Meggie Czepiel, Alec Pedersen share Best Video bill Fri., July 30

Singer-songwriters Meggie Czepiel and Alec Pedersen share the bill on the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Fri., July 30. The show starts at 5 PM.

Acoustic indie pop singer songwriter Meggie played her first open mics at fifteen, bringing her thoughtful yet optimistic lyrics and cheerful acoustic guitar––and her parents––to venues such as The Space in Hamden. Soon after, she started playing full-length gigs.

Meggie released her debut EP, The Clock a few weeks after her eighteenth birthday. Both nostalgic and hopeful, the EP draws from pop and folk influences, featuring mostly acoustic instruments and lyrics marveling at the complexities of changing time.

Alec Pedersen is a young singer-songwriter from New Haven. He is a rising sophomore and has been playing guitar and writing music for about a year. His style is heavily influenced by the American folk revival, as well as jazz, blues, and country. Alec’s most recent record, “Rainbirds,” is available on Soundcloud.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

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Jeff Fuller & Friends bring jazz to the Best Video deck Sat., July 24

Jeff Fuller & Friends play jazz on the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Sat., July 24. The show starts at 5:30 PM. (This show has been previously posted as starting at 5 PM—that has been corrected.)

Bassist and composer Jeff Fuller, recipient of the 2014 Jazz Haven Award, has been has long been an integral part of the Connecticut, New York and international jazz scenes. He toured worldwide and recorded with saxophonists Lou Donaldson and Paquito D’Rivera, and has played with jazz masters from all styles and eras. Co-leader of the popular Brazilian group Sambeleza, he has received commissions from the New Haven and the Hartford Symphony Orchestras and has received project grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.

Pianist/composer Darren Litzie studied jazz piano with Dr. Rex Cadwallader, jazz theory, improvisation, and composition with Jim McNeely, Mike Holober, Jimmy Greene and Jamie Begian. Darren has performed with such artists as Dave Scott, Andrew Beals, Chris Morrison, Thierry Arpino, Nick Biello, and Harvie S. Darren completed a three-year stint with the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, where he had several of his works premiered in concert by the BMI Jazz Orchestra.

Ben Bilello received his Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies at the Hartt School of Music. He has performed and recorded with Mulgrew Miller, Eddie Henderson, Branford Marsalis, Curtis Fuller, Javon Jackson, George Cables, Joe Wilder, Anthony Braxton, Steve Davis, Jimmy Greene, and Wayne Escoffery, among many others. In addition to performing with noted jazz musicians, Ben has toured with the South American folk groups Viva Quetzal and Markamusic.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

For a full list of upcoming events, click here.

Adventurous music by Trevor Babb, Adam Matlock Fri., July 23

Ambient/experimental guitarist Trevor Babb and art song composer Adam Matlock share the bill on the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Fri., July 23. The show starts at 5 PM.

American guitarist/composer, Trevor Babb, is a versatile and adventurous musician based in New Haven, CT, primarily devoted to music by living composers. He has collaborated with the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, Caution Tape Sound Collective (Toronto), New England Chamber Players (Boston), Black House Collective (California), and Aeon Ensemble (New York City).

A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Trevor has given dozens of premiere performances of works by established and emerging composers. His debut recording on Innova Recordings, Warmth, features several premiere recordings of works by emerging composers for multiple electric guitars. Babb studied at the Eastman School of Music (BM), Yale School of Music (MM, MMA, DMA), and the Haute École de Musique de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland under the support of a Fulbright Scholarship. He is an Adjunct Artist Instructor at Vassar College.

An Historic is the songwriting alias of composer/accordionist/vocalist Adam Matlock, focusing on frenzied and narrative songs with elements of Balkan music, cabaret, many varieties of art-song and American soul and punk. Songs are performed live with a core of solo accordion and voice, and sometimes fleshed out and fully inhabited with the confident interplay of guitarist Chris Cretella, percussionist Michael Paolucci, multi-instrumentalist Brian Slattery and bassists Mike Tepper or Carl Testa.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

For a full list of upcoming events, click here.

Songwriters’ circle with Steve Mednick, Eddie Seville, Seth Adam Thurs., July 22

Singer-songwriters Steve Mednick, Eddie Seville, and Seth Adam share the evening at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Thurs., July 22. The show starts at 5:30 PM.

Steve Mednick goes back a long time with the likes of Bob Dylan, Sir Paul McCartney, Stephen Stills, Richard Thompson, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Ray Davies, Joni Mitchell and other great songwriters of our times. He owns all of their albums and has seen many of their concerts. Yet back on the planet earth, Steve is a singer-songwriter based in southern Connecticut.

