Stage 33 Live hosts a very special matinee listening event with Lara Herscovitch in solo performance on Sunday, September 22. Multi-instrumentalist Scott MacDonald will open.
Lara Herscovitch’s blues/pop/jazz-tinged contemporary folk embraces misfits and underdogs, connection and courage, love and loss, hardship and hope, resilience and transformation.
She tours widely. Her showcases and awards include Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Wooden Apple Music Festival, Folk Alliance International, Northeast Regional Folk Alliance, and more, including Bellows Falls’ own Roots On The River music festival. She served as Connecticut State Troubadour from 2009-2011 — an official position established by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1991.
She draws from a deep well of compassionate spirit, thoughtful mind, and far-ranging experience. This singer-songwriter-poet also happens to hold a BA in Political Science and a MSW in Policy; and much of her art draws from decades of humanitarian work in the U.S., Latin America, Asia, and Africa focused on education, community development, environmental protection, and justice system reform. Hers is a life fully lived, yet still unfolding.
“A huge reservoir of musical talent and a voice with a bell-like clarity… a keen sense of global concern and a fierce intellect.” — Acoustic Live in New York City
“It’s rare to come across poets able to interject such an achingly human and knowing warmth into their work.” — Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
“A tapestry of melody and poetry that stirs the intellect while reaching deep into the listener’s soul.” — Citizen News
“Lara reminds us that music can be heroic when it springs from a strong heart. Walt Whitman would recognize his own soul in her expansive American vision.” — WNPR Public Radio, The Colin McEnroe Show
“Through Herscovitch’s lens we get to look at American culture, which she sometime criticizes and sometimes defends, and its players emerge tragic fools, unsung heroes, and troubled souls whose stories we want to hear.” — The Courier, Marisa Nadolny
“Sharp as a tack (and wickedly funny) in a New York City kind of way… polished, confident, talented.” — Scenic Root
“Her songs come across with the force and gravity of someone who has been on the front lines and has come back to tell us about it.” — Christopher Street Coffeehouse (Manhattan)
Scott MacDonald may be best known as the proprietor of S.B. MacDonald Custom Instruments in Chester VT, where he happily and enthusiastically relocated from Long Island, NY. Fewer local people may yet have realized that this renowned guitar maker and masterful restorer is also a talented player, writer, and interpreter of historic songs in the public domain. We’ve been fortunate to have him on our stage twice in short sets, and welcome him back with open arms for this performance.
Sunday, September 22. Door opens at 2:00, music starts at 3:00. Seating is limited to 40, first-come/first-served; chairs front-and-center will be reserved for those who make their entry donation in advance (see below). 100% goes to the artist. Entry donation at the door will be $15, but advance donations are $12 (plus a 57¢ processing fee charged by Paypal). If the chairs have all been reserved, standing room is available; you may bring your own seating if you wish. Children under 16 are free with a parent or guardian; if a very young child is getting noisy, we warmly but firmly request that you take them out of the room to calm down out of respect for the performers and other audience members, who will be grateful. If you’re bringing young’ns, please let us know how many in the “comments” field of the Paypal transaction (so we know how many chairs to save).
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.
The listening event will be recorded and filmed. Your likeness or voice may be incidentally documented; your presence is your permission.
33 Bridge Street is an accessible space. It’s 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. Look for the giant stylized sheep-heads in the corner windows (that’s the community radio station, WOOL-FM). The most reliable parking is in the free lot across the street, next to the canal.
Stage 33 Live documents live performances and presentations on a simple stage in a former factory building for downstream audiences. Only original material is allowed. Find more info about the project and other upcoming events online at stage33live.com