BENNINGTON >> The Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) welcomes series favorite Chris Bergson on March 19. Join us for what Blues Revue describes as, "Bergson's stirring voice and glorious guitar command immediate attention" at the Masonic Hall at 504 Main Street in Bennington. Doors open at 7 p.m. the show begins at 8 p.m.
"Over the past decade, Chris Bergson has become one of the most interesting blues-inspired songwriters. He describes the streetscapes and nightscapes of city life, painting small, memorable pictures, a kind of Edward Hopper of the blues. Bergson doesn't do predictable, but there's a visible thread of blues awareness running through the fabric of everything he writes, sings and plays: he is a concise and subtle guitarist and tough, grainy singer." The Blues Magazine (UK)
Born in New York City but raised in Somerville, Massachusetts, Chris Bergson returned to Manhattan in 1995. While backing jazz singers Annie Ross, Dena DeRose, Sasha Dobson and Norah Jones, he released Blues for Some Friends of Mine and Wait for Spring on Juniper Records in 1997 and 2000, respectively. In 2002 Bergson was appointed a Jazz Ambassador of the USA by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and he toured Africa with his trio. Evolving to further embrace the blues while also adding pop influences, he followed up with Blues (2003), Another Day (2005) and his triumphant artistic breakthrough, the widely acclaimed Fall Changes (2007) -- MOJO's #1 Blues Album of 2008 -- that established him as an eloquent, evocative and lyrical songwriter with a sharp urban vision.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students at vtartxchange.org, or by calling (toll free) 800-838-3006 — a small processing fee will be charged. Tickets at the door are $22 for adults and $10 for students on a first-come, first-served basis. Libations will be available from Thyme Tables Catering as well as sweets and snacks from Bringing You Vermont. Follow the current season on the Vermont Arts Exchange Facebook page (facebook.com/pages/Vermont-Arts-Exchange/207632432604757).
Up next: April 2, Session Americana - One of the best times on stage for all! Saturday, April 9th, The Citizens – A British influenced rock quartet from NYC, not to be missed. Saturday, April 16th, Wild Reeds with openers Will Mosheim, Carling Berkhout and friends – From LA, the Wild Reeds play ethereal folk, a hint of country twang and some rock and roll rhythm from three ladies that harmonize like triplets separated at birth. Saturday, April 30th, Mike + Ruthy with opener duo Will Mosheim and Carling Berkhout – Mike + Ruthy play with jubilation – as exciting and powerful as any quintet out there.
The Masonic Hall is a handicapped-accessible facility. Call for specific needs. For more information about Vermont Arts Exchange contact us at 802-442-5549 or visit vtartxchange.org.