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Jul
5
Fri
Cantrip
Jul 5 @ 7:30 pm
Cantrip @ Next Stage Arts | Putney | Vermont | United States

From the strong base of its Celtic roots, Cantrip branches out into the music of other European cultures. With swirling border pipes, raging fiddle, thunderous guitar, and three rich voices, Dan Houghton, Jon Bews, Eric McDonald, and Alasdair White take audiences on a cultural journey, putting their own spin on each musical style. Known for their innovative arrangements, high-energy songs and tunes, and dry wit, Cantrip has toured throughout Scotland and the US, expanding the boundaries of Celtic music along the way.

Cantrip sprung from a local music session in Edinburgh, Scotland over 20 years ago. The band name is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell or piece of mischief, and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in the quartet’s musical arrangements as well as the compelling potency of their musicianship. Dan Houghton (bagpipes, flutes, whistles, guitar, bouzouki vocals) has won the Scottish Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society Open Borderpipes and New Composition events, as well as the Maitre de Cornemuse at St. Chartier. Eric McDonald (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, vocals) found his way to traditional music through the rich music scene in Boston, and studies with guitarist/mandolinist John McGann and cellist Eugene Friesen at Berklee College of Music. A prize-winning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Jon Bews (fiddle, vocals) came to Scots music from a classical education by way of Goth rock, quickly becoming one of Edinburgh’s most in demand fiddlers. Alasdair White (fiddle) is widely regarded as one of the leading exponents of Scottish fiddle music touring, teaching, and performing with some of the best known names in Scottish, Irish, and Breton music on both sides of the Atlantic.

Co-presented with Twilight Music.

Jul
6
Sat
Bandwagon Summer Series: Bondeko
Jul 6 @ 6:00 pm
Bandwagon Summer Series: Bondeko @ Cooper Field | Putney | Vermont | United States

Bondeko is the unlikely collaboration of neighbors in Portland, Maine’s migrant community: an Albanian crooner, a Guinian drummer, a French singer-songwriter, a Latin musician from Texas…

The result is a mix of hypnotic Roma melodies, festive Cumbia rhythms, Malenke sing-alongs, and relentless Balkan tempos, peppered with heartwarming waltzes and maybe even a lullaby in Portunhol if the vibe is right.

Each performance is a celebration of the joy of working across cultures with bandmates you may not even share a language in common with. And the night is never complete without some audience participation!

Bondeko is proudly from Portland, Maine, proudly international and proudly multigenerational.

The Bandwagon Summer Series is a family-friendly outdoor cultural performance series running from early May through mid-October. 20 performances ranging from a diverse group of musical styles, circus arts, dance, and theater will take place at ballfields, farms, and parks throughout Windham County. Kids under 12 always get in for free, and a dedicated play area will be available at all shows. Refreshments are sold onsite, including the return of the hugely popular Barr Hill cocktails. Bring a picnic and a blanket or fold-up chair to enjoy our concerts.

Jul
10
Wed
Crêpe Night Supporting Vermont Insight Meditation Center
Jul 10 @ 5:30 pm
Crêpe Night Supporting Vermont Insight Meditation Center @ Scott Farm | Dummerston | Vermont | United States

These seasonal monthly gatherings, held the second Wednesday of each month at Scott Farm from May through September, are times to celebrate the harvest, good simple food, and community in a stunning setting – picnic style. Outdoor and indoor tables and chairs are provided as well as a sprawling grassy hillside ripe for picnic blankets, folding lawn chairs, and bare feet. Each month is co-hosted by a different local non-profit who benefits from the evening’s proceeds. Local music adds to the ambiance.

This month we support Vermont Insight Meditation Center.

NXT Rockumentary Film Series: Marley (2012)
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm
NXT Rockumentary Film Series: Marley (2012) @ Next Stage Arts | Putney | Vermont | United States

The life story of musician, revolutionary and legend Bob Marley, from the early days to international superstardom. Features rare footage, performances and interviews.

Co-presented with Next Chapter Records.

Jul
13
Sat
Bandwagon Summer Series: Villalobos Brothers
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm
Bandwagon Summer Series: Villalobos Brothers @ The Putney Inn Field

The Villalobos Brothers are a GRAMMY-Award-winning family band, recognized as one of the foremost Contemporary Mexican ensembles in the world. With their unique fusion of Mexican folk, jazz, and classical music, they have captivated audiences across the United States, Mexico, India, Russia, and Canada.

​Their music is deeply rooted in the traditions of Veracruz, showcasing a vibrant blend of Son Jarocho, Son Huasteco, and Latin Jazz. The Villalobos Brothers have mastered the art of crafting original compositions and arrangements that not only pay homage to the richness of Mexican folklore but also push the boundaries of musical exploration.

Notably, the Villalobos Brothers recently earned acclaim for their collaboration with Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, resulting in the Grammy-winning album “Fandango At The Wall Live in NYC,” which was awarded the Best Latin Jazz Album of 2022. This remarkable project brought together renowned international musicians for a concert at the border, serving as a testament to the power of music to bridge divides.

The Villalobos Brothers have graced prestigious stages around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Davies Symphony Hall, the Latin Grammy Awards, Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Ford Theatre in Hollywood, among many others. Their performances have garnered widespread praise, capturing the hearts of audiences with their virtuosic musicianship, infectious energy, and profound messages of love, brotherhood, and social justice.

In 2022, Ernesto, Alberto and Luis Villalobos embarked on their Symphonic Project, collaborating with esteemed orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, Sun Valley Symphony, Walla Walla Symphony, Yakima Symphony, and Sun Valley Symphony Orchestras. These sold-out concerts demonstrated their ability to seamlessly blend the rich tapestry of their music with the grandeur of symphonic arrangements, creating a truly awe-inspiring experience.

Throughout their journey, the Villalobos Brothers have had the privilege of collaborating with legendary musicians, including Grammy winners Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton, Antonio Sánchez, Regina Carter, Eduardo Magallanes, Dan Zanes, and Ana Tijoux. These collaborations have further enriched their musical palette and expanded their artistic horizons.

Following their 2023 appearance at the World Trade Center’s opening season of the Perelman Performing Arts Center in New York City, they were invited to showcase at ISPA’s 75th Anniversary and globalFEST 2024 at Lincoln Center.

The Bandwagon Summer Series is a family-friendly outdoor cultural performance series running from early May through mid-October. 20 performances ranging from a diverse group of musical styles, circus arts, dance, and theater will take place at ballfields, farms, and parks throughout Windham County. Kids under 12 always get in for free, and a dedicated play area will be available at all shows. Refreshments are sold onsite, including the return of the hugely popular Barr Hill cocktails. Bring a picnic and a blanket or fold-up chair to enjoy our concerts.

Jul
14
Sun
Sandglass Theater’s Summer Intensive Puppetry Training
Jul 14 all-day
Sandglass Theater's Summer Intensive Puppetry Training @ Sandglass Theater

Sandglass teaches a method of puppet performance that has been developed over 30 years of workshops around the world. This year’s Summer Intensive training will pilot a new training model allowing for participants to choose a focused track of Puppet Construction (with Ines Zeller Bass), Puppetry Performance (with Shoshana Bass) or Directing for Puppet Theater (with Eric Bass). Classes are scheduled five and a half days per week. Participants will have evening access to work spaces. Applicants must select a first choice and second choice for the afternoon track. We will do our best to accommodate your first choice.

This year Sandglass is able to offer three scholarships for US-based BIPOC participants (inclusive of tuition, housing and community dinners). Scholarships are distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Applications open March 1, 2024. Final application is due in our office on Wednesday, May 1st, 2024. (If sending via USPS, please allow at least 7 working days for the mail to arrive in our office on time). Applications accepted via email as well. Please visit sandglasstheater.org for more information.

Jul
19
Fri
Duo Ondine: Piano Duet
Jul 19 @ 7:30 pm
Duo Ondine: Piano Duet @ Next Stage Arts | Putney | Vermont | United States

Duo Ondine is a French-Italian four-hands piano duet born in Geneva (Switzerland) in 2014. Ten years later, it keeps delighting the international stage with refined, virtuoso and profound programs and a precise and highly sensitive playing.

Duo Ondine is the First Prize Winner of La Follia Nuova IV International Chamber Music Competition in 2023.

The piano duet has been welcomed with great success in many European, Asian and American Concert Halls and festivals: National Culture Hall of Vientiane, Laos; Triennale, Milan, Italy; American Church of Paris, Paris, France; Steinway Hall, Lausanne, Switzerland; LFN Festival, Bolzano, Italy; Sofia Music Weeks, Sofia, Bulgaria; Middlebury College Concert Hall, Middlebury, Vermont, USA; Kantor Theater, Lyon, France; Great Piano Hall, Valence, France; Festival les soirées d’Usson, France; etc.

Specialized in French and Slavic repertoires, Juliette Aridon-Kociolek and Clémentine Dubost have worked on several programs including pieces of Debussy, Ravel, Dukas, Saint-Saëns, Dvorak, Rachmaninov, Borodin, Moussorgsky, Stravinsky.

In a sense of deep artistic meaning, they always design their concert programs around a specific theme or connecting thread, making each piece interact with the others.

Jul
27
Sat
Bad Smell with Tinkerbullet and Ezra Holloway at Stage 33 Live
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Bad Smell with Tinkerbullet and Ezra Holloway at Stage 33 Live @ Stage 33 Live | Town of Rockingham | Vermont | United States

Bad Smell finds popster chameleon Mr. Ray Fork stirring up a pile of old synthesizers along with drum powerhouse Jane Boxall, together serving up generous portions of trance / dance / stripeypants excitement, whipped-cream ’70s Europop, Casio Latin boogie, and electro-ambient drum’n’bass. Mr. Fork wires up a mad-professor rig of antique beat-machines, Korg and Casio synthesizers, and sundry sequencers while Jane augments the sloptronics with tremendous, cracking drums.

It will be loud. It will be fun. Dancing will be encouraged.

The ferocious hard-rock-with-gay-sprinkles trio Tinkerbullet will also be featured, and Ezra Holloway opens with his crunchy new band.

Tickets are $20 in advance through stage33live.com or at the door. Admission is limited to 40; advance tickets guarantee entry. All ticket proceeds go to the performers. This is a 7:00 PM show on Saturday, July 27, 2024. Stage 33 Live is located at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls VT. The event will be recorded and filmed.

Stage 33 Live is a casual and intimate industrial-rustic listening room in a former factory hosting local, regional, and national performances and presentations of original material. No bar or kitchen, the stage is the mission; coffee / soda / juice / water and weird snacks available by donation. More information about the nonprofit, all-volunteer project, and this and other upcoming events, online at stage33live.com

Stage 33 Live gratefully acknowledges the help of so many individuals without whom none of this would be able to happen, and institutional support this season from The Island Corporation, the Vermont Arts Council, Guilford Sound, WOOL-FM, the Rockingham Arts & Museum Project, and Chroma Technologies to help fund improvements and maintenance, and generally smooth out a lot of the rough edges. Stage 33 Live is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and all donations are deductible to the fullest extent. Volunteers run the thing from stem to stern.

Aug
15
Thu
SOOL at Stage 33 Live
Aug 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
SOOL at Stage 33 Live @ Stage 33 Live | Town of Rockingham | Vermont | United States

Experimental pop collective SOOL, described by the Boston Globe as one of “the cleverest and most idiosyncratic bands” around, is a musically schizophrenic hodge-podge of experimental curiosities that you can dance to.

SOOL has been recording and making music since 1994, traversing genres in a “pin-the-tail-on-the-cosmic-monkey” approach. Their music has been featured in independent films, TV shows, and international ads.

Underlying any preposterousness is the fact that these are top-notch players who happen to enjoy getting weird.

SOOL, which plays live only sporadically, is Kevin Quinn and Neal Spaulding of the ’80s underground psychedelic-pop band The Dead Monkeys, plus musician / producer / studio-rat Pete Weiss. For this show, the original drummer of The Dead Monkeys, Ken O’Keefe — who now lives in Japan — joins the fun. It’s The Dead Monkeys original lineup plus Pete Weiss, or the SOOL original lineup plus Ken O’Keefe. A win either way.

This will be their first show of a tiny tour. It will be louder than most shows at Stage 33 Live. Dancing will be encouraged.

This is a 6:00 PM show on Thursday, August 15, 2024, presented in association with community radio station WOOL-FM. The band will do a radio interview in the next room on WOOL-FM at 5:00, ticket holders are invited to come early and heckle them live on the air.

At the band’s request, tickets are just $10. Only 40 tickets will be sold; advance tickets guarantee entry. Advance tickets are available through stage33live.com

Stage 33 Live is located at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls VT. The event will be recorded and filmed.

Stage 33 Live is a casual and intimate industrial-rustic listening room in a former factory hosting local, regional, and national performances and presentations of original material. No bar or kitchen, the stage is the mission. More information about the nonprofit, all-volunteer project, and this and other upcoming events, online at stage33live.com

WOOL-FM “Black Sheep Radio” is a full power, non-commercial, volunteer-run community radio station supported almost entirely by memberships. Find them at 91.5 FM in the broadcast footprint, or stream them online from www.wool.fm

Stage 33 Live gratefully acknowledges the help of so many individuals without whom none of this would be able to happen, and institutional support this season from The Island Corporation, the Vermont Arts Council, Guilford Sound, WOOL-FM, the Rockingham Arts & Museum Project, and Chroma Technologies to help fund improvements and maintenance, and generally smooth out a lot of the rough edges. Stage 33 Live is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and all donations are deductible to the fullest extent. Volunteers run the thing from stem to stern.

Aug
16
Fri
VT’s Easy Street at Kampfires Flatbed Music area
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
VT's Easy Street at Kampfires Flatbed Music area @ Kampfires Campground | Dummerston | Vermont | United States

Vermont’s Easy Street Duo, Lisa Brande and Mark Trichka, from Putney VT will be appearing at Kampfires Campground Rt. 5, Dummerston VT on Friday June 14, 2024 from 6-8pm rain or shine. Admission is free and food truck food, local brews, and ice cream are available for purchase. Come listen or dance to Vintage Swing and Jazz, Poppin’ Bluegrass, Down home Cajun and Zydeco, Rootsy Rockabilly and Retro Country by Mark (mandolin, guitars, vocals) and Lisa (fiddle, guitar, vocals), who are married, full-time musicians, and who divide their work between Vermont, Florida and Louisiana. Music will be on the flatbed stage in the picnic area if nice, and under the pavilion if inclement.

Aug
18
Sun
Grant Peeples and Fred Gillen, Jr. at Stage 33 Live
Aug 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Grant Peeples and Fred Gillen, Jr. at Stage 33 Live @ Stage 33 Live | Town of Rockingham | Vermont | United States

Grant Peeples is darkly hilarious and dead serious, often at the same time. Fred Gillen, Jr. is a globetrotting, truth-telling troubadour. Each takes a different path to the same destination.

Grant tours coast to coast and is a regular performer at The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, the 30A Songwriters Festival, and The Florida Folk Festival. He’s the recipient of the Focus Foundation Award for Creative Excellence, which cited the “humor, compassion, and wisdom of his songs,” and their “unflinching social insight and cultural acuity.” He’s credited with eleven studio albums. He’s published three books of poetry.

Tallahassee born and raised, life started mostly simple and then got increasingly complicated. He started writing songs. He moved to Nashville. He left Nashville a year later. He got himself a night club and booked everyone from BB King to the Judds, The Temptations to George Straight, Jerry Lee Lewis to Dionne Warwick, Bonnie Raitt to Jerry Jeff Walker. He went broke in the night club business. He moved to a remote island in the Caribbean off the Miskito Coast of Nicaragua and stayed there for more than a decade before getting the itch back. He got a $100 guitar, and he’s been playing every day and writing songs ever since. A self-described “tree-hugger that watches NASCAR,” Grant is known for his axe-sharp socio-political tunes, raucous humor, and heart-gigging ballads that keep an ever-critical eye on American culture and identity.

Fred Gillen, Jr. has released eleven acclaimed full-length albums, and has performed all over the U.S. and Europe. His live performances are spontaneous and full of storytelling, and he enjoys audience participation. His songs have been featured on ABC’s “All My Children,” NPR’s “Car Talk,” and CMJ’s New Music Marathon Sampler. His version of Woody Guthrie’s “I Ain’t Got No Home” was featured on “Pete Remembers Woody,” a collection of Pete Seeger’s spoken stories about Woody Guthrie. Besides playing with his heroes like Pete, he’s opened for such artists as Merle Haggard, Todd Rundgren, and the David Bromberg Big Band. His songs incorporate elements of a huge swath of folk, rock, roots, and Americana music, and though he covers a wide variety of lyric topics, his over-arching message is simple: “we’re all in this together.”

Grant Peeples and Fred Gillen, Jr. will perform at Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, Vermont, on August 18, 2024, at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $20 in advance through stage33live.com or at the door. Only 40 tickets will be sold; advance tickets guarantee entry. The event will be recorded and filmed.

Stage 33 Live is a casual and intimate industrial-rustic listening room in a former factory hosting local, regional, and national performances and presentations of original material. No bar or kitchen, the stage is the mission; coffee / soda / juice / water and weird snacks available by donation. More information about the nonprofit, all-volunteer project, and this and other upcoming events, online at stage33live.com

Stage 33 Live gratefully acknowledges the help of so many individuals without whom none of this would be able to happen, and institutional support this season from The Island Corporation, the Vermont Arts Council, Guilford Sound, WOOL-FM, the Rockingham Arts & Museum Project, and Chroma Technologies to help fund improvements and maintenance, and generally smooth out a lot of the rough edges. Stage 33 Live is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and all donations are deductible to the fullest extent. Volunteers run the thing from stem to stern.