The Slambovian Circus of Dreams @ Next Stage
Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of acoustic/electric Americana music from Sleepy Hollow, NY by The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (aka The Grand Slambovians) at Next Stage on Friday, March 23 at 7:30 pm.
The music of The Slambovian Circus of Dreams has been described as “hillbilly-Floyd,” “folk-pop,” “alt-country, roots-rock” and “surreal Americana” – a clear indicator of its singularly indescribable uniqueness.  A rootsy psychedelica that Maverick Magazine calls “Mightily impressive and hugely original rock from the cool end of Americana,” the quartet’s melodic avant-folk conjures with an exotic instrumental arsenal (accordion, cello, mandolin, theremin) in addition to standard rock regalia, and a palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems.  Dancing freely between all existing religious and philosophical mythologies, the music is uplifting, empowering and a lot of fun.
The Slambovian Circus of Dreams is Joziah Longo (lead vocals, guitars, harmonica), Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, uke, theremin, melodica), Sharkey McEwen (guitars, mandolin, backing vocals) and Felipe Torres (drums, percussion).  Bandleader and songwriter Longo, (known for tall tales and philosophizing) has written two musicals with Broadway legend Theodore Mann, headlined at Carnegie Hall and was the first American musician invited to perform in mainland China in the early 90’s ending a decade-long ban on Western music.
Joziah, Tink, and Sharkey have toured nationally and abroad since forming Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams in Sleepy Hollow, NY in 1998.  Known for electrifying live performances of moody but upbeat original alt-roots rock music, they have a devoted and ever expanding fan base.  In 2010 they brought their legendary Halloween show, “The Grand Slambovian Extraterrestrial Hillbilly~Pirate Ball” to London’s Electric Ballroom and NYC’s Gramercy Theater.  Recently, they have performed at numerous festivals including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Celtic Connections (UK), Philadelphia Folk Festival, Xponential, High Sierra, Rhythm and Roots, Green River, Strawberry Festival, Bliss Festival, Roots on The River, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and Glastonbury Festival (UK).  The band has released five critically acclaimed studio albums – “A Box of Everything (2014), “The Grand Slambovians” (2012), “The Great Unravel” (2008), 2004’s double-disc “Flapjacks from the Sky” and “A Good Thief Tips His Hat” (1998).

Bread & Puppet Theater: The Basic Bye-bye Show @ Next Stage
Mar 24 @ 7:30 pm

Bread & Puppet Theater returns to Next Stage in Putney, Saturday, March 24th with a new play, The Basic Bye-bye Show, a poem on transformation, inspired by Dürer’s apocalyptic woodcuts, Brahms’ “4 Serious Songs,” and the daily news.
In The Basic Bye-bye Show a series of quiet object fantasies unfolds in black, white, and grey inside a small fabric stage printed with elementary words — “Resist,” “Bread,” “Yes,” “Sky,” “Riot,” “Byebye.”  Outside, an orchestra of nonsense instruments arises, spins, and recedes. A birch forest grows. Sculpted clouds produce hands, chairs, and rain. The storm passes. The episodes that make up The Basic Byebye Show develop in abstract counterpoint to periodic handkerchief-assisted “basic byebyes” to various brutal unnecessities of our current politics.
B&P director, Peter Schumann, says of the show: “The Basic Bye-bye Show is based on the fact that our culture is saying its basic bye-bye to Mother Earth by continuing the devastating effects of the global economy on our planet – which is why our show proclaims the Possibilitarian’s basic bye-bye to capitalism in order to welcome the 1000 alternatives to this rotten system.”
After the performance Bread and Puppet will serve its famous free sourdough rye bread with aioli, and Bread and Puppet’s “Cheap Art” – books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from the Bread and Puppet Press – will be for sale. The Bread and Puppet Practitioners-of-the-Pursuit-of-What String Band will welcome the public.

[FRAMED] film series continues with The Hanji Box @ Next Stage
Mar 29 @ 7:30 pm

Next Stage Arts Project presents The Hanji Box (2017) an award-winning film by Nora Jacobson, on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 7:30pm. A new short film, The R Word, (2018) will also be shown. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, available online at Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT, and features a newly-renovated, accessible performance space, with a beer and wine cash bar. In keeping with the [framed] film series format, Filmmaker Nora Jacobson will introduce the film and host a post film discussion.
The Hanji Box is about Hannah, an American mother emerging heartbroken from a divorce, and Rose, her adopted Korean daughter. When the mysterious Hanji Box-Rose’s precious link to Korea is broken, Hannah travels to New York’s Koreatown to try to mend it. By chance she meets a charismatic Korean artist, who takes her on a journey of cultural discovery. Nuanced performances by the actors Suzanne Dudley Schon, Natalie Kim and Daniel Park illuminate the complexities of adoption, issues of longing and belonging, loss, mothering, identity and US Korean history.
Winner, Best Feature Script, USA Independent Film Festival
New York Eurasian Film Festival
The R Word, is a short film directed and edited by Jacobson, written by Tom Coash, with original music by Tyler Gibbons and Larry Polansky. Nick, a New York City firefighter, is surprised when Sarah, his blind date, shows up wearing an Islamic veil. An ugly incident early in the day has affected Sarah’s outlook on men and veiling, making Nick’s reaction doubly important to their future.
Nora Jacobson is an award-winning filmmaker whose films include Delivered Vacant (New York Film Festival, Sundance), My Mother’s Early Lovers (Maine Int’l Film Festival Audience Award) Nothing Like Dreaming (Lake Placid Film Forum Best of Fest) and the collaborative 6-part film Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie. Jacobson is devoted to telling stories of women, cultural diversity and place. She is the recipient of many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Herb Lockwood Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Winner of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 2017 and ArtPlace America in 2014, Next Stage Arts Project has gained national recognition as a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney’s cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage.
Since its founding in early 2011, NSAP has hosted dozens events including classical, folk, and popular music concerts, films, spoken word and theater.
People attending the film can get a 20% discount off their entrée at The Gleanery, with reservations at 802-387-3052.

WinterSunshineSeries, Ines Zeller Bass
Mar 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Saturday, March 31st public performances at 11 AM and 2 PM

So begins the song, which begins the story, which begins the adventure: One day, something drives Isidor from out of his little grey existence. His cheek runs away, and Isidor must search around the world to find it again: a world of color and beauty, as well as loneliness and even danger.

“Isidor’s Cheek” is performed on a revolving table filled with all the details of Isidor’s miniature world: from his shabby grey house to a forest of apple trees, through an unfriendly city, across a sea of turtles and barracuda, into the smallest circus in the world. The table revolves to bring Isidor home again and to transform his house, his garden and indeed his whole outlook on life. Isidor himself is barely 5 and 1/2 inches high (14 cm), an appropriately little hero for a small story with a big heart.

Isidor’s Cheek won a Citation of Excellence from UNIMA in 1999. An ideal performance for intimate rooms: audiences age 4-9 and their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.

This event has a Google Hangouts video call.

Moonlight Davis Sings the Music of Stevie Wonder @ Next Stage
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm

Moonlight Davis will appear at Next Stage on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Next Stage at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, available online at, 3 weeks in advance of show at Turn It Up in Brattleboro, and the Putney Coop. Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vermont.
One of New England’s most powerful and soulful vocalists, Moonlight Davis has been thrilling audiences for decades with his compelling renditions of soul, gospel, blues and jazz repertoire. Moonlight is well known for the intense emotional impact and mature musicality that he brings to every performance. Moonlight has shared the stage with the late, legendary Billy Preston and has performed with local musical luminaries: Charles Neville, Samirah Evans, Evelyn Harris, Miro Sprague and Derrik Jordan, among others. Since 1992, he has performed with his wife Morning Star Chenven in the musical duo, “Moonlight and Morning Star”.
For this special event, Moonlight turns his focus to the music of the legendary Stevie Wonder, presenting a high-energy concert with a world class band. Musical director Miro Sprague has assembled a group of extraordinary musicians with extensive national and international touring experience. The band and backup singers fuel the fire of Moonlight’s electrifying interpretations of Wonder’s classic material. At a recent sold out show in Massachusetts they had audiences dancing in the streets.  Get your tickets early, this show will sell out!
Moonlight Davis – Lead Vocals
Miro Sprague – Musical Director /Piano/Keyboards
Jason Ennis – Guitar
Jon Suters – Bass
Conor Meehan – Drums
with special guests
Don Anderson – Trumpet
Doug Tanner – Harmonica
Backing Vocalists “The Wonder Women Trio”
Morning Star Chenven
Lou Leelyn
Laurie Didonato
The newly-renovated, fully-accessible Next Stage is at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT (across from the General Store). There will be a beer/wine cash bar.

