Groove T-Shirts Are Here!

At long last, the Uzo produced t-shirts designed by Abigail Connolly are in! They are being modeled here by the artist and Keelyn Ervin.

How to purchase:

  • order through the form below and pay via Venmo (@crescendomusicloft) – $25 (includes $5 shipping)
  • order through the form below and send a check payable to Crescendo Music Studio for $25 (shipping included)
  • come by the studio and pay via Venmo or check for $20 (you can use the form below for this too)

Sizes available:  Adult S, M, L, XL


The Groove Jr is Happening!

A Performance Opportunity for Middle Schoolers

As many of you know, each month The Music Loft hosts two events for high-school-aged teens: a rehearsal to prepare (Get Your Act Together) and open mic to perform (The Groove). Because of the success and popularity of this series, we have been asked to offer a similar performance opportunity for budding middle-school-aged musicians. To that end, we are pleased to announce our newest events which we are tentatively calling The Groove Jr, created for aspiring musicians ages 10 to 13. Our four-piece teen band “Uzo’s House” will be on hand to back each musician, providing a live gig experience.

What Is My Time Commitment?

Get Your Act Together Jra mandatory rehearsal on Saturday March 28 from 2:004:00 pm (one week before The Groove Jr)

The Groove Jr – open mic on Saturday April 4 from 7:008:30 pm

The Rest of the Info…

  • We will host up to 18 musicians, each performing one song.  
  • Performer name, repertoire selection, song chart, and fees must be submitted by midnight Sunday March 8.  
  • $25 for each musician 
  • $5 for each audience member 
  • $25 for us to produce and supply a chart (non-Music Loft students) which can be taken home after the performance
  • Song chart included for Music Loft students as part of their curriculum fee 

Sign up using the form below or email

The Groove: Open Mic for Teens is Holding a T-Shirt Design Contest!

We here at The Loft are thrilled to be sponsoring a T-shirt competition supporting our teen music series The Groove. Between now and midnight Feb 28 2020, submit artwork and text to be entered to win a free T-shirt and season pass to The Groove.

All entries will be considered equally in a blind vote by our teen leadership team “Uzo.” Submit via email to in jpg, png, or pdf format noting all submissions and must include “The Groove” in its text to qualify. 

Enter now!!!!

Introducing The Groove Club: New Music Opportunities for Teens on the Connecticut Shoreline

As many of you know, we here at Crescendo Music Loft strive to build community through music in offering teens a space where they can gather in a safe and comfortable artistic environment in support of organic musical experiences.

As such we are pleased to report on the success of our increasingly popular monthly event “The Groove” which itself has spawned three supporting youth events:

  • Uzo – a monthly teen leadership team
  • Get Your Act Together – a monthly preparatory and musical training class for those not quite ready to perform at The Groove
  • Uzo’s House Band – a supporting backup band for musicians/singers who want to rehearse and ultimately perform at the Groove with a live band.

Crescendo Music Loft remains committed in continuing its support of these events by providing space, heating and cooling, musical equipment, PA system, as well as ourselves – Sandy and Ted – onsite to assist and manage as necessary (even though Uzo is technically in charge of these events). Despite our best intentions in offering our resources at no charge, we find the rather ravenous appetites of the teens in attendance to be overwhelming to our operating budget! Sandy’s “southern manners” necessitate that we provide food and beverages to all attendees free of charge which has, unfortunately, become a bit of a strain.  In short, sustenance has become a bit unsustainable (pun intended)!

Tentatively, our solution is to implement a proposed monthly fee structure (Groove Club season passes) of $25, $30, $35 which will cover food and drinks as well as free admission to The Groove and the three youth events described above and enrolling participants into “Uzo’s Club” as titled by our team leaders.

Your feedback is encouraged and greatly appreciated – please let us know what your thoughts and/or alternative suggestions might be so that we might find a way to continue providing these teen community events at the lowest possible cost to our hungry and talented youth!

Click here to see all that we have to offer for teens, as well as 

Audition Requirements Set for Uzo’s House

Calling All Musicians Who Happen To Be Teenagers

Auditions for Uzo’s House are set for June 1 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., and here are the audition requirements. Visit our new webpage: Uzo’s House to find out more about band expectations and why we’re doing this in the first place!

Have your own piece prepared.

Come prepared to participate in one of the following songs in the original keys:

  • Autumn Leaves (G Major)
  • Every Day I Have the Blues (Bb Major)
  • Sissy Strut (C minor)
  • Sunday Morning (C Major)
  • Eight Days a Week (D Major)

There will also be a surprise element

Be able to read a chart.

Solo opportunities will be provided.

Sign up here to audition.

Auditions for Uzo’s House Set for Saturday, June 1

Calling All Musicians Who Happen To Be Teenagers

Crescendo Music Loft is pleased to announce its upcoming auditions for “Uzo’s House” – the house band for our increasingly popular “Groove” monthly open mic for teens and related “Get Your Act Together” networking and rehearsal experience. Co-directed by Wiley Bartels on drums (sophomore at Guilford High School) and Abigail Connolly on vocals, bass, and keys (junior at Guilford High School), the band is in need of a second bass guitar and drummer as well as two guitar players, keyboard players, and singers for this joint, all-volunteer project between talented youth on the shoreline and Crescendo Music Loft. Auditions shall be held on Saturday, June 1 at 1:00 pm in our performance studio located at 5B Old Post Road (2nd floor) Madison (in the boatyard above East River Marine.) Drums, keyboard, guitar and bass amplifiers as well as microphones and full PA system are provided free of charge.

More details about audition requirements are coming soon!