Songwriters’ circle with Steve Mednick, Eddie Seville, Seth Adam Thurs., July 22

Singer-songwriters Steve Mednick, Eddie Seville, and Seth Adam share the evening at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Thurs., July 22. The show starts at 5:30 PM.

Steve Mednick goes back a long time with the likes of Bob Dylan, Sir Paul McCartney, Stephen Stills, Richard Thompson, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Ray Davies, Joni Mitchell and other great songwriters of our times. He owns all of their albums and has seen many of their concerts. Yet back on the planet earth, Steve is a singer-songwriter based in southern Connecticut.

He just released his seventeenth album of original music: Demosarethese, Volumes I – III. Recorded during the pandemic, this spare album features songs that examine the human condition: isolation, loneliness, despair, redemption and hope. These sessions include performances by his long time friend and collaborator, Eddie Seville (“Steel Rodeo”), Karl Allweier (“The Bandoleros”); Ashley Bathgate (“Bang on a Can All Stars”) and Mark Mirando (“Laurel Canyon”). The album was produced by Issac Civitello (“Bobby Paltauf Trio” and “Lindsey Webster”).

Eddie Seville is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter and world class insomniac from New England. As the creative force behind the band “Steel Rodeo”, as well as a solo artist and a perennial fixture in Frank Carillo’s “Bandoleros”, Eddie has performed throughout the continental US, Canada, Europe and the Virgin Islands.

He’s been billed as “working class rock & roll”, “country- soul”, and even “folk hard rock” (whatever THAT is) … he’s been called “twice removed alt- country”, “americana” and “a keen observer with a bona fide connection to the heart of the matter.”

Singer/songwriter Seth Adam writes compelling, genuine songs with honest lyrics. The alt-country, Americana rocker draws comparisons to Counting Crows, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, and Jason Isbell.

2016 was a turning point in his career as he wrote and recorded songs out of a hobbled together, home studio space. Playing all of the instruments, engineering, producing, and everything else-ing on his own resulted in an EP called East Rock. The experience inspired him to continue to do much of the same for the foreseeable future, foregoing using the formal recording studios. In January 2018, he released a single (and video) called ‘Anytown,’ written in response to the events in Charlottesville VA the summer before.

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.

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UPDATE—RESCHEDULED: Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots, Stefanie Clark Harris perform Sat., July 18

UPDATE JULY 1: Due to the rain, this show has been rescheduled to Sun., July 18. The start time remains 5 PM.

Pat Stone & the Dirty Boots and singer-songwriter Stefanie Clark Harris share the bill on the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Thurs., July 1  Sun., July 18. The show starts at 5 PM.

Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots is an eclectic mix of Americana/Vintage-Rock thinly veiled by some (dare we say?) Punk-Rock undertones.

The band has been active in Connecticut and beyond for close to seven years now and its evolution can be observed over the course of two full length albums and their latest six song EP, “New England Roots”. All three releases are available over iTunes, Spotify, and wherever else you stream your music.

The most current incarnation of the band operates as a power-trio ranging from a full on rock band to a stripped down format complete with acoustic guitar, mandolin and percussion.

Chip McCabe aka The Metal Dad wrote about Stefanie Clark Harris: “Harris’ music waxes and wanes between pure country twang and more accessible forms of Americana, often channeling another famous country Harris in the process. To say this EP [“Black Diamond”] was worth the wait would be a drastic understatement. It would also not be an understatement from where I’m sitting to say that this EP has cemented Harris as one of the best Americana songwriters not only in the state but in the whole of New England.”

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.

For a full list of upcoming events, click here.

Vicki F, Things Behind the Sun play Fri., July 9

Vicki F plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Fri., July 9. The show starts with an opening set at 5 PM from the duo Things Behind the Sun.

Vicki F is a rock musician and songwriter who was the lead singer and founder of The Dini Band from 2010 to 2016, and was one of the the lead singers and guitar players for the 80s post-punk band, Troupe DiCoupe, that headlined at CBGBs, Max’s Kansas City, other NYC venues and also Ron’s Place, New Haven. She is now performing originals in and around Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Things Behind the Sun is about two old friends reconnecting and discovering the pleasure of making music together again.

Mark Perrelli is a lifelong drummer having appeared with various local bands in Hartford / New Haven area including Editors and Poor Boy among many others. Rob Dauphinais plays bass and guitar and has appeared in several bands over the years including Editors, Exit Terra and Ponybird.

Together for the first time in 30 years this appearance will be grounded in song structures and may be labeled ‘folk punk’, Things Behind the Sun will also be gearing up for some louder experiments later this year including a prospective appearance at the Elm City Noise Festival in October.

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.

For a full list of upcoming events, click here.

POSTPONED: Brooke Dougan, Justin Esmer play Best Video

UPDATE 6/30/21: Due to the likely threat of rain and possible thunderstorms, the Brooke Dougan/Justin Esmer show on the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck today, June 30, is being postponed. A new date will be announced soon.

Brooke Dougan and Justin Esmer play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Fri., June 4. The show starts at 5 PM.

Brooke Dougan is a singer songwriter who has been performing all over Connecticut since she was 14. She has a laid back sound with a smooth voice. Brooke sings with an understated vocal style and writes sweet, simply arranged songs that are accented by interesting chord changes. The result are songs that feel familiar but have unexpected twists.

Justin Esmer is a rising 17 year old Filipino indie pop artist from Hamden, Connecticut. When creating music, Justin is inspired by dreaminess, nature, and nostalgia. He’s the lead vocalist in his high school band “Bad Habits” and is a solo artist for his independent project “Esmer.”

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.

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.

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

Click here for a complete list of upcoming events.

UPDATE: Rescheduled to Sun., June 27, 3 PM— BEPW on the deck at Best Video, with Brian Larney

UPDATE: due to the near-certain threat of rain on the originally scheduled June 3 date, the BEPW show has been rescheduled to Sun., June 27, at 3 PM. Dan Carrano will not be part of the rescheduled show; Brian Larney has been added to the bill.

BEPW (Brian Ebin Parker Wolfe) has been playing original music on guitar, mandolin and tiple since the late 60’s. He earliest gigs at The Exit Coffeehouse shaped his ambition to do little more than hang out on the New Haven Green for most of his young adult life. Little has changed since then.He will be joined by his wife Rose on vocals and their compatriot Bobo Lavorgna on bass—the nucleus of the Ebin-Rose Trio.

Over the years he has played in many diverse bands including, The Wyrd Brothers, Pottery, The Name, Ebin-Rose Trio and Amalgamated Muck. This year of forced isolation inspired him to put together a solo set for the first time since he started playing guitar in 1963.

Singer-songwriter Brian Larney will share the bill on June 27. Haunted by hooks and good old fashioned song-craft, Brian Larney is an eclectic, non-stop music-making machine. The Connecticut native and New England Music Awards nominee splits his time performing as a solo acoustic act, as the front-man of his band Brian Larney and The Town Hall, and—until the recent tragic passing of his colleague Rob Nelson—as part of the harmony pop group Pigeon English. He’s an alternative folk-rock singer-songwriter with an honest and thoughtful style that has been described as “quirky, earnest, and vulnerable.” Larney’s music is as influenced by pop songs of the mid-1960s as it is by the contemporary artists he’s often compared to, such as Jason Isbell and The Decemberists.

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.

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 donation vase set out for Best Video.

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

Click here for a complete list of upcoming events.

Singer-songwriter Richard Neal plays Fri., June 25, at 5:30 PM

Singer-songwriter Richard Neal plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Fri., June 25, starting at 5:30 PM.

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.

The Best Video cafe will be open and serving coffee, wine, and beer.

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 required 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 donation vase set out for Best Video.

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

UPDATE—Postponed to Sun., June 6, at 3 PM: Mercy Choir, Kierstin Sieser on the Best Video deck

UPDATE: Due to the inclement weather today, the Mercy Choir/Kierstin Sieser show is being rescheduled to an afternoon show at 3 PM on Sunday, June 6, rather than today, Sat., May 29.

Mercy Choir and Kierstin Sieser play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Saturday, May 29, starting at 5:30 PM.

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).

Kierstin Sieser is the songwriter and lead vocalist for Tiny Ocean. Her new solo ep, Little Shots of Pepper, was released on 3/19/2021.

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.

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.

Click here for a complete list of upcoming events.

Anne Marie Menta performs Sat., June 5, at 5:30 PM

Anne Marie Menta, Richard Neal and Bob Csugie play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Saturday, June 5, starting at 5:30 PM.

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.

The Best Video cafe will be open and serving coffee, wine, and beer.

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.

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 donation vase set out for Best Video.

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

Click here for a complete list of upcoming events.

Singer-songwriter Alison Farrell plays the Best Video deck Fri., May 21

Alison Farrell plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Fri., May 21, starting at 4:30 PM.

Alison Farrell is a winner of “Best Singer-songwriter,” “Best Vocalist,” and “Best Vocal Group” categories from the New Haven Advocate newspaper and has performed around the greater New Haven area for years.

She brings wit and depth to her songs, along with creative guitar playing and strong vocals. From the witty “Too Much Barbie as a Child,” “Girl From Stony Creek-a,” and “I’m Looking Forward to Never Looking Up Again” to the serious “White People Are Clueless,” “Good Man,” and “I Want to Forgive You,” plus anything else she might finish writing before showtime.

She will be joined by Cyd Slotoroff, Diane Chodkowski, Ginny Bales and Cara Burgarella.

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.

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.

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

American Elm, Bop Tweedie on the Best Video deck Thurs., May 20, 5:30 PM

American Elm and Bop Tweedie play the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Thurs. May 20. The show starts at 5:30 PM.

American Elm is the nom 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.

2018 was a productive year in which Bousquet released a live E.P. “The Ivory Sessions,” and the “A Long Road To Be Free” single, a collaboration with musician and producer Eric Lichter (Kerri Powers, Mercury Rev), recorded at Dirt Floor Studios in Connecticut. 2018 also marked the public debut of “The Year of the Horse: A Folk-Rock Song Cycle” written by Bousquet, and performed live in New Haven by some of the regions most talented, and beloved musicians.

Bop Tweedie is a Connecticut singer-songwriter very happy to be returning to Best Video for his first show since the pandemic. This time he has a brand new CD to share.

“Let It Go Let It Go Let It Go” was released this past February and has been getting some very positive reviews…some of them come from people who actually know what they’re talking about.

Bop’s been around for a while so his set will include some new songs, some old songs, maybe a cover, and possibly a sing-a-long too. It’s a given that in-between songs will be filled with unintelligible mutterings.

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.

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.

Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.