Re the rumors: We’re sticking around!

Perhaps you’ve heard rumors that Best Video is closing. Best Video is not closing.

But there are changes. Hank Paper, Best Video’s owner, has sold the building in which the store is located. The new owner wants to keep the store as a tenant and we intend to stay. But the new owner will be taking one-third of the space—where the Coffee Bar and Performance Space are currently situated—for his own business.

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This means that we will have to fit all that we do—maintain our extensive wonderful video archive, present performances and have a Coffee Bar—in a smaller footprint. And we intend to keep doing all that we do. The Performance Space will be moved and the Coffee Bar will be moved.

If you come into the store, you will see that cabinets are being moved and sections being rearranged. All the new releases—Top Hits, New Foreign, New TV, etc.—will be on one wall. Browsing will be different—please feel free to ask for help from the staff. That can’t be stressed enough: Please ask the staff for help in finding what you are looking for!

We know there is a lot of support for the store in the community. We’re developing exciting new strategies for our continued vitality. As the changes develop, we will keep you posted and ask for your support.

It’s harder to be better than “Best” but that’s what we’re shooting for.

Music: The Shellye Valauskas Experience on Thurs., Feb. 27, at 8 PM

Shellye_Dean_Bruce_at_BV_010512The Shellye Valauskas Experience plays the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Feb. 27. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

It’s Shellye’s Birthday Bash. Join The Shellye Valauskas Experience to celebrate her birthday. Very special guest: Cake! (And not the band Cake.) Plus other special guests—not that anyone could follow a slice of birthday cake.

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.

Watch The Shellye Valauskas Experience perform their song “Box It Up” at the Best Video Performance Space in August, 2012, courtesy of Dave Kelsey’s Golden Microphone Films:

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Feb. 26. DECONSTRUCTING POP: THE LUCK PUSHERS

• Thursday, Feb. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Monday.Mar. 3. FILM SCREENING: “BEING JOHN MALKOVICH”

• Wednesday, Mar. 5. SHORT STORY READING: PAUL BECKMAN, DOUG MATHEWSON

• Thursday, Mar. 6. BUOYANT POP ROCK: THE FURORS

• Monday, Mar. 10. FILM SCREENING: “BABEL”

• Monday, Mar. 17. FILM SCREENING: “MEMENTO”

• Monday. Mar. 24. FILM SCREENING: “MULHOLLAND DRIVE”

• Wednesday, Apr. 2. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, Apr. 17. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS

 

Music: The Luck Pushers deconstruct pop on Wed., Feb. 26, at 8 PM

Luck_PushersThe Luck Pushers will perform at the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

In 2013, The Luck Pushers formed to perform music for YOU and, let’s face it for themselves: Music addicts Shawn Persinger, Mark Schwartz and jef are discovering along with their audiences the joyful journey of seeing how many different hats they can comfortably wear in terms of musical styles. The formed under the premise of performing as your favorite live Karaoke band, but immediately expanded to regular gigs playing Country Music and exploring the deconstruction—and resurrection?—of pop songs old and new in some avant-garde way.

Persinger has been teaching guitar since forever and is now famous with his publication The 50 Greatest Guitar Books. Schwartz is a dentist and kindred WHO fanatic with jef, their drummer, who fronted his band in Poland, Ə, (yes, that’s a schwa!) as a vocalist in the late 90’s.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Feb. 26. DECONSTRUCTING POP: THE LUCK PUSHERS

• Thursday, Feb. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Monday.Mar. 3. FILM SCREENING: “BEING JOHN MALKOVICH”

• Wednesday, Mar. 5. SHORT STORY READING: PAUL BECKMAN, DOUG MATHEWSON

• Thursday, Mar. 6. BUOYANT POP ROCK: THE FURORS

• Monday, Mar. 10. FILM SCREENING: “BABEL”

• Monday, Mar. 17. FILM SCREENING: “MEMENTO”

• Monday. Mar. 24. FILM SCREENING: “MULHOLLAND DRIVE”

• Wednesday, Apr. 2. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, Apr. 17. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS

 

Tomorrow night’s Big Fat Combo show postponed due to pending snowstorm

The Performance Space show by Big Fat Combo scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13, has been postponed due to the expected winter storm. Tonight’s concert with Pat Stone and Chris Cappello will go ahead as scheduled; snow is not predicted to start until several hours after the show is over.

