Music: Rock by the Ivory Bills Wed., June 4, at 8 PM

Ivory_Bills_WebThe Ivory Bills play the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, June 4, at 8 PM. The cover is $5 and the music starts at 8 PM.

The Ivory Bills are three guys who like to rock—mostly on original songs by bassist James Velvet, but also on some choice, quirky covers. They’ve released one album and two EP’s in their four year career. Their 2012 highlight was opening for Roseanne Cash on the New Haven Green for the Arts and Ideas Festival.

Here’s what the press has had to say about the band:

The New Haven Register:

You know a James Velvet song: expertly crafted lyrics featuring witty turns of a phrase sung over a nuanced and driving backing layer of instruments. With The Ivory Bills, Velvet, longtime musical partner Johnny Java and guitarist John L. take a group of polished tunes and turn them into bar-band climaxes, a well-oiled set of rockers.

The New Haven Advocate:

James Velvet and friends masquerade as a simple, salt-of-the earth bar band… They almost get away with it, unless you listen closely and hear how Velvet’s expert sense of narrative plays out; how the sing-songy verses build into broadly tuneful choruses; how the band’s kinda-bluesy chug reveals a sharp knowledge of rock ‘n’ roll traditionalism.

Gary Vollono of Independisc.com and Cygnus Radio refers to the Ivory bills as “Tight & Tasty. Truly honing the power trio concept with balance, not bombast.”

Come out and see them and add your own encomiums to the list!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, May 28. SYNTH POP: MISSION ZERO

• Thursday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: SAM PERDUTA, JASON PRINCE

• Monday, June 2. FILM SCREENING: “LOCAL HERO”

• Wednesday, June 4. ROCK: THE IVORY BILLS

• Thursday, June 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: KATH BLOOM & TOM HANFORD, BOP TWEEDIE

• Friday, June 6. WORLD MUSIC/FOLK: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

• Wednesday, June 11. LITERARY READING: ALICE MATTISON, SANDI KAHN SHELTON

• Thursday, June 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, June 13. FOLK: ROBERT MESSORE

• Wednesday, June 18. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, June 19. GARAGE POP/PSYCHEDELIC ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Wednesday, June 25. INDIE ROCK: MERCY CHOIR

• Thursday, June 26. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: PRESTER JOHN featuring SHAWN PERSINGER & DAVID MILLER

• Friday, June 27. PUNK ROCK: STARK RAVING LULU

• Wednesday, July 9. CLASSICAL GUITAR: ORPHÉE RUSSELL

• Thursday, July 31. ROCK: THE SHELLY VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Friday, Aug. 1. ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC: DAVID ELKIN-GINNETTI

• Friday, Aug. 15. POP/ART/PUPPETRY: POCKET VINYL, GLUMPUPPET