New Best Video t-shirts now on sale at the store—a great gift idea!

The new Best Video t-shirts are in stock and they look great. Check out Best Video manager Richard Brown in the black t-shirt. This design—which is taking the Paris fashion houses by storm (or should be)—is also available on a red shirt with the design in black.

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It is the perfect gift for the movie fan and Best Video supporter in your household or among your circle of friends. Best Video staffer Rob Harmon came up with the idea for the front upper left design—a simple statement, “I saw it at Best Video.”

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Design for the front of the t-shirt

The t-shirts are only $15 and are still available in medium, large and extra-large sizes. There may well be a re-order if these sell out so if you need a different size, call the store and let us know and we will see if we can accommodate you.

Music: The Sawtelles, Happy Ending Duo (Best Video’s Richard Brown and Hank Hoffman) on Fri., Jan. 2, at 8 PM

Best Video Performance Space kicks off its 2015 programming on Friday, Jan. 2, with a show featuring husband and wife duo The Sawtelles and the Happy Ending Duo, comprised of Best Video’s own Richard Brown and Hank Hoffman. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

The music of husband and wife duo the Sawtelles is a balance of four elements: alternate-tuned guitar, stand-up drum kit (ala Velvet Underground’s Mo Tucker) and two voices. Sparse but intricately arranged pop that is as lush as it is threadbare makes what is played as important as what isn’t. Peter plays guitar and Julie plays drums; they both sing. Their sparse but intricately arranged pop is as lush as it is captivatingly unique.

The Sawtelles

The Sawtelles

Their self-produced DYI philosophy aligns them more with the hand painted Sun Ra LP’s of 1950’s and 60’s then it does with those striving for mainstream commercial success. They have released 6 CDs.

Happy Ending usually plays electric rock ‘n’ roll, mixing original compositions influenced by garage rock, folk rock and psychedelia—oftentimes with a political slant—with cover songs from the 1960’s and 1970’s. But for this show, band members Hank Hoffman and Richard Brown will play in a more stripped down, semi-acoustic mode.

Happy Ending Duo: Richard Brown, left, and Hank Hoffman, right

Happy Ending Duo: Richard Brown, left, and Hank Hoffman, right

Happy Ending has released three albums. The most recent, “Electricity for the Youth of Today,” was recorded live at Best Video Performance Space in December of 2013. The vinyl LP and 45 “Have A Nice Day” came out in 1984 and the compact disc “Smile for the Camera” in 1996. John Foster, editor of Op Magazine, described “Have A Nice Day” as a “future cult item for the collectors.” Hank Hoffman sings and plays guitar; Richard Brown plays guitar and alto saxophone. Tom Smith is on drums and Randy Stone plays bass. Happy Ending also has a Facebook page.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Dec. 18. POST-PUNK: ZOO FRONT, KEVIN MF KING

• Friday, Dec. 19. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Friday, Jan. 2. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES, HANK HOFFMAN & RICHARD BROWN

• Sunday, Jan. 4. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “NOTORIOUS”

• Wednesday, Jan. 7. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: CRISTINA HARRIS, PATRICK DALTON

• Friday, Jan. 9. MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

• Sunday, Jan. 11. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “STRANGERS ON A TRAIN”

• Wednesday, Jan. 14. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Thursday, Jan. 15. SOLO ACOUSTIC GUITAR: ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Jan. 16. INDIE ROCK: MERCY CHOIR

• Sunday, Jan. 18. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “REAR WINDOW”

• Sunday, Jan. 25. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “NORTH BY NORTHWEST”

• Friday, Jan. 30. JAZZ: URI SHAHAM

• Friday, Feb. 6. EXPERIMENTAL: RIVENER, LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

• Friday, Mar. 6. ELECTRIC JAZZ: NICK DiMARIA’S WiRED

Hank’s Recommendations 12/16/14

hank_paperHANK’S PICKS 12/16/14

WINTER’S BONE

WINTER’S BONE was my favorite movie of 2011. An independent film that only grossed seven million dollars, it rocketed Jennifer Lawrence to fame (SILVER LINING PLAYBOOK, THE HUNGER GAMES franchise) and made a supporting star of John Hawkes. I saw it three times (a recommendation right there). Nothing can be as perfect (to my mind) as this film, but all of the films below partake, to some good extent, of its setting and virtues. (Yes, even — and perhaps especially — Jerry Lee Lewis.)

