Music: Rock from Straight 2 VHS, Slyne & The Family Stoned, Addy Edward Wed., Sept. 25, at 7:30 PM

Straight 2 VHS, Slyne & The Family Stoned, and Addy Edward play Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The show starts at 7:30 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).

Formed in 2009, Straight to VHS has long been a staple of the vibrant music scene in New London.

Straight to VHS released “Weekend Weekend Weekend” in 2014 and watched it garner positive press and airplay on some of the top college radio stations along the east coast. The album helped earn the band a Connecticut Music Award and even caught the attention of CBS Connecticut, who named the trio one of its top five bands to watch in 2015. Straight to VHS released the “Landmind” E.P. in June, 2016. The 11 minute jaunt boasts a variety of styles, from poppy garage love songs to spacey psychedelic jams. Their 5th record, “Friend Music” is set for release in October 2019.

Slyne and The Family Stoned is a caravan of punk hippies from New London, CT. Remember when Neil Young and Sonic Youth toured together back in ’91? Imagine if Neil ditched Crazy Horse and took Sonic behind him instead?

Addy Edward is the musical moniker of Adam Bensen. Addy weaves traditional and electronic sounds into deeply personal songs. His self-recorded album “Picture of Youth,” a compilation of songs written and recorded over the span of 8 years, was released in April, 2018, followed quickly by his “Sedative Gentleman [EP].

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Music: Folk from Hugh & Dana Fri., Apr. 8

Hugh_Dana_Chester_WebNew London duo Hugh & Dana sail into Best Video Performance Space for a show Friday, Apr. 8. The folkies play at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Hugh Birdsall, has been playing music in Southeastern Connecticut for decades, literally. He is a founding member of The Reducers, Dogbite, The Three-Pack, The Original Sinners, and SheSaidHeSaid. Guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, and bon vivant, he has toured extensively and has performed and recorded in some of the finest studios, basements, garages, and dives in the region. Heavily influenced by 40’s hot jazz, 50’s rock n’roll, the 60’s folk movement, and the 70’s punk rock explosion, his body of work includes songs as diverse as “Black Plastic Shoes,” “Bombs Away, Lock and Load,” “Grace,” and “Wailing City Girl.”

Dana Takaki is a classically training violin player who “caught the fiddle bug” a few years ago.  She currently plays with plays with The Rivergods, Ear Candy for the Soul, Chorus of Westerly, New Britain Symphony and others.

Hugh & Dana play frequently at the Farmers’ Markets in Waterford, Chester, New London, Lyme and others as a duo and with other groups.  Their recently released CD is a collection of recording from summer 2015.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Sunday, Apr. 3. FREE 2 PM AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, Apr. 3. BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER & THE INSTITUTE LIBRARY present “BOOKS TO FILM: THE WAY,” with special guest JACK HITT at The Institute Library in New Haven

• Monday, Apr. 4. FILM SCREENING: “THE BEST MAN”

• Wednesday, Apr. 6. INDIE ROCK presented by Redscroll Records: HEX INVERTER, DIRT DEVIL, NOTHING ISRAEL

• Thursday, Apr. 7. BLUES: THE MOODY’S BLUES

• Friday. Apr. 8. FOLK: HUGH BIRDSALL & DANA TAKAKI

• Monday, Apr. 11. FILM SCREENING: “THE CONTENDER”

• Thursday, Apr. 14. INDIE ROCK: SPIT-TAKE, BOX FAN

• Tues., Apr. 19. FILM SCREENING: “BULWORTH”

• Wednesday, Apr. 20. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Thursday, Apr. 21. INDIE FOLK: THE MID SEASON, XAVIER SERRANO

• Friday, Apr. 22. JAZZ: REBECCA ABBOTT, GARY GRIPPO & FRIENDS

• Monday, Apr. 25. FILM SCREENING: “A FACE IN THE CROWD”

• Thursday, Apr. 28. SEPHARDIC MUSIC: THE HERETICS OF CORDOBA

• Monday, May 2. FILM SCREENING: “THE CANDIDATE”

• Friday, May 6. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Saturday, May 7. SOFT ACOUSTIC/ROCK: THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS

• Monday, May 9. FILM SCREENING: “FRUITVALE STATION”

• Wednesday, May 11. ROCK: THE NEW CHASTITY

• Friday, May 13. THREE SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, DICK NEAL, GLEN ROETHEL

• Monday, May 16. FILM SCREENING: “SARAH’S KEY” (in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of New Haven)

• Friday, May 20. JAZZ VOCALS & GUITAR: LINDA SATIN & JOE CARTER

• Tuesday, Aug. 30. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Saturday, Oct. 8. THE NEW ENGLAND UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL