Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present a socially-distanced lawn concert by Americana music band StompBoxTrio on Saturday, August 22 at 6:30 pm at Cooper Field in Putney, VT. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for outdoor seating in distanced pods on the ballfield, and face masks to wear whenever you leave your pod. Rain date for the concert is Sunday, August 23.
StompBoxTrio is a Western Massachusetts-based band that features Evelyn Harris (vocals, percussion), John Cabán (“Dobro” steel guitar, stompbox) and David Rodriguez (wood bass, foot tambourine). The trio reaches deep into the wellspring of vintage American blues, funk and soul while adding some 21st Century mojo to bring folks an unforgettable hip-shaking, foot-stomping great time.
StompBoxTrio came together as a one-off gig project, and from the first rehearsal, they found their collective sound, feel and mutual love and admiration for multicultural roots and blues music. Evelyn Harris has been a force on the Western MA/Pioneer Valley music scene for many years. Growing up singing in church in Richmond, VA, she was classically trained at Howard University, and began her professional career working in the DC jazz community, mentored by Hilton Felton and Donald Byrd. There, Harris found her place and developed as a composer, arranger and lead singer with the group Sweet Honey In The Rock for 18 years. She is a powerhouse vocalist, who creates stirring interpretations of every song she touches. Guitarist, composer, and producer John Cabán has roots that run deep in the blues, funk, r&b, ambient, experimental and world music. His distinctive dobro guitar style brings a rich, lyrical and at times, haunting dynamic to the music. Multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, accompanist and teacher, David Rodriguez has explored the rhythmic relationships across the US from coast to coast, in Japan and Europe.
Cooper Field is located on Sand Hill Road in Putney, VT. Tickets are $20 (Infield) and $15 (Outfield) Advance / $20 At the Door, and kids 12 and under are free. Advance tickets are available online at nextstagearts.org. The concert is sponsored in part by the Putney Community Center, Rolling Home and Greenberg Associates Architects, with special thanks to Patrick Noyes. For more information, visit nextstagearts.org or call 802-387-0102.