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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