The Prescription play dance party at VAE

Thursday January 3, 2013

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Got the post-holiday blues? Winter weather got you down? Local favorite The Prescription is the perfect antidote for whatever ails you, heating up Vermont Arts Exchange's Basement Music Series stage in VAE's annual dance party on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 8 p.m., in VAE's Sage Street Mill. Doors open at 7 p.m.

In its ninth annual Basement Music Series appearance, The Prescription provides the dance music from Big Band Swing to Motown, jazz to rock-&-roll -- accompanied by its brassy, sassy horn section, The Side Effects. Don't miss this grooving, rump shaking dance event like no other.

"We all need to get out of the house and get moving," says musician Kerry Ryer-Parke. "The VAE is our absolute favorite place to play the hometown crowd gets more fun every year."

Matthew Perry, VAE's director, says, "VAE is happy to open the season with such great, local talent. There's nothing like a good dance party to start the winter concert series."

The Prescription, so named because several of its members work in the medical field, remind concert goers that dancing is a great cardiovascular exercise that builds bones and fends off dementia and depression. So call up your friends, dig out those dancing shoes and get your tickets!

The band features Ryer-Parke on bass, keyboards and lead vocals; Peter King, lead guitar, vocals and keyboards; drummer Rowen Caplan; Mike Vecellio, keyboards, bass, guitar, vocals; Shanti Mayer, keyboards, percussion, vocals; trumpeter Tom Bergeron; Ed Kostek, trombone, percussion, mandolin; Rick Tutunjian, tenor sax, percussion, vocals; and Dave Brown, guitar and vocals.

Local musician and fan Dave Newell says The Prescription is "a band that can provide ‘grit and spit,' as well as beautiful melodies all in the same set! Soul, blues, funk and style -- all in one package!"

Advance tickets for this Basement Music Series opening season concert are $18 through Brown Paper Tickets, the first and only fair-trade ticketing company, at or, or by calling (toll free) 800-838-3006 -- a small processing fee will be charged. Tickets are $22 at the door on the day of show on a first-come, first-served basis. Libations and dinner options, provided by Thyme Tables Catering of Shaftsbury, are available; visit the ticket website for the menu options, or call Thyme Tables at 802-447-3896 for more information and to reserve your order.

Follow the 2013 season on the Basement Music Series Facebook page ( and on Twitter (BMSatVAE). Up next, on Jan. 19, Vermont Arts Exchange and Billsville House Concerts welcome Lake Street Dive, the Boston-based "string band with soul" that "blends jazz, folk and pop in a dangerously charming fashion" (NPR). On Feb. 9, Vagabond Opera, the Bohemian neo-cabaret gypsy Klezmer ensemble from Portland, Oregon, brings its combination of cabaret, burlesque, tango, Balkan beats, Klezmer, Arab music, Parisian hot jazz, and, yes, opera, to the Basement Music Stage.

For more information about Vermont Arts Exchange, the 2013 Basement Music Series season, exhibits, classes or workshops, contact VAE at 802-442-5549 or visit For more information about The Prescription, visit


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