The Slambovian Circus of Dreams at Next Stage on Friday, March 23

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of acoustic/electric Americana music from Sleepy Hollow, NY by The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (aka The Grand Slambovians) at Next Stage on Friday, March 23 at 7:30 pm.

The music of The Slambovian Circus of Dreams has been described as “hillbilly-Floyd,” “folk-pop,” “alt-country, roots-rock” and “surreal Americana” – a clear indicator of its singularly indescribable uniqueness. A rootsy psychedelica that Maverick Magazine calls “Mightily impressive and hugely original rock from the cool end of Americana,” the quartet’s melodic avant-folk conjures with an exotic instrumental arsenal (accordion, cello, mandolin, theremin) in addition to standard rock regalia, and a palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. Dancing freely between all existing religious and philosophical mythologies, the music is uplifting, empowering and a lot of fun.

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Rising of the Moon: Irish Songs of Wonder, Emigration & Resistance

West Brattleboro — Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Charlie King, Annie Patterson, and Peter Blood at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17. Brattleboro Solidarity has joined with other area organizations to present an evening of Irish Songs to honor the good Saint and to benefit the Community Asylum Seekers Project. CASP is a tax-deductible nonprofit whose mission is to provide basic needs and a supportive community for those in the process of seeking asylum in the U.S.

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Gonna Take Us All: Building Community & Resistance Through Song

West Brattleboro — All Souls Church UU and the Song & Solidarity group present an afternoon workshop with Charlie King, Annie Patterson, and Peter Blood from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17. Participants will have an opportunity to: Sing songs that transform awareness and build resilience for social struggles . . . . Learn new songs of empowerment and solidarity . . . . Explore the reasons why songs often connect with hearts on a deeper level than words alone . . . . Hear stories about the leaders’ experiences with movement-building and their work with Pete Seeger.

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Call for Chamber Singers

Rehearsals are starting soon for the Guilford Chamber Singers’ (GCS) next appearance, which will be on Friday, June 8, as part of Friends of Music at Guilford’s season finale. This year’s A Cappella à la Carte events will be set at two churches in the Guilford village of Algiers, just a mile from Exit 1 off I-91. The concert portion of the evening will include sets by GCS and the Cantabile Vocal Ensemble, a Pioneer Valley quintet of Early Music

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Early Music with Night’s Black Bird on Mar. 10

Brattleboro, Vt. – At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, tri-state fans of Early Music are invited to a benefit concert of “Airs, Arias, Madrigals & Tonos” at All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist, 29 South St., West Brattleboro. Admission at the door is $15 per person and includes a gala reception; proceeds will help support ASC community-based programs and the Meeting House.

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The Last Dance: Life, Love & Loss in Music, Spoken Word & Movement

Guilford, Vt. – Friends of Music at Guilford’s (FOMAG) annual Midwinter Musicale begins at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, in the sanctuary of Guilford Community Church. A propos for Valentine’s week, this program is a multimedia consideration of love, as it is woven inevitably through the weft of life and loss, and it includes elements of music, movement, and the spoken word.

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Antje Duvekot and Beaucoup Blue at Next Stage on Saturday, February 3

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present award-winning contemporary folk singer/songwriter Antje Duvekot and Philadelphia-based, Americana and acoustic blues duo Beaucoup Blue at Next Stage on Saturday, February 3 at 7:30 pm.

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Tony Trischka & Territory and The Stockwell Brothers Band at Next Stage on Saturday, January 20

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year Tony Trischka and his band Territory, plus contemporary folk and bluegrass quartet The Stockwell Brothers Band at Next Stage on Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 pm. In a consistently adventurous musical career that spans nearly half a century, Tony Trischka has established himself as one of America’s foremost visionaries of the five-string banjo and perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. Widely regarded as the most innovative banjoist of his generation, Tony’s dexterity and restless creative spirit have inspired generations of fans and acoustic musicians, including Bela Fleck – one of his early students.

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What Do Singing and Seeds Have in Common?

The Brattleboro Women’s Chorus will be sending a group of singers to the Sister Singers Festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan this coming summer. They will perform on their own as well as participate with twenty other women’s choruses in a festival that embraces the ideals of social justice and the values of love and compassion for themselves and our community. This is their opportunity to share their music with a national audience and support the music and the composers from other choruses. This festival can only deepen their singing skills and revitalize their energy for the importance of singing in our community.

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