He just released his seventeenth album of original music: Demosarethese, Volumes I – III. Recorded during the pandemic, this spare album features songs that examine the human condition: isolation, loneliness, despair, redemption and hope. These sessions include performances by his long time friend and collaborator, Eddie Seville (“Steel Rodeo”), Karl Allweier (“The Bandoleros”); Ashley Bathgate (“Bang on a Can All Stars”) and Mark Mirando (“Laurel Canyon”). The album was produced by Issac Civitello (“Bobby Paltauf Trio” and “Lindsey Webster”).

Eddie Seville is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter and world class insomniac from New England. As the creative force behind the band “Steel Rodeo”, as well as a solo artist and a perennial fixture in Frank Carillo’s “Bandoleros”, Eddie has performed throughout the continental US, Canada, Europe and the Virgin Islands.

He’s been billed as “working class rock & roll”, “country- soul”, and even “folk hard rock” (whatever THAT is) … he’s been called “twice removed alt- country”, “americana” and “a keen observer with a bona fide connection to the heart of the matter.”

Singer/songwriter Seth Adam writes compelling, genuine songs with honest lyrics. The alt-country, Americana rocker draws comparisons to Counting Crows, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, and Jason Isbell.

2016 was a turning point in his career as he wrote and recorded songs out of a hobbled together, home studio space. Playing all of the instruments, engineering, producing, and everything else-ing on his own resulted in an EP called East Rock. The experience inspired him to continue to do much of the same for the foreseeable future, foregoing using the formal recording studios. In January 2018, he released a single (and video) called ‘Anytown,’ written in response to the events in Charlottesville VA the summer before.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

For a full list of upcoming events, click here.

UPDATE—RESCHEDULED: Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots, Stefanie Clark Harris perform Sat., July 18

UPDATE JULY 1: Due to the rain, this show has been rescheduled to Sun., July 18. The start time remains 5 PM.

Pat Stone & the Dirty Boots and singer-songwriter Stefanie Clark Harris share the bill on the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Thurs., July 1  Sun., July 18. The show starts at 5 PM.

Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots is an eclectic mix of Americana/Vintage-Rock thinly veiled by some (dare we say?) Punk-Rock undertones.

The band has been active in Connecticut and beyond for close to seven years now and its evolution can be observed over the course of two full length albums and their latest six song EP, “New England Roots”. All three releases are available over iTunes, Spotify, and wherever else you stream your music.

The most current incarnation of the band operates as a power-trio ranging from a full on rock band to a stripped down format complete with acoustic guitar, mandolin and percussion.

Chip McCabe aka The Metal Dad wrote about Stefanie Clark Harris: “Harris’ music waxes and wanes between pure country twang and more accessible forms of Americana, often channeling another famous country Harris in the process. To say this EP [“Black Diamond”] was worth the wait would be a drastic understatement. It would also not be an understatement from where I’m sitting to say that this EP has cemented Harris as one of the best Americana songwriters not only in the state but in the whole of New England.”

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

For a full list of upcoming events, click here.

Olive Tiger, Tall Trees play indie folk at Best Video Sat., July 17

Olive Tiger and Tall Trees play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Sat., July 17, starting at 5 PM.

Olive Tiger is an evolution of sound and texture: a nontraditional rock trio that lushly combines electronics with organic elements of chamber-pop, defying the boundaries of genre in favor of obsessive exploration. Grounded in stunning songwriting, Olive Tiger arcs continuously toward more meticulous, more rich and more seductive arrangements, creating hypnotic soundscapes in which captivating risks and unpredictable melodies are the norm.

Based in New Haven, Connecticut, Olive Tiger features an unusual collection of instrumentation featuring Olive (cello, guitar, vocals), Jesse Newman (violin, synths, electronics), and John McGrath (drums, percussion). In 2016, the group asserted its powers and range with their debut full-length record, Until My Body Breaks. Their sophomore collection Softest Eyes, divided into three EPs, begins with Softest Eyes: Side A, due out July 30.

Tall Trees began as a project to score a short film set in a dive bar amidst the dark woods of Connecticut. Drawing from that strange and mystical energy, Tall Trees began writing their own songs, attempting to merge their love of cinematic themes and early French pop with their post punk inclinations.

Tall Trees first 5 song EP “Mayday” was released on their bandcamp page and all streaming services on May 5th 2021 and are currently working on and recording a full length album.

Tall Trees are Joe Russo (Guitar, Vocals), Marthe Ryerson (Keys, Violin, Vocals), and Wes Cross (Drums, Percussion).

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

For a full list of upcoming events, click here.

The Joe Carter Brazilian Jazz Duo on the deck Fri., July 16

The Joe Carter Brazilian Jazz Duo plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Fri., July 16. The duo features Joe Carter on guitar and Jeff Fuller on upright bass. The show starts at 5:30 PM.

