Music: Clare Byrne plays LP release show for new record “Celestials” Sat., June 15

Singer-songwriter Clare Byrne plays Best Video Performance Space Saturday, June 15, as a release party for her new vinyl LP “Celestials.” The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).

Clare Byrne’s songwriting and music bring together folk, rhythm & blues, & gospel in an astral acoustic/electric mix, with incisive, poignant lyrics. Her 2019 double LP Celestials assembles a diverse and multi-talented group of New York City and Vermont musicians for a vinyl album release party on June 15, 2019 at Best Video & Cultural Center.

Celestials is a conceptual “chamber music” album, arranged in suites of songs. It features Byrne along with thirteen musicians in vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, hand percussion, cello, sleigh bells, piano, flute, saxophone, and synthesizer, recorded over a year of studio sessions in Burlington, VT. The twin albums, “Sister” and “Brother” take listeners on a journey across landscapes of relationship, gender, and race, ranging from Vermont to New York City to Italy to introspective chambers of the heart. It contains fourteen original songs by Byrne, a song by New York songwriter Rodrigo Alonzo, and the Irish traditional, “The Water is Wide.”

The limited vinyl pressing, with photographs by New York City photographer Hiroyuki Ito and design by Vermont graphic and font designer Alec Julien, will be available at Best Video for sale. The album includes a download card for digital download.

The release party will include performance by very special guests The Elm City Ramblers, led by local bluegrass phenom Phil Rosenthal. Other special New Haven musical guests TBA!

Clare is a dancer-and-choreographer-turned-musician who has performed and taught in New York City and environs, Burlington VT, and around the world. She began songwriting through guitar, harmonica and piano in 2011; her EP Seed was released in Vermont in 2017, after which she toured Ireland with Ink the Octopus (Dan Strauss and Remy DeLaroque).

In her career she has performed in many venues, including Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, The Joyce Theater, P.S. 122, Dixon Place in NYC and The Flynn Center for the Arts in Burlington, VT. Multi-year projects have included Weekly Rites (2007-2012), a weekly online video, dance, and writing improvisational blog, and The Poor Sister Clares Traveling Dancing Monk Show (2009 – 2013), an experiment in contemplative community, gardening and performance in Vermont. She is a recipient of grants and residencies through The Joyce Theater Foundation, Dixon Place, The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, The Dragon’s Egg, The Silo Residency, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Greywood Arts in Killeagh, Ireland, and the Bogliasco Foundation in Bogliasco, Italy, among others. Clare was a founding member of Nicholas Leichter Dance, the artistic director of Clare Byrne Dance for ten years, and has written dance reviews for the online publication offoffoff.com. Clare has taught dance at Muhlenberg College, Long Island University, Manhattanville College, and was a Senior Lecturer in Dance in the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Vermont.

Clare currently lives in New Haven, studies music at the Neighborhood Music School, and is a member of the Elm City Ramblers.

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Music and Literary Reading: Marykate O’Neil and Rachel Cline share evening Sat., June 8, at 8 PM

Singer-songwriter Marykate O’Neil plays Best Video Performance Space on Saturday, June 8. Sharing the bill with O’Neil is her friend Rachel Cline, who will read from her recent novel The Question Authority. The event starts at 8 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).

New England-born and New York City-based indie pop songwriter Marykate O’Neil has released six albums, a couple of 45s, some cassettes; been featured in movies and television shows; played to big festival crowds and empty seats in darkened basements throughout the US and Europe. Her music has been called “Elvis Costello meets Astrud Gilberto”; “a female George Harrison”; a “Capote-esque story teller”; and most frequently like herself. The Boston Globe might have captured it best—or at least the funniest—when they said: “O’Neil’s literate lyrics feature the sort of off-kilter insights Emily Dickinson might make if alive today. After listening to commercial radio, hearing O’Neil sing is like reading Sylvia Path’s brutally honest poetry in the wake of watching “American Idol.” O’Neill will be accompanied by Gerry Giaimo (guitar), Dave Shuman (bass), and Pete Riccio (drums).

