Fifteen-year-old Brandon Niederauer, nicknamed “Taz” for his ferocious guitar playing, is living proof that dreams really do come true. Having performed in some of the most legendary venues in America with many of the most prominent musicians of our time, the young guitarist, singer, and songwriter has already earned himself quite the reputation.
Doors at 8pm/ Show at 9pm/ $15 advance ticket/ $20 ticket day of
Jonathan Scales is one of the most innovative steel pannists on the planet, and is redefining and challenging traditional expectations of his signature instrument. In his hands, the sonic palette of an instrument often associated with cruise ships and tropical resorts is radically expanded to mimic the role of horns, piano, vibraphone or marimba due to his stunning, virtuosic technique. Scales’ mesmerizing compositions have captivated listeners and elevated him to the status of a true composer, forging new territory in the medium of instrumental music.
School of Rock Fairfield House Band will be performing an opening set.
Doors at 6pm Show at 7pm $10 ticket
The Tom Petty Project returns to The Acoustic!
This show went over so well that we had to bring them back! If you missed the last one you will not want to miss this one! From the early days to his most recent works, TTPP covers it all!
Doors 8pm/ Show 9pm/ $10 ticket
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Doors 6pm Show at 7pm $7 ticket
Your Connecticut Local Music Competition is Back for another round to Showcase your top local talent! Come down and vote via ballot at The Acoustic to decide who wins greta prizes such as Cash, Studio time at Factory Underground Studio in Norwalk and an interview on Bridgeports own 89.5 WPKN Independent Community Radio!
Wednesday November 28th
Doors at 8pm Show at 9pm FREE SHOW
Brain Salt is an electronic rock n roll music quartet from Brooklyn NY. They released their debut EP, Crowds in early 2016, second EP, Cleanin’ Up, in December, 2017. They now spend their time touring the world in their private jet. Look out for their first full-length album coming soon!
Stephanie Ryann’s CD Release Party
Stephanie Ryann is a singer and songwriter from New York whose music bridges the gap between country, pop, and rock.
Come join us in celebrating the launch of her self-titled, debut EP and live performance with band mates Kevin Totoian of Tangled Vine and Randy Funke of Syrah Syrah and Baby Dynamite.
Doors open 6pm/Show 7pm
BUMPIN UGLIES with Oogee Wawa
For nearly a decade now, Bumpin Uglies have been playing their brand of groove-heavy jams – a curiously fun mix of ska, Reggae and good ole’ punk rock – all while putting strong lyrics at the forefront of the music. It’s a formula that quickly took them from local favorites, playing around Annapolis, to a national stage. With a wildly infectious sound, tattoo-worthy lyrics and an itch to take their music to the masses, the band piled into the van years ago and have rarely seen home since.
Doors 8pm/ Show 9pm/ $10 ticket
Oogee Wawa is an Alternative Reggae Hip-hop fusion band from Long Island, NY. Take Gym Class Heroes, Sublime, a bottle of rum; mix them in a blender and you’ll have a taste of what is Oogee Wawa. Their feel good music captivates a wide age range of fans that relate to the message that they bring forth. Oogee Wawa’s hard work and determination has honored them spots performing with many national touring acts such as: 311, Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, Sublime with Rome, The Dirty Heads, The Wailers, Badfish, Ballyhoo!, Passafire. They were named WBAB;s Homegrown Superstars, they won first place at the Indie Music Fest in Las Vegas, NV and have consistently played 130+ shows for the past two years. Always out to have a good time, Oogee Wawa is dedicated to creating feel good music that inspires the desire to party!
Strange Machines w The Mushroom Cloud
Saturday December 1st
Doors at 8pm Show at 9pm $10 advance tickets $15 tickets day of show
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 funk, livetronica, heavy rock 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 The Disco Biscuits, Twiddle, Dopapod, EOTO, The Motet, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, Kung Fu, TAUK, Deep Banana Blackout and more. Strange Machines have carved out their own niche in the east coast music scene and show no signs of slowing down.
