Music: Becky Kessler (of Violent Mae), Sam Perduta (of Elison Jackson) on Fri., Nov. 21, at 8 PM

The singer-songwriters Becky Kessler and Sam Perduta play the Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Nov. 21. Kessler has scored plaudits for her work fronting the duo Violent Mae (with Floyd Kellogg) while Perduta has won acclaim as the songwriter and frontman for the band Elison Jackson. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Kessler, a songwriter, singer and guitar player, calls the Outer Banks of North Carolina home, where she finally settled as a teenager after moving every year or so, mostly around the Southeast U.S., to 11 different places. A friend invited her to live and work on an organic farm in Connecticut, where she soon met Floyd Kellogg, a multi-instrumentalist, engineer and producer. The two began recording at Casa de Warrenton Studio in Hartford, expanding Becky’s songs with Floyd’s arrangements and parts. They ultimately formed VIOLENT MAE after making a record, playing all the instruments on it and opening for Nels Cline and Julian Lage at one of their first live performances. VIOLENT MAE won Best New Band at the 2013 Connecticut Music Awards and was recently honored by The Deli Magazine as one of New England’s Top Emerging Artists.

Becky Kessler, performing with Violent Mae.

Becky Kessler, performing with Violent Mae.

On his Listen, Dammit blog, Eric Danton writes of the Violent Mae record, “Becky Kessler and Floyd Kellogg make dreamy, low-key pop that is largely defined by their use of space.  They have created a striking sound that is the sonic equivalent of a slow, deep embrace.” Violent Mae is currently recording their second record, to be released in the spring of 2015.

Sam Perduta leads and writes the songs for local rock band Elison Jackson. Over the past two years, the group has played about five shows a month, and more when they have done mini-tours. Their EP “I Do Believe She Flew Out The Drainpipe,” which came out in 2012, received a rave review on CT.com from Chip McCabe as “hands down one of the best things you’ll hear out of the CT music scene this year.” The group released their new LP, “Do Not Fear To Kill A Dead Man,” in 2013 on the Telegraph Recording Company label and it garnered similar acclaim.

Sam Perduta

Sam Perduta

“The music I like could have been written at any point and could work in any form,” Perduta says. It’s a quality he strives for in his own songs, that “they could be played acoustic and sound as powerful as played with a band. Or they could be played on a banjo or a piano.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Nov. 13. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, JASON PRINCE

• Friday, Nov. 14. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Monday, Nov. 17. FILM SCREENING: “I CONFESS”

• Wednesday, Nov. 19. SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE: MARK MIRANDO, DICK NEAL, LAURA JOY

• Thursday, Nov. 20. FILM SCREENING: “SEVEN DAYS IN MAY”

• Friday, Nov. 21. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: BECKY KESSLER (Violent Mae), SAM PERDUTA (Elison Jackson)

• Monday, Nov. 24. FILM SCREENING: “BABETTE’S FEAST”

• Friday, Nov. 28. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Monday, Dec. 1. FILM SCREENING: “DOUBT”

• Thursday, Dec. 4. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT

• Friday, Dec. 5. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Monday, Dec. 8. FILM SCREENING: “THE END OF THE AFFAIR”

• Thursday, Dec. 11. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Monday, Dec. 15. FILM SCREENING: “VISION”

• Thursday, Dec. 18. POST-PUNK: ZOO FRONT, KEVIN MF KING

• Friday, Dec. 19. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Friday, Jan. 9. MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

• Wednesday, Jan. 14. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS