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Next Stage Arts Kicks Off its Bandwagon Summer Series with Big Lazy and Mamie Minch at Cooper Field on 5/7

Next Stage Arts announces the opening performance of its Bandwagon Summer Series, featuring two underground bands from the Brooklyn Barbés scene, on Saturday, May 7th at 5:00, in Putney, VT. This concert was rescheduled from February 5th.

BIG LAZY has flourished for over two decades in NYC’s downtown music scene. Simultaneously noir and pastoral, gothic and modern, the trio conjures images from big sky country to seedy back rooms with cinematic clarity. With a nod towards classic guitar instrumentals and a fiery performance style, their most recent album, Dear Trouble, captures the essence of their legendary live shows.

“Music can get past our conscious mind, and it can impact how we move and what we feel. Big Lazy is infectious,” says Keith Marks, Executive Director of Next Stage Arts. “Their music has a soulfulness and grit that’s hard to describe. A-level jazz musicians doing southern instrumental soul. It’s powerful stuff.”

Big Lazy founder Stephen Ulrich is the composer for the HBO series Bored to Death and the art forgery documentary Art and Craft. His filmic music can be heard in numerous recent episodes of NPR’s This American Life.

“The Big Apple Crème de la Crème.” Robert Christgau – dean of American rock critics

“Big Lazy, the elegantly gritty instrumental trio led by the extraordinary guitarist Stephen Ulrich, plays stunningly beautiful music that evokes everything from truckers’ romps to the haunting film scores of Bernard Herrmann.” The New Yorker

Official Music Videos: Avenue X, Dear Trouble, Ramona

MAMIE MINCH is a longtime staple of New York’s acoustic blues scene. Listening to her sing and play is like unpacking a time capsule of American music that’s been stored in her 1930’s National steel guitar for decades and filtered through a modern femme sensitivity. Mamie’s newest release Slow Burn is a collaboration with drummer/producer Dean Sharenow that sees her traditional influences stretch out, turn up, and get deeper, groovier, funkier.

“Minch may be best known as an erudite, imaginative blues guitarist, but she also has a hauntingly nuanced alto voice and writes in an old-time vernacular that can be raucously funny, or profoundly sad.” Lucid Culture, September 2020

Video: Brooklyn Americana Festival

Big Lazy: Stephen Ulrich 917.692.8066
Label contact: Checkered Past Records / Scott Schaeffer
Mamie Minch:

Support for the Bandwagon Summer Series is provided by VTDigger, Oak Meadow, Landmark College, Whetstone Craft Beers, Barr Hill, Mad River Distillers, and The Porch Café & Catering.

Next Stage serves southeastern Vermont as a regional cultural hub, arts producer, and instigator of meaningful cultural experiences. Founded in 2010 as a nonprofit organization, Next Stage Arts is a transformative, community-centered project dedicated to revitalizing Putney’s cultural and economic village center through excellence in arts programming valuing diversity as a springboard for nurturing community.