Our Open Letter to Foo Fighters did not reach the band
(You can still read it at the bottom of this page and pass it along... Until Nov 1st 2015)
ALL STAR Sendoff - Goodbye to The Room
The Final Show - Sat Oct 17th 2015
The simple answer is money. The expense of running The Room is far out of control. We need $36,000 by Nov 1st 2015 if we want to stay open. If you have rich friends, tell them how awesome we are. Otherwise... Sat Oct 17th 2015 is the final show. It will be a party and a night to Remember.
Scheduled to perform + why:
Breach the Asylum - Brookfield, CT
**** Vern - Breach the Asylum is my band. When I started this venture with Jim, we both thought of it as a place that we could share with our kids. It could be a place for them. Lily has grown up at The Room. It has been a huge part of who she has become. At 11 years old, this is not the same kid she was at 5. All of the people who have passed through our doors have embraced her. She has in turn, opened up. She will be on stage with me to end this show. There just isn't another way to end the run.
**** And for the family members and friends who asked before we opened: "Do you really want Lily around people like that? Kids with Strange Colored Hair? Tattoos? Piercings? Gauges?" Let me answer it this way: The nicest people to come through our door may not have looked like your average GAP ad. But when a mosh pit explodes on the floor and our punk friend Josh ( I say that with all the love ) makes his mission to watch Lily, make sure she is safe. It is the kind of people we surround her with. Thus, he is family. The Room judges you on your own merit, not your image. Come out and show Lily the love, one last time.
Breach the Asylum - One Day
Sacco - Danbury, CT
**** Mason Sacco is an original who has Soulful & Thoughtful lyrics and a raw vocal emotion and is one of the bravest humans we are glad to call a friend. Usually an acoustic act, Breach the Asylum has been honored to be his back up band Live at The Room. One last time...
Face the King - Long Island, NY
**** Face the King has been a Room band since 2011. The were the first band to win Our Rumble @ The Room Contest. They have been a fixture at The Room opening for Crossfade, Eye Empire and many others as well as being one of the first headline acts that bands would ask to be on the show as soon as it was announced. Plus Randy, Joey and Eric have all been on stage with Breach the Asylum. I thank You for that and look forward to a big Face the King singalong, One last time...
Face the King - Due North
Revel 9 - Long Island, NY
**** Revel 9 is straight forward real Hard Rock n Roll. Take away the great music, the great hooks, and the memorable solos to the songs and what is left. Support. If you can find a band that cares as much for those that share the stage with them, I haven't met them. DJ is someone to look to, if you want to be respected, you must first give it. You have ours. When Revel 9 guitarist Matthew Dower passed away, we all lost a friend. Revel 9 lost more and could have easily quit. They did not. We were honored to host the CT "For Penny" show to benefit Matt's daughter. The support for the event is something none of us will ever forget. Our friends will be on stage One last time...
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Revel 9 - All I've Become
Jackknife Stiletto - Long Island, NY
**** Jackknife Stiletto is a 3 piece ALL GIRL punk rock band from Long Island NY. Each time they have played at The Room, they gain fans. Is it catchy songs, Attitude, fun on and off stage personalities? Maybe it is all of that. Will they say something inappropriate on stage One Last time?... Most likely, but it's only Rock n Roll!
Jackknife Stiletto - Heart in a Holding Cell
I Ignite - Long Island, NY
**** The "Without You" - Music Video was shot here at The Room. Ask the band why they chose to shoot at The Room and I bet it is due to the response they get from the crowd. The band has captured the audience in the moment every single time they have played at The Room. I am anticipating that they will do it One last time...
I Ignite - Without You
Off the Turnpike - NYC
**** Off the Turnpike, also known as the house band for The Room has played many shows here at The Room. The stage energy shown from lead man Andy Sexton is unparalleled. The band has supported us at The Room on many occasions and having them home One last time only makes sense.
Off the Turnpike - Let's Burn Everything
Fear the Masses - CT
**** There are not a lot of bands that sound like Fear the Masses. They can be Metal, Rock, Reggae, Rap... All in one. They are the band in CT that embodies the support the scene mentality that we think that The Room stands for. They have supported us even on shows they were not playing on, and on nights that they had big shows for them at another venue - Showing unity in the scene. Support them on this show One last time...
Fear the Masses - Vigilante
A Moose Named Dog - Westchester, NY
**** A Moose Named Dog is a band that is exactly what you hope a band will be when they book a show at The Room. They are fun and energetic on stage. They support the whole show and are a great source of energy and every band they share the stage with feels that. Reuniting for a show here at The Room One Last time...
All That We Are - ATWA - CT
**** The newest band on this bill that we are proud to call one of us. A fun energetic band that will support start to finish. Make sure you are here in time.
Dead Buddy Carl - Ridgefield, CT
**** It has been a long time since Dead Buddy Carl has played at The Room... A long time since they played anywhere actually. The band was always a favorite here at The Room and are having a 1 time reunion here at The Room to help us say goodbye. Support them One last time...
Vin Corsale - Brewster, NY
**** Vin has played at The Room longer than anyone else on the bill. He has had a few different bands and lineups, and has also played as a solo act. I told him this night wouldn't be the same without him. Stick around... he might be making a special appearance at the end of the night too. Outlaw Country at The Room One last time...
Zone 14 - Hartford, CT
**** When someone works really hard to promote an event and it doesn't work out, We don't like that. The last Rap show scheduled for The Room was cancelled. These guys were working hard to promote the show and I wanted to get them on the stage at The Room before it was too late. Hard work deserves to be rewarded. Show them the support. Thanks...
Awake at Last - Dover, DE
**** Why on earth is Awake at Last opening this show? Really, Why? Maybe it is because they get it. They are a hard working touring band that has headlined here at The Room and are in the middle of a 27 day tour. They wanted to be a part of our final night and when told the only available slot was first on the bill... No Ego - We will take it. It will be a long show, but it will be a great night. The sendoff to The Room is about support. So please show the support for us and for our friends One last time...
Awake At Last - King of the World
Now the letter we wrote to Foo Fighters...Still no answer...
Dear Dave, Taylor, Nate, Chris & Pat:
**** I’m reaching out to Foo Fighters to help make the improbable possible. I own and run a small all-ages music venue in Brookfield, CT called The Room (not far from NYC and we’ll get to that in a moment).
**** About five years ago my buddy, Jimmy, and I decided to open a rock club. Jimmy and I both have daughters, his, Madison was 14, and mine, Lily, was 5 at the time. We wanted to open a place where Lily could come see what Daddy does. A place parents would feel comfortable bringing, or even leaving kids like Madison and her friends for a few hours to enjoy some kick ass bands live on a stage. NOT YOUTUBE.
**** A lifelong musician myself, I remember far too well how tough it is to find a place to put on a great local show if you’re in a band and happen to be 15 years old. Having to rent out the local fire house only to be interrupted mid-song by A FIRE makes for a funny story at parties later in life, but nothing reminds you that you’re no rock star like “Okay boys, you can play now”, as the last firefighter out the door flips the overhead lights back off and you’re left trying to decide whether to start the song over again or just pick up where you left off. What we wouldn’t have given for a gig at an actual music venue that our friends and fans could come to make us feel like rock stars. We would’ve killed it in a place like The Room.
**** We each kicked in considerable funds (for us – we’re steamfitters – look it up, we don’t make much) and on October 17th 2009 we found our place in Brookfield, a suburb of Danbury, CT. Not so soon after, we’d passed extensive town and state inspections and were ready to open. Depleted of our initial advertising budget before the doors ever opened we began with little fanfare and well…there we were. That was January 2011.
**** All these years later and I’ve got to be honest… we’re struggling. We’ve had success. Amazing moments within our four walls. First gigs, last gigs, video shoots, EP release shows, benefit shows for causes like breast cancer awareness, anti-bullying campaigns, and suicide prevention, and bands reaching young new fans who are legitimately there for the MUSIC. But our success has been in ways you can’t measure in a bank account. Don’t get me wrong – we never expected to make a killing in an all-ages venue – no bar=no money. We get it. Ask my wife, she’ll tell you she works for music (and the occasional band t-shirt). And considering how we spent most weekends as young parents before this adventure I can safely say being at The Room is way more fun. Even for no pay. But we’re falling farther behind on the rent and other bills and the biggest problem of all is simply that no one knows we’re here.
**** That’s where Foo Fighters comes in. Come to The Room. There, I said it. You’ll be in New York all week and it’s not that far. For a moment, imagine what Foo Fighters in Brookfield could do to a place like The Room. You could do for the Room what The Ramones and Blondie did for CBGB's or What Mötley Crüe or Alice Cooper did for the Wiskey. Come because you remember what it was like to be 15 and in a band trying to find a decent gig. Because along the way there have been people who’ve given you a chance. Come because your first band had a home at some local club, Or because it didn’t, and you wish a place like ours had been in your scene. Come to The Room because between sets we only play music by bands who play The Room and Foo Fighters isn’t in our playlist... YET.
**** Come because on our stage brand new bands play with and connect to artists who have battled the local scene or even toured the world for decades and there’s no class or reality show that can cover what they have to teach. Our stage has seen musicians as young as 9 and as old as dirt in the same night. We’re so damn proud of that. Come because you know it’s all about the music and any place that gets that is worth saving.
Why Contact Foo Fighters?
**** Because I think more than anything else, you get it. Playing in pizza joints, barns in the heartland, small clubs in London under a pseudonym... and playing for as long as you can. You are aware. You appreciate what it is you have. It's why I have so much respect for the band. We have been open for almost 4 years on a shoestring budget. In that time, we have just barely been able to get ourselves on the map. If we could get Foo Fighters to come out to CT and play a show here... Wow what that could do.
Foo Fighters - Live at The Room
**** I don't want to have 1 less option for the next generation of songwritters or musicians. I am easy to get in contact with.
Thank You so much - Vern Nickerson / Vern Room
Facebook - Vern Room - https://www.facebook.com/vern.room
Please help us save The Room from becoming the next casualty. The music scene and the kids it serves need a place like The Room. We very much want to be here. Thanks so much.
|Apollo's Legacy - Very Young All Girl Rock Band who had their EP Release party here on October 11th 2014|
Why The Room?
. . . . Oct 28, 2009 . . . .
Webster defines music as "An artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner." That description doesn't define music to me. The third meaning listed makes more literal sense to me: "A musical diversion." Life, to me, is all about the little diversions that happen between breaths. We all remember what song was playing the first time we ever did anything. Who did we see at our first concert? What was the first song we ever sang? What music is playing behind the soundtrack to our lives?
I think Music has saved my life on many occasions, whether it was on purpose or just by circumstance. Fear, pain, joy, remembrance, love and loss are all topics covered in the words and emotions of the music. Children learn from those around them. "Teach them well and let them lead the way" is a line from a cheesy song, but does convey a message that holds true. Teach them not just to play a song, but to understand the thought behind it. The lesson you can learn from a song may make a difficult topic more approachable.
All Ages venues are few and far between. None before truly focused on the youngest members of the future Musical Artists community. When I first learned to play guitar and sing in a Band, there was no outlet for me to go and play. I truly believe that I was lucky that music found me before I found trouble. My school days seam so far behind me, yet I remember the days when all of my friends were bored and wanted me to go in the woods and "party" with them. At such a young age and bored, I did resist. But many others did not. It was a typical Saturday night. They all grew up and most are well adjusted productive members of society. Most...
You might have a particular view on music. It might mean something more or less to you than to others. But Music IS art. For me, Music is life. At the time I sit and write this, my daughter is 5. Her favorite music is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Disturbed. She knows what a Rock song is. She loves music. She sings Christmas songs like "Frosty the Snowman" as well as "I still haven't found what I am Looking for" by U2 or "All my Life" by Foo Fighters. She listens to music every night before bed. It is in her I have a new muse and reason for the goal I have set.
What is the Goal?
The future of music... Starts at The Room. Hand in hand the future musicians in our region need a place to gather. The bar scene is overcrowded with younger people trying to sneak in with fake ID's and the desire to escape their own lives. You don't need to escape that way. Music has been my sanctuary for so many years and I want to help shape the future of music in our area. The Room is hear .... The Room is here for that.
"Support Local Music... Or it stays that way."
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The Room / 3 Production Drive Unit 3 / Brookfield CT 06804
The Room is an All Ages venue.
No Alcohol / No Outside Food or Beverages / No Violent Behavior or Bullying will be Tolerated
Who Plays The Room?
You Do. Book a show by emailing us TheRoomCT@yahoo.com
YouTube Construction Video
Mostly footage Taken before The Room was open... Also before we adopted a policy of only playing music at The Room, from bands who have played at The Room.
Sunshine Riot - Boston, MA
We have had Sunshine Riot live on many occasions. They have experienced shows with kids as young as 10 on the same stage with them here at The Room... even on nights with our good friend Carl 'Smitty' Smooth.
Molly G. - Hard Rock / Alternative
Molly has played shows with a few different bands here at The Room. We have watched her sing lead, play guitar & play bass over the years.
Fear the Masses - New Haven, CT |
Conscious Music/ Metal / Hip Hop
You will be hard pressed to find a band in CT that supports the scene like these guys. They believe in the scene.
Breach the Asylum - Brookfield, CT
Lily is wearing a She Said Fire T-shirt
and Jimmy G of Craving Strange is doing guest vocals
She Said Fire - NYC, NY
Rock and Roll Party
One of the great live bands to share the stage here. Pictured is drummer Christina who has no problem keeping up with the boys!
The Foresters - CT|
These guys have been playing The Room since they were even younger kids...