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The New York City band Heap hits New London Saturday for a performance in the Six String Cafe (formerly the Bank Street Cafe).
But it's more than just another tour stop.
Leader Tim Heap is a native who graduated from New London High School and Connecticut College before taking his guitar to the Apple to create joyous, raucous pub rock. Heap has released albums such as "Oddball," "On the Cheap" and "Live @ Arlene's Grocery" for Rave On Records, the local label started by the now-defunct band The Reducers. Expect fresh Heap material as well as old reliables - and the usual high-energy stage show.
Part of the magic of this night, though, will be a short performance, sandwiched between Heap sets, by a new band called The 3-Pack - a trio comprised of ex-Reducers Peter Detmold, Tom Trombley and Hugh Birdsall.
Fans of both acts will of course realize that Thanksgiving weekend shows by The Reducers and, frequently, Heap were a big tradition. This will be an emotional, exuberant night.
- RICK KOSTER
Heap, 9 p.m. Saturday, Six String Cafe, 639 Bank St., New London; with The 3-Pack; $5; (860) 444-1444, six-string-cafe.com.