Vance Gil­bert, Ven­tures in the city this week

New Haven Register (Sunday) (New Haven, CT) - - A+E - By Mark Zaret­sky mark.zaret­[email protected] hearst­medi­act.com

NEW HAVEN — This may be the first time that the names Vance Gil­bert and The Ven­tures have ever ap­peared to­gether in one sen­tence, but that’s just how lo­cal in­de­pen­dent pro­moter Fer­nando Pinto rolls.

So what do they have in com­mon?

Glo­ri­ously, both re­spected singer-song­writer Gil­bert and in­stru­men­tal and surfrock leg­ends The Ven­tures will be play­ing in New Haven this week — in both cases, brought to us all by Fer­nando Pinto Presents.

The short ver­sion is that Gil­bert (with opener Louise Mos­rie) will be at mAc­tiv­ity as part of Pinto’s East Rock Con­cert Se­ries to­day, while The Ven­tures (with open­ers The Zam­bo­nis) will be pre­sent­ing “A Very Ven­tures Christ­mas” at The State House on Fri­day.

Need to know more? Read on!

Vance Gil­bert, known for his live per­for­mances, has grown into a bit of a folk icon since first ap­pear­ing on the scene in Boston in the early ’90s.

A for­mer mul­ti­cul­tural arts teacher who grew up in the Philadel­phia area, Gil­bert orig­i­nally set out to be a jazz singer, but soon dis­cov­ered his affin­ity for the sto­ry­telling op­por­tu­ni­ties of acous­tic folk mu­sic.

Be­fore too long, Shawn Colvin in­vited him to be spe­cial guest on her Fat City tour. The rest is his­tory. Gil­bert now has 12 al­bums to his credit, in­clud­ing four for Philo/Rounder Records and a duo al­bum with friend El­lis Paul.

He even has a tune on a Grammy-nom­i­nated chil­dren’s al­bum.

Show­time is 7 p.m. Tick­ets are $20 in ad­vance, avail­able at mac­tiv­ity.com, or $25 at the door. mAc­tiv­ity is lo­cated at 285 Nicoll St.

The Ven­tures go beyond be­ing iconic. In fact, they are the best-sell­ing in­stru­men­tal band of all time, formed in Ta­coma, Wash­ing­ton, in 1958 — and still out on the road.

The list of songs they play — some by The Ven­tures, some cov­ers of songs by other groups that The Ven­tures long ago made their own — is so deeply em­bed­ded in our pop­u­lar cul­ture that you’re likely to know even the ones you don’t know the names of.

The Ven­tures charted 37 records and re­leased a stag­ger­ing num­ber of now-clas­sic tunes.

They in­clude “Walk, Don’t Run” — which sold two mil­lion copies — “Per­fidia,” “Lul­laby of the Leaves,” “Bull­dog,” “Driving Gui­tars,” “Surf Rider,” “Apache,” “Tequila,” “Pipe­line,” “Wipe Out,” “Out of Lim­its,” “Jour­ney to the Stars,” “Di­a­mond Head,” “Walk, Don’t Run ’64,” “Slaugh­ter on 10th Ave.,” and “Hawaii Five-O.”

Over many, many years, The Ven­tures have sold over 100 mil­lion records. They were in­ducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

Many peo­ple thought The Ven­tures were fi­nally through when they lost their long­time drum­mer, Mel Tay­lor, to cancer in 1996. But they re­turned with Tay­lor’s son, Leon Tay­lor, be­hind the kit and have sol­diered on.

The cur­rent ver­sion of the band no longer has any orig­i­nal mem­bers, but con­tinue to per­form in the spirit of the orig­i­nal band.

Show­time is 8 p.m. Tick­ets are $27.50 in ad­vance for stand­ing room or $37.50 in ad­vance for seat­ing, or $35 day-of-show for stand­ing. They are avail­able in ad­vance at state­house­p­re­sents.com. The State House is lo­cated at 310 State St.

BLUES ‘N’ BRISKET: Also at The State House is a new first-Sun­day-of-the­month “Blues ‘N’ Brisket” jam fea­tur­ing Pete Greco and some Texas-style bar­be­cue, be­gin­ning this af­ter­noon

MOVIE GUIDE & FAM­ILY RAT­INGS: from 4-7 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $5. In­for­ma­tion is at state­house­p­re­sents.com.

Tyler Size­more / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

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