9/27/18: Willa Mamet & Paul Miller, plus Dayna Kurtz

* NOTICE OF LIMITED SEATING *

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Co-headline concert with Dayna Kurtz, Willa Mamet & Paul Miller in Bellows Falls

BELLOWS FALLS, VT — Stage 33 Live welcomes two headlining acts in one intimate early-evening listening event on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Doors open at 5:00, show starts at 6:00. Admission is by a suggested $10 minimum donation. See the notice of limited seating below. The event will be recorded and filmed.

Dayna Kurtz has shared stages with Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson, Mavis Staples, Rufus Wainwright, B.B. King, Dr. John, Richie Havens, Chris Whitley, and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Norah Jones and Bonnie Raitt are fans of her sultry blend of jazz, folk, pop, and blues. She was named Female Songwriter of the Year by the National Academy of Songwriters. She’s been an invited performer by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Lincoln Center, and other prestigious venues and festivals. She’s been on E-town, Mountain Stage, World Cafe, and NPR. Local fans will remember her steamy set at the Roots On The River festival in 2017. She also played a leg of Roots On The Rails. She’s a thinking, powerful performer and writer.
Official: www.daynakurtz.com
Listen: daynakurtz.bandcamp.com/
Watch: www.youtube.com/user/daynak83/videos

Willa Mamet + Paul Miller write and perform songs of rare beauty and strength of soul that range from soaring to searing. Willa Mamet’s voice has been described as “heartbreaking, musical, contemporary and ancient” by Patti LuPone (two-time Grammy and Tony winner, and American Theater Hall of Fame inductee). Paul Miller is known for his 40 years with acts like Coco and the Lonesome Road Band, Bluebird, Andy Shapiro, Breakaway, and the Bluegrass Gospel Project. They’ve known each other since Willa was a youngster, and Paul a family friend; they discovered that magic happens when they perform music together. This is a chance to share the intimate magic they make with two voices and a guitar
Official: www.kitchen-table-music.com
Listen: kitchentablemusic.bandcamp.com/
Watch: www.youtube.com/channel/UCYcP6LtSWZcqBS0w4I6a9FA

Important note!

Stage 33 Live has seating for 40, plus standing room. A limited number of per-person credit/debit donations made online in advance (using the button below) will be accepted to guarantee both entry and a chair. If the chairs have all been reserved, you can bring your own (until capacity is reached), which you are responsible for removing after the event.

Because of the likelihood that we’ll run out of chairs for this show, we’ll accept a limited number of $10.52-per-person donations made in advance (using the button below) that will reserve a chair and meet the recommended minimum $10 donation per person at the door (plus Paypal’s service fee). All donations go to the performers. We’ll only accept as many advance donations as there are chairs available: as soon as there are no chairs left to be reserved, no more advance donations will be accepted. (This does not mean that you can’t still come; read on.) This is the only way to reserve a chair. The reserved chairs will be held until 10 minutes before showtime, so don’t be late because you’ll lose your seat. The reserved chairs won’t be assigned, just reserved; arrive early for your choice. Doors will open at 5:00, show starts at 6:00.

We’ll keep a list at the door of people who made advance donations; check in when you arrive (at least 10 minutes before showtime or someone else will be able to fill your seat) and we’ll give you some sort of ticket or hand-stamp to show that you’re a bona fide chair-reserver in case there are any questions or confusions.

You don’t need a Paypal account to make a donation in advance to reserve a chair, just a credit or debit card.

If you want to chance not making an advance donation to reserve a chair, or if the chairs are already all reserved, it’s OK to bring your own. As long as you take it back home with you afterward.

All donations go to the performers. Whether or not you make an advance donation, the $10 recommended minimum is wicked cheap for two headliners in such an intimate venue. You’re warmly encouraged to to drop a little more cash into the jar to support these artists, if you can — they deserve it.

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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 door 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.

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9/29/18: co-bill with Lake Superior and I Love You!

(This show is in presented conjunction with the excellent folks from What Doth Life, and furthermore is in fact entirely happening because of them. Give them love! – Your pals at Stage 33 Live)

Lake Superior. The trio sounds like a ’60s garage-rock band but with modern songwriting and gritty slide. Pete’s guitar wields strong blues influences from the likes of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Jr. Kimbrough, and Hound Dog Taylor – but with the wildness of The Sonics. Jeff’s drums bring heavy-hitting steady beats and Detroit-phat-backed rhythms. Jason’s Motown bass locks everything down. The band is named after the lake that doesn’t give up her dead back in Pete and Jeff’s hometown of Detroit.

