Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps play Fri., Apr. 1

Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps play Best Video Film & Cultural Center Fri., Apr. 1. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.

This is an indoor show so attendance is 30 max. Proof of vaccination is required to enter and masks are required. (This will be updated if circumstances allow a loosening of these restrictions.)

Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps plays music from around the world and uses it as a launching pad for improvisations that never lose their sense of groove—whether it’s Colombian cumbias, Ethiopian jazz, Romanian horas, Argentinian tangos, traditional music from the United States, or original songs by accordionist and singer Adam Matlock.

Among the material the group will play at this show are live scores to three early silent movie short films—Camille de Morlhon and Segundo de Chomón’s “A Panicky Picnic” (1909); Segundo de Chomón’s “Métamorphoses” (1912); and Segundo de Chomón’s “The Haunted House” (1908).

The members of Dr. Caterwaul’s are Adam Matlock, Brian Slattery, Chris Cretella, Mike Tepper, Chris Cretella, and Michael Paolucci.

Molly McLaughlin & Derek Monahan play Irish & folk music Mar. 18

Molly McLaughlin and Derek Monahan

Molly McLaughlin and Derek Monahan play folk and Irish music at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Fri., Mar. 18. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.

This is an indoor show so attendance is 30 max. Proof of vaccination is required to enter and masks are required.

Molly McLaughlin and Derek Monahan perform folk music from North America and Europe for flute and guitar. Derek and Molly began working together in 2005 while attending the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT. In addition to studying classical music, Molly and Derek collected folk tunes from Ireland as well as repertoire from South America and Spain.

Molly is a widely diversified flutist drawing on experience in contemporary classical, improvisation, and Irish traditional music. As a flutist and singer, Molly has toured with Jethro Tull, recorded at Capitol Records, and currently performs with ensembles across the USA and Ireland. Derek is a versatile guitarist, banjoist, and singer working across New England. He has built a career performing numerous styles of music including classical, disco, Irish, and rock. Derek and Molly honor the musical traditions they draw upon through research and education while contributing their unique sound.

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UPDATE—POSTPONED Molly McLaughlin & Derek Monahan play folk & Irish music Fri., Jan. 7

Molly McLaughlin and Derek Monahan

UPDATE Dec. 27, 2021. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the scheduled Jan. 7 show with Molly McLaughlin and Derek Monahan has been postponed. We will reschedule this show for the spring & announce a new date as a separate Facebook event when scheduled.

Molly McLaughlin and Derek Monahan play folk and Irish music at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Fri., Jan. 7. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.

This is an indoor show so attendance is 30 max. Proof of vaccination is required to enter and masks are required.

Molly McLaughlin and Derek Monahan perform folk music from North America and Europe for flute and guitar. Derek and Molly began working together in 2005 while attending the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT. In addition to studying classical music, Molly and Derek collected folk tunes from Ireland as well as repertoire from South America and Spain.

Molly is a widely diversified flutist drawing on experience in contemporary classical, improvisation, and Irish traditional music. As a flutist and singer, Molly has toured with Jethro Tull, recorded at Capitol Records, and currently performs with ensembles across the USA and Ireland. Derek is a versatile guitarist, banjoist, and singer working across New England. He has built a career performing numerous styles of music including classical, disco, Irish, and rock. Derek and Molly honor the musical traditions they draw upon through research and education while contributing their unique sound.

Jim, Willow & David; David Coller play Celtic and folk-influenced music Sat., Sept. 25

Jim, Willow, and David play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Sat., Sept. 25. They are joined on the bill by singer-songwriter/folk artist David Coller. The show starts at 5 PM.

Join Jim, Willow, and David for songs and tunes that draw from Irish and old-time traditions that have been vigorously preserved and passed down over generations. Because more than half of the settlers that emigrated to Appalachia came from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the Celtic influence in the music there was strong.

