Elisa Flynn
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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.

She has played regularly at many venues in NYC, including the Sidewalk Café, Zebulon, Pete’s Candy Store, the Cake Shop, Spike Hill, Banjo Jim's, Small Beast at the Delancey, and at the acclaimed underground Picasso Machinery series. She has also played venues in CT, CA, MA, PA, and VT.

Previous shows:

2014
* 1/22/14
(The) Civil War(s) hosted by Elisa at The Way Station
*
3/22/14 All I've Got is a Photograph, hosted by Elisa at Cafe Nine, New Haven, CT


2013

 
 * 10/13/13 The Only Girl I Ever Loved Was Born with Roses in Her Eyes: History Songsˆ hosted by Elisa at The Way Station
 * 10/3/13 Ange Noir, Brooklyn, NY 
 * 8/25/13 Neverending Books with Mercy Choir and Lys Guillorn, New Haven, CT 
 *7/17/13 Duets hosted by Elisa at the Way Station, w/10 artists
 *7/1/13 Garbonzo Journal Zine launch party, Bethel, CT
 * 4/16/13 All I've Got is a Photograph: Songs & stories on found photographs, hosted by Elisa at the Way Station, w/10 artists
 * 2/23/13 Willimantic Records, Willimantic, CT with Da
mon & Naomi
 *1/15/13 Kill and Kill Again: A Nite of Murder Ballads, hosted by Elisa at The Way Station, Brooklyn, w/14 artists

2012

   *12/19/12 Way Station, Brooklyn, NY 
   *11/30/12 Anthology of American Folk Music Night, hosted by Elisa, at Cafe Nine, New Haven, CT

   *9/18/12 Anthology of American Folk Music Night, hosted by Elisa, at The Way Station, Brooklyn, NY, featured 12 artists, each    
                  covering 2 songs from the AAFM
   * 8/5/12 Zirzamin, NY, NY
   * 7/9/12 Pete's Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY
   * 6/21/12 Make Music NY Day!
   * 6/4/12   Zirzamin, New York, NY 
   * 5/26/12 Acousti-than! at Bar 82, New York, NY
   * 4/21/12 Record Store Day, Gerosa Records, Brookfield, CT
   * 4/15/12 Roots Music Hall (opening for Melissa Ferrick), Hartford, CT
   * 4/09/12 Small Beast at the Delancey, New York, NY
   * 3/10/12 The Way Station, Brooklyn, NY
   * 1/12/12 Rabbit Tales at Rabbit Hole Studios, Brooklyn, NY

2011

   * 11/25/11 Trash American Style Anniversary show, Danbury, CT

   * 11/9/11 Bar 82 Acoustithan!, New York, NY

    * 11/2/11 The Way Station, Brooklyn, NY  

      * 10/5/11 Bar, New Haven, CT

    * 8/9/11 The Way Station, Brooklyn, NY

    *  8/1/11 Small Beast at the Delancey, NY, NY

    *  7/1/11 Banjo Jim's, NY, NY

    *   6/9/11 The Way Station, Brooklyn, NY

    *   5/26/11 Banjo Jims, NY, NY 

    *   4/14/11 Zebulon, Brooklyn, NY 

    *   3/11/11 Sugar Lounge, Brooklyn, NY

    *   2/8/11 Cafe Nine, New Haven, CT

2010 

    *  12/18/10 Neverending Books, New Haven, CT

    * 11/12/10 Lovin' Cup Cafe, Brooklyn, NY

    * 10/22/10  Building on Bond, Brooklyn, NY

    8/3/10 Pete's Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY

    * 6/25/10 Picasso Machinery, Brooklyn, NY

    *  6/19/10 Neverending Books, New Haven, CT

    *  4/19/10 Small Beast at the Delancey, NY, NY

    * 1/18/10 Small Beast at the Delancey, NY, NY

2009

    * 12/18/09 Roots Cafe, Brooklyn, NY

    * 12/3/09 Picasso Machinery, Brooklyn, NY

    * 10/10/09 Spotty Dog, Hudson, NY

    * 10/9/09 Radio Bean, Burlington, VT

    * 10/8/09 Plough & Stars, Cambridge, MA

    * 9/22/09 Googie's Lounge, NY, NY

    * 7/31/09 Songs from the Sofa, Books & Co, Hamden, CT

    * 7/14/09 Sidewalk Cafe, New York, NY

    * 6/29/09 Small Beast at the Delancey, New York, NY

    * 6/7/09 Spike Hill, Brooklyn, NY

    * 5/31/09 Jalopy, Brooklyn, NY

    * 5/16/09 Neverending Books, New Haven, CT

    * 5/9/09 Indie Music Night, Princeton, NJ

    * 5/8/09 The Fire, Philadelphia, PA

    * 4/18/09 Roots Cafe, Brooklyn, NY

    * 4/8/09 Sidewalk Cafe, New York, NY

    * 4/4/09 Buttonwood Tree, Middletown, CT

    * 3/13/09 Spotty Dog Books, Hudson, NY

    * 2/11/09 Resonance at Matchless, Brooklyn, NY

    * 2/1/09 Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco, CA

    * 1/16/09 Roots Cafe, Brooklyn, NY

2008

   * 12/10/08 - Sidewalk Cafe, NY, NY

    * 11/12/08 - Resonance at Pianos (Jezebel Music), NY, NY

    * 10/11/08 - Pianos Upstairs, NY, NY

    * 9/29/2008 - Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn, NY                      

    * 9/11/2008 - Sidewalk Cafe, NYC

    * 8/23/2008 - The Barn Show! S. Windsor, CT

    * 6/26/2008 - Freddy's Bar & Backroom, Brooklyn

    * 5/07/2008 - Jezebel Music's Resonance at Piano's, NY

    * 3/18/2008 - Union Hall, Brooklyn, NY

    * 3/8/2008 - Molten Java, Bethel, CT

2007

    * 12/17/2007 - Union Hall, Brooklyn, NY

    * 9/21/2007 - Spark Con (Berkeley Cafe), Raleigh, NC

    * 9/05/2007 - Trash Bar, Brooklyn, NY

    * 8/17/2007 - Banjo Jims, New York, NY

    * 7/19/2007 - Mo Pitkins, New York, NY

    * 6/6/2007 - Jezebel Songwriter's Showcase at Laila Lounge, Brooklyn

    * 5/12/07 - The Buttonwood Tree, Middletown, CT

    * 5/8/2007 - Trash Bar, Brooklyn, NY

    * 4/28/2007 - Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn

    * 4/7/2007 - Molten Java, Bethel, CT

    * 3/24/2007 - Kelly LeBrock Tribute nite at Cake Shop, NYC

    * 3/31/2007 - Lower East Side Girl's Club, NYC

    * 3/05/2007 - Googie's Lounge (The Living Room upstairs), NYC

    * 2/3/2007 - Jalopy, Brooklyn

    * 01/17/2007 - Trash Bar, Brooklyn

    * 01/06/2007 - Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn


2006

    * 12/18/2006 - Magnetic Field, Brooklyn

    * 11/29/2006 - Local Correspondents at Bar 4, Brooklyn

    * 11/06/2006- Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn

    * 10/15/2006 - Cake Shop, NYC

    * 09/15/2006 -  Freddys Bar, Brooklyn

    * 09/09/2006 - Barn Show! in S. Windsor, CT

    * 09/02/2006 - Songwriter's Exchange at Vox Pop, Brooklyn

    * 08/06/2006  - The Sidewalk Cafe, NYC

    * 08/02/2006  - The Baskethouse, at the Bitter End, NYC

    * 07/07/2006  - Piano's (Upstairs), NYC

    * 06/25/2006   - La Vernissagerie , at Naked Lunch, NYC

    * 06/23/2006   - Girlsalon (at the Brooklyn Lyceum)

    * 05/27/2006   - Freddy's Bar,  Brooklyn

    * 05/05/2006 - Javapalooza, Middlebury, CT

    * 04/19/2006 - Jezebel Music Songwriter's Showcase at Laila Lounge, Brooklyn

    * 04/05/2006  - 169 Bar, NYC

    * 03/04/2006  - Stain Bar, Brooklyn, CD release party

    * 11/02/2005 - 169 Bar, NYC

   *   09/06/2005  - The Sidewalk Café, NYC

 

These are all the solo shows I've played. Previously I played with the Happy Ending in NYC, Jargon Society in CT, and Freak Baby/Jet Jaguar in CT, and a few Bunny Brains shows, but we certainly don't need to go into that. I also briefly played guitar in the Shithouse Lillies, and keyboards in Bogs Visionary Orchestra.