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The University of Hartford’s Upcoming Shows

Hawks Nest and CAT Roll Out Extensive Concert Lineup

For those of you not from the University of Hartford, the Hawks Nest has always been a place where live music came to play. It is a very intimate atmosphere but over the past few years, it has really fallen off as a venue. This year, CAT is trying to revitalize what was once an awesome venue. Anyone in the Connecticut area should definitely come up and check out these shows.

The University of Hartford has always been known for music. From the Hartt School of Music, to some amazing performances at Spring Fling. This Fall the Hawks Nest will host the “Hawks Nest Revival Tour,” presented by CAT (Campus Activities Team). This concert series will feature performances by some of Connecticut’s largest music groups from a variety of genres.

The tour will be a four show series, with each show highlighting a specific genre of music. CAT thought that this format would generate the most interest in the on campus music scene. This will also be a chance for some small and large acts to come together and play in a very intimate atmosphere.

October 10th will kick off the tour with a rock and roll show by some of the area’s top artists. Derek Ryan, an extremely young guitarist brings with him just three years of experience, but a lifetime of rocking songs. “To me acoustic music sounds much more intimate,” said Derek about his music style. He writes songs dealing with politics, religion and his young life. Currently signed to Sling Slang Records Derek Ryan can be seen in the premiere of the Hawks Nest Revival Tour.

Also that night we are proud to be brining in two more experienced acts, one of which being a recent winner of Connecticut’s best new rock/pop band, by the Hartford Advocate. Steve Gregory is a band from the New Haven area. They play a collection of covers and original songs in styles ranging from pop to rock. They recently opened for Lifehouse, Teddy Geiger, Brett Dennon and Elliot Yamin, making this an act definitely worth seeing.

Finally the first night wraps up with Article 19, a group from right here in Hartford. Over the past year this group has taken the musical world by storm, most notably competing to open up for Coldplay on their recent tour through Connecticut. Although they did not get selected they have gone on to win awards from the Hartford Advocate such as Best New Band (pop and rock), Best Male Vocalist, and Best Drummer. Article 19 plays rock and pop tunes but have influences from all walks of music.

Clearly the rock show will open up the tour with a bang. Next on the schedule is a Rap/Hip-Hop show also featuring many local acts. Big Nickel Music will be on campus on October 24th to perform a show that combines reggae and dancehall music. The group consists of Kemikal an awesome Dancehall performer, Mister Miller who writes and produces many of the groups songs. Sagacity the Chun-Tzu is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and is known for being an amazing lyricist.

Also appearing that night is University of Hartford’s own Scott Sheldon, performing as SeeS. Scott has been tearing up the Rap circuit in the Connecticut area with shows in a variety of venues and festivals. SeeS just released their first album “The Moment,” which is a really solid collection of original beats and intelligent lyrics.

There are two other shows planned for November on the 14th and 21st. The show on the 14th will feature an acoustic and singer songwriter showcase and on the 21st CAT will wrap up the tour with an alternative rock show. Although these shows are still in the works artists such as Andy Shea, As I Lay Awake in Ruin, Self Made Soul and Two Fisted Law have already been announced for these shows.

All of the shows will begin at 8 PM in the Hawks Nest.

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