Sunday Evenings in April ’18

We’re doing a proof-of-concept, short-run, Sunday-Evenings-in-April series! Confirmed and locked in. We’re on. Mark your calendar. Alert your local and regional wordsmiths and smarties and musicians (who may actually be you) to RSVP to reserve a slot for the Open Mics on the 1st, 8th, and 22nd.

April 1: Open Stage: All Comers
April 8: Open Stage: Authors & Poets + Music
April 15: The Break Maids & River HALO
April 22: Open Stage: Humanities & Science + Music
April 29: The Secret Life of Death

UPDATE, 3/18/2018: Slot RSVPs for the 1st and 8th are running higher than expected. There’s still room, don’t despair! But do reserve a slot if you want one.

It’s looking like we’ll guarantee the first ten RSVPs up to ten minutes each. Using less time is absolutely fine — it’s way better to dazzle people with five amazing high-impact minutes than to do ten minutes of so-so.

If there’s fewer than ten RSVPs, we’ll adjust things accordingly. If there’s more than ten, we’ll have the first ten go first, and then others who have reserved. Walk-ups will still be welcome, but they’ll be after the folks who reserved slots in advance.

April Open Mics, 2018

April Open Mics on the 1st, 8th, and 22nd — unplugged music and spoken word! Original material only at these celebrations of creativity. The performances will be recorded and filmed for web and broadcast.

01 Open Stage: All Comers
08 Open Stage: Authors & Poets + Music
22 Open Stage: Humanities & Sciences + Music

Presentation or Performance, Words or Music. RSVP to reserve a slot: stage33@stage33live.com or ph/txt 802-289-0148

UPDATE, 3/18/2018: Slot RSVPs for the 1st and 8th are running higher than expected. There’s still room, don’t despair! But do reserve a slot if you want one.

It’s looking like we’ll guarantee the first ten RSVPs up to ten minutes each. Using less time is absolutely fine — it’s way better to dazzle people with five amazing high-impact minutes than to do ten minutes of so-so.

If there’s fewer than ten RSVPs, we’ll adjust things accordingly. If there’s more than ten, we’ll have the first ten go first, and then others who have reserved. Walk-ups will still be welcome, but they’ll be after the folks who reserved slots in advance.

This isn’t a bar scene, it’s a listening event. All well behaved ages are welcome. Admission by donation. Doors at 6PM at 33 Bridge St in Bellows Falls. Audience seating capacity is limited to 50, plus standing room.

Songs, poetry, prose, comedy, drama, storytelling, science, humanities, it’s all on the table. Walk-up performers and presenters are welcome, but RSVP to reserve slot (first come, first served) to stage33@stage33live.com or ph/txt 802-289-0148. Stage time depends on demand.

The first is also both April Fool’s and Easter — extra points for doofy costumes and bunny ears. And the 22nd is Earth Day, so extra points for, um, flowerpot hats or something.

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These Open Mics are part of a Sunday Evenings in April series at Stage 33 Live, the plucky local love child of Ted Talks, eTown, Prairie Home Companion, Science Friday, and The Little Rascals. Stage 33 Live is nonprofit and run by volunteers.

Learn more at www.stage33live.com

Other events in this April ’18 series include:

A co-headlined concert with The Break Maids & River HALO on April 15… original rock-n-roll folk punk, and homespun freedom songs of the luminous kind. Women in charge! Dancing encouraged.

And on April 29, the premier of the newest installment of The Secret Life of Death by Gail Golec, followed by audience Q&A. This episode of Gail Golec’s media series also features historian Matt Labbe; together they delve into the history of The Old Dodge Tavern — including the gravestone in the basement.

4/1/18: Open Stage, All Comers

April Open Mics on the 1st, 8th, and 22nd — unplugged music and spoken word! Original material only at these celebrations of creativity. The performances will be recorded and filmed for web and broadcast.

01 Open Stage: All Comers
08 Open Stage: Authors & Poets + Music
22 Open Stage: Humanities & Sciences + Music

Presentation or Performance, Words or Music. RSVP to reserve a slot: stage33@stage33live.com or ph/txt 802-289-0148

UPDATE, 3/18/2018: Slot RSVPs for the 1st and 8th are running higher than expected. There’s still room, don’t despair! But do reserve a slot if you want one.

It’s looking like we’ll guarantee the first ten RSVPs up to ten minutes each. Using less time is absolutely fine — it’s way better to dazzle people with five amazing high-impact minutes than to do ten minutes of so-so.

