Punk Night Says Hello To Summer

by Karen Ponzio | Jun 22, 2018 8:29 am

Karen Ponzio PhotosThe summer solstice, the longest day of the year, was just ending as Jeffrey Thunders sat in the back of Three Sheets.

“All I want to do is make music and have a good time with my friends” he said. The day had been celebrated as Make Music Day throughout the city, and many cities throughout the country as well. Thunders said he had no idea it was going on when he booked the show.

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DJ Makes New Haven Shake

by Karen Ponzio | Jun 20, 2018 12:47 pm

Nicki ChavoyaBrendan Toller — whose inaugural dance night at Cafe Nine, “Shake ‘N’ Vibrate,” happens this Sunday, June 24 — recalled the first time he walked into Cafe Nine on a Sunday evening for the monthly Sex Beat Dance Party with Kid Congo Powers.

“I remember going the first night and being super thrilled because I could already tell it was my aesthetic, my taste and there it was right in front of me. It created this rock ‘n’ roll realm ... this small tight knit group where you get to know everybody, like it or not, because it was on the dance floor. Even if you didn’t know them by name you knew what kind of moves they were doing. It was a real open space — all of his flyers said ‘All Stripes Welcomed’ — and it was just free and magical, the best elements of rock ‘n’ roll as an art form and as a political force coming together. It made for a really fun night.”

Toller never missed another one. When he found out that Kid would be ending his run due to moving, he was worried that the community that had been built would vanish. Thus Shake ‘N’ Vibrate, with DJ B the T Jr., was born.

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East Rock Concert Series Comes Full Circle

by Brian Slattery | Jun 19, 2018 12:09 pm

To introduce her first song, “Sweet to Me,” Caroline Doctorow told a quick, acerbic story that was the genesis for the song’s title. She knew a man once who practiced singing and playing the guitar all the time, to the irritation of his wife.

“What is the point of all this?” Doctorow related her saying. “You’re never going to be Elvis.”

‘His reply: “I may not ever be Elvis, but it doesn’t cost you anything to be sweet to me.”

“That couple isn’t together anymore,” Doctorow added.

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The Rough Draft Begins Its First Chapter

by Karen Ponzio | Jun 18, 2018 7:47 am

Karen Ponzio PhotosRight before his final song of the first set of the first singer songwriter night in the round at The Rough Draft Saturday night, Chris Q. Murphy said he was “immediately impressed as both a musician and a Brooklynite” with the venue opening at the site of the former Space. He said the Rough Draft had actually carried out what similar places in his town are trying to accomplish.

“I can’t wait to go back and tell everyone I played at a place in an office park, and it was incredible!” he told the audience, who responded with laughter and cheers.

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Venue With A Vision Ready To Open On State St.

by Karen Ponzio | Jun 12, 2018 11:57 am | Comments (1)

Karen Ponzio PhotoCarlos Wells recalled the first time he stepped into the space. “As soon as I walked in, it was immediate,” he said. “I already could see a stage here and thought we could do a show there.”

Four years later Wells is operations manager and co-founder, along with Slate Ballard of The Grove, of The State House, a venue opening on State Street between Chapel and Crown Streets later this month.

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RYXNO Marks Its Spot

by Karen Ponzio | Jun 12, 2018 7:44 am | Comments (1)

Colin Sullivan PhotoYou hit play and hear some static buzzing, a beep, a bell, and then the guitars and drums hit hard, stop, hit again, and then you’re in it. “Drowning” is the first song from She Called, the first album by New Haven’s own RYXNO, a powerful punk-charged rock band that has made a place for itself on the local live music scene for over a year with an onslaught of ecstatic shows that just keep building their following.

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