Archive 2016


January Jams 2016

Join us for the much anticipated community musical event of the year.

All levels of play welcome. Every Sunday in January.

Admission is free.

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Feb 26th, 2016 – $15 donation at the door

For more info call 946-8315
https://www.youtube.com/user/mariblackmusic
Multistyle violinist and champion fiddler MARI BLACK is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most dynamic young artists of her generation. Her energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world. A master of diverse musical styles and winner of several major international competitions, Mari creates shows that take listeners on a journey celebrating tradition and exploring new possibility in the dance-based musics of Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Argentina, eastern Europe, and the Americas.
BIO
Multistyle violinist and champion fiddler MARI BLACK is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most dynamic young artists of her generation. Her energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world. Equally at home in a wide variety of musical traditions, Mari is the 2015/2013 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, 2014 Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Champion, 2014/2012 Canadian Maritime Fiddle Champion, 2011 Canadian Novelty Fiddle Champion, 1st Prize Winner at the 2010 American Protégé International String Competition, and 2-time laureate at the American String Teachers’ Association Alternative Styles Awards. On stage, she creates shows that draw on elements from many different styles including jazz, tango, folk, Western classical, as well as Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling. Her performances take listeners on a musical journey exploring the diversity and celebrating commonalities in the dance-driven folk musics of the world.

An internationally-recognized performer, Mari can be seen playing in all sorts of settings. She has been featured at Celtic Highland Games, Argentine tango festivals, folk festivals, jazz concert series, and world-famous classical concert venues including Carnegie Hall. Mari has appeared with such diverse artists as Irish fiddle champion Liz Carroll, Americana master Mark O’Connor, and jazzman Willie Ruff. Her music has been heard on the BBC Radio Scotland’s “Take the Floor”, Fox and CBS morning news, NPR’s “Here and Now,” and WGBH Radio’s “A Celtic Sojourn”. An enthusiastic collector of passport stamps, Mari has played concerts in Brazil, Scotland, Canada, China, Korea, Zimbabwe, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, and France, and she can’t wait for the next stop!

Dedicated to education, Mari presents frequent outreach concerts and workshops at schools, conferences, festivals, and universities. She has taught at the renowned Mark O’Connor fiddle camp, and guest workshops include sessions at the Yale School of Music, Boston University School of Fine Arts, New York City’s School for Strings, and the American String Teachers’ Association national conference.

Mari released her debut solo CD, “Flight,” in the spring of 2014. She is currently touring nationally with her trio, the Mari Black World Fiddle Ensemble, performing and celebrating diverse styles of traditional and modern dance music. To learn more about Mari and follow her various adventures, visit her website:

www.MariBlack.com

 


On Saturday, March 5 at 7:30pm, Julia and Michael Devine will present their short film Burgh

(a film, a poem, a place) along with the classic 1926 avant garde short, Manhatta, directed by Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler. A Q&A with Julia and Michael to follow.

FREE Admission!
Here’s an excerpt from an interview with Michael Devine:
My wife, Julia, and I made Burgh over the summer of 2015. Burgh is a film in the tradition of the cinepoem, or film-poem, which the modernist avant-garde introduced in the 1920s. On another level, it’s simply a film about place—not this city, not Plattsburgh, but rather the spaces we share as social creatures, and our need to connect to one another.

It makes a simple argument: if you can truly discover where you are, you’ll discover who you are.  Or, as our movie poster has it, if you try to “find your place,” you’ll find others—and see that you are connected to others in a civic body that can be quite beautiful. Realizing our connection will lead to spaces that are more beautiful, spaces that reflect this connection.

To echo Walt Whitman (more on him later), I am more than just “a simple separate person.”  The film pushes the viewer from the confines of the private to the public; there, we see the outside world requires—needs—our participation, if we want a civic sphere that is vibrant, colorful, truly pluralistic. If you look at your cell phone all day, of course, you don’t realize this. The world falls apart around you, and no app can change that.

In this light, the film is about civic art, and film as civic art.  It looks at the symbols we’ve used to represent who we are: you see obelisks—downtown Plattsburgh—and statues, parades and murals. It asks: isn’t a film—which we watch together—a kind of monument, to represent our brokenness and our unity?  Along the way you also encounter the poets who wrestled with these problems throughout the 20thcentury—poets like T.S. Eliot (quoted on the poster) and Hart Crane, who ask us to find an essential unity in a landscape that seems increasingly out of control, illegible. Our film tries to read that landscape, tries to restore that unity.


