Join us for the 7th Annual SK Family BBQ

Where can I get tickets? You can buy weekend passes or Unity Park BBQ Day Passes by clicking the photo above. What is it? This is essentially the ultimate #KelloggtownVIP experience, but whereas #Kelloggtown is a meet and greet for 15-25 minutes before a show, the #SKFamilyBBQ takes place over an entire weekend. "In 2010 I asked myself the question of what would I want to do with my favorite artists? The answer I kept coming back to was, grab a burger, play some lawn games, hang out, ask them a few questions, hear a few stories, maybe hear some tunes that I wouldn’t get to hear at a normal show.” So that’s what we’ve curated here.  A weekend worth traveling in for. A weekend with many of our core fans from around the globe and in some cases, their growing families. The event has been held in Washington DC three times and Western MA twice. We are thrilled to announce the Family BBQ's return to Southern CT where Stephen lives with his family. It’s our first time in CT since it’s inception in 2010.  What does my ticket price include? -Each ticket includes entrance to Friday and Saturday Night Concerts -BBQ Lunch and attendance to Game Day & Kids Concert at Unity Park -Commemorative Signed Event Poster -3 Votes per ticket on the Saturday Night All Request Set  -Access to Friday’s Lyric Writing Seminar with SK -Discounted Rate at the Host Hotel Trumbull Marriott -Photo and official Meet and Greet with SK and the South, West, North, East -10% off promo code  at the Online Kellogg Family Store When and Where is it? June 16th and 17th, 2017 at the Acoustic in Bridgeport, CT. June 17th (Day) at Unity Park in Trumbull, CT The host hotel is The Trumbull Marriott in Trumbull, CT and we have a specific discount for our event. All scheduled events are within about 10 minutes of each other. What’s the schedule of events? Friday 6/16 2pm: Lyric Writing Seminar at the Trumbull Marriott (must have weekend pass to attend) 6pm: Doors, Photos with SK & SWNE, Cocktail Hour 7:30 Concert #1 at the Acoustic in Black Rock, CT: “Glassjaw Boxer” 10 year Anniversary set. The album will be played in order, in it’s entirety. Next up we’ll hear a set from very special guests Native Run. Then for their second set, we’ll hear a “Greatest Hits” offering from SK & SWNE. Saturday 6/17 11AM: BBQ, Lawn Games & Kids Concert at Unity Park in Trumbull, CT   -Lawn Games will include Corn Hole Tournament, Water Balloon Toss, Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby and Ultimate Frisbee Accuracy Contest -BBQ Lunch (Burgers, Dogs, Veggie Burgers, Chips, Drinks, etc) -Acoustic Kids Concert (this show is geared towards giving the younger ones a bit of music) -Prize Ceremony (the winners of the events will win exclusive SK memorabilia) 6pm: Doors, Voting on the “All Requests Set”, Cocktail Hour 7:30pm Concert #2 at the Acoustic in Black Rock, CT: For their first set, Stephen and the band will be fielding a 100% fan voted on set. They will play the top selections of deep cuts and B-Sides as voted on by the Saturday Night audience. The second set will be another “Greatest Hits” offering from SK & SWNE. Is it All Ages?  Yes it is. All children are different and we’ll leave it to you to gauge if it’s something you think your kids would be into. The Venue this year is a bar that we have rented out and each night there are two sets so it may go later than some kids would be up for. The night shows are traditional SK shows so it’s something for everyone. Only you know your family and they may want to attend the day show, and have a Mom and Dad’s night out in the evening to enjoy drink specials. SK’s family will be there taking part in the weekend festivities and it’s one of our great joys to see families come out together Will there be day passes? Currently you can buy a day pass to the BBQ, Lawn Games and Kids Performance. This doesn’t include any of the other weekend perks or admission to the night time shows. If there is still space available on Memorial Day, we will release passes for the remaining tickets on Friday and Saturday night. This is a very intimate venue experience and we’ve currently sold 1/3 of the tickets with two months to go, so it’s a gamble if you’re hoping to be part of the weekend, but if there are day tickets available that’s when we’ll be putting them on sale via the event link and our website.   

