Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:00pm

James A.M. Downes, Brooms, Gabriel Mortali at Best Video

Sponsored by: Best Video Film & Cultural Center

Three indie folk acts spearhead an early show at Best Video Performance Space on Saturday, Mar. 18. James A.M. Downes, Brooms, and Gabe Mortali play in a show that starts at 7 PM. The cover is $10.

James A.M. Downes’ statement: The soundtracks to Homeward Bound and Jurassic Park changed my life. Then The Beatles did. Then Weezer did. On March 17th, I’ll be releasing my debut EP, Prison Font. If you enjoy musical stories of naked insecurity and self-reflection/depreciation in the service of getting someone to crack a little smile, then I think I have half a chance.

Brooms formed in the summer of 2012. In a crumbling apartment in Gowanus, Brooklyn, pianist Brett Crudgington and vocalist Matt Cascella conspired to combat boredom and create music. Their sound is best summed up by The Deli: “This is singer-songwriter music for fans of early Randy Newman, or late Tom Waits, operating by a simple and effective policy: just because you’re baring your soul, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun.”

Gabriel Dylan Mortali is a singer-songwriter from Old Saybrook, CT. His musical endeavor has been greatly influenced by the regular titans of acoustic guitar and rock-and- roll, but has also been pitched in one direction or another by those of smaller stature and recognition in genres which are not as defined. His approach is simple and soulful, and his words are often cryptic and sparse; there to reach the listener perhaps only in phrases which then may become their own—something to bring home.

1842 Whitney Ave., Hamden. (203) 287-9286.

Admission: $10
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