If there’s fewer than ten RSVPs, we’ll adjust things accordingly. If there’s more than ten, we’ll have the first ten go first, and then others who have reserved. Walk-ups will still be welcome, but they’ll be after the folks who reserved slots in advance.

This isn’t a bar scene, it’s a listening event. All well behaved ages are welcome. Admission by donation. Doors at 6PM at 33 Bridge St in Bellows Falls. Audience seating capacity is limited to 50, plus standing room.

Songs, poetry, prose, comedy, drama, storytelling, science, humanities, it’s all on the table. Walk-up performers and presenters are welcome, but RSVP to reserve slot (first come, first served) to stage33@stage33live.com or ph/txt 802-289-0148. Stage time depends on demand.

The first is also both April Fool’s and Easter — extra points for doofy costumes and bunny ears. And the 22nd is Earth Day, so extra points for, um, flowerpot hats or something.

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These Open Mics are part of a Sunday Evenings in April series at Stage 33 Live, the plucky local love child of Ted Talks, eTown, Prairie Home Companion, Science Friday, and The Little Rascals. Stage 33 Live is nonprofit and run by volunteers.

Learn more at www.stage33live.com

Other events in this April ’18 series include:

A co-headlined concert with The Break Maids & River HALO on April 15… original rock-n-roll folk punk, and homespun freedom songs of the luminous kind. Women in charge! Dancing encouraged.

And on April 29, the premier of the newest installment of The Secret Life of Death by Gail Golec, followed by audience Q&A. This episode of Gail Golec’s media series also features historian Matt Labbe; together they delve into the history of The Old Dodge Tavern — including the gravestone in the basement.

4/8/18: Open Stage, Authors & Poets + Music

April Open Mics on the 1st, 8th, and 22nd — unplugged music and spoken word! Original material only at these celebrations of creativity. The performances will be recorded and filmed for web and broadcast.

01 Open Stage: All Comers
08 Open Stage: Authors & Poets + Music
22 Open Stage: Humanities & Sciences + Music

Presentation or Performance, Words or Music. RSVP to reserve a slot: stage33@stage33live.com or ph/txt 802-289-0148

UPDATE, 3/18/2018: Slot RSVPs for the 1st and 8th are running higher than expected. There’s still room, don’t despair! But do reserve a slot if you want one.

It’s looking like we’ll guarantee the first ten RSVPs up to ten minutes each. Using less time is absolutely fine — it’s way better to dazzle people with five amazing high-impact minutes than to do ten minutes of so-so.

If there’s fewer than ten RSVPs, we’ll adjust things accordingly. If there’s more than ten, we’ll have the first ten go first, and then others who have reserved. Walk-ups will still be welcome, but they’ll be after the folks who reserved slots in advance.

This isn’t a bar scene, it’s a listening event. All well behaved ages are welcome. Admission by donation. Doors at 6PM at 33 Bridge St in Bellows Falls. Audience seating capacity is limited to 50, plus standing room.

Songs, poetry, prose, comedy, drama, storytelling, science, humanities, it’s all on the table. Walk-up performers and presenters are welcome, but RSVP to reserve slot (first come, first served) to stage33@stage33live.com or ph/txt 802-289-0148. Stage time depends on demand.

The first is also both April Fool’s and Easter — extra points for doofy costumes and bunny ears. And the 22nd is Earth Day, so extra points for, um, flowerpot hats or something.

– –

These Open Mics are part of a Sunday Evenings in April series at Stage 33 Live, the plucky local love child of Ted Talks, eTown, Prairie Home Companion, Science Friday, and The Little Rascals. Stage 33 Live is nonprofit and run by volunteers.

Learn more at www.stage33live.com

Other events in this April ’18 series include:

A co-headlined concert with The Break Maids & River HALO on April 15… original rock-n-roll folk punk, and homespun freedom songs of the luminous kind. Women in charge! Dancing encouraged.

And on April 29, the premier of the newest installment of The Secret Life of Death by Gail Golec, followed by audience Q&A. This episode of Gail Golec’s media series also features historian Matt Labbe; together they delve into the history of The Old Dodge Tavern — including the gravestone in the basement.

4/15/18: The Break Maids + River HALO

Co-headliner double bill concert with River HALO and The Break Maids! These are the top two bands from our wishlist, and bada-bing here they both are on the same show. We’re stoked and you should be too!

River HALO is “a gal duo singing homespun freedom songs of the luminous kind.” Playfulness and poetry and “an entourage of lost and found acoustic and percussion instruments,” they’re hard to pigeonhole. Kind of an outsider folk sound that’s part mountain and part forest and all heart.

The Break Maids are original rock n’ roll with a twist of folk punk – “straight off the hill and over the top.” Dancing allowed! Their music has an infectious here-we-go down-and-dirtiness.

The performances will be recorded and filmed for web and broadcast! All ages are welcome. Admission by donation. Doors at 6PM at 33 Bridge St in Bellows Falls. Audience seating capacity is limited to 50, plus standing room.

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This concert is part of a Sunday Evenings in April series at Stage 33 Live, the plucky local love child of Ted Talks, eTown, Prairie Home Companion, Science Friday, and The Little Rascals. Stage 33 Live is nonprofit and run by volunteers.

Learn more at www.stage33live.com

April 1: Open Stage: All Comers
April 8: Open Stage: Authors & Poets + Music
April 15: The Break Maids & River HALO
April 22: Open Stage: Humanities & Science + Music
April 29: The Secret Life of Death

4/22/18: Open Stage, Humanities & Sciences + Music

April Open Mics on the 1st, 8th, and 22nd — unplugged music and spoken word! Original material only at these celebrations of creativity. The performances will be recorded and filmed for web and broadcast.

01 Open Stage: All Comers
08 Open Stage: Authors & Poets + Music
22 Open Stage: Humanities & Sciences + Music

Presentation or Performance, Words or Music. RSVP to reserve a slot: stage33@stage33live.com or ph/txt 802-289-0148

UPDATE, 3/18/2018: Slot RSVPs for the 1st and 8th are running higher than expected. There’s still room, don’t despair! But do reserve a slot if you want one.

It’s looking like we’ll guarantee the first ten RSVPs up to ten minutes each. Using less time is absolutely fine — it’s way better to dazzle people with five amazing high-impact minutes than to do ten minutes of so-so.

If there’s fewer than ten RSVPs, we’ll adjust things accordingly. If there’s more than ten, we’ll have the first ten go first, and then others who have reserved. Walk-ups will still be welcome, but they’ll be after the folks who reserved slots in advance.

This isn’t a bar scene, it’s a listening event. All well behaved ages are welcome. Admission by donation. Doors at 6PM at 33 Bridge St in Bellows Falls. Audience seating capacity is limited to 50, plus standing room.

Songs, poetry, prose, comedy, drama, storytelling, science, humanities, it’s all on the table. Walk-up performers and presenters are welcome, but RSVP to reserve slot (first come, first served) to stage33@stage33live.com or ph/txt 802-289-0148. Stage time depends on demand.

The first is also both April Fool’s and Easter — extra points for doofy costumes and bunny ears. And the 22nd is Earth Day, so extra points for, um, flowerpot hats or something.

– –

These Open Mics are part of a Sunday Evenings in April series at Stage 33 Live, the plucky local love child of Ted Talks, eTown, Prairie Home Companion, Science Friday, and The Little Rascals. Stage 33 Live is nonprofit and run by volunteers.

Learn more at www.stage33live.com

Other events in this April ’18 series include:

A co-headlined concert with The Break Maids & River HALO on April 15… original rock-n-roll folk punk, and homespun freedom songs of the luminous kind. Women in charge! Dancing encouraged.

And on April 29, the premier of the newest installment of The Secret Life of Death by Gail Golec, followed by audience Q&A. This episode of Gail Golec’s media series also features historian Matt Labbe; together they delve into the history of The Old Dodge Tavern — including the gravestone in the basement.

4/29/18: ‘The Secret Life of Death’ Premier

This is the premier of newest installment of The Secret Life of Death, titled Graffiti, followed by audience Q&A. “The Old Dodge Tavern has existed since at least 1800. In a building with that much history, you are bound to find more than a couple of good stories… and even a gravestone (how fortuitous)!” This episode of Gail Golec’s media series also features historian Matt Labbe; together they delve into the history of the old tavern — including that gravestone in the basement.
www.thesecretlifeofdeath.com

Gail Golec is an anthropologist and archaeologist who collects animal skeletons, is a writer and media creator, and all-around good-humored smartypants who is well loved in these parts.

This multimedia presentation is an hour plus change, followed by Q&A. All well-behaved ages are welcome. Admission by donation. Doors at 6PM at 33 Bridge St in Bellows Falls, showtime sometime after that. Audience seating capacity is limited to 50, plus standing room.

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This presentation is the last of our Sunday Evenings in April series at Stage 33 Live, the plucky local love child of Ted Talks, eTown, Prairie Home Companion, Science Friday, and The Little Rascals. Stage 33 Live is nonprofit and run by volunteers.

Learn more at www.stage33live.com

April 1: Open Stage: All Comers
April 8: Open Stage: Authors & Poets + Music
April 15: The Break Maids & River HALO
April 22: Open Stage: Humanities & Science + Music
April 29: The Secret Life of Death

5/14/18: Mike Donovan with History Teaches

Let’s talk about Mike Donovan, who’ll be playing a solo show at Stage 33 Live on Monday, May 14 in Bellows Falls VT, with History Teaches opening (featuring members of Magik Markers & Sunburned Hand of The Man).

Mike’s been writing and playing and recording uncompromised lo-fi psych-folk&rock for a good while — sometimes soft and dreamy, sometimes more urgently garage but still dreamy, sometimes funny and dreamy. Almost always dreamy.

He founded Sic Alps in ’04 in San Francisco; that band lasted nearly a decade and was admired by the likes of Pavement and the Fall. In addition to his solo work he also formed the The Peacers, and has had fingers in The Ropers, The Church Steps, NAM, Big Techno Werewolves, Sounds of the Barbary Coast, and Yikes. If you know any of these, you know that’s cool.

His latest solo full-length, just released in April, is called “How to Get Your Record Played In Shops.” The vinyl pressing and cassette copies have both already sold out (yes, cassettes are still a thing), but digital tracks are available through Bandcamp. We don’t know whether or not the album title is a nod to being the sort of musician recognized as a creative original by people in the know — people like record store clerks — or if he just thought it was funny. Come and ask him.

Admission is a recommended $5 minimum donation, more if you can… all of it goes to the musicians for burritos and gas money to the next show. They’re out on tour. Show them love. We’ve got them the day after Montreal, the day before Greenfield, and just ten days before Mike leaves the country to play Germany / Belgium / Switzerland / France / UK / Ireland.

Intimate seating for 50, after that it’s standing room. This is an all ages listening event. No alcohol, but unhealthy snacks and soda by donation (whatever you think is fair). Doors at 6:00, show sometime after that. Best to aim for 6:00, probably.

We’ll be documenting for broadcast; by entering the premises, you’re consenting to being filmed, photographed, and recorded.

Stage 33 Live is at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls VT. It’s an ongoing celebration of humanities, science, spoken word arts, and music recorded during live listening events on a simple stage in a former industrial building in Bellows Falls, VT, and subsequently presented as a broadcast and web variety program. Stage 33 Live is a nonprofit endeavor run entirely by volunteers, and is infused with the best parts of post-industrial small-town rural New England come-together and can-do Yankee bootstrap ingenuity and hard work. We’re not a plush performance theater or a state-of-the-art recording facility. We’re just good folks doing this fine thing. www.stage33live.com

8/19/18: David Rosane & The Zookeepers

As if you need it, here’s a little pot-sweetening: We’ve come into possession of a $25 gift card for Popolo Restaurant in Bellows Falls, and it will be given to some lucky person in the audience in some way to be determined by the band. This is going to be a fun show. Thanks to Popolo, www.popolomeanspeople.com


Multinational activist rockers David Rosane & The Zookeepers come to Bellows Falls

BELLOWS FALLS, VT — International music collective David Rosane & The Zookeepers bring their intellectually-driven activist rock to Stage 33 Live in Bellows Falls on Sunday, August 19, 2018. This is their only appearance in southern Vermont.

For much of the year, head zookeeper David Rosane lives and works in Paris, where he also maintains a French version of the band.

He has strong ties to Vermont as well, and the core Zookeeper members in the U.S. are Don Sinclair and Jennifer Grossi of Bradford. This summer The Zookeepers chose to skip playing traditional venues in order to undertake a Library Benefit tour, raising money and awareness for literacy in small, rural, economically challenged communities in northern Vermont.

The library tour coincided with the release of their third CD, the 14-track “Book of ZOO.” The tour and the record have both received enthusiastic reviews.

“In a world tipping towards zero-sum totalitarianism, a sad and hopelessly paranoid landscape of ‘winners’ vs ‘losers’, we need to work together in crafting a world defined by win-win storylines where everyone keeps their human dignity, high above the snake pit.” – David Rosane

Stage 33 Live is located at 33 Bridge Street, on the island in Bellows Falls: two blocks down the stub from the intersection of Flat Iron Coffee Shop and Popolo Restaurant. Sunday, August 19. Doors at 5:00 PM, show at 6:00. Admission is a suggested $5 minimum donation. All ages are welcome.


Previously posted fanboy gushing follows.

Here’s a delightful surprise: David Rosane & The Zookeepers are gonna play Stage 33 Live on Sunday, August 19. Put it on your calendar now before you forget. Doors at 5, show at 6, suggested donation $5.

The Zookeepers are a multinational musical collective doing intellectually-driven indie nerd activist rock in full flagrant creative collaboration with post-punk power and protest rocker David Rosane. They also have a gentle side. We like everything about all of that.

The core Vermont-based Zookeepers are Bradford indie jazz wave duo Don Sinclair and Jennifer Grossi. The three of them are doing a Libary Benefit tour throughout Vermont this summer, raising money and awareness for literacy in small, rural, economically challenged communities (Because Libraries Rock!), and they’re aiming to fit in a show at Stage 33 Live near the end of that run. Cool.

This is what they had to say on their Facebook page about the library thing: “Here’s the deal. The real deal. Vermont has the highest number of libraries, artists, and one of the highest number of small businesses per capita in the entire country. In a world tipping towards zero-sum totalitarianism, a sad and hopelessly paranoid landscape of ‘winners’ vs ‘losers’, we as Vermont artists & small businesses, humanists, need to work together in crafting a world defined by non-zero-sum, win-win storylines, where everyone keeps their human dignity, high above the snake pit, the reptilian fray of Us vs Them. The reason all cash raised by our CD and digital download pre-order sales and our shows go to our rural libraries and their literacy programs, as we get to dress up and have fun and fill the tip jar. Go books. Go music sheets. Go planet.”

We’re still liking everything about all of this.

Also, their new album drops right about now.

Seven Days said this about them: “If ever a band embodied the axiom ‘Think globally, act locally,’ it might be David Rosane and the Zookeepers. Rosane is a globe-trotting songwriter and activist who spends most of the year in Paris. But he has strong ties to Vermont… Rosane writes with an intellectual bent, expressing his passion for social issues in a carefully measured voice. That might sound like a recipe for insufferable proselytizing. However, the results are anything but.”

Lotta their press is in French – dude lives in Paris a lot – so here’s one for you French-speakers:

(For the rest of us, Google translates the caption like this: “Researcher-ornithologist journalist-writer the day, protest-songwriter ecologist at night, David Rosane, a native of Vermont [USA], would be perhaps the missing link between Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Ian McCulloch, his participation to many groups [David & Lucie, Neon Campfire, OD, Blade, Stereo Child, Monkey Business, Seaton, Almost and many more …] could testify. It would be easy to classify it in your disco between Springsteen, Orbison, Dylan, Guthrie, Bonnie Prince Billie and Joseph Arthur.”)

9/23/18: Draa Hobbs & John Stowell

On Sunday, September 23, Black Sheep Radio and Stage 33 Live present an afternoon of world-class jazz, including a workshop and concert, with guitarists Draa Hobbs and John Stowell.

Day-of-show update: Online sales are done, but tickets are available at the door.

The Los Angeles Times says, “Guitarist John Stowell’s style with standards is a delightful departure from the road well traveled. He transcends the label of jazz guitarist.” Stowell, based on the West Coast, was influenced as much by pianists and horn players as he is by guitar players, and his original take on harmony, chords and improvisation sets him apart. He has taught internationally for over 40 years in every educational setting.

Hobbs grew up in Chicago and has made his home in Southern Vermont since 1980, where he teaches private music lessons and at the Vermont Jazz Center and the Putney School. He studied music with the legendary Jimmy Raney, Attila Zoller, Gene Bertoncini, and Peter Lietch. Hobbs has enjoyed an active life performing in NYC, Burlington, Maine, and points in-between for the past 30 years and has shared the stage with many notable musicians including Don Friedman, Ron McClure, Eliot Zigmund, and Vic Juris.

Hobbs and Stowell will perform as a duo playing jazz standards and classic compositions by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Dave Brubeck, and others. The concert begins at 4:00 p.m. at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, and includes a cash bar and light snacks by Athens Pizza, and a raffle to benefit Stage 33 Live and Black Sheep Radio.

Preceding the concert, John Stowell will lead a workshop for guitarists seeking to further develop their improvisational skills. Topics covered will be melodic and harmonic minor modes, triads, voicings, comping, etc., and attendees will receive follow-up materials. The workshop begins at 2:30 p.m.

Admission to the performance is $10 in advance, or $12 at the door. For the performance plus the workshop, admission is $40. Tickets are available at Village Square Book Sellers on the Square in Bellows Falls, and online at either www.wool.fm or www.stage33live.com

Day-of-show update: Online sales are done, but tickets are available at the door.

All ages are welcome, and 33 Bridge Street is an accessible space.

www.johnstowell.com
www.draahobbs.com
www.stage33live.com
www.wool.fm









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