Friday, April 25, 2014

Old Draft Post: Concert photos from 2012

Plainly since I've left this post in draft since fall of 2012... it wasn't going to happen. Just deleted all the text. Look at some pictures. Here you go.




Ben Sollee soundcheck



Deadly Gentlemen

Dominick Leslie, Sam Grisman, Stash Wyslouch


Toubab Krewe


How is this even real?


jordan mcconnell

Duhks original lineup plus Duncan Wickel

Anais & the Young Man Band

CJ! Reggie!


bon gang

Housekeeping/House concerts


So we're now up to a grand total of 3 house concerts (Ghost of the Valley played again! We have a couch in the basement now, first come, first served!) with another tentatively scheduled for September or October. (I need a break; work is busy, and this time of year it tends to be tough to get people to show up for events because there's so much going on socially the minute the weather warms up.)

It's tremendously exhausting, and also far more rewarding than I could have anticipated. Sure, I kind of lose money on food and drinks (unless people are extraordinarily generous with tips, I mean, when hummus and cheese are free you should SEE how much people eat!). And yes, it's a full week of trying to get the house in shape before I leave for work and after I get home. And then it's over in a flash! AND IT'S SO GREAT. People play music IN MY BASEMENT and other people support that. Livin' the dream.

Still figuring some stuff out - basic crowd control, mostly. How to keep the underage from BringingTheirOwnBeer so I don't lose my house. How to keep the of-age from BTOB so I can make money. How many dozen of what kind of cookies should I make. Don't make 30 cups of decaf and 30 cups of regular in your industrial coffee-pots if you're only expecting 15 people. Nobody gets to sneak into my bedroom for any reasons whatsoever, and when the concert's over it's fine to hang out for a while but then you need to go home. Right? Perhaps I need to add to that list "how to be gracious to people who won't go home when you've been up for 16 hours and for the LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY AM I NOT PUTTING OFF THE GO HOME VIBES". Just kidding. Kind of kidding.

Suffice it to say, this has pushed music reviewing and a bunch of other stuff to the back burner.
In the meantime, feel free to keep up with me on 8tracks, where I've been posting the occasional mixtape. It's a great way to know what I'm listening to at the moment. You can also creep on my Youtube favorites.

Stay tuned. Will try and not neglect this space so much over the next few months.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Second House Concert - Korby Lenker!

Well.... the first house concert went GREAT. Really, we had a blast - despite the normal amount of hitches (opener band went on 45 minutes late, 17 people stayed over), a good time was had by all and I said okay, we can do this! And we're doing it again this weekend!

Our nice friend Korby Lenker is out on his National Stuffed Piranha Tour and is making a special stop in our basement on Saturday the 8th. All the information is here - shoot me a message on Facebook if you'd like to reserve a seat, and also so I can buy enough hummus and make enough cookies, okay?

So, who is this Korby guy? He's a singer/songwriter/guitarist/ukulele player/bow-tie wearer/cat enthusiast/book nerd from Idaho, living in Nashville. I heard him on Pandora about 4 years ago, checked out his music on Youtube, eventually saw a couple of his shows (for only a few people will I wrangle myself into NYC!) and here we are. Time flies.
He has a great new website, loaded with spiffy tech stuff, talking stuffed piranhas, cheetah print, and pertinent information, including an intense bio. You should check out all of this - and if you can't come to our show, see if you can catch him in your town! Tell him I sent you.

And then you should see this brand new video he just made with a bunch of Nashville personalities.
Guys I can't even tell you how stoked I am to get my hands on this new album!
Keep an eye on this space as it will be available March 25th. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


I have a basement. It is in a small town in the top left-hand corner of Connecticut.
When I bought the basement (and the house on top of it, and the land around it), I had been looking for a place to hold house concerts for over 2 years.
Trust me, by now, this isn't just a concert, this is a PARTY! 
We are beyond delighted, after all this hard work readying the space, to announce our VERY FIRST SHOW! 
Friday January 18th at 8pm:

Our headliners are The Hazy Souls (Nick Geremia, Brett Praskach Kyle Pucciarelo), with Ghost of the Valley (Devin Morgan, Geoff Cersoli, Frank Mauri, Garth Pollock)!

