St. Patrick’s Day evening, East Rock’s mActivity saw another installment of Fernando Pinto’s wide-ranging and ever acoustically minded East Rock Concert Series, this evening featuring a double billing of New Haven’s Goodnight Blue Moon and Ithaca, N.Y.‘s Richie and Rosie, that is, Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton.
It was a night of multitasking in an already multifaceted space this past Saturday, as mActivity — gym by day, and now, thanks to Fernando Pinto and his East Rock Concert Series, concert venue and café by night — hosted Kevin Burt and Dom Flemons in a double feature
Both musicians never seemed to just play one instrument, whether it was Burt’s virtuosic harmonica or Flemons’s quills, bones, or otherwise.
It took brothers Tim and Shaun Wilson a little longer than they’d hope to get the doors of the city’s first production brewery and beer hall open — about three years — but nobody was counting during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their Nicoll Street facility.
Guitarist Kryssi Battalene, going under the name Kryssi B for a solo set at Never Ending Books, thanked everyone for coming out on a Monday night. But she spoke through a tremolo effect, making her voice distant, submerged, the consonants blurring together.
With the house lights dimmed, it was an apt beginning for a night of music that often swelled and floated in surprising yet soothing ways, as four acts ranging from folk to electronic music — Battalene, Sam Moth, Village of Spaces, and Kath Bloom — showed what they could do.
A project testing the feasibility of selling condos in New Haven won an endorsement from city planning staff, calling the proposal to convert an abandoned printing press into townhouses and apartments “a solid example” of adaptive reuse.
The city found a Mechanic Street home owned by two Guilford-based landlords to be “unfit for human occupancy” due to an absence of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, unpermitted and uninspected interior renovations, and the illegal conversion of a two-family dwelling into five separate rental units.