The repertoire of this New Haven-based group of musical friends reflects that connection with their eclectic mix of lively Irish dance tunes and instrumentals, Celtic ballads and old-time songs. The group features Willow Sirch on 5-string fiddle and vocals; Jim Sirch on Irish flutes, whistles, bodhran, clawhammer banjo, and vocals; and David Sasso on some combination of guitar, mandolin, octave-mandolin, cittern, tenor banjo, and vocals.

Connecticut singer-songwriter David Coller is again playing local venues following a 14 year musical hiatus involving a wooden boat (if you’ve ever owned one, you understand) followed by a year and a half of COVID purgatory. He brings with him a variety of songs and styles: jazzy soon-to-be standards, new bluegrass tunes, sea-songs, a cowboy tune or two, and plenty of straight-up folk performed on the guitar, banjo, and the odd bit of button accordion. If you have wide-ranging (not to say “scattered” or “aimless”) tastes in music, an appreciation for careful instrumental and vocal arrangements, and an enjoyment of polished lyrics, you’re bound to enjoy the show.

Before vanishing into the world of splinters, sandpaper and sail, David played for many years in duos and bands in Connecticut and before that, southern California. He now resides in the last rural smidgeon of Hamden, Connecticut.

ABOUT OUR SHOWS:

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.

Ramblin’ Dan Stevens plays fingerstyle blues and Americana Wed., Sept. 15

George Haling Photo

Ramblin’ Dan Stevens plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Wed., Sept. 15. The show starts at 5 PM. (It was rescheduled from July 29 due to rain.)

“Ramblin” Dan Stevens performs an eclectic mix of traditional fingerstyle blues, popular songs and originals and has entertained audiences throughout the US, Germany, UK, Canada and Virgin Islands. Of special interest is his unique style of “bottleneck” slide playing popularized by early Mississippi delta bluesmen including his use of a homemade, three stringed “Cigar Box Guitar” and one stringed “Diddly Bow”, both primitive blues instruments.

As a finalist in the International Blues Challenge ’08 on Beale St. in Memphis TN and protege of the legendary Dave Van Ronk, Dan has been lauded for his ability as a raconteur and for the authenticity of his approach gained by many years on the road as a traveling blues musician.

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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Singer-songwriter Alison Farrell plays the Best Video deck Fri., May 21

Alison Farrell plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Fri., May 21, starting at 4:30 PM.

Alison Farrell is a winner of “Best Singer-songwriter,” “Best Vocalist,” and “Best Vocal Group” categories from the New Haven Advocate newspaper and has performed around the greater New Haven area for years.

She brings wit and depth to her songs, along with creative guitar playing and strong vocals. From the witty “Too Much Barbie as a Child,” “Girl From Stony Creek-a,” and “I’m Looking Forward to Never Looking Up Again” to the serious “White People Are Clueless,” “Good Man,” and “I Want to Forgive You,” plus anything else she might finish writing before showtime.

She will be joined by Cyd Slotoroff, Diane Chodkowski, Ginny Bales and Cara Burgarella.

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.

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.

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

Music: Fernando Pinto Presents Claudia Schmidt Sun., Feb. 2, at 6:30 PM, with Cathy Kreger & Caroline Doctorow Duo

Fernando Pinto presents Claudia Schmidt at Best Video Performance Space on Sunday, Feb. 2. The show starts at 6:30 PM and the Cathy Kreger and Caroline Doctorow Duo opens. Advance tickets are $20 and tickets the day of the show are $25.

If it were the intention of the creator or creators of this universe to perfectly blend together the night sky with moon and stars, it might have been their intention as well to deliver Claudia Schmidt as their messenger of reminder. To say that Schmidt is simply a performer with a talent to entertain would be a miscarriage of understatement. Schmidt takes her audiences into her world as easily as the child who discovers the endless universes that exist in a cardboard box.

From lying on sandy beaches under an endless barrage of northern lights, to the expected anguish and frustration of spinning tires on cars stuck deep in snow, from the age-old struggle of change between adolescence and adulthood to the observation of sheer idiocy, she leaves it to the imagination of her audience to conjure their own images of her storytelling and song. No interpretation of a Claudia Schmidt song or story is wrong-she invites audiences to tie their associations to her style.

