Music: Folk from Hugh & Dana Fri., Apr. 8

Hugh_Dana_Chester_WebNew London duo Hugh & Dana sail into Best Video Performance Space for a show Friday, Apr. 8. The folkies play at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Hugh Birdsall, has been playing music in Southeastern Connecticut for decades, literally. He is a founding member of The Reducers, Dogbite, The Three-Pack, The Original Sinners, and SheSaidHeSaid. Guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, and bon vivant, he has toured extensively and has performed and recorded in some of the finest studios, basements, garages, and dives in the region. Heavily influenced by 40’s hot jazz, 50’s rock n’roll, the 60’s folk movement, and the 70’s punk rock explosion, his body of work includes songs as diverse as “Black Plastic Shoes,” “Bombs Away, Lock and Load,” “Grace,” and “Wailing City Girl.”

Dana Takaki is a classically training violin player who “caught the fiddle bug” a few years ago.  She currently plays with plays with The Rivergods, Ear Candy for the Soul, Chorus of Westerly, New Britain Symphony and others.

Hugh & Dana play frequently at the Farmers’ Markets in Waterford, Chester, New London, Lyme and others as a duo and with other groups.  Their recently released CD is a collection of recording from summer 2015.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Sunday, Apr. 3. FREE 2 PM AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, Apr. 3. BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER & THE INSTITUTE LIBRARY present “BOOKS TO FILM: THE WAY,” with special guest JACK HITT at The Institute Library in New Haven

• Monday, Apr. 4. FILM SCREENING: “THE BEST MAN”

• Wednesday, Apr. 6. INDIE ROCK presented by Redscroll Records: HEX INVERTER, DIRT DEVIL, NOTHING ISRAEL

• Thursday, Apr. 7. BLUES: THE MOODY’S BLUES

• Friday. Apr. 8. FOLK: HUGH BIRDSALL & DANA TAKAKI

• Monday, Apr. 11. FILM SCREENING: “THE CONTENDER”

• Thursday, Apr. 14. INDIE ROCK: SPIT-TAKE, BOX FAN

• Tues., Apr. 19. FILM SCREENING: “BULWORTH”

• Wednesday, Apr. 20. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Thursday, Apr. 21. INDIE FOLK: THE MID SEASON, XAVIER SERRANO

• Friday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT, GARY GRIPPO & FRIENDS

• Monday, Apr. 25. FILM SCREENING: “A FACE IN THE CROWD”

• Thursday, Apr. 28. SEPHARDIC MUSIC: THE HERETICS OF CORDOBA

• Monday, May 2. FILM SCREENING: “THE CANDIDATE”

• Friday, May 6. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Saturday, May 7. SOFT ACOUSTIC/ROCK: THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS

• Monday, May 9. FILM SCREENING: “FRUITVALE STATION”

• Wednesday, May 11. ROCK: THE NEW CHASTITY

• Friday, May 13. THREE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, DICK NEAL, GLEN ROETHEL

• Monday, May 16. FILM SCREENING: “SARAH’S KEY” (in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of New Haven)

• Friday, May 20. JAZZ VOCALS & GUITAR: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

Music: Singer-songwriters Frank Critelli; Ben Parent with Dana Takaki on Thurs., Oct. 8, at 8 PM

Singer-songwriters Frank Critelli and Ben Parent with Dana Takaki play Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Oct. 8. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Frank Critelli

Frank Critelli

Frank Critelli writes songs. He dabbles in haiku and other short poetry. Sometimes he writes other stuff too. Like postcards. His songs are available on compact disc and for download at Independisc Music Club and other places like CD Baby. You can read more about his music at his Web site.

Frank Critelli often performs live. Sometimes he performs solo, and sometimes he is accompanied by one or more musical co-conspirators. Over the years he’s played in streets and subways, coffeehouses, classrooms, barrooms, clubs, colleges, festivals, theaters, and (most recently) in his kitchen.

Ben Parent is one of two principal songwriters for the band the Rivergods, an original, working band based in southeastern CT that has played its own heartfelt harmony-rich folky/rootsy/rockish music since 1997. Dana Takaki is a classically-trained violinist (and kick-ass fiddler) who has worked with the Rivergods since 2013 (and before that on the solo work of the Rivergods’s other principal songwriter, Nancy Parent). Earlier this year, the Rivergods won a ‘Best Americana Performance’ New London Whalie Award for for Ben’s song “Fall Where They Fall” off of the Good Sponge Sampler Vol. III, a compilation of southeastern CT Americana/roots rock (http://goodsponge.bandcamp.com).

Ben Parent & dana Takaki

Ben Parent & dana Takaki

The late, great James Velvet wrote the following about the Rivergods in the New Haven Advocate in 2012: “The Rivergods have been a durable part of Connecticut’s richest original music community, New London, since 1997. That kind of experience will give a band time to grow and find its own way, and they have. They’re generally regarded as an Americana band, but their roots are in rhythmic, well-crafted pop music of all sorts. … They were good then, and they’re even better now.”

The Rivergods have played countless shows and festivals over the years, including playing to 15,000+ people at Summer Pops in Westerly, RI, Sailfest and Opsail in New London, CT, the Meriden Daffodil Festival, the Block Island Music Festival, the NEMO New Music Showcase in Boston, NXNE in Toronto, CA and more, but enjoy playing small, intimate gigs just as much.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Oct. 1. TRIP HOP: THE FOREST ROOM, HIP-HOP: CHEF THE CHEF

• Friday, Oct. 2. ROCK: HOLIDAY PING

• Monday, Oct. 5. FILM SCREENING: ELIHU RUBIN’S & ELENA OXMAN’S “ON BROADWAY”

• Wednesday, Oct. 7. ROCK ‘N” ROLL: THE BUTTONDOWNS; SINGER-SONGWRITER: GARY HERIOT

• Thursday, Oct. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI, BEN PARENT with DANA TAKAKI

• Friday, Oct. 9. JAZZ: THE JOVAN ALEXANDRE TRIO

• Wednesday, Oct. 14. INDIE ROCK: CHRISTOPHER MIR

• Thursday, Oct. 15. SOLO GUITAR/CD RELEASE: GLENN ROTH

• Friday, Oct. 16. TOURING SINGER-SONGWRITERS: LINDA WATERFALL, DEAN STEVENS

• Wednesday, Oct. 21. ROOTS ROCK: BRONSON ROCK

• Thursday, Oct. 22. GARAGE SOUL: ELISON JACKSON

• Friday, Oct. 23. ALT-COUNTRY: TANNERSVILLE

• Thursday, Oct. 29. SYNTH POP/ROCK: MISSION ZERO

• Friday, Oct. 30. HALLOWEEN SILENT FILM SCREENING WITH LIVE SCORE: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

• Wednesday, Nov. 4. OLD TIMEY/SWING: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Friday, Nov. 6. RAGTIME/BLUES: THE RED HOTS

• Friday, Nov. 13. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Nov. 18. FILM SCREENING: THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

• Thursday, Dec. 3. AVANT-GARDE: JOHN MILLER