Music: Fyfe and Stone presents Americana Fri., Nov. 3

Duo Fyfe and Stone play Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Nov. 3. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Fyfe & Stone is an Americana duo featuring dynamic acoustic instrumentation and rich harmony vocals. The Connecticut-based duo—composed of Lindsey Fyfe and David Sasso, presents audiences with inventive originals and creative covers—establishing a warm space for listening, thinking, and reflecting. In its sets, traditional early-American and British tunes sit comfortably alongside bluegrass and folk standards and contemporary Americana. Fyfe’s clear and homespun vocals match Sasso’s midwestern sound to lift songs up in careful harmony. Sasso’s songwriting is highlighted through sensitive arrangements of guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, and banjo.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Wednesday, Nov. 1. OLD-TIMEY/BLUES: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Thursday, Nov. 2. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: JOE MILLER

• Friday, Nov. 3. AMERICANA: FYFE AND STONE

• Saturday, Nov. 4, 7:30 PM. SOLO MODERN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER

• Sunday, Nov. 5, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Nov. 9. GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK: RICH MORAN

• Friday, Nov. 10. MODERN ROCK: NALANI & SARINA, CHASER EIGHT NAKED (PRESENTED BY AIM PRODUCTIONS)

• Saturday, Nov. 11, 7-10 PM (at ORDINARY tavern in New Haven): ART OPENING: “CREEPSHOW”—A BENEFIT FOR BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER with art by AUDREY NEFORES & NICK HURWITZ-GOODMAN

• Sunday, Nov. 12, 7 PM. FOLK: MINK, SOCK & LUTIE

• Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN (SOLD OUT!)

• Friday, Nov. 17. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Saturday, Nov. 18. BVFCC ANNIVERSARY GALA AT THE BALLROOM AT THE OUTER SPACE: 5 IN THE CHAMBER, OLIVE TIGER, NU HAVEN KAPELYE, THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Sunday, Nov. 19, 3 PM. JAZZ: TRIO 149

• Monday, Nov. 20, 7 PM. FILM SCREENING: “SON OF SAUL” (WITH TALK BY PROF. CHRISTOPHER SHARRETT)

• Friday, Nov. 24. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Thursday, Nov. 30. BLUEGRASS: EAST ROCK RAMBLERS

• Friday, Dec. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY PURRONE

• Sunday, Dec. 3, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Thursday, Dec. 7.ART SONG/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: OLIVE TIGER (SOLO), AN HISTORIC

• Friday, Dec. 8. BLUEGRASS: TWISTED PINE (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Saturday, Dec. 9. JAZZ/AVANT-GARDE: KLEPTOKRAT; WORLD MUSIC/FOLK: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

• Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY BEST VIDEO OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Dec. 14, 8 PM. JAZZ: PAUL SHANLEY

• Friday, Dec. 15. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE FURORS (CD RELEASE!)

• Thursday, Dec. 21. SURF MUSIC: THE CLAMS

• Friday, Dec. 22. HOLIDAY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SHOW: DUST HAT, BRONSON ROCK

• Friday, Jan. 5. AFRO-FUNK/ELECTRONICS: ENERGY

• Friday, Jan. 12, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: BEPPE GAMBETTA (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Friday, Jan. 19. BLUES ROCK: VANGE DURST

• Friday, Feb. 9. BLUEGRASS: JOE WALSH & SWEET LOAM

• Friday, Mar. 16. BLUEGRASS: ZOE & CLOYD (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

Music: Americana with Plywood Cowboy Wed., Jan. 11, at 8 PM

plywood_cowboy_webPlywood Cowboy plays Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Formed in 2015 in the Connecticut River Valley, Plywood Cowboy is poised to rewrite the American Songbook. “With great harmonies, clever songs & tasty guitar pickin’, Plywood Cowboy is one of the best new bands on the Americana scene,” says Chris Bergson, NY Blues Hall of Fame Inductee. Bottle fed on roots music, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter Steve Dedman and his band strike deep at the soul of American music with songs about hound dogs, heart strings, and the vice of the bottle.

Plywood Cowboy’s 2016 debut EP, Channel 33, was produced by Grammy-nominated artist, Ira Sakolsky. In Ira’s own words, the album delivers, “a musically compelling balance between smart, feelingful lyric and dynamically tasty sound.” The first single off the album, “Heartbreak Ready to Fall,” tells the story of an open mic romance, with a penetrating chorus line and driving Telecaster riff by guitarist Austin Gray. The album features Shane Tanner’s warm Fender bass lines, Ed Iarusso’s masterful pedal steel, and Emily Marcello’s powerful violin. Adding Jason Apostoleris’ exacting drum work to the band lineup, Plywood Cowboy’s music sits comfortably on the ears of its listeners.

The band has appeared numerous times on iCRV Radio and has been a featured band on WESU 88.1FM “Voice of the City.” They’ve also found the spotlight on a variety of stages — Connecticut venues including Infinity Hall and The Kate; destination venues from Monadnock Pumpkin Festival (NH) to Puckett’s (TN); and a festival lineup including Middletown Music Festival, Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival, and ICRaVE Music Fest.

Cowboys of the airwaves, no one in the band owns any cows. Not as of yet, at least. Steve learned to play guitar from his father, David, and family friend John Hanus, who would pick guitars and sing their favorite country songs over their CB radios, and take the time on Sundays to teach Steve how to pick in country-western style. From Kris Kristofferson to Lefty Frizzell, John and David taught a young Steve true American music. Few knew John by his real name, but many knew him by his CB handle, “Plywood Cowboy,” a reference to his day job hauling lumber around the northeast. Though both CB’ers have left the airwaves, it is through the band’s music that their influences will forever be heard.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Jan. 6. ACOUSTIC FOLK BLUES & MORE: VANGE DURST

• Saturday, Jan. 7. MUSIC OF “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Sunday, Jan. 8. GUITARTOWNCT MONTHLY FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Jan. 11. AMERICANA: PLYWOOD COWBOY

• Thursday, Jan. 12. FILM SCREENING: “LANDLORD” (WEB SERIES); INDIE ROCK: SPECTRAL FANGS

• Friday, Jan. 13. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Wednesday, Jan. 18. POSTMODERN JAZZ STANDARDS: MÉLANGE À TROIS

• Thursday, Jan. 19. GOTH/SHOEGAZE: TELEGRAM SCAM, AARON SNOW

• Friday, Jan. 20. BLUEGRASS: THE PAGE TURNERS (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)

• Thursday, Jan. 26. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: THE BOSSA NOVA PROJECT

• Friday, Jan. 27. ROOTS ROCK: BRONSON ROCK

• Saturday, Jan. 28. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Monday, Jan. 30. FILM SCREENING: SEAN KERNAN’S “CROW STORIES”

• Wednesday, Feb. 1. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & TONY LOMBARDOZZI

• Friday, Feb. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Feb. 9. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, Feb. 10. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING, MERCY CHOIR (solo)

• Thursday, Feb. 16. ALT-COUNTRY/ROCK: NO LINE NORTH

• Friday, Feb. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ALEX BLAIR

• Thursday, Feb. 23. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Friday, Feb. 24. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Saturday, Feb. 25. MUSIC: “SHALL WE TALK ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT?”

• Thursday, Mar. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, KATHY MUIR

• Friday, Mar. 24. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: BELLE OF THE FALL

Music: Alt-country band SepiaTone on Thurs., Dec. 8

sepiatone_webAmericana group SepiaTone plays their first Best Video Performance Space show on Thursday, Dec. 8. The music starts at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover.

SepiaTone is an American alternative rock band based in the CT River Valley. The band is the latest vehicle of local singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ike Hammond. Like the curled edges and warm hues of your favorite old photograph, SepiaTone transports the listener to another time and place. Put on like a wedding suit, somewhere between the high-planes drifter and the birth-of-the-cool metro-intellectual, this tight ensemble weaves searchlight imagery with mysterious shadow play, evoking the great American dream’s sonic landscape. Equal parts country-simple storytelling and esoteric cerebral illusion.

SepiaTone has self-produced three studio albums, and a multitude of live performances and experimental mixed tapes.

Members:

Ike Hammond – Singer/Songwriter, Mutli-instrumentalist, spent much of his formative years on the move, traveling, working odd jobs, and collecting snippets and scenes, characters, and vignettes of the dazzling highs and tragic lows of the great american spirit that alternately inhabit and haunt his now almost epic catalogue of songs. While living an itinerant, kerouac-ian lifestyle Ike cut eye-teeth on roots forms, folk and blues. Landing in Chicago, IL in the early 90’s, Mike spent several years studying Recording Arts and Technology at Columbia College, working nights in local clubs like the Double Door an the Cafe Metro, studying the great performances while learning to play, honing his story-teller style and songwriting craft. Mike has recently come full circle to dig deeper into his familial New England Roots, contributing to a robust, organic arts and music scene while leading his latest incarnation, SepiaTone. Mike is also owner/operator of CRS (Community Recording Services) producing record many local/regional original bands on Lousy Drunkard Records, the label which he recently cofounded with Havisham Wrenowlski.

Matt Bister – Guitar. Abstract Impressionist Painter, Photographer and diesel Mechanic. Matt is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer. He has proven himself as a performer, and equally important, as a supporter of live music.  his passion lies in experimental, avant-garde jazz. Whether it’s playing guitar or keyboards, his exploration of sounds and ideas are often through rhythmic and dissonant expression. Using both electronic effects and manipulation of the instrument itself, his original compositions and improvisational techniques are best heard live and in person. Matt contributes on keys, sax, drums and electric and acoustical guitars. Matt is currently on hiatus from his production company, “Broken Down Sounds” and jazz super group Gaslight Arkestra. Matt is a vintage keyboard enthusiast and junk collector.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Dec. 1. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: GLENN ROTH, SINGER-SONGWRITER: KRISTEN GRAVES

• Friday, Dec. 2. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES CD RELEASE SHOW, HANK HOFFMAN (solo)

• Sunday, Dec. 4. FREE FIRST SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM (PRESENTED BY GUITARTOWNCT)

• Monday, Dec. 5. MEMBER’S CHOICE FILM SCREENING: “PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID”

• Thursday, Dec. 8. AMERICANA: SEPIATONE

• Friday, Dec. 9. BLUEGRASS: DALE ANN BRADLEY BAND (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)

• Monday, Dec. 12. MEMBER’S CHOICE FILM SCREENING: “WINTER’S BONE”

• Thursday, Dec. 15. JAZZ: THE AFRO-SEMITIC DUO (DAVID CHEVAN & WARREN BYRD)

• Friday, Dec. 16. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Saturday, Dec. 17. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “THE GOONIES” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Monday, Dec. 19. MEMBER’S CHOICE FILM SCREENING: “CONTACT”

• Friday, Jan. 6. ACOUSTIC FOLK BLUES & MORE: VANGE DURST

• Saturday, Jan. 7. MUSIC OF “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Friday, Jan. 13. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Friday, Jan. 20. BLUEGRASS: THE PAGE TURNERS (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)

• Friday, Jan. 27. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Saturday, Jan. 28. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Friday, Feb. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Feb. 10. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Friday, Feb. 24. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

Music: Matt Wheeler, Goodnight Blue Moon Duo, Jon Schlesinger Sat., Nov. 5, 7:30 PM (UPDATED 11/5)

(Note: This post has been updated to correct the starting time from the originally posted time of 8 PM to the correct time of 7:30 PM.)

It’s a night of solo sets from Matt Wheeler of Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart and Jon Schlesinger of No Line North, and a duo set from Mat Crowley & Erik Elligers of Goodnight Blue Moon at Best Video Performance Space on Saturday, Nov. 5. Come out to hear some great singer-songwriters play some tunes in one of the best listening rooms around, Best Video Performance Space. The show starts at 7:30 PM and the cover is $5.

Matt Wheeler. Photo by Ed Polakoff.

Matt Wheeler. Photo by Ed Polakoff.

Pennsylvania-based Matt Wheeler’s songwriting has gained a reputation for its crisp, taut lyricism and poetic, honest approach, and for its ability to paint vivid pictures with words. Balance that with the rhythm section’s driving bass & drum groove together with the haunting and sweet strains of the violin and the cello, and you have an orchestral folk sound that will draw you in & reward repeated listens. Live shows add in Matt’s signature inviting & fun stage banter. Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart’s songs have sparked the interest of WXPN, WJTL, Fig Magazine, Fine Living Lancaster, Good Day PA, Fox 43, & numerous other media outlets.