MAYBE THIS IS IT”- STEVE BAKUNAS

7:30 pm9:30 pm – Friday, march 11

An autobiographical one man theater performance

Show starts at 7:30pm- free admission.  Q&A immediately following performance.

Steve Bakunas (road scholar) has had over 80 jobs across the country including,circus worker,car salesman,street preacher, Broadway actor, set designer, painter, sculptor, Jazz drummer, film, and television actor, taxi , truck, and school bus driver, limo driver for the Grateful Dead, just to name a few.  His one man show is an american tale about the search for identity in an ever changing culture. Steve acts out his story, and literally paints a picture throughout.

Play Reading- DETROIT by Lisa D’Amour

7:30 pm10:00 pm – Thursday, March 17 at 7:30pm.  Free Admission

Cast- Melissa LaVallee, Olivia Zeiss, Dylan Duffy, Brian LaVallee, Roger Mitchell

Director- Scott Renderer    Q&A to follow

“A sharp X-ray of the embattled American psyche as well as a smart, tart critique of the country’s fraying social fabric, Ms. D’Amour’s dark comedy is as rich and addictively satisfying as a five layer dip served up with a brimming bowl of tortilla chips.”

-The New York Times


Cuddle Magic – March 18th 8:00pm – $15 at door – 8:00 pm

Benjamin Lazar Davis, Alec Spiegelman, Kristin Slipp, Christopher McDonald, Cole Kamen-Green, David Flaherty will make the trip North once again to the delight of UJAC patrons!

Hailing from Brooklyn, NY & Philadelphia, PA – Cuddle Magic never disappoints!

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Cuddle Magic is a band from Brooklyn, NY. Bassist and guitarist Ben Davis and Christopher McDonald, who plays Rhodes piano and synthesizers, set out to perform some songs of theirs that included lyrics written by Ben’s older brother, Tim Davis, with whom had been collaborating since early childhood. Their first, self-titled album, recorded in a practice room and an art gallery in just a handful of days, also featured clarinetist Alec Spiegelman’s plaintive love songs and a dream-like ballad by singer Kristin Slipp. The band now plays songs by all four composers. Cole Kamen-Green and Dave Flaherty, who play trumpet-percussion and drum-vibes, respectively, have helped to define the band’s quiet storm sound over their three albums. They play baroque dance listening music that unfolds in waves of vocal harmony, contrapuntal brass and woodwinds, and dense wordplay.


The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee- Play Reading

7:30 pm9:00 pm

Upper Jay Art Center / Recovery Lounge

Junction of State Hwy 9N and Springfield Road
Upper Jay, NY 12987
USA
(518) 946-8315

Thursday, March 31- 7:30pm. Free Admission

Cast: Theresa Cheetham- Palen, Scott Renderer, Robert Andrews, Tommy Maron

Directed by James Coleman

Q & A to follow

Winner of the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play, The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? is a tragically comical play with a simple albeit deeply disturbing premise: a married man falls in love with a goat. And no, he doesn’t just love the goat like a pet; he is emotionally and sexually attracted to the animal. Once his wife finds out this sordid truth, all hell (and a lot of vases) breaks loose.


ADIRONDACK SHAKESPEARE COMPANY- THE Merchant of Venice

Saturday, April 9- 7:30pm  Tickets $15 at the door, Students $10  Under 12 Free

This merry troupe returns to The Recovery Lounge with The Merchant of Venice.

ADK Shakes was born on a hillside in the Brandywine River Valley of Delaware on a beautiful spring day in May 2008. We performed there with an intrepid company of 11 actors one of Shakespeare’s most obscure early plays, Henry VI Part 1. From that day, co-founders Patrick Siler and Tara Bradway have worked to grow the Shakespeare IN THE RAW project into a flourishing not-for-profit, professional theatre company serving the Adirondack Region of upstate New York and beyond.


Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo

$15 donation at door

Reservations recommended (518-946-8315)

April 15th at 8:00pm


Play reading- Oleanna, by David Mamet

Thursday, April 21 7:30pm. Free Admission. Q & A to follow

Cast- Liza Amirault, Thomas Broderick

Director- Scott Renderer

Oleanna is a powerful two-character drama by David Mamet that explores the destructiveness of miscommunication and excessive political correctness. It is a play about academic politics, student/teacher relationships, and sexual harassment.


Heather Styka & Putnam Smith

Saturday, April 30- 8:00pm. $10 suggested donation at door.
Heather’s Bio:
When listeners describe singer-songwriter Heather Styka as an “old soul,” the term applies to more than the wisdom beyond her years in her writing. Styka’s tunes have a vintage familiarity that draws inspiration from folk and Tin Pan Alley sounds, but the vivid images of her lyrics render her songs as as fresh, smart, and unexpected as they are hummable. In addition to numerous songwriting awards and critical praise (including Kerrville New Folk Finalist in 2015), Styka’s 2011 release Lifeboats for Atlantis hit #3 on the national FOLK-DJ charts, and her newest album While This Planet Spins Beneath Our Feet charted for four months on FOLK-DJ (Oct.-Dec. 2014). With her pure, soulful, “classically modern folky warble” and “nimble fingerpicked guitar” (Dispatch Magazine), Styka’s performances feel as candid as late night conversation and as comfortable as coming home.

Play Reading- Buried Child, by Sam Shepard

Thursday, May 5- 7:30pm.  Free Admission

Directed by James Coleman

Cast- Joe Ferris, Christian Brammer, Shelby Klemann, Scott Renderer, Dylan Duffy, Stephan Longmire, Mary- Nell Bockman

Buried Child won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and launched Shepard to national fame as a playwrite. The play depicts the fragmentation of the American nuclear family in a context of disappointment and disillusionment with American mythology and the American Dream, the 1970s rural economic slowdown, and the breakdown of traditional family structures and values. In 1979, Shepard also won the Obie award for Playwriting. The Broadway production in 1996 was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Play.


Indie Folk/Rock duo DANNY and CAROLINE

8:00 pm, May 13th

For this show they will be playing with a full band.

Tickets $10 at the door

Danny and Caroline’s songs feature catchy melodies, and insightful lyrics infused with hints of jazz, bluegrass, folk, and soul. With Danny on Guitar and Caroline on keyboard they combine their two distinct voices in beautiful harmony, producing a sound is recognizable but at the same time refreshingly unique and diverse.


Mariposa & The Saint- From Solitary Confinement, A Play Through Letters

Thursday, May 19- 7:30pm. Admission- $10

Written by Sara(Maraposa) Fonseca & Julia Steele Allen

Directed by Noelle Ghoussani, and featuring Julia Steele Allen and Ray Huth

In 2012 Mariposa was sentenced to 15 months in solitary confinement. Through letters with longtime friend and collaborator Julia Steele Allen, Mariposa brings her experience to the stage in this nationally touring production.

Q & A to follow.


Suzanne Bocanegra- When A Priest Marries a Witch

May 28th – 8pm

A story about a priest, an artist, and a young girl in Pasadena, Texas. Part artist’s talk, part performance, part cultural history, part sound installation.

New York-based artist Suzanne Bocanegra talks about her work, channeled through Paul Lazar, an actor long associated with New York’s legendary Wooster Group. Together (sort of) they tell a tale incorporating Elvis, abstract expressionism, the Pope, astronauts, the Singing Nun and obviously, a witch.

Q & A to follow with both artists

Tickets- $15


Sorcha Cribben- Merrill & Painted Sol

June 17th, 2016

8:00 pm10:30 pm

sorcha.paintedsolThe Recovery Lounge along with Beehive Productions Presents – an evening of MUSIC & FILM:

Sorcha Cribben-Merrill with special guests Painted Sol
& ‘Ear to the Ground’ film screening


BEEHIVE PRODUCTIONS’ ‘EAR TO THE GROUND’ film series highlights today’s roots music culture and community. These featurettes are a mosaic of live performances and candid dialogue captured as we cross paths with creative artists and eclectic lovers of music everywhere.
http://www.beehivepro.com/

SORCHA CRIBBEN-MERRILL, of Portland, Maine, composes stirring folk-blues-soul music that she sings in a sultry, jazzy voice of unexpected power. From haunting ballads to funk grooves, her songs unveil “a suite of musical styles that shows a wide-ranging songwriting ability. . . witty verses with smart rhymes.”
– Portland Phoenix
www.sorchastudio.com

Saranac Lake, NY favorites PAINTED SOL play a unique blend of funky soul, slow blues and rock ‘n’ roll through original tunes and creatively arranged songs that inspire them.
Michael Portal – Guitar
Kyle T. Murray – Drums
Colin Dehond – Bass/Trombone
Hannah Doan – Vocals/Bass
Redia Spada – Vocals/Trumpet


LOW LILY in concert- special Thursday night show

June 23rd, 8:00 pm 

 

lowlilyTickets $15 at the door

The string and vocal trio Low Lily (formerly Annalivia) explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weaves together a unique brand of acoustic music. Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar) Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, and mandolin) and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle) are masterful players with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass, to Irish, Scottish, New England, and Old Time Appalachian sounds.  When you combine this with stellar composition skills and inventive arrangements you get music that is rooted yet contemporary.