I Love You! is still a new band but already making lots of buzz. As this is being written, they’ll be dropping an EP in two days. Look for it on Bandcamp. Echo Mars, Lu Racine, Jamie Soph, and Aggy are bringing their Brattleboro Queer Post-Punk and we can’t wait.

Show starts at 6:00 sharp, doors open at 5:00 and that’s when we’re going to debut our new Unusual Indie Swap Shop. It’s been seeded with a bunch of great early-punky DIY-days underground vinyl (12″ and 10″) and zines, courtesy Ron Schneiderman who doesn’t want any credit for doing it. Oops. See his Discogs listings at www.discogs.com/seller/yrpush/profile for a taste of his taste. Oops. The best and highest use of the Unusual Indie Swap Shop is to inspire you to create something delightful – a zine or a CD or a t-shirt or something – and make a trade. It’s also part lending library (take something home and then bring it back), and part open swap (take a thing and leave a thing whether you made it yourself or not). If all you’ve got to swap is dollars, that’s OK – you can take a thing plus get a free feelgood in exchange for making a commensurate fair donation to help Stage 33 Live keep doing.

All ages. $5 suggested minimum donation at the door. Bad snacks and soda by donation as well. Stage 33 Live is an intimate venue with seating for 40, plus standing room. The shows are filmed for broadcast and web, you’ll be in a studio audience and might incidentally get filmed. Check with your witness-protection handler.

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3rd Thursdays @ 33: October – May ’18/’19

2018/19 Fall-Winter-Spring series: 3rd Thursdays @ 33. Doors open at 5:00 for a social hour, and we’ll get going at 6:00 sharp with short performances and presentations. Then a wee break followed by a featured performer or presenter at 7:00.

3rd Thursdays @ 33 There may be an additional second set from time to time. Original material only! Things will continue to develop before every session, sign up for the newsletter to be in the loop.

Only original material is allowed. The public may attend some or all, with admission by freewill donation to help Stage 33 Live keep going and improving. We suggest $5 (or more if you can; nobody will be turned away for lack of money).

All sessions will be recorded and filmed for web / radio / TV because that’s what we do; your presence in the audience is your acknowledgement and acceptance that you might be incidentally recorded or filmed or photographed, and if you’re going to be on the stage you’ll need to sign a release. Youth require a parental / guardian signature.

“Shorts @ 6” is any and all styles of music or words: there are fives slots max at ten minutes max. Want a slot? RSVP to guarantee, subject to availability. We’re particularly keen for more humanities and science, share your passion! If we don’t have five RSVPs, we’ll take walk-ups to fill the gap. If we don’t have five RSVPs and not enough walk-ups, we’ll improvise: maybe the people on hand can go a couple times, maybe we’ll just entertain ourselves.

“Shine @ 7” is a featured performer or presenter. It’s an earned slot, but frankly it doesn’t actually take all that much to earn it. First, you gotta let us know you want it; second, we gotta think you’re ready for it (meaning that either you’ve done a short slot and did it well; or your reputation precedes you; or if we don’t know anything at all about you, that you’ve made a reasonably compelling case).

“Extra @ 8” is an occasional second featured performer or presenter. When there are two features, normally the first slot will be the more sedate one, and the second louder and crunchier. Or, if there isn’t a second featured performer and enough people are into it, maybe an all-comers open jam. Whattya think?

Performers / Presenters note: Just like the audience chooses to be there, nearly everything that Stage 33 Live hosts is the result of the people on the stage having reached out to us. Get in touch. Don’t be shy, and don’t wait for an invitation. We think it’s an ideal symbiosis between the stage and spectators: Each is there because they want to be, each is motivated for the other. That said, while we love having people in the room, the main reason we do this is to document the performances and presentations of passionately creative and knowledgeable local and regional community members for downstream audiences on web / radio / TV. The live audience gets the sweet and meaningful juice of being there live, though — something that the documentation viewers totally miss out on.

Everyone involved is a volunteer: before, during, and after, offstage and onstage. We hope that will change, but for now our economy is part barter and mostly volunteer. In addition to the media production and distribution that we provide, participants are encouraged to use the documentation however they see fit to promote the thing that they do.

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10/18/18: Ed Smyth + short sets

Absurdist geek comedian Ed Smyth performs at Stage 33 Live on October 18 at 7:00 PM at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, VT. A brain-twisted fabric of odd topics and micro-sketches with no politics and no mean jokes; a brain-twisty, intellect-friendly, one-man vaudeville act for grown-ups with a silly streak.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BELLOWS FALLS, VT — Ed Smyth will weave a bent-mind fabric of brain-twisted topics and micro-sketches as the featured performer of the “3rd Thursdays @ 33” series opener on October 18 at 7:00 PM at Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls. He’s an intellect-friendly, upbeat, one-man vaudeville act for grown-ups with a silly streak.

