Upcoming music on the Best Video deck

Once we got over the hiccup of the rainout of a our scheduled first night, the launch of our new series of music on the Best Video Film & Cultural deck went great. Thanks to the musicians David Sasso and Pete Kaufman (Friday night) and Anne Marie Menta and Richard Neal (Saturday night) for great sets. And thanks, also, to everybody who came out and for responsibly wearing your masks!

Here is a list of our currently scheduled shows:

Thursday, Sept. 17, 5-7 PM. Singer-Songwriter: The Bargain (featuring Frank Critelli, Shandy Lawson, & Muddy Rivers)

Saturday, Sept. 19, 5-7 PM. Singer-Songwriter: Shawn Taylor

Thursday, Sept. 24, 5-7 PM. Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist: Glenn Roth (rescheduled from 9/10)

Friday, Sept. 25, 6 PM. Harmony Pop: Pigeon English

Saturday, Sept. 26, 5:30 PM. Singer-Songwriter Pop: Shellye Valauskas & Dean Falcone

Fri., Oct. 2, 5 PM. Jug Band: Washboard Slim & The Blue Lights Trio

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and masks 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.

Music returns to Best Video, socially distanced, on the deck

Making the best of the situation, Best Video Film & Cultural Center will restart its music programming on the new outdoor deck, weather permitting. The Best Video cafe will expand its curbside hours to 4-8 PM Thursdays through Saturday and we will try to schedule acoustic music on the deck for as many of those evenings as possible.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and masks 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.

The schedule so far is:

Thursday, Sept. 10, 5-7:30. Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar: Glenn Roth

Friday, Sept. 11, 4:30-7:30 PM. Bluegrass/Roots: David Sasso & Pete Kaufman (members of Five N’ Change)

Saturday, Sept. 12, 5:30 PM. Singer-Songwriter: Anne Marie Menta & Richard Neal

Thursday, Sept. 17, 5-7 PM. Singer-Songwriter: The Bargain (featuring Frank Critelli, Shandy Lawson, & Muddy Rivers)

Saturday, Sept. 19, 5-7 PM. Singer-Songwriter: Shawn Taylor

Friday, Sept. 25, 6 PM. Harmony Pop: Pigeon English

Saturday, Sept. 26, 5:30 PM. Singer-Songwriter Pop: Shellye Valauskas & Dean Falcone

UPDATE 3/12: Postponed Music: Pigeon English, Jeff Burnham play Thurs., Mar. 12

UPDATE 3/12: Due to concerns raised by COVID-19, tonight’s show at Best Video Film & Cultural Center is being postponed to a later date. Our apologies to all who were looking forward to the show, but the musicians and the staff of Best Video Film & Cultural Center think it is prudent to err on the side of caution. We look forward to rescheduling this event when circumstances allow.

Pigeon English, the harmony pop duo comprised of Rob Nelson and Brian Larney, play Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Mar. 12. Singer-songwriter Jeff Burnham opens. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).

Pigeon English is a collaboration between songwriters Brian Larney (of Lines West) and Rob Nelson (of Elegant Primates), exploring close harmony vocals and the mysterious paths of melody. Drawing inspiration from The Everly Brothers and The Beatles, Larney and Nelson craft songs about love and misunderstanding.

When Pigeon English released their 6-song debut EP “Coo” in January, Rick Allison of Cygnus Radio called it “one of the new treasures of 2019.” Brian Slattery of the New Haven Independent wrote that Pigeon English “melodies, chords, and lyrics consistently make clever turns that feel both unexpected, satisfying — and emotionally complicated…thanks to songwriting this fun and sharp, complicated, agonizing relationship troubles have rarely been so catchy.”

In July, the band released its first full-length album, “Places, Everyone!” featuring 10 new songs.

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. After several years writing for and performing with his band Tuesday Saints, Jeff has reoriented his sound with heartland rock elements, as a solo project called Jeff Burnham and the Insiders.

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Music: Pigeon English bring their classic harmony pop to Best Video Fri., Aug. 30; Brooke Dougan opens

Pigeon English plays Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Aug. 30. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range). Pigeon English is a collaboration between songwriters Brian Larney and Rob Nelson, exploring close harmony vocals and the mysterious paths of melody. Singer-songwriter Brooke Dougan opens the show.

What happens when two high school friends who love writing and performing music together grow up and drift apart? If they’re lucky, they reconnect years later at a nightclub and sing an Elvis song together at a birthday tribute to the King of Rock and Roll.

That’s how Pigeon English happened. Brian Larney and Rob Nelson rediscovered the magic sound of the close harmony vocals they had begun crafting as teenagers.

When Pigeon English released their 6-song debut EP “Coo” in January, Rick Allison of Cygnus Radio called it “one of the new treasures of 2019.” Brian Slattery of the New Haven Independent wrote that Pigeon English “melodies, chords, and lyrics consistently make clever turns that feel both unexpected, satisfying — and emotionally complicated…thanks to songwriting this fun and sharp, complicated, agonizing relationship troubles have rarely been so catchy.” Frank Critelli, singer, songwriter and co-host of WPLR’s Local Bands Show, called Pigeon English “one of the best bands to come out of New Haven in a very long time.”

In July, the band released its first full-length album, “Places, Everyone!” featuring 10 new songs. Around the same time, the readers of CT Now! chose Pigeon English as Runner Up for Best New Band. The close vocal harmonies of singer/songwriters Brian Larney and Rob Nelson have earned Pigeon English comparisons to the Everly Brothers and The Beatles. Their music has been described as “brand-new, yet instantly nostalgic.”

Brooke Dougan—a 16-year-old singer-songwriter who has played Infinity Hall in Norfolk, the Acoustic in Bridgeport, CJ Sparrows and the State House, as well as Best Video’s Second Wednesday Open Mic—will open for Pigeon English.

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Music: Pigeon English Valentine’s Day EP release, Nathaniel Hintz Thurs., Feb. 14

Pigeon English plays Best Video Performance Space Thursday, Feb. 14, for an EP release party. Nathaniel Hintz opens. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Pigeon English is a collaboration between songwriters Brian Larney (of Lines West) and Rob Nelson (of Elegant Primates), exploring close harmony vocals and the mysterious paths of melody. Drawing inspiration from The Everly Brothers and The Beatles, Larney and Nelson craft songs about love and misunderstanding. In his review of their debut EP “Coo!,” Brian Slattery of The New Haven Independent writes, “melodies, chords, and lyrics consistently make clever turns that feel both unexpected, satisfying–and emotionally complicated…thanks to songwriting this fun and sharp, complicated, agonizing relationship troubles have rarely been so catchy.” Rick Allison of Cygnus Radio.com called the EP “one of the new treasures of 2019…clearly!” Come help Pigeon English celebrate the release of “Coo!” with a swinging Valentine’s Day dance party!

Nathaniel Hintz is a country and western artist from Watertown, Connecticut. Nathaniel incorporates a Rockabilly style of guitar playing, blending with a lively punk attitude. Putting a modern twist on the Sun Records sound of the 50s.