2/21/19, Third Thursday: A cahoot of Popolo and Stage 33 Live with BettySoo and Rebecca Loebe at the Windham Ballroom

As you may recall, there was a wee perturbation with Stage 33 Live’s February third-Thursday giddyup. A booker for a heftier — and, frankly, classier — venue here in the village (a good friend of ours just a couple blocks from our front door) contacted us because there was a show firming up over there for the same evening. A really good show that would surely impact our goings-on.

They weren’t just calling to warn us (which would have been nice gesture if left at that), but to see about putting cooperation and coordination on the table. Well, heck yeah. That’s totally in the spirit of what Stage 33 Live is all about.

And so we’re pleased as punch to announce that Austin-based performers BettySoo and Rebecca Loebe will be playing at the Windham Ballroom on February 21, presented in cooperation between Popolo and Stage 33 Live. Doors at 7:00, show at 8:00. Tickets are $15 in advance and available online right now at the Popolo website. They’ll be $18 at the door.

(To make the whole night about talented women, we had put out a call for female solo performers, or female or mixed duos, or female-fronted bands interested in doing either a short set or a full set at Stage 33 Live before the other concert… but having heard from none, we may end up ditching Stage 33 Live for the night and putting our full hearts into the other thing. Which is totally OK. Their doors open at 7:00 so we’d probably need to wrap by 6:45, and that makes for a weirdly early start and not a lot of stage time.)

BettySoo and Rebecca Loebe are both based in Austin, Texas. Both have won the prestigious Kerrville New Folk award. They’re also both in the rising-star band Nobody’s Girl, but playing as individuals on this night. Together and apart, they make impeccably produced records with Austin’s best talent, and give mesmerizing live performances.

There’s so, so, so much more that could be said. Check out their websites:
www.bettysoo.com
www.rebeccaloebe.com

Get tickets:
www.popolomeanspeople.com/events/bettysoo-and-rebecca-loebe/

2/24/19, Sunday: (RESCHEDULED DATE) The Jobz and Jessica Rabbit Syndrome

Crunch and glam from The Jobz and Jessica Rabbit Syndrome at Stage 33 Live starting at 6:30 PM or so on FEBRUARY 24 at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, VT. No cover, donations welcome.

In partnership with Windsor-based musicians’ collective What Doth Life, it’s loud fun crunchytime at Stage 33 Live when The Jobz and Jessica Rabbit Syndrome come to record and film concert sets starting around 6:30 and going to around 9:00 on FEBRUARY 24.

The Jobz are nuts and have been around long enough to have an abandoned Myspace page. Jessica Rabbit Syndrome wraps you in a freaky glitter blanket of Glamour Trash Witchcore attitude.

This taping is free and open to the adoring public, but donations to keep Stage 33 Live going will be gratefully accepted. Seating capacity is 40, but don’t sit.

Stage 33 Live documents performances and presentations of all sorts on a simple stage in a former factory building for downstream audiences — the homegrown love child of Tiny Desk Concerts, Ted Talks, Science Friday, Midnight Special, The Little Rascals, and on this night, Urgh! The Decline Of The Repo Stains. Find more info about Stage 33 Live at www.stage33live.com

Bonus reading:

County Tracks: The Jobz Have Recorded the Year’s Craziest Concept Album
Seven Days: Jessica Rabbit Syndrome Release Debut Tracks

3/21/19, Third Thursdays @ 33: Matt Seiple + short sets

Stage 33 Live is pleased to have Matt Seiple in the house as the featured performer on Thursday, March 21. Shorts slots are still available in the 6:00 hour, see details below.

Matt’s been playing and singing his way around America for over 30 years, from the streets of San Francisco and the cafes of New York City to the clubs of New Orleans and the honky-tonks of Nashville. This Vermont-based singer-songwriter performs original, gritty, roots-based Americana in the rough-cut and lyrically rich traditions of artists like Hank Williams, Lightning Hopkins, Townes Van Zandt, and John Prine. His well honed, finely crafted songs tend to be deeply introspective and sometimes darkly reflective. His longtime companion is a 1976 Guild D35.

Matt came and played a short set here at Stage 33 Live recently to get the lay of the land, and he had the room spellbound. If you missed it, check this out:


(The rest of the terrific three-song set is still being edited – including his soundcheck as a bonus – and will be along presently.)

A limited number of ten-minute short slots with a casual, open-mic vibe are available in the 6:00 hour. Original works only, no covers, must be FCC-safe (rated PG). RSVP to stage33@stage33live.com or voicemail / text 802-289-0148. Sometimes we only have one or two people for the shorts (in which case the players can go long if they wish), sometimes it fills. People who RSVP get first dibs.

Matt Seiple takes the stage at 7:00. We recommend a minimum donation of $5 (more if you can) so Matt can get gas and a burrito.


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.

3/23/19, Saturday: Carolann Solebello and Joe Iadanza

* NOTICE OF LIMITED SEATING *

Co-headline concert with Carolann Solebello and Joe Iadanza at Stage 33 Live

BELLOWS FALLS, VT — Stage 33 Live welcomes two headlining acts in one intimate listening event.

Carolann Solebello is a performing songwriter best known to folk audiences as a founding member of Americana trio Red Molly. Born, bred, and based in New York City, she tours as a solo artist and with the modern folk quartet No Fuss and Feathers Her smooth, compelling voice and warm acoustic guitar style nod to rural folk traditions, but her urban sense of rhythm and sophisticated vocal phrasing bend tradition into contemporary shapes. She has won numerous songwriting awards, and her fifth solo album, Shiver, was released in February 2018.

The son of Italian immigrants and union activists, Joe Iadanza knows the passionate struggle of the American dream. With echoes of Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, and Cat Stevens, the Long Island native’s music is rooted in classic folk: honest and raw. He’s heralded for his deeply personal songwriting and fluid, percussive guitar playing. Also a producer, his credits include Spuyten Duyvil’s The Social Music Hour, Vol. 1 (nominated for Album of the Year by Folk Alliance International), and Carolann Solebello’s recent full-length, Shiver.

These kindred spirits and longtime friends are a yin and yang of performing songwriters, with Solebello’s warm voice and precise rhythm guitar dovetailing Iadanza’s from-the-heart vocals and graceful six-string. The smart songwriting and emotional eloquence they share blurs the lines between tough and tender, masculine and feminine, Americana and folk.

They perform at Stage 33 Live on Saturday, March 23, at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Doors open at 7:00, show starts at 8:00. Recommended minimum advance donation per person is $15 — or $20 per person at the door. 100% of it goes to the artists, and we warmly encourage you to appreciate them with an extra bump if you can.

The event will be recorded and filmed.

Important notice of limited seating!

Stage 33 Live has seating for 40, plus standing room. Chances are that we’ll run out of chairs for this special listening event, so we’re accepting advance entry-donations that double as chair reservations. The recommended minimum advance donation per person is $15 (it will be $20 at the door), and 100% goes to the performers. If you can, we warmly encourage you to appreciate them with an extra bump.

You don’t need a Paypal account to make an advance entry donation / chair reservation, just a credit or debit card. After you donate, 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 reserved chairs will be held until 10 minutes before showtime — don’t be late, you’ll lose your seat. The reserved chairs aren’t assigned, just reserved; arrive early for your choice. Doors will open at 7:00, show starts at 8:00.

If the chairs have already all been reserved (or if you prefer to take a chance by not making an entry donation in advance), you can bring your own seating. The suggested minimum donation at the door is $20 per person.







Paypal charges registered nonprofits like us $0.30 per transaction + 2.2%, which we add to the advance donation amount so that the performers get the full minimum suggested donation. You can change the number of reservations after clicking the button.


Stage 33 Live invites the public to listening events of music performances and spoken word presentations that are recorded for radio, TV, and the internet. Stage 33 Live is not a bar, club, restaurant, or venue with regular hours. Its mission is 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, as their participation helps bring attention to others still getting their foot in the door. Stage 33 Live allows only original material.

4/7/19, Sunday: Draa Hobbs & John Stowell

After the last time they were in the room, Draa wrote, “To say this was a great concert would be an understatement. The audience was wonderful, and I felt good about my playing. To work with John Stowell, a true master of the instrument, is a tremendous blessing. When you start to get on in years, having the added inspiration to continue working on music — well, it’s a beautiful thing.”

There will be a master class preceding the concert as well.

Details coming.

4/18/19, Third Thursdays @ 33: Jesse Peters + short sets

This month’s featured performer will be longtime local fave Jesse Peters. We’ll post more info, stay tuned.

The short slots are still wide open.

Everything Stage 33 Live hosts is the result of performers or presenters reaching out to us. We like that a lot, because it means that the people on the stage want to and chose to be there — just like the people in the audience. Each motivated for the other. It’s the ideal symbiosis, really.

And no, it ain’t normal. We’re so completely cool with that.

4/21/19, Sunday: The Sky Blue Boys

First notice for Sunday April 21: The Sky Blue Boys. More complete info coming soon.

The Sky Blue Boys are Banjo Dan and Willy Lindner, the driving force behind the much-loved, legendary Vermont-based bluegrass band Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys during its 40-year run. As a twosome, they play and sing In the vintage country music brother-duo tradition of the ’30s and ’40s. And they are actual brothers whose voices have the special blend of kinship. They’re cooking up a special two-set show for this appearance.

5/12/19, Sunday: Decatur Creek

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.

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

This month’s featured performer will be Ben Mackin, and we’re excited! We’ll post more info, stay tuned.

The short slots are still wide open.

Everything Stage 33 Live hosts is the result of performers or presenters reaching out to us. We like that a lot, because it means that the people on the stage want to and chose to be there — just like the people in the audience. Each motivated for the other. It’s the ideal symbiosis, really.

And no, it ain’t normal. We’re so completely cool with that.

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

We’ll put up a proper press release when all the details have been worked out, but for now you can make a general note on your calendar.


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.