Before Grant Peeples makes his way to Oklahoma’s interior to play the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Woody’s hometown of Okemah, we’re going to have him here. Local hero Ezra Veitch opens. Sunday, June 16. That’s also father’s day, bring your rad dad. Doors at 6:00, Ezra at 7:00, Grant at 8:00.
A “tree-hugger that watches NASCAR, and Buddhist with a gun below the seat,” Grant’s not afraid to share what’s on his mind. He’s known for his axe-sharp socio-political tunes, raucous humor, and heart-gigging ballads. His shows are a roiling mix of funny and not-funny. He doesn’t do a lot of love songs, but some sometimes. He’s been known to play a few raunchy tunes. He lived on a small island off the Miskito Coast of Nicaragua for eleven years. He’s made ten studio records, three live recordings, and two poetry books. His four most recent albums were produced by Gurf Morlix, who has also produced Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, Ray Wiley Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen, and Slaid Cleaves, among many others. Grant tours coast to coast, primarily as a solo artist, and his appearance here at Stage 33 Live will be in that capacity… unless he brings a friend, which is something you can’t put past him.
“He’s the Woody Guthrie of the New Millennium” — Larry Newman, WSCA-FM
“The only songwriter I have ever called ‘ruthless’.” — John Conquest, 3rd Coast Magazine
“A man of deeply held conviction… and cajones.” — D.C. Bloom, Lonestar Magazine
“No performer holds a crowd like Grant Peeples.” — Barry White, S. Florida Folk Network
“Comedic, acute, smart, intensely political.” — Mark Stern, WMBR-FM
The suggested donation is $10, more if you can. All of it goes to Grant for gas and burritos to get him to the next show.
The listening event will be recorded and filmed. Audience members’ likeness or voice may be incidentally documented; your presence is your permission. 33 Bridge Street is an accessible space.
* We only have 40 chairs *
You can prepay an entry donation that doubles as a chair reservation below, until the chairs are all spoken for. Advance entry donations through the website will close the day before the show. Advance donations may still be made after all the chairs have been reserved; when that happens, we’ll note it here prominently. If the chairs have already all been reserved, or you didn’t make an entry donation in advance and want to be safe, you can bring your own chair.
Reserved chairs aren’t assigned, just reserved; arrive early for your choice. They’ll be held until 10 minutes before showtime, so don’t be late. Doors will open at 6:00 and music starts at 7:00.
Day-of-show entry will also available at the door, but a chair isn’t guaranteed. Any that aren’t reserved are first come, first served.
After completing the transaction, you should be redirected to a “success” page and get an email from Paypal. You’ll also get a confirmation email directly from us within a day or two, assuming you entered a working email address. The name you gave will be on a list at the door. All you have to do is show up.
33 Bridge Street is a couple blocks toward the river from the only intersection in downtown Bellows Falls, which is the corner of Flat Iron Exchange coffeehouse and Popolo restaurant. And it’s a T so there’s no way to take a wrong turn. Stage 33 Live is in a brick building on the right after the post office and over the little bridge. The most reliable parking is in the free lot across the street, next to the canal.
Stage 33 Live invites the public to listening events that are recorded and filmed for radio, TV, and the internet. It’s a volunteer run nonprofit on a mission to help local and regional talented and knowledgeable people reach wider audiences on multiple platforms. The stage is also open to established performers and presenters, because their participation helps bring attention to others still getting their foot in the door. We aren’t a bar, club, restaurant, or venue with regular hours. We’re also not a plush theater or a state-of-the-art facility. We’re just good folks doing this fine thing — the homegrown love child of Tiny Desk Concerts, TED Talks, Science Friday, Midnight Special, and The Little Rascals. Stage 33 Live allows only original material. www.stage33live.com