Three Little Birds – Sugar Featuring Izzy Malek On The Beach (Music Video)

Beach Party!

It was a great show once again by Sugar, this time for a beach concert in Groton, Connecticut. This is a very popular annual event that draws barefoot dancers, lots of little kids … and beach balls are everywhere!

I’ve got a few more from this show, which I’ll post soon. The audio suffered from my getting too close to the fire, so to speak, as I was only outfitted with a camera that fits in my pocket! Continue reading “Three Little Birds – Sugar Featuring Izzy Malek On The Beach (Music Video)”

He’s Gone (Audio) – Mark Urso w Band

Grateful Dead Cover Time

Practice session 6/27/21,
Mark Urso with Brandon Raimondo on guitar, and Brandon Lanphear doing percussion, performing “He’s Gone” at River Song Music.

Just Press Play!

We’re getting ready for a gig in downtown Norwich this Friday, July 2nd. Brandon L. will be playing percussion with me while Brandon R. does some amazing glass-blowing art right on the side of the street!

Here’s Brandon last time at the Continue reading “He’s Gone (Audio) – Mark Urso w Band”

Sugar Band Dance Party (Music Video)

Today’s entertainment comes with no doctor’s warning, though your consumption of Sugar is guaranteed to increase dramatically. Thanks for joining me for a very sweet article. It’s all about two videos of the band Sugar, performing in North Stonington and Mystic, Ct.!

The first video is from the archives, from 2019’s North Stonington Agricultural Fair, where Sugar took us on a ride that pleasantly lasted until the sun went down. Marcy Kelly is joined by Natalia Rosso.

The second video is also Sugar, with Marcy and Rickie Louise Miller doing lead vocals, from this year, June 5, 2021 at the Mystic Seaport Museum grounds, where I was able to fly all the way across an enormous field using my handheld gimbal video camera. I walked at least a couple hundred feet; it’s a great flyover! And the crowd was friendly and fun; Continue reading “Sugar Band Dance Party (Music Video)”

Lump – 20th Century Kids (Music Video)

The Story

Before we dive in to this quick lesson in how to properly attack your audience (to create excitement and obtain the coveted big applause at the end), a two-minute excursion into the best part of the 1990’s, I have two observations I’d like to share. Then the video … (maybe a couple …)

Two Observations

1. This is just like Boston punk rock from when I was in college in the 1980’s, and I hope it’s as much fun for you to discover today as it was for me back then! This is the industrial evolution of the bands I was recently enjoying on my original vinyl record “Beserkley Chartbusters, Volume 1,” which I remember like yesterday buying in Chestnut Hill, MA, a record that would become a collectible masterpiece, a basket of some of the most offbeat oddballs who somehow graced the radio waves but you’ve still never heard of.

This song, the original “Lump” (1995) by the band “The Presidents Continue reading “Lump – 20th Century Kids (Music Video)”

There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back, Sugar, Mystic, June 2021 (Music Video)

An outstanding rendition of Shawn Mendes’ “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” performed by some of the region’s most talented musicians, featuring Rickie Louise Miller on vocal, with Marcy Kelly and Sugar, the band that fills the dance floor, every time, on the first note.

This footage is essentially unedited. The camera guy did good, and didn’t need to splice his way to a smooth and enjoyable experience. All I did was some color correction; shot with a single camera, no splices. There was a great turnout for the outdoor show at the Mystic Seaport, and as happens sometimes, Marcy let Rickie take the wheel for much of the show; Marcy manages the band but it’s a two-girl show with three girls sharing the duties, which, in my opinion, has led to some endlessly fascinating combinations of style and personality, and a hugely wide basket of tunes. And when Marcy lets go of the reins, she has lots of time to dance! Just watch! 🙂

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20th Century Kids Live at the Phoenix

A group of local musicians have made the best of the extended hiatus from playing out; some of the area’s finest put together a new act, the five-piece “20th Century Kids,” bringing a wide variety of energetic and very worthwhile covers to the Phoenix in Pawcatuck, CT today.

The band, fronted by local favorite Rickie Louise Miller, who also sings with Sugar, staged a very successful debut this afternoon at the popular club.

I’ll give you this one first, showcasing Rickie’s voice. It’s a moody and delicious version of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good,” and it definitely proves this band is … quite good!

The restaurant was at less than full capacity for the Sunday afternoon show, Continue reading “20th Century Kids Live at the Phoenix”