6/21/19: The End of America with Izzy Heltai

Presales are now closed. A limited number of chairs are still available for day-of-show walk-ups — first come, first served

Philadelphia-based acoustic folk-Americana trio The End of America plays a record-release show at Stage 33 Live in Bellows Falls, 33 Bridge Street, on Friday, June 21. Advance tickets are bundled with a 7″ vinyl copy of their new single. Entry is $15, seating is limited. Izzy Heltai opens. Door at 7 PM, music at 8. More info and advance tickets online at stage33live.com

The End of America’s three-part harmonies and solid Americana folk-rock draws comparisons to CSNY and The Avett Brothers. They’re known for powerful live performances highlighting their dynamic songwriting.

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.

Online presales are now closed. There are a few open chairs for walk-ups, first come first served. Door at 7 if you didn’t prepay and wanna grab one. After that it’s standing room. It’s OK to bring your own seating if you wish.

They credit their name to Jack Kerouac’s book, On The Road: each of them were frontmen of other projects touring across “the groaning continent” in search of inspiration when they met and found a kindred spirit in one another.

Advance tickets for the Stage 33 Live listening event (which falls between shows at City Winery in New York City’s SoHo and the sprawling Great South Bay Music Festival) are bundled with a vinyl copy of the new 7″ single by The End Of America.

Izzy Heltai will open. A Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Songwriting competition finalist, he was also 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 touring heavily. His debut EP, Sweet Apathy, was released to a sold-out show at Club Passim and received acclaim from Red Line Roots, which noted that Izzy has “a voice that is equal parts gruff, sandpapered scratches, unfiltered and open just enough to let the story out.” His new full-length, Only Yesterday, draws inspiration from the natural beauty of his native Western Massachusetts, his life experiences, and stories from his community.

The End of America plays Friday, June 21. Izzy Heltai opens. Door at 7 PM, music at 8. Each advance ticket is bundled with a 7″ vinyl copy of the new single. Entry is $15, all proceeds go to the band. There are only 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. 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.

Day of show update: Online presales are now closed. There are a few open chairs for walk-ups, first come first served. Door at 7 if you didn’t prepay and wanna grab one. After that it’s standing room. It’s OK to bring your own seating if you wish.

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. Look for the giant stylized sheep-heads in the corner windows (that’s the community radio station, WOOL-FM). We’ll also have a sign out front. 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

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