Guitarists Randy Collins and Ian Ethan Case will play sets at Best Video Performance space on Friday, Feb. 19. The show starts at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover.
Connecticut native acoustic guitarist Randy Collins has a voice of his own. Conjuring up the essences of such music icons as Micheal Hedges, Steve Reich Daniel Lanois. Mostly known for his full contact approach to the acoustic guitar, Randy is branching out into a more electric sound, with influences such as Hammock and Sennen. He has found a way to merge these two worlds with beautiful and captivating results.
In 2011, Randy was a featured performer at LAG guitars coming to America unveiling show and performed several shows for Korg USA at the NAMM show in Anahiem, California. Randy’s album Elevate has received much notoriety from Guitar Player, Frets, and Acoustic guitar magazines. Elevate also received widespread support from local press, including a full featured article in Connecticut Magazine and interviews on NPR. Currently, Randy is recording and writing, after a several year hiatus and is looking forward sharing his music with audiences everywhere.
Boston-based acoustic double-neck guitarist Ian Ethan Case has been performing in listening rooms across the country for the past eight years and is increasingly gaining recognition both for his unique instrumental compositions and for the highly original playing methods which are required to perform them.
During a fall 2015 coast-to-coast tour of the US, a Facebook video of Ian playing a piece from his new album “Run Toward The Mountains” went viral and received over 6 million views worldwide in October alone, drawing unsolicited praise from legendary bassist Leland Sklar (James Taylor, Phil Collins), producer Steven Miller (Dave Matthews Band, Bobby McFerrin, Michael Hedges), and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman. The self- produced double-disc album features two sides of his playing: “straight up solo acoustic” double-neck, and at the other end of the spectrum, his meticulously-crafted live looping compositions which make full use of 21st-century digital technologies to enable seemingly infinite layers of sound and sophisticated on-the-spot orchestration that extends well beyond the reach of most looping performers.
• Thursday, Feb. 11. FOLK MUSIC: HOMEMADE JAM
• Friday, Feb. 12. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING
• Monday, Feb. 15. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “SUFFRAGETTE”
• Wednesday, Feb. 17. ACOUSTIC BLUES/FOLK: DITTYMACK
• Thursday, Feb. 18. JAZZ: THE MONK PROJECT BAND
• Friday, Feb. 19. GUITARISTS/SINGER-SONGWRITERS: RANDY COLLINS, IAN ETHAN CASE
• Monday, Feb. 22. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “99 HOMES”
• Wednesday, Feb. 24. BLUEGRASS: THE EAST ROCK RAMBLERS
• Friday, Feb. 26. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB
• Monday, Feb. 29. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “SICARIO” (Rescheduled due to snow)
• Wednesday, Mar. 2. SINGER-SONGWRITER: BEN ERICKSON, STEPHEN HLADUN
• Thursday, Mar. 3. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOY IKE
• Friday, Mar. 4. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE
• Sunday, Mar. 6. FILM SCREENING & Q&A WITH SCREENWRITER DONALD MARGULIES (Co-presented with The Institute Library): “THE END OF THE TOUR”
• Monday, Mar. 7. OSCAR SERIES FILM SCREENING: “SUFFRAGETTE” (Rescheduled from 2/15 due to snow)
• Thursday, Mar. 10. EXPERIMENTAL: HUMAN FLOURISHING, LIGHT UPON BLIGHT
• Friday, Mar. 11. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: SHAWN PERSINGER IS PRESTER JOHN
• Sunday, Mar. 13 FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM
• Thursday, Mar. 24. ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT
• Friday, Mar. 25. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DICK NEAL
• Wednesday, Mar. 30. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: EUGENE GALLAGHER, WESTERN ESTATES
• Thursday, Mar. 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI, JOE FLOOD
• Wednesday, Apr. 6. INDIE ROCK presented by Redscroll Records: HEX INVERTER, DIRT DEVIL, NOTHING ISRAEL
• Friday. Apr. 8. FOLK: HUGH BIRDSALL & DANA TAKAKI
• Thursday, Apr. 14. INDIE ROCK: SPIT-TAKE
• Wednesday, Apr. 20. JAZZ: BADSLAX
• Thursday, Apr. 28. SEPHARDIC MUSIC: THE HERETICS OF CORDOBA
• Saturday, May 7. SOFT ACOUSTIC/ROCK: THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS
• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS
• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL