Thursday October 4, 2012

Kristin Hersh christens re-opened Windham Ballroom on Oct. 12

BELLOWS FALLS -- Songwriter, performer, musical pioneer and author Kristin Hersh will perform at the newly opened Windham Ballroom, 40 The Square, on Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

The show is the first in a series of events promoted by Popolo, the new restaurant and venue in the Windham Hotel.

Forming the ground-breaking band, Throwing Muses, when she was just 14, Hersh has released more than 20 albums with her two bands and as a solo artist. In 2010 she published "Rat Girl," a coming-of-age memoir that the New York Times heralded as "uncommonly touching" and Rolling Stone chose as one of the top 10 music memoirs of all time. "Rat Girl" chronicles the early phase of her public life during which she not only launched an extraordinary career but was also diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and became a teenage mother.

In 2003, she formed a second band, 50 Foot Wave, released her sixth solo album, "The Grotto," and also the eighth album by Throwing Muses.

Her live show tempers the weight of her material with a wry humor that is equal parts self-effacing and circumspect.

This is the first concert in the Windham Ballroom in more than 30 years.

Tickets are $25 general, $35 for special seating (with a dinner discount at Popolo) and $30 at the door while tickets remain. Doors open at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 802-460-7676 or visit popolomeanspeople.com.

‘President’s Own’ Marine Band plays
in BF on Oct. 13

BELLOWS FALLS -- As part of its 2012 national concert tour, "The President’s Own" United States Marine Band will perform on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m., at the Bellows Falls Union High School.

The concert is free and open to the public. Conducted by Vermont native Col. Michael J. Colburn, the United States Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Founded in 1798, the band has performed for every U.S. president since John Adams.

As director of "The President’s Own," Col. Colburn is the music adviser to the White House. He regularly conducts the Marine Band at the Executive Mansion and at all Presidential Inaugurations. Bellows Falls Union High School music students will have the opportunity to meet with members of the United States Marine Band before the concert.

Free tickets are available by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: BFUHS, PO Box 429 Bellows Falls, VT 05101. Tickets may also be picked up at the Bellows Falls Union High School during the school day. There is a limit of four tickets per request. The main entrance to the high school will be open at 7:15 p.m. All ticket holders must be seated by 7:45 p.m. If seats are still available at that time, non-ticket holders will be let in on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit www.bfuhs.org.

Guitarist Lionel Loueke coming to VJC

BRATTLEBORO -- Jazz guitarist Lionel Loueke performs at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m.

Loueke’s sound is like no other -- adventurous and daring, eclectic and far-reaching, unbridled by convention. Since embarking on an evolving musical path that took him from his home in Benin to Ivory Coast, then Paris, then to Boston, Los Angeles and around the world, Loueke has been catching ears and raising eyebrows.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, and $15 for students with I.D. (contact VJC about educational discounts). Tickets are available at In the Moment Record Store in Brattleboro, at www.vtjazz.org or can be reserved by calling 802-254-9088, ext. 1.