Amanda Kaletsky, with Dee Ginicola and Beach Avenue
8 p.m., Sept. 21, $10. The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Building G, Hamden, (203) 288-6400, theouterspace.net.
Growing up in a small town, in a fairly small state, it's easy to get the itch to seek out a bigger pond for your little fish to make a splash in. This is not the case for Connecticut native Amanda Kaletsky. Musically inclined since her early years growing up in Bethany, Kaletsky began playing violin very young and started singing, learning other instruments and writing on her own after not too long. "The first time I performed solo was in first grade. I have no memory of this whatsoever," she says. As she got older, she started asking her parents for permission to play local coffee shops and open mics.
While in college in Delaware, she began performing full time, and ended up meeting the people who would help launch her career. "That's when I recorded my first CD. I met most of the people who helped get me on my feet," she says. But since home is where the heart is, Kaletsky moved back to the Nutmeg state after graduation. "I knew I wanted to come back up to this area and be in close proximity to New York," she says. "If I [grew up] in Kansas I might have gone to a bigger city" to further her career, she says. And paying her dues around Connecticut helped her out big time.
In 2008, Kaletsky entered a contest to open for Coldplay in Hartford, and won. "They did it in five cities around the country, and if I'd done it in a city I didn't grow up in, it might not have happened," she says. "When you grow up in one place, you have to pay your dues. You have to give credit to the people who raised you," she says. "We had so many people in the audience that night that I knew; friends and family and people who supported me ... It was incredible. Here I am opening for Coldplay in an arena I grew up going to," she says.
Luckily for us, Kaletsky is still performing around Connecticut, including a date at the Outer Space on Sept. 21. It's the perfect spot to see her perform, as it's small and intimate. The majority of her most recent record Without You, released late last year, centers on love and loss. Kaletsky accompanies herself on keyboard and guitar, adding to the passion of her singing. "It's gonna be a really good show," she says.
As for what's on the horizon, Kaletsky says that now that she's crossed a couple big things off her bucket list, she's ready to go with the flow and see where the ride takes her. In addition to shooting a new music video, she's been working with MTV and some major networks on licensing her songs to appear on TV shows. "I'd love to do more with that, I'd love to see where it goes," she says. Hopefully she'll keep Connecticut a permanent stop on her journey.