Flint Ladder plays Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, June 13. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.
Flint Ladder grew out of the creative, environmentally-conscious New Haven arts community in the late 1980s. During that time, a community member offered the use of his barn—which previously housed The Flint Ladder Company—to form a home for a neighborhood circus. Cellist Shula Weinstein was one of the first members of the accompanying circus band. Shortly after, guitarist Frank Panzarella joined. Bassist Jim Baldoni was soon recruited by Panzarella. Anne Cherry, another community member, joined on fiddle, glockenspiel, and various percussion.
After the circus, the band continued performing, shortening its name from The Flint Ladder Circus Band to simply Flint Ladder. Along the way, they picked up mandolinist Karen Hogg via a random yoga class that Baldoni attended. Today, Flint Ladder is an eclectic, fun string band that specializes in unique arrangements of old jazz, folk, classic rock, country, and other popular tunes.