The Acoustic

Bar & Music Hall

The best sounding, best looking stage in town.

Built for musicians, by musicians.

Jan
25
8:00 pm20:00

Fattie Roots January Residency!

2017 is bringing back one of Connecticut's finest reggae groups, Fattie Roots. With a combination of good covers and strong originals, Fattie Roots has a unique 'jam' presence to their dominant reggae sound. To kick off 2017, the band will be doing a Wednesday night residency at The Acoustic! Each Wednesday, the band plays from 8:30 - 10:30 PM, doors at 7 PM. Don't miss these chances to catch this really fun group!

Fattie Roots is:

Michael Summers - vocals
George Hanlon - bass
Sammy Blanchette - guitar and vocals
Bob Henderson - drums
Terrel Brown - keyboards
CHATOO - rhythm guitar

Armies return w/ Cookin Hooks FREE Thursday Show
Jan
26
8:00 pm20:00

Armies return w/ Cookin Hooks FREE Thursday Show

Two excellent bands. One great FREE night at the acoustic.
Rock, Indies Pop, R&B... you name it these guys play it.

Armies - Armies is a pop/rock duet and band hailing from Portland, Maine, led by songwriter, producer, guitarist and vocalist Dave Gutter and vocalist/songwriter Anna Lo...mbard. Armies' debut album was ranked as one of Rolling Stone Magazine's "Top 15 Great Albums You Didn't Hear in 2015" last December, just three months following it's release. Fusing pop, rock, blues, and electronic music with intricate and spell-binding male/female duet vocals, Armies' live show is a high energy mix of club beats, poignant songwriting with nuances of the blues.

 

 

 

Jan
27
8:00 pm20:00

Eric Krasno Band, Marcus King Band

SOLD OUT

Eric Krasno Band

For nearly two decades, Eric Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music. We've heard his virtuosic, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded), seen him onstage supporting the likes of the Rolling Stones and The Roots, watched him take home multiple GRAMMY Awards, and benefited from his deft, behind-the-scenes work as a producer and songwriter for everyone from Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks, and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. Krasno's rousing new solo album, 'Blood From A Stone,' reveals a previously unknown and utterly compelling side of his artistry, though, inviting us to bear witness as he both literally and metaphorically finds his voice.

"I’ve been writing songs with vocals for other people for a while," explains Krasno, who sings for the first time on 'Blood From A Stone.' "With these songs, we initially wrote them thinking others would sing them, so when I was in the studio with different artists, sometimes I'd introduce one of the tracks and they'd record it, but it wouldn't necessarily work out. Eventually, I realized it was because I'd written these songs for myself."

It might sound strange hearing Krasno discuss the idea of "finding his voice" so deep into a career already chock full of remarkable songwriting, but as he sees it, there's something new, something intimately personal about this album that urged him to step up to the microphone for the first time. And though so much about this album feels like uncharted territory, in some ways, it brings him all the way back to his musical roots.

Marcus King Band

Songwriter. Guitarist. Singer. Bandleader.  At only 20 years of age, Marcus King’s dazzling musical ability is evident throughout The Marcus King Band, the young phenom’s 2nd full-length LP and first for Fantasy Records.  Operating within the fiery brand of American roots music that King calls "soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock," the album highlights King’s gorgeous, rough-hewn vocals, soaring guitar work and heartfelt songwriting all amidst a group of masterful musicians who, together, are quickly becoming one of the country’s most sought after live acts. 

Raised in Greenville, South Carolina, King was brought up on the blues, playing shows as a pre-teen sideman with his father—bluesman Marvin King, who himself was the son of a regionally-known guitarist—before striking out on his own. Going beyond the sonic textures of his acclaimed 2015 debut album, Soul Insight; The Marcus King Band broadens his sound, touching upon everything from funky R&B to Southern soul and Americana in the process. His band gets in on the action too, stacking the songs with blasts of swampy brass, a lock-step rhythm section and swirling organ. Ever the multi-tasker, King bounces between several instruments, handling electric and acoustic guitar — as well as pedal and lap steel — while driving each track home with his soulful, incendiary voice. 

Jan
28
8:00 pm20:00

Peach Project recreate Eat a Peach and Live at the Fillmore!

The Peach Project are one of the most most polished tribute acts we've seen. We're thrilled to host them for a full night of music, and even more thrilled they've chosen to recreate Eat a Peach and Live at The Fillmore in their entirety. A must see show from some great players. Ask anyone who saw them last time!
 

Sophistafunk
Feb
2
8:00 pm20:00

Sophistafunk

http://sophistafunkbpt.bpt.me

Fans across America are talking about Syracuse-based Sophistafunk, the product of three multi-talented musicians — Adam Gold, Jack Brown, & Emanuel Washington — who combine spoken-word artistry, old-school hip hop & funky rhythms to create a unique live band experience.

We are thrilled to have these guys back in Black Rock! - Advanced tickets available

 

Penque-Diomede Band - featuring members of NRPS & Juggling Sun
Feb
3
8:00 pm20:00

Penque-Diomede Band - featuring members of NRPS & Juggling Sun

This is a must see band full of jam band veterans- $5 at the door

Ronnie Penque (New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Ronnie Penque Band) and Mark Diomede (Solar Circus, Juggling Suns) have teamed up to give us the new Penque-Diomede Band! These two seasoned masters of the jam along with Kevin Johnson, and Jeff Pearlman make up PDB. Playing catchy originals along with rocking cover tunes these guys take it to another level! The NEW Penque-Diomede Band is exploding on the Jamband music festival scene and are playing club dates throughout the Northeast

Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven
Feb
4
8:00 pm20:00

Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven

Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven make there debut in Black Rock at The Acoustic.
Two sets of some of the most exciting music out there.

Discounted tickets on sale nowhttp://electricbeethoven.bpt.me

After cutting his teeth in Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Tea Leaf Green, bassist extraordinaire Reed Mathis established himself in the Grateful Dead world with membership in Billy & The Kids, The Rhythm Devils, Mickey Hart Band, Steve Kimock Band and the Golden Gate Wingmen. But Mathis' first love was always Ludwig van Beethoven. With his new Electric Beethoven project, Mathis did the unthinkable and fused all of his worlds together, bringing old world masterpieces by Beethoven to today's premiere musical improvisers — an e...lite class of live performers who have individually made names for themselves in every genre except classical: jazz, funk, folk, blues, and jam rock.

Enlisting a total of 14 musicians, Mathis traveled to their various hometowns, recording each “movement” as a trio, with his unusual approach to the bass filling the same sonic space as virtually an entire traditional string section.

The result goes far beyond genre and brings this music back to the emotional realm that Beethoven was composing from when he initially brought these two symphonies to life. It’s music of the moment, even if that moment has been happening for more than 200 years.

The Recess Bureau Free February Residency  2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1
Feb
8
8:00 pm20:00

The Recess Bureau Free February Residency 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1

We are happy to announce that we have our first residency with The Recess Bureau. Come see them every Wednesday starting February 8th and ending March 1st. Each week will have a different theme because you are all such good little boys and girls for all the love and support. FREE FUN & FUNKY Wednesdays in February.

Brandon Niederauer Band " TAZ" w/ School of Rock of New Canaan
Feb
9
7:00 pm19:00

Brandon Niederauer Band " TAZ" w/ School of Rock of New Canaan

The Brandon Niederauer Band "TAZ" make their debut in CT. Opening up the night will be the School of Rock New Canaan House Band, so get here early for a terrific night of music from the next generation. Tickets on Sale Now http://brandonniederauer.bpt.me

Thirteen-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.

He’s had the brilliant experiences of playing with members of the Allman Brothers Band including Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, and Oteil Burbridge, as well as other notable musicians such as Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, 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, The Neville Brothers, Quinn Sullivan, and countless others. He has also played with Umphrey's McGee, Scorpions, Dumpstaphunk, The Revivalists, Galactic, and so many more.
 

Tom Hamilton's American Babies
Feb
10
8:00 pm20:00

Tom Hamilton's American Babies

Straight of JRAD tour we are happy to welcome back Tom Hamilton's American Babies. This has become one of the clubs favorite bands. A not to be missed show every time. 

Advanced tickets on sale now http://tomhamiltonsbabies.bpt.me

American Babies defies easy categorization. The Philadelphia-based band shapeshifts between Americana, psych-tinged indie rock and classic rockleading them to spots opening for Bruce Hornsby, Greensky Bluegrass, the New Mastersounds and the Felice Brothers, as well as appearances at Gathering Of The Vibes, Electric Forest, Bonnaroo and the Allman Brothers-founded Peach Festival.

With such a chameleonic existence, it's unsurprising that American Babies founder/principal member Tom Hamilton's guiding creative principle is very simple: He doesn't like to repeat himself artistically. For the multi-instrumentalist, this mindset stems from a deep-seated need to always keep pushing himself as a musicianto delve into different lyrical themes and musical detours, and to explore potentially uncomfortable and unfamiliar emotional places.

Tim Palmieri Solo Acoustic
Feb
11
8:00 pm20:00

Tim Palmieri Solo Acoustic

While prominent in the jam scene for his aggressive and improvisational guitar style, Palmieri has grown to be equally comfortable playing acoustic, branching out into a busy solo career over the past few years. “Timmy Tour” – as fans have dubbed the Tim Palmieri Solo Acoustic experience – has grown organically and continues to expand as music lovers demand performances in their hometowns nationwide. These acoustic gigs are peppered with a mix of Breakfast originals, classic covers, and unexpected rarities, each of which Palmieri makes his own through his distinctive style of rhythmic looping.
 

BIG Something
Feb
16
8:00 pm20:00

BIG Something

We are excited to have BIG Something back in Black Rock.  These guys always bring it!!!

$5 at the Door

A 6 piece powerhouse with a sound that is both unique and timeless, BIG Something fuses elements of rock, pop, funk, and improvisation to take listeners on a jo...urney through a myriad of musical styles. It's no secret why this group has quickly become one of the most exciting new bands to emerge from the Southeast. Soaring guitars, synths, horns and alluring vocal hooks rise to the top of their infectious collection of songs and represent a sound that has caught the ears of such revered Summer circuit stalwarts as Galactic, moe., Robert Randolph, and even The B52s who have all tapped Big Something as direct support.

Hometown Throwdown with Black Rock Social and Jen Durkin & The Business
Feb
17
8:00 pm20:00

Hometown Throwdown with Black Rock Social and Jen Durkin & The Business

Hometown Throw down with Black Rock Social and Jen Durkin & The Business.

$8 Advanced discounted ticketshttp://blackrocksocialbusiness.bpt.me

Black Rock Social is a phenomenal 5 piece powerhouse, bringing more fire to the stage than ever before. Their rootsy soul vibe, and heavy bass lines, combined with multiple harmonies, and blistering guitar & sax solos, separate Black Rock Social from every other reggae band.

Jen "Pipes" Durkin got her name as founding member of Deep Banana Blackout a funk rock jam band that toured Nationally for 5 years in the late 90s. On the road Jen sat in with P Funk, Gov't Mule, Karl Denson and Melvin Sparks to name a few. Jen Durkin & the Business is comprised of Darian Cunning on guitar, Rich Zurkowski on bass, Kris Yunker on keys and brother Johnny Durkin on the drums.

MARDI GRAS Celebration - Brother Joscephus w/ Steal Your Funk
Feb
24
7:00 pm19:00

MARDI GRAS Celebration - Brother Joscephus w/ Steal Your Funk

It's Fat Friday of Mardi Gras weekend! And what better way to get into the NOLA party spirit than jamming out with Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution - it'll be a full-on Mardi Gras party at the Acoustic in Bridgeport, CT! Joining the party is CTs own Steal your funk featuring Jen "Pipes" Durkin. SYF explores The Grateful Dead music with a funk edge and groove.

Three sets of music with an opening set from Steal your funk followed by a full Brojo show and a late night SYF dance party!!  Advanced discounted tickets on sale

http://brotherjoscephusmardigras.bpt.me

 

An Evening with Holly Bowling
Mar
26
7:00 pm19:00

An Evening with Holly Bowling

This special evening with Holly Bowling is a limited seated show and will be first come first seated. Advanced tickets are available and encouraged. http://hollybowling.bpt.me


 Texture, nuance, and a gift for dexterous high-wire improvisation are the hallmarks of San Francisco-based classically trained pianist Holly Bowling, who infuses jam band music with a technically advanced, emotionally rich style. After studying piano performance at SF State University, Bowling has turned her agile mind and interpretive prowess to the works of Phish on 2013’s Distillation Of A Dream album and the newly released Grateful Dead focused Better Left Unsung (released December 9, 2016 through The Royal Potato Family). Her instantly compelling playing and unerring ability to successfully collaborate with other musicians in an impressive array of styles has brought her to the attention of Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Branford Marsalis, and other luminaries who’ve asked Bowling to perform with them, and led to her being featured both as a solo artist and band collaborator as part of this years Christmas Jam hosted by Warren Haynes. Already a rising star on the festival circuit, Bowling plans to expand her solo touring in 2017 and beyond.

Midnight North featuring Grahame Lesh w/ Brian Dolzani
Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

Midnight North featuring Grahame Lesh w/ Brian Dolzani

Midnight North ft. Grahame Lesh are back at The Acoustic. This band is special and something to hear and see.

Getting things started off is Brian Dolzani and his trio. Advanced discounted tickets on sale nowhttp://midnightnorthct.bpt.me

When you come to a Midnight North show, you’ll find Elliott Peck, Grahame Lesh and Alex Jordan sliding into three part harmonies that are as comfortable as an old pair of jeans. You’ll hear bassist Connor Croonn making himself at home in any groove from a stomp to a slow-burn or boogie. Settle in and you might find Midnight North writing a new page in the American songbook.
 


Jan
20
7:00 pm19:00

The Hollywood Allstars 2017 Kick Off!

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to see and hear musicians who’ve performed with Sting, The Allman Brothers, Sypro Gyra, James Brown, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Tower of Power, Blood Sweat & Tears and Sheryl Crow (to name just a few), in the intimate setting of one of Fairfield Counties great new Music Rooms, The Acoustic, located in the historic section of Black Rock.

Led by Grammy Nominated Songwriter/Producer/Keyboardist & Former Epic/CBS Recording Artist “Hollywood” Steve Gaspár, The Hollywood All-star Band is a 11 Piece Collection of musicians whose credits read quite literally like a “who’s who” in Contemporary Music. All too often the term “All Stars” is used when referring to a band, but it this case the moniker truly applies. The band is led by classically trained pianist “Hollywood” Steve Gaspár on Hammond Organ and Piano, who in addition to having played & recorded with such notable “Pop/R&B” artists as B.B. King, Edgar Winter, James Brown, Peter Criss (from KISS) and Liberty DeVito from the Billy Joel band, has also appeared as piano soloist with the New Haven and Bridgeport Symphony Orchestras. In addition, Steve has written songs that can be heard on American Idol, ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition, and numerous artists’ albums domestically and internationally. 

Joining Steve will be Timmy Maia, Christine Tambakis, Erin Cruise, Andy Abel, Eddie Torres, Dave Anderson, Eric Kalb, Bill Harris and John Fumasoli,
Plus a few very special, “Surprise Guests”! 

The Hollywood All-stars play an eclectic, booty shakin’ blend of Funky R&B / R&R!
Don’t miss it! 

*Why not give tickets to this show to all your Music Loving Friends as a very Unique Christmas Gift!

Jan
19
8:00 pm20:00

Roosevelt Dime - Free Show!

With a name appropriated from a coin minted in 1946, it comes as no surprise that historical reference points underscore the music of the East Coast based quartet Roosevelt Dime. This engaging brotherhood of musicians traces the rich tributaries of Americana – Blues, Bluegrass, and New Orleans juke joint Rhythm & Blues, enduring genres newly electrified with a modern charge.

Jan
14
8:00 pm20:00

Stella Blues Band is Back!

Stella Blue's Band is a band on a mission. Attracting both talented musicians and kind folks, a project born out of love for the music, and jamming for fun, Stella has evolved into one of the best touring tributes to the Dead on today’s live circuit .

THE MISSION:
To explore their own unique improvisational sensibilities while staying faithful to the style of the Grateful Dead, in search of that special musical alchemy that results when the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. Playing the music we love, and loving doing it for a kind loving community who come to Groove, Dance and Rage to the Good Ole Grateful Dead!

Jan
13
8:00 pm20:00

The Damon Grant Project w/s/g Royal Din

The Damon Grant Project is back! Royal Din is opening. 

Brian Collazo-Vox
Don Harris-Trumpet
Bill Harris-Sax
Jeremy Goldsmith-Guitar
Christian Nourijanian-Keys
Dan Asher-Bass
Gerald Myles-Drums
Damon Grant-Percussion

Jan
7
8:00 pm20:00

The Lawn Boys (A Tribute to Phish) (Cancelled due to snow!)

The Lawn Boys are a group of musicians dedicated to spreading the joy and music of Phish. They bring the intricate music and experimentally heady jams of Vermont's favorite jam band, Phish, while mixing in their own quirkiness. They are Phish fans that understand the audience’s critical expectation of fresh ideas and spontaneity at every performance. Whether it is a recreation of Phish’s performance or their own skew of Phish through their lenses, the Lawn Boys provide a unique and tailored perspective on Phish

Jan
6
8:00 pm20:00

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix with Chris Berardo & The DesBerardos


Professor Louie & The Crowmatix and Chris Berardo & The DesBerardos

PROFESSOR LOUIE & THE CROWMATIX
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, Woodstock, NY - The group came into existence preparing songs for Aaron Professor Louie Hurwitz’s studio productions for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame group The Band and also solo projects for Rick Danko and Garth Hudson. When The Band dissolved in 2000, Professor Louie & The Crowmatix started touring and recording their own music. They have six studio CD’s and two live recordings on The Woodstock Records label. In spring 2008, they released “As the Crow Flies”. This CD has new originals and songs from their previous recordings which were most requested by fans and radio promoters. 
Professor Louie & the Crowmatix have the distinct honor of being the first artists to have a live concert recording released by The New York State Museum entitled “The Spirit Of Woodstock”. Their CD “Century Of The Blues” averaged # 20 for six months on the Americana Radio Roots charts and their music has consistently stayed on these charts for the past eight years. 

Silvermine, CT's Chris Berardo & The DesBerardos have toured much of the country, playing shows with The Doobie Brothers, The Marshal Tucker Band, NRBQ, David Allen Coe, Levon Helm, Dickey Betts (The Allman Brothers), Little Feat, Molly Hatchet, Badfinger, Blue Rodeo and many others, as well as countless gigs as headliners everywhere from top-notch listening rooms to beer-soaked bar rooms. 

Jan
5
7:30 pm19:30

George Porter Jr. Trio w/s/g Jen Durkin & Friends

We are thrilled to kick off 2017 with The George Porter Jr.Trio debut at The Acoustic.  Kicking things off is CT's own Jen "Pipes" Durkin and friends.

Doors 730pm
Music 830pm

So who and what is the Porter Trio? That's a great question I'm not sure if I have a real answer other then it is three experienced musicians coming out to play together, no rehearsal, no set lists, no idea of what's going to happen. We are there to listen and play off of each other as best as three musicians can play to present a series of songs that are organically played in that moment. The song choices are always different. We are never certain where we are going to go as we play everything from my own music, to blues, soul and good old rock n roll. In the past year the core has become Michael Lemmler, Terrence Houston and myself but you never know who is going to join us

Open Mic Night!
Jan
3
7:00 pm19:00

Open Mic Night!

Come out and strut your stuff on the best darn stage in town. Full backline provided. Just bring your skills and your soul.

