Stay tuned for our 2014 Season Schedule!
Friday, Sept. 20 at 8 pm
Sponsored by White Mountain Appraisals and Easton Valley House Concerts
Classic soul and R&B, jazz, and British invasion form the backdrop for the quirky and irreverent brand of pop for which Lake Street Dive has become known. Combine this with the unstoppable joy of their live shows and near viral collection of Youtube videos, and you get the sum of the Lake Street Dive equation: pure pop music fun. Knock-your-socks-off vocals and virtuosic instrumentals top it all off, and with the release of their third and self titled record on Signature Sounds, which Popmatters calls “a staggering, monumental disc,” this Brooklyn based quartet is garnering a growing fan base in and beyond their native East Coast. Incorporating the unlikely elements of upright bass and jazz-inflected trumpet along with more traditional rock staples, drum set and electric guitar, Lake Street Dive are equally at home in a jazz club, a dive bar or a festival stage.
Artist website: www.lakestreetdive.com
Saturday, Sept 28 at 8 pm
Sponsored by Elise Drake
Established in 1997, the JUNO nominated Orchid Ensemble is Lan Tung on the erhu/Chinese violin, Yu-Chen Wang on the zheng/Chinese zither, and Jonathan Bernard on percussion. The ensemble blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond, creating a beautiful new sound. The ensemble has embraced a variety of musical styles to its repertoire, ranging from the traditional and contemporary music of China, World Music, New Music to Jazz and Creative Improvisation. The energetic yet endearing performance style of the ensemble consistently intrigues and delights its audiences. Acclaimed as ‘One of the brightest blossoms on the world music scene’ (The Georgia Straight), the Orchid Ensemble has been tirelessly developing an innovative musical genre based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians.
Winner: Independent Music Award for Best Song (Eclectic); Nominated for the JUNO Award for World Music Album of the Year, and Independent Music Award for Best World Traditional Album
Artist website: www.orchidensemble.com
Friday, June 21 at 8 pm
Sponsored by Woodsville Guaranty Saving Bank
Grammy winners and 11-time nominees (including a 2010 nomination for their latest CD “Alligator Purse” Best Zydeco or Cajun Album) BeauSoleil are the best known and most highly respected Cajun band in the world. Over the past 35 years, they have spearheaded a movement that rescued Cajun culture from an almost mythical obscurity and instead catapulted the music to national recognition led by their bandleader and National Heritage Fellow Michael Doucet.
“BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, they play music that’s honest to the bone!” —Allen Toussaint
Artist website: www.rosebudus.com/beausoleil
Saturday, July 6 at 8 pm
Sponsored by Amoskeag Beverages, MLK & Company, and Margo & Greg Connors
“…one of the top ten acts of 2011’s South by Southwest” —Time Magazine.
“Pure, irresistible joy.” —NPR
When future music historians look back at the strong currents circulating between the Americas in the 21st century, they will find Los Lobos, Calexico, and a charismatic, lanky Missourian singing tight harmony with a Southern belle rattling the jawbone of a donkey. David Wax and Suz Slezak form the artistic core of the David Wax Museum, and together with multi-instrumentalist Greg Glassman, fuse traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock to create a Mexo-Americana aesthetic. Combining Latin rhythms, infectious melodies, and call-and-response hollering, DWM was hailed by TIME for its “virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies” and has built a reputation among concertgoers all over the U.S, Canada, Europe and China for “kicking up a cloud of excitement with their high-energy border-crossing sensibility” (The New Yorker). The bonfire of success David Wax Museum has kindled with its innovative, grass-roots approach is currently roaring. After years busking at house concerts and touring with The Avett Brothers, the Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Old 97s, DWM picked up the 2010 Boston Music Awards Americana Artist of the Year.
Artist website: www.davidwaxmuseum.com
Friday, July 26 at 8 pm
“Solas offers a compellingly original, strikingly contemporary view of traditional Celtic sounds.”
—Los Angeles Times
Solas is the quintessential Irish-American band recording and touring in the US today. Fifteen years ago, in a manner befitting their name (Gaelic for “light”), Solas burst onto the Irish music scene and instantly became a beacon – an incandescent ensemble that found contemporary relevance in timeless traditions without ever stooping to clichés. Anchored by founding members Seamus Egan (flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistles, guitars, bodhran) and Winifred Horan (violins, vocals), Solas is rounded out by Mick McAuley (accordians, low whistle, concertina, vocals), Eamon McElholm (guitars, keyboards, vocals), and newest member and lead singer, Niamh Varian-Barry. Through fresh and unexpected arrangements of age-old tunes, compelling and topical originals and covers, and unparalleled musicianship, Solas continues to define the path for the Celtic music world and drive the genre forward.
Artist website: www.solasmusic.com
Thursday, Aug. 8 at 8 pm
Sponsored by Northern Lights Music and Connecticut River Bank
Elegante is the debut solo recording for Susan Palma Nidel who has been the Flutist with the renowned Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 1980, and is well known locally as a founding member of The North Country Chamber Players. While she has appeared on more than 100 recordings, many times as a featured soloist, this is her first outing as a leader. Elegante focuses on South American music featuring composers and musicians whom Susan has worked with and loved for many years. The compositions are each completely unique, yet flow into one another, presenting a thematically cohesive feeling. The recording demonstrates the full range of Susan’s extraordinary abilities and versatility and combines World Music, Folk, Tango and Classical styles and disciplines creating what can be called “New World Music”.
As a result of the camaraderie established while recording Elegante, Susan and many of the musicians on the recording have established a collective to perform music from the recording as well as related compositions from the members of the collective and other South American musical luminaries. The Collective’s members include: Susan Palma Nidel, flutes; Hector del Curto, bandoneon; Jisoo Ok, cello; Café, percussion; and special guest Pablo Ziegler, piano.
Saturday, Aug. 31 at 8 pm
Sponsored by Chutters and Easton Valley House Concerts
Carolina Chocolate Drops has proudly reclaimed the African-American string band tradition. While old-time music is often associated with white Appalachia, the Chocolate Drops reveal the celebratory, interconnected currents running through blues, country and bluegrass, bringing brash, youthful energy to music rooted in the red soil of the southern Piedmont.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops concert’s, The New York Times declared, were “an end-to-end display of excellence… They dip into styles of Southern black music from the 1920s and ’30s—string-band music, jug-band music, fife and drum, early jazz—and beam their curiosity outward. They make short work of their instructive mission and spend their energy on things that require it: flatfoot dancing, jug playing, shouting.”
Artist website: www.carolinachocolatedrops.com
Thursday, Sept. 12 at 8 pm
Sponsored by Peabody & Smith Realty and Samaha, Russell & Hodgdon, PA
25 years ago Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country — stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. A high school drop-out, she went on to become one of the great humorists of our time. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me. She tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country, causing Bob Zany with the Boston Globe to write: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy.” Audience members may put it a little less elegantly: “I peed my pants.”
Paula’s off-kilter sensibility and impeccable timing made her a perfect fit for NPR’s “oddly informative”, weekly news quiz program, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” which she joined as a regular panelist seven years ago.
Artist website: www.paulapoundstone.com