"Fiercely passionate frontman... one for the ages... holds the audience in the palm of his hand..." - LIVE FOR LIVE MUSIC
"New Jersey's most ambitious song interpreter..." - Jay Lustig, NJArts/Star Ledger
Asbury Park Press "SOUL SENSATION" Remember Jones brings his 12-piece soul congregation to The Acoustic in Bridgeport, CT for two slammin' sets on Saturday, May 28th.
"Remember Jones is an expert at making the past present, bringing history to life with soulful sound and funky fury." - Alex Biese, The Asbury Park Press
The band will be bringing their SOUL REVUE to town for a mix of ORIGINALS, CLASSIC SOUL, and their signature authentic recreations! You've never heard The Smashing Pumpkins jammed this way!
Look for their forthcoming debut album, "Ladies and Gentlemen, Remember Jones!" released on May 14th, featuring the single "Let 'em Look" and created through nearly 300 donations totalling $19,000, recorded LIVE with a 25-piece orchestra, and a FIVE CITY TOUR in July of their sold-out success recreating the ENTIRE Amy Winehouse "Back to Black" album, commemorating five years of Amy's passing.
"...rock and roll power vocalist... sits somewhere in between Jeff Buckley and Sufjan Stevens" - John Pfeiffer, The Aquarian Weekly
"...simply amazing..." - Rock Chicago Magazine
Tickets are only $10! Doors at 8pm with music starting at 9!
2926 FAIRFIELD AVE
BRIDGEPORT, CT, 06605
"This man could literally sing the alphabet and give it a different spin." - New Jersey Isn't Boring
"a hunk of id who resembles a cross between Adam Lambert and Noel Coward" - Chris Jordan, The Asbury Park Press
"...consistently entices..." - Chicago Reader
"...powerhouse soul singer..." - American Songwriter Magazine
"...the vocal love-child of Tom Jones and Patti LaBelle... Remember Jones is a gifted, talented, hard working, inspired powerhouse who always – every show I’ve seen him do - brings the audience to it’s feet with his intense, exhilarating performances. I’m not kidding. You wait and see." - Glen Burtnik, Billboard chart singer/songwriter, acclaimed musician
"Fiercely passionate frontman... one for the ages... holds the audience in the palm of his hand..." - LIVE FOR LIVE MUSIC
Chris Berardo & The DesBerardos
w/ Frank Viele
Lizzie & The Makers
Having released three critically acclaimed CDs and toured much of the country, Chris Berardo & The DesBerardos have both headlined and toured/appeared as Special Guests of artists such as The Doobie Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, America , Reckless Kelly and many, many more, playing songs of love, hope, revival and late night heroics. His last album landed spins on well over 100 station across the US, rose to #49 on the Billboard Americana Chart and #15 on The Roots Music Report, and the next album promises to deliver even better results. Their harmonies, jangly guitars and beautiful acoustic moments are the signature of CB & The DBs bolstered by a rock foundation and of course, Chris' voice, which has been described as ..."soaring with the wingspan of the eagle" (by radio personality Jessie Scott / Music Fog). "One of the best roots rock bands in America today!" ~ Western Beat
Chris Berardo & The DesBerardos are for folks who refuse to be bound by useless categories ... Rock, Pop, Country? Hell Yeah!
Look for Chris' 4th album release in 2016. Recorded at Cedar Creek Studio in Austin Texas and produced by Reckless Kelly's own David Abeyta.
Lizzie & The Makers & Frank Viele to open
You know Scott Metzger from Joe Russo's Almost Dead? Well when he wants to get his rock on, he plays in a killer trio called Wolf! We're thrilled to have them to our room for the first time.
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.
And sharing the stage on this night we're thrilled to have a trio from Doobie Decibel System! These guys played a terrific show here a few months back and we're thrilled they are coming through again. Don't miss this very special night of music.
Jason Crosby: guitar, fiddle, keyboards, vocals (Susan Tedeschi, Robert Randolph, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Carlos Santana, Pete Seeger, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen & Dave Matthews and more).
Roger McNamee: rhythm and lead guitar, bass, vocals (Moonalice, Guff, The Engineers, Random Axes, Flying Other Brothers and more).
Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz: guitar, steel guitar, vocals (ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra), Lebo & Friends, Jack Johnson, Phil Lesh, Steve Kimock Band, Brokedown in Bakersfield and more).
“Sounds like a winner!”- Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton)
“… best original music I’ve hear in years.”- Rob Barraco (Phil Lesh & Friends, Dark Star Orch.)
“The next big band out of Atlanta.”- Paul Diaz, owner of Tree Sound Studios (Elton John, Outkast) “10 out of 10!”- Great American Song Writing Competition
Based solely on the merit of their original material, Copious Jones has performed in front of thousands and has been invited to play numerous notable venues and festivals including: MOUNTAIN JAM 2014 & 2016 (New York), BEAR CREEK MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 (Florida), FLOYD FEST 2011 (Virginia), RELIX MAGAZINE HQ & THE ORCHARD DISTRIBUTION HQ (New York City) and live on RADIO WOODSTOCK 100.1 FM (New York). In their hometown of Atlanta, GA, they have performed at: THE MABLE HOUSE AMPHITHEATER, THE VARIETY PLAYHOUSE, TERMINAL WEST, SMITH'S OLDE BAR and more.
Since their inception in 2010 they have garnered attention from many notable figures in the music industry, including: WARREN HAYNES, CHUCK LEAVELL (The Allman Brothers, The Rolling Stones), ROB BARRACO (Phil Lesh & Friends, Dark Star Orchestra), ROBERT RANDOLPH, JOEY HUFFMAN (Hank Williams Jr., Matchbox 20), and PAUL DIAZ, owner of TREE SOUND STUDIOS (Elton John, Dave Matthews, Collective Soul), as well as RELIX MAGAZINE and THE ORCHARD DISTRIBUTION. In 2013 Copious Jones signed with industry powerhouse, BlingNot Media, and the company’s founder, KEVON GLICKMAN, currently manages them personally.
Drawing from inspirations such as Paul Simon, The Grateful Dead, and Pink Floyd, Copious Jones has created a unique musical experience attracting audiences of all generations and walks of life. On their own they've booked more than 400 shows in over 60 cities, and have earned a very respectful following the old fashioned way, one gig at a time. Delivering honest intentions, Copious Jones embodies the spirit that is often forgotten in popular music today and the band's dedication to their craft, along with their vast, ever-growing rotation of both original and cover songs, have earned them thousands of fans around the globe, and have folks everywhere wondering, "Who is Copious Jones?"
Becca Stevens expands and blurs the boundaries of folk, jazz, and pop while engaging the the listener through keen poetic observation, rich musical language, and beguiling singing.
You may have recently learned of her amazing songwriting and vocal skills in the lead off single from the recent Snarky Puppy album Family Dinner Vol. 2, I Asked.
Fluent on guitar, ukulele, and charango, Stevens’ seamless arrangements embrace inventive textures and idiosyncratic melodic elements, communicated with immense warmth and effortless urgency through her pitch-perfect and inimitable vocals.
“A vocalist and guitarist who balances deep melody against lyrical caprice...New York’s best kept secret.”
- New York Times
“Stevens fashions a sound all her own with airy, brook-clear songs equally touched by jazz sophistication and homespun folk charm.”
- Time Out New York
“Brilliant, catchy… Intimate, ruminative, jagged-edged originals with jouncy time signatures, rich with harmony and melody.”
“This is a vocalist and bandleader with command to spare, a flair for making savvy, split-second decisions, pulling tricky changes out of the air, and crafting arrangements that appear simple on the surface but reveal true sophistication with each successive listen.”
- All Music Guide
North Carolina bred, Brooklyn based singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Becca Stevens has already received copious praise from the likes of The New York Times, describing her as “a best-kept secret” and “impressively absorbing.” Drawing upon elements of pop, indie-rock, jazz, and traditional Appalachian folk, Stevens has been hailed by the press, her peers and fans alike for her unique ability to craft exquisitely understated compositions both for her own band, and for artists who run the gamut of genre from trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, singer José James to classical pianist Timo Andres.
Stevens has toured the world with her band and has collaborated with the likes of: Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Snarky Puppy, David Crosby, Jacob Collier, Alan Hampton, and many others. In April 2015, Perfect Animal, the highly anticipated follow up to Weightless (Sunnyside), produced by engineer Scott Solter (Spoon, John Vanderslice, St. Vincent) and mixed by Matt Pence (Here We Go Magic, Midlake) was released on Universal Music Classics. Becca features on the latest Snarky Puppy Family Dinner Vol 2 and is currently working on a new Becca Stevens album to be released on Universal Music for early 2017.
Perfect Animal has already received early critical kudos, and Stevens has a wealth of prominent musical peers who sing her praises:
“Becca is one of the best musicians I know. She’s a great songwriter… It’s like listening to Stereolab. The vocals are straight and clean yet also have a modern vibe.
I think Becca is destined for greatness.”
- José James
“Her songwriting, voice, and lyrics are like a cool bubbling brook freshening the brine of all the music you’ve ever heard.”
“She’s someone who everybody, in my generation at least, looks up to. She’s really a genius - I don’t like using that word too much, she really has tapped into something in a deep way.”
John Kadlecik is a singer, songwriter, and musician who can play most string instruments but is primarily known for being a guitar-slinging sideman to Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in the band Furthur. Also an original co-founder of the group Dark Star Orchestra, John has been performing improvisationally-oriented shows regularly since the late 1980's and touring nationally for the last 20 years. His work also includes several studio releases of original music.
MiZ is a soulful, Rock-Americana artist from Northeast Pennsylvania who is known as a skillful and well rounded master of both acoustic and electric guitar. His sound is directly impacted by the coal mining region of PA and the songs evoke the rustic tones and imagery you would expect from the region and it's cultural heritage. The singer / songwriter / guitarist Mike Mizwinski gives name to the band and his solo work and it is his heart and soul-- poured into the words and his guitar-- that drives it all forward. We use the term singer/songwriter loosely here, as a MiZ show can feature fast, intricate instrumental guitar compositions, foot stomping bluegrass, soulful ballads, creative covers, and a melting pot of different styles- textures- flavors- and feels that make up the catalouge (over four albums worth) of self penned songs. Mike has maintained a freshness, a vibe, something, that keeps fans coming back for more.