JOE

Nicholas Cage has had, as they say, a storied career. For the last ten years, due to personal financial trouble, he’s been an action hero in second-rate films that — since they don’t rely heavily on character and dialogue — play well in international markets. But do you remember LEAVING LAS VEGAS (he won the Best Actor Oscar for that), MOONSTRUCK, ADAPTATION, GUARDING TESS, RED ROCK WEST, WILD AT HEART, RAISING ARIZONA (The Coen Brother’s second movie), PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, BIRDY? All Nicholas Cage headliners that feature his great acting range.

Well, Nicholas Cage is back — in JOE, a small independent film about a hard-drinking ex-con with anger management issues who finds himself taking on a 15 year old boy trying to escape a violent father. In this emotionally powerful drama, Cage is a firm but empathetic foreman of a Mississippi crew that clandestinely poisons trees for a lumber company that wants to plant stronger pines. But he’s got a decent stake and a shot at redemption. Can he make a move toward a stronger self?

OUT OF THE FURNACE

A beautiful rural part of the country is disintegrating under war and the economy in OUT OF THE FURNACE, and so is Christian Bale, a decent man with a violent past trying to lead a life of integrity. He’s abiding by his own work ethic through a meaningless job at a steel mill while loyally trying to protect his impulsive, self-destructive brother (Casey Affleck) — just returned from Iraq — from his involvement in a crime gang. Unfortunately for Bale, decency, integrity and loyalty only seem to point him to an act of revenge he doesn’t want to take.

Made by Scott Cooper, the writer/director of CRAZY HEART, the film features an amazing cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, the ubiquitous Sam Shepard, and Woody Harrelson as a bad-to-the-bone crime gang leader whose very presence on the screen raises anxiety.

LAST MAN STANDING

Rick Bragg just came out with a biography of Jerry Lee Lewis (reviewed in this week’s NYTimes Book Review by Stephen King), but, in a sense, the real bio is this DVD, JERRY LEE LEWIS: LAST MAN STANDING. Boogieing through a wide selection of material, this generous live show features on-the-money performances of his hits along with duets with a dozen top tier music stars (including Willie Nelson, Ron Wood, Buddy Guy, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, John Fogerty and Kid Rock).

Some of these pairings, as with Tom Jones, and with Norah Jones, would seem to be unlikely, which only proves the point of his talent: “the Killer” is smooth as silk with whomever he plays with and whatever the material. His voice styling is unique and his piano playing pyrotechnic and, yes, gorgeous (he never even glances at the keys, only at his partners).

The man is an iconic confluence of boogie-woogie, country, rock ‘n’ roll and gospel, all drenched in the blues; he even invests fresh feeling in old chestnuts such as “The Green, Green Grass of Home,” “Over the Rainbow, and “That Lucky Old Sun.” He may not literally be “the last man standing” of his generation of greats (there’s Mick Jagger, for one), but his resilience is unpredictable and explosive.

And since it’s the holiday season, you can special order a copy from Best Video for your favorite cousin.

Music: Zoo Front, Kevin MF KING on Thurs., Dec. 18, at 8 PM

Zoo Front

Zoo Front

Zoo Front plays the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Dec. 18. Singer-songwriter Kevin MF King opens. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Zoo Front has been playing its quirky art punk shows since 1991 including such venues as Brass City Records (Waterbury), The Oasis and The Bank Street Cafe (New London), Best Video Performance Space (Hamden), Two Boots (Bridgeport), Neverending Books (New Haven), Javapalooza, Eli Cannon’s and Kliekolo (Middletown)as well as Oobahs, Wrench In The Works, The Annex, Willimantic Records, The Willimantic Coop and various street fests (Willimantic).

Zoo Front music has been heard on WESU, WCNI, WNHU, WECU, and, WHUS.

The band has released 4 full length albums (Warble & Trill, Betty Luna, Blunt Trauma, & Open Up Your Cage), as well as 2 EPs (Edna 14:1 and Kevin 13).  Their next full length release is scheduled for the first half of 2015. Among their influences are Television, XTC, Ramones, Psychedelic Furs, Kinks, and of course, The Beatles.

Current performing members are:  Ed Ekendu, Nancie Tief, and Julie Riccio.

Kevin MF King

Kevin MF King

Kevin MF King’s songs run amok with topics such as work drudgery, self-reflection, escapism, the debauchery displayed in modern politics and the process of human interaction, at times using fictional folk tales to tell a story, others just beautiful instrumentals. KMFK has more than 100 self-recorded songs regularly distributed on self-released hand-stamped cds.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Dec. 11. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Monday, Dec. 15. FILM SCREENING: “VISION”

• Wed., Dec. 17. HOLIDAY/NEO-SOUL: THE HUMAN RACE

• Thursday, Dec. 18. POST-PUNK: ZOO FRONT, KEVIN MF KING

• Friday, Dec. 19. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Friday, Jan. 2. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES, HANK HOFFMAN & RICHARD BROWN

• Sunday, Jan. 4. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “NOTORIOUS”

• Wednesday, Jan. 7. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: CRISTINA HARRIS, PATRICK DALTON

• Friday, Jan. 9. MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

• Sunday, Jan. 11. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “STRANGERS ON A TRAIN”

• Wednesday, Jan. 14. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Thursday, Jan. 15. SOLO ACOUSTIC GUITAR: ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Jan. 16. INDIE ROCK: MERCY CHOIR

• Sunday, Jan. 18. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “REAR WINDOW”

• Sunday, Jan. 25. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “NORTH BY NORTHWEST”

• Friday, Jan. 30. JAZZ: URI SHAHAM

• Friday, Feb. 6. EXPERIMENTAL: RIVENER, LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

Music: Holiday neo-soul from The Human Race Wed., Dec. 17, at 8 PM

Dane Scozzari

Dane Scozzari

The Human Race performs a holiday-themed show at Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Dec. 17.The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

The Human Race is an American jazz/neo soul band led by Dane Scozzari. A graduate of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz, Scozzari has performed and recorded with several world-renowned musicians including Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Rick Germanson, Sue Terry, Kris Allen, Ted Levine, Walter Gwardiak, Saskia Laroo and Warren Byrd.

The Human Race began as a college project in 2010, under the direction of drummer/composer Dane Scozzari. Since then, The Human Race has performed in Connecticut and Massachusetts, at venues such as Integrity ‘n’ Music, Cafe Nine, The Red Door Theatre and the Hartford Public Library. In addition to live appearances, the group has performed on Better Connecticut on WFSB Channel 3 hosted by Kara Sundlun and Scot Haney and In The Groove: Jazz and Beyond on WHUS 91.3 FM hosted by Ken Laster.

The Human Race has released two albums, “Profile of Humanity” (2010) and “It’s Christmastime Again” (2012) are available for purchase at BandCamp.com in both physical and digital formats.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Dec. 11. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Monday, Dec. 15. FILM SCREENING: “VISION”

• Wed., Dec. 17. HOLIDAY/NEO-SOUL: THE HUMAN RACE

• Thursday, Dec. 18. POST-PUNK: ZOO FRONT, KEVIN MF KING

• Friday, Dec. 19. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Sunday, Jan. 4. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “NOTORIOUS”

• Wednesday, Jan. 7. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: CRISTINA HARRIS, PATRICK DALTON

• Friday, Jan. 9. MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

• Sunday, Jan. 11. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “STRANGERS ON A TRAIN”

• Wednesday, Jan. 14. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Thursday, Jan. 15. SOLO ACOUSTIC GUITAR: ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Jan. 16. INDIE ROCK: MERCY CHOIR

• Sunday, Jan. 18. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “REAR WINDOW”

• Sunday, Jan. 25. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY HITCHCOCK: “NORTH BY NORTHWEST”

• Friday, Jan. 30. JAZZ: URI SHAHAM

• Friday, Feb. 6. EXPERIMENTAL: RIVENER, LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

Rob Harmon’s Picks 12/9/14

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Season’s Greetings from Best Video!

“Good times and bum times, I’ve seen ‘em all, and, my dear, I’m still here.” – Follies

Random cashier observations from behind the counter at Best Video on a recent, bustling Saturday night:

The door swings open and shut, swishing leaves and chilly air about the entryway as people rush in and out throughout the evening. Kate, at the coffee shop, keeps things lively as she perks her customers up with hot coffee, snacks, and conversation.

A family, new to the store, receives recommendations on Miyazaki films – no, not from my co-worker Mike and I – but from other customers milling about in the kid’s room! (Truly, recommendations can come from anywhere at Best Video.) Off in the direction of Top Hits the boisterous sound of voices rises above the din of the music throughout the night as classmate bumps into classmate, friend into friend, and neighbor into neighbor, even as others mutely scan the shelves of new releases looking for… what exactly? (They’ll know it when they see it!)

A group of teenagers comes in looking for THE WARRIORS and I cannot help but smirk to myself, remembering that I, too, was once a teenager about to see THE WARRIORS for the very first time. Lucky them! A man looking for a fourth title for the four movies/four nights deal finally decides upon CREEPSHOW but he cannot find it in Horror or Best Horror: Mike directs him to the George Romero section in Directors.

Meanwhile, a woman cannot find the taped stage version of Kaufman and Hart’s THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER with Nathan Lane where it usually resides in Performance/Drama: “That’s over in the holiday section in Top Hits,” I tell her. Another customer checks out THE REF, confiding that it is the only holiday film he will watch this Christmas season.

In this day and age of brick-and-mortar stores shuttering their doors, while online streaming services generate movie “recommendations” through algorithms and endlessly cut back on their inventories, Best Video is still here. That is something we should all be grateful for this holiday season.

Yes, to paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of our demise have been greatly exaggerated. Best Video was the anti-Blockbuster, just as today we are the anti-Netflix and the anti-Redbox. I will write it one more time, if only just to savor it:

Best Video is still here.

Unquestionably, the greatest Christmas present we here in the Hamden/New Haven area can give ourselves is a robust and healthy Best Video for many years to come. The cost of such a gift is your continued business: it may be only a rental or two a week, DVDs or BluRays ordered for purchase (especially with the holidays approaching), a cup of coffee, or the cover charge for a musical performance or screening, but it is needed. The modesty of such actions belies their power.

Do you remember the character old Fezziwig in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol?” A generous and gregarious businessman, Fezziwig hosts a rollicking party — at his own expense — for the benefit of the community on Christmas Eve, and his beaming nature seems to lift the entire neighborhood up. As Scrooge wistfully recalls it so well, though this contribution was a modest one, it was “quite as great as if it cost a fortune.”

With a healthy Best Video we are all rich throughout the year.

Neglected Holiday Treasure: REMEMBER THE NIGHT (dir. Mitchell Leisen, 1940)

If you are looking for a little something to snuggle up with this holiday season check out 1940’s REMEMBER THE NIGHT, with screenplay by Preston Sturges, the last he would write, in fact, before directing his own feature films beginning with THE GREAT McGINTY.

The story concerns Lee Leander (Barbara Stanwyck), arrested for shoplifting a bracelet just before the Christmas holiday in New York City. Slick assistant D.A. John Sargent (Fred MacMurray) is assigned to prosecute and, recognizing that the jury will be unlikely to convict a woman just before the holiday, shrewdly has the trial put off until after Christmas.

However, realizing that Leander will now have to spend Christmas behind bars, he gamely bails her out before driving home to Indiana to visit his mother (Beulah Bondi), aunt (Elizabeth Patterson), and cousin (Sterling Holloway). Recognizing that Leander, too, is from Indiana, and, further, taking pity on her as she has nowhere else to go, he invites her along for the road trip. Cue: romance!

Leisen is one of the few directors in Hollywood who worked his way up from the art and costume departments and it shows: his films tend to be classy, well-produced affairs, and often well-acted, as in this case. Stanwyck and MacMurray would team up a number of other times, most memorably of course in Billy Wilder’s DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944), but also in Douglas Sirk’s excellent THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW (1956). Reportedly, Sturges was so impressed with Stanwyck on the set of this film that he promised to one day pen a screwball comedy for her, resulting in that gem-of-all-gems, THE LADY EVE (1941)!

REMEMBER THE NIGHT is, in many ways, a journey through an American landscape that no longer exists: the action may begin and end in the big city, but its heart is in the countryside, small country back-roads, snow-covered farms, fireplaces, and simple, homespun family values which fill the middle section.

But do not be fooled into thinking that this is mere holiday schmaltz: within REMEMBER THE NIGHT, as with many of Sturges’ other films, beats a very adult heart, and the ending may surprise. Still, the movie exercises moments of perfectly-attuned sentiment, such as the scene where Stanwyck plays the song “A Perfect Day” on the Sargent family piano, with Holloway singing and the rest of the family later joining in. A perfect day, indeed: Leander has at last found a home far from the shriek of car brakes and horns, yet the pain which suddenly registers on her face is a recognition that somewhere — far away — the jury awaits.

For another great Preston Sturges film set around the holidays, also check out the madcap, hilarious MIRACLE OF MORGAN’S CREEK (1944)!

Film screening: “Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen” on Mon., Dec. 15, at 7 PM

Vision_WebBest Video Performance Space screens the 2009 Margarethe von Trotta-directed film “Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen” on Monday, Dec. 15. The screening begins at 7 PM and admission is $5. Elizabeth A. Dreyer, professor emerita of religious sudies at Fairfield University and an adjunct  professor at Hartford Seminary, will present the film and lead the optional post-film discussion.

“Vision” presents the story of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th century Christian mystic, Benedictine nun, composer, writer and scientist. A Renaissance person before the Renaissance.

Roger Ebert wrote:

As embodied here by the powerful presence of Barbara Sukowa, she was a considerable woman, and succeeded in gaining almost everything she desired, despite a church hierarchy controlled by men. From the age of 4, she reported visions of God, and as these continued, they gave her authority and won her followers. Indeed, although in a cloister, she was permitted to go on speaking journeys and became quite widely known.

From Stephen Holden’s review in The New York Times:

“Vision” offers a hard-headed view of 12th-century religiosity in which church politics and money conflict with the characters’ asceticism. It portrays Hildegard as a passionate humanitarian and a lover of nature who is shocked and disgusted by the mortification of the flesh through rituals like self-flagellation and extreme fasting… The film meticulously ticks off Hildegard’s accomplishments. She composed Gregorian chants, fragments of which are heard in the film. She was a playwright whose lyrical drama, “Ordo Virtutum” is excerpted in a scene in which the nuns, as they were allowed to do on certain holidays, frolic in silk gowns and jewels. She was a scholar who amassed a library at a time when books were rare and difficult to obtain, and she was a practitioner of holistic medicine with advanced knowledge of herbal healing.

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Elizabeth A. Dreyer is the author or editor of nine books, including Making Semse of God: A Woman’s Perspective, and has written extensively on topics such as medieval theology and spirituality, women’s spirituality, and contemporary lay spirituality. Hildegard von Bingen is one of the subjects of Professor Dreyer’s most recent book, Accidental Theologians: Four Women Who Shaped Christianity.

Hank’s Recommendations 12/2/14

hank_paperOUR TV WATCH

Ever since that game-changer, THE SOPRANOS, TV has found itself in a second Golden Age of television: cable shows and HBO movies that don’t have to pander to commercial sponsors, that don’t have to broadcast inoffensive series and films targeted to a dumbed-down, common denominator demographic — shows that offer sophisticated adult fare, that have given freedom to the writer rather than the director in becoming the creative moving force.

It’s hard, of course, to follow on that masterpiece BREAKING BAD, but we’ve come close, at home, with HOMELAND, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, HOUSE OF CARDS and, as a Bronx-born Jersey boy raised in the 50s, my favorite series, MAD MEN.

We’ve recently come late to IN TREATMENT, a finely focused, character-oriented series about a psychotherapist and his patients. We’ve relished each shot (and he’s in most of them) of Gabriel Byrne’s sympathetic, emotively responsive face engaging his therapy patients, engagements that allow us to get involved in their slowly revealed life histories and, hopefully, progress. (Each disc makes up a week of therapy sessions with the five regular patients; four or five discs comprise a season.)

This HBO series was adapted from the original Israeli TV series that starred Assi Dayan (yes, Moshe’s son) as the psychotherapist. What is particularly clever in this series is the way it eventually opens up what would otherwise be a staid structure by, in part, coming to focus on the doctor himself — his restive home-life and questioning of his own abilities. While it took us (as is often the case with ultimately rewarding series) two or three episodes to get into, we found it richly and thoroughly absorbing throughout its four seasons.

Finally, on the cutting edge of TV viewing, we have been totally taken with the HBO series, FARGO, more exploration than exploitation of the multi-Oscar winning movie. While not directed by the Coen Brothers, they are executive producers of the show. It has their whimsical fingerprints all over it. With a superbly gifted cast, humorously surreal plot and engagingly bleak Minnesota atmosphere (it was actually filmed in Alberta), this offbeat character-oriented mystery thriller offers adult fare and one surprise after another that exemplifies how all these TV series invite addictive binge-viewing. Fair warning: these series are hazardous to your free time.

Music: Bluegrass with Five in the Chamber on Thurs., Dec. 12, at 8 PM

5_in_the_Chamber_BV_022014_WebFive in the Chamber play the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Dec. 12. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Five in the Chamber is a New Haven, CT-based rollicking bluegrass and old-time string band with a rocking edge. Brought together through a series of music festivals during the Summer of 2011, the band quickly galvanized and established itself as a staple in the area’s emerging Bluegrass scene. With tight arrangements, unique harmony vocals, and a shared passion for writing original music as well as studying and reinterpreting the bluegrass song book, Five in the Chamber brings a fresh and exciting twist to the bluegrass repertoire. The band released their debut album in the Fall of 2013 entitled Live in the Chamber to rave reviews.

Band members are Ken McEwen (Guitar, Vocals), Andrea Asprelli (Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals), Dave Casali (Bass, Vocals), Pete Kaufman (Banjo) and Sean Mack (Mandolin).

Among their influences are Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, Jimmy Martin, J.D. Crowe and The New South, Del McCoury, John Hartford, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Bob Dylan, The Band, Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Steve Earle and Gillian Welch.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Nov. 28. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Monday, Dec. 1. FILM SCREENING: “DOUBT”

• Thursday, Dec. 4. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT

• Friday, Dec. 5. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Monday, Dec. 8. FILM SCREENING: “THE END OF THE AFFAIR”

• Thursday, Dec. 11. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Monday, Dec. 15. FILM SCREENING: “VISION”

• Thursday, Dec. 18. POST-PUNK: ZOO FRONT, KEVIN MF KING

• Friday, Dec. 19. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Friday, Jan. 9. MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

• Wednesday, Jan. 14. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

Music: Just announced! The Furors to play Wed., Dec. 3, at 8 PM

The Furors

The Furors

New Haven rock ‘n’ roll legends The Furors will perform on Thursday, Dec. 3. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover charge is $5.

Comprised of guitarist Derek Holcomb and drummer Tom Dans—Holcomb sings lead and Dans harmonizes—The Furors have been playing together for over three decades. They have self-released numerous vinyl 45s, a vinyl LP and several compact discs. Their catalog is so beloved among local musicians that a tribute album, “Let’s Get Furious,” was released in 2003 featuring 38 Furors songs covered by 38 local musicians and groups.

The Furors’ music is joyful, quirky three-minute pop, like a cross between They Might Be Giants and early British Invasion rock ‘n’ roll.

UPCOMING EVENTS:• Friday, Nov. 28. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Monday, Dec. 1. FILM SCREENING: “DOUBT”

• Wednesday, Dec. 3. NEW HAVEN ROCK LEGENDS: THE FURORS

• Thursday, Dec. 4. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT

• Friday, Dec. 5. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Monday, Dec. 8. FILM SCREENING: “THE END OF THE AFFAIR”

• Thursday, Dec. 11. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Monday, Dec. 15. FILM SCREENING: “VISION”

• Wed., Dec. 17. HOLIDAY/NEO-SOUL: THE HUMAN RACE

• Thursday, Dec. 18. POST-PUNK: ZOO FRONT, KEVIN MF KING

• Friday, Dec. 19. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Friday, Jan. 9. MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

• Wednesday, Jan. 14. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS