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After a little while, band and gig reports will be bumped from the main page to live here among Casper the Friendly Ampeg Amp, various broken picks and half-chewed drum sticks. So if your name was in lights and you want to show your friends, this is the place to be!
12/14/19 The Score finishes out 2019 with a holiday bash! Strykers Cafe in Berlin was hopping as the boys from West Hartford overcame some technical difficulty and a plethora of Santa hats to storm through three solid sets of classic party rock! We did an obligatory holiday tune, turning in an authentic Bruce Springsteen styled version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town, we busted out a request for Sweet Caroline, a request for Margaritaville and of course some of the usual favorites like September, Shut Up and Dance and China Grove. Evan laid out some smoking leads during Pride and Joy and on Long Train Running, Hey Jealousy was a favorite for the younger crowd and we dedicated Hey Bartender to Heather, who took care of us so well! Mustang Sally cooked and featured a hot drum solo by Tommy! The dance floor was packed and we did have some guest backup singers and tambourine artists throughout the evening, adding to the festivities. It was a great time and we left them wanting more, Strykers Cafe is really the best little bar around and we look forward to coming back in 2020!
11/23/19 The Score rocked The Old Well Tavern! It was another great night in Simsbury as The Score reunited with their old guitarist Dave Blodgett for three solid sets of classic party rock! We had the Canton High Class of 89 in the house and the floor was rocking with tunes like the always fun I'm a Believer, a hot version of September, a down and dirty version of Sharp Dressed Man, some nifty solos by Blodge in Play That Funky Music and Johnny B. Goode and a fun closing offering of Keep Your Hands to Yourself, We also saw Summer of 69 return to the mix as well as Bad Case of Loving You and Gimme Some Lovin', as well as an impromptu offering of Wipeout. We left them wanting more and it is safe to say it was an all around fun night for everyone! We had a great time at the Old Well, thanks to Frank and his crew as well as everyone who came out to see us! We look forward to returning to the Old Well Tavern next year- see you then!
10/19/19 The Score roared back to The Pub in South Windsor! We're sort of close to Halloween, so why not slip in a couple of seasonal tunes? The band had super sub drummer Mark Cormier behind the kit, which in of itself lends to some cool experimentation, so the crowd at The Pub enjoyed a few newer tunes amidst the three solid sets of classic party rock! The floor was packed throughout the night, during the usual dance tunes like September and Let's Groove, but also to a new seasonal offering of Blue Oyster Cult's Godzilla, which featured Mark Cormier on drums AND lead Vocals, and had Matt on Guitar with Brett shifting to bass! It was a hit and even had some cool vocal effects in the middle of the song! The party continued with some strong songs like Born to Run and Vehicle, we kept Old Time Rock and Roll and brought back The Cars Bye Bye Love. Of course The Middle returned after a short absence from the set list, and Matt had the place jumping! The dancing went even to the end when a couple of Parrot Heads (literally, they had parrots on their heads) tore up the dance floor during Volcano and Margaritaville! We always have a blast at The Pub in South Windsor and we look forward to returning to them on Leap Day 2/29/ 2020- wonder what song will be played that night! See you there!
10/12/19 The Score rocked the Elks Club on a public welcome Saturday night party! The band was firing on all cylinders for the show, entertaining the crowd with two strong sets of classic party rock. The boys had them dancing during Long Train Running, Get Down Tonight, Uptown Funk, Brick House and Play That Funky Music. There was a request for Bob Seger's Old Time Rock and Roll and the band obliged with a solid off the cuff offering to the delight of the requester. The band also brought back Feeling Alright and Jesse's Girl tonight. We want to thank Dianne for taking such good care of us and we had a great time with the Elks and the public that joined us and look forward to returning to New Britain!
9/28/19 The Score jammed out at The Old Well Tavern! The boys from West Hartford set the stage ablaze at the Old Well with three scorching sets of classic party rock. We had Mitch Banks back behind the kit for this one and he was amazing all night long! The crowd was tearing up the dance floor from start to finish and the band had to do three encores to satisfy the revelers! There were so many highlights including a throbbing Get Down Tonight, a ripping offering of Hey Jealousy, a full Conga line during Volcano and a Jeremy Banks New Jersey special with Born to Run! We also brought back I Can't Go For That and gave Bye Bye Love by The Cars a whirl for the first time! We had a great time at The Old Well, and we can't wait to be back in Simsbury on November 23rd! See you there!
9/21/19 Birthdays are fun! The Score had a great time performing at The Traditions Clubhouse in Southbury for a a 50th birthday party! It was great to see a few familiar faces and we enjoyed making many new friends as the party goers were dancing all night long! If you have a party, reunion, corporate event or other function, check out The Score!
9/14/19 The house was rocking at Strykers Cafe in Berlin to support the big Desmond's Army Animal Advocacy benefit! The Score blasted out three solid sets of classic party rock with Mark Cormier sitting in on drums and Nate Edwards filling in on sax, and the revamped Score lineup did not disappoint the Army or the mass of regulars! The band added some new tunes to the mix, including a tribute to Eddie Money with Two Tickets to Paradise, and a return to the set with Gimme Three Steps and a soulful version of Train's Calling All Angels! The dance floor was packed all night, as people jammed out to dance tunes like Brick House, and September and we had a conga line during Volcano! We also had guests in the fold, Jimmy from Sick Since Sunday was on the kit for two tunes including Three Little Birds, and Josh McGee stepped in on guitar for a few including a ripping version of Pride and Joy! There were many amazing raffle prizes to give away and the food spread was awesome, well worth the $10 cover, which of course helped the cause! We had such a blast playing for Desmond's Army and for Strykers and we loved that we made so many new friends. A big shout out to Marc Michaud and his crew for putting this all together- they do it right at Strykers! We look forward to seeing them again- and we are back at Strykers Cafe for the Holiday Party on December 14th, so dig out those Santa hats!
9/7/19 The Score rocked The Yarde! It was another Saturday night of classic party rock when The Score stormed into Enfield! The boys had Nate Edwards subbbing on sax, and he was showing off some smoking solos. Nate, a jazz trained player, definitely has chops! The band also had the patrons dancing and bopping all night long with some strong playing and solo trade offs during Pride and Joy, After Midnight, and Hey Bartender. The crowd also enjoyed our fun versions of Uptown Funk and Get Down Tonight as well as a new tune, the Bob Marley classic, Three Little Birds. We always have a great time at The Yarde and thank Christine and the crew for their hospitality and look forward to seeing everyone again! If you need a solid party rock band, look no further than The Score!
8/31/19 The Score rocks Sunset Grille in Watertown! It was a beautiful night by the lake at The Crestbrook Golf Course as the band rocked out the big outdoor stage at Sunset Grille! The boys had Mark Cormier joining us on drums, and he delivered a solid backbeat all night! Evan was on fire all night with some smoking solos during songs like Pride and Joy, and Long Train Running. The patrons were bopping to Shut Up and Dance and Uptown Funk, but the biggest positive reaction was for Chicken Fried which had everyone up and singing along! We were really impressed with Sunset Grille, the venue is beautiful, the food was top notch and the staff was nothing short of amazing! We'd like to thank Tyler, Jeff and the entire Sunset Grille staff for taking such good care of us all night long. We hope to be back in Watertown for another big gig on the lake!
8/25/19 Another beautiful, sunny "Free Ride" with Center Streets and The Score in West Hartford Center! The gang was jamming out in front of the Toy Chest, had the hometown crowd dancing, moving and grooving as they biked, walked and scooted down Farmington Avenue and around the closed streets in the center. We got great reactions to all the songs including September, Riding in My Car, Johnny B. Goode, Vehicle and Long Train Running! This was the biggest Center Streets crowd yet- we had a blast performing and enjoyed seeing so many friends as well as a lot of new faces. We were happy to take the time and we look forward to seeing you at next year's big festival!
8/11/19 Two big benefits and a debut are coming up on the classic party rock docket, so strap on those dancing shoes! We are back at The Center Streets Bike Fest on Sunday 8/25 for a weather permitting performance in support for local bike safety! This is a great event as West Hartford Center closes to vehicles to allow a "free ride"- family friendly and free! We also have a debut upcoming on 8/31 at the Sunset Grille in Watertown as we hit Crestview Golf's 19th hole- sure to be a great time! And we are the band for Desmond's Army Animal Rights Benefit at Strykers Cafe on 9/14- $10 donation gets you in the door and access to the huge food spread, great music and raffles! Hope to see you at one or all- check out our schedule for more dates- If you need a great party rock band, check out The Score!
7/20/19 It was hotter than Hawaii at The Pub in South Windsor as The Score rocked out the big Luau bash with three memorable sets of classic party rock and dance! The band was running on all cylinders for the big event, getting big responses and a full dance floor all night long from the revelers. It was great to see so many friends and awesome to make so many new friends! The boys had a lot of fun with tunes like Uptown Funk, Brick House, September and a fun version of Chicken Fried, and put on another powerful serving of Long Train Running. Evan had a facemelting solo during Pride and Joy and Matt and Evan traded fills on Moondance. Shut Up and Dance was a hit with the crowd, and looks to be a keeper. Having a Party was another solo fest which featured nifty tradeoffs from Brett, Tom and Evan and Mustang Sally kept the floor packed and had Tommy show off why he's nicknamed Stixey with his stellar drum solo. We also brought back the beach flavored Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw by Jimmy Buffett. We even took requests adding Jesse's Girl and a late request for Atlanta Rhythm Section's Spooky. This started out as a Hawaiian Shirt Night concocted by Matt to inject some extra fun into the night and The Pub took it to a new level by going all out! Greg and the Pub Crew had the bar decked out with tiki torches, Hawaiian themed decor and leis while everyone was in luau spirit by wearing Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts- this was a true tropical party with big money 50/50 raffle winners and even prizes for the best Luau outfit! It was hot outside, but it was a scorcher inside too thanks to the efforts of The Score, The Pub and all the people who attended! Thank you! We had a blast at the Luau and we are back in South Windsor in October, so be on the lookout!
7/16/19 Our next gig is the Hawaiian Luau Party at The Pub in South Windsor! The Pub is always a hot spot for fun, and this night will be only better with food and drink specials and the Hawaiian shirt theme! Don't miss it, it's going to be a great party! Also, we are coming up on The Center Streets Bike Fest in August, which will have us on Farmington Avenue in West Hartford rocking out for the riders, walkers and skaters- an awesome family fun event put on for a good cause. We have our debut at Sunset Grille in Watertown on 8/13, should be an awesome time. Speaking of good causes- mark 9/14 on your calendars for the Desmond's Army Animal Advocates fundraiser at Strykers Cafe in Berlin- $10 donation gets you in the door, raffles and free food spread- hang out with 99.1 WWPLR and The Score! We go north to the Yarde Tavern on 9/7 for another night of classic party rock and dance... And finally, we have just booked our first 2020 shows, debuting at City Sports in Vernon on January 11th and March 14th! See you on "The Road"!
7/12/19 Honor, service and country is what the American Legion is all about and The Score was proud to be the entertainment at their 100th Anniversary Convention! This was the second year in a row that we were the band of choice and the boys did not disappoint with two long sets of classic party rock! The floor was full of dancers all night long as The Score dished out classics like Sweet Home Alabama, Riding in My Car, Let's Groove and The Authority Song. The conga line initiated by Tom Donato during Volcano was epic as about 30 people were bouncing around the room! They also introduced a solid version of Walk the Moon's Shut Up and Dance, which really got people moving, and patriotic songs like Chicken Fried and Lee Greenwood's Proud to Be An American had the the entire group on their feet! We also had some guests, lots of people on tambourine and a couple of Legionnaires joining the band as vocalists on songs like Jenny Jenny (867-5309) and the showstopping I Want You to Want Me. The band played an extra 40 minutes as the crowd was totally in party mode! We had a blast with the Legion and we loved that we were able to make some new friends. Thank you for your service, we were glad to be a part of your big celebration! If you need a solid classic party rock band for your event, look no further than The Score!
6/22/19 The Score hits one out of The Yarde! The boys went north to rock out the Yarde Tavern in Enfield, providing another solid night of classic party rock! The band added Jimmy Buffett's Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw, as well as some favorites like China Grove, The Boys are Back in Town, Uptown Funk and Brick House. It was awesome to see familiar faces as well as some new people at the show, we had a blast playing at The Yarde! We'd like to thank Christine and the crew at the Yarde Tavern for having us and we look forward to returning in September!
6/15/19 School was out and it was time to celebrate in Simsbury! The Score rocked out The Old Well Tavern with another night of classic party rock, this time with our old friend and bandmate Dave Blodgett back in the saddle to give Evan Bellman the night off. We brought back some older tunes as the boys from West Hartford reached a little back into their Glastonbury past and returned with a smooth offering of The Stray Cat Strut, an emotive Marshal Tucker's Can't You See, strong versions of Fleetwood Mac's Go Your Own Way, and Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting, plus a slow and sweet rendition of Wonderful Tonight back to the setlist,. We also jammed out to favorites like Long Train Running, Sweet Home Alabama and We're An American Band, and mixed in some new stuff like Uptown Funk! The dance floor was hopping all night long and a fun time was had by all! We'd like to thank everyone that came out to see us play at The Old Well, and we'd like to thank our good friend Dave Blodgett for stepping in and thanks to Frank and the Old Well staff for another great night! We will be back in September on the 28th, see you there!
6/2/19 There was a little more to celebrate in West Hartford this past Sunday! The rain held off, it was bright and sunny as The Score rocked the pergola at Blue Back Square just down the block from Celebrate West Hartford! The square has such a great sound with a natural reverb that is perfect for live music! The boys gave the hometown the crowd their uptempo classic party rock and dance, getting the crowd moving all afternoon long! Evan Bellman was scorching the fretboard on Pride & Joy, September was a hit, Uptown Funk was a crowd pleaser and we brought back a sunny version of Volcano to close out the show! It was great to see friends and family as well as so many new faces stopping by as they came and went to the fair! We had a blast at Blue Back and maybe we'll see you again at the Pergola- of course there's always next gig- keep the party rocking by coming out to the Old Well Tavern on 6/15 or The Yarde Tavern on 6/22- Don't forget the dancing shoes!
5/4/19 QUATRO de Mayo- sure, It's a lesser known "holiday", but the sombreros were flying at Strykers Cafe in Berlin as The Score did the rock and roll prequel to Cinco de Mayo! The boys from West Hartford had the crowd bumping and grinding throughout the night at the best little bar around, as they whipped out the usual favorites. The floor packed up during the second set, for classic dance grooves like Get Down Tonight, September, Play That Funky Music and Let's Groove and for rockers like China Grove, Hey Jealousy and The Boys are Back in Town. Matt donned his sombrero and tried to jump around during the Middle, but it fell into the hands of some fun loving hombres and made the rounds all night long! We also had a surprise visit from our good friend and former keyboardist/ multi-instrumentalist Aaron Monteil who rescued Matt from a devastating hand cramp by jumping on bass for a couple of tunes, moved to guitar for a couple like After Midnight and then stood in on drums to close the night out with Pride and Joy , showing his ability to play anything at any time! This was a high energy, fun night of classic party rock. The band would like to thank Marc, Heather and the crew for taking good care of us- we will be back in September- see you there!
4/27/19 The Score returned to The Pub in South Windsor and brought the house down! What an amazing venue! The Score had many old friends in the crowd tonight, some new friends and plenty of future friends as the dance floor was full all night long! The band delivered as expected, three strong sets of classic party rock including another smoking version of Long Train Running, a hot offering of Vehicle and a smooth I Can't Go For That. The night also featured a return of some tunes including We're An American Band, Don't Mess Around with Jim and with Matt on guitar, Jesse's Girl to the playlist. The Pub is such a great place to see a band- the place has energy, good food, solid service and the stage! Greg and company do it right, so it's always a great experience- So check us out when we return for the Hawaiian Luau in July- wear a Hawaiian shirt, eat and listen to the sweet sounds of The Score!
4/20/19 Another smoking hot show in the books when The Score scorched through three sets of classic party rock at The Old Well Tavern! We had Mark Cormier sitting in on the kit and Tom's 89 year old Dad and local legend Joe Donato joined us for three songs including Mustang Sally and I'm a Believer and the place erupted with applause for his playing! the crowd also responded to September, Superstition and Don't Do Me Like That, among other tunes. We love playing the Old Well and we will be back on June 15th, with more dates on the horizon, so hope to see you "over the mountain"!
3/30/19 Callbacks are everything and The Score was proud to be chosen to perform another Spring Fling Scholarship Fundraiser for the East Berlin Firefighters Ladies Auxiliary! It was another successful night at the Firehouse for the band as they cranked out classic rock and dance tunes all night long The band brought back Don't Stop Believing which had the crowd singing along, and again had Soul Man in the fold. Uptight (Everything's Alright) had the floor moving and Matt had the crowd jumping during the Middle! Jeremy worked the crowd with gusto, and Evan Bellman was ripping solos all night, including a duel with Tom Donato's sax during Brick House. Uptown Funk closed the second set which ushered in a successful raffle and the third set had strong tunes like Vehicle keep the dancing going until fulfilling a request for Sweet Home Alabama which had a nice Brett Proctor keys solo to close out the night! We love jamming for the fine folks of the East Berlin Firehouse- thanks to Cara Farr and the Ladies Auxiliary for bringing us back- we look forward to the next time!
3/23/19 The Score rocked The Yarde Tavern! It's always fun at this landmark for music and The Score delivered again with three solid sets of classic party rock! KC and the Sunshine Boys' Get Down Tonight set the party rolling along with September and Let's Groove. Another beautiful version of U2's I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For had the crowd at attention and the band brought back Margaritaville. The boys debuted Kool and the Gang's Get Down On It and had the floor filled with dancers, including a couple dressed as the Blues Brothers, which set off an impromptu return of Soul Man to the delight of the crowd. Evan Bellman had the crowd mesmerized by his axework on Pride and Joy., and Long Train Running just flat out rocked! The band also had Mitch Banks sit in for a few songs while Tommy had a drink and took the opportunity to bring back Cheap Trick's I Want You to Want Me. The Yarde Tavern is the place to be, and we will be back north in June! See you on "The Road"
3/16/19 Serious St. Patrick's Day Debut at The Dawg House in Meriden! Shenanigans was had by everyone when The Score donned Green to serve up some classic party rock in Meriden! The boys had a great show, with Mark Cormier sitting in on the drum kit, unveiling some new tunes, jamming with a guest and making a few new friends along the way! The boys from West Hartford had a few new songs to offer up including some Irish favorites like U2's I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, The Boys are Back in Town, Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl and an Evan Bellman vocal turn on Whiskey in the Jar, which really brought the crowd in. During Whiskey, Coconuts Band Lead vocalist/ guitarist joined us for some backups and then strapped on a Stratocaster for NRBQ's Riding in My Car, and an impromptu version of NRBQ's 12 Bar Blues with Joe taking the vocal. The band also brought back Jesse's Girl and had the place rocking with some of the usual favorites like Long Train Running, Let's Groove., September and Uptown Funk! We'd like to thank Bianca and everyone at The Dawg House for having us rock out for their St. Patrick's Party! See you next time- until then Live Well, Laugh Often and Love Much!
2/24/19 The Score made a triumphant return to The Old Well Tavern delivering three scorching sets of classic party rock for the massive, energetic crowd! This show was a tight affair, with the band firing on all cylinders, there were new tunes, songs brought back and requests too! The boys from West Hartford had the floor jumping all night, and not just during The Middle, as the dancers were out in force from start to finish. The band added a tight, rocking version of Huey Lewis' Heart of Rock and Roll and a Disco-licius offering of KC and Sunshine Band's Get Down Tonight. We also brought back Dancing in the Moonlight and obliged an impromptu request for Runaround Sue by Dion and Pride and Joy too! It was an all around strong performance for The Score have to thank Frank and the staff and we look forward to returning to The Old Well Tavern in April! If you need a classic party rock band, look no further than The Score!
2/9/19 Valentines and Birthdays in South Windsor! The Score rocked The Pub in South Windsor, supplying another night of classic party rock to a packed house! The Pub had it going on tonight as it was wall to wall dancing all night long! the boys had the floor moving, bumping and grinding with Hot versions of Superstition, Uptown Funk, Long Train Running and Having a Party! The band performed a request for some Southern Rock and whipped off Sweet Home Alabama and a soulful Can't You See which we morphed into Hey Jude. Tommy even broke out the smoke machine which added some cool ambiance to the gig! This show was a great time for everyone and we can't wait to return in April and then in July for our Luau show! Thanks to Greg, Brenda and the entire staff at The Pub for having us back! We love The Pub! See you next time!
1/12/19 Keep the 2019 party rolling! The Score Tour went north to The Yarde Tavern in Enfield and had the packed house moving and shaking all night! This was an awesome gig and the energy was flowing as we left them wanting more. Things were percolating right from the start and we had some great versions of Brandy, Play that Funky Music, Vehicle and Born to Run to fuel the fire. We brought back Hey Jealousy and Uptown Funk brought the house down! We thank the staff at the Yarde Tavern for having us jam out for them. We had a blast at the Yarde, made many new friends and look forward to returning in June!
1/4/19 Kicking off the New Year right in Berlin! The Boys from West Hartford opened 2019 with a bang at Strykers Cafe! The band ripped through three solid sets of classic party rock for the best little bar around, keeping the dance floor moving all night long! Tom was handing out glow necklaces to ring in the New Year as the dancers enjoyed the music! Favorites included Born to Run, September and I Wish, it got interactive as the band had a glow ring toss on Matt's head while he was jumping during the Middle! We love playing for Marc, Jill and the folks at Strykers and can't wait to be back in Berlin!
12/2/18 The best gig of the year-could be! The Score had the house shaking at The Pub in South Windsor with a packed house! The boys put together 3 strong sets, we had some guests and the dance floor was full of energy all night long! We had the Langford Elementary School holiday party joining our usual friends, supporting their teaching comrade Tom Donato. We had Mark Cormier sitting in for a few including I Wish and our holiday special, the Bruce Springsteen version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town. We had Dan sit in for a bunch in the third set and John Surowiecki was jamming with us on keys at several points during the night, including a lead vocal/keys turn on Black Magic Woman. The boys did several requests like 500 Miles and Midnight Rider. We unveiled two new songs for us, Tom Petty's Don't Do Me Like That and The Authority Song, which both rocked of course! Standard Score classics like Long Train Running, Me and Julio and Hey Jealousy all had that jump and verve! This gig was H.O.T.- special thanks to Greg, Brenda and the entire Pub Staff for their support - we are back at The Pub on February 9th for the Pre-Valentine Party, so bring your sweetheart or just come on down and look for someone special- we will come to party!
11/9/18 The Score rocked Simsbury! It was a fun night at The Old Well Tavern as the boys from West Hartford jammed out some excellent classic party rock! We love the nice stage at the Old Well and we had a crowd to match tonight! There was a lot of dancing as we saw old friends and new faces bubbling with energy during tunes like Let's Groove, The Middle, Hard to Handle, Hey Bartender, Born to Run and we did requests like Having a Party and Burning for You! We want to thank Frank and the awesome staff at the Old Well Tavern for having us and for their generous wings and goodies at the end of the night! We look forward to seeing you again in Simsbury, so keep checking the schedule!
10/13/18 The Score went "Yarde"! The boys from West Hartford rocked the house in Enfield with two extended sets for the good people at the Yarde Tavern! We made plenty of new friends as we had the dance floor pumping all night long, especially after the playoff game ended when a fun group of patrons bumped and grinded through the set of classic party rock! They loved the energetic dance set with Uptight (Everything's Alright) Uptown Funk, Brick House and Play That Funky Music, and also was impressed as they were transported to Exit 7A on the Turnpike during Jeremy's spot on performance of Born to Run! By the end, we had a large group screaming for more, which is always a great compliment. We had veteran drummer Mark Cormier back, sitting in for Tommy and he was awesome with high energy! We had a blast at The Yarde Tavern and would like to thank Christine and her staff- we can't wait to return to Enfield next time! If you need a solid, high energy classic party rock and dance band, look no further than The Score!
9/29/18 The Old Well Tavern was jamming with classic party rock as The Score rocked three awesome sets! The band was clicking with favorites like Born to Run, Vehicle and Rock This Town. The Boys are Back in Town made a return and Matt strummed a solid Hey Jealousy! To close the night, Evan exerted a facemelting Don't Fear the Reaper to the delight of the crowd! The second set featured Mark Cormier sitting in on drums, and he was awesome; Mark will be subbing for Tommy at The Yarde Tavern on October 13th. We are happy to announce that we are returning to the Old Well on November 9th. We'd like to thank all the fine folks at the Old Well that came out for the show! See you all soon!
9/23/18 Raise your glasses high! The Score rocked the MarlBrew! The Score was the headlining act at the Marlbrew Beer Fest at Carter Hill Farms in Marlborough and they did not disappoint! With about twenty local breweries represented as well as a couple of food trucks, The Score cranked out three sets of dance rock including a smooth version of Brandy, a return of I Wish and crowd pleasers like Sharp Dressed Man and Keep You Hands to Yourself . The Dance floor was moving throughout the night, beer was flowing and great food was served up all day! CC and The Gearheads opened and we had a genuine German Oompah Band playing during Score breaks to give that real Ocktoberfest feel! Carter Hill Farms is a really cool place- The barns, General Store, Goats and Roses Restaurant, fire pits this place is just COOL! We'd like to thank Burt for having us at the Marlbrew and to Mitch at Carter Hill for supplying the venue- we hope to do more in Marlborough!
9/13/18 Let's do the time warp! The Score had their old axe master, Dave Blodgett, sitting in for Evan Bellman at Strykers Cafe in Berlin, which meant dipping into the old set. The band brought back quite a few tunes including a harmonyfest on Ringo Starr's It Don't Come Easy, a bouncy Me and Julio, a solid version of Badfinger's No Matter What and a powerful version of The Cult's She Sells Sanctuary that featured Brett Proctor on drums! We also did a lights out version of Cat Steven's Another Saturday Night and the ever popular I'm a Believer. And for the let's just show off moment, Brett Proctor broke into Little River Band's Cool Change and the band joined in for a never before performance in front of an impressed crowd. It's always fun to play for Marc and the Strykers crew and we always love when Dave joins in! Can't wait to return to Strykers Cafe, but for now... on to the Marlbrew on Sunday 9/23!
This just in: The 9/23 Marlborough Chili Cookoff has been changed to MARLBrew, a beer festival that is not specifically chili oriented... It's CRAFT BEER Oriented! $10 tickets, but kids are free! Sounds good to us- See you on the 23rd!
7/28/18 Callbacks are important! The Score returned to The Pub in South Windsor and again rocked the socks off the joint with three solid sets of classic party rock! The band had Mitch Banks behind the kit and he brought a powerful rock flair to the group as the boys brought back a dance inspiring version of Volcano to the energetic crowd, as well as an Evan led I Will Walk 500 Miles, a smooth version of Stray Cat Strut and Jesse's Girl with Matt on guitar. The usual favorites were in place and had the place jumping of course! It was nice to see familiar faces and to meet new friends. The Pub is a fabulous place to see live music and we are happy to report that we have just been asked to return - see you all on December 1st, so mark those calendars!
7/13/18 Friday the 13th- what could go wrong? Well, everything and NOTHING! The long and short is there were no stopping the fun for the Score show honoring the American Legion Convention in Trumbull! This gig started off with loads of potential issues as we needed a sub for Evan and had no opportunity to practice with our replacement, fillin axeman Josh McGee. Then, Tommy was sent to Boston for managers meetings and we needed a sub drummer too! So we enlisted our former multi-instrumentalist friend Aaron Montiel, who would be back from Europe two days before the show. Until he got stuck in Dusseldorf in an airline snafu. The day before the show. You can't make this up! So after many attempts at locally fixing this potential disaster, we were able to get Mitch Banks to drive all the way from Boston and make the magic happen. And the show was AWESOME! No ladders, broken mirrors or seven years bad luck, we rocked the Trumbull Marriott and had the veterans at the American Legion convention rocking all night to a powerful dose of classic party rock! Mitch steadied the ship, Josh rocked the house, we even played Freebird by request and it was great! The ladies there were literally bowing during Wanted Dead or Alive and the floor was packed for most of the night! At one point hotel gatecrashers joined us and kept the party rolling even longer than expected! This was a wonderful night of honor and classic rock. The Score would like to thank Kim Usmani for booking us, the Legion for having us and being such a great audience, to Josh McGee for working hard to learn our songs and rocking the house. We would like to thank Aaron for trying and Mitch for making it happen- we will be seeing you behind the kit for a couple of gigs this summer as well! We had such a blast and hope to see you again at the next convention! If you need a great party rock band, look no further than The Score!
6/15/18 The Score Returned to the Well! The Score rocked the Old Well Tavern in front of a spirited crowd with Dave Blodgett manning the guitar, sitting in for Evan Bellman. The boys brought back the Stray Cat Strut, Jesse's Girl and Magic Carpet Ride for the occasion to the delight of some of our longtime fans! Blodge also supplied lead vocals for Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting and he lent his voice for some soaring harmonies! It was great to jam with Dave again- he's coming back to fill in in September at Strykers Cafe. We'd like to thank Frank and the staff at the Old Well Tavern for having us, we sure do love the stage and we hope to be back in the fall!
6/9/18 The Score went Yarde! The Score had an awesome time in their return to the Yarde Tavern in Enfield rocking out 3 strong sets of classic party rock! The boys had the floor full for much of the night, as the patrons were fully engaged in the fun! We had several tambourine players and Matt had the place jumping with a lively workout during The Middle The band did some requests including a return for Hey Jealousy and Roadhouse Blues as well as some of the favorites like Let's Groove, Vehicle and. Long Train Runnin'. They know how to party at The Yarde, so make sure you are there the next time when we return in October!
5/26/18 The Score Invaded Berlin for another hot night of classic party rock! The band was back at home base for the Memorial Day weekend rocking out at Strykers Cafe. The boys played some themed music such as We're An American Band, and added some hot tunes including Let's Groove, Born to Run and Taking Care of Business. The band was joined by Dave Blodgett for a few including a birthday request song of Midnight Rider, and vocals on Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting. The band also had Josh McGee jump in on guitar for Sweet Emotion, and Wanted Dead or Alive as well as during The Boys are Back in Town! Strykers has always been a home away from home for The Score, we want to thank everyone who came out as well as Marc and Heather for having us! We are back in Berlin in September- hope to see you then!
5/19/18 Congrats to the Avon High School Class of '78! The Score had the honor of performing at the 40th Class Reunion, bringing the revelers back to the 70s with some awesome classic party rock! The dance floor was rocking all night as the band moved through all the best of the 70s like the Doobie Brothers, Earth Wind and Fire, Billy Joel and more! The band also did an impromptu version of Amie by the Pure Prarie League to the delight of the organizers! The Score wants to thank the Class of '78 for allowing us to be a part of their big day! This was such a fun night and we hope to see the members of Avon '78 on the road! If you have a class reunion to plan and need a stellar rock band, look no further than The Score!
4/21/18 It wasn't just another Saturday night, this time, The Score brought the house down at The Pub! The boys from West Hartford rocked South Windsor in their debut with three scorching sets of classic rock and dance! They had the floor moving all night long, making new friends, hanging out with old ones, everyone had an awesome time! The band had the lights going, loved the stage and hit home runs with favorites like dance tunes such as Let's Groove, a request for Burning for You, Having a Party, I Saw Her Standing There, a throbbing version of Brick House and Wanted Dead or Alive. Of course, we also welcomed Brett Proctor back for his first public show with the band, and it was like he never left! Matt had the place going crazy with The Middle, jumping all over the dance floor. Jeremy worked the crowd all night long and Evan smoked some amazing leads too. We had the patrons rocking and rolling with us, shaking the tambourines and even had a guest vocalist who did a fine Beatles rendition with the band. It was so much fun playing at the Pub and the energy was infectious. We can't wait to return to South Windsor and play for Brenda, Kitten, Greg and the Pub crew again! Hope to see everyone soon!
3/24/18 The Score was on fire for the East Berlin Firehouse annual Spring Fling! It was an important show for the band as we entertained the raucous crowd of firefighters with some killer classic party rock! This was not just a special show for local first responders, but the show we say goodbye to keyboardist Aaron Montiel and hello to the return of former Keymaster Brett Proctor! Aaron will be moving on to new endeavors but he will always be a part of the Score family- and we hope to see him very soon! The show itself was a complete blast with both Aaron and Brett joining us for the gig, showing off their multi-instrumental powers, Brett playing keys, bass and singing lead on Don't Stop Believing, while Aaron besides keys, claves, drums and lead vocals on Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting added trumpet to his massive instrumental resume giving The Score a bonafide hot horn section! This expanded group had the floor rocking all night long as the firefighters danced the night away to favorites like Brandy, Riding in My Car, Brown Eyed Girl, September, Uptown Funk and The Boys are Back in Town. The Score would like to thank the East Berlin Firefighters and the Ladies Auxilary for putting on the benefit- we had so much fun and can't wait to perform at the Firehouse again! If you need a classic party rock band, look no further than The Score!
2/24/18 200 gigs! The Score's 200th Show at Strykers Cafe in Berlin was truly an extravaganza! First, to really understand how awesome this show was, you had to be there, and gauging the size of the crowd, you probably was there! This show had all the fixings and the cherry on top- massive energetic crowd, key guest performances, acoustic stuff during a set break and songs that were brought back after years on the shelf! The boys kicked off the big night in classic style, bringing back the traditional opener, a Joe Cocker influenced version of Feeling Alright and then the set moved into high gear! Solid offerings of Magic Carpet Ride and Only the Good Die Young returned to the fold after years off the setlist. Matt returned to guitar for a bring back of Hey Jealousy, joined by longtime Score members Dave Blodgett on bass and Walter Jennings on Drums! Blodge also played the 4 stringer for an impromptu version of ABBA's Dancing Queen and added lead vocals and lead guitar to Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting and She Sells Sanctuary! Mitch Banks sat in for three-quarters of set 2 as Tommy took a break, keeping the beat for the boys. We fufilled a few requests like I Will Walk 500 Miles and Matt had spring in his step for the energetic Middle by Jimmy Eat World, getting the large crowd jumping along with him! Evan was smoking hot on guitar all night and Aaron was tickling the ivories and Tom was on fire with his sax! Jerome kept the party going all night getting everyone involved! The place was packed and everyone was having an amazing time! We had a great time as always at Strykers Cafe - Marc, Heather and the crew run the best little bar around- if you haven't been to Strykers, you are missing a great time! We return to Berlin in May- see you there!!
1/28/18 Strykers Cafe= Home Base! The Score was back in Berlin for a smoking hot night of classic party rock! The boys unveiled two new songs for the crowd, "a super fine" version of Brandy by Looking Glass and a beautifully lilting offering of King Harvest's Dancing in the Moonlight! The night was a rocking affair with power tunes like Long Train Running, Born to Run and September with Mitch Banks sitting in for half a set, and another soulful jam of Marshall Tucker's Can't You See into Hey Jude. It was a small but energetic crowd at the best little bar around, and we will keep the ball rolling- our next show will be The Score's 200th gig and on February 24th, we will do it at Strykers! We can't wait!
1/12/18 The Score returned to the Old Well Tavern in Simsbury after several years away and rocked the joint! The boys from West Hartford struck a smoking three sets of classic party rock that featured many highlights including hot performances of the dance classics like Play that Funky Music, Brick House and I Can't Go For That. The dance floor was filled during a cool melding of Can't You See and Hey Jude. Plus, they brought back the Stray Cat Strut, She Sells Sanctuary and a cool impromptu stripped-down reworking of Don't Fear the Reaper that featured only Aaron, Matt, and Evan. This was one of the great shows, and fun was had by all! The Score will be back at the Old Well Tavern in June, so we hope to see you again soon!
1/7/17 This just in! The Score has just booked another show at the best little bar around- Strykers Cafe! So join us on Saturday night 1/27 for another night of classic party rock! Can't wait to see everyone soon!
12/16/17 Holiday fun, Keno Night and Rock and Roll in Wolcott! The Score was leaving it all on the table at Johnny B's treating the crowd to three hot sets of classic party rock. The boys thrilled the crowd having the floor move and shake all night with tunes like Long Train Running, September, and Born to Run! The end of the night was awesome as well with Aaron jumping in on drums for a few including Learn to Fly and I Want You To Want Me! Then Aaron wowed the barflies on lead vocals with a smoking version of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and a set ending Piano Man. This was an all-around fun night and we hope to see the great folks at Johnny B's again soon!
12/2/17 The Score kicked off Strykers Toy Drive! The Score helped spread the holiday cheer for the good people of Berlin with three superb sets of classic party rock! This show was extra special- donators enjoyed a free drink if they brought a new unwrapped toy, and we had Mitch Banks sitting in on drums. There was a large fun-loving crowd at Strykers. taking in some great tunes including holiday rock staples Run Run Rudolph and the Bruce Springsteen version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town. The band also brought back hot version of She Sells Sanctuary by The Cult, and took requests during the final set, wowing the crowd with a fun offering of (I Would Walk) 500 Miles by the Proclaimers , Aaron led us with some Dancing Queen by ABBA and an impromptu set ender of Another Brick in the Wall, which featured a scorching solo by Evan Bellman. We had so much fun last night at Strykers, seeing so many familiar faces as well as new. As always, the crew at Strykers makes it easy and we look forward to our next show at Strykers Cafe- we're back on February 24th!
11/23/17 Hey Score Fans! Don't miss our big December 2nd Show at Strykers Cafe in Berlin, CT- the show will be part of the Strykers Toy Drive, so bring an unwrapped new toy to the show and get a free drink! This is a great charity event, so come on down and help kids during the holiday season!
11/18/17 The Score rocks Savin in West Haven! On Saturday, The Score rocked Savin Rock School Holidayfest in West Haven with a strong set of dance tunes mixed in with a nice version of Bruce Springsteen's Santa Claus is Comin' to Town and a request for Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting and an impromptu return of Help. The kids were doing the worm, break dancing, running around joyfully in circles and the twist with their parents throughout the concert, as lots of holiday fun was being had by everyone! We had a few kids jamming out on the tambourine and bells during the set as it was an interactive affair. Aaron Montiel, the Savin Rock music teacher, and Score keyboardist/ multi-instrumentalist conducted a successful holiday song singalong with the students and their parents backed up by various Score members. He also wowed the crowd when he switched to drums on a few songs. We had a blast hanging out with the folks at Savin Rock! They rocked!
11/11/17 Freedom isn't free as we get together to honor our soldiers who protect our ideals. The Score joined up with several bands and solo/duo acts at the Turning Tide in New London to honor our Veterans. The Veteran's Benefit was cooking with some excellent BBQ and Baked Ziti, as well as some great live acts including The Score! It was a long set of awesome classic rock and dance as the band rocked their way through some great music including I Wish, The Boys are Back in Town, and Diggin on James Brown! The boys of the Score would like to thank Chris and everyone from the Turning Tide for having us jam out at this important occasion, as well as a huge shoutout to the Band The Remedy who helped out, came early and provided a drum set after the original host band unexpectedly left the rest of us high and dry. We look forward to returning to the Turning Tide in the future!
10/20/17 The Score rocked New London! The boys from West Hartford went south for their debut at the Turning Tide in New London and they put on a strong show for an energetic crowd, The Turning Tide boasted a unique stage complete with a peninsula and pole that juts out into the audience, which made for really cool crowd interaction opportunities! The crowd was jamming to the tunes, particularly the Stevie Wonder tunes, Superstition and I Wish, as well as Uptight (Everything's Alright)! There were many standout songs including Vehicle, Long Train Running and I Saw Her Standing There. We were joined by John Surowieciki, sitting in on keys for several songs like Crazy Little Thing Called Love and The Boys are Back in Town and contributing smooth lead vocals for Black Magic Woman. We had a fabulous time at the Turning Tide and look forward to returning there on 11/11 for their Veteran's Day Benefit Concert. We will be a part of a four-band day, time slots to be announced, hope to see YOU there!
10/13/17 The Score smashed the superstitions in East Hartford! It was Friday the 13th and not a black cat to be seen as the boys from West Hartford jammed for two extra long sets of classic party rock to an enthusiastic crowd. We had Justin Blackburn behind the kit for the second gig in a row, sitting in for an injured Tommy Szymuc, and he was on fire, contributing to the formidable energy of the night. Standout songs included a return for Having a Party, a rousing version of Born to Run, a smooth version of Moondance and an epic jam of Don't Fear the Reaper! The boys also did a medley introducing Warren Zevon's Werewolves of London merged with Sweet Home Alabama and Kid Rock's All Summer Long to the delight of the crowd. The boys also unveiled a super version of Jim Croce's Don't Mess Around With Jim! We were joined by Carmine himself for several tunes and added another dimension to the band. It was an awesome night playing for the good folks at Carmine's in East Hartford, and we look forward to playing there again.
9/23/17 The beat went on! The Score rocked out at their favorite venue, Strykers Café in Berlin, this time with Justin Blackburn sitting in on drums for Tommy Szymuc, and he put on a show! The band was firing on all cylinders offering up three scorching sets of classic party rock for a large, energetic crowd. Justin added a lot of flair to this one, spinning sticks, adding backup vocals, to go with his joyful drumming style. The boys brought back Queen's Fat Bottom Girls after a four-year absence. Other highlights included Justin Blackburn drumming and sang lead vocals on Taking Care of Business, September had the dance floor filled up as did Superstition, I Wish and Uptown Funk. Matt and Evan had the twin guitar attack on The Boys are Back in Town. This was another awesome night of rock at the best little bar around! Thanks Marc and Heather for having us back, can't wait to return on December 2nd!
9/15/17 First impressions are the most important and it is safe to say that The Score's debut at Johnny B's in Wolcott was an impressive one! The boys rocked the Wolcott pub with three smoking hot sets, each more sizzling than the one before as they mixed in the dance tunes with the classic rock staples like Sweet Home Alabama, I Wish, Burning for You, We're An American Band and Let's Groove. The boys also brought back a slinky offering of the Stray Cat Strut. The show lasted until after 1 AM and we definitely left them wanting more! We loved playing for Johnny B's and hope to return to Wolcott again!
8/27/17 The Score hit a home run at The Center Streets Bike Festival! It was the perfect day as The Score served up some home cooking in West Hartford Center at the Bike Festival in front of at least 2000 participants as they road bikes, scooters, skated, jogged or walked the closed course for this benefit to raise awareness for community bike safety and access. The band rocked out two strong sets in front of the Toy Chest and had the throngs of people on their feet, dancing and enjoying the sunshine! The upbeat set included strong versions of classic tunes like September, The Boys are Back in Town and Summer of 69. The band brought back a tight version of Free Ride, as an homage to the bikers! We had blast jamming out for the home crowd and for Center Streets and look forward to seeing you all again next year at his fine event! If you have a big event and need a solid classic party rock band, look no further than The Score!
8/3/2017 The Score rocked out for the home crowd at Blue Back Square in West Hartford in front of hundreds of fans and passerbys who stopped to listen to the music under clear skies and bright stars! This gig was special indeed, as the band reunited with many old friends and maybe the next generation! The guest list was stellar, with former lead guitarist Dave Blodgett and Drummer Walter Jennings returning to the fold for several tunes including a powerful rendition of the old favorite, She Sells Sanctuary by The Cult and Marshall Tucker's Can't You See, which is looking to be a keeper! Mitch Banks, a vet of many Score sit-ins, joined us for several tunes including 867-5309, September and Diggin on James Brown, and finally the next generation has arrived as Danny Aliberti strapped on the guitar and joined in for an awesome performance of Blue Oyster Cult's Burning for You, which also featured Aaron Montiel handling the drums on that one! The boys also unveiled a dance-inspiring version of Kool and the Gang's Celebration. The crowd response was great over two hours of Score classics straight, making for a night to remember! The band loves playing West Hartford, and we will see Blue Back next time, but for now join us for the City Streets Bike Festival in the Center on 8/27, and if you need a classic party rock band, book The Score!
6/23/17 The Score was back at Carmine's in East Hartford and it was a superb night for dinner and dance! The boys powered through three strong sets of classic party rock as the dance floor moved and shaked. Carmine, the longtime veteran musician joined us for a few in set one and all of set three, lending us his voice and shredding on the guitar. The boys added a new number, Tower of Power's Diggin on James Brown and brought back a powerful version of Marshall Tucker's Can't You See into Hey Jude with Carmine on lead vocals The night ended with a haunting Don't Fear the Reaper as we left the crowd wanting more. We had a great time at Carmine's and can't wait to be back again!
5/20/17 The Score Rocked Strykers! The boys returned to one of their favorite venues, Strykers Cafe and jammed out three strong sets of classic party rock to an energetic crowd! The band brought back some old favorites including a powerful version of Grand Funk's We're An American Band, Matt's return to guitar for Van Morrison's Moondance, Aaron banging drums for a return of Blue Oyster Cult's Burning for You and the Foo Fighters' Learn to Fly, and a bouncy take on Queen's Crazy Little Thing Called Love. The floor was really moving during the R&B and disco numbers and it continued on with the Doobie Brothers tunes and Cheap Trick's I Want You to Want Me. All in all, it was another awesome night in Berlin- A special shout out to Marc, Heather and all the good people at Strykers! We will be back in September, so if you missed this Strykers show.... You know what to do!
4/1/17 Another five-alarm party at the East Berlin Firehouse! The Score rocked out the Ladies Auxiliary Benefit and did not disappoint with their three smoking sets of classic party rock! We had a return of our old friend Brett Proctor, who sat in for a few songs on bass, vocals, and keys. joining us on Sweet Emotion, I Saw Her Standing There, Vehicle and China Grove! The Floor was full through the night and it was an awesome night of dancing and partying! The Score always has a good time at the Firehouse and we look forward to the next time! If you need a strong party band for your bar, club or event- look no further than The Score!
3/26/17 Giving back is something that The Score takes seriously and Johnny's Jog 5K Run for Charity is one serious charity! The Jog has been giving back for 7 years to various charities that help children. This year, the Jog benefitted the Covenant Prep of Hartford, The Mary Tango Foundation and the Miracle League of CT. The Score was part of the festivities, strategically placed mid-course to cheer on the runners! The band was rocking the runners along with an energy driven version of Johnny B. Goode and continued with upbeat classic tunes like Born to Run and Long Train Running! It was a bit damp and rainy, but that didn't stop us and it didn't stop the joggers! A special shoutout goes to Justin Blackburn, who sat in on drums for this fun event! The Score was honored to help out the fine folks at Johnny's Jog and look forward to seeing everyone again!
3/25/17 Callbacks mean a lot and when America's On Tap gave us a buzz to rock out the Hat City On Tap in Danbury, we were all too happy to oblige! We had such a fun time at the Hartford On Tap, and this event was no different- awesome beer, great food, interesting vendors and a killer band! The Score, perched way up high in the arena "crow's nest" pumped out four sets of high energy rock for the revelers as they sampled from the 100 craft beers. The band brought back a couple of old favorites including Cheap Trick's I Want You to Want Me, and KT Tunstall's Black Horse and the Cherry Tree and the crowd was digging cool tunes like Roadhouse Blues, Hey Bartender, and a raucous version of Uptown Funk! We ended the night with 1-95's Tim Sheehan joining us and singing You May Be Right and then we closed the deal with the arena singing along to Piano Man! The Score thanks the great people at America's On Tap and we hope to meet up again!
3/4/2017 The Boys were back in Town to help the Lollipop Tree Preschool! The Score rocked Wampanoag Country Club to support an amazing local preschool, Lollipop Tree as they kicked off their big fundraiser! This event was a lot of fun as the teachers, staff, and friends of Lollipop danced and cheered the tight two-set Score performance! It was a special night for The Score as well, as Steve "Hollywood" Martinez made his band return to sub in for Evan Bellman. And it was like Steve never left as he was smoking through leads and rhythms all night long especially on Jenny 8675309, Pride and Joy and Keep Your Hands to Yourself. We brought back Tush in his honor as well as Margaritaville. Long Train Running was hot as usual and Matt blasted off a nifty bass solo during Uptight (Everything's Alright). The Score wants to thank Lollipop Tree for having us at their event, we had so much fun, the food was great and the venue was awesome! We hope to see you all soon!
1/6/17 The Score kicked off 2017 with an awesome show at Strykers Cafe in Berlin! The bar was packed with patrons who were treated to three solid sets of classic party rock! The floor was jamming during songs like Brick House and Uptown Funk, and they were bopping to a return of Riding in My Car and You May Be Right. After Midnight rocked hard with smoking solos being traded by Evan, Aaron and Tom and Evan wowed the crowd using the vocoder during Sweet Emotion. We love playing at Strykers in Berlin, it really is the area's best little bar! We return to Strykers in May- see you there!
12/30/16 Enfield was on fire a day early with The Almost NYE Party at the Yarde House Tavern! The Score rang in the Eve with force as they had the Yarde's massive crowd bumping and grinding all night! The sets were formulated with rocking dance tunes and the results were amazing. The first set was a powerhouse featuring discolicous versions of Let's Groove, Brick House and Play that Funky Music. Set one also boasted awesome guitar work from Evan Bellman on Pride and Joy, and the band put out an epic offering of Born to Run! Set two cooked with Long Train Running and Uptown Funk, as well as a heartfelt version of Don't Stop Believing. Keep Your Hands to Yourself brought the crowd in from the other room for set three and the ball kept rolling all the way until we left them wanting more! We also brought back Sharp Dressed Man and ELO's Evil Woman, always favorites and we closed the night with an encore audience participation event with Wanted Dead or Alive! We thank everyone who joined us for the Almost NYE Party and we had a blast at the Yarde Tavern! We are looking forward to returning to Enfield real soon.
10/29/16 Callbacks say it all! The Score returned to the Irish American Home to perform at their Annual Sports Dinner, rocking out two sets of high energy tunes for the party! Many awards were given, including to their national champion hurling team and the food was awesome of course! Highlight songs included Brown Eyed Girl, U2's Angel of Harlem and the dance floor was shaking for September and Uptown Funk! It's always fun playing for the Irish Home whether it is for their giant Summer Shindig beer and food truck festival, The Annual Sports Dinner or in the bar, and we look forward to jamming out for them again! If you have a private party, corporate event or a bar that needs an awesome classic party rock band at a reasonable price- look no further than The Score- we are booking for Winter 2016-17 and beyond!
10/22/16 Let the good times flow! The Score brought down the house at the XL Center Expo for the Hartford On Tap Beer Festival! The glasses were held high all day as the beer cascaded from almost 100 craft beer vendors from all around the region. The Score jammed hard on the large stage, putting four sets of awesome classic party rock! The boys brought out some new tunes including a return of a soulful version of U2's Angel of Harlem, and a hot offering of Mark Ronson's/Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk, which had the crowd in a frenzy! The band also had the crowd bopping during a powerful cover of Long Train Running, they were dancing for Brick House and Uptight (Everything's Alright), Aaron got rave reviews for his work on Nothing from Nothing and Matt went absolutely nuts jumping during an infectious version of the Middle! There were only highlights to this gig, probably a top five Score show ever. We have to give Tim Sheehan from I-95 a huge shoutout for suggesting us and we thank Jeremiah and the entire On-Tap crew for having us this perform this year and we hope to work with the Hartford On Tap in the future.
9/18/16 It was a busy weekend, and we capped it off with a two-set kickoff at Renbrook School in West Hartford! We have some history at Renbrook as Tom Donato is a former teacher there, and Jeremy Banks was a student as well as a camp counselor for many years. And of course, our old friend (and Renbrook teacher) Dave Blodgett jumped in for a few tunes, playing a smoking China Grove and Summer of 69! We also had Sean, a current Renbrook student, join us on drums during Sweet Home Alabama! He rocked it! We love playing the stage at Renbrook and we hope to see all our friends there soon!
9/16/16 The Score rocked on to Gibson's in East Windsor! We had a small but energetic crowd at the bar inside the Roadway Inn, and the band worked hard to entertain, giving three solid sets which included a return of a poppy rendition of Hall and Oates' I Can't Go For That, another jaw-dropping version of Sweet Emotion, a bouncy Your Mama Don't Dance, a smooth Feeling Alright and a rocking Hard to Handle! It was a cool Friday night for classic party rock at Gibson's, and we would like to thank Eric and the staff for making us feel at home!
9/10/16 The corner wasn't quiet anymore! The Score went east and landed in Scotland- CT for a town green show! Led by new guitarist Evan Bellman, the boys from West Hartford put on a powerful performance under the gazebo. It was old town New England, complete with the Boy Scouts food tent, farm tractors rolling by and church bells marking the time- it was a lot of fun! There were many highlights to this event- another even more intricate version of Sweet Emotion as Evan just rocked the talk box, the folks were bopping to a disco funky version of Earth Wind and Fire's Let's Groove, a smoking hot Sweet Home Alabama
and after three encores, Aaron finished the night with a solo version of Piano Man, to the applause of the energetic crowd. It's safe to say they liked what they heard, and we will be there again sometime next year! Thanks, Scotland! We had a bonny good time!
9/3/16 It was an epic battle in Berlin! The Score brought out new guitarist, Evan Bellman, and the band quickly was running on all cylinders for their gig at the best little bar in the county, Strykers Cafe! It was a fun night as Evan brought new dimensions to the band including a stint on the talk box, giving an authentic sound to Sweet Emotion, He also sang lead on Brown Eyed Girl and was ripping solos throughout the night! He led the band in a cool version of NRBQ's Riding in My Car and we closed the night by bringing back Wanted Dead or Alive! Aaron added an awesome Rocket Man to the mix to make the night special! We can't wait to return to Strykers in January!
8/31/16 We like Beer, You like Beer, who doesn't like Beer? The Score is proud to announce that we will be playing the Hartford On-Tap Beer Festival at the Hartford XL Center! The party starts on October 22nd and the festivities run from 12-5! Check out the many craft breweries while you enjoy a pint of classic party rock with The Score! For tickets, click here! For a limited time there is a Groupon! Hope to see you there!
8/27/16 The Score rocked the Irish American Home's Summer Shindig! The boys from West Hartford went back to their Glastonbury roots as they jammed out to the crowd at the craft beer and food truck festival. This marked the final gig for guitarist Steve "Hollywood" Martinez and the first official show for Evan Bellman as both axemen joined forces on the big stage! It was a scorching day in Glastonbury, both weatherwise and musically as they ripped through two strong sets! The beer was flowing and fun was had by all- we had an awesome time and we are excited to return to the Irish Home for their annual sports dinner in October!
8/3/16 Hey we were back at Blue Back Square lighting it up on a Wednesday evening! We had such a great time in June, we had to do it again, and the band really stepped it up for the hometown crowd! The weather was perfect, and the square was packed with familiar faces, families and many others as the boys from West Hartford jammed out two solid sets of classics! We had Dave Blodgett return for a powerful rendition of Long Train Running, always a treat to rock out with Dave! The band got great reactions all night, but Play That Funky Music and Brick House were extra funky, an authentic offering of Born to Run, a smooth Uptight (Everything's Alright) and a rocking Hard to Handle. We also brought back Your Mama Don't Dance to great effect. Blue Back Square is a great place to play, and we will be back in the future!
7/30/16 The Score debuted at Gibson's Bar and Grille in East Windsor! The boys from West Hartford served up some smoking classic party rock at Gibson's, blasting through three sets for an appreciative crowd of regulars, hotel guests, and score fans! The band had a guest guitarist, Dave Jones, join in for an impromptu offering of Oye Como Va and a sizzling version of Stevie Ray Vaughn's Cold Shot. The fretboard was burning up during those two tunes! Highlights included a greasy version of Shaky Ground by Delbert McClinton, a hopping China Grove, and a soulful Nothing from Nothing. We also played a request for She's Only a Woman by Billy Joel and Aaron and Jeremy nailed it- could a keeper! Gibson's is located off exit 45 on 1-91 and is the hotel lounge for the Roadway Inn. We can't wait to return to Gibson's in September, so don't miss that one!
6/26/16 Blue Back Square was the place to be tonight! The Score played before a large crowd at the iconic West Hartforrd square, pumping out two strong sets of classic favorites! The weather was perfect for an outdoor jam and the Score was ready to rock! We got great crowd response from I Saw Her Standing There, I Can't Go for That, and Born to Run. We had a request for Margaritaville, just right for the occasion. The band also had a special guest appearance from Olivia Fassanella, who played some sweet guitar on Summer of '69! Playing Blue Back is so much fun- we can't wait to return on August 3rd for a midweek soiree! So if you had the misfortune of missing tonight's performance, we know you'll make it to the next one!
6/24/16 The Score rocked Carmine's in East Hartford! It was Carmine's B/ar, Stage and Grille's first year anniversary celebration and The Score was thrilled to be a part of the festivities! The boys unveiled a couple of new songs including the Stevie Wonder classic I Wish, Billy Preston's Nothing for Nothing and an impromptu version of Semisonic's Closing Time sung by Steve! We also brought back Slide and Learn to Fly which featured Aaron on the drums! Carmine also joined in during the second set and had us bring back Sweet Emotion and Hold on Loosely, plus he led us on that cool Van Halen classic Ice Cream Man! You have to check out Carmine's- great food, awesome entertainment and top notch service! We had a great time at Carmine's- it always rocks on the Stage!
4/23/16 It was a triumphant return to Strykers in Berlin! The band was back in Berlin for a smoking night of classic party rock and there's no place around like being at Strykers Cafe! The dance floor was moving all night as the barflies were buzzing to the beat of the Score, especially during the Motown offerings like Sugar Pie Honey Bunch and Uptight (Everything's Alright), as well as during I Can't Go for That, and Southern rock specials Pride and Joy and Shaky Ground! The band unveiled a couple of new songs tonight as they offered a groovy version of the Atlanta Rhythm Section's hit Spooky, and a bouncy rendition of Huey Lewis' It's Alright. The floor was packed all night long and we appreciate the amazing crowd and staff at Strykers! Strykers always does it right! We can't wait to return to Berlin in September!
4/2/16 It was a hot night of classic party rock at the East Berlin Firehouse! The crowd was high energy and the floor was full of dancers and party goers bumping and grinding all night as the boys from West Hartford rocked the house! The band unveiled a couple of new songs, including a fun version of Southside Johnny's Having a Party, and a crowd pleasing offering of Don't Stop Believing. We also did requests, bringing back Turn the Page, Wonderful Tonight, Sharp Dressed Man and Proud Mary as well as fooling around with some AC/DC. This was the second Spring Fling that The Score had the honor of performing at and this one was a huge success! We had such a blast jamming out for the brave firefighters and their family and friends, and we look forward to seeing everyone again soon!
3/12/2016 The Score returned to Waxy O'Connors in Plainville! The boys out of West Hartford kicked off the St. Patty Week's celebrations at Waxy's with three strong sets of classic party rock! The energy level was turned up to eleven during a smoking offering of the Ides of March's Vehicle, and the band really had the floor moving during Summer of '69, Sugar Pie Honeybunch (I Can't Help Myself) and September! The band brought back some ZZ Top by request, jamming out to a solid version of Tush. The night was full of raucous fun as the band had a troop of fine women up on stage helping out the band with backups, tambourine and cowbell during several songs including a hot version of Evil Woman! It was a lot of fun playing at Waxy's and we were happy to see some old friends as well as being able to make new friends! We look forward to the next time we are at Waxy O'Connors!
2/27/16 The second shot of Score this past weekend was a fiery shot of classic party rock! The Score was back in Canton at the Year Roundz Pub inside the Canton Indoor Golf Center, and it is quickly becoming our favorite place to play! The boys from West Hartford pulled out all the stops rocking the night away with hit after hitWe had a guest vocalist, Gordon, join us on backups for much of the second half, and he was great! Aaron did a fabulous version of Rocket Man for the crowd, Shaky Ground had a that swagger, September packed the floor with dancers, and classics like Jet Airliner, Summer of '69 and Taking Care of Business were excellent! The boys did a short excursion with Simple Man to fulfill a request. Year Roundz has the acoustics just right, the crowd has great energy and the comfy, classy leather couches certainly help the ambiance. That and it's all ages in Canton is a bonus! We look forward to returning to Canton and seeing all of our Farmington Valley friends again!
2/26/16 Bristol bound for a Score Double Shot! It was a two-fer for the band and the first stop was in Bristol, as the boys from West Hartford debuted at the City Sports Grille! The bartenders, stage and lights were definitely top notch as the band put on a three set blast of classic party rock! Some new tunes that were added to the song list included a peppy version of the Stevie Wonder Classic, Uptight, Everything's Alright and a mean version of ELO's hit Evil Woman, which was one of the highlights of the night! We were joined by Bob on lead vocals and backups for a few songs, including Rocket Man, which he was awesome- we are looking forward to hanging out with him again! The bar was packed and everyone had a good time at the City Sports! City Sports Grille is the spacious lounge inside the Spare Time Entertainment Bowling and Laser Tag Center, so it's definitely a mecca for fun and excitement! We return to Bristol on March 25th for another date at City Sports- we can't wait!
1/8/16 First show of the year and it was a killer show! The Score debuted at Carmine's Bar, Grill and Stage in East Hartford and did not disappoint with three scorching sets of classic party rock! Plus, Carmine himself joined the band on stage supplying some mean guitar and solid vocals- this was a treat and a lot of fun! There were so many standout tunes and off the cuff offerings it's hard to keep track, but the crowd was grooving and dancing throughout the night, Shaky Ground had a kicking groove, Keep Your Hands to Yourself that grind, and Vehicle was just plain hot! Toward the later stages of the show, we started playing requests and songs with Carmine on the mic, which included a solid offering of One Way Out by the Allmans and a rocking version of Ain't Talkin' About Love. This was a truly awesome show at a great venue built for gourmet food and musicians- how can you beat that? If you missed this one, you can't get it back, but we hope to be back at Carmines soon- so we'll expect you there!
12/22/15 The Score is now booking for 2016, May and beyond! If you are looking for a reasonably priced, experienced classic party rock band, we have what you need! We do bars and clubs, private, corporate and public events in a variety of settings- formal, semi-formal and casual parties, indoor or outdoor. We also know that it is important to give back- so we also love charity events. The Score has a full PA, access to between sets music, lights and even a fog machine if the situation calls for it! The Score is coming up on their 13th anniversary and has performed in well over 150 gigs! Stop by at one of our shows and chat or email us at email@example.com and we will get back to you with a quote.
12/18/15 The Score returned for the third time to the Veteran's Memorial Clubhouse to perform for the Polaris Center's Holiday Party, and it was a lively event! The band had the floor moving most of the night as the teachers were able to let go and have some fun, partying and dancing. We had some great guest tambourine playing during this gig. Matt went crazy during The Middle, jumping around the hall to the delight of the crowd! September and Play That Funky Music had some great reactions as well as I Can't Go For That and Long Train Running! This was a group that liked to dance and the pictures are there to prove it! We had a blast and can't wait to see some of the Polaris people at our other shows and hopefully at another Polaris event in the future!
12/12/15 Callbacks are the finest compliments and the Score was honored to return to the East Berlin Fire House as their holiday party band! There was a lot of fun to be had as the energetic crowd joined the band playing tambourine, cowbell, backups and lead vocals on AC/DC's You shook Me All Night Long and Hit Me With Your Best Shot. The crowd also called out some songs and the band gave it their all with a version of Don't Stop Believing. The floor was in full swing by the second set as the dancing went through the rest of the night, burning up the floor with September, Come and Get Your Love and during favorites like Roadhouse Blues and Keep Your Hands to Yourself. The late crowd was so much fun and into the show! We had a great time performing for the heroes of East Berlin, and we look forward to seeing them again in April at their Ladies Auxiliary fundraiser!
11/21/15 The Energy was rising in Canton! The Score rocked the Connecticut Indoor Golf Center's Year Roundz pub with three super sets of classic rock and dance music! The crowd was moving and shaking all night as they boys from West Hartford (and Canton's own Tom Donato) entertained. The band had a couple of new tunes including a funky version of Delbert McClinton's Shaky Ground and a soulful offering of Hall & Oates' I Can't Go for That. It was dancing time with Play That Funky Music, September, Mustang Sally and Ain't Too Proud to Beg, and time to rock with favorites like some Beatles, Summer of 69, Long Train Running, Roadhouse Blues, Don't Fear the Reaper, and Learn to Fly which featured Aaron Montiel on drums proving that The Score has all the bases covered! Canton Indoor Golf is a large complex with lots to do and Year Roundz is a really nice bar with comfy seating, pool tables, food & drink specials and of course golf simulators to enjoy- we had a blast! Let's thank YOU for being there- you made it a party! Hope to see the great folks at CIGC again and we hope to see you again wherever we land next!
10/24/15 Callbacks say it all, and when the Irish Home Society asked us to play their annual sports dinner, we were happy to oblige! The band had the floor moving throughout the night, as one member said that was the most dancing ever done at the dinner. The boys played many favorites including Ain't Too Proud to Beg, Play That Funky Music, China Grove and Come and Get Your Love, all of which was well received on the floor. We had a great time, the food was fantastic and we look forward to seeing everyone again at the Irish Home in the near future!
10/16/15 The Score saves the day! Red's Tavern had a last minute cancellation and the boys from West Hartford stepped in to supply three jamming sets of classic party rock! We had everyone engaged from the bartenders to the wait staff to the patrons. The crowd started calling out songs and the band played "Stump the Band" playing songs never done live as well as freeing some from mothballs as they fulfilled the requests. Highlights included Hit Me With Your Best Shot with Jeremy doing his best "Patrick Benatar", Aaron Monteil taking charge of the lead vocals and serving up a soulful Rocket Man, Nailing a crowd sing along with Piano Man, a throbbing version of Earth Wind and Fire's September, and Jeremy absolutely killing it on a return of All Along the Watchtower! I think it's safe to say that those songs are finding their way back to the permanent rotation! Of course, the set list tunes were big hits too, Matt was jumping around the crowd during The Middle, Roadhouse Blues was a big glass raising hit, Don't Fear the Reaper and Come and Get Your Love were given positive feedback. Sometimes those impromptu shows are the best and this was a true example- fun was had by all! We thank the good people at Red's, the friends who came out and the new friends we made! Hope to see you soon again in South Windsor!
9/26/15 It was a ball at Waxy's! The Score rocked out to a big crowd at Waxy O'Connor's in Plainville this past Saturday night! What a great venue- good food, great drink selection and a huge stage area.The Dance floor was moving all night long as the boys from West Hartford put together three strong sets of classic party rock. The crowd enjoyed the mix of music including the Beatles medley, Long Train Running was hot and driving too. This show featured the return of Stevie Wonder's Higher Ground and the fan favorite Vehicle. Requests were made for some Eagles, so Brett and Jerome broke out a smooth version of Desperado, and we brought back Superstition to the delight of a dancing couple! This was a special night as it marked the return of keyboardist, Brett Proctor and he did not disappoint, showing his skills on the board, drums and bass as well as providing those high tenor backup vocals. If you were there you know it was an awesome night, and if you were one of the many who just discovered us, please spread the word! We hope to return to Waxy's in the near future!
9/12/15 Red's Scores with the CT Roller Derby! It was a fun evening for rock and roll at Red's Tavern as Nomads Adventure Quest hosted a Roller Derby game in the basketball arena all the while The Score jammed out their brand of classic party rock! The boys played three solid sets including a post game final set that featured a dedication of Play That Funky Music to Roller Derby queen the Milf of Magnesia! Standout songs included What I Like About You which featured a fan literally bust all the moves and break danced like it was 1985! Matt jumped for the crowd during The Middle, Roadhouse Blues rocked, Steve's solos cooked on Reeling in the Years and Aaron Montiel added keys and guitar all night to the mix! We love playing Red's and Nomads and look forward to the next time we can jam out in South Windsor!
8/29/15 Summer Shindig Time! The Score returned to their roots in Glastonbury as they were the afternoon band for the Irish American Home's Summer Shindig, a festival of local micro breweries, local wine tasting, specialty food trucks, craft vendors and of course great live entertainment! It was the perfect end of summer celebration as The Score rocked the fields with three hot sets with the stage energy cracklin'! This show featured the temporary return of Dave Blodgett, and the emergence of Aaron Montiel on Keys, so the boys played as a seven piece! Aaron impressed and even jumped on the drums for the Foo Fighters Learn to Fly, harkening back to the Score set lists of old. There were many standout songs including a tribute to the Two Roads Brewery with Roadhouse Blues, a soulful Feeling Alright, some smoking solo work on After Midnight and a hot version of Long Train Running! We'd also like to give a big shoutout to the great folks at the Irish American Home for having us and to Joe from Harvest Woods Audio for taking care of the sound! This was a great event that had it all, such a good time and we hope to see you at the next Shindig!
7/24/15 The Score Tour headed north to the Granite State! The boys from West Hartford rocked the town of Keene, NH Friday night, leaving everything on the table for a energetic four set evening at Waxy O'Connor's Irish Pub! This gig marked the final gig for keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Brett Proctor as a member of The Score and it was a night to remember. The band had the floor moving and the energy was high all night as the patrons danced the night away to some great classic party rock! There were many highlights- including some smoking solos from Steve Martinez on Pride and Joy and Reeling in the Years, Come and Get Your Love returned to the set list and Matt literally jumped out of his shoes during The Middle! Ron from Brett's new/old band came up and sang Roadhouse Blues and Brett took a turn on the bass and lead vocals for Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo. The band even threw in an abridged version of Free Bird to the delight of the partiers who were yelling for it! This was so much fun and Waxy's in New Hampshire knows how to rock and roll! We look forward to another gig at Waxy's, perhaps at the Plainville location, maybe even another trip North to see our old friend Brett!
7/11/15 It was old home week at Strykers Cafe in Berlin! The Score joined forces with Dave Blodgett who was pitching in for Brett Proctor and the band did not disappoint, delivering a one-two guitar attack that resulted in three incredible sets of classic party rock! This gig had everything a great Score show has- crazy one off song requests like Come Sail Away, which we did even though we didn't have a piano- that was a blast! We had guest performers too- Mitch from the Front Row Band sat in on Tush and Mustang Sally, giving us some smoking blues solos. Jim Donato, sat in on Trumpet combining with Tom to give us a true horn section! We brought back Superstition from the archives in an amazing night culminating version- also by request. Stixey commanded the beat all night and rattled off another awesome drum solo. Matt had the low end throbbing and Jeremy worked the crowd all night. This was truly a great show and we thank everyone who came down to Strykers. Strykers is such a great place to see live music! If you missed it, you can't get that one back but you can redeem yourself- and we'll see you at the next show!
6/20/15 The Score rocked out at Revolutions Bowling and Lounge! The stars weren't exactly aligned for the huge outdoor patio party that was to be the Friday night place to be. It rained most of the night, sending the patrons to the covered tiki bar while the band soldiered on under the protected band shell, delivering three sets of classic party rock. We had sax player extraordinaire, JD Herzog on board as substitute for both Tom and Brett as we went on as a five piece. JD also strapping on the six string, expertly contributed some wicked slide guitar throughout the night, adding a new dimension to the sound. This was evident on Pride and Joy and especially on Honky Tonk Woman, back on the set list after a three year absence. We wished that the weather cooperated better, but everyone who came out had a great time. We hope to be back at Revolutions next year, with sunny skies and clear nights, but until then, we'll see you at their sister spot- Red's Tavern at Nomads Adventure Quest in September! Don't miss that show, it is sure to be a classic!
6/13/15 Cancer is officially on the ropes! The Score delivered a ripping long set of classic party rock tunes for the fine people at the West Hartford Relay for Life. It was a beautiful, sunny day for an outdoor show and the boys had a blast performing for the survivors, walkers, volunteers and vendors at the Northwest Catholic fields. This was a fun show- featured driving versions of Long Train Running and Vehicle and they brought back Jailhouse Rock (in honor of the WHPD benefit lockup) and debuted a down home honky-tonk version of the Georgia Satellites Keep Your Hands to Yourself! We want to salute the survivors and battlers against this terrible disease and that together hopefully, we can someday stamp out cancer! We look forward at giving back at future Relay events!
5/15/15 The Score invaded Strykers Cafe in Berlin- (CT not Germany) on Friday night. The Boys from West Hartford rocked out at the best little bar in the area giving the patrons three solid sets of classic party rock! Tommy had the beat going all night, Jeremy dressed to impress in his fedora during Sharp Dressed Man. Steve scorched out a fiery set of solos on Reeling in the Years, Matt joined in on guitar for a two axe attack for The Boys are Back in Town, and had the floor moving during Jesse's Girl. Brett did the trifecta, playing keys, bass and drums- showing his versatility on several songs including Jet Airliner and Hold on Loosely! We had Gio in as a guest guitarist blaze through a jaw dropping cover of SRV's Pride and Joy. The band had the sound that night! The band would like to thank the wonderful people and staff at Strykers, we had a blast! If you missed this great show, don't worry, we'll be back to Strykers in July! We can't wait!
4/24/15 The Score was back in action at the Irish American Home! The band returned to Glastonbury and rocked out three fun sets at the Irish Home. We had them tapping their feet during Brown Eyed Girl, and the Beatles Medley as well as Desperado and Come and Get Your Love. The end of the night featured a "Stump the Band" theme as the boys took requests churning out songs they never did before including Free Bird, Sympathy for the Devil which featured Brett on lead vocals and Jeremy on drums, a version of Oye Como Va which may be a keeper! The late night crowd was most appreciative and the band had a lot of fun! We thank the fine folks at the Irish Club for having us and we hope to see them soon!
4/18/15 The Score rocked the socks off Wallingford! The Score returned to Brothers Restaurant and jammed out three solid sets for the Wallingford Faithful. The bass and kick was throbbing and thumping with the addition of the second powered sub! The new equipment came in really handy during a soulful, yet bouncy version of Redbone's Come and Get Your Love, so good we did it twice- by request for some latecomers! The band also added the Blues Brother's inspired Soul Man, a slow dance, piano strong song in Billy Vera's At This Moment, and with Matt joining on guitar and Brett switching to bass, The Boys Are Back in Town! Every Score show has a guest spot- this time we had Bartender Gary join us on vocals as we revisited Turn the Page- highlighted with Brett on the drums! That was a blast! We really enjoyed our night at Brothers in Wallingford, a great venue with awesome food and friendly service. Hope to see everyone again soon!
3/21/15 Callbacks are the best indicators of satisfaction! The Score returned to provide their brand of classic party rock for the good people at the East Berlin Firefighter's Benefit. The boys from West Hartford blazed through three smoking sets and had a great time at the Firehouse! The crowd enjoyed the music, tearing up the floor during Play That Funky Music, the Beatles medley and during the Doobie Brothers tunes. The band also revisited Desperado, featuring the smooth keys of Brett Proctor. We had several people mention that they hope we are back next year, and we would be happy to oblige!
3/13/15 Friday the 13th usually evokes scenes of horror and bad luck, but the rock gods smiled and this night had none of that as the Boys from West Hartford rocked out three strong sets for La Luna in Branford. The party started at nine and we had the floor moving- highlights included a funky Higher Ground and a throbbing version of Play That Funky Music. The patrons appreciated the smooth offering of Wonderful Tonight, holding their sweethearts for a slow dance, and Steve Martinez was explosive on the solo during Reeling in the Years! The night was closed out with a hot version of Don't Fear the Reaper - it was Friday the 13th after all. The band would like to thank the fine people at La Luna- truly an extraordinary venue!
2/20/15 The Score rocked The Irish American Home in Glastonbury! It was a classic party rock extravaganza with the boys jamming three strong sets of tunes. Everyone was having a blast and the energy was infectious- Matt went wireless for the first time in years and made the most of jumping and roaming the bar. Standout songs included Brown Eyed Girl, Pride and Joy, Vehicle and Roadhouse Blues. Tommy took a break to hang with friends and tweak the dials on the new mixer, while Mitch Banks joined the band on drums, and a beat was not missed! The end of the night came too soon for many patrons as we left them wanting more, fortunately we will be back in April! The Irish Home is a private club, but graciously allows band fans guest passes and with extremely affordable food and drinks, it is a great place to see The Score!
2/8/2015 The first Score show of 2015! The boys from West Hartford returned to Red's Tavern and cooked through three smoking sets of classic party rock! This show had it all- a large and energetic crowd that knew how to rock and solid playing through the new sound system. The band had a lot of "guest" backup vocalists and tambourine players join the stage as they danced throughout the night! The band played requests- Matt returned to guitar for Jesse's Girl , and the band brought back Jailhouse Rock and played a haunting version of Don't Fear the Reaper to end the night. There were birthdays in the house and so was a short snippet of Beatles Birthday, a first for this version of the band. We had an awesome time at Red's Tavern, one of our favorite places to rock! We hope to return to Red's or their sister venue Revolutions in the near future. Stay tuned for more info on the next South Windsor show!
12/27/14 The Score Sleighs Wallingford! The Score made a special stop at Brothers Restaurant jamming three strong sets of Classic Party Rock, featuring the return of longtime guitarist Dave Blodgett! Blodge, who was subbing for Steve Martinez, rocked the house and brought back some old Score classics such as Sweet Emotion, I'm a Believer and I Second That Emotion back to the set list. We had a guest drummer for the Good Lovin', La Bamba, Tequila medley and she brought a ton of energy! It was a lot of fun jamming with Dave again! We really loved playing in front of so many good friends as well as some new faces and a big shout out goes to the good people at Brothers Restaurant! Spread the word, we would love to come back again to Brothers!
The Score debuted at The Ridge Bar and Lounge at the Ridge Golf Club in Southington for a fine night of classic party rock. The Ridge boasted a very nice room with a large dance floor, great sandwich specials and beer prices. It was a cold, rainy night, so you may have missed us, but the core group who came out had a great time!. Steve was ripping it up and Brett stepped up to sing lead on several tunes! We had Dave from the CT Judas Priest Tribute band jump on the kit for an authentic and spirited Living After Midnight, which featured Matt on guitar. We hope to return to the Ridge, it truly was a great place to play!
11/21/14 The Score rocked South Windsor! In a return to one of our favorite stops, Red's Tavern at Nomads Adventure Quest, The Score jammed out three solid sets of classic party rock. The band had an inspired offering of Vehicle and Bad Time After Midnight was a crowd pleaser and set one closer Born to Run went over smashingly! We had a couple of guest performers of note including Mitch Banks who manned the drum kit the entire third set! During the third, Matt switched to guitar for few and the band brought back Hey Jealousy, Rock and Roll All Night and Living After Midnight as well as blasting through Rick Derringer's Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo. The band would like to thank everyone who came out. We had a great time and hope to be back at Red's soon.
10/4/14 The Score invades Wallingford! The Score had an amazing show at Brothers Restaurant in Wallingford, serving up three solid sets of classic party rock to a energetic crowd! It is clear that the boys from West Hartford has hit their stride as the band had the place hopping! IT was a classic Score show with a couple of new tunes such as a driving version of Bruce Springsteen's beloved Born to Run and a bouncy offering of Grand Funk's Bad Time. One of the many standouts included a swaggering version of Pride and Joy, and a funky Higher Ground. We also had a guest join us for the start of set three- Geno Tortorici of local legends Steppin' Out sat in on the drum kit for four songs including Long Train Running and Magic Carpet Ride. Needless to say, he rocked! This was an awesome show and played late into the night, leaving the crowd wanting more. The Score would like to thank everyone who came out to Brothers to help us make it a true party, and we would like most of all to thank the great people at Brothers and that we hope to see them again soon!
9/6/14 The Score beats Mother Nature to rock South Windsor! The Score jammed out at Revolutions Bowling and Lounge's world class patio, despite some dreadful weather which forced the band to huddle their equipment in the middle of the band shell under tarps. It looked pretty clear until a powerful storm slashed through South Windsor and lasted for over an hour. But torrential downpours could only delay the inevitable display of classic party rock as The Score saved the day and played to a large crowd of supporters as they sipped libations from under cover! This marked the first public show of the newly revamped Score, featuring Steve Martinez on guitar, Brett Proctor on keys and Tommy "Stixey" Szymkuc on drums and the new Score did not disappoint! Some newer tunes were unleashed at this "watershed" moment included a haunting version of Blue Oyster Cult's Don't Fear the Reaper, a fun medley of Good Lovin', La Bamba and Tequila, and a return of Roadhouse Blues. A special shout out to former Score guitarist Dave Gager, who helped twist the knobs and tweak our sound- next time we'll have him on stage! Hey, it could have been a disaster, but instead the glasses were held high and the boys out of West Hartford rocked the house! The Score is ready to hit the clubs again, so if you need a band we are there! We will be at Red's Tavern soon, and can't wait to rock the Revolutions Patio next spring! See you all soon!
8/16/14 The Score would like to congratulate Michael and Claudette McGuffie as the band was honored to entertain at their wedding at the Eastlawn Country Club in Torrington! The band had the floor moving throughout the soiree as the guests danced the night away to an upbeat mix of classic party rock. The Score debuted a smooth version of Desperado and Brett Proctor and Jeremy performed John Legend's All of Me for the first time ever- to the delight of the crowd. The Score would like to thank Michael and Claudette for having us with them on their special day and we wish them the best in the future! If you have a wedding or private party to throw, look no further than The Score!
5/25/14 The Score wished Scott Harger a very happy birthday today and put together two rocking sets at the backyard blast in Ivoryton, CT! The band went as a five piece and added a couple of new songs to the list, a funky version of Stevie Wonder's Higher Ground and an offering of Edgar Winter's Free Ride! Jeremy was working the crowd and Stixey kept the beat all day long. Tom had the horn blasting, Steve was ripping some hot solos and Matt brought in the low end. It was a beautiful sunny day for rock and roll, pulled pork and delicious desserts! The Score would like to thank the Hargers for having us back in Ivoryton. If you have a party and want a band that rocks, look no further than The Score!
3/22/14 The Score burned the house down for the East Berlin Fire Department! East Berlin was scorched with some hot rock and roll courtesy of The Score, as the band entertained their annual Fireman's Benefit! It was a party atmosphere with a raucous crowd dancing the night away to great tunes like Vehicle, ROCK in the USA and a Joe Cocker influenced Feelin' Alright! The band also added a haunting Don't Fear the Reaper and Jeremy Banks and Frank Caro led a drink raising version of Piano Man, which featured Steve Martinez on the harmonica! The band also brought back Takin' Care of Business and to the delight of the Doors fans, Roadhouse Blues, plus added a request- Bob Seger's Turn the Page, which featured Frank on drums. Tommy Szymkuc kept the beat all night and added a hot drum solo after Sweet Emotion, and Matt kept the low end rumbling through the sets. It was a great night for rock and roll and we had a blast! Hope to see the East Berlin Firefighters again next year!
2/1/2014 The Score is proud to announce the additions of Frank Caro on Keyboards and Tommy "Stixey" Szymkuc on Drums which after a couple of months of auditioning several worthy candidates, completes the band! Frank recently of the CT band The Recliner Pilots, has extensive experience on keys and backing vocals playing in many local bars. Tommy is a seasoned pro drummer that has played and toured with Donna Summer, Jeffery Osbourne and George Benson, among others including CTs funk band, Party Line. Raise a glass and welcome them aboard! We are now in the midst of recreating our set list and gearing up for some gigs! Hope to see you all at a show soon- Matt, Jeremy, Tom, Steve, Frank and Tommy
12/20/2013 The chapter has ended but the story continues and the beat will go on- The Score packed the house at Red's Tavern for their final show with the "classic lineup", as the boys from Glastonbury took to the stage and rocked classics and originals from their expansive catalog of songs. This show was special on many points- it was the last Score show for Walter, Blodge and likely Dave G, it was the always fun Holiday Show, it was a triumphant return to Red's Tavern and the house was packed with a host of great guest musicans. Joining us was Alex Pelissari who wailed on Living After Midnight, Gayle D'Abate Hess who stood in on bass for a few and sang lead on a cover of Led Zeppelin's Rock and Roll, Ellen Harris of the Combustors shared the mic with Jerome on Who Says You Can't Go Home, Ryan Markey lent his pipes on Hard to Handle, Long Train Running and Superstition,rocking the house as he always has and the amazing Evan Bellman joined the band for the second set and was featured on a blistering offering of SRV's Pride and Joy. Regular guests Mitch Banks and Chris provided the beat in on drums, giving Walter a temporary dose of early retirement- too bad they aren't available! It was truly an amazing collection of musicans in the mix! The band even had a new one to debut- U2's I Will Follow, and they brought back Score originals Optional and Ray of Hope to the roars of longtime fans. And of course we did Santa Claus is Coming to Town - no holiday show would be complete without it! We've said it before-but this time we really mean it: if you missed this one, and judging by the size of the crowd, you were probably here, you really can't get this one back. We are going to miss our 'mates, and wish Walter, Blodge and DG all the best, and we hope they will join us on stage as "guests" in the future. We have Steve Martinez ready to rock and we hope to find our drummer and another melody maker in the fold soon. The Score would like to thank everyone for their support over the past 10+ years and we look forward to retooling and hitting the stage again! Keep on rocking- we will see you soon!
11/1/13 Another rocking time in Berlin at Strykers with The Score! The Score played their final Berlin gig for awhile as they begin to retool for the next chapter of the band. The guys from Glastonbury laid out a smoking show, jamming late into the early morning for an energetic crowd that wanted more! Jerome worked the crowd, Walter rocked steady all night, DG was smooth on rhythm, Tom and Blodge was scorching the leads and Matt had the thump going. The boys brought back a few tunes including All Right Now, a slinky version of The Stray Cat Strut, Can't You See, Light Up My Room by the Barenaked Ladies (our only 6/8 time song for those theory geeks), and Matt got to break out the guitar on the Cream classic, White Room again after a 6 or 7 year set list hiatus. Jerome's brother, Mitch joined the band on several songs, drumming on China Grove, Summer of 69 and other tunes. It was a great show with a fun crowd- hope you didn't miss it! The Score loves playing at Stryker's Cafe in Berlin, it's really the best little bar around! C'mon down to Revolutions in South Windsor for the Final Score Show - with the "Classic Lineup"- it may be some time before The Score "hits the stage" again!
10/25/13 The boys from Glastonbury, using professional sound for the night, rocked out Glastonbury in a homecoming of sorts to the Irish American Club who opened their private bar up to Score fans! It was a fun night of classic rock and party music as the band churned out three and a half hours of dancing tunes. The night opened with the band taking over We're an American Band from the original studio version mid-song, which was a cool trick! The show also featured Steve Martinez sitting in for several songs, handling lead guitar duties and rocking out on songs like Sweet Emotion, Long Train Running, Wanted Dead or Alive and China Grove. The band also brought back Halloween favorite, Werewolves of London, also featuring Martinez, after a seven year absence from the playlist, Matt rocked out the guitar on a return of Cheap Trick's Surrender, and we brought back U2's One and Angel of Harlem to enhance our collective Irish Club experience. And the show's new song was an offering of STP's Interstate Love Song. The night was completed with a rousing version of The Weight, as we definitely left them wanting more! The folks from the Irish Club were impressed and we think we will be raising our pints there again!
9/28/13 Fifty Years and Counting! The Score performed at the West Hartford Town Hall for Hall High School's fifith reunion. The boys from Glastonbury had played their 45th and was happy to make a return engagement for the big five-oh. The band brought out all their 50's and 60's songs, including a debut of Rock Around the Clock, as well as Rockin' Robin, Jailhouse Rock, Ticket to Ride, Good Lovin' and Well Alright. It was truly a night of memories!
9/20/13 Berlin got rocked! Another great night for music at Stryker's Cafe and The Score! The Boys from Glastonbury returned to Berlin and played a great series of sets for the patrons at Strykers. There was money being tossed into Tom's sax, propositions intimated and a request for an impromptu version of Drift Away to the delight of the barflies. The band raised some Dead and brought back Bertha and Franklin's Tower showcasing Dave Gager on lead guitar. Midnight Rider made a return as well as the Badfinger classic, No Matter What. Matt put on a scorching display during his mini-guitar set, pounding out much metal for Paranoid and Rock and Roll All Nite. Blodge was smoking hot during his solos during the Superstition/ I Wish medley and the band had the place shakin' during Sweet Emotion and Harder to Breathe. The crowd was into it all night long and was left wanting more and the band delivered despite some technical issues, as Matt's bass rig went wonky in the third set, putting him on acoustic guitar for the last 6-7 songs. The Score had an amazing time at Stryker's - if you haven't been there, it is a really nice place- great food, clean and the staff is first class. We return to Strykers in November- See you there!
9/7/13 Give a Little Bit, eat lots of amazing chili! The Score performed as part of a triple bill (along with Waterbury's Guy Malone and Acoustic Travis) at Winding Trails in Farmington, CT to benefit the Miracle League of Connecticut and Abilities Without Boundaries, two amazing organizations that help children and adults with special needs. The event took place at the pavilions in Winding Trails and was the site for the International Society of Chili Cook's regional chili cook off! The band put out about an hour and a half of classic rock as the chili simmered. The band offered up a tasty version of Harder to Breathe, introduced a fun Rockin' Robin and brought back Your Mama Don't Dance, Give a Little Bit and Jeremy worked the crowd during I Feel Good. This was a feel good event with amazing food! The Score thanks the chili chefs and everyone who stopped by to support this worthwhile cause!
6/20/13 The Score jams out in Ivoryton! The Score entertained the folks at the Sierra Harger graduation party with their brand of classic party rock. The band brought back Green Day's Static Age and introduced an offering of Shinedown's If You Only Knew. There was a call for Fins, which the band happily oblidged, and they got good reaction from a rocking version of Sweet Home Alabama, Superstition and Fat Bottom Girls. The band would like to thank the Hargers for having us- we had a good time, the rain held off and the food was delicious!
6/14/13 The Score rocks out Revolutions in South Windsor! It wasn't an ordinary Friday night, as the boys from Glastonbury ignite Revolutions Bowling and Lounge. Revolutions, a Nomads operation, is an upscale bowling and billiards entertainment facility with several bars. This was a bonafide event as both the East Hartford Middle School and Polaris Reunions joined The Score, their stalwart fans and random bowlers in the spacious ballroom. The Score offered a powerful array of classic party rock tunes from the 50's to now, including debuting a tight version of Maroon 5's Harder to Breathe, as well requests such as a Reggaeton Jam. There was no shortage of guest performers, as Stella Demand joined the band on a couple of songs and Sean jumped in and added a third guitar to the mix, with powerful solos on This House is Rocking and rhythm on Hard to Handle. The 12 String again was featured during a "Goo Goo Tramp" version of Give a Little Bit, and Matt used the axe on a searing Wanted Dead or Alive, which had the patrons singing along all the Sambora lines! The floor was moving with the large crowd dancing the night away during songs like Superstition, Go Your Own Way and Ain't Too Proud to Beg. The Score had an amazing time playing at Revolutions and look forward to playing there again!
4/26/13 The Score landed in Berlin! Connecticut. The house was jumping at Stryker's Cafe as The Score unleashed three blistering sets of classic party rock! The floor was really moving during the second set with some bumpin' and grindin' during The guys from Glastonbury injected a new song to the set, Renegade by Styx which turned out to be another crowd pleaser and Give a Little Bit, which Blodge debuted on the 12 string! The band also fufilled requests, and brought back No Matter What, Locomotive Breath, Fins and Friend of the Devil with Dave Gager supplying a Jerry inspired solo. Matt went airborne during the Middle, to the delight of the patrons, and also kicked out the jams on several songs on guitar, reaching back into the vault for Hey Jealousy, Paranoid and The Last Time. Blodge put out a facemelting solo during Sweet Emotion that wowed the crowd, and Jerome had the patrons mesmerized all night long. We would like to thank our fans for supporting us at Strykers! Hope to see you at the next gig!
3/23/13 The Score lands at Bradley! Callbacks say it all, and The Score rocked out for the SFES fundraiser for Suffield schools for the fifth straight year. This was a formal affair that generates a large sum of money for the Suffield Public Schools and The Score was proud to be a part of their big night! The boys from Glastonbury started the night off strong with a flurry of danceable tunes that included a throbbing version of Superstition, the bass was so powerful that to everyone's dismay, the power mixer actually bounced off the stage and hit the floor! Somehow, we didn't lose our sound and we quickly recovered to energize the crowd with a steady supply of Motown and classic rock. The dance floor was on fire during Ain't Too Proud to Beg, Play That Funky Music and Brick House as the revelry continued deep into the night. The members of the Score are big believers in education since we are teachers by day and rock stars on alternating weekends, so we thank the SFES for choosing us again, and we hope to be back next year. If you have a big corporate event that needs quality musical entertainment, check out The Score!
