Monday, February 28, 2011

Bob Seger debuts his new single Downtown Train

Downtown Train

Bob Seger fans got a present today.
With a new tour and album around the corner, the Detriot rocker this morning delivered his first new music in more than four years: a cover of Tom Waits’ “Downtown Train.”
It’s classic soulful Seger, gritty and soaring at once, a guitar-and-piano band arrangement that deftly channels the song’s yearning mood.
Seger’s rendition of the much-covered Waits song was in the works for more than two decades. He first cut the song in 1989, four years after Waits’ original, but chose to shelve the recording when Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck beat him to the streets with a version that wound up in Billboard’s Top 10.

Read more....

Anais Mitchell, Darlingside Hooker Dunham Theater and Gallery

by Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
February 26, 2011
Twilight Music played host to contemporary folk singer/songwriter Anais Mitchell and folk/rock/classical quintet Darlingside Saturday February 26 at the Hooker Dunham Theater and Gallery in Brattleboro VT.

Barry Stockwell, Twilight Music Series
Down a little alleyway, surrounded by contemporary sculpture is the intimate Hooker Dunham Theater and Gallery. The venue holds 99 and was full Saturday evening.

When you walk in you smell fresh brewed coffee and tasty homemade treats like cookies and brownies. While waiting for the doors to open you can browse the gallery exhibit which currently is showing Image - Imagination: Photographs by Bob Cantius and Paintings by Anna Bayles Arthur.
Doors opened, folks settled and Barry Stockwell welcomed the crowd with news of upcoming shows and exhibits and briefly mentioned a new venue opening in Putney VT called "The New Stage" located in the United Church of Putney on Kimball Hill. He proceeded to introduce one of the area's favorite singer-song writers-Vermonter, Anais Mitchell.

Mitchell opened with "Tailor." When she finished the song she said "I love this place, Barry is a true treasure and (he) runs a beautiful series." There's a nice video of this song on YouTube from her European Tour.

She followed that up with an English ballad "Willy of Windsbury", Mitchell is currently working on an English Ballad CD with good friend Jefferson Hamer, it should be released soon.

She really got the crowd going when she played a few from her folk opera Hadestown, that was released last year to rave reviews. She invited the crowd to sing along on "Wedding Song" and "Why we Build The Wall". Then took requests from the audience for "Flowers, eurydice's song", "Way Down Hadestown" and started, stopped then decided to play "When the Chips Are Down."
She told the crowd she's been in the studio all week recording her new CD and asked if she could play one, a song "based on a story my dad wrote" she told the crowd. The title is "The Shepard" and it was amazing. A great tale about a farmer and his wife and the tough choices that face farm families with sometimes tragic consequences.

She then said she wanted to try one and to picture tribal drums and tribal singers in the background, she told the crowd it was a 12 minute track and no one seemed to mind, it actually was a cobination of two songs "Wilderland and "Young Man" and another great addition to her new CD.

She closed with crowd favorite "Our Lady of the Underground" also off the Hadestown CD and encouraged the crowd to lend their voices to the song.

She was called back for an encore and dedicated "Old Fashioned Hat" to "my man who's playing in a band in KC right now."

Mitchell has three CDs and an E.P out, for more information you can visit her website:
Hyms for the Exiled (2004)
The Brightness (2007)
Country E.P. (2008)
Hadestown (2010)
Hopefully her English Ballad CD with Jeff Hamer and her new solo Cd will be released very soon.

Darlingside, the co-headliner, is a Northampton, MA-based "string rock" quintet made up of band members: Sam Kapala (drums, vocals), Don Mitchell (guitar, vocals), Auyon Mukharji (mandolin, violin, vocals), Harris Paseltiner (cello, guitar, vocals) and David Senft (bass, guitar, vocals). They took the stage after a brief break and opened with "Good Man". They followed with a song that Paseltiner described as a "product of Dave spending a year in Boston after graduating..." "The Catbird Seat." If you visit their website you can read the engineering notes that go along with the songs on their current e.p. entitled EP1 released in 2010. 
They played a new one "My Love" and told the audience to check out their new video that they will be posted on their website.

"Surround" and "All That Wrong" were lively and tight and "Blow the House Down" showcased the group's tight harmonies; there is a video of this song currently up on their website.

They told the audience that they are gearing up to leave the comforts of New England and are heading south. They received the news Friday from that they will be performing at South by Southwest March 18 in Austin TX. 

The encore was a cover from their "sister band in England" a song by Muse entitled " Knights of Cydonia." The song has very interesting lyrics "Come ride with me through the veins of history
I'll show you a God who falls asleep on the job
How can we win when fools can be kings?
Don't waste your time or time will waste you" but the band's rendition and enthusiastic work on their various instruments really made the song great.

This is one new band to keep your eye on.

For more information, visit, and

More photos may be viewed at:
Anais Mitchell

Friday, February 25, 2011

Acoustic Africa comes to Lebanon Opera House

On Thursday March 3 at 7:30pm the Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon NH will host Acoustic Africa.
One of Africa’s most exciting performers, Habib Koite plays music that reflects the diverse musical traditions of his Malian homeland. Accompanied by his band Bamada, Koite has released a number of successful and critically acclaimed albums and has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and in major magazines such as People and Rolling Stone. Over the past 10 years, Habib and his band have performed over 600 concerts for adoring audiences in far-flung locations such as Japan, Australia, Brazil and Kazakhstan. With their engaging stage presence and expert musicianship, Habib Koite and Bamada always put on a show to remember.
Lovingly called “Tuku”, Oliver Mtukudzi began recording in the mid-1970s as a member of Wagon Wheels, a band that also featured Thomas Mapfumo. After Wagon Wheels rolled to fame in Southern Africa, Tuku formed Black Spirits, the band that has backed him throughout his career. Mtukudzi has been heavily influenced by chimurenga, the genre pioneered by Mapfumo that is inspired by the hypnotic rhythms of the mbira (thumb piano). His music also incorporates pop influences, South Africa mbaqanga, the energetic Zimbabwean pop style JIT, and the traditional kateke drumming of his clan, the Korekore. While Tuku’s music is undeniably contagious, it is his lyrics that have captured the hearts of his people as his songs invariably deal with social and economic issues. One of Tuku’s biggest fans is Bonnie Raitt, who has not only called Tuku “a treasure,” but has also used his music as inspiration for the song “One Belief Away” on her album Fundamental.

Afel Bocoum began his music career with his uncle Ali Farka Toure in the group Asco, a collaboration which lasted some thirty years. In the 1980s, he founded his own group named Alkibar, in which he plays the guitar, sings, and composes. Bocoum sings mainly in Sonrai, his mother tongue, but also in Tamashek, the language of the Tuareg, and in Bambara. In spite of his growing success, Bocoum remains gentle and unassuming, modestly directing the energy this recognition brings him towards the welfare of his people and the inspiration they give to his music. In 2002, Afel collaborated with the lead singer of Blur, Damon Albarn, on the extremely popular album Mali Music. The gigs they played together were well received, especially the concert at the Barbican in London in June 2003. Damon also made a guest appearance beside Afel on a larger stage at Roskilde in Denmark in front of 65,000 people. With remarkable subtlety and a sure talent, Bocoum has proved that he is a true “messenger of the great river,” and it’s certain he will actively contribute to keeping Malian music at the forefront of the international scene.

Sample some music by Acoustic Africa: YouTube 
Or Vimeo:

Habib Koité & Bamada - Massaké from Cumbancha on Vimeo.

“I have tremendous respect for Oliver, not just because of his amazing body of music, but the commitment to raising people up in all the work he does…it is high time the rest of us have a chance to see what has made “Tuku” such a treasure in his homeland.”
Bonnie Raitt

“[Bocoum] dips into the deep matrix of Saharan/Malian tradition…with a focus on lyrical content that emphasizes dignity and unity, combined with an infectious musical flow that illustrates why in their homeland he and his band are known as “messengers of the great river.”
Prague Post

“Koité was one of the first artists to break the mold of the thunder-voiced song and ancient repertoire associated with the Mande griots, Mali’s traditional praise singers…others have since followed in his footsteps, yet Koité‘s musical universe remains entirely his own.”

Images from: International Music Network 


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Anais Mitchell Feb 26 Hooker Dunham Theater Brattleboro VT

Anais Mitchell, Woodstock VT       

 Anais Mitchell will perform at the Hooker Dunham Theater and Gallery Saturday February 26, doors at 7pm. Tickets are on sale $16 General / $14 Students and Seniors
Ticket reservations and info: 802-254-9276

The performance is presented by the Twilight Music Series. Anaïs (“uh-NAY-iss”) Mitchell writes songs that are "as intimate as conversations and as rich in detail as short stories. The daughter of “hippie back-to-the-landers” whose father was a novelist and English professor, she remembers her family’s home (another farmhouse in the same state) containing “a library full of novels, and lots of old folk and psychedelic rock albums. The books and the records all lived in the same room, which I am sure led to me thinking of songwriting as a kind of literature, a noble poetic enterprise.” (from her website).

She has been on the road around the US and in Europe promoting her epic Folk Opera Hadestown but this Brattleboro performance will be solo.

Anais Mitchell and Micheal Chorney, Langdon St. Cafe Montpelier VT Performing HADESTOWN
Anais Mitchell, Armadillos Keene NH
Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer, Armadillos Keene NH
Darlingside, a "string rock" quintet that hails from Northampton MA will open (8:15pm).

From the Darlingside Website: Playing over 100 shows during their first year of touring, the band has created a seamless, exhilarating sound at the intersection of rock, classical and folk music. Lush five-part harmonies, classical cello-violin duets and compelling break-beats characterize the band's sound. Sam Kapala (drums, vocals), Don Mitchell (guitar, vocals), Auyon Mukharji (mandolin, violin, vocals), Harris Paseltiner (cello, guitar, vocals) and David Senft (bass, guitar, vocals) keep audiences on their toes with exuberant stage presence, spontaneous a cappella, frequent instrument switches, mind-boggling covers and a widely eclectic, cross-genre blend of original material.

For more information, visit, and
More Photos by Nanci photos of Anais may be viewed at:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Seger to Play Boston April 15

WZLX out of Boston is reporting that Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band will play the TD Bank Garden April 15. Tickets on sale Saturday, March 5 at 10am through Ticketmaster. Read more...
Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

Bob Seger LIVE Night Moves Kansas City, MO 12/2/06

Monday, February 21, 2011

2011 VINS Owl Festival

Story and photos by Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
February 19, 2011
Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences, Quechee VT

On a blustery Saturday in February a few brave souls made their way to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) in Quechee VT for the 2011 Owl Festival.

Whoooo's living in our backyards? Can owls see in the dark? Do they make noise when they fly? Do they hunt by sight or sound or both?? These questions and more were answered last Saturday February 19 at the Owl Festival hosted by VINS.

With the very heavy snow pack this year, owls are having a hard time locating food. As a result, more people are seeing owls in their backyards, hanging around their bird feeders looking for the feeder visitors such as small birds and rodents that go after the fallen seed.

Katie Koerten, Wildlife Services Intern at VINS, talks to the crowd about the Great Horned Owl, who we learned isn't horned at all but is feathered! Whoooo knew!

The crowd was also introduced to one of the smallest owls-a Screech Owl, who had been hit by a car and sent to VINS for surgery--the little guy survived but lost an eye as a result of the accident. Noella Girard, Environmental Educator at VINS asks the crowd to guess this bird weight--well they call him the "quater pounder."

In additon to owls, VINS also hosts many other birds of prey such as a pair of Bald Eagles. 

Their website also hosts a Patient Cam so you can watch the progress of various animals that end up under their care. The Web Cam is available during daylight hours so check back then and please do not leave the cam link streaming help them save on web hosting!

VINS is the largest avian rehabilitation facility in Vermont, each year they treat hundreds of bird from all around the state. If you feel you can make a donation to help save some of these majestic animals please DONATE, today.

For more information about VINS you can follow their blog:

Copyright ©2011 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

John Quincy Adams visits Woodstock VT

Story and photos by Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
February 21, 2011
Billings Farm and Museum, Woodstock VT

On President's day, February 21 2011, Woodstock VT was lucky to get a visit from our sixth President, John Quincy Adams (JQA) aka Jim Cooke. JQA was born July 11, 1767 and died on February 23, 1848 (163 years ago!).

Cooke brought his portrayal of  JQA, John Quincy Adams: A Spirit Unconquerable to the Billings Farm and Museum. The event was free and the theater was packed.

The audience was welcomed to the former President's final portrait sitting. Cooke reads from the diaries of JQA aquainting the audience with an intimate look at the last ten years of the President's life.

Of interest to this photographer, Adams sat for the earliest confirmed photograph still in existence of a U.S. president in 1843. The original daguerreotype is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution.

When JQA and family visited Niagra Falls he was greeted with cheers from the crowds as the "Old Man Eloquent".
Adams lost his bid for re-election in  1828 to Andrew Jackson, thus becoming the first President since his
father to serve a single term. After leaving office he was elected to the House of Representatives and served 17 years.

Adams was against slavery and predicted the dissolution of the Union on the slavery issue, but he mistakenly predicted that if the South became independent there would be a series of bloody slave insurrections.

Adams fought in Congress for eight years for the repeal of the “gag rule,” which allowed the House to automatically table petitions against slavery.

 Adams had the case of a lifetime when he represented the defendants in United States v. Amistad Africans before the Supreme Court. Over two days he spoke before the judges for over eight hours. Adams won their freedom and the defendants were given a choice to stay in America or return to Africa.
From Wikipedia: On February 21, 1848, the House of Representatives was discussing the matter of honoring US Army officers who served in the Mexican-American War. Adams firmly opposed this idea, so when the rest of the house erupted into 'ayes', he cried out, 'No!' Immediately thereafter, Adams collapsed, having suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage, he died two days later.
Cooke's one-man performance was both entertaining and educational,  giving the audience a glimpse into the life of such amazing orator. Cooke recited two poems penned by Adams "To Hiriam Powers" and "Wants of Man." Adams was truly eloquent. Listening to Cooke showed that John Quincy Adams was in fact


More info about Jim Cook:

Copyright ©2011 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

“John Quincy Adams..." is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Vermont Humanities Council. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by Speakers Bureau programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Vermont Humanities Council.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals SELL OUT HOB Boston!

Copyright ©2010 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals return to the House of Blues in Boston MA on March 25, 2011 for an all ages show starting at 8pm, doors at 7pm. The last time the band played this venue they were giving tickets away to anyone showing a stub to the Red Sox game that was played at Fenway Park earlier in the day.

I guess this band of five from Vermont is truly climbing the ladder to rock star status. They've gone from small Vermont venues to national TV appearances to selling out HOB Boston. And it's not just Boston that has sold out, most of the dates on their current tour have sold out. The shows in Florida still have tickets available but I'm sure word will spread south and these few remaining tickets will be gobbled up.

As for folks in the Boston area that were waiting to get tickets to HOB thinking "they didn't sell out last time, I'll just wait till March to score my tickets." Sorry dudes you are out of luck. But you could make the drive to Lupos in Providence RI, fan tickets are on sale now for the March 26 show there! Good luck and don't wait to get your tickets if you want to catch this band before they are playing arenas and ultimately--stadiums!!

More photos of the band are posted on my page:

 HOB Event Info:
Friday 03/25/2011
Doors: 07:00 PM
Show: 08:00 PM
$25.00 - GA Standing Room
$39.50 - Reserved Seating
Ages: all

House of Blues Boston
15 Lansdowne St.
Boston, MA 02215
(888) 693-BLUE (2583)

Driving Directions                                     


Lyle Lovett and Kevin Schwantz are riding for a reason!

 Lyle Lovett and Kevin Schwantz are riding for a reason! They star in the new PSA for the Ride for Kids®, benefiting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation®.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Bob Seger Adds More Dates..The East Coast Waits....

Courtesy Photo

Rock Legend and Hall of Famer, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band are hitting the road "to major cities across North America" starting in March, the first tour since 2006-07.

Cities are being announced on a day to day basis and the ones already on sale have SOLD OUT in minutes.
Most recently announced are Toronto, Atlantic City, Atlanta, Nashville; to check all the dates and to keep watch for your city follow the Seger Tour Page.

Still no east coast dates announced and those of us here, we are freaking out waiting for the chosen venues to be announced. 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Portrait Photography--Book Today!

Book your Portrait Session Today!

email for a quote today!

Let me create images of your personal events.
  • Engagements
  • Anniversaries
  • Special Birthdays
  • Graduations
  • Bar and Bat Mitzvah
  • Christenings, First Communions, Confirmations
  • Henna Parties
  • Any event that you host, I can photograph for you!

Wedding Photographer--Book Your Dates Soon!!

Book your Wedding Photographer NOW!
Spring and Summer dates are filling up.

email: for a quote today!

Sunday, February 6, 2011