NEKtones to perform April 14

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BENNINGTON — The NEKtones will bring their mix of soul, hip-hop, jazz, gospel and rock to the stage of the Masonic Hall on Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m. Opening for the NEKtones will be veteran hip-hop duo Louis Mackey and Dr. Quandary.

Of the NEKtones' 2013 release "Proof of Concept," Seven Days VT writes, "...the NEKtones proved kings of the Kingdom." The band represents the shortest distance between musical points — a deep friendship informed by jazz tradition, Motown flair and a punk attitude that is simultaneously awe-inspiring and unabashedly funky.

Formed in 2012 in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, the band has shared bills with Blue Note recording artist Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Alan Evans (of Soulive fame), Nigel Hall, The High and Mighty Brass Band, Big Mean Sound Machine, Natalie Cressman of the Trey Anastasio Band and many others.

The Bennington area live music scene is no stranger to three of the NEKtones: Adam Turner on drums, Sam Clement on vocals and lead guitar, and Matt Scott on vocals and guitar. Joining them to round out the band will be Micah Carbonneau on drums and vocals, Peter Krag on piano/keyboard and Nathanael Reynolds on bass guitar.

The NEKtones crew are in the pre-production phase of a new record, as yet untitled, which should be available mid-summer 2018 and will coincide with a fall tour.

Louis Mackey is a rapper from Akron, Ohio, by way of Boston, Mass., with an appetite for creative destruction. Alongside his long-time producer compatriot Dr. Quandary, they deliver hypnotic psychedelic hip-hop music infused with honest lyrics that are part punk rock and part Big Daddy Kane. They recently released AVGVSTVS, a full-length LP, entirely produced by Dr. Quandary, featuring a lone guest appearance from Godforbid of That Handsome Devil.

The show is presented by the Vermont Arts Exchange, as part of its 2018 Basement Music Series. Tickets are $22 at the door. Student tickets are available for $10. Libations by Thyme Tables Catering of Shaftsbury and snacks and coffee by Bringing You Vermont will be available for purchase.

The next show in the Basement Music Series will be The Mammals with Mike + Ruthy on April 28 at 8 p.m.

For more information about Vermont Arts Exchange, the Basement Music Series, exhibits and camps, contact VAE at 802-442-5549 or visit vtartxchange.org.

The Masonic Hall located at 504 Main Street in downtown Bennington, and is an accessible facility.


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