3/9/2013 After Snowmaggedon took our February show off the books at Stryker's, The Score was beyond ready to to rock! But Mother Nature struck again with another freak storm, and while this one unfortunately slowed attendance, the boys from Glastonbury jammed out to two powerful sets for the stalwarts at the Berlin Bar. It was an intimate affair that night, and the band made a connection to the patrons, Alex Pelissari lended his powerful pipes to help us fufill a request for AC/DC' s You Shook Me All Night Long. Jerome consistently wowed the place with his vocals and Dave Blodgett scorched his way through the solos on Hold on Loosely, and traded off with Tom on Johnny B. Goode. Dave Gager shined on a jangly version of Franklin's Tower and Walter had the beat, guiding us through the storm. Matt, had the bass thumping and while playing guitar, released the beast on Shook Me as well as on a fiery Dani California and a powerful offering of Wanted Dead or Alive. If you missed the show, and it is likely that you did, you get another chance on April 26th! Strykers is a full service pub with great wait staff and they have delicious food- try the quesadillas, you will love them! See you there!
1/4/2012 The Score rocks out Stryker's in Berlin! The boys from Glastonbury were hot on the trail of a new venue to hang their hats on and it looks like they have found their new favorite bar! It was a night of powerful rock and roll with all the trimmings at the small but mighty bar and cafe- the Score rocked out from 9 until well after 1 AM churning out plenty of tunes including a smoking version of Reeling in the Years and the crowd stayed late and really dug Fat Bottom Girls and You Really Got Me. Blodge and Tom were wailing, Jerome crooned his way through I'm Your's and Walter put the solid backbeat throughout the night. Matt blasted through the solo for Rock and Roll All Night, and Dave Gager shined on Bertha and by request, Scarlet Begonias. We had the guest performers in the house too! Gayle D'Abbate Hess joined the band on bass and vocals spelling Matt and Jeremy on Summer of '69 and a sizzling version of Led Zeppelin's Rock and Roll as well as playing bass only on Mustang Sally. As an encore, we had the Sean Lord from Reckless Abandon and the Johnson Street Band join us on lead guitar for Wanted Dead or Alive! This show was more than a party at a great bar- if you missed it, don't worry we are back at Strykers Cafe on February 8th! Be there or be square!
12/7/2012 The Party was on with The Score! The Polaris Center had their annual holiday party in East Hartford packing the Veteran's Memorial Clubhouse for a night of great food, awesome music and merriment! The boys from Glastonbury played as a five piece tonight as Dave Gager was enjoying "business meetings" in Vegas. The band debuted several new tunes for the revelers including Steely Dan's Reeling in the Years, Fat Bottom Girls and Billy Joel's hit song, Big Shot. Matt broke out his Ovation 12 string and strummed out Brown Eyed Girl and a debuted hot version of Wanted Dead or Alive. Dave and Tom performed extended smoking solos during Superstition and the crowd was moving during I Saw Her Standing There. The band brought back Home by Michael Buble, which made for a nice slow dance opportunity and even put down a requested Reggaeton beat which led to an improvised a jam as the partygoers danced the night away. If you have a private party that needs some classic party rock and a little more- book The Score!
10/13/2012 The Score grabs the reins and jams out for The Wildfire Equine Rescue Farm! The boys from Glastonbury rocked out 2 sets of classic party rock for Wildfire as they had their Equine Rescue fundraiser at Mt. Carmel in Enfield. The band brought back some old favorites including Sitting by the Dock of the Bay and recalled some horse themed tunes like Midnight Rider and a funky version of Black Horse and the Cherry Tree. The band had a great time playing for the crowd and enjoyed some amazing pasta and meatballs! Special thanks to the kids at the event who helped us out on tambourine and cowbell. We were happy to help save the horses! If you have a horse that needs rescue, Wildfire in East Granby is there to help, and if you need a band that rocks, well, you know the Score!
6/8/2012 The Score invaded East Hartford! The Score debuted at the Final Score Bar in the Ramada Inn and put together a rocking three sets of classic party tunes. The band brought back a few including a haunting Can't You See, a cranking version of She Sells Sanctuary, Surrender with Matt on the guitar, and in the third set - a smooth offering of Angel of Harlem. The boys from Glastonbury had the floor moving during the second set as they worked the crowd. Blodge's friend, Eric joined us for a smoking version of Johnny B. Goode, trading off solos that thrilled the patrons. In the third set, they added a "red hot" version of Dani California and had Nikki join the band for a sizzling reprise of Superstition. The Score had a blast at the Final Score- hope to see you at a show soon!
6/2/2012 The Relay for Life was abuzz with the sweet sounds of The Score! For the second year in a row, the boys from Glastonbury cranked out the tunes for Relayers in West Hartford, as they did laps at Northwest Catholic against cancer. This was a show in peril, as Matt plowed through a recent concussion and slightly broken face and delayed an ER trip! Plus the uncertain weather was a factor- the skies parted for the band just before they donned the stage and pumped out 75 minutes of solid entertainment! We brought back some old songs like a tight version of Calling All Angels, and the Score-original Ray of Hope, celebrated a Birthday, Beatles style and had some tiny tamborine players on Mustang Sally! Matt crushed through Living After Midnight and Rock and Roll All Night on his late brother Chris' Charvel guitar, dedicating those songs to him and his long battle against brain cancer. Cancer never stops, so neither did the Relayers and neither did The Score! The Score was honored to have the opportunity to perform at the Relay and would like to congratulate them on exceeding their fundrasing target. We were glad to help!
5/4/2012 Knowledge is power and The Score flexed their musical muscle for the Connecticut Education Association in Cromwell for the post-vote party! This was the third year in a row for the scholars from Glastonbury, and the fourth time the band supported Connecticut educators with rocking tunes. As voters meandered into the room, decompressing from a long night of policy and information, the band started relaxed with some improptu music, and slowly revved up the pace. The floor was moving with some old school rock and roll and Motown, and then shifted into overdrive with some solid 80's tunes. The band noticed a lull and quickly ignited a new fire with a driving version of The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Dani California; this brought a horde of younger teachers onto the floor and the party really kicked into high gear! In the end, there was a game of spin the bottle, someone was breakdancing and doing "the worm" and we had a conga line going as the band crashed through three solid hours straight and left them screaming for more! The Score loves teachers because we ARE teachers! Thanks to the CEA for having us again- we had a blast! And... if you are reading this-- thank a teacher!
3/30/2012 Call backs say it all! And for the fourth time, The Score rocked out for the SFES Auction and Gala benefiting the Suffield Public Schools. This time the big event was at the Sheraton at Bradley Airport, and after several hours of heavy bidding on cruises, wine packages and guitars signed by the Rolling Stones, the boys from Glastonbury took off sending the night into a bevy of rockin' dance tunes. The band had two new songs unveiled for the event, both to great response: The Billy Joel classic, Only the Good Die Young and a raunchy version of Bob Seger's Fire Down Below. Both songs had the floor cookin', as did most of the Motown and classic rock offerings! At the end of the night, the boisterous crowd were screaming for more and the band did not disappoint with a scorching Rock and Roll All Night to end the evening. We learned a lot from Suffield Public Schools- They know how to ROCK! This was a huge affair that raised a lot of money for an important cause, and The Score had as much fun as the patrons! We hope to see you all next year!
3/30/2012 Call backs say it all! And for the fourth time, The Score rocked out for the SFES Auction and Gala benefiting the Suffield Public Schools. This time the big event was at the Sheraton at Bradley Airport, and after several hours of heavy bidding on cruises, wine packages and guitars signed by the Rolling Stones, the boys from Glastonbury took off sending the night into a bevy of rockin' dance tunes. The band had two new songs unveiled for the event, both to great response: The Billy Joel classic, Only the Good Die Young and a raunchy version of Bob Seger's Fire Down Below. Both songs had the floor cookin', as did most of the Motown and classic rock offerings! At the end of the night, the boisterous crowd were screaming for more and the band did not disappoint with a scorching Rock and Roll All Night to end the evening. We learned a lot from Suffield Public Schools- They know how to ROCK! This was a huge affair that raised a lot of money for an important cause, and The Score had as much fun as the patrons! We hope to see you all next year!
2/10/2012 The Score rocked out for the huge gala event for My Sister's Place at the Hartford Marriott and Convention Center! It was a big night for the fundraiser, as My Sister's Place had a huge amount of biddable goodies, amazing food, desserts and drink, as well as great tunes powered by The Score! The boys from Glastonbury jammed popular hits from the 50's to today for a solid set that rocked for just over 100 minutes. The crowd really got into Superstition, I Saw Her Standing There and Jailhouse Rock, dancing off the the delicious dinner with the band. Unfortunately, the night had to end- the band was just warming up! The Score would like to thank the great people from My Sister's Place for having us at their important event, and we would like to thank them for the great work they do in the community! If you have a private party that needs an awesome classic party rock band, book The Score!
12/9/2011 Ho Ho Hottt! Tis the season and The Score spread the good cheer in South Windsor at Red's Tavern inside Nomads Adventure Quest! The festivities were in full swing as the boys from Glastonbury again cranked out three scorching sets to another large crowd of merry makers, including our good friends and collegues from East Hartford Middle School, which celebrated their holiday party at the bar! The band added the heartfelt Barenaked Ladies' tune Light Up My Room to the setlist, and brought back a lot of songs for this festive occasion, the most notable would be Jerome in a Santa Hat, belting out our Springsteenesque version of Santa Claus is Comin' to Town! The band also reached back and rocked out blistering versions of Pinball Wizard and She Sells Sanctuary, did a mojo filled offering of Mary Jane's Last Dance by request, and revamped Locomotive Breath, this time with Matt on the guitar. It wouldn't be a Score show without guest stars of course, and this show had several- Chris jumped in on drums for three songs, giving a rock solid backbeat for Play That Funky Music, which featured some powerful tradeoff soloing by Blodge and Tom. Ryan Marky was thrown the mic in mid-medley of Jailhouse Rock and Hound Dog, Alex Pelissari lent his pipes for a metallic Living After Midnight and Katie Pelissari joined in during I Saw Her Standing There. The dance floor was HOT and naughty during sets two and three as the party was cranked up until well after 11. With the floor still packed, the band was called back for an encore of The Middle, which of course brought the house down and left them wanting more! This was one that you shouldn't have missed, everyone had a blast! When are we returning to Red's, we are not sure. If YOU want us back let THEM know! The Score wishes everyone Happy Holidays, and we hope to see you soon!
11/12/2011 The Hooker was Scored! The Score cranked it up for the My Sister's Place Benefit at the Hooker Brewery, donating their time to this great cause! It was a fun filled night with a brewery tour, exciting raffles, tasty appetizers, free beer samples from the Hartford area's finest brewery and of course a couple of rockin' sets from The Score to help benefit this very important women's homeless shelter! The boys from Glastonbury brought back several songs including a burning version of the Rolling Stone's The Last Time and Moondance with Matt on guitar, as well as the classic Good Lovin' and a fancy free offering of Franklin's Tower. The crowd of supporters enjoyed the band's rendition of Forget You and Hold on Loosely, and Blodge and Tom smoked it up on Superstition. There was much to celebrate this night and the band wishes My Sister's Place continued success in accomplishing their mission!
10/21/11 The Score rocked the town of South Windsor with a special show at Red's Tavern inside Nomads Adventure Quest. The night featured several new songs, many guest performers and another strong crowd. The band added to the catalog with .38 Special's Hold on Loosely delighting the crowd, went retro and got the crowd moving their feet during The Twist, featured Matt on the classic Jethro Tull hit Bungle in the Jungle and even threw in some AC/DC for good measure! Blackburns Guitar extrodinare Evan Bellman joined the crew for the second set, adding flair and fills on rhythm as well as taking blistering lead solos during a hot version of Pride & Joy. Walter Jennings' EHMS student Chris returned and joined us on drums for a four song set, including The Joker and Bad Moon Rising, steering the ship with a solid backbeat. Ellen Harris of the Combustibles pitched in with her powerful pipes during Who Says You Can't Come Home, and the night was capped off with former BOE vocalist Alex Pelissari uniting with Matt on guitar to crush a smash hit rendition of AC/DC's You Shook Me All Night Long! We even had several lovely ladies help out with Mustang Sally! Several of the bar staff noted that we were by far the best act at Red's, a high compliment we are extremely proud of! We return to Red's on December 9th for our annual holiday party, so oil up the sled, get the red suit out of the cleaners, and by ready to rock! Don't miss that one- it's a great time for everyone at Red's and Nomads!
9/10/2011 The Score had the honor of being the entertainment for the Dr. Adam Raisner Scholorship and Fundraiser at the JCC in Bloomfield. The band rocked out three strong sets of party rock and roll as the huge crowd of donors danced to the tunes, bid at the silent auction, and enjoyed the gourmet food and open bar! Aside from The Score, a highlight was the brick oven pizza truck parked just outside- delicious! The crowd really revved up during the second set as the boys from Glastonbury served up dancible Motown. The band even brought back some old favorites for this show including Hey Jealousy, All Right Now, and The Weight. Of course, there were the requisite guest musicians- Arnie joined the band for an old school go at Mustang Sally, and Bruce Raisner played some crazy trumpet with only the mouthpiece during Play That Funky Music. The Score was proud to be a part of this important event. Thanks to Amy and David Raisner who organized the entire show, this was a great time for everyone, awesome food, good music and the knowledge that you helped make a difference, as the dinner and auction appeared to make their lofty goal of $10,000.
7/21/2011 It's West Hartford. It's Blue Back Square, the hippest place in the Greater Hartford Area. Add in The Score, and you have a magical Thursday evening! Everyone knows that The Score puts on a scorching show of classic party rock, and under extreme temperatures, a temporary blackout, a couple of streakers and crazy PA issues, the Boys out of Glastonbury delivered the goods! With temps still riding high, the band jammed out two straight hours of music that hit all the decades of rock. The band debuted a searing version of Stevie Ray Vaughn's This House is Rockin'. We had the conga line going for Volcano, and the Fins were up moving from the left to the right too! By the time the boys kicked into I Want You to Want Me, the plaza was still hopping! Events such these need guest stars, so Ryan Markey swung by to lend some vocals on a raging version of Superstition, and Ellen Harris of Combustables fame joined the band for a powerful rendition of Who Says You Can't Go Home. Ironically, this show almost didn't happen! Since the band's power mixer mysteriously went on the blink, we were scrambling- throw in a two minute blackout, things were looking bleak- so we have to give a LOUD shoutout to Joe DeSisto, of Homegrown Studios who innocently came by to check out the show and ended up saving our butts! Again. Thanks Joe! Outdoors or in, if you are looking for a solid party rock band, book The Score!
6/17/2011 A great live performance is always something special. The Score rocked the "End of the School Year bash at Red's Tavern! The eighth annual party was hopping all night long with a huge boisterous crowd permeating the dance floor. Red's, a full service tavern inside of Nomads Adventure Quest, was the home of the end of the year party for East Hartord Public as well as a large contingency from the Suffield Schools. The Boys from Glastonbury did not disappoint as they slammed through three strong sets of party rock. The crowd danced all night long, particularly enjoying Forget You, We're An American Band, Too Little Too Late, and helped out on Mustang Sally. Ryan Markey joined the jam for several tunes including Long Train Running and an untitled improptu opening noodle to start the third set. The band played late and fufilled requests like Jet Airliner and Listen to the Music and introduced Kiss' Rock and Roll All Nite with Matt rocking out on guitar! This gig was awesome and we'd like to thank everyone who came out to support The Score!
"6/4/11 There are times when you have to step up to the plate, and on this Saturday, The Score hit a home run, donating their time as they had the West Hartford Relay for Life rocking! The Relay against cancer was held on the sports fields of Northwest Catholic High School, as teams walked the track to raise money, honor survivors and remember those that lost their lives against this terrible disease. This year, The Score brought their classic party rock and headlined the event that included fine acts like modern rockers Fatgrip, The funky Kathy Thompson Band, and jam band, Four Corners. The boys from Glastonbury pumped out 45 minutes of rock, getting the walkers to dance and bounce by the stage. The response was infectious during I'm a Believer and I Want You To Want Me, got the conga line moving during Volcano, and the band smoked on Superstition and flashed wild solos on Johnny B. Goode. This was a great cause with an inspiring crowd, and we would have played all night if we could! The Score salutes those who struggle against cancer, showing the world what courage really is.
5/6/2011 Call backs say it all! This was the third time that The Score performed for the Connecticut Teacher's Association (CEA) and it was definitely the charm as the band of teachers blasted through a non-stop torrential two and one half hours of rock and roll. The energy from the crowd fueled the powerful mega-set as they danced through the night until just before 2 AM. Brimming with confidence, the boys started the night with a song they never played before- Cee Lo Green's smash Forget You, and it rocked! The crowd really responed to almost everything, but the fire was ignited during the classic Beatles and Motown songs. There was some great response during Mustang Sally, and a lot of dancing for Play That Funky Music and Brick House. The conga line was enormous during Jimmy Buffett's Volcano, and there was several Parrot Heads moving their "fins" to the left and the right! Just when things looked like things may slow down a little, the band unleashed Matt with The Middle and well, we know what happened with that! The boys from Glastonbury also fufilled requests as the the teachers raised their hands for some Grateful Dead, bringing back Eyes of the World and Scarlet Begonias. Jerome worked the crowd all night and kept the party rolling and the Daves showed off their chops on guitar during their signature songs. This was a great all around party and the band never sounded better! The Score would like to thank their comrades at the CEA for bringing us back for another year! If you have a private party or corporate event and want to rock the house, consider The Score!
4/9/2011 The Score "debuts" at the Old Well Tavern- we were there when it was the Lobster Barn, and Reno's and now the band took the stage at the Old Well, rocking three powerful sets of classic party tunes. The energetic crowd enjoyed the show as the boys from Glastonbury brought back some old favorites, took requests and played some current hits. This group had their dancin' shoes on and they were ready to pitch in backup vocals, helping out on Mustang Sally! The band also celebrated a couple of big days for Kevin Sheehan and our own Tom Donato with the Beatles Birthday. With Matt on guitar, the band debuted a rockin' rendition of the KISS classic Rock and Roll All Night and he fufilled a request as they boys reached deep into the archives and jammed out on Little Feat's Dixie Chicken- and Tony, Jerome is still looking for his drink! Blodge had some blistering solos on Johnny B. Goode and traded off with Tom's sax solos on Superstition. Plus, Matt went extra nuts during The Middle! Walter had the beat all night and the band also featured Dave G on lead guitar as we returned Friend of the Devil and Bertha to the set, and a spot was found for Some Kind of Wonderful. At the end of the night, the band was joined by Ellen of the Combustibles for a hot offering of Who Says You Can't Go Home. This was a show that shouldn't have been missed, so if you did, you can't get this one back! The Score thanks everyone who came out Saturday night, and looks forward to returning to The Old Well Tavern in Simsbury.
4/2/2011 The Score happily congratulates Sarah and Manny on their wedding! It was a true party with all the trimmings and The Score was there to entertain them at the exclusive Riverview in Simsbury. The band was part of the total entertainment package for this special night- The Score, a DJ and a talented jazz trio, and it was our job to provide the "rock" and keep the party rollin' until the midnight hour! The crowd had their dancing shoes on as the band kept the energy flowing all night long, rocking out on songs like Oh What a Night, Brown Eyed Girl, I Saw Her Standing There and You May Be Right. During the second set, the groom joined the guys on stage for a turn at bringing back The Joker, to the delight of family and friends. The crowd enjoyed the slow dance during Michael Buble's Home and during the Allman's Melissa- two songs coming back after a long rest. The Score would like to thank Sarah and Manny for allowing us to perform on their big day- and a big thank you for the home-made lemoncello! If you have a wedding or event coming up and need a classic party rock band that doesn't do the funky chicken, consider The Score
3/19/11 Does Suffield know how to rock or what? The easy answer is YES! The Score had the distinct pleasure to entertain the Suffield Public School District at their annual auction and fundraiser semi-formal at the Riverview in Simsbury, CT. This was the third time that the band of teachers performed for the SFES and the boys from Glastonbury did not disappoint! The crowd was high energy from the get go and didn't reliquish the floor until the final notes were rung! The crowd particularly enjoyed the 80's tunes like Jenny and Jesse's Girl and bopped to the beat of our Motown offerings like Ain't Too Proud to Beg which featured Suffield Teacher Tom Donato on the Sax! This was Tom's show and he burned through solo after solo throughout the night as he played for his comrades. We had plenty of tambourine players and also had Brian join the band on lead vocals as the boys brought back Southern Cross. This event was an enormous success as they raised a lot of funds for their district! The Score would like to thank the SFES for the wonderful dinner and for having us back for this most important event. If you have a private event that needs entertaining, consider The Score!
3/4/11 The Score made their triumphant return to Red's Tavern again delivering the goods to the classic pub within Nomad's Adventure Quest! The place was packed and the floor was shakin' as the band jammed three sets of classic party rock! The dancing lasted all night long as the band entertained requests and rocked out with some guest musicians. The rockers from G'bury debuted The Four Season's classic hit December 1963 (Oh What a Night!) featuring Katie Pelissari on vocals, and Mitch Banks spelled Walter on several tunes including China Grove. Walter got a couple of breaks tonight as one of his middle school students, Chris took over the kit to the delight of family and friends during Bad Moon Rising and Johnny B. Goode, and Ryan Markey returned for a turn on our Elvis Medley. A few old tunes made their way back into the set list, such as a tight version of Eric Clapton's Forever Man. The Score would like to thank their amazing supporters for coming down to Red's- spread the word! The band looks forward to their next performance at Red's Tavern, details to follow.
1/21/2011 The Score found a new bar to rock! Red's Tavern, a bar newly located inside Nomad's Adventure Quest- CT's largest indoor amusement center! This show was a highlight reel of rock as the boys from G'bury cranked out three smokin' sets of danceable party tunes! The huge crowd grooved to the music all night long enjoying the happy hour treats and the generous selection of libations. The fun started just before 7:30 PM and included some great songs like Go Your Own Way, Hard to Handle and I'm Yours, but the band was just warming up. Set two rocked hard with some hot guest vocals from Ryan Markey on Jailhouse Rock and Supersition, which got the floor really moving. And the Middle was of course jumpin'! The band also served up a scorching offerings of the Score original song, Optional, Cheap Trick's I Want You to Want Me and The Cult's She Sells Sanctuary plus they laid down a smooth groove for Angel of Harlem. The third set featured an amazing version of Sweet Emotion- we haven't played it in about three years, but it ROCKED! We also had Tony from the band Slingshot step up to the mic on You Really Got Me, and the night closed with former Bored of Ed throatmaster Alex Pelissari joining the band (and former bandmates Matt and Walter) on Judas Priest's Living After Midnight! The Score would like to thank everyone who helped make this a magical night of music! The Score looks forward to a return engagement at Red's Tavern- it's a great place to play, plus you can bring the kids and let them have fun at Nomad's while you listen to your favorite band!
New Year's Eve 2010- It was time to kick out 2010 and usher in 2011 with great food, fine wine, champagne and classic party rock with The Score! The band made their New Year's Eve return to the gourmet italian restaurant Piccolo Arancio in Farmington, CT and entertained patrons throughout the night, starting out with a fine mellow set to compliment the scrumptious five course meal. Soon thereafter the crowd's true colors shown through as they shifted into party mode! The boys from Glastonbury hit all the decades of rock tonight, took loads of requests and had some great guest musicians jam with the band. Bella Cialfi joined the group again, this time rocking out on their debut of Van Halen's You Really Got Me, and Dan made his return and sat in on drums for Johnny B. Goode, and even switched to lead guitar, teaming up with his dad on drums for a Hendrixian All Along the Watchtower. For the ball drop festivities, the band led the crowd in a hearty chorus of Auld Lang Syne, followed by a jamming version of Clapton's After Midnight. There were some crazy requests: a voracious call for Led Zeppelin, so Matt struck up the riff and the band obliged with a verse and chorus of Whole Lotta Love. There was a shoutout for some Jethro Tull, and the band plowed through Locomotive Breath to the crowd's delight. Tom showed his saxy chops on 25 or 6 to 4 and Ain't Too Proud to Beg. Blodge was tearing it up all night long smoking solos on Superstion and Feelin' Alright! It was a great "first night" for rock at Piccolo's and the band would like to thank the Cialfi family for bringing us back to their amazing restaurant! The Score wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2011!
12/10/2010 The Score rocked out at the Veteran's Memorial Clubhouse in East Hartford for the CREC Polaris Holiday Party. The floor was poppin' as the educators put down their plan books and danced throughout the set, especially during offerings of The Beatles, Doobie Brothers and during the Score finale of Play That Funky Music. The boys from Glastonbury also added Fleetwood Mac's Go Your Own Way to their growing list of classic tunes. This show was special because it was for Matt's co-workers, and they know how to have a good time. The Score had an awesome time, with some great people and bangin' food! If you have a party and find yourself in need of a solid classic party rock band, look no further than The Score! Happy Holidays to all!
11/05/2010 The Score slammed down show number one hundred into the books at The Blackboard Cafe in Windsor Locks with a rockin' offering of classic party hits. The boys from Glastonbury cranked out three sets of tunes on the big stage for old friends and Blackboard regulars, bringing back old favorites like All Right Now and a powerhouse version of Pinball Wizard and scored big with classics like Hard to Handle, Long Train Running, Gimme Three Steps and Sweet Home Alabama. Jen Roggi pitched in on backups on several tunes including Mustang Sally. During set two, the party jumped into high gear as Matt went airborne during The Middle and the floor filled with partying patrons. The Score would like to thank everyone who made the trip north to see our milestone show. We had a great time hanging out with you all up north and we look forward to another opportunity to rock out at The Blackboard Cafe!
10/14/2010 Gigs can be like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get. Well, when you are jamming out with The Score at Murphy & Scarletti's in Farmington, you know you are in for three solid sets of fun party rock! This one started fast and furious as the wild and crazies were out and celebrating. The dancing was a flurry of moonwalks and other indescribable moves as the band scorched through an awesome first set, which included the return of Learn to Fly and Born to be Wild. The second set was solid as a rock as the boys from Glastonbury set a smooth groove. Billy Baker joined the band for a duet on Can't You See, and the band offered a bouncy Too Little Too Late, and a spirited Fins. The crowd thinned out a bit for set three, and the band did some requests, bringing back Eyes of the World and The Weight to mix in with powerhouse tunes like Paranoid and a tight version of Uncle Kracker's Smile. This was another great Murphy's show with The Score, hope you were there
10/8/2010 It was a Friday in October, but the weather was feeling like a perfect early September night as The Score made its return to West Hartford's Blue Back Square to play under the stars in front of a huge crowd. The kids had a blast as they bopped to the music while waving their glo-sticks and tamborines to the beat. The band mixed it up as only they could with hits from all the decades of rock, getting the crowd moving and shaking to songs like I'm a Believer, Too Little Too Late, I'm Yours, Listen to the Music and Jailhouse Rock. Jeremy had the crowd singing the chorus during Mustang Sally and Dave Blodgett smoked a searing extended solo during Superstition as the band laid down a solid foundation of thump.
9/18/2010 The Score was honored to entertain at Mason and Lindsay's wedding at The Lace Factory in Deep River. This venue was a converted lace mill with stringed lights adorning the rafters which gave the place a magical, rustic look. The band realized quickly that this crowd knew how to celebrate and they kicked in several hours of danceable music. From the beginning, this was destined to be a fun filled night as the boys from Glastonbury jammed newer tunes like Slide, I'm Yours, and Her Diamonds as well as classics like Brown Eyed Girl, I Saw Her Standing There and Superstition. Wonderful Tonight provided a tender moment for the requisite slow dance, brought back Keith Urban's Making Memories of Us and the band debuted Uncle Kracker's Smile to the delight of the revelers. We'd like to thank Mason and Lindsay for allowing us to be a part of their special day- we had a great time! So... The Score as your wedding band? Sure, just hold the Funky Chicken and Electric Slide, and trade up for some real classic party rock!
8/28/2010 it was a bright and sunny day in beautiful Colchester Connecticut, a perfect setting for some "finish line" rock n' roll. The Score had the distinct pleasure to pitch in and perform at the Priam Vineyard and Winery to support Cardio Express' fundraiser and bike race to end Multiple Sclerosis. Under a large tent, the band jammed out to over 300 riders, vendors and their families, churning out a bevy of great tunes to salute those who rode for up to 75 miles! Evan Bellman again joined the band to seemlessly stand in for Dave Gager, and he did not disappoint leading us on a solid debut of NRBQ's Riding In My Car and Stevie Ray Vaughn's Pride and Joy. The band received a request for Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water, and even if we never did play it before, pulled off a smokin' version of the hard rock classic. The guys from Glastonbury rocked hard, but the kudos have to go to the riders that day who exempifed perserverance to stand up against this debilitating disease. The Score would like to thank Branford Hall's Massage Therapists for the rub downs and the MS Society of Connecticut for feeding us that wonderful lunch and the Priam Vineyard for the wine tasting. A special shout-out to the ladies at the prize booth- Thanks! We had a great time playing for this important cause!
7/22/2010 Some things change and some don't as The Score returned to Murphy & Scarletti's for another Thursday night of rockin' tunes- that of course remained the same at Farmington's landmark for rock. This time it was the Murph that changed as the band walked into a slightly different club- a much more open room in the midst of a new look. The Score played an energetic series of sets to entertain the crowd, opening the night withSpringsteen's The Rising, brought back Steal My Kisses and capped off set one with a request for She Sells Sanctuary. The band also welcomed Kent Blodgett as a guest guitarist to close out set two as he joined brother Dave and sparked a hot jam that included extended versions and powerful solos on Scarlet Begonias, Long Train Running and Brick House. He also displayed his fluid soloing chops as the group brought back Mary Jane's Last Dance. The Score eagerly awaits their return to Murphy's in October, where the stage will be, we aren't sure, but we do know that you should be there to find out!
7/10/2010 What is Wallacepalooza? Well, it's a large gathering of friends with loads of great food, lots of libations, awesome music and it stars of course Wallace the dog! It takes a great dog to put on a great party and this was a great party that dicey weather could not hope to put a damper on. The Score returned to the Bloomfield event for the second time, now as part of a powerful triple bill that included co-host Kevin Sheehan's brother Tim's band the Traveling Danburys and was headlined by rock star Pat Dinizio, frontman of The Smithereens! The Danburys opened the festivites with the duo entertaining everyone with a solid acoustic set of rock standards. Then The Score kicked the party into another gear with a high octane performance of rocking tunes. The band brought back a few songs including Margaritaville, a dedication for one of our hosts, Cate Kulak- She Sells Sanctuary and a powerhouse version of Learn to Fly. Jerome was working the crowd with vigor and Matt and Walter laid down a throbbing groove for Superstition while Dave and Tom traded off on hot solos. The band of five (Dave G. was out of town) jammed hard including a jumping offering of The Middle before triumphantly exiting the stage area. Then things got interesting. Dave B. had to leave and Pat DiNizio was running a bit late. So enter "The Traveling Scoreberrys" and in a game of "pickup musicians" united the remnants of both bands for a really cool acoustic guitar driven jam that included hot versions of Honky Tonk Woman, We're An American Band and an almost punky fast version of Brown Eyed Girl. The gang ended their evening with probably the only time Judas Priest's Living After Midnight was ever played live without an electric guitar- and it still rocked! Finally, Pat Dinizio arrived to entertain the crowd delivering an amazing acoustic session with rich backstories on all those famous Smithereens hits including Behind the Wall of Sleep, Only a Memory and Blood and Roses. Pat was a great guy, joking with the audience before, during and after his two set performance. It was a truly unique experience that's unforgettable. The Score would like to thank Kevin, Cate and of course Wallace for including us again at their bash!
7/8/2010 Blue Skies, green grass, add some great music- Priceless! And priceless it was as The Score put on a smashing debut on the East Hartford Town Green in front of a large crowd of onlookers as part of the town's free concert series. It was a bit of a homecoming as both Walter and Jeremy teach at EHMS, and Matt used to teach there, too. The local connection meant that there were many familiar faces in the crowd at this show as family, colleagues and friends dropped a blanket and mixed with the crowd. The band jammed their hearts out on the gazebo, while people enjoyed two sizzling sets of classic party rock from every decade. This outdoor show had it all: There were requests- another call for Franklin's Tower, we had two kids as guest tamborine players- they whipped up the crowd while keeping the beat and there was no shortage of dancers! The picnickers really connected to newer material showing support for I'm Yours and Her Diamonds, as well as classics like Jailhouse Rock and Your Mama Don't Dance. The band also did smoking jams on Superstition and Play That Funky Music to the delight of the crowd. Longtime friend, Ryan Markey helped out with sound and jumped in on vocals and rocked Hard to Handle and Long Train Running. This was a lot of fun and The Score thanks the East Hartford Parks and Rec and their sponsors for the opportunity to play the East Hartford Town Green.
6/28/2010 It's "town green" season and The Score opened the Summer Concert Series with a stop in Ellington, CT. It was a hot, sweltering day at Arbor Park, and storms threatened, a sprinkle happened, but that did not stop the boys from Glastonbury, nor their faithful fans from pitching a blanket to hear some good party music. Ellington resident Jeremy Banks led the band through two hours of non-stop rock for the hometown crowd as they cranked out a wide variety of tunes. The crowd cheered for Jumping Jack Flash and the kids were dancing for I'm a Believer, plus the Motown offerings were a hit. The Score brought back a couple of songs for the occasion, including a flowing rendition of the Grateful Dead's Franklin's Tower that just sounded like summer. Reaching back, the band offered a tight version of Gimme Three Steps and also jammed out a nasty version of Sharp Dressed Man. These outdoor events are always a great time because they are family fun events. So check us out on the East Hartford Green later this summer- bring a blanket, some snacks and a frisbee and soak up some sun with The Score!
6/6/2010 The Score invaded UCONN to provide the entertainment for the Zeta Theta 50th year reunion. The party was at Alumni Hall with a solid group of 100 frat brothers and their significant others that spanned many years. The band jammed a quick jolt of energy in just under an hour of music, offering a rocking set of party music. The Score debuted the Loggins & Messina classic Your Mama Don't Dance and had them moving during songs like Honky Tonk Woman and Superstition. The boys from Glastonbury even snuck in some Zydeco! Alumnai Hall is a pretty cool place with loads of history- it has the UCONN Sports Hall of Fame. The Score would like to thank Doug Donaldson and the rest of the Zeta Thetas for including us in their event.
4/29/2010- Several years ago, The Score rocked out for the Connecticut Education Association Teacher's Union on the steps of the state capitol in front of thousands of supporters in defense of teacher pensions, and we'd like to think we "helped" the Governor see things our way. This time, the CEA brought us back for their big yearly delegate meeting at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell to provide a rockin' good time, and the boys from Glastonbury did not disappoint playing two hours straight of danceable party rock. This time the band had rhythm guitar pro Dave Allen in the fold, subbing for Dave Gager who suffered a fractured elbow while showing off his driveway dunking ability (fear not, he's on the mend). The band delighted the crowd as they showed off their newest gem, a "Stevie Ray Wonder" version of Superstition. Dave Allen, also a vocalist in Mystery Tour Band, a successful Beatles tribute outfit, pitched in on lead vocals on Back in the USSR, giving an authentic take on the classic tune. The floor really heated up during Jailhouse Rock and Hound Dog as the crowd cut a rug with Jerome jamming among the throng. This band of teachers by day would like to thank the CEA for having us as a part of their evening event- we had a great time!
3/27/2010- Some things are worth the wait, and it is safe to say that The Score is one of those special things! For the second year in a row, the band entertained the Suffield Public Schools annual auction and fundraiser dinner at Maneely's in South Windsor. It was a themed event - 1920's prohibition era and the band even provided some Charleston music during the cocktail hour- ok it was an IPOD, but it was great background! The band went on late as the patrons took a little longer than expected, fighting over the amazing array of goodies that were for bid- but they had more than enough energy by the time the band took over at 10:30 as the Score kicked in ninety minutes of tight classic party rock. The crowd quickly let loose and flooded the dance floor, particularly cutting up the parque during The raunchy Rolling Stones double shot of Jumpin' Jack Flash (a Score first) and Honky Tonk Woman, and it continued through a spirited offering of China Grove. Plus the patrons showed their appreciation of the Score's debut of the Stray Cats classic Rock This Town. Tom Donato felt right at home jamming out some of his best sax work with all his Suffield friends in the house. We even had a lot of audience participation as various people joined in on the tambourine or on the mic. This was a win win for all- the school again pulled in a fantastic amount of money for their school, the band had a blast and the flappers and guys had a great time dancing the night away! The Score would like to thank Suffield Public Schools for again allowing us to be a part of their big night!
