Thursday Night Dance Party with Electric Love Machine
Doors 8pm/Music 9:30pm/ 21+/$7
Electric Love Machine from Baltimore, Maryland is considered a genre buster and uniquely weaves elements of Rock, Metal, Electronic, Pop, Fusion, Funk, soaring guitar, and cerebral vocals into a high energy live listening experience.
Their sophomore album 'Love Deluxe' was released on April 20th and can be streamed on all major streaming sites as well as for purchase at shows and themoonlifeclothing.com.
Thursday Night Dance Party with Electric Love Machine
The Skatalites Band, the legendary originators of Ska & rocksteady stroll into Black Rock to rage the Acoustic this Spring and we are super excited!!!
Doors 8:00pm / Music 9:00pm / $20 adv tickets
The Skatalites are Jamaica's premier ska band since 1964 who backed artists like Bob Marley, Toots and The Maytals, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe and most of the singers of the day. Their infectious brand of bluesy, jazzy ska spread like wildfire around the island and spawned the entire genres of ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, two-tone, and 3rd wave ska. The tiny island of Jamaica has probably had more effect on music globally than any other country or place in the world, and The Skatalites were the pioneers of the music that originally caused this.
Grateful Dead & Bob Marley go together oh so well. Come check out this special tribute with alternating sets from Hide Tide and The Sticky Greens!!
Special night featuring The Grateful Dead's famed concert from 11/25/83 at The Bob Marley Performing Arts Center in Montego Bay.
Doors 8pm Music 9:30pm $10 at the door
BOO-YAH brings it back to Black Rock for a thursday edition.
This show they will pay tribute to the amazing Fleetwood Mac featuring Sammi Garett of Turkuaz & members of West End Blend.
Door 8pm/Music 9pm
We are thrilled to host Ghost Light at The Acoustic for a Friday the 13th you will never forget!!
Doors 8pm/Music 9:30pm/$12 adv/$15 dos
Ghost Light is
Holly Bowling, Tom Hamilton, Steve Lyons, Raina Mullen, Scotty Zwang
Ghost Light is a true musical collaboration; five personalities, five perspectives, and five unique approaches towards one common sound.
Bucking conventional tradition, rather than initially focusing on live shows, the band played together for the first time in a recording studio in Philadelphia. This decision gave the band’s members - Holly Bowling, Tom Hamilton, Steve Lyons, Raina Mullen and Scotty Zwang - the ability to come to the project with fresh ears and no pre-conceived notions. They developed the songs as they developed their musical communication which... led to trust, creativity and an adventurous take on the process. Scotty Zwang explained it thusly, “It’s a unique and interesting approach we get to take...” “we are being patient with each other and figuring out what the song needs”
While the recording project has been the beginning point for Ghost Light, the live experience is what will define this band. “In the parts of the sessions where we have had a little more room to just let things go, there have been these little glimmers of what the improvisation will feel like live. That’s a whole other thing and it’s very exciting,” notes Holly Bowling. Tom Hamilton adds, “with this new band, we felt super comfortable going in any direction, knowing that with our new bandmates, the songs will get to where they needs to go. And in the live setting, that confidence is just as strong.”
The first half of 2018 will see the band playing major venues in major markets coast to coast, followed by heavy rotation on the festival circuit. The debut record will be released in the second half of the year and will be supported by an extensive tour. In 2018 you will get to know Ghost Light, and the future could not be brighter.
Magic Beans are back in Black Rock for a Saturday Night Rager!! Don't miss this band!!
Supporting the Magic Beans is Black Rocks own EGGY!! Be sure to be at the club with drink in hand for a night full of jams and good vibes!!
Doors 8pm/Show 9:30pm
21+/$10 tickets https://bpt.me/3349809
The Magic Beans are band with a passion for music that is as infectious as their songs, both of which have gained them national notoriety in a short time. Much like the tastes of modern music lovers, the bands sound isnt confined to one-genre. The Beans strive to be as inclusive as possible by skirting the lines between many genres within their unique sound. The bands infectious stage chemistry is very inclusive of the audience, resulting in a close knit fanbase around the group dubbed, Team Bean. The group uses no pre-recorded tracks or samples in favor of a more traditional approach to music; ...original songwriting and continually pushing the envelope are what have set this group apart. Whether you like ballads or bangers, the Beans have something you will enjoy. Seamlessly combining clever songwriting with modern dance music, The Magic Beans strive to be original and expressive in a world where everythings been done.
The Magic Beans have shared bills and stages with diverse acts like Umphreys Mcgee, Disco Biscuits, STS9, Joe Russos Almost Dead, The New Mastersounds, The New Deal, Particle, Eliot Lipp, Greensky Bluegrass, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Boombox, Bluetech, EOTO, Split Lip Rayfield, the Motet, GRIZ, Papadosio, Juno What, The Werks and to name a few.
The Magic Beans have headlined/performed countless shows and festivals since their inception: Ogden Theatre, Boulder Theater, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, State Bridge, Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Georges Majestic, Bluebird Theatre, Fox Theatre, Gothic Theater, Sheridan Opera House, Aggie Theater, Belly Up Aspen, three20south, Hodis Half-note, Montage Mountain, Higher Ground, Nectars, the Cabooze, Bluebird Night Club,, and many more in front of crowds in the several hundreds to thousands. Theyve performed at festivals like Wakarusa, Snowball, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Camp Bisco, Infrasound, Highberry, Jibberjazz, ARISE, GROOVEFest, South Pearl St. Jam, Trillium Connect, Campout for the Cause, Yarmony Grass, Phibstock, Nedfest, High Mountain Get Down, and more.
The Nth Power returns to The Acoustic for a Sunday Funday Show!!!
