Movie-themed benefit for WPKN-FM radio on Fri., Apr. 17, at 7 PM

WPKN_benefit_WebBest Video has donated use of the Performance Space on Friday, Apr. 17, for a cool fundraiser for community-supported radio station WPKN-FM (89.5 on your radio dial). The long list of musicians participating in “Late Nite Double Feature Picture Show: Movie Songs”—presented by Tripeg Lobo and co-hosted by Elisa Flynn, Lys Guillorn and WPKN’s Valerie Richardson—will play a cover of a song from a movie (anything from the movie theme to a song playing in a scene), then do one original song about their favorite movie.

Tickets are $10 in advance at Best Video (cash only) or at the door. Doors open at 7 PM; the show starts at 7:30. One hundred-percent of the ticket price goes to support WPKN’s amazing free-form programming.

Based in Bridgeport, WPKN has been offering up an eclectic menu of free-form programming and public affairs since the 1960s. Originally affiliated with the university of Bridgeport, WPKN became independent in 1992.

The lineup of performers:

An Historic, Stephany Brown & Kriss Santala, Wendy Cahill, Chica non Grata, Elisa Flynn, Lys Guillorn, George Hakkila, Dave Hogan, Jesus & The White Russians (featuring Jon Schlesinger of No Line North), Ponybird, Spectral Fangs, The Sawtelles and Zoo Front.

Music: The Six-Pack Dutchmen play instrumental rock Fri., Nov. 7, at 8 PM

The Six-Pack Dutchmen play the Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Nov. 7. Music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

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The Six-Pack Dutchmen play concise instrumental themes with surf overtones and nods to early rock n roll.

Critic Fran Fried writes:

Well, we’re not sure which of the three guys in the group are Dutch—with names like Andrukevich, Hogan and Coppola—and we’re not quite sure who went out and bought the beer. (Hey, these guys aren’t youngsters—they just play with the enthusiasm of young ‘uns—so when we say sixpack, we ain’t talking about abs, okay?) But we are sure you’ll have a good time with these fine rock ‘n’ roll instrumentalists, brew or no brew, windmills or not.

Tom Andrukevich, the bass player, has a long history behind and ahead of him—starting with one of Connecticut’s first punk bands, The Survivors, in the ‘70s and ‘80s; then spending much of the ‘90s with one of the most clever surf/instrumental bands on the planet, The Mill Valley Taters; and these days donning the helmet and sweater (skates optional) to play with the world-renowned hockey rockers, The Zambonis.

Dave Hogan, on guitar, is a successful singer/songwriter in his own right who plays many gigs in Connecticut and is now expanding his touring road map beyond the state. A veteran of five Nutmeg State bands (Red One, Genghis Khan, The Great Upsetters, The Rafter Bats and, most recently, Graylight Campfire), he’s as immersed in The Fleshtones as he is Son Volt and Duane Allman.

Drummer Jim Coppola played with singer/guitarist/renowned cartoonist Bob Therrien in Bad Bob & the New World Crusade and also recorded with Delvis.

Sixpack? With credentials like that, make it a case.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Oct. 29. ECLECTIC POP: MISSION ZERO

• Thursday, Oct. 30. “SONGS OF MISERY, DESPAIR & THE SUPERNATURAL”: DAVID, SHELDON AND GAIL

• Sunday, Nov. 2. CHILDREN’S FILM SCREENING: “ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN”

• Monday, Nov. 3. FILM SCREENING: “THE JEWISH CARDINAL”

• Thursday, Nov. 6. NEO-URBAN TRADITIONAL MUSIC: THE STACY PHILLIPS-PAUL HOWARD DUET

• Friday, Nov. 7. INSTRUMENTAL ROCK: THE SIX PACK DUTCHMEN

• Monday, Nov. 10. FILM SCREENING: “A PRICE ABOVE RUBIES”

• Tuesday, Nov. 11. TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA: FRANZ DOUSKEY & RICH MORAN, JR.

• Wednesday, Nov. 12. JAZZ: DAVID CHEVAN & WARREN BYRD

• Thursday, Nov. 13. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FRANK CRITELLI, JASON PRINCE

• Friday, Nov. 14. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Monday, Nov. 17. FILM SCREENING: “I CONFESS”

• Wednesday, Nov. 19. SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE: MARK MIRANDO, DICK NEAL, LAURA JOY

• Thursday, Nov. 20. FILM SCREENING: “SEVEN DAYS IN MAY”

• Friday, Nov. 21. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: BECKY KESSLER (Violent Mae), SAM PERDUTA (Elison Jackson)

• Monday, Nov. 24. FILM SCREENING: “BABETTE’S FEAST”

• Friday, Nov. 28. PSYCHO-FOLK: MILKSOP: UNSUNG

• Monday, Dec. 1. FILM SCREENING: “DOUBT”

• Thursday, Dec. 4. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT

• Friday, Dec. 5. BLUEGRASS: PHANTOMS OF THE OPRY

• Monday, Dec. 8. FILM SCREENING: “THE END OF THE AFFAIR”

• Thursday, Dec. 11. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Monday, Dec. 15. FILM SCREENING: “VISION”

• Thursday, Dec. 18. POST-PUNK: ZOO FRONT, KEVIN MF KING

• Friday, Dec. 19. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Friday, Jan. 9. MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS

• Wednesday, Jan. 14. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

 

Music: Six-Pack Dutchmen, Tom Hearn Fri., July 18, at 8 PM

The Six-Pack Dutchmen play the Best Video Performance Space on Friday, July 18. Singer Tom Hearn opens the show with a solo set. Music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

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The Six-Pack Dutchmen play concise instrumental themes with surf overtones and nods to early rock n roll.

