Longtime New Haven rock and psychedelic band Happy Ending plays Best Video Film & Cultural Center Fri., June 24. The show starts at 6 PM.
(This show was originally scheduled for 5:30 PM outside but that changed when the Hamden Planning & Zoning office told BVFCC we could not continue the outside shows.)
Outgoing Best Video Film & Cultural Center Executive Director Hank Hoffman sings and plays guitar; (former BVFCC Executive Director) Richard Brown plays guitar and alto saxophone. Tom Smith is on drums and Randy Stone plays bass. Happy Ending’s music is influenced by 1960s pop, garage rock and psychedelia as well as punk and free jazz.
This will be something of a retirement celebration for Hank, whose tenure is scheduled to end the following week after almost 28 years at first Best Video and then BVFCC.
Happy Ending has released three albums. The most recent, “Electricity for the Youth of Today,” was recorded live at Best Video Performance Space in December of 2013. The vinyl LP and 45 “Have A Nice Day” came out in 1984 and the compact disc “Smile for the Camera” in 1996. John Foster, editor of Op Magazine, described “Have A Nice Day” as a “future cult item for the collectors.”
Writing about a Happy Ending show at Lyric Hall in June, 2017, New Haven Independent arts editor Brian Slattery observed, “With kaleidoscopic projections of faces, hands, drawings, and landscapes swirling behind the band, Happy Ending was at its best during its guitar freakouts, when [guest keyboardist Scott] Amore, Stone, and Smith created tossing waves of rhythm and Hoffman and Brown traded off solos and rhythm work seamlessly, giving the music a chance to fly.”
As an inside show, these are the protocols: proof of vax and masks required.