Songwriters’ circle with Steve Mednick, Eddie Seville, Seth Adam Thurs., July 22

Singer-songwriters Steve Mednick, Eddie Seville, and Seth Adam share the evening at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Thurs., July 22. The show starts at 5:30 PM.

Steve Mednick goes back a long time with the likes of Bob Dylan, Sir Paul McCartney, Stephen Stills, Richard Thompson, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Ray Davies, Joni Mitchell and other great songwriters of our times. He owns all of their albums and has seen many of their concerts. Yet back on the planet earth, Steve is a singer-songwriter based in southern Connecticut.

He just released his seventeenth album of original music: Demosarethese, Volumes I – III. Recorded during the pandemic, this spare album features songs that examine the human condition: isolation, loneliness, despair, redemption and hope. These sessions include performances by his long time friend and collaborator, Eddie Seville (“Steel Rodeo”), Karl Allweier (“The Bandoleros”); Ashley Bathgate (“Bang on a Can All Stars”) and Mark Mirando (“Laurel Canyon”). The album was produced by Issac Civitello (“Bobby Paltauf Trio” and “Lindsey Webster”).

Eddie Seville is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter and world class insomniac from New England. As the creative force behind the band “Steel Rodeo”, as well as a solo artist and a perennial fixture in Frank Carillo’s “Bandoleros”, Eddie has performed throughout the continental US, Canada, Europe and the Virgin Islands.

He’s been billed as “working class rock & roll”, “country- soul”, and even “folk hard rock” (whatever THAT is) … he’s been called “twice removed alt- country”, “americana” and “a keen observer with a bona fide connection to the heart of the matter.”

Singer/songwriter Seth Adam writes compelling, genuine songs with honest lyrics. The alt-country, Americana rocker draws comparisons to Counting Crows, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, and Jason Isbell.

2016 was a turning point in his career as he wrote and recorded songs out of a hobbled together, home studio space. Playing all of the instruments, engineering, producing, and everything else-ing on his own resulted in an EP called East Rock. The experience inspired him to continue to do much of the same for the foreseeable future, foregoing using the formal recording studios. In January 2018, he released a single (and video) called ‘Anytown,’ written in response to the events in Charlottesville VA the summer before.

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. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

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. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

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Music: Singer-songwriters Seth Adam, Eddie Seville on Fri., Sept. 23

Singer-songwriters Seth Adam and Eddie Seville play Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Sept. 23. The show starts at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover.

Seth Adam (Photo by Dawnmarie)

Seth Adam (Photo by Dawnmarie)

Seth Adams describes his music as “singer-songwriter/Americana/alt-country/folk/rock. That’s a lot of sub genres, but probably the best way to characterize it.” His earliest influences were Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Kenny Rogers from records played for him by his father when he was a kid. Though he went through his “hair-metal, progressive-rock, and grunge phases,” he considers “the music I write now to be the most heartfelt. My biggest influence is Counting Crows (much more than a ’90’s band’), with Led Zeppelin coming in at a close second place. In recent years I’ve come to nearly deify The Beatles and Son Volt.”

Since his last band broke up in 2005, he’s continued making music under his own name. In 2007, his song ‘Get Out’ was licensed to Volkswagen for their Sights and Sounds campaign. In 2008, entertainment columnist Roger Friedman (then at FoxNews.com) called him “the hardest-working, best live act in indie rock.” In 2010, Adam was recognized in The New Haven Advocate’s reader’s poll, winning the Best Rock Band category.

The experiences of touring – the pursuit, the push to be something bigger than myself, days of doubt, days of pride, meeting some wonderful folks, sharing a lot of different stories, and seeing some amazing places – became the catalyst to write the songs for his record “Steel Tempered Pride,” which came out in September, 2013.

Eddie Seville is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter and world class  insomniac from New England. As the creative force behind the band “Steel Rodeo”, as well as a solo artist and a perennial fixture in Frank Carillo’s  “Bandoleros”, Eddie has performed throughout the continental US, Canada, Europe and the Virgin Islands.

