ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 18 * * All Arts News On the Web * * August 28, 2014


      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.

     Franklin County's arts and music gatherings bring new opportunities, gossip, "show-and-tell" and occasional workshops. There are also booked and acoustic Open Mic Nights that feature music, readings, and more from the best new artists in Vermont.

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      The Whitcomb Barn in Essex Junction hosts a Keeghan Nolan CD release party for her new album, She's Countryfied, on Saturday at 7 p.m. There will be a Meet & Greet and CD signing with Ms. Nolan at 7 p.m. and music from the new album with her band starting at 8.
      Big Whirl Records recorded and produced the album in Nashville. She wrote all 11 songs.
      Her "clicktrack" in her head is very, very good, Norm Nolan said, so she was able to lay the tracks down repeatedly, easily. Phil Tomany played guitar on all the songs and they used session players to fill out the sound. This is her first recording contract.
      She's made the rounds on the radio stations and She's Countryfied is already getting airplay. The CD is on sale now.
      The singer-songwriter and country rocker has opened for David Allan Coe, Craig Morgan, John Michael Montgomery, Chris Young, and Bucky Covington, played Rusty Dewees' Holiday Variety Show, shared the stage with Randy Smith and Jamie Lee Thurston, and wowed the Summer Sounds audience. Her new single, Summertime, broke the iTunes Top 100 New Releases in Country in May. Her debut CD, Broken Flowers, is still available.
      Admission is $20 which includes a meal and cake. I am reliably informed no one will jump out of the cake. Tickets will be available only at the door but call 802.899.2417 to reserve for will call. Only 250 tickets are available.


     Other than tonight, most of the entertainment this week comes from Franklin County performers journeying to other communities.

ST. ALBANS--The Traveled Cup welcomes singer/songwriter Carol Ann Jones and string wizard Will Patton this evening at 6:30 p.m.
      The show is free.

JERICHO--The Jericho Cafe presets the Missisquoi River Band as a trio with Pat Murphy and Cindy and Jim Weed on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
      "It is an intimate stage," Ms. Weed said, "with great food and a great crowd."

COVENTRY, VT--Parker Pie Wings presents the Nobby Reed Project on Friday at 8 p.m. The restaurant is located on the Newport State Airport. They offer live music most Wednesday and Friday nights.
      Admission is by $5 cover, at the door.

STOWE--The Rusty Nail presents the Keeghan Nolan Band tomorrow evening at 9 p.m.
      Ms. Nolan is touring festivals, county fairs, and concerts between Vermont, Nashville, and Florida. She has the powerful voice of Patsy Cline, a style of her own, and a backup band that makes the show. Her band includes Phil Tomany, guitar; Thom Carvey, bass; Tracy Lord, guitar; and Gary Spaulding, drums. The Fairfield native now makes her home in Williston and in Florida.
      Admission is by $6, at the door.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap has the Contois School of Music Band on stage on Saturday at 5 p.m.       The CSM Band is a live performance band made up of students and teachers of the Contois School of Music. Members include Trevor Contois, bass guitars/keyboards/vocals; Rosie Newton, keyboards/vocals; and Elysia Way, guitars/vocals; with mentors Chris Peterman of the jazz band Eight02, Lloyd Duggar, Kevin Avery, and Mark Lurvey, with instructors Kaylee Contois, Ian Koeller, and Chris Jordan.
      Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

STOWE--Harrison's presents Will Patton country pickin' & singin' with flatpicker Mark Struhsacker on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. There will be grins.
      Click here for more info.

RANDOLPH--Chandler Music Hall hosts the 22nd Annual New World Festival on Sunday from noon until 11 p.m.
      The celebration of Vermont's Celtic and French Canadian heritage has traditional and sometimes not so traditional music and dance with more than 70 musicians from New England, Canada and the British Isles. The festival takes place in downtown Randolph, in Chandler Music Hall and Gallery, and in Bethany Church. Main Street is closed to traffic. Performers include Liz Carroll, Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, Katie Trautz, Jon Gailmor, Cantrip, and Prydein.
      Admission is $39 for adults, $12 for students 13-18, and free for children 12 and under or $21 after 6 p.m. Click here for more info.

MORRISVILLE--Moog's Place has "live music every night we're open, starting between eight and nine pm" with open mic night scheduled most Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.
      Click here for more info.

MORRISVILLE--River Arts holds a Farmers and Artisans Market at the River Arts Center every Wednesday from 3 - 7 p.m.
      Click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--Shooters Saloon sponsors an open-mic night every Thursday and scheduled music on other evenings.
      Call 802.527.3777 for more info or booking requests.

ST. ALBANS--Twiggs offers Music to Dine By with relaxed music and the arts. They have three stages with live piano, violin, or light guitar any day of the week in the dining room, the Window, or the main stage. The Cabaret offers live performances by musicians, visual artists, poets, and more. The regular Open Mic Night repeats next Wednesday and on the first Wednesday of every month. Their Open Comedy Night for comics 18 and older is held on the third Tuesday of every month. Vern Colburn is Live on the Piano on Friday Nights, Dayve Huckett on the guitar on the first and third Saturday, and additional performances by Abby Road, Bobby Cee, Isaac and Dominic French, Mint Julep, Sean Ashby, and Sean Casey.
      Call 802.524.1405, email, or click here for more info or booking requests.

ST. ALBANS--The Traveled Cup offers open-mic nights for musicians as well as poets and other performers to share their talents. The shop is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
      Call 802.524.2037, email, or click here for more info.


     Plan Ahead. The Artist In Residence Gallery in Enosburg Falls hosts its meet-the-artists receptions on the first Sunday of each month but will defer the gathering until September 7. The art cooperative features work by area artists and is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


     The Art Site of the Week returns from what feels like an entire summer hiatus. It's Labor Day weekend, a great time to look at the ideological art for and against the labor movement.
      "From the turn of the century until the mid-1920's the United States had one of the most thriving periods of organized labor it would ever experience," Liz Johnson writes of her project that examines the visual propaganda of Western political movements. She includes a gallery of labor movement art and considers how the propaganda was used and how effective it was.


      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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