Filed under: 21+, Benefit, Festival, Music, News, Shows | Tags: Cafe Nine, Death Prayers, Doctor Dark, Fake Babies, Fundraiser, Ideat Village, Mayhem Circus Electric, New Haven Music, NHM, Rock Lottery, The Suicide Dolls, The Wee Bees
So what is a ‘Rock Lottery’ anyway? A lottery with the winning prizes awarded in precious gems? A geologists idea of a crazy time? Or one of the most novel and popular events at last year’s Ideat Village festival which allowed New Haven musicians to form a new band, learn new songs, meet new people, play a show and break up all in two weeks time? If you answered the latter, you’re absolutely right.
Ideat Village’s Annual Fundraiser and Rock Lottery drawing takes over Cafe Nine this Saturday, June 4th. Featuring performances by Mayhem Circus Electric, The Wee Bees, The Suicide Dolls, Death Prayers, Doctor Dark and Fake Babies (most, if not all, of whom performed at last year’s festival), the annual event serves as a warning shot of sorts to the full-on festival which begins on Saturday, June 11th and ends on Sunday, June 26th. Now in its tenth year(!), Ideat Village was originally developed by co-organizers Bill Saunders and Nancy Shea as a local-centric alternative festival to the big money International Festival of Arts and Ideas, a mission which remains intact to this day. In contrast to the Arts and Ideas fest, Ideat Village focuses exclusively on local artists, musicians and filmmakers through a vast array of events, openings, exhibitions and concerts across New Haven, all funded through grassroots support and donations. As in year’s past, the duration of this year’s Ideat Village directly corresponds to the Arts & Ideas Fest, further underscoring its mission and focus.
Last year’s Rock Lottery winners, Lunch Ladies
This Saturday’s fundraiser also serves as drawing for the now annual Rock Lottery event. As previously stated, last year’s debut of the Rock Lottery proved wildly popular, drawing a large crowd to Yale’s GPSCY ballroom. Aside from its popularity, Rock Lottery also allowed local musicians, some of whom probably would have never performed together otherwise, to meet, create music and ultimately perform together on stage. Although this year’s Rock Lottery concert will instead be occurring at the newly renovated Rudy’s Bar (on Saturday, June 18th), you can bet the same spirit of musical spontaneity and community will be present. To those musicians too nervous participate in last year’s installment….don’t worry! Ultimately this event is all in the name of fun and building a sense of community in New Haven (a.k.a., no pressure!), two things we here at NHM agree with wholeheartedly (and you should too). Want to try it out? You can still sign up by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure to include what instrument you’d like to perform in your new Rock Lottery band. Further details can be found at the official Ideat Village website.
If When you go:
Ideat Village Fundraiser and Rock Lottery Drawing
w/Mayhem Circus Electric
The Wee Bees
The Suicide Dolls
Saturday, June 4th
@ Cafe Nine
250 State Street (at Crown Street), New Haven
8pm / 21+ / $6
All proceeds go to Ideat Village!
Filed under: All-Ages, Benefit, Music, News, Reunion, Shows | Tags: Brunt Of It, Call It Arson, Flaming Tsunamis, Mitch Dubey, Mitchell Dubey, My Heart To Joy, New Haven Music, NHM, Slingshot Dakota, The Flaming Tsunamis, Toad's Place
This Sunday, April 3rd a benefit concert will be held at Toad’s Place for Mitchell Dubey, a local musician, bike enthusiast and, from virtually all accounts, all-around great guy who was shot and killed on March 24th during a botched home invasion at his Bassett Street, New Haven apartment. Performing at the benefit concert will be some of Dubey’s favorite bands including The Flaming Tsunamis (whom Dubey followed back to CT from Los Angeles), Call It Arson (who will be reuniting for this show), My Heart to Joy (their 2nd to last show ever), Slingshot Dakota and Brunt of It. Tickets will go on sale today at 6pm via eTix who will be waving their usual service fees in light of this tragedy. In addition, Toad’s Place will not be taking a cut of ticket sales, ultimately insuring that Mitch Dubey’s family will receive ALL proceeds generated by the show. Due to the overwhelming reaction from the local community so far this show will most likely sell out so make sure you purchase tickets early. If you are unable to attend, donations can still be made to Mitch Dubey’s family via Paypal at the address Lauren.Dubey@gmail.com.
Filed under: All-Ages, Benefit, CTIndie Posts, Music, Shows | Tags: Black Churches, CT Indie, Diztrict Allstarz, Heirloom Arts Theatre, Mother Brother, New Haven Music, NHM, Ovlov, The Mercurial, The Stepkids, Vinyette
(Originally published on November 17, 2010 on CTIndie.com)
‘Tis the season for good times and giving, and there will be a whole lot of both going on Saturday, November 27th at Danbury’s Heirloom Arts Theatre with the ‘All The Trimmings’ Benefit concert featuring The Stepkids (CT), Mother Brother (CT), Black Churches (MA), Diztrict Allstarz (CT), Ovlov (CT) and Vinyette (NY).
Organized by Matthew Vitti (of Mother Brother) and Amanda Bloom (of The Mercurial), the event had its beginnings this past July when Vitti and Bloom met following a house show and promptly merged minds in setting up “a monumental rock show.” According to Vitti, “Amanda and I had similar ideas about the concept and nature of the event, so we worked fairly quickly and cooperatively finding the bands, finding the venue and forming the skeletal structure that would hold this party high and mighty above all else.” The main ‘nature’ of the event that Vitti alludes to is the food and clothing drive that will be taking place along with the show. Benefiting will be the Dorothy Day Hospitality House which, since 1982, has fed and sheltered Danbury’s homeless. In addition there will be a booth set up by the China Care Foundation, a Westport, CT. based non-profit dedicated to saving the lives of medically fragile orphaned children in China.
To spice up the good will, Vitti and Bloom have also put together a whole assortment of other activities and treats including a giant Twister competition, $1 plates of pizza and salad provided by Nico’s Pizza, an old-fashioned photo booth courtesy of Tin Sparrows (y’know, for documenting all those big smiles created by giving), and between-band sets by DJ Symetrex who will apparently be spinning faces off at the upstairs bar.
And how about those bands?? In addition to Vitti’s own Mother Brother (often engaging, always shape-shifting synth/noise/jam quartet from Bridgeport), a whole stable of great bands will be performing including Black Churches (odd-timed guitar rock from MA. (with keyboards!)), Diztrict Allstarz (hip-hop with guitars from Danbury), Ovlov (solid alt-rock from Newtown) and Vinyette (alternately dream-rock/hard rock with elements of electronica and post-punk from NY.). Headlining will be CT’s the Stepkids whose brand of synth-psych-soul (and recent signing to Stones Throw Records) has created a significant buzz around the band. If the potential acts of good will don’t draw you to Heirloom Arts Theatre on Nov. 27th, the music should.
Truly living up to its name, All The Trimmings’ equal parts of good cause, good fun and good music look to fit the spirit of the season quite well.
If When You Go:
Saturday, November 27th
@ Heirloom Arts Theatre
8pm / All-Ages
$10 ($1 off w/food donation!)
Filed under: 21+, Benefit, CTIndie Posts, Music, Shows | Tags: Broken, Cafe Nine, CTIndie, Iron Hand, Lord Fowl, New Haven Music, NHM, The Vultures
(Originally published on September 15, 2010 on CTIndie.com)
On Saturday, September 25th locals Broken, The Vultures, Lord Fowl and Iron Hand will be performing at Cafe Nine as part of a benefit show for local musician Jamie Saxton who is currently battling cancer.
From Safety Meeting Records head Carlos Wells:
“We’re doing up a benefit show for Jamie Saxton, longtime friend and area musician (of Beer Scouts of America, Five9Five, & Tijuana Hot Cocks), who is currently wrestling with cancer. Our hope is to put a lot of people in a room, get some good music going, some raffling, and some good times and hopefully our proceeds will help ease the burden on the Saxtons during an already difficult time. Please help spread the word and come down ready to drink, get rowdy, and win some prizes all for a really good cause. Show starts promptly at 9pm! So don’t show up at 10 thinking you’re not missing anything.”
There’s a $10 suggested donation for the show (or more if you can). In addition, there will be a raffle with prizes from a lot of New Haven area businesses including Firehouse 12, Haven Skate Park, Lovecraft Tattoo, and more.
Even if you don’t know Jamie, the show alone, featuring some of New Haven’s best punk and hard rock bands, should be well enough reason to get yourself to Cafe Nine on September 25th.
If When You Go:
Benefit for Jamie Saxton
@ Cafe 9
Saturday, September 25th
$10 suggested donation
Filed under: 21+, Benefit, Shows | Tags: Cafe Nine, Don Minott And His All-Stars, New Haven Music, NHM, Soul Reapin' 3, The Zambonis, UNH, WNHU
88.7FM WNHU is the University of New Haven‘s non-commercial, official FCC-licensed FM radio station broadcasting live 24/7 from the basement of UNH’s Maxcy Hall. Its also one kick ass radio station featuring a variety of programming ranging from local music to rockabilly to polka (if that’s your thing) and back. Daily operations are maintained by a departmental general manager, student station managers and directors, and a staff comprised of undergraduate students, graduate students, community volunteers, and faculty members. WNHU’s staff of DJs and radio personalities are comprised of both undergraduate students and community members. At 1,700 watts, WNHU has one of the largest broadcasting areas of any University based radio station in the state (over 30 miles or more in all directions). Although primarily funded by the University of New Haven, the radio station has in recent economic times relied more heavily on donations and fundraisers to supplement its dwindling University support. One such fundraiser will be held this Sunday, March 7th at New Haven’s Cafe Nine. This afternoon benefit show will feature live bands, appearances by some of the station’s DJs, raffles and more. 100% of the money raised from the show will go directly to the station itself, helping to fund your favorite WNHU programming and beyond. Come show your support for New Haven”s (and one of Connecticut’s) best college radio stations!
Filed under: 21+, Benefit, Shows | Tags: B Willie Smith, Cafe Nine, George Baker, George Lesiw, Jim Oblon, Kriss Santala, New Haven Music, NHM, One Way Tracks, Paul Gabriel, Ponybird, Robert Crotty, The Bernadettes, The Cobalt Rhythm Kings, The Crown Street Orchestra, The Langley Project, The Manchurians, Travis Moody
Cafe Nine will be holding a day-long benefit show next Sunday, February 21st for local musician Travis Moody. Moody, who was injured in a construction accident on January 7th along with his brother Rory and boss William Twyford, would often host the Sunday open jams at Cafe Nine. He is obviously a beloved part of the New Haven music community given the sheer amount of talent and musicians that will be appearing at this show. From what we know, Moody, his brother and Twyford are all doing better however still have a ways to go. In addition, all three must now face a mounting back-log of medical bills. A similar event was just hosted at Bill Miller’s in Branford which packed the place (see article in the New Haven Independent). For all those who know Travis (or even those who don’t), please make an effort to stop by Cafe 9. Not only will you get to see some great bands, you’ll also be helping out a few guys that need it.
If You Go:
Travis Moody Benefit Show
B. WILLIE SMITH
THE CROWN STREET ORCHESTRA
featuring ROBERT CROTTY and JIM OBLON
THE COBALT RHYTHM KINGS
featuring PAUL GABRIEL and GEORGE LESIW
THE GREG SHERROD BAND
THE LANGLEY PROJECT
PONYBIRD featuring KRISS SANTALA
ONE WAY TRACKS
and an All-Star Jam Finale
@ Cafe Nine
21+ / $15 cover goes directly to Travis, Rory and Bill
show starts at 3pm and goes until close!