We have limited seating and expect this event to sell out, so shoot an email to dani dot pollock at gm ail dot com to reserve your seat and get directions, or RSVP on our Facebook event page  Tickets are $12, cash at the door, doors are at 7:00 if you want to hang out, show starts promptly at 8. 
Your ticket price goes STRAIGHT TO THE BANDS, and includes free coffee, tea and light refreshments – beer, wine and soda will be available for modest tips.

The official band bios are close to the bottom, but let’s get personal!

I first met Nick from the Hazy Souls on Tumblr, because we’re both into whisky and bluegrass. At that point Nick and Kyle were in a band, I interviewed that band, that band dissolved, and the Hazy Souls came out of it, stronger than ever.

During our interview (which was a riot, these guys are fun - at one point someone said "we're like the Applebee's sampler of folk"), I came away with the very favorable impression that this is a band willing to put in the work. They’re gigging all over the eastern seaboard, busking, driving and generally busting their butts. Their favorite gig so far, they informed me, was a free show at a frozen yogurt shop. They got paid in frozen yogurt (which they didn't object to) but the best part was that this show enabled them to bring their music to an audience which otherwise wouldn’t have heard them. And that’s every working musician’s goal, or it should be. And that is my highest recommendation for why you should see them – because they’re willing to do the work.

The same can be said of Ghost of the Valley (full disclosure, Garth is my brother, but rest assured I’ve done my best to remain objective!) – these guys are working HARD at their craft and were recently finalists in the Infinity Hall Big Stage Open Mic contest!

The Hazy Souls are an alt-folk band from New Brunswick, NJ consisting of
Nick Geremia (vocals, mandolin, fiddle), Kyle Pucciarello (vocals, guitar,
banjo), and Brett Praskach (bass). Their songs perfectly showcase their
diverse musical influences, as well as their varying personal experiences, and
create a sonically unique, original sound.
Kyle and Nick's musical relationship was born out of a chance encounter at a
local bar, where they both performed as solo artists. After several months
playing together with a collective of other solo folk artists, the two decided to
create a full band of their own. After this, it was natural that Brett, a veteran
of the New Brunswick Punk-Pop scene, be brought on to continue to add
diversity to the sound.
All compositions are written by both Kyle and Nick, ranging from up-tempo
alt-country burners like "Why Not Tonight" and "Ice is Getting Thinner," to
bluegrass and folk infused cuts like "Whiskey, Cocaine" and "Abominable
Snow Monster." The Hazy Souls’ songs are written with a passion and
honesty that resonate with their audience, tackling issues of work, life, love,
and dreams.
The Hazy Souls are currently recording tracks for their debut EP, targeting a
Winter 2014 release.

Listen to The Hazy Souls on ReverbNation to get an idea of their sound!

Ghost of the Valley is an Indie Rock group that originated in Winsted, CT. Members are Devin Morgan (lead guitar, vocals), Geoff Cersoli (bass), Frank Mauri (rhythm guitar) and Garth Pollock (drums/percussion). Childhood friends Morgan and Cersoli learned to play guitar together in high school, taking influence from artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, Dire Straits & John Mayer. After playing through high school with Morgan’s twin brother Delaney under the name Chasing December, the two branched off to pursue a more rock-oriented sound. A trip to L.A. convinced Cersoli & Morgan to make their music careers a priority. Frank Mauri (coincidentally a coworker of the two), was a saxophonist in a jazz trio before honing in his acoustic guitar skills for the group. Garth Pollock, a multi-instrumentalist out of Warren, CT, was introduced to the group through a mutual friend. The four immediately clicked, forming a unique indie-influenced sound around Morgan’s personal and emotional songwriting style. After Cersoli and Morgan swapped bass and lead guitar responsibilities, the group Ghost of the Valley was formed as it stands today.

Ghost of the Valley live at Infinity Hall: