The Score settles in at Arbor Park Aug. 7

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Ellington - posted Fri., Jul. 29, 2011
The Score will bring an expansive library of classic rock songs to its performance at Arbor Park on Aug. 7. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

There is a very strong likelihood that you could hear your favorite song played at The Score's performance at Arbor Park on Aug. 7.

Bassist/co-founder Matt Aliberti said the classic rock cover band's wheelhouse is anything from 1965 to 1985, but they will also venture into Motown.

“We do everything from Elvis to Jason Mraz and Rob Thomas,” Aliberti said. “We can play all kinds of stuff.”

Aliberti said people at their shows often call out songs, and rarely stump the band.

“We try to cater to whatever they want,” he said.

The band has played together since 2003, although it underwent one name change – the group was previously known as Firewaterand has played in bars, town concerts, corporate events and private parties, as well as for charity events. A hobby for the members, the band plays about 15 gigs per year.

“Our wives would kill us if we played every weekend,” Aliberti said.

The members are all teachers, stemming from three of them having once worked together at East Hartford Middle School.

The Score's live shows are high-energy, and encourage a lot of audience participation. The band typically hands out tamborines and other percussion instruments for people, especially kids, to play along.

“Sometimes we've even brought kids up on stage with us,” Aliberti said. “We're very interactive. On certain songs, I'll jump around like a lunatic. Whatever gets the energy level up with the crowd.”

Aliberti said the band played in Ellington last summer, and enjoyed the experience, despite Mother Nature.

“The park is beautiful,” he said. “The crowd was small because the weather was not kind, and it was about 100 degrees.”

Whatever the conditions, Aliberi promises a good time.

“If you want to hear some good, party classic rock,” he said. “Come on down and bring your dancing shoes.”

The Score plays a free show at Arbor Park in Ellington on Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. For more information, visit, or

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