Rachel Cline is the author of the novels What to Keep and My Liar (both from Random House). She has written for The New York Times, New York, More, SELF and Tin House and is a produced screen and television writer. She was a screenwriting instructor at University of Souther California and has taught fiction at New York University, Eugene Lang College and Sarah Lawrence College. She has been a resident of Yaddo, a fellow of Sewanee, and a Girls Write Now mentor. She lives in Brooklyn Heights, a few blocks from where she grew up. The Question Authority, published by Red Hen Press this past April, is a timely and moving novel about what happens when childhood best friends face the damage done by the teacher who molested them both.

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Music: Singer-songwriter George Morgio, rock group The Wyrd Brothers play Wed., May 29

Singer-songwriter George Morgio and the rock group The Wyrd Brothers play Best Video Performance Space on Wed., May 29. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).

George Morgio started his musical career in the mid 1960’s. He was the lead singer and songwriter for NAIF, the North Atlantic Invasion Force, a band he formed in 1964. NAIF achieved success in the Southern Connecticut area, releasing Blue and Green Gown, Sweet Bird of Love and Elephant in My Tambourine, all of which hit the local charts.

During this time, NAIF played clubs, colleges, and concerts, opening for groups such as The Rascals, The Rolling Stones, The McCoys, The Searchers, The Zombies, Vanilla Fudge, and George Carlin. In 1968, their recording of Black on White hit #1 in Southern Connecticut and was on the national music charts. The hit was played on nationally televised American Bandstand and radio stations throughout the country.

George pursued a solo career, playing original songs in clubs, colleges, and concerts in the early 1970’s. In 1973 he took some time off from music, which turned into a thirty-plus year sabbatical. During this period he was involved in the demands of building up a successful antiques business. The History of Garage Bands in the 60’s: Volume I  was released in 1995. The CD was a retrospective of NAIF, containing 14 original works, including 7 songs previously unreleased.

With the release of his CD Listen in the Dark, George has returned to his love and passion, writing and performing original material. His songs are emotional journeys touching on love, the environment, world peace, the homeless, politics, and the human condition.

Brian & Peter Wyrd played in various bands together starting out in 1967 as a Byrds cover band in Jr High school. They spent their youth playing music in the family barn or down in the basement breathing in concrete dust. After 30 years Brian received an email from Peter with the first round of lyrics to “Racing to the Bottom.” Brian sent back a guitar part and the idea of a reunion was born.

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Music: Shawn Taylor, Frank Critelli trade tunes Thurs., May 2

Singer-songwriters Shawn Taylor and Frank Critelli play Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, May 2, The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).

With a thumping thumb, dancing fingers, wailing harp, deep, gritty, soul stirring vocals and poetic blue collar lyrics, Shawn Taylor’s songs ooze American roots; wandering roots. He’s drawn comparisons from Tom Waites to Ray Lamontagne, Bruce Springsteen to Chris Smither, but his original songs are colored by the experiences of his own working class, wandering roots. He’s been an oysterman, carpenter, hitchhiker, homeowner, familly man, Appalachian Trail ‘thru-hiker’ and a performing musician and song writer, for over twenty years.

He plays venues from New England to Nashville and has shared the stage with artists such as, Maria Muldaur, Peter Mulvey, Vance Gilbert, Garnet Rodgers and Caravan of Thieves.

Frank Critelli writes songs. He dabbles in haiku and other short poetry. He also writes other things. Like postcards.

Frank Critelli often performs live. Sometimes he performs solo, sometimes he is accompanied by one or more musical co-conspirators (“The Don” Horton: bass guitar, acoustic guitar; Shandy Lawson: lead guitar, mandolin; Mark Mirando: keys, guitar, backing vocals; Al Raebuck: guitar, backing vocals; Rich “Southbound” Suarez: drums; Jim Stavris: drums; Ed Leonard: percussion; Bumpy Chimes: guitar, misc) or in conjunction with other songwriters (most specifically, as part of the Times Three Tour with Christopher Bousquet and Mr. Ray Neal). Over the years he’s played in streets and subways, barrooms and classrooms, coffeehouses and colleges, theaters, festivals, and (most recently) in his kitchen.

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Music: Singer-songwriter Sabrina Trueheart plays Fri., Apr. 26

Sabrina Trueheart plays Best Video Performance Space on Friday, Apr. 26. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10—pay what you can in that range.

Sabrina Trueheart is a singer/songwriter from New Haven, Connecticut. A lifelong musician, she began playing guitar and writing her own music at age 10, and later decided to turn her passion into her career. In 2014, Sabrina released an EP of original works entitled “Neck of the Woods.”

She attended Cooperative Arts High School in New Haven where she studied music theory and jazz guitar. Today, she is a student at Fairfield University working towards her bachelor’s degree in music. Sabrina’s original music ranges from folk to pop. Her influences include Jewel, Joni Mitchell, Anthony Green, and Lana Del Rey.

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Music: Naomi Sommers & Lisa Bastoni —aka The Gray Sky Girls—play reunion show Sat., Apr. 13

Naomi Sommers and Lisa Bastoni reunite as The Gray Sky Girls for a concert at Best Video Performance Space on Saturday, Apr. 13. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is $10.

Naomi Sommers and Lisa Bastoni are two accomplished singer-songwriters in the folk/americana genre. As their “slow grass” duo, Gray Sky Girls, Naomi and Lisa play an engaging mix of traditional and original tunes, with sweet harmonies accompanied by guitar, mandolin and banjo.

With roots in bluegrass, the blues, jazz, traditional folk, and old-time country, singer/songwriter Naomi Sommers is committed to the life of an aspiring musician, always more to learn and do! She grew up in a New England home full of music and instruments, and still performs regularly with her parents and brother in the Sommers Rosenthal Family Band.

Since 2002, Naomi has released three solo CDs on her father’s (bluegrass musician and and record producer Phil Rosenthal) independent label, American Melody Records. In 2004 she was a New Folk songwriting finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas. In 2006 she and Lisa Bastoni released a mesmerizing CD, Gray Sky Girls, with an organic, old time “slowgrass” feel. Two years later, Naomi released an album recorded in Nashville, produced by the acclaimed musician/producer Jim Rooney (John Prine, Iris Dement, Nanci Griffith, Bonnie Raitt). She is thrilled and honored to have worked with many of Nashville’s finest musicians, along with her friends and family to have created this collection of songs called Gentle As The Sun. Most recently in 2016, Naomi and her father and brother (trumpeter/producer Daniel Rosenthal) recorded “Down the Road”, a family trio album featuring re-makes of some trad bluegrass songs, as well as several original songs by Phil, Naomi and Daniel.

Following a ten year break from music, a career change, and two children, Lisa Bastoni has returned with The Wishing Hour (2017). Produced by Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Felix McTeigue (Anais Mitchell/Lori McKenna), the album debuted as #1 most played on Boston’s WUMB.

In the past year, Lisa has been selected to showcase at the New England Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference, as well as the Falcon Ridge and New Song Music/LEAF Festivals. Her song “Rabbit Hole” was grand prize winner of the Great American Song Contest. She has opened for artists such as Lori McKenna, The Low Anthem, Regina Spektor and Arlo Guthrie. “Americana of the highest order…along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin” (Maverick-UK).

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Music: Singer-songwriters Anne Marie Menta, Shellye Valauskas, Lys Guillorn, Kierstin Sieser trade tunes Fri., Apr. 5

The singer-songwriters Anne Marie Menta, Kierstin Sieser, Lys Guillorn, and Shellye Valuaskas trade off songs Friday, Apr. 5, at Best Video Performance Space. The show starts at 8 PM and the cover is a sliding scale of $5-10 (pay what you can in that range).

Anne Marie Menta is a longtime New Haven singer songwriter working on her fourth album. Personal meets universal in her lyrical, catchy, folk/pop/country influenced tunes.

Shellye Valauskas writes meticulously crafted power pop songs that shimmer and shine; think Rasberries/BigStar/Posies/dB’s/Slight R.E.M. Listen to her latest release “History of Panic” and try not to fall in love with it.

Lys Guillorn is a singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and discipline-hopping artist from Shelton, CT.She is a stylistic shape shifter, dipping her blue cowboy boots in folk and psych-rock. Her most recent release is the single “Chipped Fingernails.”

Kierstin Sieser is lead vocalist and songwriter from Tiny Ocean, whose music is part dreamy Americana, part strange folk rock and a little psychedelia.

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Music: Singer-songwriters Bob Csugie, Frank Critelli, Richard Neal & Mark Mirando trade off tunes Wed., Mar. 27

The singer-songwriters Mark Mirando, Richard Neal, Frank Critelli and Bob Csugie will trade off tunes at Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Mar. 27. The show starts at 8 PM and attendees can pay what they can afford between $5-10.

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. Mark’s latest CD is titled “Now That You Mention It” and it features such guest artist as Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman, Jim Photoglo, Victoria Shaw and Stealing Angels (Caroline Cutbirth, Jennifer Wayne, Tayla Lynn). One of Mark’s song’s, “What More Do You Want?” was recorded by Kristin Chenoweth and was released on her latest CD titled “Some Lessons Learned.”

Dick 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.

Dick 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.

Bob Csugie has been performing as part of the bluegrass and acoustic scenes in Connecticut for over 20 years. Among his roles has been playing upright bass with The Anne Marie Menta Band.

Frank Critelli writes songs. He dabbles in haiku and other short poetry. Sometimes he writes other stuff too. Like postcards. His songs are available on compact disc and for download at places like CD Baby. Frank Critelli often performs live. Sometimes he performs solo, and sometimes he is accompanied by one or more musical co-conspirators. Over the years he’s played in streets and subways, clubs and coffeehouses, barrooms and classrooms, colleges, festivals, theaters, and (most recently) in his kitchen.

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Music: Three songwriters—Matthew Bennett, Quinn Harley, Bop Tweedie—Fri., Dec. 28, at 7:30 PM

The singer-songwriters Matthew Bennett, Quinn Harley and Bop Tweedie play Best Video Performance Space Friday, Dec. 28. The show starts at 7:30 PM and the cover is $5.

Matthew Bennett is a singer songwriter from New Haven CT who has combined blues, folk, rock, and a hint of country into a unique “modern roots” style. He expresses his raw power and funky rhythms in his songs “Back ‘n’ Forth” and “Angles That We Play,” both featured on his EP “Three Steps Forward” and both guaranteed to keep your toes tapping.

His lyrics are clear and colorful and his stories are as insightful as they are diverse. On stage, Matthew pays tribute to some of the most iconic singer songwriters of the twentieth century including Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson, Townes Van Zandt and many more. He is a non-apologetic, in-your-face performer who loves to get the whole room grooving!

Quinn Harley is an eighteen-year-old indie folk pop singer/songwriter from Bethany, CT. Quinn has been performing and recording original and cover songs since the age of thirteen at venues including Toad’s Place and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, with the hopes of spreading messages of self-love and acceptance.  Her music evokes a myriad of different emotions through ethereal vocals and delicate guitar work, bringing to mind the likes of artists like Daughter and Julien Baker but with a deeper, darker, and more serious tone and a wisdom well beyond the years of its 18-year old creator. With pure and mature artistry, Quinn brings a haunting and healing experience to the stage. Her lyrics are mournful, evocative of a dark past, yet inspirational. She released her debut EP, By The Pines, on October 16th, 2016.

Bop Tweedie has played in a lot of New Haven bands—23 Hello, Media Circus, Chronicles Of DAISY, Bop Tweedie and the Days—but now describes himself (on his musician Facebook page) as “your typical singer/songwriter type.” These days he is performing his rockesque songs as a solo acoustic guitar singer/songwriter. His songs are “vaguely autobiographical.” Tweedie’s influences are all over the place and always have been. “Classical, opera, rock, jazz, world music—chances are if it’s out there, I’ve listened to it,” he says.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Thursday, Dec. 20. INDIE ROCK: ZERO YEARS, SOFT SCREAMS

• Friday, Dec. 21, 7:30 PM. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CHRISTMAS SHOW: DUST HAT, BRONSON ROCK

• Thursday, Dec. 27, 7:30 PM. INDIE ROCK: NO IDEA, BONSAI TREES

• Friday, Dec. 28, 7:30 PM. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: MATTHEW BENNETT, QUINN HARLEY, BOP TWEEDIE

• Wednesday, Jan. 2. AMBIENT/INDIE ROCK: THE FOREST ROOM, BEN HECHT, EVELYN GARY (Rescheduled from November 15)

• Friday, Jan. 4. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE SPARKOMATICS, THE TOMMYS

• Saturday, Jan. 5, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: NATE SABAT/MARK KILIANSKI DUO; DAVID SASSO/KAT WALLACE DUO (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Jan. 6. GUITARTOWNCT SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Tuesday, Jan. 8, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: THE ELM CITY RAMBLERS

• Wednesday, Jan. 9, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Jan. 10. EXPERIMENTAL: KRISTINA WARREN, UNDERWEAR, ANNE RHODES

• Monday, Jan. 14. ONE MAN SHOW: SAL ANNUNZIATO—PART OF THE FAMILY: A MOB CHILDHOOD (SOLD OUT!)

• Tuesday, Jan. 15, 8 PM. REEL LIFE—A STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW HOSTED BY KENDRA DAWSEY

• Wednesday, Jan. 16. POP/ROCK: YOUTH XL, ROB NELSON

• Sunday, Jan. 20, 2-4 PM. IRISH/CELTIC MUSIC JAM

• Monday, Jan. 21, 6-9 PM. GUITARTOWNCT MONTHLY EVENING BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, Jan. 25. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: THE BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Thursday, Jan. 31. JAZZ: PAUL SHANLEY

• Sunday, Feb. 3. GUITARTOWN SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Monday, Feb. 4. MONTHLY MOVIE-RELATED TRIVIA NIGHT: TRIVIA-237

• Thursday, Feb. 7. INDIE FOLK: PODUNK THROWBACKS; Klezmer: KLEZMER FUSION COLLECTIVE

• Friday, Feb. 8. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Wednesday, Feb. 13. SECOND WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC

• Sunday, Feb. 17, 2-4 PM. IRISH/CELTIC MUSIC JAM

• Monday, Feb. 18, 6-9 PM. GUITARTOWNCT MONTHLY EVENING BLUEGRASS JAM

• Tuesday, Feb. 19, 8 PM. REEL LIFE—A STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW HOSTED BY KENDRA DAWSEY

• Friday, Feb. 22. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Friday, Mar. 1. AMBIENT/PSYCHEDELIC: LANDING

• Saturday, Mar. 2. INDIE POP ROCK: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Mar. 3. GUITARTOWN SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Monday, Mar. 4. MONTHLY MOVIE-RELATED TRIVIA NIGHT: TRIVIA-237

• Tuesday, Mar. 5, 7 PM. LITERARY: A READING FOR AL-MUTANABBI STREET—DAISY C. ABREU & STEPHEN VINCENT KOBASA

• Wednesday, Mar. 6. IMPROVISED MUSIC: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

• Thursday, Mar. 7. ROCK/PUNK/ROOTS: THE CHRISTIAN MARRONE TRIO; INDIE: GHOSTWOODS

• Friday, Mar. 8. INDIE ROCK: PHEOBE

• Wednesday, Mar. 13. SECOND WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC

• Friday, Mar. 15. BLUES/ROCK: VANGE DURST

• Sunday, Mar. 17, 2-4 PM. IRISH/CELTIC MUSIC JAM

• Monday, Mar. 18, 6-9 PM. GUITARTOWNCT MONTHLY EVENING BLUEGRASS JAM

• Tuesday, Mar. 19, 8 PM. REEL LIFE—A STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW HOSTED BY KENDRA DAWSEY

• Tuesday, Mar. 26, 7:30 PM. POETRY READING: CONNECTICUT POETRY SOCIETY

• Friday, Mar. 29. AMERICANA: RIVER RUN

• Friday, Apr. 5. SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, LYS GUILLORN, SHELLYE VALAUSKAS, KIERSTIN SIESER

• Friday, Apr. 12, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: DALE ANN BRADLEY & JIM HURST (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Wednesday, April 17. ACOUSTIC FOLK ROCK: PAUL DECOSTER, EXPERIMENTAL ACOUSTIC: KAREN HOGG

• Tuesday, May 7, 7:30 PM. FILM SCREENING: “THE VILLAGE”

• Friday, May 24. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Thursday, May 30. IMPROVISED MUSIC: URS LEIMGRUBER, ADAM MATLOCK

• Tuesday, June 25, 7:30 PM. POETRY READING: CONNECTICUT POETRY SOCIETY

• Saturday, Aug. 17, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: PHILLIPS, GRIER & FLINNER (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

 

Music: Songwriters in the Round—Mark Mirando, Bob Csugie, Frank Critelli, Richard Neal—Thurs., Dec. 6

The singer-songwriters Mark Mirando, Richard Neal, Frank Critelli and Bob Csugie will trade off tunes at Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Dec. 6. The show starts at 8 PM and attendees can pay what they can afford between $5-10.

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. Mark’s latest CD is titled “Now That You Mention It” and it features such guest artist as Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman, Jim Photoglo, Victoria Shaw and Stealing Angels (Caroline Cutbirth, Jennifer Wayne, Tayla Lynn). One of Mark’s song’s, “What More Do You Want?” was recorded by Kristin Chenoweth and was released on her latest CD titled “Some Lessons Learned.”

Dick 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.

Dick 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.

Bob Csugie has been performing as part of the bluegrass and acoustic scenes in Connecticut for over 20 years. Among his roles has been playing upright bass with The Anne Marie Menta Band.

Frank Critelli writes songs. He dabbles in haiku and other short poetry. Sometimes he writes other stuff too. Like postcards. His songs are available on compact disc and for download at places like CD Baby. Frank Critelli often performs live. Sometimes he performs solo, and sometimes he is accompanied by one or more musical co-conspirators. Over the years he’s played in streets and subways, clubs and coffeehouses, barrooms and classrooms, colleges, festivals, theaters, and (most recently) in his kitchen.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7:30 PM. INDIE FOLK: CLARA ENGEL; ART SONG: AN HISTORIC

• Thursday, Nov. 29. JCC PRESENTS “SIMPSONS” WRITER MIKE REISS, author of “SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL”

• Friday, Nov. 30, 8 PM. BLUEGRASS/AMERICANA: RIVER RUN

• Saturday, Dec. 1. BLUES/JUG BAND MUSIC: WASHBOARD SLIM & THE BLUE LIGHTS

• Sunday, Dec. 2, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Dec. 5, 4:30-5:30 PM. SPRING GLEN SCHOOL 6TH GRADE POETRY SLAM

• Wednesday, Dec. 5. BLUES: CODA BLUE

• Thursday, Dec. 6. SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: FRANK CRITELLI, RICHARD NEAL, BOB CSUGIE, MARK MIRANDO

• Friday, Dec. 7, 4:30-5:30 PM. SPRING GLEN SCHOOL 6TH GRADE POETRY SLAM

• Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Saturday, Dec. 8. INDIE ROCK: AUDIO JANE, THE SAWTELLES

• Monday, Dec. 10, 7:30 PM. TRIVIA 237—A BEST VIDEO MONTHLY TRIVIA NIGHT

• Tuesday, Dec. 11, 6-9 PM. GUITARTOWNCT MONTHLY EVENING BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Dec. 12, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Dec. 13. GYPSY JAZZ: DJANGO’S RESERVE

• Friday, Dec. 14. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS with TONY LOMBARDOZZI

• Sunday, Dec. 16, 2-4 PM. MONTHLY IRISH/CELTIC MUSIC JAM

• Monday, Dec. 17. ONE MAN SHOW: SAL ANNUNZIATO—PART OF THE FAMILY: A MOB CHILDHOOD

• Tuesday, Dec. 18, 8 PM. COMEDY: REEL LIFE—A STAND-UP SHOW with HOST KENDRA DAWSEY

