Thursday December 27, 2012

GREENFIELD, Mass. -- The Arts Block presents a New Year’s Eve Extravanganza, featuring many musical acts beginning at 8 p.m.

John Sheldon and Blue Streak host the show, which also features vocalists Samirah Evans & Moonlight Davis, saxophonost Joe Roderick, singer/songwriter Daniel Kasnitz and dancer Dakini Borealis.

Sheldon began working professionally at age 14, including a stint as Van Morrison’s lead guitarist at 17. He has written hundreds of songs, including "September Grass," which appeared on a platinum album of James Taylor’s. He has also composed for film and theater and conducted workshops in songwriting and composition.

Evans, who moved to Vermont from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, performs a range of songs, from raunchy blues to smooth-as-silk jazz. She recently released her third CD, "Hot Club," with her band of Handsome Devils. She created and hosts the Arts Block’s "Ladies in Jazz" series and Sam’s Set & Shed in Brattleboro. She has shared stages with B.B. King, James Brown and Irma Thomas.

Davis has been singing gospel music all his life. He has opened for the Wynans, conducted gospel choirs and sung in churches all over the East Coast. He has shared the stage with Billy Preston, Evelyn Harris and local musicians Erik Lawrence, Derrick Jordan, Vishnu Wood and Bob Weiner.


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Kasnitz is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, audio engineer and recording studio owner. He has worked with leading companies in the music technology field including MOTU, Sweetwater and Rode. He is a regular on the southern Vermont music scene.

Roderick has worked in Sheldon’s band Blue Streak for many years. Borealis is an improvisational movement artist, who has performed with Mawwal, Planetoid, Tonny Vacca and Jim Matus, danced for local electronic music nights and spearheaded the return of "go-go" dancing to New York City in the 1990s.

Admission is $20.13 online at theartsblock.com or $25 at the door. Come dressed to impress.