Body Awareness- a play by Annie Baker

8:00 pm 

Performances July 7,8,9,10,14,15,16,17 at 8:00pm.

Sexuality’s endless capacity to make us miserable is the keynote of Annie Baker’s gentle satire, which takes just four actors and 90 minutes to spin an astonishingly complex web of emotions and ideas…Body Awareness is a smart, modest work about ordinary, flawed people, grasping for connection, but none of it feels small, thanks to Baker’s sharp ear for the deeply painful—and funny—longings squirming under her characters’ dialogue. What a beautiful start to a young playwright’s theatrical body of work.” – Time Out New York

Time Out New York wrote in 2008 that Baker “creates normal individuals coping with everyday issues in their small-town lives,” and that her play Body Awareness “marks the arrival of a new playwright who would seem to fit the quirky bill, but aims for sincerity instead. Even though there’s goofiness aplenty in her work, [she] sticks to straightforward narrative and simple dialogue. The writing isn’t superficially clever, it’s smart.”[28] The New Yorker said Baker “wants life onstage to be so vivid, natural, and emotionally precise that it bleeds into the audience’s visceral experience of time and space. Drawing on the immediacy of overheard conversation, she has pioneered a style of theatre made to seem as untheatrical as possible, while using the tools of the stage to focus audience attention….”[1] The website The Daily Beast found that, “Baker’s skill is to make us work hard as an audience to make our own sense of her play[s] — the best, most enriching way to view any theatrical performance. Baker’s works are not for those who want easy, A-leads-to-B plots, and spoon-fed meanings… Baker, as all great playwrights do, is holding a mirror up to us all.”

Tickets $18 Reservations recommended. Call 946-8315

Cast- Martha Swan, Lia Loomis, Dennis Goodnough, Terry Young

Directed by Scott Renderer


Graham Hawthorne & The High Standards Orchestra

Saturday, July 30- 8:00pm  $15 donation at door

THE HSO….,

came together almost by accident…

In 2009, Graham Hawthorne, (Drums, Leader, Arranger), finished a year long world tour with Art-pop legend David Byrne. Finding himself home and without any immediate musical projects, he decided to put together a small Big-Band just for fun. His roots were in Big Band and Jazz, and in the early days of his career he had worked with Jazz legends such as Ira Sullivan, Jon Hendricks, Randy Brecker, Hubert Laws. But that was long ago, and his career took a different path as he became one of the most in demand musicians in New York with credits as diverse as Paul Simon, Beyonce, Harry Belafonte, Suzanne Vega.

It had long been his feeling that much of modern Jazz music had lost touch with the real essence of early Jazz, which was above all POPULAR MUSIC – Entertainment; music for feeling good, dancing, toe-tapping, singing along and romancing.

So, he called up a bunch of like-minded friends and The HSO was born.

They began by playing concerts once every few weeks in Hawthorne’s Harlem NYC Townhouse – dancing, partying and booze in a NYC apartment. The attendance quickly grew to more than 100 people, with just as many turned away. That may not sound like a lot but with a 13 piece band in a 700 square foot furnished apartment – you can imagine the heat that was generated!
Because you had to be on the exclusive mailing list to get an invite to the show, people around NYC (including the New York Times) began to refer to it as The Harlem Speakeasy Orchestra, or HSO. A few years later that gave way to The High Standards Orchestra, keeping the HSO acronym.

After a few years of growing attention for the band, Hawthorne realized that it had become more than a fun side project, and two significant changes were made. The first was to find bigger venues in which to play. The second was to update the repertoire to include ALL eras of American popular song, and to treat the material in fresh and often surprising ways – without losing the fun vibe of the band and the shows.

In 2015, The HSO began to do some shows in New Orleans. Finding it a welcoming place for their music, they now appear every Saturday at the renowned Carousel Bar, and once a month at the local’s favorite music bar Chickie Wah Wah’s.
They also continue to play at least twice a month in NYC.

Stay tuned for announcements about shows around the country!

 

Graham Hawthorne is one of the most highly regarded Drummer/Percussionists in New York City. As a top call studio musician, he has played on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and jingles.     discography
He has also toured and appeared live and on TV with a long list of major artists, and a great many lesser known but equally talented artists.     live+tv

Known for his a funky/soulful groove, fantastic sounds, outstanding creativity, and open/communicative approach, his work is superlative whatever the musical situation.

