Nightcrawler: View to a Killswitch

The Bay State’s own Killswitch Engage received a rather large honor in the Big Apple last weekend. The Westfield-based metalmeisters were tapped to headline the 2013 CBGB Santos Party House in Manhattan Oct. 12.

“Killswitch is one of my favorite bands,” explains event organizer Howie Abrams, “one which has reinvigorated metal in recent years and which we’re proud to be working with. This was originally going to be a secret show back in the spring, but when schedules didn’t allow for it, we decided to [put it together] for CBGB.”

“We all grew up hearing about the legendary CBGBs,” adds KE frontman Jesse Leach in an exclusive chat with the Crawler. “It was at the core of the punk and hardcore music scene and went on to influence our band, our style of playing. I will never forget the first time I stepped foot inside the club years ago… from the sights and sounds to smells. [Headlining this show] is such an honor.”

After this Saturday, Oct. 19—when they play Monsters of Rock in Rio—Killswitch will also have the rare distinction of having shared stages with no less than billmates Aerosmith, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot and Buckcherry, to name a choice few.

From there, a North American tour is planned in support of the band’s latest studio effort, Disarm the Descent. That trek includes already confirmed stops at New York’s Roseland Ballroom Oct. 25 and an Oakdale Theater engagement in Wallingford, Conn. Oct. 26. Among the support acts enlisted for the jaunt are Lamb of God, Testament and Huntress. For complete details on the disc, dates, lineups and more, kindly point your browser to


In other news… if the three faces performing the works of Jim Croce and Gordon Lightfoot at La Notte Restaurant in East Windsor, Conn. this Friday look familiar, that’s because the trio called Rainy Day People is actually a pared-down side project of the seven-piece Valley staple Satinwood.

“I decided to create Rainy Day a couple years ago with my music pals Rudi Weeks and Jeff Tisdel,” explains Satinwood co-founder Paul Motter. “While the seven-piece band performs an anthology of folk and rock classics, RDP goes deep into Lightfoot and Croce material, painstakingly recreating the intricate guitar play between Croce’s Maury Mulheisen and Lightfoot’s Terry Clements.”

Tix for the Oct. 18 engagement are $10 in advance, $15 night of show, and available at Doors open at 7 p.m.

Since we’ve dipped into the Nutmeg State, Cody Chapman of the Mohegan Sun checked in to report that the popular casino recently kicked off its new 12-week Locals Live series earlier this month. A headlining date at the Sun’s Wolf Den and $1,000 in cash hang in the balance as fans text in their votes to keep their favorites alive each Tuesday.

The next installment, slated for Oct 22, pits Josh Scussell and Electric Storm against Andrea Paquin. The former is a newly formed five-piece, with members from Western Mass. and Connecticut, that tackles the works of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Rolling Stones and others. The latter is a Bristol, Conn.-based singer-songwriter who has performed for such charitable events as Pride, SAAD, MAAD and Go Green Benefits and was a Connecticut Folk Festival finalist in 2011.


Last but not least, an “unforeseen scheduling difficulty” forced the folks at Springfield’s MassMutual Center to yank the planned Hank Williams, Jr. show from the calendar. According to management, there are currently no plans to reschedule the event. All who purchased their tickets online at probably figured that out when they were automatically refunded. Those holding physical must return to their point of purchase to get their money back.•

Send correspondence to Nightcrawler, P.O. Box 427, Somers, CT 06071; fax to (860) 394-4262 or email

Author: Gary Carra

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