Shag Frenzy Presents <br> Black Planet ft. <br> Shag Frenzy DJs

Shag Frenzy

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.


Hartford's only 4-piece alternative band that combines unyielding pretentious artistic integrity with blatant commercialism and rampant self-aggrandizing. Or something. Throw in heaping amounts of sexy and you get TETRAMER. We play rawk.

Isaac Young Quartet

"We kind of do the jam-band circuit as well as the jazz circuit," explains Isaac Young, whose group took the Best Jazz spot at the CT Music Awards last year and has been "riding that wave of momentum" ever since. "We've been trying to blur the line for people between straight-ahead jazz, bebop, swing and everything, and the jam-band scene, like funk and danceable music and things of that nature," he says. The band never repeats a show and never plays a song the same way twice. Instead of just trading off solos like typical jazz bands, they have moments of collective improvisation in which the music takes on a life of its own. In addition to performing, everyone in the band teaches in the West Hartford / Hartford area where they're based. The group originally formed in 2006 with a different lineup, and kept mutating until they discovered the lineup and sound they've currently got. Since 2011 the core group has been: Isaac Young on sax and piano, Jesse Combs on guitar, John Dostou on bass and Steve Cusano on drums. "This is very much a collective effort," says Young. "Those three guys are some of the most talented musicians I've ever met in my life." —Mike Sembos

You go from winning Best New Band one year to nabbing Best Rock Band the next. Simple, right?

"To be honest, we had no expectations about winning last year, so we thought it was almost a fluke," said Mike Forgette, guitarist and singer for the Newington-area prog-rock titans 1974. "We thought we had our five minutes of fame. To be nominated [this year] amazed every single member of the band."

What started as a lark — a bunch of musicians getting together once a week to write songs and geek out over complicated story lines — has turned into much more. "It wasn't very public," Forgette said. "We were friends before we were band mates." 1974 now has a full-length album, 1974 & The Battle For the Lazer Fortress, and two 5-song EPs: The Return and A Soldier's Tale. It's theatrical and conceptual rock, and much of it is woven together through character development, back-story, exposition and so on. And guitars.

Their next full-length album, 1974 & The Dearth of The Herald, drops in October. They've already booked Arch Street Tavern for a Halloween throwdown with Little Ugly and Shag Frenzy.

"We want to get as much exposure and reach people who like it, but we don't want to sacrifice the fact that we started this band because we wanted to," Forgette said. "Sometimes we want to just take a step back and keep it fun. As soon as it starts feeling like work, that's when we want to stop." —Michael Hamad

$7.00 - $15.00


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