Anne's Show Picks of the Week (April 24)

By Anne Castellano

This is a big weekend for New London's Paul Brockett Roadshow. They will be releasing a six song EP called Up All Night, and they will also be playing three shows this weekend to celebrate. Up All Night  was recorded and mixed by Jason Banta, of Recur Occurrence and Burnouts From Outer Space fame. The first show already happened, on Thursday at noon when the trio played at the Telegraph for The Day's Live Lunch Break. If you missed it, the video should be posted on The Day's website very soon. You can go to http://www.theday.com/section/medialivelunch/, which is where all the Live Lunch Break shows are archived, and watch the show there. On Saturday, the band will be appearing at the Daffodil Festival in Meriden. If you've never been to the Daffodil Festival, it's a great FREE two day event featuring Connecticut-connected bands that takes place at Hubbard Park in Meriden every year on the last weekend in April. There will be three stages with live music, and the Paul Brockett Roadshow will play on the Food Tent Stage at 11:45 am. If you're going, you will want to get there early to beat the traffic. General information including directions and information on shuttle buses is available at http://www.daffodilfest.com/. On Saturday night, the official Paul Brockett Roadshow CD release will take place at 33 Golden Street in New London. Special guests will be The Hornets, from Mansfield, MA. The Hornets played at the Telegraph as part of last Saturday's Record Store Day festivities, and they blew the crowd away. The band is a three-piece, with drums, upright bass, and piano accordion. You have probably never heard accordion played like this before, though, electrified with lots of effects pedals. Whatever you expect from these guys, you will probably be surprised and impressed. If I had to describe their music, it's a mix of Eastern European traditional and dance tunes, country, rock, and psychedelia. There are no vocals, but you won't even miss them. The show starts at 9:30 pm and cover is $5. 

There are some other bands playing this weekend in New London as well. On Friday night at 33 Golden Street, you can see Sonic Supercharger 66, the McGunks, the Deacons, and Slim Francis. Brooklyn's Slim Francis opens the show with a set of blues/punk at 9:30, followed by Brooklyn/CT street punks The Deacons and Providence drunk-punks The McGunks (there's just no way to do that without the rhyming, sorry). SonicSupercharger 66, from Stamford, will play last. The band features former members of Seizure, Midnightmares, Bad Attitude, and Elvis McMan, and they play a mix of 60's garage, power pop, and punk.  Doors open at 9 pm and cover is $5. 

On Saturday, there is a punk show at the Telegraph with Powerblessings and the Lost Riots. This will be Powerblessings' final Connecticut show. The band is from Northampton, and after this they will have one more show in Western MA and possibly a show in NYC. They recently released an 11 track album called Quick Guide to Heart Attacks, which can be streamed online at http://powerblessings.bandcamp.com/album/quick-guide-to-heart-attacks-12. The Lost Riots are now regular visitors to New London, and it's always great to have them back. They are from New Haven, but they seem to like our scene a lot, which works out well for everyone. And how many bands do you know that take guitar lessons from Richard Lloyd? It's true, just ask lead guitarist Sean Beirne. The show is free and open to all ages, and it starts at 7 pm. BYOB if you wish.



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