PUTNEY >> Next Stage Arts Project will present an extraordinary triple bill with Pete Bernhard, MorganEve Swain, and O'Death, on Monday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12, available online at nextstagearts.org. Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney.
Pete Bernhard is a guitarist, and member of the band Devil Makes Three. Pete hails from Putney with a family rife with musicians. Immersed in music, he was drawn to older, traditional blues from a young age, and also studied the style and aesthetics of music traditions like New Orleans R&B and country while simultaneously getting caught up in punk rock. He headed west as a young man, first to Nashville, then on to Washington State, where he formed a band with a childhood friend and hit the road. When they broke down one day in Santa Cruz, California, they stayed with a fellow Vermonter who was in school – The Devil Makes Three was born. Pete independently released solo albums, Things I Left Behind (2006) and Straight Line (2009), on Milan Records.
MorganEve Swain is The Huntress and Holder of Hands. A multi-instrumental string player, vocalist and songwriter, Swain is widely known as half of the music duo, Brown Bird, with her husband, Dave Lamb. The duo, who enjoyed national and international success, spent over six years performing and touring until Lamb's untimely passing, at age 36, from leukemia in April 2014. That summer, Swain launched The Huntress and Holder of Hands, which began as a creative vessel for exploring both her grief and her growth. Her original songs were home-recorded and solo-performed using multi-layer tracks of voice and strings. Live, The Huntress and Holder of Hands is a band of six women, playing cello, upright bass, electric bass (sometimes two), and drums, with Swain on five-string viola.
O'Death is an American alternative country band originally from Brooklyn, New York. They combine elements of folk, bluegrass, punk, metal and Americana music.
With Greg Jamie on guitar and vocals, Gabe Darling on electric guitar, ukulele, piano, and vocals, David Rogers-Berry on drums, Robert Pycior on violin, and Jesse Newman on bass. The bands newest album, Out Of Hands We Go, was released in October 2014 on Northern Spy Records.
''This raw and ragged New York band draws from the starkness and spiritual purity of Appalachian folk, the menace of punk, and the rowdy theatricality of Tom Waits, jumbling sacred and profane.'' – Ben Sisario, New York Times
Winner of the 2014 ArtPlace America Grant, Next Stage Arts Project has re-opened with a newly-renovated, accessible, state of the art facility. Next Stage is 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 hundreds of events including classical, folk, and popular music concerts, films, theater and a spoken word series.
Information about upcoming events and more at nextstagearts.org.