Local bands set to rock Greenwich Town Party

Local Talent, as the name suggests, is all-Greenwich based and its talented musical ways have made it one of the acts performing at the Greenwich Town Party.

Local Talent, as the name suggests, is all-Greenwich based and its talented musical ways have made it one of the acts performing at the Greenwich Town Party.

The Greenwich Town Party (GTP) is just days away now, and a full slate of local bands have signed up for the festivities on Saturday, May 25.

This year people will have a chance to see more of them, thanks to the dual “town stages” concept. Ticket holders for the sold-out event will be able to see bands performing at the main stage at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, and everyone, even those without tickets, can see the “Greenwich Town Party Rocks the Avenue” stage at the Havemeyer Building in back of Town Hall on Greenwich Avenue.

“The spirit of Greenwich Town Party has always been to create an experience that can be enjoyed by the entire community,” party organizers said in a statement. “The reality of space available within the town, in this case Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, means we need to regulate attendance to keep everyone safe. Last year, we started to think ‘outside the park’ for the 2013 GTP, to set the stage for greater community involvement and shared generosity. By offering activities and music free of charge to everyone at the Town Stage on Greenwich Avenue, we have a feeling that we are working toward accomplishing that.”

Organizers added that the lineup for both stages will “… present an opportunity for Greenwich residents to celebrate the depth and diversity of talent within the community.” This year, for the first time, local band submissions included grassroots marketing campaigns in the form of petitions and fan video showing the strong community response to the GTP and the desire to be part of it.

On the town stage at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, people will have the chance to see Straight Face, a versatile band with a core strength in rock and jam band music, and Logan’s Run, a band that has been called “rambunctious, in your face and melodic but edgy” by weaving classic rock influences with punk rock attitude and modern pop hooks.

Additionally, there will be a performance by Maeve, a collaboration blending together three distinct voices and styles to create a cohesive sound rich with harmony that has been described as Crosby Stills & Nash meets Indigo Girls meets Delta Rae and Cougar Magnet, and which covers mostly classic rock, blues and reggae mixed in with some modern tunes. Billy & The Showmen are also booked, building on a reputation as one of Connecticut’s most enduring rhythm and blues bands, having played everything from Gov. Dannel Malloy’s inaugural ball to being the backup band for The Chiffons and Billy Vera.

Then there will be a set by Local Talent, which, as the name suggests, is all Greenwich. The band, consisting of David Corbo, Dennis Czarneski, Geordie VanNostrand, Christian Hoffmeister, Daniel Walsh, and Mike Milazzo, can usually be found down at one of the Corbo’s Delis either rehearsing or recording in their studio behind the shop or eating some of their favorite sandwiches prepared by Mr. Corbo, who is also lead singer/guitar.

For the Greenwich Avenue performance, you can check out the local band Front Row, whose members met in Riverside via Institute of Rock and have been playing together now for 18 months, have produced a CD of covers, and are preparing to go back to the recording studio. Adjusting to Life will also perform. It’s made up of five teenage female musicians, Jacqui Horn, Daniella Putrino, Molly Arnone, Kat Menjivar, and Vicky Scaf, and since each member has a different style of music — punk, grunge, classic rock, pop punk, alternative, and acoustic rock — the band has all of these music genres blended into one.

There are also scheduled performances from Pinto & Mirts (aka JD Pinto and Mike Mirtsopolous), a unique, all-weather mix of blues, rock, and acoustic finger-style with an alpha overlay of R&B and pop vocals; the Skunk Rockets, featuring Andy Inman, Mike Reid, Jim Haederle, and Tony Wynne playing classic rock music covers of The Eagles, Little Feat, Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, Doobie Brothers and The Beatles; and  Mongolian Monkfish, a funk, rock, and soul group based in Greenwich and New York City comprised of Jamie Khalifa, Gianni Barbera, Nick Coletti, and Sammy Lebreton.

And there are even more local bands. If you were alive and over 21 in Greenwich from 1986 through 1993, you probably went to see Bonehedz, made up of Mike Keegan, Joe Cuzino, George Caravella, Ken Muller, Ed Skalandunas, Mick Garaffa, and Chris Goane. They will be performing on Greenwich Avenue as well, as this location will be open from noon to 6 p.m. and is free to the public. There will also be food vendors, children’s performers and activities there.

For additional information about the Greenwich Town Party, visit GreenwichTownParty.com or email [email protected] Party.com.

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