Thursday, February 18, 2010
Salt hill Pub, Hanover NH
Friday February 19, 2010 9PM
From Salt hill Twitter:
Salt hill Pub in Hanover is proud to introduce HEY MAMA featuring Avi and Celia. In two short years this Portsmouth blues/rock outfit has taken New England by storm, and is slated to play Austin’s South By Southwest Music Festival in March. Don’t miss your chance to see them on their first trip to Salt hill Pub!
More Avi & Celia photos on my site: http://www.photosbynanci.com/aviandcelia.html
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Big Picture Theater
Waitsfield resident Grace Potter, of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, performed a benefit for Amurtel’s disaster relief in
“I have never seen any amount of devastation that I have seen after the quake in Port au Prince” Zweig told the crowd. She explained that Amurtel has two teams in the Haitian capital: one short term group for distributing food, water and medical supplies and a second long term group for recovery and “what’s next.” She said the “next” is really critical now because the spring rains have come early and with 100,000 living in the open air in and around the capital, shelter is needed immediately. “Music and dance are the heart and soul of
Grace Potter took the stage before the screaming crowd of mostly people from the
She opened with “Nothing but the Water”, “Ah Mary”, “Colors” which she wrote right after Obama was elected President, and “Low Road.” She was joined on stage by Benny Yurco and Matt Burr for “Medicine”, “Paris”, “Tiny Lights”, “Ain’t No Time”, “One Short Night” and “Treat Me Right.” She soloed on the Hammond B3 for “Apologies” and “Big White Gate”, and was again joined by Yurco and Burr on “Things I Never Needed”, which she dedicated to the people of
The Eames Brothers (with Matt Burr), Ralph and Seth, who opened for Potter joined her, Yurco and Burr for “2:22”, and for some “easy shimmying, no hip breaking shit” on Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay.”
Potter moved back to the B3 and said she was going to play a song that “brought me down and lifted me up at the same time” she slowly started “I Shall be Released.” During the second verse she was joined by the Eames brothers, Yurco and Burr to close out the song.
More photos from the show and the Meet and Greet may be viewed at: http://www.photosbynanci.com/graceforhaiti.html
Monday, February 15, 2010
Grace Potter Performs SOLO For Haitian Relief with The Eames Brothers featuring Matt Burr
Waitsfield’s own Grace Potter will perform a rare solo set at the Big Picture Theatre on Monday, February 15th. All proceeds for the event will be donated to Amurtel’s disaster relief efforts in Haiti.
Local favorites The Eames Brothers will open the show and feature Matthew Burr, drummer for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
Tickets are the following;
$75 (w/ an autographed poster)
$100 (includes a meet and greet with Grace Potter)
Tickets on sale NOW and can only be purchased by calling or visiting the Big Picture Theatre and Cafe in Waitsfield,
More Grace Potter Photos by Nanci can be viewed at: http://www.photosbynanci.com/gracepotter.html
Sunday, February 14, 2010
International Guitar Night
February 13, 2010
Having seen a lot of bands with a lot of talented guitar players, I wasn’t expecting to be WOW’d by these four men Saturday night at the Lebanon Opera House. International Guitar Night rolled into the opera house a show that was sponsored by the local eatery, Three Tomatoes . The festival was founded 10 years ago by Brian Gore. The current tour ended Saturday in
The concert opened with Gore and his composition “Fringe Hinge ” after which he explained to the intimate audience was played using a Spider Capo that allows a guitarist to tune each individual string. He followed this melody up with “Behind the Blinds.” He then introduced Israeli classically trained musician and composer, Itamar Erez.
Erez opened with his composition of “Omara” which he explained means “To Omar”, a tribute to Omar Faruk Tekbilek. He explained to the crowd that he had to modify his guitar to play the traditional Middle Eastern music which consists of ¼ tones so Erez added a few frets to perform this complex music style. He then played a composition dedicated to his friend and fellow International Guitar Night mate Lulo Reinhardt, “Choro for Lulo”, these will be on his new CD “Homage” out soon.
Bennett then introduced the great nephew, Lulo Reinhardt (http://www.lulo-reinhardt-project.de/) of one the 21st century's best gypsy jazz guitarists and composers Django Reinhardt. Lulo performed a couple of songs then was joined on stage by the other three for a performance of his composition “Mar e Sol.” The quartet then closed out the first half of the show with a rendition of Bennett’s “Perestroika.”
During the intermission the audience was invited to purchase goodies and flowers for their Valentine that were being sold by the Lebanon High School Girl’s Choir. In addition the audience could purchase the live CD and DVD of the International Guitar Festival which was autographed by the four guitarists.
“Brimar” with all four members; “African Dreams” with Erez and Bennett (on the harp guitar); “Tears”, a 1930s Django Reinhardt tune with Reinhardt and Bennett; “Que Pasa” with Erez and Reinhardt.
With all four on stage the International Guitar Night came to close with the quartet performing their extended version of “Green sleeves” which Gore said is “actually a German Folk Song, most believe its English but its from the land of lederhosen, and one of the first songs learned by Lulo” to which Bennett jibed “only the chosen, wear lederhosen!”
If this festival returns to the Opera House next year, for what Gore described as “the second annual 10th Anniversary show" and you have any kind of love for amazing guitar players, you should not miss this event.
More photos can be viewed at: http://www.photosbynanci.com/internationalguitar.html
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
TriStar (now Columbia) has signed on Katherine Heigl to play the part of Stephanie Plum in the movie of One For the Money. We are not involved in the casting process, but if we hear of any other actors being signed on we will post the news ASAP. There is no word yet on when the movie might go into actual production. More info on Evanovich.com
1973 – Elton John had his first UK No.1 album when ‘Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player’ started a six-week run at the top of the charts.
More EJ photos by nanci at: http://www.photosbynanci.com/eltonjohn.html
1977 – The Clash started recording their debut album at CBS studios in London, England.
1978 – Dire Straits release their signature single “Sultans of Swing.”
1990 – Guitarist Eric Clapton finishes an 18-show stand at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The performances, which began Jan. 18, included three different bands, a 60-piece orchestra and blues jams with Robert Cray.
2003 – The Rolling Stones play a free show in Los Angeles to raise awareness of global warming. Their support act is former sax player (and president) Bill Clinton.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Grace Potter and the Noctunals
March 11, 2010
Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA
Tickets on SALE NOW: BUY
$18 adv/$22 day of show/ Members 10% discount (All Tickets Standing Room Only)
Member tickets are not available via the internet.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, A Waitsfield VT band about to make the BIG TIME, will be appearing at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Mass on March 11, showtime 8PM General admission.
International Guitar Night
Saturday February 13 at the Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon NH
From the Opera House Website:
The world's premier touring guitar festival, International Guitar Night brings together the most interesting and innovative acoustic guitarists to exchange musical ideas. In this tenth anniversary tour, IGN founder Brian Gore is joined by guitar luminaries Lulo Reinhardt, Itamar Erez and Stephen Bennett for special evenings of solos, duets and quartets that highlight the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar.
Section A: $24
Section B: $24
Section C: $19
Discounts available for Seniors & Kids
For tickets: BUY
Part of LOH Cheap Seats Series
Sponsor: Three Tomatoes Trattoria
1970 – The No. 1 LP in the U.K. today is Led Zeppelin II.
2005 – The Who’s Roger Daltrey is made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace. The rock gnome jokes the Queen would “probably fall off her podium if she heard The Who’s songs.”
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Show Review-Marc Cohn and Suzanne Vega-Together
Marc Cohn and Suzanne Vega co-headlined a show Friday evening February 5, 2010 at the Lebanon Opera House in
Suzanne Vega opened. She highlighted many of the new songs on her soon to be released CD (on her own label Suzanne Vega Amanuensis Productions): “Caramel”, “Marlene on the Wall”, “(I’ll Never Be) Your Maggie May”-which she prefaced with a story about the Rod Stewart song Maggie May, saying what ever did happen to Maggie May? Her set included two of Vega's most popular songs (both from her second album Solitude Standing, 1987): "Luka" and "Tom's Diner. The latter was originally an a capella version on Vega's album, which was then remade in 1990 as a dance track produced by the British dance production team DNA. "Tom's Diner" takes place in Tom's Restaurant at
Marc Cohn, of the “Walking in
According to his website: “A chance encounter in an
A heckler in the audience asked Cohn if he walked to
Cohn also performed his tribute to the great Levon Helm (of The Band fame) with “Listening to Levon” saying it was about a teenage boy in the car with his girlfriend who was completely distracted when a Levon Helm song came on the radio. Cohn said the boy was either a musician or gay—“Though there’s nothing wrong with that, the being gay part…but the being the musician part, that's another issue.”
Cohn has a new CD coming out late April that is a compilation of his interpretations of songs that were released in the year 1970. He said he Wikipedia’d the year 1970 for songs and there “were some really great songs out that year” and he proceeded to ramble of some. Then treated the audience to a few of these “covers”; first was “The Letter” made famous by Joe Cocker; followed by Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Long as I Can See the Light”.
After a standing ovation, Shane Fontayne, Cohn’s guitarist, and Cohn returned to the stage with another song from 1970 that he said he made a “little jazzy, bluesy” Cat Steven’s “Wild World.” Fontayne had a nice solo during the song and at the conclusion Cohn said “Great song, right…run right out and get that thing”; although Cohn said the release date may be delayed because he’s lining up a “few guest” artists to lend their vocals his “Cover” CD.
More info on these artists can be found on their sites:
More photos can be viewed at: http://www.photosbynanci.com/cohnvega.html
Friday, February 5, 2010
2006 – The Rolling Stones perform during the halftime show at Super Bowl XL. However, TV producers use a “dump button” to edit salacious lyrics from their songs “Start Me Up” and “Rough Justice”.2004 – Janet Jackson’s right breast became the most searched-for image in net history, Jackson’s breast was seen by millions on TV after Justin Timberlake pulled at her bodice during a duet. Search engines reported a big jump in searches for Janet Jackson and Super Bowl, as people turned to the web for images of the event.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
1977 – Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” is released. The album shoots to the top of Chart Toppers’s chart staying there for 31 weeks. More than 17 million copies have been sold in the U.S.
1967 – The Monkees self-titled debut album started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK chart.
1948 – Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier) is born in Detroit, the son of a minister. Although he sells millions of records, his only No. 1 album is “Billion Dollar Babies” in 1973.
1951 – Born on this day, Phil Ehart, Kansas, (1978 US No.3 single ‘Dust In The Wind’, UK No.59 single ‘Carry On Wayward Son’).
1952 – Born on this day, Jerry Shirley, drums, Humble Pie, (1969 UK No.4 single ‘Natural Born Bugie’).
1962 – Country Crooner Clint Black is born in Long Branch, N.J.
More photos of Fleetwood Mac may be viewed at: http://www.photosbynanci.com/Fleetwood2009.html
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
A Winter Warm-Up
Presented by The
January 30, 2010
On a very cold Saturday night the Upper Valley Community Band presented its “A Winter Warm-Up at the Lebanon Opera House,
The group opened with “Star Spangled Banner” and continued on for over 1.5 hours (with a 15 minute intermission) performing tunes ranging from Sousa to Strauss. The selections included songs from “West Side Story” directed by guest conductor, Ralph Bowie. Also included was a “Salute to Bob Hope”, a selection of tunes from his “On the Road” movies, which was quite snappy and entertaining. The group closed with some signature Big Band tunes that had the audience on its feet and clapping.
Since the 1860’s there has been a community band presence in the
For more information about the band, please visit their website: