Vance Gilbert / Anne Marie Menta with Dick Neal

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Cafe 9, 250 State Street, New Haven

Doors: 7pm | Show: 8pm “If Joni Mitchell and Richie Havens had a love child, with Rodney Dangerfield as the midwife, the results might have been something close to the great Vance Gilbert.” As the above quote from Richmond magazine suggests, Vance Gilbert defies stereotypes. It’s little wonder then that he also exceeds expectations. In this case, those two qualities go hand in hand. “I’m black, I sing, I play an acoustic guitar, and I don’t play the blues,” Gilbert insists. That may be a broad statement, but it rings with truth. What he does do is make memorable music, as evidenced by the 13 albums he’s released so far, as well as the mark he’s made on the folk and acoustic music scenes in general. Over the course of a prolific career that extends back to the early ’90s, he’s recorded with his good friend Ellis Paul and shared stages worldwide with Aretha Franklin, Shawn Colvin, Arlo Guthrie, the Milk Carton Kids, George Carlin (150+ shows), Anita Baker, the Subdudes, Paul Reiser and any number of others.

Anne Marie Menta is a long-time favorite New Haven singer-songwriter who has been writing songs since she was a teenager and has released four albums, including her 2020 collection “Sky Tonight.” Menta’s tunes are moving song memoirs where autobiography meets storytelling, the personal meets the universal, childhood haunts adulthood, love meets loneliness, and friends and family embrace love.

“Sky Tonight”…. Anne Marie crafts these exquisite songs directly from the heart, with truthful lyrics and unforgettable melodies that reach out and wrap their loving arms around you. A must listen! “– Sloan Wainwright

Performing with Anne Marie will be CT’s legendary producer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Richard Neal. video link “Do I Know How”

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