4/28/19, Sunday: The Sky Blue Boys

* LIMITED SEATING — ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BELOW, WHICH DOUBLE AS CHAIR RESERVATIONS *

Banjo Dan and Willy Lindner were the driving force behind the much-loved, legendary bluegrass band “Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys” during its 40-year run. Sky Blue Boys As a twosome, they play and sing in the vintage country music brother-duo tradition of the ’30s and ’40s.

They’ll be performing a special two-set late afternoon matinee at Stage 33 Live in Bellows Falls on Sunday, April 28. The first half will spotlight songs and stories, followed by an update of their longtime audience favorite old-time live radio show.

Willy and Dan have played together for decades. The clean, evocative sound of “The Sky Blue Boys” is a reminder of things past, and of things constant.

Stage 33 Live is pleased to host them for this rare southern Vermont appearance on Sunday, April 28. Doors open at 3:00, show starts at 4:00. Only 40 seats are available. Advance tickets double as chair reservations and are only available online until the day before the show — $15 general, or $10 for seniors and students. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of show, although if the chairs have all been reserved it will be for standing room. You may bring your own seating.

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.

* Seating is limited to 40 *

Advance tickets double as chair reservations. Reserved chairs aren’t assigned, just reserved; arrive early for your choice. Reserved chairs will be held until 10 minutes before showtime — don’t be late, you may lose your seat. Doors will open at 3:00 for the concert that starts at 4:00. Advance ticketing through the website will close the day before the show. Advance tickets may still be purchased after all the chairs have been reserved; when all the chairs have been reserved, we will note that here prominently. If the chairs have already all been reserved, or you didn’t get tickets in advance and want to be safe, you can bring your own seating.

Tickets are $15; or $10 for seniors and students; kids under 12 are free (let us know if you’re planning to bring any kids; we need to know because of the limited seating). A few cents in processing fees that Paypal charges are added to the ticket cost. 100% of your ticket revenue goes to the Sky Blue Boys. If you wish to make a donation to help Stage 33 Live keep going, there will be a tip jar out at the show.





Choose above, click below.

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.

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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.

5/12/19, Sunday: Decatur Creek with Nick Badarraco

Stage 33 Live is pleased to have Decatur Creek in the house on Sunday, May 12 with an opening set from Nick Badarraco. It’s Mother’s Day, bring your mom!

The band started in 2012 when Steve Dionne, Doug Farrell, and Jack Henry — each of them individually accomplished musicians — got together and heard something special happening. The 2016 addition of Beth Eldridge (of The Bradford Bog People and The Hardtacks) took things to yet another level.

With influences ranging from traditional roots and Americana to straight-up country, folk, and blues, their diverse but complementary styles, backgrounds, and skills fuel the group’s evolving original acoustic sound — always with a strong focus on songwriting and vocals.

Their 2015 self-titled full-length debut featured original tunes from across the band, and was well received. They raised the bar even higher for their second release, aptly named “Rising”, which just came out at the end of 2018. Heartfelt and incisive songs served up with warm vocals and tight harmonies over unique arrangements and crisp musicianship, smothered in soul, energy, and wit.

We’ll open the doors at 5:00 and the music will start at 6:00. All entry donations go to the band, we suggest a minimum of $5 — more if you can. And buy your mom a CD!


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.

33 Bridge Street is a couple blocks toward the river from the intersection of Flat Iron Exchange coffeehouse and Popolo restaurant, which is the only intersection in downtown Bellows Falls. And it’s a T so there’s no way to take a wrong turn. We’re in a brick building on the right on a small rise after the post office and over the little bridge. The most reliable parking is in the free lot on the left — across the street from us, next to the canal.

5/16/19, Third Thursdays @ 33: Ben Mackin + short sets

Ben Mackin is coming over the mountain from the outskirts of Bennington to be the featured performer at the third-Thursday finale.

He picked up the guitar in his teens and has been writing and playing ever since. Like an unusually high percentage of the musicians that grace our stage, he also works with kids in music and theater — in addition to recording studio work, teaching guitar, and running open mics over that way.

Short slots are still wide open! If you’d like to nab one, drop us a line at stage33@stage33live.com

Important update: it’s been announced that Gurf Morlix will be playing three blocks away on the same night, which — let’s not kid ourselves — will be a bigger draw. We’re talking over our options with Ben; we may flip our schedule so people can catch him from 6 to 7 and then head over to the other show (doors for that one open at 7:30), or we may bag the third-Thursday finale entirely and have Ben back on a future Sunday for a proper show. Stay tuned.

Everything on stage will be recorded and filmed. The likeness or voice of audience members may be incidentally documented; your presence is your permission.

Suggested $5 donation at the door.

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. 33 Bridge Street is ADA compliant.

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.

5/19/19, Sunday: Patty Carpenter & Verandah Porche with Jon Weeks

Patty Carpenter and Verandah Porche will perform at Stage 33 Live on Sunday, May 19. Special guest Jon Weeks will be sitting in on wind instruments and percussion. Doors open at 3:00 PM, show starts at 4:00.

Patty and Verandah have been lifelong friends and collaborators. They’ll be playing some of the new songs they’ve written since the Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band’s 2010 CD “Come Over”, which they also co-composed.

Patty studied with Archie Shepp and Max Roach, but she also wears influences ranging from Joan Baez to Billie Holiday on her sleeve. She plays in Patty and the Cakes, The Patty Carpenter Jazz Band, and other projects in addition to the Brooklyn-based Jazz/Americana/Soul/Folk collective Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band.

Verandah is a poet and an alt-lit creative collaborator. Her poetry volumes include Sudden Eden (Verdant Books), The Body’s Symmetry (Harper and Row), and Glancing Off (See Through Books). The Vermont Arts Council presented her with its Award of Merit in 1998; she received the first Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Award in Arts Education in 2015; and Marlboro College honored her with a Doctor of Humane Letters in 2012.

Multi-instrumentalist Jon Weeks will be joining them on flute, sax, percussion, and perhaps some surprises. He studied at Berklee and is a longtime East Coast player with acts like Sol Y Canto, Orquesta Unidad, The Temptations, Cayenne, Viva Quetzal, Joe Velez & Creación, Northside Saxophone Quartet, and many more.

Patty and Verandah were featured in Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie.

Verandah writes about their work together:

“In the late ’60s, we landed in the sticks a stone’s throw from each other. Dreams, troubles, changes, crops, communards, kids and lovers: music and language saw us through our duet of abundance and loss. We took a guitar, the kids, and a pencil with an eraser down to the river. We’ve carved these songs out of our long friendship.”

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.

* Seating is limited to 40 *

Prepaid entry donations double as chair reservations — we only have 40 chairs, after that it’s standing room. The suggested minimum donation for this show is $10 (plus a few cents to cover the bank fee), more if you can… 100% of all door receipts go to the performers. (If you’d like to make a separate donation to help Stage 33 Live keep going, we’ll have a jar out at the show. Or you can make a donation online.) There will also be day-of-show entry available at the door, but a chair isn’t guaranteed in that case. You can bring your own seating to be safe if you wish. No one will be turned away for lack of money.

Advance entry donations double as chair reservations. Reserved chairs aren’t assigned, just reserved; arrive early for your choice. Reserved chairs will be held until 10 minutes before showtime, so don’t be late. Doors will open at 3:00 for the concert that starts at 4:00. Advance entry donations through the website will close the day before the show. Advance entry donations may still be made after all the chairs have been reserved; when all the chairs have been reserved, we will note that 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 seating.

The suggested minimum entry donation is $10. A few cents in processing fees that Paypal charges are rolled in. 100% of your entry donation goes to the performers.





Choose above, click below.

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.


Mark here with a personal tale. Back in the ’80s in Minnesota where I was born and raised — before I moved into a bus in a ghost town in New Mexico (over the pass from Silver City), before I moved to paved-over Rockville MD (across the street from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s grave), before I moved to funky Trumansburg NY (home of the first MOOG factory), before I had any inkling I was going to move to Hinsdale and then Brattleboro and then Bellows Falls where I want to stay — I bought a used copy of a book called Home Comfort, Life on Total Loss Farm at Midway Book on University Avenue in Saint Paul. It was a quirky and delightful book written by a gang of hippies on a commune at Packer Corners in Guilford Vermont. The notion that I’d ever move to Vermont was never considered. But I kept it all those years. I still have it.

Verandah Porche was one of its handful of authors. She’s been a lifelong poet in word and deed. Alt-lit and non-trad. More books since then, awards, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters even. I never figured our paths would cross, not even after I stumbled into her stomping grounds.

Well.

She’s going to be at Stage 33 Live along with collaborating conspirator Patty Carpenter and special guest Jon Weeks on Sunday, May 19, to play songs they’ve written together since the Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band album Come Over, which they also co-composed.

Of course you know Patty too, right?, from Patty and the Cakes, The Patty Carpenter Jazz Band, the Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band (that Brooklyn-based Jazz/Americana/Soul/Folk collective). Sure, she studied with Archie Shepp and Max Roach, but she also wears influences ranging from Joan Baez to Billie Holiday on her sleeve.

And they’ve roped in Jon Weeks for percussion, sax, and flute — another remarkable human, he plays everywhere cool with everyone good. Nonstop. One of those Berklee guys. I hope he brings the wind-synth.

Minor details like time and ticket stuff are still floaty for the moment, but game day is set. Sunday, May 19. Probably an afternoon show. Punch it in on your phone calendar. Put an alarm on it.

I mean, there’s a load of very swell shows lined up for Stage 33 Live, but for me this one’s been unwittingly brewing for like going on 40 years.

6/16/19, Sunday: Grant Peeples + Maddy Walsh w/ Ezra Veitch

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.

(And boom, we got word that he’s bringing Maddy Walsh with him, lead singer of the Ithaca-based band of much buzz, The Blind Spots. It just keeps getting better.)

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.

“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

More: www.grantpeeples.com

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.

* 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.


Choices:


Choose above, click below.

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

6/21/19, Friday: The End of America

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.

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. Two sets, no opener. Doors open at 7:00 PM, show starts at 8:00. This is a single-release show — each ticket is bundled with a 7″ copy of the new record. We only have 40 chairs. Entry is $15, and all proceeds go to the band.

* 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. 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. Any that aren’t reserved are first come, first served.

The ticket thing will be here shortly

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

7/15/19, Monday: Nathan Evans Fox and Jane Kramer

Nathan Evans Fox from Glen Alpine, NC, grew up immersed in country, rock, bluegrass, and hymns. He synthesizes those roots in musical and narrative landscapes that confront the difficulties of his cultural and religious heritage with quiet grief, incisive anger, and unexpected wit. His second full-length, Texas Dust, was release this April.

Asheville-based Jane Kramer was described by a UK music reviewer as sounding like she was “…born to gypsy poets and raised by Emmylou Harris.” With deep roots in Appalachian musical traditions, culture, and lore, Kramer’s songs are introspective and gracefully gritty. Her performances are poignant and engaging, accessible, warm, and often hilarious. Her third album, Valley of The Bones, was released this March.

Nathan and Jane will play both separately and together at Stage 33 Live on July 15. More details are coming; in the meantime, put the date on your calendar.

9/13/19, Friday: Davey O and 6foot6

First notice for Friday September 13 – Davey O and 6foot6. More complete info coming soon.

Pure Americana drawn from a deep well of experience and human emotion without any hackneyed storylines or insincere polish — an unflinching poet’s look at life with no apologies and rust-belt work ethic. Davey O has been a New Folk Finalist at The Kerrville Folk Festival, an Official Showcase Selection at the Folk Alliance Conference, and shared stages with the likes of Ellis Paul, Amy Speace, Tracy Grammer, Eilen Jewell, Suzanne Vega, Eric Andersen, Cheryl Wheeler, Sloan Wainwright, Kim & Reggie Harris, The Kennedys, and Poco.