World-Gypsy Fusion Concert with Marissa Licata

Honduran violinist Marissa Licata will perform with her World-Gypsy Fusion ensemble at the Hooker-Dunham Theater on Monday, July 29 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door – cash or checks only.

Featuring Licata and Ethan Wood on double violins, the performance will draw on influences from all over the world including EasternEuropean, Latin American, Middle Eastern and Americana. They are joined by Jim Guttmann on bass and Sergio Martinez on percussion.

The concert is presented by Cox Violins to coincide with the one-man show of Doug Cox’s work at David Walter’s Master Craft Gallery. Licata plays on a Cox instrument modeled after one belonging to her teacher, the late Eric Rosenblith of New England Conservatory.


HIT IT! Percussion Camp Starting Next Week!

Ages 13-18

“Hit It” percussion camp uses a two-pronged approach to help student percussionists develop the combination of performance and listening skills necessary to be successful.

One of the camp’s focuses is on “classical” percussion instruments such as timpani, snare drum, marimba, cymbals, tambourine and triangle – instruments on which percussionists need proficiency in most school music programs.  An equal focus will be placed on gaining skills and understanding on Cuban, Brazilian and African percussion instruments such as congas, bongos, cowbells, shekere, timbales and incorporating them into polyrhythmic patterns characteristic of traditional music’s of those countries.


HIT IT! Percussion Camp Starting Next Week!

“Hit It” percussion camp, for drummers ages 13-18, uses a two-pronged approach to help student percussionists develop the combination of performance and listening skills necessary to be successful.

One of the camp’s focuses is on “classical” percussion instruments such as timpani, snare drum, marimba, cymbals, tambourine and triangle – instruments on which percussionists need proficiency in most school music programs. An equal focus will be placed on gaining skills and understanding on Cuban, Brazilian and African percussion instruments such as congas, bongos, cowbells, shekere, timbales and incorporating them into polyrhythmic patterns characteristic of traditional music’s of those countries.


Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents Darlingside on Sunday, July 14

Twilight Music continues its 11th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, July 14 with rock/folk/classical quintet Darlingside. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 25. All concerts begin at 5:30 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, Putney Food Co-Op, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Inn, Next Stage Arts Project, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations.  The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.


A Musical Celebration of Irish History and Tradition Featuring Young Ireland

Brattleboro, VT 7/1/2013 – Irish-American folk music duo Young Ireland presents an evening of inspiring, original songs and storytelling at 7:00 pm on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Hooker-Dunham Theatre (139 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT). All ages are welcome. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance online at Brown Paper Tickets as well as at the door. (www.yibrattleboro.bpt.me, no service charge for online purchases). Proceeds in-part to benefit Brattleboro Area Hospice.

Young Ireland is a newcomer to the Irish music scene, based in San Luis Obispo, California. “Authentic!” hails Glen Starkey of the New Times, SLO. Diane Byrnes, veteran Irish radio host (“Echoes of Erin” Pittsburgh, PA) says “Huge success is just over the horizon for ‘Young Ireland’ and for those who love Irish music, ’Young Ireland’ is a testament to the strength and musicality of the ‘song’.”


Rock the Latchis – Benefit Concert

The time has come to give the main theatre a big send off and we are going to do it up right, with a showcase of local musical talent never before seen on our stage!

We’re talking about Rock the Latchis! presenting four of the area’s top bands the day before the main theatre closes for renovations.

Yes, the last day is reserved for hot music and dancing in the aisles.


Weekend Concert(s) – Cream/Traffic/Blind Faith

” Cream were a 1960’s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker. Their sound was characterized by a hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and psychedelic rock, combining the psychedelic-themed lyrics, Eric Clapton’s blues guitar playing and vocals,  Jack Bruce’s voice and prominent bass playing and Ginger Baker’s jazz influenced drumming.” from Wikipedia


Electric Fence in Saxtons River

Electric Fence returns to Pleasant Valley Brewing in Saxtons River, Friday night, June 28. Music starts at 8 p.m. Our good friend Alan Metcalfe will join us to blow some sweet harp. Electric Fence is Steve Carmichael, Howard Weiss-Tisman, Jonny Sheehan and Jeremy Holch. Music is free. Pleasant Valley is a great pub so come on up.


Antje Duvekot w/ Lizzy Mandell at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery on Friday, June 28

Twilight Music presents award-winning contemporary folk singer/songwriter Antje Duvekot at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery on Friday, June 28 at 7:30 pm. Vermont-based singer/songwriter Lizzy Mandell opens the show.

Antje Duvekot is a German-born, American-raised singer/songwriter whose songs have been critically praised for their hard-won wisdom, dark-eyed realism and street-smart romanticism. Her bicultural upbringing and relative newness to English have helped shape her unique way with a song, giving her a startlingly original poetic palette.


Deacon Blues – A Musical Reminiscence

Sitting on my back porch, head still addled from this late season flu, I listen as the last chords of “Deacon Blues” fade away and permit myself a sardonic smile.  

