BRATTLEBORO >> Two popular area bands team up to help raise funds for the first-ever Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival (BrattRock). The all-ages show at Headroom Stages to take place on Saturday will feature music from the Brattleboro-based Fantastic Partnerz and special guest Wicked Thirsty. Headroom Stages is located at 17 Elliot St., Brattleboro. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $8 at www.brownpapertickets.com and at the door for $10.
Proceeds from the concert will support BrattRock, a new youth music festival coming to downtown Brattleboro in fall, 2016. Sponsors include Guilford Sound, Youth Services, C&S Wholesale Grocers, and Oak Meadow School, as well as grants from the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Arts Council. BrattRock proceeds help support Youth Services programming. Learn more at www.brattrock.org or contact Jaimie Scanlon at email@example.com.
Hinsdale, New Hampshire's Wicked Thirsty opens this Saturday's show at 8 p.m. Zebulon Hildreth (guitar, vocals) and Sebastian Smith (drums) form the alternative rock power duo that took the second place prize in last year's Youth Services Battle of the Bands. Their album, The Spreading Fire, was released last month.
Headliners, the Fantastic Partnerz, get audiences moving with 100 percent original music from southern Vermont, the Partnerz blend their diverse mix of influences into a sonic brew that defies categories. The Partnerz are old- and new-schoolers from a wide variety of past posses: Keene Carse (Urban Blight, The Beastie Boys, The Fleshtones) grounds the band with his smooth vocals, trombone, and funky drumming; Trish Naudon (America's Sweetheart, The Natch!) laces in sexy vocal stylings and adds her beats on the kit; Dave Rountree (Text Betty, Smiley Bob) locks down the low end with his bumping bass and backing vocals; Eric DeLuca (Hungry Ghost, Lars) swipes flavorful keys across the top; and Chris Thomas (Lesion, furniture music) adds hooks, dirty guitar and vocals. Cooked on "high" for one year, the Partnerz just released their debut album of tunes, "Tomorrow Is the Future". Their agenda is simple and they will preach it: "You've got to get up to get down."