Eastbound Jesus returns to Bennington Feb. 29

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BENNINGTON — The Vermont Arts Exchange welcomes back Eastbound Jesus with opener Big Stone Gap, Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Bennington Brush Company building, at 190 North St. in Bennington. The doors open at 7 p.m.for this 8 p.m. Basement Music Series show.

Eastbound Jesus doesn't fit well under any one genre, and choose to call what they do "Northern Rock." They shred on the banjo, they have sweet sounding vocal harmonies, they play ballads, they play fast paced rocking tunes, and it all comes from a real, genuine place that makes for a sound all their own. The band has recently put out an album entitled "Full Moon Over Salem," and have been packing venues with an infectious energy that gets people dancing, hollering, smiling and finding a new appreciation for a sound that is both traditional and refreshing.

Eastbound Jesus is comprised of six friends: Adam Brockway on vocals and guitar, Carl Anderson on drums and vocals, Luke Anderson on banjo, Dylan Robinson on electric guitar, Dave Wright on bass and Zack Infante on lap steel and electric guitar. Their music draws from a diverse range of influences, from bluegrass to country to rock and roll and beyond. Opening for Eastbound Jesus is Big Stone Gap from Cambridge, N.Y., featuring a fiery quartet of bluegrass and old-time music.

"Their music is an earthy blend of bluegrass, county, rock and even a tinge of soul, showcasing band member Luke Anderson's rhythmic / percussive banjo playing and other band members adding lap steel guitar and engaging harmonies," Richard Phillips wrote about Eastbound Jesus for the website Americana UK. "There is a lazy ease pervading, `Full Moon Over Salem' that beguiles the listener in to engaging with each track as it is presented. The listener will experience music that can be taken at face value and will walk away with the delightful twang of the banjo ringing in their ears, whilst possibly keeping a watchful eye out for that second volume of greatest hits."

Libations provided by Thyme Tables Catering of Shaftsbury will be available for purchase as will food by Corner of India featuring a chicken tandoori BBQ and a Indian chili.

Tickets are $22 in advance through www.vtartxchange.org or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006. If not sold out, tickets are available at the door; adults for $27 and students $10.

For information about becoming a Basement Music Series sponsor, contact Director Matthew Perry at 802-442-5549 or matthewvae@comcast.net. For more information about Vermont Arts Exchange and the 2020 Basement Music Series, contact VAE at 802-442-5549 or visit vtartxchange.org.

The Bennington Brush Building is an accessible facility. Call for specific accommodations.

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