2/11/2010- The Score jammed out in Farmington at Murphy & Scarletti's as the band kicked off the weekend early for another Thursday night of rockin' tunes. The dance floor was moving during the first set, as the band zipped through favorites from the 50's through today. The extended second set was a lot of fun as the boys from Glastonbury reached back and added some lost favorites. Dave Gager took a spirited turn on lead vocals on The Grateful Dead's Fire on the Mountain, and the band absolutely rocked an unstoppable version of Jethro Tull's Locomotive Breath, a rarity- it's been many years since the last time that classic was played live- the Murph's stage was actually across the room! The band also jammed out on 25 or 6 to 4, to the deiight of official Score photographer, Tony Scherer, and added The Weight to the setlist, which featured each band member on a verse, except Tom who happily just blew his horn. For the finisher, the band and Matt rocked out on Paranoid. The sound was great that night as Blodge twisted the dials just right, so if you missed it, you can't get this one back- see you next time!
New Year's Eve and The Score partied like it was 2009 at Piccolo Arancio in Farmington, CT! It was momentus way to bring in the New Year- marvelous food, great atmosphere, top notch wine and champagne and of course the bubbly sounds of The Score! The band started off gently while patrons enjoyed their scrumptious five course meal and then put the charge into the event with classic party rock, jamming until well after the one o'clock hour! The party went into overdrive just before the ball dropped as the dancers bopped to The Middle and In the Midnight Hour, which smartly featured an exciting New Year's countdown, a balloon drop and the classic Auld Lange Syne to welcome in 2010! The band then debuted a bluesy After Midnight to resume the tunes and much merry was made. There were requests of course and the boys from Glastonbury did not disappoint, first whipping out a soulful version of Me and Bobby McGee which featured Dave Blodgett on vocals, and then the coup de grace, a never been played by the band before, rocking offering of Chicago's 25 or 6 to 4, which sported some nifty sax work by Tom and spot on vocals belted out by our usually baritone Jerome! We also had guest musicians in the house- special thanks to Dan who sat in on drums for Good Lovin' and Sweet Home Alabama giving the band a solid backbeat, and to young Bella Cialfi who jammed out on guitar during Sweet Home Alabama! The Score would like to thank Sal, Tina and the entire Piccolo Arancio staff for the wonderful meal, and for allowing us to be a part of their New Year's Celebration!
Thursday, 12/10/2009- T'was the season to be rocking, and The Score did just that at their annual holiday show at Farmington's landmark for rock, Murphy & Scarletti's! The band had all cylinders firing as the dance floor swelled with enthusiastic barfles who bumped and grinded during two extended sets of classic party rock tunes. The band turned up the volume and turned in a solid first set including a long awaited return of Robert Palmer's Bad Case of Loving You, as well as a bouncy request for the Grateful Dead's Bertha. The second set was opened with the usual holiday festivities as the band belted out their Springsteenesque version of Santa Claus is Comin' to Town; Tom representing the horn section well with his antlers. Billy Baker joined the band for a smoky version of Can't You See, adeptly trading leads with Jerome. The second session also featured an amazing version of Rob Thomas' current radio smash, Her Diamonds, sure to be a set pleaser for future gigs. Things really heated up with Play That Funky Music and the ladies were smoldering on the floor- once again, thanks Tony for the pics (stay tuned for the postings)! The band ended the night with Black Sabbath's Paranoid, where Matt got an early Xmas gift, and happily channeled his "inner metal" on a slammin' guitar solo. Santa would have been proud! We left them wanting more this holiday season, and if you missed this epic show, you will have to wait until February to get off the "naughty" list!
Saturday, November 14th, The Score rocked the house for the East Hartford High Classes of 1978 and 79 at Maneely's in South Windsor. It was a large crowd of revelers and they sure know how to party! The band started out quietly and ended with a bang slowly turning up the heat throughout the night. The band showcased a smooth version of Wonderful Tonight and a debuted funky offering of Brick House to the delight of the dancers. In between the two extended sets, the band turned spectator and enjoyed from the sidelines as the patrons turned back the clock to show off their talents. First up was Rock N' Roll Revival, reprising their talent show offerings of four tunes including Smoke on the Water, was led by Rich Pierce of the regional Florida rock act Rambler, they did not disappoint. Then then the mic was given up to country songwriter and guitarist Theresa who performed an amazing version of Desperado as well as a couple of well received original tunes. It was a wild and crazy night and The Score would like to thank the Classes of '78 and '79 for allowing us to be a part of their night. If you have a class reunion and want a solid classic party band, book The Score!
Friday, October 30th and The Score rocked out in their debut at Bleacher's Sports Bar in Bristol! With the power of a pro sound system that when turned up could leave a charred strip mall sized crater, the band never sounded better! The stage was large, we had professional lights and even some fog to add to the Halloween mood! Yes there was some pre-show trepidation- Weird wireless issues thanks to ESPN, Tom dropped his sax and had to break it to "fix" it, and Matt Krazy Glued his fingertip to mend a blister, but you can't stop rock and roll and the boys from Glastonbury cranked out three solid sets of classic rock. To keep in the spirit, the band brought back Warren Zevon's Werewolves of London. This show had plenty of guests including "Elvis", who apparently left the Jungle Room for a Halloween appearance during our Jailhouse Rock/ Hound Dog medley. We had no shortage of tamborine player either! Longtime friend, Ryan Markey also returned to our stage jamming out with us for several numbers, as well as surprise guests, Bryan Lendroth and Trish Radil of the regional party rock band, The Groove Junkies. Trish showed off her powerful pipes teaming up with Jeremy and Ryan on Black Horse and Cherry Tree, and on Who Says You Can't Go Home and Bryan allowed Blodge to get a beer, taking over guitar duties on Long Train Running. Check them out at Bleachers in November! Special thanks to Marty for providing the sound- a pro's pro who also entertained us with so many cool rock stories. The Score would love the opportunity to return to Bleacher's, so stay tuned for details.
Sunday, 9/13/09 The Score returned to Renbrook School to be the showcase entertainment for their annual Kickoff and Ice Cream Social. Perched high up on the deck, the band jammed their signature party rock classics to a football field full of Renbrook students, staff and friends. Two new songs were added to the evergrowing list as the band performed Jason Mraz's I'm Yours and then pulled off a request for some Green Day- rocking out Static Age to the delight of the younger crowd members. As always, it was a fun event, great weather, Ice Cream, a Moonbounce and rolling down the hill during Slide! What more could anyone want on a perfect day? A very special thanks to Joe DeSisto and his cadre of Renbrook students for helping with the sound!
Thursday, 7/16 The Score invades Farmington! The Score made Thursday look like the weekend again at Murphy & Scarletti's, packing the place and providing three searing sets of unyielding energy. This gig had it all- great music, new tunes, old tunes, suprise guests and more! The band had several guests come up on stage, including Ryan Markey as he added pipes to form a formidible vocal duo with Jeremy Banks on Hard to Handle, Long Train Runnin' and the Elvis Medley. Mitch Banks joined his bro on the stage, pitching in on drums, bangin' out I Saw Her Standing There, China Grove and Jenny (867-5309). The band brought back Summer of '69 back after a four year shelving and it rocked better than ever! The boys played well past twelve and to celebrate, the band, with Matt on lead guitar, unveiled their metal side with a raging version of Judas Priest's Living After Midnight, to great applause. And to end this near perfect night of rock and roll, the Score capped off a great version of The Weight, which had each band member (even Matt- but not Tom) sing a verse, to an enthusiastic crowd that sang along. Speaking of Tom- don't forget to go to the Hartford Advocate.com and vote for him in the Best Horn Section- If he wins The Score wins, so show your support and get us on that stage! The Score returns to the Murph in October- you do not want to miss it, so be there!
Saturday, 6/21 The Score rocked the house in their debut at historic Cheney Hall in Manchester! It was a night of partying for Doug Donaldson's 60th birthday bash as they were treated that night to not only the sweet sounds of The Score, but also the funky cajun beats of River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs! It was an awesome stage to perform on and your band from Glastonbury had the Mardi Gras themed crowd dancing throughout their two sets as they served up great tunes like Ain't Too Proud to Beg, I Saw Her Standing There and Hard to Handle. The guys also brought back some classics like Stray Cat Strut and Back in the USSR. We want to thank The Hogs for providing the sound for this amazing gig and we wish Doug a happy 60th birthday and we want to thank him for letting The Score entertain him on his big day! If you have a party, book The Score!
Saturday, 6/6 The Score opened the Suffield Relay for Life Cancer Benefit with a bang, playing over two hours of tight rock and roll! This was a great cause, as many relay teams walked, jogged and wheeled their way to raising money for cancer research. The throngs of walkers and event organizers waved and bopped to the music as they passed the band tent, while The Score served up their energetic brand of party rock. The band brought back a couple of tunes from the ever-increasing vault such as Fleetwood Mac's Don't Stop and the boys added the always fun Summertime Blues. A special thanks to all the Scoreheads (and Wallace the Dog) that came on down to support us and the Relay for Life, as well as props to all those walkers-many who brought camping gear and will go all night long. We had a blast and we want to thank the American Cancer Society and the Suffield Relay for Life for having us entertain them during this uplifting event!
Thursday, 5/28 Six months seemed like an eternity, but Murphy & Scarletti's was reminded why The Score rocks! And there was no reason to think otherwise! The energy was high, the house was packed, people were dancing and the band jammed well past midnight! The band served up some new songs for the faithful, including Jimmy Buffet's Fins- complete with the Jaws Theme and Tom adding various foghorn shots, a peppy offering of Grand Funk's Some Kind of Wonderful, as well as an energetic version for our bar friends of the Barenaked Ladies' Too Little Too Late. The first set rocked hard and we highlighted an extended second set that included Billy Baker returning to join the stage on Can't You See. The boys fufilled several song requests, welcomed a couple of tamborine players and celebrated a couple of birthdays- Happy B-Day Tony! We could have played all night, but the staff had to sweep up sometime, so we left 'em wanting more! This show was a fun time for all, but if you were one of the few who missed it, we'll forgive ya, but never fear, we are back at Farmington's landmark for rock in July!
Saturday, 3/28 Another successful fundraiser in the books as The Score provided the rockin' and rollin' at Maneely's in South Windsor for the Suffield Public Schools fundraiser and auction. It was a gala affair as big ticket items went for bigger bucks and even Attorney General Richard Bluementhal was there to say a few words. I bet Mr. B wished that he stayed around for The Score because it was a sizzling show! The dance floor quickly filled up and the party heated up as the band served up their patented groove with rocking songs from every decade. To the crowd's delight, Suffield's own Tom Donato blasted more than a few sax solos for his comrades. As always, the band left them wanting more, dropping in a couple of Grateful Dead requests, bringing back CCR's Up Around the Bend and finishing the night with a slick version of Slide. The Score really enjoyed their gig for the Suffield Public Schools and wish them well in their quest for quality education.
Thursday, 3/5/09 The Score returned to the Gershon Fox Room at the G-Fox building, this time rocking out for the Greater Hartford Arts Council. The GHAC organizes corporate sponsors and supports local artists, theatre, dance and music- a cause close to our hearts! The band jammed for over 90 minutes and started the night softly as the patrons milled about, but ended with a roar, as the crowd danced the night away. There was a new song unveiled- a snappy cover of The Bearnaked Ladies' Too Little Too Late, and tonight's favorites included Mustang Sally, Ain't Too Proud to Beg and I Second That Emotion, which definitely had the parquet floor moving! A special thanks to the Greater Hartford Arts Council for inviting us to entertain them during their fundraiser kickoff. If you have a special event, look no further than The Score!
Saturday, 2/8/09 The Score opened their party calandar with a show for the law fim McCarter and English. The band rocked out at The Marquee which is located in the classy Gershon Fox Room of the G.Fox building in hopping downtown Hartford. This was a fun filled event that had the band play songs from every decade from the 50's through today to serve the wide range of tastes. There were plenty of new tunes including a tongue in cheek jam of Warren Zevon's Lawyers, Guns and Money, a rocking version of The Breakup Song, an offering of The Band's hit, The Weight which even had Matt sing a verse- a first (could it be the last time?), as well as a soulful version of Michael Buble's Home. The third set revved things up with the stalwarts and was a mix of harder rocking songs and an extended Dead set including a tune we have never played together before- Touch of Grey, and as the song goes- "we did get by". Kudos to Lawyer Lou who jammed with the band on tambourine and backups! The band enjoyed their time with McCarter and English and thank them for allowing us to entertain them during their winter party.
Thursday, 12/18/08 While Santa was packing up the sled, feeding the reindeer and convincing elves not become dentists, he was really wishing that he could be rocking with The Score at Murphy & Scarletti's in Farmington. It was a raucous event with a merry horde of naughty and nice. The band sizzled with an eclectic three sets of classic party rock that had the massive Thursday night crowd dancing and cheering, as they served up the seasonal Santa Claus is Coming to Town and new offerings of Oasis' Champagne Supernova, the Rolling Stone's Last Time and a very cool Scorified version of Boys of Summer which had a little Henley, some jump from the Ataris and a touch of The Hooters in it for good measure. A special shout out goes to Billy for giving a gritty and powerful performance with his duet with Jerome on Can't You See, which has become a sit-in favorite! The Band also checked their lists and played the Beatles Birthday twice for celebrating patrons. The band of teachers successfully participated in a "snow day" chant with state workers which of course was successful, great news since we played well past midnight, and still they wanted more. This show was one not to miss, so a piece of coal for you if you did! Maybe next year, Santa will put The Score Holiday Jam on HIS list- take note Mrs. Claus, 'cause this one is in the books!Thursday, 10/16/08 It was a long time coming, but The Score rocked the house in their return to Farmington's landmark for live music. The band was red hot right out of the gate with a scorching first set for the huge crowd. The dance floor quickly started to fill up and the "extra curricular activites" resembled a racy Dancing With the Stars routine. During the extended second set, the band handed out Hawaiian leis during the crowd pleasing Volcano. Former Tenet lead vocalist, Ryan Markey jumped in with the band on several songs including a rocking version of Hard to Handle and a stirring Can't You See, adeptly trading lines on the tunes with Jeremy Banks. This party continued well past midnight thanks to great music and the exciting and improbable Red Sox comeback, which made MOST of the band happy. The Score will be back for its annual December holiday show at the Murph, so bring your naughty and nice lists and we'll see you there!
Saturday, 9/12- Oh what a night! Hall High School's Class of '63 was treated to a rockin' good time at their 45th reunion at Avon's Blue Fox Run. The Score recreated their set list to focus on their tunes from the 50's to early 70's but the crowd really dug their version of Black Horse and the Cherry Tree, forming a huge dance circle and bringing back those high school moments! Of course they went wild and twisted the night away during our extended Elvis jam and a groovin' version of Johnny B. Goode that featured hot solos from both Daves and a sizzling sax fill! This floor was shaking all over with some fun tunes like Summertime Blues, Saturday's Alright for Fighting and In The Midnight Hour. The band broke out a request for Wonderful Tonight to end the show with a romantic slow dance. This gig was a blast for everyone and The Score wishes Hall's class of '63 all the best and maybe we'll see them again at their 50th!
Saturday, 9/6 There was the calm before the storm, then... The Score invaded the Suffield Town Green and rocked the crowds at the annual Suffield Days Fair. The craft fair/ food festival was hanging on the threat of tropical storm Hanna, but the six guys from Glastonbury willed the showers away until deep into the set. This was a family event, so the band played a selection of songs that spanned fifty years of rock and roll; there was something for everyone! The band shined on the local Scout troop's request for ZZ Top's Sharp Dressed Man, and added a tension filled Black Horse Cherry Tree. The band jammed through the heat and humidity for almost two hours until the storm finally came to town. Thanks to Suffield for having us- we had a great time!
Thursday, 8/21 It was a great night for rock and roll in West Hartford's Blue Back Square: The weather was perfect, the crowd was large, there was the unique stage that crowns the open air plaza, and of course, The Score was in the house! The band jammed for well over two hours straight, offering their brand of classic party rock to an appreciative eclectic crowd, teeming with people of all ages. The Band added several new songs to their set list including a tight version of The Foo Fighters Learn to Fly, a rockin' offering of Grand Funk's We're An American Band and a bright cover of the Doobie Brothers' Listen to the Music. This was an event to remember and The Score looks forward to the next time they have the opportunity to play Blue Back!
Thursday, 7/17 The Score cranked it up for our favorite place in Farmington, as the gents out of Glastonbury once again made a Thursday night feel like the weekend at Murphy and Scarletti's. The three sets were tight as the band watched the crowd grow, people get merry and move to the music. There were many highlights to note from both band and crowd, including a request for some Marshall Tucker, which yeilded a soulful return of Can't You See. The Score gave a jazzy offering of Stray Cat Strut and rocked the house with Blodge doing the lead vox on Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting! The crowd was not to be outdone as we had Angelus Tamaro as a guest drummer to open set three, keeping the beat for an impromptu version of It's All Over Now. Plus we had one patron walk across the dance floor on her hands! Truly, we have pics! If you missed the Murphy show and long for the wild times they always create, come on down in October and check us out.
Thursday, 7/1708 The Score cranked it up for our favorite place in Farmington, as the gents out of Glastonbury once again made a Thursday night feel like the weekend at Murphy and Scarletti's. The three sets were tight as the band watched the crowd grow, people get merry and move to the music. There were many highlights to note from both band and crowd, including a request for some Marshall Tucker, which yielded a soulful return of Can't You See. The Score gave a jazzy offering of Stray Cat Strut and rocked the house with Blodge doing the lead vox on Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting! The crowd was not to be outdone as we had Angelus Tamaro as a guest drummer to open set three, keeping the beat for an impromptu version of It's All Over Now. Plus we had one patron walk across the dance floor on her hands! Truly, we have pics! If you missed the Murphy show and long for the wild times they always create, come on down in October and check us out.
Friday, 3/21/08... If there wasn't your favorite rock band cranking it up to a huge and enthusiastic crowd, you could easily believe that Cary Grant or Kate Hepburn would be gracefully decending from the amazing staircase in some old movie. The Score's debut at Joe Black's in historic downtown Hartford can only be described as the perfect melding of the classy decor, dancing and great music. If you haven't been to Joe Black's, you are missing out on the breathtaking architecture, the quaint side rooms, their balcony and what appeared to be 50 foot high painted ceilings, which made it seem like we were playing in the Bushnell. The natural reverb in this venerable venue gave the show a distinct arena quality. The extended second set was relentless and packed the dance floor. Jeremy and Blodge made full use of the place, even performing I'm a Believer from the balcony during our encore! The band served up some new tunes as well for this mega event, including a searing set stopper Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting and a fun version of The Ramone's I Wanna Be Sedated. The band also broke into the vault to steal some old favorites (Joe Black's was a bank in it's former life) including Southern Cross and U2's One. Obviously, The Score looks forward to returning to Joe Black's, so look out for future dates!