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NOLA Night @ The Palace ft. Food, Drinks, Big Brass + Massive Do-Goodedness

30 Oct
Nola Night Showcase 61 Palace Stamford
Bonjou! Our friends at YES Stamford (Young Energetic Solutions) have put together a NOLA Night Food Drive & Cocktail Hour to help benefit some great local charities. The night of music, food, and Hurricanes goes down right in the Founders Room @ The Palace from 6:30-8 pm. Here’s the great news: entry is free along with nomworthy samples of pulled pork sliders from SoNo’s Mama’s Boy Southern Table & Refuge! Okay, so let’s dig a bit deeper into the details:

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Start Mardi Gras Early with Local Music, Food, and Drinks at 9th Annual BlackRock Rocks Mardi Gras Fundraiser

26 Feb

It can be argued that three of the finest things in life are music, food, and drink.  Well, who are we kidding?  Those definitely are the finest things…

And it’s with this awesomeness that we present to you the 9th Annual BlackRock Rocks fundraiser event!  Check out Acoustic Café, Fire Engine Pizza Company, Tautog Tavern, or B.R.Y.A.C., order some drinks (or focus on the drink specials!), watch some shows, and devour some NOLA inspired dishes at each location.

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This Weekend, Everybody’s Irish @ the Milford Irish Festival

19 Sep

Milford, you guys get the coolest things.  You have your own Oktoberfest, Oyster Fest, and you get your own Irish Festival, too!  Aww, garsh, we’re jealous.  Lucky for us you’re not too far away and we can easily get out there this Friday or Saturday, 9/20-21, to celebrate the music and culture of the Emerald Isle.  Both days will feature classics such as corned beef, fish & chips, shepard’s pie, roast beef, hot dogs, chili, burgers, pulled pork, sausage & peppers, fried dough, kettle corn, and more.   Also, there will be a variety of brews such as Guinness and Harp, as well as hard ciders and wine.   You can also learn more about Irish sports, history, and watch authentic Irish Dancing by visiting the Cultural Tent.  This tent will feature a tea room with Irish coffee and baked goods, too, so make sure to stop by.  

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Soupstock 2013 brings soup contest , a food court, music, arts + more to Shelton, Connecticut

22 May


We told you about Soupstock last year…a free music, food, and arts festival that is now in its fourth year.  While Soupstock (taking place on June 8 from 10-8 pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Shelton) has always been about fun, there’s also a heart to this much anticipated event.  Proceeds from the event (there are lots of chances to give and help support) go to The Mary A Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund (read more here) that benefits art, craft, and music education for children and young adults.  Let’s show you why you’ll need to keep Saturday, June 8 free for you, yourself, your friends, and your fam:

Picture1) There will be great food options for you:

We’re talking Liquid Lunch of Shelton and Milford, BRYAC from Bridgeport (they’ll have a raw bar), DiSorbo’s Bakery of Hamden, Mamoun’s Falafel of New Haven, and Addeo’s Italian Ice of Shelton.  Kristien just might spend the entire festival shooting oysters, though. :P

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Pour at the Shore brewing up at Seaside Tavern Memorial Day weekend

20 May

America is all about the indie spirit…especially when it comes to music and beer.  And, it just so happens that Seaside Tavern and Sound Magazine are hosting a wicked good time this coming Sunday (5/26), starting at 1 pm.  Pour at the Shore will surely be one of the great highlights of your Memorial Day Weekend.  Now, you can’t exactly wear white yet, so hold off.  Very soon, but not quite yet…

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Clambake with Music and Drinks to Raise Money for Bridgeport Arts Fest, 6/15

10 Jun

On July 7, 2012 at McLevy Green in Bridgeport will be the Bridgeport Arts Fest.  This event is so massive that we aren’t even sure how to describe what will happen there.  We’ll try, though:  live music, art, performers, activities like a homebrewing demo and seaside bike tour…and tons more.  Check out more at the end of this post and more on their site.

With hundreds of reasons to go, it’s gonna take some dinero to sponsor this awesomeness.  Well, that’s where the Bridgeport Arts Fest Clambake comes along.  Check it out Friday, 6/15, from 7-10 pm at Gallery 305K on 305 Knowlton Street in Bridgeport.  When you buy a ticket, you get dinner, a drink, get to listen to live entertainment, and you get a chance to win 1 of 5 pieces of art that have been donated by Bridgeport Arts Fest artists.  But wait, there’s more…there will be door prizes, too!  Food is sponsored by Bridgeport Shellfish and Seafood, Barnum Publick House, One of a Kind Catering, Sweet Magnolia Catering, and a homegrown green salad by Cook and Grow.  Wine will be provided by Barefoot.  You must be 21 or older, there’s no smoking, and it’s dog-friendly.

Here are the costs:

Online:  $26.87 for one, $42.39 for two

At the door:  $30 for one, $50 for two

Here’s a breakdown, from the Bridgeport Arts Fest site about what to expect on July 7:

+ Over 100 Artists, Artisans, Crafters and Community Groups
+ 8 Day Stage performances
+ After-Party Concert
+ Screening of the Home Sweet Bridgeport film competition winners
+ 7 live-action studio and interactive educational events
+ 20 local food and drink vendors
+ Bridgeport Community Land Trust “Beer Garden”
+ Over 30 Urban Beautification mural installations
+ Westport Arts Center’s Heroes Project
+ Gold & Main Block Party
+ Downtown Tour of Living
+ Seaside Bike Ride
+ LuzJonz Summer Fashion Show
+ Poetry Slam
+ Freeform creativity wall
+ Sweet Spot! area design competition
+ Special After-Party illuminations
+ MANY other displays of creativity in action!

Soupstock III: Soup Showdown, Food, Music, Art, and Shops – Shelton, CT

30 May

There certainly is no limit to the fun things going on in Fairfield County recently.  We can’t attend all of them, but we’re trying hard to keep you aware so you can pick the ones ya love.  Soupstock III is definitely one of those events that you need to know about.

It’s going down Saturday, 6/9/12 from 10-8 pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park (The Slab) in downtown Shelton.  Proceeds will go towards The Mary A Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund (read more here) that benefits art, craft, and music education for children and young adults.  Let’s give you a killer list of reasons to go:


1)  3rd Annual Soupstock Soup Cook-Off

• People and local chefs will be competing to win the SOUPSTOCK title.  If you’d like to be a judge, it’s simple.  Give a small donation to the Turtle Shell Fund and then you get to become a “Schmecker,” which we just found out means ‘taster’ in German.  You’ll be able to taste the soup all day and will get to vote in your faves.
2)  Lots of food
• Get ready for some brick oven pizza, some Middle Eastern food, and even some grilling magic.  There’s lots more in store, too, so come with an empty stomach.
3) Music
4) Arts and Crafts
Tons of vendors to check out while you’re trying some soup or listening to some tunes.
5) Kid Friendly
• A bounce house
• Kids Olympics
• An Art Expo tent with local student art
6) They Need Volunteers
• Yup, wanna help out?  E-mail info@soupstockfestival.org and ask what ya can do.

Have you ever attended a Soupstock? 

Are you planning on hitting it up? 

Let us know!

Art Greenwich, May 24-28: Food, Drinks, Music, + Art on a Megayacht…Awesome!

21 May

Ever wonder why Andy Samberg from SNL and Lonely Island sang, “I’m on a Boat“?  After you’ve hit up Art Greenwich from May 24-28, you might have a similar experience and feeling.  Now, you might not be rocking a nautical-themed pashmina, but there’s lots to check out on SeaFair.  Check it:  a 228 foot megayacht that will be docked at 500 Steamboat road at Delamar Greenwich Harbor.  Fill that boat up with seemingly endless works of art, music, music, food, and entertainment and you’ve got a great (and inexpensive) way to spend your Memorial Day weekend.

Here’s a breakdown of the events taken from ExpoShips.com to help you to pick when you’d like to hop aboard this boat and go all nautical:


One Day Tickets:  $15 online | $20 at the door
•One day ticket is valid any one day, Friday through Monday. Not valid for the preview evening Thursday, March 24th.

Priority Tickets:  $25 online | $30 at the door
• Collectors’ Invitational May 24 from 7:30 pm-10 pm
• Return admission during daily fair hours
• Priority boarding (no waiting in line)


6 pm – 7:30 pm:  First View in honor of the Greenwich Arts Council (by invitation only)

7:30 pm – 10 pm: Collectors Invitational (admission with priority ticket)

8:30 pm:  “Convergence and the Maria Esneda Rhetoric”
The noted Greenwich dealer, artist and entrepreneur, Fernando Luis Alvarez has created a truly multi-disciplinary playground for audiences through his performance piece “Convergence”. Through a collaborative of music, dance and painting, Alvarez demonstrates a theatrical portrayal of his transition from business executive to full-time artist and entrepreneur. Alvarez will delight attendees with this special performance opening night.


11 am-9 pm:  Exhibit Hours | Sky deck open til 10 pm

1:30 pm-2:30 pm:  “Artful Living: Incorporating Functional Art into Rooms of all Periods” by Pamela Hughes, Hughes Design Associates

3-4 pm:  Aperture will present a talk with W. M. HUNT, curator, collector,consultant, teacher, fundraiser, and author of the new Aperture book “The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious”. Join Bill, who is known for his wit and larger-than-life personality, for an entertaining presentation on the art of collecting. His book, The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious, presents a wonderfully idiosyncratic and compelling collection of photographs assembled around a particular theme: magical, heart-stopping images of people in which the eyes are obscured, veiled, or otherwise hidden.The gaze of the subject is averted. The pictures are characterized by what, at first glance, its subjects conceal, not by what the camera reveals.


11 am-9 pm Exhibit Hours | Sky deck open til 10pm

11 am-10 pm:  Party on the Harbor:  Enjoy the great entertainment lineup from our sky deck as the Greenwich Town Party broadcasts the concert performances to boaters in the harbor. Full bar and tapas style menu will be served. Note: Limited seating available on first come, first served basis with fair admission.

Noon-3 pm:  Champagne Exotica: Enjoy a unique selection of international champagne cocktails.

Noon-3 pm:  The Ultimate Bloody Mary Bar on the sky deck.


11 am-7 pm: Exhibit Hours | Sky deck open til 10pm

1:30 pm-2:30 pm:  “America in the 20th Century: Realism v. Abstraction” presented by David Setford, Executive Director, The Hyde Collection, NY.

Noon-3 pm:  Champagne Exotica: Enjoy a unique selection of international champagne cocktails.

Noon-3 pm:  The Ultimate Bloody Mary Bar on the sky deck.


11 am-7 pm: Exhibit Hours

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm:  A 40 minute film “Before They Were Famous: Behind the Lens of William John Kennedy” with an introduction by Vincent Harrison presented by the Kiwi Arts Group is scheduled on Monday, May 28th at 1:30 pm. The film chronicles the journey taken by Kennedy’s Warhol and Indiana photographs from the early 1960s to the present. The documentary, full of personal anecdotes and remembrances by many of the principals of the story, includes appearances by Robert Indiana; Warhol Superstar and bestselling author Ultra Violet; and poet/performer Taylor Mead as they view their images for the first time.
In addition to the fun drink and tasting events, the Sky Deck Bar360, Bistro360, LuxeLounge, and International Coffee Bar are open serving up cocktails, light food, coffee/espresso, and sweets.
See rare works of art from Joan Miro, Francis Bacon, Marc Chagall, and Henry Moore, as well as works from Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jim Dine.  This (and more) is in addition to the exhibits that are listed above.

Bandapalooza 2012: Food, Drinks, + Voting in Your Fave Bands to Alive @ Five

14 May

Check out 10 local bands and vote in your favorites to play the 2012 Alive @ Five

Last year we told you about Bandapalooza, the contest that pits local bands against each other for the right, pleasure, and honor to play at Alive @ Five.  Last year was band against band, in a bracket-like competition with three finalists.  This year things are a bit different.  You’ll still be able to check out your favorite local bands at restaurants throughout Stamford then vote on 95.9 The Fox.  Voting is open from May 18-5/22 at noon.  The top three winners will go on to play Alive @ Five on 6/21, 6/28/ and 7/5 (full schedule below) at Columbus Park.

The bands do their thing on Friday, 5/18/12 from 8 pm to 12:30 am.  When the specific times are posted, we’ll update this for you.  Here’s the schedule of bands and where to hear them.  Also, check out the winners (when the votes are in) and the complete Alive @ Five.

All Banged Up 8-9:30 @ Bartaco (222 Summer St.)

Bearin’ Peace 9:15-10:15@ Black Bear Saloon (261 Main St.)

Skies for Miles 10-11 @ Bradford’s Grill & Tavern (83 Bedford St.)

Mandated Reporters 9:15-11 @ Brick House Bar & Grill (244 Bedford St.)

Second Street Saints 8:40-9:40 @ BUtterfield 8 Restaurant & Lounge  (112 Bedford St.)

Woods of Arden  10:15-12:30@ Lucky Break – 268 Atlantic St.
1974 11:15-12:30 @ SBC Downtown Restaurant & Brewery – 131 Summer St.
The Exposure 8-9 @ Station Eats – 3 Landmark Square
The Senate 8-8:45 @ Tiernan’s – 187 Main St.

Lawrence Trailer 10-10:45 @ Tigin Irish Pub – 175 Bedford St.

From Stamford Downtown’s Alive @ Five site:
June 21   Los Lonely Boys
Second Street Saints
June 28 G. Love & Special Sauce
Jay Loftus
Lawrence Trailer
July 5 Creedence Clearwater Revisited
sponsored by Frank Mercede & Sons
  Running Late
All Banged Up
July 12 Matisyahu
Moon Taxi
Emergency Service
July 19 Hot Chelle Rae
sponsored by Reckson
Eytan & The Embassy
My Pet Dragon
July 26 Javier Colon
sponsored by Stamford Marriott, Hilton Stamford & Sheraton Stamford Hotel
Matt Beilis
  Annie Minogue
Aug. 2 Foreigner
sponsored by NBCUniversal*
& Skytop Lodge
Matt O’Ree
Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project

Alive @ Five, Rules for 2012

  • You must be 21 and older to get into the concert area after 7 pm.  Hands will be marked for under 21.  Under 21 cannot leave and re-enter.
  • If you are under 21 and arrive before 7pm, you are welcome to stay for the entire concert, but you cannot leave and re-enter.
  • Photo I.D. is required.
  • Passports and Out of State IDs require a Second Form of Photo I.D. with Date of Birth.
  • $10.00 fee to attend the Alive @ Five Festival.
  • Children aged 12 and under are free, but must enter before 7pm and cannot leave and re-enter.

Single main entrance located on Main Street
just east of Clark and Lower Summer Streets with multiple entry portals.

Restricted Items
Attendees cannot enter with bicycles, coolers, chairs, bicycles, weapons,containers of any kind, liquid, alcohol, pets, video cameras or tape recorders. Backpacks and large bags are subject to police search.  Please leave them at home.

Alive @ Five Map

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