"A Park Slope Bistro right in the Green Mountains"

The New York Times 2006

Basement Music Series
 
Photo Basement Music Series

In the winter of 2004 VAE converted their downstairs basement studio into a cabaret-club atmosphere with the plan to present once a month, high quality music that is culturally diverse. With tablecloths, flowers and candles on the tables, professional lighting and a bar, the 130 seat venue was ready for an audience. From late fall through April each year (the cold weather seasons), the Basement Music Series (BMS), brings in bands from as far away as Cuba and Tuva and from Virginia to the music hub, Brooklyn, New York. From Grammy nominated Omar Sosa, to BMS favorite Howard Fishman, and the Tuvan throat singers ALASH, it's grown to twice a month. The people come for one reason, to listen to music, and this what the bands love the most about presenting their craft. The intimate setting in which they perform downstairs allows for an experience that both artist and audience go home not forgetting and anticipating a return.

Stay tuned for upcoming season schedule and thanks for supporting live music !

Purchasing Tickets: Tickets available through our new ticket company www.brownpapertickets.com The first and only fair-trade ticketing company! Follow the link to find our calander of upcoming events and place your ticket order directly with them.You may also call them toll free at 1-800-838-3006. Libations served. Seating is limited.

Winter 2014/2015

Ethan Lipton and his Orchestra
“NO PLACE TO GO” A play/song cycle

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Greenwall Auditorium, Bennington College
Tickets, $18 in advance, $22 at the door, $5 for students.
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Find out more about the Ethan Lipton and his Orchestra online.

Doors open at 6:00, show at 7:00pm.

 

No Place to Go is a play/song cycle about the demise of an American workplace. Performed by Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra (Eben Levy-guitar, Ian Riggs –stand-up bass, and Vito Dieterle-horns. NO PLACE TO GO was commissioned by Joe's Pub and produced by the Public Theater in a production directed by Leigh Silverman in March 2012. Ethan Lipton is no stranger to the Basement Music Series so bringing his play here will be a special night, especially performing at Greenwall at Bennington College. The show won an Obie Award and was called "one of the galvanizing theater moments of 2012" by the NY Times, and later played four weeks at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ, where it earned a spot on the Star-Ledger's Best of Theater and Opera list for 2012. The band has also performed one-offs of the show in Virginia, Los Angeles, Connecticut and at the ATP music fest in Camber Sands, UK, and will continue to tour it through 2015.

Ethan Lipton
 

Previous 2014/2015 Show Schedule

The Alex Torres Quartet

Friday, April 10, 2015
Tickets, $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 for students.
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Doors open at 7:00, show at 8:00pm.

 

The quartet of William Rodriguez on the congas, Alex Torres on the bongo, Fred Young on the trumpet and Abe Sanchez on the piano features many jazz standards with Latin "danceable" styles such as salsa, merengue and chacha.

Alex Torres Quartet
 

The Prescriptions with Side Effects Horn Section

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Tickets, $18 in advance, $22 at the door, $12 for students.
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Doors open at 7:00, show at 8:00pm.

 

Great dance music from rock & funk to blues with a brassy horn section.

The Prescriptions
 

The Citizens

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Tickets, $18 in advance, $22 at the door, $12 for students.
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Doors open at 7:00, show at 8:00pm.


 

"The Citizens shouldn’t be missed! It's easy to say that this band or that band is the best new thing to hit the streets, but in the case of this NYC quintet it would be impossible not to sing the members' praises. Fans of any sort of quirky pop or rock should get their hands on Post Cro-Magnon Drift immediately and let the bliss-out begin." -Jenn O’Donnell, DOA

The Citizens are a four piece band from New York City that began playing together in early 2003. Known for their impressive dynamic range, the Citizens' songs vary from British-influenced rock to quiet, sometimes experimental pieces that play with the boundaries of traditional song forms.  Some of the groups influences include:  The Beatles, The Smiths, Big Star, Sly and The Family Stone, Velvet Underground and The Pretenders.

The band's Oregon spawned rhythm section consists of Jason DiMatteo (Valerie June, Chocolate Genius, Burnt Sugar) on bass and John Bollinger (Antony and The Johnsons, Sway Machinery, Barbez)on drums. Jason and John have known each other since grade school. With a background together in rock, r&b and jazz, they provide a solid, time-honed core for the band's music.

Thom Loubet is the band's guitarist. Thom is a versatile player with a knack for texture who can easily move from aggressive to delicate playing styles.  Thom has played with some of the New York scene's most prominent musicians such as Alice Smith, Tamar-Kali, Burnt Sugar, and Nu Afrika.

The group's lead singer, lyricist and keyboard player is Mark Lesseraux. Mark is known for his dramatic live performances and considerable vocal ability. Mark was the lead singer of the psych/pop trio Lazy Susan in 1999/2000. He has recorded two solo CDs and one other collaborative CD with the NY multi-cultural collective Earthdriver.

Sonically and lyrically, the Citizens' music is both inviting and challenging. Employing a unique variety of themes, moods and melodies, they manage to produce consistently captivating and original "Avant Rock."

the Citizens
 

Session Americana

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Tickets, $18 in advance, $22 at the door, $12 for students.
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Find out more about the Sessions Americana online.

Doors open at 7:00, show at 8:00pm.


Session Americana is described as a rock band in a teacup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of talented musicians craft a musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack's bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that's not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American "song bag". David Greenberger of NPR states,"I'd give them 100 miles.  That is to say, if they're playing anywhere within 100 miles of your home, you drive there and are grandly rewarded for your effort".

Sessions Americana
 

Latin Dance Party
A Village School of North Bennington Fundraiser

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Tickets, $40 per person, Dance Lessons $10 per person
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Doors open at 6:30, Dance Lessons at 7:30pm.

 

Latin Dance Party Featuring DJ Toni Basanta from Cuba. A Village School of North Bennington Fundraiser. Silent Art Auction, Cash Bar, "South of the Border" Appetizers.

Latin Dance lesson with Michael Rodriguez & Erica Silber
6:30-8:00pm ($10 purchased on night of show)

Sponsored by Thyme Tables Catering, Wills Insurance and Witten, Woolmington, Campbell & Bernal P.C.

 

The Pine Cobble School Arts Benefit
ROCK MUSIC CONCERT

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Tickets, $10 per person, $25 per family
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Doors open at 6:00, show at 7:00pm.

 

Please join the Pine Cobble community and the Vermont Arts Exchange of North Benington Vermont, for a special night of live music by the region's best young musicians.

Featuring a Pine Cobble student performance,
plus musical guests Adrian and Julian of Take 2
and from Brattleboro, The SNAZ.

Baked goods by Pine Cobble and Libations by Thyme Tables Catering.

Pine Cobble SchoolTake 2The Snaz
 

Gypsy Layne
at Oldcastle Theater

Two Nights!
Friday & Saturday, February 13th & 14th, 2015
Tickets, $22 in advance, $26 at the door
Tickets for Friday available at www.brownpapertickets.com
Tickets for Saturday available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Find out more about the Gypsy Layne online.

Doors open at 7:00, show at 8:00pm.


An alternative to chocolates and flowers
by Larry Murray

  Valentine's Day has suffered many indignities over the years, most recently when the Vatican Council demoted St. Valentine as an official holy day. Then the supermarkets removed all the fragrance from roses. And chocolates are now allowed to be made with hydrogenated fats. And nobody sends real valentines in the mail anymore. It isn't that Valentine’s Day has been secularized, it's that it has become an exercise in empty traditions.

While most Christian traditions started out as pagan celebrations, Valentines Day has gone from a remembrance of a Christian saint to one which takes place at the time of February's Lupercalia (a Roman fertility festival). In ancient times women would place their names in a bowl from which the bachelors would select the person they would spend their next year with. Without having to get married or getting slapped with blood soaked strips of dead goatskin.

That is one part of the old pagan tradition we're happy to skip.

February is thought of as the month for the sweet and innocent to send Valentines to their true love. Now this year that's all changed. Restaurants will still be packed, but there are now other choices.

So on the 13th and the 14th the Berkshire based Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Company promises to deliver the real action, and to me it is all in the spirit of Lupercalia. Called the "sexy highpoint of classic burlesque entertainment" by Berkshire magazine, Gypsy Layne's hallmark of bawdy humor, live music, dynamic dance routines, and cheeky sex appeal are prominently featured in their latest extravaganza featuring both men and women. Yes, the times have changed in more ways than one.

Centuries ago in France and England it was commonly believed that February 14 was the beginning of birds' mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of February is when everyone should should take time out for romance. Today, as in the past, the many snow days keep it going. Gypsy Lane has added the spice of burlesque to love's tease, and is perhaps the most secular interpretation of Valentine's Day that you can enjoy here in Southern Vermont.

Gypsy Layne
 

The Cash Registers

Saturday, February 7, 2015
All tickets $10
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Doors open at 7:00, show at 8:00pm.

 

Cash Register's mastermind John Bendik was already a veteran of the Pittsburgh hardcore scene at age 18. His bands Poisoning & Savage Amused had a brief existence, but left a lasting impression on the East Coast hardcore scene. Mind Cure Records recently released Savage Amused first album-length demo to great acclaim.  After moving to New York City in the early 90's, John formed the Cash Registers. The band played a melodic-frenetic style of punk & garage rock. Cash Registers played 100's of shows in and around the East Coast, including a dozen or more at CBGB's. The band released 2 E.P's and a batch of compilation tracks for Flipside, Go-Kart & more before splitting around 2000.  Now the band is back playing shows & writing and recording new songs. John is  remastering dozens of Cash Registers unreleased tracks for immediate release.

Cash Registers
 

Ellis Paul

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Tickets, $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 for students.
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Find out more about Ellis Paul online.

Doors open at 7:00, show at 8:00pm.


"Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music." - The New York Times

  Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It's a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen certainly as well. Yet few others, for whatever genius they may possess, can relate their own history to the history experienced by those who find that common bond, be it in a coming of age, living through the same realities or sharing similar experiences.

  Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters.Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love..., intimate, passionate and enduring.

  "Master songwriter and storyteller with captivating vocals…Literate, provocative, urbanely romantic." - The Boston Globe

Ellis Paul
 

Dustbowl Revival

Friday, January 23, 2015
Tickets, $18 in advance, $22 at the door, $12 for students.
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Find out more about the Dustbowl Revival online.

Doors open at 7:00, show at 8:00pm.


AWARDED BEST LIVE BAND IN LA!

  "In a city like Los Angeles, home to musical stars in nearly every known genre, handing out the Best Live Band title is not easy. But the free-thinking local collective Dustbowl Revival's upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear. " - LA WEEKLY BEST OF 2013

  The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their roaring live sets, Dustbowl bravely brings together many styles of traditional American music. Some call it string band-brass band mash up. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show teaming up with Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Sevens, or Bob Dylan and The Band jamming with Benny Goodman and his orchestra in 1938. It's infectious, joyous music - a youthful take on time-worn American traditions.

  Named "Best Live Band in LA" by The LA Weekly, each Dustbowl performance promises to be a white-knuckle ride through the history of American folk music that rarely stays just on the stage. Call it the new old-timey dance hall sound made fresh by some of the best soloists in the business. After placing several songs on ABC and Fox and having tunes featured in independent films like "Made In China" (winner of SXSW) winning Americana song of the year from the Independent Music Awards (Tom Waits judging), playing festivals like Outside Lands and Live Oak and opening for bands like Lake Street Dive, Rebirth Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty, the band began barnstorming more extensively across the USA. 

  Founder Z. Lupetin came west from Chicago and placed a humble Craigslist ad to get the circus started. The group has grown steadily from a small string band playing up and down the west coast, into a traveling mini orchestra featuring instrumentation that often includes fiddle, mandolin, trombone, clarinet, trumpet, ukelele, drums, tuba, organ, a bass made from a canoe oar, harmonica and plenty of washboard and kazoo for good luck.

    With their latest record Carry Me Home rising on the Americana charts, the band is slated for big years ahead. A European tour is in the works. They will be recording their first live album at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall and LA's famed Troubadour and have toured the Pacific Northwest, The Midwest and East coast.

Dustbowl Revival
 

The Lost - An End of the Year Rock and Roll Show

Friday, Dec 5, 2014
$10 Only available at the door, first-come, first-serve basis.


Find out more about The Lost online.

Doors open at 7:00, show at 8:00pm.


The Lost is a Jam infused rock oriented band consisting of a trio of original southwestern Vermont natives. With Cody Myers on guitar and vocals, Jake Hill on bass and vocals and Kevin Breese on the drums, the music is filled with crunching guitars, a driving bass line and high energy drumming. The strong vocal punch and harmonies take the overall sound to a classic rock-n-roll vibe. The band has no problem taking all that energy and stripping it down. Leaving only the power of the music and energy of the band. Taking it to an intimate level that showcases the backbone of rhythm and power while offering the audience an up and close feeling of attending a rehearsal in the studio of The Lost.

Admission to this concert is $10 at the door on the day of show on a first-come, first-served basis. Libations will be available from Thyme Tables Catering. The dance floor will be open so wear your dancing shoes.

The Lost
 

The Road Trip:
Hillary Chase (and her band)

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
8:45pm on the Basement Stage
$5 Suggested Donation at door.


Hillary Chase is a senior at Bennington College. She has majored in music studies over the course of four and a half years and is now presenting her final work in her senior show titled The Road Trip. Chase’s music blends a variety of styles including folk roots, soul, jazz, rock and pop. Backing her up is a five-piece band including students, alumni, town members and longtime musical collaborators.

Check out the Annual Bennington College Printmakers Show before she takes the stage.

Hillary Chase
 

Howard Fishman - The Basement Tapes Projects

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Tickets, $20 in advance, $24 at the door, $10 for students
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006

Find out more about the Basement Tapes Project online.

Doors open at 7:00, show at 8:00pm.


The Basement Tapes Project explores the mysterious underground recordings made by Bob Dylan and The Band in 1967. The project has been programmed to wide acclaim at a major national venues, including Lincoln Center’s “American Songbook” series, the Steppenwolf Theatre’s “Traffic Jam”; and at “Duke Performances” at Duke University.

Howard Fishman
 

Session Americana with Jefferson Hamer

Friday, October 17, 2014
Tickets, $18 in advance, $22 at the door, $10 for students
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006

Check out music from Sessions Americana online.

Doors open at 7:00, show at 8:00pm.


"I'd give them 100 miles. That is to say, if they're playing anywhere within 100 miles of your home, you drive there and are grandly rewarded for your effort". -David Greenberger

Sessionsamericana
 

Previous 2013/2014 Show Schedule

The WIYOS

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Performing at Clear Brook Farm as part of our joint 20th year anniversary celebration.

Come out to Clear Brook Farm for a picnic dinner at 5pm. Bring your own or order pizza from Mach's Wood Fired Oven Pizza, then enjoy dessert from the potluck dessert table. Yes, that means bring some of your favorite summer treats to share! Have some fun hanging out and making art with the VAE Art Bus, and enjoy some music from the Speckers Family during the picnic.

At 8pm, the Brooklyn based band, WIYOS will be playing for us into the night. Expect to hear some "Junkyard blues to Cuban neighborhood via surf song harmonies and back wood Appalachia . . ."

Libations will be served by Thymes Tables, therefore, state law requires no alcohol to be brought in. Call the farm with any questions: 442-4273


Check out some tunes from WIYOS.


Defibulators
 

The Defibulators

Friday, August 8th, 2014
Performing at the Lake Paran Pavillion, presented by the Basement Music Series.
Tickets, $15 in advance, $18 at the door, $10 for students
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Check out some tunes from the Defibulators.


Doors open at 7:00, show at 8:00pm.


"With their new album, “Debt’ll Get ‘Em,” the band lives well beyond the promise of their first album and the critics’ praise, delivering a blistering, let’s-get-down-to-the-truth, eclectic mix of musical styles that push and stretch the boundaries of country music by blending genre-bending guitars, fiddles, and banjo with the often haunting vocals of Erin Bru and the won’t-let-you-stop-thinking lyrics of Bug Jennings" -No Depression

Libations by JC's Tavern.


Defibulators
 

Parsonsfield (formerly Poor Old Shine)
with opening band, Gold Town
presented by Billsville House Concerts

Friday, July 25th, 2014
Tickets: $15 in advance, $12 for students
available online at Billsville House Concerts


Parking lot open at 5:00, show at 8:00pm.

Come early and get some eats at the Phantom Food Truck - never heard of it? check it out at phantomvt.com

Libations by Thyme Tables Catering.


Read more about the band and check out the music of Parsonsfield

Parsonsfield
 

PHOX
presented by Billsville House Concerts

Saturday, July 26th, 2014
Tickets: $15 in advance, $12 for students
available online at Billsville House Concerts


Parking lot open at 5:00, show at 8:00pm.

Come early and get some eats at the Phantom Food Truck - never heard of it? check it out at phantomvt.com

Libations by Thyme Tables Catering.


Read more about the band and check out the music of PHOX

PHOX
 

Benefit Dance Party
to Support the Shaftsbury After School Program

Saturday, June 21st 2014
Tickets: $30
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Featuring FUNK IN THE TRUNK


Doors open at 7:00, show at 8:00pm.


Motown, soul and funk . . . songs that keep your hands clapping and your feet tapping. Raffle & Libations!

Libations by Thyme Tables Catering.


Heather Maloney
 

Heather Maloney

Saturday, May 31st 2014
Tickets, $18 in advance, $22 at the door, $10 for students
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Check out music from Heather Maloney.


Doors open at 7:00, show at 8:00pm.


"Her music is riveting, her voice adventurous, her lyrics thought-provoking… Maloney's expansive range can handle Ella Fitzgerald-style jazz scat and adapt to Beatlesque pop or Joni Mitchell folk…" -No Depression

Libations by Thyme Tables Catering.


Heather Maloney
 

Open Mic Night

Friday, May 16th 2014
Suggested $5. Donation


Doors open at 7:00, show at 8:00pm.


This new night of music will showcase musical talents from the surrounding colleges, as well as the Bennington musical community at large. Great opportunity to play or recite that new piece you've been working on and hear the amazing creativity our community has to share! Ideal for individuals, small groups and acoustic performances. Local musician Deena Smith will host this first Open Mic.

Libations served by Times Table. Seating is limited.


Open Mic Night
 

Francesca Blanchard

Saturday, April 12th 2014
Tickets, $18 in advance, $22 at the door, $10 for students
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Check out music from Francesca Blanchard.


Doors open at 7:00, show at 8:00pm.


Francesca Blanchard is a singer-songwriter born and raised in France who traveled the globe with her family before she settled in the small town of Charlotte in beautiful rural Vermont. Her music reflects on her travels, both physical and emotional. Francesca's EP "Songs On An Ovation" features a collection of songs in French and English played on her mother's Ovation guitar.

"Blanchard’s debut EP, Songs on an Ovation, is quietly and profoundly stunning. It is a humble ode to love, heartbreak and home that says more about all three topics in the span of 17 minutes than some songwriters do over entire careers. A remarkable debut." - Dan Bolles, Seven Days

Libations by Thyme Tables Catering.


Francesca Blanchard
 

Howard Fishman

Friday, March 28th 2014
Tickets, $22 in advance, $26 at the door, $15 for students
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Check out music from Howard Fishman.


Doors open at 7:00, show at 8:00pm.


Critically-acclaimed singer, guitarist, composer and bandleader Howard Fishman's exuberant, spontaneous, and unvarnished music has made him a favorite of audiences and critics alike. Ever-evolving and increasingly difficult to pin down, Fishman filters a deep passion for New Orleans jazz, Brooklyn soul, open-hearted country, blues and gospel music through a completely original, experimental aesthetic, to create a sound entirely his own. The New York Times has written that his music "transcends time and idiom."

Libations by Thyme Tables C