Dressed head to toe in medieval garb and playing instruments from the days of yore, frontman Alieś Čumakoŭ and his band Stary Olsa weren’t auditioning for Game of Thrones or showing up for a new “Tunic Tuesday” event in New Haven.
The back room at Three Sheets buzzed as people played pool, drank craft beer and $3 Narragansetts, and looked at two series of newly-hung photographs. One one wall, there was a series of framed portraits, mostly black and white: a man in a pea coat crossing the street, a bearded older man in Egypt. On the other were smaller snapshots, mostly of landscapes, urban and rural — but only slices of them, framed by a dashboard or the top of a table.
This coming Sunday, at 3 p.m., musicians Ignacy Gaydamovich, Cihan Yücel and Gary Capozziello will sit down on Lyric Hall‘s intimate stage. Gaydamovich, possibly resting his cello for a moment against his knees, will introduce the bill: Sergey Rachmaninov’s Cello Sonata, followed by Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2. Yücel, on piano, and Capozziello, on violin, perhaps will nod knowingly. Then a wild, Russian-induced magic will explode from each of them.
It was the end of the world and Brian Robinson, bouncing up and down in a flower-dotted yellow dress on the cusp on his 41st birthday, knew it. Behind him, a string quartet played on, rap-tap-tapping drums carrying its members toward a big finale. Before him, a a packed Lyric Hall was rising to its feet, audience members old and young bobbing to R.E.M. as he jumped off the stage and into a frenzied, lovable sort of mosh-pit-meets-dance-hall.
Connecticut’s own Damn Broads — Michelle Threat on bass, Crazines on guitar, and Taytoxic on drums, all of them on vocals — had already finished its short, punchy set by 9 Tuesday night when Fea, from San Antonio, took Cafe Nine‘s stage.