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)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 08:47
MEREDITH — The Winni Players Youth Ensemble is looking for kids ages 8-12 to audition for a play adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's classic, James and the Giant Peach. Auditions will be on Sunday, September 22 and Monday, September 23 at 4 p.m. with performances on December 6-8. Auditions, rehearsals and performances will all take place at the Playhouse's new facility at 50 Reservoir Road in Meredith.
The plot centers on a young English orphan boy who enters a gigantic, magical peach, and has a wild and surreal cross-world adventure with six magically-altered garden bugs he meets.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 08:37
PLYMOUTH —Acoustic Guitar Magazine listed David Wilcox as among the best of a brilliant crop of singer-songwriters to emerge in the late 80s when the magazine awarded him a silver award in the singer/songwriter category. Wilcox will bring his smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, creative open tunings and light blues inflections to the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Friday, September 27.
Wilcox said in an interview with Mountain Xpress, "The song has to offer something universal. I want songs that people can understand the first time ... I write songs with layers in them so they stay interesting over the years."
Wilcox is a poet and storyteller, "with a voice reminiscent of James Taylor and a husky breathiness more reminiscent of Nick Drake," according to Acoustic Guitar. He has recorded 17 albums in a career marked by personal revelation, wildly loyal fans, and artists such as k. d. lang covering his songs. He has been featured five times in Performing Songwriter magazine.
Reflecting on more than 20 years of record making and touring extensively around the U.S. and internationally Wilcox says, "Music still stretches out before me like the head-lights of a car into the night. It's way beyond where I am, but it shows where I'm going. I used to think that my goal was to catch up, but now I'm grateful that the music is always going to be way out in front to inspire me."
Tickets for David Wilcox's performance at PSU are $35 for adults, $33 for seniors and $20 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.
David Wilcox (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 08:26
TILTON — The Fifth Annual Tanger Fit for a Cure 5K Run/Walk presented by AutoServ will be held Sunday, September 22 starting at 8:30 a.m. at Tanger Outlets.
A record 750 participants have already registered for the 5K and registrations are anticipated Sunday. Proceeds from this event will again be kept local -- benefitting breast cancer awareness initiatives/women's imaging technology at LRGHealthcare.
Registration will take place from 7-8 a.m. Prior to the 8 a.m. start there will be a brief speaking ceremony featuring Tanger General Manager Eric Proulx; LRGHealthcare President & CEO Tom Clairmont; LRGHealthcare SVP of Administrative & Facilities Services Suzanne Stiles; and special guest speaker Pamela Ryan -- a 44-year old local resident who is undergoing treatment at LRGH (a Dana Farber-affiliated clinical trial) for recently diagnosed breast cancer.
The 5K will go off promptly at 8:30. The event will also offer educational booths, vendors, and a large pink ribbon for survivors and participants to sign.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 08:24
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