Showing posts from February, 2012

Anais Mitchell returns to the Iron Horse Music Hall

Anais Mitchell and The Young Man Band Joshua Meltzer opened Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, MA February 27, 2012

Performance Videos:
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.)
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 somehow got on the subject of animal pelts, and that the kick drum's sheep skin &q…

Springsteen Week On Jimmy Fallon

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. 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 March 26 Wells Fargo Philly March 28, 29 Izod Center  East Rutherford NJ April 3, 4, MSG April 6, 9 Buffalo April 13 Albany April 16 NO Jazz …

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

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 ConferenceCenter on Williston Road, SOLD OUT too fast. Organizers began to search for a larger location. 

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. 
The event is scheduled to begin at noon on the 30th and tickets are available online at
The last sitting president to visit Vermont was Bill Clinton in 1995. 

Obama, visited Vermont in 2006 (when he was a U.S. Senator from Illinois) a…

Album Stream: Anaïs Mitchell - Young Man in America

From 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 she channeled into t…

Torchlight Parade and Fireworks!

Suicide Six 75th Anniversary Torchlight Parade and Dance Pomfret VT February 18, 2012 Photos and Videos by Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
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.

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Suzanne Vega at Tupelo Music Hall Vermont

Suzanne Vega
Tupelo Music Hall White River Junction VT
February 17, 2012
Story and Photos by Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
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)

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 three years. She has re-released many of these songs on her won label Amanuensis (a Latin…

Southside Johnny Hits Stowe VT

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 little help from…