by Alessandro Powell | Jul 2, 2015 9:24 am
“Everyone’s from everywhere,” said frontman Erik Elligers of Goodnight Blue Moon from the stage last Wednesday, as the band kicked off the Twilight Concert Series on the lawn of the historic Pardee-Morris House in Morris Cove. The sounds of light traffic beyond the hedges were the only reminder we were not in the country. The lawn filled with fans on picnic blankets and folding chairs. Encouraged by Elligers, young and old took to their feet, clapped, and danced. The lawn crowd swelled with passersby and neighbors who joined concertgoers, whether they boogied down or lounged in the dying light and the plentiful shade of a nearby tree.
by Sebastian Medina-Tayac | Jun 30, 2015 11:21 am | Comments (1)
Dancers under umbrellas, jackets, and trash bags were soaked by a steady rain at the last performance of the Arts and Ideas Festival on the Green. No one seemed to care about the weather, though, as they were pulled into the high energy of the Puerto Rican hit band Plena Libre.
by Lucy Gellman | Jun 29, 2015 1:16 pm | Comments (6)
“This should be a free world. If we keep working on it, I think we’ll be able to get there,” Lucinda Williams shouted from the main stage on the New Haven Green, a bright yellow light falling over her face as she continued to an endorsement for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. A cool, humid dark had settled over the massive crowd, families applauding from their makeshift picnic tables and lawn chairs. At the front of the stage, a tempered, pseudo-folksy mosh pit had materialized, fans new and old cheering, clapping, and stomping their feet. Williams smiled, and launched into a few favorites from Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.
by Lucy Gellman | Jun 29, 2015 1:10 pm
“Can anyone tell me what this is called?” asked Issa Coulibaly, hoisting his hollow and hefty drum high enough for the audience to see it. He turned it slowly at his waist, taut ropes shifting at its sides.
A small but steady voice rose from the middle of the tent. Might it be a djembe? it wondered aloud.
by Lucy Gellman | Jun 26, 2015 11:44 am
“We are going to survive no matter what happens,” crackled a Cronkitean voice to the half-dark of the University Theater, the determined squeal of a radio signal falling silent after several seconds. Cloaked behind two long, dimly lit curtains, a number of silhouettes leaned in, listening for any last, surprise utterances before the world around them quieted completely.
by Allan Appel | Jun 24, 2015 8:45 am
“Wherever you are right now, you have a right to live music, and to happiness.”
by Christohper Arnott | Jun 22, 2015 4:14 pm | Comments (2)
Wow. Maybe they should hold all the Arts and Ideas concerts in the rain.
by Chris Arnott | Jun 22, 2015 12:59 pm
It was more In the Wee Small Hours than Songs for Swinging Lovers. It was a rainy, damp, dark night on New Haven Green. An orchestra played and a man sang anyway, because that’s what they do.
by Christopher Arnott | Jun 19, 2015 12:18 pm
The International Festival of Arts and iIdeas is intentionally scheduled to provide a smooth transition from the end of the school year into the summer entertainment season. Usually, that just means providing stuff to do during an otherwise lackluster period at the end of June.
But this year, Arts & Ideas is actually providing a seasonal transition as well. Two dance pieces this week — Mark Morris’s Acis and Galatea and a piece by the Ragmala Dance Company (stay tuned for Lucy Gellman’s review) both boasted a spring in their step, ushering in a bright breezy summer.
by David Sepulveda | Jun 19, 2015 11:51 am | Comments (2)
“It’s gotten cooler, but I hope the music is warming you up” bassist Jeff Fuller told the audience from the New Haven Green’s main stage Wednesday evening.
The slightly overcast skies were just fine with the laid-back audience that gathered to hear the Brazilian-themed music of local New Haven act Sambeleza, booked at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.