Music: Indie folk Sat., Mar. 18, with James A.M. Downes, Brooms, Gabe Mortali

Three indie folk acts spearhead an early show at Best Video Performance Space on Saturday, Mar. 18. James A.M. Downes, Brooms, and Gabe Mortali play in a show that starts at 7 PM. The cover is $10.

James A.M. Downes

James A.M. Downes’ statement:

One time this snake pit of a lady spit on me in a New York subway station when I was on my way to work. Another time I got lucky and married a hopelessly wonderful girl in my hometown of Old Saybrook, CT. In a fever, I’ve been repeatedly trying to write my favorite song all my life. The only tattoo I have is my deceased dog’s name written in Old English across my shoulders. I cried and cried. I have no idea how, but I haven’t been arrested yet. The soundtracks to Homeward Bound and Jurassic Park changed my life. Then The Beatles did. Then Weezer did.

On March 17th, I’ll be releasing my debut EP, Prison Font. I’m excited to share it and it’s my hope that you’ll dig it. If you enjoy musical stories of naked insecurity and self-reflection/depreciation in the service of getting someone to crack a little smile, then I think I have half a chance.

Brooms formed in the summer of 2012. In a crumbling apartment in Gowanus, Brooklyn, pianist Brett Crudgington and vocalist Matt Cascella conspired to combat boredom and create music. Whether it was the syncing of their musical minds, or just the toxic fumes of the Gowanus, there was chemistry, and in just a couple months they had enough songs to record and release their first album, “In the Backyard.” An anonymous iTunes reviewer used words like “distinctive, raspy tenor,” “atypical sounds,” “Frank Zappa,” “charming,” and “not kazoo-free.” Fair enough.

Brooms

Brooms’ second album, a twelve-track rumpus called “Fuzzy Waters,” was released in fall of 2013. It made waves in the shallow end of the pool, with The Deli nominating it for “Best Alt Folk” album of the year. The tune “Lazy Ass” was later featured in a Buzzfeed video for Purina Puppy Chow that garnered 75 million views worldwide.

Rejecting their newfound fame and fortune (or not), Brooms continued to blaze their own musical trail, releasing their third album, “Brooms Blooms, “a seven-song sandwich presenting a more straightforward rock approach, in 2015. The momentum continues in 2016, with an EP entitled “Bought A Friend” and several new tunes under construction. Their sound is best summed up by The Deli: “This is singer-songwriter music for fans of early Randy Newman, or late Tom Waits, operating by a simple and effective policy: just because you’re baring your soul, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun.”

Gabriel Dylan Mortali

Gabriel Dylan MortaliGabriel Dylan Mortali is a singer-songwriter from Old Saybrook, CT. His musical endeavor has been greatly influenced by the regular titans of acoustic guitar and rock-and- roll, but has also been pitched in one direction or another by those of smaller stature and recognition in genres which are not as defined. His approach is simple and soulful, and his words are often cryptic and sparse; there to reach the listener perhaps only in phrases which then may become their own– something to bring home.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Friday, Mar. 10. JAZZ GUITAR: THE COPPOLA JAZZ GUITAR DUO

• Saturday, Mar. 11. JAZZ: THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE PLAYS “BLACK, BROWN AND BEIGE; YELLOW, TRANS AND QUEER: MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THIS (A PROTEST SUITE COMPOSED BY ALLEN LOWE)

• Monday, Mar. 13. FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MOONLIGHT”

• Wednesday,  Mar. 15. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHULA WEINSTEIN & BEN ROSS

• Thursday, Mar. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, KATHY MUIR

• Friday, Mar. 17. INDIE ROCK: DISCO TEEN 66

• Saturday, Mar. 18. INDIE FOLK: JAMES AM DOWNES, BROOMS, GABE MORTALI

• Wednesday, Mar. 22. CLASSICAL: 4-3-2-1: A EUPHONIUM AND FRIENDS PRODUCTION

• Friday, Mar. 24. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: BELLE OF THE FALL

• Saturday, Mar. 25. JAZZ: : THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE PLAYS “BLACK, BROWN AND BEIGE; YELLOW, TRANS AND QUEER: MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THIS (A PROTEST SUITE COMPOSED BY ALLEN LOWE)

• Sunday, Mar. 26. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “REPO MAN”

• Wednesday, Mar. 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: LAMONT

• Thursday, Mar. 30. ALTERNATIVE/AMERICANA: THE WYRD BROTHERS; SINGER-SONGWRITER: JACK ROLLINS

• Friday, Mar. 31. ACOUSTIC ROCK: EDNA

• Saturday, Apr. 1. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA

• Sunday, Apr. 2. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “PHILADELPHIA”

• Thursday, Apr. 6. AVANT-GARDE: ELM FICTION

• Friday, Apr. 7. ROCK: GHOST RADIO, SONIA & SID

• Saturday, Apr. 8. CLASSICAL GUITAR: MAX LYMAN; AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: ALEXANDER

• Sunday, Apr. 9. REDSCROLL RECORDS SCREENING AND MUSIC

• Thursday, Apr. 13. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Friday, Apr. 14. JAZZ: JOVAN ALEXANDRE

• Sunday, Apr. 16. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “BLUE VELVET”

• Wednesday, Apr. 19. FOLK ROCK: WE HAPPY FEW

• Friday, Apr. 21. ROCK ‘N” ROLL: DUST HAT

• Saturday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• Sunday, Apr. 23. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “DO THE RIGHT THING”

• Friday, Apr. 28. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Apr. 30. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “THELMA AND LOUISE”

• Thursday, May 4. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN  THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI

• Saturday, May 6. CULT FILM SCREENING: TBA

• Sunday, May 7. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Thursday, May 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Saturday, May 13. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• Friday, May 19. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER DUO

• Friday, June 16. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, Aug. 4. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Sept. 15. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, Nov. 16. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN