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POSTPONED: Brooke Dougan, Justin Esmer play Best Video

UPDATE 6/30/21: Due to the likely threat of rain and possible thunderstorms, the Brooke Dougan/Justin Esmer show on the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck today, June 30, is being postponed. A new date will be announced soon.

Brooke Dougan and Justin Esmer play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Fri., June 4. The show starts at 5 PM.

Brooke Dougan is a singer songwriter who has been performing all over Connecticut since she was 14. She has a laid back sound with a smooth voice. Brooke sings with an understated vocal style and writes sweet, simply arranged songs that are accented by interesting chord changes. The result are songs that feel familiar but have unexpected twists.

Justin Esmer is a rising 17 year old Filipino indie pop artist from Hamden, Connecticut. When creating music, Justin is inspired by dreaminess, nature, and nostalgia. He’s the lead vocalist in his high school band “Bad Habits” and is a solo artist for his independent project “Esmer.”

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.

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Music: Pigeon English bring their classic harmony pop to Best Video Fri., Aug. 30; Brooke Dougan opens

Pigeon English plays Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Aug. 30. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range). Pigeon English is a collaboration between songwriters Brian Larney and Rob Nelson, exploring close harmony vocals and the mysterious paths of melody. Singer-songwriter Brooke Dougan opens the show.

What happens when two high school friends who love writing and performing music together grow up and drift apart? If they’re lucky, they reconnect years later at a nightclub and sing an Elvis song together at a birthday tribute to the King of Rock and Roll.

That’s how Pigeon English happened. Brian Larney and Rob Nelson rediscovered the magic sound of the close harmony vocals they had begun crafting as teenagers.

When Pigeon English released their 6-song debut EP “Coo” in January, Rick Allison of Cygnus Radio called it “one of the new treasures of 2019.” Brian Slattery of the New Haven Independent wrote that Pigeon English “melodies, chords, and lyrics consistently make clever turns that feel both unexpected, satisfying — and emotionally complicated…thanks to songwriting this fun and sharp, complicated, agonizing relationship troubles have rarely been so catchy.” Frank Critelli, singer, songwriter and co-host of WPLR’s Local Bands Show, called Pigeon English “one of the best bands to come out of New Haven in a very long time.”

In July, the band released its first full-length album, “Places, Everyone!” featuring 10 new songs. Around the same time, the readers of CT Now! chose Pigeon English as Runner Up for Best New Band. The close vocal harmonies of singer/songwriters Brian Larney and Rob Nelson have earned Pigeon English comparisons to the Everly Brothers and The Beatles. Their music has been described as “brand-new, yet instantly nostalgic.”

Brooke Dougan—a 16-year-old singer-songwriter who has played Infinity Hall in Norfolk, the Acoustic in Bridgeport, CJ Sparrows and the State House, as well as Best Video’s Second Wednesday Open Mic—will open for Pigeon English.

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