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Arts Beat for Sept. 17: Joel Cage to perform at Brandon Music Saturday

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Arts Beat for Sept. 17: Joel Cage to perform at Brandon Music Saturday

JOEL CAGE RETURNS to Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Road in Brandon, on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m.

By GREG PAHL

Spend an evening with the virtuoso guitarist and impassioned vocalist, Joel Cage, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Brandon Music.

Cage is an award-winning veteran singer-songwriter and guitarist from Boston who stands alone. You can’t compare Cage to any other player. He inspires amazement. His command over his guitar is incredible — an original, completely subsumed by the instrument.

Cage’s music is both evocative and raucous. He spans the gamut from sounding like a full rock band to “hear your own heartbeat” intimacy. He is also a master interpreter of other people’s music, spanning a wide field of musical genres, garnering him the oft used moniker “Acoustic Rock Song Stylist.”

Cage has released five CDs and has appeared at some of the most prestigious folk and acoustic venues and festivals in the country, including the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas where he was awarded top prize in the Kerrville New Folk Competition. Among his many accolades: the top prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, three-time winner of the USA Songwriter’s Competition, and multiple nominations for the Boston Music Awards.

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 802-247-4295 or e-mail [email protected] for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon.

BLUES JAM IN MIDDLEBURY

THE TOM CASWELL Blues Band revives Middlebury’s Blues Jam tradition on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m., at Rough Cut, 51 Main St.

Leicester-based English bluesman Tom Caswell will be hosting a Blues Jam in Middlebury at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Rough Cut. This is a revival of the legendary blues jam hosted between 2011 and 2017 at what was 51 Main At The Bridge, now Rough Cut.

The jam will feature both local and statewide blues musicians and is open to anyone wanting to hear great music. This is a monthly event on the third Wednesday of the month.

If you are a musician or singer planning to take part in the jam, there will be a sign-up sheet located near the stage. The host band, The Tom Caswell Blues Band, will begin the proceedings at 7 p.m. before people are called up from the sign-up sheet to form bands and play the blues. The jam will end with the host band taking the stage once more to wrap things up.

Although the music begins at 7 p.m., an earlier arrival is advised. Admission to the jam is free. For more information, visit facebook.com/tomcaswellblues.

INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES

THE SUNDANCE FILM Festival Short Film Tour screens at Middlebury College’s Dana Auditorium on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2 and 8 p.m. The auditorium is located at 356 College Street in Middlebury.

The 2018-2019 Hirschfield International Film Series continues on Saturday at Middlebury College with the 2018 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour.

The 2018 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 91-minute theatrical program of seven short films selected from this year’s Festival. For more than 30 years Sundance  has been widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launch pad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2018 program offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers, from laugh-out-loud comedy to contemplative reflections of the world we live in.

The Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour will be shown at 3 and again at 8 p.m. in Dana Auditorium at Sunderland. It’s free. Some of the films in this series may be inappropriate for children.

LIVE MUSIC AT NOTTE

DEB BRISSON AND the Hayburners play a dinner show on Friday, Sept. 21, from 7-9 p.m. at Notte Neapolitan Pizza Bar in Middlebury.

There will be two live performances this week at Notte Neapolitan Pizza Bar located downstairs at 86 Main Street in Middlebury. On Wednesday, Sept. 19, Open Mic is hosted at 9 p.m. by the ever-talented Mark Sikora. Play solo or join Sikora and friends for a jamming good time. All talent levels are welcome. It’s free to enter and there is no cover charge.

Then, on Friday, Sept. 21, Notte presents Deb Brisson & The Hayburners for a dinner show at 7 p.m. Brisson is joined by Mark Pelletier on guitar and vocals; Carl Boss on bass and vocals; John Wallace on drums; and Doug Wilhelm on harmonica, congas and percussion. The band’s repertoire, arranged and rehearsed in the loft above Brisson’s Weybridge horse barn, ranges from Americana and alt-country to rollicking R&B, with soulful vocals, fine harmonies, and driving bass and percussion.

For more information, call 802-388-0002.

THE FOREIGNER’S HOME AT COLLEGE

The 2018 film, “The Foreigner’s Home,” will be shown in Wilson Hall at Middlebury College’s McCullough Student Center on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

This film by Rian Brown and Geoff Pingree explores Toni Morrison’s artistic and intellectual vision through “The Foreigner’s Home,” her 2006 exhibition at the Louvre. Through exclusive footage of Morrison in dialogue with artists, along with extensive archival footage, music and animation, the film presents a series of candid and incisive exchanges about race, identity, “foreignness” and art’s redemptive power.

The film producers will introduce the film at 7:30 p.m. — with the film starting at 8 p.m. — and take part in a post-screening discussion. Presented as part of the 2018 Clifford Symposium, “Toni Morrison: The Origin of Others.” It’s free. For more information, call 802-443-3168.

SUNDAY SESSIONS AT LPV

LAST TRAIN TO Zinkov will play at Lincoln Peak Vineyard on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 2-4 p.m., as part of their Sunday Session series. The vineyard is located at 142 River Road in Middlebury.

The Last Train to Zinkov performs on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Lincoln Peak Vineyard. With violin, viola, banjo, and vocals, David and Nathan Gusakov — father and son — create sparkling folk music that reflects their love of traditional Appalachian old-time, gypsy jazz, and swing, as well as their own Eastern European roots. They play original songs and old tunes about life and death and the beauty of the hills featuring clawhammer banjo, fiddle and family harmonies.

Wine is available by the glass, and there is a good selection of Vermont cheese, sausage, crackers and chocolate available. Music is rain or shine on the covered porch (we’ll move indoors if it’s really pouring). No alcohol may be brought onto the grounds. Lincoln Peak Vineyard is located at 142 River Road in New Haven. More information is at lincolnpeakvineyard.com.

“RECITATIF” AT COLLEGE

There will be a performance, “Recitatif,” on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dance Theater at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. The performance will repeat on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m.

This performance is an interdisciplinary adaptation of Toni Morrison’s short story, created by Michole Biancosino of theater, Christal Brown of dance and Matthew Taylor of music. Two girls become friends despite the racial and social differences of their mothers. As they grow into women and mothers themselves, an old memory comes back to haunt them. Presented as part of the 2018 Clifford Symposium, “Toni Morrison: The Origin of Others.”

It’s free. For more information, call 802-443-3168.

MIDDLEBURY COMMUNITY MUSIC CENTER FACULTY CONCERT

FACULTY WILL PERFORM a benefit concert for the Middlebury Community Music Center at  Town Hall Theater, 68 Pleasant Street in Middlebury at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23.

There will be a benefit concert for the Middlebury Community Music Center at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, featuring the music center’s faculty members. MCMC’s talented musicians will perform classical, jazz, and more, sharing lots of great music to kick off their 5th year.

Performers may include Bear Irwin, trombone; Dayve Huckett, guitar; Glendon Ingalls, trumpet; Jessica Allen, voice; Sadie Brightman, piano; Karen Kevra, flute; Robert Wyatt, piano; and Ron White, bass.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $20 generous admission. Tickets may be purchased at townhalltheater.org, by calling 802-382-9222, at the THT box office Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 pm, or at the door one hour before show time.

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