“I’ve always been into political music that pushes for social change,” said singer-songwriter Seth Adam before his final song on Friday night. “But for seven or eight years I was told to not get involved. Now I write about what I see. I look at song as a means to unify and create change.”
Adam spoke for the general sentiment of a show called The State of the Union, organized by musician Nancy Tatspaugh and musician and Best Video program director Hank Hoffman as a follow-up to last year’s Should We Talk About the Government show. Though this year’s theme and layout was slightly different.
Before the show started last Friday night at the Space Ballroom in Hamden, Tom Connolly of the New Haven-based band Witch Hair was sitting at the newly refurbished front bar, talking about the night’s headliners, Acid Mothers Temple, visiting from Japan.
“Every time I see them I feel like they are holding my hand and lifting me up,” said Connolly, “like I’m on a journey.”
Did Russell Shaddox have any final words after the final set of The Mold Monkies show at Best Video Thursday night?
“I’m old and I’m tired,” he said, which elicited a laugh from those around us, and from Shaddox himself. “Old and tired” were not words anyone at the film and cultural center on Whitney Avenue would have used to describe this New Haven-based band.
Fair Haven immigrants striking at a metal factory won the support Thursday afternoon of neighbors and activists who marched to offer the kind of street heat they say is needed to combat employers’ leverage over undocumented workers.
As David Shapiro came up from the audience to join Dan Greene and Rick Omonte on guitar for the last three songs of the set, Greene told the crowd that it was his first time playing with Dave. “It’s my millionth time playing with Rick,” he joked, and everyone laughed along
On an early evening at Best Video where the room was aglow with friendship, it seemed only appropriate that this solo set swelled with more musicians, and more music.
When we last saw Light Upon Blight at Best Video, the group were facing the screen and scoring the movie Carnival of Souls in celebration of Halloween. Five months later, we find them performing in front of Naked Lunch — David Cronenberg’s adaptation of the William S. Burroughs novel — about another type of horror, and the effects of randomness and chance.
Live music for all ages is returning to Space and Outer Space, after a brief intermission.
Mark Nussbaum and Keith Mahler — the intergenerational team that promotes live music at most of New Haven’s top venues like College Street Music Hall — plan to announce Monday that they’re reopening the recently shuttered Outer Space and rechristening it the Space Ballroom, complete with beer, wine, and top acts.
And in the same former industrial complex, two New Haven high-school teachers named Karen Robinson and Chris Scionti have been inside the original Space music performance building preparing to reopen it soon as a renewed performance space of their own.
As singer-songwriter Frank Critelli tuned his guitar at Best Video on Friday, he joked that “one big problem with a Furors show is the face cramps you get from smiling so much.” The audience laughed, but it turns out this was no joke. On a snowy night, a fairly large crowd gathered to help local legends The Furors celebrate the release of the band’s first album in 11 years, Psychozoic.