There are many options for entertainment in Brattleboro, and this weekend is no exception. As the weather transitions into spring, people will emerge from their hillside cabins to enjoy a bit of leisure. The BrattBeat calendar is full of a variety of engaging events to enjoy, but here are a few of the musical acts happening this weekend.
The Miles Band performs at the Whetstone Station Restaurant and BreweryThursday, at 8:30. (map) Miles has assembled a group of top-flight musicians with years of experience working together in Vermont and throughout New England to make a genuinely fabulous band. Miles sings and plays guitar, local favorites Sean McLoughlin and Tim Thrasher play drums and bass respectively, and both sing! Bring in Steve Sonntag on trumpet, percussion, and backing vocals, John Scherer on tenor sax and Steve Moser on keyboards and you’ve got a big, bold, exhilarating sound! “The MILES Band” deftly performs a wide range of musical styles; from jazz standards, through classic Funk, Reggae, R&B, Rock & Roll and even some contemporary pop hits! The band’s ability to adapt to varying audiences is just one more reason why people love the band. Groups of all ages and tastes find themselves dancing to “The MILES Band”!
Five Mics is an effort to support the ever-growing, ever-changing local songwriting scene in and around Brattleboro by affording artists the chance to share performance space and energy. This event offers a unique opportunity for audience members to view, up close, an intimate and stripped down performance from several talented artists in one shot. This event is free and has a great lineup.
Jason Scaggs is probably most well known for his work in the regionally touring band Jatoba. There he was 1/3 of a foot-stomping, rowdy and dizzying non-traditional bluegrass trio. He is currently focusing on his duo “The Big Empty” with Jeff Richardson and Marcel LeClaire, also formerly of Jatoba. Jason is also the driving force behind a new musical movement based in Brattleboro called 5 Mics.
Greg Masterson started playing guitar at 12, after seeing KISS on TV as a youngster. By the time he was a teenager, it had absorbed most of his free time. As an older teen, Masterson started writing songs that told stories of triumph, loss and other everyday experiences. Mixed with what he calls “fun guitar playing,” his songs will often mix in weird chords, odd time signatures, and complicated passages. His influences range from the sweet melodicism of Dickey Betts to the loud brashness of modern rock. Of late, Greg could be found picking bluegrass with the friends, occasionally traveling with Philly-based Frog Holler, and most recently with his Brattleboro-based rock n’ soul outfit SweetPond.
Luz Elena Morey is a Colombian born musician and performer. Her repertoire includes deep, emotional original songs and lively multi-cultural folk songs. Luz Elena’s work explores word and sound and its effects on accessing the personal and collective soul. Luz Elena’s in the process of recording one song per day for 100 days, on Facebook. The 100 days ends April 12th and culminates with a fundraiser concert April 14th at 118 Elliot at 7 pm. The funds will go to finish Mahalo’s Gathering Hall.
Phoenix Lavender is singer-songwriter that plays many guitars. He has been playing music ever since his father gave him his first ukulele. Ever since then he’s been playing and writing music.
Noelle VanHendric, a.k.a V, Butterfly Dragon, Vnoelle, Gal Chief, Mama, and Babe, is a creative cross artist. She works in many mediums, music being her newest expression. Her songwriting’s pulse projects an exploration of wit and wonder with a unifying thread that connects her entire vision. Her band is called RiverHALO, check them out!
Jazz and Blues vocalist Samirah Evans will be accompanied by pianist Andrew Aramini and bassist Dave Picchi.
Aramini will be making his debut performance at the lounge, he is a student at Willams College where Evans teaches. Aramini recently accompanied Samirah during the Williams College faculty concert, performing with the likes of legendary bassist Avery Sharp, saxophonist Kris Allen and drummer Connor Meehan. Dave Picchi is a very sought after groove man on bass. In addition to his own projects, he has been a standing member of Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils, performed with the renowned jazz vocalist Karin Allyson, and is currently a member of pianist Eugene Uman’s Convergence Project.
“Most of all, Evans assets – which once made her the toast of pre-Katrina New Orleans – include her sultry, sometimes silken, always smoking hot vocals and vibrant stage presence. Add to this gumbo of saucy ingredients her passion for connecting with her audience while she’s moving and grooving on-stage.” – Owen McNally, WNPR Jazz Corridor
Come to The Stone ChurchFriday at 8:00 for a night of funky beats and musical fusion. (map) Shokazoba and Luna Carnival team up for a high-energy show that will make you jump out of your chair and dance the night away. It’s going to be a good one, so get ready to boogie!
“…Shokazoba is perfect; the band’s music is succinct, exciting, and new and makes you want to listen to the genre for a deeper understanding…” – CMJ
Shokazoba is a nine-piece horn-driven funk powerhouse! They began in 2005 in as a Fela Kuti tribute project and now produce original work aiming to inspire greater human awareness through conscious funky fusion jazz with progressive topical lyrics. Shokazoba performs top quality high energy music designed to move your feet, inspire the mind, and activate our souls. Shokazoba has been voted “Best of the Valley” five times, nominated as “Artists of the Year” by the New England Music Awards, and recognized with several important distinctions by the African Jazz Review.
Lunar Carnival is a band of free-spirited musicians playing songs to please the listener. Their songs are carried away by an evening summer breeze full of instrumentation, improvisation, and a magical blend of soulful harmonies. Lunar Carnival’s energizing and inspiring Bohemian sound is influenced by Gypsy Life, the Middle Ages, Classical, Southern Soul, Roots Rock and Soul Ska. Ultimately, Lunar Carnival is a unique Gypsy Americana band. Imagine yourself dancing with friends under the moon. There are music and celebrations in the air. The moon is listening, while the band plays through the night…
Celebrate the coming of spring, and dance your face off with Steal Your Funk, an All-Star line up of funky musicians featuring;
Doug Wimbish -Living Colour Jen Durkin – Deep Banana Blackout/ JD and The Business Tim Palmieri – The Breakfast/ Kung Fu Jordan Giangreco – The Breakfast Matt McNulty – ( A Host of Ghosts/ Funk Floyd) -Guitar/Vocals Ryan Lunderville drums- SYF Rob Glassman – SYF percussion
This is a line up you won’t want to miss!
Enjoy a grand opening set from Full Spectrum Dominance, a Northampton based powerhouse organ duo that specializes in soul, hip-hop and dance music new and old.
Are you feeling fancy? Come on out to Drag Out the Fabulous, Saturday at 9 pm!
Join MC Lily DeValley and DJ GlitterBear at 118 Elliot St (map) for a night of music, dancing and drag! Come dressed to impress, and ready to flaunt your fabulosity. Our performers this month are Anita Lay and Amy Leigh Celestial. Boys, girls, both, neither, and everything else under the night sky welcome to this gender-bending extravaganza. Get ready to dance those winter blues away! It’s a Spring Fling! The tickets are $10 in advance and at the door. This event is for 18+ and persons 21 and older can enjoy the cash bar!
These are a few of the musical acts happening this weekend. To see a complete list visit our nightlife calendar page. If you are traveling to Brattleboro and require a place to stay, use the search feature on our lodging page to find an Airbnb rental or hotel room. Have a great weekend