I’ve had summer writer’s block. So, as the summer draws to a close, I want to talk about my favorite rock show.
I dig consistent. And Radio 104.1 (WMRQ) in CT have delivered a consistently great music festival for many years. This year’s Radio 104 Fest was no exception. The line up? 311, New Politics, The Verve Pipe, Joywave, Polar Planet, Joey Batts, and Punchdrunk.
For me, aside from 311, New Politics were the darlings of the evening. From the second drummer, Louis Vecchio, hit the stage, I was riveted. I’ll admit, I was “meh” about them on the bill. I like their radio hit, “One of Us”, but it was just “like”. WOW! They converted me to love. In fact, they are now my latest live-music fave. This trio just ripped it up. Highlighting their set was a kick ass cover of Beastie Boys “Sabatoge”. I think what really clinched it for me was when lead vocalist, David Boyd, looked into the front of the crowed and asked them to carry him to the very back of the crowd where he stood – atop concert goers – and serenaded them. New Politics release a new album on October 6. Called “Lost in Translation”, it features the single “One of Us”. See them on this tour with 311. And if you don’t, see them anywhere you can. If they are as consistent (yup) with their performances , you will not be disappointed.
I’ve expressed my discontent with commercial radio on multiple occasions. But WMRQ are the exception to my malcontent. They aren’t corporate monotony. Check them out on 104.1 FM if you’re in the CT-area.
Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez (lsg)
Lover of music and the visual arts, Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez is the insanity behind lsg original photography. lsg specializes in artist and performer photography. She’s had the joy of photographing national bands including Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Ghost, Fleetwood Mac, TV on the Radio, Jason Isbell, Run the Jewels, Five Finger Death Punch, and In This Moment along with countless CT homegrown bands and performers.
Hailing from Hartford, CT, Lisa is a life- long music connoisseur. Growing up, her mother exposed her to everything from The Stones to Simon and Garfunkel to Earth, Wind, and Fire to Loretta Lynn…and everything in between. No genre was left unexplored in her vinyl collection. She saw her first concert at 14…Rod Stewart at the (then called) Hartford Civic Center. Thirty years later, it’s still her favorite pastime.
Lisa has two kids (grown!) and a day job. Her loves of music and photography have melded into a second career. And her love of CT keeps her promoting and pushing for local artists and performers. Lisa spends the greater part of her free time seeing and shooting live bands, performers, and artists and art work…and purchasing vinyl!
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