The 4 Korners will be supporting this show
Doors 7pm/Music 8:30pm
21+/ $15 adv / $18 dos
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 trio hails from diverse musical backgrounds, races and creeds. Female powerhouse Nikki Glaspie was Bey...once’s world-touring drummer for five years before she joined Ivan Nevilles New Orleans funk outfit, Dumpstaphunk. Bassist Nate Edgar of Groovechild and John Browns Body perfectly compliments singer and guitarist Nick Cassarino who came from the Jennifer Hartswick Band and toured with Big Daddy Kane.
“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 its 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.
The Nth Power’s inspirational sets have floored audiences at music festivals like Electric Forest, Bear Creek, Catskill Chill and North Coast Music Festival. The band has been relentlessly touring and writing for the past 4 years since their inception and continue to grow in their mission as they spread love and healing through music across the land.
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. “Were 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.”
Together, The Nth Power wants to change lives through a message of musical love and understand.
The 4 Korners
An original live instrumental music band, The 4 Korners play jazz fusion, though they prefer to call their sounds “journey music.” The ensemble is composed of C...larence “T-lee” Hill on keys, James “JT” Thompson on bass, Isaac “Ike” Thompson on guitar, and Jerrod “J-rod” Sullivan on drums. They are connected in a variety of ways, and their bonds are strengthened by their shared passion for playing music that creates experiences.
The 4 Korners are known for playing with an inimitably high level of energy. They cite as key influences Chick Corea, Yellow Jackets, and Dave Weckl, though their sound is uniquely their own. When you are listening to The 4 Korners, you are being transported to someplace else, someplace that only you can see, someplace that you share with the world at large.
A Big Yes and a small no are heading to Bridgeport CT for a Record Release show!! Don't miss out on hearing the amazing musicianship this band has to offer.
Band of Changes will be joining the party for a closing set that will melt some faces!!
21+ $25 adv/$30 dos
A Big Yes and a small no
Kevin Kendrick, Jonathan Goldberger, Jonti Siman, Sir Joe Russo, Erik Deutsch, Moira Meltzer-Cohen
Band of Changes
Chris Harford, Scott Metzger, Joe Russo & Robbie Seahag Mangano
A Big Yes and a small no
After surviving a kidnapping in Colombia, a trial for felony assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, not to mention kicking a heroin addiction while completing his MA overseas at Bristol University in England, Kevin Kendrick decided that life was too short to keep denying his true love of pop music. Kendrick followed his dreams to New York City and, upon arrival, abandoned his classical and jazz upbringing to start Brooklyn-based A Big Yes and a small no. Calling on his former band mates from the critically acclaimed Fat mama, Kenrdick, Jonathan Goldberger, Sir Joe Russo, Erik Deutsch, and Jonti Siman assembled a group hailed as "the hippest pop band you've ever heard in your life" by Village Voice critic Richard Gehr, and released Jesus That Looks Terrible On You in May of 2008 to much critical success and heavy college radio play. With their sights set on finding the right help for releasing the next record, A Big Yes and a small no plan on entering the studio again this summer.
Band of Changes
Harford & Band of Changes operates in the free zone outside rock's usual categories. He has a foot in country, a hand in seventies rock, a toe in folk, a finger in post-punk. Led by Chris Harford, The Band of Changes is a revolving door concept that features a loose consortium of over fifty musicians.
Lespecial is back at The Acoustic for a springtime rager!! This band is on fire right now touring the country. Don't miss this show!! Cycles, from Colorado will be getting things started. Another super tight band not to be missed.
Doors 8pm/Music 9pm
21+ $10 Adv/$12 Dos
Hailed as a breakthrough act to watch in 2017, lespecial, based in Boston and upstate New York, have established themselves as innovators and tastemakers on their own unique trajectory. Disguised as an average power trio from Boston, lespecial creeps around corners and reaches into the darkest depths of the absurd. lespecial is meticulous, creative and defiant; eclectic, multi-talented and driven. The band prides itself in extending the boundaries of musical ability, rebelliously laying waste to the limits of popular music. (Ragin Randy Entertainment) Labeled with... such unique descriptions as dark future groove or death funk to trance metal or haunted house party music, it is tough to put ones finger on this dangerous and determined trifectas distinct sound. A lespecial set brings their signature blend of psychedelic metal infused funk along with deep, thumping synths and 808s that will have your hips swaying as quick as your head banging. From the bands origins as three friends in high school in the woods of Connecticut who shared a passion for building unique instruments and hitting them with drum sticks, through studying music at a collegiate level to now running their own music school and studio, The Music Cellar, in Millerton NY, Jonny Grusauskas (guitar/synth/sampler/percussion/vocals), Luke Bemand (bass/synth/percussion) and Rory Dolans (drums/samples) unique chemistry is what gives them their incomparable personality
Drawing influence from artists such as Rage Against the Machine, J. Dilla, Primus, Weather Report, and many, many more, Cycles fuses an eclectic blend of genres to produce a truly unique and cohesive sound. Although only two years old, Cycles have over 200 shows under their belt with tours extending across the entire U.S. In the middle of a massive Fall Tour in support of their first full-length album, Vacation, the band is dialed and at the top of their game.
The first full-length album, Vacation, is out now. After releasing two DIY EPs recorded in their basement within the first year of the band’s existence, the guys were eager to do some work in a real studio. Recorded at Mountain Star Studio in Blackhawk, CO, Vacation captures the current sound and direction of the band. This album presents the listener with an accurate representation of Cycles’ uniquely dark and heavy sound, catchy hooks, and exceptional musicianship.
“A fast-paced journey through time and space, with riveting guitar work and a jam-heavy sound that seems near impossible to create with only three musicians” –Live For Live Music
The Acoustic is thrilled to welcome back one of our favorite bands, Pimps of Joytime!! Come rage with us as the band will have just released there fourth studio LP, Third Wall Chronicles
Doors 8:00pm / Music 9:00pm / Advance tickets available and recommended
Anyone familiar with the Pimps of Joytime live experience knows the feelingits that moment when a deep bluesy groove morphs into a full-on EDM dance beat, or the sensation when the wide-eyed audience collectively elevates in sync with the bands tangible energy.
