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Wry Bred plays contra dance music Sat., July 2

The contra dance trio Wry Bred plays Best Video Film & Cultural Center Sat., July 2, at 5:30 PM. Originally scheduled for outside with the band playing on the BVFCC deck, this show will now be inside. There will be donation vases for both the performers and the venue. We suggest a donation of $10 for the performers.

The contra dance trio Wry Bred engages in joyful musical conversations with driving rhythms and exuberant harmonies.

With Julie Sorcek on flute and saxophone, Mickey Koth on fiddle, and Robert Messore on guitar, Wry Bred sensitively supports dancers and callers alike. The band was founded in 2009 and has been playing at dances, concerts, private parties, and other events ever since. They’ve developed a growing reputation and won the respect and admiration of dancers and music lovers throughout the area and beyond. The members of Wry Bred each bring years of experience as dancers and musicians.

Wry Bred has played for contra dances in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts and, farther afield in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Because this is an inside event, we require proof of vaccination and masks.

Perennial, Minus Points rock Best Video Thurs., June 30

Perennial and Minus Points play Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Thurs., June 30. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.

Perennial makes loud sounds at oblique angles. Perennial makes punk for the mods. They are a noise-art 3-piece band from New England. Perennial is an effort to make something both visceral and thoughtful. Perennial is Chelsey Hahn (Organ and Vocals), Chad Jewett (Guitar and Vocals) and Wil Mulhern (Drums).

Indie punk band Minus Points—Julian Michaels, Zach Fiscella, Paul Buzel, Jeremy Friedler, and Chase Rivera—play music with a “frenzied wall of distortion, raw emotion, and plenty of humor,” to quote New Haven Independent writer Brian Slattery from his review of their March 16 set at Cafe Nine.

This is an indoor show so proof of vaccination is required to enter and masks are required.

UPDATE: Concert canceled 12/10/21 Ernie Mazza & Friends play jazz at Best Video Dec. 10

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, tonight’s scheduled concert with Ernie Mazza & Friends has been canceled. we hope to reschedule this for a date early in the new year.

Ernie Mazza & Friends play Best Video Film & Cultural Center Fri., Dec. 10. 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.

Veteran pianist Ernie Mazza hosts an evening of cookin’ jazz at the performance space. He’ll be joined by wife, Mary, on vocals (They met on a gig, ya know!); son, Dave, on guitar; Mark Kaplan on sax, and the tasty rhythm section of Art Principe and John Rispoli on bass and drums, respectively. They’ll be playing some of their favorites from the jazz repertoire including standards, be-bop, Latin, and a couple of surprises along the way.

A New Haven native, and a regular on the local music scene for decades, Ernie has assembled a fine ensemble of versatile and seasoned pros to join him for what is sure to be a fun evening of jazz music with friends and family.

Jazz with Lombardozzi, Fuller, & Ries at Best Video Fri., Oct. 29; UPDATE: inside show

Tony Lombardozzi, Jeff Fuller, and Barry Ries play jazz at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Fri., Oct. 29. The show start time has been pushed back to 5:30 PM.

UPDATE: Due to the threat of bad weather, this show has been moved indoors. As such, our covid protocols are maximum attendance of 30, proof of vaccination required at the door, and masks required.

Whether performing on stage and in clubs, teaching jazz and coaching ensembles, or composing and arranging in his home studio, Jeff Fuller brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to all his musical endeavors.

An integral part of the Connecticut, New York and international jazz scenes, Fuller toured worldwide and recorded with saxophonists Lou Donaldson and Paquito D’Rivera. He has played with jazz masters from all styles and eras including such diverse artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Mose Allison, “Papa” Jo Jones, Gerry Mulligan, and Clark Terry.

Fuller is one of the most sought after jazz bassists in Connecticut, and currently leads his own ensembles in many jazz venues. In September, 2014, he was awarded the annual Jazz Haven Award, “For all you have done in presenting and preserving the culture and music of jazz.” Fuller plays the Upton Hawkes Hybrid double bass, and a Ken Smith 6-string bass guitar.

Jazz guitarist Tony Lombardozzi teaches at Wesleyan University.

Barry Ries is a drummer and trumpeter who has played with such nationally know jazz artists as Gerry Mulligan and Joe Lovano.

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.

Youth XL, Stephen Friedland at Best Video Thurs., Sept. 30

Youth XL plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Thurs., Sept. 30. The show starts at 5 PM with Stephen Friedland opening.

Youth XL is a charmingly irreverent indie-rock group based out of New Haven, CT. Led by singer-songwriter Alex McGuire, their live shows are a lively mix of catchy originals, curious covers, and a healthy dose of general silliness. With songs about learning Yoga, swiping right on dating apps, and texting your friends, Youth XL strikes a balance between cynical social commentary and a sense of optimism for the future. Their debut EP Text Your Friends (2020) is available on all streaming platforms.

Stephen Friedland — the group Fat Randy’s principal songwriter, vocalist and guitarist — has also been a sound engineer and co-promoter with Tiny Box Booking, Connecticut’s premiere promotions vehicle, for nearly 5 years. During his time cutting teeth in the hottest local DIY venues the Nutmeg State has to offer, he has run sound for hundreds of bands, many of whom play music at the intersection of self-conscious indie rock and insular bedroom pop. In what amounts to some kind of gratuitous exercise in Musical FOMO and a totally epic test of being able to write songs that listeners without neckbeards can enjoy, (Randy) Alex G was born.

The album, recorded and mixed by Zack Abramo (Mesmer [fka Crag Mask], Vundabar) and Friedland, is surprisingly diverse in its scope, despite hewing to a more stringent stylistic theme than recordings past. The garage bombast of “Asymmetrical Bangs, Pt. I” and “Asymmetrical Bangs, Pt. II” pays homage to bands like LVL UP (and Friedland’s very brief tenure at SUNY Purchase College, where so much of this genre of music originated), while “Not Now, I’m on Island Time” fuses Sinatra-esque croons with relaxed Hawaiian slide guitar music. At present, the album is slated for mastering at Dog Year Studio in Ellington, CT by Phil Lord (also of Mesmer), with a formal release date TBA.

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.

Dave Mazza & Friends jazz show this Fri., Sept. 3, at 5:30 PM

The sounds of jazz will enliven an early September evening on the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck as Dave Mazza & Friends take a tour through jazz standards. The show is this Fri., Sept. 3, starting at 5:30 PM.

(This show was scheduled to take the place of the previously scheduled Mega-Illegal Leg Farm show, which was canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.)

The group features accomplished local jazz musicians Dave Mazza on guitar, Mark Kaplan on saxophone, and Esdras Lubin on bass. (Mazza and Kaplan are both members of The Dave Mazza Group, formerly known as Badslax.)

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.

Jug band music from Washboard Slim & the Bluelights Sat., Sept. 11

Washboard Slim & The Bluelights play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Sat., Sept. 11, starting at 5 PM.

After 40 years of playing together, Washboard Slim and the Bluelights has evolved into one of the country’s most versatile and original of jug bands incorporating pure Americana instruments like tub bass, washboard, jug, banjo, harmonica, and fiddle.

Adding drums and powerful vocal harmonies, this band rocks sold-out concerts, dance halls and family shows. Playing their own compositions as well as original arrangements of traditional gospel, blues, country and early rock n’ roll, their music is by turns playful, haunted and uplifting.

The band for this show is Peter Menta (aka Washboard Slim), Howie Horn, John Pendergast, Brooks Barnett, and Mat Kastner.

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.

Dreamfield plays pop and jazz Sat., Aug. 14

Dreamfield plays the Best Video Film & Cultural deck Sat., Aug. 14, starting at 5:30 PM.

Dreamfield is a band consisting of Berklee College of Music and New School students—Ryan Peter Murphy on keyboard and vocals, Will Brennan on guitar, Max Pannella on bass, and Logan Sidle on drums! They play all genres and eras of music including Pop, American Standards, Broadway, Jazz and Original songs. They perform favorites ranging from the 50’s Era all the way up to 2020 Top 40 Pop. Their original music ranges from top 40 pop to Beach Boys, and 50’s inspiration.

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. There will also be a donation vase set out for Best Video.

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

UPDATE 2—Rescheduled to 8/11: Rich Moran sings from the Great American Songbook

UPDATE 2: Well, here we go again! Due to the prediction of thunderstorms, we are rescheduling this show with Rich Moran singing tunes from the Great American Songbook to Wed., Aug. 11, at 5:30 PM. And it is likely that if there are weather concerns on that date, we will move the show inside—with appropriate cautions—rather than reschedule.

UPDATE! Due to the potential—if you can trust meteorologists, which you can’t—for possibly inclement weather at or near showtime today (June 19), Rich Moran’s performance of tunes from the Great American Songbook has been rescheduled to Wed., July 7, at 5:30 PM.

Rich Moran returns to Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Sat., June 19, with his longtime backing band of Judy Webber, Jeff Webber and Mike Bimonte to play popular and jazz music from the 1920s through the 1980s.

If you turn your radio dial on a Saturday evening at 6 and come across a Standard being performed by a classic artist such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, there’s a very good chance that you are listening to the One Great Song program hosted by Rich Moran on WMNR. He also writes and produces many of the episodes for the popular series which focus on a particular song, singer, or songwriter from the Great American songbook era.

As a singer, Rich, has brought his neo-traditional take on that same Standards repertoire to venues throughout New Haven County. Just as he does on One Great Song, his performances feature entertaining anecdotes about the history behind the music being played. As a member and neighbor of Best Video, he has brought a variety of themed programs to our space including celebrations of different eras of movie music and the career of Frank Sinatra.

The performers are donating their tip jar proceeds to the Aid For Orphans Relief Foundation, a Connecticut-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide orphans and other at risk children around the globe and in Connecticut with proper healthcare, nutrition and wellness treatments that would otherwise be unavailable.

The Best Video cafe will be open from 4-8 PM, serving coffee drinks, beer, and wine.
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. There will also be a donation vase set out for Best Video.
Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

For a full list of upcoming events, click here.

Olive Tiger, Tall Trees play indie folk at Best Video Sat., July 17

Olive Tiger and Tall Trees play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Sat., July 17, starting at 5 PM.

Olive Tiger is an evolution of sound and texture: a nontraditional rock trio that lushly combines electronics with organic elements of chamber-pop, defying the boundaries of genre in favor of obsessive exploration. Grounded in stunning songwriting, Olive Tiger arcs continuously toward more meticulous, more rich and more seductive arrangements, creating hypnotic soundscapes in which captivating risks and unpredictable melodies are the norm.

Based in New Haven, Connecticut, Olive Tiger features an unusual collection of instrumentation featuring Olive (cello, guitar, vocals), Jesse Newman (violin, synths, electronics), and John McGrath (drums, percussion). In 2016, the group asserted its powers and range with their debut full-length record, Until My Body Breaks. Their sophomore collection Softest Eyes, divided into three EPs, begins with Softest Eyes: Side A, due out July 30.

Tall Trees began as a project to score a short film set in a dive bar amidst the dark woods of Connecticut. Drawing from that strange and mystical energy, Tall Trees began writing their own songs, attempting to merge their love of cinematic themes and early French pop with their post punk inclinations.

Tall Trees first 5 song EP “Mayday” was released on their bandcamp page and all streaming services on May 5th 2021 and are currently working on and recording a full length album.

Tall Trees are Joe Russo (Guitar, Vocals), Marthe Ryerson (Keys, Violin, Vocals), and Wes Cross (Drums, Percussion).

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.

For a full list of upcoming events, click here.