Dec. 28

Adam Ezra Group coming to The Snow Barn

WEST DOVER - Coming to The Snow Barn in West Dover on Dec. 28 at 9:30, The Adam Ezra Group is not just a band; they are a force to be reckoned with musically, personally and socially. Selling records and tickets is important to AEG, but they are committed to changing the world with their songs and their actions along the way. Ezra and his band are activists and community leaders as much as they are musicians and songwriters. Through their non profit organization, RallySound, AEG helps people organize live music events that inspire communities and encourage grassroots activism.

The group's live performances, sweaty, passionate affairs that have been compared to those of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, attracted the attention of Royal Avenue Records in 2010. Ezra immediately signed with Royal Avenue and began working on the album that eventually became Ragtop Angel. Royal Avenue paired the group with multiplatinum producer Aaron Johnson (best known for his work with The Fray) who has helped hone Adam's ramblings into finely tuned songs that still retain the power and conviction developed from Ezra's years of "do it yourself," grassroots work ethic.

Tickets are $5 and the show is for ages 21 and over only.

Dec. 30

moe. coming to the Palace for New Year's run

ALBANY, N.Y. - moe. is the preeminent progressive rock band on the music scene today. With 20 years of touring and just as many albums under its belt, the quintet of Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey on guitars and vocals, Rob Derhak on bass and vocals, Jim Loughlin on percussion and vibes, and Vinnie Amico on Drums, continues to push the standard for performance art.

They will be playing The Palace in Albany on Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m. With special guest Eastbound Jesus and on Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. with the Conehead Budda Horns for a special New Year's Eve show.

Dec. 31

Ninth Annual New Year's Eve Cello Concert

NORTH BENNINGTON - On Tuesday, Dec. 31, the Bennington Cultural and Arts Council, in partnership with Paran Recreations, will present the ninth annual New Year's Eve Cello Concert, a local tradition initiated in 2005. The cellist this year will be Nathaniel Parke. The program will include two Bach Suites as well as other solo pieces appropriate to the season. The concert lasts roughly an hour, and is supported in part by a grant from the Stewart's Foundation. The concert is free and will be held at the North Bennington train station starting at 7 p.m.

Nathaniel Parke is a freelance cellist in the area and principal cello of the Berkshire Symphony. He has also been a member of the Boston Composers String Quartet with whom he can be heard performing new works by Boston composers on the MMC label.

In addition to maintaining a studio of private students, he is currently Artist Associate in cello at Williams College and instructor of cello at Bennington and Skidmore colleges. Many of his students have been competition winners and recipients of awards. He has served as a faculty member and chamber music coach at the Longy School of Music, SUNY Albany, the Manchester Music Festival, and is currently on the faculty of the Chamber Music Conference and Composer's Forum of the East. Mr. Parke performs on an instrument made in 1721 by C.G.Testore.

Sugarfoot coming to The Snow Barn

WEST DOVER - Sugarfoot has been pumpin' out the funk for weddings, clubs, corporate events, private parties, and music festivals up and down the East Coast for over 15 years. Our talented musicians are some of the best around with decades of performing experience, and training from top music schools such as Berklee College of Music, UMass Lowell, and New England Conservatory. You may have seen some or all of us performing at notable venues such as Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Scullers Jazz Club, and Boston Symphony Hall and many others! The show starts at 9:30 and only those 21 and over are allowed.

Jan. 7

Williams College Museum of Art showing "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry"

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - As the first installment of its Movies at the Museum series, the Williams College Museum of Art will screen the recent documentary "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" at the museum on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.

China's famous international artist has touched the lives of people all over the world through his art, activism, and digital presence. This documentary provides a detailed portrait of an out-spoken dissident who has faced many challenges, from censorship to physical harm. The event is free and open to the public.

Jan. 9

I/O Fest 2014 presents new music

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Williams College Department of Music presents I/O Fest '14, a three-day festival of adventurous new music from around the globe. The festival includes five concerts with several world premieres, music of many composers, performances by the I/O Ensemble and IOTA, and special guest ensemble-in-residence counter)induction. This event runs from Thursday, Jan. 9 through Saturday, Jan. 11 on the Williams College campus. All events are free and open to the public. Neither tickets nor reservations are required.

Keller Williams at the Pickle Barrel

KILLINGTON - National recording artist Keller Williams will appear in concert on Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Pickle Barrel Nightclub in Killington. The show is open to anyone 21 years of age and older.

Described by JamBase.com as "guitar's mad scientist," Williams' music combines elements of bluegrass, folk, alternative rock, reggae, electronica/dance, jazz, funk, and other assorted genres. He is often called a 'one-man jam-band' due to his frequent use of live phrase looping with multiple instruments. Since he first appeared on the scene in the early '90s, most of his career has been spent performing solo, while accompanying himself with an acoustic guitar connected to a sound system that allows him to simulate a full band.

A native of Fredericksburg Virginia, he has opened shows for Victor Wooten and for the jam band String Cheese Incident. His latest CD titled "Funk" was released in November.

Tickets for Keller Williams are on sale now at www.picklebarrelnightclub.com. Cost is $18.50 (plus tax) in advance, $21.50 (plus tax) day of show. Doors open at 8 p.m. The Pickle Barrel is located midway on the Killington Road. For more information, call the Pickle Barrel Nightclub at (802) 422-3035.

Jan. 10

The Lost playing at Oldcastle

BENNINGTON - The Lost, a Bennington County power trio featuring Cody Myers, Jake Hill and Kevin Breese, will play a hometown show at the Oldcastle Theatre on Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. The band's sound blends alternative and rock sounds inspired by artists like Queen, The Killers, KISS, and Van Halen. Tickets are available at the Oldcastle Theatre box office at 331 Main St.

Jan. 11

Ski for Heat presents "Downtown" Bob and Those Dangerous Bluesmen

MANCHESTER - On Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. there will once again be a concert and dance party to benefit Ski for Heat. Bob Stannard and a group of his talented musician friends from around the state will be back (by popular demand!) to give another all-out performance. The band features band leader "Downtown" Bob Stannard on harmonica and vocals, Dennis "Skinny Man" Willmott on guitar, Charlie Hilbert on guitar and harmonica, and David Bain on piano.

There will be plenty of room for dancing, and tables and chairs for those who want to sit back, tap their feet, and enjoy the show. The Eagles will have their (cash) bar open.

Ski for Heat is a fund raiser that provides heating fuel assistance to low-income families and individuals in the southwestern corner of the state. The event started in 2001 with the modest goal of raising $100. Over the years, a quarter of a million dollars has gone to the fuel assistance fund at the Community Action Agency that serves our area.

Bruce Seifer and Ed Antczak present "Sustainable Communities"

MANCHESTER - Citing Burlington's remarkable rise to award-winning status, this book examines the balance of community planning, social enterprise development, energy and environment, food systems and cultural well-being. Aimed at policymakers, development practitioners, students, and citizens, this book describes which and how multiple influences faciltitate the creation of a local, durable and truly sustainable economy.

Bruce Seifer is a consultant with deep experience in economic development. He led the City of Burlington Vermont's Economic Development efforts for three decades, providing technical assistance to 4,000 businesses and numerous non-profits. Bruce frequently speaks at national forums on policy and strategy, city revitalization, and program design and evaluation. After 20 years in business, Ed Antczak joined CEDO's Economic Development Division in 2003 focusing on assisting businesses at all stages of growth, managing a revolving loan fund, and being a member of various development project teams. He currently serves on the steering committees of several national Sustainable Economic Development organizations.

The pair will speak at the Northsire Bookstore on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.

Southern Vermont Arts Center opening 2014 exhibits

MANCHESTER - All are invited to the opening reception of the Southern Vermont Arts Center's 2014 Winter Members Exhibition plus solo exhibits by Gyula Varosy, Robert Moylan and Elizabeth Nagle. Our group exhibit features works done exclusively by SVAC artist members. Our solo exhibits include sculptor Gyula Varosy, who forms human shapes with other objects to present small worlds of imagination and surreal moments. Robert Moylan's luminous landscape oils are brightly colored renderings of the rural beauty of upstate New York and Vermont. The works of abstract artist Elizabeth Nagle are individual journeys with their own lives, with some images clear and others left to linger mysteriously. View all original artwork - paintings, watercolors and pastels, photography, mixed media and sculpture in the ten galleries of Yester House. All artwork is available for purchase. Join us for the free opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Something with Strings coming to Oldcastle Theatre

BENNINGTON - On Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m. the Oldcastle Theatre will host the progressive acoustic band Something with Strings. Something With Strings has been picking its original blend of bluegrass, country and rock to foot-stomping crowds of all ages and sizes around the northeast for over 5 years. Hailing from Burlington, VT, Something With Strings focuses on good song-writing, meaningful lyrics, tight melodies and harmonies and creative improvisation tobring bluegrass to new audiences with high-energy live shows. They've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such acts as Trampled By Turtles, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Waylon Speed. Tickets are available at the Oldcastle Theatre box office at 331 Main St.

Jan. 16

Garrison Keillor live at the Paramount

RUTLAND - Northshire Bookstore is proud to partner with Paramount Theatre as they present Garrison Keillor live on Jan. 16 at 7:30.

The charming and witty, and always-entertaining writer, humorist, and celebrity speaker Garrison Keillor is probably best known for his widely popular radio show "A Prairie Home Companion." The show attracts more than two million listeners on more than 450 NPR stations weekly. Keillor is also the host of the Daily Radio and online program, The Writer's Almanac, and best-selling author of many books.

Garrison Keillor will be signing copies "O What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound" and other titles after the show. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

"O What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound" is the first poetry collection written by Garrison Keillor, the celebrated radio host of A Prairie Home Companion. Although he has edited several anthologies of his favorite poems, this volume forges a new path for him, as a poet of light verse. He writes - with his characteristic combination of humor and insight - on love, modernity, nostalgia, politics, religion, and other facets of daily life. Keillor's verses are charming and playful, locating sublime song within the humdrum of being human.

Garrison Keillor lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, home of "A Prairie Home Companion," his radio show that has been on the air since 1974. He is the author of many books including the Lake Wobegon novels, and he edits the Good Poems anthologies. He is a contributor to the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and Salon.com. In 2006, he wrote thescreenplay for the film "A Prairie Home Companion," directed by Robert Altman.

Jan. 18

Guitarist Eric Despard performing at Oldcastle

BENNINGTON - Heralded as a "talented classical guitarist" by the Times of Trenton, guitarist Eric Despard will perform at the Oldcastle Theatre on Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Despard performs extensively throughout North America as a soloist and with various chamber ensembles. His dynamic solo concert programs include "The Latin Guitar" featuring Spanish, Latin and South American guitar composers and "World Guitar" featuring music and transcriptions of composers from around the world. In addition to solo classical guitar concerts, Eric regularly performs with various jazz, blues, and rock groups throughout the Northeast.

Eric is currently an affiliate artist at Middlebury College and an instructor of guitar at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He also serves on the faculty and is the Music Director at Southern Vermont College where he teaches music history, music theory, concert jazz band, and related performance classes. Students from his private studio have been accepted to the Boston Conservatory, Crane School of Music, SUNY Fredonia, Ithaca College, William Patterson University, the University of Vermont, and the Berkelee College of Music. Tickets are available at the Oldcastle Theatre box office at 331 Main St.

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