Although Infinity Music Hall & Bistro’s new venue in Hartford won’t open until this summer, one local band found itself headlining in the space Sunday morning.
But “Wise Old Moon” was there for the cameras, not an audience.
The Hartford folk rock group performed in the first of a handful of music videos that are expected to be shot in the space in Front Street’s entertainment district over the next couple of months. The idea is to show the progression of construction, leading up an expected opening in June or July.
“We are a music venue,” Mary Ann Clerkin, Infinity Hall’s marketing manager, told me, “and what better way to show our progress than through music.”
Clerkin asked me not to film the performance because it would take away from the debut of the Infinity Hall video, which will be posted on YouTube in a couple of weeks.
Other bands will be featured in future videos, Clerkin said.
Learn more here about Infinity Hall’s Hartford project and see a video of founder Dan Hincks.
“Wise Old Moon” won an “open mic” competition in December at Infinity Hall’s flagship venue in Norfolk. Connor Millican, one of the band’s three members, also has a fledgling video production business IdleWilde Creations — and so, the idea for the music video series was born.
Sunday morning, Millican and fellow band members, Corey Pane and Christian Schrader — all graduates of Conard High School in West Hartford — set up their instruments on what will be the mezzanine level, the main performance stage down below them.
One camera was attached to arm of a swinging boom. Another was positioned on a stationary tripod. A third was operated by a videographer moving around the space. A photographic umbrella diffused lighting.
When filming begins, the group performs “Livin’ Ain’t Easy” with Millican on vocals and acoustical guitar; Pane on snare drum and suitcase doubling as a kick drum; and Schrader on vocals and violin.
Wise Old Moon, which takes its name from the lyrics in one of its original songs, welcomes the opportunity to perform.
“It’s a big deal not only for us but for the community around Hartford,” Millican said. “I can’t imagine what they will be doing five years from now.”
Hear Wise Old Moon perform at Infinity Hall in Norfolk in December: