Monday, April 25, 2011

Just Announced 4.25.11

::Just Announced::


Stephen Kruiser & Kevin Downey, Jr. -- Friday, May 27th @ 8:00 PM


The Heavy Pets -- Sunday, June 5th @ 8:00 PM

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Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers & Carrie Johnson -- Sunday, June 12th @ 8:00 PM


Isaac Young Quartet & Todd Clouser's A Love Electric -- Thursday, July 28th @ 8:00 PM

Monday, April 18, 2011

Just Announced on 4.18.11

::Just Announced::

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Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas -- Thursday June 9, 2011 @ 8:00 PM


The Southern Discomfort Comedy Tour Dustin Chafin and Nate Bargatze -- Thursday June 23, 2011 @ 8:00 PM

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Eat, Drink, Laugh --- Friday July 8, 2011 @ 8:00 PM

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Los Straitjackets & Bill Kirchen --- Wednesday August 3, 2011 @ 8:00 PM

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Intense Rivalries - NY vs. Boston

Since before the start of the American Revolution, Boston and New York have shared an intense rivalry as cities. For more than a century after the American Revolution, Boston was arguably the educational, cultural, artistic, and economic power in the United States.  Boston's location and its concentration of elite schools and manufacturing hubs helped maintain this image for several decades. During this time period, New York was often looked down upon as the upstart, over-populated, dirty cousin to aristocratic and clean Boston. 

The Red Sox were one of the most successful teams in baseball from 1901 to 1918. They won the inaugural World Series in 1903 and 1918; The Sox sold several players, including pitcher-turned-outfielder Babe Ruth, to the Yankees. Boston received $125,000 and a loan of $300,000—secured on Fenway Park, the Red Sox' home stadium—for Ruth.

Ruth's arrival in New York simultaneously launched the Yankee dynasty while ravaging the Red Sox. While the Red Sox' five World Series titles were a record at the time, 1918 would be the team's last championship for 86 years. Meanwhile, Ruth's home run-hitting prowess anchored the Yankee line-up, which became known as "Murderers' Row" in the late 1920s. The Yankees reached the World Series seven times during Ruth's New York years, winning four. This abrupt reversal of fortunes for the Red Sox marked the beginning of the supposed "Curse of the Bambino". But it was not the Ruth deal alone that reversed the fortunes of both clubs.

Baseball is no different from any of the other sports: Football- after conference title games played in frigid conditions Sunday Feb 4, 2008, record-breaking quarterback Tom Brady and the perfect New England Patriots will take on Eli (the other) Manning and the hot-at-the-right time New York Giants in a rematch in Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Ariz. The New York Giants beat the Patriots perfect season. 

In Hockey one of the strongest rivalries were: Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers - teams in Eastern United States as well as basketballs legendary teams Knicks and Celtics: Sam Goldaper of the New York Times described the crux of the problem in a 1988 article: "Bostonians and New Yorkers have argued over their cities' respective merits and accomplishments since before the Revolution. They have tried to outdo each other in politics, science, art and almost everything else.”  The rivalry between the Knicks and the Celtics is no exception—though many avid basketball fans have no idea where the enmity between our beloved teams began.Some say that it was the original matchups between the poor, Walter Brown-owned Celtics and the rich, Ned Irish-owned Knicks. Others claim it was the years of beatings the Knicks took at the hands of the Celtics during their “Golden Era" and the revenge exacted by the Willis Reed-led Knicks of the early 70s. Reed once said, "I only hoped I would live long enough to come to the Boston Garden and beat [the Celtics'] pants off." 

New York and Boston Rivalry has been around since this country was founded not just in sports, bootleggers and politics but also on the comedy front. With different styles each city has produced the best comics in the world. Boston has had amazing rapid fire comics as: Steven Wright, Denis Leary, Jay Leno, Louis C.K., Dane Cook,  Bill Burr, Lenny Clarke,  Conan O’Brien, John Pinette, Doug Stanhope, Robert Kelly, Mike Birbiglia, Gary Gulman, Nick DiPaolo, Mario Cantone, Dana Gould, Don Gavin, and the list continues.

New York is the breeding ground for talent and most comics will spend time there if they want to become famous. New York born Comics include: Jackie Gleason, Colin Quinne, Rodney Dangerfield, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Andy Kaufman, Andrew Dice Clay, Adam Sandler, Albert Brooks, Alan King, Ray Romano, Kevin James, Greg Giraldo, Woody Allen, Rosie O’Donnel, George Carlin, Larry David, Al Frankin, Eddie Murphy and many more.

THIS SHOW IS ALMOST SOLD OUT - Friday, April 15th, 2011 - for more information...

Monday, April 11, 2011


::Just Announced::

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James Cotton -- Friday August 19, 2011 @ 8:00 PM


Crooked Still --- Friday July 15, 2011 @ 8:00 PM

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Pete Lee --- Saturday July 30, 2011 @ 8:00 PM

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Ellis Paul's Kids Show --- Saturday August 6, 2011 @ 12:30 PM

Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring in Collinsville

I don't have to tell anyone how brutal this past winter has been here in New England but it wasn't until last night that I realized the effect it had had on me. That realization came by way of a walk along the "rails to trails" pathway in Collinsville accompanied by Larry Kirwan, founder of Black 47. It was bordering on 6:30 PM and here I was, actually strolling along the river in my dark green Ireland Special Olympics tee shirt from 1995. Yeah, I know...corney; but that's been my traditional garb for St. Patrick's Day for years and this night was destined to have all the elements of that holiday minus the green beer. Anyway, somehere during our conversation about Larry's early days in the states, it struck me that winter is over. The four feet of snow in my backyard is gone, the daffodils are popping, and there are those touches of nearly fluorescent green appearing on the willow trees. Not sure if it was the change in temperature or the warm personality of my walking mate that made me take notice. In any case, by the time our chat turned to his brief description of the creation of Liverpool Fantasy it was time to head back to 41 Bridge Street for tonight's one man show. Larry's "Rock and Read" performance turned out to be a real treat for the devoted and appreciative fans. As expected, his musical selections, which included: Forty Deuce, Livin in America, and the controversial Downtown Baghdad Blues, among others, held the crowd's attention throughout the evening. His readings in between songs from his most current novel Rockin' the Bronx, along with excerpts from his memoir, Green Suede Shoes: An Irish-American Odyssey filled in some of the blanks left from our earlier conversation. All in all, it was a great night in Collinsville. Spring had come.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lead Vocals & Stratocaster

Independent of Black 47, Larry Kirwan has produced two solo recordings, Kilroy Was Here and Keltic Kids. He also has published two books, Liverpool Fantasy and Green Suede Shoes: An Irish American Odessey. Kirwan has also recorded Kilroy Was Here and Keltic Kids as solo efforts. 

He has written eleven plays and musicals, five of which are collected in the book Mad Angels. Liverpool Fantasy, his best known play, has been produced Off-Broadway and at the Dublin Theatre Festival. He has also written a novel version of Liverpool Fantasy, a memoir Green Suede Shoes and Livin’ in America, a collection of songs and stories. 

His latest novel, Rockin’ The Bronx, has just been published. Kirwan hosts and produces Celtic Crush for SiriusXM Satellite Radio and writes a weekly column for the Irish Echo. In 1995 the NY Daily News named him one of the top fifty most interesting New Yorkers, several places ahead of Madonna. It would appear, however, that he has lost considerable ground to the blonde seductress. Nonetheless, while brooding on a comeuppance, he slaves away in cunning silence on Transport, a musical with book by Thomas Keneally, that will receive a workshop/performance at the Irish Arts Center, NYC in April, 2010.

See Larry Kirwan TONIGHT, April 7th @ Bridge Street Live, Collinsville, CT @ 8pm -- CLICK HERE --

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Nora Jane Struthers - Free Download

Nora Jane Struthers and The Bootleggers, winners of the 2010 Telluride Band Competition, will be playing at Bridge Street Live on Sunday, April 17th at 8pm and she has created a FREE Download code just for you!  All you have to do is go to and enter the promo code: bridgestreet  into the promo code box on left margin of the home page.  The song she is giving away is "Greenbrier County" which is the song that got her into the finals of the Telluride Troubadour competition in June 2009 and the song for which she won the award for "Best New Song" at the Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, WV in August 2009.

Nora Jane and The Bootleggers are all fired up about playing in Collinsville!! Get Tickets Here!

Monday, April 4, 2011

On Sale Now

::Just Announced::


Don Ross + Brooke Miller --- Thursday October 6, 2011 @ 8:00 PM


Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds --- Saturday July 2, 2011 @ 8:00 PM


The Kortchmar McDonald Band --- Friday June 24, 2011 @ 8:00 PM


Delta Rae & Little Ugly --- Sunday July 3, 2011 @ 8:00 PM

Marco Benevento 4.8.11

For an exhilarating glimpse into the future of rock piano, look no further than 33-year old Brooklyn-based artist Marco Benevento. A melodically inventive musical adventurer who artfully employs pedals, amplifiers, circuit-bent toys and sundry effects around his acoustic piano set-up, Benevento has forged a fascinating repertoire of songs, including both wildly original compositions and renditions of those by the likes of Leonard Cohen, Pink Floyd and Beck.

Benevento first came to national attention with the experimental electric rock influenced Benevento-Russo Duo for which he partnered with drummer John Russo. Together they brought a bracing jolt of improvisation into settings like Lollapalooza, Fuji Rock and Bonnaroo. On his own Benevento has collaborated with the likes of Mark Eitzel, Matt Chamberlain and Trey Anastasio, while also holding down keys in the bands Garage A Trois and Surprise Me Mr. Davis. Currently Benevento’s primary focus is with his own trio and in the solo piano setting. His latest album Between The Needles & Nightfall is a gorgeously textured effort that’s steeped in explosive piano rock and edgy art jazz.

"Benevento jams with a concentration on the textures and colors available in his keyboards and arsenal of manipulated pedals and effects. Between the Needles and Nightfall (Royal Potato Family), his latest release, is deceptively rich -- catchy melodies and straight-ahead grooves that expand with subtle mounting gestures." - Rolling Stone

Yellowbirds is the moniker for the alter ego of Sam Cohen—guitarist/songwriter/vocalist in the psychedelic collective Apollo Sunshine. Cohen grew up in Houston, and while the Texas of his teens may have been home to Big Oil, Enron, the Bush family, and the drab grey Astros jerseys of the 90s, he prefers to think of it as the Texas of yore- home to Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, the Space Program, and rainbow orange Astros jerseys. It stands to reason, then, that his current home of New York City must be the mythical Empire City: Rocky Mountains of architecture, epicenter of modern art, home to Charles Mingus and The Velvet Underground. It was with these timeless inspirations in mind that Cohen created Yellowbirds' 'The Color,' his "solo" debut.

See them both @ Bridge Street Live - This Friday, April 8th @ 8pm

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