Music: GuitarTownCT Concerts presents John Reischman & the Jaybirds Fri., Sept. 20, at 7:30 PM

GuitartownCT presents John Reischman and The Jaybirds on Friday, September 20, at 7:30 PM, at Best Video Film & Cultural Center, 1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT. Tickets are $30 at guitartownct.com.

John Reischman was a member of the legendary Tony Rice Unit for 7 years in the 1980’s, recording the albums Mar West, Backwaters, and Still Inside. He has been based in Vancouver for twenty-five years, and an appearance on the East Coast is a rare treat! With a fifth critically-acclaimed album and expanded touring schedule, John Reischman and the Jaybirds are a top-flight band delivering a truly fresh blend of original songs and instrumentals, old-time heritage, and bluegrass power.

In a marketplace flooded with virtuosic bluegrass ensembles, John Reischman & The Jaybirds have found a recipe to stand out from the rest; they go back to the roots of bluegrass and old-time music for their inspiration, then spin these roots into a new sound.

On their new album, Vintage & Unique, this twice Juno Nominated band covers songs and tunes from Bill Monroe, Hobart Smith, and Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, but the real gems of the album are the band’s originals. While these songs and tunes are clearly informed by the tradition, John Reischman & The Jaybirds have an eclectic creativity that guides their refreshing excursions in acoustic roots music. Throughout, the bluegrass harmonies are spot-on, and each instrumental break crackles with energy. Being such a tight band, John Reischman & The Jaybirds don’t need to play fast to show off. They vary tempos, and some of the most compelling tracks on the album are the slower tunes, where they can really get at the heart of the music. This is bluegrass done right, true to the roots but not afraid to look forward to new ideas.

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Music: GuitarTownCT evening bluegrass jam on Mon., Sept. 16, at 5:30 PM

The monthly first Sunday GuitarTownCT bluegrass jams became so successful that Chris Wuerth added a new jam to the schedule. For those who need to twang community-wise more than once a month—or can’t make the Sunday afternoon events—we now have a bluegrass jam (usually) on the Third Monday of every month from 6-9 PM. Admission to this jam is a suggested donation of $5. September’s jam is on Monday, Sept. 16, from 5:30-9 PM.

Players of all abilities are welcome as well as those who just enjoy listening.

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Music: GuitarTownCT presents Phillips, Grier & Flinner Fri., Aug. 16, at 7:30 PM

GuitarTownCT Concerts presents Phillips, Grier & Flinner on their 20th Reunion tour at Best Video Performance Space Friday, Aug. 16. The show starts at 7:30 PM. Advance tickets are $35 and available through GuitarTownCT.com.

David Grier, guitar, Matt Flinner, mandolin, and Todd Phillips, bass, are three of the most accomplished and well-known musicians in acoustic music. “Bluegrass supergroup,” an overused phrase, is true in this case. This tour marks 20 years since their debut album. Their resumes are too long to list. Suffice it to say that they are the best of the best. They have all appeared at GuitartownCT in various configurations, but never together.

Bluegrass Unlimited, “It’s amazing how full an acoustic trio can sound. Fans of exquisitely played acoustic music will want to check out the newest ‘power trio’ in string music.” JazzTimes: “Their playing is exquisite without exception!”

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Music: GuitarTownCT presents The Little Roy & Lizzy Show Sat., July 27, at 7:30 PM

GuitarTownCT Concert Productions presents The Little Roy & Lizzy show live at Best Video Performance Space on Saturday, July 27. The show starts at 7:30 PM and tickets are $25 in advance through GuitarTownCT.com.

From Georgia, Little Roy & Lizzy are one of the most entertaining acts in bluegrass today. Front man Little Roy Lewis, 77, is a banjo master, comedian and story teller. Lizzy Long, virtuoso on fiddle, banjo and guitar, has a fantastic voice, and tries to keep Little Roy’s antics in check. Festival favorites, they play traditional bluegrass, country and gospel, with comedy thrown in everywhere.

While starting out on the piano, Elizabeth Long—or Lizzy as her friends and fans know her—soon took up the fiddle, guitar, autoharp, bass, banjo, and mandolin, and has become an accomplished musician, alternating between these instruments as part of her entertainment repertoire. Continuing her quest for success, Lizzy has paired up with Little Roy Lewis from the legendary Lewis Family. Lizzy finds that singing helps to express her thoughts and emotions—whether happy, sad, disappointed or angry. Her extraordinary voice shimmers with strains of America’s musical roots. Lizzy has been nominated for three Dove Awards and has won several fiddle and talent contests. Little Roy summed it up the best, “pull a plank off the wall and she’ll play it!”

Little Roy is awfully hard to overlook. He makes sure that no one in the audience gets bored at any time. Little Roy has won awards as Entertainer as well as for his banjo playing. Little Roy’s favorite banjo players are Don Reno and Earl Scruggs. USA Today called Little Roy “a banjo master, truly a picker’s picker.” Little Roy can also be found playing the guitar and autoharp. In fact, the song ‘Good Time Get-Together’ was written to highlight his instrumental skills. Little Roy is multi-talented – he sings, plays many instruments, tells stories, and acts.

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Music: Evening bluegrass jam hosted by GuitarTownCT on Mon., July 15, at 6 PM

The monthly first Sunday GuitarTownCT bluegrass jams became so successful that Chris Wuerth added a new jam to the schedule. For those who need to twang community-wise more than once a month—or can’t make the Sunday afternoon events—we now have a bluegrass jam (usually) on the Third Monday of every month from 6-9 PM. Admission to this jam is a suggested donation of $5. July’s jam is on Monday, July 15, from 6-9 PM.

Players of all abilities are welcome as well as those who just enjoy listening.

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Music: GuitarTownCT monthly Sunday bluegrass jam takes place Sun., June 30, from 5-8 PM

The “First Sunday” Hamden Bluegrass Jam—hosted by GuitarTown CT Productions—actually takes place on the last Sunday of June, June 30, instead of the first Sunday in July this go-round. Additionally—in order to not conflict with our afternoon “How to Read a Film” lecture by Mark Schenker—it will be held from 5-8 PM in Best Video Performance Space.

There is no cover so come on down—have a coffee, beer or glass of wine and enjoy the music. It’s all acoustic and mostly traditional. Any and all bluegrass players are welcome.

Bring your instrument or just bring your ears. Come to pick or just to listen.

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Music: GuitarTownCT monthly afternoon bluegrass jam takes place Sun., June 2, 2-5 PM

The “First Sunday” Hamden Bluegrass Jam—hosted by GuitarTown CT Productions—takes place on Sunday afternoon, July 2, from 2—5 PM in Best Video Performance Space.

There is no cover so come on down—have a coffee, beer or glass of wine and enjoy the music. It’s all acoustic and mostly traditional. Any and all bluegrass players are welcome.

Bring your instrument or just bring your ears. Come to pick or just to listen.

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Music: GuitarTownCT evening bluegrass jam takes place Mon., May 20, 6-9 PM

The monthly first Sunday GuitarTownCT bluegrass jams became so successful that Chris Wuerth added a new jam to the schedule. For those who need to twang community-wise more than once a month—or can’t make the Sunday afternoon events—we now have a bluegrass jam (usually) on the Third Monday of every month from 6-9 PM. Admission to this jam is a suggested donation of $5. May’s jam is on Monday, May 20, from 6-9 PM.

Players of all abilities are welcome as well as those who just enjoy listening.

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Music: GuitarTownCT presents Lula Wiles Sat., May 11, at 7:30 PM

GuitarTownCT Concerts presents Lula Wiles at Best Video Performance Space on Saturday, May 11. The show starts at 7:30 PM. Advance tickets are $25 and are available through GuitarTownCT.com.

Lula Wiles are a Boston based trio, whose twang tinged original songs, beautiful harmonies and stage chemistry are rocking them to the top of the Americana music world. They are a little more rockin’ than the usual GuitartownCT bands.

What will we do? For Lula Wiles, the trio made up of Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland, and Mali Obomsawin, the question is central to the creation of their music—and it’s the title of their new album. “We wanted to make an album that reflected, in a current way, what we are all staying up late thinking about and talking about over drinks at the dinner table,” says Obomsawin. “What is everyone worried about, confiding in their friends about, losing sleep about?” On What Will We Do, the band’s sophomore album, the trio’s voices burn, twist together, mingle, and rise like smoke signaling changes to come. But anchoring that delicate touch is a mastery of folk music —and a willingness to subvert its hallowed conventions.

Long before they were in a band together, the members of Lula Wiles were singing folk songs and trading fiddle tunes at camp in Maine. “All of us were lucky to have access to the folk music community at a young age,” Burke says. “The music traditions that we’re drawing on are social, community-building traditions.” On those warm summer nights, playing music was just plain fun. But the members of Lula Wiles carry those early lessons of community and the meaning of shared art with them to this day, as they seek to create music that questions cultural virtues, soothes aching wounds, and envisions a better world.

Lula Wiles came of age in Boston, in the practice rooms of Berklee College of Music and the city’s lively roots scene. In 2016, the band self-released Lula Wiles, a sensitive, twang-tinged collection of originals. Since then, they have toured internationally, winning fans at the Newport Folk Festival and the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and sharing stages with the likes of Aoife O’Donovan, the Wood Brothers, and Tim O’Brien.

Now, the release of What Will We Do on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings places the group squarely in line with some of its deepest influences, from the protest anthems of Woody Guthrie to the trailblazing songs of Elizabeth Cotten and Hazel Dickens. (Even the band’s name is a twist on an old Carter Family song.)

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Music: GuitarTownCT monthly Sunday afternoon bluegrass jam takes place Sun., May 5, 2-5 PM

The “First Sunday” Hamden Bluegrass Jam—hosted by GuitarTown CT Productions—takes place on Sunday afternoon, May 5, from 2—5 PM in Best Video Performance Space.

There is no cover so come on down—have a coffee, beer or glass of wine and enjoy the music. It’s all acoustic and mostly traditional. Any and all bluegrass players are welcome.

Bring your instrument or just bring your ears. Come to pick or just to listen.

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