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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

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


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.”


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 with any questions.

Q Division Holiday Party

Q Division Studios, 363 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA

Yes! It's the Q Division holiday party- Food, drink, good friends, and of course... Music. Food starts at 7pm; music a bit later. Kids are welcome!

Our ENTRANCE is To the right of the DOUBLE DOORS and Up the Stairs Click here for Directions to Q Division 617-625-9900 x101

The Shellye Valauskas Experience w/ Will Dailey

Cafe Nine, 250 State St, New Haven, CT

Happy to be sharing a bill with Will Dailey, an acclaimed independent recording and performing artist. His sound has been described as having a rich vintage vibe while having a firm appreciation of AM rock, pop and big hooks leading famed Rock journalist Dan Aquilante to call him “the real deal”. He has shared the stage and studio with Eddie Vedder, T Bone Burnett, Tanya Donelly, Willie Nelson, Roger McGuinn, G Love, Ryan Bingham and Kay Hanley.

Also appearing is our pal Joey Wit.