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ON THE COVER: Gathering of the Vibes Photo by Max Flatow Publisher: Oliver Collins Editor in Chief: Zoe Alexandra Music Editor: Pat Moore Arts and Life Editor: Sarah Cristantiello Heneghan Dining Editor: Joe Callaghan Photography Editor: Lisa Nichols Copy Editors: Kelley Bligh, Melissa Cole, Ryan Shevlin Contributing Writers: Zoe Alexandra, Mary Awad, Joe Callaghan, Chris Carveth, Sarah Cristantiello Heneghan, Ryan Maloney, Pat Moore, Pat Quinn, Ryan Sartor Contributing Photographers: Max Flatow, Jeremy Gordon, Charlotte Greene, Jake Grubman, Xander Kane, Ben Lormore, Tina Marie, Audra Napolitano, Lisa Nichols, Ralph Petitti, Kyle Dean Reinford, Ken Sagnelli, Tobin Voggesser Art Director: Mario Recupido
Area Farmers’ Markets
This Fish is Delish
Letter from THE editor
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Westville Spotlight: Artist Frank Bruckmann By Mary Awad
keep on truckin to the vibes seaside park keeps the scene alive By Ryan Maloney
It’s Farmers Market Season Be There & Eat Square By Sarah Cristantiello Heneghan
AreA Farmers’ Markets By Sarah Cristantiello Heneghan
If You Missed This Band, You Are Dumb: A Gentle Manifesto By Ryan Sartor
Songstress in Stiletto Boots: Chenot Keith of Mission Zero By Zoe Alexandra
free summer concert listings
Step Inside with John Brown’s Body By Pat Moore
interview on the green
Contributing Graphic Designers: Maureen Leary, Gary Sandler Circulation Manager: Rich Gabriele Marketing: Susan Carroll Dwyer Director of Advertising: Oliver Collins Account Executive: Garrett DeCrosta Director/Manager: Suzanne Cahill Interns: Maura Dolan, Katherine Tagulaid Groove Magazine is published bi-monthly by Red Mat Publishing from our office at 162 Bridgeport Ave Milford CT 06460. Phone: 203283-5290. Subscriptions: $30 yearly. Send name, address, zip code with payment. All ads must be in by 5pm on due date. Advertisers should check their ad on publication. Groove magazine shall not be liable for failure to publish an ad for a typographical error or errors in the publication except to the extent to the cost of the space which the actual error appeared in the first insertion. The publishers reserve the right to refuse advertising for any reason and to alter advertising or graphics deemed unacceptable for publication. The entire contents of Groove Magazine are copyright 2013 Groove Magazine. No portion may be reproduced by any means without written permission of the publisher. Opinions expressed in Groove Magazine articles and advertisements are those of the authors and advertisers, respectively, and should not be considered as expressions of management or official policies of Groove Magazine.
Sunday drive the connecticut wine trail By Chris Carveth
this fish is delish lenny & joe’s fish tale By Pat Quinn
manjares: more than a coffee shop By Joe Callaghan
from the EDITOR IN CHIEF
Getting into the Groove of Summer All winter I pray for summer to hurry on up and get here. Scraping ice and snow off the hood of my car and sometimes shoveling it out of a spot that it’s been plowed into are some of my least favorite things. I’m not much of a snowbunny, a skier, snow-shoer or snowboarder so I can say that all the New England winter does for me is give me chapped lips. Now that summer is finally upon us, things are looking up (especially for winter-hating curmudgeons like myself). Ahhh, summer in New Haven. I love to sit outside on some of our local patios sipping a nice cold beverage. I love it when it’s light outside at six pm. I like kayaking on the blissful New England sound. I like to listen to the glorious music overflowing from the Green
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onto the city streets. There aren’t many things that delight me more than watching happy people strolling downtown on a balmy evening. Ice cream, gelato, sorbet…these are a few of my favorite things. Before I get any more Julie Andrews from the Sound of Music on you, I will say that I am proud to introduce a well-rounded issue that focuses on some of the music, food and cultural happenings that make summer in Connecticut City amazing: Groove is psyched to have gotten an exclusive interview with Ken Hays of Gathering of the Vibes, giving you the inside scoop on one of the most acclaimed local music fests. In addition we go inside the festival to give you the low-down on delicious eats and unique vendors at the Vibes. Westville’s own, artist, Frank Bruckmann is helping to put New Haven on the map with his gorgeous oil paintings. This issue will make your mouth water as our dining experts introduce you to F Manjares, a hidden JUL RE Y/A E gem of a coffee shop/ 201UGUST 3 eatery boasting some of the best tapas in town. No wonder Manjares translates to “food of the Gods”. Always a crowd pleaser, Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale has made it’s way to Long Wharf and the taste test rules that this sea food is still some of the best in the state. Don’t miss out on our guide to delicious produce from local farmer’s markets! I can already smell the fresh arugula.
Editor in chief
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New Haven’s music scene continues to flourish. In this issue we introduce you to Mission Zero, your new favorite band. The brother/ sister electro-pop group is a showstopper. Songstress, Chenot and her bro, David Keith are truly a class act with powerful lyrics and dance-able beats. Picture Imogen heap, Tori Amos, the Dead Weather doing a Nick Rhodes cover and you’ll have a faint picture of the magnitude of talent encapsulated in this group. Touted as “the most authentic purveyors of Truth and Rights’ music around” by the Village Voice and “More Massive Attack than Marley” by the New York Daily News, John Brown’s Body brings a fusion of reggae, funk, ska and dub-step to their adoring fans. Brooklyn based, Hospitality may be one of the best indie bands you’ve never heard of. We at Groove feel it was a mistake to skip out on one of this bands impeccable sets. Maybe you had a head cold or maybe you forgot to finish grading your students’ papers or maybe just maybe you broke your leg skiing. Whatever your excuse is, don’t let it happen again. This band appears to be the next big thing. We have a lot to look forward to in the coming months of gorgeous weather and outdoor fun to boot. The Groove staff collectively looks forward to bringing you all the highlights this summer has to offer to keep you groovin’ during my absolute favorite time of the year!
By Mary Awad
ocated in the city of New Haven, the Westville neighborhood can easily be labeled as the fine arts capital of its area. The city’s diversity and cultural sophistication are evident in the streets of this super artsy and modern community. It is home to three high profile art galleries and many well-known public and free events such as the Westville ArtWalk and The Giant Puppet Halloween Parade. It also houses over two dozen artists and musicians, all within walking distance of each other. One artist in particular embodies the diversity of Westville with his artistic background, travel history and family dynamic. That man is Frank Bruckmann. Frank never considered himself to be just an average person. In his teens, he realized he was doing nothing with his life and started trying his hand in different capacities. In his spare time he started drawing but did not think much of it, though his paper and pencil never left his desk. When Frank was in a car accident, his girlfriend at the time gave him a paint box. While in the hospital, he played around with his gift and soon decided what he was meant to do with his life. “There’s nothing like it,” said Bruckmann. “The sensation of oil going onto the canvas, the flexibility the canvas gives me. There’s nothing like it.” He enrolled in the DuCret school of Art to study fine art. During his time as a student, he studied abroad in France. He wanted to experience the famous museums and street artists. Little did he know, his three-month stint would turn into an eight year residency. “Living there completely changed my style. Going into the museums and seeing the life-sized pieces that were just small thumbnails in the Jepson Art Book was outstanding. Reproducing the masters is the best practice you can get.” He currently spends summers on Monheagan Is-
land, an island off the coast of Maine that is known as an artist colony. Its beautiful scenery has always attracted artists. Frank heard of the island and when he went for the first time, instantly fell in love with it. He has since painted over two dozen Monheagan landscapes and now teaches a weeklong workshop on the Island for aspiring landscape painters. Throughout the rest of the year, he lives in Westville with his family and continues to paint in the studio in his backyard. He is married to Muffy, a children’s artist and the founder of The Giant Puppet Halloween Parade, who shares his passion for art. “She’s great. She has a great eye. When I don’t know where to go with a piece, I can ask her for help. And sometimes I even take her advice,” he says jokingly. Frank has epitomized many New Haven areas in his work. His series of West Rock paintings depict the rock face through the four seasons and he has painted many other New Haven landscapes as
well. He has also created a series dedicated to the small businesses of New Haven. These paintings, ranging from local mechanics, to barbers, and cooks, highlight the everyday life of the New Haven merchant and aim to attract more business to the portrayed establishments. “It was great seeing people you wouldn’t normally see at the gallery come to the opening. The mechanics were there and others who finally got to experience the feeling of going to a gallery opening. It was a great way to bring the community together like that.” Although Frank is usually immersed in his own work, he does occasionally take advantage of living in a community with other artists and has done art shows with neighbors. “My friend wanted this area to become a place for artists and told us to move here. We were one of the first ones. Now, there are a lot of artists and musicians that bring life into the area and keep it from getting run down. People will come to an art show and then want to get dinner or something like that. Then, before you know it, the place turns into a thriving community because of the artists who fuel it.” For more information on Frank or the Westville area, visit http://fbruckmann. com/ and http://www.westvillect.org/
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Artist Frank Bruckmann
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It’s Farmers Market Season
Be There & Eat Square
By Sarah Cristantiello Heneghan
here is nothing, and I mean nothing, better than strolling through an open air farmers market on a sunny summer morning, chatting with farmers and neighbors and perusing a varietal bounty of brightly colored, dew kissed, fresh picked produce! And by fresh, I mean the merchandise was literally picked hours before it was brought to the proverbial table. If you are not already in on the farmers market scene, you’re probably wondering, “what’s all the hype about anyway? Is it just another crunchy cause the vegan-yoga types like to get excited about?” Well, in a word…yes! But that doesn’t mean that farmers markets and eating beautiful, healthful, local food is an exclusive club. In fact, it is a huge initiative to get the word out and attract people from all walks of life to enjoy and take full advantage of farmers markets because they have so much to offer the community! There are so many reasons to choose your local farmers markets over your every day grocery store during the in-season months here in Connecticut. Besides the excuse to simply enjoy the summer air, the biggest reason is the pure freshness of the food. Most produce that you can buy at a conventional grocery store has traveled an average of 1500 miles from the farm to your plate. That means that the food, picked intentionally before ripeness and then ripened artificially for aesthetic purposes, may be weeks old before it even
touches your plate. Not to mention, during this process of delivery the nutrients practically disappear along with the rich flavor that truly fresh food offers. When you buy local, not only does your body want to send you a thank you card, flowers and kiss your (or its own) feet for treating it so kindly, you’ll also be doing your old pal Mother Earth a solid by lightening your carbon footprint and cutting down on all of that energy it takes for your food to travel from distant and unknown lands. Another gigantic benefit of choosing local markets is that you will be supporting your community. According to prescottfarmersmarket.org, “for every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $45 goes back
into the community, as compared to $14 back for every $100 spent at a chain store.” When you support your local farmers you are supporting the open space of the farm as well. When the farms do well, it supports the preservation of the land and prevents them from being turning into another parking lot or shopping mall. An added benefit and an exciting initiative that is happening in the farmers market world is the move to make the markets accessible to a wider demographic. Almost all of the Connecticut farmers markets are affiliated with supplemental nutritional programs such as the Farmers Market Nutritional Program, WIC nutritional fruit and Vegetable check program (food stamps) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This partnership is an integral part in fighting the war on obesity and reaching out to consumers who would not have been aware of the benefits or able to afford fresh and local food otherwise. CitySeed is an amazing food system organization out of New Haven that was born out of the need for support for both local food access and farm viability for local farms. “Connecting rural and urban environments is one way to positively affect the food system, which in New Haven like many other cities, was in need of repair.” says CitySeed’s Executive Director, Nicole Berube. CitySeed runs a network of five markets in New Haven but they also run many complimentary programs. They manage a Farm to School grant that will increase the amount of fresh local food in schools, a Mobile Mart that brings food to areas of the city that would otherwise have limited access and so much more. There are 5,000 farms in Connecticut and 125 farmers markets seven days a week from May to October, so there is no excuse to miss out on such a fulfilling and unique experience this summer. Grab your reusable bags and hit the markets near you! Your wallet, your body and your community will thank you! *Don’t know where and when your local farmers markets are on the scene? Check out Groove Magazine’s exclusive listing in this issue or use these websites: buyctgrown.com or eatlocalgrown.com.
