Do you have the Monday blues? Now, so do we. Literally. We're starting up a new feature. A Monday open blues jam, anchored by a killer house band of local veterans who can make you sound great. What kind of blues? Pretty much any kind. Jump, Texas, Chicago, Funk, Rock, Jazz and beyond. Starting Monday, Oct 5th. No cover. Bring your axe, your chops and your love of the blues and Monday just might become your favorite night of the week!
Come out and strut your stuff on the best darn stage in town. Full backline provided. Just bring your skills and your soul.
Dirk Quinn is the guitarist for a high energy funk/jazz band based out of Philadelphia that travels extensively throughout the US and Canada. Utilizing over a decade of steady performing, Quinn has developed a unique and progressive style - one that appeals to a wide variety of music listeners with fans ranging from the jam band hippies to the jazz snobs.
The band’s infectious energy and musical interplay routinely attract listeners that are admittedly more accustomed to lyric-based music. With great melodic sensibilities, rhythmic experimentation and an accessible modern edge, the Dirk Quinn Band is jazz/funk improvisation at its most exciting!
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The Hollywood Allstars are the brainchild and handpicked Supergroup of Grammy Nominated Songwriter/Producer/Keyboardist Steve Gaspár on Hammond Organ. This time they are doubling down on that formula and turning the dial up to 11 by adding even more vocal firepower in the form of Brent Carter from Tower of Power and The Average White Band!
Two tight bands that mix jams, rock, grooves and improv to melt your face and move your feet, at the same time!
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Bernard is most widely known by millions of people around the world as the background singer and percussionist for The Rolling Stones, a position he has held for 28 years and counting. He has recorded and toured with “the world’s greatest rock n’roll band” to nearly every continent, appearing on 14 Rolling Stones albums. He has also appeared on the solo projects of Jagger and Richards, fronted two jazz albums with Charlie Watts, and produced, wrote and performed on two albums for Ronnie Wood.
This will be Bernard's first appearance at The Acoustic, where he's joined with an incredible band including Doug Wimbish and Will Calhoun (Living Colour), Robert Davis (Lauryn Hill), Marc Ribler (Southside Johnny), Khris Kellow (The System) to play music from second solo project, The Bura that was released in May 2015, as well as music from The Rolling Stones, and other classic gems. Bernard is a versatile, mesmerizing performer, whose range and stage presence are celebrated around the world.
Bear Bones - Dead Tribute w/ members of Kung Fu, Relative Souls, Alpaca Gnomes, Legion of Jerry, & Steal Your Funk
Back again for another hit, it's everybody's favorite Dead Supergroup, Bear Bones. Featuring Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu) and Chris DeAngelis (Kung Fu) on guitar. Michael Gurge (Relative Souls) and Tim "T-Bone" Stone on Dueling Hammond Organs. Jeff Bowen (The Bad Assets, Steal Your Funk) on Bass/Vocals. Don't miss!
Do you have to ask? Free your mind and your ass will follow. Rico Lewis & The Sons of F.U.N.K. bring that real, dirty, funk to life with a big tight band and years of experience touring with P-Funk.
And Mojo, everyone's favorite local party band is on hand to help us get on that Donkey early and go deep.
Special guest trumpet player Steve Gluzband who perform live with Ray Barretto for 20 years will be performing with Vinny and Ray. These guys are the real deal. They lead 11 musicians in a superior musical performance reflecting their musicianship and showmanship. Their ability to play music comes from their soul.
Our monthly showcase of some of the finest Bluegrass players in CT.
It's never been done before. It's unprecedented. Abba has invaded Providence, New Haven, and Norwich CT. The Empire of Love is now extending its boundaries all the way to Bridgeport at the Acoustic on October 30 before it returns to its capital in Norwich, CT at Strange Brew Pub.
Two great bands play two completely different sets of music on two nights, each having two themes at two different venues, with a special guest appearance of two Hammond organs. Too funky. Too. Much.
That's right, even though Halloween falls on Shabbos, we're rolling just the same. We're hosting a Lebowski themed bash that recreates the mayhem, madness and magic of our favorite cult film. The band will start with all the great music from the film, and follow that up with a danceable collection of 80s classics.
Featuring a bespoke Black Rock Supergroup, put together for just this occasion, full of achievers from local favorites like Oh Cassius and The Pocket Hotties! With John Torres, Scott Packham, John Pioli, Kenny Owens, and Ian Tait. They love this material as much as we do and will make it shine.
