Little Ugly EP Release Party
Forward Motion, Shag Frenzy
85 Arch Street
Hartford, CT, 06103
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 10:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Little Ugly (winner of "Best Indie Rock Band" at the 2013 CT Music Awards, "Best Musician/Band" in Hartford Magazine's "Best of 2012", and the 2011 Hartford Advocate Grand Band Slam's "Best Rock Band"), the offspring of chief songwriter/singer/acoustic guitarist Michael Day and his collaboration with percussionist Nick Dickinson, and violinist/vocalist Kaia Pazdersky, is a band that authentically thrives in its defiance of classification. The mix of imaginative, introspective lyrics and classically trained musicianship has created arrangements that are connected with the eclectic works of artists such as Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists, Silverchair and Ray LaMontagne- yet they imitate no one. Delightfully unconventional at every melodious interchange, these three musicians have born a live experience that is a valuable reminder of how music can elevate, captivate, and broaden our minds, as well as move our feet.
Forward Motion’s music and performances capture the qualities of music that move people. Steeped in the traditions of funk and soul, their sound is instantly recognizable yet entirely new.
Influenced by his jazz and rock backgrounds, singer, songwriter and pianist Alex Godiksen has developed a style that is at once both lyrical and soul-driven. Lead guitarist Andy Sorenson and drummer Jon Stoltzfus are childhood friends from Philadelphia who share a love of classic funk and modern jazz. Guitarist John Brackett has come back to Connecticut after several years of absorbing the classic Americana sounds of blues and country in Tennessee. While the influences are diverse, they are also at the root of Forward Motion’s ability to create a sound that can instantly connect with the audience.
The members of Forward Motion are determined to create original and honest music that is both story driven and constantly evolving. As a band on the rise, they are excited to bring their sound to new audiences and venues throughout the country.
Shag Frenzy is a monthly indie underground dance party based in Hartford CT. Blending everything from brit-pop, post punk, glam, garage, new wave and beyond with the freshest new tunes making waves today, Shag Frenzy has been keeping the dance floors packed, sweaty, and sexy since 2004.