Previous events

The Shellye Valauskas experience

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Best Video Film & Cultural Center, 1842 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT

We are so excited to get back at it! Join Brian Stevens, Dean Falcone, Rich Dart and I for a semi-unplugged show on the Best video Film & Cultural Center deck. Jebb, a singer songwriter, opens the show at 5 PM. We ask respect for social distancing, please, and masks are mandatory. (Yes, you can lower them to take a drink but please raise them up again.) No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up.

Jun19

SVE Duo - The Front Yard Series

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Live Stream on Facebook

The Front Lawn Series is a weekly happy hour of (mostly) acoustic music streamed through FacebookLIVE every Friday at 5:30 PM—but now you can be there in person! You are sure to set your weekend off to the perfect start by settling in with the Front Yard crew. Feel free to bring your own beverages, snacks, and chairs.

This is a Socially Distanced Event | Masks Mandatory to Enter | Restrooms Available

All proceeds from ticket sales go to support the costs of production. Help us keep the shows going by purchasing your tickets now! The music goes on, rain or shine—either we get wet or we move it into the garage.

Full venue location will be received upon purchase of tickets, but it is in the Westville neighborhood of New Haven.

Join us in the live stream of The Front Yard Series! https://www.facebook.com/thefrontyardseries/

Donations can be made either to the artists' virtual tip jar using Venmo: @Michele-Valauskas or Paypal: shellyevalauskas@gmail.com or to the Cafe Nine employee relief fund at gofundme.com/f/virtual-tip-jar-cafe-nine.

$10

The Sunday Buzz Matinee from Cygnus Radio - FREE!

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Cafe Nine, 250 State St, New Haven, CT

Join us for an afternoon at Cafe Nine for the Sunday Buzz Matinee at Cafe Nine. We are bringing along our pals the Bill Dwyer Band from Boston to play the rock for you.

BDB is a 3 piece band with heart as its main drive. The band released it's first full-length, 15-song album "Renaissance After Sundown" (iTunes, cdbaby, Amazon, Google) in the Summer of 2015. They completed their first tour of Europe in September 2016 with 10 shows in 14 days with stops in Germany, Lille and Paris France, Amsterdam and London. The band had a BLAST as the shows were ELECTRIC and they were warmly welcomed by audiences everywhere they performed.

SVE at IPO Boston

Union Tavern, 345 Somerville Ave , Somerville, MA

Yes, it's true! International Pop Overthrow is happening in Boston for our 16th year! IPO Boston will feature 20 of the best pop and rock bands from Boston and beyond, with all shows to be held at the coolest venue in Somerville, Union Tavern!! SVE is happy to be a part of IPO Boston. Added bonus: our pal Rich Dart will be joining us on drums! Saturday 11/16 7:30 Arthur Nasson 8:15 Dave Charles 9:00 The Shellye Valauskas Experience 9:45 Michael Oliver & The Sacred Band 10:30 Tiger Bomb 11:15 The Amplifier Heads 12:00 The Brigands

Union Tavern is located at 345 Somerville Avenue, in Somerville. They can be reached at 617 776-1557 or https://www.facebook.com/uniontavernsomerville

Union Tavern is a 21+ venue. Cover for each show is $10 at the door.

Sep7

SVE - Private Party

SVE w/ Juliana Hatfield

Cafe Nine, 250 State St, New Haven, CT

SVE is psyched to be opening up for the force that is Juliana Hatfield.

Fast on the heels of April 2018’s acclaimed “Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John” comes Juliana Hatfield’s new self-produced all-originals album “Weird”. Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies, Sunshine Boys) and Todd Philips (Lemonheads, The Juliana Hatfield Three) each played drums on multiple songs while Hatfield played all of the other instruments (and some additional drums).

“Weird” is an album about disconnection and discomfort. “I often feel cut-off from other people, from my feelings, from technology, from popular culture,” says Hatfield. “I feel weird, I feel like I’m dreaming my life and that I am going to wake up some day.”

While Hatfield’s songs—melodies and lyrics and structures– are meticulously crafted, her guitar parts are loose and sometimes a little unhinged, first-take expressions of this temperamental uneasiness.

“Personally, I feel like a malfunctioning machine. There’s a screw or two loose. I want my guitar playing to reflect that.”

Tickets $18/$20

SVE w/ Love Love & Rick Berlin

Cafe Nine, 250 State St, Hamden, CT

SVE w/guest drummer Rich Dart! Love Love: We love love, and we love murder. At least, writing about it. Chris asked Jefferson to come over and help her finish a murder-ballad she was working on, and… LOVE LOVE was the result, a rock band with dual male-female lead vocals, psych-country-soul overtones, and a penchant for poignant, often macabre lyrics

Rick Berlin: “Rick Berlin is a giant on the Boston music scene. His colorful songwriting and strong stage presence have influenced countless other artists since the early 1970s, when his innovative band Orchestra Luna harnessed a potent blend of theater and music years before the Tubes. Throughout the decades and the shifting fortunes of the business Rick has continued to make music with intelligence and integrity, building an international reputation around his knotty, singular piano playing, straight-from-the-heart singing and a style of character-based songwriting that’s drawn favorable comparisons to the likes of Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen— although Rick rocks more than both. . . . Rick’s still busy creating. . . . Rick with The Nickel & Dime Band’s Always on Insane (2012) When We Were Kids (2014) is with a full, intense, rocking 8-piece band.”

May3

SVE (duo) Happy Hour

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Cafe Nine, 250 State St, New Haven, CT

It's been awhile...come down and wind down the week with us at Cafe Nine. Playing a mix of covers and originals. Discounted drinks and free food. FREE

120 Minutes of College Radio: A Tribute to the 1980s Underground

Cafe Nine, 250 State St, New Haven, CT

Some of Connecticut’s best original bands and songwriters pay tribute to the golden age of college radio and the underground scene that launched bands like the Replacements, the Cure, REM, the Pixies, Miracle Legion, and the Smiths.

In 1991 Nirvana’s album “Nevermind” shot to number one on the charts and went platinum. Almost immediately, there were grunge fashion spreads in magazines, and commercial modern rock stations sprouting up all across America. "Alternative music” was suddenly a commercially viable trend. But in the 1980s, this wasn’t the case; you had to work a lot harder to find new and inspiring bands, tuning into lower wattage college stations on the “left of the dial,” scouring the CMJ charts for new bands, or staying up very late on Sunday nights to watch MTV’s groundbreaking “120 Minutes.”

Performers include: Frank Critelli, Chris Bousquet (American Elm), Lys Guillorn, The Sawtelles, The Shellye Valauskas Experience (Duo), Dave Schneider (the Zambonis, the Levees), Bruce and LoraLee Crowder, Steve Bunovski (The Naomi Star, Hannah Cranna), Pigeon English, Anne Castellano, Hugh Birdsall (The Reducers, Dogbite), Jeff Cedrone (Floating Lanterns, Light Upon Blight)

First Day New Haven: Plunge for Parks

Lighthouse Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven, CT

Are you daring enough to dip into the chilly Long Island Sound to raise money for your favorite park? Plunge for Parks First Day New Haven is a winter Festival and fundraiser organized by Elm City Parks Conservancy. Plunge For Parks will be a festival for the entire family. All plungers will receive a complimentary brunch the day of the event. Brunch will also be offered to spectators and supporters. We offer hot tubs for plungers to warm up in. If you're thinking of supporting but you aren't plunging there will be live music from The Shellye Valauskas Experience, tours to the top of the lighthouse, crafts, games, and activities for all to enjoy. Contact Elmcityparksconservancy2@Gmail.com with any questions.