Arts Beat

Two world-class musicians will be performing and celebrating Brazilian Jazz at Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Ali Ryerson, regarded as one of the best flutists in jazz, and Joe Carter playing guitar, have joined forces to celebrate the music of Brazil. By using their jazz backgrounds to add jazz improvisation to the tunes, the Ryerson and Carter Duo create a sound that blends the best of both worlds. In other words: music from “Both Sides of the Equator.” Ryerson and Carter often perform together on flute and guitar, and together they delight audiences wherever they go....

BREAD AND PUPPET’S Circus will be in the Marble Works in Middlebury to perform “Diagonal Life” and serve up their eponymous bread on Thursday, Aug. 8, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Photo courtesy Bread and Puppet
Middlebury Underground will present Bread and Puppet Theater’s Diagonal Life Circus outdoors at Middlebury’s historic Marble Works District on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 5:30 p.m.. Diagonal Life explores the bewildering, beguiling, and downright funny possibilities and implications of diagonality with the help of state-of-the-art paper-maché weaponry and the riotous Bread and Puppet Brass Band. The Diagonal Life Circus continues Bread and Puppet’s longstanding embrace of the puppet circus, an annual production in which puppet animals, cardboard politicians and picture performance combine to tell...

FIDDLER JAKE BRILLHART and singer-songwriter Alex Smith make a welcome return to Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m.
Fiddler Jake Brillhart and singer-songwriter Alex Smith make a welcome return to Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m. This talented duo have toured extensively for the past six years performing Brillhart’s Cape Breton-influenced fiddle tunes and Smith’s finely crafted folk ballads. The result is a show that is both energetic and contemplative, and one that has captivated audiences from Iowa to Maine. Sarah Craig, at Caffe Lena calls Smith “a natural storyteller.” He builds songs from a blend of traditional folk harmony and strikingly modern lyrics, confronting today’s most pressing...

LOCAL TEENAGERS PERFORM “Legally Blonde,” directed by Doug Anderson, at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury this Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28.
LEGALLY BLONDE AT THT The Broadway hit, “Legally Blonde,” will come to the stage of Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Friday, July 26, at 7 p.m. and again on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, at 2 p.m. Director Doug Anderson works with professional actors and singers, talented Middlebury College students, and the best local talent, but once a year he gets to do what he calls his “dream job,” working with teenagers. “They bring so much energy and joy into rehearsals,” Anderson said, “and people are always surprised by how talented they are. They’re also just wonderful human beings. I love...

JANE KRAMER AND Nathan Evans Fox will join forces and perform at Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. in Brandon on Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Brandon Music will welcome Nathan Evans Fox and Jane Kramer to Brandon Music Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. Fox and Kramer are both highly regarded singer/songwriters from North Carolina who frequently perform individually and with other artists, but for this American tour have come together to co-headline a special night of Americana Folk with a North Carolina overlay. They will be playing together and separately. Fox is an Americana songwriter and musician from Glen Alpine, N.C. Growing up immersed in country, rock, bluegrass and hymns, Fox synthesizes his musical roots to produce a sound...

SMALL GLORIES bring their Canadian Prairie sound to Middlebury’s Festival on-the-Green at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9.
Middlebury’s exciting Festival on-the-Green continues its 41st season on Tuesday, July 9, at noon, when Jon Gailmor, will present a Brown Bag Special musical performance for the whole family. At 7 p.m., The Small Glories, a musical tour-de-force duo planted on the Canadian Prairies, hits the stage with their songs of love, loss and environment, delivered with soaring, interwoven vocals on various combinations of stomping clawhammer banjo, guitar and harmonica. Then, at 8:30 p.m., the Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio will perform a wide selection of Americana originals ? folk, jazz, and blues ?...

WINDBOURNE, FEATURING VIRTUOSIC vocal harmony deeply rooted in American folk-singing traditions, will play Monday, July 8, at Middlebury’s Festival on-the-Green at 7 p.m.
The Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green, celebrates its 41st anniversary season from July 7 through 13 on the Middlebury Town Green. The festival kicks off this Sunday, July 7, at 7 p.m., with jazz pianist turned roots musician Sam Reider and the Human Hands, performing an irresistible mixture of bluegrass, gypsy jazz and mysterious sounds from around the world. The festival, again rated a “Top 10 Summer Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, continues next Monday, July 8, with a “Brown Bag Special” presentation at noon by Rik Palieri. Then, at 7 p.m., the festival really gets under...

VIOLINIST DAVID GUSAKOV, guitarist Rob McCuen and bassist Jim McCuen play Hot Club-style jazz as the group known as “Swing Noire.” They will perform at Brandon Music this Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m.
Swing Noire will hit the stage at Brandon Music on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Swing Noire invokes the energy of a swingin’ jazz club, transporting audiences back to the early days of jazz with their unique take on Hot Swing, making music that “will entrance and surprise you.” They evoke “images of smoky basement speakeasies and slinky cabarets,” says Dan Bolles at Seven Days. The group is the perfect way for Brandon Music to start off their 2019 year of (almost) weekly concerts. Whether it’s called Gypsy Jazz, Hot Swing, Jazz Manouche, or any other idiom, over the last decade, Swing...

“NIGHT FIRES” RETURNS to Town Hall Theater at 68 S. Pleasant Street in Middlebury for their annual Winter Solstice celebration, Dec. 21-23.
Note: Since there will not be a Monday edition of the Addison Independent on Monday, Dec. 24, some of the events in this week’s column are being published one week early. Night Fires will be lit once more at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. There will be additional performances on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 3 and 7:30 p.m., and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23. Night Fires, Theatre Group, Ltd.’s annual winter solstice pageant or mystery play for our times, as in many performances past, will be a song of celebration for the earth and all who live upon it. With a winding...

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