Sea Rhapsody show anchors a night of tastings, tours

Above: the Stamford-based band Sea Rhapsody has a couple of performances scheduled this week, including one at Franklin Street Works on Thursday, Jan. 5, and one at Monster B’s Bar and Grille on Saturday, Jan. 7. The band’s members are, from left, Lee Gordon, Wade McManus, Joey Conti and Sam Enright. Contributed photo/Frank Conti

Stamford-based band Sea Rhapsody, an alternative rock band that recently released its self-titled debut album, will be performing at Franklin Street Works, Thursday, Jan. 5.

The band’s performance, which lasts from 6 to 7 p.m., will be part of a free evening of activities, including curator tours of the exhibition, “Slipstreams: Contemporary Artistic Practice and the Shaping of Time,” that is now on display in this gallery and café space.

For those 21 and older, there also will be a beer tasting from Bloomfield’s Thomas Hooker Brewing Co.

The evening, which will stretch from 5 to 9 p.m., is part of the new art space’s effort to provide original programming on Thursdays. Franklin Street Works, an art gallery and café that opened in Stamford in September, is hoping to serve as a venue for all manner of creative, experimental works and projects. So far, the gallery has welcomed site-specific performances, contemporary exhibitions and community gatherings.

In an interview last week, the members of Sea Rhapsody, which include Joey Conti, Sam Enright, Lee Gordon and Wade McManus, said they were looking forward to playing in their hometown, after a tour last summer brought them to venues across Fairfield and New Haven counties and New York City, including a couple of shows at The Bitter End.

Conti said it will give a chance for the band to highlight songs from their first album, as it came out after they had wrapped up the summer tour. He also hopes to perform some of the band’s new material.

“We are definitely evolving,” he said of the band, noting that all four are making efforts to constantly improve on their sound and musicianship. “We are very much invested in it.

Christina Hennessy