The Acoustic

Bar & Music Hall

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Jen Zeppelin is Back!
Feb
25
8:00 pm20:00

Jen Zeppelin is Back!

After a successful first show back in September and there recent gig in Westchester, Jen Zeppelin is back home in Black Rock for Zeppelin ll.

Ck3 featuring Jen "Pipes' Durkin and many other guests. Tickets will be available at the door.

Jen Durkin: vocals
Sammy Blanchette: guitar and vocals
Chris Kalafus: bass
Caitlin Kalafus: drums
John Collinge: saxophone
Michael Ryan: percussion
Ed Burns: keyboards

The Nigel Hall Band w/s/g Diesel Lady featuring members of Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
Mar
2
8:00 pm20:00

The Nigel Hall Band w/s/g Diesel Lady featuring members of Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

The Acoustic is thrilled to have the amazing Nigel Hall Band in Black Rock! Nigel's latest album is one of the best releases in decades and we are all looking forward to dancing the night away. Getting things started will be a new project, Diesel Lady featuring members of Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. Doors 7:30pm Music 8:30pm. Advanced discounted tickets on sale now. http://nigelhallband.bpt.me

Soul provider Nigel Hall is in many ways an artist who needs no introduction. An in-demand sideman, he’s built a mighty foundation of funk over the years onstage and in the studio with collaborators including the Warren Haynes Band, Jon Cleary, Soulive, Oteil Burbridge and Roosevelt Collier, Ledisi, the Soul Rebels, Lettuce and countless others. Legions of fans are already well in the know about Hall’s copious keyboard chops and powerful vocal style. But even to them, his Feel Music/Round Hill debut solo album will be a revelation – a confirmation that Hall has stepped out front and center into a creative space to call his own.

“Ladies & Gentlemen… Nigel Hall,” due out in digital format November 13th and vinyl November 27, captures the spirit of the songs that made Hall a musician. It was produced by Eric Krasno, guitarist and producer of music by a dizzying array of artists including Norah Jones, Justin Timberlake, Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville and Matisyahu. Hall’s original compositions, from the blissful, sunny ‘60s-style soul grooves of lead single “Gimme A Sign” and “Never Gonna Let You Go” to the teasing, R&B kiss of downtempo cuts like “Too Sweet” and “Call on Me” to show off a record collector’s pitch-perfect knowledge and a lifelong fan’s passion for gritty, muscular rhythm and blues, funky dance floor rave-ups and sultry bedroom serenades.

WPKN Showcase Series
Mar
3
8:00 pm20:00

WPKN Showcase Series

Please join us and help support one of Bridgeport's true treasures, WPKN. These nights are always special and are jam packed with great up and coming bands.

5th edition of WPKN's Underground Series
Doors open at 7
$10 Suggested Donation

The Telle
Unconscious Disturbance
Thunderboogie
Perouse

                                         

Bruce Katz Band & Steal Your Peach
Mar
4
8:00 pm20:00

Bruce Katz Band & Steal Your Peach

We are happy to welcome back Bruce Katz and his band to The Acoustic. Bruce is a veteran of the Allman Brothers extended family playing in the Greg Allman Band & Butch Trucks Freight Train Band.

Steal Your Peach will be making there CT debut performing the music of The Grateful Dead & The ABB. These guys have been playing clubs up and down the east coast supporting band like John K Band, Ron Holloway and more. They are a mixture of some of the best and hardest working musicians in the Philadelphia area specializing in the music of The Allman Brothers Band, while also bl...ending songs of the Grateful Dead, Blues & Funk.

Doors 7pm Music 9pm- Tickets available online and day of show - http://brucekatzstealpeach.bpt.me

Bruce Katz is a four time (2008, 2009, 2010, 2015) Nominee for the Blues Music Award (W.C. Handy Award) for "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year", selected by the Blues Foundation of Memphis, TN. While Blues is a very important part of his music, Bruce's music has more angles and influences, occupying a unique space where blues, "soul-jazz", jam-band rock, and all aspects of Americana Music collide into a style of original music all his own. He is equally comfortable playing Hammond B-3 Organ and Piano.