Where can I get tickets?
You can buy weekend passes or Unity Park BBQ Day Passes by clicking the photo above.

What is it?

This is essentially the ultimate #KelloggtownVIP experience, but whereas #Kelloggtown is a meet and greet for 15-25 minutes before a show, the #SKFamilyBBQ takes place over an entire weekend. "In 2010 I asked myself the question of what would I want to do with my favorite artists? The answer I kept coming back to was, grab a burger, play some lawn games, hang out, ask them a few questions, hear a few stories, maybe hear some tunes that I wouldn’t get to hear at a normal show.” So that’s what we’ve curated here. 

A weekend worth traveling in for. A weekend with many of our core fans from around the globe and in some cases, their growing families. The event has been held in Washington DC three times and Western MA twice. We are thrilled to announce the Family BBQ's return to Southern CT where Stephen lives with his family. It’s our first time in CT since it’s inception in 2010. 

What does my ticket price include?

-Each ticket includes entrance to Friday and Saturday Night Concerts

-BBQ Lunch and attendance to Game Day & Kids Concert at Unity Park

-Commemorative Signed Event Poster

-3 Votes per ticket on the Saturday Night All Request Set 

-Access to Friday’s Lyric Writing Seminar with SK

-Discounted Rate at the Host Hotel Trumbull Marriott

-Photo and official Meet and Greet with SK and the South, West, North, East

-10% off promo code  at the Online Kellogg Family Store

When and Where is it?

June 16th and 17th, 2017 at the Acoustic in Bridgeport, CT.

June 17th (Day) at Unity Park in Trumbull, CT

The host hotel is The Trumbull Marriott in Trumbull, CT and we have a specific discount for our event. All scheduled events are within about 10 minutes of each other.

What’s the schedule of events?

Friday 6/16
2pm: Lyric Writing Seminar at the Trumbull Marriott (must have weekend pass to attend)

6pm: Doors, Photos with SK & SWNE, Cocktail Hour

7:30 Concert #1 at the Acoustic in Black Rock, CT:

“Glassjaw Boxer” 10 year Anniversary set. The album will be played in order, in it’s entirety. Next up we’ll hear a set from very special guests Native Run. Then for their second set, we’ll hear a “Greatest Hits” offering from SK & SWNE.

Saturday 6/17

11AM: BBQ, Lawn Games & Kids Concert at Unity Park in Trumbull, CT  

-Lawn Games will include Corn Hole Tournament, Water Balloon Toss, Wiffle Ball Home

Run Derby and Ultimate Frisbee Accuracy Contest

-BBQ Lunch (Burgers, Dogs, Veggie Burgers, Chips, Drinks, etc)

-Acoustic Kids Concert (this show is geared towards giving the younger ones a bit of music)

-Prize Ceremony (the winners of the events will win exclusive SK memorabilia)

6pm: Doors, Voting on the “All Requests Set”, Cocktail Hour

7:30pm Concert #2 at the Acoustic in Black Rock, CT: For their first set, Stephen and the band will be fielding a 100% fan voted on set. They will play the top selections of deep cuts and B-Sides as voted on by the Saturday Night audience. The second set will be another “Greatest Hits” offering from SK & SWNE.

Is it All Ages? 
Yes it is. All children are different and we’ll leave it to you to gauge if it’s something you think your kids would be into. The Venue this year is a bar that we have rented out and each night there are two sets so it may go later than some kids would be up for. The night shows are traditional SK shows so it’s something for everyone. Only you know your family and they may want to attend the day show, and have a Mom and Dad’s night out in the evening to enjoy drink specials. SK’s family will be there taking part in the weekend festivities and it’s one of our great joys to see families come out together

Will there be day passes?
Currently you can buy a day pass to the BBQ, Lawn Games and Kids Performance. This doesn’t include any of the other weekend perks or admission to the night time shows. If there is still space available on Memorial Day, we will release passes for the remaining tickets on Friday and Saturday night. This is a very intimate venue experience and we’ve currently sold 1/3 of the tickets with two months to go, so it’s a gamble if you’re hoping to be part of the weekend, but if there are day tickets available that’s when we’ll be putting them on sale via the event link and our website.   

What's new in the Kellogg Family Store? 

There is a Spring Sale afoot with loads of new items and discounts on vintage items

 

Every order receives a set of 4 Vintage Coasters and every order over $20 receives a free mystery merch item (think Lyric Calendars, 7” vinyl, postcard packs, etc.) (While Supplies Last)

*Thanksgiving 10”  Vinyl (featuring “Ghost” and “Crosses”) and “The Bear” Vinyl (featuring bonus track “May Day”) are back in stock!

*Selection of vintage posters, a half dozen vintage sweatshirts (S, Youth Large remain), trucker hats and sales on Spring T-Shirts!

*2017 Lyric and Photo Calendars on sale for just $10 (while supplies last)

 

SK touring the West with Drew Holcomb this Spring

Drew Holcomb is a great artist and a great guy. He’s been a friend for a while. We’ve sung songs together, comisserated through painful experiences and laughed some times too. He was kind enough to include my newest record #SouthWestNorthEast in his rad record of the month club @Magnolia Record Club. I’m truly honored to be a part of the Souvenir Tour. See ya soon folks!

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SK Highlights of 2016

Naming an album after the place it was recorded is a common practice of course, but Stephen Kellogg covers all his geographical bases with South, West, North, East, his first album since 2013’s well-received Blunderstone Rookery and only his second since his go-to band The Sixers went on hiatus at the end of 2012. For the record, Kellogg and company were an outstanding ensemble, a rootsier version of Tom Petty  and the Heartbreakers if you will, but even so, Kellogg had a well-established solo career a full decade before the Sixers took flight. Consequently, he was well-equipped to carry on after their unfortunate demise. Likewise, given his guiding role at the band’s helm, it was all but assured that his individual intents would remain intact.

True to the sprawling designs referenced in its title, South, West, North, East comes across like an epoch effort, thanks to the memorable melodies that are etched in practically every one of its 20 songs. Spread across two discs, the material glows with a low lit intensity that makes even slow-burning ballads like “Almost Woke You Up,” “The Open Heart,” and “Those Kids” resonate with both resilience and reserve. Opener “High Horse” is the most spirited offering overall, a compelling track that makes “Best of Me” a close second. Even so, it’s the reverential chorus of “Wallpaper Angel” that leaves one of the album’s most enduring impressions.

And that’s just disc one. 

The songs that follow maintain that same sense of sanctity, and even though the tempos are slowed and the deliberation increased, the emotional impact is equally assured. Here again, Kellogg crafts songs that beg attention through a slow build rather than initial exertion, and with “Greta Girl,” “Wolf” and “Always Gonna Want You,” that twin sense of yearning and desire resonates with every heartfelt refrain. In the liner notes Kellogg goes to great length to detail the specific circumstances surrounding the actual recording and the various locales where the sessions took place, but even so, the results carry a mostly consistent tone, one that’s somber yet assured, conveyed mostly through a whisper rather than a roar.

That the former should take precedence over the latter would seem a natural occurrence given Kellogg’s current role as solo troubadour as opposed to leader of a pack. Fortunately, his melodic sensibilities are heightened to such a degree that the Sixers are rarely missed. The ambiance and arrangements that underscore these songs keep the emotional momentum churning, even in the most subdued settings. It may seem tiresome to call this album a triumph, but that’s what it is all the same. An attentive hearing makes that somewhat apparent on the initial encounter, but with subsequent listens that conclusion is fully affirmed.