Manic Presents / Premier Concerts Guest Post:


Photo: Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media

We have some exciting news to share with you – we’re bringing shows to the Wall Street Theater (formerly The Globe Theater) in Norwalk! Back in it’s heyday, the theater played home to many national acts including Iggy Pop, The Go-Gos, Violent Femmes and They Might Be Giants. We’re excited to bring some rock shows to Fairfield County!

Just announced at College Street Music Hall, indie rockers Wavves and Beach Fossils bring their co-headline “The I Love You” tour to New Haven with Kevin Krauter (10/27)!

For this week’s edition of our Manic Mondays music series, recently reunited LA based indie rock band The Love Language will be coming to Cafe Nine with Moon Racer, and local favorites City Streets Country Roads (8/20)!

Coming up this Wednesday (8/22) at College Street Music Hall, reggae legends Toots and the Maytals pair up with Fishbone (who will be touring with classic 80’s/90’s line-up)!  Enter the contest below for a chance to win an exclusive meet and greet with Fishbone, their albums “Intrinsically Intertwined” and “Crazy Glue” on CD, and a pair of tickets to the show!
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This will be a special one night event that you don’t want to miss!

Scroll through the rest of the blog below for the latest information on upcoming shows and our recent show announcements!

Upcoming Shows

*Agent Orange w/ Fea, and Easy Killer

Friday, August 17th @ Cafe Nine (New Haven)


INFO: The Original Southern California Punk/Surf Power Trio, Agent Orange, is one of only a handful of bands who have been continually active since the earliest days of the West Coast Punk Scene. A small circle of musical rebels who came together to form a movement, they took their place front and center to experience and participate in the explosion of now legendary underground music that was created during the golden era of American Punk Rock. Being the first to combine the melodic California surf guitar sound with the frantic energy of punk, Agent Orange invented the formula that would come to define the Orange County punk sound. Highly influential to many of the bands who have followed in their strong connection to the Action Sports world has resulted in their music providing the soundtrack to numerous major motion pictures, video games, surf and skate films, television, and live sports events. The last of the true independents, Agent Orange have managed to stay true to their roots, while always moving forward.

*John Kadlecik (of Furthur, Dark Star Orchestra, Golden Gate Wingmen)

Saturday, August 18th @ Space Ballroom Front Room (Hamden)


INFO: 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.

 *The Love Language w/ Moon Racer, and City Streets Country Roads (Manic Mondays)

Monday, August 20th @ Cafe Nine (New Haven)

Free with RSVP ($5 at the door)

INFO: Based originally in North Carolina and now in Los Angeles, The Love Language was formed in Raleigh in 2008 by singer-songwriter Stuart McLamb. The band features a rotating cast of talented musicians who never fail to impress. McLamb has established his band as an extroverted community art project made by responsible citizens of a loosely packed scene who know that he will match whatever they contribute.

You may not be able to see the gorgeous landscapes behind Baby Grand, Stuart McLamb’s fourth record as The Love Language, but they’re so essential to the picture you’ll feel them in every note. Started in, of all places, a cavernous Virginia hammock factory, fragmentary demos came alive when splashed by sunshine during a move across the country to California, where the album was completed. “It was something just about being in a new city, and a new light,” McLamb says, “and reopening the sessions, and this demo that I thought was a throwaway, suddenly I’m really feeling it….” You can hear the freedom kick in when the backwoods country shuffle of “Castle in the Sky” explodes into a full-on aughts anthem, equal parts outstretched arms and pumped fists.

*Toots and the Maytals w/ Fishbone

Wednesday, August 22nd @ College Street Music Hall (New Haven)

$30 – $40

INFO: Toots is one of the true architects of reggae – so much so that “Do the Reggay,” a 1968 single by Toots and his group, the Maytals, is credited with giving the genre its name. Classic songs written and recorded by Toots and the Maytals have been covered by the likes of the Clash and the Specials, and the group was featured in reggae’s greatest breakthrough event – “The Harder They Come,” the 1972 film that became an international sensation.

This will be a special one night event with Fishbone that you don’t want to miss. Be sure to enter our contest above for a chance to win a pair of VIP Meet & Greet tickets and merch from Fishbone!


*EYEHATEGOD w/ The Obsessed, Come to Grief, Bone Church

Wednesday, September 12th @ Space Ballroom (Hamden)

$25 ($22 advance)

INFO: EYEHATEGOD (also known as EHG) is an American rock band from New Orleans, founded by Jimmy Bower and a different line up in 1988. Soon after the group formed, Mike IX Williams became the 2nd vocalist and Joe LaCaze became the 2nd drummer, followed by Brian Patton on guitar. The band solidified in sound and style except for a revolving bassist position. Gary Mader joined in that capacity for a Japanese tour in 2002 and has remained there ever since. As one of the most influential bands to come from NOLA, they have noted Black Flag, The Melvins and Black Sabbath as a domineering and significant influence to their sound today. That combined with the sound of Southern Rock, Blues riffs and Hardcore Punk has made EYEHATEGOD one of the most reputable and distinctive bands ever, even defining a brand new genre now known as Sludge, though the band strays away from being labeled as such.

*Algiers w/ Kindling (members of Ampere)

Wednesday, September 19th @ Space Ballroom Front Room (Hamden)

$14 ($12 advance)

INFO: Algiers provides more than mere distraction, but rather a revelatory creative release and wholesale rejection of the globally normative corporate playlist culture. Poke at the seasoned members’ bruised flesh, and out come wafting touchpoints as disparate and intriguing as Big Black, Wendy Carlos, John Carpenter, Cybotron, The Four Tops, Portishead, Public Image Limited, Steve Reich, and Nina Simone, to name but a few. Deep echoes of Black Lives Matter and its 20th century forbears gather, surge, and subside in their often soulful work, a form of principled, acute dissent more interested in learning from the past than in evoking nostalgia.

Beyond the technical necessities living their respective lives both in and outside of music, Algiers’ continued deviation from a more traditional band approach created a more versatile sound, one that better incorporates a collective and respective panoply of influences and styles. “We were determined to push our sound even further than before — weirder, gentler, catchier, noisier, groovier — and had hope that we could somehow translate our live energy to record,” says Tesche.

*Helen Money w/ Sea of Bones, T Wreck (Manic Mondays)

Monday, September 24th @ Cafe Nine (New Haven)

Free with RSVP ($5 at the door)

INFO: Alison Chesley, known also by her stage name Helen Money, is a classically trained cellist who draws her inspiration not only from Pablo Casals and Shostakovich but Jimi Hendrix and The Minutemen. She began a busy period as a solo artist, especially on Chicago’s then thriving studio scene, where she played on over 100 albums including those by Bob Mould, Broken Social Scene, Anthrax, Mono, Russian Circles, Disturbed and Poi Dog Pondering And, in 2007, Alison wrote the first Helen Money album and released it on her own label, Cellobird Records. Since then, she’s recorded three additional albums as Helen Money, the latest of which, Become Zero, is available on Thrill Jockey Records. Helen Money has toured the world several times over opening for bands such as Sleep, Shellac, Earth, Mono, Neurosis, Magma and Jarboe including a 2015 appearance on The David Letterman Show with Bob Mould and an appearance at the 2012 ATP Festival in London curated by Portishead. In 2011, Alison moved back to Los Angeles where she completed a month long, weekly residency headlining at LA’s Complex, a mecca for metal, post-rock and experimental music.

*Sister Hazel

Thursday, September 27th @ Wall Street Theater (Norwalk)


INFO: Originating from Gainesville, FL, Sister Hazel is comprised of five gifted, seasoned musicians whose well-spring of natural talent has been called “one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years” by Performing Songwriter Magazine. Song “All for You” topped the adult alternative charts during the summer of 1997 and the success propelled their album to platinum status.

In their first showing on the country music charts they made a strong debut with “Lighter In The Dark” at #4 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and #6 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart. The band landed on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart again in 2016 with a CD/DVD “Unplugged From Daryl’s House Club” at #75. Their most recent release “Water” a six-track EP is Volume I of a collectible compilation series titled, “Elements,” and includes a bonus seventh track that will continue throughout the series. Water debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and #2 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart.

This will be our first show at Wall Street Theater in Norwalk and we hope you can celebrate with us!

*Big Data w/ Castlecomer, and Fitness

Sunday, October 21st @ Space Ballroom (Hamden)

$20 ($18 advance)

INFO: After opening for Fitz and The Tantrums, Brooklyn electronic pop artist/producer Big Data headlines Space Ballroom on October 21st with Castlecomer, and Fitness as part of his Sirius XM Alt Nation tour.

*Wavves and Beach Fossils w/ Kevin Krauter (of Hoops)

Saturday, October 27th @ College Street Music Hall (New Haven)

$25 ($22 advance)

INFO: Indie rock bands Wavves and Beach Fossils are bringing their co-headline tour to College Street Music Hall! This will be a special night you don’t want to miss, be sure to grab your tickets now!

*Kosha Dillz w/ Old Self, Fet/ki

Monday, October 29th @ Cafe Nine (New Haven (Manic Mondays)

Free with RSVP ($5 at the door)

INFO: It can be argued that Kosha Dillz could be the world’s most interesting rapper. Self identified by his Jewish heritage, the freestyle improv champ has one of the best interactive freestyle shows, along with rhyming in Spanish, Hebrew, English, and even Yiddish. He boasts a self released album (What I Do All Day and Pickle) that debuted on 6 different Billboard charts this past summer via his own label OY VEY!, that features everyone from Matisyahu to Flynt Flossy of Turquoise Jeep. Sounds interesting yet? Keep reading. He has records with Rza from Wu Tang Clan. He has videos with ASAP Rocky and Macklemore, and logged tour dates in Amsterdam with Action Bronson and Snoop Dogg. He boasts festival plays with Mac Demarco and Portugal the Man. Jam Band world is close to Kosha too. Live collaborations with John Popper of Blues Traveler, DJ Logic and Vernon Reid of Living Colour shock crowds even more than Kosha shocks his own wit. To top it off, his one hour rap show includes dance contests, live bar mitzvahs and free pickles to encourage the insanity, hilarity, and spirituality all within the same context.

*Live Dead & Riders ’69 – 2 SHOWS!

Tuesday, October 30th @ Space Ballroom (Hamden)

Friday, November 2nd @ Wall Street Theater (Norwalk)

INFO: LIVE DEAD ’69 is an experimental band, employing the style of extemporization & improvisation made famous by Grateful Dead in the late 1960’s.

Comprised of:
– Tom Constanten, original Grateful Dead pianist who played all the keyboards on the “Live Dead” recording, inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and was essential to Grateful Dead’s first ambitious/ experimental studio recordings “Anthem of The Sun” and “Aoxomoxoa,” and tours.
– Mark Karan, lead guitarist with Bob Weir’s Rat Dog, The Other Ones & Phil & Friends.
– Slick Aguilar who played lead guitar with Paul Kantner, Jefferson Starship & KBC for 26 years and with David Crosby Band before that.
– Robin Sylvester, bassist with Bob Weir’s Rat Dog.
– Mike Falzarano, guitarist vocalist with The New Riders of The Purple Sage for 15 years and Hot Tuna before that.
– Scott Guberman, keyboardist with Phil Lesh & Friends.
– Joe Chirco, drummer with Donna Jean Godchaux, Zen Tricksters & Terrapin Flyer with Melvin Seals