Schmidt weaves her way through her concert in much the same manner as a jester. Interwoven anecdotes, revealing her past and present, bring people to expect a relationship between themselves and memories driven deep with the passage of time. The concert is an endless display of self-realization through humor and longing, leaving audience members yearning to become an integral part of her world.
Having performed on stages across the country, Schmidt has developed the ability to remain fresh. She enjoys her talent to entertain as much as the audience enjoys being entertained.

Long-time veterans of the acoustic music scene, Cathy Kreger and Caroline Doctorow join forces to perform a seasoned set of folk. Cathy’s powerhouse blues-style vocals blends beautifully with Caroline’s delicate, more sorrow-filled soprano. Both women are excellent guitar players and can really deliver any song they choose to perform.

Armed with only an acoustic guitar and a voice as clear as cool water, Cathy Kreger delivers more pure music per minute than a bevy of roadhouse rockers. Her irresistible voice and guitar playing has earned her a place on stage opening for world-class acts, including: Bonnie Raitt, David Bromberg, The Band, Patty Larkin, Maria Muldaur, Taj Mahal and Aztec Two-Step and many others. Her musical style is a unique combination of adult contemporary and old blues, with an alternative folk flair.

Singer-songwriter Caroline Doctorow has been called a great champion of American folk music. Her most recent album, Dreaming in Vinyl, reached #2 on the national folk radio airplay charts. She has opened for The Band, Alison Krauss, and Tim O’Brien, among others. Her songs and her voice have been heard on soundtracks on the large and small screen. She is the daughter of the late world-renowned author E.L. Doctorow.

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Music: Fernando Pinto Presents Nu Haven Kapelye Sun., Dec. 22, at 6:30 PM

Come Celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish Holiday with The Nu Haven Kapelye at Best Video Performance Space on Sunday, Dec. 22. Doors are at 6 PM and the show starts at 6:30 PM. Advance tickets are $10 at BrownPaperTickets.com and $15 the day of the show. The show is presented by Fernando Pinto and is not an official BVFCC show in which members can use their monthly free pass (or passes).

Join us for a special first night of Hanukkah concert and celebration with The Nu Haven Kapelye. Come hear your favorite holiday songs, spin the dreydl, and dance the hora to begin the festival of lights. A night of Yiddish song, Klezmer and Hanukkah classics at East Rock Concert Series, at Best Video.

Nu Haven Kapelye is Southern New England’s largest Klezmer ensemble, numbering anywhere from 12-30 musicians. A cross between a big band and a Klezmer orchestra, the Kapelye plays innovative arrangements of Klezmer and Yiddish music from Romania, Hungary, Bessarabia, and other Eastern European locales. It isn’t just the size of this group that makes it so very exciting it’s the energy of their performances, the diversity of age, experience, background and especially the commitment of the musicians that comes across in their music. The group recorded and released their first CD, What’s Nu, in 2016.

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Music: Folk sounds from Sheldon Campbell and David Coller Thurs., Oct. 24, at 7 PM

Sheldon Campbell and David Coller play Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Oct. 24. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).

Connecticut singer-songwriter David Coller is again playing local venues following a 14 year musical hiatus involving a wooden boat (if you’ve ever owned one you understand). He brings with him a variety of songs and styles: jazzy soon-to-be standards, new bluegrass tunes, sea-songs, a cowboy tune or two and plenty of straight-up folk performed on the guitar, banjo, and the odd bit of button accordion. If you have wide-ranging (not to say “scattered” or “aimless”) tastes in music, an appreciation for careful instrumental and vocal arrangements, and an enjoyment of polished lyrics, you’re bound to enjoy the show. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in music from USC, and before vanishing into the world of splinters, sandpaper and sail, David played for many years in duos and bands in Connecticut and southern California. He now resides in the last rural smidgeon of Hamden, Connecticut.