On Jukestone Paradise, the Pimps of Joytime raise the bar with swagger to spare, crafting ten cohesive songs that ring out like the soundtrack for a ride through the diverse Brooklyn neighborhood where their sound materialized. Pulling from lead guitarist and singer Brian Js deep discography of influences, the creation of Jukestone Paradise began a decade ago, when he penned anthems like Sky and Freedom Dancer, all the way up to the albums studio recording sessions.
You might accurately call the Pimps of Joytime a post-genre band; they're a group whose sound even within a single song mirrors the diversity of our eras musical tastes. Its a sonic tapestry that's representative of this time and place that we live in, says Brian J.
That's where the Pimps excel, by mashing up 70s funk tones with modern dance beats, mixed with original samples creating their mosaic sound. For listeners weary of todays DJ culture but eager to dance with abandon, the Pimps of Joytime are the antidote.
At our core, the Pimps of Joytime are not just dance music, says Brian J of the bands three-part harmony attack. My first vocal mentor was a doo-wop singer, so I have a long-time love affair with vocal harmonies.
With the release of Jukestone Paradise, the band makes official their solid touring lineup, featuring dual female vocalists and percussionists Mayteana Morales and Cole WilliamsX. And theyre hitting the road hard, continuing a constant touring schedule thats already left prominent sets at festivals like Voodoo, Outside Lands, Bonnaroo and High Sierra in their wake.
Behind the frontlines are bassist/keyboardist David Bailis and drummer John Staten, forming the rhythmic backbone of the Pimps audible collage. And for Jukestone Paradise, they called in a few friends to lend their talents, including Ivan Neville, who lends New Orleans flavor to Sky, and Rubblebuckets Alex Toth, who co-wrote the quirky and infectious Dance Cardia.
Just as Brooklyn has changed since the Pimps started, so has the bands sound. But as Williamsburg gentrifies, the Pimps of Joytimes diverse evolution keeps the neighborhoods spirit alive. That spirit goes into the Pimps pot, over a soulful roux of rhythm and groove.
Join the Field Family for a Night Out at The Acoustic in Bridgeport CT benefitting the Diabetes Research Institute. Enjoy a night of drinks, raffles/auctions and the dance the night away to the sounds of the Alpaca Gnomes.
Steve & Lauren hope to see you at this fun event filled with the love of family and friends combined with the hope of finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes for Aaron and the millions of others living with Type 1 Diabetes.
For more info on how to attend and or make a donation
Super psyched to welcome back The G-Nome Project back to The Acoustic. This band has such a tight & fresh sound that is sure to keep us dancing all night long!!!
Tweed is getting things started with there special brand of funktronica!!
Doors 8pm/Music 9pm
21+/ $10 adv tickets https://bpt.me/3367039
G-Nome Project has been regarded as "Israel’s premier Livetronica band" by the likes of Relix Magazine, performing what Live For Live Music deems "impressive and surprising shows."
Formed in September 2012, G-Nome Project is rapidly building one of the most loyal fan bases in the country, packing venues to capacity in their home city, Jerusalem, and expanding rapidly to the heart of the artistic scene in Israel’s center in greater Tel Aviv. The band is comprised from a super group of four nationally renowned musicians – Eyal Salomon, Zechariah Reich, Chemy Soibelman, and Shlomo Langer – who each bring a distinctive flavor to the dynamic electro-funk palate of this Jerusalem-based quartet.
Fans of many backgrounds flock to the band’s shows for the music, good vibes, and hardcore dancing that exemplify the character of the G-Nome community. Building on their success in the Middle East, the band has embarked on nine international tours in North America and will be returning to the U.S. throughout 2018.
Philadelphia's funktronica powerhouse, Tweed, is filling dance floors with their high-energy fusion of funk, rock, and electronica. Just as their namesake fabri...c 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.
Crazy funky night in store for Black Rock!!! Lets welcome Syracuse finest, Sophistafunk, Root Shock & Skunk City to The Acoustic for a triple bill for the books!!!
Doors 8pm / Music 9:30pm $10 adv/ $12 dos
Fans across America are talking about Syracuse-based Sophistafunk, the product of three multi-talented musicians Adam Gold, Jack Brown, & Emanuel Washington who combine spoken-word artistry, old-school hip hop, & funky rhythms to create a unique live band experience.
The band met in 2007 and rapidly evolved into a national-touring live act. Known for their HUGE sound (created by only three members), the band has won over crowds with a captivating stage presence and tight musicianship. Rooted by old school funk / hip hop, the trio explores electronic dance grooves while infusing each tune with soul and positively charged lyrics. Sophistafunk is a multi-genre tour de force, jam packed with vintage tones and li...ve instruments.
For six years, this road warrior band has been hitting the pavement and blowing minds across the United States. Theyve collaborated live with greats spanning Bernie Worrell (Parliament/Talking Heads) to Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce/Dumpstaphunk) and were featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives when Golds restaurant and music venue, Funk n Waffles, was featured on the show on December 25, 2012. Host, Guy Fieri, dug the band so hard, theyve since played his birthday party in Santa Rosa, CA and became the first band ever to play the International Home and Housewares Convention in Chicago, IL on March 3, 2013, by Fieris personal request.
Sophistafunk has played high-profile venues including The Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC), The Boom Boom Room (San Francisco), The Belly Up (Aspen), Brooklyn Bowl (NYC) and more and supported acts including Soulive, G. Love, Foreigner, Trombone Shorty, Ivan Nevilles Dumpstaphunk, EOTO, Marco Benevento and more. Theyve also gained attention from publications including New York Citys Village Voice and Beyond Race Magazine.
The Acoustic is very excited to have Nicole Atkins in Bridgeport. Nicole latest release "Goodnight Rhonda Lee" is one of the best records of 2017 so don't miss a chance to hear her stuff live!!
