[NHM] New Haven Music

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)).


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.

Die Hipster presents WRY, V.A.G., FATAL FILM, PLUTO GANG, DJ YOU B @ Daniel St. – Feb. 11th
February 8, 2010, 5:50 pm
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Die Hipster (a.k.a. Jeffrey Thunders of The Black Noise Scam) will be presenting a punk/indie rock show this Thursday, February 11th at Milford’s Daniel Street club. Appearing will be several local outfits: Wry (of New Haven, featuring ex-members of Shiv, Kennesaw and The Black Noise Scam), VAG (of East Haven), Fatal Film (one of New London’s finest), Pluto Gang (of Bloomfield) and DJ You B. Of the mentioned bands, only VAG and Pluto Gang come close to the hardcore punk of Thunders’ own band, while Wry and Fatal Film offer indie rock variations on the formula. Wry itself was added to the bill as a last minute replacement for L.A. Trash (a.k.a. Thunders’ newer band with members of Electric Bucket). Regardless, this looks to be another great punk rock billing from Die Hipster. Keep an ear out for Die Hipster’s upcoming Sunday punk rock matinee series at the Space, starting later this month.

If You Go:
Die Hipster presents
@ Daniel Street
21+ / $5 cover
doors open 8:30pm