Music: Rootsy singer-songwriters Jay Prince and Patrick Dalton to play solo shows Wed., May 20, at 8 PM

Singer-songwriters Jay Prince (of the band Eurisko) and Patrick Dalton (of the group The Proud Flesh) will play solo sets on Wed., May 20. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Jay Prince is a singer/songwriter from the New Haven area of CT. He grew up in a household steeped in music, and says “there was always music on…my heroes have always been musicians, specifically songwriters.” Raised on various forms of American roots music: rock and roll, southern rock, blues, and country (and later punk rock and hardcore), the template was set for what would later become his distinctive style of American folk music. Influences can, at times, be broad, but easily narrowed down to early Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Tom Waits, Elliott Smith, Willie Nelson and Leonard Cohen.

Jay Prince

Jay Prince

He has shared the stage with such acts as Those Darlins’, Murder By Death, David Dondero, and Grant Hart (Husker Du). His debut EP, “Love Is a Storm and a Bottomless Well,” was released Jan 10th, 2014.

A founding member of The Proud Flesh, Patrick culls from the murky corners of American popular song to amalgamate a sound all his own. Dalton’s own music, while strikingly original and nuanced, has a familiarity to it—there’s Delta blues in his studied finger picking, folk and hip hop in his storied lyrics and powerful, breathy voice, big band in his trumpet playing, and classic American songwriting in his melodies. His songs come to terms with everything from death to macro-politics to economics, and while his subject matter may be heavy at times, Dalton’s songs leave you pensive rather than downtrodden, interested rather than pessimistic.

Pat Dalton

Pat Dalton

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, May 13. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: BIG FAT COMBO

• Thursday, May 14. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, May 15. ALT-COUNTRY: HEATHER FAY

• Monday, May 18. FILM SCREENING: “HEY BOO: HARPER LEE & TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”

• Wednesday, May 20. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: JAY PRINCE, PATRICK DALTON

• Thursday, May 21. INDIE ROCK: JELLYSHIRTS

• Friday, May 22. ROCK: NOTHING SPECIAL

• Wednesday, May 27. BLUEGRASS: THE FIDDLEHEADS

• Thursday, May 28. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SETH ADAM

• Friday, May 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Thursday, June 4. AVANT-GARDE: ZERO DOLLAR, PARLAY DRONER

• Friday, June 5. STRING QUARTET ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Monday, June 8. FILM SCREENING: “FINDING TATANKA”

• Wednesday, June 10. SINGER-SONGWRITER: KATH BLOOM

• Friday, June 12. BLUEGRASS: THE WOOL HATS STRING BAND

• Thursday, June 18: SILENT FILM with MUSIC: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT scores “THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI”

• Friday, June 26. INDIE FOLK: OLIVE TIGER

• Friday, July 17. PIANO POP/PAINTING: POCKET VINYL

• Wednesday, Aug. 26. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

UPDATED with ticket info! Sat., Apr. 25, fundraiser for Best Video Film & Cultural Center, new non-profit dedicated to saving Best Video

Friends of Best Video BVFCC_color_WebBest Video Film and Cultural Center—a new non-profit created to preserve Best Video’s rich archive and explore new ways to bring people, film, and music together—will be holding a benefit music event at The Ballroom at The Outer Space on Saturday, April 25, from 7-10 p.m.

Tickets are $25 but we encourage supporters to give more if you can. Donations above $25 will be tax deductible.

Tickets can be purchased and additional donations made through Brown Paper Tickets.

(Tickets can also be purchased at Best Video [cash or check only]. If making out a check for more than $25 and you wish the amount exceeding $25 to be tax-deductible, make the check out to “The Institute Library” and put “BVFCC” in the memo.)

A superb lineup of superb local artists have offered to donate their talent for this event: Goodnight Blue Moon, Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps, Eurisko, Dudley Farm String Band and jazz guitarist Joe Carter.

Steve Rodgers, owner of The Space and The Outer Space, has generously donated use of The Ballroom for our inaugural event.

About BVFCC

Best Video Film and Cultural Center (“BVFCC”) was created to preserve Best Video’s rich archive and explore new ways to bring people, film, and music together. Later this year, BVFCC will start to operate BEST VIDEO, a valued community space serving Greater New Haven with its world class film archive, performance space and coffee bar.

The entire film archive – one of the finest such collections in the country – will remain in place and continue to grow with additions of more foreign and domestic films, documentaries, and dramatic TV series. In addition, the music events, film screenings and other presentations in the performance space will be expanded to reach a broader community audience.

Educational Outreach

A new and very important part of BVFCC’s activities will be an extensive educational outreach program. Films and targeted curriculum will be packaged and organized by specific categories and made available to area schools and other educational organizations. Our goal is to cultivate critical thinking and enhance writing skills for students of all ages by starting a film club in every public school in Greater New Haven. Acclaimed films in the BEST VIDEO collection will be seen and experienced by more people than ever before and clubs will be forums for deep discussion about both domestic and international social justice issues, as well as film history and the arts in general.

Partnership with THE INSTITUTE LIBRARY

Applying for 501c3 status takes time. However, we are partnering with The Institute Library – New Haven, Connecticut’s oldest independent circulating library and one of the last remaining membership libraries in North America. The Institute Library has agreed to be BVFCC’s fiscal sponsor. What that means is that you can make a tax-deductible contribution to BVFCC through the Institute Library today.

New Membership Options

A new membership format is being developed, one which we believe will better serve BEST VIDEO’s 5,000 customers and streamline the video rental process.

Our Success Depends on You

We invite the support of every member of the BEST VIDEO family. If you are unable to make it to the concert, please consider making a donation. All amounts are greatly appreciated. We look forward to the participation of all of our existing members and we are excited to welcome new members to our family as we make this major transition to an even better BEST VIDEO.