Music: Closing the year with The Sawtelles, Solin on Wed., Dec. 30, at 8 PM

Our Performance Space year opened with a show by The Sawtelles on Jan. 2 and closes with a show by the same group on Wednesday, Dec. 30. The show starts at 8 PM with an opening set by Solin Luciano 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.

Solin aka Pat Luciano has been on the local and extended music scene for 40+ years. Known for his versatility, he always knows how to captivate his audience. Long-time friend of producer Jon Brion (Aimee Mann, Elliott Smith), he has played with big acts such as Aimee Mann , Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, and has also both headlined and opened at Toads Place many times.

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Solin is also noted for his years of performance as John Lennon in the legendary off Broadway Beatlemania. Solin still has regular appearances at Cafe Nine but has been working on a new LP soon to come. Rejoining the live music scene full time now as he begins to wrap up his newest album.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 30. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES, SOLIN

• Thursday, Jan. 7. JAZZ: MICHAEL COPPOLA

• Friday, Jan. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Monday, Jan. 11. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “THE WALK”

• Thursday, Jan. 14. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, Jan. 15. SPACE ROCK: LANDING, COLORGUARD

• Monday, Jan. 18. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON”

• Monday, Jan. 25. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “PAWN SACRIFICE”

• Thursday, Jan. 28. BLUEGRASS: THE DUDLEY FARM STRING BAND

• Monday, Feb. 1. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “EVEREST”

• Friday, Feb. 5. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: MERCY CHOIR, PAGEANT DOVE

• Monday, Feb. 8. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “SICARIO”

• Friday, Feb. 12. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Monday, Feb. 15. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “SUFFRAGETTE”

• Friday, Feb. 19. GUITARISTS/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: RANDY COLLINS, IAN ETHAN CASE

• Monday, Feb. 22. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “99 HOMES”

• Friday, Feb. 26. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Friday, Mar. 4. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Friday, Mar. 11. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER

• Thursday, Mar. 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI

 

Music: Milksop: Unsung uncorks some psycho-folk on Fri., Dec. 18, at 8 PM—Last Ever Performance!

Milksop_Unsung_BV_112814_WebMilksop: Unsung plays their own bluegrass/folk music like a punk band. Or vice versa. But it’s all acoustic and wildly lively. And they will be playing it at Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Dec. 18, in what will be—alas—the band’s last performances. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

What is “psycho-folk?” The best way to find out is to come to see and hear New Haven band Milksop: Unsung.  Members of the group are Dan Carrano (mandolin, acoustic guitar), T.J. Jackson (acoustic guitar, banjo), Greg Perault (upright bass) and Mike Paolucci (percussion). With that instrumentation, it should be no surprise that the band’s roots are in bluegrass and Americana. But they put their own 21st-century twisted twist on those forms.

Or, you can use this description of Milksop: Unsung’s music from their Bandcamp page: “a greasy-diner omelet of Folk, Swing, Rock, and Blues, performing original and eccentric arrangements augmented by witty humor, blistering energy, and found percussion.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 30. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES, SOLIN

• Friday, Jan. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Jan. 14. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, Jan. 15. SPACE ROCK: LANDING, COLORGUARD

• Thursday, Jan. 28. BLUEGRASS: THE DUDLEY FARM STRING BAND

• Friday, Feb. 5. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: MERCY CHOIR, PAGEANT DOVE

• Friday, Feb. 19. GUITARISTS/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: RANDY COLLINS, IAN ETHAN CASE

• Friday, Feb. 26. ALT-COUNTRY: NO LINES NORTH

• Friday, Mar. 11. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER

• Thursday, Mar. 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI

Music: Brian Dolzani to play Wed., Dec. 16, at 8 PM

Brian_Dolzani_WebSinger-songwriter Brian Dolzani plays Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Dec. 16.The show starts at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover.

Brian Dolzani is a classic troubadour in the lineage of Dylan, Petty, Browne, and Young, and he has put his years of songwriting experience into his latest record, “A Place That I Can Feel.” With his split of Northern-bred and Southern-heart, Brian is consistently on the road, from New England, up and down the east coast, to Nashville, the Midwest, and Texas, hitting many prime Americana venues, listening rooms, and record store in-stores along the way, widening the reach of his highly personal songs and engaging live performances.

Brian was born and raised in Connecticut, where he lives with his wife and young family. With his split of Northern-bred and Southern-heart, Brian is consistently on the road, from New England, up and down the east coast, to Nashville, the Midwest, and Texas, hitting many prime Americana venues, listening rooms, and record store in-stores along the way, widening the reach of his songs and highly engaging live performances.

