Blues singer Erin Harpe to kick off Basement Music season Saturday

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BENNINGTON — The Vermont Arts Exchange celebrates its 15th year of the Basement Music Series by kicking off the season with Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers performing at the Masonic Hall at 504 Main St. on Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show.

Erin Harpe has been called "one of the most dynamic, talented and exciting roots rocking blues women on the scene" by Living Blues Magazine. She was awarded "Blues Artist of the Year" from the Boston Music Awards in 2012 and the Boston Blues Challenge Winner 2018.

Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers are described as "a dance band that has a unique delta blues flavor and a world music creamy filling... mixing in afrobeat, reggae, funk, and disco with delta blues finger-picking, creating an amazing new sound" by Phil Simon in Live Music News and Reviews. "They won me over with a sound that harkens back to the time of juke joints, with some modern funk and rock woven in. Erin Harpe's got a righteous set of pipes and plays a mean guitar and the rest of the band has a whole lot of awesome going on."

Aimsel Ponti, from MaineToday's Face the Music says, "Erin Harpe has it all. The looks, the chops, the voice, the presence and the band all add to an aura that mesmerized the crowd..." The Alternate Root Magazine. "Easily Bonnie Raitt on modern performance enhancing drugs, Harpe is blues mama for our times. Killer stuff ..." states Midwest Record.

Tickets for this Basement Music Series concert are $18 in advance through www.vtartxchange.org or by calling 800-838-3006. If not sold out, tickets are $22 at the door. Student tickets are available for $10. Garam Garam will be providing homemade food to purchase and a cash bar will be provided by Thyme Tables Catering of Shaftsbury.

Basement Music Series sponsors get tickets, a reserved table and, if they wish, their name or business logos in promotional material and mentioned onstage. The tax-deductible sponsorships are critical to continuing the BMS and ensuring the diversity and quality of the artists VAE presents. The BMS not only benefits the community, but also local restaurants, artists and musicians. Contact Director Matthew Perry at 802-442-5549 or matthewvae@comcast.net for more information about becoming a sponsor.

Follow the season at vtartxchange.org, on the new Basement Music Series Facebook page and on Twitter (twitter.com/BMSatVAE). For more information about Vermont Arts Exchange, the Basement Music Series, exhibits and camps, contact VAE at 802-442-5549 or visit vtartxchange.org.

The Masonic Hall is an accessible facility, call for specific accommodations. For more information about Vermont Arts Exchange and the 2019 Basement Music Series season, contact VAE at 802-442-5549, visit vtartxchange.org or like the VAE's page on Facebook.

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