The Rough Draft Begins Its First Chapter

by Karen Ponzio | Jun 18, 2018 7:47 am

Karen Ponzio PhotosRight before his final song of the first set of the first singer songwriter night in the round at The Rough Draft Saturday night, Chris Q. Murphy said he was “immediately impressed as both a musician and a Brooklynite” with the venue opening at the site of the former Space. He said the Rough Draft had actually carried out what similar places in his town are trying to accomplish.

“I can’t wait to go back and tell everyone I played at a place in an office park, and it was incredible!” he told the audience, who responded with laughter and cheers.

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Venue With A Vision Ready To Open On State St.

by Karen Ponzio | Jun 12, 2018 11:57 am | Comments (1)

Karen Ponzio PhotoCarlos Wells recalled the first time he stepped into the space. “As soon as I walked in, it was immediate,” he said. “I already could see a stage here and thought we could do a show there.”

Four years later Wells is operations manager and co-founder, along with Slate Ballard of The Grove, of The State House, a venue opening on State Street between Chapel and Crown Streets later this month.

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RYXNO Marks Its Spot

by Karen Ponzio | Jun 12, 2018 7:44 am | Comments (1)

Colin Sullivan PhotoYou hit play and hear some static buzzing, a beep, a bell, and then the guitars and drums hit hard, stop, hit again, and then you’re in it. “Drowning” is the first song from She Called, the first album by New Haven’s own RYXNO, a powerful punk-charged rock band that has made a place for itself on the local live music scene for over a year with an onslaught of ecstatic shows that just keep building their following.

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NH Docs Heads To The Bar

by Karen Ponzio | Jun 6, 2018 12:16 pm

Karen Ponzio Photos“I don’t measure my songs by how good they are. I measure them by how honest they are,” says singer-songwriter Sarah Shook during the documentary film What It Takes, about her and her band the Disarmers, presented at Cafe Nine Tuesday evening.

Honesty is also a hallmark of the documentary form, celebrated locally this week as the New Haven Documentary Film Festival, now in its fifth year, runs through June 10. Gorman Bechard, a festival co-founder who also directed What It Takes, was on hand to introduce the film — followed by a Q&A with him led by local musician Dean Falcone and a set of music by New Haven’s own Stefanie Austin and the Palomino Club.

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Strawberry Cheesesteak Serves Up a Fundraiser

by Karen Ponzio | Jun 4, 2018 9:00 am | Comments (1)

Karen Ponzio PhotosRobbie Keenan came onstage at Cafe Nine to introduce the band Strawberry Cheesesteak Saturday night, congratulate them on their album release and thank them for allowing the night to also be a fundraiser for his cause. But he also had a story to tell.

“The story does not start very well. In fact, it starts the opposite of well,” Keenan said.

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