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John Spignesi Band w/ That Virginia
Jan
18
8:00 PM20:00

John Spignesi Band w/ That Virginia

The John Spignesi Band - JSB makes their debut at The Acoustic in Black Rock with Bridgeport's That Virginia opening up the night.

Doors 8pm Show 9PM//$5//21+

That Virginia:

That Virginia is a mix of strange feelings, warm weather wishes, and stomach butterflies. Virginia was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and she brings the tropical warmth of her nature to her performances, while often singing about the not so warm truth of emotions, humanity, and other oddities.

Virginia's songs often speak of emotions we avoid talking about, the urgency of experiencing life, and empowering thoughts. With influences like Brandi Carlile, Lady Lamb, Trevor Hall, and Ana Carolina, That Virginia brings to the table thought provoking and motivatin...g lyrics, peculiar melodies, and a sprinkle of her Brazilian roots, while delivering a rich performance that hits softly in the audience's emotional gut, bringing tears, joy, happiness, and sorrow, quite often in one punch.



John Spignesi Band:

Formed in 2015, The John Spignesi Band has steadily climbed the ranks of the Jam Scene.

What makes this band unique? This is a question often asked by first time listeners. It could be the experience, amounting to over 100 years of playing in a live setting. It could be the pulsing energy. Or maybe it's the extensive song catalogue, featuring both originals and covers that take you on a wild ride. Words cannot do it justice. It is truly an experience.

You'll just have to see it for yourself.

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Eggy w/s/g One Time Weekend
Jan
20
8:00 PM20:00

Eggy w/s/g One Time Weekend

Come on down and join Eggy w/One time weekend for a Saturday Night Rager on the AVE! Doors: 8pm Music: 9:30pm $10 at the door

Eggy:
Down at home, funky crunchadelic, Eggy is the group that brings balance to your musical breakfast. The band presents a timeless vision of songwriting both lyrically and in composition, creating works worthy of lasting a lifetime. Michael Goodman (bass/vocals), Jake Brownstein (guitar/vocals), Dani Battat (keys/vocals) and Alex Bailey (drums/vocals) work around the clock, sharpening their craft. The result, an original and organic musical blend inspired by their musical heroes of the past and present. In a live setting, eclectic improvisations create performances that take on a life of their own. Eggy paints a full spectr...um of styles and emotions, and invites you to share in the experience!

OTW:
Once upon a time, in a mystical town on the Farmington River, four strapping young men plugged in, picked up their sticks, and ripped a jam so earth-shaking and tasty, the locals still talk about it to this day. All they needed was a name.
One Time Weekend is an up-and-coming band from Connecticut. After forming their groove in Collinsville, CT, members Ben Sullivan, Ian D’Arcangelo, Adam Eytan, and Zac Mulcahy combined their talent to create a fresh youthful vibe influenced by artists both past and present. The newly formed group has written many original songs that feature their funky, jazzy, rock, soul, rap, and reggae tastes while adding complexity to the mix, creating their own unique sound, and breaking the mold of modern contemporary music. When their music starts to tickle your ears it’ll make you wanna boogie down and shake ya tai-feathers to the groove!

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Finders Keepers - JGB Tribute
Jan
25
8:00 PM20:00

Finders Keepers - JGB Tribute

We are happy to have Finders Keepers back in Black Rock for a special tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band Thursday January 25th.
Doors 7:00pm Music 8:30pm $10 at the Door

Finders Keepers is dedicated to celebrating the music of Jerry Garcia. Featuring Bill Bonacci, Ken Aigen, Bob Angilello, Chuck Black and Mary Kohrherr.

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Beyonce Tribute featuring members of West End Blend, Eric Krasno Band, The Telle & More
Feb
8
8:00 PM20:00

Beyonce Tribute featuring members of West End Blend, Eric Krasno Band, The Telle & More

An All-Star Tribute to the one and only BEYONCE. Hear her music like you never heard before!!!!
Doors 8pm/Music 9:30pm/$10 adv tickets/  https://bpt.me/3231509

Band Featuring
Mary Corso (Eric Krasno Band) - Vocals
Erica T. Bryan (West End Blend) -Vocals
Gabrielle Lakshmi (The Telle) - Vocals
Jesse Combs (WEB) - Guitar
Mike Dipanfilo (WEB) - Guitar
Paulie Phillipone (WEB) - Keys
Adam Clark (Atlas Gray) - Bass
Sam Horan (WEB) - Drums

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Swift Technique w/s/g Keepers of the vibe
Feb
9
8:00 PM20:00

Swift Technique w/s/g Keepers of the vibe

Swift Technique returning toe The Acoustic for a Friday Night dance Party!!

Getting things started with Keeper of the vibe!!!

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

Swift Technique's unique blend of funk, soul, rock, hip-hop and relentless showmanship has propelled the group into their most successful period to date. Featuring the powerhouse vocal tandem of Chelsea ViaCava and Nik Greeley, the band is releasing two new singles, “Lucky Bump” and “Reason to Be” to add to an ever-growing recording catalogue.

With bombastic horns, thunderous bass and drums, driving guitar and keys, and more dance moves than you can shake a booty at, Swift Tech’s live performances are unmatched in energy, musicianship and pure feel-good fun. And with a recent appearance on the award winning Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, the group is commanding national attention.

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Stella Blues Band & MIZ Album Release Show
Feb
10
7:00 PM19:00

Stella Blues Band & MIZ Album Release Show

Stella Blue's Band is back at The Acoustic for another magical night of Dead tunes.

Come early and check out Mike Mizwinski & MIZ as they will be performing songs off there new album & a few choice covers I'm sure. 

Please come early and support one of the regions best songwriters & guitarist's. You will be glad you did!!

Doors 7:30pm/ Miz 8:00pm/ Stella Blues 10:00pm

$10 before 9pm $15 after 9pm

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Mammal Dap Plays Beck featuring Shira Elias of Turkuaz
Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

Mammal Dap Plays Beck featuring Shira Elias of Turkuaz

Don't miss Mammal Dap who will be joined by Shira Elias of Turkuaz to play a special tribute to Beck.

Doors 8:00pm Music 9:00pm $10 at the door

Two Sets!!!

Shira Elias is one half of the dazzling vocal duo in beloved Brooklyn funk band Turkuaz. Northampton, Massachusetts-based quartet Mammal Dap has built of a name for themselves with their special brand of cinematic, instrumental rock music that hints influences of everything from Flying Lotus to Daft Punk to Weather Report. With vocal powerhouse Shira Elias, Mammal Dap plans to deliver a career-spanning tribute to the iconic artist, songwriter and producer Beck, playing songs from his genre-defying catalogue of music.

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Peak Album Release Show & Tracy Jo & The Toads
Feb
17
8:00 PM20:00

Peak Album Release Show & Tracy Jo & The Toads

Come join the party with two fun bands and celebrate life!! Music starts early & ends Late!!

PEAK & Tracy Jo & The Toads

Doors 8pm/Music 9pm $7 at the door

PEAK - NYC Based I Psychedelic Indie Funk
• CT Album release show for the album ELECTRIC BOUQUET •
Based around the guitar playing and songwriting of Jeremy Hilliard, PEAK's exploratory spirit to their live shows and songs are, on one level, springboards for extended improvisation as well as vehicles for dance-floor workouts.

Tracy Jo & The Toads - CT Based I Roots Rock / Blues
Tracy Jo & The Toads is a blend of blues and gritty soul brought together as roots rock n' roll. With a clear roots influence, Tracy Jo & The Toads bring energy and new life to a classic sound.
 

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Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven

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Electric Beethoven is one (if not the) most excited bands on the scene today. Jams that take you through the masses of Beethovens mind and soul through Reed and company's talents. Not to be missed!!!

Electric Beethoven - Reed Mathis, Jay Lane, Todd Stoops, Clay Welch.

Doors 8:00pm/Music 9:30pm/Advance tickets available

https://bpt.me/3237146

While on tour with various projects over the past few years, bassist extraordinaire Reed Mathis spent his spare time rearranging Beethoven (Symphonies 3 and 6), recording each newly reimagined movement with a long and impressive whos-who list of his musical brethren, including Phishs Page McConnell and Mike Gordon, Marco Benevento, Joe Russo, the Barr Brothers, Robert Walter and Galactics Stanton Moore.
 
The resulting double album, Beathoven, was released September 2016 on Royal Potato Family records.
 
When imagining what it would be like to tour these Beethoven masterpieces, Mathis rearranged his rearrangements a second time, this time welding Beethovens motifs and melodies to modern-era dance beats, with plenty of waypoints for the musicians to jump off into heavy, full-band improvisations.  Its jamtronica with Beethoven  hence, the worlds first CDM (classical dance music) band.
 
While the albums many special guests will show up at various shows along the way, to tour the album for the next two years, Mathis assembled his very own dream team: Jay Lane (Primus, Ratdog) on drums, Todd Stoops (RAQ / Kung Fu) on keyboards, Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green) on percussion and laptop, and Clay Welch  a young guitar phenom who literally grew up studying Mathis as a bass player while following Mathis then-band, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, from show to show as a fan.

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Charlie Hunter Trio featuring Silvana Estrada
Feb
25
6:00 PM18:00

Charlie Hunter Trio featuring Silvana Estrada

The Acoustic is thrilled to have Charlie Hunter back in Bridgeport for another epic night of music.