Jay Stollman - Too Much Soul To Control...an Evening of Rock, Soul, Rhythm and Blues.
For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive resume of composition and collaboration. His albums set forth a vision that connects the dots between MGMT and LCD Soundsystem on one side, Brian Eno and David Bowie on the other. In the live setting, his performances reverberate with pulsating dance rock energy, which has led to numerous high profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Celebrate Brooklyn, Newport Jazz to Bonnaroo. Benevento has been invited to open for The Books, Ben Folds and Rubblebucket, while headlining shows from coast to coast.
Marco Benevento’s latest LP, ‘The Story of Fred Short,’ is some of his finest and most adventurous work to date—a maestro making “bold indie rock” says Brooklyn Vegan. The collection is the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Swift,’ which found Benevento singing for the first time and honing his psych rock and late night dance party sensibilities. The Story Of Fred Short is a continuation of this exploration with Benevento citing everything from LCD Soundsystem, Harry Nilsson, Manu Chau and Gorillaz as inspiration.
Divided into two sides, ‘The Story Of Fred Short’ oozes with Benevento’s relentless creative spirit in songwriting, performance and production. Side A is stuffed with mesmerizing dance rock gold. Marco doubles down on the groove using a rare Casio drum machine that’s become a recurring muse, in addition to a live drummer. The B Side tells the story of Fred Short in seven chapters of wild, heavy rock n’ roll. Fred Short was a Native American man known for throwing musical bacchanals on the property Marco now lives on in the Catskills.
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, the pianist is a satellite to the muse. With a devout and growing fan-base, Benevento is an artist whose story is only beginning to unfold..
2 Big Sets of the Best Dead Music the night before Citi Field Show!
Tom Circosta, Klyph Black, Mike Mizwinski, Dave Diamond, Waynard Scheller
The theorem of turntablist as musician has been long proven in the capable hands of DJ LOGIC, whom with jazz as his foundation has become a wax innovator by crossing genres and sprinkling his sound across the map. As one of the world's most accomplished turntablist’s, DJ LOGIC is widely credited for introducing jazz into the hip - hop realms and is considered by most as a highly respected session musician and an innovative bandleader.
The Eric Krasno Band Record Release Show
"Blood From A Stone" out July 8th on Feel Music
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.
Join us for a special celebration and tribute to THE BAND and their mentor and long-time collaborator, Bob Dylan! Tix here --> http://thethebandband.bpt.me/
The THE BAND Band is without a doubt the most musically satisfying tribute to The Band on the scene today. While The Band may be long gone from the stage, The THE BAND Band is keeping their sound and spirit alive and well with authentic, true-to-form renditions of their legendary repertoire. This group of veteran musicians showcases the astounding breadth and depth of The Band's distinctively original Americana music with classics such as "Up on Cripple Creek," "The Weight" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," as well as deeper cuts from The Band’s vast catalog.
For this special show, The THE BAND Band will honor the historic relationship between The Band and their long-time collaborator and mentor, Bob Dylan, by also performing some of Dylan's best-loved classics, a few favorite deep cuts, and a song or two from The Basement Tapes.
Proving that soul music can be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, The Nth Power is on a mission to share the light. Formed during an impromptu late-night jam at Jazz Fest 2012 in New Orleans, the relentlessly funky and soulful band believes in music as a higher power -- tapping into an energy that is simultaneously sexy and spiritual, with songs that will inspire audiences to dance, groove, make love or just stand there with goose bumps.
The quintet hails from diverse musical backgrounds, races and creeds. Female powerhouse Nikki Glaspie was Beyonce’s world-touring drummer for five years before she joined Ivan Neville’s New Orleans funk outfit, Dumpstaphunk. Bassist Nate Edgar of Groovechild and John Brown’s Body perfectly compliments Singer and Guitarist Nick Cassarino who came from the Jennifer Hartswick Band and toured with Big Daddy Kane. Next add West African Master-Percussionist, Weedie Braimah to the mix with his insurmountable world beat rhythms. Finally rounding off the ensemble is the newest and youngest member, Courtney J’Mell Smith who brings his soulful vocals and keyboard abilities to the table.
"Just know that when you hear this music, you're going to feel something -- you're going to connect with something higher than yourself," explains Braimah.
The Nth Power's 2013 independent EP, Basic Minimum Skills Test, showcases a first glimpse of the spark shared among the group, delivering gospel-style vocals with soul, jazz, funk and world-beat riffs in nearly mathematical fashion.
"It's my dream team," said Glaspie. "Each one of us is a songwriter, so when we get together, everything becomes that much stronger." Beyond raw skill, however, Glaspie cites a deep spiritual connection as the glue that binds them together. "Music is what brought us together, but it's the spiritual bond that makes us play so in touch with each other," she explained.
