Sara Hope Hill Pulls The Strings

by Karen Ponzio | Jan 12, 2018 8:00 am | Comments (5)

Sara Hope Hill PhotoArtist Sara Hope Hill made a flourish with her hands. “Everything is a web,” she said. “Everything is a reflection of each other. I started reading mythology recently, listening on audiobooks, because I think they’re tied to the stories of now. All of those stories are kind of characters, of people you know personified to an extreme. It helps you understand the world around you. Puppetry and doll making help you understand the world around you, and I think many times the mythology ties into the divinity of my work. Porcelain bodies are God’s work. You are working with perfect beings.”

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Greg Sherrod Warms Up Cafe Nine For Birthday

by Brian Slattery | Jan 8, 2018 12:30 pm

Brian Slattery PhotoWesterly, R.I.-based musician Laura Dowding stood behind her keyboard on the stage at Cafe Nine. She’d just finished another of her originals and had half the room in rapt attention.

“Do you know that it’s Greg Sherrod’s birthday?” she said. “He’s 21.”

“Again!” Sherrod yelled from his seat at a table not far from the stage. A ripple of laughter passed through the club. Of course everyone knew it was Sherrod’s birthday. It was the reason they’d come to Crown Street on Friday — to wish Sherrod well for another year, and have a chance to see him perform, from blues to soul to R&B to rock, with a band full of old friends he’s been playing with, some for over 20 years.

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Seth Adam Makes New Haven “Anytown”

by Karen Ponzio | Jan 5, 2018 7:41 am

Among the reactions to the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer in the attack on counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past August, one in particular stood out to New Haven-based singer-songwriter Seth Adam.

“I remember reading the interviews and some people were saying, ‘I can’t believe this happened here in Charlottesville. We’re a sleepy little college town; this is so weird.’ And I was thinking to myself, ‘Yeah, it is a small peaceful town, and it is weird and unfortunate.’ But I kept remembering how everyone kept saying, ‘I can’t believe this happened here.’ And I finally thought, ‘OK, this can happen anywhere ... anytown.’”

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Pageant Dove Takes Flight

by Brian Slattery | Jan 2, 2018 7:37 am

Craig Norton Photo“My ribcage is a hothouse harboring a bloom next to you,” Elizabeth Trojanowski sings on “Still Water,” the opening song to Pageant Dove’s recently released self-titled EP. An acoustic guitar lays down a bluesy flat-seven chord to anchor the twists in the melody, but then goes elsewhere, sounding not quite settled, even when a string section joins in. When the drums emerge, we feel like we’re somewhere. But where is it?

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Best Live Performances Of 2017

by Brian Slattery, Karen Ponzio & Paul Bass | Dec 22, 2017 12:01 pm | Comments (1)

It’s no secret that New Haven is a great place to hear live music pretty much all the time, whether you like bigger-name shows at College Street, the rarified air of a performance at Woolsey Hall, a basement show, an outdoor concert on the Green, or a club that’s still sticky and sweaty after midnight. One of the real pleasures of reporting on the arts in town is that it is part of our job to experience all of that, often. We see a side of New Haven that doesn’t come out as much during the day, a city that knows how to relax, how to party, and how to create of a real community of music.

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Where Jews Go On Xmas

by Paul Bass | Dec 22, 2017 8:07 am

In New Haven, many Jews have a Christmas tradition other than Chinese food and movies. They fill (to capacity) a Dec. 24 evening performance by Stacy Phillips & His Bluegrass Characters and a Dec. 25 klezmer show by David Chevan’s Nu Haven Kapelye.

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10 Best Local Songs (& Video) Of 2017

by Brian Slattery | Dec 21, 2017 2:17 pm

Alex Burnet and Sam Carlson are standing in the middle of a New Haven street. Is it in Edgewood? It might be in Edgewood. It’s a cloudy, rainy day.

No, wait —  they’re on the top of East Rock. Right? Or is it West Rock?

Wait. Now they’re in Romeo and Cesare’s. Now they’re under the bridge where Orange Street crosses the Mill River in East Rock Park.

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Thabisa Follows Her Own Path

by Brian Slattery | Dec 19, 2017 10:49 am

Brian Slattery PhotoThabisa strolled from the back of Kehler Liddell Gallery in Westville with a megaphone in her hand, already singing. The people in the audience, seated on the gallery floor — many on blankets and pillows — fell quiet as soon as they heard her voice.

She strolled in, took her stand on the small carpet set up under the lights to make a stage. Various percussion to her right. A guitar and a trumpet on stands to her left. Behind her, a large yellow wingback chair, a floor lamp, an end table with a framed picture on it.

The South-African born and now New Haven-based musician sang mostly in Xhosa, but a line in English leapt into the audience’s ears.

“This is where I am,” she sang, “I’m here to stay.”

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