Anne Marie Menta and Lauren Agnelli in Concert
January 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$15.
Anne Marie Menta is a longtime favorite songwriter from New Haven, CT who has just released her fourth recording, “Sky Tonight.” The new tunes are moving song memoirs where autobiography meets storytelling, the personal meets the universal, and friends and family embrace love. Appearing with Anne Marie will be Bob Csugie on bass and Cadence Carroll on harmonies.
Anne Marie hails from New Haven, CT, where she has been a long-time favorite singer/songwriter. She comes from a family of three brothers where playing and listening to music was their greatest passion.
Her songs range stylistically from contemporary folk, Americana, acoustic pop, country, and folk-rock, all featuring her warm vocals and solid guitar. The tunes reflect her wide influences and devotion to Joni Mitchell, Rosanne Cash, Emmy Lou Harris, Lucinda Williams, and Mary Chapin Carpenter, to name a few.
The songs touch on the usual themes of love, life, and loss, but they deliver the listener to the not-so-usual place of recognition, empathy, solace and hope. Anne Marie pairs her poignant lyrics with catchy melodies to create moving song memoirs. Equally melodic and lyrically driven, the songs might be described as autobiographical meets storytelling, personal meets universal, childhood meets adulthood, love meets loneliness, family embraces family, friends share love.
Anne Marie has opened for artists such as Richard Shindell, The Kennedys, Cheryl Wheeler, Sally Barris, Eddie from Ohio and Linda McRae, and has been a featured performer at the CT Folk Festival in New Haven, CT. She was a finalist in the 2004 South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter competition, and a showcase artist at NERFA (New England Regional Folk Alliance.)
In 1998, she released her debut album “Untried & True”, followed by “When the Love Ran Deep” in 2004, and “Seven Secrets” in 2009. Her fourth collection, “Sky Tonight” is in production and slated for release in fall 2019.
“Mother Maybelle Carter meets Chrissie Hynde” in this eclectic ex-Washington Square. Her country-folk-rock-pop originals are at once classic, fresh, and catchy. As a songwriting musician, Lauren Agnelli has explored the many facets of American popular music throughout her wide-ranging career, writing and co-writing hundreds of songs, recording dozens of cds. In her home town of Chester, CT, Lauren writes and performs with the Small Town Concert Series that she co-founded with her husband, Matthew Male, in 2007. She also performs solo, with or without violinist Dana Takaki or with co-writer Dave Rave, and with Connecticut’s Amalgamated Muck, an Americana Music (roots/country/folk) group whose first release, The New Leisure Class, debuted in spring 2012.
Lauren’s quite a Renaissance Woman of music. She began her musical and writing career in NYC in the late ‘70’s working for the Village Voice and Creem Magazine as rock writer Trixie A. Balm. She was called “the downtown Joyce Maynard,” and wrote about the burgeoning New York rock scene and other concerns close to her heart. . .
She helped ignite an 80s folk revival with the Grammy-nominated Washington Squares. The three Squares albums are available on iTunes, were voted top ten new acts of 1987 by ROLLING STONE, and CREEM MAGAZINE, toured with the Beach Boys, Peter Paul & Mary and many others. Their political views (extreme left) were tempered by very entertaining shows and a smart, endearing sense of humor.