The Shellye Valauskas Experience play Best Video Performance Space on Saturday, Mar. 2. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10. Tempest O’Brien, a trio, opens.
The Shellye Valauskas Experience is led by vocalist/guitarist Shellye Valauskas. By the time she formed the band, she was an established solo performer, winning the New Haven Advocate’s Grand Band Slam readers’ poll and rating a slot in New York’s CMJ Marathon. As her songwriting collaborator and bandmate, she enlisted ace guitarist Dean Falcone, who has earned a stellar reputation in the Connecticut music scene since starting out in the early 1980s with Jon Brion in The Excerpts.
Valauskas’ and Falcone’s shared love for the intelligent, heartwarming yet punchy pop of Crowded House, The Posies and Aimee Mann, as well as the burgeoning Americana movement, helped them nail a distinctive yet accessible radio-friendly sound from the start.
Their most recent release, 2018’s “History of Panic,” garnered a rave review at the online blog Pop Dose:
This is really good. I mean REALLY GOOD. This second album from The Shelleye Valauskas Experience, History Of Panic, which is anchored by singer-guitarist Ms. Valausakas and Mr. Dean Falcone on second guitar, took almost a decade to make and release, but it’s damned well worth the wait. Ten perfectly, meticulously crafted power pop (emphasis on “power”) tracks that shimmer and shine.
Tempest O’Brien, who debuted at Best Video in 2017, features veteran power pop musicians Dean Falcone, Brian Stevens, and Jim Balga. They will be offering up a set of new originals for your listening pleasure.