Doors 6:00pm/Show 7:30pm

Advanced discounted tickets available https://bpt.me/3193105

With a career spanning 25 years and almost 20 albums, Charlie Hunter consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Mos Def, John Mayer, D’Angelo and countless others. He is widely considered the authority on the seven and eight string guitar, and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms.

Silvana Estrada, a native of Mexico’s southeast, had just started her studies of Jazz at the University of Veracruz and quickly became known throughout ...the Jazz Studies Centre as a unique triple threat talent: an instrumentalist, playing the Cuatro Venezolano, vocalist and songwriter whose original compositions are a mixture of Latin American sounds and a vocal interpretation that comes from the “son jarocho” tradition of Veracruz.

On a whim after rehearsing one day, Silvana and the band took a road trip to hear one of their heroes; Charlie Hunter was in Mexico City delivering a Master Class at the University. Inspired (and pushed by Alex the drummer) the band waited to meet Charlie whereupon Silvana sang for him on the spot. Charlie was so impressed that he ended up staying in Mexico, calling his sound engineer buddy Chris Finney from New Orleans and together they went to Silvana’s magical hometown in the Southeastern hills of Mexico to record her debut album Lo Sagrado (The Sacred) that will be released on Charlie’s non profit 30 Amp Circuit later this month.

After an enormous amount of paperwork (thank you Mister President) and an enormous amount of money (thank you Mister President) Charlie and his teammates were able to get Silvana a one year work visa to take advantage of her music and newfound friends.

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Peter Holmgren
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

Peter Holmgren

We are very happy to Have Peter Holmgren & his band play a full night of music on the Ave. Peter is a true talent and a must hear!!

Doors 7:00pm/Music 8:30pm/ $10 at the door

With a mix of rock, soul, folk, funk and pop, The Peter Holmgren Band has been described as adult contemporary soul pop. Whatever the description, this band rocks!

"The best songs are a reflection of life around you, whether it's your life or someone else's," says Peter. His songs are a personal account of his experiences and observations. As with his songwriting, Peter exudes genuine emotion through his guitar playing and singing.

The Peter Holmgren Band takes Peter's compositions to the next level. Drummer Felipe Torres (The Monkees / David Cassidy Band / Chubby Checker / Gene Cornish / Papa Chubby / The Slambovian Circus of Dreams), Bassist Steve Geller (Davey Jones / The Dead Elvi / Dennis Gruenling / Kickin' Nash / Hubert Sumlin), and Keyboardist Marc Jay (Wes Houston Band) take these well-written songs out for a nice, long, hard ride.

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SuperBand - A Tribute to Pink Floyd
Mar
3
8:00 PM20:00

SuperBand - A Tribute to Pink Floyd

Come check out some of Fairfield Counties best pay tribute to Pink Floyd!!!

Doors 8pm/ Music 930pm/ $5 Cover / Two Sets of Floyd!!

Superband - A Tribute to Pink Floyd is an 8 piece band of Fairfield County Musicians with a common love of playing the music of Pink Floyd. Our first gig many years ago was to a sold out Seaside Tavern in Stamford CT.  From that spring board we branched out to covering other genres and played many venues around Fairfield county and NY area including Alive at 5 in Stamford CT and several nights at The Bitter End in NYC. After a short hiatus to pursue other musical adventures, in early 2017 we decided to put our Pink Floyd tribute together again.  We look forward to bringing our show of full albums and deep cuts to the Acoustic in Blackrock!!  Members of Superband currently or have played in local/regional bands such as: Alligator-Grateful Dead Tribute, Destroyal, Super Dope, The Ritzy Chickens, The Mad Things, The Juicy Grapes, The All Grass Blue Stars


Superband is: Jon Ringel - Keys/Vocals/Samples, Josh Sette - Keys/Vocals
Larry Nardi - Guitar/Vocals, Dan Neafsey - Guitar/Vocals, Joey Ramos - Bass/Vocals
Jason Peyser - Drums, Steve DeFala - Saxophone, Zully Ramos - Vocals

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Jeff Mattson & Friends feat Rob Barraco, Skip Vangelas & Lisa Mackey of Dark Star Orchestra
Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

Jeff Mattson & Friends feat Rob Barraco, Skip Vangelas & Lisa Mackey of Dark Star Orchestra

Jeff Mattson & Friends are back at The Acoustic for another unforgettable night of Jeff's music and more!!! Jeff is welcoming his friends Rob Barraco, Skip Vangelas & Lisa Mackey from Dark Star Orchestra as well as Tom Barraco. Don't miss this show!!

Doors 8pm/ Music 9pm / advanced tickets available & recommended

https://bpt.me/3221607

 

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Into the Mystic - Van Morrison Tribute on St. Patricks Day
Mar
17
8:00 PM20:00

Into the Mystic - Van Morrison Tribute on St. Patricks Day

Come spend St. Patricks Night at The Acoustic with the Best Van Morrison Tribute in the Northeast!!