“They got a name for the winners —
I want a name when I lose…”

I am listening to Aja, Steely Dan’s mid 70s masterpiece, seven perfectly executed songs that manage to touch your soul while still exhibiting every iota of the “slick production” for which so many of us derided it when it came out.  But then as now, I ask myself, how can anyone resist the crystalline chords of “Aja” or Wayne Shorter’s heartrending sax solo… Of course, I’m biased.  Not only was I a huge Dan fan from Can’t Buy A Thrill on, but by the early 80s, I had the perfect system to play them on.  


Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents The Stockwell Brothers

Twilight Music continues its 11th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, June 16 with newgrass and contemporary folk trio The Stockwell Brothers.  The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 25. All concerts begin at 5:30 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, Putney Food Co-Op, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Inn, Next Stage Arts Project, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations.  The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.


French Masterpieces for A Midsummer’s Night

It is probably safe to say that the Fauré Requiem is one of the most popular and performed pieces of music in the entire choral literature. And for good reason: Fauré captured the essence of all that is beautiful and transporting in a format that is modest in size, but huge in concept. 


A Cappella à la Carte Tonight (June 8) Features Guilford Chamber Singers

For the past several years, Friends of Music at Guilford, now in its 47th season, has been presenting an “A Cappella à la Carte” evening as the finale to its annual calendar. This year, the Guilford Chamber Singers are featured in “Melodies Steal Into My Heart,” the musical segment of this Saturday evening’s three-part menu. The setting is Guilford Community Church, just a short distance from Exit 1 off Interstate 91.

The festivities begin at 6 pm with a brief and merry Friends of Music membership meeting. Folks can sign up on the spot and participate in voting for the upcoming year’s board of trustees, as well as symbolically ratify the current board’s actions in the fiscal year just ending. Plans for the 48th annual season of concerts are shared with everyone present.


Weekend Concert: The Clash Live in Tokyo 1982

The Clash: Live in Tokyo 1982

” The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk. Along with punk, their music incorporated elements of reggae, ska,dub,funk rap, and rockabilly. For most of their recording career, the Clash consisted of Joe Strummer ( lead guitar ,vocals), Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals) Paul Simonon( bass guitar, vocals) and Nicky “Topper Headon ( drums , percussion). Headon left the group in 1982, and internal friction led to Jone’s departure the following year in 1986. ” from Wikipedia


Old-time Gospel Music

An old-time gospel hour is planned in West Dummerston on Sunday June 9th, starting at 10:30 AM. The event, to be held at the Dummerston Community Center, will feature guitar and vocals by Gin Mill Bill. There will be no preacher, and no preaching! Light refreshments will be available. Donations will be accepted for the Community Center’s heating and maintenance fund.The Community Center is located at 150 West St. in West Dummerston village, just off Route 30. For information call Jean at 254-9212.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents Eugene Uman’s Convergence Project on Saturday, June 8th at 8 pm

The music composed and performed by Eugene Uman, pianist and leader of the Convergence Project, achieves a difficult feat: it balances on an artistic tightrope between fresh, innovative and exploratory on one side, and accessible, understandable, exceedingly enjoyable and fun to listen to on the other. What keeps the project unified is the integrity of the compositions, the shared vision of the group’s members and the careful balance of jazz harmonies with Colombian rhythms.


Twilight on the Tavern Lawn Presents Planet Zydeco

Twilight Music begins its 11th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, June 2 with Planet Zydeco.  The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 25. All concerts begin at 5:30 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, Putney Food Co-Op, Putney Paper Company, The Putney Inn, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations.  The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.


McAuley, Horan, O’Caoimh at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery on Friday, May 31

Twilight Music presents an evening of traditional Irish music with a modern edge by McAuley, Horan, O’Caoimh at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery on Friday, May 31 at 7:30 pm. Accordionist/vocalist Mick Mcauley and fiddler Winifred Horan are both long-time members of Irish-American supergoup Solas, which has recorded ten albums to worldwide critical acclaim and been praised by the Boston Herald as “the best Irish traditional band in the world.” Guitarist Colm O’Caoimh is a founding member of the counties Kilkenny, Carlow and Waterford-based Irish group Caladh Nua.


Organ Barn Recital & Holiday BBQ a Double Treat

Guilford, Vt. – On Sunday, May 26, Friends of Music at Guilford presents “The Four Bs: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms & The Barn,” its 5th Annual Spring Recital at the Organ Barn in rural Guilford. The 3:00 p.m. concert will feature the “Dynamic Two-O” of organist Kenneth Olsson and soprano Julie Johnson Olsson, with an assist by the Guilford Chamber Players.


Cabinet at Barnaby’s Music Hall – Brattleboro, VT – 5/18/13

When it comes to the music of Cabinet, the essential bywords are soul, simplicity, and serious musicianship. In concert, the combination of these qualities invariably yields an experience that is so celebratory and moving that the very word Cabinet takes on a new, vivid meaning for anyone in the audience.

An inclusive and engaging energy is the uniting through-line as Cabinet weaves bluegrass, country and folk influences to powerful effect. Tight dynamics punctuate gorgeous, soaring harmonies as down-to-earth rhythm and lyrics give way to dreamy jams that are the musical equivalent of the back road scenic route.