"What began as a side trip for Parliament-Funkadelic’s Michael “Clip” Payne has evolved into one of the most versatile jam bands around, a Family Stone-meets-The-Dead vehicle that frees your mind -- so that your ass, of course, can follow. Some of the finest original funk this side of Sly Stone, Larry Graham and the Godfather of Soul. The 420 Funk Mob melds that sound with some Sixties psychedelia, a bit of Sun Ra "arkestration," and even a little soft rock, performed by a revolving cast of former P-Funk members and masterful musician friends. Jam after jam, style after style, they sync up. One collective under a frequently hypnotic groove" Jerry Demarco Cliffviewpilot.com
The Acoustic welcomes back Pete Francis of Dispatch w/ special guests Black Rock Social. Last time these two bands were here for Pete's CD Release Party, they brought the house down. What will happen this time? Only one way to find out!
Funk, Rock, Electric ENERGY: These four Pigeons bring it every night. Based out of Baltimore, MD, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has an undeniably unique and versatile live sound that ascends peaks of musical ecstasy. Their evolving arrangement of original compositions, psychedelic improvisational jams, and contagious smiles have 'The Flock'– their self-identifying fanbase that stretches from coast-to-coast– coming back for more.
The Good Time Boys are a Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band featuring members of KUNG FU & THE BREAKFAST (Tim Palmieri on guitar and Adrian Tramontano on drums), along with ex-Breakfast bassist Ron Spears, and Dave Peck on vocals.
The band covers all areas of the Red Hot Chili Peppers - from old to new, pop to obscure, and even songs that the Chili Peppers cover themselves. The jamming ability of The Good Time Boys allows for a unique spin to be put on many Chili Peppers favorites, taking the tunes to places they've never been before. With over 80 RHCP songs in their repertoire, the Good Time Boys able to switch up their setlists from show to show, providing a fresh RHCP experience every time!
Two of the craziest, most entertaining upcoming bands on the scene. Both of them have had killer nights in our room. I can't wait to see what happens when they team up for X2 the funky, jammy, madness.
3 of the most interesting and innovative acts we've seen in a while. Come out and try something new. We bet you'll like it. Especially if you like shredding ukulele solos!
If Frank Zappa, Umphrey's McGee, James Brown, Lotus,The Grateful Dead, Genesis and Dream Theater had a lovechild...and it was named ShwizZ.
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Two great acts that each explore the rich diversity within the world of Latin music. Rick will get you thinking and feeling and Mikata will get you moving and grooving. Come feel these rhythms and have a great night out celebrating Latin music.
Two of our favorite local bands that each bring a different perspective to rock and roll. Folk and roots influences give Remember September a distinct sound and Disable Time take a more alternative approach to creating a post-rock style that incorporates jamming and tight grooves.
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Joseph Arthur (born September 28, 1971) is an American singer-songwriter and artist from Akron, Ohio. He is best known for his solo material, and as a member of Fistful of Mercy and RNDM. Combining poetic lyrics with a layered sonic palette, Arthur has built his reputation over the years through critically acclaimed releases and constant touring; his unique solo live performances often incorporate the use of a number of distortion and loop pedals, and his shows are recorded live at the soundboard and made available to concertgoers immediately following the show on recordable media.
A lineup of great indie acts that each exlpore unique facets of that scene in ways that intersect but never overlap. Groove, soul, and smart songwriting set them all apart.
Borboletta: The Ultimate Santana Tribute, w/ members of Kung Fu, Deep Banana Blackout, Ryan Montbleau Band
Truly the ultimate Santana tribute. Catch them here up close and personal before they go on to blow everyone's minds at Catskill Chill. You can tell them you saw them first ;)
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Truly one of the most exciting players in the world today. We're thrilled to have Cory Henry and his hand picked "apostles" in an up close and personal night you won't soon forget. World-renowned and in constant demand, even before his Grammy win with Snarky Puppy, Cory is setting the music world on fire with his technique, passion, and infectious love of groove. And just to make sure this night is one for the record books, we're excited to have our very own Funky Dawgz Brass Band on hand to kick off the night. Fresh from gigs at MSG and opening for Snarky Puppy, the Dawgz know a thing or two about getting the crowd going.
Phoenix Tree is a Danbury, CT-based quintet* that has been performing in CT and NY since 2005. They are known for their catalog of over 40 original songs, their creative songwriting, cohesive jamming and recreating cover songs as their own.
Phonosynthesis and heavy-hitters 1974 join up for a night of funk, rock, space, and more at Black Rock's The Acoustic. There will be special guests and many surprises. Don't miss out!
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Since the 1980s, Mystic Bowie has been keeping the art of music alive – entertaining audiences from New York to Japan with his vibrant music and high-energy performances. From humble beginnings in Jamaica, Mystic has become one of Reggae’s hardest working independent artists, compared to musical legends Jimmy Cliff, Lucky Dube and Toots and the Maytals.
The best damn CT-based funk jams with a talk box you've ever heard. Or your money back. Come out for a great night of dancing and start your Labor Day weekend early and proper! Now even better with Seti Project on the bill!
Rare reunion show with one of the most beloved bands from the mid 2000 New Haven scene. If you saw them back in the day, you know you need to hit this. If you didn't? Well now you can find out what all the fuss was about! And we're thrilled to have Mister F on board to start off the night with their magical blend of fusion fueled jams and sharp songwriting.
Ain't nothin' but a PEACE, LOVE & SOUL Black Rock party with Mr. Council , Left Field Rhythms & our friends Chaser Eight. Let us all show them a warm welcome & get MOST HIGH!
10ish - LEFT FIELD RHYTHMS
11ish - CHASER EIGHT
12ish - MR. COUNCIL
Led by duel-frontmen Dave Anthony and Josh Knowles, the band showcases a true metamorphosis of sound, featuring warm, layered harmonies and one-of-a-kind violin shredding Vanyaland describes as "fiddle-action glory." These components are delicately layered across captivating original songs to form what Under the Gun Review calls "some of the most engaging music we've heard," garnering shout-outs from national and international acts such as Alt-J and Nirvana.
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Wild Adriatic is a high energy, riffy power trio to rival any you've seen before.The band has built a strong following off of a relentless tour schedule and a powerhouse live show, spending 225+ days on the road and making noteworthy appearances at festivals like SXSW, moe.down, Gathering of the Vibes, and CMJ.
JUST ANNOUNCED: 'PKN presents at The Acoustic' four local bands bubbling under. Wednesday, August 19, the first in a series of events at area clubs showcasing some rising bands curated by WPKN's A-List'ers Sam Hopkins and Vinnie A (they are one of the bands that evening) including The Original Milk Bottle, Alien Tahoe and Mid Atlantic Title.
2 Great hard-rocking bands on one bill. Saturday night we put the rock back in Black Rock.
From the back of the bar, Ports of Spain instantly scan as a full band, so it's a shock to discover their mathy shoegaze-pop is constructed by just two musicians. Ilya Gitelman uses octave pedals and loops to play lead, bass and rhythm guitar simultaneously, while Sam Carlson contributes vocals, keyboards and drums. Don't be fooled -- Ports of Spain are not another band that trades directionless loopy jazz odysseys for pure songcraft. Their equipment never gets in the way of their complex melodies. They write actual songs, consistently avoiding complication for the sake of complication.
Come see Freddy & The Yetis make a rare Bridgeport appearance during their August 2015 tour featuring a fresh line up rotation.
Hailing from Northampton, MA, Freddy & The Yetis are a fusion jam band, who draw their compositional style from artists like Zappa and Phish while basking in the jazz and the rock sensibilities of artists ranging from Steely Dan, to Herbie Hancock, to Daft Punk, to The Mahavishnu Orchestra. The group's unique style is reflected in its members, who come from the music departments of Berklee School of Music, UMass Amherst, Hampshire College.
In a world where cover bands are far too plentiful, dj's rule the club scene, and television passes for entertainment at a bar, comes a band that reminds us what we love about live music. Familiar yet fresh, the never-ending mashups brought forth by the Hotties whip the crowd into a quivering dance party from the window to the walls. Boisterous enough for the bar, crisp enough for corporate events and wild enough for your wedding.
This is the big one. On the eve of our favorite fest, we're pulling out all the stops for a night to remember. As they wrap up their 8 Month Wednesday night residency, Black Rock Social will be bringing in some of their favorite guests, including Josh David Barrett of the Wailers and Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why! That's 3X the fun. Spend your last night before Vibes with your friends and start Fest weekend off on the right foot! Come out and get social one last time.
Drink & Food Specials, T-Shirt Giveaways & more.
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Ska legends The Toasters are coming to The Acoustic! Come on down for a night of great music, fun, and drinks!
Local bands Big Moon and The Black Guise will open the night with some rock goodness. This is something you won't wanna miss!
Two bands that call Black Rock their home are getting together the week before Vibes to thank you for all the Road to Vibes love and get y'all pumped for the festival that lives in our back yard. All kinds of special guests will be gracing the stage that evening. You simply don't want to miss out on the fun. Maybe we should have a Gnomecoming Souls parade?
Come on out for a great night of latin grooves made to make you move. Bring a partner, your dancing shoes, and shake it all night long. The perfect after-party for Downtown Bridgeport's final summer show!