AREA FARMERS MARKETS Bridgeport Downtown Farmers’ Market
Bridgeport East End Farmers’ Market
Sundays, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. July - October 985 Stratford Avenue FMNP Authorized WF&V SNAP
East Haven Farmers’ Market
Sundays, 9 a.m. - 12 noon July 7 - October 6 East Haven Town Hall FMNP Authorized WF&V
Fairfield Greenfield Hills Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. July - October Greenfield Hills, 1950 Bronson Road
Georgetown Farmers’ Market Sundays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. June 16 - October 27 4 Old Mill Road FMNP Authorized WF&V
Madison Farmers’ Market
Fridays, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. May 3 - October 11 26 Meeting House Road, Madison Historic Town Green FMNP Authorized
Meriden Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. July 13 - October 26 The Hub, Intersection of State & East Main Streets, Across from the Amtrak Station FMNP Authorized SNAP
Milford Village of Devon Farmers’ Market
Sundays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. July - October 120 Bridgeport Avenue, Route 1, Devon Village FMNP Authorized
Milford Downtown Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. June 22 - October 12 58 River Street, Corner of Darina Place & River Street FMNP Authorized WF&V
Monroe Farmers’ Market
Fridays, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. June 14 - October 25 Monroe Town Green, Corner of Fan Hill Road & Rte. 111 FMNP Authorized WF&V Photos by Lisa Nichols
Naugatuck Farmers’ Market Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., & Sundays 9:30 a.m. 1 p.m. July 10 - October On the Green, Church Street FMNP Authorized WF&V
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Thursdays, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. July 6 - October 31 McLevy Green, Corner of Main Street & Bank Street FMNP Authorized WF&V SNAP
New Haven Downtown Farmers’ Market
Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. June 19 - November 27 New Haven Green, Corner of Chapel & Temple Streets FMNP Authorized WF&V SNAP
New Haven Edgewood Park Farmers’ Market
Sundays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. May 5 - December 22 Edgewood Park, Corner of West Rock & Whalley Avenue FMNP Authorized WF&V SNAP
New Haven Fair Haven Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. July 11 - October 31 Corner of Grand Avenue & Poplar Street FMNP Authorized WF&V SNAP
New Haven Hill Farmers’ Market Fridays, 11:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. July 12 - October 25 Connecticut Mental Health Center, Corner of Park & South Streets FMNP Authorized WF&V SNAP
New Haven Upper State Street Farmers’ Market Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. June 22 - October 26 895 State Street FMNP Authorized WF&V
New Haven Wooster Square Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. May 4 - December 21 Russo Park, Corner of DePalma Court & Chapel Street FMNP Authorized WF&V SNAP
Newtown Fairfield Hills Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. June 18 - October 22 Wasserman Way, Fairfield Hills Campus FMNP Authorized WF&V
North GuilfordDudley Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. June 1 - October 26 2351 Durham Road
Seymour Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays, 12 noon - 6 p.m. May 14 - October 29 Community/Senior Center Front Parking Lot, Pine Street FMNP Authorized WF&V SNAP
Shelton Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., & Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. June 15 - November 2 Corner of Cornell & Canal Streets FMNP Authorized WF&V
Southbury Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. June 20 - October 3 Southbury Town Hall - 501 Main Street South FMNP Authorized WF&V
Stratford Farmers’ Market Mondays, 2 p.m - 6 p.m. June 24 - October 28 Deluca Field, Main Street FMNP Authorized WF&V SNAP
Trumbull Farmers’ Market Thursday, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. June 13 - October 17 Long Hill Green, Main Street
Wallingford Gardeners Market Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 12 noon July 13 - September 14 Railroad Station Green, Routes 5 & 150 WF&V
Waterbury On the Green Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. July 11 - October 31 Downtown Green, West Main Street FMNP Authorized WF&V SNAP
Waterbury Mall Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. July 18 - October 31 Brass City Mall West Parking Lot FMNP Authorized WF&V
West Haven Farmers’ Market
Thursdays & Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. July 6 - October 31 West Haven Green, Corner of Campbell & Main FMNP Authorized WF&V
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SHOPPING SCENE BRANFORD 566 Main St. (203) 804-2941
It’s a place to find out your child’s style. Kids Wishes has unique children’s gifts, clothes and furniture.
E-Six 40 NorthEast Industrial Dr (203) 208-2227
Save one of your buddies’ lives this year. E cigarettes and vaporizers give you all the enjoyment of smoking minus the harmful carcinogens, at a fraction of the cost.
CLINTON Clinton Antique Center Clinton Drive-In (860) 669-3839
Calling all antique collectors! Stop by for vintage items and things with stories to tell.
GUILFORD BSK Chroma 20 Church St (203) 453-3111
Owner Barbara Shulman-Kirwin creates almost all the artwork in store. From dichroic jewelry, to fused glass arts and architectural glass, you will find the perfect gift for your sweetheart or treat yourself to a little treasure.
Mix Design Store 29 Whitfield St. (203) 453-0202
It’s the place to go to buy a gift for that special someone, or even to decorate your home.
ONYX. The Art of Giving 856 Boston Post Road, Shoreline Plaza (203) 453- 3335
Refurnish your wardrobe and get a new look with their handcrafted jewelry and out-of-this world home décor items.
HAMDEN Detail Plus 30 Wheeler St 203-288-8537
Don’t forget to spice the car up for that hot date. This is the place to get the ultimate detail and “pimp” your ride.
115 Thornton St. (203) 248- 4663
Make your photos pop out with their custom picture framing. Also available are replacements for glass and mats.
Gifts by Moonlight 4133 Whitney Ave. (203) 230-8972
You’ll be in a fairytale when you walk into this store that specializes in angels, fairies and inspirational jewelry; also home and garden accents.
Joiya Day Spa 2349 Whitney Ave (203) 281-4204
Not your ordinary spa, owner Sheila Bonnano has made this a truly unique experience. From a high end salon to massage and yoga, you can make a day of it..
MADISON Susan Powell Fine Art 679 Boston Post Rd (203) 318-0616
Improve your artwork collection from the 19th and 20th century America and Europe.
The Audubon Shop 907 Boston Post Road (203) 245- 9056
From bird feeders to telescopes, this shop is the Mecca for birdwatchers.
MILFORD Given to Gauche 4 Daniel Street 203-878-2625
Uniquely handcrafted jewelry and handcrafted works by American artisans.
85 Willow St. (203) 799-6400
1014 Chapel St. (203) 782-2280
Addicted to music? This is THE store for audio enthusiasts
Capture Salon 100 Crown St. (203) 424-0395
Capture Salon provides valuable services and products to all men and women beauty care needs.
Girlie Girl Shop 97 Audubon St. (917) 574- 0908
From handbags to gifts and accessories, this shop has all necessities for the typical “girlie girl.”
Enclave 23 Broadway (203) 865-3470
Men’s and women’s clothing boutique with a skating and sporty vibe.
English Building Market 839 Chapel St. (203) 772-1728
Antiques, vintage clothing and accessories.
Fair Haven Furniture
72 Blatchley Ave. (203) 776-3099 Exquisite furniture, home goods, accessories and gifts from down the street and around the world. Also, make sure to visit the exhibits at the store’s River Street gallery.
Fashionista Vintage & Variety 93 Whitney Ave. (203) 777-4434
Unique jewelry, clothes, and accessories for women at this award winning boutique.
Merwins Art Shop 1052 Chapel St. (203) 865- 3721
Come here to buy new photographic archives or to have a dashing custom frame.
Hull’s Art Supply & Framing 1144 Chapel St. (203) 865-4855
All your framing and art/architecture supply needs.
Rubber Match 101 Whalley Ave 203-624-8410
Owner George Zito will help you find the comfiest waterbed or futon in New Haven. In business over 38 years.
NIANTIC Tumbleweeds 325 Main St (860) 739-9018
Fun shop..From records to necklaces, t-shirts to tapestries, take a trip back to the 70’s and let your inner child out!
ORANGE V.I.P. 170 Boston Post Rd. (203) 799-7040
V.I.P. a Mega romantic boutique with a huge department full of sexy and risqué lingerie for every occasion.
Nostalgic, fun clothes and accessories for women and men.
22 River St. (203) 882-3415
Whether you’re looking for equipment or trying to create the perfect gift, Milford Photo has just what you need.
NEW HAVEN All Star Apparel 220 State St. (203) 782-0525
A classy, hip, fun and casual clothing shop for men and women. With shoes, jeans, hats, watches and more of what you need for a fun night out.
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Arts Listings MILFORD Blank Space Gallery Ltd. 8 Broad St. (203) 908-3781
An ecclectic fun place to check out some really cool art. If you want to enjoy yourself for a couple hours and meet some passionate artists, this is the place to go!
Firehouse Art Gallery 81 Naugatuck Ave. (203) 878-6647
Artist in Residence program, classes offered, 1,000 sq ft gallery and community center for the arts.
Milford Center for the Arts 40 Railroad Ave. (203) 878-6647
Art exhibits, music series, an arts and crafts festival, and other special events throughout the year.
SoBoBo Art Gallery & Consortium 17 Broadway (203) 876-9829
Mixed media, classes offered, and unique contemporary art exhibitions.
NEW Canaan Silvermine Art Center 1037 Silvermine Rd (203) 966-9700
Presenting new exhibitions every six weeks and sponsoring regional and national competitions.
NEW HAVEN Artspace 50 Orange St. (203) 772-2709
Thought provoking visual art public gallery with multiple exhibits, film series and special events.
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library 121 Wall St. (203) 432-2977
Yale’s architecturally stunning rare book library also hosts regular art exhibits and events.
City Gallery 994 State St. (203) 782-2489
Artwork includes all mediums, from painting to photography, sculpture, to mixed media.
Creative Arts Workshop 80 Audubon St. (203) 562-4927
Kehler Liddell Gallery
Yale University Art Gallery
873 Whalley Ave. (203) 389-9555
1111 Chapel St. (203) 432-0600
The gallery showcases and represents 24 Connecticut-based artists from all disciplines including painting, sculpture, paper making, and photography, among others.
897-899 Whalley Ave. (203) 387-2539
Keys on Kites Tattoo & Gallery
Visual arts workshops and art classes for all ages and levels. The Hiles Gallery displays exhibitions year round.
Contemporary art gallery that also provides design and framing services.
Elm City Artists Gallery 55 Whitney Ave. (203) 922-2359
Artist run art gallery. Includes all mediums from painting to photography, sculpture, to mixed media.
Gallery 195 195 Church St, 4 Floor (203) 772-2788 th
The gallery exhibits an art show every quarter by two artists.
869 Whalley Ave (203) 387-5397
A tattoo shop that hosts a new artist quarterly. Beautiful artists from around the country showcase their art in a tattoo shop that makes you feel like you’re chilling in a living room.
Shubert Theatre 247 College St. (203) 562-5666
Legendary theater where shows like Oklahoma! made their debut before heading to Broadway. They still do theater, but music too. Recent acts include Willie Nelson, Jeff Mangum and Ray LaMontagne.
The galleriy includes art from Africa, American painting and sculpture, Asia, ancient art, European art, and modern and contemporary art.
OLD SAYBROOK Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center 300 Main St. (860) 510-0473
Performing arts center for all ages serving the shoreline of Connecticut with a 250-seat theater.
ORANGE The Davis Gallery 200 Boston Post Rd. (203) 795-4705
A private art gallery exhibiting Connecticut artists in multiple mediums.
STAMFORD Avon Theatre
71 Orange St. (203) 654-9675
Yale Center for British Art
Long Wharf Theatre
Public art and research museum for British art and culture which maintains the largest collection of British art outside of the British isles.
Non-profit independent cinema playing classic movies, special events, guest speakers, post film Q&A sessions with filmmakers and actors and an overall enthusiastic film community. A must see theatre well worth the drive.
Award winning theater striving to build community through theater and presenting about 6 to 8 plays a year.
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
The Institute Library
Famous for its dinosaur exhibits, very kid friendly but interesting for adults too.
A collectively run workspace and art space with occasional exhibits.
222 Sargent Drive (203) 787-4282
847 Chapel St. (203) 562-4045
A revitalized membership library with a wide array of public events, theatrical performances, and poetry readings.
John Slade Ely House 51 Trumbull St. (203) 624-8055
This converted Elizabethan house is a center for contemporary art, showing three to five exhibits a year.
Lyric Hall Antiques and Conservation 827 Whalley Ave. (203) 389-8885
A Westville performing arts gem for music and theater. Also, an architecture restoration business.
1080 Chapel St. (203) 432-2800
170 Whitney Ave. (203) 432-5050
272 Bedford St (203) 661-0321
Paul Mellon Arts Center 333 Christian St. (203) 697-2423
Yale Repertory Theatre
The center features an 800-seat theater and lobby art gallery. The center was designed by I.M. Pei and described as “an auditorium of ideas.”
1120 Chapel St. (203) 432-1234
A professional theater staging highquality new plays that occasionally features world-renowned actors such as Paul Giamatti (in next year’s Hamlet).
Yale Cabaret 217 Park St. (203) 432-1567
Enjoy a dinner and see lively plays or musicals produced and starring Yale School of Drama students.
Savin Rock Museum 6 Rock St. (203) 937-3566
Showcases the history of West Haven’s rich past.
West Cove Studio & Gallery 30 Elm St. West Haven, CT 06516 (203) 627-8030
West Cove Studio & Gallery is committed to the advancement of artists, particularly in printmaking. It offers intaglio printing, silkscreen printing and life drawing workshops.
The Connecticut Wine Trail
apa & Sonoma? Too far. Oregon & Washington State? Too rainy. France, Portugal, and Italy? You need a passport! Fortunately, lovers of fine wine and beautiful scenery need only pack a picnic basket, input their GPS or, for the purists, pull out their Connecticut atlas. It’s time to set off for a trek along Connecticut’s rapidly expanding Wine Trail. From the hills of Litchfield to the Connecticut shoreline and all points along the compass, our State motto, “He who transplants sustains,” has new meaning in the cultivation of the noble grape and the day tourism opportunities along the way. With twenty-five established farm wineries in Connecticut and more on the way, let’s take a drive along the scenic roads of Connecticut and explore. George Washington may have imbibed in Milford’s colonial taverns, and wines have long been produced by home-taught vintners, but it was not until 1978 that the state’s General Assembly passed the first Farm Winery Act, bringing locally produced commercial wines to Connecticut. Litchfield’s Haight Vineyard (now HaightBrown after the 2007 sale by pioneer winemaker Sherman Haight, Jr. to new owners Amy Senew and Courtney Brown) became the prototype Connecticut farm winery. Since those early days of planting Chardonnay and Riesling on ten acres, twentyfour more wineries, many enhanced with tasting rooms and farm markets, have joined ranks to be included in the officially designated Connecticut Wine Trail. All are easily reached on a daily or weekend drive from New Haven County, and all offer a wide variety of wines to please any oenophile, along with accompaniments that vary with location. The economic impact of this growth has not been lost on state and local tourism authorities. Many wineries are featured prominently as attractions on state and local websites and printed promotions. The geographic diversity of Connecticut’s farm wineries can make for a familycentered history lesson as well. A day trip
to New Hartford’s Connecticut Valley Winery or Jerram Winery can be combined with a visit to the state Capitol. Combine a daytrip along to the eastern shore’s Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington, Holmberg Orchards and Winery in Gales Ferry, or Maugle Sierra Vineyards in Ledyard with a visit to Mystic Seaport. Adventurers choosing to stay closer to New Haven County need look no further than Shelton’s Jones Winery, or Wallingford’s Paradise Hills Vineyard for a pre-theatre treat. Any trip along western I-84 can be combined with a stop at DiGrazia Vineyards in Brookfield. Fairfield County is also home to Sandy Hook’s McLaughlin Vineyards. The Goshen Fair and Sunset Meadow Vineyards go together like wine and crackers, as do the other tourist attractions in Litchfield and its many wineries. The other farm wineries along the trail are equally worthy of a visit…pick your pleasure. Connecticut’s soil and climate offers a distinct contrast to more famous wineproducing locales. As the (ital)terroir, along with the skill of the winemaker and the source of the grapes (not all are grown in Connecticut but are blended with local grapes), will subjectively dictate the quality of the finished wine, seek out your destination through research and personal recommendations from friends and family. True, appellations are a matter of personal taste. Since both novice and experienced wine en-
thusiasts are known for their spirit of adventure, pop a cork and try something new. In this way you can be the judge of what you prefer— “new world” vs. “old world”—and not be bound by third party evaluations. For visitors seeking something out of the ordinary, many of the wineries along the trail offer other fruit wines as well. Do you like a well-aged cheese with your wine? Be sure to ask if it’s offered for sale, or feel free to bring along a complementary variety. As the variety of offered wines grows with improved viniculture science, production in Connecticut, unheard of just forty years ago, is now the norm. As winemakers throughout the state are proud to boast, Connecticut wines have been awarded medals in regional and international competitions, standing up well to the more famous producing areas. Often the style of winemaking will vary from winery to winery, as exemplified by the Portuguese-influenced technique at Wallingford’s Gouveia Vineyards. Regardless of such personal touches, what characterizes all of Connecticut’s wine trail offerings is the dedication and hard work of the owners and staff. Nowhere else will you be so warmly greeted than by the proprietors who have labored among the rows of vines to bring you a taste of their version of this ancient blending of art, science, and creativity. (ital)In vino veritas— in wine there is truth—but the real truth is that bringing in the harvest, winemaking, bottling, and marketing is hard work! When planning your weekend wine excursion, visit www.ctwine.com for schedule updates, links to specific wineries, directions, and social media promotions. And don’t forget to designate a driver.
ARTS & LIFE
By Chris Carveth
The Hidden Kitchen 705 Boston Post Rd. (203) 458-7806
Lives up to its name tucked away from the Post Road bustle, but offers some of the best breakfast food on the shoreline.
KC’s Restaurant and Pub 725 Boston Post Rd. (203) 453-0771
EAST HAVEN Antonio’s Ristorante
BRANFORD Assaggio’s Restaurant 168 Montowese St. (203) 483-5426
Classic Northern Italian dishes with a contemporary twist.
Ballou’s Wine Bar 2 Sybil Ave (203) 208-1701
Italian Tapas bar with huge wine by the glass selection. Very good food, made with love, for all hunger levels. Drink specials, outdoor seating, live music.
Compania Ristorante & Taverna 284 E. Main ST. (203) 483-7773
Jalapeño Heaven 40 North Main St. (203) 481-6759
A casual Mexican restaurant with authentic Mexican flavor in every dish.
Lenny’s Indian Head Inn 205 South Montowese St. (203) 488-1500
Family friendly restaurant with a great water view and a specialty in seafood.
Mango’s Bar and Grille 988 Main St. (203) 483-7700
Known for its 27 home-brewed beers and casual dining atmosphere.
1247 Main St. (203) 488-2600
Dockside Seafood and Grille
Open for breakfast and lunch, this café offers sandwiches, a salad bar, delicious burgers and amazing stuffed breads, baked fresh everyday.
145 Block Island Rd. (203) 488-3007
624 West Main St. (203) 488-2700
Classic American food and a wide variety of draft beer.
The best restaurant for ribs in a comfortable atmosphere, with an exceptional quality of food.
Sandpiper Restaurant 161 Cosey Beach Ave. (203) 469-7544
Eli’s on the Hill
16 Main St. (203) 468-6695
SBC Restaurant and Brewery
Fresh seafood that is reasonably priced with beautiful waterfront views and a friendly atmosphere.
The Rib House
Family-friendly and casual seafood restaurant with a great outdoor patio.
850 West Main Street (203) 488-3663
Known for its delicious seafood, ribs, and nightly entertainment.
Traditional Italian cuisines made with always-fresh ingredients in a quiet atmosphere.
An island twist on classic American food with a friendly dining area.
Traditional Northern Italian restaurant and cuisine. Solid wine list, comfortable bar, cozy dining area, fresh and delicious food.
560 East Main St. (Rte.1) (203) 481-2356
672 Main St. (203) 469-2386
1048 Main St. (203) 488-5176
Covered with local art. Their daily specials are written colorfully on a blackboard. Serves breakfast all day. The greatest bacon cheeseburger on the shoreline.
Casual American restaurant perfect for dining with friends and family.
The Place Restaurant 901 Boston Post Rd. (203) 453-9276
With seating on tree stumps, everything cooked outdoors, and the scent of fresh seafood this truly is the place to eat in Guilford.
Quattro’s 14 Water St. (203) 453-6575
Exceptional Italian food including more than 30 sauces, pork, chicken, pasta dishes, and seafood.
Shoreline Diner and Vegetarian Enclave 345 Boston Post Rd. (203) 458-7380
Vegetarian specialty diner.
Anthony’s of Guilford 2392 Boston Post Rd. (203) 453-4121
Fine Italian dining with first class traditional Italian food.
Ballou’s Wine Bar 51 Whitfield St. (203) 453-0319
Italian Tapas bar with huge wine by the glass selection. Very good food, made with love, for all hunger levels. Drink specials, outdoor seating, live music.
Bufalina 1070 Boston Post Rd. (203) 458-1377
Delicious wood fired pizza, true pizza lovers must try this spot.
Guilford Mooring 505 Whitfield St. (203) 458-2921
Traditional New England seafood restaurant on the water in Guilford.
Stone House 506 Whitfield St. (203) 458-3700
On the marina, it’s a fine dining restaurant with exceptional seafood and steaks.
Whitfield’s 25 Whitfield St. (203) 458-1300
Overlooks the historic Guilford Green and provides delicious food along with a relaxing atmosphere.
HAMDEN Eli’s Brick Oven Pizza and Market 2392 Whitney Ave. (203) 288-1686
Excellent New Haven brick ovenstyle pizza. Serving lunch and dinner, catering and prepared meals available.
h s i l e D s i h s Fi s Thi
remember going to Jones Beach as a child. After a day of surf, sand, and sunburn it was off to the local “clam stand” to complete the day. How I loved the fried…whatever it was. Mom said it was chicken to get my siblings and me to eat it. I just remember that there was something magical about the experience. For a couple of generations of Connecticut folks, that iconic roadside clam stand was, and still is, Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale. Opened in 1979 in Madison, and later a second location in Westbrook, no beach trip down Route 1 was complete without a stop in. Now Lenny and Joe’s has opened a third location in the Long Wharf section of New Haven. Appropriately, it is right on the water. “Every seat is a window seat,” pointed out owner Brian Faye. The picture windows do give each seat a great view of Long Island Sound. The dining area was straightforward and quite comfortable, the space, airy and bright. The buzz in the air was the next day’s opening of the outdoor deck offering 70 glorious seats of outdoor dining. The staff seemed to have fun answering questions we had. Faye was straightforward with the answer to one question I asked: “What previous restaurant experience do you have?” He looked at me and answered, quite confidently, “None.” He explained that all he knows is the Lenny
all. Connecticut style lobster rolls are the real deal. The top-sliced frankfurter bun was buttered and grilled to perfection. It was filled with warm, buttery, succulent and sweet lobster meat. These were big chucks of lobster, and enough fell out of the sandwich that I needed to clean my plate with my fingers. I love finger foods. How could you go wrong? Finally, it was time for the famous Fish Tale Platter. This is Lenny & Joe’s top seller, and I can see why. This is a Fred Flintstone sized, car tipping entree. Sitting on top of a layer of French fries are gulf shrimp, which are sweet and clean-tasting. The sea scallops were firm in texture and had that subtle sweet note as well. The scrod was flaky, moist and mild. Whole belly clams were packed with flavor. There is an extra savory kick you get when you order these over the clam strips. Round out the meal with Photos by Xander Kane some thinly cut homemade onion rings, and you have a feast fit for Neptune. Our first sampling was from the raw As I wrote this, I realized that there bar. We were served freshly shucked local clams on the half shell and local Blue was one more thing I had to do. So I took Point Oysters. Snow Cove oysters from the eight-minute bike ride back down to Maine also added to the plate. All of these Long Wharf. I had to sit on the deck, so were the very essence of freshness, quick- I got my table and another lobster roll. ly dispatched with just a hint of cocktail The breeze was ruffling my notes. There were birds and boats. The smell of salt sauce and lemon to chase them down. While we’re on the subject of chasers, filled the air. I sat there and reflected. I I should mention that the bartender had realized that often our childhood memosome showing off to do as well with a ries far surpass the reality of adulthood. number of specialty cocktails. He also has And then I smiled, knowingly. Lenny and a great beer lineup that includes some lo- Joe’s is not a childhood fish tale. It is alive and kicking in my mind, my heart and my cal microbrews. Our next sampling was a lobster roll stomach. And best of all, it is now right that will settle the argument, once and for here in New Haven. and Joe’s way. He worked for a year in Westbrook and, with the exception of adding wild rice to the menu, he has kept things exactly the same. They have the same offerings, same recipes, same breading and the same dedication to quality and fresh ingredients. They also share the same basic philosophy. As Joe says, “The entertainment is on the plate.”
By Pat Quinn
DINING Listings Ibiza Tapas & Wine Bar
1832 Dixwell Ave. (203) 909-6512
56A Academy St. (203) 245-6161
Serving dinner only, Ibiza’s excellent tapas make for a relaxed and diverse meal. Excellent wine list.
Park Central Tavern
1640 Whitney Ave. (203) 287-8887
“An independently owned and operated eatery offering classic American tavern fare”
MADISON Café Allegre 725 Boston Post Rd. (203) 245-7773
The perfect spot to go for steak, seafood, and homemade soups. Known as a true locals spot in Madison; it’s the place to eat and enjoy a conversation.
The Red Tomato 37 Boston Post Road (203) 245-6948 Delicious thin crust pizza, best pizza in Madison.
The Wharf Restaurant 94 W. Wharf Rd. (203) 245-0005
Friendly and casual atmosphere with a great selection of Italian food along with outstanding lobster.
Part of the Madison Beach Hotel, it offers beautiful waterfront views from all outdoor seats and is a classic New England seafood spot.
Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale
1301 Boston Post Rd. (203) 245-7289
Their specialties are delicious local seafood and great homemade ice cream. A new location is planned for New Haven.
44 Boston Post Rd. (203) 245-3300
The perfect spot for excellent Chinese and Japanese food where every dish is prepared beautifully and timely.
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MILFORD Bin 100 100 Lansdale Ave. (203) 882-1400
Spanish and Asian dishes in a romantic atmosphere with an extensive wine list.
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56 S Broad St. (203) 877-1138
Martinis, American-Caribbean fusion in a great little nightlife spot.
Jeffrey’s Bistro by Claudio 501 New Haven Ave. (203) 878-1910
Elegant American cuisine and fresh atmosphere. Beautiful patio dining in the summer, right on the Indian River.
Sloppy Jose’s 186 Hillside Ave. (203) 878-9847
Milford’s oldest Mexican Restaurant with huge selection of tequila.
Stonebridge Restaurant 50 Daniel St. (203) 874-7947
Casual American fare featuring fresh seafood, sandwiches, steaks and more.
NEW HAVEN Abate Apizza and Seafood 129 Wooster St. (203) 776-4334
Adriana’s Restaurant and Wine Bar 771 Grand Ave. (203) 865-6474
One of Zagat’s top 1,000 Italian restaurants in America. Extensive wine list, the tastes of North and South Italy.
Anastasio’s 127 Wooster St. (203) 776-4825
Traditional Italian cuisine. You can’t go wrong with pizza, pasta, or a sub.
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188 Willow St. (203) 773-9870
You want the best wings in town? Go here. They are exquisite and legendary.
Basta Trattoria, Citrus
Another solid Italian restaurant on Wooster Street.
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17 Whitney Ave. (203) 773-1776
A great place to go for Irish pub food in New Haven. Active, fun atmosphere with bands, friends, and a heavy emphasis on sports. One of the most legit Irish pubs around.
1006 Chapel St. (203) 772-1715 Upscale Italian cuisine in a cozy spot. Cute outdoor seating.
Black Bear Saloon 124 Temple St. (203) 562-2327
American Fare: Pizza, salads, burgers, pub-style restaurant and bar. Great venue to watch sports or enjoy happy hour. There’s also a location in the Milford mall.
Brazi’s Restaurant 201 Food Terminal Plaza (203) 498-2488 Upscale fine Italian dining. It’s a great spot to hit right before a show at Long Wharf Theatre.
Bru Room at BAR
254 Crown St. (203) 495-1111 Brick oven pizza (the mashed potato topping is a must have), large salads, and an authentic beer selection.
Café A Vin 975 State St. (203) 776-6206
Great wine selection with affordable options. Cheese plates, paninis, cured meats, etc. Small but comfortable atmosphere.
Café Romeo 534 Orange St. (203) 865-2233
Salads, sandwiches, and coffee. Fresh, fun and hoppin’. Outdoor seating area.
The Cask Republic 179 Crown St. (475) 238-8335
American fare and pub food, extensive and exclusive beer collection. From sports to happy hour to raging music, Cask covers it.
Carmen Anthony Steakhouse 660 State St. (203) 773-1444
Classy old school-style steakhouse. Great place to take a date or if you’ve just got a hankering for a serious steak.
By Joe Callaghan
More Than a Coffee Shop DINING
nitially, I walked into Manjares just to get some water for my dog. It was one of the first beautiful days of the spring. The kids and I had been playing pretty hard in Edgewood Park, just across the street. I wasn’t looking for anything new. The first thing I noticed was the wonderful smell. Aromas from the flower gardens outside gave way to the fresh baked goodies that greeted me as I walked through the door. Upbeat Spanish music played in the background, and people were chatting at the scattered tables. The atmosphere here was cheerful and welcoming. A waitress carried plates of mouth-wateringly stunning food out to the busy patio. I felt that I had stumbled onto something that would startle me out of my crotchety post-winter haze. Since this discovery, Manjares has become my neighborhood coffee shop of habit. This place has been nurturing a very dedicated clientele for four years now by serving delicious Berkshires roasted Fair Trade coffee from a hissing espresso machine complemented by a vast array of fresh-baked choices. Owner Ana De Los Angeles is first and foremost a pastry chef, and the pastry selection ranges from muffins and scones to filled croissants, tarts and turnovers, all baked fresh on the premises. Fresh baked pastries and good coffee alone would be enough to keep me coming back, but There’s much more here than that. Manjares, roughly translated, means “food of the Gods,” and from the tiny kitchen, Ana and her staff approach that emblem with confidence. These guys apply their standard of excellence to a breakfast and lunch menu seven days a week, as well as to their selection of tapas during the evening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The breakfast menu includes a few of the usual suspects along with an imaginative selection of burritos and sandwiches to keep things interesting. Oatmeal and granola are available with assorted fresh fruit and yogurt. Omelettes are made to
Photos by Jake Grubman
order with your choice of fillings. Breakfast burritos are offered with vegetables or your choice of meat and filled with rice, beans, scrambled eggs, peppers, onions and cilantro. Instead of potatoes, plates are complimented with a unique and delicious assortment of arepa (corn patty), mangu (plantain) and roasted yucca (yum). Challah French toast and pancakes are served with organic maple syrup and whipped cream. These plates are so artistically put together that when they arrive at the table, they are a delight for the eyes as well as the palate. The lunch menu is full of surprising treats as well. An inspired selection of salads that are conceived well outside the box of lettuce includes a Russian root salad of potatoes, carrots and beets seasoned with dill. There is a sautéed vegetable salad and one with smoked salmon. Even the house salad is unique, including almonds, Garrotxa cheese and an original house dressing. There’s also a great list of sandwiches, which includes a lot of vegetarian choices. These all come on your choice of ciabatta, eight-grain bread or in a wrap. One choice is hummus offered with red onion, lettuce and tomato. Fresh mozzarella with
basil, tomato and olive oil is another. The Manchego panini deserves special mention here. It is sweet and savory, crunchy and gooey all at the same time. There are plenty of options for the carnivores here too with pastrami, turkey, a thick BLT and even tuna and egg salad. Manjares is a versatile place. It’s the only restaurant I know of that has a living room as well as the dining room. Most days, this comfortable living room serves as a place for various “wi-fi warriors” to hang out and work, but it also serves as a great place to hold larger gatherings as well. On the day that I was there, Sen. Chris Murphy was holding a town meeting, but I’ve seen the same room being used for kids’ birthday parties as well. Manjares is a lot of things. It’s a friendly place to stop for coffee and a bite on your way to work. It’s a terrific place to bring that client for lunch or to gather your team for a pep talk. It’s even a nice place to bring a date on the weekend. Stop in on Thursday, Friday or Saturday evenings for tapas. Grab a seat on the patio or sit in the warm dining room and choose something from the wine list. Enjoy the artwork and unwind.
DINING Listings Caseus Fromagery and Bistro
Da Legna: Wood Fired Pizza
9 Whitney Ave. (203)624-3373
858 State St. (203) 495-9999
“Unique artisan cheese, gourmet dry goods, spices, olive oils and preserves” as well as coffees, teas, panini pressed sandwiches, salads, and baked goods.
Claire’s Corner Copia
1000 Chapel St. (203) 562-3888
Well liked and nationally known vegetarian establishment, in operation since 1975. Catering, desserts, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you are vegetarian you’ve got to try Claire’s.
An excellent new addition to the New Haven pizza scene. Step out from the old favorites and try Da Legna.
969 State St. (203) 773-3344
Fun friendly atmosphere. New Haven needs this Mexican place and you need to check it out. Happy hour burrito bar.
163 Temple St. (203) 776-0007
Authentic Asian cuisine, excellent dumplings and Dim Sum at very affordable prices.
Delaney’s Restaurant & Tap Room The go-to Westville bar. College kids tend to stay away, maybe because the locals have it on lock down. Quality beers and great burgers.
Elm City Market
777 Chapel St. (203) 624-0441
165 Wooster St. (203) 865-4489
An institution since the 1930s. Classic Wooster Street.
271 Crown St. (203) 777-7700
Coop grocery store with deli, sandwich bar, salad bar, and hot food bar.
702 State St. (203) 785-8722
7 Elm St. (203) 562-6688
Well presented Italian food made with farm fresh ingredients, vegetarian options available.
Sushi, hibachi, steakhouse, and bar. Fun environment. Also with a location in Hamden.
1175 Chapel St. (203) 503-3919
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Fresh pasta, Italian elegance, patio in the back is a gem.
House of Chao
A New Haven legend, since 1895. Louis’ invented the hamburger. One of the best burgers in the country. Affordable, a must go.
898 Whalley Ave. (203) 389-6624
263 Crown St. (203)-562-5507
The best General Tso’s Chicken ever. A New Haven institution for more than 20 years. If you’re in the mood for Chinese, go here.
Authentic Mexican cuisine where it is done with passion.
Johnny Salami’s 205 Food Terminal Plaza (203) 777-7906
An eclectic selection of soups, sandwiches, burgers, pastas and fajitas. Italian staples are world class and are well-represented in their diverse menu.
Katz’s Restaurant and Deli 1658 Litchfield Tpke. (203) 389-5301
14 Mechanic St. (203) 782-4828
The Meatball House 1180 Chapel St. (203) 772-3360
Meatballs of all sorts (pork, chicken, beef, even veggie), great happy hour and beer list.
Miya’s Japanese Restaurant 68 Howe Street (203) 777-9760
Excellent traditional sushi and wildly creative new ideas! For those who appreciate real sushi, this is the place.
New York style deli at its best. Large portions – soup, salads, and sandwiches. Whatever you do, get pastrami.
874 State St. (203) 776-5306
966 Chapel St. (203) 772-3002
Quaint spot around back of Zinc, a hidden gem. Great artisan pizza, happy hour and a patio.
806 State St. (203) 777-6670
Offering breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner on rotating days. Good oysters, prices not cheap but also not excessive. Fresh and local ingredients, located at the Study at Yale.
Neighborhood bar. Large beer selection. Weekday happy hour.
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104 Audubon (203) 562-5454
A charming coffee shop in the arts district. Loved by many, special coffee drinks, bagels, pastries, and sandwiches make this a great breakfast or lunch spot.
974 State St. New Haven, CT (203) 624-5991
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Fresh ingredients, spicy authentic Spanish-Mexican fusion. Great patio and vibrant scene for 25 to 45 year olds.
Dee Asian Kitchen
882 Whalley Ave. (203) 397-5494
Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill
Another classic New Haven pizza restaurant, up there with the elite.
603 Orange St. (203) 787-5919
Gourmet market with great sandwiches and prepared foods coming straight from authentic family recipes.
Oaxaca Kitchen 228 College St. (203) 859-5774 Mexican fusion, extensive tequila list.
Olde School Saloon and Bistro
418 State St. (203) 772-0544 Fine dining in a classy environment. Some of the best steak and seafood you will find in New Haven. Vintage bar and speakeasy feel. 900 Chapel Street (203) 907-0238
A variety of cheese, charcuterie, pies and chocolates. All cheese is hand selected by the cheese mongers at Caseus Fromagerie, and pies are made using fresh local ingredients. Also offers a diverse list of beers, wines, and spirits.
P & M Orange Street Market
Wicked Wolf Tavern
Coromandel Cuisine of India
45 Grove St. (203) 777-3234
144 Temple St. (203) 752-0450
185 Boston Post Rd. (203) 795-9055
Soul De Cuba
Hayama Japanese Steakhouse
283 Crown St. (203) 498-5342
288 York St. (203) 787-7471
199 Boston Post Rd. (203) 795-3636
Zafra Cuban Restaurant and Rum Bar
Indian cuisine at its finest. Seven-day lunch buffet and weekday happy hour.
Searching for Cuban? Go no further. Classic dishes in a cozy environment. Don’t leave without trying the mojitos – delicious.
820 State St. 203-562-8200
Great tasting sandwiches for breakfast and lunch, delivery available.
4 Orange St. (203) 777-1177 Flavorful and delicious Indian food. A ninth-square must try.
721 Orange St. (203) 865-1147 Sandwiches, meals to go, groceries, outdoor seating and catering.
152 Temple St. (203) 773-1111
220 College St. (203) 772-4002 Unique and delicious Latin-inspired seafood. Definitely worth a visit.
Great sandwiches and pasta, but this is the place to go to create your own salad.
100 Wooster St. (203) 777-3373
2 Mechanic St. (203) 787-0392 Old-fashioned breakfast joint in East Rock with a perpetual line out the door on weekends. It’s worth the wait.