In 2001 he took over the drum chair with Paul Simon from drumming legend Steve Gadd, performing on the Grammy awards, David Letterman, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a 50 city U.S. tour which culminated in a sold out show at Los Angeles’ Greek theater with Paul McCartney.     simon
From late 2003 until the present he has been the drummer of choice for visionary musician/artist David Byrne.     byrne

Graham has traveled extensively to other continents to study and research music, mastering many world rhythms and styles. This has led to working with acclaimed world music and crossover artists.     world

In the jazz world, Graham has toured or recorded with a number of celebrated artists and musicians.     jazz

More than just a great drummer, he is also acclaimed for his work as a visionary leader, producer and as an excellent  clinician and teacher.

Graham released his first solo CD, MBALAFUNK, in 2002 – it is a combination of all of his musical influences, underpinned by Senegalese Rhythm and Drumming. Ahead of it’s time, it’s seamless integration of elements is unrivaled in the short history of world-pop music.


The Howl Story SLAM

Thursday, August 18- 5-7pm.  Free

The Howl Story SLAM is an open mic storytelling competition open to anyone who has a five minute story to share. Come tell a story or just come and listen!

Presented by the Recovery Lounge with The Adirondack Center for Writing and North Country Public Radio.


Danny Schmidt

8:00 pm10:00 pm

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Named to the Chicago Tribune’s 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt has amassed a cult following for his stunningly poetic, poignant imagery. With lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, and Dave Carter, Danny is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, leading Sing Out Magazine to tag him as: “Perhaps the best new songwriter we’ve heard in the last 15 years.”

Performing solo almost exclusively, armed with just his voice, his acoustic guitar, and his acute commentary, Schmidt’s an authentic timeless troubadour, one man sharing his truth in the form of songs, unadorned and intimate. The understated effect can be startlingly powerful. As songwriter Jeffrey Foucault put it: “Everything about the man is gentle, except for his capacity for insight, which is crushing.”


Poetry Workshop with Roger Mitchell

7:00 pm9:00 pm

The workshop is 8 weeks, every Tuesday at 7:00pm starting September 20 at the Recovery Lounge. Fee- $250

Have you always wanted to write poetry? Have you been writing it for years and feel stuck? Are you like most writers looking for informed feedback? All skill levels welcome!

Sign up for UJAC’s 8-week poetry workshop this fall led by Roger Mitchell. We will meet once a week for two hours (7 – 9pm) beginning September 20 and ending November 8. Eachworkshop will make use of some combination of in-class writing exercises, reading selectedpoems by published poets, optional prompts for writing poems at home, plus discussions of work brought to theworkshop. The object will be for everyone to awaken the dozing poet in your brain and bring yourself to a better and sharper place in your poetry writing skills.

Roger, as you might know, lives downstream in Jay. He has published eleven books of poetry, won numerous awards and fellowships, and taught poetry and poetry workshops to a great variety of people, including people in prison, in colleges, in graduate schools, in local community writing groups, for local arts agencies in Chicago, Oak Park, Colorado Springs, and just this past summer for an arts organization in Saskatchewan. He thinks that if you want to write poetry, you can. With effort, of course.


HAMLET by William Shakespeare

7:00 pm10:00 pm

The Adirondack Shakespeare Company returns to the Recovery Lounge with one of the greatest plays ever written.

Saturday October 1 starting at 7:00pm.

Tickets- $15 for adults   $12 for seniors & students    Under 12 free

Our Mission

Adirondack Shakespeare Company is dedicated to producing world-class quality theatre that is unburdened by spectacle and technology, but rather focuses on what matters most: the play.

A Brief History

ADK Shakes was born on a hillside in the Brandywine River Valley of Delaware on a beautiful spring day in May 2008. We performed there with an intrepid company of 11 actors one of Shakespeare’s most obscure early plays, Henry VI Part 1. From that day, co-founders Patrick Siler and Tara Bradway have worked to grow the Shakespeare IN THE RAW project into a flourishing not-for-profit, professional theatre company serving the Adirondack Region of upstate New York and beyond.


