Twilight Music continues its 19th Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, zydeco, Celtic, rock, and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, July 3 with zydeco sextet Planet Zydeco. Co-presented with Next Stage Arts Project, the four-concert series continues on Sundays, July 17 (Cary Morin), and July 31 (The Stockwell Brothers). All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Green Mountain Well, Soundview Paper Company, and many other Putney area businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available. For more information, call 802-387-5772 or visit nextstagearts.org.
Planet Zydeco captures the essence of traditional rural-style accordion-driven dance music as it is played in clubs and dance halls in southwest Louisiana today. The band plays a popular mix of up-tempo songs, as well as slower blues-inspired numbers and traditional waltzes, for enthusiastic audiences throughout the Northeast. New England-based Planet Zydeco features Cannon Labrie (accordion, vocals), Nick Keil (electric guitar, vocals), Alan Bradbury (bass, vocals), Jack Ezicovich (drums), Michelle Kaminsky (fiddle), and Bonita Weissman (rubboard). The rubboard, or frottoir, as it is known in Louisiana, is made of corrugated metal, worn like a vest and played with spoons or bottle openers, and is a rhythmic trademark of the funky, syncopated zydeco sound.