Mat Crowley (left) and Erik Elligers (right) of Goodnght Blue Moon.

Mat Crowley (left) and Erik Elligers (right) of Goodnght Blue Moon.

Goodnight Blue Moon is an indie-folk band from New Haven, Connecticut that has been playing together since 2009. Instrumentation includes cello, violin, mandolin, guitar, banjo, upright bass, trumpet, and drums, which support rich vocal harmonies. With songs that range from Americana and bluegrass-based traditional folk to through-composed and orchestrated pop, Goodnight Blue Moon’s style is eclectic, thoughtful, and danceable at the same time. Goodnight Blue Moon songwriters Erik Elligers and Mat Crowley will play as a duo at this show.

Jon Schlesinger.

Jon Schlesinger.

Jon Schlesinger is the principal singer/songwriter for Connecticut based No Line North, a band that cultivates a blend of psych-folk/garage rock & americana into a uniquely unified sound. He’ll be playing solo acoustic and incorporating loops and other effects to re-interpret originals and covers for this show.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Oct. 28. HALLOWEEN SILENT FILM SCREENING WITH LIVE SCORE: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT PLAYS TO “NOSFERATU”

• Saturday, Oct. 29. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “SPIRITED AWAY” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Sunday, Oct. 30. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE”

• Wednesday, Nov. 2. RECEPTION TO HONOR FRANZ DOUSKEY AS HAMDEN’s FIRST POET LAUREATE

• Thursday, Nov. 3. ROCK: ROPE, THE TOMMYS

• Saturday, Nov. 5. AMERICANA: MATT WHEELER, GOODNIGHT BLUE MOON DUO, JON SCHLESINGER

• Sunday, Nov. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE ASPHALT JUNGLE”

• Wednesday, Nov. 9. NORDIC/CELTIC FOLK MUSIC DUO: WKFORS & MOSSMAN

• Thursday, Nov. 10. BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER GALA FIRST ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT (at The Ballroom at The Outer Space)

• Friday, Nov. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FERNANDO PINTO PRESENTS JESSE TERRY & CALLAGHAN

• Sunday, Nov. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE AFRICAN QUEEN” (1 PM)

• Sunday, Nov. 13. KLEZMER JAM (6 PM)

• Wednesday, Nov. 16. IMPROVISATION/AVANT-GARDE: TOM BLANCHART, CHRIS CRETELLA, ZACH ROWDEN

• Thursday, Nov. 17. LITERARY READING: ALICE MATTISON

• Saturday, Nov. 19. JAZZ JAM with ALLEN LOWE, JEFF FULLER & ED CERCONE

• Wednesday, Nov. 23. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: DANIEL BACHMAN, ALEXANDER

• Friday, Nov. 25. BLUEGRASS/TRADITIONAL COUNTRY: DAVE PETERSON (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)

• Saturday, Nov. 26. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Wednesday, Nov. 30. JAZZ: URI SHAHAM TRIO

• Thursday, Dec. 1. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: GLENN ROTH

• Friday, Dec. 2. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES CD RELEASE SHOW

• Friday, Dec. 9. BLUEGRASS: DALE ANN BRADLEY BAND (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)

• Friday, Dec. 16. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Saturday, Dec. 17. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “THE GOONIES” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Friday, Jan. 6. ACOUSTIC FOLK BLUES & MORE: VANGE DURST

• Friday, Jan. 13. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Saturday, Jan. 28. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

Americana singer-songwriter Angela Easterling to play Wed., Sept. 30, at 8 PM

Angela_Easterling_WebTouring award winning songwriter Angela Easterling plays Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Angela Easterling lives with her partner and their young son on the SC farm that has been in her family since 1791. She is a three-time Kerrville New Folk Finalist, a Telluride Troubadour Finalist and a two-time Wildflower Performing Songwriter Finalist.

The Boston Herald named her song “The Picture”  “Best Political Country Song” in their Year’s best music. Roger McGuinn, of the Byrds, called her “a bright shining star on the horizon!” and went on to say, “Her CD brought me back to the time the Byrds recorded ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo — tradition meets youthful exuberance.

With her new album, “Common Law Wife,” acclaimed Americana singer-songwriter Angela Easterling clearly spells out the direction her life has taken in recent years. “Now I’m a common law wife, living out my life/I ain’t got no license, I’m a common law wife,” Easterling sings on the classic country-styled title track, joyfully explaining the relationship she now has with her longtime musical collaborator Brandon Turner.

Recorded with Joe Pisapia (Guster, k.d. lang, Drew Holcomb) at his Middletree Studios in Nashville, “Common Law Wife” – in addition to sparkling multi-instrumental performances by Turner – features some of Music City’s finest musicians, including Will Kimbrough, Fats Kaplin, Dave Jacques and Paul Griffith.

Among the album’s highlights is “Isaac Woodard’s Eyes,” which Easterling was inspired to write after learning about the real life story of an African-American World War II veteran who was savagely beaten and blinded by police officers in South Carolina just hours after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1946.

Throughout her career, beginning with her 2007 debut album, “Earning Her Wings,” which was chosen as “Americana Pick of the Year” by Smart Choice Music,” Easterling has embraced her heritage in a big way as a writer and an artist. Her second album, 2009’s “BlackTop Road,” debuted on the Americana Top 40 chart, where it remained for seven weeks, and it was chosen as a top pick in both Oxford American and Country Weekly.

Over the years, Easterling has opened for or appeared on stage with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sarah Jarosz, Lucinda Williams, Charlie Louvin, Elizabeth Cook, Robbie Fulks, Mary Gauthier, Ray Price, Suzy Bogguss, Ellis Paul, Radney Foster, the Oak Ridge Boys and Lori McKenna.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Sept. 18. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DAPHNE LEE MARTIN, CHRIS KILEY

• Wednesday, Sept. 23. ROCK: MAD RIVER CITY

• Friday, Sept. 25. INDIE ROCK: THE RIGHT-OFFS

• Wednesday, Sept. 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANGELA EASTERLING

• Thursday, Oct. 1. TRIP HOP: THE FOREST ROOM, HIP-HOP: CHEF THE CHEF

• Friday, Oct. 2. ROCK: HOLIDAY PING

• Monday, Oct. 5. FILM SCREENING: ELIHU RUBIN’S & ELENA OXMAN’S “ON BROADWAY”

• Wednesday, Oct. 7. ROCK ‘N” ROLL: THE BUTTONDOWNS

• Thursday, Oct. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI, BEN PARENT

• Friday, Oct. 9. JAZZ: THE JOVAN ALEXANDRE TRIO

• Wednesday, Oct. 14. INDIE ROCK: CHRISTOPHER MIR

• Thursday, Oct. 15. SOLO GUITAR/CD RELEASE: GLENN ROTH

• Friday, Oct. 16. TOURING SINGER-SONGWRITERS: LINDA WATERFALL, DEAN STEVENS

• Wednesday, Oct. 21. ROOTS ROCK: BRONSON ROCK

• Thursday, Oct. 22. GARAGE SOUL: ELISON JACKSON

• Friday, Oct. 23. ALT-COUNTRY: TANNERSVILLE

• Thursday, Oct. 29. SYNTH POP/ROCK: MISSION ZERO

• Friday, Oct. 30. HALLOWEEN SILENT FILM SCREENING WITH LIVE SCORE: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

• Wednesday, Nov. 4. OLD TIMEY/SWING: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Friday, Nov. 6. RAGTIME/BLUES: THE RED HOTS

• Wednesday, Nov. 18. FILM SCREENING: THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

 

Music: Rootsy Americana music with The Hellwigs on Wed., Apr. 22, at 8 PM

Hellwigs_WebThe Hellwigs play Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Apr. 22, rescheduled from last month. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

The Hellwigs are Bruce and Loralee Crowder founding members of Mercy Meadows. They have teamed up with local talents and neighborhood friends; Caroline Schmidt on violin, Jason Johannesen on guitar and vocals and Ted Whitten on bass guitar. They render eclectic selections of modern American roots music for therapy and musical oasis.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Apr. 10. ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Wednesday, Apr. 15. SYNTH-POP: MISSION ZERO

• Thursday, Apr. 16. GUITAR INSTRUMENTALS: BILL BECKETT; INDIE FOLK: XAVIER SERRANO

• Friday, April 17. WPKN BENEFIT

• Wednesday, Apr. 22. AMERICANA/ROOTS: THE HELLWIGS

• Thursday, Apr. 23. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC MUSIC: PRESTER JOHN featuring SHAWN PERSINGER & DAVID MILLER

• Friday, Apr. 24. BLUEGRASS: THE KOREY BRODSKY BAND

• Thursday, Apr. 30. INDIE ROCK: loom

• Friday, May 1. FILM FEST: “A DARK ROOM”

• Thursday, May 7. JAZZ: SAMUEL SUGGS

• Friday, May 8. INDIE ROCK: SPECTRAL FANGS

• Thursday, May 14. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, May 15. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Thursday, May 21. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, May 22. ROCK: NOTHING SPECIAL

• Thursday, May 28. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM

• Friday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Friday, June 26. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Friday, July 17. PIANO POP/PAINTING: POCKET VINYL

• Wednesday, Aug. 26. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

 

Music: Americana from The Hellwigs, Fri., Mar. 20, at 8 PM

The Hellwigs play Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Mar. 20. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

The Hellwigs are Bruce and Loralee Crowder founding members of Mercy Meadows. They have teamed up with local talents and neighborhood friends; Caroline Schmidt on violin, Jason Johannesen on guitar and vocals and Ted Whitten on bass guitar. They render eclectic selections of modern American roots music for therapy and musical oasis.

Loralee and Bruce Crowder of The Hellwigs.

Loralee and Bruce Crowder of The Hellwigs.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Mar. 13. BLUEGRASS: THE WOOL HATS STRING BAND

• Monday, Mar. 16. FILM SCREENING: “NOW, VOYAGER”

• Wednesday, Mar. 18. MODERN ROCK SPOKEN WORD SONGSTRESS/INDIE FOLK ROCK: SHADOW & COMPANY

• Thursday, Mar. 19. RAGTIME/BLUES: THE RED HOTS

• Friday, Mar. 20. ALT-COUNTRY: THE HELLWIGS

• Monday, Mar. 23. FILM SCREENING: “UP IN THE AIR”

• Thursday, Mar. 26. ROCK: LA TUNDA

• Friday, Mar. 27. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Monday. Mar. 30. FILM SCREENING: “A LATE QUARTET”

• Thursday, April 2. ROCK/POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Friday, Apr. 3. AVANT-GARDE: FUCHSPRELLEN

• Wednesday, Apr. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Apr. 9. 150th ANNIVERSARY OF APPOMATTOX/FOLK MUSIC: SHELDON CAMPBELL

• Friday, Apr. 10. ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Friday, April 17. WPKN BENEFIT

• Thursday, Apr. 23. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC MUSIC: PRESTER JOHN featuring SHAWN PERSINGER & DAVID MILLER

• Friday, Apr. 24. BLUEGRASS: THE KOREY BRODSKY BAND

• Friday, May 1. FILM FEST: “A DARK ROOM”

• Wednesday, Aug. 26. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

Music: Stacy Phillips-Paul Howard Duet to play Thurs., Nov. 6, at 8 PM

Stacy Phillips, left, and Paul Howard, right

Stacy Phillips, left, and Paul Howard, right

The Stacy Phillips-Paul Howard Duet play the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Nov. 6. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $7.

Stacy Phillips and Paul Howard have been elite members of the American acoustic music community for many years. They continue to combine their talents to create an exciting style they call Neo-Urban Traditional Music, a combination of the sensibility of traditional music through the lens of an urban upbringing.

The duo performs a wide range of material—jazz, Caribbean dances, Hawaiian hulas, bluegrass, calypso and East European gypsy music as well as their unique, original compositions. Stacy Phillips and Paul Howard have done several tours of Europe and the West Coast and have two CDs, one self-titled and the other, “Neo Urban Traditions”.

Stacy Phillips is an internationally acclaimed dobro player and violinist.  He has performed with  Bela Fleck  David Bromberg, Mark O’Connor, Leon Redbone, Peter Rowan, and others    Stacy has three solo albums and is a Grammy award winner for his playing on the album “The Great Dobro Sessions.”

Stacy’s playing is celebrated for his singular techniques, eclecticism and humor. He is a regular contributor to several music magazines including Strings and Guitar Player and is the editor of the online magazine Fiddle Sessions. He is also the author of over thirty music books dealing with various aspects of violin and dobro playing which are acknowledged as the standards in their field.

Paul Howard is a veteran of the New England music scene. He has three guitar instruction books and two videos published by Alfred Publishing .  Paul brings an energized vocal and guitar style drawing from swing, country, jazz and pop to the duo.  He is one of the finest rhythm guitarists in the world.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Sunday, Oct. 19. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “ANNIE”

• Wednesday, Oct. 22. INDIE POP: PLAYFIGHT

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

• Sunday, Oct. 26. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “SHORT CIRCUIT”

• Wednesday, Oct. 29. ECLECTIC POP: MISSION ZERO

• Thursday, Oct. 30. “SONGS OF MISERY, DESPAIR & THE SUPERNATURAL”: DAVID, SHELDON AND GAIL

• Sunday, Nov. 2. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN”

• Monday, Nov. 3. FILM SCREENING: “THE JEWISH CARDINAL”

• Thursday, Nov. 6. NEO-URBAN TRADITIONAL MUSIC: THE STACY PHILLIPS-PAUL HOWARD DUET

• Friday, Nov. 7. INSTRUMENTAL ROCK: THE SIX PACK DUTCHMEN

• Monday, Nov. 10. FILM SCREENING: “A PRICE ABOVE RUBIES”

• Tuesday, Nov. 11. TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA: FRANZ DOUSKEY & RICH MORAN, JR.

• Wednesday, Nov. 12. JAZZ: DAVID CHEVAN & WARREN BYRD

• Thursday, Nov. 13. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, JASON PRINCE

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

• Monday, Nov. 17. FILM SCREENING: “I CONFESS”

• Thursday, Nov. 20. FILM SCREENING: “SEVEN DAYS IN MAY”

• Friday, Nov. 21. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: BECKY KESSLER (Violent Mae), SAM PERDUTA (Elison Jackson)

• Monday, Nov. 24. FILM SCREENING: “BABETTE’S FEAST”

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

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

• Thursday, Dec. 4. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT

• Friday, Dec. 5. BLUEGRASS: PHANTOMS OF THE OPRY

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

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

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

 

Music: Goodnight Blue Moon to play Wed., Oct. 8, at 8 PM

GNBM_Field_WebThe renowned Americana band Goodnight Blue Moon plays the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Oct. 8. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Goodnight Blue Moon, from New Haven, Connecticut, writes pop songs on folk instruments. By combining 60’s vocal harmonies, traditional roots influences, and catchy orchestrated melodies, GNBM is what New England Americana sounds like. Having already shared the stage with folk heavy weights (Spirit Family Reunion, Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Frank Fairfield), they play high energy and dynamic sets that get an entirely packed room dancing and singing along.

Goodnight Blue Moon released How Long, their critically-acclaimed debut full length record, in March, 2012. Recorded in Lyric Hall Antiques and Restoration and mixed at Tarquin Studios by Greg Giorgio, How Long was a testament to the original vision of Elligers, Matlack and Crowley, featuring a riveting blend of 60’s orchestral pop and folk, indie folk, and bluegrass.  CT.com gushed:

They have successfully merged styles and sounds that, at first glance on paper, probably shouldn’t work.  But by sheer will and muscle they’re proving that with enough talented players in your troupe that you can take great songs, structure them any damn way you please and create a unique and enjoyable listening experience.

CT.com also included How Long on their annual year-end list of the best Connecticut albums of 2012.

2013 brought more accolades for Goodnight Blue Moon as they were voted by Connecticut music fans as the “Best Folk/Traditional Band” at the 2nd Annual Connecticut Music Awards.  They were one of a very small handful of bands to be nominated in multiple categories, including the “Best Overall Band” category.  They were also invited to perform at the ceremony on the prestigious Bushnell Theater stage, along with knockout performances at the annual CT Folk Festival, The Block Island Music Festival, The Meriden Daffodil Festival, and venues all across New England.