Indianola will be supporting this show and getting things started.
Doors 7pm/Music 8:30pm/21+/$15 https://bpt.me/3346344
To borrow a phrase from heavens new poet laureate, Leonard Cohen, Nicole Atkins was born with the gift of a golden voice. But somewhere along the way she misplaced it. Goodnight Rhonda Lee is the story of Nicole finding her voice, and how, in doing so, she went a little crazy.
Great Art is born of struggle and Nicole was struggling. The problem was that she felt nothing. Her fans responded to her perfor...mances with the same fervor they always had, but Nicole felt nothing. Her new husband loved her and doted on her, but she felt nothing. She traced it back to her drinking and decided to try to learn to live without booze. But that first day of sobriety brought with it an unexpected additional test Nicoles dad was diagnosed with lung cancer. This Jersey girl, whose big voice was tethered to a big heart, and whose reaction to the mundane setbacks of everyday life had always been equally overblown, suddenly faced a real problem. It toughened me up, she says.
And the songs started to come. Little bursts of therapeutic creativity. Thorny feelings transubstantiated into melodies. Beginning with Listen Up, a wake-up call to a lucky girl who hadnt realized how lucky shed been, Nicole started to find her redemption in these songs. They rang true in a way no songs ever had before. They came from a deep, vulnerable place. If Nicole had been living an unexamined life, she wasnt anymore.
She needed her newfound toughness though, as in the midst of all this turmoil, she prepared to move from her native Asbury Park to Nashville. Having spent more than a decade as the de facto queen of Asbury, Nicole was finally leaving the warm, but often stifling confines of her hometown. During one of her final nights before the exodus, a song came to her in a dream. I Love Living Here Even When I Dont summed up the complicated feelings she experienced as she said goodbye to the only real home shed ever known.
In Nashville, Nicoles once hectic life was very different. Left home alone as her tour manager husband plied his trade out on the road, Nicole found herself writing songs that examined feelings of separation and being scared of new surroundings. In particular, the songs Sleepwalking and Darkness Falls echo like ghosts through an empty house.
Unsurprisingly, her sobriety faltered. She drifted in and out of it. Nicole knew the wagon was good for her, but she had a hard time staying focused on what was good for her. As it went on however, the clarity of those sober days started to shine through. And she was able to string them together in longer stretches. For the first time, she was able to offer a shoulder for others to lean on, rather than always being the one in need of a shoulder. It helped that she had to be strong for herself in order to be strong for her dad. Much of what she was feeling was painful, but it beat the hell out of feeling nothing.
She reconnected with her old friend Chris Isaak who encouraged her, in the midst of all the soul-searching and soul-baring, to write songs that emphasized the one trait that most sets her apart from the mere mortals of the industry, telling her, Atkins, you have a very special thing in your voice that a lot of people cant or dont do. You need to stop shying away from that thing and let people hear it. To that end, the two of them collaborated on Goodnight Rhonda Lees standout track, the instant classic, A Little Crazy.
Great Art is a journey and Nicole Atkins traveled quite a distance to bring us Goodnight Rhonda Lee. As Nicole explains it, This record came to me at a time of deep transition. Some days were good, some not so good. What I did gain, though, from starting to make some changes and going inward, and putting it out on the table, was a joy in what I do again. Joy in the process and a newfound confidence that I dont think Ive ever had until now. The album title, Goodnight Rhonda Lee, also came from those feelings. Rhonda Lee was kind of my alias for bad behavior, and it was time to put that persona to bed.
The direction in which these songs were headed was obvious. Nicoles voice had always recalled a classic vinyl collection. She is the heir to the legacy of Roy Orbison, Lee Hazelwood, Sinatra, Aretha, Carole King, Candi Staton. She is untethered to decade or movement or the whim of the hipster elite.
In order to capture the timelessness she sought, Nicole enlisted a modern day Wrecking Crew: Niles City Sound in Fort Worth, TX, who had just risen to national acclaim as Leon Bridges secret weapon. We spoke the same language. We wanted to make something classic, something that had an atmosphere and a mood of romance and triumph and strength and soul. The album was recorded in five days, live to tape. The album that Nicole and the boys came up with in those five days, Goodnight Rhonda Lee, is nothing less than Great Art and a quantum leap forward for Nicole Atkins who, no matter how much she grows up, will always be a little crazy.
A teenagers summer job is as American as apple pie or baseball. For Jackson, MS native Owen Beverly, this meant playing blues guitar with guys thirty years his senior as opposed to mowing lawns or washing dishes. His formative years were spent in the sweaty juke joints of Mississippi, Louisiana, and the Florida panhandle playing for discerning crowds both large and small. A disciple of the Delta blues tradition and steeped in the musings of Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Beverly came away with a near-religious focus on song and craft.
Owen Beverly is INDIANOLA, the culmination of this rare upbringing and a career of performing and writing music all over the world in a variety of endeavors. With a multi-year stopover in Charleston, South Carolina behind him, Beverly moved to New York City and spent years as a touring member of Danish indie-pop act, Oh Land. After six years living in Brooklyn, Owen found himself called back to the South and his roots. The love of the land, the old stories of love and heartbreak, the fierce tenacity of life in the midst of hardship, sorrow, and joy break out in INDIANOLAS music. The debut INDIANOLA record, produced by Michael Trent (Shovels & Rope) and recorded within the swampy confines of Johns Island, SC is an aggressive stomp through the southern gothic: part old-school rock n roll, part singer-songwriter. Not unlike the Mississippi delta itself, known for its mythic crossroads, INDIANOLA finds itself at the intersection of heritage and innovation, with a firm and enduring grasp on the traditions from which it was born.
Come get your Classic Rock fix on May 4th with Kofi Baker's Cream Experience & SRH (Stevie Ray / Hendrix & More Tribute)
Doors 8pm/Music 9pm/21+ unless with parent or guardian
$10 at the door
** SRH will performing the late set keeping the place rocking to the early morning!!
Kofi Baker's Cream Experience
The legendary band Cream (featuring Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce), is widely regarded by many as the forefather of hard rock, and were undeniably the first rock “supergroup” of the 1960’s. 50 years later, and led by Ginger Baker’s son, Kofi Baker’s newest project is a celebration of Creams’ genre-blurring virtuosity that mixes psychedelic rock, blues, the avant-garde and rock.
Kofi was first inspired to form his own Cream band after seeing the Cream reunion in 2005. He wanted t...o continue where Cream, and his father, had left off. Kofi’s band is the ultimate Cream tribute: combining Cream’s innovative and experimental style with virtuoso talent. The dynamic three-piece effectively capture Cream’s mood and energy, adding their own distinctive styles.
SRH Experience - Hendrix & Stevie Ray Vaughan cover plus Allman Brothers, Santana, ZZ Top and Clapton
Murray the Wheel - guitar and vocals
Big Jim Hoefelt - bass
Chickie Bergkman - drums
The Jamie McLean Band is back in Bridgeport to celebrate the release of their new album "One and Only". This record is fantastic and is worth a party, so what better party band to team Jamie up with than none other than Baby Dynamite?!!!
Doors 8pm/Music 9pm
Jamie McLean is a triple threat. As a guitarist for New Orleans royalty Aaron Neville and Dirty Dozen Brass Band he's toured the globe playing fiery guitar everywhere from Madison Square Garden to Japan’s Fuji Rock. His blue eyed southern soul vocals ooze raw emotion and his top line songwriting chops tie everything together. With hundreds of original compositions to his name McLean creates a musical gumbo that incorporates New Orleans ...soul, Delta blues, middle America roots and New York City swagger.
Jamie McLean Band is set to release their long awaited new album One and Only. Recorded at the famed Sound Emporium studios in Nashville One and Only captures the band's strongest songwriting to date. The album was produced by Ken Coomer of Wilco and features special guests Sam Bush and Jeff Coffin of Dave Matthews Band. Live staples "Virginia" and "One and Only" finally get a beautiful studio performance and Jamie McLean Band will tour behind their new album throughout the US and Canada this year!
Our music has been most colorfully described as 'shit-stompin’-thumpin'-funkin' Rock n’ Roll covered in sweet Soul that’s reminiscent of the 70’s. That’s pretty damn inspiring. We love what we’re doing and are grateful to be creating this vibe together, so to feel that realness and enthusiasm coming back is a gift and truly humbling.
Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees & Beyond makes its way to The Acoustic for what is sure to be an incredible night.
Doors 8pm/Music 9pm
21+ $12 adv / $15 dos
NYC's Tragedy: A Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees & Beyond, is an over-the-top bombast of Disco, Metal, Glitter and Magic - the #1 Party Band.
METAL RULES:"The greatest heavy-metal-meets-disco party you could possibly wish for."LOUDWIRE:"One of the hottest videos on the internet...this isnt just fun and catchy it rules!"VH1:"Crazy outfits, wild hair, guitars, and locker room parties, the only question left to ask is, why hasnt this idea been adapted into a full length movie yet? We want more!"
Born out of the impenetrable divide of Disco and M...etal, these six fearsome brothers fearlessly obliterated the truce line that had been set in the great Disco/Metal Peace accord of 1977 when theyseamlessly blended the two genres with the debut album, We Rock Sweet Balls and Can Do No Wrong, which was a collection of Bee Gees songs redone in a heavy metal treatment reminiscent ofIron Maiden, Guns N Roses and Aerosmith. Since then, they have crisscrossed the globe with their spectacular live shows and having stormed across the USA, UK, France, Holland, Germany andSwitzerland. Subsequent albums, Humbled By Our Greatness, Death To False Disco-Metal, The Solo Albums and The Joy of Sex have seen them spread their glittered wings to take on non Bee Gees classics from the disco era, soft rock anthems and party jams.
In 2015, Tragedy broke the internet with a viral video featuring their take on You're the One That I Want from the Grease soundtrack, then again in 2017 with Stayin' Alive, co-starring comedianDave Hill.If you're allergic to smiling be afraid... be very afraid. Tragedy sweats glitter and cums confetti!Tragedy has headlined festival stages at Bloodstock (UK), Rebellion (UK), Musikfest (US), CMJ (US), SXSW (US), Summer Breeze (DE), Glastonbudget (UK), Legends of Rock (UK), Motocultor (FR),Foud'rock (FR) and Hammerfest (UK).
Come spend St. Patricks Night at The Acoustic with the Best Van Morrison Tribute in the Northeast!!
Doors 8:00pm / Music 9:00pm / $10 at the door
Two sets of Van the Man!!
Spanning over 5 decades, the musical catalogue and work of Van Morrison has been a steady stream of inspiration for musicians and countless others who choose to include them in the soundtracks of our their lives. “With one of the most revered catalogues in music history and his unparalleled talents as composer, singer and performer Morrison’s past achievements loom large. But, as throughout his extraordinary career, how that past informs his future achievements and still stirs excitement and keen anticipation”
Drawing from his complete collection of works, “Into the Mystic”, seeks to recreate the spirit and energy of Morrison’s Music and pay respects to a man who himself is a hard act to catch and most humbly follow in 2017. Bridging this gap, 8 piece- Into the Mystic, Led by vocalist Justin Panigutti (formerly of Bearquarium), is comprised of some of the area’s finest musicians and portrayers, coming together to produce an evening of Van Morrison’s finest work and promising to be a musical experience not to disappoint.
Welcome back George Porter Jr. Trio!!! We are truly blessed to have one the greatest and most influential bass players ever at The Acoustic once again. George's trio is not to be missed. Some of the funkiest & Jazziest stuff you will hear today.
Doors 7:30pm / Music 8:30pm / Support TBA
Advanced discounted tickets available https://bpt.me/3353958
George Porter, Jr. is best known as the bassist of The Meters, along with Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste. The group was formed in the mid 60's and came to be recognized as one of the progenitors of funk then called R&B. The Meters disbanded in 1977, but reformed in 1989. Today the original group still plays the occasional reunions but the Funky Meters, of which Porter and Neville are still members, most prominently keeps the spirit alive.
Few bass players in the history of modern New Orleans music are as storied as George Porter Jr. During the course of a career spanning more then four decades..., Porter has not only made a deep impression with his work in the Meters, but he's notched session work with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson, Tori Amos, Taj Mahal, Ryan Montbleau and live performances with Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Warren Haynes, John Scofield, Steve Kimock, Eric Krasno (and including recent studio releases with Warren Haynes and Bill Kreutzmann) just to name a few.
Early in his career, Porter worked with seminal New Orleans artists like Allen Toussaint, Earl King, Lee Dorsey, and Johnny Adams, Irma Thomas, The Lastie Brothers — again to only name a few.
Porter is also the band leader of his own unique long term project the Runnin' Pardners, well respected not only as a quintessential New Orleans band, the touring band continues to receive accolades on the jam band and festival scene. He has assembled some seasoned and talented musicians to join him on this project. Familiar Pardners - Brint Anderson (guitar) and, Michael Lemmler (keyboards) and rising stars on the New Orleans music scene Khris Royal (saxophone) and Terrence Houston (drums). George Porter Jr. plans to keep a smile on his face." I feel like I am working towards something that will be remembered."
Porter has proven to be capable of the ultimate fusion of rock, funk and R&B, and has gained recognition as one of the industry's elite bass players. He continues to be not only an in demand performing artist but an accomplished studio musician and producer.
Come get your ABB on with a premier band out of NY, SoulShine
Doors 8pm/Music 9pm/$10 at the door
SoulShine is a group of seasoned New York musicians united with the sole purpose of bringing you an authentic Allman Brothers Band experience.
Come join Matt McNulty & Friends at The Acoustic in Black Rock, CT as they perform a night of Talking Heads, Vulfpeck & LCD Soundsystem with a few surprises in between. This all star band will surely have you dancing to the early morning hours. Don't miss out on what's sure to be a very memorable evening at The Acoustic.
Doors 8pm / Music 9:30pm / $10 ticket
Jeff Mattson & Friends are back at The Acoustic for another unforgettable night of Jeff's music and more!!! Jeff is welcoming his friends Rob Barraco, Skip Vangelas & Lisa Mackey from Dark Star Orchestra as well as Tom Barraco. Don't miss this show!!
Doors 8pm/ Music 9pm / advanced tickets available & recommended
DJ Williams' Shots Fired heads to Black Rock for a Thursday night not to be forgotten.
Doors 8:00pm / Music 9:00pm / $10 adv / $12 dos
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe guitarist, DJ Williams, has assembled an all star cast of musicians for his solo work featuring members of the hottest bands on the scene. DJ Williams' Shots Fired is a funk rock powerhouse from Los Angeles consisting of members from KDTU, Dave Matthews Band, Lenny Kravitz, Slightly Stoopid, Dr. John, Lyrics Born, Soulive, and many others led by Williams' original compositions and flaming guitar work. With an emphasis on compelling melody, refined songwriting, and an extremely diverse musical palette, DJ strives to push new boundaries. Just don't let the name confuse you because this musician is laying out grooves any "DJ" would love to sample.
Come check out some of Fairfield Counties best pay tribute to Pink Floyd!!!
Doors 8pm/ Music 930pm/ $5 Cover / Two Sets of Floyd!!
Superband - A Tribute to Pink Floyd is an 8 piece band of Fairfield County Musicians with a common love of playing the music of Pink Floyd. Our first gig many years ago was to a sold out Seaside Tavern in Stamford CT. From that spring board we branched out to covering other genres and played many venues around Fairfield county and NY area including Alive at 5 in Stamford CT and several nights at The Bitter End in NYC. After a short hiatus to pursue other musical adventures, in early 2017 we decided to put our Pink Floyd tribute together again. We look forward to bringing our show of full albums and deep cuts to the Acoustic in Blackrock!! Members of Superband currently or have played in local/regional bands such as: Alligator-Grateful Dead Tribute, Destroyal, Super Dope, The Ritzy Chickens, The Mad Things, The Juicy Grapes, The All Grass Blue Stars
Superband is: Jon Ringel - Keys/Vocals/Samples, Josh Sette - Keys/Vocals
Larry Nardi - Guitar/Vocals, Dan Neafsey - Guitar/Vocals, Joey Ramos - Bass/Vocals
Jason Peyser - Drums, Steve DeFala - Saxophone, Zully Ramos - Vocals
We are very happy to Have Peter Holmgren & his band play a full night of music on the Ave. Peter is a true talent and a must hear!!
Doors 7:00pm/Music 8:30pm/ $10 at the door
With a mix of rock, soul, folk, funk and pop, The Peter Holmgren Band has been described as adult contemporary soul pop. Whatever the description, this band rocks!
"The best songs are a reflection of life around you, whether it's your life or someone else's," says Peter. His songs are a personal account of his experiences and observations. As with his songwriting, Peter exudes genuine emotion through his guitar playing and singing.
The Peter Holmgren Band takes Peter's compositions to the next level. Drummer Felipe Torres (The Monkees / David Cassidy Band / Chubby Checker / Gene Cornish / Papa Chubby / The Slambovian Circus of Dreams), Bassist Steve Geller (Davey Jones / The Dead Elvi / Dennis Gruenling / Kickin' Nash / Hubert Sumlin), and Keyboardist Marc Jay (Wes Houston Band) take these well-written songs out for a nice, long, hard ride.
The Acoustic is thrilled to have Charlie Hunter back in Bridgeport for another epic night of music.
Trio featuring Keita Ogawa on Percussions & Lucy Woodward on Vocals
Doors 6:30pm/Show 7:30pm
Advanced discounted tickets available https://bpt.me/3193105
With a career spanning 25 years and almost 20 albums, Charlie Hunter consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Mos Def, John Mayer, D’Angelo and countless others. He is widely considered the authority on the seven and eight string guitar, and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms.
Paul Simon tribute from this past summer is back at The Acoustic for a unforgettable night.
Jeff Bowen and friends will be taking on Simon & Garfunkel's Live in Central Park along with some other deep tracks. Don't miss the recreation of possibly the best live album ever!!!With a great cast of musicians from Eggy, Legion of Jerry, Mammal Dap, and more!
Doors 8pm/ Music 9:30pm/$10 at the door
Electric Beethoven is one (if not the) most excited bands on the scene today. Jams that take you through the masses of Beethovens mind and soul through Reed and company's talents. Not to be missed!!!
Electric Beethoven - Reed Mathis, Jay Lane, Todd Stoops, Clay Welch.
Doors 8:00pm/Music 9:30pm/Advance tickets available
While on tour with various projects over the past few years, bassist extraordinaire Reed Mathis spent his spare time rearranging Beethoven (Symphonies 3 and 6), recording each newly reimagined movement with a long and impressive whos-who list of his musical brethren, including Phishs Page McConnell and Mike Gordon, Marco Benevento, Joe Russo, the Barr Brothers, Robert Walter and Galactics Stanton Moore.
The resulting double album, Beathoven, was released September 2016 on Royal Potato Family records.
When imagining what it would be like to tour these Beethoven masterpieces, Mathis rearranged his rearrangements a second time, this time welding Beethovens motifs and melodies to modern-era dance beats, with plenty of waypoints for the musicians to jump off into heavy, full-band improvisations. Its jamtronica with Beethoven hence, the worlds first CDM (classical dance music) band.
While the albums many special guests will show up at various shows along the way, to tour the album for the next two years, Mathis assembled his very own dream team: Jay Lane (Primus, Ratdog) on drums, Todd Stoops (RAQ / Kung Fu) on keyboards, Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green) on percussion and laptop, and Clay Welch a young guitar phenom who literally grew up studying Mathis as a bass player while following Mathis then-band, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, from show to show as a fan.
Special Thursday Show with Rick Reyes & Friends featuring:
Rich Zurkowski, Jordan Jancz, Oba Allende, Brian Wallace,
Matt Detroy and Danny Torres.
Doors 8pm / Music 9pm / $10 at the door
Special Guest Opener - Uma Lou
Mixing a cinematic vibe with a superlative flair for blending various musical traditions, from classic American rock to salsa, merengue, latin jazz and reggae, Rick Reyes breaks the confines of any single tradition, offering in its place a serving of diverse musical narrative from around the globe.It would be accurate to say this sound represents the unique talents emerging from the northeastern U.S. into the consciousness of the world music stage....
Uma Lou is a Bronx born Jazz Singer. This Congolese songstress is of Central African descent and embodies her powerful roots, eclectic spirit and expressive grace on and off stage. Effortlessly moving the hearts, bodies and souls of her listeners, Uma Lou has a voice that is hypnotic and captivating. Raised to African Beat, Motown, Jazz, R&B, Funk/Blues and Soul music. Uma has cultivated a multifaceted vocal range that resonates with the likes of Nina Simone’s bellowing undertones, Lauryn Hills Neo-Soul vibrations, Ella Fitzgerald’s impromptu skat and a colorful Bille Holiday-esque ambience. Uma Lou is a self taught guitarist who resides in the authenticity of writing her own music which unveils the consciousness of her profound truths and internal struggles, love and romance along with thought provoking impressions of the times we live in today. Earning her Bachelors Degree in Music Education at the University of Bridgeport, this Jazz Singer on the rise is musically ambitious, vocally affluent and an inspiring breath of fresh air.
Come check Vibe & Direct in their Black Rock debut at The Acoustic!! Super groovy with tight hooks & delivery!!
Sunday Presidents Day Weekend Show & its FREE!!
Doors 8pm / Music 9pm
Vibe & Direct is an ever-evolving musical fusion, landing somewhere on the spectrum between rock, dance and electronic music. The trio perfor...ms with a rhythmic pulse, known for their dynamic dance parties and smiling faces. The boys released their debut EP – Psychadelevator - in 2013, followed by their second EP - Lavish Peasant - in October of 2015. They released their first full-length album - Chrysanthemum - in February of 2017.
With a sound that is driven by their primitive bond, the boys spend most of their time deep in jam, and touring the US in the salmon can. Consistently traveling throughout the Northeast, Midwest, East Coast, and Southeast, Vibe has made stops at festivals like Rootwire, Mad Tea Party Jam, Domefest, and the Werkout. Living lucky enough to spread their sounds near and far, the trio chases everyday with their eyes on he horizon.
Come join the party with two fun bands and celebrate life!! Music starts early & ends Late!!
PEAK & Tracy Jo & The Toads
Doors 8pm/Music 9pm $7 at the door
PEAK - NYC Based I Psychedelic Indie Funk
• CT Album release show for the album ELECTRIC BOUQUET •
Based around the guitar playing and songwriting of Jeremy Hilliard, PEAK's exploratory spirit to their live shows and songs are, on one level, springboards for extended improvisation as well as vehicles for dance-floor workouts.
Tracy Jo & The Toads - CT Based I Roots Rock / Blues
Tracy Jo & The Toads is a blend of blues and gritty soul brought together as roots rock n' roll. With a clear roots influence, Tracy Jo & The Toads bring energy and new life to a classic sound.
Don't miss Mammal Dap who will be joined by Shira Elias of Turkuaz to play a special tribute to Beck.
Doors 8:00pm Music 9:00pm $10 at the door
Shira Elias is one half of the dazzling vocal duo in beloved Brooklyn funk band Turkuaz. Northampton, Massachusetts-based quartet Mammal Dap has built of a name for themselves with their special brand of cinematic, instrumental rock music that hints influences of everything from Flying Lotus to Daft Punk to Weather Report. With vocal powerhouse Shira Elias, Mammal Dap plans to deliver a career-spanning tribute to the iconic artist, songwriter and producer Beck, playing songs from his genre-defying catalogue of music.
Stella Blue's Band is back at The Acoustic for another magical night of Dead tunes.
Come early and check out Mike Mizwinski & MIZ as they will be performing songs off there new album & a few choice covers I'm sure.
Please come early and support one of the regions best songwriters & guitarist's. You will be glad you did!!
Doors 7:30pm/ MiZ 8:00pm/ Stella Blues 10:00pm
$10 before 9pm $15 after 9pm
Swift Technique returning toe The Acoustic for a Friday Night dance Party!!
Getting things started with Keeper of the vibe!!!
Doors 8pm Music 9:30pm $10 at the door
Swift Technique's unique blend of funk, soul, rock, hip-hop and relentless showmanship has propelled the group into their most successful period to date. Featuring the powerhouse vocal tandem of Chelsea ViaCava and Nik Greeley, the band is releasing two new singles, “Lucky Bump” and “Reason to Be” to add to an ever-growing recording catalogue.
With bombastic horns, thunderous bass and drums, driving guitar and keys, and more dance moves than you can shake a booty at, Swift Tech’s live performances are unmatched in energy, musicianship and pure feel-good fun. And with a recent appearance on the award winning Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, the group is commanding national attention.
An All-Star Tribute to the one and only BEYONCE. Hear her music like you never heard before!!!!
Doors 8pm/Music 9:30pm/$10 adv tickets/ https://bpt.me/3231509
Mary Corso (Eric Krasno Band) - Vocals
Erica T. Bryan (West End Blend) -Vocals
Gabrielle Lakshmi (The Telle) - Vocals
Jesse Combs (WEB) - Guitar
Mike Dipanfilo (WEB) - Guitar
Paulie Phillipone (WEB) - Keys
Adam Clark (Atlas Gray) - Bass
Sam Horan (WEB) - Drums
Jen Durkin & The Business are back on the ave doing what they do best, Original Funk Rock!! Joining in on the fun this time is Boogie Chillun.
Doors 8pm Music 9:30pm $10 at the door
For the final show of the Matt McNulty & Friends January Residency we present to you “DINO STOMP” an EDM outfit including members of Goose, Relative Souls & The Cosmic Dust Bunnies!
Matt McNulty - Guitar/Vocals (MM&F)
Rick Mitarotonda - Guitar/Vocals (Goose)
Lucas Gould - Bass (Relative Souls)
Chris Sellas - Keys/Synth (Cosmic Dust Bunnies)
Rob Madore - Drums (Electroniq Soul/Relative Souls)
Doey Joey: 9:15 - 10:15
Dino Stomp: 10:30 - Close
Come one Come all to a hell of a blues night at The Acoustic.
The Sisterhood Blues Project features Betsy Benham Fruda, Suzy Bessett & Beth iovinelli on vocals with a revolving cast of the areas best musicians
Come early and check out one of the best guitar players in the state, Jake Kulak!!!
Door 7:00pm/Music 8:30pm $10 cover
We are happy to have Finders Keepers back in Black Rock for a special tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band Thursday January 25th.
Doors 7:00pm Music 8:30pm $10 at the Door
Finders Keepers is dedicated to celebrating the music of Jerry Garcia. Featuring Bill Bonacci, Ken Aigen, Bob Angilello, Chuck Black and Mary Kohrherr.
For the 3rd week of the Matt McNulty and Friends January residency we are pleased to bring you “The Road Runners” a tribute to old school funk and soul!
Doors 8pm / Music 9pm / FREE
Matt McNulty - Guitar/Vocals
Miles Livolsi - Bass
Ryan Lunderville - Drums
Kris Younker - Hammond
Come on down and join Eggy w/One time weekend for a Saturday Night Rager on the AVE! Doors: 8pm Music: 9:30pm $10 at the door
Down at home, funky crunchadelic, Eggy is the group that brings balance to your musical breakfast. The band presents a timeless vision of songwriting both lyrically and in composition, creating works worthy of lasting a lifetime. Michael Goodman (bass/vocals), Jake Brownstein (guitar/vocals), Dani Battat (keys/vocals) and Alex Bailey (drums/vocals) work around the clock, sharpening their craft. The result, an original and organic musical blend inspired by their musical heroes of the past and present. In a live setting, eclectic improvisations create performances that take on a life of their own. Eggy paints a full spectr...um of styles and emotions, and invites you to share in the experience!
Once upon a time, in a mystical town on the Farmington River, four strapping young men plugged in, picked up their sticks, and ripped a jam so earth-shaking and tasty, the locals still talk about it to this day. All they needed was a name.
One Time Weekend is an up-and-coming band from Connecticut. After forming their groove in Collinsville, CT, members Ben Sullivan, Ian D’Arcangelo, Adam Eytan, and Zac Mulcahy combined their talent to create a fresh youthful vibe influenced by artists both past and present. The newly formed group has written many original songs that feature their funky, jazzy, rock, soul, rap, and reggae tastes while adding complexity to the mix, creating their own unique sound, and breaking the mold of modern contemporary music. When their music starts to tickle your ears it’ll make you wanna boogie down and shake ya tai-feathers to the groove!
They're Back!!! Come get your Santana on to start the New Year!!
Doors 8pm/Music 9:30pm/ $10 at the door
Super Group including members of Deep Banana Blackout, Kung-Fu and the Ryan Montbleau Band playing the earlier music of Santana.