6/21/19, Friday: The End of America and Izzy Heltai

The End of America credits their name to Jack Kerouac’s book, On The Road. The Philadelphia-based trio were each frontmen of other projects touring across “the groaning continent” in search of inspiration when they met and found a kindred spirit in one another.

They weave captivating three-part harmonies over a solid foundation of folk, rock, and Americana, drawing comparisons to CSNY and The Avett Brothers — but with a sound uniquely their own.

A Paypal account is not required.

(Scroll down the page for details about the chair thing.)

You can change the number of reservations you want to make after clicking the button. Paypal charges $0.30 per transaction + 2.2%, we’ve added in those fees. The performers get 100% of the donation after fees.

James Downes, Trevor Leonard, and Brendon Thomas made their debut as The End Of America at the 2016 Philadelphia Folk Festival and were voted Favorite New Artist. In 2017 the band won the Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Fest, returning the next year as the Most Wanted Band. Since then they’ve performed festivals, theaters, and clubs east to west, sharing stages with artists like Graham Nash, Old Crow Medicine Show, Gary Louris, and Simone Felice. They joined Beck in Los Angeles to perform for his Song Reader release show — that appearance won praise from Spin, Filter, and The Hollywood Reporter.

The End of America is known for powerful live performances highlighting their dynamic songwriting, harmonies, and playful stage banter. They’re ambitiously releasing a new song every month from May 2019 through 2020. Attendees at the intimate Stage 33 Live listening event will receive a hard-copy of a new 7″ single by the band. They’ll be on our stage between gigs at the well-appointed City Winery in New York City’s SoHo and the sprawling Great South Bay Music Festival.

Cool fact: Bernie Sanders chose their song “Empty Sea” for use in one of his official campaign videos during his first Presidential bid.

The End of America will play on Friday, June 21. Doors open at 7:00 PM, show starts at 8:00. This is a single-release show — each prepaid ticket is bundled with a 7″ vinyl copy of the new record (and a CD). We only have 40 chairs. Entry is $15, and all proceeds go to the band.

At the band’s request and to our delight, Boston-born and Northampton-based Izzy Heltai is coming up to open. His new EP “Only Yesterday” just came out — the followup to his 2018 debut “Sweet Apathy” that was released to a sold-out show at Club Passim.

He was a Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Songwriting competition finalist. He was featured at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase, made waves at Ossipee Valley Music Festival and the Freshgrass Bluegrass Festival, and has been hitting hard at venues all over the place. His touring schedule is intense.

“Izzy’s simple and often nomadic life is deeply reflected in his music. An unusual power and constant movement dominate his storytelling.” — The Wild Honey Pie

“A voice that is equal parts gruff, sandpapered scratches, unfiltered and open just enough to let the story out.” — Red Line Roots

* We only have 40 chairs *

Prepaid entry doubles as a chair reservation until the chairs are all spoken for. Prepayment through the website will close the day before the show. Prepays 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 prepay 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. There really isn’t a bad seat in the house though. Doors will open at 7:00 and music starts at 8:00.

Day-of-show entry will also available at the door, but a chair isn’t guaranteed — and the vinyl single + CD bundle is only for presales. Any chairs that aren’t reserved are first come, first served.

A Paypal account is not required.

You can change the number of reservations you want to make after clicking the button. Paypal charges $0.30 per transaction + 2.2%, we’ve added in those fees. The performers get 100% of the donation after fees.

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