Stay tuned for details on the rescheduling of the Big Fat Combo show.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Feb. 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS PAT STONE

• Thursday, Feb. 13. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: BIG FAT COMBO

• Monday, Feb. 17. FILM SCREENING: “THE BIG SLEEP”

• Wednesday, Feb. 19. (RESCHEDULED FROM FEB. 5) SINGER-SONGWRITERS: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET

• Thursday, Feb. 20. BLUEGRASS: 5 IN THE CHAMBER

• Monday. Feb. 24. FILM SCREENING: “AMERICAN BEAUTY”

• Wednesday, Feb. 26. DECONSTRUCTING POP: THE LUCK PUSHERS

• Thursday, Feb. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Monday.Mar. 3. FILM SCREENING: “BEING JOHN MALKOVICH”

• Monday, Mar. 10. FILM SCREENING: “BABEL”

• Monday, Mar. 17. FILM SCREENING: “MEMENTO”

• Monday. Mar. 24. FILM SCREENING: “MULHOLLAND DRIVE”

• Wednesday, Apr. 2. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, Apr. 17. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS

Music: Five in the Chamber play bluegrass Thurs., Feb. 20, at 8 PM

Five in the Chamber play the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Feb. 20. 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.

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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 PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Feb. 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS PAT STONE

• Thursday, Feb. 13. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: BIG FAT COMBO (POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW)

• Monday, Feb. 17. FILM SCREENING: “THE BIG SLEEP”

• Wednesday, Feb. 19. (RESCHEDULED FROM FEB. 5) SINGER-SONGWRITERS: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET

• Thursday, Feb. 20. BLUEGRASS: 5 IN THE CHAMBER

• Monday. Feb. 24. FILM SCREENING: “AMERICAN BEAUTY”

• Wednesday, Feb. 26. DECONSTRUCTING POP: THE LUCK PUSHERS

• Thursday, Feb. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Monday.Mar. 3. FILM SCREENING: “BEING JOHN MALKOVICH”

• Monday, Mar. 10. FILM SCREENING: “BABEL”

• Monday, Mar. 17. FILM SCREENING: “MEMENTO”

• Monday. Mar. 24. FILM SCREENING: “MULHOLLAND DRIVE”

• Wednesday, Apr. 2. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, Apr. 17. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS

 

Music: Chris Cappello added to Pat Stone show this Wed., Feb. 12

Singer-songwriter Chris Cappello has been added to the bill for this Wednesday’s show, Feb. 12, in the Best Video Performance Space. Cappello will play first, followed by The Artist Formerly Known As Pat Stone. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

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Chris Cappello

Chris Cappello sometimes writes songs about his his town, his friends, and the people who have let him down. Mostly, though, he writes about himself. Sometimes he plays in a band and sometimes he plays on his own. He was born in New Haven and doesn’t see himself leaving any time soon. He likes guitars, vinyl records, basement shows and breakfast cereals. He imbues his life with more meaning than it deserves. He’s sorry if he wrote about you.

After fronting a variety of bands, Fairfield County-based musician Pat Stone has amassed a diverse repertoire of original songs. What’s interesting is that these songs, originally written for a full band and a variety of genres from hard rock to ska punk, have all been converted to an acoustic singer/songwriter format. The Artist Formerly Known As Pat Stone is essentially a culmination of “greatest hits” from this artist’s history of song writing. Stone is set to release his first full length album for his current project, Samsara, in March.

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Pat Stone

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Feb. 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS PAT STONE

• Thursday, Feb. 13. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: BIG FAT COMBO

• Monday, Feb. 17. FILM SCREENING: “THE BIG SLEEP”

• Wednesday, Feb. 19. (RESCHEDULED FROM FEB. 5) SINGER-SONGWRITERS: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET

• Thursday, Feb. 20. BLUEGRASS: 5 IN THE CHAMBER

• Monday. Feb. 24. FILM SCREENING: “AMERICAN BEAUTY”

• Wednesday, Feb. 26. DECONSTRUCTING POP: THE LUCK PUSHERS

• Thursday, Feb. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Monday.Mar. 3. FILM SCREENING: “BEING JOHN MALKOVICH”

• Monday, Mar. 10. FILM SCREENING: “BABEL”

• Monday, Mar. 17. FILM SCREENING: “MEMENTO”

• Monday. Mar. 24. FILM SCREENING: “MULHOLLAND DRIVE”

• Wednesday, Apr. 2. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, Apr. 17. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS

Music: Big Fat Combo on Thurs., Feb. 13, at 8 PM

One of the most popular bands to play the Best Video Performance Space, the Big Fat Combo return on Thursday, Feb. 13. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

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The Big Fat Combo hail from Cheshire and offer their own, wry, well-crafted take on rock ‘n’ roll. The quartet is a classic rockabilly group: upright bass and drums, rhythm and lead guitar. Led by singer Tom Hearn, the Big Fat Combo not only play their original tunes (“Tag Sale,” “Banned by Sam the Clam’s” and “Chicks Dig it,” among others) but also riff on classic rock ‘n’ roll, garage rock, punk, country and even some easy listening chestnuts (“Que Sera Sera,” “It was a Very Good Year”) that they make fully their own.

The Big Fat Combo released their first compact disc, “Chicks Dig it,” in 2010. Watch them perform the title song at the Performance Space in December, 2012 in a video by Dave Kelsey:

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Thursday, Feb. 6. CHORAL QUIRK POP: THE DRESS-UPS

• Wednesday, Feb. 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS PAT STONE

• Thursday, Feb. 13. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: BIG FAT COMBO

• Wednesday, Feb. 19. (RESCHEDULED FROM FEB. 5) SINGER-SONGWRITERS: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET

• Thursday, Feb. 20. BLUEGRASS: 5 IN THE CHAMBER

• Wednesday, Feb. 26. DECONSTRUCTING POP: THE LUCK PUSHERS

• Thursday, Feb. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Wednesday, Apr. 2. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, Apr. 17. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS

Music: The Artist Formerly Known as Pat Stone on Wed., Feb. 12, at 8 PM

Fairfield County singer-songwriter Pat Stone, aka The Artist Formerly Known as Pat Stone, will play the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

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Over the past 8 years, Pat Stone has risen to become a prominent figure in the CT music scene. After fronting a variety of bands, Stone has amassed a diverse repertoire of original songs. What’s interesting is that these songs, originally written for a full band and a variety of genres from hard rock to ska punk, have all been converted to an acoustic singer/songwriter format. The Artist Formerly Known As Pat Stone is essentially a culmination of “greatest hits” from this artist’s history of song writing. Stone is set to release his first full length album for his current project, Samsara, in March.

Listen to Pat Stone’s song “Same Sad Song,” performed with the band Year In Review:

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Thursday, Feb. 6. CHORAL QUIRK POP: THE DRESS-UPS

• Wednesday, Feb. 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS PAT STONE

• Thursday, Feb. 13. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: BIG FAT COMBO

• Wednesday, Feb. 19. (RESCHEDULED FROM FEB. 5) SINGER-SONGWRITERS: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET

• Thursday, Feb. 20. BLUEGRASS: 5 IN THE CHAMBER

• Wednesday, Feb. 26. DECONSTRUCTING POP: THE LUCK PUSHERS

• Thursday, Feb. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Wednesday, Apr. 2. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, Apr. 17. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS

This Wednesday’s Ponybird/Chris Bousquet show postponed due to weather; rescheduled to Wed., Feb. 19

Due to the impending storm, the singer-songwriters Jennifer Dauphinais (who records under the name Ponybird) and Christopher Bousquet will play the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Feb. 19, rather than the originally scheduled date of Wednesday, Feb. 5. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Film screening: “Crossing Delancey” On Sun., Feb. 2, at 1:30 PM

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven presents “Crossing Delancey,” a 1988 movie starring Amy Irving, in the Best Video Performance Space on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 1:30 PM. Admission is free for members of the Jewish Historical Society. Admission is $5 for all others.

Wikipedia description:

Isabelle Grossman works for a New York bookstore which supports authors through public readings. When author Anton Maes comes to the bookstore to give a reading, he shows an interest in Isabelle who is enamored with the intellectual world that is very different from her traditional Jewish upbringing.

Isabelle pays frequent visits to her Bubbie, (grandmother) Ida (played by Yiddish theatre star Reizl Bozyk in her only film role), who lives on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Anxious for her granddaughter to settle down, Ida turns to the local marriage broker (Sylvia Miles). Although shocked and annoyed, Isabelle allows the matchmaker to introduce her to Sam Posner (Peter Riegert), who owns the pickle shop on Essex, below Delancey Street.

What happens next? Come out on Sunday and find out.