HARTFORD, Conn. – As KICK approaches its 18th birthday, the band is assembling a show itinerary for 2014 that promises to be one of the band’s most diverse and extensive to date, featuring – par usual – extensive residencies at several of the finest entertainment venues in the Northeast. The first wave of dates will be released soon, including a run of casino and Boston dates. Check KICKband.com frequently in the days to come for updates and details.
On Saturday May 11th 2013 the world lost a loving and caring human being named Grayson Minney in a fatal car accident. He was an inspiring musician, a son, a brother, an uncle, a soon to be husband and a great friend. Grayson loved the idea of love and you knew that whenever you were around him. Overnight, the Minney & Malek families lives were instantly changed forever. Leading up to this horrific tragedy, his family had already been struggling financially after Grayson’s mother Ava was seriously injured in a car accident. With her condition being the way it was, Fred had no choice but to take time off of work and take care of his wife. In doing so, the medical bills accumulated and the family fell on extremely hard times forcing them to become delinquent on their mortgage. Grayson, being well aware of his parents financial situation, decided that he was going to make it his mission to save the Minney homestead. After all, this was the same house that his father built with his own two hands, the same place that Grayson grew up in. Many of his friends knew what he had been doing for his father so we got together and decided we were going to continue his mission. After Grayson’s passing, his father began using the phrase “Hug more, Love more” in everyday conversation as well as the Eulogy that he wrote. It’s a simple thought but it reminds us to never take love for granted for everything you know can very well be taken away at anytime and without warning. This is how the Hug More Love More Music Festival became a reality. Our goal is to raise as much money as we can to save the Minney Homestead. This house is currently in foreclosure and set to be auctioned off this August of 2013. We can’t and we won’t let this happen, so please join us on July 20th starting at 11am at the Four Town Fairgrounds in Somers, CT for the first ever Hug More Love More Music Festival in memory of Grayson Minney. Please come out and support this great cause.
- Eric (Grayson’s friend and bandmate)
Grayson was a very good friend to many of us and we encourage you to come celebrate his life with us through music. The full, amazing band lineup can be found at www.hugmorelovemore.com, and includes Secondhand Serenade, Columbia Fields with special guests, Veronica Ballestrini, Kenny Mehler, Rane, Gone by Daylight, Ben Jarvis Band, Addison Station, Jim Wolf, Them, Beach Avenue, an Article 19 reunion, Forget Paris, and others. KICK goes on at 6 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased there for $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. The show is all ages, but beer, wine and other concessions will be available.
HARTFORD – Yes, we’ve said this for the past 18 summers, and we continue to marvel that it can be said again and again in truth (and we have you, your support, and your love of live music to thank for that), but this year’s continuation of the Endless SummerTour is, once again, our biggest and busiest yet. It takes us to 1/10th of the United States over 48 shows (as of this writing), virtually every one of which, aside from residencies at the two largest casinos in the world, is either outdoors, on the water, in the sand, or all three. Here is where I would usually go into detail describing all the awesome town parks, fairs, colleges, killer beach bars, and new venues (e.g., Blu on the Waterfront and possibly a launch party at Jimmy Buffett’s brand new Margaritaville at the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, NJ). But instead, I’ll just list them out because it makes me giggle with adolescent excitement to see how much darn fun lies ahead this summer. Please, please, make it a point to save a date or two, grab some friends, bring the family, and share a few hot summer nights with us. You are 110% why we do this.
- May 2 Atrium Lounge – Foxwoods Casino Resort, Ledyard, CT
- May 10 Billy Joe’s Ribworks, Newburgh, NY
- May 14 Fairfield University – Alumni Hall Sports Arena, Fairfield, CT
- May 17 Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville – Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT
- May 18 Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville – Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT
- May 23 Shea’s American Bar and Grille, Manchester, CT
- May 31 Chicago Sam’s, Cromwell, CT
- June 1 Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville – Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT
- June 7 McLadden’s Irish Publick House, West Hartford, CT
- June 8 Blu on the Water, East Greenwich, RI
- June 14 Billy Joe’s Ribworks, Newburgh, NY
- June 15 Chelo’s on the Waterfront, Warwick, RI
- June 20 Shea’s American Bar and Grille, Manchester, CT
- June 22 Geraldine’s, West Springfield, MA
- June 27 Summer Concerts on the Green, Colchester, CT
- June 28 Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville – Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT
- June 29 Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville – Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT
- July 4 Windjammer Beach Club, Misquamicut Beach, Westerly, RI
- July 6 Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville – Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT
- July 9 Summer Nights at the Beach Concert Series – Jackson Cove Park, Oxford, CT
- July 11 Summer Concert Series – Salmon Brook Park, Granby, CT
- July 12 Pine Acres Pool Party, Wethersfield, CT
- TBD Tentative Resorts Casino – Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville on the Beach, Atlantic City, NJ
- July 13 Old Home Days, Village Center, East Hampton, CT
- July 19 Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville – Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT
- July 20 Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville – Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT
- July 21 Pavilion Beach Club, Soundview Beach, Old Lyme, CT
- July 25 Shea’s American Bar and Grille, Manchester, CT
- July 26 Chelo’s on the Waterfront, Warwick, RI
- August 3 Blu on the Water, East Greenwich, RI
- August 8 Evergreen Walk – Rockville Bank Summer Concert Series, South Windsor, CT
- August 9 Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville – Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT
- August 10 Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville – Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT
- August 15 Shea’s American Bar and Grille, Manchester, CT
- August 16 King Neptune’s, Lake George, NY
- August 17 Gundelfest 2013, Warrensburg, NY
- August 22 Summer Concert Series – Town Hall, Windsor, CT
- August 23 Atrium Lounge – Foxwoods Casino Resort, Ledyard, CT
- August 24 Chelo’s on the Waterfront, Warwick, RI
- September 1 Pavilion Beach Club, Soundview Beach, Old Lyme, CT
- September 5 Wapping Fair, South Windsor, CT
- September 6 Billy Joe’s Ribworks Newburgh, NY
- September 7 Geraldine’s, West Springfield, MA
- September 14 Private Wedding
- September 20 Chicago Sam’s, Cromwell, CT
- September 21 Friends Café, Southington, CT
- September 27 Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville – Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT
- September 28 Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville – Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville, CT
NEWTOWN, Conn. – The holiday season is typically a time for reflection and giving, few more so than this year’s, which was marked by some very high highs in response to some unfathomably low lows.
K.I.C.K. (The Kick Institute for Charity and Kindness) was founded just months after the band was, as a means of raising funds, awareness, and positive karma through entertainment, bringing good times and attention to charitable organizations and causes close to the band’s heart.
The holiday season began with KICK playing the wildly successful “We Are the Children” recruiting event, which culminated Christmas morning in one of the biggest We Are the Children Christmas Parties ever, at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., where Gary Craig, morning radio personality of 96.5 WTIC-FM, hosted over 1,000 less-fortunate kids from throughout the state.
The seasonal cheer of a nation was marred by the Sandy Hook tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, and neither the band nor Craig wasted a moment looking for ways to help in any way possible. The band traveled to Newtown the Friday following the tragedy and hosted a Christmas event that morphed into an ad hoc fundraiser at All Stars in Manchester, Conn., for which the band, the venue, and their incredibly generous friends and fans donated several hundred dollars to We Are the Children to help build a playground in Newtown in the victims’ memory.
Just days later, the band was asked to join an all-star lineup assembled by Randy from The Zoo, hands down one of the best cover bands in the country, on a multi-band bill at Tuxedo Junction in Danbury, Conn. Just days after the January 5 event, over $11,000 has been raised for the Newtown United organization, which will ensure the funds go directly to the 26 families.
Alas, 2K13 has just begun. And one can never pay it too far forward. The band will be back for an encore performance at Maneeley’s in South Windsor on Friday, March 1, to perform at a Michael J. Fox Foundation fundraiser to fight Parkinson’s disease. Please contact Bruce Chamberlin at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details and tickets.
HARTFORD, Conn. – It’s time for this year’s We Are The Children volunteer recruitment day, and this year’s event promises to be bigger than ever (and not simply because KICK will be performing).
The mandatory We Are The Children volunteer recruitment day will take place on Sunday, December 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Maneeley’s Banquets & Catering in South Windsor, CT. KICK will be performing in the ballroom as volunteers arrive, sign up, and learn more about this fantastic organization. It is open to anyone age 18 an over who wishes to volunteer - and it is the only way to sign up to volunteer - in this year’s We Are The Children Christmas Party.
The band is profoundly honored to be asked to be a part of this phenomenal organization’s 2012 campaign. We Are The Children is an organization founded in 1985 by Gary Craig, morning radio personality of 96.5 WTIC-FM in Hartford, Connecticut. Gary Craig, along with a tremendous support committee including various corporations is committed to raising funds for abandoned, battered, disadvantaged, and needy children. To date, We Are The Children is a 100% volunteer organization with all goods and services donated by members of the local communities.
The organization has gained popularity and recognition through Christmas parties that have been held on Christmas day since 1985. The concept is to provide a holiday celebration for any needy child who has no place to spend the holiday. We Are The Children became a registered non-profit organization with 501 (c) 3 status as a result of the success of the first Christmas party, conceived just eight days prior to Christmas, 1985. The first party was attended by 350 children and their chaperones; $300,000 in goods and services were raised to provide a day for the children – a day that would otherwise have been only a dream.
We Are The Children has been supported by hundreds of corporations in Southern New England throughout the years. Countless numbers of private citizens, schools and community organizations have also given their time to We Are The Children. Since being incorporated in 1987, the We Are The Children organization has directly contributed to children needing transplants, short-term funding for women’s and children’s agencies, equipment for women’s shelters, various events for children and support for many other organizations and immediate crisis situations throughout Southern New England.
We Are The Children continues to support children and their families bringing the spirit of the holidays to Connecticut’s kids, one child at a time.
All volunteers must bring a valid ID, and be ready for a great time as we kick off this year’s We Are The Children season.
Maneeley’s Banquets & Catering is located at 65 Rye Street in South Windsor, CT. For directions, maps and more, visit 965ticfm.com.
HARTFORD, Conn. – Following our biggest Endless SummerTour yet, marked by an unprecedented run of flawless outdoor shows (16-for-16 with no weather cancellations!) autumn 2K12 continues to fill up with some unreal bookings at some great new venues as well as welcome returns to some old favorites. Among the highlights: KICK debuts at the enormous Billy Joe’s Rib Works, right on the Hudson River in Newburgh, NY Friday, November 30; Molly Darcy’s in Danbury, CT Friday December 21; and the Wicked Stick Tavern at the Pine Valley Golf Course in Southington, CT Friday, November 9. And, get this, the band makes its long-anticipated return to Rookies (now in Chicago Sam’s) in Cromwell, CT Friday, November 16, and headlines Fallfest with a show from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 20 at the awesome Veteran’s Memorial Amphitheater at Elm Ridge Park in Rocky Hill, CT, as part of an all-ages celebration of all things autumnal including hayrides, a puppy parade, pony rides, bonfire, and fireworks. This year, the KICKsgiving Eve Reunion (that would be the day before Thanksgivng) returns to City Sports Grille in Spare Time Lanes in Vernon, CT; and the band hosts a special Christmas show December 22 at All Stars in Manchester, CT, and – for the first time ever – KICK brings in the new year with a 2K13 welcoming bash at Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville (this, of course, in addition to the regular monthly doubleheaders there). Check the Calendar section of KICKband.com frequently and join the KICK Army to be sure you’re not left out.
WINDSOR, Conn. – Catch KICK’s August Concert on the Green show at Windsor Town Hall “On Demand” at this link or watch the rebroadcast on WIN-TV Channel 5 Friday night, September 7, at 9:00!
HARTFORD, Conn. – It’s official: KICK lead guitarist Greg Gioia is engaged! On August 3, Greg asked the lovely Amara Litten to be his roadie for life, and to the unrestrained joy of all who have seen them together, she (actually) said “yes.” Seriously though, the entire KICK community couldn’t be happier, especially since we so often get to see just how happy they make each other, and we wish them nothing but the very best with their 2013 nuptials and for decades to come.
PLANTSVILLE, Conn. – Fans of good drink and song will be amply sated at the 4th Annual Beer and Wine Tasting Festival, to be held from 5:30 to 9:30, Thursday evening, July 12 on the unspeakably beautiful grounds of the Aqua Turf in Plantsville, CT. Tickets are just $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased online at http://calvanesefoundation.com/index.htm or at Modern Formals in Southington, Just For You…Country Gifts in Plantsville, or WineWorks of Southington. The event is sponsored by The Joe & Kay Calvanese Foundation, a charitable not-for-profit group established to improve the quality of life in its community by sponsoring local charities, assisting individual causes, and helping make seemingly impossible dreams come true.
HARTFORD, Conn. – If KICK’s rhythm guitar riffs sound a bit chunkier, thicker, and more gut-bustingly awesome in the not-so-distant future, it may probably be attributable to the products of the band’s newest sponsor, Splawn Amplification, a high-end, North Carolina-based boutique amplifier shop known for making some of the very best guitar products on the market for a veritable who’s who of tone connoisseurs. KICK’s Brian Penn certainly fits that bill, which is why he’s (almost) literally clicking his heels at the prospect of working with the Splawn design team to create a one-of-a-kind custom combo amplifier. Check KICK live in the fall to see what they came up with!