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Arts Beat for Aug. 14: Cooie's ensemble bringing jazz classics to Brandon

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Arts Beat for Aug. 14: Cooie's ensemble bringing jazz classics to Brandon

Cooie DeFrancesco and her ensemble will perform jazz classics of the 20th century at Brandon Music on Saturday evening.

 

By Greg Pahl

Cooie’s Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19 at Brandon Music.

Drawing from the vast catalog of jazz classics of the 20th century, Cooie’s Jazz Ensemble lures you deep into the music. Cooie DeFrancesco reaches the heart of a lyric and brings her own special blend of pathos and humor. You might laugh, you may weep, but on Saturday at Brandon Music, you will remember this evening of song. DeFrancesco brings to each song a true and melodic voice as well as unique interpretive skills, using expressive vocal arrangements to take a lyric back to its foundation. Her beautiful and full voice is a joy to the soul and her passion for a song’s meaning and spirit will evoke the same feelings in you.

Accompanied by veteran musicians Robert Gagnon (guitar), Andy Smith (bass) and Rob Zollman (drums), DeFrancesco will take you on a musical journey that you’ll find “unforgettable.”

Music has been DeFrancesco’s lifelong companion, from harmonizing with her family in the car as a child, listening late at night to the artists that still inspire her — until the transistor radio batteries gave out — to finally following her heart and bringing her voice to others. DeFrancesco now touches her audiences, leading their emotional journey through the music that has always brought her comfort.

Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call 247-4295 or e-mail [email protected] for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon.

“MUSIC AT THE RIVERBEND” IN BRANDON

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Music at the Riverbend” summer concert series continues at 7 p.m. this Wednesday, Aug. 16, with DC3 on the lawn behind the Brandon Inn located at 20 Park Street in Brandon.

Duane Carleton is the newest voice of rural America. His songs capture the essence of working class life. Whether he is describing the everyday people of small town America and their relationships or the struggles that they encounter in their day-to-day lives, he conveys the beauty and tragedy of a disappearing lifestyle.

His music, which is a rich blend of rock, country, folk and blues, falls into the Americana genre. He paints a vast and colorful landscape with his songwriting as he covers the spectrum from poetic ballads, to upbeat rockers, to political story songs that could be aptly described as the offspring of The Band and The Allman Brothers.

There will be a pre-concert concert by the Brandon Town Band at 6 p.m.

Enjoy a diverse musical menu, the sweet sounds of the Neshobe River and the summer nights. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and a picnic, or pick up dinner from local eateries; many will be offering concert specials. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, No BYOB permitted.

These concerts, which will be happening every Wednesday night in August, are free, thanks to generous donations from community members and area businesses. For more information visit brandon.org.

NEW EXHIBIT AT JACKSON GALLERY

There will be an artist’s reception on Friday, Aug. 18 for the new exhibit, “Attention to Detail,” from 5-7 p.m. in the Jackson Gallery at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater.

Sharp pencils and the tiniest brushes — these are the tools of four Addison County artists, Mike Mayone, Catherine M. Palmer, Gayl Braisted and Reed A. Prescott III, who specialize in realistic art in fine detail. Characterized by a way of seeing and a level of patience that allows them to go beyond form and into the small elements and textures of the scene, these artists render their images in sharp focus with precision and passion.

The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 1, is free. The Jackson Gallery is located in the lower level of Town Hall Theater, a community and cultural venue located in the center of Middlebury. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday noon to five, and an hour before any public events in the building. For further information, call 382-9222 or visit the web site at townhalltheater.org.

THE TARNATION OF RUSSELL COLVIN

The Tarnation of Russell Colvin is coming to The Vermont Coffee Company Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18 at 1197 Exchange Street in Middlebury

Based on Manchester’s very own unsolved murder case of 1812, local history comes alive in this one-man virtuosic tour-de-force. Oliver Wadsworth portrays a motley medley of characters, as they grapple with the slippery truth of the real life murder of Russell Colvin, an eccentric Vermonter whose ghost haunted the town of Manchester until the malefactors were brought to justice and sentenced to hang.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the THT box office, 382-9222, or online at townhalltheater.org. Running time: one hour and ten minutes, with no intermission. Suitable for ages 12 and up.

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN

There will be three live musical performances this week at Two Brothers Tavern located at 86 Main Street in Middlebury.

Join Two Brothers every Wednesday at 9 p.m. for the Open Mic, an evening of music, comedy or anything else. Alternately hosted by Mark Sikora and Kai Stanley, come cheer on your friends or let loose on the stage. It’s free to enter, and there is no cover charge.

Then, at 9 p.m. on Friday, Two Brothers presents the classic rock band, One For the Road. There is a $3 cover.

Finally, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Fiddle Witch take to the Tavern’s stage for a dinner show. Fiddle Witch is a progressive bluegrass group with great vocals, harmonies and instrumentation. For more information, call 388-0002.

BOB DEGREE & THE BLUEGRASS STORM AT LPV

Bob Degree & the Bluegrass Storm will perform at Lincoln Peak Vineyard on Friday, Aug. 18 from 6-8 p.m. Be prepared for a toe-tapping, knee slapping good time to the band’s original tunes, traditional bluegrass and blazing instrumentals.

The vineyard opens at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. Food will be for sale by Antidote of Vergennes, and wine by the glass. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket.

The Wine Down Friday series happens rain or shine — there’s room on the winery porch in the case of rain. No alcohol may be brought onto the grounds, and please leave your pets at home. Lincoln Peak Vineyard is located at 142 River Road in New Haven. More information is at lincolnpeakvineyard.com.

CARILLON SERIES

The Middlebury College Summer Carillon Series concludes its 32nd year of concerts with a 3 p.m. performance on Friday, Aug. 18 in Mead Chapel by George Matthew Jr. the carillonneur for both Middlebury College and Norwich University. He will be playing a program of music entirely composed by women. Enjoy the sounds of the carillon bells from inside the chapel or, weather permitting, on the surrounding lawns. It’s free. 

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