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Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents The Chris Kleeman Band on Sunday, May 29

Twilight Music begins its 14th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, May 29 with an evening of hard driving, house rocking, in your face blues by The Chris Kleeman Band. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 21. All concerts begin at 6:00 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, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, 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.

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Keith Murphy and Yann Falquet & Pascal Gemme at Next Stage on Friday, May 27

Twilight Music and Next Stage Arts Project present Quebecois duo Yann Falquet & Pascal Gemme, plus Newfoundland/New England solo balladeer Keith Murphy, for an evening of traditional songs in French and English as well as highly crafted traditional fiddle music at Next Stage on Friday, May 27 at 7:30 pm.

The pairing of Yann Falquet & Pascal Gemme with Keith Murphy offers a rare breadth of musical ground, from Keith's beautifully spare solo songs with elegant guitar accompaniment to the breathtaking level of musical interplay between Yann and Pascal. This twin bill also offers a unique and long awaited chance for these three musicians to explore some musical collaborations based on their shared passion for the music of Quebec.

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Bolivian Baroque Archivist to Speak at Organ Barn Concert on May 29

Guilford, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG), now in its 50th Anniversary Season, has been presenting a series of programs with Baroque-era works from Bolivia that have been hidden away for centuries. Since presenting the new, the unusual, and the underperformed is a central mission of the organization, this project has been a fitting element of its half-century season.

The third and final event in the series is on Sunday, May 29, at 3 p.m. in the intimate barn at Tree Frog Farm, where FOMAG now hosts concerts on both Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends. Located off Packer Corners Rd. in idyllic rural Guilford, the barn is home to the organization's c. 1897 Tracker Organ. One of FOMAG's founders, the late A. Graham Down (1929-2014), purchased the instrument in Maine, moved it to the barn, invested in its restoration and improvements over the years, and performed the first concerts on it.

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Lisa McCormick to Host Easy Acoustic Music Ensemble Class for Women

Singer/songwriter and guitar instructor Lisa McCormick is offering a brand new Women’s Easy Acoustic Music Ensemble Class, beginning June 7, in Brattleboro.

The class invites women to experience playing acoustic Folk and Boomer classic songs together, in a fun easygoing group ensemble.

A world-renowned guitar instructor, McCormick specializes in teaching adult beginners through intermediate level students.

Women with basic functional skills on an acoustic instrument are encouraged to join. Instruments may include guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, keyboards, and others. Singing is optional, and encouraged.

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Savings Bank of Walpole Concerts on the Green

Keene, NH -- Savings Bank of Walpole (SBW) is pleased to announce the dates and bands scheduled to perform at the annual “Concerts on the Green” summer concert series held on the town green in Walpole, New Hampshire.

The nine-concert series will kick off on Sunday, June 26 with a performance by The Springfield, VT Community Band and conclude with two concerts on August 14th featuring the Hope Haitian Choir (who are being sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Walpole) and The Jazz Express. All of the performances will take place on Sunday nights from 6:30-8:00 PM except for August 14th when the first show starts at 4:00 and runs until 5:30 PM followed by the second show which will begin at 6:30 PM. The concerts will be held rain or shine.

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Antje Duvekot and The Stockwell Brothers Band at Main Street Arts on Saturday, May 21

Main Street Arts presents a contemporary folk and bluegrass twin bill featuring Antje Duvekot and The Stockwell Brothers Band at Main Street Arts on Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 pm..

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. They are the keys to the powerful, even revolutionary, empathy that informs everything she writes. She has won some of the top songwriting awards including the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the Kerrville Folk Festival Best New Folk Award and the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act.

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Bonus Weekend Concert Series - Prince and the Revolution at First Avenue, August 3, 1983

Perhaps the only upside to Prince passing on is that YouTube has exploded with Prince videos. At least for the moment. Let’s enjoy one.

Tonight we will travel back in time, prior to Purple Rain. At this First Avenue show in the summer of 1983, Wendy makes her debut with the band and a series of new songs are debuted. I Would Die For U, Computer Blue, Purple Rain, Let’s Go Crazy, and Baby I’m a Star are played for the first time live.

Prince fans will enjoy hearing that these new songs aren’t completely finalized.

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Ben Williams and Sound Effect

The Vermont Jazz Center will welcome bassist Ben Williams and his group Sound Effect to the stage on Saturday, May 14th at 8:00 PM. Sound Effect is Ben Williams, bass; Marcus Strickland, saxophones; Alex Wintz, guitar; Willerm Delisfort on piano and Rhodes; John Davis on drums.

Ben Williams is the winner of the 2009 Thelonious Monk Competition on bass. He is also the recipient of a Grammy Award for his work with Pat Metheny’s Unity Band and was voted as top overall rising star in Downbeat’s 2015 Critic’s Poll. Most recently, Williams was chosen as bassist for the White House’s celebration of International Jazz Day. After introductions by President Obama, Irina Bokova (Director General of UNESCO), and Herbie Hancock, Williams accompanied Chucho Valdéz, Paquito D’Rivera, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, Trombone Shorty, Lionel Loueke, Robert Glasper, and Herbie Hancock in a moving example of how music unites the entire world. Williams’s consumate ability to support a wide range of styles is reflected in the numerous recordings he has appeared on with Pat Metheny, Jacky Terrasson, George Benson, The NEXT Collective, Eric Reed, and many more. He is an in-demand sideman and has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Mulgrew Miller, Chaka Khan, Terrence Blanchard, Stefon Harris, Pharrell Williams, and Herbie Hancock; he appears with Don Cheadle in the new tribute to Miles Davis - “Miles Ahead.”

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New! Women's Easy Acoustic Music Ensemble

Make music together with other women in a fun easy-going environment. Learn to play some great classic Folk and Boomer tunes, in a group ensemble. Experience level: functional beginner (some knowledge of basic chords). 

Get that guitar (or banjo or uke or...) out from under the bed and come make some music with other women!

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Fantastic Partnerz To Play Benefit Show For Youth Rock Festival

Saturday, May 14 get on up to Headroom Stages and get down with funky local favorite the Fantastic Partnerz. (thefantasticpartnerz.com) A benefit for BrattRock-the Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival. Alternative rock duo Wicked Thirsty opens the show. Doors open at 7:30.

Advance tickets $8 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2543375 or $10 at the door. Don't miss this fantastic show for a great cause!

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Main Street Arts Coffeehaus Features 2x2 Folk Quartet

Saxtons River - The Main Street Arts Coffeehaus Concert Series presents the folk quartet 2x2 Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.  Quartet members Valerie Kosednar, Mark Grieco and Betsy and Lee Rybeck Lynd will perform in a concert of a cappella and accompanied music distinguished by its broad range of styles, including traditional and contemporary folks songs from around the world.   Tickets are $10 in advance or $20 at the door. Info at (802) 869-2960 or online at mainstreetarts.org.   MSA is now fully handicapped accessible.

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Brattleboro Women's Chorus 20th Annual Spring Concert

As part of the ongoing celebrations of their twentieth anniversary year, the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus will present a concert of music composed entirely by founder/conductor, Becky Graber. Performances will be May 7 at 7:30 pm at Next Stage Arts in Putney and May 8 at 4:00 pm at Centre Congregational Church, Main Street, Brattleboro.

A few of the compositions are from past years, but most are new, composed especially for this concert. Several of the pieces are Graber’s original words. Others are poetry she has set to music, including “Sit By an Apple Tree” by Louise Erdrich, “Winter’s Harvest” by Jane Elsdon, “Trust” by Pierre Teilhard du Chardin, “Light Beams” by Antonio Machado, and “Clearing” by Martha Postlethwaite. And two of the poems are the words of chorus members, “Our Whole Lives Long” by Lynette Sievert and Graber, and “When I Saw the Hawk” by Sue Owings.  

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Women in Music Benefit Features Music by The Sisters Boulanger

Now in its 50th season, Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) presents its 7th Women in Music Celebration, an annual house-concert gala, beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 24.

"This fundraiser for our concert season includes three important elements," explains administrator Joy Wallens-Penford. "A bounty of good food, some delightful music, and a special Silent Auction with a few gift certificates to restaurants and merchants as well as a wide range of 2-for-1 tickets to arts events around the region. We help to promote other organizations' events and garner vital support for the many free and affordable programs we present in the community."

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Cantrip and Low Lily at Next Stage on Saturday, April 23

Twilight Music and Next Stage Arts Project present a Celtic and Americana music twin bill featuring high energy Scottish music by Cantrip, and American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration by Low Lily, at Next Stage on Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 pm.

From the strong base of its Celtic roots, Cantrip branches out into the music of other European cultures. Weaving together songs and tunes, both traditional and contemporary, Dan Houghton, Jon Bews and Eric McDonald take an audience on a cultural journey, putting their own spin on each style. Known for their innovative arrangements, un-produced sound and dry wit, Cantrip has toured throughout Scotland and the US, expanding the boundaries of Celtic music along the way.

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Renee Rosnes Quartet

Pianist Renee Rosnes will perform at the Vermont Jazz Center on April 16th at 8:00 PM with her world-class quartet including vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash. Cited as “one of the finest pianists in jazz,” Rosnes has recorded and toured with a veritable who's who of jazz including legends Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, J.J. Johnson, James Moody, Buster Williams and Bobby Hutcherson.

Rosnes demonstrates brilliance in her approach to jazz standards and has dedicated albums to playing these classic songs (her recording A Time For Love is a good example), but it is her esteemed work as a composer whose focused ability to choose a complex concept and express it through music that further elevates her reputation. In a review of her most recent recording, Written in the Rocks, Downbeat magazine claims “Rosnes is a virtuoso jazz composer...advanced yet accessible, complex but never ostentatious, this is as good as writing can get in this setting."

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Cheryl Wheeler plus Lizzy Mandell at Next Stage on Friday, April 1

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present contemporary folk singer/songwriter and comedienne extraordinaire Cheryl Wheeler, plus Lizzy Mandell, at Next Stage on Friday, April 1 at 7:30 pm.

It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the microphone. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a militant trend defier and savagely funny social critic. As the poet and comic forces join, taking their separate turns and melding into the same artistic vision, Wheeler emerges as a delightful, gifted and openhearted performer.

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The Stockwell Brothers Band at Phelps Barn March 26

Phelps Barn at The Grafton Inn presents contemporary bluegrass and folk music quartet The Stockwell Brothers Band on Saturday, March 26 at 8:00 pm.

Bruce, Barry, Alan and Kelly Stockwell's music spans traditional and progressive styles, but their trademark acoustic sound features new singer/songwriter material recast with banjo, alternative rhythms and three-part harmonies. They cover straight ahead bluegrass songs, finger picked acoustic guitar ballads, full tilt breakdowns and traditional mandolin tunes mixed in with more unusual fare - Americana melodies riding world beat grooves and Celtic, jazzy, even neo-classical instrumentals.

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Michael Zsoldos + String Quartet

On March 26th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center will present a listening experience that will appeal to lovers of both classical and jazz music. Saxophonist Michael Zsoldos will pay tribute to one of the jazz lineage’s top tenor saxophonists Ben Webster. For this concert his jazz quartet will be augmented by a string quartet. Together they will perform an evening of music that Zsoldos transcribed from two recordings released by Webster in 1954: “Music for Loving” and “The Warm Moods.” Zsoldos will be joined by Miro Sprague (piano), Dave Clark (acoustic bass) and Tim Gilmore (drums). The jazz quartet will be complemented by string players Alicia Casey, Ben Van Vliet (violins), Marcia Cassidy (viola) and Ben Kulp (cello).

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Flying Saucer?

Things aren’t always what they seem.

This is actually an aerial photograph of Montreal's Olympic Stadium in 1977

(Emerson, Lake & Palmer concert)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMd95IIexHo

RIP Keith. They don’t make ‘em like you anymore.

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The Sweetback Sisters at Next Stage on Thursday, March 10

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present country, swing, honky-tonk and old-time music quintet The Sweetback Sisters at Next Stage on Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 pm.

The Sweetback Sisters forge their own sound by delivering arrangements that combine the soul of classic ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s-era country music with an undeniably contemporary edge. Emily Miller (vocals, fiddle), Zara Bode (vocals, guitar), Stefan Amidon (drums), Rob Hecht (fiddle) and Jason Loughlin (electric guitar) take their inspiration from the Davis Sisters and Louvin Brothers, as well as the spirited honky-tonk energy of Wanda Jackson and Loretta Lynn. Zara and Emily’s family-style harmonies reflect a deeply felt love for traditional country music styles and a palpable joy in playing and singing together, and the band’s signature mix of harmony singing, rollicking telecaster and twin fiddling is as infectious as it is heartbreaking.

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