ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 9 * * All Arts News On the Web * * October 13, 2005


      ArtBits always features a calendar of the goings on of Franklin County artists. Check out these events around Franklin County. Each issue includes the entire text of our weekly newspaper column.

      Stop in for live music and more at the Fairfax Music Sessions at the Foothills Bakery in Fairfax most Saturday afternoons at 1 p.m., at ChowBella or at the Overtime Saloon in St Albans 8-10 p.m. most Wednesday evenings, at the Bayside in St Albans Town most Sunday afternoons, and the Cambridge CoffeeHouses at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of every month.
     These gatherings bring new opportunities, gossip, "show-and-tell" and occasional workshops. The booked performances and acoustic Open Mike Nights feature music, readings, and more from the best new artists in Vermont.


ENOSBURG FALLS--The Enosburg Town Band will hold a benefit concert Sunday afternoon at the Enosburg Opera House. The concert will benefit the American Red Cross and recent hurricane victims.
      "It will be a light program," said Enosburg Town Band music director and conductor Alisa Martin. "It's meant for enjoyment."
      The program features The Liberty Bell and Washington Post March by John Philip Sousa, a Star Spangled Spectacular, When The Saints Go Marching In, a medley of pieces by George M. Cohan, plus God Bless America, a concert march by Gustav Holst. the Swing-a-Roo Polka, Basin Street Blues, and The Band Played On, some Country & Western, a tribute to Glenn Miller, and a Patriotic Sing-a-Long, a medley of patriotic selections.
      Tim Stetson, Director of Emergency Services for the Northern Vermont Chapter plans to say a few words about the Red Cross effort. The Town Band also has an associated sax quartet and a small brass group which may play.
      The Enosburg Town Band Benefit will begin at 2 p.m. Admission is free by donation. "Since the proceeds are going to the Red Cross relief effort, we need monetary donations, not goods," Ms. Martin said.

LEBANON, NH--The Events for Tom Series presents the second and final Musician-to-Musician Relief Benefit Concert for the Lafayette Music Alliance featuring Paul Asbell, Mark LeGrand and His Lovesick Band, Planet Zydeco, Chris Kleeman, Jeremiah McLane with Monica Robelotto and Phil Carr, emcee Mark Hauser from the Point, and other special guests. The concert starts Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Lebanon Opera House.
      The earlier concert at the Flynn was the 38th activity in the Events for Tom Series, and the first of two benefits arranged by Mark Sustic of Fairfax with musician friends in Louisiana and Vermont. Lebanon is a long drive, but this is the last opportunity to see this particular group of nationally known performers on a nearby stage. And it's for a good cause as well.
      "It is an attempt both to raise funds for the critical needs of musicians in the Gulf," Mr. Sustic said, "and an opportunity for musicians in Vermont to acknowledge an artistic debt to the blues, Cajun, Zydeco, country and other traditions originating in the Gulf region." All the performers donated their time and talents to the cause and others have donated equipment, supplies, time, publicity support and other resources. Concert proceeds will go to the Lafayette Music Alliance, a group established to help displaced New Orleans musicians with financial, medical and housing needs.
      "The music and setting [of the Flynn concert] were more than I had envisioned," Mr. Sustic said. "Chip Wilson brought an element of immediacy to the evening with his personal stories of how a New Orleans-based musician has been knocked squarely on his heels by being displaced for the past month." Mr. Wilson considers himself one of the lucky ones, with a good network of friends and supporters.
      Admission is $15 at the door. tickets available in advance at the Lebanon Opera House Box Office. The concert is supported in part by the Three Tomatoes, the Champlain Valley Festival, and others. Call 603-448-0400 or click here for more info. You may e-mail Mark Sustic for general information about the benefit itself.

     If you want to make a weekend of it in Lebanon, catch Arlo Guthrie and the Mammals at the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon on Friday evening.


MONTGOMERY-- Montgomery Historical Society presents Even We Here: An Evening with Abraham Lincoln next Wednesday, October 19, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall (Grange). Actor Michael Fox-Kennedy assumes Lincoln's persona for an evening exploring the man and his times.
      Admission is free by donation and the program is open to all. Town Hall is on Route 118 Montgomery Center.

BURLINGTON--Queen City Contras will hold a Contra Dance with caller Mark Sustic and musicians Sarah Blair and Colin McCaffrey tomorrow evening at 8 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church Hall. A beginners session will begin at 7:45 p.m. Call 802.434.2446 for info.

BRADFORD--The Nobby Reed Project plays Middle Earth on Saturday evening.
      Legendary Vermont blues man Nobby Reed has always been about playing the guitar. He has paid his dues recording and performing in a host of bands, and, thanks to critical acclaim for his first solo CD in 1997 he is developing an international audience. His CDs now include Guitar On My Back, It's All About the Blues, Cure for the Blues, and Every Mile. Call 802.222.4748 or click here for more info.


     Banjo Dan and the Midnite Plowboys have played the Summer Sounds concert series, as well as other Franklin County venues over the years. The Banjo Dan site includes the group's Brochure, his description of the group from a 1990 album cover, a discography, albums with cover notes and liner notes, and some Vermontiana.


      ArtBits features a quick weekly peek at the bookshelf or night stand of the folks you know in and around Franklin County. That popular feature has a page of its own at the Franklin County Bookshelf here on the AAC site.


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