Basement Music Series is back, here's this year's lineup

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BENNINGTON — Vermont Arts Exchange is pleased to announce the beginning of its 2017 lineup at the Masonic Hall and Oldcastle Theatre. Doors for all shows open at 7 p.m. while the music starts at 8 p.m. As always, libations will be available. All tickets are available through our website at vtartxchange.org.

Kicking off the 2017 Basement Music Series season on Jan. 14 will be Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band. Kat has a voice that is both sultry and dynamic, delicate yet powerful, and gritty but highly emotive and nuanced. She has been described as a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse, possessing enough stage presence to tame lions. The combination of feline femininity proves immediately enchanting. The "Indomitable Soul Band" combines a rock solid rhythm section of bass, drums and keys; a powerful, three-piece horn section; an electric guitarist who dances beneath the surface before exploding to the top and he harmonizes brilliantly, too. Seven players, each a soloist and entertainer in their own right, blending Memphis soul and new school R&B with a level of improvisation that more than a few Vermont bands have been known for. They aim right for the heart and move your soul without overlooking your feet. Confident, cool and, well indomitable. Boston Public Radio described them as"Frighteningly good," while NPR Music stated " they jumped right off the screen in their Tiny Desk contest entry." Opening up for Kat will be Beard and Glasses, a local trio of talented musicians featuring Sam Clement on guitar, vocals, Matt Scott on bass, vocals and Adam Turner on percussion.

Following Kat on Jan. 28 will be the Ghost of Paul Revere, a powerful, energetic, non-traditional American folk band that's renowned for harmony fueled, heart-pounding performances full of songs with unique identities that remain undeniably the Ghost of Paul Revere. The Boston Globe describes them as, "Mumford & Sons meet the Avett Brothers with a twist of bluegrass. Old Crow Medicine Show with three-part harmonies. The Band for millennials The Maine-grown, foot-stompin' holler-folk quartet create the type of music for which festivals are made." Formed around childhood friends, the Ghost of Paul Revere played their first show together in 2011 at a tiny bar in Portland, Maine. Now, they play across the nation, bringing holler-folk into houses, bars, and music halls. They have shared the stage with the Avett Brothers, The Travelin'

McCourys, Brown Bird, Spirit Family Reunion, Darlingside, as well as members of Greensky Bluegrass, the Infamous Stringdusters, and Old Crow Medicine Show.

"Simply put, this band is one to see live...A gorgeous blend of bluegrass, folk and good old fashioned rock and roll...their performance takes on a boot-clacking brilliance that transforms each song into a full-on participatory event." — Dispatch Magazine

February brings the return of two favorite acts as Gypsy Layne returns for two nights at Oldcastle Theatre on Feb. 10 and 11 and The Prescription with Side Effects Horn Section fuels a cure for cabin fever winter dance party on Feb. 25.

Mark your calendars for these shows and support live music on Main Street. VAE is happy to be here but we need your support to continue beyond this season to provide a venue for national touring and local artists to perform. Stay tuned for more to come through the season.

Basement Music Series gift certificates for the 2017 season are available in any denomination. Email us at infovae@comcast.net to purchase yours.

This season sponsors include Thyme Tables Catering, The Hampton Inn, Bad Dog Creative Group and Wassick Tires. Bringing You Vermont often sells tasty treats and coffee. Follow the current season on the Vermont Arts Exchange Facebook page (facebook.com/pages/Vermont-Arts-Exchange/207632432604757).

The Masonic Hall is an accessible facility, call for specific accommodations. For more information about Vermont Arts Exchange and the 2016 Basement Music Series season, contact V AE at 802-442-5549 or visit vtartxchange.org.

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