of Dark Star Orchestra

We are very excited to announce that Jeff Mattson & Friends will be making a stop in Black Rock to close out summer with us!!  Band is featuring Rob Barraco (of Dark Star Orchestra/Phil & friends), Skip Vangelas (of Dark Star Orchestra), Lisa Mackey (of Dark Star Orchestra) & Tom Barraco

Advanced tickets available http://jeffmattsonandfriends.bpt.me

Doors 7pm Show 8:30pm

Jeff Mattson (guitar, vocals) is a master of eclectic styles. Lead guitarist for Dark Star Orchestra, and the Donna Jean Godchaux Band with Jeff Mattson. Jeff is a founding member of the legendary jam band, The Zen Tricksters. He has been a student of the Jerry Garcia style of guitar playing since with early 1970s. In addition to playing in a band currently with Donna Jean Godchaux, Jeff has played with Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Tom Constanten, Vince Welnick, Merl Saunders, Melvin Seals, David Nelson, Buddy Cage, Peter Rowan, Martin Fierro, and Vassar Clements.

Jeff, a veteran of over 30 years on the road, is a guitar wizard whose playing ranges from rock & roll to blues, bluegrass, country, jazz, and folk, with a healthy dose of psychedelia. Jeff is also a strong original songwriter and his work is prominently featured on five original albums, including several pieces co-written with bandmate Donna Jean Godchaux and one with Rob Barraco (Dark Star Orchestra, Phil Lesh & Friends), "Leave Me Out of This," a track on Phil & Friends Sony CD, There and Back Again.

 

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Hubinger St. w/s/g Andy Mowatt's Steely Jam
Sep
8
8:00pm 8:00pm

Hubinger St. w/s/g Andy Mowatt's Steely Jam

They're back!! Hubinger St. is back at The Acoustic for there annual visit. This local band has been keeping us all grooving for many years and its a privledgeto have them hit the stage once again. Andy Mowatt's Steely Jam with be opening up the night. Super tight funk driven group out of PA. Lets show them so Black Rock Love!!!

Doors 8pm Music 9:30pm $10 at the door

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Primate Fiasco w/s/g This Way to the Egress
Sep
7
8:00pm 8:00pm

Primate Fiasco w/s/g This Way to the Egress

Another band with accordion and tuba? There's gonna have to be a fight.

Primate Fiasco - The band that you already thought was wierd just changed it up again. Come find out what's different. This Way To The Egress will be hitting the stage early getting things ready with there own weirdness

Doors 8pm Music 9pm $10 at the door

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Big Yachty - Yacht Rock Tribute Show and Labor Day Bash!
Sep
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

Big Yachty - Yacht Rock Tribute Show and Labor Day Bash!

What happens when six School of Rock All-Stars come together to celebrate the smooth rock sounds of the 70s? Big Yachty. Playing Steely Dan, Christopher Cross, Hall & Oates, Fleetwood Mac, Captain and Tennille and all your other FM radio classics. You will know every word to every song. Brought to life with great harmonies and tight grooves.

So come spend a holiday weekend Sunday night with us!! Special guests TBA
Doors 8pm music 9:30pm
$5 cover
Drink specials all night long
 

 

 

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Balkun Brothers w/s/g The Alpaca Gnomes
Sep
1
8:00pm 8:00pm

Balkun Brothers w/s/g The Alpaca Gnomes

Balkun Brothers return to Black Rock to rock at The Acoustic. Special guests The Alpaca Gnomes open the show! Both Bands are on a tear right now. Don't miss local madness with these two gems!!

Doors 8pm Music 9:30pm $10 at the door

After coming onto the music scene with their powerful brand of psychedelic rock n’ roll, Balkun Brothers are creating a style of music all their own in the USA ...and worldwide. Founding members Steve Balkun (guitar/vocals) and Nick “The Hammer” Balkun (drums/vocals) are gaining followers across the world, becoming known for their high-energy live shows. Balkun Brothers bring a fresh mixture of funk, rock, blues, and intense improvisation that has been impressing crowds from Paris to Amsterdam to New York City.

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MM&F Presents "Talkpeck Soundsystem" Part II
Aug
26
to Aug 27

MM&F Presents "Talkpeck Soundsystem" Part II

Come join Matt McNulty & Friends at The Acoustic in Black Rock, CT as we perform a night of Talking Heads, Vulfpeck & LCD Soundsystem with a few surprises in between. This all star band will surely have you dancing to the early morning hours. Don't miss out on what's sure to be a very memorable evening at The Acoustic. Just $10 at the door!

Matt McNulty - Guitar/Vocals
Sammy Blanchette - Guitar/Vocals (CK3/Hubinger St.)
Jen Durkin - Vocals (Deep Banana Blackout) & Avery Acevedo - Vocals
Johnny Durkin - Percussion (Deep Banana Blackout)
Scotty Zwang - Drums (RAQ)
Miles Livolsi - Bass
Jeffrey Seagullborg - Keys (Great Blue)

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Doors 8pm Music 9:30pm

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Bobby Deitch Band w/ Tracy Jo & the toads
Aug
25
8:00pm 8:00pm

Bobby Deitch Band w/ Tracy Jo & the toads

The Bobby Deitch Band are excited to bring there uplifiting original soul music to The Acoustic in Bridgeport, CT on Friday August 25th. The night starts out with Tracy Jo & The Toads rocking American blues and gritty soul.

Doors 8pm Music 9pm $10 at the door

Following an illustrious career as a musician, educator and songwriter, the time is right to share Bobby's meaningful songs with the world. Bobby Deitch Band released its debut album Grateful at The Blue Note on April 11th. Many great musicians shared their gifts on this family affair including son and Grammy award nominee Adam Deitch (Lettuce, Break Science), 2 time Grammy winner Nigel Hall (Lettuce, Nigel Hall Band), George Porter jr. (The Funky Meters), Eric Krasno (Lettuce, Eric Krasno Band), Adam "Shmeeans" Smirnoff (Lettuce), Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce, Nth Power), Jon Clearly (Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen) and other phenomenal players.

 

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The London Souls & Con Brio
Aug
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

The London Souls & Con Brio

Our favorite duo is back in Black Rock for an August jam session!! The London Souls are fierce music brotherhood that leaves all fans wanting more every night. Con Brio will be joining in on the fun making this the co bill of the summer!!

Advanced discounted tickets on sale now http://thelondonsoulsconbrio.bpt.me/

Doors 7pm Music 8pm

The London Souls’ unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll formula recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future.

Tash and Chris have been nothing short of a best-kept-secret among New York City concertgoers since the band’s formation in 2008, building a fervent and dynamic fan base leveraged by their ever-substantiated reputation for consistently well-rehearsed and impassioned, explosive live performances.
 

The band’s celebrated sound and spirit draws significant influence from the driving force of British rock pioneers Cream and Led Zeppelin, to billowing and bouncing funk and soul, to the layered harmonies and memorable hooks of The Beatles and The Hollies, to the contemporary psychedelia of My Morning Jacket among many more.

 

Con Brio

Formed in 2013, Con Brio is the offspring of seven musicians with diverse backgrounds but a shared love for the vibrant Bay Area funk and psychedelic-soul sound pioneered by groups like Sly & the Family Stone.

In an era when much has been made of the “death of the album,” there’s no question that Paradise, released internationally in summer 2016, is a fully-formed journey -- a trip made all the more immersive by Caldato’s raw, live style of production. “We tried to create a narrative in the studio, in the same way that we segue between songs live,” explains McCarter of the record’s arc.

From the first primal wail of Benjamin Andrews’ electric guitar on the title track -- Paradise is bookended by intro and outro versions -- the album tells a story about modern life through its contradictions: “Liftoff” speaks of an urge to fly, to transcend the day-to-day with a starry, bird’s-eye view. “Hard Times” brings us crashing back to earth with the struggles of city life, inequality, and a fractured society desperate for healing. “Money” is a revolution, a rejection of societal pressure to equate success with a paycheck and abandon one’s dreams in the process.
 

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Goose w/s/g Cousin Earth
Aug
19
8:00pm 8:00pm

Goose w/s/g Cousin Earth

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Live For Live Music Presents Goose back home at The Acoustic!!! Goose has been playing our room for over three years growing there sound and fanbase. Its great to have them play a summer Saturday night!! Cousin Earth will be supporting and opening up this show.

Doors 8pm Music 9:30pm $10 at the door

Goose is a Funk-Folk band based out of Norwalk, Connecticut. Rick Mitarotonda is the guitarist-singer-songwriter whose folky, hummable melodies are supported by keyboardist Kristopher Yunker, and a deep-pocket rhythm section of Trevor Weekz on Bass, Ben Atkind on drums, and Aaron Hagele on percussion. The band’s music is both memorable and danceable; an organic and easy-to-love mix of funk and contemporary folk, with touches of reggae, jazz, blues, and rock. Tracked in a snowbound lakeside New Hampshire cabin, with mixing and mastering at the Factory Underground in Norwalk, CT, Goose’s debut album ‘Moon Cabin’ ...was released in early 2016. Moon Cabin traverses diverse musical terrain with 3 part harmony vocals and hooks so big you can hang your hat on them; funky improvised solos and adventurous musical interludes. A performance at The Capitol Theatre in October 2016 saw the addition of Goose’s most recent members, Kristopher Yunker (Alan Evans Playonbrother, On The Spot Trio, Wubakia, and Jen Durkin and The Business), and Aaron Hagele, who has shared the stage with such acts as Particle, George Porter Jr, The Werks, and many more.

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Diesel Lady (Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds side project)
Aug
18
8:00pm 8:00pm

Diesel Lady (Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds side project)

Diesel Lady (featuring members of Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds) returns to The Acoustic in Bridgeport, CT for a night of super funky originals and covers. GET PUMPED.

Here's a great writeup on this exciting project and lineup:

http://liveforlivemusic.com/features/sister-sparrow-sax-brian-graham/

And here's a video so you can check out their sound:

 

Diesel Lady is:
Josh Myers, bass
Dan Boyden, drums
Max Cantlin, guitar
Brian Graham, sax
Phil Rodriguez, trumpet

Doors 8pm Music 9:30pm $7 at the door]

 

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Shakey Zimmerman performing the songs of Bob Dylan & Neil Young w/ Jennifer Mydland & Matt Rae Trio
Aug
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Shakey Zimmerman performing the songs of Bob Dylan & Neil Young w/ Jennifer Mydland & Matt Rae Trio

We are thrilled to have Shakey Zimmerman and friends play The Acoustic this August. Along for the trip is the very talented Jennifer Mydland. In fact this is Jennifer's East Coast debut!! So lets show here the love in Black Rock!!!

Joe Gallant, Jeff Pearlman, Mike Marble & The Matt Rae Trio rounds out this steller night of music!! Tickets on sale now www.shakeyzimmernamydland.bpt.me

Doors 7pm Music 8pm

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The Grass is Dead
Aug
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Grass is Dead

What’s in a name? Sometimes, everything… Grass is Dead are a bluegrass combo paying homage to the music and cultural legacy of The Grateful Dead, arguably America’s first folk rock band and one of the most influential musical artists of the last 50 years. The catalogue of the Dead’s music is a gold mine for string bands and story tellers, and Grass Is Dead have established themselves far and wide as premiere purveyors of this rich tradition of Americana music. Pickin’ and grinnin’ is what they do best, and they have been adapting Grateful Dead songs in their own bluegrass style since 1998.

This band is the real deal!! Don't sleep on this special tribute

Doors 7pm Music 8:30pm $5 adv $8 at the door

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The Roosevelts w/s/g Holy Ghost Tent Revival
Aug
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Roosevelts w/s/g Holy Ghost Tent Revival

We are happy to have The Roosevelts come bring there musical style to The Acoustic.           A must see show!! Doors 7pm - Music 8pm - http://theroosevelts.bpt.me

Supporting this show is Holy Ghost Tent Revival

We are The Roosevelt's: America's Own Indie-Rock Act
The Roosevelt's lead singer James Mason muses on the birth of their name: It was Presidents Day. It was our first day in the studio. We had the songs, but
we didn't have a name. There were two of them, and two of us.  I like to think they would have been fans of our music. As one half of the electric duo along with lead guitarist Jason Kloess, the two brothers in song, not blood (though maybe beards)  carved a distinctive niche on the renowned live music scene of Austin, Texas, before their recent move to the music industry's third coast Nashville, Tennessee. Together, the songsmiths cultivated a sound that's a little bluesy, a little bit folky, and a little bit rock 'n' roll. Sure, there's some mandolin in there, but most importantly, it's just heartfelt, genuine music that belongs to them alone, not any genre. When forced to give it a name, the boys will tell you its harmony-driven American rock with a 70s sensibility. Still, some tastemakers are describing their sound as warm, rootsy pop. Ultimately, you might have to decide for yourself.

Holy Ghost Tent Revival

9 years, 3 genres, and 4 records into it, Holy Ghost Tent Revival’s sound has emerged as something different than anyone might have expected. The music, now filled with 3 and 4-part harmonies reminiscent of the Beatles in one section and Motown in the next. The drums, bass, and keys, now centered on a Stax-like groove, and the 3 electric guitars now tastefully breathe dynamics into each song. All-the-while, the organic horns don’t dominate but compliment, like the old Memphis soul horns or The Band in “The Last Waltz”.

Now laced with female vocals, 4 part harmonies, synths, and a second trumpet, HGTR is marrying genres in a way that NPR describes as that of a “soul-rock horn band that recalls 60s and 70s classic-rock influences such as The Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers…”. This new sound has inspired amazing acts like Lake Street Dive, Dr. Dog, Shovels and Rope, and Robert Randolph & the Family Band to share their stage with them and in turn has elevated Holy Ghost Tent Revival to a nationally touring, mainstage-ready band.

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Mark Stone, Zillawatt
Aug
12
8:00pm 8:00pm

Mark Stone, Zillawatt

Mark Stone will be making their Black Rock debut for a Saturday night two set funk fest!! With friends Zillawatt kicking off the night. Come get some jams!

Doors 8pm Music 9:30pm $5 at the door

Mark Stone is an experimental funk quartet based out of Burlington, Vermont.  Over the last year the group has maintained an impressive gradient of live performances.  Their shows can be described as an energetic, interactive and nostalgic roller coaster of exploration. Between poetically bringing back to life some of your all time favorite classics, and introducing a mind bending spectacle of original compositions, these four are sure to Mark your night as an absolute blast.    https://soundcloud.com/markstone-vermont

 

 

 

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Mr. Boy, Last Shelter & Seller
Aug
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Mr. Boy, Last Shelter & Seller

Special Hump Day Rock Show with some up and coming locals.

Doors 7pm Music 8pm

Seller - Seller is a Grunge pop group from CT. Modern indie rock meets classic grunge with a mainstream twist.

Mr. Boy - Mr. Boy is a high-energy 5-peice ensemble from the Fairfield County area, the band features a unique R&B, Funkadelic and Soulful sound, bringing aspects of music new and old to the forefront in their performances. 

Last Shelter - Last Shelter is an electric and energetic indie rock band from New York, New York. Since their start in February of 2016, they've crafted an unmistakable sound that is both hard-hitting and cleanly executed. Their debut EP, titled EP 1, was released in January of this year.

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Jam Stampede w/ Kenny Brooks from Ratdog - A Very Jerry Weekend Night Two
Aug
5
8:00pm 8:00pm

Jam Stampede w/ Kenny Brooks from Ratdog - A Very Jerry Weekend Night Two

We are very excited to have Jam Stampede back for a very special show on the Saturday in the days between (Jerry's birthday & passing). Jam Stampede is far and away my favorite GD Tribute and if you check out the video below you can see why. Most of the band members are veteran players from many other great projects. Zen Tricksters, Donna Jean, JKB and more.

Happy to announce that Mike Miz will be making his return on lead guitar for this show!!! What a player!! Not to be missed!!

Joining them for the evening is Kenny Brooks from Ratdog which is always a real treat.

Doors 8pm Music 9:30pm $10 at the door or $15 for Friday & Saturdays shows

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Particle w/s/g Tim Palmieri
Aug
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Particle w/s/g Tim Palmieri

Get ready for some of the best electronic funk there is!!!!
Particle invades Black Rock for a mid summer dance party that will start your weekend right!! Come out to Get Down.

And get in early to hear the great Tim Palmieri do his acoustic thing. You name it, he can play!!

Doors 7pm Music 830pm Advanced tickets available http://particletheacoustic.bpt.me

Particle began its journey in Los Angeles in 2000 as one of the key pioneers of the emerging livetronica music scene. The band created a signature sound that combined elements of Electronica, Funk and Rock with a heavy emphasis on improvisation and sonic exploration, and their influence can still be felt and heard in many of todays top touring Jam and EDM/Funk bands. Always striving to think outside the box and create unique concert experiences, Particle paired their high-energy dance music with cutting-edge multimedia production, thematic special events, and epic marathon sets that quickly developed a loyal fan base of Particle People spanning genre lines from jam to EDM. Particle went on to perform in eight different countries and headline venues coast-to-coast, from the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles to Irving Plaza in New York City. The band has also been a staple at major U.S. festivals including Bonnaroo, Coachella, ACL Festival and Lollapalooza.

Particle is led by keyboardist/songwriter, Steve Molitz, whose innovative approach to keyboards and improvisational music has made him a mainstay on the national music scene since he first founded the band fourteen years ago. Well-known for programming and playing vintage keyboards and analog synthesizers, Molitz appeared at the inaugural Moogfest (A Tribute to Bob Moog), and was later tapped to help design Moogs Little Phatty synthesizer. Molitz has also toured, recorded and performed with a wide range of artists, including: Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead), Robby Krieger (The Doors), Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), G Love and Special Sauce, Tricky, Eve, The Allman Brothers Band, and many more.

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Dynamo - Soul, Funk and Fusion Big Band from Nashville!
Jul
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

Dynamo - Soul, Funk and Fusion Big Band from Nashville!

Dynamo is making there CT debut on a special Sunday Funday!!! Come check out this new band from Nashville that is selling out clubs throughout the southeast!! Soul, Gospel, R&B and the right amount of funk makes this band a must see!!!

Doors 7pm Music 8:30pm

Dynamo is a Nashville-based, nationally touring band whose music fuses jazz, rock, and funk with elements of soul and R&B. The culmination is a sound that’s both spontaneous and composed—and an energy that’s undeniably infectious.

Formed in late 2012, Dynamo consists of nine core musicians. When they’re not performing or recording in Nashville, the band is on the road, spreading their unique brand of feel-good music to audiences all over the world.

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The Peach Project - Allmans Tribute (early) Backup Planet (late)
Jul
29
to Jul 30

The Peach Project - Allmans Tribute (early) Backup Planet (late)

Mid summer classic with two excellent shows for y'all!!! First up, The Peach Project makes there way up the turnpike for another Allmans tribute that is not to be missed. These guys sure know how to bring this music to life. Killer guitar work with those harmonies we know so well.

** SPECIAL ALL REQUEST SHOW** Peach Project will be doing two sets of all request from the crowd!!! Get there early and tell the band what you need to hear!!!

Doors 7:00pm Music 8:00pm $10 at the door

Now if you want to say your saw them back when they played small clubs get your butt to The Acoustic to catch Backup Planets late night set. This jamband is on the verge of blowing up after playing 5 sets at this years Bonnaroo!!! They have that sound that just makes you smile!!

Backup Planet hits at 11:00pm and playing till the early morning so come early stay late and enjoy a killer night of music for all generations of fans!!

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Let's Danza!!!
Jul
28
8:00pm 8:00pm

Let's Danza!!!

Let's Danza! is heading to Black Rock for a Friday Night Summer Dance Party!!!
Doors 8pm Music 9:30pm
$10 Adv $15 DOS www.letsdanza.bpt.me

Clay Parnell - Tom McKee - Ian McGuire - w/s/g Scotty Zwang

Hailing from the streets of Philadelphia, Let’s Danza! is a new EDM-inspired concept featuring members of Brothers Past and Particle. Utilizing a two-keyboard player approach, the band brings a fresh new spin to live electronic music, creating a stunningly wide array of genre-bending sounds. Let’s Danza! effortlessly weaves between original songs and extended musical interplay, launching into segments of dancey, euphoric house music, driving drum n bass and gooey dub.

Conceived by Tom McKee (Brothers Past) and Clay Parnell (Brothers Past, Particle, CIA), Let’s Danza! was created to be a vehicle for the thematic exploration of electronic music. Keyboard ninja Ian McGuire (Sonic Spank, CIA) was recruited to round out the trio, adding soaring melodies and electronic textures. The trio have performed alongside some of the top drummers in the country, including Mike Greenfield (Lotus) and Kito Bovenschulte (Particle.)

 

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Neela featuring Renard Boissierre
Jul
27
8:00pm 8:00pm

Neela featuring Renard Boissierre

Mumbai meets the Marigny when Acoustic Alumni Renard Boissierre brings Neela, A NOLA based world music mashup, home to Black Rock!!

Doors 8pm Music 9pm

Featuring the former BMG artist Mehnaz Hoosein (Mumbai, India). Neela is part-Bollywood meets Bourbon street., jazz flair set to world beats, rhythm-n-blues and shades of Shankar on the bayou - and if that's not promising enough, Neela's teaming with Dr. Caterwaul's Cadre of Clairvoyany Claptarps, the oh-so-eclectically etectric art-music collective.

From signature New Orleans sounds to world beat get downs and grooves, Neela's takes on songs old and new hopes to change hearts and minds about the meaning of soul music around the globe - and if you get dancing to it  that ain't so bad neither

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