Music: Five In the Chamber revs up their high energy bluegrass for last show under that name Sat., Dec. 14, at 7:30 PM

Bluegrass quintet Five in the Chamber play Best Video Performance Space on Saturday, Dec. 14. The show starts at 7:30 PM and the cover is $10.

Five in the Chamber is a New Haven, Connecticut based bluegrass band that drives hard and carries a big pick. They respect the tradition. They respect the trailblazers. And they respect the renegade outlaws. Our final product is an eclectic balance of unique music which both reinterprets and redefines the bluegrass songbook.

Formed in 2011, the band has spent the last several years building a catalog of original catalog that showcase the group’s strong vocals, musicianship, and passion for genre busting. The band released their debut album in the Fall of 2013 entitled Live in the Chamber to rave reviews and is currently working on a new EP.

Five in the Chamber is Ken McEwen (Guitar, Vocals), Pete Kaufman (Banjo), Kat Wallace (Fiddle, Vocals), Dave Casali (Bass, Vocals) and David Sasso (Mandolin, Vocals).

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Music: GuitarTownCT presents Evan Murphy Sun., Dec. 8, at 7 PM; Sofia Chiarandini opens

Evan Murphy plays Best Video Performance Space on Sunday, Dec. 8. Fiddler Sofia Chiarandini opens. The show starts at 7 PM and advance tickets are available from GuitarTownCT.com for $25.
Evan Murphy, known best for his work as singer/guitarist and a founding member of the groundbreaking bluegrass group Mile Twelve, is touring his debut solo project in the northeast. His new music showcases his songwriting in a new and raw way, focusing on deeply personal topics such as religion, home and family. Evan is backed by Nate Sabat on bass and Sean Trischka on drums. Not bluegrass, but in the tradition of singer/songwriters from that genre.
Sofía Chiarandini is a musician based out of New England. She has been playing violin since age five, and at age fourteen decided to dive into the world of bluegrass. Sofía began studying with Grammy award winning fiddle and dobro player and notable author Stacy Phillips, who was her mentor and main source of inspiration in the non-classical world. As a teenager she studied voice with jazz vocalist Sarah Tolar, and classical violin with Juliet Kurtzman. Sofía has been playing double bass since she was nine, and has studied with Domenick Fiore, who inspired Sofía to diversify and study jazz as well.

Music: California art rock musician Eamon Fogarty, Drifting North play Wed., Nov. 20

Eamon Fogarty.

California-based musician and songwriter Eamon Fogarty plays Best Video Performance Space Wednesday, Nov. 20. Drifting North, an off-shot of No Line North, will open.

The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).

Eamon Fogarty is a singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist currently based in Santa Barbara CA.

The music blog Aquarium Drunkard featured Fogarty’s cover of Chris Bell’s “I Am the Cosmos” this past August. About Fogarty’s most recent record, “Blue Values,” they wrote:

It’s a remarkable piece of art-pop, exhibiting the low slung ease of Tim Buckley’s jazz-rock, the shambolic grace of Beck, the progressive grandeur of Scott Walker, and the mystic yearning of Talk Talk. Produced and mixed by Chris Schlarb of Psychic Temple, the album finds Fogarty joined by a cast of players contributing woodwinds, percussion, and vibraphone. It’s an album reflective of an ever-changing landscape, a set of songs emboldened by ambiguity.

Drifting North debuts as an evolutionary off-shoot of No Line North. The group features Jon Schlesinger, Michael Kiefer, Brian Slattery, and Richard Brown. Drifting North sets their compass for the woozy boundary between folky Americana and the frontiers of psychedelic inner space.

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Music: Fernando Pinto Presents Yves Lambert Trio, River Run Fri., Oct. 18, at 8 PM

Fernando Pinto Presents the Yves Lambert Trio and River Run at Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Oct. 18. The show starts at 8 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available through BrownPaperTickets.com.

Yves Lambert is a back country musician with a kamikaze style, whose 40 year career has been full of risks, adventures, and challenges. Over time, Yves Lambert has become a veritable patriarch of the revival of Quebec’s musical roots. His very personal manner of linking the relevance of his words with anecdotes and his concerns contribute to his great propensity for interpretation.

Lambert can sing it all, from Boisson d’avril with Groovy Aardvark (a hard rock Quebecois band), to children’s songs such as Gilles Vigneault’s Un trésor dans mon jardin, or by going blues on Petite fleur by Sidney Béchet. He also passionately supports the songs of poet Gaston Miron, all while maintaining his traditional music leadership role in La Bottine Souriante and his Bébert Orchestra. In fact, some Quebec critics portray Yves Lambert as a beacon in the aesthetics of Quebec’s cultural heritage.

It was in 1976 that the singer and multi-instrumentalist founded what became the legendary group La Bottine Souriante, with partners Mario Forest and André Marchand. Mr. Lambert’s natural talent and charisma, together with this growing group, has had a strong impact on the evolution of Quebec’s musical heritage as well as the revival of traditional music.

Throughout his 26 years as a member of La Bottine Souriante, Yves Lambert was the link between the various incarnations of the group and was their heart and soul. From 1976 to January 2003, he contributed to the group’s rise by participating in numerous shows, tours, and television programs in Quebec as well as around the world. The Bottine experience led him to share various awards with the group, including 3 Junos, 8 Félix Awards for Traditional Album of the Year, and 1 BBC Award for Traditional Album and Group of the Year, as well as Félix nominations in the following categories: Show of the Year, Group of the Year, and Most Successful Artist Outside Quebec

Lambert, Rondeau, and Gauthier experimented with the trio concept during their 23-concert summer circuit tour in Eastern Quebec in 2010. Strongly encouraged by charmed audiences and by the pleasure of the musical challenge, in fall 2012, the trio delivered an album where the “sound” achieved extraordinary mastery and affirmed the trio’s distinctive personality. The trio brilliantly demonstrates how traditional local music continually reinvents itself within a modern context.

Despite there being only three musicians, nothing of the sound is lost. The three multi-instrumentalists multiply the decibels as though there were many more than three members. Studio wizardry? Absolutely not! With a simple modification to his guitar, Olivier Rondeau added depth by expanding the instrument’s dynamic range. This process enables a new way of playing guitar and bass simultaneously. What we hear on the album can be 95% reproduced live on stage.

River Run is not your typical Americana family band. Based in New Haven, CT, their sound is rooted firmly in guitarist Bill’s classic rock influences, earthy vocals from lead singer Sam, and Kat’s intuitive and sonorous fiddle interludes. With soaring sibling harmony and original song writing, they create an undeniably enchanting musical experience.

Brian Slattery in The New Haven Independent:

Sam’s powerful voice made it clear why she took lead vocals, and yet her voice and Kat’s blended as only siblings’ voices can. Bill’s guitar provided the solid foundation for them both. The final element in the band’s sound was Kat’s fiddle playing, at which she excelled.

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Music: Hans Bilger, Amber Anchor play Mon., Oct. 14, at 8 PM

Indie folk artist Hans Bilger and Americana duo Amber Anchor play Best Video Performance Space on Monday, Oct. 14. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).

Hans Bilger is a bassist, singer, songwriter and composer from Brooklyn, NY. After an early diet of country and bluegrass music provided by his family band, the Charismatic Megafauna, he pursued formal training in improvised and classical music. His mentors include the bassists Greg Cohen (Ornette Coleman, Tom Waits), Samuel Suggs (Concert Artists Guild), Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers), J.A. Granelli (Mr. Lucky), Axel Scherka (Staatskapelle Berlin), Kurt Muroki (Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center), and others.

Bilger moved to Austin, TX in 2016, where he quickly became a sought-after sideman and session bassist. Recent projects include recordings with Eli Greenhoe, Odell Fox, R.O. Shapiro, Jenner Fox, Micah Motenko, and Will Taylor. Last year, he was commissioned to compose the score for Cora Dance’s gifts, a site-specific work choreographed by Shannon Hummel. The work premiered in Brooklyn in January 2019. Meridian, Bilger’s first album as a leader, will be released this September by Good Child Music.

Bilger is also fascinated by the natural world. While studying evolutionary biology at Yale University, he co-authored a study on musical structure in birdsong with the ornithologist Dr. Richard Prum and wrote Aviary, a piece that uses songbird songs as raw material for a series of improvisatory and through-composed movements. Last fall, he joined the labs of Drs. Julia Clarke and Michael Ryan at UT Austin to start a PhD on the evolution of vocal communication in birds, bats and frogs. His scientific work is supported by fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and UT Austin. He is currently at work on Austin Menagerie (working title), a series of musical sketches based on Texas fauna.

Bilger currently lives in Berlin, Germany, where he splits his time between writing, performing, and CT-scanning bat larynges at the Museum für Naturkunde.

Hometown Easton-based favorite, Amber Anchor, builds upon the great tradition of American folk. Dan Tressler and Jeff Smith are revered for both their vocal harmonies, and their ability to seamlessly swap between guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and banjo. The duo often performs at the Tressler Barn, a timeless space filled with antique furniture, cozy fires, potluck feasts, and a spirit of camaraderie and authenticity.

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Music: Fernando Pinto Presents the Nordic folk of SVER, Americana by local duo Kat Wallace & David Sasso Sat., Sept. 21, at 7:30 PM

SVER.

Promoter Fernando Pinto presents the Norwegian/Swedish Nordic folk act SVER at Best Video Performance Space on Saturday, Sept. 21. Doors are at 7:30 PM and the show starts at 8 PM. Local Americana duo Kat Wallace & David Sasso open. Advance tickets are $20 and tickets are $25 the day of the show.

SVER play epic Nordic folk music with relentless energy and seductive spark taking you on a fantastic musical journey guaranteed to excite you. Ranging from fiddle-driven tunes from Norway and Sweden and melds them with wild, lonesome songs from old Scandinavia and the Appalachians and fiery, inventive force of SVER’s fiddles, accordion, guitar and drums, to a swinging, pounding and sweaty madness – you are invited to the party, greeted by a welcoming primal force that pulls you into the dance. Since the group’s inception, SVER has gone from strength to strength, playing extensively throughout Europe and the US, gaining a reputation as one of the most acclaimed live acts in the Nordic folk scene.

SVER has often been described as “sounding electric without electricity”, and their flexible musicianship has also made them an attractive backing band for some of Scandinavia’s leading singers in different genres. That has lead to them playing on TV-shows, at large festivals, as well as securing positions on radio charts with the music ranging from folk to reggae/dancehall and rap. Their imaginative soundscapes, grooves, and melodies will take you on a journey over the Norwegian fjords and mountains, into the lively pubs and back out into the deep forest of their musicality.

Kat Wallace and David Sasso met playing hard and fast bluegrass with New Haven string band Five in the Chamber. Their shared background in classical music and affinity for all things trad brought them together to form an intimate and virtuosic duo. Both singers and multi-instrumentalists, Wallace and Sasso orbit around traditional folk, original songwriting, and the ever-evolving Americana movement. Their effortless vocal lines and innovative harmonization command the stage while allowing space for each song to tell its story. Their debut album, Stuff of Stars, is set to release in August 2019.

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Music: The Moon Shells, Kat Wallace & David Sasso serve up Americana Sat., June 1, at

The Moon Shells and the duo of Kat Wallace & David Sasso play Best Video Performance Space on Saturday, June 1. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).

The Moon Shells are a new project from Maggie Shar, Laura Murawski, and Brian Slattery, who met one another through the Appalachian fiddle community in 2015 and started playing together as often as they could. As musicians they were drawn to each other by a shared sense of rhythm and improvisation, grounded in the Appalachian fiddle tradition but drawing from the many kinds of music they love from Louisiana, West Africa, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere, to create a sound that’s emotional and groovy at the same time.

Kat Wallace and David Sasso met playing hard and fast bluegrass with New Haven string band Five in the Chamber. Their shared background in classical music and affinity for all things trad brought them together to form an intimate and virtuosic duo. Both singers and multi-instrumentalists, Wallace and Sasso orbit around traditional folk, original songwriting, and the ever-evolving Americana movement. Their effortless vocal lines and innovative harmonization command the stage while allowing space for each song to tell it’s story. In April 2019, Kat and David will be recording their debut album in Dimension Sound Studios in Boston, produced by acclaimed cellist Mike Block.

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Music: Singer-songwriter George Morgio, rock group The Wyrd Brothers play Wed., May 29

Singer-songwriter George Morgio and the rock group The Wyrd Brothers play Best Video Performance Space on Wed., May 29. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).

George Morgio started his musical career in the mid 1960’s. He was the lead singer and songwriter for NAIF, the North Atlantic Invasion Force, a band he formed in 1964. NAIF achieved success in the Southern Connecticut area, releasing Blue and Green Gown, Sweet Bird of Love and Elephant in My Tambourine, all of which hit the local charts.

During this time, NAIF played clubs, colleges, and concerts, opening for groups such as The Rascals, The Rolling Stones, The McCoys, The Searchers, The Zombies, Vanilla Fudge, and George Carlin. In 1968, their recording of Black on White hit #1 in Southern Connecticut and was on the national music charts. The hit was played on nationally televised American Bandstand and radio stations throughout the country.

George pursued a solo career, playing original songs in clubs, colleges, and concerts in the early 1970’s. In 1973 he took some time off from music, which turned into a thirty-plus year sabbatical. During this period he was involved in the demands of building up a successful antiques business. The History of Garage Bands in the 60’s: Volume I  was released in 1995. The CD was a retrospective of NAIF, containing 14 original works, including 7 songs previously unreleased.

With the release of his CD Listen in the Dark, George has returned to his love and passion, writing and performing original material. His songs are emotional journeys touching on love, the environment, world peace, the homeless, politics, and the human condition.

Brian & Peter Wyrd played in various bands together starting out in 1967 as a Byrds cover band in Jr High school. They spent their youth playing music in the family barn or down in the basement breathing in concrete dust. After 30 years Brian received an email from Peter with the first round of lyrics to “Racing to the Bottom.” Brian sent back a guitar part and the idea of a reunion was born.

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Music: All in the family Americana from River Run Fri., Mar. 29

Americana band River Run plays Best Video Performance Space show Fri., Mar. 29. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $10.

River Run is not your typical Americana band. Based in New Haven, CT, their sound is rooted firmly in guitarist Bill Wallace’s classic rock influences, earthy vocals from lead singer Sam Wallace, and Kat Wallace’s intuitive and sonorous fiddle interludes. With soaring sibling harmony and original song writing, they create a unique musical experience.

River Run is currently recording its first EP with Grammy-nominated Ira Sokolsky at Riverway Studios. The album is an intimate look into heartbreak and healing, captured with driving strings and tight harmonies.

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Music: Frank Viele offers self-penned Americana & blue-eyed soul Sat., Mar. 16

Singer-songwriter Frank Viele plays an intimate solo show at Best Video Film & Cultural Center in Hamden on Saturday, Mar. 16, starting at 8 PM. Advance tickets are $7 through BrownPaperTickets.com. Tickets at the door the day of the show are $10.

A bourbon drinking, cartoon watching, blue-collar entrepreneur; his musical roots started on his grandmother’s piano as a young child, developed as a teen tailgating with an acoustic guitar in the parking lots of Dave Matthews Band concerts, and blossomed on the road as a young adult performing as the quintessential “weekend warrior” in the East Coast Jam and Singer/Songwriter scenes.

With the 2015 release of his first full-length album, Fall Your Way, Viele found himself singing his heart out on stages and radio stations across the country supporting a range of acts as eclectic as his song catalog. His most recent record is What’s His Name?

At home on stage with nothing but a stool, glass of bourbon, and an acoustic guitar, or side by side with his power house band, Viele has found himself on stage with modern singer/songwriters such as Pat McGee, Ryan Montbleau, Gavin Degraw, and Tony Lucca, Jam and Rock oriented bands including Blues Traveler, Eric Lindell, Turkuaz, The London Souls, and Zach Myers of Shinedown, as well classic rock legends including The Marshall Tucker Band, Foreigner, Ambrosia, Bret Michaels, and Bob Marley’s Wailers.

This stylistically eclectic use of instrumentation combined with his perspective as a story teller rooted in traditional folk and blues music finds him not only supporting amazing acts in the live arena, but also performing alongside some of the most talented musicians playing today In fact, Fall Your Way finds artists the likes of blues guitar great Joe Bonamassa, jam guitar ace Tim Palmieri of Kung Fu, and saxophonist Bill Holloman of Chic, Elton John, and The E Street Band adding their talents to Viele’ s music.

Consistently referring to his artistic endeavors as a true “journey,” Viele’s experience and dedication to the art of the live show and touring finds him on the road regularly. Performing over 150 shows a year earned him the title of The New England Music Award’s 2014 “Live Act Of The Year.”

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