Music: Six-Pack Dutchmen, Tom Hearn Fri., July 18, at 8 PM

The Six-Pack Dutchmen play the Best Video Performance Space on Friday, July 18. Singer Tom Hearn opens the show with a solo set. Music starts at 8 PM and the cover is $5.

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The Six-Pack Dutchmen play concise instrumental themes with surf overtones and nods to early rock n roll.

Critic Fran Fried writes:

Well, we’re not sure which of the three guys in the group are Dutch—with names like Andrukevich, Hogan and Coppola—and we’re not quite sure who went out and bought the beer. (Hey, these guys aren’t youngsters—they just play with the enthusiasm of young ‘uns—so when we say sixpack, we ain’t talking about abs, okay?) But we are sure you’ll have a good time with these fine rock ‘n’ roll instrumentalists, brew or no brew, windmills or not.

Tom Andrukevich, the bass player, has a long history behind and ahead of him—starting with one of Connecticut’s first punk bands, The Survivors, in the ‘70s and ‘80s; then spending much of the ‘90s with one of the most clever surf/instrumental bands on the planet, The Mill Valley Taters; and these days donning the helmet and sweater (skates optional) to play with the world-renowned hockey rockers, The Zambonis.

Dave Hogan, on guitar, is a successful singer/songwriter in his own right who plays many gigs in Connecticut and is now expanding his touring road map beyond the state. A veteran of five Nutmeg State bands (Red One, Genghis Khan, The Great Upsetters, The Rafter Bats and, most recently, Graylight Campfire), he’s as immersed in The Fleshtones as he is Son Volt and Duane Allman.

Drummer Jim Coppola played with singer/guitarist/renowned cartoonist Bob Therrien in Bad Bob & the New World Crusade and also recorded with Delvis.

Sixpack? With credentials like that, make it a case.

Tom Hearn, who performs solo to open the evening, is well known as the front man of local rockabilly group the Big Fat Combo.

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Watch the Six-Pack Dutchmen perform the Chuck Berry song “Brown-Eyed Handsome Man”:

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, July 10. FOLK: THE HEATH SISTERS

• Wednesday, July 16. FOLK/POP/SOUL: JOY IKE

• Thursday, July 17. ROCK ‘N’ SOUL: BRONSON ROCK

• Friday, July 18. SURF MUSIC, ROCKABILLY: THE SIX PACK DUTCHMEN, TOM HEARN

• Thursday, July 24. PROGRESSIVE FOLK ROCK: KINDRED QUEER

• Tuesday, July 29. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS AND HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Wednesday, July 30. FOLK MUSIC: ROBERT MESSORE

• Thursday, July 31. ROCK: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Friday, Aug. 1. ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC: DAVID ELKIN-GINNETTI

• Wednesday, Aug. 13. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND

• Thursday, Aug. 14, ROCK: PARKER’S TANGENT

• Friday, Aug. 15. POP/ART/PUPPETRY: POCKET VINYL, GLUMPUPPET