Manic Presents / Premier Concerts Update 11-15-2018

Manic Presents / Premier Concerts Guest Post:

Welcome to this week’s extra long edition of our Redscroll blog post which includes the next two weeks of shows because Thanksgiving is next Thursday and no one wants to work on Thanksgiving.

Just announced at College Street Music Hall, we have Get The Led Out (2/1); Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (3/14), Punch Brothers (3/15) with Gabriel Kahane;  and Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox returns on (5/11). At Space Ballroom; an intimate performance by Lady Lamb (4/10) and Legendary psych rock band Acid Mothers Temple (4/19). Just announced at Wall Street Theater is Classic DEEP PURPLE Performed By Glenn Hughes (4/24). All shows go on sale Friday, 11/16 at 10AM.

We have a packed week of shows starting FRIDAY (11/16) with Dark Star Orchestra recreating the historic 5/5/77 Grateful Dead New Haven show at College Street Music Hall and rising neo-soul/funk band Ripe over at Space Ballroom with Joon. The fun continues on Saturday (11/17) with pop punk band Cute Is What We Aim For with Makeout, Minshara, and Brightside and on Sunday (11/18) Speak Up Storytelling Presents “Mischief”. We are 100% SOLD OUT for Bob Dylan’s performance at the Palace Theater in Waterbury THIS Tuesday (11/20). Back over at Space Ballroom we have CT Grateful Dead tribute mainstays Shakedown on Wednesday (11/21); The Felice Brothers (11/23); Presence CT (11/24); and WHY? (11/25) celebrating the 10th anniversary of their Alopecia! Get your tickets now!

As a part of our weekly emerging artists series Manic Mondays at Cafe Nine, we have singer/songwriter Elizabeth & the Catapult on (11/19) and LEEDS (Royston Langdon of Spacehog) with Bird Streets and McClain Tini. RSVP today!

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Upcoming Shows…

Friday, November 16th

Dark Star Orchestra

$29.00-$34.00/All Ages/Doors at 7:00PM

College Street Music Hall- New Haven

INFO: Performing to critical acclaim celebrating their 20th anniversary year in 2017 and over 2600 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead’s extensive catalog and the talent of these seven fine musicians. On any given night, the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead’s 30 years of extensive touring or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show. This allows fans both young and old to share in the experience. By recreating set lists from the past, and by developing their own sets of Dead songs, Dark Star Orchestra offers a continually evolving artistic outlet within this musical canon. Honoring both the band and the fans, Dark Star Orchestra’s members seek out the unique style and sound of each era while simultaneously offering their own informed improvisations.

Friday, November 16th

Ripe w/ Joon

$15/All Ages/Doors 7:00PM

Space Ballroom – Hamden

INFO: On a primal level, we react to music through movement. A head-nod, a foot-tap, or a handclap certainly shows appreciation, but dancing seals the eternal bond between audience and musician. Siphoning the spirits of rock, funk, R&B, jazz, and pop through a kaleidoscope of unpredictable and virtuosic improvisation, Boston-based seven-piece Ripe consistently bring people to their feet. Most importantly, they prove that “dance music” in its purest form doesn’t have to come from computers and synthesizers. It can be an unstoppable groove or an extended moment of ecstatic release. Like those bodies moving on the floor, it’s the result of the energy, friction, and communication between living and breathing people. An inimitable and indefinable chemistry has separated and singled out Ripe since day one. Subverting any and all standard genre boundaries once again, their latest offering confidently continues that tradition. These seven musical soulmates —Robbie Wulfsohn [vocals], Tory Geismar [guitar], Jon Becker [guitar], Sampson Hellerman [drums], Josh Shpak [trumpet], Calvin Barthel [trombone], and Nadav Shapira [bass]—once again incite listeners to move on their independent full-length debut, Joy In The Wild Unknown.

Saturday, November 17th

Cute Is What We Aim For w/ Makeout, Minshara, Brightside

$20 ($18 adv)/All Ages/Doors 6:00PM

Space Ballroom- Hamden

INFO: Cute Is What We Aim For is a pop punk band from Buffalo, New York. The band formed in 2005, and since have released two albums: The Same Old Blood Rush with a New Touch and Rotation. The band was previously signed with record label Fueled by Ramen for their two releases, but are currently unsigned.

