Calendar of Events

January 2023
January 8, 2023
Joe Flood, Stephen Clair, Marc Douglas Berardo
Show Starts:
4:00 pm
Show End:
8:00 pm
Doors will open approximately 30minutes prior to show start time.
Entry Fee:
$
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Ages
0
and up allowed
About the Show and the Artist:

The Sunday Buzz Matinee 

Songwriters in The Round Showcase Hosted Today By Frank Critelli

JOE FLOOD

Joe Flood is a songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist who has performed, written, and recorded with some of the great names in American roots music, among them The Band, Blues Traveler, Dr. John, Bottle Rockets, Eric Andersen, Happy and Artie Traum, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, Greg Trooper, and the list goes on. For this album release show Joe will be joined by Michael Cleary, New York Blues Hall of Famer Jerry Dugger, Ron Sunshine, Andres Villamil, and Scott Kessel plus special guests.

Stephen Clair

Stephen Clair tells “a true story” with his new album, To the Trees

Once the essence of the itinerant troubadour, writing and performing his songs from Seattle to the south of France, Stephen Clair has been everywhere, man. Clair first came to prominence when WFUV pronounced its love for “Jen In Her Underwear,” putting Clair not only on the map, but the road. Fast forward a thousand shows and half a dozen albums, Stephen Clair is ready with his 9th full-length record, To The Trees.

Clair is prolific, writing songs daily. There have been a few albums in a row in recent years, including, mid-pandemic, The Small Hours; and, prior, in 2019, the Malcolm Burn-produced Strange Perfume.

The latter prompted Glide to declare: “Blending the kind of jaggedly cool guitar and piano that put Spoon on the map with a deadpan, almost spoken-word vocal delivery,”, “it quickly evolves into a righteous bar band anthem that feels as much linked to acts like the Hold Steady as it does to Wilco.”

Clair’s wry humor and sharp eye have been likened to folks like The Felice Brothers, John Prine, and Ray Davies. He relishes life on earth, particularly his well-travelled little slice of it. It’s messy, difficult, a little funky and always changing. Clair sings of three-legged dogs leading parades and of leaving his boots in the street in hopes that someone with the right size feet might come along. Clair is a singular songwriter and performer, a man with a voice all his own.

Then there’s the unmistakable sound of Stephen Clair with a guitar. (When is he without one?) He lures so many sounds from six strings. In his hands, that little black and white Martin sings. And what magic does he do to coax those sounds out of a Telecaster? It’s a major topic of conversation—a buzz, a hubbub, a roar—after each of his shows.

On To The Trees, Clair’s trusty library again inspires, with the title track paying deference to Italo Calvino’s “The Baron in the Trees”—this song’s subject walking out on a family meal to live out her days amidst the limbs.

This is Clair’s grand statement, as individual and open as a record can be—embracing change, accepting the new and sending fresh shoots out on its own.

Maybe it’s time for all of us to head To the Trees.

Marc Douglas Berardo

Singer-songwriter, performer and keen observer, Marc Douglas Berardo combines songs that mine the deep feelings and lessons gleaned from real life characters and situations along with an onstage presence that uses humor and deft storytelling to rally an audience and lead them into a deep and almost spiritual experience. It’s an adventure that brings to mind James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, Guy Clark or Steely Dan with a touch of Mark Twain or Hunter S. Thompson for good measure. It’s a night of laughter and emotion that works to send an audience home with a renewed sense of possibility.

Rhode Island based Marc Douglas Berardo's songs have been recognized at many prestigious national festivals and events such as the The South Florida Folk Festival and The Wildflower Art and Music Festival Song Contest where he won The Michael Terry People's Choice Award in 2014.  He was a finalist in the legendary Kerrville New Folk Contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival. In early 2015, Berardo's interview and live performance featured on Sirius/ XM Satellite Radio show, The Village was voted one of the best of the year by listeners.  No Depression Magazine called his last CD Whalebone: “sincere, fluid, charming and above all gripping.” Berardo's 2016 interview and performance on Sirius/XM radio's The Village was voted one of the best of the year by listeners. Berardo was nominated as Best Americana Vocalist by readers of Motif Magazine in early 2017.

On February 25, Marc released a single and video  for  "The Hard Part" , a track from his upcoming record.  

 
 
Frank Critelli writes songs and
often performs live. Many times solo, and sometimes accompanied by one or more musical co-conspirators.

For over 30 years, he's played in streets and subways, clubs and coffeehouses, barrooms and classrooms, colleges, festivals, theaters, and in his kitchen.

Frank Critelli co-host The Local Bands Show on 99.1fm WPLR-New Haven and CygnusRadio.com w/ Rick Allison.