He’s been billed as “working class rock & roll”, “country- soul”, and  even  “folk hard rock” (whatever THAT is) … he’s been called “twice removed alt- country”, “americana” and “a keen observer with a bona fide connection to the heart of the matter”.

Eddie’s written songs published by Sony ATV, songs released on Island/ Atlantic and Universal Records, music that aired on three major television networks and a single that reached #19 on independent country radio. His songs are covered by regional acts and have been recorded  by  international artists that include George Kooymans (Golden Earring) and Simon Kirke (Bad Company).

Eddie Seville

Eddie Seville

As  an  arranger, a player and a session collaborator, Eddie’s work spans  projects with producer Paul Orofino (The Cars, Foghat, Ahmad Jamal), Augie Meyers (Texas Tornados/Bob  Dylan), Andrew Carillo (Joan Osborne), Bob Loveday (Bob Geldof), Marty Ballou (Peter Wolf), Matt Cartsonis (Warren  Zevon) and Danny Miranda (Queen/Blue Oyster Cult), in addition to numerous credits on a wide range of recordings that include film, television, major and independent label releases.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Sept. 14. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: QUIET GIANT (SOLO), THE REFECTORY

• Thursday, Sept. 15. FOLK/SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 16. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Saturday, Sept. 17. BLUEGRASS/SWING: TOO BLUE

• Monday, Sept. 19. FILM SCREENING: “THIRTEEN DAYS”

• Thursday, Sept. 22. SPANISH AND LATIN AMERICAN PIANO MUSIC (with commentary): DONALD ALFANO

• Friday, Sept. 23. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM, EDDIE SEVILLE

• Sunday, Sept. 25. SURJ FILM SCREENING (3 PM): “RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION”

• Sunday, Sept. 25. FILM SCREENING (7 PM): “THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE”

• Tuesday, Sept. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH, CK, GLUMPUPPET

• Wednesday, Sept. 28. BRAZILIAN CHORO MUSIC: ROGÉRIO SOUZA, EDINHO GERBER & STEPHEN GUERRA

• Thursday, Sept. 29. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: SWAMP YANKEE, ALEXANDER

• Friday, Sept. 30. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Sunday, Oct. 2. FREE FIRST SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Oct. 5. WINE TASTING WITH BOB FEINN OF MT. CARMEL WINE & SPIRITS

• Thursday, Oct. 6. POST-PUNK: GRIST, DEADBEAT CLUB

• Friday, Oct. 7. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)

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

• Monday, Oct. 10. FILM SCREENING: “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN”

• Tuesday, Oct. 11. FILM SCREENING: “ELMER GANTRY”

• WEdnesday, Oct. 12. ROCK/BLUES: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Friday, Oct. 14. CELTIC/APPALACHIAN: REELIN’ AWAY

• Sunday, Oct. 16. FILM SCREENING: “DR. STRANGELOVE…”

• Wednesday, Oct. 19. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: STEPHEN CHOPEK

• Thursday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: THE KOREY BRODSKY BAND

• Friday, Oct. 21. BLUEGRASS/POP: JACKSON’S ISLAND

• Sunday, Oct. 23. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE MALTESE FALCON”

• Wednesday, Oct. 26. SINGER-SONGWRITER: NAMOLI BRENNET

• Thursday, Oct. 27. CELTIC AMERICA: THE EBIN-ROSE TRIO; SINGER-SONGWRITER:  DOUGLAS ALAN

• Friday, Oct. 28. HALLOWEEN SILENT FILM SCREENING WITH LIVE SCORE: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT PLAYS TO “NOSFERATU”

• Sunday, Oct. 30. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE”

• Sunday, Nov. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE ASPHALT JUNGLE”

• Sunday, Nov. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE AFRICAN QUEEN”

• Friday, Nov. 11. FERNANDO PINTO PRESENTS JESSE TERRY & CALLAGHAN

• Friday, Nov. 25. BLUEGRASS/NEW ACOUSTIC: DAVE PETERSON (A GUITARTOWN CT PRODUCTION)