Singer-songwriters Joe Flood & American Elm showcase their tunes Sat., Mar. 26

The singer-songwriters Joe Flood and American Elm share the bill at Best Video Film & Cultural Center Sat., Mar. 26. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.

This is an indoor show so attendance is 30 max. Proof of vaccination is required to enter and masks are required. (This will be updated if circumstances allow a loosening of these restrictions.)

Joe Flood has written for and recorded with Rock & Roll Hall of Famers The Band, Blues Traveler, and the Bottle Rockets among many others. His new release “All Roads” explores the connection of the Blues to Afro-Cuban, rock ’n’ roll, gospel, and country music. The songs were recorded live to tape with minimal overdubbing. Says Flood, “Scott Kessel’s drum kit plays a big part in the sound of the record. It reminds me of a guy I knew on the street in the French Quarter years ago who played on fruit crates and pots and pans. It’s a sound very close to the source.”

American Elm is the nome de guerre of Chris Bousquet, a singer-songwriter from Connecticut. He is the former leader of the internationally acclaimed High Lonesome Plains. He has performed with such luminaries as Roger McGuinn (The Byrds), Mercury Rev, Howe Gelb, Miracle Legion, John Sebastian, Asleep at the Wheel, Rhett Miller, Mark Mulcahy, The Turtles, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, J. Geils, and Susan Cowsill.

American Elm, Bop Tweedie on the Best Video deck Thurs., May 20, 5:30 PM

American Elm and Bop Tweedie play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Thurs. May 20. The show starts at 5:30 PM.

American Elm is the nom de guerre of Chris Bousquet, a singer-songwriter from Connecticut. He is the former leader of the internationally acclaimed High Lonesome Plains. He has performed with such luminaries as Roger McGuinn (The Byrds), Mercury Rev, Howe Gelb, Miracle Legion, John Sebastian, Asleep at the Wheel, Rhett Miller, Mark Mulcahy, The Turtles, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, J. Geils, and Susan Cowsill.

2018 was a productive year in which Bousquet released a live E.P. “The Ivory Sessions,” and the “A Long Road To Be Free” single, a collaboration with musician and producer Eric Lichter (Kerri Powers, Mercury Rev), recorded at Dirt Floor Studios in Connecticut. 2018 also marked the public debut of “The Year of the Horse: A Folk-Rock Song Cycle” written by Bousquet, and performed live in New Haven by some of the regions most talented, and beloved musicians.

Bop Tweedie is a Connecticut singer-songwriter very happy to be returning to Best Video for his first show since the pandemic. This time he has a brand new CD to share.

“Let It Go Let It Go Let It Go” was released this past February and has been getting some very positive reviews…some of them come from people who actually know what they’re talking about.

Bop’s been around for a while so his set will include some new songs, some old songs, maybe a cover, and possibly a sing-a-long too. It’s a given that in-between songs will be filled with unintelligible mutterings.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others.

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up.

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.