Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of contemporary bluegrass, roots, and folk music by the Mike Block & Joe K. Walsh Duo and The Stockwell Brothers at Next Stage on Saturday, October 30 at 7:30 pm.
Drawing on contemporary and international influences, Mike Block and Joe K. Walsh bring an exciting and personal perspective to American roots music. Block is a pioneering cello player, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st-Century.” At home in a wide range of musical styles, he is passionate about cross-cultural collaboration through music, and is committed to inspiring individuals and connecting communities. As a cello and vocal soloist with Yo-Yo Ma’s “Silk Road Ensemble” since 2005, Mike has toured extensively throughout the world, and earned a Grammy Award in 2017 for their album “Sing Me Home.” An acclaimed master of American roots music, mandolinist and songwriter Joe K. Walsh has toured internationally and collaborated with the likes of Darol Anger, the Gibson Brothers, and the progressive stringband “Joy Kills Sorrow.” The first mandolinist to graduate from the Berklee College of Music on that instrument, Walsh is currently on the faculty of his alma mater, as he continues to explore ways to create new acoustic roots music.
Bruce, Barry, Alan, and Kelly Stockwell’s music spans traditional and progressive bluegrass/folk styles, but their trademark acoustic sound features new singer/songwriter material recast with banjo, alternative rhythms, and three-part harmonies. Featuring 2005 Merlefest bluegrass banjo contest winner Bruce Stockwell, The Stockwell Brothers have performed alongside artists from Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, and Earl Scruggs to Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Jonathan Edwards, and Asleep At The Wheel, recorded with Mike Auldridge and Phil Rosenthal of the bluegrass supergroup “The Seldom Scene,” and toured throughout the United States and in Canada and Europe.
Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT. Tickets are $18 Advance / $22 At the Door / $5 Virtual. For information, call 802-387-0102. Advance tickets are available at nextstagearts.org. Next Stage will provide a beer and wine cash bar. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours is required for entry to indoor shows, and masks are required while inside the venue.