Category Archives: Performance Space Events

Sat., Sep. 10, 7 PM – The Problem with Kids Today and Keep Off the Grass

The Problem With Kids Today and Keep Off the Grass play high energy rock ‘n’ roll at Best Video Film & Cultural Center Sat., Sept. 10. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10—pay what you can in that range (be generous to support the bands!).

The Problem with Kids Today is a hot trio of rock ‘n’ roll delinquents with Tate Brooks leading the charge on guitar/vox/mic head-butting, Stone-Cold-Silas Lourenco-Lang on low end bass/vox, and Reena Yu pounding on drums. TPWKT’s fun, wild shows and feverish, fashionable following evoke the Mercer Center Arts era of the New York Dolls. Fast, combustible, lewd and spontaneous – they have all the gems of a fantastic live act. With a debut album recorded at Sans Serif Studio in New Haven on the way this winter, teaser tracks like “You’re in Love With Junk” and “Fly Boy” can be found on the band’s Bandcamp site as well as major streaming platforms.

Keep Off the Grass are a new band who play a potent mix of rock ‘n’ roll and punk.

As this is an indoor show, masks are required.

Thur., Sep. 1, 7 PM – New Cardiff Giants and Kimono Draggin’

NEW CARDIFF GIANTS will be playing their special brand of Political Art-Punk at Best Video on September 1st, along with the undisputed Kings of Chopsocky Rock…. KIMONO DRAGGIN’!
NEW CARDIFF GIANTS were formed in 2022, the brainchild of Bill Saunders, co-founder of the notorious independent local arts Festival IDEAT VILLAGE, and former GUILTY PARTY CANDIDATE for the Mayor of New Haven. New Cardiff Giants are:
Rob Sponsor (AKA Doctor Dark, Little Miss Mess-Up) – Guitar, Vocals
John Colossal – (AKA Big Confetti, Crying Wolf) – Guitar, Horns
“Crow” Muldoon – (AKA Ned Ludd, Jr.) – Bass
Tawni Mush – (NKA- no known aliases) -Drums
KIMONO DRAGGIN’ are an American prog-punk band formed in 2003 from New Haven, Connecticut. The lineup consists of Joseph Nolan (Guitar, vocals), Yossi Hatton (Bass, vocals), and Chris Swirski (Drums, vocals). Their version of progressive rock is strongly influenced by bands of the 1970s and 1980s including The Stooges, The Mothers of Invention, Talking Heads and Minutemen.
As this is an indoor show, covid protocols are in place and masks are required.

Fri., Sep. 2, 5 PM – Joe Flood, Jerry Dugger and Mark Horn

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Flood will be joined by friends and former bandmates Jerry Dugger and Mark Horn for an outside show at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Fri., Sept. 2. The music starts at 5 PM.
Joe Flood has traveled a long musical road. He was a 2011 inductee of the Blues Hall of Fame. You will hear echoes of Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’ and other greats in his singing and playing.
Jerry’s playing is raw and emotional, his bass baritone voice is booming and at the same time evokes the sensitivities of classic blues crooners.
Multi-instrumentalist Mark Horn was raised in Toledo, Ohio. In the 1980s he headed to New York City and, as a member of roots rock pioneers The Blue Chieftains (Diesel Only Records), quickly became a fixture on the Lower East Side’s burgeoning alt-country scene. Mark is best known as the longtime drummer for Americana favorites The Derailers.
There will be donation vases for the musicians and the venue. Please consider being generous in supporting musicians—opportunities to perform have been fewer the past couple of years. Suggested donation of $10.
The parking lot is closed off for seating. There is on-street parking on Thornton Street, as well as parking behind our building and across the street at Spring Glen Church.

Sat., Sep. 3, 10:30 AM – Drum & Sing Jamboree Concert with Liz McNicholl

Join Liz McNicholl for her fun and interactive “Drum and Sing Jamboree family concert” at Best Video Film & Cultural Center in an outdoor concert (weather permitting) Sat., Sept. 3, at 10:30 AM.
During this fun interactive concert, Liz leads the audience in drumming & singing and also intertwines her wide range of musical instruments including guitar, ukulele, banjo, and even a traditional Irish drum called a Bódhran. Audiences will sing, jam along on drums & other instruments and are such an integral part of this fun show! Great for all ages.
Liz McNicholl, originally from Co. Meath Ireland, immigrated to the United States in 1985. She is a well known performer in CT and around the United States. Liz has owned Musical Folk, offering the Music Together program, in New Haven County since 2008 with thousands of families sharing the joy of music over the years.
Suggested donation is $5-10 per family but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.
The parking lot is closed off for seating. There is on-street parking on Thornton Street, as well as parking behind our building and across the street at Spring Glen Church.

Saturday, Sep. 3, 7 PM – Dani Zanuttini-Frank & Jeff Fuller

Dani Zanuttini-Frank plays jazz guitar at Best Video Film & Cultural Center Sat., Sept. 3. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.
Dani Zanuttini-Frank is a student at Yale University where he is pursing a Masters in guitar performance. He studies classical guitar with Ben Verdery and performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician, playing music from the 19th to 21st centuries. Dani is an active jazz performer, appearing frequently in performances at Yale with the Yale Undergraduate Jazz Collective.
Bassist and composer Jeff Fuller, recipient of the 2014 Jazz Haven Award, 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.
As this is an indoor show, covid protocols are in place and masks are required.

Bronson Rock and Dan Soto’s Artificial Energy Band – Thu., Aug. 25, 7 PM

Bronson Rock and Dan Soto’s Artificial Energy Band share the bill at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Thurs., Aug. 25. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.

Bronson Rock is a four-piece rock and soul band featuring Buzz Gordo (aka Gary Mezzi) on guitar and lead vocals, Eric Bloomquist on bass, Lou St. John on organ, and Tom Smith on drums. Individually, the seasoned musicians in Bronson Rock have performed with a “who’s-who” of Connecticut artists, and continue to maintain busy schedules as players.  The band plays a tight, danceable mix of original garage soul sounds, with some choice obscure covers thrown in, owing a debt to groups like the Rascals and Booker T. and the MG’s.

The point of music is really what? Nobody for sure can say, but many have speculated. Some might say it involves the transfer of what others might refer to as “energy.” Some may say nothing at all. And others might not even care to think about it. But the truth is somewhere. And if nothing else, through the use of guitars, Dan Soto’s Artificial Energy Band aims to find out where. The current line-up features Dan Soto up front with Silas from The Problem with Kids Today, Kurt from Vertico, and Gillian on drums.

As this is an indoor show, covid protocols are in place and masks are required.

 


							

Grace Yukich, Sarah Dunn and Shame Penguin – Fri., Aug. 26, 5 PM

Singer-songwriter Grace Yukich plays Best Video Film & Cultural Center outdoors on Fri., Aug. 26, starting at 5 PM. Sharing the bill are singer-songwriter Sarah Dunn and the indie punk quartet Shame Penguin.

Grace Yukich is a CT-based singer-songwriter whose folk music is a little bit country and a little bit punk. An Alabama native who has called the northeast home for almost two decades, Grace has been singing, writing, and playing music since childhood. She is currently recording her first studio album, Wisteria.  Grace also sings and plays guitar in the femme punk band Corpse Flower.

Sarah Dunn is a singer-songwriter who released their debut EP, Thank You, in June. Their style has been described “Acoustic singer-songwriter, but, also kind of emo?” They write in a vulnerable, specific, and deeply personal lyrical voice. A multi-instrumentalist, Sarah also plays bass in the femme punk band Corpse Flower, screams in a goth-electronic trio Things in the Dark, and plays fiddle in the traditional Irish music group, The Alehounds.

From the Elm City of New Haven, Connecticut, Shame Penguin brings an anything-goes adventurousness to their songwriting. Like every band on the Internet these days, they’ve got an audible reverence for iconic rock, grunge, and punk acts of the 90s, but they’re musically omnivorous: You might hear anything from noise pop to j-rock in their record collections, and their appreciation of the classics mean they’re pulling from a pretty deep bag of musical tricks.

