Music: Psychedelic pop by Happy Ending (featuring Best Video’s Hank Hoffman & Richard Brown) Thurs., June 19, at 8 PM

Happy_Ending_group_photo_72dpi_WebHappy Ending, featuring Best Video’s own Hank Hoffman and Richard Brown, plays the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, June 19. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Happy Ending plays electric rock ‘n’ roll, mixing original compositions influenced by garage rock, folk rock and psychedelia—oftentimes with a political slant—with cover songs from the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Happy Ending has released three albums. The most recent, “Electricity for the Youth of Today,” was recorded live at Best Video Performance Space in December of 2013. The vinyl LP and 45 “Have A Nice Day” came out in 1984 and the compact disc “Smile for the Camera” in 1996. John Foster, editor of Op Magazine, described “Have A Nice Day” as a “future cult item for the collectors.” Hank Hoffman sings and plays guitar; Richard Brown plays guitar and alto saxophone. Tom Smith is on drums and Randy Stone plays bass. Happy Ending has a Facebook page.

Watch the band play their original song “Cityscape” at Cafe Nine in New Haven in January, 2014.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, June 11. LITERARY READING: ALICE MATTISON, SANDI KAHN SHELTON

• Thursday, June 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, June 13. FOLK: ROBERT MESSORE

• Wednesday, June 18. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, June 19. GARAGE POP/PSYCHEDELIC ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Wednesday, June 25. INDIE ROCK: MERCY CHOIR

• Thursday, June 26. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: PRESTER JOHN featuring SHAWN PERSINGER & DAVID MILLER

• Friday, June 27. PUNK ROCK: STARK RAVING LULU

• Sunday, June 29. BEST VIDEO FUNDRAISER

• Wednesday, July 2. ROCK: EXTRASENSORY

• Thursday, July 3. BUOYANT POP ROCK: THE FURORS

• Wednesday, July 9. CLASSICAL GUITAR: ORPHÉE RUSSELL

• Thursday, July 10. FOLK: THE HEATH SISTERS

• Thursday, July 24. PROGRESSIVE FOLK ROCK: KINDRED QUEER

• Thursday, July 31. ROCK: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Friday, Aug. 1. ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC: DAVID ELKIN-GINNETTI

• Wednesday, Aug. 13. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND

• Friday, Aug. 15. POP/ART/PUPPETRY: POCKET VINYL, GLUMPUPPET

 

Music: Sidewalk Dave to perform Thurs., Mar. 7, at 8 PM

Sidewalk_Dave_72dpiSidewalk Dave bring their psychedelic-inflected indie rock to the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Mar. 7. The cover charge for this show is $5 and the music starts at 8 PM.

Sidewalk Dave is led by singer/guitarist/songwriter Dave Van Witt. Van Witt resists describing his music, preferring to that the listener “lis­ten and decide for your­self. There has never been an over­ar­ch­ing influ­ence or ‘you sound like’ that has been con­sis­tent or mean­ing­ful to me, so I will not mis­lead you with my own opin­ions of myself.”

He is willing to divulge some biographical info, including the origin of the name “Sidewalk Dave”:

In sev­enth grade I was kicked out of band class for impro­vis­ing dur­ing con­certs we would put on for all the par­ents. After a few failed punk bands (one aptly named For­mula For Fail­ure) I began writ­ing my own songs on a cheap gui­tar. Learn a chord, write a song, learn a sec­ond chord, write two songs, and on and on. I used to burn the nerves out of my play­ing fin­gers to strengthen my cal­louses and allow me to prac­tice longer each day. Right after my six­teenth birth­day my mother moved to Kansas City to get re-married. After liv­ing in seven dif­fer­ent towns between Bel­gium, Switzer­land, Iowa, North Car­olina, and Con­necti­cut, I decided to stay put and ride out high school on the grace of friends and their fam­i­lies. Often, I would get some beer and play on the side­walks to keep from both­er­ing my hosts. One fate­ful evening a friend yelled from a passenger-side win­dow, “Side­walk Dave!” The name some­how fol­lowed me to col­lege, and after my pre­ten­tious prog-rock band fell apart (due to my arrest for pos­ses­sion of LSD), I needed a name to release the music I con­tin­ued to work on by my lone­some. Four albums later, I’m still learn­ing what it is to become a man through the per­sona and stage name, Side­walk Dave.

Writing at CT.com, Chip McCabe listed Sidewalk Dave’s 2012 album “Hard On Romance” among his albums of the year. According to McCabe:

This album just seethes a nasty vibe and sound that you would expect to hear emanating from the best dive bars in the bowels of the most artistic cities.  I hate calling a band’s efforts “mature” because that implies their previous work is, what, “immature”?  But this really is a band that continues to grow and expand their sound so that every new album is their best.  The Blues play a big influence here but it’s just one coat of paint over a canvas of sounds that draw from such varied artists as The Stooges, Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, Sonic Youth, Weezer and even moments of Pink Floyd just to name a few.  However you want to classify it though (I’ve seen “rock”, “folk rock”, “alt rock”, etc.) doesn’t really matter because whatever label you try to put on this band they will always transcend it.  This album is no exception.

Check out Sidewalk Dave’s video for their song “Sinister Things”:

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Saturday, Mar. 9. ACOUSTIC CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC: HADE & WILLIAMS

• Wednesday, Mar. 13. ACOUSTIC BLUES & ROCK: NOAH KESSELMAN

• Thursday, Mar. 14. WINE TASTING with KARL RONNE from THE WINE THIEF

• Wednesday, Mar. 20. JAZZ: DAVID CHEVAN

• Thursday, Mar. 21. INDIE GARAGE ROCK: GHOST OF CHANCE

• Sunday, Mar. 24. READINGS: JOEANN HART & MATT DEBENHAM

• Wednesday, Mar. 27. PUNK ROCK: STARK RAVING LULU

• Thursday, Mar. 28. FILM SCREENING: STEPHEN DEST’S “MY BROTHER JACK”

• Wednesday, Apr. 3. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN BAND

• Thursday, Apr. 4. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Wednesday, Apr. 10. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED

• Thursday, Apr. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Apr. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON

• Monday, Apr. 22. FILM SCREENING FOR “WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” SERIES: “WALK ON WATER”

Music: Super Trance on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 8 PM

Super Trance, The Ultimate Jam Band weaving aspects of rock, jazz, funk, rap, electronic and world music to create a super-licious soundscape to groove to!

Made up of a core rhythm section of Didge (Pete Onofrio), Guitar (Brian), Congos (Jay), Bass (Jim), and Percussion (John Boiano). The band frequently is joined by guests on guitar, vocals, saxophone, keyboards and strings.  Thursday the band will be joined by violist Colin Benn.

Check out one of Super Trance’s YouTube videos:

Other videos are accessible through the group’s Facebook page.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Sunday, Dec. 9. KIDS’ HOLIDAY MATINEE

• Wednesday, Dec. 12. ROCK ‘N” ROLL & TWANG: GRAYLIGHT CAMPFIRE

• Thursday, Dec. 13. ELECTRIC ROCK & PSYCHEDELIC: HAPPY ENDING featuring Best Video’s RICHARD BROWN & HANK HOFFMAN

• Wednesday, Dec. 19. CARIBBEAN/FOLK: MIMOSA

• Thursday, Dec. 20. ROCKABILLY: BIG FAT COMBO