Sheldon Campbell performs a mix of traditional and original folk music. A student of Robert Messore for guitar and Martha King for voice for over 10 years, Sheldon has performed at St. John’s coffee house in New Haven, on WSHU’s Profiles in Folk (http://www.wshu.org/profiles/2011/pr111209.php), in classes at the Yale School of Medicine (where he’s an award-winning teacher), at national scientific meetings, and in local folk venues. He organizes a monthly folk-music House Hoot, and serves on the board of the Branford Folk Music society. He writes original songs about history, fatherhood, and even microbial disease. Look forward to an infectious evening of song from the silly to the dramatic, with plenty of opportunities to sing along.

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Music: Fernando Pinto Presents Yves Lambert Trio, River Run Fri., Oct. 18, at 8 PM

Fernando Pinto Presents the Yves Lambert Trio and River Run at Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Oct. 18. The show starts at 8 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available through BrownPaperTickets.com.

Yves Lambert is a back country musician with a kamikaze style, whose 40 year career has been full of risks, adventures, and challenges. Over time, Yves Lambert has become a veritable patriarch of the revival of Quebec’s musical roots. His very personal manner of linking the relevance of his words with anecdotes and his concerns contribute to his great propensity for interpretation.

Lambert can sing it all, from Boisson d’avril with Groovy Aardvark (a hard rock Quebecois band), to children’s songs such as Gilles Vigneault’s Un trésor dans mon jardin, or by going blues on Petite fleur by Sidney Béchet. He also passionately supports the songs of poet Gaston Miron, all while maintaining his traditional music leadership role in La Bottine Souriante and his Bébert Orchestra. In fact, some Quebec critics portray Yves Lambert as a beacon in the aesthetics of Quebec’s cultural heritage.

It was in 1976 that the singer and multi-instrumentalist founded what became the legendary group La Bottine Souriante, with partners Mario Forest and André Marchand. Mr. Lambert’s natural talent and charisma, together with this growing group, has had a strong impact on the evolution of Quebec’s musical heritage as well as the revival of traditional music.

Throughout his 26 years as a member of La Bottine Souriante, Yves Lambert was the link between the various incarnations of the group and was their heart and soul. From 1976 to January 2003, he contributed to the group’s rise by participating in numerous shows, tours, and television programs in Quebec as well as around the world. The Bottine experience led him to share various awards with the group, including 3 Junos, 8 Félix Awards for Traditional Album of the Year, and 1 BBC Award for Traditional Album and Group of the Year, as well as Félix nominations in the following categories: Show of the Year, Group of the Year, and Most Successful Artist Outside Quebec

Lambert, Rondeau, and Gauthier experimented with the trio concept during their 23-concert summer circuit tour in Eastern Quebec in 2010. Strongly encouraged by charmed audiences and by the pleasure of the musical challenge, in fall 2012, the trio delivered an album where the “sound” achieved extraordinary mastery and affirmed the trio’s distinctive personality. The trio brilliantly demonstrates how traditional local music continually reinvents itself within a modern context.

Despite there being only three musicians, nothing of the sound is lost. The three multi-instrumentalists multiply the decibels as though there were many more than three members. Studio wizardry? Absolutely not! With a simple modification to his guitar, Olivier Rondeau added depth by expanding the instrument’s dynamic range. This process enables a new way of playing guitar and bass simultaneously. What we hear on the album can be 95% reproduced live on stage.

River Run is not your typical Americana family band. Based in New Haven, CT, their sound is rooted firmly in guitarist Bill’s classic rock influences, earthy vocals from lead singer Sam, and Kat’s intuitive and sonorous fiddle interludes. With soaring sibling harmony and original song writing, they create an undeniably enchanting musical experience.

Brian Slattery in The New Haven Independent:

Sam’s powerful voice made it clear why she took lead vocals, and yet her voice and Kat’s blended as only siblings’ voices can. Bill’s guitar provided the solid foundation for them both. The final element in the band’s sound was Kat’s fiddle playing, at which she excelled.

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