Friday: Goodnight Blue Moon, Junebug Saddle; Saturday: Allen Lowe & The Orchestra; Sunday: Jarawa & The Healing Drum Society, Little Silver
Best Video Film & Cultural Center presents Deep Hamden, a three-day festival of music from Oct. 12-14. Featured artists are Goodnight Blue Moon and Junebug Saddle (Fri., Oct. 12, 7 PM), Allen Lowe & The Orchestra (Sat., Oct. 13, 8 PM), and (Sun., Oct. 14, Doors at 6 PM, Music at 6:30 PM) Brian Jarawa Gray and the Healing Drum Society and Little Silver. The cover is $10 for each night.
Organized by jazz saxophonist Allen Lowe, the Deep Hamden festival is loosely based on an Americana theme. But where Americana is usually considered to be an offshoot of country and rock, in Deep Hamden Americana also encompasses jazz, Dixieland and African percussion elements.
Deep Hamden originated as a festival in 2017 to honor both the range of American music and the creative community of Connecticut. The first festival included jazz, various forms of improvised music, and an African drum ensemble. The greater New Haven area is uniquely multicultural and contains a wide range of musical talent.
Friday, Oct. 12, Doors at 7 PM, Music starts at 7:30 PM:
Blending rich vocal harmonies with lush orchestrations, Goodnight Blue Moon has created a sound that is steeped in tradition, yet entirely current. GNBM is known for their energetic, honest, and dynamic live performances, offering a refreshing take on Americana roots music.
Junebug Saddle is the passion project of singer, Val McKee, who longed to dig up the roots of her East Tennessee upbringing and bring some of her favorite musicians along to play in the dirt. Val and David Johnson pay homage to some of their favorite classic country, folk, and Americana musicians, in addition to originals and “countrifying” songs they grew up on.
Saturday, Oct. 13, starting at 8 PM:
Allen Lowe & The Orchestra perform “A Love Supine: a Dixieland Love Supreme,” first performed at Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center in February, 2018. Though the suite is somewhat of a tribute to John Coltrane, it is as much an examination of American modernism, particularly as it pertains to jazz and improvised music. A 2-CD set of this program will be released in February 2019 by the legendary jazz label ESP Disk.
Sunday, Oct. 14, Doors 6 PM, Music starts at 6:30 PM:
The Healing Drum Society is led by Brian Jarawa Gray, better known as Jarawa. Jarawa has more then 30 years of experience as a percussionist, songwriter, band leader and performing artist. He has taught world music in public and private schools and universities in Connecticut and New York. Jarawa performs Natural Centric Drumming and the music of the African Diaspora.
Little Silver released their debut album “Somewhere You Found My Name” July, 2017. Based at the time in Brooklyn and now relocated to Hamden, Little Silver’s music is built around the ethereal vocals of married duo Erika Simonian and Steve Curtis. “Somewhere You Found My Name” is a gorgeous collection of original songs that confront the shifting landscape of gaining and losing loved ones, changes in perspective, and the uncertainty of life itself. Little Silver’s sparse arrangements and beautifully understated vocals bring these everyday truths to life. Simonian and Curtis will perform as a duo for this show.