Frog Hollow brings roots & blues music to Best Video Sat., Sept. 4

Frog Hollow returns to Best Video Film & Cultural Center for an outdoors show on Sat., Sept. 4. It starts at 5 PM.

Frog Hollow is Phil Rosenthal, Chris Wuerth, Peter Menta and Bobo Lavorgna, local bluegrass and blues musicians. They played together for the first time recently on Phil’s monthly radio show on ICRV Radio. They had such a good time, they decided to form a band, and this is their first gig. The music is classic bluegrass, rhythm and blues, and some original songs.

ABOUT OUR SHOWS:

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. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

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. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

Children’s music from Stefanie Clark Harris Sat., Sept. 4, at 10:30 AM

Stefanie Clark Harris plays a morning set of children’s music on the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Sat., Sept. 4. The show is at 10:30 AM.

Stefanie Clark Harris has been a preschool teacher/ music coordinator at Calvin Hill Daycare in New Haven for 13 years. She has also taught for Music Together and is a beloved local Singer Songwriter. Her selection of songs and style encourage crowd participation, authentic connection, and most definitely will spark joy!

Suggested donation is $5-10 per family but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

ABOUT OUR SHOWS:

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. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

Indie rock from Arms Like Roses, Evelyn Gray Thurs., Sept. 2

Arms Like Roses plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Thurs., Sept. 2. The show starts at 5:30 PM with a set by Evelyn Gray.

Arms Like Roses is an outfit that sprung up out of Connecticut’s DIY scene taking a true punk approach by self-recording demos, making their own merch by hand, playing any basement or bar they could, and placing a strong emphasis on charity and meaningful activism. With a sound rooted in the late 90s/early 00s second-wave emo scene akin to acts like Rainer Maria, Mineral, and Benton Falls, the band add a unique modern edge and youthful energy to the style that makes them fit right in alongside current punk and alternative rock acts like Mannequin Pussy and Hop Along.

After existing for a couple years (and a pandemic that caused endless delays to their progress), the band’s hard work is finally on display with their debut EP “Get Some Sleep”, and they plan to take things to the next level with a larger-budget LP to be recorded in the summer of 2021.

Evelyn Gray spent 25 years living someone else’s life. Now, she’s making up for lost time.

With an uncanny sense of gratefulness, Evelyn Gray weaves together the emotional history of her first year transitioning. Her debut album, “Let the Flower Grow,” explores vulnerability, visibility, authenticity, and self-acceptance. Her work on the Self through music has dispelled the feeling of being misplaced, of wondering why she was alive and what she was doing here – “here” being not just on this planet, but in this body. Her music provides a calmness and encourages space to be held for those needing to feel seen, heard, and accepted. Speaking on her live sound, the New Haven Independent shares:

“Each song began tenderly, inviting you to come in and be comforted, reassuring you that you were safe and understood, and then allowing you to release whatever ailed you as [she] brought each song to it’s climax, guitar swung back, hands raised with voice and spirit elevated. The crowd was held captive.”

Gray’s visibility work is not just for her sake, but for her community at large (or, as she puts it, “for anyone who has ever been made to feel like there was something wrong with them”). For all those who are still afraid to be themselves, for anyone who feels like they don’t have a voice, for anyone searching for representation, Gray is here to speak up. “Let the Flower Grow” is a message that you are seen, you are valid, and you are enough.

ABOUT OUR SHOWS:

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. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

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. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

Nu Haven Kapelye plays klezmer Wed., Aug. 25

Nu Haven Kapelye plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Wed., Aug. 25. The show starts at 4:30 PM.

The Nu Haven Kapelye is Southern New England’s largest Klezmer ensemble, numbering anywhere from 12-30 musicians. A cross between a big band and a Klezmer orchestra, the Kapelye plays innovative arrangements of Klezmer and Yiddish music from Romania, Hungary, Bessarabia, and other Eastern European locales. It isn’t just the size of this group that makes it so exciting it’s the energy of their performances and the commitment of the musicians that comes across in their music.

The group is intergenerational with players ranging in age from 12-86. The group recorded and released their first CD, What’s Nu, in 2016. During the pandemic the group recorded and released several quarantine videos including “Mazel”, which has been accepted to 6 film festivals and recently won “Best Music Video” at the 2021 LA Sun Film Fest.

ABOUT OUR SHOWS:

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. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

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. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

Thursday, Aug. 12, traditional jazz show canceled

Due to a complaint from the Louis Armstrong Foundation, Thursday’s concert of traditional jazz has been canceled.

We hope to have Nick Di Maria, Brian Slattery, and Mike Pireano here to play in that style in the future sans any references to the man renowned for the song “Wonderful World” among other classics.

Our apologies to the Foundation for the unauthorized use of Armstrong’s nickname and image in the promotion.

The Sawtelles return Sat., Aug. 21

The Sawtelles play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Sat., Aug. 21. The show starts at 5:30 PM.

Husband and wife duo Pete and Julie Riccio are the foundation of the Sawtelles. Their music is a balance of four elements: alternate-tuned guitar, stand-up drum kit (ala Velvet Underground’s Mo Tucker) and two voices. Peter plays guitar and Julie plays drums; they both sing. Their sparse but intricately arranged pop is as lush as it is captivatingly unique; what is played as important as what isn’t.

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. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

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. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps perform Fri., Aug. 20

Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Fri., Aug. 20. The show starts at 5:30 PM.

Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps plays music from around the world and uses it as a launching pad for improvisations that never lose their sense of groove—whether it’s Colombian cumbias, Ethiopian jazz, Romanian horas, Argentinian tangos, traditional music from the United States, or original songs by accordionist and singer Adam Matlock.

The members of Dr. Caterwaul’s are Adam Matlock, Brian Slattery, Chris Cretella, Mike Tepper, and Michael Paolucci. (Guitarist Chris Cretella won’t be available for this show.)

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. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

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. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

Mightymoonchew, A Pallet for the Shoal play Thurs., Aug. 19

Mightymoonchew and A Pallet for the Shoal play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Thurs., Aug. 19. The show starts with A Pallet for the Shoal at 5:15 PM.

MightyMoonChew is a trio from New Haven bringing a wild mix of sounds and genres together, sometimes on the spot. Shoutout Lil Mama and Avril Lavigne. The band is Marcus-Aurelius C. Benton, Mooncha, and Chris Chew.

A Pallet for the Shoal is the songwriting project of New Haven area singer/guitarist Clayton Eles and bassist Lucas Healy-Hibbard. The duo’s sound is anchored by the solid and soulful plucking of Healy-Hibbard’s bass, while Eles dashes bright notes of harmonica on folk/country tunes or sears ragged guitar leads between verses of meditative lyrics. Alternative and psychedelic tones mingle while the narrative voice of the songs delivers fluid reflections on the human condition. The group has performed throughout the east coast for over a decade. Typical live sets are accentuated by a smattering of tasty covers.

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. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

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. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

Dreamfield plays pop and jazz Sat., Aug. 14

Dreamfield plays the Best Video Film & Cultural deck Sat., Aug. 14, starting at 5:30 PM.

Dreamfield is a band consisting of Berklee College of Music and New School students—Ryan Peter Murphy on keyboard and vocals, Will Brennan on guitar, Max Pannella on bass, and Logan Sidle on drums! They play all genres and eras of music including Pop, American Standards, Broadway, Jazz and Original songs. They perform favorites ranging from the 50’s Era all the way up to 2020 Top 40 Pop. Their original music ranges from top 40 pop to Beach Boys, and 50’s inspiration.

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. There will also be a donation vase set out for Best Video.

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

UPDATE 8/8—Today’s show postponed—new date to be announced soon: The Dave Mazza Group plays jazz

UPDATE 8/8/21: Due to the rain, today’s show will be rescheduled. A new date will be announced soon.

UPDATE: Due to the (alleged) 50-70% threat of thunderstorms, tonight’s scheduled show with The Dave Mazza Group at Best Video Film & Cultural Center has been rescheduled to Sun., Aug. 8, at 5:30 PM.

The jazz quartet The Dave Mazza Group (formerly BadSlax) plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Thursday, July 8 Sun., Aug. 8. The music starts at 5:30 PM.

One of the area’s liveliest and groovin’est bands, The Dave Mazza Group is four seasoned musicians who love to play. Their eclectic-but-accessible repertoire which features tunes from some of the great contemporary and classic jazz composers (John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock)–along with some originals–is consistently funky, sometimes swinging, and always cooking.

They recently added a new drummer, Nick D’Errico. Nick joined the lineup of Mark Kaplan, tenor sax; Dave Mazza, guitar; and Jim Ludoviconi, bass.

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. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

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. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

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