Electric Mayhem w/ Kazoo Crew Family Band & People Skills Band
Mar
10
8:00 pm20:00

Electric Mayhem w/ Kazoo Crew Family Band & People Skills Band

Come hang with two great local band that always deliver the goods. Electric Mayhem has been jamming up and down the CT coast for awhile and we are happy to have them headline this great night. Kazoo Crew is always a fun time and gets the ave. dancing and we are happy to welcome People Skills to the area for the first time. Music starts at 9pm

$5 cover at the door.

Creatures - A 311 Tribute
Mar
11
8:00 pm20:00

Creatures - A 311 Tribute

Creatures 311 Tribute on March 11th. Doesn't get better then that. Come by and dance the night away to your favorite 311 songs. Band Features - William Vega, William Earley, Lawrence Rodrigues, Bruce Toth, John Pioli & Brian Fox. Admission is $10 at the door

Electric Kif
Mar
16
8:00 pm20:00

Electric Kif

Making there Black Rock debut, straight from the ground up festival this winter Electric Kif. These guys are on point and have a tight groove that everyone will be talking about for years to come. $5 cover at the door

"Hailing from Miami, Electric Kif and their undeniable spunk has caught the attention of music lovers through their execution of cosmic funk, rock, soul, and jazz. Their taste and talent bring an unparalleled energy and sound to the stage that inevitably
creates a uniquely raw experience through every performance.

The Kif has gone on to perform with national acts such as Snarky Puppy, Kung Fu, THE MAIN SQUEEZE, Naughty Professor, Stratosphere All-Stars, TR3 featuring Tim Reynolds, The Fritz, Progger and Killiam Shakespeare, as well as South Florida’s finest Roosevelt Collier and The Heavy Pets through a series of deep south and northeast runs. Not only has the quartet garnered regional attention, but they have also been instrumental to the core of the blossoming music scene in Miami, spanning across several diverse projects in between and acting as the backing musicians for many including Matt Schofield, Danay Suarez, Flo Rida, Tony Succar, and many more...

PitchBlak Brass Band St. Patty's Day Blowout
Mar
17
8:00 pm20:00

PitchBlak Brass Band St. Patty's Day Blowout

Celebrate the best drinking night on the Ave. with an incredible band, PitchBlak Brass Band. Hailing for Brooklyn NY this crew sure can party with there blend of Hip Hop & Brass.  

$5 at the door. Doors open at 7pm w/ drink specials all night long.

Hip Hop music has always been unafraid to push boundaries. Perhaps because it simultaneously came from nothing yet came from everything, the genre stands alone in how creatively outside influences can be incorporated into its musical mix.

PitchBlak Brass Band uses the epic sounds of tubas, trombones, saxophones and other typically non-hip hop instruments in the spirit of The Roots and some of rap’s iconic live bands, to deliver an energy that samples, loops and breakbeats can’t always capture. Their blend of soundscapes and lyrical exuberance creates a grand adventure in listening, one that can hold the attention of music fans from across a fairly wide spectrum.

Stella Blues Band
Mar
18
8:00 pm20:00

Stella Blues Band

There Back!!! Stella Blues Band is one of the tightest & exciting Grateful Dead Tributes in the area and they have decided to make The Acoustic there Connecticut home!

Doors open at 8:00pm and first set kicks off at 9:30pm.

There Mission is 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!

Consider the Source w/Felix Martin
Mar
19
7:00 pm19:00

Consider the Source w/Felix Martin

They say never miss a Sunday show! That certainly holds true for Consider the Source with Special Guest Felix Martin. Advanced discounted tickets on sale now.

http://considerthesourcect.bpt.me

NYC trio Consider the Source defy easy description. If intergalactic beings of pure energy, after initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built some kind of pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by psychedelics and abstract math, itd probably just sound like a CTS tribute band. Drawing from progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with alien sounds soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate parts into a striking, utterly original whole. Dubbed Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion, the bands music strikes a rare balance between cerebral and emotional, intellectual and primal. A relentless touring schedule has won the band a fervent following from California to Israel, with fans ranging from jam-band hippies and jazz cats to corpse-painted headbangers and prog geeks.