The music that Brian was exposed to early on was through his dad’s record collection, mostly Beatles and Beach Boys, and the first record Brian’s father gave him was Elvis Costello and the Attractions’ ‘Get Happy!!’. ‘I knew nothing of Elvis Costello at the time, and the neon LP cover was a bit weird,’ Brian laughs, ‘but I knew one thing, that my dad had great musical taste.’ Brian lost his father in a car accident shortly after this initial musical exposure, when Brian was just fifteen. In Brian’s memory, that’s the exact moment the universe (more specifically, his grandmother) gave him an acoustic guitar, and he, like most teenagers, yet with understandably more angst and confused and hurt feelings, channeled his life into music. Even though that was a long time ago, the artistic personality never quite lets go, and is still able to conjure up these deep feelings of longing and loss, such as in the song ‘How Long’ from this new record (‘I can’t wait / to see you again / how long / how long’).

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 30. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES, SOLIN

• Friday, Jan. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Jan. 14. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, Jan. 15. SPACE ROCK: LANDING, COLORGUARD

• Thursday, Jan. 28. BLUEGRASS: THE DUDLEY FARM STRING BAND

• Friday, Feb. 5. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: MERCY CHOIR, PAGEANT DOVE

• Friday, Feb. 19. GUITARISTS/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: RANDY COLLINS, IAN ETHAN CASE

• Friday, Mar. 11. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER

• Thursday, Mar. 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI

Music: The Shellye Valauskas Experience plays Fri., Dec. 11, at 8 PM

Shellye_Valauskas_BV_040215_WebThe Shellye Valauskas Experience returns to Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Dec. 11. The festivities commence at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Shellye Valauskas is a sweet songwriter who cares for catchy rhythms and hooks. Her CD “Box It Up,” recorded with her band The Shellye Valauskas Experience, is a box of secrets, surprises and delights. By the time she formed the band, vocalist/guitarist Shellye Valauskas was an established solo performer, winning the New Haven Advocate’s Grand Band Slam readers’ poll and rating a slot in New York’s CMJ Marathon.

As her songwriting collaborator and bandmate, she enlisted ace guitarist Dean Falcone, who’s served the Connecticut music scene since the early ’80s with Jon Brion in The Excerpts, his own Dean and the Dragsters, and a host of others. Valauskas’ and Falcone’s shared love for the intelligent, heartwarming yet punchy pop of Crowded House, The Posies and Aimee Mann, as well as the burgeoning Americana movement, helped them nail a distinctive yet accessible radio-friendly sound from the start.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Sunday, Dec. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“PATHS OF GLORY”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 9. JAZZ: THE THELONIOUS MONK PROJECT BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)

• Friday, Jan. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Jan. 15. SPACE ROCK: LANDING, COLORGUARD

• Thursday, Jan. 28. BLUEGRASS: THE DUDLEY FARM STRING BAND

• Friday, Feb. 5. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: MERCY CHOIR, PAGEANT DOVE

Music: Coda Blue, folk and blues, on Thurs., Dec. 10, at 8 PM

Coda_Blue_Cafe_nine_WebThe trio Coda Blue play at Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Dec. 10. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $10.

Coda Blue brings together three New Haven area musicians to play their unique arrangements of blues, country and folk songs, as well as some originals.

The members of this trio have played in a variety of settings and each brings a wealth of understanding and experience to their performances.

Louis Audette on bass provides a solid foundation for the music. He started out playing with the Grey Sky Boys and then with the Greenbriar Boys. He chose not to follow that band when they hit the road to back Joan Baez. As he explains it, he was “tied to the mast.” He helped Frank and Barbara Shaw to start the popular bluegrass band Shoregrass. He has played in other bands: CornBread, the Moonshiners, Fairfield Crossing, and Chicks ‘n Sync. Louis is also a member of the ZuZazz String Orkestra.

James Weisser adds guitar and vocals to the mix. He has been known to pull out a blues harp. He will sometimes double on mandolin or concert ukulele. He is half of the songwriting duo of Nyren and Weisser. James founded the duo Woodrock with Steve Nyren. The duo performed in many of the venues in and around New Haven. As a founding member of the Dudley Farm String Band he played guitar and provided the lead vocals.

Ron Guerrette, an acoustic finger style and slide guitar player also known to torture an electric guitar from time to time, has played in many settings. The name of the trio is derived from Ron’s uncanny “ability” to tag any song with an unusually long ending. These inventive codas challenge an audience to determine if a song has reached its conclusion. Ron provides vocals as needed.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Sunday, Dec. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“PATHS OF GLORY”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 9. JAZZ: THE THELONIOUS MONK PROJECT BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)

• Friday, Jan. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Jan. 15. SPACE ROCK: LANDING, COLORGUARD

• Thursday, Jan. 28. BLUEGRASS: THE DUDLEY FARM STRING BAND

• Friday, Feb. 5. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: MERCY CHOIR, PAGEANT DOVE

Jazz: The Monk Project Band performs Wed., Dec. 9, at 8 PM

Steve Asetta, saxophonist with The Monk Project Band

Steve Asetta, saxophonist with The Monk Project Band

Jazz quartet The Monk Project Band plays Best Video Performance space on Wednesday, Dec. 9. The music starts at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover.

Thelonious Monk composed 70 songs yet it seems only three or four are regularly performed.

The bulk of the material requires careful attention to harmonic rhythms and unconventional meter and chord changes. As technical as this all sounds this music can be enjoyed with no prior knowledge as it contains humor and beauty in equal measure.

The Monk Project Band is dedicated to learning the entire Monk songbook and has begun with a wide assortment of tunes and an assortment of rhythms that reflect individual players’ experiences in Afro Pop, Latin, Blues, African and Salsa bands. The quartet is comprised of saxophonist Steve Asetta, keyboardist Will Iannuzzi, percussionist Ned Grant and bassist Bill Mangan.

Their Thelonious Monk repertoire is rounded out by lesser known material byTadd Dameron, Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn, Herbie Nichols and others.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Sunday, Dec. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“PATHS OF GLORY”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 9. JAZZ: THE THELONIOUS MONK PROJECT BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)

• Friday, Jan. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Jan. 15. SPACE ROCK: LANDING, COLORGUARD

• Thursday, Jan. 28. BLUEGRASS: THE DUDLEY FARM STRING BAND

• Friday, Feb. 5. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: MERCY CHOIR, PAGEANT DOVE

Music: Classical performance by Ravenna Michalsen and Bethany Wilder Fri., Dec. 4, at 8 PM

Michalsen_Wilder_WebCellist Ravenna Michalsen and violist/violinist Bethany Wilder—both of whom teach at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven—play Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Friday, Dec. 4. The program starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Michalsen and Wilder will play a program of Bach duos, Beethoven “Eyeglasses Duet”, Mozart and Albrechtsberger.

Bethany Wilder is an eager contributor to the Connecticut arts scene as a performer and mentor. An active freelancer, Bethany enjoys chamber music collaborations of all sorts, and is a perennial sub for local groups, including the Eastern Connecticut Symphony and the Mostly Baroque players in Glastonbury.

Ms. Wilder holds a Master of Music degree in viola and Suzuki pedagogy from the Hartt School, where she was a member of 20/20, Hartt’s select chamber music program. Her Bachelor of Music degree is from the University of Denver. Prior to her time at the Lamont School, Bethany spent two years in France and Switzerland studying French and chamber music.

In her role as mentor, Ms. Wilder has a private violin/viola studio in New Haven; she is also on the faculty of the Neighborhood Music School. In her free time she enjoys hiking and reading (but not at the same time.)

Ravenna Michalsen is a cellist and an active participant in the Connecticut musical scene. She teaches a large studio of fantastic cello students and ensembles both privately and at Neighborhood Music School. Ravenna holds a BA and MA from Yale University and an MA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and occasionally translates short Tibetan Buddhist works.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Nov. 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Sunday, Nov. 29. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“THE KILLING”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Sunday, Dec. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“PATHS OF GLORY”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 9. JAZZ: THE THELONIOUS MONK PROJECT BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)

Music/Multi-media: Avmus on Thurs., Dec. 4, at 8 PM

avmusphoto_WebElectronic musician Avmus performs Thursday, Dec. 4, at Best Video Performance Space. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Avmus is the audio/visual work of CT native, John C. Miller. For the past 15 years Miller has been creating a sense of a distant planet where Avmus serves as the soundtrack.  The 1950’s film, ideology, and early electronic music influence the audio and visuals of Avmus.

The music is created on guitar, synth, and violin that is sampled, tweaked, re-sampled and possibly tweaked once or twice more only to be re-sampled several more times using an old 4-track and Ableton Live.  The process is as important as the product. A genre that Avmus fits in is hard to find, but for a generic label, electronic will suffice. Think Add N to (X) meets Tom Dissevelt and Kid Baltan’s “The Fascinating World of Electronic Music” with a strong influence of Caribou.

“…a joyfully psychedelic listen, perfectly suited for solo space expeditions without leaving the comfort of your chair and high-end, isolating headphones.”  – Paul Belbusti, No Nutmeg

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Nov. 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Sunday, Nov. 29. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“THE KILLING”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Sunday, Dec. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“PATHS OF GLORY”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 9. JAZZ: THE THELONIOUS MONK PROJECT BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)

Music: Mark Mirando, Dick Neal, Bob Csugie—songwriters in the round—Wed., Dec. 2, at 8 PM

Singer-songwriters Mark Mirando, Dick Neal and Bob Csugie play Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Mark Mirando started his music career in New Haven Connecticut playing in the legendary “Dogs”, a group that was well know for their originals as well as carefully chosen, well crafted covers.

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Mark concentrates on original music now, although he’ll pull out a Beatles gem on occasion – and he’s recorded with no less than Beatle Ringo Starr.   Mark played guitar and sang backup vocals on Ringo’s releases, “Ringo-Rama”, “Choose Love”, and two of Ringo’s greatest hits CD’s, “Photograph” and “Ringo 5.1”.

He performs the east coast singer songwriter circuit working both solo and also with his band and also travels to Nashville to write, record and perform with Nashville’s top songwriters including Georgia Middleman and Connecticut’s own Gary Burr. Mark’s latest CD is titled “Now That You Mention It” and it features such guest artist as Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman, Jim Photoglo, Victoria Shaw and Stealing Angels (Caroline Cutbirth, Jennifer Wayne, Tayla Lynn). One of Mark’s song’s, “What More Do You Want?” was recorded by Kristin Chenoweth and was released on her latest cd titled “Some Lessons Learned.”

Dick Neal is a student of music, songwriting, record production, and live performance. A multi-instrumentalist (guitar, 5-string banjo, mandolin, dobro, slide), he has been privileged to make a living as a musician and to work in a wide variety of musical settings and styles.

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Dick appears regularly in concert as a sideman for any number of acts, and also as a regular member of the bluegrass band HOE. His newest band is the bluegrass combo Phantoms of the Opry, who will play Best Video in December. As a solo artist and songwriter, he has released 2 CD’s of original music, HOE and Beacon. Several of his compositions have been recorded by other singers.

Bob Csugie has been performing as part of the bluegrass and acoustic scenes in Connecticut for over 20 years. Among his roles has been playing upright bass with The Anne Marie Menta Band.

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Sunday, Nov. 22. FILM SCREENING/BLACK LIVES MATTER BENEFIT: “ANNE BRADEN: SOUTHERN PATRIOT”

• Friday, Nov. 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Sunday, Nov. 29. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“THE KILLING”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: MARK MIRANDO, DICK NEAL, BOB CSUGIE

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Sunday, Dec. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“PATHS OF GLORY”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 9. JAZZ: THE THELONIOUS MONK PROJECT BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)

New Mark Schenker lecture series focusing on the films of Stanley Kubrick starts Sun., Nov. 29; reservations strongly suggested

Stanley_Kubrick_WebIn this second installment of his series “How to Read A Film,” Mark Schenker of Yale College presents four lectures on “The Films of Stanley Kubrick.” All four lectures will be held on consecutive Sunday afternoons at 2 PM, starting on Sunday, Nov. 29. Admission to each lecture is $7.

Reservations are highly recommended.

Kubrick (1928-1999) was, like Alfred Hitchcock — the subject of Mark Schenker’s first series here at Best Video — one of the world’s greatest filmmakers. And he provides a nice counterbalance to the older director in that Hitchcock was born in England and emigrated to America to continue his movie-making, while Kubrick was born in the U.S. and moved permanently to England in 1962, going on to write and direct more seven films after leaving Hollywood.

Mark will be discussing four Kubrick films, a pair from each side of that divide: The Killing (1956);  Paths of Glory (1957);  Dr. Strangelove (1964), and Barry Lyndon (1975).

Nov. 29: “The Killing”

Dec. 6:   “Paths of Glory”

Dec. 13: “Dr. Strangelove”

Dec. 20: “Barry Lyndon”

Mark Schenker’s lectures are accompanied by clips from the films to illustrate the points he is making. His previous lectures on the films of Alfred Hitchcock and the historical context in which the TV series “Downton Abbey” took place were erudite and entertaining.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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

• Thursday, Nov. 19. DARK FOLK: ELISA FLYNN; SOUL PUNK: AN HISTORIC

• Friday, Nov. 20. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Sunday, Nov. 22. FILM SCREENING/BLACK LIVES MATTER BENEFIT: “ANNE BRADEN: SOUTHERN PATRIOT”

• Friday, Nov. 27. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Sunday, Nov. 29. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“THE KILLING”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Sunday, Dec. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“PATHS OF GLORY”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 9. JAZZ: THE THELONIOUS MONK PROJECT BAND

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE

• Friday, Dec. 11. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Dec. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“DR. STRANGELOVE”)

• Wednesday, Dec. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BRIAN DOLZANI

• Friday, Dec. 18. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Sunday, Dec. 20. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—FOUR BY STANLEY KUBRICK (“BARRY LYNDON”)