Music: Samuel Bass, Bella on Fri., July 31, at 8 PM

The singer-songwriters Samuel Bass and Bella play Best Video Performance Space on Friday, July 31. The music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

Samuel Bass

Samuel Bass

Samuel Bass is a songwriter from Hamden, Connecticut. He currently lives/goes to school in Marlboro, Vermont where he studies ethnomusicology. His first album, The Gritty Smoke, was released on the 4th of July, 2012, and since then he has been working on a new release called The Uncanny Valley. He enjoys intimate conversations and long walks on the beach.

Bella in performance.

Bella in performance.

Bella Ortiz-Wren (just Bella onstage, or “queen dweeb”) writes dreamy swoon-tunes about family, erasure, sweethearts and leg hair. Her songs bounce across different genres–they’re a mix of punky sass, jazzy flare, solo angst, folky moments and mellow delight. General vibe includes rich vocals, some distortion, and lots of reverb. Bella hails from Brattleboro, VT and is currently working on her next album, titled “Sour Honey.” When not playing music, she can be found making pottery at Marlboro College (or at work, slicing deli meat).

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, July 22. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN (Former members of JAMES VELVET’S groups THE LONESOME SPARROWS & THE IVORY BILLS)

• Thursday, July 23. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: SHAUN BOWEN, KEVIN MF KING

• Friday, July 24. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: ANNE MARIE MENTA, SHELLYE VALAUSKAS

• Wednesday, July 29. CARIBBEAN/FOLK: THE LUKE RODNEY BAND Postponed

• Thursday, July 30. CABARET/CROONING/SPOKEN WORD: RICH MORAN & FRANZ DOUSKEY

• Friday, July 31. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SAMUEL BASS, BELLA

• Thursday, Aug. 6. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT, BILL ARNOLD

• Friday, Aug. 7. INDIE ROCK: MERCY CHOIR

• Wednesday, Aug. 12. ELECTRONIC IMPROVISATION: DAVID ELKIN-GINNETTI & DEREK PIOTR

• Thursday, Aug. 13. INDIE FOLK: KINDRED QUEER

• Friday, Aug. 14. ROCK: THE FURORS, TOM HEARN

• Wednesday, Aug. 19. FOLK: WALKINGWOOD MANDOLIN QUARTET

• Thursday, Aug. 20. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND

• Friday, Aug. 21. BLUEGRASS: FIDDLE FOREVER

• Tuesday, Aug. 25. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Thursday, Aug. 27. AMERICANA: PATRICK DALTON & MIKE SKAGGS

• Friday, Aug. 28. FILM SCREENING: “HEAD” (CT-PRODUCED LIVE PUPPET HORROR FEATURE)

• Friday, Sept. 4. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Wednesday, Sept. 9. COMEDY OPEN MIC WITH JAKE NIETOPSKI

• Thursday, Sept. 10. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA

• Friday, Sept. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNW MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Sept. 16. CARIBBEAN/FOLK: LUKE RODNEY

• Friday, Sept. 18. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DAPHNE LEE MARTIN

• Tuesday, Sept. 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: HANNAH FAIR

• Wednesday, Sept. 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANGELA EASTERLING

• Thursday, Oct. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI

• Friday, Oct. 23. ALT-COUNTRY: TANNERSVILLE

• Friday, Oct. 30. HALLOWEEN FILM SCREENING WITH LIVE SCORE: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

 

Music: Samuel Bass, Kevin MF King on Wed., July 24, at 8 PM

Solo performers Samuel Bass and Kevin MF King will each play a set in the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, July 24. The cover is $5 and the music starts at 8 PM.

Samuel Bass is a songwriter from Hamden, Connecticut. He currently lives/goes to school in Marlboro, Vermont where he studies ethnomusicology. His first album, The Gritty Smoke, was released on the 4th of July, 2012, and since then he has been working on a new release called The Uncanny Valley. He enjoys intimate conversations and long walks on the beach.

Samuel Bass

Samuel Bass

Listen to Samuel Bass’ “Slipping Into the Shoes of the Hangman”:

Kevin MF King’s songs run amok with topics such as work drudgery, self-reflection, escapism, the debauchery displayed in modern politics and the process of human interaction, at times using fictional folk tales to tell a story, others just beautiful instrumentals. KMFK has more than 100 self-recorded songs regularly distributed on self-released hand-stamped cds.

KMFK’s first self-released cassette, “Digital Sneeze,” was given away to close friends in mid-2007. The next year was full of home recordings and more self-released CDs including the “Car Wreck At The Car Show” EP. In the spring of 2008 KMFK traveled to Boise, Idaho to record the “Employees of The Month” EP with Nathan Paradis (IQEQ). More travels, shows and recordings followed including the “Miss…ionary Jones and the Backflips” LP and by September, KMFK traveled to an extended stay Marriott with producer Nathan Paradis in Baltimore to record the “Sept. ’09” EP as well as the “Variations” LP with the group Give Us A Kiss.

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Kevin MF King

Upon arriving back in CT, KMFK had a full live band called Kevin MF King & Death Valley Retreat, consisting of Derek Monahan on bass and Scotty-O (Mouth On Tailpipe) on drums. The trio played out often and recorded one album together, the “Death Valley Retreat” EP. In the summer of 2010 Scotty-O left the band and was replaced by Jason Musshorn (Beneath The Marrow) for a brief period. In October 2010 KMFK entered Silver Bullet Studios solo to record the song “Rope” with Greg Thomas (Misery Signals). In January 2011 KFMK traveled to Lawrence, Kan. to record another batch of demos and play a few shows. In May 2011 KMFK stopped performing solo to focus on the duo SEA with Broccoli Robb Park. Many shows, flyers and months later in October SEA recorded a 5 song ep “CHAIR” with Sgott MacKenzie (Ferocious Fucking Teeth). The group played its final show in December 2011.

The year 2012 was full of solo shows and in October KMFK recorded once again with Sgott MacKenzie, churning out the “Feral Kids” EP which was followed up in February 2013 by its sister ep “Bird Mask.”

Listen to the cut “Wash My hands” from Kevin MF King’s “Feral Kids” EP:

 

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, July 10. ACOUSTIC FOLK: SHELDON CAMPBELL

• Thursday, July 11. ACOUSTIC ROCK: JAMES VELVET & THE LONESOME SPARROWS

• Wednesday, July 17. INDIE POP: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Wednesday, July 18. CLASSICAL GUITAR: ORPHÉE RUSSELL

• Monday, July 22. FILM SCREENING: “ARRANGED”

• Wednesday, July 24. SINGER-SONGWRITER/INDIE: SAMUEL BASS, KEVIN MF KING

• Thursday, July 25. AVANT-GARDE_IMPROVISATION: FUCHSPRELLEN, COLORGUARD

• Monday, July 29. FILM SCREENING: “INTRUDER IN THE DUST”

• Wednesday, July 31. INDIE PSYCH/POP: M.T. BEARINGTON

• Thursday, Aug. 1. IMPROVISATION/WORLD MUSIC: SUPER TRANCE

• Monday, Aug. 5. FILM SCREENING: “ONLY HUMAN”

• Wednesday, Aug. 7. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, Aug. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ILANA ZSIGMOND

• Monday, Aug. 12. FILM SCREENING: “CRASH”

• Wednesday, Aug. 14. GARAGE ROCK/PUNK: THE ESTROGEN HIGHS

• Thursday, Aug. 15. JAZZ: THE NICK Di MARIA QUARTET

• Monday, Aug. 19. FILM SCREENING: “THE WAR WITHIN”

• Monday, Aug. 26. FILM SCREENING: “THE OTHER SON”