Will Parker brings two of his musical projects, St. Augustine’s Day and BlueRaspberry, to the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck Thurs., Oct. 14. The show starts at 5 PM.
St. Augustine’s Day (aka Folk Punk Dad) is Will Parker’s (mostly) solo project. His songs have been described as alt-folk, compassion core, and punk rock Mister Rogers. Highly prolific, Parker has written over a thousand songs throughout the last twenty years. His songs often openly relate his real-life experiences with mental illness, addiction, and grief. Lyrically, Parker navigates these topics with playfulness and an enduring sense of hope. Parker plays dynamic, fun, high-energy shows that also feel intimate and personal. At one moment, he is fast rapping lyrics like manic pressured speech, and the next he is getting the audience to sing along on a rousing chorus of resilience. Some of his greatest influences include Bob Dylan, the Mountain Goats, and WHY?. He has shared the stage with Days ‘N Daze, Rock Bottom String Band, Chris Conde, and Ceschi.
Will and Cecelia Parker combine their creative powers in their alt-folk duo project, BlueRaspberry. The married couple writes and sings songs about living life with each other and their occasional friendly visitors: anxiety, depression, and mania. Their songs explore these topics and others with a sense of humor paired with wisdom from lived experiences. Their influences include Belle & Sebastian, Kimya Dawson, Paul Baribeau, and the Front Bottoms. They’ve shared the stage with BK Peknik, Optic Arrest, Dylan Alley, and S. Reidy.
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.