Based in Troy, NY, Ed performs his “Geek Comedy Hour” regularly in coffeehouses, performance spaces, and venues throughout the northeast with bits like Wally the Happy Talking Neutrino, a Neanderthal with a primitive folk-song magic-bit Tom Jones act, a fresh dairy products sea chanty, “Vladimir Lenin Live In Vegas”, kazoo heavy metal, a Bronx gangster movie version of Snow White, warped history, the funk-o-licious pickle song, Micro Fun, and more. No politics, no mean jokes.

The “3rd Thursdays @ 33” series runs October through May at Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls. Doors open at 5:00 for a social hour, with short performances and presentations starting at 6:00, followed by a featured performer or presenter at 7:00. At press time there are three open short slots open for local performers; RSVP to stage33@stage33live.com to reserve, first come first served.

All performances and presentations are recorded and filmed for web / radio / TV, and the public is invited to be in the studio audience. Admission is by a suggested $5 donation at the door (Stage 33 Live is a 501c3 nonprofit). Seating capacity is 40.

Stage 33 Live isn’t a bar, club, restaurant, or fancy venue. It’s entirely run by volunteers on a mission to help local and regional talented and knowledgeable people reach wider audiences on multiple platforms; the door is also open to more established performers and presenters. Stage 33 Live allows only original material. More info at www.stage33live.com

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“3rd Thursdays @ 33” go like this:

Doors open at 5:00 for a social hour, and we get going at 6:00 sharp with short performances and presentations. Then a wee set-up break, followed by the featured performer or presenter at 7:00. 3rd Thursdays @ 33 There may be an additional second set from time to time.

The public is warmly invited to be in the studio audience for some or all. Admission is by donation; we suggest $5 (or more if you can, but nobody will be turned away for lack of money). All donations help Stage 33 Live keep going and improving.

All performances and presentations are recorded and filmed for web / radio / TV. There’s still open slots for the first-hour mini-sets this month, wanna do one? Drop us a line. First come, first served, space is limited. Any style, any topic — just has to be family-friendly and FCC-safe. And only original material is allowed. People appearing on the stage will need to sign a release; youth require a parental / guardian signature. (UPDATE: Two of the five slots are filled for this month as of 10/4. RSVP ASAP if you’d like one.)

Everyone involved is a volunteer: before, during, and after, offstage and onstage. We hope that will change, but for now our economy is part barter and mostly volunteer. In addition to the media production and distribution that we provide, participants are encouraged to use the documentation however they see fit to promote the thing that they do.

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11/15/18: Sam Creigh + short sets

Local singer-songwriter Sam Creigh is the featured performer for the November 15th edition of Stage 33 Live’s series “Third Thursdays @ 33”. He’ll be performing original music from his albums Green Mountain Flyer and Wanted Man, Sam and will be offering free signed copies of both CDs to interested audience members.

No cover charge, but there will be a tip jar for Sam, and freewill donations to help Stage 33 Live keep going are gratefully accepted.

Sam grew up in the country; his family owned a cattle ranch in Nebraska, and feed lots in Kansas and Arizona. Musical roots took hold in Tucson in the ’70s, where he played guitar and bass in country rock and Western swing bands. In 1976 he moved to Los Angeles, joined the Shire Brothers trio, and ran an 8-track demo studio on Hollywood Boulevard. Sam and his wife Vivian moved to a small farm in rural Vermont in 1987 to raise their family, where he picked up his Martin and began a solo career. He has honed his skills on the stages of festivals, taverns, ski lodges, and farmer’s markets throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, and Minnesota.

Doors open at 5:00 for a social hour at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls on November 15th. A variety hour of short performances and presentations begins at 6:00, 3rd Thursdays @ 33 followed by featured performer Sam Creigh at 7:00.

At this writing there are still open short slots available for performers or presenters of original, FCC-safe material — any style, any topic, ten minutes. RSVP to stage33@stage33live.com or text/voicemail 802-289-0148, first come first served. All performances and presentations are recorded and filmed for web / radio / TV. Only original material is allowed.

People appearing on the stage will need to sign a release; youth require a parental / guardian signature. Audience members might be incidentally recorded or filmed or photographed; being there is acknowledgement and permission. More information at www.stage33live.com

Stage 33 Live is building its documentation library to record and produce 54-minute edited variety programs for radio and TV. Performances are also available for viewing on Youtube.

Things will continue to develop before every session; sign up for the email newsletter at www.stage33live.com to stay informed.

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12/13/18: GEARHEAD SESSION, no performances

Change of plans. The December Third Thursday (which is actually on the second Thursday, December 13) will be a Gearhead Session. We expect to have some new equipment in hand, and taking it through the paces will inform us about how best to use it all in our peculiar circumstance. That serves everyone down the line.

We’ll still need some players and talkers, but it’ll be even more super casual than usual. We’ll also particularly welcome anybody who is into video cameras and recording get-ups. And friendly folks who just want to hang out. We’ll probably start diving into the guts of things well before 5:00, but people are welcome anytime. We’ll probably shoot to wrap up by 7:30.

In addition to getting to know the anticipated fawncy replacement mixer (with redundant audio capture and more) and camera upgrades, we also want to do a mic shoot-out. The mic locker was built piecemeal… it’s one thing to look at curves on paper, and another to set them up side by side and listen.

Plus there’s monitor wedges that we need to get more familiar with, an outboard compressor and a little effects box that need more attention than we’ve been able to give them, and other things. We’ll have a list.

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1/17/19: Dan and Faith + short sets

Old-school original folk music by Dan and Faith at Stage 33 Live, January 17 at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls

Multi-instrumentalist folk duo Dan and Faith will give an intimate Stage 33 Live performance at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, Vermont, on January 17 at 7:00 PM in advance of a multi-month tour of the midwest and south. Their writing and delivery have a direct line of descent from the urban coffeehouse folk scene of the ’60s and ’70s — progressive, thoughtful, friendly. Dreams and everyday life inspire their original songs. Suggested $5 minimum donation. Seating capacity is 40, plus standing room.

To sweeten the pot, the 6:00 hour is also looking like it’s going to be something tasty. One of our favorite pals, Will Stahl, is signed on for sure. Rumor has it that there will be some well-seasoned gritty roots-Americana from Matt Seiple, coming down from White River Junction. And the mighty Gillis Mills said that he intends to hoof in as well… hopefully that means he’s going to favor us with his Southeast Texas early country blues style. Josh Maiocco, who blew our minds back in October, asked us if there were any shorts open — but we don’t actually know for certain if he’s coming or not. Which makes it all the more excitin’. There’s also been a late-breaking inquiry from Carl Beverly from over in Warner NH, whose stuff on Bandcamp sounds great. He’s not for-sure yet for this Thursday, but read on, dear reader:

That’s more shorts than we can fit in an hour unless they’re really short, so here’s the thing: If there’s performer interest, we’ll do more slots after Dan & Faith wrap, which will be 8:00 or later. That includes doing a second set (or do-overs) if you played in the first hour. If you’re interested in playing a couple-three songs for ten or so minutes, we’ll fit you in by hook or crook. Within reason. First come, first served. Everything will be recorded and filmed. Original works only, no covers, must be FCC-safe (rated PG). RSVP to stage33@stage33live.com or voicemail / text 802-289-0148. If you want to sign on for a later date, that’s cool too. None of the short slots for March 21, April 18, or the series finale on May 16 are spoken for yet. Sometimes we only have one or two for the shorts, sometimes it fills. It’s also fine to sign up for more than one date.

Audience members are encouraged to come early and stay late!

The “3rd Thursdays @ 33” series runs through May. Find more info about Stage 33 Live, the series, and other events at www.stage33live.com

Singer-songwriters Dan and Faith’s dream-inspired music has a direct line to the acoustic folk of the ’60s and ’70s. Nick Noble of the Worcester Public Radio show The Folk Revival had this to say: “thoughtful poetry and evocative storytelling with sweet harmonies… they remain true to their open-mic / coffeehouse / music-in-the-round roots, evoking laughter, love, melancholy, and magic in equal parts.” Multi-instrumentalists (playing guitar, banjo, harmonica, mandolin, bass, ukulele, and dulcimer between them), they tap into dreams and everyday life in crafting their original songs.

They seem perfect for Stage 33 Live! They’ll go on at about 7:00. Suggested $5 minimum donation in the jar for the band.

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2/21/19: 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/

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2/24/19: The Jobz with 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
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3/21/19: Matt Seiple + short sets

Stage 33 Live is so very 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.

No advance tickets for this show. We recommend a minimum donation of $5 at the door (more if you can).

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 played a few songs here at Stage 33 Live to get the lay of the land in advance of doing this featured set, and he had the room spellbound. If you missed that, check this out:

There are a limited number of short slots with a casual, open-mic vibe available in the 6:00 hour. (At this writing, shorts for the evening include longtime regional fave Carl Goulet and Jack Eppington.) Original works only, no covers, must be FCC-safe (rated PG). RSVP to stage33@stage33live.com or voicemail / text 802-289-0148. There’s room for five 10-minute slots, max; if there’s fewer than five, players can go longer if they wish. 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).


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.

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