Music & Film: Al Howard to play Fri., Aug. 29, at 8 PM; also screening of film “I Clown Open” by Phineas I. Gack

Al_Howard_beachball_WebAl Howard performs at Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Sept. 29. Howard’s set will be followed by a screening of the short absurdist film “I Clown Open” by the mysterious filmmaker  Phineas I. Gack. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Al Howard has been performing his songs in the New Haven area for about a decade. Many years ago, in the Hartford Advocate, Dan Barry wrote, “His songs were stuffed with wit so dry that a stray ember might have lit a forest fire: ‘I made a peace sign for the President / He was dead / He had to find the top of his head.’ His songs were a feast for the eyes. Howard’s patterned, deliberate delivery gave listeners time to envision each of his lyrical paintings. ‘Al’s, like, this Zen songwriter,’ Peter Riccio [of The Sawtelles] whispered in my ear during Howard’s first set. And like the Zen painters who try to wring the most meaning from the fewest possible strokes, Howard left the bulk of his work to his listeners.”

“I Clown Open” is rated L12—whatever that means—and “may be too intense for younger children but may intensify protracted childhoods.”

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Aug. 20. BLUEGRASS: DUDLEY FARM STRING BAND

• Thursday, Aug. 21. ROCK: ROPE, JAMES VELVET

• Friday, Aug. 22. CABARET: RICH MORAN

• Thursday, Aug. 28. FREE IMPROV: FUCHSPRELLEN

• Friday, Aug. 29. INDIE ROCK & FILM SCREENING: AL HOWARD

• Wednesday, Sept. 3. CARIBBEAN/POP: LUKE RODNEY, FILM BY PHINEAS I. GACK

• Thursday, Sept. 4. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Friday, Sept. 5. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Wednesday, Sept. 10. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Thursday, Sept. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, JACKET THOR

• Friday, Sept. 12. CHORAL ROCK, INDIE ROCK: THE DRESS-UPS (CD RELEASE!), THE SAWTELLES

• Wednesday, Sept. 17. NEO-FOLK/RAGTIME: AMY KUCHARIK

• Thursday, Sept. 18. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Friday, Sept. 19. INDIE ROCK: EURISKO

• Wednesday, Sept. 24. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, Sept. 25. JAZZ: THE ELLIGERS BROTHERS

• Friday, Sept. 26. INDIE ROCK: THE SHRINNIRS

• Wednesday, Oct. 1. SINGER-SONGWRITER: NAMOLI BRENNET

• Thursday, Oct. 2. ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC/JAZZ: GEORGE LESIW BAND

• Friday, Oct. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: DAPHNE LEE MARTIN, HANNAH FAIR

• Wednesday, Oct. 8. AMERICANA: GOODNIGHT BLUE MOON

• Thursday, Oct. 9. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Oct. 15. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN of MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Thursday, Oct. 23. CABARET/SPOKEN WORD: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY

• Friday, Nov. 14. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

Music: The Furors, Al Howard on Thurs., June 20, at 8 PM

Furors_live_at_Best_Vid_electricNew Haven rock ‘n’ roll legends The Furors will perform on Thursday, June 20, with musician Al Howard opening the show. 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.

Al Howard will open with a short set of his original music. Many years ago, in the Hartford Advocate, Dan Barry wrote, “His songs were stuffed with wit so dry that a stray ember might have lit a forest fire: ‘I made a peace sign for the President / He was dead / He had to find the top of his head.’ His songs were a feast for the eyes. Howard’s patterned, deliberate delivery gave listeners time to envision each of his lyrical paintings. ‘Al’s, like, this Zen songwriter,’ Peter Riccio [of The Sawtelles] whispered in my ear during Howard’s first set. And like the Zen painters who try to wring the most meaning from the fewest possible strokes, Howard left the bulk of his work to his listeners.”

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Thursday, June 13. INDIE ROCK: THE MOUNTAIN MOVERS

• Wednesday, June 19. CABARET: RICH MORAN

• Thursday, June 20. INDIE POP: THE FURORS, AL HOWARD

• Wednesday, June 26. INDIE ROCK: THE JELLYSHIRTS

• Thursday, June 27. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, MARK MIRANDO

• Wednesday, July 10. ACOUSTIC FOLK: SHELDON CAMPBELL

• Thursday, July 11. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Wednesday, July 17. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Wednesday, July 18. CLASSICAL GUITAR: ORPHÉE RUSSELL

• Wednesday, Aug. 7. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, Aug. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ILANA ZSIGMOND