Twilight Music presents concerts by international, national and regional performers at  Next Stage and Greenhoe Theatre in Putney, VT, and Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery and New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro, VT.

We also produce the annual Twilight on the Tavern Lawn concert series in Putney,
a free seven-concert series.



Saturday, September 9 at 7:30 pm.
CHERYL WHEELER and WILLA MAMET & PAUL MILLER

Tickets: $22 Advance / $25 At the Door
Info: 802-387-0102
Advance tickets: www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro, Putney Food Co-Op in Putney
Venue: Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT


                                                                 Cheryl Wheeler

                                                                              Willa and Paul

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present contemporary folk singer/songwriter and comedienne extraordinaire Cheryl Wheeler, plus Americana duo Willa Mamet and Paul Miller. 

It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the microphone.  There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene.  And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a militant trend defier and savagely funny social critic.  As the poet and comic forces join, taking their separate turns and melding into the same artistic vision, Wheeler emerges as a delightful, gifted and openhearted performer.

Poet-Cheryl writes achingly honest songs of love and loss.  Contrasting the prosaic landscapes of her native small-town America with the hopelessly rootless life of the traveling performer, she touches the common chords with any who feel the tug between our busy, noisome times and the timeless longing for simplicity and silence.  Her deceptively plain-spun songs have been hits for such mainstream stars as Suzy Bogguss and Dan Seals, and have been recorded by the likes of Bette Midler, Maura O'Connell, Peter Paul and Mary, Kenny Loggins, Holly Near and Garth Brooks.  Comic-Cheryl comes on like Groucho-in-a-housecoat; a fiercely everyday woman with a barbed-wire tongue.  Shredding the mores of our gossipy, greedy, trend-obsessed culture, Wheeler always aims enough darts at herself to never seem sanctimonious.

Vermont and California-based Willa Mamet and Paul Miller play a mix of Americana, folk, country and grassy soul music.  Over the past 40 years, Paul has performed with with Coco and the Lonesome Road Band, Bluebird, Andy Shapiro, Breakaway and the Bluegrass Gospel Project.  Willa grew up making music with her family and community around Randolph, VT, and has been singing with Paul for nearly fifteen years.  Together they have won the Vermont Times Argus “Tammy” Award for Best New Album in both 2013 and 2015.

For more information, visit www.cherylwheeler.com, www.kitchen-table-music.com and www.nextstagearts.org.  
 



Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 pm
THE MAMMALS and BRIAN DUNNE
Tickets: $18 Advance / $22 At the Door
Info: 802-387-0102
Advance tickets: www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro, Putney Food Co-Op in Putney
Venue: Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, VT

                                                   The Mammals

                                         Brian Dunne

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present roots, old time and Americana quintet The Mammals (featuring Mike + Ruthy), plus folk/rock singer/songwriter Brian Dunne. 

Woodstock, NY-based Ruth Ungar and Mike Merenda founded The Mammals with Tao Rodriguez-Seeger (grandson of the legendary folk singer Pete Seeger) in 2000, and after touring the world for the next seven years with the likes of Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger, emerged as one of acoustic America’s most revered musical duos - Mike + Ruthy.  The daughter of fiddle legend Jay Ungar and country singer Lyn Hardy, Ruthy is an earthy country-blues singer with the unmistakable stage presence of a natural-born performer.  Mike is an artfully prolific songwriter with an indie rock soul and feather-touch vocals. 

This year, Mike and Ruth have brought back the original band name that energized crowd in the 2000’s and gave them their start.  This time around, The Mammals’ goals remain two-fold: raise positive social awareness and have a good party.  This stringband of subversive acoustic traditionalists was always known for its rabble-rousing musical statements which sometimes caused a stir with politically divided audiences.  With former Mammal members including Jacob Silver and Ken Maiuri, the 2017 lineup features the signature mix of Americana hoedowns, sassy blues, Motown soul, old-timey harmonies, rock-n-roll energy and inspired, political songwriting.

“A string band at the core, The Mammals augment their sound with drums and electric guitar to create a collectively harmonized howl as thrilling and rocking as any band currently subverting folk traditions” - No Depression

New York City-based, folk rock singer/songwriter and guitarist Brian Dunne is quickly gaining attention and praise across the US for his sharp lyrical prowess and country-influenced vocals.  His second album "Bug Fixes & Performance Improvements" was released in May, 2017, debuting at #10 on the iTunes Songwriter charts and earning Brian performances on NPR's Mountain Stage, 2017's Cayamo Cruise and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. 

For more information, visit www.themammals.love, www.briandunnemusic.net and www.nextstagearts.org. 
Coming Soon:

stay tuned!

The 2017 Twilight on the Tavern Lawn concert series schedule is:

Sunday, May 28 SUNNY LOWDOWN & THE ICE CREAM MEN - Raw and rhythmic blues quartet featuring Sunny on acoustic and electric guitars and vocals

Sunday, June 11 NOMAD VS. SETTLER - 100% local, original indie rock with a side of jazzy funk from some of the area's brightest young stars

Sunday, June 25 THE DUPONT BROTHERS- Indie-folk-rock siblings Zack and Sam Dupont feature intertwining brotherly harmonies, twin acoustic guitars and refreshingly original songwriting

Sunday, July 9 LUMINOUS CRUSH – Purveyors of dream pop, Laura Molinelli and Ben Campbell’s quartet features sweet, soaring vocal harmonies

Sunday, July 23 THE GASLIGHT TINKERS – A joyously danceable blend of global rhythms around a core of traditional New England old time and Celtic fiddle music

Sunday, August 6 THE STOCKWELL BROTHERS BAND - Contemporary bluegrass and folk music quartet featuring banjo, mandolin and three-part harmonies  

Sunday, August 20 SIMBA - Eight member funk and world beat band featuring blazing horns and scorching percussion


 

Twilight Music Info: stobro@svcable.net, 802-254-9276

Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery 139 Main Street Brattleboro, VT
Next Stage  15 Kimball Hill Putney, VT
Greenhoe Theatre Landmark College River Road South Putney, VT
New England Youth Theatre 100 Flat Street Brattleboro, VT

 

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