Dec
31
Jan 1

New Year's Eve with Hayley Jane and the Primates w/ Ed Mann + Johnny Durkin & Friends

Hayley Jane and the Primates are throwing one hell of a party on New Year's Eve in Bridgeport, Connecticut! During our sets, we will be joined by our friend and longtime Frank Zappa percussionist, Ed Mann! 

Also joining us on this epic night - Johnny Durkin & Friends featuring Danny Mayer, Mary Corso, Kris Yunker, and Ed Mann! 

Doors at 8 PM. Music starts at 9:30! Tickets will be $25 in advance, $35 at the door and there will be a limited presale to 100 people. More information will be coming soon!

Dec
30
8:00 pm20:00

Jay Stollman w/ special guest Matt Schofield

Jay Stollman is back and he is bringing in some heavy hitters to his favorite CT venue, This is going to be a killer night of music with an all-star cast playing an amazing setlist of classics and jams you love. Jay has put together an powerhouse lineup for this show! David Livolsi/Bass, Tyger MacNeal/Drums, Jeremy Goldsmith/Guitar and special guest, British Blues Hall of Fame guitarist, Matt Schofield. Last Connecticut show for a while, so be there!

Dec
29
8:00 pm20:00

Rolling Thunder Plays Dylan

Rolling Thunder Rides Again! Excited to present the Lineup for this Epic evening of Dylan Classics to keep up the holiday good cheer.

One non-stop show featuring both electric and acoustic Dylan! 
8pm doors, 9pm show
$10, 21+

Featuring:
Hayley Jane - Hayley Jane and the Primates
Mark Mercier - Max Creek
Justin "Juice" Hancock - Hayley Jane and the Primates
Bill Carbone - Max Creek/Z3
Jeff Bowen - Legion of Jerry/Dead Show
Jeff Martinson - Legion of Jerry/ Dead Show

w/s/g
Don DeStefano - Harmonica
Dylan Kader - Mandolin
from Creamery Station

MORE SPECIAL GUESTS TBA!

Dec
23
8:00 pm20:00

Funky Dawgz Black Rock Brass Blast w/s/g Recess Bureau

Funky Dawgz Brass Band returns to The Acoustic for a Holiday throwdown! Dont miss it yall! And they've brought friends to double your fun(k): The Recess Bureau in the house yo!

Featured on Live For Live Music's Brass Bands You Need To Know, the Funky Dawgz have exploded onto the live music scene playing a mix of traditional New Orleans R&B, original music, and today’s top hits with a brass twist. One of the biggest up-and-coming touring acts these high energy horns are bound to get everyone around them dancing all night to that irresistibly funky music!

When the Dawgz are not playing shows, they are giving back to the community! The Funky Dawgz aim to connect, engage, inspire, and rejuvenate music education in inner city schools across the country. The band frequently gives performances and master classes to young musicians in elementary, middle, and high schools across the state.

Come see what the buzz is all about with the Dawgz by checking the tour dates! From the first beat of the bass drum to the last stroke of the snare, the Funky Dawgz Brass Band will always “Shut It Down”!

The Recess Bureau explores the possibilities of jazz improvisation with an array of grooves inspired by many genres of music. The collective currently holds 10 members, and is constantly expanding. With musical influences from Snarky Puppy, A Tribe Called Quest, James Brown, Led Zeppelin, and many more, the band offers music that will jog your mind and your behind.

 

Dec
21
8:00 pm20:00

Ada Pasternak Residency - Farewell to CT - Free Show - Final Week!

Hi! So next month I'm doing a Holiday Residency at 'The Acoustic' in Bridgeport, and these will be my last shows in CT before I move to Los Angeles. 
You have three opportunities to catch my show before I fly to the West Coast - 12/7, 12/14, 12/21. All Shows 8pm. 
Hopefully you can attend at least one, I would love to see you. 

There is NO COVER CHARGE. 
I want you to come and enjoy the music. Let's spend the holiday season together, in good spirits, full of love and gratitude. 
My gift to you is my music. 

Donations are welcomed and appreciated ♥

Playing with Guitarist John Pioli and looking forward to it

Dec
17
8:00 pm20:00

Hubi Hitch Holiday Bash!

HUBINGER ST. (hue-bin-jer) is an independent, Southern Connecticut based band loaded with endless energy, fun, and improvisational bravado.  What started out as an acoustic duo of Matt Miklus and Casey Gorman in 1994 quickly evolved into a jamming rock-n-roll quartet .  Hubinger St. was formed and has been playing the club circuit since 1995.  Over the years the band independently released two full length CD’s , two shorter EPs and they have performed at clubs, theaters and events all over the North East.  Including the first ever Gathering of the Vibes at Croton Point, NY in 1997 and again in 2007 in Bridgeport. They have been the headlining act at many clubs but also have played in support of many great acts such as Govt. Mule, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steve Morse, Lesie West, JGB, Jazz is Dead and many more.

    The group revels in improvisation. Their live shows feature dynamic jams that often invoke the personality of other “jam bands”, while producing inventive tones and textures all their own.

Relix Magazine said: " there's a sense of good karma and spirit to their music." 

The bottom line is.. these guys rock!  Three part vocal harmonies, tight grooves and segued surprises!  Come on down to check ‘em out and don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Hubinger St. is Matt Miklus, Casey Gorman, Sammy Blanchetteand Gary Collins.

www.hubingerst.com

 

Hitch & the Giddyup  

www.hitchandthegiddyup.com

Moving nimbly between traditional folk, progressive bluegrass, and countrified Americana, Hitch and the Giddyup trade in the musical wares of soulful singing, hot picking, and deft song craft. The group formed in 2013 as a collective of several well-known Connecticut acoustic bands, including the String Fingers Band, Five in the Chamber, and Hoe.

Hitch and the Giddyup has evolved from the beginning, incorporating original and traditional bluegrass music with rock, country., and blues. Their influences range among a wide scope of artists, including Bela Fleck, Little Feat, Drive-by Truckers, the Infamous Stringdusters, and Old & in the Way. Spitfire banjo rolls, melodic mandolin lines, and nimble guitar work combine with rich vocal harmonies to create a unique yet familiar sound.

Hitch & the Giddyup has performed at a number of notable regional venues, including the Acoustic, BRYAC, and Two Roads Brewery, as well as festivals such as Soupstock and the Martha's Vineyard Sound Fest. You can catch them the third Thursday of every month at Walrus + Carpenter in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport for their "Brewgrass" night, as well as in surrounding music clubs, venues, and festivals. Giddyup!

 

Dan Carlucci - guitar & vocals

Bob Csugie - bass & vocals

Pete Kaufman - banjo & vocals

David Kaye - mandolin, dobro, & vocals

Kenny Owens - drums & vocals

Dec
16
8:00 pm20:00

Elise Testone, Joanna Teters (Mad Satta)

Two of the most electrifying and soulful female performers in the game today, joining forces for a holiday season double header that will melt your heart, lift your spirit, and shake your booty. Don't miss this special night with two very special vocalists backed by two super-tight bands. 

Dec
15
8:00 pm20:00

Honeycomb

Currently based out of Massachusetts, the vocal cord conductor known as Honeycomb has quickly risen to the top of the food chain of northeast beatboxers, placing 13th in the 2015 American Beatbox Championships. With a unique approach as an equally versed music producer, and a frequent collaborator in both the live and studio settings, Honeycomb has built a sound fan base for himself through original productions and ear popping performances.
In the studio, Honeycomb has collaborated with Liquid Stranger, Moon Hooch and Space Jesus; as well as frequent partner in crime, Tonio Sagan. Aside from swaying audiences with his own material, Honeycomb has further embedded himself in the rapidly growing festival cuture by joining a diverse array of artists, from bass DJs, to funk and jam bands, to rappers-on stage, bringing their sets to new heights

Dec
10
8:00 pm20:00

The Suns Rock N Roll and Rockabilly Revival!

THE SUNS are back with an All New Classic Rockabilly and Rock n Roll Revival Show featuring Dave Webster, Matthew DeTroy, Philip DiCostanzo, John Konya, Hans Broecking, Carol Piro, Dave Savitsky celebrating the songs of The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Phil Spector, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, John Lennon, Roy Orbison, Everly Brothers, Bo Diddley, Duanne Eddy, Sam Cooke, Ben E. King, Gene Vincent. Bring your Dancing Shoes !!!!

Dec
8
8:00 pm20:00

lespecial with Teddy Midnight

Born in the woods of Connecticut and raised in the wilds of Boston, lespecial has established themselves as innovators and tastemakers on their own unique trajectory. The aggressive death-funk dance trio explodes with energetic live sets, tapping into a primitive past distorted through the lense of contemporary technology. Their debut full length album “Omnisquid”, out November 20th 2015, captures the band (at their heaviest,) interweaving dark, heavy, polyrhythmic grooves with head bobbing electronic synths and samplers augmented with fierce, precise musicianship, creating an apocalyptic backdrop for the sci-fi storyline. Preceded by their Ceremony EP (2013) and Playonbrother Sessions (2011), Jonathan Grusauskas (guitar/synth/sampler/vocals), Luke Bemand (bass/synth) and Rory Dolan (drums/sampler) ignore convention, instead amalgamating the familiar styles of Afro-Latin rhythmic traditions, Hip Hop, Funk and Metal into a singular sound that dexterously transforms during their live sets and over the course of their studio albums. As Ben Weiss of Relix Magazine puts it, “Amidst the rest of the noise, lespecial is the squeaky wheel that demands attention.”

Brooklyn based Teddy Midnight demonstrates a creative combination of progressive rock, drum and bass, jazz and downtempo. This unique blend earned the term Electro-Dance-Funk, a self- described genre based on the style of Teddy Midnight. The band’s live show instinctively gets the party moving and won’t let up any time soon. With members Wiley Griffin, Sean McAuley, Adam Magnan, and Sean Silva, Teddy Midnight is the group you don’t want to miss. 

Teddy Midnight’s debut EP was released early 2014 featuring songs that Live for Live Music calls "...cosmic, soothing contemplative pieces that soar through carefully constructed sections, and will have you dancing.”

