LACONIA — The creative minds that brought burlesque to Downtown Laconia are back together. But this time, instead of sketch comedy and dance numbers, it's a series of concerts featuring music by local musicians and songwriters.
Pitman's Freight Room and The Pointless Forest, producers of the popular "Burlesque Night Live!" series, kick off its new "Pointless Forest Presents" series by featuring two groups of musicians that have been playing around the Lakes Region for many years. On Saturday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m., the husband-and-wife acoustic duo "The Sweetbloods" take the stage to start off the evening. Phil and Janet Sanguedolce of Meredith blend their voices and acoustic guitars in a magical way that is reminiscent of the '60-s folk music heyday, but with an idiosyncratic set list featuring more modern and offbeat material.
After their set, the folk/rock/jam band "Wharf Rats" take over with two sets, featuring originals and obscure covers from the '60s and '70s, that are arranged and performed in a way that is equal parts eclectic and electric. Formed early last year and based in Lakeport, the Wharf Rats play a number of originals by singer/songwriter (and Rats frontman) Peter Brunette, as well an ambitious selection of "traditional" folk/rock songs by artists such as the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Van Morrison.
The two guitars, Brunette's acoustic-electric Takamine and the classic Stratocaster sound of Gilmanton's Leighton Thomas', rhythmically blend and ethereally twist through the numbers, while the rock solid drumming of Dennis McCarthy (Meredith) and extended bass figures of Kyle Nickerson (a resident of Gilford, and a regular fixture as a solo performer at Mame's in Meredith) drive the polyrhythmic beat.
Pointless Forests Presents: The Wharf Rats at Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia on September 21, with special guests, The Sweetbloods. Left to right: Dennis McCarthy, Peter Brunette, Kyle Nickerson and Leighton Thomas. (Courtesy photo)