Hip Hop Lights Up Ballroom Stage

by Karen Ponzio | Nov 6, 2017 7:35 am

Astronautalis was about halfway through his set at the Ballroom at the Outer Space on Saturday night. He told the crowd that after a playing a “bunch of sad songs” he was now going to play a “bunch of loud songs.”

“I know you’re not a dancing crowd,” he said, “but you’re gonna dance by the end of this song.” The crowd laughed, cheered, and as predicted, danced the rest of the night away.

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Best Video Opens Up The Mic

by Karen Ponzio | Sep 15, 2017 7:10 am

It was Peter Lehndorff’s first set at Best Video’s new Second Wednesday Open Mic.

“It’s my first time here, and I live in Hamden. And it’s my first time in Hamden,” he said.

Some confusion spread out through the audience before Lehndorff reported that he was from a town called Hampden in Massachusetts. The crowd of performers and patrons responded with laughter and welcomed their new “neighbor” — one example of the congenial tone and community fostered at the beloved video store turned cultural center on Wednesday evening.

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Musicians Take A Chance On Rock Lottery

by Karen Ponzio | Sep 11, 2017 6:36 am | Comments (1)

Christoph Whitbeck, vocalist and guitarist for Lümp, asked the audience a question before proceeding to his band’s third and final song:  “Do you like to rock?”

The audience responded with screams and applause.

It was the final song of Saturday night of Ideat Village’s 2017 edition of its Rock Lottery — and the culmination of two nights of musicians coming together to show not just their love of rock, but their love of the community that makes music and shares it as well.

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An Ode To “The Simpsons”

by Brian Slattery | Jul 27, 2017 11:21 am | Comments (1)

Steph Slattery PhotoI sat on the stage under the lights at Best Video Film and Cultural Center, and we were playing a song about prostitution. Drummer Mike Paolucci had just started up the beat. Singer Anne Rhodes was swinging it. Guitarist Chris Cretella, accordionist Adam Matlock, cellist Nathan Bontrager, and bassist Mike Tepper fell in. I was waiting for my part. In one hand I had my violin, and in the other I had a bicycle horn.

The song was “We Put the Spring in Springfield,” and we   —  Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps —  were performing 23 songs from the animated series The Simpsons, a year of planning and one blizzard later.

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