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 Bully Improv joins RTR to Celebrate 9 Years Tea and Community!
 
As The Random Tea Room celebrates it’s 9 Year Anniversary you are cordially invited to an evening of elegance, genteel competition, and hilarity hosted by local comedy duo Bully! [https://www.facebook.com/BullyImprov/]
 
This vaudeville-style comedy duo stars eccentric self-proclaimed comedy socialites James Duckworth (Quinton J. Alexander) and Natalie Birdweather (Libby Reindell). With their vintage style and improvised comedy antics they have entertained audiences all over the city at various venues, festivals, and private events as well as hosting their own monthly show Two Person Circus.
 
On Thursday February 23rd at 7pm the sharply dressed duo will entertain guests at The Random Tea Room with comedic skits, Victorian era parlor games, tarot card readings, and more! This event is open to the public so if you’re in the mood for laughs to warm you up along with your tea we’d love to see you!”
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Andy McLeod Album Release Concert with Todd Fausnacht

Please join us for an evening of guitar music to mark the release of Andy McLeod’s second album, “In the Light of the Day.” The album combines solo guitar composition with Appalachian string band tunes, ragtime, and American folk, and serves as a strong expression of the collaborative nature of Philadelphia based independent music.
Saturday March 11th
There is a suggested donation of $5-10
Doors at 7, show at 7:30
All agesAndy will be joined by Todd Fausnacht, a singer/songwrited based in Philadelphia who collaborated both musically and in the production of Andy’s new album. Todd performs with the The Snails, solo, and with the West Kensingtons, among other projects.Andy McLeod is a musician and visual artist currently living in Philadelphia. Inspired by the work of Jack Rose and Pelt, Fahey and Delta Blues, he taught himself how to play finger style guitar in open tuning and experimented with mixing it with drones and contemporary psychedelic music. His new album “In the Light of the Day” includes original guitar compositions and further explorations of Appalachian string-band music.
https://andymcleod.bandcamp.com/

Whatever muse inspires Todd Fausnacht to pen his blue notes, she overshot by about two generations. Fausnacht is an echo chamber of the early twentieth century whose soulful blues ballads and front porch country toe­tappers kick up a Dust Bowl nostalgia the size of Oklahoma. The sound is Americana through and through, drawing from the blues of Blind Willie McTell and Lightnin’ Hopkins, the twangs of Woody Guthrie and Merle Travis, and the souls of Dylan and the Beats (Ginsberg, Kerouac, that bunch). But you don’t have to take this humble biographer’s word for it. Fausnacht fills in the ranks of the Philadelphia Folksong Society and has graced the stages of the prestigious Philadelphia Folk Festival and XPN’s State Street Blues Stroll. Take a listen. But whatever you do, take your beaten soul with you.
https://toddfausnacht.bandcamp.com/

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Random Concerts: Elison Jackson & Brother Darkly

Elison Jackson is a garage–folk/ psychedelic rock band from Philadelphia, PA & New Haven, CT. The band has put out three records and several bedroom-demo mix-tapes since 2011. Their third LP, “Do Not Fear To Kill A Dead Man”, was released in the fall of 2013 to critical acclaim. Featuring basement organs, haunted lyrics and Neil Young-esque guitar jams, their sound has expanded significantly from its folk roots, moving forward with a strong foundation into blues, 80’s analog synth, and prog-rock. Their newest record, a 5-song collection titled “Silver Sounds: Hallucinations”, takes a step further in the band’s sonic progression. Heavier drums, driving synth, and atmospheric bowed upright bass fill out the songs in a way the band has never achieved before.
 
Saturday April 22nd
There is a suggested donation of $5-10
Doors at 7, show at 7:30
All ages
 
Staying busy since their beginnings in 2010, Elison Jackson has emerged as one of the most consistent and unique bands in CT. Sharing the stage with Elvis Perkins, Akron/Family, Mystic Braves, Simone Felice and other like-minded contemporaries, the band has built a loyal following in CT and beyond. Primary songwriter and singer Sam Perduta currently resides in Philadelphia, PA, after living and basing the band out of New Haven from 2012-2015. They are currently in the studio recording a follow up at the infamous “Blazone” in New Haven, CT, and steadily releasing home recordings and demos.
 
“Elison Jackson has added an extra layer to their already psychedelic sound by dropping a record that resembles a psychedelic experience in of itself” – The Deli Magazine
 
“..evokes sepia tacked imaginary, the drawers of memory materialize in present as a mysterious revenant….as if “Time Out Of Mind” was recorded by a band of twenty-somethings in a garage: lucid madness”- Gabriele Benzing, OndaRock Italy
 
“With two solid full-length albums and a handful of EPs and singles now to their credit, Elison Jackson has established itself as one of Connecticut’s most consistently interesting young bands. Their most recent LP, last fall’s “Do Not Fear to Kill a Dead Man” (Telegraph Recording Company), is an assured nine-song collection of rootsy rock songs…”- Rolling Stone contributor Eric Danton, Listen Dammit
 
“Elison Jackson comes across as being possessed with an inherent wisdom bound by some ancient knowledge capable of evoking eerie comfort from shaking hands with the vague and wistful memories of lives past.” – Drop Zone LA
 
Brother Darkly:
Brother Darkly is the solo project of Hanging Hills frontman, Gregory W. Dyson.

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