The Anne Marie Menta Band plays Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, June 22, with The Chris Childs Trio opening. The show has an early 7:30 start and the cover is $7.
Anne Marie Menta hails from New Haven, CT., where she has been a long time favorite singer/songwriter. She comes from a family of three brothers, where playing and listening to music was their great passion. Her musical credits include fronting various rock & roll, folk, and country bands as a singer/guitarist, including The Wanderers, Sugar Moon, Sky Riders, and Rodeo Radio. In the mid 90s, she decided to concentrate on her own original music, and those tunes of hers that she “snuck” into her cover band repertoire now became her main focus. But, the country, folk, and pop music that she loved continued to be an influence in her writing.
Anne Marie’s first two CDs of original music, “Untried & True” and “When the Love Ran Deep” were released in 1999 and 2004 to enthusiastic reviews and gained airplay throughout New England acoustic music programs. Her third CD, “Seven Secrets,” was released in late November 2009 and continues her lyrical and melodic style of songwriting, as well as collaborations with her producer and fellow songwriter and instrumentalist, Dick Neal. She has been a featured performer at the Eli Whitney Folk Festival in New Haven, CT. and opened for artists such as Richard Shindell, The Kennedys, and Eddie from Ohio. She was a finalist in the 2004 South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter competition, and a showcase artist at NERFA (New England Regional Folk Alliance.)
Atlanta performer/composer Chris Childs is utilizing this trio for cello, english horn, and piano, to present his new work titled “If I Were a Little Boy, I’d Be a Girl.” This 25 minute, single-movement piece started as an experiment with two particular goals in mind: 1) to concentrate on the more lyrical aspects of each instrument, especially the cello and english horn. Throughout the piece the piano often serves as an out-of-focus accompaniment for the other two instruments, though the piano does indeed have its own featured moments; and 2) to create a work that unfolds a tapestry of musical scenes while retaining a thematic cohesion from beginning to end.
The music was written with a sense of fascination with how thematic source material can be altered and re-used gently, subtly, and sometimes subliminally to create a sense of connectivity throughout, reshaping the idea of a linear musical experience into something that operates more like a 3-dimensional tonal landscape.
The Chris Childs Trio consists of Carolyn Johnston (english horn), Ben Shirley (cello), and Chris Childs (piano). Both Ben and Chris are members of the Atlanta based group, Faun and a Pan Flute, and Carolyn Johnston is an active musician in Atlanta’s classical music scene. It is the aim of the Chris Childs Trio to manifest an embracing and inclusive attitude, ever attempting to bridge the gap between the historically academic world of “classical” instrumental music and the world of DIY, “folk”, and community based music scenes.
UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):
• Friday, June 16, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)
• Wednesday, June 21. PROGRESSIVE FOLK: FE FI FO, SINGER-SONGWRITER: KRIZTA MOON
• Thursday, June 22, 7:30 PM. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND; CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL MUSIC: THE CHRIS CHILDS TRIO
• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE; INDIE ROCK: S.G. CARLSON
• Wednesday, June 28. ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC IMPROVISATION: NOAH & DAVID CHEVAN
• Thursday, June 29. POST-MODERN JAZZ/VOCALS: MÉLANGE À TROIS
• Friday, June 30. BLUEGRASS: THE DUDLEY FARMS STRING BAND
• Sunday, July 2, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM
• Wednesday, July 5. CONTRA DANCE TUNES: WRY BRED
• Thursday, July 6. BLUES ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT.
• Friday, July 7. BLUES/FOLK: CODA BLUE
• Sunday, July 9, 2 PM. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—HOWARD HAWK’S SCARFACE” (1932)
• Wednesday, July 12. SURF ROCK: THE CLAMS
• Thursday, July 13. ROCK: THE RIGHT OFFS
• Friday, July 14. ROCK: ROPE; SINGER-SONGWRITER: KEVIN MF KING
• Saturday, July 15, 7 PM. INDIE/PUNK: BILGE RAT, ARTHUR SHEA, BIG NICK, HELLRAZOR (TINY BOX BOOKING SHOW)
• Sunday, July 16, 2 PM. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—HOWARD HAWK’S “HIS GIRL FRIDAY” (1940)
• Wednesday, July 19. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA
• Friday, July 21. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANA MERRITT
• Sunday, July 23, 2 PM. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—HOWARD HAWK’S “THE BIG SLEEP” (1946)
• Wednesday, July 26. MUSIC FROM “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRES OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS
• Thursday, July 27. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANIELLE CAPALBO (of QUIET GIANT)
• Friday, July 28. WORLD MUSIC: NEELA
• Sunday, July 30, 2 PM. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—HOWARD HAWK’S “RIO BRAVO” (1959)
• Wednesday, Aug. 2. JAZZ: BADSLAX
• Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)
• Sunday, Aug. 6, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM
• Wednesday, Aug. 9. EXPERIMENTAL: HUMAN FLOURISHING
• Thursday, Aug. 10. ALT-COUNTRY: PLYWOOD COWBOY
• Friday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN & HER BAND, ELISA FLYNN
• Wednesday, Aug. 16. INDIE ROCK: FURNSSS, TRASH CAN
• Thursday, Aug. 17. STEEL DRUM MUSIC: MIMOSA
• Friday, Aug. 25. POP ROCK: OBERON ROSE
• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES
• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)
• Wednesday, Sept. 20. BLUEGRASS: BAIT AND SWITCH
• Friday, Sept. 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND
• Saturday, Sept. 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOHN GORKA (ODDBALL PRODUCTIONS)
• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)
• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN