POSTPONED: Brooke Dougan, Justin Esmer play Best Video

UPDATE 6/30/21: Due to the likely threat of rain and possible thunderstorms, the Brooke Dougan/Justin Esmer show on the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck today, June 30, is being postponed. A new date will be announced soon.

Brooke Dougan and Justin Esmer play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Fri., June 4. The show starts at 5 PM.

Brooke Dougan is a singer songwriter who has been performing all over Connecticut since she was 14. She has a laid back sound with a smooth voice. Brooke sings with an understated vocal style and writes sweet, simply arranged songs that are accented by interesting chord changes. The result are songs that feel familiar but have unexpected twists.

Justin Esmer is a rising 17 year old Filipino indie pop artist from Hamden, Connecticut. When creating music, Justin is inspired by dreaminess, nature, and nostalgia. He’s the lead vocalist in his high school band “Bad Habits” and is a solo artist for his independent project “Esmer.”

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.

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UPDATE: Rescheduled to Sun., June 27, 3 PM— BEPW on the deck at Best Video, with Brian Larney

UPDATE: due to the near-certain threat of rain on the originally scheduled June 3 date, the BEPW show has been rescheduled to Sun., June 27, at 3 PM. Dan Carrano will not be part of the rescheduled show; Brian Larney has been added to the bill.

BEPW (Brian Ebin Parker Wolfe) has been playing original music on guitar, mandolin and tiple since the late 60’s. He earliest gigs at The Exit Coffeehouse shaped his ambition to do little more than hang out on the New Haven Green for most of his young adult life. Little has changed since then.He will be joined by his wife Rose on vocals and their compatriot Bobo Lavorgna on bass—the nucleus of the Ebin-Rose Trio.

Over the years he has played in many diverse bands including, The Wyrd Brothers, Pottery, The Name, Ebin-Rose Trio and Amalgamated Muck. This year of forced isolation inspired him to put together a solo set for the first time since he started playing guitar in 1963.

Singer-songwriter Brian Larney will share the bill on June 27. Haunted by hooks and good old fashioned song-craft, Brian Larney is an eclectic, non-stop music-making machine. The Connecticut native and New England Music Awards nominee splits his time performing as a solo acoustic act, as the front-man of his band Brian Larney and The Town Hall, and—until the recent tragic passing of his colleague Rob Nelson—as part of the harmony pop group Pigeon English. He’s an alternative folk-rock singer-songwriter with an honest and thoughtful style that has been described as “quirky, earnest, and vulnerable.” Larney’s music is as influenced by pop songs of the mid-1960s as it is by the contemporary artists he’s often compared to, such as Jason Isbell and The Decemberists.

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.

Click here for a complete list of upcoming events.

Songs + Stories 12 on the Best Video deck Sun., June 20, at 5 PM

SONGS + STORIES returns to the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck, Sunday, June 20, starting at 5 PM. There is a suggested $5 donation to the tip jar for the performers.

The event is hosted by Saul Fussiner and this edition’s theme is “Mothers and Daughters.” Participating storytellers are Laura Hurwitz, Sharen McKay, Elisabeth Anton.

Stefanie Clark Harris and Sarah Dunn will offer the songs and music for the event.

The Best Video cafe will be open and serving coffee, wine, and beer.

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 required 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 donation vase set out for Best Video.

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

UPDATE—Rescheduled to 6/16: Jeff Burnham, Brother Other play Best Video deck

UPDATE: Due to the high likelihood of rain for the originally scheduled time frame for this show (5/28, 5-7 PM) by Jeff Burnham and Brother Other, it has been rescheduled to Wednesday, June 16, from 5-7 PM. See you then!

Jeff Burnham plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Fri., May 28. The show starts at 5 PM with Litchfield band Brother Other opening.

Singer-songwriter Jeff Burnham takes listeners on a journey across a gritty, haunted landscape, where sunlight flickers through the rain, framed in the tradition of Americana and folk-rock with heartland rock elements.

Music journalist and author Chip McCabe describes Jeff’s first record, Hard Luck Town as “down home and soulful… the perfect complement to an album collection that includes acts like Son Volt and Wilco.” A 2019 track by track review of the “Lost and Found” EP by columnist Myemuisemo described various songs as “Americana … with a touch of 1990s-era alt-rock optimism” and “Outlaw workingman’s blues.”

“The Insiders” is a moniker for recording projects and live band shows. During the pandemic, Jeff has been writing and recording in his home studio. His latest single releases include “State of Mind,” “What You Learned,” “Jaded,” and “Doing Hard Time.”

“You and I and Everything,” Brother Other’s debut album, dives deep uncovering naked truth and raw emotion. It was recorded and mixed at Dirt Floor Recording & Production in 2020. Overcoming odds like COVID 19 interrupting sessions, Brother Other stayed the course and through great tenacity, completed their first album.

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RESCHEDULED (AGAIN)! The Sawtelles play the Best Video deck Sun., May 23, rather than Apr. 16 due to rain/cold forecast

UPDATE: The Sawtelles will play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Sunday, May 23, at 5 PM. This show was rescheduled due to predicted rain and cold for the original date of Friday, Apr. 16, and the rescheduled date of Apr. 25.

The Sawtelles play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Friday, Apr. 16, starting at 5 PM.

Husband and wife duo Pete and Julie Riccio are the foundation of the Sawtelles. They have added a new texture to their palette in recent years with the addition of guitarist and saxophonist Richard Brown but will play this show as a duo. Their music is a balance of four elements: alternate-tuned guitar, stand-up drum kit (ala Velvet Underground’s Mo Tucker) and two voices. Peter plays guitar and Julie plays drums; they both sing. Their sparse but intricately arranged pop is as lush as it is captivatingly unique; what is played as important as what isn’t.

Their self-produced DYI philosophy aligns them more with the hand painted Sun Ra LP’s of 1950’s and 60’s then it does with those striving for mainstream commercial success.

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.

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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.

Rescheduled: Robert Daniel Irwin plays the Best Video deck Wed., May 12

Robert Daniel Irwin plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Wednesday, May 12, starting at 5:30 PM. This show was rescheduled from Apr. 29 due to rain on that date.

Robert Daniel Irwin is a songwriter, singer, and guitarist from Hamden. Full of imagery, wordplay, and humor, his songs explore what it means to be human, and the strangeness of daily life in general. Rob will be releasing his second studio album in as many years, so come out and enjoy some new, original homegrown music!

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 is available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

Katie & David play Irish music Thurs., May 6, at 5 PM

Katie & David play traditional Irish music on the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Thurs., May 6, starting at 5 PM.

Born in London, England, to Irish parents, Katie Murray moved to Co. Mayo, Ireland, at age 10 and quickly immersed herself in the South Sligo music scene, which has highly influenced her style of fiddle playing. Following a number of years in Manchester, England, Katie moved to New Haven, Connecticut in 2015 where she works as Research Scientist. Katie can be regularly found playing in Irish music sessions throughout New England.

David Sasso is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who can be heard playing with folk/acoustic duo Kat Wallace and David Sasso and bluegrass group Five ‘n Change. A psychiatrist by day, he enjoys playing mandolin-family instruments in a variety of folk genres. He met Katie through the Irish traditional music scene in CT.

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.

For a complete list of upcoming events, click here.

Dr. Caterwaul’s, Leg Up Best Video deck Thurs., Apr. 22, show rescheduled to Sun., May 2

UPDATE, Thurs. morning, Apr. 22: Due to the expected cold temps today, this show has been rescheduled to Sun., May 2, at 5 PM.

Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps and Leg Up share the bill on the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Thursday, Apr. 22. The music starts at 5 PM.

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.

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

Leo and Brian Slattery (Leg Up) are two musicians—son and father—who have used the quarantine as a chance to work up their swing repertoire with son on violin and father on guitar. Come hang for a happy hour of tunes ranging from Louis Armstrong and Cole Porter to Antonio Carlos Jobim and Django Reinhardt, in all likelihood punctuated by banter filled with outrageous puns.

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.

Click here for a complete listing of upcoming events.

RESCHEDULED! Shawn Taylor plays Wed., Apr. 28, instead of Apr. 15 due to rain forecast

Shawn Taylor.

UPDATE: Due to the strong expectation of rain on the originally scheduled date of Thursday, Apr. 15, the show by singer-songwriter Shawn Taylor on the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Apr. 28, starting at 5:30 PM.

Singer-songwriter Shawn Taylor plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Thursday, Apr.15, starting at 5:30 PM.

With a thumping thumb, dancing fingers, wailing harp, deep, gritty, soul stirring vocals and poetic blue collar lyrics, Shawn Taylor’s songs ooze American roots; wandering roots. He’s drawn comparisons from Tom Waites to Ray Lamontagne, Bruce Springsteen to Chris Smither, but his original songs are colored by the experiences of his own working class, wandering roots. He’s been an oysterman, carpenter, hitchhiker, homeowner, familly man, Appalachian Trail ‘thru-hiker’ and a performing musician and song writer, for over twenty years.

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.

Click here for a complete list of upcoming shows.