There will be donation vases for the musicians and the venue. Please consider being generous in supporting musicians—opportunities to perform have been fewer the past couple of years. Suggested donation of $10.

The parking lot is closed off for seating. There is on-street parking on Thornton Street, as well as parking behind our building and across the street at Spring Glen Church.

Jim & Willow Sirch and Gary Wikfors – Sat., Aug. 27, 5 PM

Join Jim and Willow Sirch, and Gary Wikfors for a lively evening of songs and tunes on Swedish nykelharpas, 5-string fiddle, Irish blackwood flute, octave mandola, bodhran and banjo. They play Best Video Film & Cultural Center outside Sat., Aug. 27. The show starts at 5 PM.

These three friends met while performing together as part of the venerable New Haven-based band The Fiddleheads which has been playing for New England contra dances for 30 years.  Enjoy an evening of memorable songs, haunting airs, and cheerful jigs and reels performed by these longtime musical friends. When not playing for contra dances, Jim and Willow may often be found playing at local Irish sessions, and multi-instrumentalist Gary is equally at home playing a wide variety of styles as part of the Walkingwood Mandolin Quartet.

There will be donation vases for the musicians and the venue. Please consider being generous in supporting musicians—opportunities to perform have been fewer in the past couple of years. Suggested donation of $10.

The parking lot is closed off for seating. There is on-street parking on Thornton Street, as well as parking behind our building and across the street at Spring Glen Church.

The Rich Moran Quartet – Thu., Aug. 18th @ 5:30 PM

The Rich Moran Quartet will return to Best Video on Thurs., Aug. 18, at 5:30 PM. The Quartet featuring Rich Moran on vocals, Judy Webber on Piano, Jeff Webber on woodwinds, and Mike Bimonte on drums will continue their exploration of the Great American Songbook mixing neo-traditional renditions of the Standards with insightful commentary on the history behind the music being played. Joining the Quartet will be special guest singer Chloe Chauvot.

One of the first music acts to play at Best Video, this performance will mark the 10th year that Rich, Judy and Jeff have appeared here. The Quartet has always sought to highlight music from the movies in the Best Video catalog. At this show, Rich and his bandmates will play some gems from Hollywood’s Golden Age while also delving into tunes from great songwriters of the sixties and seventies including Bacharach and David, Lennon and McCartney and Carole King. Rich is also sure to include numbers that he regularly features as host of his WMNR radio show One Great Song.

The Quartet will be donating their share of the tip jar proceeds from this event to the Hamden High School Music Parents Organization. The HHMPO provides support and assistance to the Hamden High School music program and Hamden music programs at large.

The parking lot is closed off for seating. There is on-street parking on Thornton Street, as well as parking behind our building and across the street at Spring Glen Church.

Daphne Parker Powell & Mercy Choir – Fri., Aug. 19th @ 5:30 PM

Daphne Parker Powell and Mercy Choir share the bill at Best Video Film & Cultural Center in an outdoor show on Fri., Au. 19. The show starts at 5:30 PM.

No Depression described Daphne as “the voice of futuristic folk-rock/alternative-roots music… exploring the outer reaches of nostalgic melody… ” Her singular Americana mélange includes a broad array of contemporary and classic inspirations that spans folk, country, vocal jazz, indie rock, and cinematic pop.

Paul Belbusti is a musician, writer, visual artist currently based near the New Haven, Connecticut area of the United States of America. His main creative musical project is called Mercy Choir. He’s also one half of the experimental duo Rivener. He is the author of two chapbooks: Imperial Pools (Analog Submission Press) and Lucy (Good Cop/Bad Cop Press). He will be accompanied by Bobo Lavorgna and Kierstin Sieser.

There will be donation vases for the musicians and the venue. Please consider being generous in supporting musicians—opportunities to perform have been fewer the past couple of years. Suggested donation of $10.

The parking lot is closed off for seating. There is on-street parking on Thornton Street, as well as parking behind our building and across the street at Spring Glen Church.