And at the core of their vibe is a deviously simple concept -- the healing power of love.
Following The Nth Power's 2013 debut, their inspirational sets floored audiences at music festivals like Electric Forest, Bear Creek, Catskill Chill and North Coast Music Festival. In just the last six months, the group has performed more than 50 shows in 21 states across the US, and made their second international appearance at Australia's Caloundra Music Festival on their 2014 "Fall In Love Tour."
Although the band members are based across the East Coast, they maintain New Orleans as their "spiritual home," and the celebratory essence of that city's music culture is audible in each performance.
Simply put, there is something pretty magical happening in this band, and they're only just getting started. "We're going as far as you can go on the planet Earth and playing music," explains Glaspie. "I don't know how many times we've said it — we are so blessed."
Tix on Sale 5/4!
The London Souls’ unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll formulae recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future.
Tash and Chris have been nothing short of a best-kept-secret among New York City concertgoers since the band’s formation in 2008, building a fervent and dynamic fan base leveraged by their ever-substantiated reputation for consistently well-rehearsed and impassioned, explosive live performances. The band’s celebrated sound and spirit draws significant influence from the driving force of British rock pioneers Cream and Led Zeppelin, to billowing and bouncing funk and soul, to the layered harmonies and memorable hooks of The Beatles and The Hollies, to the contemporary psychedelia of My Morning Jacket among many more.
That's right B-fam. The boys are back in town. And by town, we mean Black Rock at The Acoustic. Home of some legendary Breakfast shows and residencies in the past.
In the event that you have been living under a rock, here's a description of your favorite band.
The Breakfast is a hard-hitting jazz rock experimental quartet whose music ranges from progressive rock to sonic landscapes. The Breakfast's sound and energy are founded in the psychedelic but their music features some incredibly well-crafted song structures and melodies, showing the members' gifts as highly talented musicians. Indeed, original members Tim Palmieri (guitar) and Adrian Tramontano (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.
As a boy, the music of his Puerto Rican, Cruzan and Irish heritage was cooked up in the South Carolina heat. The Calypso rhythms and folk songs of St. Croix competed with the R&B / soul of pioneers like James Brown and Ray Charles for space on the family stereo. As Deputy honed his craft, a unique hybrid of these influences emerged, ultimately creating the signature Zach Deputy sound. To bring this sound to the stage, the big, impossibly upbeat South Carolinian with the infectious smile puts on a solo show– enhanced by looping technology– that is essentially a one man dance party offering up what he calls “Island-infused, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Gospel-Ninja-Soul” to the enthusiastic crowds of dancers who flock to clubs from coast-to-coast. It is these late night dance parties— more than 250 per year– that have made Zach Deputy one of the hottest up-and-coming performers on the camping festival circuit and “jam band” scene. For Zach, most days begin in a hotel room and end a couple of hours after walking off stage.
WPKN is a nonprofit, community radio station with a proud 50+ year history of serving Fairfield, New Haven and Litchfield counties in CT and Suffolk County in New York...podcasts and streaming at wpkn.org. Our 5th Annual event is a real 'sleeper' event. Sleeper in the sense that these bands may not be household names but you will see and hear some of the nicest playing and singing around. Come out and hear/see for yourself. $15 at the door and there will be an amazing 'raffle' for choice tickets to area concerts and events, musical CD's, books and other items form WPKN.
That's right, after a killer debut, our favorite double tribute show is back for another bite! Steal Your Peach Round 2! Bringing the music of The Allman Brothers Band and The Grateful Dead to life back to back.
Everyone in Oh, Cassius! is a massive Prince fan. Over the years, we've incorporated Prince tunes into just about every cover show we've played. The news of his passing hit us all hard and for that reason, we knew we had to do a tribute night. The Acoustic had the same idea and we decided to make it happen! Featuring a core band of Scott Packham, Ian Tait, John Pioli, and Kenny Owens, we will be featuring an all star lineup of guests including Jennifer Lynn Durkin, Elizabeth Dellinger, Pocket Hotties andGabrielle Lakshmi with more to come. We are so excited to learn and perform a set of Prince songs for you. We hope you'll be able to make it to memorialize the master.
On May 19th West End Blend will be gathering at The Acoustic to pay tribute to the amazing life and music of the one and only, Prince. They will be joined by some special friends, including Rob Somerville from Kung Fu and Johnny Durkin from Deep Banana Blackout. So come get down in honor of this funk god with the West End Blend family and be sure to get your tickets in advance at the link below. This is not a show to miss!
Come out and strut your stuff on the best darn stage in town. Full backline provided. Just bring your skills and your soul.
The Garcia Project - Full 2 Set Jerry Garcia Band Show + Acoustically Speaking Opening Set
Early Start, Don't Miss a Note! Tix -> http://thegarciaproject0516.bpt.me/
The Garcia Project returns from their successful WEST COAST tour to celebrate spring in NEW ENGLAND! Get your tickets now and get ready to experience the greatest classic Jerry Garcia Band show setlist recreations!
The Garcia Project’s performances are based on actual set lists performed by The Jerry Garcia Band. All of their shows are classic recreations of a Jerry Garcia Band set list from the 1970’s all the way up to the 1990’s. For anyone that never had a chance to experience the Jerry Garcia Band or for fans that want to relive a classic show, The Garcia Project delivers the goods.
The Garcia Project has received rave reviews from the press and from fans. Touring primarily in the north east, The Garcia Project has made many fans extremely happy.
Get your tix here --> http://damnthetorpedoes.bpt.me/
Mesmerizing audiences since 2007, DAMN THE TORPEDOES offer a complete Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concert experience. Whether performing note for note renditions of the studio recordings or engaging the audience with actual live versions of TPATH's performances, patrons and venues can be assured that DTT will deliver the "AWE" factor EVERY TIME.
"The tribute band Damn The Torpedoes recreates the stage presence of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with painstaking precision"
-RAY SCHWEIBERT, ATLANTIC CITY WEEKLY
To a deaf person, they look like a New Orleans dixieland street band. To a blind person, they sound like a rave DJ mashing-up house beats with 60′s folk lyrics. To the police, it’s a busy day on the sidewalk.
The Primate Fiasco uses instruments that are loud without electricity, giving them the opportunity to attack at any moment, in any location, with or without permission. No one is safe, not even an elevator or city bus. If The Primate Fiasco sees a dull moment somewhere, they will pop out of the nearest sewer drain or trash can to lead an irresistible dance party.
The David Nelson Band has been recording and performing around the country since 1994. Their broad musical palette spans the Almost Acoustic style that Nelson played with Jerry Garcia, through roots rock n’ roll and country-rock, to full blown psychedelic, jazz tinged space jams. The DNB perform David's compositions (some co-written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter), select covers, and several Grateful Dead classics upon which Nelson appeared on the original album releases. These stylistic elements, combined with plenty of spontaneous free form improvisation, create a sound that is uniquely David Nelson Band. Though the original songs are mostly written by Nelson, the development of all the material is a fully collaborative effort. The Nelson, Sless, Siegel, Sears, Molo Band as a name is a bit cumbersome - though in reality, that’s what they are.
These days the DNB only tour select areas a few times a year, as the individual band members are in high demand with other successful touring acts. Their loyal and enthusiastic fans relish these special times to reunite at Nelson family gatherings. DNB shows are a joyous reunion for all - a communal gathering where regulars and newcomers all feel part of an extended family. Each show, being unique and exploratory in nature, is a magical adventure for band and audience alike. It's one of the reasons why many of the fans follow the band to every show, including their annual Hawaii Tour (which draws many mainland fans as well as islanders for the week to ten day island party).
David Nelson - guitar/ vocals - is a founding member of the New Riders of the Purple Sage and long time musical partner of Jerry Garcia’s dating back to 1962 in the pre-Grateful Dead bluegrass band, The Wildwood Boys. Nelson was also a member of the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band and performed on three Grateful Dead albums - Aoxomoxoa, Workingman’s Dead & American Beauty - playing the character laden electric guitar solo on Box of Rain. Nelson has also performed as a member of Phil Lesh and Friends.
Barry Sless - lead guitar/ pedal steel - has been a frequent member of Phil Lesh and Friends lineups since 2004. He tours currently with Moonalice and has toured as a member of Kingfish, Cowboy Jazz, the Rowan Brothers, and Great American Taxi.
Mookie Siegel - keyboards/ accordion/ vocals - has toured with Bob Weir’s Ratdog, Phil Lesh and Friends, Kingfish and Donna Jean and the Tricksters.
Pete Sears - bass/ vocals - was the bassist and keyboard player for the original Jefferson Starship from 1974-1987, keyboardist for Hot Tuna from 1992 to 2001 and currently performs with Moonalice. Pete has played with Phil Lesh and Friends and appears on their 1999 release, Love Will See You Thru. Pete began his career in England in 1964 and has performed with many artists including Jerry Garcia, John Cipollina, and appears on Rod Stewart’s classic early British albums.
John Molo - drums - was part of almost every Phil Lesh and Friends lineup from 1999 - 2009. When the Grateful Dead reformed (after Jerry Garcia’s death) as the The Other Ones in 1998, John was a member. He has won a Grammy award for his work as a member of Bruce Hornsby and the Range, who he performed with from 1986 – 1999. He has also toured with Creedence Clearwater Revival founder John Fogerty and currently tours with Moonalice.
The Mighty SPECTRUM Band has a long standing reputation as one of the most dynamic band in the NY/NJ area. As a premier act from the shores of NJ to the beaches of the Hamptons, the band has built a strong base of loyal fans and friends over the years. A driving Rock'n Roll band coupled with an unmatched Horn Section has allowed the band to create a repertoire of literally hundreds of songs. Timeless Classics from Chicago, The Doors, Bruce Springsteen, The J. Geils Band, Elvis Presley, Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Joe Cocker and countless others.
BroJo debuts at the Acoustic in Bridgeport, CT playing two juicy, rocking sets on Friday, 5/2/16. The Love Revolution will be co-billing with Tracy Jo and the Toads for an amazing night!
Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution is on a mission to make the world a more righteous place. The two main visionaries of this 12-piece explosion of love - Brother Joscephus and his eccentric cohort, The Right Reverend Dean Dawg - dip heavily into a musical gumbo rich with old school soul, roots, classic rock stylings, New Orleans rhythms, and feel-good “secular gospel” music. BroJo combines all this with a message of righteousness, urging us towards acceptance and loving one another. When you combine the music and the message with a one-of-a-kind, high-energy stage spectacle, you got yourself one hell of a revolution on your hands.
An annual tradition with one of our favorite bands of all time. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements about this lineup!
Don't nap on these tix to their only CT show ---> http://hotbutteredrum.bpt.me/
Now even better with The Brummy Brothers added to the bill! Don't miss.
"Stunning instrumental and vocal virtuosity." Relix Magazine
Few things rejuvenate the soul like a warm fireside drink after an exhausting day in the snow. Hot Buttered Rum has that effect. Their original songs are instantly familiar and inviting, and their easygoing versions of timeless classics (the Beatles, Hank Williams) belie the intricacy of the arrangements. San Francisco Chronicle
Hot Buttered Rum lives for a good time, and a mindful recklessness settles in whenever these five guys step on stage. From Anchorage to Miami, the groups onstage chemistry fuels the lovefest that is a live Butter show. Rooted in the trajectory of west coast bluegrass, Hot Buttered Rum plays what has been described as Californias own acoustic music.
HBRs years of touring have given the band the chance to work and play with a wide cross-section of musicians, people like Peter Rowan, Phil Lesh, Chris Thile, Brett Dennen, and Robert Earl Keen. Seasoned veteran Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), acoustic guru Mike Marshall, and left-coast rocker Tim Bluhm (Mother Hips, Nicki Bluhm) have all produced studio albums for the band. Each guided HBR towards the next step in its evolution. Its a sound that is tough to describe and easy to love, and it has found its way to the most prestigious pop, folk, and bluegrass stages in the country: Telluride, Newport, Bonnaroo, Strawberry, Hardly Strictly, Kate Wolf, Hornings Hideout, String Summit, Grey Fox, Merlefest, All Good, High Sierra, Wakarusa, and many more.
The next step in Butters evolution involves recording three 5-song EPs, each focusing on a part of music that Hot Buttered Rum loves and is inspired by, and each with a different producer. The first EP was recently recorded with Railroad Earths Tim Carbone and will be released this fall. The second will be a collection of Ralph Stanley old school bluegrass standards, to be recorded in September with producer Sally Van Meter. The third will be Hot Buttered Rums latenight throwdown music, to be recorded in November with SCIs Kyle Hollingsworth. Together, the three collections of songs will explore Butters roots and express Butters present passions.
At the center of Hot Buttered Rum is the enduring camaraderie of old friends. The band was conceived on a backpacking trip of high school and college buddies in the High Sierra. What was dreamed up on mountaintops and around campfires has found its way into the hearts, minds, and bodies of thousands.
I case you forgot (or never knew) - We are the core of ...uh ...yes....the Crystal Pyramid Band from the late 70's and early 80's that played throughout the New England area. Wow, what a good time (blur) that was....and guess what? We still play the same music - nothing but the finest R&R from bands and artists like The Doobies, ZZ Top, John Cougar, Bad Company, Eric Clapton, .38 Special, etc...we'll even get you dancing when we play Jenny Jenny (867-5309) and What I Like About You - to name a few. Oh, and how about some Dave Mason????......how's that for versatile (schizophrenic).......come out and Ya Ya!, and bring your own Kazoo if you want to sit in. You never know who might show up and join us onstage including former CPB bandmates and other talented or notorious musical guests. We're just out to play some great music, have a good time, and visit with fans and friends.
A roots reggae band with a twist, Black Rock Social comes hard with powerful originals, tasteful arrangements of reggae classics, and covers you'd never expect, all setting the stage for genre bending jams. Though only a band for a short time, they have already attracted sit-ins from the likes of Josh Barrett of The Wailers,Mighty Mystic, Pete Francis of Dispatch and Hayley Jane.
The Big Takeover is a New York based high energy sextet with a refreshingly upbeat, party-making approach to interpreting the Jamaican tradition of rocksteady, ska, and reggae music. Whether live or recorded, they never fail to deliver, using an energetic fusion of their own innovative originals and crowd favorites to keep audiences jamming from the first note to the last. They are fronted by a genuine Jamaican singer, who is backed by a skin-tight rhythm section. They have done over 300 live performances, including shows with The Original Wailers, Jefferson Starship, Sam Kinninger from Soulive, Pete Seeger, Badfish, Taurrus Riley, Eek-a-Mouse, Groundation and West Bound Train, Norma Fraiser, The Pietasters, Tarrus Riley, Inner Vision, Inner Circle, The Meditations, Sister Nancy and Gandalf Murphy and The Slambovian Circus of Dreams. With the 2008 studio album (Following Too Close), and a 2010 well received release of Tale of My Life under their belt, the band continues to seek out new audiences and introduce them to their brand of foot-tapping revelry.
