Music: Singer-songwriter Seth Adam and fingerstyle guitarist Glenn Roth perform Thurs., May 28, at 8 PM

Singer-songwriter Seth Adam (accompanied by guitarist Gerry Giaimo) and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist Glenn Roth will play sets at Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, May 28. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Seth Adam (Photo by Dawnmarie)

Seth Adam (Photo by Dawnmarie)

Seth Adams describes his music as “singer-songwriter/Americana/alt-country/folk/rock. That’s a lot of sub genres, but probably the best way to characterize it.” His earliest influences were Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Kenny Rogers from records played for him by his father when he was a kid. Though he went through his “hair-metal, progressive-rock, and grunge phases,” he considers “the music I write now to be the most heartfelt. My biggest influence is Counting Crows (much more than a ’90’s band’), with Led Zeppelin coming in at a close second place. In recent years I’ve come to nearly deify The Beatles and Son Volt.”

Since his last band broke up in 2005, he’s continued making music under his own name. In 2007, his song ‘Get Out’ was licensed to Volkswagen for their Sights and Sounds campaign. In 2008, entertainment columnist Roger Friedman (then at FoxNews.com) called him “the hardest-working, best live act in indie rock.” In 2010, Adam was recognized in The New Haven Advocate’s reader’s poll, winning the Best Rock Band category.

The experiences of touring – the pursuit, the push to be something bigger than myself, days of doubt, days of pride, meeting some wonderful folks, sharing a lot of different stories, and seeing some amazing places – became the catalyst to write the songs for his record “Steel Tempered Pride,” which came out in September, 2013.

Glenn Roth is a fingerstyle guitarist, his thumb riding the bassline and the melody driving all. His compositions suggest multiple guitars, but it’s really just one guy, ten flying fingers, one instrument. All instrumental, Roth’s songs suggest moods and narratives that compel the listener to fill in the details.

Glenn Roth (Photo by Grace Pisano)

Glenn Roth (Photo by Grace Pisano)

Roth has released three CDs to date: Innovations (2005), Busker (2006), and Into the Unknown (2010). His original compositions have been hailed as “sheer virtuosity” (20th Century Guitar magazine) and “delicate, accomplished solo acoustic guitar work” (PLAY: New Haven Arts & Entertainment Weekly). Roth released a new “Another Dimension EP” in April of 2014.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, May 20. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: JAY PRINCE, PATRICK DALTON

• Thursday, May 21. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, May 22. ROCK: NOTHING SPECIAL

• Wednesday, May 27. BLUEGRASS: THE FIDDLEHEADS

• Thursday, May 28. SINGER-SONGWRITER; ACOUSTIC GUITARIST: SETH ADAM; GLENN ROTH

• Friday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Thursday, June 4. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR, PARLAY DRONER

• Friday, June 5. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Monday, June 8. FILM SCREENING: “FINDING TATANKA”

• Wednesday, June 10. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM, DAN GREENE

• Thursday, June 11. ECLECTIC ACOUSTIC: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS & THE CYGNET SISTERS

• Friday, June 12. BLUEGRASS: THE WOOL HATS STRING BAND

• Thursday, June 18: SILENT FILM with MUSIC: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT scores “THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI”

• Friday, June 26. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Friday, July 17. PIANO POP/PAINTING: POCKET VINYL

• Wednesday, Aug. 26. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS