The Future Heavies
Andy Chatfield - drums
The first vinyl record that Andy Chatfield owned was Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Andy first saw the movie "Back to the Future" (featuring the music of
Huey Lewis and The News) in a theater in July 1985 during a family trip to Tennessee when he was eight years old. The first cassette tape that Andy owned was "Licensed To Ill" by the Beastie Boys, a tenth birthday present from his cousins. Three years later, Andy's first rock concert was Tom Petty at the Hartford Civic Center. And nearly two decades later, his first dance with his wife at their wedding reception was to music by Journey.
Other formative albums from the 1980s included "Appetite For Destruction" by Guns N' Roses, "Kick" by INXS, The Dead Milkmen's "Beelzebubba," Van Halen's "1984," U2's "The Joshua Tree," and Paul Simon's "Graceland."
Andy has been playing drums and percussion for over 21 years, but actually started his music career on trombone in fourth grade, eventually winning the "Band Director's Award" in eighth grade from George Sovak. His classical percussion studies began in the studio of Michael Bull at Syracuse University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. While in Syracuse, New York, Andy also studied drum set with Larry Luttinger, Brian Kendrick, and Jim Johns. He continued his studies in jazz during Summer Sessions at Tonic in New York City, and at the Lake Placid Institute in Lake Placid, New York.
Returning to Connecticut, Andy founded the band Stanley Maxwell in 2001 with Future Heavies bassist Mark Crino, saxophonists Eric Della Vecchia and Anthony Manzi, and guitarist Ryan Dekoe. Writing original tunes that blend jazz, funk, and rock; and adding keyboardist Evan Green; the group went on to win the "Best Jazz Band" category three times in four years (2007, 2009, 2010) in the Hartford Advocate Grand Band Slam Readers' Poll (with additional nominations for "Best R&B" in 2003, and for "Best Funk/Fusion" and "Best Jazz" in 2008).
Starting the record label Mindwill Records in 2008, Andy released Stanley Maxwell's studio album "Don't Wake The Baby!" featuring vocals on the title track by Johanna.
Listening, playing, learning, discovery, and invention were key experiences for Andy during the first three years of Camp MMW (2008, 2009, 2010) in Big Indian, New York.
Andy formed the co-operative ensemble Shack in 2009 with trumpeter Stephen Haynes and bassist Adam Kubota; the group's performances included a 2010 residency at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art as part of their Summer Film Program, as well as The Uncertainty Music Series in New Haven.
Andy was the drummer for Avenue Groove for six months, from November 2013 to May 2014. He shared the stage with the group playing funk music from the 1970s for 22 performances, including 3 appearances at the Mohegan Sun Casino Wolf Den. Since June 2014, Andy has filled in with Avenue Groove when Rob Gottfried is not available; including performances at the 2014 North Haven Summer Concert Series "Music Under The Stars;" and Waxy O'Connor's Irish Pub & Restaurant after the 44th annual Greater Hartford St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2015.
In July 2014, Andy started to perform as the trio Bootstrap with Future Heavies bassist Mark Crino and guitarist Jeff Howard. Together, the group plays instrumental arrangements of tunes by Hall & Oates, The Police, and Mary Jane Girls, among others.
Since 2009, Andy has also organized various "all-star" bands that have covered complete albums by Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, and The Beatles.
For more information, please visit www.andychatfield.com.
Mark Crino - bass
Alice-Anne Harwood Sherrill - lead vocals
Matthew James - lead vocals
Ron LaRosa - guitar and backing vocals
David Lovelace - keyboards
The Future Heavies
Private Event at LEGO
|Thursday, August 31st, 2017 3:30 PM|
LEGO Brick House
"The Future Heavies" will be playing a private party for LEGO employees to celebrate the company's 85th anniversary.
The Future Heavies are fun, professional, danceable, and very affordable. The band is available to provide live music for a wide variety of functions for audiences of all ages, including class reunions, private parties, birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions, colleges, corporate events, weddings, clubs, bars, festivals and outdoor events, fairs, and opening/sharing a show with touring artists. Please contact us via e-mail or phone (860-916-6448) to discuss booking a date for The Future Heavies to perform. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Bleachers Sports Bar & Restaurant
|Saturday, October 14th, 2017 9:30 PM|
300 Middle Street
Bristol, CT 06010
"The Future Heavies" return to Bleachers Sports Bar & Restaurant for the third time.
Located on the same road as ESPN, Bleachers has 22 beers on tap, the best burgers in town, wings, salads, sandwiches, and more. "The Future Heavies" will be playing three one hour sets of the best in new wave, pop, R&B, dance, and rock from the 1980s.
Maple Tree Cafe
|Friday, October 20th, 2017 9:00 PM|
781 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070
"The Future Heavies" return to perform for a second time at The Maple Tree Cafe, which has been a landmark in the beautiful town of Simsbury since 1895. The band will be playing three one hour sets of the best in new wave, pop, R&B, dance, and rock from the 1980s starting at 9pm.