Updated info re Thursday’s Sidewalk Dave show! Short film screening at 8 PM prior to the music

You know how you get bonus special features on most DVDs and Blu-Ray discs? Well, this Thursday’s performance by Sidewalk Dave will feature a screening of the short film “You Can’t Google This” prior to the band’s performance. According to Sidewalk Dave’s Facebook event listing, the film “is about the ungoogleable side of life and thus we will not be sharing it online. ”

The schedule for this show:

7 PM — Doors (come early to get seats and discuss film!)
8 PM — Screening of “You Can’t Google This”
8:20  PM — Music ♪♫
9 PM — Q&A / Film critique

The “Ungoogleable Manifesto” from Sidewalk Dave’s Facebook event listing:

In 1998 the world was given an amazing tool; the power to easily search for any information that humankind sees fit to share. “Google” became a verb and we were set loose to digest anything our fingertips could tap out. At some point, being from the generation that was born into a world without the power to google, we remembered our childhood being filled with actions and exploration of the tangible world. Nostalgia of adolescence is common of all generations, but there is something unique about growing up without instant entertainment and knowledge at our fingertips.

A small film crew and I decided to take a journey into the world without cellphones or internet. We brought an old Polaroid camera and a super 8 hand-held video camera to help capture the ungoogleable truths we remember attaining during our childhood. We used maps, pay phones, and the sun to get us around the southwest of America. Every moment was a moment to judge only with our bodily senses. The things we learned and the things we entertained ourselves with were pure with spontaneous aesthetic. All our uneventful moments used to be filled with a quick email check or YouTube search, etc, on this trip they were left alone; we were left only to brood over the moment and we had a very, very different experience because of it.

We aren’t anti-google, you can google this site, this video, and even our personal profiles, however, we merely suggest that as powerful and wonderful google and the internet-at-large can be, there is something you can’t find in the internet. That may be an obvious concept but in actually doing, our experience was spontaneous, exciting, and enlightening. We all saw things of such awe and beauty that we were all positive at every turn that we weren’t, for our brief expedition, missing anything we could find on the web. We tried to capture it through film, photographs, and journaling so that we can share a sliver of our experience with you but we suggest you try it for yourselves. Try disconnecting for a little while. Go on an adventure without knowing exactly how you’ll reach your destination or what you will do when you get there. Then ask yourself at the end of the experience, “Can I google this?”

The cover charge for this show is $5.

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”