In addition to their work as musicians, Damon & Naomi are the publishers of Exact Change, a small press dedicated to avant-garde literature and artists’ writings. Individually, Damon is a writer (books, blog, articles for Artforum and others), and Naomi is a visual artist (photography, video, and graphic design). - www.damonandnaomi.com
Elisa Flynn grew up in Yonkers, NY, and after taking years of classical piano lessons, discovered the Clash, and her life was changed forever. She decided it was her destiny to play punk rock guitar, but had no idea how. (This was illustrated in her role as a founding member of noise rockers the Bunny Brains.)
A few years later, she bought a $70 sparkly red Sears guitar in a run-down Main Street music shop, and began her musical career in 90’s Danbury, CT, a small city with a quirky local music scene. Learning as she went, she took up playing with a vengeance as a member of Freakbaby (later called Jet Jaguar), a roiling punk and free jazz-inspired combo, for 6 years.
After moving to Brooklyn, Elisa spent 2 years in the band The Happy Ending as a guitarist and singer, but when the band split up, she went solo. After taking voice lessons from Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), she took her stronger voice and headed out with an acoustic guitar and a suitcase full of effects pedals. Her first EP, "Dimestore Mary" came out in 2006, and was called a “collection of songs raw and rigid in execution,” by womenfolk.net, and americanauk.net said “the world needs more songs like this.” She released her first album, Songs About Birds & Ghosts, on her own Cat in a Dress Records. Recorded at Emandee Studio in Brooklyn by Mark Ospovat, it features Anders Griffen (who has worked with Jeff Lewis, Regina Spektor, Diane Cluck and many more) on drums, and Ospovat on bass. A new EP "19th Century Songs" has just been released, also featuring
Griffen and Ospovat. - www.elisaflynn.com
Free show with donations to the musicians encouraged.
1pm matinee on Saturday, March 23rd.
744 Main Street
Willimantic, CT 06226 USA
(entrance and parking are in the back of the building on Riverside Drive, near the railroad tracks)