Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present roots, old time and Americana quintet The Mammals (featuring Mike + Ruthy), plus folk/rock singer/songwriter Brian Dunne, at Next Stage on Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 pm.
Woodstock, NY-based Ruth Ungar and Mike Merenda founded The Mammals with Tao Rodriguez-Seeger (grandson of the legendary folk singer Pete Seeger) in 2000, and after touring the world for the next seven years with the likes of Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger, emerged as one of acoustic America’s most revered musical duos – Mike + Ruthy. The daughter of fiddle legend Jay Ungar and country singer Lyn Hardy, Ruthy is an earthy country-blues singer with the unmistakable stage presence of a natural-born performer. Mike is an artfully prolific songwriter with an indie rock soul and feather-touch vocals.
This year, Mike and Ruth have brought back the original band name that energized crowd in the 2000’s and gave them their start. This time around, The Mammals’ goals remain two-fold: raise positive social awareness and have a good party. This stringband of subversive acoustic traditionalists was always known for its rabble-rousing musical statements which sometimes caused a stir with politically divided audiences. With former Mammal members including Jacob Silver and Ken Maiuri, the 2017 lineup features the signature mix of Americana hoedowns, sassy blues, Motown soul, old-timey harmonies, rock-n-roll energy and inspired, political songwriting.
“A string band at the core, The Mammals augment their sound with drums and electric guitar to create a collectively harmonized howl as thrilling and rocking as any band currently subverting folk traditions” – No Depression
New York City-based, folk rock singer/songwriter and guitarist Brian Dunne is quickly gaining attention and praise across the US for his sharp lyrical prowess and country-influenced vocals. His second album “Bug Fixes & Performance Improvements” was released in May, 2017, debuting at #10 on the iTunes Songwriter charts and earning Brian performances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, 2017’s Cayamo Cruise and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT. Tickets are $18 Advance / $22 At the Door. For information, call 802-387-0102. Advance tickets are available at www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and Putney Food Co-Op in Putney. For more information, visit www.themammals.love, www.briandunnemusic.net, and www.twilightmusic.org.
Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present folk singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, storyteller, activist and author John McCutcheon at Next Stage on Sunday, November 19 at 7:30 pm.
Folk music’s “Rustic Renaissance Man” (Washington Post), John is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. His thirty recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including seven Grammy nominations. He has produced over twenty albums of other artists, from traditional fiddlers to contemporary singer-songwriters to educational and documentary works. His books and instructional materials have introduced budding players to the joys of their own musicality. And his commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers.
Even before graduating summa cum laude from Minnesota’s St. John’s University, Wisconsin native John McCutcheon literally “headed for the hills,” forgoing a college lecture hall for the classroom of the eastern Kentucky coal camps, union halls, country churches and square dance halls. His apprenticeship to many of the legendary figures of Appalachian music imbedded a love of not only home-made music, but a sense of community and rootedness. The result is music, whether traditional or from his huge catalog of original songs, with the profound mark of place, family and strength. It also created a storytelling style that has been compared to Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor.
Besides his usual circuit of major concert halls and theaters, John is equally at home in an elementary school auditorium, a festival stage or at a farm rally. In the past few years alone he has headlined over a dozen different festivals in North America, toured Australia for the sixth time, toured Chile in support of a women’s health initiative, appeared in a Woody Guthrie tribute concert in New York City, served as President of the fastest-growing Local in the Musicians Union and given symphony pops concerts across America and special concerts at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
But it is in live performance that John feels most at home. It is what has brought his music into the lives and homes of one of the broadest audiences any folk musician has ever enjoyed. People of every generation and background feel at home in a concert hall when John McCutcheon takes the stage. Whether in print, on record or on stage, few people communicate with the versatility, charm, wit or pure talent of John McCutcheon.
“John McCutcheon is not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader. And not just incidentally, he is committed to helping hard-working people everywhere to organize and push this world in a better direction.” – Pete Seeger
Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT. 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 Putney Food Co-Op in Putney. For more information, visit www.folkmusic.com, www.twilightmusic.org and www.nextstagearts.org.
Next Stage Arts Project is delighted to present international a capella sensation The Groovebarbers, with special guests, the Putney Central School Chorus, in the fourth annual holiday concert, on Friday, December 15th, at 7:30pm Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for 6 years old and up, and $40 for a family. Kids under 6 get in free. The newly-renovated and accessible Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT. Tickets are available online at www.nextstagearts.org, or at the Putney Coop or Turn It Up in Brattleboro.
Bring the family for an evening of harmony and song that will have your spirit soaring and your kids rushing to start their own vocal quartets as quick as you can say Wenceslaus!
Join international a capella sensation “The Groovebarbers” whose mellifluous vocal blend, close harmonies and warm arrangements of holiday classics from the secular to the sublime will warm your heart.
This is show is so family friendly that kids 6 and under are free when accompanied by an adult (limit of 1 free kid per adult ticket). There will be popcorn and other refreshments in the lobby.
The Village Voice calls The GrooveBarbers “acapella rock and soul royalty”. Each member of this all-vocal powerhouse quartet is a bona fide star in his own right: Sean Altman, Charlie Evett and Steve Keyes are former members of the pioneering modern a cappella group Rockapella of “Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?” TV fame, and Kevin Weist is a renowned bald vocal guru. Collectively they have established themselves as the go-to vocal group for rock, doo-wop, jazz, barbershop and — with the help of guest soprano Inna Dukach — a new hybrid genre they call “doowopera”. www.GrooveBarbers.com www.doowopera.com
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, available online, through the Next Stage website (www.nextstagearts.org) or at the Putney Coop or Turn It Up in Brattleboro. 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