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Soul Revival band playing at The Mill Fudge Factory’s Back Room Saturday

BRISTOL — Coming to The Mill Fudge Factory on Saturday, October 11 is the Soul Revival band. Led by NH saxophonist Jonathan Lorentz, the Soul Revival performs gospel, spirituals, and blues, centering on the historic American songs Rock of Ages, Motherless Child, Ezekial, Down to the River, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, and When the Saints Go Marching In.

Lorentz (who's known for his recordings on the UK's Métier Jazz label, as well as high-energy live performances) said he discovered the joy of gospel music when organist Andy Carballeira started playing spirituals while on stage during Laconia's Coffee festival in 2013. Without discussion the trio launched into a rendition of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot and the Soul Revival was born. The band includes Carballeira on the Hammond B3 organ, and drummer Brooke "Skang" Sofferman, both of whom have performed extensively on the blues, jazz, and rock circuit.

Carballeira is a Boston-based keyboardist who is equally at home on the Wurlitzer and Rhodes electric pianos, as he is on the Hammond B3 organ. In addition to performing, Andy is an in-demand engineer and consultant, whose inventions include systems for moving his 300 lb organ. Andy is no stranger to New Hampshire, having performed recently in Portsmouth, as well as rock-climbed throughout the White Mountain region.

Boston's "Skang" Sofferman is sought-after drummer whose time in Boston has earned him a diversity of influence and experience. Incorporating his passion for composition and jazz into his drumming concepts, Sofferman sounds poised and dynamic, with impressive performance credits that include work with John Medeski, Chris Potter, George Garzone, and John Abercrombie. Mr. Sofferman is seen regularly on the rivers of New Hampshire as a highly-skilled kayaker.

Lorentz calls his band "hardworking" and adds that "this music is full of feel. Call it a religious fervor or not, the band is raw and emotional, with honest groove." They have recently begun recording for a forthcoming album.

The Back Room at The Mill has been hosting concerts with musicians from around New England for the last eight years. They also host a very popular Friday Open Mic night. While enjoying the music, you can enjoy their grilled panninis, salads, quesadillas, local/craft beer, and wine.

The performance begins at 7:30 pm. Admission is $15.
Advance tickets are available (603) 744-0405 www.theBackRoomAtTheMill.com

The Back Room at the Mill Fudge Factory is located at 2 Central Street, Bristol.

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Original comedy ‘Run For The Hills’ to be staged at Franklin Opera House on October 16

FRANKLIN — "Run For The Hills" wills to be presented at the Franklin Opera House October 16th through the 19th, for four performances only. This original production, written by Franklin's own Dr. Barry "Doc" Taylor and his father William S. Taylor, will be seen for the first in New Hampshire, having only been staged previously many years ago in Connecticut.

Relating the story of a jewel thief running not just from the FBI, but also from the mob (as a poor choice of a mark, being the "owners" of the jewels in question) and trying to hide inconspicuously, mingling with relatives in the backwoods town of Hooten Hollow, Tennessee, the original songs and music add warmth and charm to the humor of the situations, characters, and dialogue. Fully utilizing the talents of "Doc" as musical director, the production team also includes Jule Finley as director, Chris Schroeder designing and building the set, Sue Bitteto props, Annette Andreozzi costumes, Saige Granger tweaking the sound board, Dan Darling running the lights, Mark Bitteto stage managing and Ryan Clark managing the house.

The cast of thousands (okay, maybe a slight exaggeration, but they look like the population of a small city when the stage is full!) includes Spencer Costigan, Cherish LaBelle, Robbie LaFlamme, Christie Martin, Vince Ribas, Sheri Collins, Rebecca Turmel, John Masse, Cameron Brand, Josh Bradley, Jack Finley, (take a breath here--I told you there were a lot of them!), Roy and Cathy Hubble, Aja Malette, Peter Heath, Ben Heath, Kim Taylor, William Taylor (considering theatre is family, nepotism is perfectly acceptable...), Saphaedra Renee, Catherine Pirro, Sebrena Leclerc, and the townsfolk, Sue Bitteto, Annette Andreozzi, Garrett Cain, Laura Clarenbach, Erin Wilcox, Emily Post, Jen Creasey, Cody Virgin, Esther Hammond, Sharleigh Thomson, Denise Steadman, Ashley Hanson, and Jacqui Paciorek.
What surely will be a memorable evening of theater can be coupled with dinner out, say at Asian Delight, conveniently located right next door to the Opera House. Tickets are available now online at www.franklinoperahouse.org or by calling 934-1901. Adult tickets are $12, seniors and students for $10. Curtain is 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 pm on Sunday. The Franklin Opera House is inside City Hall at 316 Central Street, with plenty of parking behind the building and in the municipal lot across Memorial Street.

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Plymouth Chamber to hear from PAREI

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce will host speakers from Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) to talk about Community Initiatives in the region on Wednesday, October 15 from noon to 1 p.m. at Pease Public Library in Plymouth.

As a rural community in central NH, organization from the Plymouth area have seen various needs arise, formed initiatives to meet those needs, and implemented programs to help community residents and small businesses. PAREI is one of those organizations. Created in 2004 when area residents questioned energy consumption and the resources available beyond the peaked supply of global oil, PAREI developed initiatives to explore and implement the reduction of energy consumption.

Current programs include Professional Home Energy Audits, Volunteer Solar Energy Raisers, and Local Foods Plymouth and Farm to Desk programs which bring local farm fresh food to consumers in town reducing transportation energy. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch and learn how PAREI and these programs can help each individual, their homes, and business.

This monthly schedule of free educational seminars and professional skills training conducted by the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce is part of their active support of regional businesses and is possible through the generosity of key area businesses and professionals.

For more information about Chamber events, or the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, contact the office at 536-1001, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Spaghetti dinner on Wednesday to raise funds for Meredith Emergency Food Pantry

MEREDITH — An all you can eat spaghetti dinner will be held Wednesday October 15 from . 5pm-8pm at the 104 Diner in New Hampton to benefit the Meredith Emergency Food Pantry.

Five dollars of every $10 meal sold will benefit the fund. A donation box has also been set-up for anyone looking to donate non-perishable items to the pantry. There will also be a raffle held for donated gifts from local vendors/stores.

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