Critic Fran Fried writes:

Well, we’re not sure which of the three guys in the group are Dutch—with names like Andrukevich, Hogan and Coppola—and we’re not quite sure who went out and bought the beer. (Hey, these guys aren’t youngsters—they just play with the enthusiasm of young ‘uns—so when we say sixpack, we ain’t talking about abs, okay?) But we are sure you’ll have a good time with these fine rock ‘n’ roll instrumentalists, brew or no brew, windmills or not.

Tom Andrukevich, the bass player, has a long history behind and ahead of him—starting with one of Connecticut’s first punk bands, The Survivors, in the ‘70s and ‘80s; then spending much of the ‘90s with one of the most clever surf/instrumental bands on the planet, The Mill Valley Taters; and these days donning the helmet and sweater (skates optional) to play with the world-renowned hockey rockers, The Zambonis.

Dave Hogan, on guitar, is a successful singer/songwriter in his own right who plays many gigs in Connecticut and is now expanding his touring road map beyond the state. A veteran of five Nutmeg State bands (Red One, Genghis Khan, The Great Upsetters, The Rafter Bats and, most recently, Graylight Campfire), he’s as immersed in The Fleshtones as he is Son Volt and Duane Allman.

Drummer Jim Coppola played with singer/guitarist/renowned cartoonist Bob Therrien in Bad Bob & the New World Crusade and also recorded with Delvis.

Sixpack? With credentials like that, make it a case.

Tom Hearn, who performs solo to open the evening, is well known as the front man of local rockabilly group the Big Fat Combo.

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Watch the Six-Pack Dutchmen perform the Chuck Berry song “Brown-Eyed Handsome Man”:

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, July 10. FOLK: THE HEATH SISTERS

• Wednesday, July 16. FOLK/POP/SOUL: JOY IKE

• Thursday, July 17. ROCK ‘N’ SOUL: BRONSON ROCK

• Friday, July 18. SURF MUSIC, ROCKABILLY: THE SIX PACK DUTCHMEN, TOM HEARN

• Thursday, July 24. PROGRESSIVE FOLK ROCK: KINDRED QUEER

• Tuesday, July 29. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS AND HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Wednesday, July 30. FOLK MUSIC: ROBERT MESSORE

• Thursday, July 31. ROCK: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Friday, Aug. 1. ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC: DAVID ELKIN-GINNETTI

• Wednesday, Aug. 13. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND

• Thursday, Aug. 14, ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Friday, Aug. 15. POP/ART/PUPPETRY: POCKET VINYL, GLUMPUPPET

Music: Graylight Campfire this Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 8 PM

Graylight Campfire plays the Best Video Performance Space this Wednesday, Dec. 12. (The Happy Ending show originally scheduled for this day will take place the next night, Dec. 13.) The music starts promptly at 8 PM. The cover charge for this show is $5.

Graylight Campfire’s debut CD “All Are Welcome…Some May Stay” is the sound of a dream being dreamt in a moving car. The rhythm of the road intrudes and coaxes us, produces pretty views of the sun going down over the dirty Sound and of the new century’s American landscape; of the highway more traveled and the hundred years of popular music that beams in from long gone radio stations, where Lester Flatt and Jimi Hendrix sound natural playing aside each other, where The Grand Ole Opry goes electric and distorts into the sound of factories closing and money tight, where a voice howls back to the history of howling, of wolves and Wolf.  Where Harry Smith-gone-psychedelic frames songs about loss and songs about hope and songs about whiskey and smoke and relationships that save your life and lay waste to you.

Graylight Campfire’s “All Are Welcome…” is a blues record in weight, a country record in accent and an Appalachian folk tale in longing. It’s a Rock And Roll record.

Dave Hogan (guitars/vocals) and Brian O’Callaghan (bass/vocals) cut their teeth in The Rafter Bats, who garnered a diehard following on the Northeastern festival circuit, as recognized in the media the likes of Relix and Dirty Linen magazines, in addition to multiple awards as ‘Bluegrass’ and Roots Rock’ champions in local press (The Fairfield County Weekly, New Haven Advocate). The love of acoustic music is what brought them together, but it was soon a shared love of music history. Of influences passed down and around, and of electricity.

Graylight Campfire was started as a notion but soon became all consuming; the three piece electric rock band is eternal and a tradition. It’s as old as ‘Stagger Lee’ in influence, in desire to get the point across with a voice, a warm and jagged slash of the Les Paul and a driving backbeat. When former ‘Bats drummer M.D. Rickers moved on, the seat was filled by Pete May, who brought the live bash and tight kick that drives the songs. After taking it on the road (most notably, taking part in The Gathering of the Vibes, unheard of for a new band), Graylight Campfire settled in to the studio to make a proper record…but they brought the road in with them. All the laughs and time spent riding, all the late night campfire folk and head rattling gigs, all the dancing, conscious and unconscious, all the kicks and tricks and alcohol. All the friends lost and remembered. You hear it all on “All Are Welcome… Some May Stay,” the recognition that songs can sell and tell and preach.  But the best songs commiserate with you and make  you laugh and let you bum a smoke.

Chevk out a video of the group playing “House of Cards”: