• Capital Sounds: Musical options abound, even in the winter
     | February 06,2013

    It might be smack-dab in the dead of winter, but there are some lively musical options this weekend in and around the capital. We got stuff going on in Randolph, White River Junction, ol’ Montpeculiar and even Barre. Check it out!

    Every once in a while a local musician will pull together a project to pay homage to a classic group or album. This weekend is one of those times. On Saturday night, local guitar players Bob Wagner and D Davis team up with keyboard whiz Ray Paczkowski, bassist Rob Morse and drummer Steve Hadeka to perform the classic Derek and the Dominos album “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.” As most of you know, Derek and the Dominos was Eric Clapton’s group between his Cream days and when he became simply Eric Clapton. The double album is widely regarded as a rock masterpiece, and with some of our area’s finest musicians performing it, this should be a real treat of a show. It all goes down at Positive Pie II on State Street in the capital, starting at 10:30 p.m. No cover is listed on the Pie’s website, but expect a nominal one at the door.

    Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction is in full swing these days, with something going on for the next four nights running. You can start off there tonight with open mic starting at 7 p.m., with featured performer Sweetgrass. Then, on Friday night, the Tupe continues with their trend of booking British blues rock legends it hosts Savoy Brown, a group that helped launch the blues-rock revival across the pond in the mid-late ’60s. That one kicks off at 8 p.m.

    On Saturday night, an early evening speed-dating event at 7 p.m. is followed by Club 188, the Upper-Valley’s weekly dance party (pretty convenient if you get lucky at speed-dating, eh?).

    Finally, on Sunday, the Tupe brings in a Vermont favorite when it presents Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, a band as unique as its name. “The music of Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams has been variously described as ‘hillbilly-Floyd,’ ‘folk-pop,’ ‘alt-country, roots-rock,’ and ‘surreal Americana’; a clear indicator of its singularly indescribable uniqueness. Dancing freely between all existing religious and philosophical mythologies, the music is uplifting, empowering, and a lot of fun.” This one might sell out, so for tickets and info for this and all events at The Tupelo Music Hall, visit www.tupelohallvermont.com.

    If you’re not up for driving all the way down to WRJ, you can go only as far south as Randolph to catch a great show Friday night with up-and-coming singer-songwriter Seth Glier. Folk legend Livingston Taylor referred to his music as “the greatest pop songwriting since Billy Joel,” a ringing endorsement if I ever heard one. “This is a young man with a distinctive voice, a falsetto that sticks to your ribs, and can he write songs.” The show takes place in the upper gallery at the Chandler Music Hall, in the heart of downtown Randolph, as part of the Chandler’s “Live and Upstairs” series. For tickets and more information, visit www.chandler-arts.org.

    Looking for some earlier evening music? The capital’s got you covered there, with The Skinny Pancake hosting two shows in the next few evenings. Tonight at 7 p.m., a very special show happens at the Cake when 4 Tet, a group featuring fiddle maven

    Brittany Haas of Crooked Still fame, is joined by our own local fiddle whiz Katie Trautz and Michael Roberts for what should be a powerhouse evening of old-time influenced contemporary folk. This one comes highly recommended for a suggested donation of $15, a relative bargain for music of this quality fer’ sure.

    On Sunday, the creperie near the corner of State and Main presents longtime Vermont based folk singer-songwriter Patrick Fitzsimmons at 6 p.m. Cheers to the Skinny P for helping to fill the musical void currently in town!

    Still looking for more early-evening action? You can check out central Vermont-based folkie Colin McCaffrey along with some musical friends of his at Bagitos on Main Street in the capital this evening at 6 p.m., or check out the bagel / burrito joint Friday evening at 6 for Latin aural flavors with Jacob Green. Saturday you can even check out some morning music when Jason Mallery plays at 11 a.m., followed by The Light and the Laugh later on at 6 p.m. All shows at Bagitos are for donations, so don’t be stingy!

    Finally, if you’re looking for something more high-end, you can head over to Barre to the Opera House on Saturday night to catch award-winning upstate New York based bluegrass band The Gibson Brothers at 8 p.m. Tickets are $26 and those and more info can be had by visiting www.barreoperahouse.org.

    That wraps up this week — stay warm by going to see hot live music!

    Ed DuFresne is the former talent coordinator at Langdon Street Café and The Black Door, occasionally produces concerts, and books at various venues in the area on a freelance basis. He lives in Montpelier with a lovely Polish anarchist and a human version of the Lorax.

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