The Acoustic

Bar & Music Hall

The best sounding, best looking stage in town.

Built for musicians, by musicians.

Pencilgrass Reunion Show w/s/g Mister F!
Aug
29
9:00 pm21:00

Pencilgrass Reunion Show w/s/g Mister F!

Rare reunion show with one of the most beloved bands from the mid 2000 New Haven scene. If you saw them back in the day, you know you need to hit this. If you didn't? Well now you can find out what all the fuss was about! And we're thrilled to have Mister F on board to start off the night with their magical blend of fusion fueled jams and sharp songwriting.

Mystic Bowie
Sep
4
9:00 pm21:00

Mystic Bowie

Buy tix here: http://mysticbowie.bpt.me/

Since the 1980s, Mystic Bowie has been keeping the art of music alive – entertaining audiences from New York to Japan with his vibrant music and high-energy performances. From humble beginnings in Jamaica, Mystic has become one of Reggae’s hardest working independent artists, compared to musical legends Jimmy Cliff, Lucky Dube and Toots and the Maytals.

Phonosynthesis, 1974
Sep
5
9:00 pm21:00

Phonosynthesis, 1974

Phonosynthesis and heavy-hitters 1974 join up for a night of funk, rock, space, and more at Black Rock's The Acoustic. There will be special guests and many surprises. Don't miss out!

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Funky Dawgz Brass Band
Sep
11
8:00 pm20:00

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Funky Dawgz Brass Band

Get your discounted tix here: http://coryhenry.bpt.me

Truly one of the most exciting players in the world today. We're thrilled to have Cory Henry and his hand picked "apostles" in an up close and personal night you won't soon forget. World-renowned and in constant demand, even before his Grammy win with Snarky Puppy, Cory is setting the music world on fire with his technique, passion, and infectious love of groove. And just to make sure this night is one for the record books, we're excited to have our very own Funky Dawgz Brass Band on hand to kick off the night. Fresh from gigs at MSG and opening for Snarky Puppy, the Dawgz know a thing or two about getting the crowd going.

Midnight Snack, Broca's Area
Sep
16
9:00 pm21:00

Midnight Snack, Broca's Area

A lineup of great indie bands that each exlpore unique facets of that scene in ways that intersect but never overlap. Groove, soul, and smart songwriting set them all apart.

Joseph Arthur
Sep
17
9:00 pm21:00

Joseph Arthur

Get your tix here! http://josepharthur.bpt.me/

Joseph Arthur (born September 28, 1971) is an American singer-songwriter and artist from Akron, Ohio. He is best known for his solo material, and as a member of Fistful of Mercy and RNDM. Combining poetic lyrics with a layered sonic palette, Arthur has built his reputation over the years through critically acclaimed releases and constant touring; his unique solo live performances often incorporate the use of a number of distortion and loop pedals, and his shows are recorded live at the soundboard and made available to concertgoers immediately following the show on recordable media.

Mikata, Rick Reyes
Sep
19
9:00 pm21:00

Mikata, Rick Reyes

Two great acts that each explore the rich diversity within the world of Latin music. Rick will get you thinking and feeling and Mikata will get you moving and grooving. Come feel these rhythms and have a great night out celebrating Latin music.


Open Mic Night!
Aug
25
7:30 pm19:30

Open Mic Night!

Come out and strut your stuff on the best darn stage in town. Full backline provided. Just bring your skills and your soul.

Nemes
Aug
22
9:00 pm21:00

Nemes

Led by duel-frontmen Dave Anthony and Josh Knowles, the band showcases a true metamorphosis of sound, featuring warm, layered harmonies and one-of-a-kind violin shredding Vanyaland describes as "fiddle-action glory." These components are delicately layered across captivating original songs to form what Under the Gun Review calls "some of the most engaging music we've heard," garnering shout-outs from national and international acts such as Alt-J and Nirvana.

Wild Adriatic, CK3
Aug
21
9:00 pm21:00

Wild Adriatic, CK3

Get your tix here! http://wildadriatic2015.bpt.me/

Wild Adriatic is a high energy, riffy power trio to rival any you've seen before.The band has built a strong following off of a relentless tour schedule and a powerhouse live show, spending 225+ days on the road and making noteworthy appearances at festivals like SXSW, moe.down, Gathering of the Vibes, and CMJ.

Bear Bones, Kazoo Crew Family Band - Dead Tribute w/ members of Kung Fu, Relative Souls, Alpaca Gnomes, Legion of Jerry, & Steal Your Funk
Aug
20
9:00 pm21:00

Bear Bones, Kazoo Crew Family Band - Dead Tribute w/ members of Kung Fu, Relative Souls, Alpaca Gnomes, Legion of Jerry, & Steal Your Funk

Back again for another hit, it's everybody's favorite Dead Supergroup, Bear Bones. Featuring Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu) and Chris DeAngelis (Kung Fu) on guitar. Michael Gurge (Relative Souls) and Tim "T-Bone" Stone on Dueling Hammond Organs. Jeff Bowen (The Bad Assets, Steal Your Funk) on Bass/Vocals and Brian Konopka (Legion of Jerry, Dead Show) on Drums. Don't miss!

Mojo, Remember September
Aug
14
9:00 pm21:00

Mojo, Remember September

Mojo is comin' back to the stage after some months on the underground. We're excited to come back to our home venue with our very good friends Jermiah Hazed the the whole Grateful Abba Family. It's gonna be a funk to remember! 

Ports of Spain
Aug
13
9:00 pm21:00

Ports of Spain

From the back of the bar, Ports of Spain instantly scan as a full band, so it's a shock to discover their mathy shoegaze-pop is constructed by just two musicians. Ilya Gitelman uses octave pedals and loops to play lead, bass and rhythm guitar simultaneously, while Sam Carlson contributes vocals, keyboards and drums. Don't be fooled -- Ports of Spain are not another band that trades directionless loopy jazz odysseys for pure songcraft. Their equipment never gets in the way of their complex melodies. They write actual songs, consistently avoiding complication for the sake of complication. 

Freddy & The Yetis
Aug
8
9:00 pm21:00

Freddy & The Yetis

Come see Freddy & The Yetis make a rare Bridgeport appearance during their August 2015 tour featuring a fresh line up rotation. 

Hailing from Northampton, MA, Freddy & The Yetis are a fusion jam band, who draw their compositional style from artists like Zappa and Phish while basking in the jazz and the rock sensibilities of artists ranging from Steely Dan, to Herbie Hancock, to Daft Punk, to The Mahavishnu Orchestra. The group's unique style is reflected in its members, who come from the music departments of Berklee School of Music, UMass Amherst, Hampshire College.

Pocket Hotties!
Aug
7
9:00 pm21:00

Pocket Hotties!

In a world where cover bands are far too plentiful, dj's rule the club scene, and television passes for entertainment at a bar, comes a band that reminds us what we love about live music. Familiar yet fresh, the never-ending mashups brought forth by the Hotties whip the crowd into a quivering dance party from the window to the walls. Boisterous enough for the bar, crisp enough for corporate events and wild enough for your wedding.

Vibes-Eve Bash w/ Quincy Mumford, Black Rock Social, Josh David (The Wailers)!
Jul
29
9:00 pm21:00

Vibes-Eve Bash w/ Quincy Mumford, Black Rock Social, Josh David (The Wailers)!

This is the big one. On the eve of our favorite fest, we're pulling out all the stops for a night to remember. As they wrap up their 8 Month Wednesday night residency, Black Rock Social will be bringing in some of their favorite guests, including Josh David Barrett of the Wailers and Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why! That's 3X the fun. Spend your last night before Vibes with your friends and start Fest weekend off on the right foot! Come out and get social one last time.
Drink & Food Specials, T-Shirt Giveaways & more.

