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Anais Mitchell returns to the Iron Horse Music Hall

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Anais Mitchell and The Young Man Band Joshua Meltzer opened Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, MA February 27, 2012 Performance  Videos:   http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2953809D08483129&feature=plcp Anais Mitchell returned to one of her favorite venues, The Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton MA. Mitchell and her new band, The Young Man Band featuring: Rachel Ries, Ben Davis and Noah Hahn are out promoting her new CD which dropped today " Young Man In America " Mitchell played 1:45 minutes before a very close to sold out venue (it was a Monday night after all.) Rachel Ries and a Badger Pelt The new band is coming together nicely and the vocal harmonies of Mitchell, Ries and Davis are amazing. To hear such angelic sounds singing some pretty gritty lyrics is quite an experience.  Right before she treated the audience to " Dyin Day " she talked about  NPR's  On Point  radio show last week and how the conversation 

Springsteen Week On Jimmy Fallon

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From NBC Files via Bruce Facebook page NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” will feature two appearances by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band next week — Monday and Friday . The latter appearance will feature an interview with Springsteen and multiple performances by the Boss and the E Street Band, according to Springsteen’s representative. Bruce Mansfield MA 8/23/2009 Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt When Springsteen and crew are not on the show, the week’s musical guests will perform Springsteen songs. Country star Kenny Chesney  (seen at a concert with Grace Potter at Grand Point North 2011) will play “I'm on Fire” on Monday and Elvis Costello, backed by Fallon’s house band, the Roots, will perform “Brilliant Disguise” on Thursday . Springsteen’s new album, “Wrecking Ball,” is drops March 6, and he and the E Street Band are set to hit the road, starting with a March 9 date at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem.  Area shows include: TD Garden Boston Marc

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals to Open for President Obama in VERMONT

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From the Burlington Free Press President Obama is coming to Vermont! President Barack Obama is moving the location of his Vermont visit to accommodate more people, and adding a headline local musical act to the bill. Sources say the March 30 the event, originally scheduled for the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center on Williston Road , SOLD OUT too fast. Organizers began to search for a larger location.  Grace Potter The president's re-election campaign also says singer and songwriter Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, will be performing at the event. Tickets for the event range in price from $44 students and grassroots activists to $7,500 for a photo opportunity with the president.  Nocturnal Matt Burr Nocturnal Scott Tournet Nocturnal Benny Yurco Grace Potter The event is scheduled to begin at noon on the 30th and  tickets are available online at https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/o2012-march30burlingtonreception Gra

Album Stream: Anaïs Mitchell - Young Man in America

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From PasteMagazine.com Anaïs Mitchell’s unique musical style has produced memorable folk albums for the past decade, exploring stories that range from simple subjects all the way to 2010’s folk-opera  Hadestown —a variation of a classic Greek myth. With her new album, Young Man in America , Mitchell continues to seek out richly-detailed stories, but has chosen to examine multiple angles in an epic tale throughout the different stages of the country. “I’ve always been interested in songwriting as a storytelling device,” Mitchell explained about the album. “There’s a lot of characters [on  Young Man ] that speak on this. There’s a lot of stories, but it’s not a concept record. It’s more of a collection of short stories that belong in the same book.” Mitchell didn’t have a grand plan heading into the album, and she’s adamant that she didn’t choose the stories, but the stories chose her. Lyrics and characters would just appear in mid-air due to emotions she felt herself, which sh

Torchlight Parade and Fireworks!

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Suicide Six 75 th Anniversary Torchlight Parade and Dance Pomfret VT February 18, 2012 Photos and Videos by Nancy Nutile-McMenemy Torchlight Parade Everyone loves fireworks and most everyone loves a Torchlight Parade down a freshly groomed ski slope on a unseasonable warm February night. Suicide Six Ski Area in Pomfret Vermont celebrated its 75th (Diamond) Anniversary last night with a Torchlight Parade, a Dance-featuring Automatic Rooster , and a surprise display of fireworks. Photos By Nanci covered the event for the Vermont Standard. Photos should be in the paper and online Thursday February 23. Videos of the Parade and Fireworks are posted on YouTube  ; a sample video is below. Copyright ©2012 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy www.photosbynanci.com For The Vermont Standard:  http://www.thevermontstandard.com/ Image Galleries:  http://thevermontstandard.smugmug.com/ Follow Photos By Nanci at: photosbynanci.com  Photos by Nan

Suzanne Vega at Tupelo Music Hall Vermont

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Suzanne Vega Tupelo Music Hall White River Junction VT February 17, 2012 Story and Photos by Nancy Nutile-McMenemy Suzanne Vega, Tupelo Music Hall VT The last time I caught  Suzanne Vega  in the Upper Valley, she co-headlined with   Marc Cohn at the Lebanon Opera House almost two years ago (February 5, 2010. Images ) From the internet... A lot has happened to Vega since her break out hits " Luka " and " Tom's Diner " (the diner's exterior was used in the tv-sitcom  Seinfeld!) from the 1987 album Solitude Standing;  most notably, she was dropped by her record label A&M Records and Blue Note Records, she now no longer has access to the master's recorded by these labels including "Luka" and Tom's Diner." According to a Valley News article published February 16, 2012, Katie Beth Ryan reports that Vega wants to re-record her back catalog to gain control over these songs and has been doing just that over the last thr

Southside Johnny Hits Stowe VT

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Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center Stowe VT February 11, 2012 Review and photos by Nancy Nutile-McMenemy With no opening act, Southside took the stage just a little past 8 pm and played for just about two hours. The show wasn't sold out but was pretty darn full with a lot of folks in the crowd speaking with New York and New Jersey accents. A few songs in Southside appeared somewhat confused, grabbed the setlist, looked it over then tore it up. We knew the fun was about to begin. Not often does he follow a setlist but this is the first time we've seen him tear it up. It usually causes some minor confusion among band members but being the professionals they are, you don't really notice the "audibles." With one exception at this show, John Isley, in only his second night on Sax with the newly revamped horn section did seem a little lost after the setlist was torn up by Southside, however he did a great job with a litt

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