2014 brings with it the promise of more music from Goodnight Blue Moon as the band readies for a January release of their newest EP, A Girl I Never Met, a six-song venture further into the hearts and minds of listeners.  This release is followed by a heavy schedule of live performances and festival appearances including spots already secured on Hartford’s Emerge Festival and the Podunk Bluegrass Festival.

Watch the official video for Goodnight Blue Moon’s song “Captain’s Church”:

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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

• Friday, Sept. 26. INDIE ROCK: SPIT-TAKE, THE SHRINNIRS

• Sunday, Sept. 28. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE”

• Monday, Sept. 29. FILM SCREENING: “A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT”

• 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

• Sunday, Oct. 5. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “FLY AWAY HOME”

• Monday, Oct. 6. FILM SCREENING: “CAST AWAY”

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

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

• Sunday, Oct. 12. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “BABE”

• Monday, Oct. 13. FILM SCREENING: “CAPE FEAR” (Original)

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

• Friday, Oct. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: KATH BLOOM with TOM HANFORD; BOP TWEEDIE

• Sunday, Oct. 19. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “ANNIE”

• Monday, Oct. 20. FILM SCREENING: “DELIVERANCE”

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

• Friday, Oct. 24. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI; JAY PRINCE

• Sunday, Oct. 26. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “SHORT CIRCUIT”

• Monday, Oct. 27. FILM SCREENING: “THE SWIMMER”

• Wednesday, Oct. 29. ECLECTIC POP: MISSION ZERO

• Thursday, Oct. 30. “SONGS OF MISERY, DESPAIR & THE SUPERNATURAL”: DAVID, SHELDON AND GAIL

• Sunday, Nov. 2. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN”

• Monday, Nov. 3. FILM SCREENING: “The NIGHT OF THE HUNTER”

• Thursday, Nov. 6. BLUEGRASS: THE STACY PHILLIPS-PAUL HOWARD DUET

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

• Thursday, Nov. 20. FILM SCREENING: “SEVEN DAYS IN MAY”

Music: Goodnight Blue Moon on Thursday, Nov. 29

Goodnight Blue Moon is an indie-folk band from New Haven, Connecticut that has been playing together since 2009. Instrumentation includes cello, violin, mandolin, guitar, banjo, upright bass, trumpet, and drums, which support rich vocal harmonies. Their style ranges from Americana and bluegrass-based traditional folk to through-composed and orchestrated pop.

Goodnight Blue Moon includes guitarist and singer, Erik Elligers (Pencilgrass, Mountain Movers), singer and mandolin player, Mathew Crowley (Dudley Farm String Band), Nancy Matlack Elligers on cello and banjo, Sean Elligers on trumpet and vocals, and Carl Testa (Uncertainty Music Series) on upright bass.  The group recently added Vicki Wepler on violin, Nick D’Errico on drums, and Sean Milnes on banjo.  This latest rendition of the group may get a bit crowded on stage, but the new line-up is the most energetic and full sounding yet.

GNBM released How Long, their first full length record, in March, 2012.  Recorded in Lyric Hall Antiques and Restoration and their apartment, the new album includes mostly originals and also features a full string section on several songs. The group was recently featured on Connecticut Public Radio’s “Where We Live” program.

In their previous two visits to the Performance Space the band has played as a quartet with acoustic guitar, mandolin, cello and upright bass. This time they will bring their expanded ensemble.

The music starts at 8 PM and the cover charge is $5. The Best Video Coffee & Wine Bar will be open, serving specialty coffees, wine and beer.

Check out Goodnight Blue Moon performing in the studios of Connecticut Public Radio:

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

•Wednesday, Dec. 5. APOCALYPTIC POP: THE GRIMM GENERATION

• Thursday, Dec. 6. WORLD MUSIC/PSYCHEDELIC: SUPER TRANCE

• Sunday, Dec. 9. KIDS’ HOLIDAY MATINEE

• Wednesday, Dec. 12. ELECTRIC ROCK: HAPPY ENDING featuring Best Video’s RICHARD BROWN & HANK HOFFMAN

• Thursday, Dec. 13. POP PUNK: NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION

• Wednesday, Dec. 19. CARIBBEAN/FOLK: MIMOSA

• Thursday, Dec. 20. ROCKABILLY: BIG FAT COMBO