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Lewis Franco and the Missing Cats play Lincoln

LINCOLN — The Ripton Community Coffee House is going on the road to present the Lewis Franco and the Missing Cats in concert on Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., at Burnham Hall in Lincoln. The concert is moved from its usual venue due to ongoing repairs at the Ripton Community House. 
An acoustic jazz combo, Lewis Franco and the Missing Cats perform originals as well as gypsy swing and jive swing tunes from the 1930s and 1940s, featuring close three-part vocal rhythm harmonies and thrilling improvisation. The line-up for this concert includes Lewis Franco on guitar and vocals, Will Patton on mandolin, Dono Schabner on guitar and vocals, Clyde Staats on bass, and Susannah Blachly and Halle Toulis on  harmony vocals.
Franco has been a fixture on the Vermont acoustic music scene for many years, entertaining audiences of all ages with clever and occasionally profound lyrics, delightfully tuneful melodies, and a fun-loving presence. Vermont Public Radio’s Robert Resnik calls Franco, “a brilliant songwriter — one of our very finest.” His music receives airplay on several radio stations including Vermont Public Radio, WNCS, WGDR, and WDEV (where his song “You Wouldn’t Have A Cowboy Without A Cow” became the theme song of Farmer Dave’s gubernatorial campaign).
This is the second month when the Ripton Community Coffee House has moved to Lincoln.
“Ongoing repairs due to flooding caused by a frozen pipe has left us without our usual venue,” explained Ripton Community Coffee House executive director Richard Ruane. “Burnham Hall is relatively nearby and has the advantage of already having staging and chairs to make it easier for our tireless crew of volunteers.  We really hope we can be back in our usual Ripton location in May, when we celebrate our 24th year in existence.”
The doors for this concert open at 7 p.m.  Refreshments will benefit the Friends of the Ripton School. Call ahead for a slot on the open mic list. Admission: $15 generous admission; $10 general admission; $3 for children. For more information call (802) 388-9782.

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