Frank Critelli, Richard Neal, Mark Mirando trade tunes Thurs., Apr. 21

Singer-songwriters Richard Neal, Mark Mirando, and Frank Critelli take turns sharing their songs at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Thurs., Apr. 21, at 7 PM. The cover is $10.

This being an inside show, these are our covid protocols: attendance of 30 max, masks and proof of vaccination required.

Frank Critelli writes and performs songs, talks on the radio, pours the beer, and does the dishes. But really, he’s just a gardener.

Mark Mirando started his music career in New Haven Connecticut playing in the legendary “Dogs”, a group that was well know for their originals as well as carefully chosen, well crafted covers

Mark concentrates on original music now, although he’ll pull out a Beatles gem on occasion – and he’s recorded with no less than Beatle Ringo Starr. Mark played guitar and sang backup vocals on Ringo’s releases, “Ringo-Rama”, “Choose Love”, and two of Ringo’s greatest hits CD’s, “Photograph” and “Ringo 5.1”.

He performs the east coast singer songwriter circuit working both solo and also with his band and also travels to Nashville to write, record and perform with Nashville’s top songwriters including Georgia Middleman and Connecticut’s own Gary Burr. Mirando—with Mark Hudson and Gary Burr—is also a member of the Laurel Canyon Band, an acoustic tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young.

Richard Neal is a student of music, songwriting, record production, and live performance. A multi-instrumentalist (guitar, 5-string banjo, mandolin, dobro, slide), he has been privileged to make a living as a musician and to work in a wide variety of musical settings and styles.

Neal appears regularly in concert as a sideman for any number of acts, and also as a regular member of the bluegrass band HOE. As a solo artist and songwriter, he has released 2 CD’s of original music, HOE and Beacon. Several of his compositions have been recorded by other singers.

Lys Guillorn & Her Band, KEVIN MF KING play Fri., Apr. 15, at 7 PM

Lys Guillorn and Her Band shares the bill with KEVIN MF KING at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Fri., Apr. 15. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.

This being an inside show, these are our covid protocols: attendance of 30 max, masks and proof of vaccination required.

Lys Guillorn is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and discipline-hopping artist from Shelton, Connecticut. A stylistic shape-shifter, Guillorn dips her pointy boots in folk and psych-rock.

In 2018, Guillorn won CT Now’s Best of Hartford Readers Poll for Best Singer-Songwriter. She has two full-length studio records of original material, a collection of covers and compilation tracks, and a couple of EPs and singles on her own label Little Cowgirl Records. Her most recent single is called “Dolores & I,” released on the 2020 compilation Waiting on a Sunrise Vol. 1. Guillorn will be playing electric guitar, and will be joined by Lys Guillorn & Her Band’s bassist, Eric Bloomquist (also of Bronson Rock, Chica Non Grata.)

KEVIN MF KING is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter. Wandering, writing, recording and playing music.

Mercy Choir, Brian Gore & The Tender Fritters play Fri., Apr. 8, at 7 PM

Mercy Choir and Brian Gore & The Tender Fritters share the bill at Best Video Film & Cultural Center Fri., Apr. 8. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.

This is an indoor show so attendance is 30 max. Proof of vaccination is required to enter and masks are required. (This will be updated if circumstances allow a loosening of these restrictions.)

Paul Belbusti is a musician, writer, visual artist currently based near the New Haven, Connecticut area of the United States of America. His main creative musical project is called Mercy Choir. He’s also one half of the experimental duo Rivener. He is the author of two chapbooks: Imperial Pools (Analog Submission Press) and Lucy (Good Cop/Bad Cop Press). He will be accompanied by Bobo Lavorgna and Kierstin Sieser.

Songwriter Brian S Gore, with his rotating cast of players, the Tender Fritters, blend Country, Folk, Rock, and Jazz to create a dynamic, accessible while original, telling tales of the world’s back pages. His music can be found on Bandcamp.

Anne Marie Menta plays, accompanied by Richard Neal, Cadence Carroll, & Bob Csugie, Sat., Apr. 2

Anne Marie Menta plays Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Fri., Apr. 2, starting at 7 PM. She will be joined by Richard Neal on guitar and mandolin, Cadence Carroll on harmony vocals and percussion, and Bob Csugie on bass. The cover is $10.

This is an indoor show so attendance is 30 max. Proof of vaccination is required to enter and masks are required.

Anne Marie Menta hails from New Haven, CT., where she has been a long time favorite singer/songwriter. She comes from a family of three brothers, where playing and listening to music was their great passion. Her musical credits include fronting various rock & roll, folk, and country bands as a singer/guitarist, including The Wanderers, Sugar Moon, Sky Riders, and Rodeo Radio. In the mid 90s, she decided to concentrate on her own original music, and those tunes of hers that she “snuck” into her cover band repertoire now became her main focus. But, the country, folk, and pop music that she loved continued to be an influence in her writing.

Her most recent CD, “Sky Tonight,” came out in the fall of 2019.

Singer-songwriters Joe Flood & American Elm showcase their tunes Sat., Mar. 26

The singer-songwriters Joe Flood and American Elm share the bill at Best Video Film & Cultural Center Sat., Mar. 26. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.

This is an indoor show so attendance is 30 max. Proof of vaccination is required to enter and masks are required. (This will be updated if circumstances allow a loosening of these restrictions.)

Joe Flood has written for and recorded with Rock & Roll Hall of Famers The Band, Blues Traveler, and the Bottle Rockets among many others. His new release “All Roads” explores the connection of the Blues to Afro-Cuban, rock ’n’ roll, gospel, and country music. The songs were recorded live to tape with minimal overdubbing. Says Flood, “Scott Kessel’s drum kit plays a big part in the sound of the record. It reminds me of a guy I knew on the street in the French Quarter years ago who played on fruit crates and pots and pans. It’s a sound very close to the source.”

American Elm is the nome de guerre of Chris Bousquet, a singer-songwriter from Connecticut. He is the former leader of the internationally acclaimed High Lonesome Plains. He has performed with such luminaries as Roger McGuinn (The Byrds), Mercury Rev, Howe Gelb, Miracle Legion, John Sebastian, Asleep at the Wheel, Rhett Miller, Mark Mulcahy, The Turtles, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, J. Geils, and Susan Cowsill.

Moshyura, Greg Eichler perform Thurs., Mar. 3

Moshyura and Greg Eichler share a bill at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Thurs., Mar. 3. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.

This is an indoor show so attendance is 30 max. Proof of vaccination is required to enter and masks are required.

Moshyura is a blues and hip hop-fueled rhythm guitarist and singer/songwriter from the blue hills of North Haven, CT. A rogue of nearly 12 years, he writes hard, fast and true, to try and evolve what the acoustic guitar is capable of; how it’s perceived, what it means, what it’s become in an era taken with electronic synthesis and modulation. That there’s still a place for us in that future—our hands, our hearts, our stories—and maybe it begins with six strings and a big ass drum.

Sri Tata on the subwoofer cajón, songs range from anything between South American-sourced acoustic rap bops to ballads with the occasional EDM-inspired bass drop, octave hop. Although his style is all his own, he takes much from the works of Willie Colón, Bob Dylan, The Black Keys, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer—the list goes on. Distilled from the zeit, come revel in one man’s pilgrimage to mastery.

Greg Eichler is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter from Enfield, CT. Greg has played professionally since 2017, and has been the frontman of the rock band Allovous since 2019.

Lys Guillorn & Her Band, Elisa Flynn perform Sat., Dec. 11

Lys Guillorn and Her Band shares the bill with Elisa Flynn at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Sat., Dec. 11. The show starts at 7 PM and the cover is $10.

This being an inside show, these are our covid protocols: attendance of 30 max, masks and proof of vaccination required.

Lys Guillorn is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and discipline-hopping artist from Shelton, Connecticut. A stylistic shape-shifter, Guillorn dips her pointy boots in folk and psych-rock.

In 2018, Guillorn won CT Now’s Best of Hartford Readers Poll for Best Singer-Songwriter. She has two full-length studio records of original material, a collection of covers and compilation tracks, and a couple of EPs and singles on her own label Little Cowgirl Records. Her most recent single is called “Dolores & I,” released on the 2020 compilation Waiting on a Sunrise Vol. 1. Guillorn will be playing electric guitar, and will be joined by Lys Guillorn & Her Band’s bassist, Eric Bloomquist (also of Bronson Rock, Chica Non Grata.)

Elisa Flynn is a musical and visual artist, known for her literary, historical and supernatural references and powerful vocals. Her sound, which has evolved and changed over the years, now take indie rock and folk elements and add more electronic-based rhythms and sounds. Her use of layered vocals, guitars, electric banjo, synth loops and electronic drums create her own dark folktronica sound. Her most recent EP “Eighty-three” was released in the summer of 2020.

Richard Neal, Mark Mirando, Frank Critelli trade off songs Sat., Nov. 20

Singer-songwriters Richard Neal, Mark Mirando, and Frank Critelli take turns sharing their songs at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Sat., Nov. 20, at 7 PM. The cover is $10.

This show is a late substitution for a show by Anne Marie Menta (with Neal and Carroll) that had to be postponed due to illness.

This being an inside show, these are our covid protocols: attendance of 30 max, masks and proof of vaccination required.

Richard Neal is a student of music, songwriting, record production, and live performance. A multi-instrumentalist (guitar, 5-string banjo, mandolin, dobro, slide), he has been privileged to make a living as a musician and to work in a wide variety of musical settings and styles.

Neal appears regularly in concert as a sideman for any number of acts, and also as a regular member of the bluegrass band HOE. As a solo artist and songwriter, he has released 2 CD’s of original music, HOE and Beacon. Several of his compositions have been recorded by other singers.

Mark Mirando started his music career in New Haven Connecticut playing in the legendary “Dogs”, a group that was well know for their originals as well as carefully chosen, well crafted covers

Mark concentrates on original music now, although he’ll pull out a Beatles gem on occasion – and he’s recorded with no less than Beatle Ringo Starr. Mark played guitar and sang backup vocals on Ringo’s releases, “Ringo-Rama”, “Choose Love”, and two of Ringo’s greatest hits CD’s, “Photograph” and “Ringo 5.1”.

He performs the east coast singer songwriter circuit working both solo and also with his band and also travels to Nashville to write, record and perform with Nashville’s top songwriters including Georgia Middleman and Connecticut’s own Gary Burr. Mirando—with Mark Hudson and Gary Burr—is also a member of the Laurel Canyon Band, an acoustic tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young.

Frank Critelli writes and performs songs, talks on the radio, pours the beer, and does the dishes. But really, he’s just a gardener.

UPDATE: POSTPONED Anne Marie Menta with Richard Neal, Cadence Carroll play Sat., Nov. 20, at 7 PM

UPDATE NOV. 16: Due to illness this show by Anne Marie Menta has been postponed. We will announce a new date soon.

Anne Marie Menta plays Best Video Performance Space deck on Saturday, Nov. 20, starting at 7 PM. She will be joined by Richard Neal on guitar and mandolin and Cadence Carroll on harmony vocals and percussion. The cover is $10.

This is an indoor show so attendance is 30 max. Proof of vaccination is required to enter and masks are required.

Anne Marie Menta hails from New Haven, CT., where she has been a long time favorite singer/songwriter. She comes from a family of three brothers, where playing and listening to music was their great passion. Her musical credits include fronting various rock & roll, folk, and country bands as a singer/guitarist, including The Wanderers, Sugar Moon, Sky Riders, and Rodeo Radio. In the mid 90s, she decided to concentrate on her own original music, and those tunes of hers that she “snuck” into her cover band repertoire now became her main focus. But, the country, folk, and pop music that she loved continued to be an influence in her writing.

Her most recent CD, “Sky Tonight,” came out in the fall of 2019.

Rock with The Shellye Valauskas Experience Sat., Oct. 23

The Shellye Valauskas Experience plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Sat., Oct. 23, 2021. The show starts at 5 PM.

Based in the New Haven area, Shellye Valauskas and Dean Falcone have been making music together for years. In addition to being Valauskas’ songwriting collaborator, bandmate & producer, Falcone has served the Connecticut music scene since the early ’80s with Jon Brion in The Excerpts, his own Dean and the Dragsters and a host of others. He has also worked on a national level collaborating with Norah Jones, Brian May (Queen), Aimee Mann, Lydia Loveless, Susannah Hoffs and Neko Case. Valauskas and Falcone’s shared love for the punchy pop of Crowded House, The Posies and Aimee Mann helped them nail a distinctive yet accessible radio-friendly sound from the start.

Valauskas and Falcone will be joined at this show by Brian Stevens (bass), Jim Balga (percussion), and Bruce Crowder (keyboards). The Shellye Valauskas Experience released their full-length LP “History of Panic” to rave reviews. Robert L. Ross at Popdose declared, “That’s the key thing – it satisfies on every level. The entire album. Listen to this and tell me you’re not instantly in love with it. It’s impossible to not be.”

ABOUT OUR SHOWS:

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others. Masks are optional outside but required if you go inside Best Video.

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. (There will also be a Best Video tip jar for donations.)

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.