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Charlie Parr And Ghost Of Paul Revere Fill The Space

by Allison Hadley | Nov 5, 2018 12:32 pm

Allison Hadley PhotosCharlie Parr and the Ghost of Paul Revere mindfully walked the line between folk and Americana Sunday night at the Space Ballroom. It was a quiet night, the room filled with 50 or so laid-back but enthusiastic people, milling about and wandering the newly clean walls of the Hamden spot; the room continues to be intimate, but the production values higher.

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How A Movie Became Part Of The Band

by Brian Slattery | Oct 28, 2018 10:56 pm

Pete Brunelli PhotosThe subtitles appeared first: “Behold! The portals of darkness are open and the shadows of the dead hunt over the earth…” Ragged skeletons rode bony steeds through plumes of greasy smoke while an angel with a flaming sword and a devil with leathery wings fought for dominion over the world. Jeff Cedrone leaned into his keyboard and produced moody chords. Drummer Peter Riccio tapped on a cymbal while Bob Gorry on guitar and Conor Perreault on tapes and other noise-producing gear joined in. I had an upright bass and a bow, and first just hit the same note as the chord, to reinforce it. But as the combined textures of the other musicians made things more dense, more complicated, I varied it up as well.

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The Rough Draft Reanimates With Movie Brunch

by Karen Ponzio | Oct 15, 2018 1:44 pm

Karen Ponzio PhotoUp on the screen that hung over the stage at the Rough Draft this past Sunday, Gene Wilder as the grandson of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein screamed as he brought back to life the body of a man with some recently deceased parts in the Mel Brooks classic Young Frankenstein, a not-so-scary take on Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel and the film featured during the venue’s monthly Movie Brunch.

The Rough Draft had undergone a rebirth itself only a couple of weeks before, as the fairly new venue (it replaced the old Space) had a setback after it became flooded during a torrential rainstorm during the last week of September.

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The Cream Of 48 Hours Screened At Best Video

by Brian Slattery | Jul 19, 2018 6:43 am

In The Saddest Day, a man looking for his brother is helped and accosted by a man wearing a cheerleader’s outfit. In Steeping, a detective who keeps getting beaten up on the trail of an investigation doesn’t know how much he’s being played — until he does. In G.R.C.E., a space explorer runs into trouble on his mission. And in Friendly Advice in a Coffee Shop, a woman and a man try to renegotiate a relationship, but their cleverness keeps getting in the way.

They all have a few elements in common. They have characters named Grace Broha. They have cheerleaders. They have the line “let me tell you something.” And most of them were made in New Haven — all of them as part of New Haven’s chapter of the 48 Hour Film Project, now in its eighth year and going strong.

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The Rough Draft Begins Its First Chapter

by Karen Ponzio | Jun 18, 2018 6:47 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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Musicians Address The State Of The Union

by Karen Ponzio | May 14, 2018 6:33 am

Karen Ponzio Photos“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.

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