Manic Presents / Premier Concerts Guest Post:


Welcome to this week’s edition of our Redscroll blog post! We’ve announced a bunch of great shows coming to Space Ballroom including Speak Up Storytelling presents “Mischief” (11/18); Peter Mulvey with Matt The Electrician (11/29); Priests with Empath (12/7). Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday (9/28) at 10AM!

Start the weekend early TONIGHT (9/27) at Wall Street Theater in Norwalk with 90s alternative rock band Sister Hazel, best known as a one hit wonder with “All For You”, with special guest Elizabeth & the Catapult! This is our first show at the venue and we are excited to see you all there! Expect a lot more great shows coming to Fairfield County.

Continuing on, we have a full schedule of shows coming to Space Ballroom starting TOMORROW (9/28) with The Shacks and local indie rockers Mandala; Bully with Pet Fox (Ovlov, Palehound) on Saturday (9/29); and Sunday (9/30) with George Porter Jr. (of The Meters) with his band The Runnin’ Pardners.

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More great shows after the jump!

Upcoming Shows

TONIGHT, September 27th

Sister Hazel w/ Elizabeth & The Catapult

$30-$35/All Ages/Doors 7:00PM

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.

Friday, September 28th

The Shacks w/ Mandala

$10/All Ages/Doors 7:00PM

Space Ballroom (Front Room) – Hamden

INFO: Fronted by 20-year-old singer/bassist Shannon Wise and 22-year-old guitarist/producer Max Shrager, The Shacks are already well on their way to becoming one of the year’s big breakouts, and their remarkable debut album, ‘Haze,’ solidifies their status as a band with ability to deliver on the well-deserved buzz.

When Max and Shannon met in high school, a bond was created that has permeated their music since the Shacks first incarnation four years ago. That chemistry lies at the heart of ‘Haze,’ a record so hypnotic and seductive that it feels more like a whispered late-night secret than a young band’s debut. Produced together by Shrager and Big Crown co-founder Leon Michels (who’s played with Bradley, Sharon Jones, and Fields in addition to working with The Arcs, Lana Del Rey, and countless others), the album was recorded in bits and pieces between Shrager’s basement and Michels’ Diamond Mine studio, which the Observer dubbed “the Shangri La of Soul.”

Saturday, September 29th

Bully w/ Pet Fox (members of Ovlov, Palehound)

$15/All Ages/Doors 7:00PM

Space Ballroom – Hamden

INFO: Bully burst onto the scene in 2015 with their critically acclaimed album Feels Like. Today the band announces Losing. The album was engineered and mixed by lead-singer Alicia Bognanno in Chicago at Electrical Audio. Fronted by Alicia Bognanno, Bully was born in 2013. Bognanno was an engineer who had cut her teeth working at Electrical Audio in Chicago. Together with guitarist Clayton Parker and Reece Lazarus on bass, they made a debut album received unanimous critical acclaim and Bognanno became a point of intrigue. A rock icon in the making, with her signature scream, messy blonde hair hanging in her face, and formidable skills as both a player and a engineer who prefers recording to tape. “The coarse Cobain head-scream of Bully singer, songwriter and guitarist Alicia Bognanno is its own resuscitating jolt of protest,” said Pitchfork. “She spends much of Feels Like tearing the house down with her howl.” The success propelled the band into an exhaustive touring cycle with spots on huge festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapallooza, Pitchfork Music Festival and ACL and a late night appearance on Conan.

Sunday, September 30th

George Porter Jr. & the Runnin’ Pardners w/ Ron Artis II & The Truth

$22 ($20 adv)/All Ages/Doors 7:00PM

Space Ballroom – Hamden

INFO: 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 ’60s 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.

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.

Monday, October 1st

Mates of State w/ Jaunt  (Manic Mondays)

SOLD OUT/21+/Doors 7:00PM

Cafe Nine – New Haven

INFO: How does a band keep evolving and moving forward after 15 years? First up, embrace the modern age and the way that people are consuming music these days. “I don’t like it, but the long play album format is probably dead,” says Mates of State singer/drummer Jason Hammel. “Now we just want the hits. Don’t bother me with filler; get me your best songs straightaway.”

Rather than lamenting this shift in listening preferences, Hammel and his bandmate Kori Gardner are taking a very KISS-like approach with their new music: you wanted the best, you got the best.

The pair’s new self-produced EP ‘You’re Going To Make It,’ then, is nothing but choice cuts; five anthemic and emotionally-rich songs that will quickly take up residence in your mental jukebox; five anthemic songs that wriggle into your every waking hour like the earworms they are.

This new batch of tunes is Mates of State in its purest form. The razor sharp harmonies, shimmering new wave synth melodies, an internal warmth that can only come from a couple that has been musically and romantically involved for nearly two decades, and lyrics that speak to both personal and universal concerns.


Sunday, November 18th

Speak Up Storytelling presents “Mischief”

$20 ($15 adv)/All Ages/Doors 7:00PM

Space Ballroom – Hamden

INFO: Speak Up is a Hartford-based storytelling organization that seeks to promote the art of personal storytelling to a wide audience and foster and support a community of storytellers in Connecticut. Speak Up brings professional and amateur storytellers to the stage to share true stories from their lives. Speak Up founders and producers, Matthew and Elysha Dicks, work closely with storytellers to help them craft their stories for the stage and teach storytelling workshops to storytellers and professionals at all levels.

Speak Up shows feature storytellers who tell true stories from their lives on a predetermined theme. Our shows showcase a blend of seasoned storytellers and people telling stories for the first time and always promise to be surprising and entertaining.

Thursday, November 29th

Peter Mulvey w/ Matt The Electrician

$18 ($15 adv)/All Ages/Doors 7:00PM

Space Ballroom – Hamden

INFO: Peter Mulvey is a veteran singer and songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his career on the streets of Dublin, Ireland, as a busker, and from there moved on to performing in the subways and streets of Boston, Massachusetts. This led to his first record deal and a leap to full-time national and international touring, beginning in the early Nineties.

Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer/songwriter world. Restless and inventive, he has made seventeen records, spanning rock and roll, folk, Jazz, spoken word, and Americana. A long-standing gig at the National Youth Science Camp led to a spoken word piece, “Vlad the Astrophysicist”, which became a TEDx talk, and then an illustrated book. In 2007 he began an annual late summer tour by bicycle instead of by car and airplane- the 10th annual bicycle tour will happen this September. He has taught songwriting and guitar workshops at the Swannanoa Gathering and at various folk festivals across the U.S.

Friday, December 7th

Priests w/ Empath

$12 ($10 adv)/All Ages/Doors 7:00PM

Space Ballroom (Front Room) – Hamden

INFO: Formed in 2011, the band has proven a valuable force for strangeness in a city that is increasingly terraformed by norms. At a time when few groups were making serious moves beyond the Beltway, Priests toured throughout North America and Europe. More significantly, they’ve helped to raise the general standard of show-going at home through cassettes and singles released on Sister Polygon, including music by bands like Sneaks, Snail Mail, Pinkwash, Cigarette, Downtown Boys, and numerous Priests-affiliated groups like Gauche and Flasher. Still, even amidst thriving hometown creativity, Priests possess a singular gravity. They are physical and combustible, urgent and visceral.

**Tickets are available for all these shows in the shop (cash only for ticket sales) without the online fees. **