They’ve shared the stage with fellow local bands, Dopapod, Consider the Source and MUN, as well as festival regulars Kung Fu, Twiddle, The Werks, Brothers Past, Lespecial, and The Indobox.

After playing sold out shows at NYC venues such as Irving Plaza, Brooklyn Bowl, Gramercy Theatre, and Bowery Ballroom, Teddy Midnight performed at various festivals during Summer 2015. New fans were gained during well known festivals such as Catskill Chill, Disc Jam, Spectral Fest, Harvest Fest and the Werk Out Festival this year and continue to generate a loyal following. The band has been hard at work this fall after the announcement of Wiley Griffin as their lead guitarist in August and are currently recording a new full length album at Telefunken Studio.

Dec
3
8:00 pm20:00

DJ Logic w/ The Alpaca Gnomes

DJ Logic w/ The Alpaca Gnomes

3 Sets of Music

Welcome Gnomies! We are a 7 piece original rock/folk band out of Southern CT. You can catch us in a myriad of venues singing our originals as well as our favorite songs by other artists. We thank you for all your support during our journey and if you are just joining us, hop on for the ride!

We are working on our new album as we speak and road testing the new songs at our shows. We hope to see you in the crowd with a smile on your face and a gnome hat upon your head! 

Gnomes: Benny - Acoustic, Vocals; Mike - Drums; Kimberly - Violin, Flute, Vocals; Marty - Bass, Guitar; CB - Guitar, Bass, Vocals;  Summ - Percussion; TBone - Keys;  and sometimes our friends: Matt - Slide Guitar; Adam - Saxophone;  Joe - Guitar, Bass, Vocals.

“The theorem of turntablist as musician has been long proven in the capable hands of DJ LOGIC, whom with jazz as his foundation has become a wax innovator by crossing genres and sprinkling his sound across the map. As one of the world's most accomplished turntablist’s, DJ LOGIC is widely credited for introducing jazz into the hip - hop realms and is consideredby most as a highly respected session musician and an innovative bandleader.

Since his emergence in the early nineties amidst the Bronx hip-hop scene, the New York City based deejay has been amassing a veritable mountain of collaborations ranging from the likes of: MEDESKI MARTIN AND WOOD, CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE, VERNON REID, CHARLIE HUNTER, JACK DeJOHNETTE, JOHN MAYER, BEN HARPER, MOS DEF and THE ROOTS, to name but a few.

Dec
2
8:00 pm20:00

London Souls w/s/g Jake Kulak

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

Dec
1
8:00 pm20:00

Bluegrass & Beer w/ Korey Brodsky Band

Please head on over to The Acoustic this Thursday for another episode of Bluegrass & Beer. The feature artists for the evening will be the very talented Korey Brodsky Band showing us some fancy pickin'.

And....if you are looking for that special holiday gift for your loved ones, you can pick up a copy or two or three of Korey's latest CD Cruizin'. See you there!

Happy Holiday Season from your Bluegrass Buddies.

Nov
26
8:00 pm20:00

Black Rocksgiving w/ The Bobby Paltauf Band and Tracy Jo & The Toads

BLACK ROCKSGIVING
Bobby Paltauf Band & Tracy Jo & The Toads
SAT 11/26 • at The Acoustic

2 Sets + a collaboration on The Allman Brothers' "Brothers and Sisters" album in its entirety!

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Bobby's Band:
Bobby Paltauf Band was founded in 2013 by artist Bobby Paltauf. By the age of 17 years-old, he had already played with some of the most notable musicians the industry has to offer such as Buddy Guy, The Meters, Page McConnell, The Revivalists, Twiddle, and Anders Osborne. The bands current lineup consists of Nick Morcaldi (Drums), Colin Dooman (Bass Guitar), and Bobby Paltauf (Guitar, Vocals). They strive to keep the shows raw, high energy, and powerful, aiming for that classic rock n roll trio sound. Constantly writing new and fresh music each show is a totally new experience with long extended improvisation. See you at a show! 

Tracy Jo's Band:
After living and studying music in New Orleans, performing with members of The Grateful Dead, The Disco Biscuits, and many more; Tracy Jo got together with former MOJO bandmate (Jon Kamal) to form a new group featuring the singer in the northeast. 

Tracy Jo & The Toads is a blend of blues and gritty soul brought together as true rock n' roll. With a clear roots rock influence, the band is led by a young, vocal powerhouse. With rich harmonies and songs reminiscent of Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Alabama Shakes, and early Etta James; Tracy Jo and the Toads bring energy and new life to a classic sound.

Nov
25
8:00 pm20:00

Baby Dynamite Thanksgiving Album Release Party w/ The Jamie McLean Band

Baby Dynamite just celebrated our 1st Anniversary and want to say THANK YOU for all of your love and support on this amazing musical journey this past year! You guys RULE and we're SO grateful!

On this night, we're extremely happy and excited to announce a limited release of our upcoming debut recording for our fans! Come to the hang, purchase our CD and have it signed by the band!

We're also stoked to have special guest Matt Zeiner with us on B3 and The Jamie McLean Band with us on the bill! Gonna be a great night, y'all! Rockin' Black Friday in Black Rock, people! Light it UP!!

Tix: $10
Doors: 7:30pm
Show: 8:30pm

Advance tickets available at

Nov
23
8:00 pm20:00

The Breakfast Annual Thanksgiving Throwdown!

That's right Bfam. It's Breakfast for Dinner again. And not just any dinner, but the night before the big one. We're hosting a 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.

Get your tix early because it's going to be a big night.

http://thebreakfast.bpt.me/

In the event that you have been living under a rock, here's a description of your favorite band.

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.

Nov
20
6:00 pm18:00

Funk For Warmth - Concert for the Homeless

Statewide, 4,047 people were experiencing homelessness on the night of February 18, 2015. 2,418 people were in shelter, 1,003 were in transitional housing, and 626 were unsheltered. This represents an overall decrease of nine percent statewide from last year, and a ten percent decrease since 2007. CT PIT 2015 is the lowest total number of persons ever counted during a Point-In-Time Count.

The goal is to put together as many care packages as possible to help the less fortunate as the winter weather approaches. We will post a list of items that we will fill the boxes with. There will be a $10 donation at the door the day of the benefit. ALL proceeds go to the building of the care packages that will be distributed before the thanksgiving holiday. 

We hope you can join us and be of support. 

Artists:
Jen "Pipes" Durkin ft. Blessed 2 Be
Tracy Jo & The Toads
J Percy Brown
The Touro Band

Nov
19
8:00 pm20:00

The Heavy Pets w/s/g Goose

The Heavy Pets are an American rock band that blends rhythm & blues, jazz, funk, disco and reggae with rock & roll. Called “a living, breathing force of nature” by Relix Magazine, The Pets are known for their soulful songcraft and powerhouse live performances. Continuing the momentum of their EP series, The Heavy Pets recorded and released Stolen Smile in the second half of 2014 amidst their rigorous tour schedule.

"Nice big balls" -Dennis Cook, Jambase.com

The group became an instant SiriusXM radio sensation in 2007 with the release of their double-disc debut album, Whale. First embraced by the jam scene for their raw talent, their crossover sound that is showcased on their self-titled album, also dubbed a “Top 10 Album of 2010” by The Huffington Post, propelled them into the periphery of mainstream music. Returning to their acoustic roots on Swim Out Past the Sun (2011), THP's guitar duo set aside their electric axes for a more organic approach. The Pets followed up those polished efforts by releasing Everywhere Sessions: Volume 1 (2012), recorded live in the studio with accompanying videos. In 2013, The Heavy Pets launched an ongoing series of self-produced EPs with Two Horses and followed up with Rags and Aces, which have both received heavy airplay on satellite radio.

Nov
18
8:00 pm20:00

Band of Changes (Dave Dreiwitz, Scott Metzger, Joe Russo and Chris Harford)

Band of Changes: Dave Dreiwitz, Scott Metzger, Joe Russo and Chris Harford

If you want a little background this lineup, here's a great insight from an interview with Joe Russo: http://chrisharford.com/tag/relix-magazine/

Chris Harford is one of the most amazing and influential musicians I’ve been lucky enough to have in my life. Dave [Dreiwitz] and Scott [Metzger] have been playing with him forever, and I was lucky enough to be brought into The Band Of Changes fold a good 10 plus years ago. Chris is just one of those people whose energy and passion for what he’s doing is contagious. I have rarely had more fun on stage than when I’m playing with The Band Of Changes. It’s raw, pensive, playful, painful, spirited and violent all wrapped up in one thing. I often credit playing with Chris as being a necessary part of my musical puzzle that led me to be able to do the Furthur gig. Chris thought me how to play with a singer—how to shut the hell up behind the song when I should shut the hell up—and to play with a feel I had little comfort in before my tenure with The BOC. Chris and I along, with Scott and Dave and an incredible cast of amazing musicians, had just recently completed Chris’ new record, Horn Of Plenty, and I was listening to it on a long drive and was overwhelmed with emotion while hearing Chris deliver his full heart on every song. We did a pretty great cover of Neil Young’s “Hippie Dream” on that record, and I had this vision of Chris joining us on stage with JRAD to deliver a rendition to close out the run. People need to know Chris if they don’t. He’s a true force.

Nov
12
8:00 pm20:00

Ron Holloway Band & OTS Trio!

The Ron Holloway Band debut in Bridgeport, CT at The Acoustic! Legendary saxophonist Ron Holloway, best known for his years of performing with Dizzy Gillespie, The Warren Haynes Band, Gov't Mule, The Allman Bros, Gil Scott-Heron and others, now leads his own funk-machine: The Ron Holloway Band.

OTS Trio (on the spot) featuring
Kris Yunker: Organ, Clav, Rhodes, Synths, Bass Keys
Daniel Mayer: Guitar
Andrew Cusanelli : Drums

Psychedelic soul music for your body & mind!!!!