Patty Larkin’s CD release concert @ Next Stage
Apr 14 @ 7:30 pm

Next Stage Arts Project presents Patty Larkin in a special CD release concert at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Tickets are $22 in advance $25 at the door, available online, through the Next Stage website ( or 3 weeks in advance of show at the Putney Co-op or Turn It Up in Brattleboro. Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT, and features a newly-renovated, accessible performance space.
Patty Larkin is a true phenomenon among singer/songwriters in the American folk music scene today. She redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. The New York Times describes her as “A virtuoso guitar player and mood-shaper…She is also a superb slide guitarist whose mature work is comparable to the best of Bonnie Rait and Lucinda Williams.” “Riveting” says the Chicago Tribune, “hypnotic”, Entertainment Weekly and a “drop dead brilliant performer”, Performing Songwriter.
Patty Larkin is part of the urban-folk/pop music phenomenon that spun off of the singer/songwriter explosion of the seventies, reinterpreting traditional folk melodies, rock, pop, bossa nova, drawing on anything from Dylan (Bob) to Dylan (Thomas). A self-described “guitar-driven songwriter”, Larkin has wound her way through soundscapes of evocative vocals, inventive guitar wizardry and imaginative lyrics. Her songs run from impressionistic poetry to witty wordplay.
On her new project, Song Poems, slated for release in 2018, Larkin reflects:
I have been energized by the poets, writers and artists I have met while teaching, and find myself on a journey to break down some of the predictable pathways that songs can travel. I have begun my writing days by reading the work of my favorite poets. I sit in hotel rooms, in my studio, at my kitchen table and recite the lines out loud. I look at poetry the way I look at nature. It feeds my imagination like water. Over time, my morning ritual evolved into the desire to sing some of my favorite poems. By singing the words, I have been able to follow the poet’s mind where I would never have traveled alone. As a songwriter, the song form, the frame, can be restrictive. My task in songwriting has been to find the freedom within the form. To push the sides out and stretch it. But to set someone else’s words to music is to be freed from songwriting form, freed from the necessity of rhyming lines, making choruses or building bridges. Poems can do all of that, of course, but it happens in a different way. Lines in poems can stretch musically into another measure, or can appear as a wisp of melody that overlaps in the background. In short: anything is possible, and so, after writing songs since age 11, I sit in my studio with a “beginner’s mind.” Rhythm, cadence, song form, style, all of the elements of songwriting become more malleable when I set a poem to music.
 Song Poems, a collection of poems I have spontaneously, organically set to song. The process has inspired me in my own songwriting, and has reignited my love for the sound of words. The act of making music from poetry has been a very joyful one.   And what a beautiful thing it is to make a joyful noise.
 Winner of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 2017 and ArtPlace America in 2014, Next Stage Arts Project has gained national recognition as a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney’s cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage.
Since its founding in early 2011, NSAP has hosted dozens events including classical, folk, and popular music concerts, films, spoken word and theater. Folk artists appearing have included Jonathan Edwards, Cheryl Wheeler, Chris Smither, John McCutcheon and Tony Trischka.

Green Writers Press Book Launch & Celebration @ Next Stage
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm

Green Writers Press Book Launch & Celebration
Friday,  April 20, 7:00pm
$10 suggested donation
Book Launch & Celebration, we will feature spring authors and their newly published books, including Brattleboro’s own, poet/farmer Ross Thurber, along with other Vermont authors: Jackson Ellis, T Stores, Sydney Lea, Katy Farber, Ralph Black, and others.
Green Writers Press, a small, Vermont-based publishing company, is dedicated to spreading environmental awareness and social justice by publishing authors who proliferate messages of hope and renewal through place-based writing and environmental activism. In the past five years, Green Writers Press has expanded significantly, publishing such authors as Julia Alvarez, Chard deNiord, John Elder, and Clarence Major. Read more at

