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Oct
3
Fri
2014
Randy Smith & His Band of Merry Men with special guest Holly May
Oct 3 @ 8:00 pm
Randy Smith & His Band of Merry Men with special guest Holly May @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Randy Smith & His Band of Merry Men with special guest Holly May

October 3 – 8:00pm, doors at 7:30pm

An acoustic-unplugged evening featuring a collection from Randy’s solo work and 8084, with special guest Holly May.

Tickets are $12 in advance ($14 day of show and at the door).

GET TICKETS: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/815890

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Randy Smith, formerly of the Vermont-based band 8084, is a singer-songwriter based in Charlotte, North Carolina. A Billboard and International award winning musician, Randy has recorded 6 albums to his credit and toured extensively throughout the US and Canada, performing over 4,500 live shows over the span of his career. His resume includes working with Aldo Nova (Celine Dion, Jon Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper), sharing the stage or touring with Edgar Winter, Bobby Kimball (Toto), Rick Derringer, April Wine, Henry Lee Summer, Foghat, and Warrant to name a few. His band of Merry Men feature fellow 8084 mates Gary Spaulding on percussion and Roy Brown on bass and vocals, as well as Hall of Fame fiddler Scott Campbell and Long Island guitarist Rich Abel.

Newcomer Holly May is 17 years old and hails from Western MA. In a very short time she has built a loyal following with a You Tube video of her song “go Big or Go Home” which as over 1 million views.holly-may

Oct
4
Sat
2014
Impulse Ensemble with Massamba Diop
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm
Impulse Ensemble with Massamba Diop @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Impulse Ensemble w/ Massamba Diop
Saturday, October 4 at 8:00 pm
Tickets: $15

Impulse Ensemble is comprised of three versatile musicians who were “early
adopters” of world music. Tony Vacca, Jim Matus and Derrik Jordan have been
IE Next Stage 10-4-14playing world music since the 1970’s and bring their various world music
influences together in this world fusion power trio. Tony Vacca (balafon,
percussion, spoken word) is known for his athletic and highly energetic
performances. He is a founding member of the Senegal-America Project and has
traveled to Africa many times and worked with Baaba Maal, Bideew Bou Bess
and other well-known African musicians. As part of the Senegal-America
Project he brought 3500 mosquito nets to Dakar to help prevent malaria. Jim
Matus (laoutar, vocals) has musical influences that come more from Middle
Eastern music and his main instrument is the laoutar or an electric Greek
lute. Derrik Jordan (5 string electric violin, percussion, vocals, kalimba)
is a world fusion composer and music teacher at The Greenwood School who has
written for The Vermont Symphony and The Windham Orchestra and is currently
writing music for film and TV.

They will be joined by special guest Senegalese superstar Massamba Diop who
plays the tama (or talking drum) which is the national instrument of
Senegal. Massamba Diop is considered to be one of the the best tama players
in Senegal and this is a rare opportunity to see such a fiery and riveting
performer.

For more information, visit www.impulseensemble.com.

Oct
10
Fri
2014
Peter Aguero – Moth Host & Storyteller
Oct 10 @ 7:30 pm
Peter Aguero - Moth Host & Storyteller  @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

We are delighted to present Peter Aguero, host of the MOTH, and masterful raconteur, on Friday, October 10 at 7:30 pm.

peter_daddyissuesPeter Aguero, takes the audience through a raw and sympathetic look at his relationship with his father over the years, in a piece he wrote and performs entitled “Daddy Issues”. Through crippling honesty, brutal humor, and vivid reflection, Peter tackles the universal plight of not being able to pick your family.

Peter Aguero was born and raised in the wilds of South Jersey and lives in Queens, NY with his lovely wife. He’s a Moth StorySLAM 3-Agueros whost, GrandSLAM champion, and instructor for the MothSHOP Community Education Program. He’s also the lead singer of The BTK Band, NYC’s hardest-drinking improvised storytelling rock band. Peter loves his Mom.

Tickets for Peter Aguero are $15 general admission, $12 for students and seniors, available online at nextstagearts.org.

Funded in part by the Windham Foundation

Oct
16
Thu
2014
Apron Theater – Eleemosynary
Oct 16 @ 7:30 pm
Apron Theater - Eleemosynary @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing directed by Hallie Flower Performs October 16-25
EleemosynaryPoster6awebel·ee·mos·y·nar·y
adjective
of, relating to, or dependent on charity; charitable.

In the compressed debris field of memory, three generations of Wesbrook women struggle to be just what is needed by the next generation amidst thwarted expectations and blinded intentions. In Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary, Artie, her mother Dorothea, and her daughter Echo are forced to re-valuate their changing familial equation in the face of Dorothea’s stroke – past the needs of the self to the possibility of a connected together.

Adrienne Major (Artie), Jean Koester(Dorothea), and Maeve Campman (Echo) join director Hallie Flower in this exploration of the hopes and fears of mothers and daughters.
“…an engrossing 95-minutes—alternately funny and poignant…” —Variety.
“…a funny, perceptive and eloquently written play…” —St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch.

Oct
17
Fri
2014
Apron Theater – Eleemosynary
Oct 17 @ 7:30 pm
Apron Theater - Eleemosynary @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing directed by Hallie Flower Performs October 16-25
EleemosynaryPoster6awebel·ee·mos·y·nar·y
adjective
of, relating to, or dependent on charity; charitable.

In the compressed debris field of memory, three generations of Wesbrook women struggle to be just what is needed by the next generation amidst thwarted expectations and blinded intentions. In Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary, Artie, her mother Dorothea, and her daughter Echo are forced to re-valuate their changing familial equation in the face of Dorothea’s stroke – past the needs of the self to the possibility of a connected together.

Adrienne Major (Artie), Jean Koester(Dorothea), and Maeve Campman (Echo) join director Hallie Flower in this exploration of the hopes and fears of mothers and daughters.
“…an engrossing 95-minutes—alternately funny and poignant…” —Variety.
“…a funny, perceptive and eloquently written play…” —St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch.

Oct
18
Sat
2014
Apron Theater – Eleemosynary
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm
Apron Theater - Eleemosynary @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing directed by Hallie Flower Performs October 16-25
EleemosynaryPoster6awebel·ee·mos·y·nar·y
adjective
of, relating to, or dependent on charity; charitable.

In the compressed debris field of memory, three generations of Wesbrook women struggle to be just what is needed by the next generation amidst thwarted expectations and blinded intentions. In Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary, Artie, her mother Dorothea, and her daughter Echo are forced to re-valuate their changing familial equation in the face of Dorothea’s stroke – past the needs of the self to the possibility of a connected together.

Adrienne Major (Artie), Jean Koester(Dorothea), and Maeve Campman (Echo) join director Hallie Flower in this exploration of the hopes and fears of mothers and daughters.
“…an engrossing 95-minutes—alternately funny and poignant…” —Variety.
“…a funny, perceptive and eloquently written play…” —St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch.

Oct
19
Sun
2014
Apron Theater – Eleemosynary
Oct 19 @ 2:00 pm
Apron Theater - Eleemosynary @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing directed by Hallie Flower Performs October 16-25
EleemosynaryPoster6awebel·ee·mos·y·nar·y
adjective
of, relating to, or dependent on charity; charitable.

In the compressed debris field of memory, three generations of Wesbrook women struggle to be just what is needed by the next generation amidst thwarted expectations and blinded intentions. In Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary, Artie, her mother Dorothea, and her daughter Echo are forced to re-valuate their changing familial equation in the face of Dorothea’s stroke – past the needs of the self to the possibility of a connected together.

Adrienne Major (Artie), Jean Koester(Dorothea), and Maeve Campman (Echo) join director Hallie Flower in this exploration of the hopes and fears of mothers and daughters.
“…an engrossing 95-minutes—alternately funny and poignant…” —Variety.
“…a funny, perceptive and eloquently written play…” —St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch.

Oct
22
Wed
2014
Sam Amidon and Band in concert
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm
Sam Amidon and Band in concert @ New England Youth Theater | Brattleboro | Vermont | United States

On Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30 pm, Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present singer, guitarist, fiddler and banjo player Sam Amidon and his band at New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro. Tickets are $18.00, available online at Brown Paper Tickets, at in person at Turn It Up Music in Brattleboro, or at Offerings in Putney.

 

Sam Amidon grew up immersed in folk as part of a musical family based in Brattleboro, VT.  His parents, Peter and Mary Alice Sam Amidon_smAmidon, perform and teach traditional forms of song, dance and storytelling, and his brother Stefan plays drums with the Sweetback Sisters.  Sam started on fiddle at the age of three and by eleven had formed a band called Popcorn Behavior, with childhood friend Thomas Bartlett and younger brother Stefan, to play New England fiddle tunes.  They toured internationally, gathering attention from NPR, CNN and The Boston Globe, and released five albums.  Sam’s first solo album, released in 2001, was a collection of traditional Irish fiddle tunes, simply titled “Solo Fiddle.”

Sam Amidon’s subsequent albums of radically re-worked folk songs have included collaborations with Thomas Bartlett (with whom Amidon plays in Doveman) on “But This Chicken Proved False Hearted” in 2007, and composer Nico Muhly on “All Is Well” in 2008 and “I See the Sign” in 2010, both recorded in Iceland with producer Valgeir Sigurgsson.

“Lily-O,” Sam’s sixth studio release, consists of songs built around his music, with lyrics that he mined from obscure folk songs, some traditional and some that are more contemporary.  What Sam had initially envisioned as an album based on the improvisational material that he and jazz guitar great Bill Frisell developed together a couple of years ago while touring as a duo, turned out to be a collection of distinctive, enveloping songs rooted in folk music. Recorded fully live in the studio, with no overdubs, “Lily-O” features Frisell, Shahzad Ismaily on bass and Chris Vatalaro on drums and electronics.

“Amidon has one of the most inviting voices around today…In bridging the very old and the very new on a handful of albums and collaborations, he has managed to meld the rural and the urban, the organic and the synthetic, the oral tradition and the written score.” – Pitchfork

New England Youth Theatre is located at 100 Flat Street in downtown Brattleboro, VT.

Oct
23
Thu
2014
Apron Theater – Eleemosynary
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm
Apron Theater - Eleemosynary @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing directed by Hallie Flower Performs October 16-25
EleemosynaryPoster6awebel·ee·mos·y·nar·y
adjective
of, relating to, or dependent on charity; charitable.

In the compressed debris field of memory, three generations of Wesbrook women struggle to be just what is needed by the next generation amidst thwarted expectations and blinded intentions. In Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary, Artie, her mother Dorothea, and her daughter Echo are forced to re-valuate their changing familial equation in the face of Dorothea’s stroke – past the needs of the self to the possibility of a connected together.

Adrienne Major (Artie), Jean Koester(Dorothea), and Maeve Campman (Echo) join director Hallie Flower in this exploration of the hopes and fears of mothers and daughters.
“…an engrossing 95-minutes—alternately funny and poignant…” —Variety.
“…a funny, perceptive and eloquently written play…” —St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch.

Oct
24
Fri
2014
Apron Theater – Eleemosynary
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm
Apron Theater - Eleemosynary @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing directed by Hallie Flower Performs October 16-25
EleemosynaryPoster6awebel·ee·mos·y·nar·y
adjective
of, relating to, or dependent on charity; charitable.

In the compressed debris field of memory, three generations of Wesbrook women struggle to be just what is needed by the next generation amidst thwarted expectations and blinded intentions. In Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary, Artie, her mother Dorothea, and her daughter Echo are forced to re-valuate their changing familial equation in the face of Dorothea’s stroke – past the needs of the self to the possibility of a connected together.

Adrienne Major (Artie), Jean Koester(Dorothea), and Maeve Campman (Echo) join director Hallie Flower in this exploration of the hopes and fears of mothers and daughters.
“…an engrossing 95-minutes—alternately funny and poignant…” —Variety.
“…a funny, perceptive and eloquently written play…” —St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch.

Oct
25
Sat
2014
Apron Theater – Eleemosynary
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm
Apron Theater - Eleemosynary @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing directed by Hallie Flower Performs October 16-25
EleemosynaryPoster6awebel·ee·mos·y·nar·y
adjective
of, relating to, or dependent on charity; charitable.

