Stage 33 Live is a welcoming, casual, scrappy (but well-mannered) nonprofit listening room in an industrial-rustic former factory with 40 folding chairs, run by chipper upstart volunteers in a rural Vermont village on the Connecticut River bordering New Hampshire.
Imagine a state-of-the-art, million-dollar performance center… got it? That’s not us. We’re also not a bar, club, or restaurant. (But we’re not savages either – there’s coffee, soda, water, and snacks by donation.)
We’re real, we operate on a human scale, yet our boots-on-the-ground core team and advisers bring a couple hundred years’ worth of experience in this stuff to the table. It’s a mystery how such an improbable thing coalesced here in the sticks.
The room has mostly defined itself as an acoustic folk/Americana singer-songwriter place, but we run jazz, pop, spoken word, rock, and more. Best way to be in the loop about what and when things are happening is to sign up for the email newsletter.
Although our listening events are intimate and informal and friendly, they’re not a good environment for squalling babies, ADHD kiddos, or disruptive adults. Cell phones off, pop a lozenge if you’ve got a cough, be attentive. Honor the stage. Applaud like crazy though! Cheer a great solo! Laugh loud at a good joke, or groan at a bad one. Heck, heckle in good nature if it seems appropriate. But honor the stage.
Seating is limited to 40 folding chairs – first come, first served. After that there’s standing room. It’s OK to bring your own chair, as long as you take it back home with you when you leave.
Only original material written by the performers themselves is allowed. We host local, regional, and national professionals and amateurs alike, and we record and film them in the act for a radio/TV/internet program we’re working up – the homegrown love child of Tiny Desk Concerts, Ted Talks, Science Friday, and The Midnight Special, infused with the naive enthusiasm The Little Rascals.
We’re super far behind on the editing and cutting.
Everything we host is because somebody reached out to us. We don’t use a booking service, and we don’t solicit performers. The people on the stage and the people in the audience are both there because they chose to be there for each other. It’s a beautiful symbiosis.
(If you’re a performer, this means that you shouldn’t wait for an invitation because it won’t come. Take a look at the “For Performers” page and then get in touch if you’re into it.)