157 Wooster St. (203) 865-5762 Thin crust pies. World-renowned pizza restaurant.
Prime 16 172 Temple St. (203) 782-1616 The best beer and burger selection in the county – hands down.
32 Orange St. (203) 776-6663 Upscale Chinese dining. Authentic dishes and a flavorful selection.
237 Wooster St. (203) 624-5271 The original. Must go. Family classic.
Tre Scalini Upscale Italian dining in a beautiful environment. A Wooster Sreet exclusive destination.
Union League Café 1032 Chapel St. (203) 562-4299
A New Haven dynasty and worldrenowned restaurant – the best of the best. Dress to impress. Go in with your girlfriend, leave with your wife.
161 Park St. (203) 562-2499 Good Mexican place with reasonable pricing. Happy hour is worth trying.
Classic Irish fare and beer. Young college crowd after 10 p.m.
A Yale classic. Next door to Toad’s. Grab a slice before the show or have a nice family dinner.
259 Orange Street (203) 859-5342
Spicy quality Indian cuisine. Daily buffet and weekend brunch.
Hibachi style. Fun environment and good food.
Thai House 200 Boston Post Rd. (203) 795-3088
Flavorful and delicious dishes. Get out here if you can.
Authentic Cuban food, great cocktails, and 125 different varieties of rum!
Wasabi Japanese Restaurant
Zaroka Bar and Restaurant
350 Boston Post Rd. (203) 795-5856
148 York Street (203) 776-8644 Diverse dishes from the many regions of India, hospitality and authenticity are held to a high standard.
Sushi and Japanese. Great for lunch or take-out.
400 Hollister St. (203) 378-6886
964 Chapel St. (203) 624-0507
Another New Haven classic restaurant going strong. From locals, to the Yale community, to visitors, this is a favorite.
NORTH HAVEN Bellini’s Italian Cuisine and Pizza 2 Broadway (203) 234-2221
A bright and welcoming Italian restaurant, with consistent quality in every dish.
Outback Steakhouse 345 Washington Ave. (203) 985-8282
Known for its delicious steak dishes and bloomin’ onion appetizer.
Stratford Windmill Tavern A classic spot. One of the oldest neighborhood bars in the country. Known for their world famous hot dogs.
WALLINGFORD J. Christian’s 9 N. Main St. (203) 265-6393
“New American-style restaurant”. A very classy and elegant place to have a full meal or one of their unique cocktails.
Los Mariachi’s 105 North Colony St. (203) 265-1838
Unique authentic Mexican dishes. Well known for its margaritas.
ORANGE Baja’s 63 Boston Post Rd. (203) 799-2252 Pure Mexican joint.
Westville Pizza 883 Whalley Ave. (203) 389-9474
Classic pizza shop with fresh pizza and subs. Good for lunch, take out, and catering.
Seaside Park Keeps the Scene Alive By: Ryan Maloney
f you live in New England and haven’t heard of the Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival, then I ask you to crawl from underneath the rock that you have been living under the past two decades and join in on the blissful entertainment that the Vibes has to offer. The history of Vibes is about as interesting as their loyal patrons. Unfortunately, the music festival was born in tragedy. The notorious day August 9th of 1995- the day Jerry Garcia died- left a hole the shape of a thirteen-point lightning bolt in all of the hearts of his extremely devoted followers across the world. In 1996, Sally Ansorge Mulvey and John Dwork (Publishers of “Dupree’s Diamond News”) and Ken Hays (of Terrapin Tapes) organized an event that was designed to celebrate Jerry Garcia’s life. With performances by Max Creek, moe., and the Zen Tricksters, the weekend-long party was named “Deadhead Heaven: A Gathering of the Tribe.” There was an incredible turnout of 3,500 people who showed up to boogie down and have a blast with one another. With the overwhelming success of Deadhead Heaven, Ken Hays felt obligated to keep this party alive and moving forward. The following year in 1997 he changed the name to what is now known as “The Gathering of the Vibes” music festival. The first three years of the festival were held in different locations throughout upstate New York. It wasn’t until 1999 that The Vibes found its permanent residence at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT.
on a road case behind the stage with Dennis McNally, and I heard during second set the opening lick of Terrapin Station. The combination of Bobby being the first member of The Grateful Dead to perform at Vibes and him playing my favorite song…I felt this unbelievable warmth. Hearing the response from the crowd, it affirmed that what I’m doing is what I am supposed to be doing.” Due to the perseverance and hard work from Ken Hays and his team of workers and volunteers, what began as a memorial for Jerry Garcia emerged into New England’s premier music festival hosting some of the biggest bands in the jam-band circuit. The free-loving, fun atmosphere that was established 18-years ago, has kept its 20,000 attendees coming back each year. Whether you are a member of the Vibe Tribe (which is the term used for people who attend every year) or still deciding whether this event is for you, let me explain what goes on during the four days of music and fun. This year’s line-up is stacked with amazing headliners. First off, there will be two nights of Phil Lesh & Friends featuring John Scofield, John Medeski, Joe Russo and John Kadlecik. They will be performing the main stage both Friday and Saturday night. That alone is worth the price of admission. Performing before Phil Lesh and Friends Saturday, is the highly anticipated return of Gov’t Mule. It has been ten-years since Gov’t Mule has played at The Vibes. Warren Haynes had this to say about returning to The Vibes 2013 lineup, “I love playing the
The history surrounding the existence of Seaside Park is rather interesting. In 1864, P.T. Barnum (after he was mayor of Bridgeport) donated over 35 acres of land along the Long Island Sound, which was what ultimately became Seaside Park. As Ken Hays explained in our interview, “The conditions that Barnum had for this property were that it was to be preserved for open space of recreational and musical activities.” It’s safe to assume Mr. Barnum would be pleased with how his donation is being utilized. One of the most poetic moments of the music festival’s history happened the following year in 2000 when Bob Weir and Ratdog performed, which would be the first time a member of the Grateful Dead took the stage since its inception. Ken Hays described a moment of the performance: “I was sitting
16 years old and we are catering to them as well.” Gathering of the Vibes has numerous activities planned for children of all ages. There is an option for an alternative place to camp for families bringing their children along. Family camping provides a chill environment for families and the calmer crowd to set the tone for the night time. Also, because there is a certain noise ordinance, it won’t get too rowdy when you want to wind down and relax. Another fun feature is the Kid’s corner with activities such as face painting, juggling, Bio Bus, low tide walk on the beach, and yoga. The Vibes also offers a Teen Scene, where teens can get free lessons on how to play an instrument of their choice as well as the opportunity to hear special guest performances in an intimate setting exclusively for teen audiences. Also, you cannot forget Andy the Music Man who plays for the kids Sunday Morning on the Green Stage followed by Puppet Parade and World Peace Flag Ceremony. Whether you are a parent wanting to turn your kid into a little Vibe Tribe member, or you just want to groove out along with your friends, this festival has it all! Southern Connecticut’s premiere music festival Gathering of the Vibes provides entertainment for men and women of all ages. If you are new to the area or a Vibe Tribe native, pick up tickets for this year’s festival and enjoy all that it has to offer. The festival will be held Thursday July, 25th through Sunday Night, July 28th. Tickets can be purchased on their website gatheringofthevibes.com, but don’t wait too long especially because family camping is on a first come first serve basis. See you all there! Max Flatow
night this year because of the overwhelming support of the event in the festival’s annual survey. Some of the other late night “ragers” include Deep Banana Blackout, Papadosio, and Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation). For a complete list of all of the bands performing The Gathering of the Vibes, please visit gatheringofthevibes.com/lineup. Music is not the only activity at this year’s Gathering of the Vibes. There is always the infamous “Shakedown Street” which is an area devoted to vendors, where you can find artists selling their paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and clothing. Additionally, numerous non-profit organizations set up tents to spread the word of their cause; such as Rex Foundation, ACLU, Bridgeport Community Gardens, Save the Sound, and many more. One of the more unique aspects of The Vibes is the family-centered environment. As Ken Hays described, “Well in the early days all we needed for the Kid’s Corner was face painting, but these kids are now 15 and
Vibes. Aside from the obvious opportunity to hang out with and possibly be on stage with a lot of old friends, we also have a history with this festival that goes all the way back to the beginning.” That’s just the beginning of the giants playing The Vibes this year. The Black Crowes, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Dark Star Orchestra, The Roots, and Max Creek, who was one of the original performers at Deadhead Heaven. These are just a few of the great bands that will be playing this year. Not only should you be excited about the headlining acts this year, but there are tons of bands rising in the scene that are going to kill on the Green Stage. The Revivalists are one of the fastest growing bands in the festival scene. Groove Magazine did an article on them back in December. In 2012, they were the opening act for Gov’t Mule’s nationwide tour. The Revivalists bassist and Milford native George Geekas said, “If you would have told me five-years ago that I would be playing Vibes it would have made me laugh. Growing up in CT, this is one of the most exclusives gigs a musician can play, and I am so grateful to be a part of Vibes and hopefully for years to come.” Another band to look out for is Twiddle, which is a Vermont based quartet that blends jazz, bluegrass, funk, with a wonderful hint of reggae. Their complex rhythms mixed with their masterful improvisation will leave you begging for just one more tune. One of the new features this year, put into action by the will of the fans, is the Silent Disco, which will be performing on the beach until sunrise for two nights. They did this last year, but they had to add another
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Fairfield Theatre Company
Arch Street Tavern
263 Golden Hill St. (203) 576-1634
70 Sanford St 203-319-1404
85 Arch St. (860) 246-7610
Professional Non-profit organization produces quality musical theatre.
Klein Memorial Auditorium 910 Fairfield Ave. (800) 424-0160
The Klein holds 1400 and hosts some of the hottest acts out.
Two Boots 281 Fairfield Ave. (203) 331-1377
One of CT’s special venues in that it hosts national acts in an intimate environment. Stage One has a capacity around 200 to get a close up of bands on their way to stardom.
Hamden Park Central Tavern 1640 Whitney Ave. (203) 287-8887
Live music every Saturday night!
Lots of live music, including open mic Wednesdays and Indy Thursdays.
An all ages music and arts venue geared towards indie and local music for the younger crowd.
The Funky Monkey Café & Gallery 130 Elm St. Watch Factory Shoppes (203) 439-9161
Open six days a week with regular music and comedy acts.
295 Treadwell St. (203) 288-6400
The Outer Space 295 Treadwell St. (203) 288-6400
21+ affiliate to the Space that offers a huge beer selection and live music.
From Phish and Dead cover bands to bands on the rise, this is a great place to see a show. Huge selection of beers, wines and drinks to give you that nice buzz to accompany your dance moves.
Webster Theater 31 Webster St. (860) 525-5553
A smaller venue offering local underground music, as well as alternative/rock artists on their main stage.
Ledyard Foxwoods Resort and Casino 39 Norwich-Westerly Rd., Ledyard foxwoods.com
The MGM Grand Theater hosts national acts like Daryl Hall and John Oates. It’s got a good mellow vibe to escape the chaos of gambling right outside the doors.
17 Whitney Ave. (203) 773-1776
An Irish pub with a hearty menu that offers an assortment of live music.
BAR 254 Crown St. (203) 495-1111
Nightclub, bar and “bru room,” known for its warm atmosphere, pizza, craft beer and free Wednesday night indie rock shows.
Battell Chapel 400 College St. (203) 432-4158
An ancient chapel on Yale’s campus and home to choral and classical performances.
Black Bear Saloon 124 Temple St. (203) 562-2327
A charming bar that plays the hits with a live DJ and occasional live rock.
Vibin’ Vendors By Amy Nunes
very year during the last few days in July, it is impossible not to hear the “vibetribe” rocking out in Seaside Park to the Gathering of the Vibes’ impressive array of artists. Not as loud, but certainly just as significant is the alluring display of craft and food vendors spread throughout the festival. The Gathering of the Vibes receives hundreds of applications for possible vending spots every year. Several of the vendors have been with Vibes for many years and return again and again. To most of them, a Vibes appearance is a must for a successful and lucrative summer. “It is very important to us that vendors are experienced at handling crowds professionally and in a safe clean manner. It is a rigorous process to get accepted and hundreds of applicants don’t, as we just don’t have enough spots,” comments Nancy Serna, the Gathering of the Vibes Concessions Director. While boogying along the path of vendors, both food and craft offer enough assortments to satisfy even the choosiest shoppers and eaters. Whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, sweet tooth or carnivore, the Vibes food vendors will cater to your specific needs. The names attending the 2013 festival include New England Soft Serve, Ahli Baba, Cinnamon Bun, J & S, S&S, Southernmost Falafel, Jungle Juice, Asian Sensation, Dave Donuts, McDevitt Taco and Firehouse Pizza. Being a food vendor is a strict and unique process. Sales tax obedience as well as the adherence of strict policies is always a part of the picture. A long progression of review and contemplation of menus is also completed for each food
service company. There are refrigerators and freezer trucks on location all weekend. The full commercial supply company involved makes sure that all vendors are fully stocked and don’t run out of ingredients. The craft vendors do not disappoint on their end either. Offered by every music festival are the classic concert tees, handmade jewelry and tapestries. The Vibes craft vendors go above and beyond as they offer everything from homemade handbags, backpacks and vintage Grateful Dead memorabilia to beaded lighter cases and tobacco paraphernalia. Also adored by the public are henna tattoos and face painting. While walking through the festival, you will see many people wearing their newly purchased headscarf or band-tee. The craft vendors have always held reasonable prices for their merchandise. This is what keeps people buying and enjoying their family-friendly experience at this beloved festival. Gathering of the Vibes has carried a strong spirit forward by crafting wholly unique musical and vending experiences for people from far and wide. The folks who come to the Vibes annually, build and renew bonds of friendship to create a community. “The Vibes experience is all about Photos by Max Flatow the people. Families that come back From homemade salsa to vegan Mediter- year after year, they started single with their ranean food, there is something enjoyable friends, and the next year there are new for every Vibes-goer out there. Some deli- Vibes spouses and beautiful Vibes babies cious food choices include falafel, shrimp in tie-dye. It’s amazing to see the cycle and tacos, triple decker sandwiches, homemade the love and care that everyone shows to donuts, salads, jerry rolls, fried stuffed each other,” concluded Serna. Only when you venture deep into this wraps, pancakes, steak pita and Greek salad. Some beverages offered are milk- spectacular festival will you truly apprecishakes, soft serve, root beer floats, freshly ate all it has to offer. So by all means, on July 25th pull out your tie dye shirt, flower roasted coffee, and fruit smoothies. All the food needed for each food ven- headband and wander a little closer this dor is provided from a substantial food- time. You won’t be disappointed!
vendor along with insurance and health compliance. What is particularly interesting at the Vibes is that nothing is brought from the outside. With that said, all 15 food-vending booths cook and distribute fresh food on site for all four days. The Vibes take pride in their clean and efficient food service.
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268 College St. (203) 624-3250
“The musician’s living room.” A lovable dive with live music every night.
Cave A Vin 975 State St. (203) 777-6206
A wine and cheese bar where you can hang out on couches or at the bar and listen to jazz and acoustic music.
Elm Bar 372 Elm St. (475) 238-8529
The successor to Rudy’s, a similar ambiance of the bar and venue that was there for more than 70 years.
45 Crown St. (203) 785-0468
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Recording studio, bar, lounge and jazz venue with an intimate atmosphere that encourages artists to be creative.
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts 501 Crescent St. (203) 392-6154
Semi-regular scheduled acts open to the public at Southern Connecticut State University.
Lilly’s Pad at Toad’s Place 300 York St. (203) 624-TOAD
An intimate upstairs room at Toad’s that offers live smooth jazz every Monday along with other local and touring acts.
Historic cigar bar and blues venue with old-world charm that offers live jazz every Tuesday and Wednesday.
Shubert Theater 247 College St. (203) 562-5666
Non profit performing arts theater that produces everything from plays, musicals, live rock, and classical.
Sprague Memorial Hall 470 College St. (203) 432-4158
Concert Hall on Yale’s campus that features Yale School of Music Concerts.
Stella Blues 204 Crown St. (203) 752-9764
A bar and local rock/jam band venue popular with New Haven’s singles crowd. Live music seven days a week.
Toad’s Place 300 York St. (203) 624-TOAD
Historic all genre concert venue with many weekly/monthly acts and Saturday night dance parties. Dylan and the Stones have played here.
Wicked Wolf Tavern 144 Temple St. (203) 752-0450
DJ based dance club. Plenty of space to enjoy your drinks and move around with their spacious rooms.
Yale Institute of Sacred Music Neighborhood Music School 100 Audubon St. (203) 624-5189
Hosts jazz, classical and pops concerts put on by the school’s students and faculty.
New Haven Symphony Orchestra (203) 865-0831
Choirs, organ music and anything else that might sound good in a church. Concerts are produced at various venues around New Haven.
Yale School of Music 470 College St. (203) 432-4155
Performances at Woolsey Hall and around the state.
Weekly classical music with elegant performances of students, in addition to classical and jazz acts.
Olde School Saloon & Bistro
418 State St. (203) 772-0544
A bar and restaurant with a diverse lineup of bands, as well as open jams (Sundays) and karaoke nights (Tuesdays).
409 Prospect St. (203) 432-5180
Playbook Sports Bar & Grille 425 Washington Ave. (203) 239-6042
Sports bar that offers events, comedy nights, and live bands every Friday.
If You Missed This Band, You Are Dumb:
A Gentle Manifesto
By Ryan Sartor
Signed to Merge Records in 2011, Hospitality is the real deal. They can be a bit underwhelming on record, but their powerful live show compels a renewed appreciation for their self-titled debut LP (named one of the best 50 albums of 2012 by Rolling Stone. (I don’t read Rolling Stone, but I thought you’d like that, dummy), as well as their overall potential as a band. When they performed at BAR, for instance, singer/guitarist Amber Papini was more forceful and compelling on-stage than one might imagine based on her vocals. A look in Papini’s eyes lets concertgoers know that it would be best not to trifle with her. The band’s music is subtle without being vague, performing songs that act as primers, allowing multiple spins and layers of
interpretation. The band burned through their brief catalog in fifty minutes, playing a number of new songs, tunes that expanded their sound in subtle ways, similar to the approach Vampire Weekend took with their second LP, taking a step forward without rocking the boat. Throughout the show, it became clear that Hospitality is cultivating a signature sound. Ultimately, all a band can hope for is to be unique and add something to the musical conversation that other artists haven’t touched. In their own, modest way, Hospitality is staking out their area in the sandbox. Hospitality’s live show is so much fun that it’s difficult not to linger on how polite they sometimes sound on wax. Here’s hoping an in-studio producer can capture their Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford sound properly on the inevitable second record. The crowd at BAR was almost unanimously respectful during the band’s few low-key numbers, though it’s always annoying to hear a few people chattering during a band’s performance, especially at a venue like BAR, where one can walk fifty yards and have a conversation next to the pool table. The band got looser, more comfortable as the set went along, as did the audience-clapping, dancing, and drinking. There’s something to be said for being a hard-working, gimmick-free hard-pop band. The members of Hospitality seem to wash their clothes, shave their faces and play great music. Here’s hoping they come back to New Haven and do it again soon. Don’t miss them when they do, or else you will still be dumb.
very once in a while, a band comes through New Haven that you think is missable. According to you, it’s no big deal to skip out on the show and head over to Karaoke Heroes where you sing “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift because you think it’s a crowd-pleaser, but forget that. you’re not drunk enough to please anyone. Several years later, when you are lit up enough to perform Taylor Swift’s new single “Your Love Is a Memory (Nick Carter’s Son, Wick Carter, You Never Should Have Dumped Me),” you will look at your new iPhone and see that Haliburton Presents Pitchfork has given the band’s new album a 10.0 and realize that just a few years earlier, you could have been witness to one of their early shows at Café Nine for $8 or BAR for free or in your buddy Karl’s basement for the price of a conversation with his Mom about her bunion. One such band is Hospitality. They opened for Wild Flag at Toad’s Place in 2012. They headlined a show at BAR in 2013 and in two years, they’re going to be passing through Southern Connecticut on their way to an NYC or Boston show, saying, “Man, I hope Karl’s mom took care of that bunion.” If you have never seen Hospitality perform live, you are a dumb person. You may be a very intelligent individual in most every other respect: perhaps you went to Yale, maybe you’re a regular Donald Trump at Monopoly or making a fool out of yourself on national television, but if you’ve never seen Hospitality, it’s time for you to turn
off your Lumineers/Mumford & Sons/ Avett Brothers album and hear this with both ears: You are (and will continue to be) a buffoon. Let me tell you about this band for a minute, you idiot (Apologies to anyone reading this who have seen Hospitality live/Donald Trump, I hope we’re always cool):
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The Capitol Theatre
385 Boston Post Rd. (203) 298-0742
149 Westchester Ave (914) 937-4126
400 Hollister St. (203) 378-6886
A rustic Adirondack bar and grill with live music and karaoke night.
