"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.

Summer 2014

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
 

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 Thyme Tables Catering.


Defibulators
 

Previous 2013/2014 Show Schedule

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 Catering.


Howard Fishman
 

An Evening of Blues

Saturday, March 15th 2014
Tickets, $18 in advance, $22 at the door, $10 for students
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


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


Blues Sanctuary is headlining blues night, with virtuoso harp player Bob Stannard opening, accompanied by Blues Guitar ace Charlie Hilbert.  Blues history, some down and dirty Chicago, and some epic new age blues, all in one spectacular evening.  Libations provided by Thyme Tables Catering.  Please make food reservations by March 12 by calling Thyme Tables Catering at 447-3896.

Blues SanctuaryCharlie Hilbert
 

An Evening of Jazz & Funk

A Benefit for the Village School

Saturday, March 8th 2014
Ticket: $40, and sponsor tables
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


The Leah Carroll Quintet - from Billie to Stevie and back. Leah Carroll on vocals, Dave Cuite on bass, Dave Banulis on guitar, Phelan Gallagher on saxaphone and Jeff McRae on drums. Featuring an eclectic array of desserts and a young artists raffle. Libations by Thyme Tables

Village School of North Bennington
 

Caravan of Thieves

Friday, February 28th 2014
Tickets, $18 in advance, $22 at the door,
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Check out music from Caravan of Thieves.


New England's Caravan of Thieves are on tour in support of their new single, "Dead Wrong." The song is exemplary of a band on the high road to musical perfection and channels pop bliss through their trademark lock-tight, turn-of-the-century, bang out a beat on anything that can take it approach.

Like many families, Caravan of Thieves was started with a married couple- Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, (guitar, vocals, various percussive "instruments") writing and performing as a duo. By the spring of 2008, Fuzz and Carrie extended their family to include fiery violinist Ben Dean and double bass madman, Brian Anderson completing their colorful vision.

Caravan of Thieves
 

Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Co

Saturday, February 15th 2014
Tickets, $22 in advance (plus processing fee), $26 at the door, $15 for students
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Find out more about Gypsy Layne.


Valentine's Day might fall on February 14th, but this year the 15th promises to be the real lovefest, as the Vermont Arts Exchange presents Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Co. Saturday, February 15th.

This year VAE brings Gypsy Layne to the stage at Old Castle Theatre, downtown Bennington. Hailed as "a sexy highpoint of classic burlesque entertainment in the Berkshires" 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. "This show navigates various emotional territories—it really takes our audience on a ride," says Artistic Director Nicole Rizzo. "We continue to challenge ourselves as performers, and our shows become more innovative each season. Yet we always remain true to who we are."

Gypsy Layne
 

Morning Breadth

Friday, January 31st 2014
Tickets, $18 in advance, $22 at the door,
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Music for 40-year old teenagers. Covering the world's greatest rock music – from Black Sabbath to Boz Scaggs.

Morning Breadth
 

Jeffrey Broussard and the Creole Cowboys

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


Check out music from Jeffrey Broussard and the Creole Cowboys.


"Jeffery Broussard powers his band, the Creole Cowboys, with the force of his swampy Louisiana accordion riffs and the energy of his gruff vocals." --The New York Times

Jeffrey Broussard and the Creole Cowboys
 

The Sacred Shakers featuring Eilen Jewell

Friday, Decemeber 6th 2013
Tickets, $18 in advance, $22 at the door,
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Check out music from The Sacred Shakers featuring Eilen Jewell.


Eilen returns to the basement stage as a member of The Sacred Shakers, purveyors of old-time country and blues gospel music. From acoustic country/bluegrass to rollicking rockabilly to the blues, The Sacred Shakers are an omni-denominational blast.

The Sacred Shakers
 

Choro da Manhâ

Saturday, Novemeber 23th 2013
Tickets, $18 in advance, $22 at the door,
available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006


Choro da Manhâ.


An Evening of Brazilian Music
the meeting of European, African and Indigenous Brazilian cultures, rhythms, dances and the root of Samba and Bossa Nova.

Richard Miller, Jason Ennis seven-string guitars Michael Zsoldos saxophone Sergio Krakowski percussion

Choro da Manha
 

ALASH, Tuvan Throat Singers

Friday, October 25th 2013
Tickets, $18 in advance, $12 students, available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006.


Check out Alash.


Alash is carrying the proud traditions of Tuvan music into the future. They are among the first of a new generation of Tuvan musicians who have matured in the musically fertile and adventurous post-communist period in Tuva. Having been students not only of well-known musicians such as Kongar-ool Ondar, they are also recipients of the musical knowledge of their own families and regions.

The ensemble was formed in 1999 in the basement of the Kyzyl Arts College under the name of Changy-Xaya and became the resident traditional ensemble at the school. At this time in Alash in 2002 Tuva there was occurring a great groundswell of support for the education of Tuva's "treasures," i.e. its unique artistic traditions especially concerning Xoomei, or throat singing. However, while the lads were playing traditional music on their own time in the damp basement on Kochetovo street, they were learning the ways of harmony, theory, staff notation and western classical music on instruments that were strange hybrids of Tuvan traditional instruments and violins and cellos etc. They found these instruments also appealing, and have now begun exploration in the new sound worlds that arise in their unique, dual musical consciousness.

AlashAlash2
 

Caroline Smith

Presented by Billsville House Concerts
Friday, October 11th 2013
Tickets, $15


Order tickets and find out more about the show at Billsville House Concerts.


Caroline Smith earned her place in the Midwest music community with her characteristic alto timbre, quivering with the presence of Billie Holiday, Leslie Feist, and Joanna Newsom. She began with a residency at age eighteen at Minneapolis’ 400 Bar, a venue pivotal in shaping the careers of Elliott Smith, Conor Oberst, and Mason Jennings. A year later, Caroline befriended drummer Arlen Peiffer (Cloud Cult) and bassist Jesse Schuster to form “Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps.” They released Little Wind Sept 20th, 2011 to a sold-out crowd at Minneapolis’ legendary First Avenue, wowing them with Caroline’s surprisingly apt cover of Kanye West’s “Power.” With the single “Calliope” premiering on PopMatters, Little Wind expands upon their debut LP Backyard Tent Set’s storytelling whimsy, but shifts its foundation from the simplicities of gentle folk instrumentation to greater nuances of musical arrangement and soundscape rooted in modern indie rock.

Caroline Smith
 

Bevel Summers

Friday, September 27th 2013
Tickets, $12 at the door only.


Check out Bevel Summers.


Bevel Summers performs with the philosophy of quick draw pistoleer the Sundance Kid from the famed 60's post-modern Western : "I'm better when I move." Likening comparisons from Johnny Cash to The Wailers to Fleetwood Mac and back, at a Bevel Summers show, you'll find yourself singing along with choruses that seem to burst through the confines of whatever hole-in-the-wall joint or basement the band is playing, and you might feel, for an instant, as if you're on a back porch in the middle of the woods, the sounds of fiddle, summer crickets, lush harmonies, and the plink of guitar strings melding so effortlessly.

Bevel Summers
 

Hollow Hill Band

Saturday, September 21st 2013
Tickets, $18 in advance, $22 at the door,$12 for students, available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006.


Check out the Hollow Hill Band.


One of the emerging bright lights in the Capital Region's roots music scene, The Hill Hollow Band performs with a rambling energy that must be seen to be appreciated. Armed with a multitude of instruments, eclectic arrangements, and musical influences that span a century, this band has a well-earned reputation as local live performance favorites.
Get ready to enjoy richly textured arrangements including accordion, mandolin, fiddle, guitars, pedal steel, bass, and full harmony vocals. Stir in some spicy sax by Josh Greenberg, and all of a sudden, you've got a music festival on your hands!

Hollow Hill Band
 

Carline Rose // Christopher Paul Stelling

Presented by Billsville House Concerts
Friday, September 13th 2013
Tickets, $15


Order tickets and find out more about the show at Billsville House Concerts.


Caroline Rose
"I just want to write honest music," says the songwriter, whose debut album is set for release June of this year. "I don't feel, nor have I ever felt, any desire to write something that I don't need to say. I started out writing just for myself, as some sort of outlet, and most of the things that would flow out of my mind were things that were much bigger than me, things that people might want to hear." From current political issues to vignettes of personal struggles, America Religious depicts stories of a contemporary American society that is far from perfect, yet full of life. "If I can use music to bring to light real things, the hypocrisies and problems in society, as well as the beauty in things people take for granted, then I think that would make me feel pretty good."

"AMAZING…Delivery is uncanny––It sounds like she’s been smokin' Camels and drinkin' Jack for 40 years." –David Dalton, Founding Editor of Rolling Stone and author of Who Is That Man? In Search of the Real Bob Dylan



Christopher Paul Stelling
"Every song on his debut album Songs of Praise and Scorn cooks with both down-home comfort and avant-garde brio, Stelling building earthy folk troubadour stories over a fluster of wild arpeggios." -The Village Voice "…what a real self-contained, modern-day troubadour looks and sounds like. Songs of Praise and Scorn is a fine way to introduce someone who should be a voice to be reckoned with in the years to come." -American Songwriter

"The musical storytelling of Christopher Paul Stelling embodies a long road full of lush folkloric, mythological and religious imagery." – WNYC

"The is a reverence in and of Christopher Paul Stelling that is immediately perceptible. It's striking and it's powerful. It's a draw. It's a magnetism that sucks you right into the landscape that he sees." – Sean Moeller, Daytrotter

"…organic, southern Gothic-meets-classic folk vibe. Everything about his performing style and songs was inspiring, refreshing, and also blissfully familiar…" – Beyond Race Magazine

"…it wasn’t until Christopher Paul Stelling performed that the final emotional wall came crashing down. As though he was reliving every emotional moment that went into the creation of each of his songs, he dug deeper than I've seen just about anyone, and everyone in the room was channeled into every second…" – New York Press

Caroline RoseChristopher Paul Stelling
 

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Sunday, September 8th 2013
Tickets, $10. for Students, $20. for Adults, available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006.


Check out the Glenn Miller Orchestra.


Concert held at Greenwall Auditorium, Bennington College. The World Famous, Glenn Miller Orchestra, is the most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, GMO is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time.

Glenn Miller Orchestra
 

Leo Yucht Quartet

Saturday, July 13th 2013
Tickets available at the door: $10 for Adults, $5 for Students.


Check out the Leo Yucht Quartet.


The group will perform all original compositions that combine the classic elements of swing music with a modern twist.

Leo Yucht Quartet
 

HoneyHoney July 4th Bash

Thursday, July 4, 2013, 7pm
Tickets: $15, Students: $10, available at www.billsvillehouseconcerts.com


Check out the line-up.


4th of July
Food, Fireworks, Guitars, Banjos and Drums

Holy Barbaquemoly
I'll keep it simple. We've got three great bands lined up. Short bio's follow. For full details along with videos remember to check out the Billsville House Concerts website. This is a homecoming of sorts for Ben Jaffe, guitar player for HoneyHoney, born and raised in Williamstown, MA.
The folks at Pink Boot Farm will be serving up tasty BBQ treats and Night Owl Bakery will be supplying home-made ice cream sandwiches.

Fireworks from Lake Paran!
Special Student Pricing!
Kids 12 and Under Free!

One thing could be better - make your purchase now - it really helps these small businesses bring you the best night possible!

HoneyHoney
Burlap and opals. Moonshine and macrobiotics. Shaken and soothed. How Suzanne Santo (vocals/banjo/violin) and Ben Jaffe (vocals/guitar) managed to reconcile not just polemics, but seemingly opposed realities for their sexually tinged, bruised knee honeysuckle take on roots music has to be heard to be understood.
HoneyHoney will be appearing on A Prairie Home Companion on June 29th!

Bella's Bartok
"Bella’s Bartok is a strange mix of a band, and with their absurdity lies their charm. Varied percussion, bright pianos, scratchy guitars, scattered horn sections, and group harmonies give their dancy tunes a distinct bohemian vibe, and their raw sound gives them something of a punk edge." - Lucy Sherman, The Deli Magazine
"Bella’s Bartok started out as a party and became a band—albeit, one that comes with an automatic party pre-installed."

Del Water Gap
Del Water Gap is the love child of New York transplants S. Holden Jaffe and Maggie Rogers: part idealistic guitar, part reminiscent banjo. Each unbeknownst to the other, the duo circled each other for years until one fine day in April, when the stars nodded an unequivocal “yes” and by the power of Wokunda, the universe declared, "This shall be so"; and so it was.

HoneyHoney
 

Chris Bergson Band

Saturday, June 29, 2013, 8pm
Tickets, $18 in advance,$22 at the door, available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006.


Check out the Chris Bergson Band.


"Gut-busting, horn-bedecked NY blues." "A powerful spirit with flavours of Ray Charles and Tom Waits... These guys could strip down the engine of a soulbluesmobile and put it back together blindfold." MOJO
Libations and dinner options provided by Thyme Tables Catering. Menu to be announced.

Chris Bergson
 

Funk in the Trunk

Saturday, June 8, 2013, 8pm
Tickets, $18 in advance,$22 at the door, available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006.


Bennington’s own funky house band! Dance Floor Open!!!!


Funk in the Trunk
 

Miss Tess and the Talkbacks

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 8pm
Tickets, $18 in advance,$22 at the door, available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006.


Check out Miss Tess and the Talkbacks.


Miss Tess gets major points for originality. I don’t know of anyone else right now touring in the Americana scene that has such an eclectic, jazzy, old school and interesting vibe. There’s an authenticity present in Miss Tess’ music. It is not contrived, not too far a stretch for the skeptical imagination.

She is real. And she is rare.
Libations and dinner options provided by Thyme Tables Catering. Menu to be announced.

Miss Tess and the Talkbacks
 

David Wax Museum

Friday, May 3, 2013, 8pm
Tickets, $18 in advance,$22 at the door, available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006.


Check out David Wax Museum.


"Joyful Mexo-Americana fusion, with virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies." TIME Magazine
Libations and dinner options provided by Thyme Tables Catering. Menu to be announced.

David Wax Museum
 

Mike & Ruthy

Saturday, April 20, 2013, 8pm
Tickets, $18 in advance,$22 at the door, available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006.


Check out Mike & Ruthy.


"Mike & Ruthy offer breathy, rich Americana [and] warm, vintage sounds." - Time Out
Libations and dinner options provided by Thyme Tables Catering. Menu to be announced.

Mike and Ruthy
 

Daisy Castro

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 8pm
Tickets, $18 in advance,$22 at the door, available at
www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006.


Check out the Daisy Castro.


Young violinist, Daisy Castro, started playing violin at the age of 6. She started out the usual way, with Suzuki and classical, but quickly learned to play by ear whatever her classical instructors could not teach her. The same year that she started playing, she took a trip to France with her parents, where she was first introduced to Gypsy Jazz. Intrigued as a listener from the start, over the years she has found this beautiful and passionate music to be a perfect fit for her playing style.

Daisy Castro
 

Joy Kills Sorrow

Friday, March 22, 2013, 8pm
Tickets, $18 in advance,$22 at the door, available at
www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006.


Check out Joy Kills Sorrow.


"A Modern American string band encompasses the traditional string band sounds and instrumentation mixed liberally with an indie rock sensibility that informs their modern lyrics and lush sound."

Joy Kills Sorrow
 

Blues Sanctuary

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 8pm
Tickets, $18 in advance,$22 at the door, available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006.


Bennington's own badass, backyard Bluesmen. Dance floor open! Libations and dinner options provided by Thyme Tables Catering. Menu to be announced.

Blues Sanctuary
 

Gypsy Layne

Saturday, February 23, 2013, 8pm
Tickets, $18 in advance,$22 at the door, available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006.


Check out Gypsy Layne.


The Berkshires' first homegrown cabaret and burlesque troupe, Gypsy Layne made its triumphant debut in the summer of 2010 at the legendary Red Herring in Williamstown, MA. Since then, the sin-sational Gypsies have spread sexy joy across the land, including their much-heralded performance at the 2011 Wanderlust Festival in Vermont.

Gypsy Lane
 

Vagabond Opera

Saturday, February 9, 2013, 8pm
Tickets, $18 in advance,$22 at the door, available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006.


Check out Vagabond Opera.


"Vagabond Opera's multifaceted style is a product of 21st century Portland's spirit of experimentation. But as innovative as they are, the band also draws on the deepest roots of musical tradition to revive a time when communities gathered together to celebrate through dance and song." --Oregon Art Beat!

Vagabond Opera
 

Lake Street Dive

Saturday, January 19, 2013, 8pm
Tickets, $18 in advance,$22 at the door, available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006.

Presented by Vermont Arts Exchange and Billsville House Concerts.


Check out the Lake Street Drive.


"Lake Street Dive can tempt even a listener who's impatient with moans over love lost or unrequited to not only listen, but brew a cup of yum and settle into an easy chair for sounds so handily evoking the ephemerality of existence, romance, and loneliness - not to mention the odd jokes played on anyone awake to the nuances."

Libations and dinner options provided by Thyme Tables Catering. Menu to be announced.

Lake Street Dive
 

The Prescription Dance Party

Saturday, January 5, 2013, 8pm
Tickets, $18 in advance, $22 at the door, available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006.


Check out the Prescription.


Their range of genres spans rock and roll, rhythm and blues, Motown hits, soulful ballads, jazz, and big band swing.

Libations and dinner options provided by Thyme Tables Catering. Menu to be announced.

Prescription
 

Previous 2012 Show Schedule

Howard Fishman

Friday October 12, 2012, 8pm
Tickets, $20 in advance, available at www.brownpapertickets.com
or call 1-800-838-3006.


Featuring: Ron Wilkins on trombone, Skye Steele on violin and Andrew Hall on double bass.

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."

Howard Fishman
 

Blues Benefit for Bennington Coalition for the Homeless and the Vermont Arts Exchange

Saturday September 15, 2012, 8pm
Tickets, $35, available at www.brownpapertickets.com
and at the following locations: VAE, Power's Market, Spice'N'Nice, Nova Mae Cafe, Beverage Den,
or call 1-800-838-3006.


Featuring: BLUES SANCTUARY Bennington's own backyard bluesmen, — winners of the Northeast Blues Society's 2008 "Colossal Contender" award plus... Dinner with Chef Chuck from Dunville Hollow Mining Co., 6-8pm. Cash and dessert bar and silent auction!

Blues Sanctuary
 

Fishtank Ensemble

Saturday July 7, 2012, 8pm

$18 (plus a processing fee) in advance, $22 at the door
www.brownpapertickets.com


The LA Weekly calls them "cross pollinated gypsy music….one of the most thrilling young acts on the planet." Formed in 2005 and playing everywhere from the hippest LA clubs to festivals, cultural centers, museums, parades, and even on the street, the gypsy jazz band includes two explosive violins, the world's best slap bass player, musical saw, flamenco and gypsy jazz guitar, trombone, opera, jazz and gypsy vocals, accordion and one little banjolele. Tackling everything from French hot jazz to wild Serbian and Transylvanian gypsy anthems, Flamenco, and oddball originals, the band is a not to be missed event for world music lovers . . . and everyone will love this intoxicating mix of music!

Fishtank Ensemble
 

Con Brio packs the house for a June 2012 concert.

Con Brio packs the house for a June 2012 concert.

Con Brio

Friday June 22, 2012, 8pm

$18 (plus a processing fee) in advance, $22 at the door
www.brownpapertickets.com


Powered by the strikingly soulful vocals of Xandra Corpora, San Francisco's Con Brio ("with vigor" or "spirit") blends old-school grit with new-school sophistication for a sound that's wholly their own. The instrumentation is timeless: saxophone and trumpet roll over thick organ grooves while guitar, bass and drums keep heads nodding and the dance floor moving. Combining raw talent, a dynamic stage presence and spontaneous style with a professional polish usually seen in much more veteran ensembles, the band is tight and energetic - and when it comes to spirit, they've got it in spades.

"[A] concoction of bass-heavy funk rhythms, layered organ and piano, sumptuous trumpet and tenor saxophone, and tight percussion… the band's sound is that of seasoned musicians balancing respect for technical composition with a healthy love of improvisation — and clearly having a blast with it." -East Bay Express

Check out their YouTube channel. You don't want to miss this!

Con Brio
 

Caravan of Thieves

Saturday May 5, 2012, 8pm

$18 (plus a processing fee) in advance, $22 at the door
www.brownpapertickets.com


"This zany group brings a touch of vaudeville, over-the-top theatricality, performance art and an all-but-the-kitchen sink collection of percussion utensils (and a hubcap) to their brand of gypsy swing music… those wild and crazy guys (and gal) turned out to be the most pleasant surprise of the day."  --Huffington Post

Caravan of Thieves
 

Dafé Brudäjo

Friday, April 27, 2012, 8pm

$12 (plus a processing fee) in advance, $16 at the door

Students: $10 (plus a processing fee) in advance, $14 at the door
www.brownpapertickets.com


Dafé Brudäjo is a five piece band from the tri-state area. Singer/songwriter Bruce Wheat's originals make up a significant portion of the groups offerings as they delve into jazz standards, contemporary folk and light rock often with a latin or blues influence in the mix. Performing together since 1996, Dafé is celebrating the release of their first CD appropriately titled 'bout time.

Dafé features two lead vocalists and is known for their tight three- and four-part harmonies set against saxophone, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, bass and various percussion instruments.

"These folks are wonderful. Their entire sound is smooth as silk, their harmonies crisp and their rhythms richly engaging all performed with an energy and ease that at once gathers your interest and puts you at a most pleasant place. Wow. This group needs to be seen, they deserve it and we deserve more of them." -Caffè Lena

Dafe Brudajo
 

Peter Mulvey

Saturday March 31, 2012, 8pm

$18 (plus a processing fee) in advance, $22 at the door
www.brownpapertickets.com


Check out Peter Mulvey.


"I like making records," reflects songwriter Peter Mulvey, "but my job is the live show: getting up in a room and taking people somewhere." Peter's latest tour is on his 12th CD, Letters From A Flying Machine. Over the past 20 years, Mulvey has pursued a restless, eclectic path as a writer and musician - immersing himself in Tin PanAlley jazz, modern acoustic, poetry, narrative, and Americana stylings. Relentlessly touring as a headliner - his attitude is, "When you love what you do, you can work all the time.” He has also shared the stage with luminaries such as Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani diFranco, Indigo Girls, and Greg Brown, and has attracted an audience that stretches from Anchorage to Amsterdam.

Peter Mulvey
 

Starline Rhythm Boys

Saturday March 17, 2012, 8pm

$18 (plus a processing fee) in advance, $22 at the door
www.brownpapertickets.com


Check out Star Line Rhythm Boys.


The best in Americana, country and rockabilly. Cow Island recording artists.

Star Line Rhythm Boys
 

Darlingside

Saturday March 3, 2012, 8pm

$18 (plus a processing fee) in advance, $22 at the door
Students: $10 (plus a processing fee) in advance, $14 at the door
www.brownpapertickets.com


Check out Darlingside.


Massachusetts-based "string-rock" quintet will join us for an evening of what has been called "a seamless, exhilarating sound at the intersection of rock, classical, and folk music."

"As individuals, each member of Darlingside could easily be a top notch solo artist. Together, they are a powerhouse of vocal, instrumental, songwriting, and performing talent. Their energy is contagious, their sound is unpredictable, and their songs are unforgettable. They are definitely one of today's bands to watch out for." - Bernice Lewis, singer/songwriter.

Darlingside
 

Eilen Jewell

Saturday February 18, 2012, 8pm

Tickets $20 (plus a processing fee) in advance, $24 at the door
www.brownpapertickets.com


Check out Eilen Jewell.


Boise-born and Boston-based, Jewell has quickly distinguished herself as one of the rising stars of a new generation of roots musicians. Her first two albums, Boundary County (self-released, 2006) and Letters from Sinners and Strangers (Signature Sounds, 2007) were astonishingly assured efforts, which matched Jewell's understated yet insightful songs with a rugged blend of Americana styles. They were met with a great deal of acclaim, with No Depression raving that "Jewell is showing she can wander with the best of them, and write riveting song-stories about her adventures along the way." Indicative of Jewell's strong following in Europe, The Word in the UK described her as "A voice of real distinction [that] manages to transcend some powerful influences and pierce the fog long enough for her own point of view to emerge."

BOSTON GLOBE: Jewell's music has the languorous quietude of (Gillian) Welch or Norah Jones, but there is something more direct, almost in your face, about her stark, neo traditional melodies, subdued vocals, and confident, slow-swaying groove. It's as if she's daring us to say we miss the bells and whistles of pop...

Eilen Jewell
 

The Prescription Dance Party

Saturday February 4, 2012, 8pm

Tickets $17 (plus a processing fee) in advance, $20 at the door
www.brownpapertickets.com


Check out the Prescription.


Their range of genres spans rock and roll, rhythm and blues, Motown hits, soulful ballads, jazz, and big band swing, from a nine-piece dance band featuring the Side Effect Horns to the more intimate Catbird Trio. It's a grooving, rump shaking dance event like no other.

Prescription
 

Gold Town CD Release Party

Saturday January 21, 2012, 8pm

Tickets $17 (plus a processing fee) in advance, $20 at the door
www.brownpapertickets.com


Check out Gold Town Music.


Southern-Vermont's own hometown boys celebrate the release of their newest CD. Join us for an evening of "fast bluegrass and whiskey twang."

Gold Town
 

Blues Sanctuary

Saturday, January 7th, 8pm

Tickets are $14 in advance, $18 at the door.
Dance Floor Open
www.brownpapertickets.com


Winners of the Northeast Blues Society's 2008 "Colossal Contender" Award.
Featuring:
Rick Burgess, Vocals, Guitar, and Harp
Joe Candal, Keyboards
Vocals- Bruce Mariani, Bass
Vocals- Ken Pallman, Drums
Vocals- John O'Rourke, Guitar

Follow Blues Sanctuary on Facebook.


Winners of the Northeast Blues Society's 2008 "Colossal Contender" performance competition, Blues Sanctuary has been wowing audiences with their infectious Chicago style blues in a few different incarnations since 2002. Starting out as a three piece group featuring great friend Jeff Bentley on bass, then adding Joe Candal on keyboards,then adding a second guitar player to allow Rick the freedom to be the great frontman and harp player he is. The first guitar player added, was at the time Albany's "Wunderkind Bluesmaster" Matt Mirable.When Matt left the group to pursue his own solo project, the incomperable and always soulful Greg Bird came on board. Greg left the group in the fall of 2009 to pursue a business venture and spend more time with his family. (Greg we miss you very much!!! ) As the 2008 "CC" winners, Blues Sanctuary had proudly represented the Northeast Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN on February 4th, 2009(and frankly tore the place up!) . The "IBC" is the largest gathering of blues bands in the world, drawing the best in blues from the four corners of the globe. Bands from Memphis to Australia, from Paris to London, from New York to LA and everywhere in between meet on Beale Street for three exciting days of competition, jams, jive, drinks and who knows what else!-------------------- Blues Sanctuary features the classic blues voice and harp of Rick Burgess, the stunning keyboards of Joe Candal, and seasoned New York City axe-man John O'Rourke tearing it up on the Stratocaster. Building the foundation for "The Sanctuary" with the soaring vocals and bass virtuosity of Bruce Mariani, and veteran drummer, blues aficionado, and founding member Ken Pallman, Blues Sanctuary serves up a delectable menu of classic and modern blues. Loved by their audiences and respected by their peers, Blues Sanctuary does live blues right....LIVE AND BLUES!.

Blues Sanctuary
 

David Budbill & William Parker

Spoken word, percussion & bass

Sunday, November 13, 3pm

Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 at the door. Limited available at www.brownpapertickets.com


David Budbill was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1940 to a streetcar driver and a minister's daughter. He is the author of seven books of poems, eight plays, a novel, a collection of short stories, a picture book for children, dozens of essays, introductions, speeches and book reviews, the libretto for an opera and is a performance poet on two CDs. He was for a time a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Find out more about David Budbill.


William Parker is a master musician, improviser, and composer. He plays the bass, shakuhachi, double reeds, tuba, donso ngoni and gembri. He was born in 1952 in the Bronx, New York. He studied bass with Richard Davis, Art Davis, Milt Hinton, Wilber Ware, and Jimmy Garrison. He entered the music scene in 1971 playing at Studio We, Studio Rivbea, Hilly’s on The Bowery and The Baby Grand, playing with many musicians on the avant-garde school Bill Dixon, Sunny Murray, Charles Tyler, Billy Higgins, Charles Brackeem, Alan Silva, Frank Wright, Frank Lowe, Rashid Ali, Donald Ayler, Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor, Jimmy Lyons, Milford Graves and with traditionalists like Walter Bishop, Sr. and Maxine Sullivan. In 2001, Parker released O’Neal’s Porch, which marked a turn toward a more universal sound working with drummer Hamid Drake. The Raining on the Moon Quintet followed, adding vocalist Leena Conquest and the Quartet from O’Neal’s Porch. Most notable among many recent projects is the Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield. He has taught at Colleges and workshops throughout the world. Parker is also a theorist and author of several books including the Sound Journal, Document Humanum, Music and the Shadow People and The Mayor of Punkville. Find out more about William Parker.



David BudbillWilliam Parker
 

A very special night of Music, Art, Food and Friends, a VAE Fall Fundraiser

Saturday, October 22, 6:00pm-11:00pm

Tickets are $60 per person, limited available at www.brownpapertickets.com


Please join us for a night to remember with a special preview art opening and sale of the works of Dan Shapiro and featuring a sumptuous local harvest dinner made by our fabulous team of North Bennington food artisans, followed by an artful concert by Real Vocal String Quartet.


"Real Vocal String Quartet's inventive take on chamber music combines the magical textures of a string quartet with a folk- and pop- influenced women's vocal quartet. Original songs, improvisations, and unique arrangements pay tribute to a fantastic array of music from Appalachia to Kenya to Brazil."


**There will be a public exhibition of the work of Dan Shapiro on the following night, Sunday 10/23 from 1-5pm.

Real Vocal String QuartetDan Shapiro
 

Bob Stannard's 60th Birthday Blues Bash Benefit for VT Arts Exchange

Saturday, June 18th 8:00pm

Shaftsbury Country Store Barbeque at 6:30

Libations by Thyme Tables Catering

Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com

Saturday: $18 advance, $22 at door


with Kenny B - bass
Danny Banks - drums
Dennis Willmott - guitar/vocals
B-Boy, Bob Stannard - harp/vocals
featuring legendary Blues piano player David Maxwell

Proceeds to benefit VAE's mission of "Bringing the arts to people of all ages, abilities and income since 1994."

Bob StannardDavid Maxwell
 

Howard Fishman and His Orchestra

Saturday, May 21st 8:00pm & Sunday, May 22nd 2:00 pm (family show)

Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com

Saturday: $18 advance, $22 at door

Sunday: Adults $13 advance $15 at door, Students $8 advance $10 door, Children 5 and under free


www.howardfishman.com


Howard Fishman, composer, guitarist and bandleader, has come to be recognized as one of today's most agile interpreters of the American songbook. Whether he is performing his own compositions or drawing on a seemingly endless repertoire of American popular music, it is all filtered through a sensibility and aesthetic entirely his own. Fishman's performances combine the exuberance and spontaneity of jazz with a storyteller's sense of drama, emotional depth and play. The All-Music Guide has called him "an important force in creative music," and The New York Times has written that his work "transcends time and idiom."


Fishman began his musical career on the streets of New Orleans and in the subways of New York before making his debut at The Algonquin Oak Room in 1999. He has since headlined in major venues both in the States and abroad, including The Steppenwolf Theatre, The Blue Note, NJPAC, The Pasadena Playhouse, Joe's Pub, The Bottom Line, and Le Petit Journal in Paris. He made his Lincoln Center debut in February, 2007, when he was presented as part of this season's American Songbook series. Fishman has also been a frequent NPR guest, making feature-length appearances on FRESH AIR with Terry Gross, WORLD CAFE with David Dye, THE LEONARD LOPATE SHOW and SOUNDCHECK with John Schaefer, among others.

Howard Fishman
 

An Evening of Jazz

Featuring Subzero and The Barnstormers

Saturday, April 23rd, 8:00pm


Subzero Jazz - solid jazz standards by local artists.
Art Amuso, upright bass
Jeff McRae, drums
Bill Vitek, piano
Jonathan Myers, trombone and tuba
Charlie Tokarz, reeds

Also featuring:
The Barnstormers
Rachel Kremsky vocals
Dave Cuite upright bass
Tico Vogt guitar
Phelan Gallagher alto sax

*Playing classic jazz from Porter, Berlin, Mercer etc and bebop classics from Parker, Monk, Miles and others.


Brad Wheeler BandEvening of Jazz
 

Eilen Jewell

Saturday, April 9th, 8:00pm


Boise-born and Boston-based, Jewell has quickly distinguished herself as one of the rising stars of a new generation of roots musicians. Her first two albums, Boundary County (self-released, 2006) and Letters from Sinners and Strangers (Signature Sounds, 2007) were astonishingly assured efforts, which matched Jewell's understated yet insightful songs with a rugged blend of Americana styles. They were met with a great deal of acclaim, with No Depression raving that "Jewell is showing she can wander with the best of them, and write riveting song-stories about her adventures along the way." Indicative of Jewell's strong following in Europe, The Word in the UK described her as "A voice of real distinction [that] manages to transcend some powerful influences and pierce the fog long enough for her own point of view to emerge." BOSTON GLOBE: Jewell's music has the languorous quietude of (Gillian) Welch or Norah Jones, but there is something more direct, almost in your face, about her stark, neo traditional melodies, subdued vocals, and confident, slow-swaying groove. It's as if she's daring us to say we miss the bells and whistles of pop...


www.eilenjewell.com

Eilen Jewell
 

The Prescription Dance Party

Saturday, March 26th, 8:00pm


Their range of genres spans rock and roll, rhythm and blues, Motown hits, soulful ballads, jazz, and big band swing.


www.rxbandvt.com

The Prescription
 

HEAR IN NOW featuring Mazz Swift, Tomeka Reid and Silvia Bolognesi

Saturday, March 19th, 8:00pm


Mazz Swift, a native New Yorker, began playing the violin at age 7. She studied privately for 9 years with Elizabeth Small, Shirley Givens and Timothy Baker. Mazz graduated from the High School of the Performing Arts, during which time she made her solo public performance debut on the stage of New York's Alice Tully Hall, performing alongside members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

She later attended The Juilliard School of Music, but left in the middle of her 3rd year in order to pursue a more organic approach to music making. She found herself living at the notorious Zendik Farm and under the tutelage of Arol Wulf-Zendik developing herself as an improvisational musician.

Mazz's diverse musical interests have led her in many directions; from classical music to rock to traditional folk music from around the world (specializing in Irish music) and most recently to hip hop. Consequently, she has recorded and performed with a wide variety of artists including Perry Farrell, Moby, Vernon Reid and DJ Logic (The Yohimbe Brothers), Burnt Sugar and many artists from the Black Rock Coalition, Suphala, Kanye West, Common and Jay-Z.


www.mazzmuzik.com

Mazz Swift
 

Winter Bluegrass Night featuring Goldtown

Saturday, March 5th, 8:00pm

Southern-Vermont's own hometown boys delivering "fast bluegrass and whiskey twang," plus special guests.


www.goldtownmusic.com

Gold Town Music
 

Ethan Lipton and his Orchestra

Saturday, February 26th, 8:00pm

With his band, the Ethan Lipton Orchestra, he's played all over New York (Joe's Pub, the Prospect Park Bandshell, Rockwood, Barbes, the Living Room, etc.), Los Angeles, (Tangier, Silverlake Lounge, The Derby) and the Northeast (MassMoCA, AS220, Pop!tech). He has released two live CDs on indie label Home Office Records and one studio album on his own Muckraker Records. Ethan's plays have been produced in Los Angeles, New York and Edinburgh. He is the recipient of a 2008 NYFA grant for playwriting, and has been chosen to be part of the Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group for 2008. Born and raised in LA, Ethan now lives with his wife, Heather Phelps-Lipton, and their two dogs, in Red Hook, Brooklyn.


www.ethanlipton.com

EthanEthan Orchestra
 

Chris Bergson

Saturday, February 12th, 8:00pm

Brooklyn-based guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Chris Bergson creates his own blend of rootsy blues and soul. Bergson has performed with Levon Helm, Norah Jones, John Hammond, Little Sammy Davis, Ollabelle and Larry Campbell as well as jazz legends Annie Ross and Al Foster. The Chris Bergson Band has headlined at such top New York City venues Joe's Pub, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Blue Note, The Living Room, and Jazz Standard. Chris has also performed at the 606 Club (London), B.B. Kingàs Blues Club (NYC), the Highway 99 Blues Club (Seattle, WA), the Regattabar (Cambridge, MA) and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC). Bergson has appeared at NYC's River to River Festival, the Leicester City Blues Festival (UK), the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Summer Music Festival (BC, Canada), the Cape May Jazz Festival (NJ), and the Black-Eyed and Blues Festival (Hartford, CT). Bergson has opened for Etta James, Levon Helm, John Hammond, Mose Allison, the Average White Band and Dr. Lonnie Smith.


"Chris Bergson is a serious talent," proclaims LIVING BLUES noting that "Bergson gives early notice to the listener on the album's opening cut, 'Gowanus Heights', of his prowess as both a performer and songwriter. With a horn section that would do the old Stax crew proud, Bergson lures the listener into his world of jazz influenced blues and doesn't let up until the final cut."


www.chrisbergson.com

ChrisChris bio
 

LAKE PARAN-VAE BENEFIT featuring: Darlingside

Saturday, February 5th, 8:00pm

"As individuals, each member of Darlingside could easily be a top notch solo artist. Together, they are a powerhouse of vocal, instrumental, songwriting, and performing talent. Their energy is contagious, their sound is unpredictable, and their songs are unforgettable. They are definitely one of todayís bands to watch out for." - Bernice Lewis, singer/songwriter.


Lake Paran on facebook

Lake Paran
 

Meg Hutchinson

Saturday, January 22, 8:00pm

Lyric-based, contemporary acoustic songwriter. Influences include poet Mary Oliver, songwriter Shawn Colvin, and mood maker David Gray. Originally from rural western-most Massachusetts, Hutchinson is now based in the Boston area. She has won numerous songwriting awards in the US, Ireland and UK, including recognition from John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Billboard Song Contest and prestigious competitions at Merlefest, NewSong, Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, Telluride and Rocky Mountain Folks Festivals. She released "Come Up Full" on Red House Records in 2008, and is now celebrating the release of her new album "The Living Side" February 9th, 2010.


www.meghutchinson.com

Meg Hutchinson
 

Fishtank Ensemble

Special guest (opener) Cinder Conk

Saturday, January 8, 8:00pm

Fishtank Ensemble are the leaders in high-energy, cross-pollinated gypsy music. From California, they bring their unique blend of Romanian, Gypsy jazz, Flamenco, Balkan, Turkish and Tango influenced music to the world.


www.fishtankensemble.com

Fishtank Ensemble
 

Previous - Special Fall Fundraiser Concert and 17th Anniversary Celebration

Howard Fishman

Saturday, October 30th 8:00, doors open at 7:00

Tickets: $25 advance, $30 at door night of show


Fishman also celebrates the release of a trilogy of new albums: "Better Get Right," "No Further Instructions" and "The World Will Be Different." He is joined by returning violinist Mazz Swift (familiar to Basement Music Series fans as one half of BrazzTree), Andrae Murchison on trombone and Nathan Peck on bass. An annual favorite, the composer, guitarist, singer and bandleader is lauded as one of todayís most agile interpreters of the American songbook, and he always packs the house. Tickets are now on sale and won't last!

Advance tickets are available by calling VAE at 802-442-5549 with a credit card (Visa or MasterCard), by visiting the Sage Street Mill in person during regular business hours or by mailing a check to VAE at P.O. Box 725, North Bennington, VT 05257. Libations, provided by Thyme Tables Catering of Shaftsbury, will be available through a cash bar.

Fishman Group
 

Previous Summer 2010 Concerts

Electric Junkyard Gamelan

Sunday, June 20th, 2:00pm (Father's Day all ages show)

Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com

In advance $12 Adults, $8 Students

At door $15 Adults, $10 Students

Children under 5 are free!


www.terrydame.com/tdame_ejg.html


"Electric Junkyard Gamelan makes music so original they had to create their own instruments to play it. Its wild enough to please fans... regardless of genre." Global Rhythms Magazine

EJG
 

Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra

Friday, July 23rd 7:30pm doors open at 5:00pm

Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com

In advance $14 Adults, $10 Students

At door $18 Adults, $14 Students

Children under 5 are free!

DANCE LESSONS 6:30pm prior to show are $10, pay at door


www.alextorres.com


Formed October 1980 in Amsterdam, NY, this 11 piece orchestra is led by the Bronx-born bassist Alex Torres. They have been presented by hundreds of festivals, performing arts centers and events annually to perform their original blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Cha-cha, Bomba, Plena and Latin Jazz.


"...I have never seen an act that so accurately reflects a culture¥s music and yet targets a mainstream audience, combining education with exciting entertainment." - Karl S. Brunig, The Chronicle


Latin Dance Lessons to BENEFIT VAE!! Join Latin Dance Coach, Michael Rodriguez during the months of June and July at 7:00pm in Manchester at R.K. Miles every Wed. night and in Bennington at the Mt. Anthony Country Club on Tuesday evenings. Latin moves such as the Merengue, Cha, Cha and Salsa will be taught to couples and individuals, $14. per adult and $10. per student per lesson. Drop-ins are welcome. Join Michael for the last class on Friday, July 23rd at 6:30pm for the eighth annual Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra concert at Hildene in Manchester Village, VT. For info call Michael Rodriguez at 802-362-1819. All proceeds to benefit VAE!

Torres bandDanse Lessons
 

Previous 2010 Season

Ethan Lipton and his Orchestra

Saturday, May 8th, 8:00pm

Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com


www.ethanlipton.com


With his band, the Ethan Lipton Orchestra, he's played all over New York (Joe's Pub, the Prospect Park Bandshell, Rockwood, Barbes, the Living Room, etc.), Los Angeles, (Tangier, Silverlake Lounge, The Derby) and the Northeast (MassMoCA, AS220, Pop!tech). He has released two live CDs on indie label Home Office Records and one studio album on his own Muckraker Records. Ethan's plays have been produced in Los Angeles, New York and Edinburgh. He is the recipient of a 2008 NYFA grant for playwriting, and has been chosen to be part of the Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group for 2008. Born and raised in LA, Ethan now lives with his wife, Heather Phelps-Lipton, and their two dogs, in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

EthanEthan Orchestra
 

ALASH (Tuvan throat singers)

Sunday, May 2nd 2:00pm (all ages show)

Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com


www.alashensemble.com


Alash is carrying the proud traditions of Tuvan music into the future. They are among the first of a new generation of Tuvan musicians who have matured in the musically fertile and adventurous post-communist period in Tuva. Having been students not only of well-known musicians such as Kongar-ool Ondar, they are also recipients of the musical knowledge of their own families and regions.


The ensemble was formed in 1999 in the basement of the Kyzyl Arts College under the name of Changy-Xaya and became the resident traditional ensemble at the school. At this time in Alash in 2002 Tuva there was occurring a great groundswell of support for the education of Tuva's "treasures," i.e. its unique artistic traditions especially concerning Xoomei, or throat singing. However, while the lads were playing traditional music on their own time in the damp basement on Kochetovo street, they were learning the ways of harmony, theory, staff notation and western classical music on instruments that were strange hybrids of Tuvan traditional instruments and violins and cellos etc. They found these instruments also appealing, and have now begun exploration in the new sound worlds that arise in their unique, dual musical consciousness.

AlashAlash2
 

Howard Fishman

Friday, April 23rd 8:00pm

Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com

$20 advance, $24 at door


www.howardfishman.com


Howard Fishman, composer, guitarist and bandleader, has come to be recognized as one of today's most agile interpreters of the American songbook. Whether he is performing his own compositions or drawing on a seemingly endless repertoire of American popular music, it is all filtered through a sensibility and aesthetic entirely his own. Fishman's performances combine the exuberance and spontaneity of jazz with a storyteller's sense of drama, emotional depth and play. The All-Music Guide has called him "an important force in creative music," and The New York Times has written that his work "transcends time and idiom."


Fishman began his musical career on the streets of New Orleans and in the subways of New York before making his debut at The Algonquin Oak Room in 1999. He has since headlined in major venues both in the States and abroad, including The Steppenwolf Theatre, The Blue Note, NJPAC, The Pasadena Playhouse, Joe's Pub, The Bottom Line, and Le Petit Journal in Paris. He made his Lincoln Center debut in February, 2007, when he was presented as part of this season's American Songbook series. Fishman has also been a frequent NPR guest, making feature-length appearances on FRESH AIR with Terry Gross, WORLD CAFE with David Dye, THE LEONARD LOPATE SHOW and SOUNDCHECK with John Schaefer, among others.

Howard FishmanHoward Fishman
 

Peter Mulvey

Saturday, April 3rd 8:00pm

Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com


www.petermulvey.com


"I like making records," reflects songwriter Peter Mulvey, "but my job is the live show: getting up in a room and taking people somewhere." Peter's latest tour is on his 12th CD, Letters From A Flying Machine. Over the past 20 years, Mulvey has pursued a restless, eclectic path as a writer and musician - immersing himself in Tin PanAlley jazz, modern acoustic, poetry, narrative, and Americana stylings. Relentlessly touring as a headliner - his attitude is, "When you love what you do, you can work all the time," Ò he has also shared the stage with luminaries such as Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani diFranco, Indigo Girls, and Greg Brown, and has attracted an audience that stretches from Anchorage to Amsterdam.

Peter Mulvey
 

Sarah Lewis

Friday, March 26th 8:00pm

Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com


www.saralewismusic.com


Her sultry, sweet songs are full of heartbreak and beginnings, with fiery lyrics disguised behind her airy, Norah Jones-like voice. Says songwriter Will Stratton, "Sara's understated songs will carry you away before you even know you're being carried -- like the quietest and most confident of summer breezes." Sara attributes Regina Spektor, Feist, Norah Jones, KT Tunstall, Fiona Apple, and Lisa Hannigan as some of her biggest influences. The 21-year old indie-pop musician Sara Lewis is finally coming into her own as a singer, songwriter and performer in the music industry. Currently, Sara is working on recording and producing her first album, which is expected to be released in the coming months. She plans to go on a tour following its release to promote it, as well as do a great deal of online promotion on social networks and music sites. In the meantime, she is constantly on the search for gig opportunities and working on promoting and selling her two live albums, "Live at Bennington College" and "Live at The Underscore, NYC" at her shows as well as online. She plans to move to New York City after graduation to pursue her music career full-time.

Sarah Lewis
 

The Prescription Dance Party

Saturday, March 13th 8:00pm

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at door


www.rxbandvt.com


Their range of genres spans rock and roll, rhythm and blues, Motown hits, soulful ballads, jazz, and big band swing. From a nine piece dance band featuring the Side Effect Horns to the more intimate Catbird Trio.

The Prescription
 

Toshi Reagon with Fred Cash

Saturday, February 27th 2010 8:00pm


www.toshireagon.com


No modern folk artist this side of Ani DiFranco better encapsulates the form's ability to transcend any strictures placed upon it, real or perceived, than Toshi Reagon. She was born to the gig; her mother is Sweet Honey in the Rock founder Bernice Johnson Reagon. Sweet Honey brought serious gospel chops to bear on folk music, in the process bringing Leadbelly to church, so to speak. (For proof, check out the transcendent version of "Sylvie" Sweet Honey offers on the Folkways tribute to Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie.)


 

Brazztree

Saturday, February 13th 2010 8:00pm


Featuring:
Mazz Swift violin, vocals,
Brad Hammond, guitar,
Alan Camlet , cajßn and percussion.
Marika Hughes, cello


www.brazztree.com


"a sublime, surprising, bristling and hearty stew of Irish lyricism, daredevil jazz aerobatics and punk rock moxie...both the elegance and the energy are off the chain." Greg Tate, Village Voice


Brazztree2
 

Previous shows 2009 Summer Season

Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra

Friday, July 17

Gates open at 5pm

Dance lessons at 6pm followed by music and dancing at 7:30pm


Authentic Puerto Rican fare, Mexican food and ice cream will be available for sale. Please note that state law requires that alcoholic beverages cannot be brought onto Hildene grounds, however Thyme Tables of Shaftsbury will serve libations.


Tickets for the concert only are $14 for adults and $10 for students in advance, $19 for adults and $15 for students at the gate. Children under 5 are admitted for free.


Advance concert/dance lesson ticket package is $24 for adults and $20 for students; at the gate, the concert/dance lesson is $29 for adults and $25 for students.


Alex Torres
 

Previous shows 2009 Fall and Winter Season.

Paul Carlon Octet

Friday, October 24 8:00pm

Tickets: no longer available


www.paulcarlonmusic.com


A native of rural Central New York, Saxophonist and composer Paul Carlon has been active on the New York City jazz and latin jazz scenes for seventeen years, having performed with and/or composed for Harvie S, Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle, the Jason Lindner Big Band, the late Afro-Cuban star Juan Pablo Torres, Grupo los Santos, James Hurt, Rumbatap Dance Company, Sonido Isleno, Swingadelic, Gary Morganýs Panamericana, Clave y Guaguanco, and Phil Woods, as well as leading his own groups. Paul recorded with JP Torres on his all-star CD Together Again in 2000, alongside such stars of Latin jazz as Giovanni Hidalgo, HHernandez, Brian Lynch, and Steve Turre.