Doors 7:00pm  / Music 9:00pm / $10 at the door
Two sets of Van the Man!!

Spanning over 5 decades, the musical catalogue and work of Van Morrison has been a steady stream of inspiration for musicians and countless others who choose to include them in the soundtracks of our their lives. “With one of the most revered catalogues in music history and his unparalleled talents as composer, singer and performer Morrison’s past achievements loom large. But, as throughout his extraordinary career, how that past informs his future achievements and still stirs excitement and keen anticipation”

Drawing from his complete collection of works, “Into the Mystic”, seeks to recreate the spirit and energy of Morrison’s Music and pay respects to a man who himself is a hard act to catch and most humbly follow in 2017. Bridging this gap, 8 piece- Into the Mystic, Led by vocalist Justin Panigutti (formerly of Bearquarium), is comprised of some of the area’s finest musicians and portrayers, coming together to produce an evening of Van Morrison’s finest work and promising to be a musical experience not to disappoint.

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Ghost Light featuring Tom Hamilton, Holly Bowling & More
Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

Ghost Light featuring Tom Hamilton, Holly Bowling & More

We are thrilled to host Ghost Light at The Acoustic for a Friday the 13th you will never forget!!

Doors 8pm/Music 9:30pm/$12 adv/$15 dos

https://bpt.me/3232938

Ghost Light is
Holly Bowling, Tom Hamilton, Steve Lyons, Raina Mullen, Scotty Zwang

Ghost Light is a true musical collaboration; five personalities, five perspectives, and five unique approaches towards one common sound.

Bucking conventional tradition, rather than initially focusing on live shows, the band played together for the first time in a recording studio in Philadelphia. This decision gave the band’s members - Holly Bowling, Tom Hamilton, Steve Lyons, Raina Mullen and Scotty Zwang - the ability to come to the project with fresh ears and no pre-conceived notions. They developed the songs as they developed their musical communication which... led to trust, creativity and an adventurous take on the process. Scotty Zwang explained it thusly, “It’s a unique and interesting approach we get to take...” “we are being patient with each other and figuring out what the song needs”

While the recording project has been the beginning point for Ghost Light, the live experience is what will define this band. “In the parts of the sessions where we have had a little more room to just let things go, there have been these little glimmers of what the improvisation will feel like live. That’s a whole other thing and it’s very exciting,” notes Holly Bowling. Tom Hamilton adds, “with this new band, we felt super comfortable going in any direction, knowing that with our new bandmates, the songs will get to where they needs to go. And in the live setting, that confidence is just as strong.”

The first half of 2018 will see the band playing major venues in major markets coast to coast, followed by heavy rotation on the festival circuit. The debut record will be released in the second half of the year and will be supported by an extensive tour. In 2018 you will get to know Ghost Light, and the future could not be brighter.

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Strange Machines and Electric Love Machine
Jan
13
8:00 PM20:00

Strange Machines and Electric Love Machine

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We are super psyched for this killer double bill. Strange Machines & Electric Love Machine under one roof in Black Rock!! Not to be missed!!

$10 adv / $12 dos


Boston-born, New England based quartet Strange Machines have been steadily making a name for themselves in the East Coast jam scene. What started as a band focused on rock and reggae has slowly melded into a true melting pot of musical fusion, with sounds catering to heavy rock, funk, livetronica and a multitude of other genre’s, all while stringing them together seamlessly to create a fluid and captivating live performance. Their original songs are nuanced by creative composition, practiced precision, and a looseness that allows them to truly explore the music they create.

They have shared the stage with national-touring acts such as Dopapod, Twiddle, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, Kung Fu, TAUK, Deep Banana Blackout, John Brown's Body, and more. Strange Machines have carved out their own niche in the east coast music scene and show no signs of slowing down.

Strange Machines are set to release a new album Fall of 2017. Founding member Mike MacDonald and long time keyboardist Christian Perron, with the additions of Craig Holland on bass and Isaac Civitello on drums, have honed in their sound and hit their stride as a four piece. "Voice of Color", the bands first full length release, is a representation of what the band has developed into, diving further into progressive experimental rock and funk more than ever before. Striving to consistently deliver a high energy and engaging live performance, the band has continued to gain momentum in the Northeast and beyond. This album aims to capture the diversity and big sound you will experience at a Strange show.

"Strange Machines is known for powerful, high-energy live performances that explore the depths of their music and cater to a breadth of listeners. None of the band’s beloved characteristics are lost on the album—rather, Voice of Color offers precisely executed arrangements of Strange Machines originals while still embodying the looseness and exploration you’d find at a live performance." - Live For Live Music


ELECTRIC LOVE MACHINE

Electric Love Machine, a Baltimore based quartet, is considered a genre buster who uniquely weave elements of Rock, Metal, Electronic, Pop, Fusion, Funk, soaring guitar, and cerebral vocals into a high energy live listening experience.
 

