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Dec
22
Fri
2017
Sean Altman’s JEWMONGOUS
Dec 22 @ 7:30 pm
Sean Altman’s JEWMONGOUS @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Next Stage Arts Project presents Sean Altman’s JEWMONGOUS, at 7:30pm on Friday, December 22nd. Tickets are $20 in advance $24 at the door. Tickets on sale here. Also on sale at the Putney Co-op and Turn it Up in Brattleboro 3 weeks in advance of show.Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT, and features a newly-renovated, accessible performance space.

Ex-Rockapella star Sean Altman‘s unkosher comedy song concert JEWMONGOUS is “tuneful and sharply witty” (Los Angeles Times), “relentlessly clever” (Chicago Tribune) and “bawdy with a wicked modern streak” (Washington Post), with “hilarious pleasures” (The New Yorker) that combine “the tunefulness of the Beatles and the spot-on wit of Tom Lehrer” (Boston Globe) with a “silky tenor voice that produced chills” (New York Times).  Altman — one of “New York’s finest comedians” (New York Times) and “a terrific singer and a songwriter with an ear equally attuned to comic satire and the power of pop music” (The New Yorker) — “writes hilarious and irreverent acoustic rock songs about his awakening Jewish awareness” (Jerusalem Post) to make you “laugh your tuchis off” (Time Out) as “part of a new breed of Jewish hipster comedy that includes Jon Stewart, Sacha Baron Cohen and Sarah Silverman” (Philadelphia Daily News).  He is a former, founding member of Rockapella and led that pioneering vocal group through its heyday years on the Emmy-winning PBS-TV series, Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?, for which Altman co-wrote the famous theme song.  His classic Passover song “They Tried To Kill Us (We Survived, Let’s Eat)” has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross.  Altman has twice performed for The President at the White House Chanukah Party, he has shared concert stages with Billy Joel, Steve Miller, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Stewart, Jay Leno, Joey Ramone and Moby, and he has recorded with artists as diverse as XTC, John Cale, Richie Havens and They Might Be Giants.  Altman sings vocal standards at the bedside of hospital patients as a volunteer with Musicians On Call and has performed JEWMONGOUS throughout the USA, Europe, Israel and once in China.  All faiths and the faithless are welcome but due to occasional potty-mouthedness, Sean Altman’s JEWMONGOUS is not appropriate for kids under sixteen unless you’re training them to be sailors.   www.jewmongous.com .Information about upcoming events and more at: www.nextstagearts.org

Dec
30
Sat
2017
Ukulele-in-a-Day! with Lisa McCormick
Dec 30 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

A 1-Day Quick-start Intensive for Beginners,
taught by Lisa McCormick!

Ukulele-in-a-Day!
Saturday, December 30, 2017, 10am – 3pm. Tuition – $125.

Reserve your spot: bit.ly/UkeDay

You will learn:

  • How to tune
  • How to strum
  • Proper positioning
  • Easy powerful chords that work magic together
  • How to make smooth chord transitions
  • The skills you’ll need to be able to play tons of fun and easy songs

No Musical Background Required!
Take-home handbook included, with all info from the workshop, songs to play, and more.

Ukuleles available to use for the day.

Location: Next Stage Arts, Putney, VT

Also: Ukulele-in-a-Day! at the Brattleboro Music Center
Sunday, January 7, 2018, 10am – 3pm. Tuition – $125.

Mar
10
Sat
2018
Claudia Schmidt CD release show
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm
Claudia Schmidt CD release show @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Next Stage Arts Project presents Claudia Schmidt in a special CD release concert at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Tickets are $20 in advance $24 at the door, available online, through the Next Stage website (www.nextstagearts.org) or 3 weeks in advance of show at the Putney Co-op or Turn It Up in Brattleboro 3 weeks in advance of show. Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT, and features a newly-renovated, accessible performance space.

Claudia Schmidt is a powerful vocalist and adventurous artist, who combines lively folk, jazz and blues with rich poetry and playful humor. Hailing from Michigan, she knew at a young age that she was destined to be a singer. Performing in numerous choirs throughout her youth, Claudia soon pursued a professional career while in Chicago, leading her to Wisconsin and Minnesota, where she was a frequent guest on the early days of A Prairie Home Companion. More than thirty years and 22 albums later, Claudia continues to perform on the road to her loyal legions of fans across the country. Mixing folk, jazz, traditional ballads and breathtaking originals, there’s not a style she can’t master.  Claudia ‘s incredible voice and charismatic stage presence makes her a marvel in concert.

More than 4 decades as a touring professional have found Michigan native Claudia Schmidt traversing North America as well as Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theatres, and festival stages in front of 25,000 rapt listeners. She has recorded mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring her acclaimed 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer playing.

This Next Stage show will mark the release of Hark the Dark, Claudia Schmidt’s 22nd recording in a career spanning almost 45 years of composing and performing. She takes a thematic turn here, offering an homage to the oft-maligned season of the winter. Along with her original pieces, she has gathered some musings of fellow musicians, and thrown in a couple standards. Along with her extraordinary voice, dulcimer, and deluxe pianolin, she is accompanied brilliantly by pianist Miro Sprague, bassist Marty Jaffe, drummer Conor Meehan, and pianist/accordionist Chris Haynes.

Winner of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 2017 and ArtPlace America in 2014, Next Stage Arts Project has gained national recognition as a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney’s cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage.

Since its founding in early 2011, NSAP has hosted dozens events including classical, folk, and popular music concerts, films, spoken word and theater. Folk artists appearing have included Jonathan Edwards, Cheryl Wheeler, Chris Smither, Patty Larkin, John McCutcheon and Tony Trischka.

Apr
7
Sat
2018
Moonlight Davis Sings the Music of Stevie Wonder
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm
Moonlight Davis Sings the Music of Stevie Wonder @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Moonlight Davis will appear at Next Stage on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Next Stage at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, available online at www.nextstagearts.org, 3 weeks in advance of show at Turn It Up in Brattleboro, and the Putney Coop. Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vermont.

One of New England’s most powerful and soulful vocalists, Moonlight Davis has been thrilling audiences for decades with his compelling renditions of soul, gospel, blues and jazz repertoire. Moonlight is well known for the intense emotional impact and mature musicality that he brings to every performance. Moonlight has shared the stage with the late, legendary Billy Preston and has performed with local musical luminaries: Charles Neville, Samirah Evans, Evelyn Harris, Miro Sprague and Derrik Jordan, among others. Since 1992, he has performed with his wife Morning Star Chenven in the musical duo, “Moonlight and Morning Star”.

For this special event, Moonlight turns his focus to the music of the legendary Stevie Wonder, presenting a high-energy concert with a world class band. Musical director Miro Sprague has assembled a group of extraordinary musicians with extensive national and international touring experience. The band and backup singers fuel the fire of Moonlight’s electrifying interpretations of Wonder’s classic material. At a recent sold out show in Massachusetts they had audiences dancing in the streets.  Get your tickets early, this show will sell out!

Moonlight Davis – Lead Vocals

Miro Sprague – Musical Director /Piano/Keyboards

Jason Ennis – Guitar

Jon Suters – Bass

Conor Meehan – Drums

with special guests

Don Anderson – Trumpet

Doug Tanner – Harmonica

Backing Vocalists “The Wonder Women Trio”

Morning Star Chenven

Lou Leelyn

Laurie Didonato

The newly-renovated, fully-accessible Next Stage is at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT (across from the General Store). There will be a beer/wine cash bar.

Apr
14
Sat
2018
Patty Larkin’s CD release concert
Apr 14 @ 7:30 pm
Patty Larkin’s CD release concert @ Next Stage | Putney | Vermont | United States

Next Stage Arts Project presents Patty Larkin in a special CD release concert at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Tickets are $22 in advance $25 at the door, available online, through the Next Stage website (www.nextstagearts.org) or 3 weeks in advance of show at the Putney Co-op or Turn It Up in Brattleboro. Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT, and features a newly-renovated, accessible performance space.

Patty Larkin is a true phenomenon among singer/songwriters in the American folk music scene today. She redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. The New York Times describes her as “A virtuoso guitar player and mood-shaper…She is also a superb slide guitarist whose mature work is comparable to the best of Bonnie Rait and Lucinda Williams.” “Riveting” says the Chicago Tribune, “hypnotic”, Entertainment Weekly and a “drop dead brilliant performer”, Performing Songwriter.

Patty Larkin is part of the urban-folk/pop music phenomenon that spun off of the singer/songwriter explosion of the seventies, reinterpreting traditional folk melodies, rock, pop, bossa nova, drawing on anything from Dylan (Bob) to Dylan (Thomas). A self-described “guitar-driven songwriter”, Larkin has wound her way through soundscapes of evocative vocals, inventive guitar wizardry and imaginative lyrics. Her songs run from impressionistic poetry to witty wordplay.

On her new project, Song Poems, slated for release in 2018, Larkin reflects:

I have been energized by the poets, writers and artists I have met while teaching, and find myself on a journey to break down some of the predictable pathways that songs can travel. I have begun my writing days by reading the work of my favorite poets. I sit in hotel rooms, in my studio, at my kitchen table and recite the lines out loud. I look at poetry the way I look at nature. It feeds my imagination like water. Over time, my morning ritual evolved into the desire to sing some of my favorite poems. By singing the words, I have been able to follow the poet’s mind where I would never have traveled alone. As a songwriter, the song form, the frame, can be restrictive. My task in songwriting has been to find the freedom within the form. To push the sides out and stretch it. But to set someone else’s words to music is to be freed from songwriting form, freed from the necessity of rhyming lines, making choruses or building bridges. Poems can do all of that, of course, but it happens in a different way. Lines in poems can stretch musically into another measure, or can appear as a wisp of melody that overlaps in the background. In short: anything is possible, and so, after writing songs since age 11, I sit in my studio with a “beginner’s mind.” Rhythm, cadence, song form, style, all of the elements of songwriting become more malleable when I set a poem to music.

 Song Poems, a collection of poems I have spontaneously, organically set to song. The process has inspired me in my own songwriting, and has reignited my love for the sound of words. The act of making music from poetry has been a very joyful one.   And what a beautiful thing it is to make a joyful noise.

 Winner of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 2017 and ArtPlace America in 2014, Next Stage Arts Project has gained national recognition as a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney’s cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage.

Since its founding in early 2011, NSAP has hosted dozens events including classical, folk, and popular music concerts, films, spoken word and theater. Folk artists appearing have included Jonathan Edwards, Cheryl Wheeler, Chris Smither, John McCutcheon and Tony Trischka.