The Shellye Valauskas Experience, Jebb play the Best Video deck Fri., May 14

The Shellye Valauskas Experience plays a semi-unplugged show on the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Fri., May 14, 2021. Jebb opens, starting at 5 PM.

Based in the New Haven area, Shellye Valauskas and Dean Falcone have been making music together for years. In addition to being Valauskas’ songwriting collaborator, bandmate & producer, Falcone has served the Connecticut music scene since the early ’80s with Jon Brion in The Excerpts, his own Dean and the Dragsters and a host of others. He has also worked on a national level collaborating with Norah Jones, Brian May (Queen), Aimee Mann, Lydia Loveless, Susannah Hoffs and Neko Case. Valauskas and Falcone’s shared love for the punchy pop of Crowded House, The Posies and Aimee Mann helped them nail a distinctive yet accessible radio-friendly sound from the start.

Valauskas and Falcone will be joined at this show by Brian Stevens (bass) and Rich Dart (percussion). The Shellye Valauskas Experience released their full-length LP “History of Panic” to rave reviews. Robert L. Ross at Popdose declared, “That’s the key thing – it satisfies on every level. The entire album. Listen to this and tell me you’re not instantly in love with it. It’s impossible to not be.”

Jebb is a 21 year old musician and writer, who has worked with Frankie Siragusa (The Posies), Terry Draper (Klaatu), Lisa Mychols & Tom Richards (The Six and Seven), Arthur Roberts (The Posies, Sushi Robo, and Peach). He is curently working on a song with Ken Stringfellow & Jon Auer of The Posies that will be on his upcoming studio album Can’t Wait for Yesterday being recorded at 10selden studio with Jef Wilson of Talent Craft.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and masks are mandatory. (Yes, you can lower them to take a drink but please raise them up again.)

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.