Advanced tickets are sold out. Limited tix available at the door.
Mike Falzone has been solving the internet’s 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. He’s performed at College Humor Live at UCB Sunset and appeared on-stage at the world famous Comedy Store.
It’s Falzone’s relatability, bad puns, and consistent biweekly uploads that have gained him over 15.8 million YouTube views and a loyal audience that includes the Vlogbrothers, Meghan Tonjes, Olan Rogers, and Taye Diggs (according to Twitter). Falzone has toured nationally for both his music and comedy, and currently performs weekly stand-up around Los Angeles.
Elliott Morgan is from the great state of Florida. At the University of Florida, Elliott earned a bachelors in zoology. After college, Elliott moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in show business. He wound up on YouTube, where he helped launch SourceFed, a comedy news channel.
Producing several videos a day about current events, Elliott eventually branched into celebrity interviews, his own YouTube channel, and was brought on by Google to help cover the Republican and Democratic conventions. He later interviewed Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson.
Every year Mark outdoes himself by putting together an eclectic and electric group of the best musicians to be found anywhere in our fair state. This year is completely bonkers with something for literally any music lover. Metal, Ska, R&B and Hip-Hop, all on the same bill on the same night right here in our cozy little spot in Black Rock.
Valence, The Hempsteadys, Lady Liz + Snooty Garland perform D'Angelo's Brown Sugar, The ultimate Hip-Hop Live Band Supergroup, Birth of the Handsome...
Free with Kung Fu ticket stub or lock in your tix right here --> http://scottsharrard.bpt.me/
“I know all about guitar players —I’ve seen the very best — and Scott Sharrard is the perfect guitarist for my band. He understands that you don’t need to play just for the sake of playing; Scott isn’t one of those guys who thinks they’re getting paid by the note. He never steps on the vocals, and leaves plenty of room for everyone else to do their thing, but when it’s time to solo, Scott delivers, boy.” -Gregg Allman, oct 2015
Lock in your discounted advanced tix here ---> http://gpgds.bpt.me/
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (GPGDS) is known for folding the aesthetics of the jamband scene into the structures of reggae. In the live setting, the band performs extended jams, while their previous studio albums have blended roots reggae with psychedelia (In These Times, 2012) or diverged from the genre completely, journeying into straight Americana (Country, 2012). On STEADY, the bands fourth studio album (and first on Easy Star Records), GPGDS has synthesized their approach by weaving traditional folk instrumentation into a foundation of reggae, with arrangements that let the reggae breathe in a non-traditional way. While STEADY may not be the first record to find inspiration in both old time Appalachia and 70s Jamaica, it may be the best.
The Alchemystics blend reggae, politically infused hip-hop, gritty soul, hard-driving rock, and pulsing Jamaican, Cuban and Trinidadian rhythms into a distinctive, original sound. The result is modern-day roots music with global appeal – an alchemy of ancient musical traditions; intricate, intelligent wordplay; deep, driving rhythms; irresistible hooks; and old-school vocal harmonies.
Advanced Tix -----> http://josepharthur2.bpt.me/
For every song Joseph Arthur has released in a critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated career that has spanned nine full-length albums and 11 EPs, he’s probably kept three others in the vault for safekeeping. Indeed, Arthur has been known to start working on a new album — or two — while simultaneously trying to finish another.
Do you have the Monday blues? Now, so do we. Literally. We're starting up a new feature. A Monday open blues jam, anchored by a killer house band of local veterans who can make you sound great. What kind of blues? Pretty much any kind. Jump, Texas, Chicago, Funk, Rock, Jazz and beyond. No cover. Bring your axe, your chops and your love of the blues and Monday just might become your favorite night of the week! Vocalists, Hammond, Bass, Drummers welcome!
Don't Nap on this unique/special Sunday show ---> http://ghost-note.bpt.me/
Multi Grammy Award winning artists Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth take drums and percussion out of the shadows and into the spotlight with their new project, Ghost-Note. World renown for their rhythmic communication with international sensation Snarky Puppy, this dynamic duo expands their rhythmical voice into percussive melodies, through innovative grooves and captivating artistry. This is music that takes listeners on a mind-blowing rhythmical journey, inspired by the influences of James Brown, J Dilla, and the Beastie Boys, all the way to folkloric West African, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian samba grooves. Ghost-Note is an interactive drum movement like you’ve never seen before. It is a drumming declaration and celebration of percussion in all its forms.
Nick Werth- Xylosynth
Sylvester Onyejiaka- Reeds
A.j. Brown- Bass
West End Blend
Since their conception, eleven-piece band West End Blend has been playing their version of hip-hop, soul-funk in venues all over. Fronted by vocalist Erica Bryan and rapper/breakdancer “Tangsauce”, the band pays homage to classic throwback sounds while still adding their own distinct sound and flair to their collectively-composed originals.
West End Blend boasts a full four-piece horn section, two guitars, bass, keys and percussion to boot, packing the group onto stages every night. From humble beginnings in an epic basement funk dance party, The Blend’s goal has always been to bring a party atmosphere to every show and venue ever since.
In 2013, the band recorded their debut release with recording engineer Brendan Morawski (Jungle City Studios) at Telefunken Studios in South Windsor, CT. Guaranteed to please any fan of hip-hop, soul or funk, “What It’s All About EP” combines these influences to create an energetic first release. Shortly following the EP, West End Blend released a music video to the title track of the record, “What It’s All About” directed by Ty Morin (179 Pictures).
Don't wait! Lock in your tix here ---> http://considerthesource0416.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, it’d 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 band’s 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.
Strange Machines have an impressive resume, playing to packed rooms and upping the ante with every show. They have shared the stage with national-touring acts such as Dopapod, Twiddle, Deep Banana Blackout, Turkuaz, Kung Fu, John Brown's Body, Lotus, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Lettuce, Consider The Source, Spiritual Rez, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and more. Strange Machines have carved out their own niche in the northeast music scene and show no signs of slowing down, ever pushing the sonic envelope.
Lock in your discounted tix to this double header --> http://theheavypetsshwizz.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. Riding high on the success of their most recent studio effort, Two Horses, look out for The Heavy Pets as they continue to hit the road hard.
ShwizZ is a unique cast of characters reigning from New York. Best described as a melting pot of funk and progressive rock, this giant original sound will be sure to put a smile on your face. The band's variety and depth allows for lovely twists of improvisation and spontaneity spiked with technical prowess and musical complexity.
Get your tix here --> http://rooseveltdime.bpt.me/
Seamlessly combining the feel-good groove of classic Rhythm and Blues with acoustic Americana instrumentation, Roosevelt Dime has crafted an infectious style and sound truly their own. Eben Pariser fronts the band with searingly soulful vocals, belted and whispered with a passion and panache straight from the juke joints. Andrew Green’s innovative piano-inspired banjo style, equal parts boogie woogie and bluegrass, lock in with the New Orleans clave rhythms of Tony Montalbano’s drums and Craig Akin’s syncopated upright bass. The swampy chords and swinging blues lines of Eben’s semi-hollow electric guitar thicken the sound further still. Armed with original songs of hope, love, and conviction that sound birthed from the cradle of American music yet still crucially relevant to the times in which we live, the group has attracted rowdy revelers on the streets of NYC, captivated serious listeners in quiet clubs, and moved ecstatic dancers at the festival grounds on their current nationwide tour. Roosevelt Dime’s jubilant performances are a “perpetual crowd pleaser” (NY Times) in any setting.
If you are a lover all things Foo then you won't want to miss this show- BIG ME Ct's preeminent Foo Fighters tribute band returns to The Acoustic for a blistering evening of music April 9. Songs span 20 years of Foo history, from 1995's self titled album through 2015's Saint Cecilia. We will take a tour of all sides of Sir Grohl's songwriting. With big guitars, soaring vocals and a drummer who can give THawk a run for his money, these guys will satisfy your Foo craving. Be sure to bring an extra pair of socks, because this band plans to rock yours off!
Michael Kroll has probably best been described as a heart and soul musician. Writing intimate lyrical stories in the grand singer-songwriter tradition that he sings in a supple, baritone growl, he and his 5-piece band create a music that is in turns delicate, sweeping, and propulsive. When you see him perform his songs, you can feel him bringing everything he has to everything he does—inhabiting each song authentically and completely. You’ll hear hints of the hushed, whispery mysticism of Nick Drake, the droll, dark wit of Richard Thompson and the warm soul strut of Van Morrison. A sprinkling of Radiohead and Peter Gabriel in the textures and rhythms. And in the distance, always, the Band and the Beatles’ influence is unmistakable.
Both of these bands can pack our room on their own, together?
Wow, so lock in your tix here ---> http://katwrightmadsatta.bpt.me/
Two of our absolute favorite soul bands on one terrific double bill! If you've been to either of their shows in our room this past Winter, you know what a unique and special night this will be. If not, consider this your shot at redemption. Just ask anyone who was there.
Bear Bones is Back! Grateful Dead Tribute w/ Adrian Tramontano, Chris DeAngelis, Bill Carbone, Michael Gurge, Jeff Bowen
Have you ever wondered what it might sound like if a bunch of the ninjas from Kung Fu let their freak flag fly and combined forces with some truly dead-icated players from some of the areas top GD tribute bands? Furthermore, have you ever wondered what it would sound like if the ninja known as Adrian Tramontano stepped out from behind the kit and grabbed his guitar? What if DeAngelis picked up a guitar instead of his bass?
If you caught them last time this lineup came together, you know they killed it. If you missed it, here's your shot at redemption. On October 17th, that's exactly what's going down. Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu) and Chris DeAngelis (Kung Fu) on guitar. Michael Gurge (Relative Souls) on Hammond Organ. Jeff Bowen (The Bad Assets, Steal Your Funk) on Bass/Vocals.