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This week at Maria’s

Full Schedule of this week’s DJs and FoBAB events at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar…

Tues. Nov. 11 – The Luck of Lucien Presents:Smoothest Grooves in the Galaxy.

The Immortal Smooth Daddy: The Luck of Lucien, brings to you a collection of funky and smooth music amassed from every corner of the galaxy. Offering you pleasure in 7 and 12 inches, 2nd Tuesdays at Maria’s promises to be an intergalactic evening of funky beats and sweet libations. Hot Wax for all.

Weds. Nov. 12 – Garage Grooves – DJ Seance

Playing a mix of House and Techno, anchored down mainly by 2-Step and UK Garage. The selection will feature strong R&B/soulful vibes on top of shuffling dance rhythms. Key artists include: Zed Bias, Groove Chronicles, Dub War, Horsepower Productions, Joy Orbison, Breach, Soul Capsule, and more

Early event 7-9 PM – FOUR HANDS BREWING CO. presents A FoBAB ( Festival Of Wood And Barrel Aged Beer) Pre-Party

Featuring barrel-aged drafts including Cuvee Diable and Late Harvest Saison plus other Four Hands drafts including Ca$h Mony, Passion Fruit Prussia and 2013 Bana Fide. With the purchase of any 4 Hands draft, patrons will get a food ticket for a free Chi-Louis slinger in a cup while supplies last. Food is provided by Won Kim and features a mixture of Gochujang chorizo chili, fingerling potatoes, beer cheese, leeks and sweet onions that pairs nicely with the featured beers.

Thurs. Nov. 13 – YouTube Karaoke Freakout!! (The Brewers Edition)

We will be singing 80s jams with the head brewers and owners of Against the Grain, Gigantic and Takeshi Brew from 8 PM – Midnight. We will select your 80s new wave jams from the inter-web YouTube Karoake machine and let you sing yer guts out after you swallow some barrel aged beer.

Fri. Nov. 14 – Spins & Needles – DJ Clark Quente

A night is dedicated to ‘the format of integrity’ – vinyl! That’s right kids; All vinyl. All night. From Mod rockers to psychedelic soul, from righteous jazz tracks to dub plates and Brazilian Tropicalia to tripped-out dance beats.

Sat. Nov. 15 – Deep Into the Vibe – DJ Joel Gonzalez

A compilation of house music to italo disco from new wave to alternative rock.

Early event 7-9 PM: Upland Brewing presents A Winter Warmer (A FoBAB event)

To help take the chill off during this recent arctic blast we’ll be pouring Upland’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Warmer, its Dragonfly IPA and the Dantalion Wild Dark Ale. To compliment these specialty brews, Chef Won Kim will be cooking in our outdoor patio grill a complimentary menu consisting of platters of barbecue chicken, potato salad, grilled vegetables and hot links.

Sun. Nov. 16 – DJ BEAT TRAVLR

This is a journey into sound with local hip hop producer BEAT TRAVLR w/ special guests featuring hip hop/down tempo

Mon. Nov. 17 – Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow – DJ Nolan C

Featuring underground and classic Hip-Hop cuts (think 1993, Pharcyde, Lagcabincalifornia) ALONG with the original jazz tunes that were used as samples and inspiration (think 1973, Freddie Hubbard, Red Clay).

Pre-and-Post Festival of Barrel Aged Beers

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It’s that time of the year again for FoBAB, the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer.

With the National Wood Aged Beer Competition, FoBAB celebrates the brilliance of barrel-aging beer on wood, and is orchestrated by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. This is the country’s largest celebration of wood and barrel aged beer, highlighting styles of beer that have been aged in a wooden barrel or in contact with wood. It is an amazing opportunity to enjoy a sampling from their selection of beers, which may or may not be available commercially from breweries across the country.

Wednesday, November 12 – 7 – 9 PM
Four Hands Brewing Co. presents a FoBAB Pre-Party
To kick-off this week’s events Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar with our friends at Four Hands Brewing are hosting a FoBAB Pre-Party on Wednesday, November 12 (7-9 PM). We will be featuring barrel-aged drafts including Cuvee Diable and Late Harvest Saison plus otherFour Hands drafts including Ca$h Mony, Passion Fruit Prussia and 2013 Bana Fide. With the purchase of any 4 Hands draft, patrons will get a food ticket for a free Chi-Louis slinger in a cup while supplies last. Food is provided by Won Kim and features a mixture of Gochujang chorizo chili, fingerling potatoes, beer cheese, leeks and sweet onions that pairs nicely with the featured beers.
Thursday, November 13 (8PM – Midnight)
YouTube Karaoke Freakout!! (The Brewers Edition)

YouTube Karaoke FreakOut is a Marz Community Brewing Company tradition featuring the release of an insane collaboration between Against the Grain, Marz and Takeshi Brew called the Umani Imperial Stout. We will be singing 80s jams on Thursday November 13 (8 PM – Midnight) from the inter-web YouTube Karoake machine and let you sing yer guts out after you swallow some barrel aged beer. We’ll be belting out the best (and worst) of eighties pop songs in ersatz American Idol-style where you can test your skills in karaoke nirvana singing Nirvana and other highlights and low lights of the eighties like Men At Work, U2, A Flock of Seagulls, Madonna, Thompson Twins, Depeche Mode, A-ha, Tears For Fears, Bon Jovi, Prince, The Cure, Pat Benatar, Soft Cell and many others.

