PUTNEY- Twilight Music continues its ninth annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series with acoustic swing and alt gypsy jazz quartet Caravan of Thieves on Friday, August 19.
Caravan of Thieves features a high energy stage show, gypsy flavored songwriting, Beatlesque vocal harmonizing, and driving rhythms - an overall circus of sound. Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni (guitars, vocals), Ben Dean (violin), and Brian Anderson (acoustic bass) create fun yet elegant compositions that embody the spirit and swing of early gypsy jazz but with plenty of witty, inventive lyrics and vocal harmonies to serenade the listener. Fiery violin arrangements, thumping upright bass, and rhythmic acoustic guitar spanking counteract the sweet, melodic, harmonious male/female vocals of Fuzz and Carrie.
All concerts begin at 6:30 pm on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The concerts are free to the public. For information visit www.twilightmusic.org or call (802) 387-5772.
Bluegrass sets the rhythm at hall
JAMAICA- Local singer/songwriter Gene Morrison and Kellystand Bluegrass are thrilled to be part of the historic Jamaica Town Hall concert series with an appearance scheduled for Saturday, August 20, at 7 pm, at the Jamaica Town Hall on Route 30. Kellystand consists of Dave Arnold on mandolin, Tom Morris on banjo, Dave Howald on guitar, and special guests John Posey and Paul Bousquet.
Morrison, a Jamaica native, achieved international recognition with the release of his debut CD, “Looking Back” in 2010. “Looking Back” was awarded a four-star rating in Great Britain’s Maverick magazine. Reviewer Larry Kelly compared Morrison’s writing to that of Billy Joe Shaver and noted “Morrison’s music is an amalgam of country and bluegrass and his style of delivery should appeal to followers of both genres.”
Admission is $10 and the show begins at 7 pm.
The dulcimer is star of this show
WILMINGTON- On Saturday, August 20, at 7:30 pm, Memorial Hall Center for the Arts will present an evening in celebration of the dulcimer, the traditional American folk instrument, with award-winning duo Atwater-Donnelly, national champion Joe Collins, and the MacArthur family of Marlboro.
Atwater-Donnelly perform a unique and thrilling blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry. The highly-praised husband/wife duo blends gorgeous vocals with an astonishing array of instruments, including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, limberjack, mandolin, harmonica, feet, and more. They can be seen performing solo, as a duo or as part of the six-member old-time gospel band Jerimoth Hill.
The MacArthur family, is well-known throughout the northeast. Their concerts are musical explorations of rural life, adding contemporary compositions to traditional songs.
For ticket prices and reservations call the MHCA box office at (802) 464-8411. Memorial Hall Center for the Arts is an intimate venue, seating 299. This concert is general admission. For the complete 2011 season of events visit www.memhall.org. Memorial Hall Center for the Arts is located at 14 West Main Street.
Bach to bop
BENNINGTON- On Sunday, August 21, at 2 pm, pianist Gary Schmidt and saxophonist David Pate present a performance/lecture entitled “Bach to Bop.” Held at the Bennington Museum, this presentation explores the stylistic elements that define the music of Bach, Chopin, Debussy, and Gershwin, as well as the particular era of music these composers represent. The program will conclude with several jazz standards such as “Stella by Starlight,” “Moonlight in Vermont,” and selections by Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker. Admission to the concert is $10 at the door.
Schmidt is a classical and jazz pianist, as well as a composer and music theorist. Pate is a jazz saxophonist and composer from Tampa, FL, who is performing on tour throughout the northeast this summer. Schmidt and Pate have performed together during the past 30 years at various colleges and universities, in addition to the Carnegie Recital Hall.
The Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street. Visit www.benningtonmuseum.org or call (802) 447-1571 for more information.
Infectious rollicking country swing
PUTNEY- Twilight Music presents an evening of classic country, swing, honky-tonk, and old-time music with the Sweetback Sisters to celebrate the release of their new CD “Looking for a Fight,” at Next Stage on Sunday, August 21, at 7:30 pm. Emily Miller (vocals, fiddle, guitar) and Zara Bode (vocals, guitar) front the sextet, which also includes Stefan Amidon (drums, vocals), Jesse Milnes (fiddle, guitar, vocals), Ross “Rolling Thunder” Bellenoit (guitar, vocals), and Peter Bitenc (acoustic bass).
The rollicking country swing of the Sweetback Sisters is as infectious as it is heartbreaking. Bode and Miller’s harmonies have the power to make a new song seem as timeless as any classic country lament. Their repertoire combines the Sisters’ passions – country music from before they were born and new interpretations of those traditions – to create a fresh take on what it means to be country
The Sweetback Sisters’ high-energy stage show reveals the players’ deep roots in traditional American music while at the same time betraying their youth.
The Sweetback Sisters’ new CD “Looking For A Fight” showcases the band’s razor sharp musicianship, complex arrangements, and growing confidence as songwriters. On their second Signature Sounds release, the Sisters and their talented brothers continue to forge their own sound by delivering arrangements that combine the soul of classic Nashville with an undeniably contemporary edge.
Next Stage is located in the former United Church at 15 Kimball Hill. Tickets are $17 general and $15 students and seniors. For ticket reservations and information call (802) 254-9276.
The concert is presented in conjunction with Next Stage Arts Project. For more information visit www.thesweetbacksisters.com and www.twilightmusic.org.