Relative Souls, Alpaca Gnomes, Great Blue - Pre-Vibes Blowout!
Jul
24
9:00 pm21:00

Relative Souls, Alpaca Gnomes, Great Blue - Pre-Vibes Blowout!

Two bands that call Black Rock their home are getting together the week before Vibes to thank you for all the Road to Vibes love and get y'all pumped for the festival that lives in our back yard. All kinds of special guests will be gracing the stage that evening. You simply don't want to miss out on the fun. Maybe we should have a Gnomecoming Souls parade? 

McLovins
Jul
18
9:00 pm21:00

McLovins

McLovins specialize in the creation of dynamic and improvised sound, influenced by the members' disparate and eclectic music influences. The band consists of Jason Ott, Jake Huffman, Justin Berger and Atticus Kelly.

These early twenty-year-olds embrace simultaneous and intricate improvisation with a more versatile front line in which all members are singing in four-part harmony, writing lyrics and music, as well as expounding on one another's musical ideas. Set list segues and fiery improvisations are a staple of the band's performances, keeping their audience always guessing what's coming next and wanting more.

Gang of Thieves, Ada Pasternak
Jul
16
9:00 pm21:00

Gang of Thieves, Ada Pasternak

These legendary Vermont Rockers bring the funky fury of the Northeast with them wherever they go. A national touring act, Gang of Thieves lives up to their name and reputation by stealing the ability to stand still. Pulling from a large base of influences, they are coming to you live in support of their NEW ALBUM: THUNDERFUNK!

Good Time Boys (RHCP Tribute featuring members of Kung Fu)
Jul
10
9:00 pm21:00

Good Time Boys (RHCP Tribute featuring members of Kung Fu)

The Good Time Boys are a Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band featuring members of KUNG FU & THE BREAKFAST (Tim Palmieri on guitar and Adrian Tramontano on drums), along with ex-Breakfast bassist Ron Spears, and Dave Peck on vocals. 

The band covers all areas of the Red Hot Chili Peppers - from old to new, pop to obscure, and even songs that the Chili Peppers cover themselves. The jamming ability of The Good Time Boys allows for a unique spin to be put on many Chili Peppers favorites, taking the tunes to places they've never been before. With over 80 RHCP songs in their repertoire, the Good Time Boys able to switch up their setlists from show to show, providing a fresh RHCP experience every time!

Darlingside w/s/g Michael Kroll
Jul
3
9:00 pm21:00

Darlingside w/s/g Michael Kroll

With four distinct voices clustered around a single microphone, Darlingside effortlessly draw audiences into their lush musical world. David Fricke of Rolling Stone describes them as “a quartet with a rich line in acoustic textures and chamber-rock dynamics.” The band’s sound, characterized by classical strings, tight vocal arrangements, bluegrass and rock instrumentation, and smart lyricism, is the product of complete collaboration among the four close friends. The group has no frontman; instead, lead vocals are traded from moment to moment, and each song features a new combination of instruments and textures, pulling heavily from folk, retro-pop, barbershop, and chamber music.

Three Legged Dog
Jul
2
9:00 pm21:00

Three Legged Dog

Hailing from Danbury, CT, they offer an original synthesis of American roots, country, blues and jazz. Their debut recording, "Bone" showcases Chapman's heartfelt songwriting and collaborations with many of the area's gifted players; while their explosive live performances offer a dynamic spectacle that is absolutely one of a kind.

Consider The Source, Symphonic Bodega
Jun
27
9:00 pm21:00

Consider The Source, Symphonic Bodega

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.

Suns of Walrus
Jun
20
Jun 21

Suns of Walrus

Suns Of Walrus is a consortium of musicians celebrating all things Beatle related. SUNS OF WALRUS ROCK BAND members include; Matthew DeTroy on Vocals & Keyboards Philip DiCostanzo on Vocals & Guitars David Webster on Vocals & Lead Guitars Don Mulvaney on Vocals & Drums John Konya on Vocals & Bass Guitar