Kevin Hart is a relatively new arrival on the comedy scene, and his career has been going quite well. I think I heard that he will be headlining a comedy performance in a stadium soon, something few, if any other, comedians have attempted.
This is his show, I'm A Grown Little Man, from 2009 or so.
Melissa Aldana is the third generation in her family to follow the saxophone as her calling. Her father, Marcos Aldana, now considered one of the most important musicians in Chile, was her first teacher. She still performs on the Selmer Mark VI saxophone she received as a treasured gift from her grandfather, Enrique Aldana, who was her father’s teacher. Marcos Aldana’s teaching method was based on transcription: learn the sound quality and improvised solos of those you wish to emulate.
Melissa began her studies on the alto saxophone at the age of six. Melissa stated: “My dad would choose a song that he really liked, so the first person I learned from was Charlie Parker. We would take one phrase, and listen. Then, I would play it really slow, over and over, hundreds of times, until it sounded exactly like him. I think it’s one of the best ways to teach a little kid because I learned everything by listening to the masters.”
The Future Collective keep bringing us great music. Their latest show featured The Suitcase Junket, a one-man band led by Matt Lorenz, a Vermonter now living in Amherst who’s already getting airplay on The River. In addition to having an amazing voice and top notch songs, in a quirky folk vein, he also knows how to put on a show. Tuning his hugely beat-up dumpster guitar became part of the act, and everyone enjoyed meeting the band (“this box of assorted metalware is the high
hat…”). What intrigued me even more than his making random junk sound musical was his ability to do the equivalent of Tuvan throat singing which added an exotic touch. He has a new record, his third, entitled Make Time, which has been getting good reviews.
Sandglass Theater presents African Adventure Tales by Crabgrass Puppet Theater in Winter Sunshine Series
PUTNEY VT- On March 28th at 1 and 3pm two funny folktales from Africa come to life with vibrant puppets, spectacular scenery, and an infectious musical score. "Koi and the Kola Nuts" is a tale from Liberia in which the young son of a chief sets out on a wonderful journey in search of fortune, carrying only a sack of kola nuts. His kindness to the creatures he meets is rewarded when their help saves his life! And in “Anansi and the Talking Melon,” we meet one of the most hilarious trickster characters in world folklore.
BCTV Ch 8 Schedule for the week of 3/23/15
Monday, March 23, 2015
12:00 am Heartbeat: Israeli-Palestinian Youth Musicians Concert at Goddard College
2:00 am At Landmark: Dorothea Brauer, 'Queering Education' 3/2/15
3:30 am VT Council on Rural Development: Climate Change Summit 2/18/15 Pt 2
5:00 am Tiokasin Ghost Horse at Guilford Community Church
The daily local history sidebar is one of the most interesting features on ibrattleboro, and seems to be seldom commented on. Those abbreviated items often leave me wondering about the details.
Today we read:
1878: The 90-cent dollars have put in an appearance as pocket pieces.
What could that be about?
About a month ago, this item ran:
1887: Samuel Simkoveze, the well known Jew peddler, is about to open a clothing store in the basement of Vinton’s block.
Normally, one doesn’t expect a state board of education to oppose federal education policy. As we’ve long been told, unless states comply with federal standards, the feds will cut off the money. But last week, the Vermont State Board of Education issued a resolution suspending the use of the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) standardized tests as a means of evaluating schools and students. The resolution went further, calling on Congress and the Obama Administration to make substantial changes to No Child Left Behind, the Bush-era legislation that has been the chief driver behind today’s testing regime.
In 1986 Robin Williams star had risen and he taped the following performance at the Met in NYC.
It seems to be an accurate representation of what people most enjoyed about him to that point - a manic genius. Part of that may have been some the cocaine he was known to be doing, but it was mostly a real talent for laser-quick improv, free-association, and ability to mimic and caricature.
The Fiddler for roots music band Low Lily is from Brattleboro. Her name is Lissa Schneckenburger, and she lives on my street. More importantly, she plays fiddle, really, really, really, really well. I had her on my radio show when I was doing the Colonel Brattle's Music Hall, and I have seen her at play here in Brattleboro.
Now, Low Lily is raising money for their CD.
If you donate $15, you will get a copy of their CD which will have 4-7 tracks on it. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/low-lily-s-new-ep#home
Doubly cool, after they meet their goal, which will allow them to create this recording, they will donate 50% of all funds to the Drop In center. http://www.feedthethousands.org/brattleboro-area-drop-center.
Here is the text of their indiegogo campaign.
The Brattleboro Historical Society is putting together an ORAL HISTORY of the Vietnam War Era and is seeking Brattleboro area people - veterans to anti-war activists - to come forward to share experiences. If you have an interest in participating contact Bill Holiday at -