Saturday, November 15 (7 – 9 PM)
Upland Brewing presents A Winter Warmer
Maria’s and our friends at Upland Brewing will put the finishing touches on our multi-day celebration of  FoBAB with a Winter Warmer on Saturday, November 15 from 7 PM until 9 PM. To help take the chill off during this recent arctic blast we’ll be pouring Upland’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Warmer, its Dragonfly IPA and the Dantalion Wild Dark Ale. To compliment these specialty brews, Chef Won Kim will be cooking in our outdoor patio grill a complimentary menu consisting of platters of barbecue chicken, potato salad, grilled vegetables and hot links.

Week of 11.4.14 at Marias!

Tues. Nov. 4 – The Bored Enthusiast – DJ Perpetual Rebel

Exploring different genres and moods of tunes from jazz to funk to hip-hop to soul, to experimental.

Weds. Nov. 5 – The Shuttered Room – DJ Le Deuce & Mr. Caution

Every first Wednesday of the month playing a diverse set of post punk, synthpop, minimal wave, dark wave & electro.

Thurs. Nov. 6 – The Global Griot – DJ Mwelwe

A global mix of reggae, morna, forro, semba, salsa, bachata, samba, merengue, afrobeat, ndombolo, rai, jazz, funk, son, soukous, blues, calypso, classical, rock, bhangra, zouk, house, soca, and various types of Arabic, Indian & African varieties.

Fri. Nov. 7 – Smokey Joe’s South Side Soul Shack – DJ “Smokey” Joe Bryl

Featuring the best sweaty soul tracks, funk bombs, raucous R&B, and underground disco beats from the past and the present.

Friday 7-9 PM – Dan Embarks Listening Party – Guest DJ Jerome Deradji

Also playing live at Gramaphone on 11.6.14 @ 6PM. Complimentary Marz Beers will be served.

Sat. Nov. 8 – Odd Style from the Numbered Streets – DJs Scrabblor & Dookie Blaster

Starts and ends with R&B and travels the beats between from hip hop to rock to jazz to disco.

Sun. Nov. 9 – We Know It’s A Sunday – DJs Michael Tupak and Genghiswon

90’s golden era hip hop, down-tempo, instrumentals, funk, classics, throwbacks, whatever the room is feeling

Mon. Nov. 10 – Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow – DJ Nolan C

Featuring underground and classic Hip-Hop cuts (think 1993, Pharcyde, Lagcabincalifornia) ALONG with the original jazz tunes that were used as samples and inspiration (think 1973, Freddie Hubbard, Red Clay).

This week at Maria’s

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents a bunch of great stuff this week!

Tues. Oct. 21 – Elements Of Sound: Deep House Grooves – DJ Diddy (Dennis Wong)

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Deep House / Nu Disco music….chill & relaxing lounge music

Weds. Oct. 22 – The Burying Ground Gospel Showcase – DJ William Luck

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Raw, Weird, and Powerful Gospel music from 1950-1980

Thurs. Oct. 23 – Hooray For The Mixtape – DJ Luis Aguilera

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Drawing from a collection of local, national and international mixtapes that includes HI-NRG, Italo Disco, early 80s House, 90s Industrial, Freestyle, Early Florida Breaks, 90s New Wave, House, Techno, Tech House, Drum ‘n Bass, Trance, Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, Breakbeat, Goa, West Coast House, Speedcore, etc.

Fri. Oct. 24 – Secret Disco – DJ Joe Bryl

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Will bring to light the varied tones, textures and hidden histories of Disco from its roots in both funk, atmospheric electronics, sweaty soul and minimal micro-beats.

Sat. Oct. 25 – Sonorama – DJs Charly Garcia and Eddy Baca

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The Sonorama crew will be featuring the rhythms of mambo, rumba, cumbia, guaracha, garage, rock and other musical genres of Latin America and the shocking cinematic treasures of Mexican horror films and Lucha Libre wrestling.

Sun. Oct. 26 – The Thrift Score: Incredibly Strange Record Night – Host Tony “The Luck of Lucien” Medina plus guest

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Digging deep into little heard thrift store finds from the personal collection of some of Chicago’s groove merchants

Mon. Oct. 27 – Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow – DJ Nolan C

Featuring underground and classic Hip-Hop cuts (think 1993, Pharcyde, Lagcabincalifornia) ALONG with the original jazz tunes that were used as samples and inspiration (think 1973, Freddie Hubbard, Red Clay).