Cantrip and Lindsay Straw at Next Stage @ Next Stage
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of traditional and contemporary Celtic music featuring high energy bagpipes/fiddle/guitar trio Cantrip and folksinger/multi-instrumentalist Lindsay Straw at Next Stage on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 pm.  The concert celebrates Cantrip’s 20th anniversary, with the band performing a mix of brand new music, as well as their entire 2001 album “Silver.”
From the strong base of its Celtic roots, Cantrip branches out into the music of other European cultures.  Weaving together songs and tunes, Dan Houghton, Jon Bews and Eric McDonald take an audience on a cultural journey, putting their own spin on each style.  Known for their innovative arrangements, un-produced sound and dry wit, Cantrip has toured throughout Scotland and the US, expanding the boundaries of Celtic music along the way.
Cantrip sprung from a local music session in Edinburgh, Scotland sixteen years ago. The band name is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell or piece of mischief, and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in the trio’s musical arrangements as well as the compelling potency of their musicianship.  Dan Houghton (bagpipes, flute, whistles, guitar, vocals) was born in Ghana, but was transported to Scotland shortly thereafter, where he was surrounded by the indigenous music.  He has won the Scottish Lowland and Border Pipers’ Society Open Borderpipes and New Composition events, as well as the Maitre de Cornemuse at St. Chartier.  Jon Bews (fiddle, vocals) came to Scots music from a classical education by way of Goth rock.  He has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Malinky, James Yorkston, Mikel Urdangarin, Ranarim, Deaf Mutes and Samling.  As a US native, Eric McDonald (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, vocals) found his way to traditional music through the rich local music scene in Boston, and studies with guitarist/mandolinist John McGann and cellist Eugene Friesen at Berklee College of Music.
“Cantrip must have one of the strongest group personalities on the folk circuit. Their presentation is all energy as they channel modern swoops & slides of sound into the traditional repertoire. Their music comes from wild landscapes & wild places of the spirit.”  – The Orcadian
“One of the most intriguing sounds in Celtic music today. An instrumental sound that travels from the darkness to the light. An unmistakable and enormously versatile style. Cantrip both has its feet solidly in tradition, and sees innovation clearly from where it is standing.” – Celtic Beat Magazine
Ballads have been a source of inspiration for Lindsay Straw since her childhood in Montana, but she truly grew into the art while studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  There she began to tie together the threads of the traditions she was most passionate about – English, Scottish, Irish and American songcraft.  Accompanying herself on guitar and bouzouki, Lindsay has toured throughout the US, Ireland and England.

Spring Fundraiser Dance Party @ Next Stage
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm

Spring Fundraiser Dance Party
with LIVE BAND New York Dance Machine (featuring Sean Altman)

Next Stage favorite son Sean Altman (our annual dance parties, The GrooveBarbers, Jewmongous, Rockapella founder, Carmen Sandiego composer) assembled an all-star combo of NYC rock and funk players with one goal: TO MAKE PUTNEY DANCE ITS BUTT OFF.  Celebrate spring with classic rock, vintage funk, soul, and dance favorites. Get your back up off the wall in support of Next Stage.  Come party with us, all proceeds to benefit Next Stage programming.

Live band, dancing, photobooth, cash bar, wonderful desserts!

Next Stage Cooks: Tapas (Appetizers) from around The World @ Next Stage
Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Next Stage Cooking Class
Tapas (Appetizers) from around The World
Monday, April 30th 6:00pm-9:00pm
 Please join us for an evening of Tapas from around the world with Linda Stavely. Linda helped start the Common Ground restaurant in Brattleboro, started and ran The Portable Feast at the Colony Mill Marketplace in Keene, and has been teaching cooking classes in the Keene area for many years. Her classes are fun and informative!
In this class you will prepare delicious appetizers from countries around the world. This is a hands on class, where we will cook and dine together (wine included)!
Instructor: Linda Stavely
Limit: 12
~ Tapenade: Olive Paste with French Bread
~ Tortilla de Pimientos: Sweet Pepper and Potato Omelette
~ Kibbeh: Stuffed Crack Wheat Shells
~ Greek Spinach and Cheese Triangles
~ Lahmacun: Turkish Meat “Pizza”
~ Ameijoas na Cataplana: Steamed Clams with Sausage, Ham, Tomatoes and Spices
~ Gambas al Ajillo: Garlic Prawns
~ Hoanh Thanh Chien: Fried Vietnamese Won Tons
 Beverages:    Wine will be served
 ~ Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies.