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Despite some drama, B.O.M.B. Fest 2011 finally arrives

When the lineup for the third installment of B.O.M.B. Fest was announced earlier this year, several people in the local and regional music community collectively shit a brick. Man Man? Best Coast? Snoop Dogg?? Wiz Khalifa?? Weezer??? Two days at West Conn? Really??…Could a festival with a lineup this chock full of awesome actually be happening in Connecticut? Then, after it was announced that over 25 local bands would be included in the two day festival, a veritable riot ensued amongst local artists, clamoring tooth and nail to land a slot at the festival. When the dust settled, over 500(!) bands had applied. Rumors then began to swirl in April that, due to overwhelming response, the festival was not happening at West Conn after all but at Meadows (okay, Comcast Theatre) in Hartford. When these rumors were confirmed shortly thereafter, initial reaction was mixed with some ticket holders even demanding refunds. After everyone came to their senses though, it became obvious that there was no way in hell that the WCSU campus (or Danbury) could possibly accommodate a two-day festival of this size. The end result? B.O.M.B. Fest became the first non-profit event ever to occur at the Comcast Theatre. And despite some drama, Connecticut finally got the music festival it always wanted (and deserved).

If When You Go:
B.O.M.B. Fest 2011
Saturday, May 28 – Sunday, May 29th
Comcast Theatre, Hartford

(For a complete festival schedule broken down by day, stage and time, please visit the B.O.M.B. Fest website. There are a ton of great bands including New Haven locals Eula, Wry, NHM Co-Artists of the Month The Guru, Fake Babies, The Manchurians, The Backyard Committee, Cosmic Dust Bunnies, Forget Paris and The Frank Critelli Band)

(To purchase tickets, please see the B.O.M.B. Fest Ticketmaster page. Tickets are available for each individual day as well as for the whole festival (including VIP packages)).

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B.O.M.B. Fest is the brainchild of one Frank Bombaci, Jr. A Connecticut native, Bombaci first started B.O.M.B. Fest in 2009 as his high school senior project. The basic idea was to bring together as many people as possible in Connecticut to hear the best in local and national bands, all in the name of charity. In addition to being a play on Bombaci’s surname, ‘B.O.M.B.’ is also an acronym for Bring Our Music Back, a non-profit organization founded by Bombaci’s father, Frank Sr., as a means to distribute proceeds from the festival to local charities. In just three short years, B.O.M.B. Fest has grown from a single day event of mostly local artists held at Harkness State Park in Waterford to a two-day festival featuring local and national acts at one of the biggest venues in the state.



MERIDEN DAFFODIL FESTIVAL @ Hubbard Park, April 24th-25th



Its that time of year again! Meriden’s 32nd annual Daffodil Festival is upon us next weekend, April 24th-25th at the city’s flower-laden Hubbard Park. Each day is promised to be packed with “food, flowers, fireworks and fun,’ at least so says the festival official website www.daffodilfest.com. Held each year during the last week of April, the festival is the combined effort of over 300 volunteers. Amidst the 650,000 blooming daffodils in Hubbard Park, the visitor can enjoy parades; an arts and crafts sale, a carnival with Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, giant slide, pony rides, miniature train and a food tent that houses 50 food vendors, all from community non-profit agencies. Saturday night is capped by a spectacular fireworks display, said to be one of the best in New England. Last but not least are the three band stages featuring 34(!) local and regional artists performing throughout each day. Organized by ThinManMusic head and WESU local music fanatic Rob DeRosa, the festival’s three stages feature a wide variety of (primarily) original music ranging from indie rock to jazz to reggae. Attracting over 100,000 in attendance annually, the Daffodil Fest is definitely one of Greater New Haven’s better festivals and is highly recommended for anyone who loves flowers and fun (and a lot of both).

Saturday April 24th / ALL AGES! / FREE!
(Jeff Crooms Welcome Stage)
11:00 BIG FAT COMBO
12:15 FORREST HARLOW
1:30 THE PEACOCK FLOUNDERS
2:45 DOG BITE
4:00 THE DOWN FI
5:15 KICKING DAISIES
6:30 THE SETH ADAM BAND
7:45 THE MOLD MONKIES

(Bandshell Stage)
12:30 BOXXCUTTER
1:45 THE FRANK CRITELLI BAND
3:00 THE MANCHURIANS
4:15 CHRISTINE OHLMAN & REBEL MONTEZ
5:45 RIVER STREET
7:00 THE BERNADETTES

(Food Tent Stage)
10:30 CHICO & FRIENDS
12:00 THE GONKUS BROTHERS
2:00 THE KEY WEST TRIO
3:30 RIVER CITY SLIM & THE ZYDECO HOGS
5:00 THE SHINY LAPEL TRIO
6:30 THE MICHAEL GREENBERG BAND

Saturday April 25th / ALL AGES! / FREE!
(Jeff Crooms Welcome Stage)
11:00 BABY G
12:15 THE JENN HILL BAND
1:30 CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS
2:45 JAMES VELVET & THE MIGHTY SPARROWS
4:00 THE MCLOVINS

(Bandshell Stage)
11:30 DUNOVO
12:45 PNUT BUTTER JAM
2:00 LAST YEAR’S DEAL
3:15 THE ZAMBONIS

(Food Tent Stage)
10:00 THE CITIZEN SPY
11:30 I.N.I.T.Y. REGGAE
1:00 JAZZ THE RIPPER featuring SIDEWAYS JANE
2:30 AFTER ALL
4:00 SEAN, KELLI & WAYNE

http://www.daffodilfest.com



Travis Moody Benefit w/B. WILLIE SMITH, GEORGE BAKER, THE BERNADETTES, THE MANCHURIANS, THE CROWN STREET ORCHESTRA, THE COBALT RHYTHM KINGS, THE GREG SHERROD BAND, THE LANGLEY PROJECT, PONYBIRD, ONE WAY TRACKS and more @ Cafe 9 – Feb. 21st



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
featuring
B. WILLIE SMITH
GEORGE BAKER
THE BERNADETTES
THE MANCHURIANS
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!



Death To New England, The Manchurians @ Rudy’s – Jan. 9th
January 5, 2010, 8:43 pm
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Death To New England, that band of former Battlecats who wish ill to all of us in New England, will be stopping by Rudy’s this Saturday, January 9th. Death To New England will be releasing their new record later this month so expect to hear some new material. Also performing at the Rude this Saturday will be the always crowd pleasing Manchurians. Lots of head bobbing and rock moves are promised for all.

If You Go:
DEATH TO NEW ENGLAND
THE MANCHURIANS

@ Rudy’s
21+, $3 cover
show starts at 10pm