• Wednesday, Dec. 20. JAZZ: TONY PURRONE

Thursday, Dec. 20. INDIE ROCK: ZERO YEARS

• Friday, Dec. 21, 7:30 PM. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CHRISTMAS SHOW: DUST HAT, BRONSON ROCK

• Thursday, Dec. 27. INDIE ROCK: NO IDEA, BONSAI TREES

• Friday, Dec. 28. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: MATT BENNETT, QUINN LINDSAY

• Wednesday, Jan. 2. AMBIENT/INDIE ROCK: THE FOREST ROOM, BEN HECHT, EVELYN GARY (Rescheduled from November 15)

• Friday, Jan. 4. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE SPARKOMATICS, THE TOMMYS

• Saturday, Jan. 5, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: NATA SABAT/MARK KILIANSKI DUO; DAVID SASSO/KAT WALLACE DUO (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Jan. 6. GUITARTOWNCT SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Tuesday, Jan. 8, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: THE ELM CITY RAMBLERS

• Wednesday, Jan. 9, 7 PM. SECOND WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC

• Thursday, Jan. 10. EXPERIMENTAL: UNDERWEAR plus TBA

• Monday, Jan. 14. ONE MAN SHOW: SAL ANNUNZIATO—PART OF THE FAMILY: A MOB CHILDHOOD

• Wednesday, Jan. 16. POP/ROCK: YOUTH XL, ROB NELSON

• Sunday, Jan. 20, 2-4 PM. IRISH/CELTIC MUSIC JAM

• Monday, Jan. 21, 6-9 PM. GUITARTOWNCT MONTHLY EVENING BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, Jan. 25. ACOUSTIC ROCK: THE BIRDMEN

• Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: THE BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Sunday, Feb. 3. GUITARTOWN SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Monday, Feb. 4. MONTHLY MOVIE-RELATED TRIVIA NIGHT: TRIVIA-237

• Thursday, Feb. 7. INDIE FOLK: PODUNK THROWBACKS; Klezmer: KLEZMER FUSION COLLECTIVE

• Friday, Feb. 8. ROCK: HAPPY ENDING

• Wednesday, Feb. 13. SECOND WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC

• Sunday, Feb. 17, 2-4 PM. IRISH/CELTIC MUSIC JAM

• Monday, Feb. 18, 6-9 PM. GUITARTOWNCT MONTHLY EVENING BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, Feb. 22. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Friday, Mar. 1. AMBIENT/PSYCHEDELIC: LANDING

• Saturday, Mar. 2. INDIE POP ROCK: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Sunday, Mar. 3. GUITARTOWN SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Monday, Mar. 4. MONTHLY MOVIE-RELATED TRIVIA NIGHT: TRIVIA-237

• Tuesday, Mar. 5, 7 PM. LITERARY: A READING FOR AL-MUTANABBI STREET—DAISY C. ABREU & STEPHEN VINCENT KOBASA

• Friday, Mar. 8. INDIE ROCK: PHEOBE

• Wednesday, Mar. 13. SECOND WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC

• Friday, Mar. 15. BLUES/ROCK: VANGE DURST

• Sunday, Mar. 17, 2-4 PM. IRISH/CELTIC MUSIC JAM

• Monday, Mar. 18, 6-9 PM. GUITARTOWNCT MONTHLY EVENING BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, Mar. 29. AMERICANA: RIVER RUN

• Friday, Apr. 5. SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND: ANNE MARIE MENTA, LYS GUILLORN, SHELLYE VALAUSKAS, KIERSTIN SIESER

• Wednesday, April 17. ACOUSTIC FOLK ROCK: PAUL DECOSTER, EXPERIMENTAL ACOUSTIC: KAREN HOGG

• Tuesday, May 7, 7:30 PM. FILM SCREENING: “THE VILLAGE”

• Thursday, May 30. IMPROVISED MUSIC: URS LEIMGRUBER, ADAM MATLOCK