FELIX MARTIN is a Venezuelan guitarist who is pioneering a style of playing the electric guitar by performing simultaneously with two of them as if they were one, creating a new sound on the instrument. Felix is pushing music into new boundaries by mixing Rock and Metal with different styles such as Jazz, Progressive, World, Latin, Fusion, etc. The uniqueness of his guitars and technique allows him to create distinguished sounds that makes the music sound unique. Felix has toured with his band that includes Berklee Alumni drummers and bassist Kilian Duarte throughout the USA, Europe and South America. Played in festivals such as Progressive Nation, SXSW, Euroblast, Tech-Fest and many more.

 

Hayley Jane & The Primates and Goose
Mar
24
8:00 pm20:00

Hayley Jane & The Primates and Goose

Happy to welcome back two of The Acoustic's favorite bands from the past two years. After a steller NYE with Hayley Jane & the Primates we are thrilled to have them teamed up with the always awesome Goose!! Goose has been tearing up venues all around the tri state area and making a big splash on the scene. Advanced discounted tickets availablehttp://hayleyjanegoose.bpt.me

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.

Hayley Jane and the Primates deliver a rich, genre-bending sound with a tantalizing live performance. Winners of the New England Music Awards’ Roots/Americana act of the year, The Primates have created a serious buzz in the music world. Their music draws inspiration from many styles including early rock and pop; old musical theater; folkadelic, bluegrass and country; along with blues, soul and reggae.

Dalton Rapattoni returns to The Acoustic
Mar
25
5:00 pm17:00

Dalton Rapattoni returns to The Acoustic

Come see American Idol finalist Dalton Rapattoni return to The Acoustic. This is a special early evening show. Door 5:00pm Music 5:15pm.

Advanced discounted tickets

http://daltonrapattoni.bpt.me

*For special limited VIP Pre & Post Meet & Greet Tickets please go to http://www.daltonrapattoni.com/

**must buy a regular ticket before you purchase VIP add on

***Please reminder The Acoustic is a 21+ music venue unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents & Guardians must purchase tickets.

Dalton chose to audition for the final season of American Idol in August 2015 and placed third.

After American Idol during the summer of 2016, Dalton moved to Austin, Texas, to begin working on his album at Orb Recording Studios with Matt Noveskey of Blue October at Orb Recording Studios. On May 6, 2016, he announced the School of Rock Gives Back Tour,[11] where he performed alongside School of Rock house bands throughout the United States and Canada, as well as held free meet and greets to thank those that voted for him in the Idol competition. After the School of Rock Gives Back Tour ended, he announced another tour, The Inspired Attempt Tour. The Inspired Attempt traveled all around America, starting in Boston and ending in Arizona. There are two parts to this tour; West Coast dates have not yet been announced. On October 14, Dalton released his first single "Turn to Stone", which charted #14 on the iTunes alternative chart. Dalton is also planning on releasing his first album as a solo artist in January 2017.

Normal Intruments Annual Winter Show
Mar
25
Mar 26

Normal Intruments Annual Winter Show

For the third year in a row we have Normal Instruments coming back to The Acoustic for a winter visit. Every year its a party on the avenue till the very last call. Tickets available at the door.

Michael Carter from The Indobox, Jules Jenssen from Ross Jenssen, Matt Beckett from Cosmic Dust Bunnies and Jeff Bujak of Bujak Live.

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.

Tim Palmieri Solo Acoustic
Mar
30
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.
 

Lespecial April Fools Show w/s/g Mushroom Cloud
Apr
1
8:00 pm20:00

Lespecial April Fools Show w/s/g Mushroom Cloud

Lespecial is back in Black Rock for a Saturday April Fools Night of music. This show is not to be missed . Mushroom Cloud will be getting the night started

Tickets available in advance or at the door - http://lespecialaprilfools.bpt.me

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 traje...ctory. 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.”

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.
 

The Heavy Pets & Backup Planet 4:20 Party
Apr
20
8:00 pm20:00

The Heavy Pets & Backup Planet 4:20 Party

Happy 4:20 ya'll! The Heavy Pets are coming back for a special Thursday night rager on one of the happiest nights of the year. They are bringing with them Backup Planet for this black rock stop. If you haven't heard or seen this band you are in for a real treat. Backup Planet will soon be your favorite jamband on the scene. Advanced discounted tickets available. http://heavypetsbackupplanet.bpt.me

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. Having released 3 short EP's over the last two years the band will break ground this October on their first self-produced full-length release since their debut album.

Backup Planet is a progressive funk-rock band based out of Nashville, Tennessee. To see Backup Planet perform live is to simultaneously travel back in time and... forward into the future. Their truly unique sound emanates from a place that seems familiar, yet unchartered. Elements of jazz, funk, roots, blues, electronic, and progressive rock all emerge during the course of their shows. Their sound draws from so much you’ve heard before—‘70s rock and funk, high-energy improv, a touch of pop, and a sliver of metal. But the members of Backup Planet mix and match those elements—with just a hint of modern tech to burnish a sturdy nucleus of retro-minded organ and guitar—in ways that never fail to astonish. With a fantastic repertoire of original songs, they’re able to build fluid sets interspersed with extended improvisation.

 

Brandon Niederauer Band " TAZ" Rescheduled Date
Jun
1
7:00 pm19:00

Brandon Niederauer Band " TAZ" Rescheduled Date

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. All tickets purchased for 2/9 show will be honored .                  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.
 


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

Doors 7:30 - Steal Your Funk 8:30pm - BROJO 9:45 - Late Night Steal Your Funk 11:45pmTickets will be available at the door

 

 

 

People's Blues of Richmond w/s/g Jake Kulak & The Lowdown
Feb
23
8:00 pm20:00

People's Blues of Richmond w/s/g Jake Kulak & The Lowdown

We are very excited to have People's Blues of Richmondat The Acoustic. This band is on fire right now and I suspect its not long till they are playing much larger venues. Don't miss this opportunity to catch them live. Opening up the night is CTs own Jake Kulak & the Lowdown$10 cover at the door

People's Blues of Richmond is a heavy-touring, blues-psych power trio from Richmond, Va. In the past two years, they've signed with Management Anonymous and Mad...ison House Booking, recorded their third full-length studio album, released a 7-inch single with sought-after rock & roll producer Mark Neill (Black Keys, The Hives, J. Roddy Walston & the Business), and have been featured at outlets such as PopMatters, Guitar World, CraveOnline, Relix and more. People’s Blues of Richmond managed to fit in their recent studio work while constantly touring the U.S., packing clubs and theaters full of amped-up fans, selling out The Hamilton in D.C. as well as NYC's Bowery Ballroom, Brooklyn Bowl, The National in Richmond, a dozen festivals around the country including Red Rocks and massive outdoor festivals like Electric Forest, LOCKN' & Gasparilla, and sharing bills with legends & critical favorites like The Almann Brothers, ZZ Top, Modest Mouse, Tom Petty, Gary Clark Jr., Gogol Bordello, Dinosaur Jr., SCI, and WSP!

 

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

Skeleton Keys  - An evening of Dead, Floyd & Phish w/s/g Scott Chasolen (The Machine)
Feb
18
8:00 pm20:00

Skeleton Keys - An evening of Dead, Floyd & Phish w/s/g Scott Chasolen (The Machine)

Skeleton Keys Presents: An evening of Dead Pink Phish (and other tasty mosels) with our friend Scott Chasolen from The Machine! This will be some serious fun. Skeleton Keys is a keyboard centric sonic exploration of The Grateful Dead and beyond... a unique and very special combination of jam band tunes, and funk and jamtronica and good vibes dance party. You just gotta see it to believe it. $5 cover at the door

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.

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!!!

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.

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

Tom Hamilton's American Babies

Straight off 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.

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.

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.

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

Sophistafunk
Feb
2
8:00 pm20:00

Sophistafunk

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

 

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! Tickets will be available at the door. Don't miss.
 

Jan
27
8:00 pm20:00

Eric Krasno Band, Marcus King Band - Sold Out

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. 

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
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

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