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Connecticut's Seaside Music Festival, Sound on Sound, Returns For A Second Year

Sound on Sound has once again returned to Bridgeport, Connecticut’s Seaside Park for their inaugural festival experience. This year’s curation included twenty-four musical acts as well as over fifty different vendor locations sitewide in addition to installing a ferris wheel and a variety of photo-op moments in the park. The festival is essentially the guitar-rock Coachella of Connecticut and has become one of the most popular music festivals in the area, attracting thousands of attendees every year. Although this year’s experience came directly after a massive rainstorm, the event coordinators went above and beyond to ensure this year’s installation was just as spectacular and memorable as the years prior.

Sound on Sound began in 2022 as one of the only music festivals held in Connecticut, let alone in Bridgeport’s scenic Seaside Park. Since then, the festival has promised Connecticut an annual weekend escape to a breathtaking park along the water filled with fantastic music and even better memories to be made. Whether you’re standing front row at the main stage, or lingering around in the Wine Grove, sipping with friends, the experience is one you’ll relish forever and is enjoyable for all age groups. Nowadays, Sound on Sound is the only major music festival held at Seaside Park since the Gathering of the Vibes curation which terminated in 2015, and, in general, there aren’t many experiences similar to Sound on Sound in the Bridgeport area, making the event truly one-of-a-kind for those in Connecticut. Sound on Sound did a fabulous job catering to this year’s masses, including numerous food and drink vendors all around the park grounds. In addition to this, Sound on Sound highlighted local Connecticut and regional favorites, such as Walters and The Blind Rhino, bringing a sense of community to the festival curation. Sound on Sound’s layout installs one stage in Seaside Park for all the artists to perform, allowing attendees to witness every act to their fullest potential without overlapping productions or set times. In this way, Sound on Sound is a manageable, family-friendly music festival; The park grounds are easy to navigate and, with only one stage, listeners have the ability to see over twenty artists in the span of two days. Although this year’s experience was affected by flood warnings, the event still carried on as it always does, with a ferris wheel in the middle of the park and music filling the salty ocean air.

Our experience at Sound on Sound began with the whimsical alternative-esque tunes of Lord Huron. Lord Huron is a Los Angeles-based indie rock band that entered the scene in 2010 and is currently composed of Mark Barry on drums, Miguel Briseño on bass and keyboard, Tom Renuad on guitar, and its found Ben Schneider on vocals and guitar. After releasing a handful of solo and self-produced EPs, the group’s debut album, Lonesome Dreams, was released in 2012 under the record label Iamsound. The band’s fourth and most recent album entitled Long Lost was released to the public in May of 2021 under Republic Records and shortly after Lord Huron joined Leith Ross for a Canadian tour to promote the release. Stylistically, Lord Huron bends the typical standards of genres, meshing together elements from western, folk rock, rock and roll, pop melodies, and surf rock with soundtrack and new age influences. The result is described as “a decidedly cinematic flair, heavy on mood and evocative imagery,” by The Wall Street Journal. This is all to say, the music has a distinct complexity, however, the vocality of Schneider brings a gentler ambiance that attracts listeners of all genre preferences to Lord Huron. Lord Huron had one of the most captivating sets instrumentally, each and every one of the musicians was well-versed on their instruments, most notable was Miguel Briseño who additionally played the theremin, an instrument controlled without physical contact from the performer.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats were next to take over Sound on Sound’s mainstage with their jazz-blues melodies. Nathaniel Rateliff began his career in 1978 as a solo artist from Denver, Colorado, in which he released three solo albums, two solo EPs, and one album as Nathanial Rateliff & The Wheel. In 2013, while still recording and performing solo, Nathaniel Rateliff began a new side group project with longtime collaborator Joseph Pope III, performing shows around Denver with other musicians from past collaborations. A few years later, the conglomerate announced the release of their self-titled album, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, via Stax Records. The Night Sweats currently includes Joseph Pope III on bass, Mark Shusterman on keyboard, and Patrick Meese on drums in addition to Luke Mossman on guitar, Wesley Watkins on trumpet, and Andy Wild on saxophone. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have since released 3 studio albums, a live album, and two EPs since 2013, which practically all have charted internationally.

Finally, the moment everyone on the swampy grounds of Sound on Sound had been waiting for… Red Hot Chili Peppers!!!

The American rock band dates all the way back to 1982 when high school classmates Anthony Kiedis, Hillel Slovak, Flea, and Jack Irons began playing small venues around Los Angeles under another stage name. It wasn’t until 1984 that the band would release their debut, self-titled album, Red Hot Chili Peppers, with a newly introduced drummer Cliff Martinez, and guitarist Jack Sherman, however, it wouldn’t be long until both Irons and Slovak rejoined the ensemble. For years, the band ventured on grueling tours, releasing albums that gained traction but weren’t charting. In 1986, the band was acclaimed “Band Of The Year” by LA Weekly and finally received a charting Billboard album the year later with their third release, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan.

The fourteenth Red Hot Chili Peppers album was released just this month entitled Return Of The Dream Canteen, performed by Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith, and John Frusciante. With over 120 million records sold worldwide, The Red Hot Chili Peppers is one of the best-selling bands of all time. The band holds records for number-one hit singles, most cumulative weeks at number one. and most top-ten songs on the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart. With all this considered, Red Hot Chili Peppers are far from a sell-out. Even after all these years, the band's music has lived through generations of listeners, harboring new die-hard fans every day. People traveled to Connecticut from all over the East Coast specifically for The Red Hot Chili Peppers, despite the wild rainstorms, and it comes as no surprise. The band consists of original members who have survived drug addiction and frequent alterations within the band, being practically hall-of-fame-worthy artists. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are legendary rock stars, not only does the crowd know every word, they know every beat, every harmony, every bass line, guitar riff, and any other little thing in between. Feeding off the crowd, the musicians cherish the moment on stage, treating it like nothing more than a simple jam session with friends. The environment created by The Red Hot Chili Peppers invites you to stay for a while. The music makes you dance even if you don’t know how the lyrics just appear in your head. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of those bands it feels like we are just simply born knowing.

Sound On Sound returned to Bridgeport’s Seaside Park, attracting what is expected to be around 10,000 people in attendance for this year's experience. It is safe to say, Sound on Sound will continue to grace Connecticut with an annual music festival for years to come, hopefully finding a permanent home in Seaside Park!

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