The Mushroom Cloud
The Mushroom Cloud is an explosive funk-rock band from New Haven, CT with Paul Harris on guitar, keys, and vocals, Matt Cuddy on guitar, Charlie Mazur on bass, and Russ Harris on drums. Since they formed in 2011, The Cloud's been blending funk, rock, jazz, and electronica into cleverly written passages of music mixed with powerful improv jams. Their organic and original sound is constantly evolving, taking listeners on vibrant journeys in their heads and on the dance floor, and their unique energy resonates deep in the soul. With their second full length album "Air Raid" out now, and a new single on the way, things are heating up for this bright young band! For tour dates and more go to www.themushroomcloudmusic.com.
Thursday December 6th 2018
Doors at 8pm Show at 9pm
The Evolution of Galaxy Grass
Montana-bred bluegrass outfit Kitchen Dwellers are captivating fans across the country with their high-energy live performances and unique approach to traditional music that fans have dubbed Galaxy Grass.
Something is Forming: A Tribute to Max Creek w/ Desert Rain
Saturday December 8th 2018
Doors at 8pm Show at 9pm $10 ticket
Celebrating Creek at the Acoustic with Desert Rain! Come hang with us!
Unnecessary Commentary Presents: Double Feature Movie Night
Wednesday December 12th
FREE VIEWING EVENT
A Very Wayward Xmas ft Wayward City, Mile Marker Zero, Head With Wings, Chaser 8, Snowpiler
Well it's that time of year to bring the holiday cheer and we couldn't be happier with this banger lineup. Wayward City, Mile Marker Zero, Chaser Eight, Snowpiler, and Head with Wings will be donning the stage for what is going to be a night of unforgettable night of baboonery and celebration. Not to mention, it's all happening at one of CT's BEST venues - The Acoustic!!!
Lots of music, lots of beer, lots of good friends and holiday cheer. Don't be a grinch and come get weird!
Jeff Mattson & Friends ft. Rob Barraco (DSO), Skip Vangelas (DSO), Lisa Mackey (DSO) & Tom Barraco
Jeff Mattson & Friends ft. Rob Barraco (DSO), Skip Vangelas (DSO), Lisa Mackey (DSO) & Tom Barraco Jeff Mattson & Friends is pleased to announce their final appearance of 2018 digging into electric domains adjacent to the primary workings of Dark Star Orchestra. Engaging DSO bandmates keyboardist Rob Barraco, bassist Skip Vangelas, and vocalist Lisa Mackey, along with drummer Tom Barraco, the quintet will take over The Acoustic in Bridgeport, Saturday, December 15 to show off treasures of original and favored compositions.
Jeff Mattson (Guitar, Vocals)
Guitarist and songwriter Jeff Mattson is one of the Jam scene’s most lasting voices. Starting with taking over Long Island in The Volunteers and The Zen Tricksters then rising to national prominence with The Donna Jean Godchaux Band, Mattson has also played with Phil Lesh & Friends both before and after taking the lead guitar post at Dark Star Orchestra. Jeff’s songs appear on DJGB’s latest release, Back Around (Heart of Gold Records), and his work is prominently featured on five other albums (Donna Jean & the Tricksters , For Rex: The Black Tie-Dye Ball , Shaking Off the Weirdness , A Love Surreal , The Holy Fool ). He is known for serving rock and roll through engaging, fiery guitar work lifted by gentle
vocals. Jeff Mattson - Guitar & Vocals Rob Barraco - Keyboard & Vocals Skip Vangelas - Bass & Vocals Lisa Mackey - Vocals Tom Barraco- Drums
Matt Helm 2nd Annual Holiday Ball at The Acoustic
Saturday December 22nd
Doors at 8pm Show at 9pm $10 advance ticket / $12 Day of Show
Matt Helm Experience Second annual Chanukah / Xmas ball at the acoustic. Feat Paul Dunay and Ric Lubell from Terrapin, WSG Matt McNulty. Dave Lindsay helping out on drums
Special appearances by members of Stella blues band, spadtastics , Bigfoot County ,Soul Shine , Sacred fire. Tyrone Shoelaces, The Straightjackets, Chuck Black formally of SBB helping with the skins, Exit 43 and Jen Durkin. More to be Announced.
Fragile Thunder feature David Gans and Stephen Inglis. These two children of the "Grateful Dead" are devotees to collective improvisational music. With Davids country blues finger-picking looping and Stephens Grammy nominated Hawaiian Slack Key guitar playing its never the same show twice.
Hayley Jane will be performing a rarely seen solo set with her infectious energy that pours out of her art and fills the souls of her devoted fanbase with joy and inspiration.
Doors at 8pm Show at 9pm $10 ticket
Unnecessary Commentary Presents: NovemBro Double Feature Movie Night
Step Brothers and Blues Brothers
This is a Free viewing event
Please join us for a fun, family-friendly event, and help us beat childhood cancer! Our 3rd Annual Music for Mia will feature performances by FTSM students & faculty, face painting, arts & crafts and more!
Doors Open: 1:30 pm
Event: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Adults: $15 suggested donation
Kids: Free Admission
Tickets are available at the door and payable by cash or check to Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer, a 501(c)(3) organization that funds pediatric cancer research.
This event is held is celebration of the life of Mia McCaffrey of Trumbull. Mia bravely fought parameningeal rhabdomyosarcoma (a rare soft tissue cancer) and passed away at age 6 on March 17th, 2017. Donations for pediatric cancer research in Mia’s name can be made online at www.infiniteloveforkidsfightingcancer.org.
From his infectious acoustic pop to his jaw dropping electric blues-rock, guitarist Billy Ruegger and friends are digging deep into the John Mayer catalog to bring you some of the musical gems that have defined his storied career.
Opening the show will be talented singer songwriter Drew Angus!
Grass is Dead bring their bluegrass renditions of all your favorite Dead tunes to The Acoustic for this special event. With an opening set by local Funk Grass String Rock group The Wool Hats String Band!
Doors at 8pm Show at 9pm $10 ticket
Balkun Brothers return to Bridgeport, CT alongside special guests Tracy Jo & The Toads for a Halloween special! Don't miss this night of funky rock n' roll at The Acoustic.
We will be having a costume contest!
$10 Cover or $5 w/ Costume
Doors - 8PM
Tracy Jo & The Toads - 9PM
Balkun Brothers - 10PM
TALKPECK SOUNDSYSTEM IS BACK and we're having a BLACK & WHITE PARTY!!
That’s right ladies and gentleman we're back just in time for a Halloween throw-down on the ave. We've got an amazing lineup for this one so be sure to get your tickets in advance as the past two shows have SOLD OUT!!
(Don't forget to wear your FINEST BLACK and WHITE attire because this is going to be one classy event with a COSTUME CONTEST with PRIZES at set break)
$10 ADV/$15 DOS
Advance tickets available at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3741800
TALKPECK SOUNDSYSTEM is:
Matt McNulty - Guitar/Vocals
Mike Greenfield - Drums (LOTUS)
Ian McGuire - Synth (McZwang)
Matt Dempsey - Guitar/Vocals (Cosmic Dust Bunnies)
Miles Livolsi - Bass (Miles & Friends)
Aaron Hagele - Percussion/Vocals
Jeff Enborg - Synth (Fattie Roots)
Rob Madore - Percussion (Host of Ghosts)
Avery Acevedo - Vocals
Led by Matt McNulty this tribute project is mashup of three amazing bands, Talking Heads, Vulfpeck & LCD Soundsystem. The rotating cast of musicians puts their spin on the songs weaving in and out of songs in a improvised exploratory manner in a way that is not to be missed. Former members have included: Jen Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout), Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu/The Breakfast) & Scotty Zwang (Ghostlight) just to name a few!
Lotus' Mike Greenfields DJ project
Hailing from Stamford, Connecticut, JACQUES LE COQUE play Replacements-style garage pop with a lot more youth and a very Velvet-y Underground warmth on the master mix. "... [JLC's] well-balanced, rough, raw, fuzzy rock n' roll. Bouncing from Built to Spill-style tracks, to surf rock and straight-up punk, these guys are the perfect house-party band. Listening to their songs, I can practically feel an elbow to the ribs and a PBR being spilled on my shoes.”
Doors at 8pm Show at 9pm
Music Palace is back for the October edition of there Music Competition. Come join in the fun and discover your new favorite band!! Cash prizes and other great incentives such as studio time at Factory Underground Studio & an interview on WPKN Independent Community Radio to the winner and runner up!
Join us on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at The Acoustic (2926 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport) for a very special Jewish Deadhead gathering featuring photographer Rosie McGee, author of "Dancing with the Dead—A Photographic Memoir."
During author-photographer Rosie McGee’s photo presentation, “The Grateful Dead: Before, During & After the ‘Summer of Love,’” she will show many of her intimate photos of the Dead, taken when she lived, traveled, and worked with them during their first decade as a band. She will read short excerpts from her book and tell additional stories from those magical years.
At the end of her presentation, Rosie will take questions from the audience. In addition, she’ll have a selection of signed and mounted photos available for purchase, as well as copies of her book, which she’ll gladly personalize and sign to you, or to anyone to whom you might be giving it as a gift.
Rosie's presentation will be followed by mini-sets of Dead tunes by Jewish community-based bands Exit 43 and WheelsUp!, followed by an open jam.
Registration is required, with a $5 minimum suggested contribution per attendee.
Submarine at The Acoustic Album release party! We will be giving away downloads of our EP Z5O to everyone who attends! We'll be playing some Originals, Zappa, Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, Allmans, all on Oct 17th. It's an early show,
Doors at 8pm, show 9-11! FREE!!!
Suns of Walrus
Suns of Walrus are planning a Benefit Concert for Venezuelan Humanitarian Relief on Saturday night, October 13, 2018 @ The Acoustic.
150 tickets is the max we can sell .
We will probably setup a Go Fund Me with ticket sales to allow for larger contributions .
All funds collected will be up front and transparent. It’s a very important cause. The dictator, Maduro will not allow Humanitarian aid directly. According to our experts, the money can get to the People through the orphanages.
Devan Mulvaney, the son of the late Don Mulvaney and family will open the show for us.
Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) has announced this fall tour with frequent collaborator Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power) in support of her upcoming solo album, Nexus.
Doors @8pm / Show @ 9pm $12 advance ticket tickets available here $15 at the door
WPKN's Underground Series brings you an eclectic musical event that only community power radio can provide.
This on going benefit concert series brings together local and touring artists together to support WPKN 89.5fm.
featuring: Ukulele Abe, Billy’s Taco Explosions, Litmus, Barbara!
Doors @ 7pm / Show @ 8pm / $10 Suggested Donation
"If American Folk Music Had A Rock n' Roll Soul...And A Punk-Rock Heart"
This is a bill that just goes to show how spoiled we are to have such a strong local music scene!
Doors @ 8pm / Show @ 9pm / $10 admission
Philadelphia's funktronica powerhouse, Tweed, is filling dance floors with their high-energy fusion of funk, disco, progressive rock, and electronica. Just as their namesake fabric of mingling colors and textures, Tweed has interwoven a psychedelic web of high energy performance and improvisation. Their collaboration can take listeners from multi-layered visions through the psyche to sweaty, raging, disco dance parties driven by their own incessant beat. With national tours, countless festival appearances, and a uniquely cohesive sound, they have proven they can bring the fun anywhere they go.
Doors @ 8pm / Show @ 9pm / $10 admission
Join us for a night of high energy 90's rock!
9:00 Naked Sunday - Stone Temple Pilots Tribute
All the hits for both the casual STP fan as well as fanatics!
10:30 Just Paranoid - Classic Green Day Tribute
All your favorites from the early punk days through to Dookie, Nimrod and Warning. We will hit the new ones if requested.
Host of Ghosts (Phish Tribute) & Sorry If You Don’t (The Disco Biscuits Tribute) are teaming up to bring you the ultimate jamband mash up experience.
Doors @8pm / Show @ 9pm / $10 admission