In the compressed debris field of memory, three generations of Wesbrook women struggle to be just what is needed by the next generation amidst thwarted expectations and blinded intentions. In Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary, Artie, her mother Dorothea, and her daughter Echo are forced to re-valuate their changing familial equation in the face of Dorothea’s stroke – past the needs of the self to the possibility of a connected together.

Adrienne Major (Artie), Jean Koester(Dorothea), and Maeve Campman (Echo) join director Hallie Flower in this exploration of the hopes and fears of mothers and daughters.
“…an engrossing 95-minutes—alternately funny and poignant…” —Variety.
“…a funny, perceptive and eloquently written play…” —St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch.

Oct
26
Sun
2014
Sierra Hull and her bluegrass quintet Highway 111
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm
Sierra Hull and her bluegrass quintet Highway 111 @ Next Stage | Whitefield | New Hampshire | United States

Sunday, October 26 at 7:30 pm
SIERRA HULL & HIGHWAY 111

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present International Bluegrass Music Association award-winning mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull and her Tennessee-based bluegrass quintet Highway 111.

redsofawSierra Hull is a leading light in the new generation of bluegrass musicians.  Her phenomenal mandolin playing, eloquent vocals and musical maturity well beyond her years have drawn comparisons to Alison Krauss.  A seasoned performer, Sierra has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and the Grand Ole Opry radio and television shows, as well as at numerous music festivals including Merlefest, the Newport Folk Festival, Rockygrass and the Carnegie Hall Family Concert Series.  She has shared the stage with the likes of Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs, Bobby McFerrin and Edgar Meyer.

“Sierra is a remarkably talented, beautiful human being. Success could not come to a more worthy person. I adore her.” – Alison Krauss

Tickets are $22 Advance / $25 At the Door.  For information, call 802-387-0102.  Advance tickets are available at www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and Offerings Jewelry in Putney.  JD McCliment’s Pub will provide a beer and wine cash bar at the concert.  For more information, visit www.sierrahull.com and www.twilightmusic.org

Nov
1
Sat
2014
Bluesman Guy Davis in Shades of Blue Concert Series
Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm
Bluesman Guy Davis in Shades of Blue Concert Series  @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Next Stage Arts Project continues its Shades of Blue concert series with singer/guitarist Guy Davis on Saturday, November 1, at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $20 general admission in advance, $22 at the door, available online at: www.nextstagearts.org, and will soon WKVT_FM_hi-resbe available at Offerings in Putney, and Turn It Up in Brattleboro.  This event is the third in a Next Stage series of American Roots/Blues, which also included Paul Oscher and Rory Block,  sponsored by WKVT-FM radio and Brattleboro Subaru.subaru_logo

A great storyteller, musician, and actor with his roots solidly in the blues and Americana, Davis has garnered multiple Blues Music Awards and has appeared on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”, Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion”, “Mountain Stage”, “World Café”, and at theaters and music festivals across the world.

Photo: Richard Dowdy

Photo: Richard Dowdy

Davis grew up in New York City and is the son of the celebrated actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.  He says that while the only cotton he’s ever picked is his underwear off his bedroom floor, he constantly heard accounts of life in the rural south from his parents and his grandparents while growing up, and these stories made their way into his own stories and songs.  A multi-instrumentalist, during his shows he plays 6-string and 12-string guitars, bottleneck guitar, banjo, and harmonica. He claims to have learned fingerpicking guitar from a nine-fingered guitar player on a train from Boston to New York, and he learned 5-string banjo from Pete Seeger’s brother John at a summer camp in Vermont. Davis has performed with Pete Seeger many times.

Throughout his life, Davis has had overlapping interests in music and acting.  He made his Broadway musical debut in the Zora Neale Hurston/Langston Hughes collaboration “Mulebone”, which featured the music of Taj Mahal, and he performed Off-Broadway as legendary blues player Robert Johnson in “Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil”, which led to The Blues Foundation awarding him the “Keeping the Blues Alive Award”.  He also  wrote and recorded with Dr. John for Whoopi Goldberg’s “Littleburg” Nickelodeon series, and contributed songs to collections on bluesmen Charley Patton and Robert Johnson, Putumayo Records’ “From Mali to Memphis”,  and the children’s album “Sing Along With Putumayo”,

“He’s a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer. But more than anything, as we heard this evening, Guy Davis is an authentic and spell-binding bluesman, with an incredible voice and a great sense of humour.” – Acoustic Sussex Review

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Nov
14
Fri
2014
Taylor Mali Returns to Next Stage
Nov 14 @ 7:30 pm
Taylor Mali Returns to Next Stage @ Next Stage | Ontario | Canada

Next Stage Arts Project is pleased to present world-renowned slam poet, educator, and performance artist Taylor Mali on Thursday, November 14 at 7:30pm, in a special benefit performance at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT.  Mali returns to Putney after several previous highly-acclaimed, sold-out performances. Tickets are $20, general, admission, $18 for students/seniors.

utf-8Taylor-036_FullRes2Taylor Mali studied drama with members of The Royal Shakespeare Company and has put those stage skills to use performing poetry all over the world and serving as the official voiceover voice on all Burger King commercials in 1998. One of the original poets to appear on the HBO series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, he is one of the most well known slam poets, having won the national championship four times. A former teacher and lifelong educator, he is the author of several CDs, books, and DVDs of spoken word.

Taylor Mali is described by the New York Times as “a ranting comic showman and literary provocateur.” A middle school teacher for nine years prior to becoming a full time writer and global performer, Mali’s work focuses on the vitally important role teachers play in our society, and his YouTube clip “What Teachers Make” has been widely cited in the press and viewed more than 4 million times.

Taylor Mali is the former president of Poetry Slam, Inc., the non-profit organization that oversees all poetry slams in North America. He is also the author most recently of “What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World” (Putnam 2012) as well as two books of poetry, The Last Time As We Are (Write Bloody Books 2009) and What Learning Leaves (Hanover 2002). He received a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in 2001 to develop Teacher! Teacher! a one-man show about poetry, teaching, and math which won the jury prize for best solo performance at the 2001 Comedy Arts Festival.

Next Stage Arts Project board member Anita Dunlap said, “Taylor Mali embodies the best of what Next Stage is about: brilliant, world-class, innovative artistry, presented right in the heart of our local community.”

Nov
16
Sun
2014
Jonathan Edwards, Lisa McCormick, & The Stockwell Brothers
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm
Jonathan Edwards, Lisa McCormick, & The Stockwell Brothers @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present veteran folk/rock icon Jonathan Edwards plus singer/songwriter Lisa McCormick and newgrass/contemporary folk trio The Stockwell Brothers.  Southern Vermont-based Lisa and brothers Bruce, Barry and Alan have toured with Jonathan in the past, and will again add their voices, guitars, banjo, mandolin and bass to “Sunshine,” Shanty” and a handful of his other hit songs.

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Jonathan Edwards

Since 1971, Jonathan Edwards has released fifteen albums, collaborated with the likes of Emmylou Harris, Cheryl Wheeler and The Seldom Scene, launched his own record label and shared the stage with everyone from The Allman Brothers Band and B.B. King to Jesse Colin Young and Don McLean.  He has also scored and starred in films and videos, including “Cruising America’s Waterways,” a pair of 13-week series produced by PBS, and “That’s What Our Life Is,” a documentary of his life and career.  Edwards is perhaps best known for his 1971 anthem “Sunshine,” a fierce proclamation of protest and independence that resonated with thousands and thousands of young men and women, made its way to the top five on the national charts and earned Jonathan a gold record.  Almost 40 years later, the song and Edwards’ pure and powerful tenor voice continue to be embraced by faithful followers and new fans alike.

“An Edwards performance is an unforgettable roller-coaster ride which combines his remarkable singing, storytelling, and wit” – Martha’s Vineyard Times

Tickets are $22 Advance / $25 At the Door.  For information, call 802-387-0102.  Advance tickets are available at www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and Offerings Jewelry in Putney.  JD McCliment’s Pub will provide a beer and wine cash bar at the concert.  For more information, visit www.jonathanedwards.net, www.lisamccormick.com, www.stockwellbrothers.com and www.twilightmusic.org.

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Lisa McCormick

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The Stockwell Brothers