Sunday, November 18th

Speak Up Storytelling presents “Mischief”

$20 ($15 adv)/All Ages/Doors at 6:30PM

Space Ballroom (Front Room)- 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.

Monday, November 12th

Elizabeth & the Catapult w/ Julia Caesar, Passing Strange

Free with RSVP (or $5 at the door)/21 and over/Doors at 7PM

Cafe Nine- New Haven

INFO: Elizabeth Ziman, who performs as Elizabeth and the Catapult, is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter from New York, living and working in Brooklyn. She’s toured with the likes of Sara Bareilles and Kishi Bashi; collaborated with with Esperanza Spalding, Gillian Welch, Blake Mills and Ben Folds; scored, with Paul Brill, a variety of international award-winning documentaries including Trapped, a Peabody winner; and won the 2015 Independent Music Award for Songwriting, Folk category. Her songs have been featured in national television campaigns for Google, Amazon, Sky TV, and “So You Think You Can Dance”.

Wednesday, November 21st


$15 ($10 adv)/All Ages/Doors at 7PM

Space Ballroom- Hamden

INFO: Shakedown is a Connecticut based band that has been performing their unique version of a Grateful Dead Concert since 1987. Shakedown features wonderful three part harmonies with varied and interesting jams that reflect the band members’ special chemistry.

A loyal following of fans has blossomed over the years, and Shakedown performs regularly at Toad’s Place in New Haven and at almost every major music venue in Southern New England.

They also perform yearly at StrangeCreek Campout and Wormtown Music Festival. Shakedown has been awarded winners of the CTNOW Music Award as the “Best Tribute Band” in Connecticut multiple times. From “Truckin” to “Touch of Grey,” Shakedown will make you dance till you drop!

Friday, November 23rd

The Felice Brothers w/ Not My Sister

$25 ($20 adv)/All Ages/Doors at 7PM

Space Ballroom- Hamden

INFO: The Felice Brothers’ album, Life in the Dark, out on Yep Roc, is classic American music. At once plainspoken and deeply literate, the band’s latest features nine new songs that capture the hopes and fears, the yearning and resignation, of a rootless, restless nation at a time of change.

Life in the Dark also coincides with The Felice Brothers’ 10th anniversary as a band. Hailed by the AV Club for a sound at once “timeless, yet tossed-off,” they’ve released plenty of music over the past decade, often on their own without a record label, but the new album is the fullest realization yet of the band’s DIY tendencies. Self-produced by the musicians and engineered by James Felice (who also contributed accordion, keyboards and vocals), the Felice Brothers made Life in the Dark themselves in a garage on a farm in upstate New York, observed only by audience of poultry.

“The recording is definitely rough around the edges and cheap,” James Felice says, laughing. “It was liberating and really cool to do. It allowed us to untether ourselves from anything and just make music.”

Saturday, November 24th

Presence CT: Led Zeppelin Tribute

$15 ($10 adv)/All Ages/Doors 7PM

Space Ballroom- Hamden

INFO: Undoubtedly one of CT’s hottest bands, Presence CT Led Zeppelin Tribute have been wowing audiences across the state since their inception in September 2016 with their blistering, spot-on renditions of some of Zeppelin’s finest work.

What began as a jam session among life-long friends and musicians quickly morphed into the sublime when 18-year-old vocal sensation Michael Stearns (The Voice) entered the fray. The band has since never looked back.

From the haunting keys of No Quarter, to the melancholy harmonica on When the Levee Breaks, to the virtuoso guitars of Over the Hills and Far Away and the pounding rhythms of Nobody’s Fault but Mine, Presence CT Led Zeppelin Tribute brings it – in full color – note for note, rivaling and, in many ways, surpassing the “national acts” who pay tribute to one of the world’s all-time greatest rock and roll bands.

There are no gimmicks here. No silly costumes or wigs. Just the pure power, sounds, and delight of the mighty Zeppelin.

Sunday, November 25th

WHY? Alopecia w/ Lala Lala

$18/All Ages/Doors 7PM

Space Ballroom- Hamden

INFO: “I’ll go unknown by torpedo or Crohn’s / Only those evil live to see their own likeness in stone.” It’s the kind of couplet you’d carve into a wall whilst savoring the irony at hand, but when Yoni Wolf spit the line ten years ago he was blissfully, broodily unaware that he and his band WHY? were creating a career-defining album—one so fan-adored that it would go out of print, and so influential that the art-pop heroine Lorde herself would lovingly steal the very lyric quoted above. When it dropped in 2008, Alopecia not only marked WHY?’s evolution from a sonically collaged mostly solo project to a live-recorded powerhouse band of badass multi-instrumentalists. It also minted a genre of one: wryly written, poignantly posed, simultaneously swaggering and heart-rending song-rap that jangles like folk, bursts like psych-rock, and sways like chamber pop. To this day, there is no other group in the known universe that sounds or feels like WHY? does on Alopecia. The album’s 2018 reissue cheekily etches that aural likeness into our musical history.

Monday, November 26th

LEEDS (Royston Langdon of Spacehog) w/ Bird Streets, McClain Tini

Free with RSVP (or $5 at the door)/21 and over/Doors at 7PM

Cafe Nine- New Haven

INFO: LEEDS is Royston Langdon, former lead singer of Spacehog, with a name that’s a nod to his hometown and an album, Everything’s Dandy, that is a culmination of his 24 years in New York, both in its content and its production.

“I’ve lived here longer than I’ve lived anywhere on the planet,” says Langdon of New York. “I feel like I’m part of the city in a way.”

Originally from Leeds, Langdon got his start playing music in the U.K. In 1994, however, he followed his brother Antony to New York and fell for the city immediately. Not long after the move, Spacehog formed. In the fall of 1995, they released the debut album Resident Alien, which spawned the hit single “In the Meantime.” Three more albums followed over the next 18 years.

More recently, Langdon has worked on the industry side of music, using his own experiences to help up-and-coming artists. Yet, he remained a musician at heart. Langdon kept his new work fairly private, telling only a few people as he built a new collection of songs.


Friday, February 1st

Get The Led Out

$25-$40/ All Ages/ Doors at 7:00PM

College Street Music Hall- New Haven

INFO: From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, Get The Led Out re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album, GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants, a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity. Dubbed by the media as “The American Led Zeppelin,” Get The Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert. GTLO also include a special “acoustic set” with Led Zeppelin favorites such as “Tangerine” and the “Battle of Evermore” being performed in its’ original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band. GTLO has amassed a strong national touring history, having performed at major club and performing arts center venues across the country.

Thursday, March 14th

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

$36.50/All Ages/Doors 7:00PM

College Street Music Hall- New Haven

INFO: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is Scott Metzger, Tommy Hamilton, Marco Benevento & Joe Russo.

“Not only does this quintet play tight and vicious versions of some of the most complex songs in the Grateful Dead’s repertoire, but they play them with a rawness & energy absent from the stage since the “Live” Dead era. More importantly, all of the jams are wild and incredibly adventurous. Russo’s a beast behind the kit who’s in the peak of his career. Metzger is a criminally underrated guitarist who has a chameleon-like ability to alter his sound to compliment any situation. Dreiwitz’s intensity is unmatched by anyone, while Benevento spouts these crazy tones and layers of sound that mix the best of what each keyboardist in GD history brought to the band. Finally, add Hamilton, whose voice and biting leads help push this ensemble over the top.” – Scott Bernstein, Jambase 9.12.13


Friday, March 15th

Punch Brothers w/ Gabriel Kahane

$38.50-$58.50/All Ages/Doors 7:00PM

College Street Music Hall- New Haven

INFO: All Ashore, Punch Brothers’ fifth album and the first to be self-produced by the quintet, is both ambitious and easygoing, a lot like the “ridiculously eclectic” combo, as London’s Guardian once called the band. The work has the feel of a nine-song suite, one that invites you to unravel the threads of its connected themes and stories over repeated listening. Each track segues seamlessly, even a little sneakily, into the next. Before you know it, “The Angel of Doubt,” a dark-night-of-the-soul drama featuring a vocal from singer-mandolinist Chris Thile, has glided into “Three Dots and a Dash,” an instrumental that veers from ruminative to rave up, named in tribute to a classic Tiki cocktail, Thile’s latest recreational obsession.

Thile calls All Ashore “a meditation on committed relationships in the present day, particularly in light of the current unsettled political climate — certainly the most unsettled one that anyone in the band has ever experienced.” He continues, “We were hoping we could create a thing that would be convincing as a complete thought, sort of a nine-movement or a nine-song thought, even though it’s rangy in terms of what it’s talking about and in the characters doing the talking.”


Wednesday, April 10th

Lady Lamb

$20/All Ages/Doors 7:00PM

Space Ballroom- Hamden

INFO: To many, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (aka Aly Spaltro) is an enigma. Her songs are at once intimate and unbridled- both deeply personal and existentially contemplative. Spaltro is a fearless performer who can command a pitch-black stage with nothing more than her voice. Yet, when the band bursts in and the lights come up, what began as a demonstration of restraint shifts seamlessly into an emphatic snarl.

Friday, April 19th

Acid Mothers Temple

$15/All Ages/Doors 7:00PM

Space Ballroom- Hamden

INFO: Formed in 1995 by Makoto Kawabata at the same time as the Acid Mothers Temple Soul Collective. The group released its debut album in 1997 on PSF Records (Japan), and it was selected as one of the year’s best albums in the The Wire magazine (UK). In 1998 the group played their first tours of the US and Europe. Since then the group has released a huge number of albums on labels from many different countries. As of 2017, the group has released around 80 albums. Every year since 1998, they have toured extensively in the US and Europe, and more recently have started performing around Asia and in Japan too.

Wednesday, April 24th

Classic DEEP PURPLE Live Performed By Glenn Hughes

$40.00-$45.00/All Ages/Doors 7PM

Wall Street Theater- Norwalk

INFO: Glenn Hughes, former bassist and singer of Deep Purple, known to millions as the ‘Voice of Rock’, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and the current front man for rock super group Black Country Communion is pleased to announce that he will be performing Deep Purple only material with his “GLENN HUGHES PERFORMS CLASSIC DEEP PURPLE LIVE” nationwide US tour in August-Sept. 2018.

The tour promises to be dynamic, a turn-back-the-clocks, two-hour live extravaganza homage to his tenure in MK 3 and MK 4 incarnations of Deep Purple – one of music history’s most seminal and influential rock and roll groups. All tour dates will be announced shortly. With a Facebook following of a quarter million fans.

As well as Glenn on lead vocals and bass guitar, the touring band also features Soren Anderson (guitar), Jesper Bo Hansen (keyboards) and Fernando Escobedo (drums).


Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox: Welcome to the Twenties

$29.50-$85.00/All Ages/Doors 7PM

College Street Music Hall- New Haven

INFO: Since Bradlee created PMJ in 2009, the project has amassed more than 740 million YouTube views and 2.7 million subscribers, chalked up more than 1 million likes on Facebook, performed on “Good Morning America,” topped iTunes charts with all 14 of their releases since 2014, caught the attention of NPR Music and NBC News, and played hundreds of shows to sold-out houses around the world.

Despite finding such success for the project on the road, Bradlee continues to arrange and record new arrangements every week for PMJ’s legion of fans. The multi-talented collective has interpreted hits by Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, The White Stripes, Lorde, Outkast, Radiohead, Maroon 5 and many more. Last year, PMJ collected 18 favorites from among their hundreds of songs to compile The Essentials for Concord Records. The album included the song that put the band on the map, a vaudevillian distressing of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” and their ‘50s doo-wop version of Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop,” which garnered more than 19.5 million views and was named one of the “9 Best Viral Cover Videos of 2015” by People magazine.

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