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A Very Wayward Xmas feat Wayward City, Mile Marker Zero, Head With Wings, Chaser 8, Snowpiler
Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

A Very Wayward Xmas feat Wayward City, Mile Marker Zero, Head With Wings, Chaser 8, Snowpiler

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 CityMile Marker ZeroChaser EightSnowpiler, 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!

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An evening with Jeff Mattson and Friends ft. Rob Barraco, Skip Vangelas Lisa Mackey and Tom Barraco
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

An evening with Jeff Mattson and Friends ft. Rob Barraco, Skip Vangelas Lisa Mackey and Tom Barraco

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 [2008], For Rex: The Black Tie-Dye Ball [2006], Shaking Off the Weirdness [2003], A Love Surreal [1999], The Holy Fool [1996]). 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

tickets available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3620286

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Elle Sera w/ Benny Mikula
Dec
16
6:30 PM18:30

Elle Sera w/ Benny Mikula

Elle Sera w/ Benny Mikula

Sunday December 16th

Doors at 6:30pm Show at 7:30pm

$10 TICKET

Elle's convergence of grit and grace separates her from so many singer-songwriters of today.  She is pure emotion and intention.  All pouring out of a barely 5’ frame.  From her roots in CT to gaining a foothold in NYC, Elle Sera is known for her soul-jolting songs, striking lyrics, edgy melodies, and resounding rhythms.  On a lifelong mission to create a sense of unshakable solidarity with people worldwide by harnessing the infinite power of musical storytelling she is ever-branching out to reach new audiences and share her passion of music and the power of her voice.  Having toured locally in the U.S and internationally in Europe she’s making her way charming audiences with her raw honest performances and a voice that makes listeners take note and lean in closer.

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Matt Helm Holiday Bash
Dec
22
8:00 PM20:00

Matt Helm Holiday Bash

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 
Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3904862

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.

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Gang of Thieves and The Balkun Brothers
Jan
4
8:00 PM20:00

Gang of Thieves and The Balkun Brothers

Gang of Thieves and The Balkun Brothers

Friday January 4th

Doors at 8pm Show at 9pm

$10 TICKET

Gang of Thieves

Recently awarded Vermont’s 2018 Best In State by the New England Music Awards, Gang of Thieves are pioneering a new breed of American Rock n Roll, injecting funky riffs, catchy melodies, and electric violin into unforgettable high energy performances. From Opera Houses to Music Halls, and Colleges to Preschools, the Gang has captivated audiences of all ages from around the globe. The bands most recent release Totem(December 8th), was recorded with grammy winning engineer Michael Rosen (Santana, Rancid, Less than Jake) and is available on all streaming platforms.

Balkun Brothers

Balkun Brothers is an American rock n' roll power-duo hailing from Hartford, CT. Formed by blood brothers Nick and Steve Balkun, the duo has been described by TheDay.com as, Spectacular torch-bearers for rockin American blues. The band brings a raw, soulful and energetic personality that is a fresh sound for blues and rock n roll. The Hartford Courant also characterizes their sound as, "Weaponized biker-bar blues rock, big on riffage but with a touch of soul and psychedelic freakouts".


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Acoustically Speaking
Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

Acoustically Speaking

Acoustically Speaking Quartet

Friday December 7th

Doors at 8pm Show at 9pm $10 advance ticket/ $15 ticket day of show

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ASQ - Acoustically Speaking Quartet featuring members of The Garcia Project: Mik Bondy, Kat Walkerson, Dan Crea, Ron Cohen

Live, soulful acoustic Grateful Dead classics, Jerry Garcia Band jems and more!

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Kitchen Dwellers
Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

Kitchen Dwellers

Kitchen Dwellers

Thursday December 6th 2018

Doors at 8pm Show at 9pm

Advance tickets here

MONTANA BLUEGRASS

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.

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Strange Machines w The Mushroom Cloud
Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

Strange Machines w The Mushroom Cloud

Strange Machines w The Mushroom Cloud

Saturday December 1st

Doors at 8pm Show at 9pm $10 advance tickets $15 tickets day of show

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Strange Machines

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.

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Bumpin Uglies with Oogee Wawa
Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Bumpin Uglies with Oogee Wawa

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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

tickets available here

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OOGEE WAWA

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!

 

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Stephanie Ryann CD Release
Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

Stephanie Ryann CD Release

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

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Brain Salt
Nov
28
8:00 PM20:00

Brain Salt

Brain Salt

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!

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Music Palace Event 4
Nov
25
6:00 PM18:00

Music Palace Event 4

Music Palace Event 4

Featuring:
Laura Budzelek
Brian Larney
Abe Deshotel
Dandelyin

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!

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The Tom Petty Project
Nov
23
8:00 PM20:00

The Tom Petty Project

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

Tickets

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Jonathan Scales Fourchestra w/ The Fairfield School of Rock House Band
Nov
18
6:00 PM18:00

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra w/ The Fairfield School of Rock House Band

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

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Brandon "TAZ" Niederauer
Nov
17
8:00 PM20:00

Brandon "TAZ" Niederauer

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

advance tickets available here

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Fragile Thunder ft David Gans and Stephen Inglis w/ Haley Jane solo
Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

Fragile Thunder ft David Gans and Stephen Inglis w/ Haley Jane solo

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

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Music for Mia
Nov
11
1:30 PM13:30

Music for Mia

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.

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Dead Show
Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

Dead Show

This CT Grateful Dead tribute band provide fans with the most inspired Grateful Dead experience possible and delve deep into the Dead's wonderful catalogue of material!

Doors at 8pm Show at 9pm

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Talkpeck Soundsystem w/s/g Maquina Verde!
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Talkpeck Soundsystem w/s/g Maquina Verde!

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!

Maquina Verde:

Lotus' Mike Greenfields DJ project


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