This week at Maria’s

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents…

Tues. Oct. 14 – Sabado Gigante con Los Sunny Daze – DJs Tony “The Luck of Lucien” Medina and DJ Tropicalazo

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Spinning Funk, Soul, Latin and other World Grooves pulled from their personal collections of vinyl amassed from every corner of the world -from Mexico to Maxwell Street to Bombay to Bridgeport. ALL VINYL ALL NIGHT LONG!

Weds. Oct. 15 – Jungle Boogie: Big Beats From The Tropics – DJ Clark Quente

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A passport to adventure will feature the soulful sounds of Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub and Calypso; the Latin-tinged tones of Rumba, Salsa and Cumbia; the Brazilian styles of Samba, Bossa Nova and Funk Carioca and the street style grooves of Highlife, Afro-beat, Makossa and Afro-funk.

Thurs. Oct. 16 – Spins through the Galaxy – DJ Catie O

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DJ catieo spins to outer space featuring a mix of electronic and avant garde music, French electronic avant-garde, space disco, psychadelic, psych folk, Dutch Space Rock, Japanase Psych, including the Spotnicks, Cosmic Machine, Mistral, Space, The Rockets & many more celestial delights. These cosmic tunes will all be paired up with vintage sci-fi films and space themed visuals!

Fri. Oct. 17 – Super Cutz – DJ Joe Bryl

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A night of dance beats galore featuring breakbeats from around the globe including funk, Latin boogaloo, house, Brazilian, techno, reggae, boogie, African, electro, jazz, acid and other beats for movin’ & groovin’.

Sat. Oct. 18 – Deep Into the Vibe – DJ Joel Gonzalez

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A compilation of house music to italo disco from new wave to alternative rock.

Sun. Oct. 19 – DJ BEAT TRAVLR

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This is a journey into sound with local hip hop producer BEAT TRAVLR w/ special guests featuring hip hop/down tempo

Mon. Oct. 20 – Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow – DJ Nolan C

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Featuring underground and classic Hip-Hop cuts (think 1993, Pharcyde, Lagcabincalifornia) ALONG with the original jazz tunes that were used as samples and inspiration (think 1973, Freddie Hubbard, Red Clay).

October 10: Spins ‘n Needles

A night is dedicated to ‘the format of integrity’ – vinyl! That’s right kids; All vinyl. All night. From Mod rockers to psychedelic soul, from righteous jazz tracks to dub plates and Brazilian Tropicalia to tripped-out dance beats.

Monday, Oct 6: “Marz Geighties Karaoke Freak-Out: Everybody’s A Star”

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I believe that everybody’s a celebrity

And we’ve all got personality and individuality

We all read lines and we all act a part

We all need a script and an audience to play to
No matter what you do or who you are


Everybody’s a star
– The Kinks: Everybody’s A Star

Karaoke, with its strange combination of liquor fueled revelry, respectful or ironically disrespectful admiration, a personal test of one’s vocal skills or the need to shine in the limelight for a fleeting moment has for many filled a communal need of lost camaraderie that seems more and more apparent in our disconnected culture. Here in the heart and soul of Bridgeport, Maria’s has striven to connect those severed bonds of disassociation and disunity (hence our name which includes “Community Bar”) with efforts like our seasonal Korean Polish BBQ to offer what urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg called “The Third Place”. Informal meeting spaces such as this are environments that anchors the community and facilitate and foster more creative interactions. They are often free and inexpensive, welcoming and comfortable, involve a group of regulars while attracting newcomers and often feature food or liquor.

These “home away from home” offer a playful respite from the days troubles and a space to let off the common pressures that confront us all in both the work space and home front. Never snobby or pretentious, they are playful in nature and completely democratic in tone. These spaces are everything that we envision when we refer to Bridgeport as “The Community of the Future”.

To foster this communal ethos and philosophy Maria’s will begin a new series on the 1st Monday of each month starting Monday, October 6 (9 PM to midnight) titled “Marz Geighties Karaoke Freak-Out: Everybody’s A Star”. Hosted by Karaoke Jockeys St1le and RK (Reuben Kincaid), the karaoke freak-out will focus on belting out the best (and worst) of eighties pop songs in ersatz American Idol-style. You can show off your America’s got talent skills in karaoke nirvana singing Nirvana and other highlights and low lights of the eighties like Men At Work, U2, A Flock of Seagulls, Madonna, Thompson Twins, Depeche Mode, Tears For Fears, Bon Jovi, Prince, The Cure, Pat Benatar, Soft Cell and many others. The event is sponsored by Marz Community Brewing Company  and all Marz beers will be $1 off their normal price.

So, if you want to shine like a star join us for our monthly karaoke freak-out and lessen your inhibitions and channel your pop star magic for all to hear. As Ray Davies himself sung . . .

And we all act a part, 
We all need a script 
And an audience to play to. 
No matter what you do, 

Or who you are, 
Everybody’s a star.

Smoky Joe’s Southside Soul Shack

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It’s Smokey Joe’s South Side Soul Shack that’s going down tonight @ Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar. All Soul, Funk and R&B on 45 RPM vinyl.

Tuesday Sept 30: Los Sunny Daze

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Basically the shit. 45s all night long.

 

Sun Sept 28: Thrift Score: Incredibly Strange Music Night.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 – 8 PM – 2 AM
HOST/DJ TONY “THE LUCK OF LUCIEN” MEDINA PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS

Over 20 years ago, the San Francisco-based publisher Re/Search, a successor to the punk rock fanzine Search & Destroy, put out their first volume of an overview of peculiar, arcane and otherwise forgotten records appropriately titled Incredibly Strange Music (Vol. II would come out the following year). As stated in a review by Michael Tierno on the respected trade publication Library Journal, Incredibly Strange Music encapsulates . . .

In a series of entertaining, informative, and sometimes moving interviews, the volume’s various contributors lead collectors of strange recordings from quaint musings about various recording acts to deeper speculations about society and what we can learn about it by examining “strange music.” Certainly, one can say that the collection seems to capture our fascination with putting on a record just about anything–from seashore sounds to Muhammad Ali speaking out against tooth decay to cab drivers talking about New York City. Perhaps the book’s deeper message hints at the landscape of ever-slipping innocence of our culture, reflected here in its recording art. Libraries will do well to carry this valuable study, since it not only lists odd music but any and everything producers saw fit to record.
 
Like urban archaeologists, many of these avid collectors of ephemeral recordings followed normal paths like that to their local used record stores, estate sales and even their families personal holdings to unearth what others whom avidly read Goldmine Magazine, the leading appraiser of vintage vinyl records, as suspect, without interest or any perceivable value. But, like any good archaeological digger, these collectors began to look at other avenues for what they considered records that escaped the normal consensus of what was “good” and were drawn to those oddities that often defied description and slipped under the floorboards of cultural approval. 
 
Some of these vinyl diggers would go door-to-door ringing bells and asking if anyone in the home had any old records that they wanted to get rid of, others would go dumpster diving through alleyways sifting through others discarded waste while many more likely, took weekly (or daily) pilgrimages to thrift stores in town or when traveling on the road flipping through bins and underneath dusty shelves. That was often were the “mother lode” could be found when one was looking to score some “black gold”.
 
Writer David Todd in an 1994 article in Wire captured the essence of these vinyl treasure hunters . . .
 

The Incredibly Strange Music books are mondo archaeology for vinyl fetishists. They exhume a hidden world of plastic where exotic Easy Listening, modern primitives, suburban astronauts, Bavarian sex symbols and singing psychics co-exist in fabulous Living Stereo. . . . the terrain is mapped implicitly by truckers, loggers, strippers, Hawaiians, Christians, psychics, wrestlers, Satanists, singing cops, sound sculptors, rockabillies, monsters, surfers and people who have yet to discover a talent of any description and seem unlikely to do so in their lifetime.

To showcase this alternative history of vinyl, Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar will be starting a new monthly residency on Sunday, September 28 (and every following 4th Sunday of the month) titled The Thrift Score: Incredibly Strange Music Night. Hosted by vinyl enthusiast and deep digger deejay Tony “The Luck of Lucien” Medina, The Thrift Score will pay heartfelt tribute to those forgotten gems and curiosities that have fallen beneath the cracks yet deserve much-belated recognition. Tony will be joined with other collectors of “low culture” who find value in the eccentric and abnormal and share their passion and oddities with others including Joe Bryl, Maria’s musical director and fellow collector of vinyl peculiarities for over three decades for the September 28 kick-off.
 
To add a visually complimentary component to the sounds, The Thrift Score will also screen on DVD an equally peculiar grouping of Incredibly Strange Films (yet another Re/Search guidebook to undervalued and under appreciated psychotronic and cult movies published in 1986). Some of low-budget and quirky films will include Gimme Gimme Octopus, a Japanese children’s TV show about an octopus and a peanut who are in love with the same walrus, Mondo Bizarro, an quasi-exploitation documentary from the Swinging Sixties, Superman Donuyor, a Turkish take on America’s most-beloved super hero, Santo en el Tesoro de Dracula, a Mexican Lucha Libre wrestling film featuring the Prince of Darkness and The Hooked Generation, an outrageous psychedelic trip featuring homicide, hypodermics and hippies-gone-bad. 
 
There is no cover for The Thrift Score.