Fri, September 19th

The Big Mean Sound Machine with West End Blend, Animal Reporters


Doors 9PM
Show 9:30PM
Advance Price $10
Door Price $15

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door

CEG Presents
Big Mean Sound Machine
w/ West End Blend and Animal Reporters

Big Mean Sound Machine


In 2009, Big Mean Sound Machine formed in Ithaca, New York with one goal: to create music that stimulates both the Body AND Mind. The result has become a fiery exhibition of artfully conceived dance music that truly is Big and Mean. Today, BMSM comprises a collective of over 15 analog artists spread out over the Northeastern United States, who strive day in and day out to reanimate and reinterpret a fusion of Afrobeat, Funk, Jazz, Latin and many other styles, all through a postmodern lens. Anyone who has witnessed The Machine live in action knows that their performances are among the heaviest and the sweatiest. Anyone who has heard their studio releases also knows that they can refine this complex sonic force with maturity and clarity that allows each composition to blossom to its fullest. As of January 2013, their performative efforts have extended to the big screen as well. With the release of DR. IGUANA: LIVE IN THE STUDIO, a live DVD shot at Grammy Award-winning studio Electric Wilburland, the Big Mean Sound Machine adds more critical acclaim to that received from their CD releases Marauders (2012), and Ouroboros (2011). In addition, in 2012 Big Mean released Warrior, a joint effort with vocalist Jay Spaker a.k.a. J-SAN (John Brown's Body, JATAS), and in 2013, BMSM released an album with Ghana's Yao Foli "CHA CHA" Augustine (Mosaic Foundation, The Ndor Band) supporting the Ndor Eco Village project in Foli's home village. BMSM's next studio album is due to be released in the spring of 2014. The Big Mean Sound Machine maintains a busy performance schedule, captivating cities all over the Northeast United States and beyond spreading further each day. For those like us who are tired of the status quo, there is good news: THE BIG MEAN SOUND MACHINE HAS OFFICIALLY ARRIVED. 


West End Blend

West End Blend is a 13 piece Funk/ Soul/ Hip-Hop collective based out of the historic West End of Hartford CT. Our live performances are highly energetic and are geared towards getting the dance floors filled and moving. Since our conception in 2012, we have shared the stage with acts such as Twiddle, Jimkata, Relative Souls, Sophistafunk and New York Funk Exchange. West End Blend has been featured on NPR's "Where We Live" radio show and will release a 3-song debut EP in September 2014. 

Our vision is simple: Provide people with a go-to place where they can hear relentless grooves to get their boogie on, throw bad vibes out the door, get the entire music community involved but most importantly HAVE FUN!

-West End Blend



Animal Reporters

What started as a series of jam sessions quickly became Animal Reporters, a band of five ambitious, young men who share a love for classic and modern rock n' roll alike. Currently playing shows in New York City, the band has quickly become known for their energetic live performances as well as their fun brand of funk-infused, garage blues, and rock n' roll.