Third annual Soozapalooza at TT’s with Good Night States, The Phil Aiken Army, Somerville Symphony Orkestar and The People’s Karaoke on Friday, January 20th

Soozapalooza 3 with Good Night States, The Phil Aiken Army and Somerville Symphony Orkestar
Soozapalooza, an annual party I host featuring some of my favorite bands is almost here. This year the v3 installment is happening on my 39th birthday this Friday, January 20th at TT The Bear’s Place in Central Square, Cambridge. The night features three of my favorite bands: Good Night, States (from Pittsburgh), The Phil Aiken Army and Somerville Symphony Orkestar. After the bands, it’s karaoke time with The People’s Karaoke.

Listen to music by the bands and say you’ll be there by RSVPing on the Facebook event page for Soozapalooza 3. You can buy a ticket in advance for ten bucks or pay $12 at the door. Doors open at 8pm and it’s an 18+ show.

Good Night, States

If you follow me on Twitter and/or we’re friends on Facebook, then you already know how much I LOVE Pittsburgh’s Good Night, States. L-O-V-E. They performed at the first Soozapalooza in 2010 and I’m more than just a little excited that they’re back this year. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The music below is from the band’s earlier releases. They’ll be performing music from their new, not-yet-released album at Soozapalooza.





The Phil Aiken Army

Phil Aiken released his first EP recently with The Phil Aiken Army and a full-length album is in the works. If you want to hear supercharged pop songs with an all-star cast of players, you definitely need to be at Soozapalooza on Friday to see The Phil Aiken Army. Oh, snap — more A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Phil Aiken and friends covering “The Shape I’m In” at the Cover Up

Somerville Symphony Orkestar

There’s no better way to start a party than with the all-original Eastern European punk funk band from the Slavic heart of Greater Boston — also known as Somerville Symphony Orkestar. The band describes it better than I could: The SSO spectacle is a carnivalized punk show that turns its audiences into equal parts mosh-pit and horah. Complex six-piece arrangements reign in the chaos only to explode in shuddering “fun-gasm” after “fun-gasm.”

Don’t be surprised if Penelope the elephant makes an appearance during Somerville Symphony Orkestar’s performance.



1st Annual Soozapalooza is happening soon — on Saturday!

The past few weeks have zoomed by super fast and the 1st Annual Soozapalooza is coming up this Saturday, January 23rd at Precinct (70 Union Square, Somerville). Grab a couple MP3s on the Soozapalooza website from Good Night, States who are traveling from Pittsburgh to Boston to play at Soozapalooza. Prizes include an 8GB iPod Nano donated by Tech Superpowers.

New event: 1st Annual Soozapalooza on January 23rd at Precinct

I’m hosting the 1st Annual Soozapalooza at Precint on Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 in my neighborhood of Union Square, Somerville. It’s a few parts birthday party (I turn 37 on January 20th) and a celebration of my favorite music. And there will be bourbon. A lot of bourbon.

Some of my favorite Boston bands will be joining the festivities including Ryan Walsh from Hallelujah The HillsHoundstone plus special guests Good Night, States will be in town from Pittsburgh. The Soozapalooza Supergroup featuring a group of Boston musicians will cover some of my favorite songs by The Cult, The Rolling Stones, LL Cool J, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians and more. So far the group includes Ashley Willard ofBoston Band Crush, Dan Nicklin of Old Jack, Johnny Arguedas of The Sneaks, Tim Atkins of Trucker Mouth — and more, to be announced soon.

The night kicks off at 8pm including my homemade chocolate truffles and coconut rum sorbet (who cares it’s January!) The first half of the music will be all about the indie and the pop with Ryan Walsh (Hallelujah The Hills) and Good Night States. The second half of the night is all about the rock and roll with the Soozapalooza Supergroup and Houndstone. Festivities will end with late night karaoke from 1-2AM.

Tickets cost $8 at the door and it’s a 21+ show. RSVP on the Soozapalooza Facebook event page.

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