Music: Elegant Primates play Best Video Thurs., June 8

Elegant Primates play Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, June 8. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Elegant Primates make original music drawing on pop, ska, Afro-pop, soul, jazz and bossa nova influences.  The band began as a duo founded by guitarist Dave Provolo and bassist Rob Nelson in 2006, when they released their first CD “Swimming Since Birth,” an ambitious 26-song set. The band became a trio when they were joined by drummer Christian Ponce, a founding member of Ecuadorian punk pioneers El Retorno de Exxon Valdez. This trio made its live debut in 2012 at the legendary Cake Shop on Ludlow Street in Greenwich Village.

In 2014, the trio was joined by multi-instrumentalist Yotisse Williams, son of Bridgeport jazz icon Ralph Yohuru Williams.  Yotisse sings and plays marimba, piano, cuica, congas and guiro.  The group added the astonishing Argentinian-born trumpeter Gaston Kasin in 2016.  This year, Elegant Primates were joined by Haitian-Dominican singer and songwriter Kathianna Celestin, who adds her electric and charismatic vocals to the mix.

Elegant Primates have appeared at Terminal 110 and Stella Blues in New Haven, the 2013 Kent Hollow Music Festival, Branford’s Blackstone Auditorium, Two Boots in Bridgeport, the 2015 Sidewalk Art Festival in Bridgeport, the Country Tavern in Guilford and the 2016 Branford Festival.  For one night only in 2016, they shared the stage with Talking Heads percussionist Steve Scales, who brought his signature energy and funk to their original music.  They have also been featured on WPLR’s Local Bands show.

With exciting polyrhythms and lush harmonies, Elegant Primates make pop music for the 21st century.  Come ready to groove.

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

• Thursday, June 1. INDIE ROCK: IF JESUS HAD MACHINE GUNS

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN WITH JOE CARTER & TIM MORAN

• Sunday, June 4, 3 PM. CAMERA! ACTION! FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Wednesday, June 7. ALT-COUNTRY: LEFT ON SCARLET STREET, SINGER-SONGWRITER: RON SPEARS

• Thursday, June 8. WORLD MUSIC: ELEGANT PRIMATES

• Friday, June 9. ALT-COUNTRY: PAT STONE, BOX OF BIRDS, THE PROUD FLESH

• Saturday, June 10. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE

• Sunday, June 11. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, June 14. INIDIE ROCK: SPIT-TAKE

• Thursday, June 15. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DAVID BROOKS (OF THE STREAMS)

• Friday, June 16, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Wednesday, June 21. PROGRESSIVE FOLK: FE FI FO, SINGER-SONGWRITER: KRIZTA MOON

• Thursday, June 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND; CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL MUSIC: THE CHRIS CHILDS TRIO

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Wednesday, June 28. ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC IMPROVISATION: NOAH & DAVID CHEVAN

• Thursday, June 29. POST-MODERN JAZZ/VOCALS: MÉLANGE À TROIS

• Friday, June 30. BLUEGRASS: THE DUDLEY FARMS STRING BAND

• Friday, July 7. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE RIGHT OFFS

• Friday, July 14. ROCK: ROPE

• Friday, July 21. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANA MERRITT

• Wednesday, July 26. MUSIC FROM “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRES OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Friday, July 28. WORLD MUSIC: NEELA

• Wednesday, Aug. 2. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Wednesday, Aug. 9. EXPERIMENTAL: HUMAN FLOURISHING

• Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN & HER BAND

• Friday, Aug. 25. POP ROCK: OBERON ROSE

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Wednesday, Sept. 20. BLUEGRASS: BAIT AND SWITCH

• Friday, Sept. 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Saturday, Sept. 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOHN GORKA (ODDBALL PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN