7/2/22, Saturday: WOJCICKI + special guest

Wojcicki will bring their electro-americana earworm prog to the Stage 33 Live listening room at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, Vermont, on Saturday, July 2 at 7:00 PM. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Limited seating. The performance will be recorded and filmed. Read the press release.

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Wojcicki at Stage 33 Live

BELLOWS FALLS — Wojcicki [Voy-CHEECH-key] is the vehicle for songwriter and performer Matt Sharff, along with his long-time conspirators Bethanie Yeakle and Garth Tichy. They’ll bring their electro-americana earworm prog to the Stage 33 Live listening room at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, Vermont, on Saturday, July 2 at 7:00 PM. Limited seating. The performance will be recorded and filmed. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance tickets and more info at stage33live.com

Sharff began performing in his teens with bands in his native New York City at venues like CBGB, Max’s Kansas City, Brownies, Mercury Lounge, and The Fort. Since relocating to Southern Vermont, he’s played from NXNE in Toronto to SXSW in Austin, sharing stages with broadly diverse artists including Emmylou Harris, The Jayhawks, Bill Kirchen, The Silos, Mark Mulcahy, Roky Erikson, NRBQ, The Misfits, and Bernie Sanders. He’s recorded and performed with Adam Yauch (Beastie Boys), T-Bone Wolk (Hall & Oates), Buddy Cage (New Riders of the Purple Sage), Dan and Claudia Zanes, Jon Carroll (Starlight Vocal Band), and more.

Failure to Illuminate, Wojcicki’s followup album to 2015’s Afterbirther, was recorded at Guilford Sound to two-inch tape and released to — of course — cassette. It’s also available in digital formats. Electric and acoustic guitars, lap steel, synthesizers, electric pianos and organ, banjo, drums and hand percussion form textures supporting songs with wide-ranging, raw expression. Mixed by Chris Johnson of Airwindows, each track was given a sonic palette inspired by profiles on ‘evergreen’ albums from the 1960s through the 1990s. The album is a call to re-engage with music as a sequential and organic experience, with songs informed by accumulating world crises filtered through personal memory and experience.

According to the performer’s preference, the COVID-19 protocol will be the guidelines in effect in the community on show day. Currently the guidance is that masks are optional, although that may change without notice. Respect those who choose to mask, and give them six feet of social distance. Seating will be a minimum of eight feet from the stage and set up in pods of two. If you wish to make a custom pod for your party, arrive early to do so. People who have already arrived and have arranged their seating will not be expected to move, and their perimeter should be honored.

Stage 33 Live is a casual and intimate industrial-rustic listening room in a former factory hosting local, regional, and national performances and presentations of original material. No bar or kitchen, the stage is the mission; coffee / soda / juice / water and weird snacks available by donation. More info about the nonprofit, all-volunteer project, and this and other upcoming events, online at stage33live.com

Stage 33 Live gratefully acknowledges the help of so many individuals without whom none of this would be happening, and institutional support this season from The Island Corporation, the Vermont Arts Council, Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, Covered Bridge Cookies, the Bellows Falls Opera House, and the Rockingham Arts & Museum Project that helped fund improvements and maintenance, and generally smooth out a lot of the rough edges. Stage 33 Live is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and all donations are deductible to the fullest extent. Volunteers run the thing from stem to stern.

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