Friday, May 5th
Maple Mars and The Shellye Valauskas Experience
Presented by: The Outer Space
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- Tickets at Door
- Cover: $7.00
- Advance: $7.00
- Doors Open: 5:00PM
- Music Starts: 10:00PM
Arriving by time machine from the psychedelic era Maple Mars landed on the Los Angeles pop scene with a multi-colored bang! Fronted by ex-Double Naught Spies singer-songwriter Rick Hromadka, this venerable psychedelic pop/rock outfit has released four albums to rave reviews featured in industry mags such as Billboard, Album Network, Mojo, Hits Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and many online publications. The band has toured both coasts and Europe, and opened for bands as diverse as the Silver Sun Pickups, The Tubes, and the Lemonheads. Drummer Ron Pak, guitarist Steve Berns, and bassist Jeff Legore are the travelers who, along with Rick Hromadka, who is also a three time Emmy winning sound designer, have taken their influences to new territories as shown in their latest video “Starting Over (Again)” which was directed by Mark Helfrich (Dandy Warhols). Maple Mars’s music has been featured in several films and TV shows like ER, Third Watch, Felicity, and Friday Night Lights. Coming to a planet near you!
The Shellye Valauskas Experience
Full of catchy rhythms and hooks, The Shellye Valauskas Experience is an up-for-anything pop band. By the time she formed the band, vocalist/guitarist Shellye Valauskas was an established solo performer, winning the New Haven Advocate’s Grand Band Slam readers’ poll and rating a slot in New York’s CMJ Marathon several years in a row. As her songwriting collaborator and bandmate, she enlisted ace guitarist/Producer Dean Falcone, who’s served the Connecticut music scene since the early ’80s with Jon Brion in The Excerpts, 100 Faces and many others has recorded with Aimee Mann, Norah Jones, Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles), Brian May (Queen) Neko Case, The Posies and many others. Valauskas and Falcone’s shared love for the intelligent, heartwarming yet punchy pop of Crowded House, The Posies and Aimee Mann, as well as the burgeoning Americana movement, helped them nail a distinctive yet accessible radio-friendly sound from the start. In its native Connecticut, the band is as comfortable at major outdoor festivals such as the Meriden Daffodil Festival or New Haven’s Ideat Village as they are music-friendly bars like Café Nine and The Outer Space. They have shared the stage with such notable performers as Todd Rundgren, Melissa Ferrick, Ivy, Patty Griffin, Kristin Hersh, Pat Benatar, Amy Rigby, Mike Viola, Shane Nicholson, The Posies and Mary Lou Lord. In 2002 the band released their debut CD entitled The Stupid Truth which was well received by music critics and fans. The New Haven release party for the cd was a sold-out success and the album is currently receiving airplay on college stations throughout the tri-state area. 2008 brought the release of Box it Up which quickly gained the respect of local critics and fans alike. The EP was named one of the top 10 best local releases in the yearly round-up of both the New Haven Register and the local arts paper, The New Haven Advocate. They are currently working on a new album called “History of Panic “to be released in the spring of 2017!