Orange Ale House 517 Boston Post Rd. (203) 795-0707
Recently reopened and renovated, the aura of Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker are still strong. With acts from Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, to moe., you need to make the trip to this historic venue.
In house DJ on Friday nights with live music on Saturday nights.
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Large, stadium seating theater that draws in acts from around the world.
Waterbury Palace Theatre 100 East Main St. (203) 346-2000
An ornate theater that hosts national musicians as well as Broadway musicals, operas and comedians.
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One of the oldest neighborhood bars in the country. Recent renovations and new owners have brought this classic spot back to its original glory. Featuring Karaoke on Wednesdays and live music Fridays and Saturdays
With national acts like Dave Matthews Band in the Mohegan Sun Arena, to the smaller artists playing the Wolf Den, you get it all here.Â
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Cherry Street Station 491 N. Cherry Street Ext. (203) 265-2902
A heavy metal bar located inside an old railroad station. Cheap beer and good times. Trains roar by every now and then.
Art gallery that also showcases local, mostly indie, musicians.
New England Brewing Company 7 Selden St (203) 387-2222
Last Friday of every month they fill the brewery with a killer rock band for $10.Â Its a beer guzzlin good time!
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Songstress in Stiletto Boots:
Meet Chenot Keith of Mission Zero cate and then they open their mouths and these grown-up, kick-ass, soulful voices come out. Eva Cassidy and Shirley Manson come to mind. But lately my strongest female icon is Sagit Shir from Hank & Cupcakes. We’ve played with them twice now and she astounds me. She never wastes an opportunity to engage her audience, and she’s just as comfortable and natural when she’s off-stage… I guess that probably sounds backwards, that I think someone should be as comfy off-stage as on, but I have a harder time being socially courageous when I’m not performing, and she seems fearless and genuine either way. I really admire her.
By Zoe Alexandra
Groove: Where does your musical talent come from? When did you first start playing music? Chenot: David and I grew up in a house that was filled with music. There would always be something playing on the stereo, or people coming over to sing and play guitar and piano with our mom, so it was completely natural that we both became musicians. There’s footage somewhere of us playing drums and piano together when we were really tiny... we just never stopped. Groove: What made you decide to start a band with your brother (David Keith)? How did Mission Zero come about? Chenot: Not to get all “little-sistery”, but David is one of the finest musicians I know. He’s a ridiculously gifted composer, and he has this voice that he can transform in a split second. He’s obviously a great drummer too, but David always contributes so much more musically to every band he’s in than just sitting in the back and hitting stuff. When I set out to start Mission Zero, there was no one else I wanted by my side. Maybe it’s because David and I understand each others’ musical sensibilities, or maybe because he’s so patient and kind, but we never fight, ever. I’ve never been happier to play music with anyone else. Which isn’t to say I don’t love
working with other musicians – New Haven especially is full of all these wonderful, incredibly talented people with whom we’ve been fortunate enough to play – but when I’m about to make some goofy inside joke, David’s already laughing before I even start saying it. Groove: In general, the music scene can be very male dominated so I love to see powerful women fronting bands that play good music. What female musicians have influenced you and which ones do you regularly listen to? Chenot: I’m kind of drawn to female singers who look deceptively deli-
Groove: You play light airy songs like When the Morning Comes which are reminiscent of Massive attack and Phantogram, keyboard ballads like Newport Bridge that bring to mind Tori Amos as well as heavier songs like Heavy Boots reminiscent of The Dead Weather. How would you classify the music that you play? Chenot: …Sorry, I’m still thinking about trying to smoosh Phantogram, The Dead Weather, Tori Amos and Massive Attack into one band. And I want to be that band! Argh, how good would that be?! Incidentally, I was watching The Dead Weather perform at Bonnaroo the very instant I decided I needed to quit my job and start the band that would become Mission Zero. It took me a couple years to quit the job but the band started up as soon as I got home. Groove: In your stage show you incorporate keyboards, laptop loops and synth pop sounds with occasional drumming (you have a drum that you play---besides the beats provided by David Keith) as well as effects pedals, all while singing. Is this hard to do? You make it look so effortless? Chenot: It’s tough when I wear the super-high boots! But it’s worth it. Check them out at: http://www.mission0.net
he New Haven scene can sometimes feel like a “boys club.” These days it is rare to find a female taking the lead. Enter, Chenot Keith, one half of the brother/ sister electro pop group, Mission 0, who is giving the boys club a run for their money, with her sultry voice (think Phantogram meets Tori Amos), tall stiletto boots, and Jane Mansfield meets Nico vibe. She is a class act, along with her amazingly talented brother David Keith (formerly of the Mighty Purple and Nightcrawler 1947). Groove gets the skinny on the group from Chenot herself.
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Step Inside with John Brown’s Body
By Pat Moore
here’s little doubt that when you think of summer, images of sundrenched beaches and music festivals come with it. If you find yourself at either, there’s a good chance that you’ll end up running into John Brown’s Body. JBB, as they are known to their fans, have been combining traditional roots, reggae and dub rhythms to create unique and enjoyable music going on 15 years. The band has seen several major overhauls over the years, some due to natural attrition, and others due to major life changing events. But whatever the reason, as time progresses, JBB’s sound only continues to develop and evolve. “I’m really happy with our sound right now,” declares Tommy Benedetti, drummer and founding member. This sound Benedetti is referring to can be described as hard, rich, crisp and complex, the foundation of which is anchored by Benedetti and bassist Nate Edgar. Guitar and keys round out the rhythm section, which ultimately leave plenty of room for their horn section, which Benedetti simply refers to as “huge.” This “huge” three-piece horn section has also seen several roster changes over the years, but has been fairly static since 2009. Specifically, Connecticut-native Drew Sayers (tenor and baritone sax), has been a fixture and major component of this horn section since April 2009. “I believe my first connection with the band came when I was living in Boston in the early 2000s and playing regularly at a club called Matt Murphy’s. It holds kind of a legendary status amongst musicians because it attracted so many great players at the time. I met [the late] Scott Palmer there, who was the former bass player for JBB, and we played in a few different projects together. I also inevi-
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tably crossed paths with drummer Tommy Benedetti and bassist Nate Edgar there as well, and through a strong musical bond with those guys, I was compelled to join JBB when the opportunity arose,” explains Sayers. But what has perhaps been among the most identifiable characteristics of JBB for many a year are the soaring vocals and intricate melodies of lead vocalist and primary songwriter, Elliot Martin. The depth, complexity and flat-out beauty which comprise Martin’s songs are on full display on their April 16 release, “Kings and Queens” on Easy Star Records, which debuted #1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts and #1 iTunes Reggae Charts. Martin’s and JBB’s style as whole is versatile enough to make you dance your ass off listening to one track (check “Step Inside”) and drift far away in daydreams of summers past (check “Deep Summer”) with another. In addition to “Kings and Queens,” JBB released a seven-track EP titled, “JBB in Dub” in October 2012. This release was
special to the band as it was the first time that they were able to bring some of the heavier dub explorations that has become a signature of JBB’s live experience to the studio. Couple this, with an intense touring schedule, and it’s safe to say JBB has been quite busy these last 12 months. While JBB is certainly a band that can be appreciated from the comfort of your home, car or office you must see them live. A typical show will start with the entire band sans Martin, blazing through any one of their now classic dub arrangements. While the instruments alone pumps enough energy to power a small town, the energy is kicked up tenfold when Martin makes it to the stage. At that point, they can move in any one of a number of directions. So whether you find yourself on the Cape or at a festival in upstate New York, or are lucky enough to catch them the next time they come through Toad’s, do your pleasure sensors a favor, join the party and “Step Inside.”
INTERVIEW ON The Green Name: Neville Wisdom, 41 Occupation: Fashion Designer
Where are you from originally? Windsor Castle, St. Mary, Jamaica Do you live/work in New Haven? Yes, I own a store on 63 Orange Street called Neville’s Fashion Design Studio.
Where does your passion for fashion stem from and how did you make your dreams a reality? After moving to the States, I worked for 7 years at Yale as a surgical technician; while I was making good money I was not truly happy because I missed my passion. I decided to quit my job and put all of my savings into opening Neville’s Fashion Design Studio, which started out in Westville 5 years ago and relocated a year ago to 63 Orange Street. How would you describe your style as a designer? My work definitely has a classic feel with a modern sophisticated take. I design for all ages – my customer base is anywhere from teenagers to women in their late 70s. My style has been described as preppy ragamuffin because it’s refined with a funky edge to it. Where, would you say is you favorite place in New Haven? My studio – I am here everyday for the majority of the day – many days I work late and end up crashing on the couch here. I designed the layout and the flow of the space and it really personifies my aesthetic and me.
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What type of music do you enjoy to listen to? I like all types of music – you can hear all different genres coming from the shop on any given day. But my favorites are reggae, jazz, old school r&b, hip-hop & alternative music. What is your most recent project? A few weeks ago I curated Project Style to benefit Liberty Community Services at the New Haven Lawn Club. It was an awesome fashion show that showcased my designs as well as the designs of local aspiring fashion designers by having local businesswomen as well as models walk the runway. What are you most looking forward to this spring? I cannot wait to see how the public receives my new spring line that is in the shop. I love to see how all-different types of women fit the clothing as well as their reaction to it. Is there a creative medium that you would love to pursue but haven’t yet? I would love to put out a men’s line in my new location. I am a very strong menswear designer and currently only make clothes for myself. I want to put out something new and different for men to choose from – something funky & fresh!
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