Kath Bloom, Steve Hartlett play Best Video Thurs., Oct. 21

Avant-folk legend Kath Bloom plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck with her trio on Thurs., Oct. 21. Steve Hartlett, leader of the indie rock group Ovlov, opens at 5 PM with a solo set.

“Bye Bye These Are The Days” is the latest release by luminary songwriter Kath Bloom. Born to a musical family, Kath moved through an early life absorbed and in love with the 60s/70s sea change of musical expression, into developing of her own singular voice that would age to cast a wide net of influence. Her prolific relationship with Loren Mazzacane Connors in the 80s produced a body of work held sacrosanct by generations of avant-folk luminaries. In 2007 Chapter Music released a tribute album to her songs from that time recorded by Bill Callahan, Meg Baird, Mark Kozelek and others, and her song “Come Here” was featured memorably in Richard Linklater’s 1995 film “Before Sunrise”, in a scene which Ethan Hawke claims was “my favorite scene I ever filmed.” Two would-be lovers listen to Bloom hanging on the edge of a kiss, tense and present for a moment just out of sight.

Although performing this strange and yearning body of work at the time made her nervous and withdrawn, she continued to write and perform quietly all the while. She developed happy careers in music therapy for children and horse training, learning new forms of connection that channeled back into her music and healed her relationship with performing.

In recent years she has toured regionally from her home in Connecticut and has been invited several times to tour internationally, honing her current musical partnerships with David Shapiro (guitar, vocals) and Flo Ness (percussion, vocals). While she has been encouraged to release several new records for a new generation of fans, “Bye Bye These Days” is the first to document her current band’s sound. The group interplay and daring here parallels her storied early work but carries a more palpable joy and warmth. This is the sound of a practiced life, learned in all stages of love and loss, and resolute to keep going, like a locomotive deep into the night.”

Raised in Newtown, CT, currently in New Haven, single and ready to jingle. Over the past decade, Steve Hartlett has fronted various bands such as Ovlov, Stove, and a handful of others. Since the start of quarantine there have been 5 solo releases with many 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.