News & Upcoming Events

Open Mic Night August 25th

August 25th  @  7 pm 

 Open Mic Night @ RVP Studios the best place for performers in New Haven County!

It’s Friday Open Mic Night!  BYO- Dinner, Snacks, Beverages! We love to share!
Fans & friends, make an evening of it. Share good times, great music, with some great people in a fun relaxed atmosphere. Perform on stage under the lights like a real rockstar!

OPEN MIC MONTHLY EDITED

Open to all ages- kids to adults! We have a great time!    $10 Door Charge.

RVP Studios Open Mic Night: is a safe, fun place for kids and adults to practice their performance skills. You get more comfortable every time you perform. Improve your confidence and network with other performers. Challenge yourself! Increase your creativity! You won’t find a more supportive audience than at the RVP-Performance Plus community!

Hosted by Sandy Connolly of the Sandy Connolly Band. All instruments and vocals welcome, all styles of music! Poetry readings and theater scenes welcome!

Any performer will tell you that you can practice for years in the comfort and privacy of your room, but it’s not until you take your act to a stage in front of live people that you’ll really hone your craft. If you’re not ready to book shows of your own, how can you get comfortable on a stage? Open mic events can solve the problem. Those who have come to RVP’s Open Mic consistently have seen great improvement in their performance skills. 

Here are 9 tips to rock open mic so you will be prepared to take the stage and get the most out of the experience.

1. Everyone at an open mic knows it’s an open mic. People there are not expecting a Lady Gaga production to walk through the door. They’re expecting a musician (or possibly a small group) to share some material that might be polished, or it might be the first time performed on a stage. Don’t stress about what people will think. They understand the spirit of the event.

2. Feel totally comfortable with your material. You’ll probably only have a few songs (many open mics are set by a song or time limit, usually about three songs), so make sure you’re putting your best foot forward. Just in case you get rattled on stage, make sure you know the tunes in and out.

3. Don’t stress about what to bring. Whoever is running the open mic will have equipment for you and they should be fully capable of setting you up with it. If you’ve never plugged in a guitar or sung into a microphone—don’t worry. They’ll make sure you do it right and that it sounds good.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask. Open mic beginners may think they are completely at the host’s mercy. Truth is, they’re hired to set you up and make you sound good. That said, if you can’t hear yourself, vocals are too loud, guitar is too quiet, whatever, by all means, tell them.

5. Don’t be afraid to trust. The host should understand their sound system very well, so trust that once you’re settled on stage they’re making it sound right out front. If you’re happy with what’s in your monitor sound, leave the rest to the sound guy.

6. Support other players. If you don’t want to be judged, don’t judge other people. Open mics are a place to try material you might not get to try on other stages. Celebrate the people who come to share their art.

7. Network. Open mics are musician hangouts—take advantage! If you’re looking to start a band or find musicians to see elsewhere, there’s a good chance they’ll be hanging out at an open mic.

8. Learn from the experience. Every time you walk away from an open mic, there is something to learn. How were you received? What feedback did people give you? Did you feel more comfortable? How did you compare with the other players? Honestly analyze the event to improve your performance next time.

9And finally, HAVE FUN! Open mics are meant, most of all, to be fun. Musicians get to mingle, everyone gets to play, and even if you have the biggest flub of all time—it’s all in the spirit of open mic. To take the stage at all is to win. Enjoy it, learn from the experience, and have a good time!

From MakingMusic, 2015

Summer Shows @ the CAVE

Summer Shows @ The CAVE 

All Ages Venue

For more information e-mail us at:
booking@performanceplusmusic.com

 $10 online  $15 at door

August 11 Mickey Rickshaw / Dagwood / The SadistsOK (punk) Tickets 6:30

August 18Bonsai Trees / The Stewart Dolly / A Matter of Fact / Perfume Department (alt rock) Tickets 6:30

August 19Before I Turn / Jynx / Shallow Views / The Days Ahead / The Epitome / Ellipses (metal) Tickets 7:30

August 23Dyne Side / Gutterlife / Neverkept / Caliway / Say What You Will Tickets  6:30

August 27 Mundy’s Bay / Pretty Lush / Mandala (alt rock) Tickets 6:00

 

 

Heavy Metal Showcase Thursday Aug. 17

Heavy Metal Showcase

Thursday, August 17 @ 7 pm

Tickets $10

Our Metal group is the only heavy metal band instruction option in New Haven County! And they Rock hard.
Come check them out at their showcase. Lots of kids graduating this year- looking for drummers, bass players, singers, keyboards! 

Heavy metal, rock music includes styles that are intense and powerful.  Developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, with roots in blues rock and psychedelic rock, heavy metal is arguably the most commercially successful genre of rock music.The bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. Bring your EAR PLUGS!

 

Performance Plus Bands Featured at JCC June 28th

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JCC Concert Series Featuring Performance Plus Bands!

June 28th 5 pm

Join us at 360 Amity Road for the FREE sum­mer music se­ries! The tunes kick off at 5 PM and are sure to have you danc­ing to the beats! Kosher BBQ from Abel’s Cater­ing will be avail­able for pur­chase. Event is BYOB.

June 28th features Performance Plus Music Bands!
Todd Grosberg hosting with Monday Night Performance Club (aka Lexi and the ‘rents)
and the Teen Rock Band!

RSVP

Metal Show 3/25/17

Metal Band: God of Nothing and Guests

@ RVP STUDIOS THE CAVE THEATER ON
March 25th 5 pm

 GOD OF NOTHING is a Down-Tempo Deathcore band from VA

Check out a review of their new song: Bridge Burner!

with IN HONOR OF  a hard-hitting Metalcore band based out of Southern Connecticut!

and  VALUES  Hardcore Metal from MA

also with:

  BEFORE I TURN  a CT Metal Band.

 Edorra  a Heavy Hardcore from Youngstown, Ohio. 

 Shots Fired   5 dudes + 1 bulldog. Mad sound. Made in CT.

Anarchy Inc. Slamming Death Metal from CT.

Ellipses a Metalcore  band from Litchfield, CT.

AT the CAVE Theater at RVP Studios

ALL AGES VENUE

$10 at the door 5 pm-7pm – after 7pm  $13

 

Open Mic Night Feb 24

February 24th 7 pm 

 Open Mic Night @ RVP Studios the best place for performers in New Haven County!

It’s Friday Open Mic Night!  BYO- Dinner, Snacks, Beverages! We love to share!
Fans & friends, make an evening of it. Share good times, great music, with some great people in a fun relaxed atmosphere. Perform on stage under the lights like a real rockstar! venuecopen mic_n

Open to all ages- kids to adults! We have a great time!    $10 Door Charge.

RVP Studios Open Mic Night:is a safe, fun place for kids and adults to practice their performance skills. You get more comfortable every time you perform. Improve your confidence and network with other performers. Challenge yourself! Increase your creativity! You won’t find a more supportive audience than at the RVP-Performance Plus community!

Hosted by Sandy Connolly of the Sandy Connolly Band. All instruments and vocals welcome, all styles of music! Poetry readings and theater scenes welcome!

Do you get nervous performing? We all do! The more you put yourself out there, the more comfortable you will become. The atmosphere is an inviting cafe type environment. You perform on stage with lights, mics, and our professional sound technicians will help you sound great!  Open Mic night is the last Friday of every month. Students who have come consistently have seen great improvement in their performance skills.  Here are a few of tips for getting the most of an open mic night: 

  • Challenge yourself. Play some untested new material or some that you think may need work. This isn’t a huge gig so make sure you use the experience as a chance to experiment a bit.
  • Try to be confident. Confidence comes across positively in your performance and interaction. If you are nervous or not confident, use this as a chance to practice faking it a little. You will soon see the benefits which will help you do it for real. 
  • Make sure you are well practiced. This is an obvious point but always make sure you have prepared well and know what you plan to do, even if it’s new ground for you.
  • Do some networking. Always be respectful of other performers and try to engage people involved in your local scene. It’s always good to know other local musicians as they can often get you gigs or help you out if a support act bails etc.
  • Make sure you introduce/sign off well. Expanding your fanbase is a core responsibility for any artist so make sure you introduce yourself clearly and tell people where to find your music to listen to/buy and how to interact with you online.

Rudiment Reinforcement Classes

February Drum Rudiment Reinforcement Classes 

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Next Class Friday Feb 24th with Karl Killer!

What are rudiments?

Rudiments are simply groups of notes/strokes that have a set pattern between the right and left hands, known as sticking patterns. These patterns form the basic building blocks of drumming. Rudiment Reinforcement is the key to success in this area of drumming.

Why should I take a drum rudiment reinforcement class?

Rudiment reinforcement is key to basic drumming skill.  A drummer without this skill may find their playing is somewhat limited compared to a drummer with good rudimental knowledge and ability. Rudiments also make valuable exercises for developing technique, speed and endurance.

Rudiments are also a great help in developing the weaker hand. Most right-handed drummers will find that their left hand is weaker in comparison to the right (the opposite is usually true for left-handed drummers). As most rudiments consist of alternating patterns and are usually required to sound as even as possible, this helps to develop both hands equally.

Many beginner drummers can feel overwhelmed when they begin to realize just how many rudimental possibilities there are and how long it might take to learn them. However, all rudiments are formed out of only three most basic rudimental groups – Single Strokes, Double Strokes and Flams. Under the expert guidance of Karl Killer you will quickly master these and be on your way to success!

 

Metal Heads Performance: Jan. 14th

Metal Heads Performance: January 14th 6:00

Monday Night Performance Club warm up band from 6-7 pm, Metal Heads, 7-9 pm

 Our heavy metal band! 

The new Performance Plus Band for our heaviest kids! (Ages 15 & up)

Metal Band

 

Metal Heads is the only heavy metal band instruction option in New Haven County!

Heavy metal, rock music includes styles that are intense and powerful.  Developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, with roots in blues rock and psychedelic rock, heavy metal is arguably the most commercially successful genre of rock music.The bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. Bring your EAR PLUGS!

Open Mic Night-Dec 30th @RVP Studios

 Open Mic Night – December 30th 6:30 pm

Celebrate (early) New Year’s With Us!

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 Open Mic Night @ RVP the best place for performers in New Haven County!

It’s Friday Open Mic Night!  BYO- Dinner, Snacks, Beverages! We love to share!
Fans & friends, make an evening of it. Share good times, great music, with some great people in a fun relaxed atmosphere. Open to all ages- kids to adults! We have a great time!

$10 Performers. Register in advance and get 2 free fan/friend tickets!  Attendees door charge $5.

RVP Studios Open Mic Night:is a safe, fun place for kids and adults to practice their performance skills. You get more comfortable every time you perform. Improve your confidence and network with other performers. Challenge yourself! Increase your creativity! You won’t find a more supportive audience than at the RVP-Performance Plus community!

Hosted by Sandy Connolly of the Sandy Connolly Band. All instruments and vocals welcome, all styles of music!

Do you get nervous performing? We all do! The more you put yourself out there, the more comfortable you will become. The atmosphere is an inviting cafe type environment. You perform on stage with lights, mics, and our professional sound technicians will help you sound great!  Open Mic night is the last Friday of every month. Students who have come consistently have seen great improvement in their performance skills.  Here are a few of tips for getting the most of an open mic night: 

  • Challenge yourself. Play some untested new material or some that you think may need work. This isn’t a huge gig so make sure you use the experience as a chance to experiment a bit.
  • Try to be confident. Confidence comes across positively in your performance and interaction. If you are nervous or not confident, use this as a chance to practice faking it a little. You will soon see the benefits which will help you do it for real. 
  • Make sure you are well practiced. This is an obvious point but always make sure you have prepared well and know what you plan to do, even if it’s new ground for you.
  • Do some networking. Always be respectful of other performers and try to engage people involved in your local scene. It’s always good to know other local musicians as they can often get you gigs or help you out if a support act bails etc.
  • Make sure you introduce/sign off well. Expanding your fanbase is a core responsibility for any artist so make sure you introduce yourself clearly and tell people where to find your music to listen to/buy and how to interact with you online.