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Joanna Teters CD Release Show w/ special guests
Jan
12
8:00 PM20:00

Joanna Teters CD Release Show w/ special guests

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Come celebrate and hear songs from Joanna Teters new record!!
Other special guest include
Vinegar Mother & Tales of Joy

The Acoustic
21+ 8pm Doors/ 9:30pm Show/$10 at the door


Joanna Teters is carving a place for herself in the hearts and minds of today’s music lovers with original, forward-thinking, new-school soul. Increasingly recognized for her ability to switch effortlessly from lush, deeply sultry tones to rugged reggae and blues, Teters’ serves her audiences with playful and energetic yet poised performances of both original compositions and covers. After many formative years in the mountains of upstate New York, she then went on to pursue her degree at Berklee College of Music where she began to devel...op her craft as front woman for Mad Satta, Lowtone Society, Drew ofthe Drew, SunDub, iLa Mawana and more. Her voice and presence have led her to share stages with artists of all genres— from Thundercat to Taleb Kweli, Ozomatli to Goapele. She now resides in Brooklyn, NY. She is joined on stage by her musical team bassist Ben Carr (Rosendale, NY), guitarist Ted Morcaldi (North Haven, CT), drummer Zane West (Brewster, NY) and keyboardist Noah Barker (Bethel Woods, NY.)
 

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Skeleton Keys
Jan
11
8:00 PM20:00

Skeleton Keys

Skeleton Keys are back at The Acoustic for another fun night of Dead tunes. This dualing keyboard outfit takes the music to the next level!! Special Guest Jordan Giangreco

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

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FREE FUNK FLOYD - Matt McNulty & Friends w/s/g Crispin Cioe!!
Jan
10
8:00 PM20:00

FREE FUNK FLOYD - Matt McNulty & Friends w/s/g Crispin Cioe!!

Come Join us for our 2nd installment of FUNK FLOYD and the first Wednesday of the Matt McNulty & Friends January residency!! This revolving cast of players always bring out the fun & funk in Rock n Roll!!

1/10 featuring Special Guest Crispin Cioe

There is no cover charge and drink specials all night long so tell you friends!!!

Doors 8:00 Music 9:00pm

 

 

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Nick Depuy's Album Release Show
Jan
7
6:00 PM18:00

Nick Depuy's Album Release Show

If you couldn't make the New York Release party for my debut album 'Don't Be Sorry" and you're looking to get a dose of original songwriting paired with fantastic musicianship then look no further! You'll see Sammy Trombone and his band lay down and loop some trombone laden soundscapes for starters. Then my ensemble of friends and I close out with a live performance of my debut album "Don't Be Sorry" among other songs!

We have a great collection of musicians you won't want to miss. Daniel Bloch is on drums, Barbie Tatum on backup vocals, Richard Neal on banjo and lead guitar, and Andrew Friedman on bass. And this time around we have album veterans Sammy Trombone and cellist Jenny Kwak joining us on stage as well!

Doors 6:00pm Music 7:00pm $10 at the door
 

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Jen Zeppelin IV
Jan
6
8:00 PM20:00

Jen Zeppelin IV

That’s right folks! Jen Zeppelin IV!!!

It’s been a little while, but Jen Zeppelin returns in 2018 to the Acoustic, with what is sure to be another heavy hitting night of some of your favorite Led Zeppelin numbers. Featuring the core of CK3, Jen Zeppelin brings together some of the finest talent of musicians Connecticut has to offer.

Doors 8pm/Show 9:30pm/$10 at the door

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Dead Show - 2 Sets, Acoustic & Electric!
Jan
5
8:00 PM20:00

Dead Show - 2 Sets, Acoustic & Electric!

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Dead Show is back in Black Rock to start 2018 right with some Good Ole Grateful Dead!!!

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

Dead Show is an accomplished Grateful Dead tribute band from Northern Connecticut focused on playing a very wide variety of the Dead's live repertoire.

Dead Show is:
Jeff Bowen - Bass, Vocals, Brian "Duke" Konopka - Drums, Mark Paradis - Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Martinson - Guitar, Vocals, Rand Laverty - Keys, Vocals

 

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New Year Eve with Goose & Nardy Boy!!
Dec
31
to Jan 1

New Year Eve with Goose & Nardy Boy!!

New Years Eve Celebration at The Acoustic with some of our favorites band,  Goose & Nardy Boy!!!

Over 5 hours of music!!

Renard Boissiere kicking things off solo

Goose jamming through the midnight hour with a Champagne toast for all!!

Nardy Boys taking us into the wee hours of 1/1

Doey Joey spinning throughout the night in between sets!!