Walter Salas-Humara

8:00 pm9:00 pm

October 14, 8:00pm  Tickets-$10

Walter Salas-Humara

2016 has brought the release of 2 new albums. Work: Part One, an acoustic rendering of Walter’s best songs written in the 80s, is the first in a series of acoustic albums defining Walter as a singer/songwriter. It is produced by guitarist extraordinaire Richard Brotherton and includes familiar Silos Mary Rowell on violin and Amy Allison on supporting voice. Explodes and Disappears is an album of new songs, the follow up to Curve and Shake. Walter sings witty songs about modern life, rocks a sweet Spanish melody on guitar, swings a sexy jazz number, and then reaches deep for a soulful expression of values in a troubled world. He tops it all with a funky number chronicling 3 American misfits searching for peace of mind and headed for disaster on the shores of Mexico — all skillfully blended into a seamless flow.

Walter Salas-Humara has shared the stage with the following greats: Wilco, Lucinda Williams, Matthew Sweet, American Music Club, Chris Whitley, Hootie and The Blowfish, Violent Femmes, The Jayhawks, Yo La Tengo, Certain General, The Reivers, The True Believers, The Wild Seeds, Victoria Williams, Willard Grant Conspiracy, Mark Ribot, Ryan Adams, Jon Dee Graham, Alejandro Escovedo, Let’s Active, Young Fresh Fellows, Miracle Legion, Living Color, Souled American, The Minus 5, Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3, Jon Langford, The Waco Brothers, Chuck Prophet, Jerry Joseph, Caitlin Cary, Anders Parker, Tom Freund, Centro-Matic, Spottiswoode and his Enemies, Lynyrd Skynyrd, …to name a few.


Circle Mirror Transformation, a play by Annie Baker

8:00 pm10:00 pm

October 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 at 8:00pm.  Tickets $18

“Annie Baker’s play is an absolute feast. The kind of unheralded gem that sends people into the streets babbling and bright-eyed with the desire to spread the word. The play traces the lives of a handful of small-town Vermont residents who gather each week for an acting class taught at the local community center. By the play’s end we seem to see to the very bottom of these souls, and feel how the artificial intimacy of the acting class has shaped their lives in substantial ways.” – The New York Times

Directed by James Coleman

Cast- Maeve Brammer, Casey Galligan, Theresa Cheetham-Palen, Brian DeGroat, and Brian LaVallee

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Adrian Legg

8:00 pm

Friday, November 4   8:oopm    Suggested donation- $15

The Recovery Lounge is pleased to present virtuoso guitar legend Adrian Legg for a return visit.

Throughout his career, he has earned the highest praise from the media. “Legg is, above all, a guitarist of great power, invention and versatility,” observes the St. Petersburg Times. “Through fast-fingered picking, spontaneously layering parts and occasional ringing harmonics, he sounds like an orchestra.” Guitar Player heralds how he “combines a sublime melodic sense with a mighty right-hand groove, creating pretty music with rhythmically aggressive undercurrents,” while Acoustic Guitar notes that “the guitar is the most versatile instrument in the world, and nobody demonstrates this better than Adrian Legg.” But the Atlanta Journal-Constitution likely summed up his impact on listeners best when it exclaimed, “Mr. Legg’s compositions, with their narrative melodies and nakedly emotive tones, offer an antidote to the guitar-hero syndrome.”

For Legg, the fulcrum and essence of his creativity is in live performance. “Playing live is the whole point,” he stresses. “Everyone makes a journey, an effort; we all come together — me, the audience, the people who run the venue — to share this wonderful, universal, human emotional interaction. This is where music lives.

Many thanks to our media sponsor North Country Public Radio for helping us spread the word about this special event.

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Possum Haw

8:00 pm10:00 pm

Friday, Dec. 9 at 8:00pm  Suggested donation- $15

A special combination: the drive of bluegrass and the original lyricism of folk, delivered by one of the finest female vocalists in the region. Vocalist Colby Crehan brings this sound to audiences with the Vermont band PossumHaw. Formed in 2004 by husband-wife team Ryan (banjo player) and Colby Crehan and lead guitarist Charley Eiseman, the group has evolved into a well-oiled machine with stunning vocal harmonies and stellar acoustic instrumentation. Mandolinist Stephen Waud joined the group in 2009 and bassist Mitch Barron in 2013.

Jazz and blues influences weave through a repertoire of original music fueled by Crehan’s skilled songwriting. Crehan’s song “Road to Mora” was named Vermont Song of the Year, and Crehan named Vermont Vocalist of the Year (Tammie Awards, Times-Argus).

In addition to finely-crafted music provided by the entire band, front man Ryan Crehan makes audiences feel right at home with wonderful stage presence and wry humor. PossumHaw is what the Northeast folk and bluegrass music scene is all about—excellent original acoustic live music delivered with skill, sincerity, and personality.

 

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