Norfolk’s Show of Shows

Check out this great article about Infinity Hall in the County Times by Max Wittstein! Click here to read the full article.

Norfolk is a land of isolation—and contradiction. While being one of the most sparsely populated places in Litchfield County, it boasts one of the largest and most well-endowed employers in Yale University’s Summer School of Music. And smack in the middle of town is the beautifully restored, renowned, and attention-grabbing bright green Infinity Hall, which—since being opened by entrepreneur Dan Hincks in October 2008—has bolstered the snowy town’s tourism with a world-class schedule of concerts and a successful restaurant open year-round. In short, Norfolk is a wilderness in some ways and a metropolis in others… read more, click here!

THE DUKE!

New show just added! Duke Robillard on Friday, September 3rd!

Duke Robillard is a man in command of a full range of creative talents — unique in the blues, and rare in the music industry as a whole. He is, in fact, a complete artist at the height of his power.

Duke as been to Infinity a few times now, and every time is a unique and amazing show! Get your tickets this Thursday Morning! Or on Tuesday if you are an Infinity Star!!! –Tickets–

Sponge

I got to speak to Vinnie Dombroski from Sponge! They play here at Infinity Hall w/ CT’s own LITTLE UGLY on Friday, July 23rd!!

You just released a new EP called “Destroy The Boy”, tell me about it!
The Destroy The Boy ep is available right now on iTunes and CDBaby and we will have them at the show at Infinity Hall. We went old school Sponge on the new ep. We were lucky enough to work with our friend, band-mate, producer and writer Tim Patalan. Tim co-produced the first 3 Sponge records.

Who are your greatest musical influences?
The influences range from the great 70’s rock bands like Aerosmith,Alice Cooper to folks like David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Richard Butler and the Psychadellic Furs.

What is your favorite thing about playing live?
Playing live is all about being part of an event. It’s not just about the band at that point. It’s about the audience, the band, the songs and the party!

Will you play any of your hits off “Rotting Piñata” @ Infinity on July 23rd?
And a part of the party is the old hits like Plowed and Molly. We ain’t gonna leave those songs at home.

Kathy Mattea

I got a chance to ask Kathy Mattea some questions this morning, check it out!!

Your latest album is titled “COAL” — A very powerful name, what does it mean to you?

Well, it’s been life-changing. I spent my musical life exploring Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Celtic, acoustic blues-folk–everything except the mountain music from my own people. There was no one in my world to teach it to me, although I can remember hearing it when I was young. Going back and picking up this missing piece in my jigsaw puzzle has resulted in everything else I’ve done making much more sense. Not to mention I’ve recovered many of my family stories (both my grandfathers were coal miners, but my dad got out of the mines), and weaving them into a more solid narrative. And I’ve learned a lot about singing from these songs, about relaxing and setting the song free, trusting it, instead of “performing” the song.

What was it like growing up in a mining family?
Well, that’s the thing. I never thought of myself as being influenced much by coal mining. That was my parents’ story, but not mine. Through the journey this album took me on, I got to realize that I was influenced heavily by coal, I just couldn’t see it. I grew up just a few miles from the largest coal-fired electrical plant east of the Mississippi. It loomed large. I never thought about the coal it burns, and how that ripples through my community in all kinds of ways. My brother sends tons of coal to that plant every day, loaded on river barges. My other brother sold, for a time, the scales that weigh the coal before it’s loaded onto the barges.

My parents both grew up in little coal towns, nestled along the river at the bottom of the hollow. I spent countless days there, hanging with my Aunts and Uncles and cousins, hearing the history, but I never thought about it beyond that. This record has served to heighten my awareness of my own story.

What is your favorite thing about being on the road?
Getting to see the world. And that sense of community, whether it’s on the bus, or hosting a sing-along with 300 people or 3000. it’s always the sense of community that keeps me coming back. Music creates community in a magical way, we connect without knowing each other, through a shared experience that is beyond words, primal. I love that. That is the Mystery that keeps me interested.

What is your favorite season and why?
I like all the seasons, actually. Spring is great, because we have a perennial garden at our house that just comes screaming out of the seemingly-dead ground every year. I also like that moment when the season just begins to change….the first warm days in March, the first crocuses peeping out of the ground, the first chilly snap in fall, the first snowfall. They wake you up. I love the dark quiet of winter, with a good fire and gatherings and cooking. I love fresh veggies during summer, and the sense that everything tastes so much more intense in July and August than it does any other time during the year. I love walking through the woods in the crunch of leaves in the fall, with a fleece jacket and a scarf. Really, I love ‘em all…..

Don’t miss Kathy Mattea at Infinity Hall this Sunday, July 18th!! –Tickets–