Doors 9pm $15 adv tickets https://bpt.me/3172011

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Marco Benevento w/s/g Leslie Mendelson
Dec
30
8:00 PM20:00

Marco Benevento w/s/g Leslie Mendelson

Marco Benevento is back in Black Rock!! Start your New Years celebration a night early with us!! Kicking things off with Leslie Mendelson

Doors 8pm Music 9:30pm https://bpt.me/3085478
$15adv/$18 DOS

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

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

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

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Steal Your Funk
Dec
29
8:00 PM20:00

Steal Your Funk

We all love the funky side of The Grateful Dead. Sometimes we wished there was more funk to give. That's were STEAL YOUR FUNK comes in!!

End of the year party with Steal Your Funk!! Exploring the funker side of The Dead and so much more.

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

 

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Roots of Creation w/s/g Creamery Station
Dec
28
8:00 PM20:00

Roots of Creation w/s/g Creamery Station

We are thrilled to welcome Roots of Creation to The Acoustic for a late December show. This band has been making amazing music for many years and there live shows are unmatched!!!

Creamery Station will be kicking things off at 8pm sharp followed by two sets of ROC!!!

Doors 7:00pm Music 8:00pm $10adv/$12dos

Billboard and radio chart topping, award-winning, international reggae-rock sensation Roots of Creation, are a touring powerhouse.

Whether on the festival circuit, performing at jam and reggae-rock favorites like Camp Bisco, Gathering of The Vibes, California Roots, Jungle Jam and Closer to the Sun, or sharing the stage at sold out shows with some of their diverse influences including Slightly Stoopid, The Wailers, and Michael Franti, reggae/rock/dubtronica band Roots of Creation (RoC) offers up a high-energy, infectious live music experience. Their mix of reggae riddims, conscious lyrics, spirited horn lines, and electronic beats makes crowds move and has their loyal underground fan base (RoC Family) and street team (Universal Soldiers) travelling the distance to pack venues from coast-to-coast.

Roots of Creations most recent release, Livin Free (2016), debuted No. 1 on both the Billboard Reggae and the
Relix/Jambands.com Radio charts. Livin Free is a triple record that includes three versions of each song--studio, dub, and acoustic that features guest performances by Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), Marshall Ras MG Goodman (Sublime, Long Beach Dub Allstars), the Rubblebucket horn section, Billy Kottage (Reel Big Fish), Grammy-nominated Pato Banton (Sting, UB40), and others. Additionally, the album welcomes guest production by Yeti Beats (Rebelution, Slightly Stoopid).

Now RoC has taken on a unique new project: Grateful Dub. Combining their longtime love for reggae-dub style music and the Grateful Dead, RoC reworked some of the worlds favorite Dead tunes into a new studio album. RoC had the pleasure of working in the studio with the legendary 5-time Grammy winner Errol Brown who was Bob Marleys engineer and now Rebelutions live sound engineer for this project. Grateful Dub is also being performed live in its entirety at festivals, theatres, and clubs around the country, and features rotating special guests including Melvin Seals (JGB), Scott Guberman (Phil Lesh) full horn sections, and others.

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Mike Falzone Presents Friends & Friends: A Night of Comedy & Cheer w/s/g Jimmy McDonald & more!!
Dec
27
7:00 PM19:00

Mike Falzone Presents Friends & Friends: A Night of Comedy & Cheer w/s/g Jimmy McDonald & more!!

We are very excited to have our friend Mike Falzone back in Black Rock for a special holiday show.

This is a limited seated show: Doors 7:00 Show 8:30

Tickets available now at  https://mikefalzonetheacoustic.bpt.me

Mike Falzone is a comedian from CT who has been making YouTube video for over 10 years!

Mike Falzone has been solving the internets problems since 2006 when he became one of the first creators to establish themselves on YouTube. Hailing from the great state of Connecticut, Falzone began touring as a musician at 14 and while still his first love, Falzone has since shifted his passion and drive into pursuing stand-up comedy. After surviving two major health scares in two weeks, Falzone decided to move west to pursue his entertainment passions and has been tickling the funny bones of YouTube fans and L.A. audiences ever since. Hes performed at College Humor Live, several of the Improv comedy venues, and has appeared on-stage at the world famous Comedy Store.

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The Funky Dawgz Christmas Party
Dec
23
8:00 PM20:00

The Funky Dawgz Christmas Party

This will be the second Christmas time play in as many years for CT's favorite brass band, The Funky Dawgz!! This is the party of all parties before the big holiday so come rage and see what all the hype is about!!!

Tracy Jo & The Toads will be kicking thing off!!!


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

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

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

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

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Moon Hooch w/s/g Honeycomb!
Dec
22
8:00 PM20:00

Moon Hooch w/s/g Honeycomb!

Get in the holiday spirit with the masterful sounds of Moon Hooch at The Acoustic. This will be the third time this incredible band will be gracing our stage and we couldn't be more excited!!! Don't risk getting sold out, buy discounted tix in advance!

Honeycomb will be kicking things off!! Come early and stay late!!

Doors 8:00pm Music 9:30pm

Tickets on sale now https://bpt.me/3118167

Moon Hooch

I'm realizing more and more every day that you can make anything happen for yourself if you really want to, says Moon Hooch horn player Mike Wilbur. You can change your existence by just going out and doing it, by taking simple actions every day.

If any band is a poster child for turning the power of positive thoughts and intention into reality, its the explosive horn-and-percussion trio Moon Hooch. In just a few short years, the groupWilbur, fellow horn player Wenzl McGowen, and drummer James Muschlerhas gone from playing on New York City subway platforms to touring with the likes of Beats Antique, They Might Be Giants, and Lotus, as well as selling out their own headline shows in major venues around the country. On Red Sky, their third and most adventurous album to date, the band uses everything theyve learned from their whirlwind journey to push their sound to new heights, bringing together the raw, transcendent energy of their live performances and the sleek sophistication of their studio work into a singular, intoxicating brew that blends elements of virtuosic jazz, groovy funk, and pulse-pounding electronic dance music.

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Eliot Lewis Holiday Show
Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

Eliot Lewis Holiday Show

Eliot Lewis is back for a hometown show at The Acoustic to kick off the Holiday Weekend!!!
Doors 7:00pm
Music 8:00pm
$10 at the door

Eliot Lewis is a singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist as well as being a key member of the Daryl Hall & John Oates band. Eliot is also one of the original featured musicians on MTV’s "Live From Daryl's House”. His contributions stand out on some of the best moments from the show including performances with Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren,Train, Grace Potter, Ben Folds, Booker T, Jewel, Rob Thomas, Keb Mo, Jason Mraz, Darius Rucker, Gavin DeGraw and many, many others. Earlier in his career Eliot spent several years as a key member of the The Average White B...and. Eliot toured, wrote and also produced several songs for the Scottish soul band.

"Eliot is a musician who can do it all, great singer, songwriter and guitarist. He rocks and he's got soul. No one does it quite like him" - Daryl Hall

Having mastered four instruments over the course of his career; guitar, keyboard, bass and drums, Eliot blazed his own trail as a solo artist sharing his distinctive brand of rock & soul through solo releases and hundreds of solo tour dates all over the world. Eliot’s songs come from the inside out. “I think the main inspiration for any of my records is to convey these little slices of life, most of my songs are written about my own experiences and situations”.

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Roosevelt Collier Trio - Jimi Meets Funk!
Dec
17
7:00 PM19:00

Roosevelt Collier Trio - Jimi Meets Funk!

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Rosie is Back in Black Rock!! Come out for a special Sunday Get-down with The Dr. Roosevelt Collier Trio!! This is special Jimi Meets Funk gig paying homage to the late great Jimi Hendrix the only way Rosie can. FUNKY!!!

Door 7pm Music 8:30pm $10Adv/$12Dos

Soft-spoken by nature, south Florida-bred Roosevelt Collier does his hollering on the sacred steel guitar. Brought up in the tradition of the House of God Church, Roosevelt built his reputation alongside his uncles and cousins in The Lee Boys, known for their spirited, soul-shaking live performances. Seated front and center, "The Dr." leaves an indelible mark on listeners, flooring audiences with his lightning-fast slide work on the pedal steel. At festivals, he is a regular "Artist at Large," performing alongside many of music's most prestigious acts, from the Allman Brothers, to the Funky Meters, to Los Lobos to the Del McCoury Band. Whether on tour with the Lee Boys, bouncing from stage to stage at festivals, or hosting an allstar get down in Miami, when Roosevelt takes the stage, the ear-to-ear grins can’t help but be contagious.

Here is a little taste for y'all

 

 

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Gang of Thieves & Matt McNulty Band
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

Gang of Thieves & Matt McNulty Band

Gang of Thieves is back at The Acoustic for another high energy show. They have been up and down the east coast all season getting there sound heard and now they are back in CT for late December Rock fest!!!

Matt McNulty & Friends will be keeping the party going late night with some loud ass Rock n Funk of Rage against the Machine & more!!!

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

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West End Blend w/s/g Taxis
Dec
8
8:00 PM20:00

West End Blend w/s/g Taxis

We are excited to welcome back West End Blend to Black Rock for a Holiday time play!! This band is on a tear with there blend of Soul, Jazz and Funk and we are looking forward to a packed night on the dance floor. Taxis will be supporting this show making there Acoustic debut.

Doors 8pm Music 9:30pm  $10

 

 

 

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The Magic Beans w/s/g Cabin Fever
Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

The Magic Beans w/s/g Cabin Fever

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We are excited to welcome back The Magic Beans to The Acoustic Stage. This band is the perfect blend of all things jammy!!

