PUTNEY -- Next Stage Arts Project presents Cat Dail & The Magnets and The Bluebird Orchestra on Friday at 7:30 p.m., at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, in a benefit for Next Stage.

Tickets are $15 general admission ($25 with signed CD) available at www.nextstagearts.org, at Offerings in Putney and Turn It Up in Brattleboro.

Cat Dail is a singer songwriter/guitarist splitting her time between New York City and New Hampshire. Raised in Kansas City surrounded by blues and jazz greats, as a kid, she saw Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Rich and the Basie Band. She was equally immersed in country music, in authentic R&B and funk, and in all the usual pop influences from Bob Marley to Feist. Dail’s music is soulful, appealing, and her lyrics are smart. Her voice is singular: velvety and sexy, assertive and skilled. Her rhythm guitar work is the grounding, grooving force of her songs.

Cat Dail & The Magnets is an indie pop rock band playing eclectic tunes for the heart and the head. Their newest release, "The Wonder," is an infectious romp, featuring elements of pop, punk, reggae, funk, world beats and gospel.

Opening the show will be Donald Saaf’s quartet from Southern Vermont, The Bluebird Orchestra. The group draws its influences from diverse corners, including the Carter Family, The Incredible String Band, Kurt Weill and Thelonious Monk, while always keeping one foot in traditional American roots music. In any particular tune, listeners may encounter elements of folk, rock, early jazz, klezmer or even polka music.

For more information, contact Next Stage Arts at 802-387-0102 or nextstagearts@gmail.com. Information about upcoming events, renovation plans and theater enhancements, and opportunities for support are available at www.nextstagearts.org.