B.O.M.B. Fest Explodes Into Durham, CT

It’s explosive,’s where you want to be May 30th. It’s the BOMB!

Connecticut’s music scene has been growing in the last several years aided by an increase in performance spaces. Outside of staples like Toad’s Place in New Haven, Meadows Music Theater in Hartford and the Oakdale in Wallingford, newer venues are emerging that regularly draw national talent. There is the larger Mohegan Sun Arena, and bar venues like New Haven’s Café Nine and Milford’s Daniel Street plus the tiny The Space in Hamden. Small promoters assemble these shows. In the New Haven County area, Manic Productions has been fortunate to bring in notable headliners like Dinosaur Jr., or Marnie Stern in the past. In the next couple of months, they host upcoming shows from Mono and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.

Until recently, there has only been one festival in the western part of the state drawing large acts. For 15 years, The Gathering of the Vibes camping festival, held in Bridgeport, continues “traditions born in the Grateful Dead community” with past acts like CSN, Les Claypool and Derek Trucks. But today, news of another festival crossed my radar. The one day B.O.M.B (Bring Our Music Back) Festival is being held for the 2nd year in a row May 30th in Durham. It’s evolved pretty well. What started out as the dream of a high school student has pulled in some big names this year. You might be as surprised as I was. And as eager to attend.

So I’d like to introduce to you, the 2010 B.O.M.B. Festival.

Current Lineup (national acts):

Lupe Fiasco, of Montreal, Girl Talk, Brand New, Ra Ra Riot, Jay Electronica, The Cool Kids, Mute Math, Roots of Creation, Christine Olhman & Rebel Montez, 40oz to freedom, Quintron and Miss Pussycat: Quintron


“This event is different than any you’ve been part of before. We’re bringing together the best of the best on 4 stages at this historic venue just off Interstate 91 in Connecticut. So if you like the sounds of indie rock, psychedelic gospel, alternative hip-hop, or reggae jam…this is one stop shopping baby.

An all day explosion of music surrounded by cool hip crafters and art vendors...body art, washable tatoos, braiders, jewelry, hair design, photography, promotional giveaways... and a vintage carousel and ferris wheel ! Text all your everyone at the one place to be May 30, 2010.... Don’t miss it!

You’ll find it all at this year’s B.O.M.B. Fest 2010.”

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