Doors 8:00pm Music 9:00pm $7adv/$10 Dos www.magicbeans.bpt.me
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The Magic Beans are a band sprouted from the cultural island of Colorado that are set out to bring their unique, genre-blending music to the masses and inspire good times. In the modern age, where things are no longer quite as black and white; the Beans strive to be as inclusive as possible by skirting the lines between many genres within their unique sound. Music can encompass so many different feels and emotions and it is the bands goal to incorporate as much of it as they can into their sound and sometimes even one composition. Listeners are left with a danceable ode to funk, rock, bluegrass, americana, livetronica, world, prog, and more. Fans have effectively dubbed the genres they hear as spacefunk, ameritronica, and groovegrass.

Todays modern music listener no longer defines themselves within one genre, in favor of enjoying as much diversity as they can. It is upon this new musical paradigm of inclusivity that the Beans have grown one of the largest fan bases in their region, the self-named Team Bean. The group uses no pre-recorded tracks or samples in favor of a more traditional approach to music; original songwriting and continually pushing the envelope are what have set this group apart. Seamlessly combining traditional genres with modern dance music, The Magic Beans strive to be original and expressive of the modern music lover.

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The Peach Project (Allman Brothers Tribute) w/s/g SRH - A Tribute to Stevie Ray & Hendrix
Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

The Peach Project (Allman Brothers Tribute) w/s/g SRH - A Tribute to Stevie Ray & Hendrix

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A night of classic rock at The Acoustic. The Peach Project Brings their Allman Brothers Tribute back to The Acoustic and will be joined by SRH, a talented group of local musicians performing their tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix. This is a double tribute not to be missed.

Doors 8:00pm Music 9:00pm $10 at the door

Check out this steller performance of Liz Reed from The Peach Projects first play at The Acoustic back in Jan 2016. Come relive the magic of this great band!!

 

 

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Dead Sage w/ Dave Diamond Band
Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Dead Sage w/ Dave Diamond Band

Come on down and enjoy the marvelous musicianship of Dead Sage. This band is on top of there game with 30+ years experience for there members in our jam world.

Dave Diamond Band will be kicking things off and holding it down behind the kit for the main event!!! You may know Dave from his pivotal roles with Assembly of Dust, Zen Tricksters and more. One of our favorite drummers on the scene and a hell of a musician all around!!!

Doors 8:00pm Music 9:00pm $10 at the door

Dead Sage explores music of the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Band, Hot Tuna and other classics of the genre from a rockin’ blues perspective, along with originals steeped in old-school soul & craftsmanship.

 

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The Recess Bureau EP Release Show w/ The Telle & Sub-Urban
Nov
24
8:00 PM20:00

The Recess Bureau EP Release Show w/ The Telle & Sub-Urban

Stoked to be having our EP release show at The Acoustic. Joining us will be our good friends from The Telle and Sub-Urban!

Doors 8:00pm Music 9:30pm $10 at the door

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The Recess Bureau: The Recess Bureau explores the possibilities of jazz improvisation with an array of grooves inspired by many genres of music. The collective currently holds 9 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.

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The Breakfast -  Annual Thanksgiving Eve Show!
Nov
22
8:00 PM20:00

The Breakfast - Annual Thanksgiving Eve Show!

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

Discounted tickets on sale http://thebreakfasttheacoustic.bpt.me/

No annual contract. On America’s best network.

That’s a better way to what you want.

$15adv/$20 DOS

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

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WOLF!!! Featuring Scott Metzger w/s/g Matt Rae Trio
Nov
18
8:00 PM20:00

WOLF!!! Featuring Scott Metzger w/s/g Matt Rae Trio

We are thrilled to welcome back Scott Metzger and WOLF! to The Acoustic on Saturday November 18th!! Matt Rae Trio will be joining the fun to make this a full on telecaster battle till the early dawn!!! A guitar lovers dream come true show!!!! If you've only caught Scott playing with JRAD, you only know half his story. 

Doors 8pm Music 9:30pm

Advance tickets on sale now -  https://wolftheacoustic.bpt.me

Taking their cues from a soul, blues, boogaloo, country and rock background, Wolf! seamlessly merge styles to create a party where everyone's welcome...one that you don't want to miss! This Brooklyn-based trio continue to find new and exciting ways to evolve and push what's possible with the classic guitar, bass, and drums formula while maintaining a fundamental groove that's both irresistible and undeniable. Wolf! strives to make great music, and life is too short to listen to bad music.

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Brandon "Taz" Niederauer w/s/g Baby Dynamite
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

Doors 7:00 Music 8:30pm

Tickets on sale now ---> http://brandonniederauerband.bpt.me/ 

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

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

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

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

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