Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Jim Rooney and Tom Rush Close This Year's White River Independent Film (WRIF) Festival

This year's White River Independent Film (WRIF) Festival wrapped up Monday night at Tupelo Music Hall in White River with the screening of "For The Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival."

It is a documentary exploring the rich history of Club 47, the iconic 80-seat Cambridge, Massachusetts folk music mecca from 1958-1968. Narrated by Peter Coyote, it explores the influence the Club had on a unique group of folk musicians, from the evolution of the 60s folk revival to the singer-songwriter era. Featured are interviews with Joan Baez, Taj Mahal, Judy Collins, Tom Rush, Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Jackie Washington, Jim Rooney, Peter Rowan and many more. The film features previously unreleased audio recordings and photographs of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Eric Von Schmidt and new performances from the still-performing stars of Club 47 with today's emerging folk performers, as the folk process continues.
On hand for the screening were director Rob Stegman and historical archivist Betsy Siggins. Prior to the screening there was a brief question and answer period hosted by WRIF Board members Nora Jacob (Vice President) and Mark Williams. Quechee resident and film director Todd Kwait was unfortunately not present. Siggins said she wasn't sure why she had saved a bag full of old reel to reels from the Club 47 days but I'm sure now she's glad she did. She and Stegman received a grant from the Grammy Foundation to restore some of these tapes and with the help of the Harvard Audio Preservation Department, these precious recordings have been restored and archived. Some are being housed at the Folk New England in Somerville MA.

Siggins sent out a plea to folks to contact her if they have any old photographs, reel to reels or general memorabilia from the Club 47 days.

The film was very entertaining and well crafted but the treat of the evening was the live music performance. Jim Rooney and Tom Rush played a few of the folks songs that made Club 47 and themselves famous.
Rooney opened with "Ruben's Old Train" and closed with a Mick Jagger/Keith Richards song-"No Expectation," He then introduced his good friend of 53 years, Tom Rush.
Rush opened his set with a song he learned from Sleepy John Estes at Club 47 "Drop Down Mama, (Some woman might treat you wrong)." He closed with "Panama Limited" and invited Jim back on stage were the two played a great version of Woody Guthrie's "Do Re Mi." The two received a standing ovation from the sold out crowd.

For the Love of the Music-The Club 47 Folk Revival
White River Independent Film Festival
Special Guests: Jim Rooney and Tom Rush
Tupelo Music Hall
White River Junction, VT April 28, 2014
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Andre Dubus III entertains the Largest Norman Williams Public Library Gala to Date.

Sunday evening the Norman Williams Public Library hosted its Annual Gala. The reception was held at the library in the mezzanine. The room was filled to capacity with people supporting the library. Guest Speaker, Andre Dubus III mingled with the crowd and signed copies of his books.

The event moved to the Woodstock Inn and Resort for the dinner. Library executive Director, Jennifer Belton welcomed the group of 209 supporters (the largest to date) to the gala; introducing the Gala Committee, the Library staff and the volunteers. She then turned the podium over to Board of Trustees Chair, Jack McGuire.

McGuire reminisced about the progress the library has made over the last few years-the implementation of "Wireless Woodstock" and turning the library into a true community center. He said "The people who have enabled Jennifer to do all this are you (all)!" He told the donors that the Gala had been running with an attendance of about 170 people over the last few years when attendance jumped to 206 last year and 209 this year.

This year's event saw the greatest support from area businesses. McGuire quoted a figure of $20,000 in donations supporting the event so all the proceeds from the Gala would be going directly to the Library Fund.
Haverhill MA native, University of Massachusetts-Lowell Professor and New York Time Best Selling author Andre Dubus III took the podium at about 8 pm. He told stories of the creative process and some of his life's journeys. One audience member was overheard saying "This guy could do stand up!" after Dubus told a tale of writing in his car (for peace and quiet) in an apartment complex parking lot. A cop pulled up and asked what he was doing-"writing a novel", come to find out the cop was a regular at a bar that Dubus worked at part time so the incident ended well. Dubus did move his car though to a graveyard.

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Norman Williams Public Library Annual Gala
Guest Speaker Andre Dubus III
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Woodstock Inn and Resort
Woodstock, VT April 27, 2014
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bringing Brahms To The People-Cantare Con Spirito Travels Vermont

April 24, 2014
Woodstock, VT

This weekend the BarnArts Center for the Arts presents Cantare Con Spirito . The group will be performing vocal works of Brahms at Vermont venues this spring around Vermont and one date in New Hampshire. 
Tour Dates:
April 25, 7 p.m. Blue Horse Inn, Woodstock; 
April 26, 2 p.m.  Ava Art Gallery, Lebanon, NH; 
April 26, 7p.m.  Bethel Town Hall, Bethel; 
April 27, 10 a.m.  Bethany Church, Montpelier
April 27, 4 p.m.  The Recital Hall at St. Michael’s College, Colchester. 

As a lover of music, albeit mostly Rock and Roll and Blues, I found Canatre Con Spirito wildly entertaining. I don't speak German, but these artists bring you into each "scene" they are singing and you can easily understand what is happening. The emotions range from anger to happiness to even a little humor.

The group was born this winter when the BarnArtsCenter’s artistic director, Jarvis Green, heard a program of program of Brahms’ quartets on the Vermont Public Radio Classical station. This coincided with an article he had read earlier that same day reflecting that to young Americans classical music has become an anomaly. He wants to change that. “That evening I called colleagues in Maine, Boston and New York City and proposed the idea of going on tour to perform an all-Brahms program. To my delight and astonishment they agreed Cantare Con Spirito (Sing with Spirit) was born,” says Green. “Our mission is to sing the music we love with the people we love in the places we love.” (Brahms, whose life spanned 1833 to 1897, belongs to the pantheon of the “Three Bs,” Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.)

“Really listening deeply for the first time to Brahms has been a transformational experience for me,” says Green, whose own musical background is rooted in both sacred and American genres. He will sing baritone/bass. Joining him will be Luette Saul of Pomfret, VT, soprano; Tesia Kwarteng who studies and performs in Manhattan, mezzo soprano; Marco Jordao of Boston, tenor; and Mark Rossnagel of Portland, ME, pianist.
Luette and Tesia
Marco and Jarvis
and Mark 
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Melissa Etheridge Brings Her Solo Show to the Calvin Theatre

April 23, 2014
Northampton MA

Melissa Etheridge is on tour again. She's solo and working out material for her new CD, "This is Me." She stopped by the Calvin Theatre in Northampton MA last night for a 13 song set. Rumor has it that she was at the local 7/11 Store handing out concert tickets to some lucky patrons during the day.
Surrounded by all kinds of guitars,a grand piano,and a smattering of lava lights, Etheridge welcomed the audience and reminisced about her first time in Northampton, an appearance at John M. Greene Hall at Smith College in 1989. This got a roar from the crowd. She opened with “Bring Me Some Water” and closed with "I'm The Only One." Her one song encore was "Like The Way I Do" that had the crowd screaming at the top of their lungs.
It was a great show, much better than the Tanglewood show I saw last summer but the crowd tonight was really LAZY.
I've never sat through a ME show before and was really annoyed to be told to sit and not dance. I guess you could say it was an older crowd but jeez...I'll have to think long and hard about attending the next round of New Enlgand shows.

Jun 8 2014 Concord NH Capitol Centre for the Arts

Jun 10 2014 Rutland VT Paramount Theatre

Jun 12 2014 Boston MA Boston Symphony Hall

Jun 13 2014 Boston MA Boston Symphony Hall

Jun 14 2014 Albany NY The Egg Center for Performing Arts 

Oh and we got to sit behind Elizabeth Perkins

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Joan Osborne Brings Her Love and Hate Tour to Lebanon Opera House

Lebanon NH
April 19, 2014

Joan Osborne and her Acoustic Trio performed at the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH on Saturday. Osborne was joined on stage by Keith Cotton and Jack Petruzzelli promoting her eight studio album "Love and Hate."
Osborne wrote or co-wrote every song on "Love and hate, making it her most intimate album so far.

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Local favorite Jason Cann opened the show.

Coming Soon to Lebanon Opera House:
Patty Griffin June 13, 2014
Hot Tuna Acoustic with Leon Russell June 17, 2014
Lucinda Williams June 25, 2104

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Upcoming shows for Lebanon Opera House...Get Your Tickets Today!

APRIL 2014
Joan Osborne
Saturday April 19, 2014 7:30 pm Get Tickets HERE
Lebanon Opera House Lebanon NH
Presented by Lebanon Opera House

Joan Osborne's new album dropped on April 8
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June 2014
Patty Griffin
Friday June 13, 2014 7:30 pm Get Tickets HERE
Lebanon Opera House Lebanon NH
Presented by Lebanon Opera House

Acoustic Hot Tuna & Leon Russell
Tuesday June 17, 2014 7:30 pm Get Tickets HERE
Lebanon Opera House Lebanon NH
Presented by Lebanon Opera House

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Lucinda Williams
Wednesday June 25, 2104 7:30 PM Get Tickets HERE 
On sale for Donors, General Public Friday April 18 at noon.
Presented by Kirschner Concerts

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Lucinda Williams Returns to Lebanon Opera House June 25! Tickets on Sale Friday 4/18!

The amazing Lucinda Williams returns to Lebanon Opera House on June 25th at 7:30 PM (she last performed here in November of 2011.)

Tickets are on sale now for LOH Donors and go on sale to the General Public Friday April 18 at noon.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

David Bromberg at Tupelo Music Hall Vermont- A Sold Out Standing Room Only Show

April 11, 2014
White River Junction, Vermont
David Bromberg returned to Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction Vermont (he performed here in 2011 with his wife's band The Angel Band opening that show), to promote his new CD "Only Slightly Mad" on Friday night. The venue was sold out and GA Standing Room Only tickets were the last ones available for the night. Folks were in the lobby asking for tickets-that's how popular this show was.

At the close of the first of two sets, Bromberg invited Tom Rush on stage to pay tribute to Jesse Winchester, who passed away earlier in the day at age 69.
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Johnny Clegg and Joan Osborne to perform at Lebanon Opera House This Saturday and Next Saturday!

The Johnny Clegg Band
Saturday April 12, 2014 7:30 pm Get Tickets HERE
Lebanon Opera House Lebanon NH

Presented by Kirschner Concerts & Drusky Ent.
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Nice Clegg Preview in the Valley News, click HERE

Joan Osborne
Saturday April 19, 2014 7:30 pm Get Tickets HERE
Lebanon Opera House Lebanon NH
Presented by Lebanon Opera House

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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