Paul has performed at regional, national and international music festivals. He has toured, recorded, and performed all over the U.S., the Caribbean (including Cuba), and South America, and has appeared in film, radio and on TV. Paul's appearances on film include the documentaries Latido Latino, made for Spanish public television, and Como se forma una rumba/How to Create a Rumba, by Ivan Acosta (shown at Lincoln Center as part of Latin Beat 2001!). One of Paul's original songs, 'Soul Soliloquy', found a home in filmmaker Kern Konwiser's street basketball documentary On Hallowed Ground, originally aired on the TNT Television Network in May of 2000. Paul also recently completed a Master's Degree in Music Composition at The City College of New York, where he studied with MikeDavid Del Tredici.


Paul's main passions are the history and tradition of innovation and of swing in jazz, and the music of the Afro-Latin diaspora. Navigating where these diverse styles intersect, where the rhythms cross over and begin to speak to each other, has been Paul's fascination for the last ten years, both improvisationally and compositionally. An avowed Ellington/Strayhorn fanatic, Paul is equally captivated by Los Van Van, Pixinguinha, Charles Mingus, Stravinsky, Gene Ammons, Lenine, Eva Ayllon, Muddy Waters, and Gil Evans, among many others. A fluent speaker of Portuguese and conversational in Spanish, Paul has spent time in Brazil and also in Cuba and Colombia, immersing himself culturally and artistically in the search for understanding. His compositions express this wide range of interests, diffracted through the lens of the jazz stylists and composers that have been an obsession from an early age.


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Ameranouche

Saturday, November 8th, 8:00pm

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www.ameranouche.com


The Ameranouche Trio features guitarists Richard Sheppard, Ryan Flaherty and bassist Xar Adelberg. The nationally acclaimed Gypsy Jazz ensemble plays acoustic hot jazz, both original compositions and unique arrangements by American and Gypsy songwriters. The music is universal and reaches diverse audiences worldwide.


Richard Sheppard plays lead guitar for Ameranouche: "His fingers dart across the strings faster then hummingbirds wings" -proclaims Jon Nolan of the Wire Seacoast Entertainment Magazine. "Sheppard is an aggressor on the guitar, really taking it to its limits. Many of the tunes showcase his ability to make that guitar talk. He forcibly makes the strings resonate, and then he dances across the entirety of the fret board in order to get Ameranouche's gypsy jazz sound" writes Christopher Hislop of the Portsmouth Herald.


Ameranouche performances are patterned with virtuosity, eclecticity and inspiring energy. Audiences are taken aback by Sheppardýs brillant guitar work and the groups ceaseless musicianship.


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Debbie Deane

Saturday, December 6th, 8:00pm

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www.debbiedeane.com


Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the multi-talented Debbie Deane grew up listening to Carole King, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Steely Dan. She found herself driven to explore the fertile ground of music and lyrics. Her older brother introduced her to folk, funk and fusion. She listened to all the great divas in the folk, pop and jazz worlds, and developed an intense interest in groove music and jazz harmony. Music was the ultimate refuge.


After earning a degree in English Literature, Debbie embarked on her music career. She studied jazz intensively at Bostonˆs Berklee College of Music, honing the piano skills that she continues to display as a singer-songwriter. At first her songwriting and singing came as an afterthought, but then took the forefront. In the last five years sheˆs shown impressive development on the guitar as well.


In her performing and recording life, Debbie has had the good fortune to work with top-tier jazz musicians who share her interest in quality songwriting § people like drummer Brian Blade and saxophonist Joshua Redman. Upon moving back to Brooklyn, she lived in a ¶jazz den¾ with some of the cityˆs most promising jazz musicians, including saxophonist Seamus Blake, drummer Marc Miralta and pianists John Stetch and George Colligan. ¶Everyone came through our place,¾ says Debbie. ¶The people Iˆve played with, theyˆre all my friends and theyˆve known me, theyˆve been my roommates and people I went to school with.¾ Their presence on Debbieˆs recordings and at her live shows is a powerful endorsement.


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Brazztree

Saturday, January 10th, 8:00pm

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www.brazztree.com


"a sublime, surprising, bristling and hearty stew of Irish lyricism, daredevil jazz aerobatics and punk rock moxie...both the elegance and the energy are off the chain." Greg Tate, Village Voice


NYC-based violin/guitar duo Brazz Tree continues to astound and endear audiences across the country with their new brand of music: New World Acoustic Rock (otherwise known as Music NWAR). Though it draws on traditional forms born in places as far-flung as Ireland and India, Music NWAR remains firmly rooted in the exuberant, questing ethos of the New World.


After releasing their first CD "Quest" (DIY) in 2004 Brazz Tree spent over a year touring and writing before they brought the new songs to producers Alan Camlet and Pete Thompson. With a bevy of guest artists and producer Michael Leonhart (Steely Dan, Lenny Kravitz), Brazz Tree's newest creation "Spiral On" is the next step in the evolution of Music NWAR. With songs like "Out of Time" and "In a Hole" the listener is taken on a musical journey.


Brazz Tree has toured extensively throughout the country and the Netherlands playing colleges and Universities, Theaters, Clubs, and Art Centers. They were selected to perform at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, were on the Relix magazine compilation cd, and in their "Listen Up" section, and have received Radio play from across the country including a spotlight on NPR and Acoustic Cafe (ACAFE) as "one to watch" and performed on the Woodsongs Radio Hour...

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Chris Bergson

Saturday, January 24th, 8:00pm

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www.chrisbergson.com


Brooklyn-based guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Chris Bergson creates his own blend of rootsy blues and soul. Bergson has performed with Levon Helm, Norah Jones, John Hammond, Little Sammy Davis, Ollabelle and Larry Campbell as well as jazz legends Annie Ross and Al Foster. The Chris Bergson Band has headlined at such top New York City venues Joe's Pub, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Blue Note, The Living Room, and Jazz Standard. Chris has also performed at the 606 Club (London), B.B. Kingàs Blues Club (NYC), the Highway 99 Blues Club (Seattle, WA), the Regattabar (Cambridge, MA) and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC). Bergson has appeared at NYC's River to River Festival, the Leicester City Blues Festival (UK), the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Summer Music Festival (BC, Canada), the Cape May Jazz Festival (NJ), and the Black-Eyed and Blues Festival (Hartford, CT). Bergson has opened for Etta James, Levon Helm, John Hammond, Mose Allison, the Average White Band and Dr. Lonnie Smith.


"Chris Bergson is a serious talent," proclaims LIVING BLUES noting that "Bergson gives early notice to the listener on the album's opening cut, 'Gowanus Heights', of his prowess as both a performer and songwriter. With a horn section that would do the old Stax crew proud, Bergson lures the listener into his world of jazz influenced blues and doesn't let up until the final cut."

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Pyeng Threadgill

Saturday, February 7th, 8:00pm

Tickets: no longer available


www.pyeng.com


On her soon to be released third album, Portholes To A Love & Other Short Stories, Pyeng Threadgill explores concepts of reality and magic, humanity and nature. With Pyeng's vibrant, caressing vocals and her band's rolling rhythms and revolving countermelodies listeners are enveloped in the clouds and put under a spell. From the lulling sensation of locomotion, to the secrets of the sea, the hopeless romantic, to the immigrant experience Pyeng uses lyrics lush in metaphor to depict a wondrous universe.


Judging from Pyeng Threadgill's childhood her musical destinations seem a natural outcome. Threadgill was born into an artistic family on the Lower East Side of New York in the 1970's at a time when Polish and Puerto Rican, Black, Chinese, and Jewish were all living in close proximity. Much of Pyeng's childrearing years were spent in black box theatres, community gardens, Jazz night clubs or on the road with her dancer/choreographer mother. These experiences proved just as influential as the early Soul/Jazz stylings of singers like Sam Cooke and King Pleasure that emanated from the stereo. Yet to round it out Pyeng kept her headphones loaded with a good dose of Depeche Mode, Tribe Called Quest, Al Green, and local alternative Rock bands. She went on to Oberlin Conservatory to study classical music. Upon her return to familiar concrete, Pyeng began searching for her own unique sound. She arrived at a new musical plateau which balanced improvisation and an eclectic repertoire with a healthy instrument.


Nowadays Pyeng attributes her vocal/musical aesthetic to her love for all styles of music from around the world. Her training as a teacher in the Alexander Technique (a practice for removing unwanted tension in the body) has greatly affected her journey as a singer. Ms. Threadgill sees her general outlook on life and Portholes To A Love as being part of the same African Diasporic worldview that understands the interconnectedness of all things.


Pyeng Threadgill's music has been heard regularly on radio, in front of audiences as varied as New York's iconoclast downtown venues Nublu and Joe's Pub, The Montreal Jazz Festival, Detroit Institute of The Arts, The Sun Side Jazz Club in Paris and more and even on the big screen. In 2006 Threadgill was asked to be a featured player in the documentary film starring Youssou N'Dour entitled "Retour A Goree" by director Pierre Yves-Borgeaud. Portholes To A Love & Other Short Stories has already earned her a fellowship from The New York Foundation for The Arts in Music Composition. Using impressionistic guitars, hard set grooves, keyboards, and swaggering horns, it is clear Pyeng Threadgill is a compelling storyteller and bandleader.

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Ethan Lipton

Saturday, February 28th, 8:00pm

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www.ethanlipton.com


With his band, the Ethan Lipton Orchestra, he's played all over New York (Joe's Pub, the Prospect Park Bandshell, Rockwood, Barbes, the Living Room, etc.), Los Angeles, (Tangier, Silverlake Lounge, The Derby) and the Northeast (MassMoCA, AS220, Pop!tech). He has released two live CDs on indie label Home Office Records and one studio album on his own Muckraker Records. Ethan's plays have been produced in Los Angeles, New York and Edinburgh. He is the recipient of a 2008 NYFA grant for playwriting, and has been chosen to be part of the Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group for 2008. Born and raised in LA, Ethan now lives with his wife, Heather Phelps-Lipton, and their two dogs, in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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To Be

Saturday, March 7th, 8:00pm

Philp Wofford: Reeds, Brass & Misc.Percussion & Dave Mellinger on drums.


Also that evening, come early 5:30 - 7:30 for the opening reception of Philip Wofford's paintings featured in the Mill Gallery March 7 - July 7.







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ALASH (Tuvan throat singers) All ages show

Saturday, March 28th 8:00pm

Sunday, March 29th 2:00pm (all ages show)

Tickets: no longer available


www.alashensemble.com


Alash is carrying the proud traditions of Tuvan music into the future. They are among the first of a new generation of Tuvan musicians who have matured in the musically fertile and adventurous post-communist period in Tuva. Having been students not only of well-known musicians such as Kongar-ool Ondar, they are also recipients of the musical knowledge of their own families and regions.


The ensemble was formed in 1999 in the basement of the Kyzyl Arts College under the name of Changy-Xaya and became the resident traditional ensemble at the school. At this time in Alash in 2002 Tuva there was occurring a great groundswell of support for the education of Tuva's "treasures," i.e. its unique artistic traditions especially concerning Xoomei, or throat singing. However, while the lads were playing traditional music on their own time in the damp basement on Kochetovo street, they were learning the ways of harmony, theory, staff notation and western classical music on instruments that were strange hybrids of Tuvan traditional instruments and violins and cellos etc. They found these instruments also appealing, and have now begun exploration in the new sound worlds that arise in their unique, dual musical consciousness.

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Howard Fishman

SECOND NIGHT ADDED!

Friday & Saturday, April 3rd & 4th 8:00pm

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www.howardfishman.com


Howard Fishman, composer, guitarist and bandleader, has come to be recognized as one of today's most agile interpreters of the American songbook. Whether he is performing his own compositions or drawing on a seemingly endless repertoire of American popular music, it is all filtered through a sensibility and aesthetic entirely his own. Fishman's performances combine the exuberance and spontaneity of jazz with a storyteller's sense of drama, emotional depth and play. The All-Music Guide has called him "an important force in creative music," and The New York Times has written that his work "transcends time and idiom."


Fishman began his musical career on the streets of New Orleans and in the subways of New York before making his debut at The Algonquin Oak Room in 1999. He has since headlined in major venues both in the States and abroad, including The Steppenwolf Theatre, The Blue Note, NJPAC, The Pasadena Playhouse, Joe's Pub, The Bottom Line, and Le Petit Journal in Paris. He made his Lincoln Center debut in February, 2007, when he was presented as part of this season's American Songbook series. Fishman has also been a frequent NPR guest, making feature-length appearances on FRESH AIR with Terry Gross, WORLD CAFE with David Dye, THE LEONARD LOPATE SHOW and SOUNDCHECK with John Schaefer, among others.

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An Evening of Blues with The Prescription

Saturday & Sunday, April 17th & 18th 8:00pm

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Featuring Peter King, Kerry Ryer-Parke, Bob Stannard and the Side Effects horn section.

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Haale

Saturday, May 9th 8:00pm

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www.haale.com


Haale (as in halle-lujah or jalepeno), is a Bronx-born woman of Iranian descent whose name means the 'halo around the moon.' Her songs are trance-inducing, rhythmically propulsive, and lyrically engaging tapestries that draws on both Persian mystical and American psychedelic musical traditions.


She released two mesmerizing EPs in January 2007: 'Morning' and 'Paratrooper' -- and spent the year touring across the country and in Europe, at venues such as the Bonnaroo Festival, SXSW, and the Mimi Festival in France. She performed at David Byrne's Nonesuch-sponsored series at Carnegie Hall, recorded with Sean Lennon (on 'Before the Skies'), and shared the stage with such diverse artists as the legendary Hugh Masakela and Odetta.


While back at home from touring, Haale and producer/percussionist Matt Kilmer went to work on their first full-length debut, 'No Ceiling.' It was released on March 18, 2008, to critical acclaim, hailed "one of the year's most memorable releases," by the Boston Globe. See press page for more 'No Ceiling' press . The album features players Shahzad Ismaily, Mike Gamble, Doug Wieselman, Chris Hoffman, and Johnny Gandlesman and co-writing by Matt Kilmer and Dougie Bowne.


On the breathtaking full-length debut, "No Ceiling" Haale explores themes of transformation and evolution, singing in English and Persian through a riveting soundscape of percussion, psychedelic guitars, and soaring strings.


NEW YORK TIMES
"Percussionists provided driving rhythms...over which Haale's warm, supple voice unfurled like a curlicue of smoke. Her band's amplified rumble served as a reminder of the extent to which rock bands like the Doors and the Velvet Underground turned to the East for their hypnotic efforts; here their borrowings were reclaimed with interest."


WASHINGTON POST
"Haale is...a star on the riseóher raw sound owes as much to '60s psychedelic rock as it does to the ancient Middle East..."


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Romashka

Friday, June 19th

Under the Event Tent at Colgate Park

Colgate Park, Bennington, VT Route 9 West

Children under 5 are admitted free.

Doors open at 5:30, Show begins at 7:00pm


State law requires no alcoholic beverages to be brought in.


Tickets: no longer available


www.romashka.net


Mira Stroika - vocals
Jake Shulman Ment - violin
Ben Holmes - trumpet
Patrick Farrell - accordion
Jay Vilnai - guitar
Reuben Radding - bass
Timothy Quigley drums


Romashka is a driving force in New York City's burgeoning gypsy and balkan music scene, playing gypsy and folk music from Russia, Romania, the Balkans, and beyond. Lithuanian-born singer Inna Barmash fronts a band nine wildly versatile NY musicians, denizens of fertile downtown grounds. At full blast, Romashka has a violin, viola, accordion, guitar, trumpet, clarinet/saxophone, tuba, and percussion.


Like a shot of honey-pepper vodka, Romashka sweetens your lips, hits you heavy in the gut, and induces vertiginous euphoria. Listening to this "lethal dose of gypsy firewater" (DJ Joro-Boro, Mehanata).

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Past Show Archives

History

The Basement Music Series (BMS), began in the spring of 2004. It was a music series created to battle the long, cold, winter blues and bring high quality music, the more diverse, the better. It is a time to see old friends, make new ones and to have a good drink.


2004-2005 Season

An Evening of Jazz
Jamie Baum Septet
Tessa Souter
An Evening of Blues
Omar Sosa
Howard Fishman Quartet
Ana Vinagre Fado Music
Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra


2006-2007 SEASON

Omar Sosa
Ameranouche with Deena & Nathan
Morley
Brazztree
Luminescent Orchestrii
Tarbox Ramblers
Syd Straw and Plankton
Howard Fishman
Evening of Blues
Toshi Reagon
ALASH
Electric Junkyard Gamelan
Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra


2007-2008 SEASON

Ameranouche
Omar Sosa
ALASH
WYIOS
Grupos Los Santos
Chris Bergson
Likeness To Lily
Howard Fishman
Luminescent Orchestrii
Evening Of Blues
Brazztree
Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra


2008-2009 SEASON

Paul Carlon Octet
Ameranouche
Debbie Dean
Brazztree
Chris Bergson
Pyeng Threadgill
Ethan Lipton
Wofford & Mellinger „TO BE
ALASH
Howard Fishman
Evening Of Blues
Haale
Romanshka
Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra