Posts Tagged“Music”

If you’re a jazz/jazz fusion lover, then you definitely know Spyro Gyra. These guys have released 31 albums, been playing for 40+ years, and have performed over 5,000 shows. They’ve also sold over 10 million albums, with one platinum and two gold records. We’re a bit impressed, to say the least! They’re headed to Infinity Hall in Norfolk on October 22nd. We were excited to chat with Jay Beckenstein, founding member and bandleader…

And we thought we had busy schedules! When James Lenger isn’t competing internationally with Team USA in pentathlons (fencing, freestyle swimming, show jumping, pistol shooting, and running…you’re welcome – who can ever remember?) – he’s running his multi-city, multi-country guitar instruction business, Guitar Cities! We think he might be Superman…we asked him, but he just smiled at us in a Clark Kent kind of way…

We spent an afternoon with James (or Jim) at his newest branch of Guitar Cities; Sharp and Flat Music, located in the Switch Factory building on Route 202 in Bantam. Sharp and Flat provides private guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele lessons in the Litchfield County area to all ages.

Even with our obvious lack of guitar skills, Jim had us strumming away by the end of our lesson; he’s clearly very patient (evident in the video) and a natural born teacher!

If you can listen to Switch Factory without tapping your toe, repeatedly flexing your ankle up and down, or bobbing your head; something may be seriously wrong.  It’s impossible not to get into this type of music; Americana and Roots Rock.

Switch Factory consists of 4 guys, all with day jobs, that play 40-50 gigs a year in and around Litchfield County. Jason Perkel – guitar and vocals, Todd Stoughton – mandolin and vocals, Nat Worden – guitar, vocals, and harmonica, and Jona Ziac on bass.

We thought it was time to check in on one of our local bands, and the fact that they would be playing at the Mockingbird Kitchen and Bar during Sunday brunch, well that just sounded like a perfect way to spend an afternoon.

Between launching our blog, the two of us working full-time AND having additional part-time jobs, we were so ready for a night of wine, dining and live music. We put on our best “Rock n’ Roll” outfits (to us this meant crochet tops and ripped jeans) and headed over to Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT to see Chris Robinson Brotherhood perform. Yay!