Music: Robert Messore organizes Best Beatles Sing-along for Thurs., Nov. 21, at 7:30 PM

Robert Messore presents an evening of Beatles sing-alongs at Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Nov. 21. The show starts at 7:30 PM and admission is a suggested $10-20 donation.

Messore organized the show to honor the memory of Hamden resident Steve Weston, who loved The Beatles. Steve died of ALS in July and proceeds from the evening will go to the ALS Association. Songs to be led by Chrissy Gardner, Seth Adam, Pierce Campbell, Hank Hoffman, Paul Bryant Hudson, and Robert Messore.

Robert Messore (meh-sor’-ee) has been called “Connecticut’s finest fingerstyle guitarist.” He plays beautiful instrumental guitar music and he is noted for composing tuneful pieces that work well as music, and not simply as fancy guitar playing. Robert has been called “the Heart of the New Haven Folk Scene” for his vital and many-faceted contributions as solo performer, side man, recording artist, teacher and concert presenter (working on several concert series and the Connecticut Folk Festival).

Currently, Pierce Campbell plays a variety of music which showcase his versatility. He performs solo singing and playing original and Celtic folk, American pop and Jazz classics. He performs Irish and original Celtic folk with The Kerry Boys, traditional Jazz with The Funky Butt Jazz Band, vocal Jazz classics and originals with The Pierce Campbell Jazz Duo/Trio and pop rock classics with 60’s Satisfaction. During the day, he entertains seniors at venues throughout CT. Pierce has been playing guitar and singing most of his life, receiving high praise for his dazzling guitar work, superb songwriting, and powerful vocals.

Chrissy Gardner is a singer-songwriter originally from Chicago, IL. Whether from behind a piano, holding a guitar or standing at the front of the stage with mic in hand, she belts out her tunes in a style that is often compared to both classic and contemporary singer/songwriters, but also has real shades of hard rocking Blues and R&B.

Paul Bryant Hudson has been tearing up the stages of Cafe Nine, Pacific Standard Tavern, and other places all over town for a few years now. With a stunning voice and serious keyboard chops, he fronts a seriously tight band with a style of Soul Music that pays homage to the past and feels up to the minute.

Singer/songwriter Seth Adam writes compelling, genuine songs with honest lyrics. The alt-country, Americana rocker draws comparisons to Counting Crows, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, and Jason Isbell. 2016 was a turning point in his career as he wrote and recorded songs out of a hobbled together, home studio space. Playing all of the instruments, engineering, producing, and everything else-ing on his own resulted in an EP called East Rock. The experience inspired him to continue to do much of the same for the foreseeable future, foregoing using the formal recording studios.

Hank Hoffman, executive director of Best Video Film & Cultural Center, has led the psychedelic rock band Happy Ending since 1983. In 1974, Hank passed on the opportunity to go to an Elton John concert Thanksgiving evening, thereby missing John Lennon’s last-ever live performance.

As to The Beatles, you know who they are.

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