The Sweetback Sisters forge their own sound by delivering arrangements that combine the soul of classic ‘40s- and ‘50s-era country music with an undeniably contemporary edge. The rollicking country, swing, honky-tonk, and old-time music of Emily Miller (vocals, fiddle, guitar), Zara Bode (vocals, guitar), Stefan Amidon (drums, vocals), Jesse Milnes (fiddle, guitar, vocals), Ryan Hommel (electric guitar), and Peter Bitenc (acoustic bass) is as infectious as it is heartbreaking. Their charismatic charm harkens back to the golden era of both the silver screen cowgirl and the ersatz cowboy stars of local UHF TV kiddie shows.
Combining fiery fiddling, driving guitar, jaunty vocals, and the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a horn section, Elixir will perform an eclectic program of compelling music in this rare southern Vermont concert appearance. Drawing on fiddle repertoire from Quebec, Ireland, and New England, classic songs from the swing and jug band eras, and their own original compositions, Anna Patton (clarinet, vocals), Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Nils Fredland (trombone, vocals), Jesse Readlynn (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Owen Morrison (guitar, foot percussion) craft a unique sound. Elegant melodies evolve into raucous Dixieland horn riffs; orchestral harmonies, playful improvisations, and Motown, swing, and flamenco-inspired rhythms weave in and out of traditional jigs and reels.
Elixir has become one of the most exciting contra dance bands in the country, and the thrill of dance music is evident throughout their material.
Tickets for this concert are $16 for advance admission, $18 at the door. For information call (802) 387-0102 or (802) 254-9276. Advance tickets are available at www.nextstagearts.org.