The Joe Carter Brazilian Jazz Duo celebrates the music of Brazil – Samba, Bossa Nova, Choro, Baiao and more. Their repertoire features songs by Brazil’s classic composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Moacir Santos, Jacob do Bandolim, Luiz Bonfa, Pixinguinha, Baden Powell, Ary Barroso and others. The Duo takes things a step further by using their Jazz backgrounds to add Jazz improvisation into the tunes, creating a sound that blends the best of both worlds. In other words: the best of Music from “Both Sides of the Equator.”

Having performed in such diverse places as Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and Recife in Brazil, Bombay, Bangalore and Goa in India, Trossingen and Stuttgart in Germany and Paris and Corsica in France, Joe Carter has used these experiences to form a sound and style based in “Samba Jazz”, a style that combines the improvisational nature of North American Jazz with the lyrical and rhythmical aspects of Brazilian Bossa Nova, Samba, Choro, Baiao and MPB.

Whether performing on stage and in clubs, teaching jazz and coaching ensembles, or composing and arranging in his home studio, Jeff Fuller brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to all his musical endeavors. An integral part of the Connecticut, New York and international jazz scenes, Fuller toured worldwide and recorded with saxophonists Lou Donaldson and Paquito D’Rivera. He has played with jazz masters from all styles and eras including such diverse artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Mose Allison, “Papa” Jo Jones, Gerry Mulligan, and Clark Terry.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

For a full list of upcoming events, click here.

Solo dobro and vocals by James “Pony” Kerr Thurs., July 15

James “Pony” Kerr plays a set of solo dobro with vocals on the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Thur., July 15. The show starts at 5:30 PM.

James “Pony” Kerr is a Dobro player, fingerpicking guitarist, vocalist, and educator based in the NYC/Connecticut area. His solo concerts feature a unique mixture of original blues songs and Dobro instrumentals, as well as early acoustic blues and bluegrass. Although James’ performances are solidly rooted on the foundations of Delta blues and bluegrass, he incorporates a broad array of influences and enjoys the musical challenge of attempting to expand genre boundaries and expectations for the lap-style square neck resophonic guitar (Dobro). In addition to his performance endeavors as a Dobro player and guitarist James is a music professor who holds a doctorate in classical guitar performance.

As a sideman or ensemble member James has performed at such New York area venues as Irving Plaza, The Knitting Factory, Gracie Mansion, Trinity Church, The Wetlands, Symphony Space, as well as the Juilliard School and Yale University. James has performed as a soloist with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra Pops and festival performances have included the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, The Craftsbury Chamber Festival, The Long Island Guitar Festival, The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and the Battery Park Summer Concert Series in Manhattan.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

For a full list of upcoming events, click here.

Music by The Moldy Filters, Jessy Griz on Sat., July 10

The Moldy Filters and Jessy Griz share the bill on the Best Video Film & Cultural center deck Sat., July 10. The show starts at 5 PM.

The Moldy Filters, aka Chris Kiley, has a considerable following on Ceres Station, but has his fans on the inner planets and Jovian satellites too. Combining a passion for futurism, technology, and space exploration with musical influences of Irish folk, country, and a dash of sea shanty, The Moldy Filters exist in a space rarely explored by folk music. With his acoustic guitar in tow, The Moldy Filters tackles such contemporary subjects as the pros and cons of cybernetic enhancement to the terraforming of Mars, all with a wry nod to traditional folk music that keeps the listener grounded.

Jessy Griz is a New Haven based musician with a rich soulful voice and deep heart felt lyrics. Ballads are her sweet spot. Streaming her first single “Human” on Spotify with more to come.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

For a full list of upcoming events, click here.

Vicki F, Things Behind the Sun play Fri., July 9

Vicki F plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Fri., July 9. The show starts with an opening set at 5 PM from the duo Things Behind the Sun.

Vicki F is a rock musician and songwriter who was the lead singer and founder of The Dini Band from 2010 to 2016, and was one of the the lead singers and guitar players for the 80s post-punk band, Troupe DiCoupe, that headlined at CBGBs, Max’s Kansas City, other NYC venues and also Ron’s Place, New Haven. She is now performing originals in and around Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Things Behind the Sun is about two old friends reconnecting and discovering the pleasure of making music together again.

Mark Perrelli is a lifelong drummer having appeared with various local bands in Hartford / New Haven area including Editors and Poor Boy among many others. Rob Dauphinais plays bass and guitar and has appeared in several bands over the years including Editors, Exit Terra and Ponybird.

Together for the first time in 30 years this appearance will be grounded in song structures and may be labeled ‘folk punk’, Things Behind the Sun will also be gearing up for some louder experiments later this year including a prospective appearance at the Elm City Noise Festival in October.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

For a full list of upcoming events, click here.