Bands Worth Watching
Right now there aren’t any bands from the New Haven area that I have my eyes on, but Manic Productions does more to maintain the scene around the New Haven area than anyone else right now. They book a mix of locals and nationals, and it’s the first place I look for upcoming shows in CT. They do free shows on Wednesday nights at BAR (listed below) and book at my favorite local venues like The Space/Outer Space, Cafe Nine, Toad’s Place/Lilly’s Pad and others. It’s inspiring to see people working so hard to help create and maintain their music community.
Venues Of Note
The Space is a small (150 cap) all-ages venue that sounds great and has a really cool vibe to it. There’s a vintage boutique and a vintage arcade upstairs, and a small tea and food counter too. On their website they say “The Space is basically halfway between an underground arts collective and a sticky floor rock venue,” which describes it really well.
BAR is a brewery/nightclub/brick-oven pizzeria/rock venue that is one of my favorite local spots. Wednesday nights are free, and it’s usually a combination of local and touring bands. Awesome beer and drink specials help keep me coming back.
Toad’s is the big venue here. It’s wide open so you can clearly see the band playing from pretty much anywhere in the room, and it has a great system too. There’s lots of local EDM and hip-hop now, but bigger national bands come through regularly too. Upstairs is a much smaller (usually all-ages) venue called Lilly’s Pad, which the owners have done a lot to improve and have turned it into a cool little venue—even if the load-in sucks.
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