Thursday February 7, 2013

Wiyos, Mike & Ruthy perform at Next Stage

PUTNEY -- Twilight Music presents vaudevillian ragtime-jugband-blues-hillbilly-swing trio The Wiyos, plus the indie roots music husband/wife team of Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar (formerly of the acoustic stringband The Mammals) at Next Stage on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m.

The Wiyos feature Michael Farkas, Teddy Weber and Sauerkraut Seth Travins on vocals, washboard, harmonica, kazoo, steel and acoustic guitars, banjo, ukulele and upright bass. The Wiyos’ repertoire combines original compositions with covers from tin-pan alley to western swing, and features rustic sounds of the 1920s and ‘30s as well as electric post-modern sound-scapes with smart lyrics.

Woodstock, N.Y.-based Mike & Ruthy have been touring and recording together for 13 years and married for six. Michael Merenda is an artfully prolific songwriter with an indie rock soul and feather-touch vocals. The daughter of fiddle legend Jay Ungar and country singer Lyn Hardy, Ruthy Ungar is an earthy country-blues singer with the unmistakable stage presence of a natural-born performer. Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill. Tickets are $17 general, $15 for students and seniors. For reservations and information, call 802-254-9276. Advance tickets are available at and Offerings Jewelry in Putney. JD McCliment’s Pub will provide a cash bar.

Lepkoff, Serenata Bossa Nova perform Feb. 17

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- Local singer-songwriter Jesse Lepkoff hosts an afternoon of warm Brazilian bossa nova-style originals with a concert of his original songs, performed by himself and the acoustic ensemble, Serenata Bossa Nova. The event will be held at the Mahalo Arts Center at 972 Western Ave.,on Sunday Feb. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m.

This concert will celebrate the release of Lepkoff’s second solo CD, "I’ll Call it Ecstasy."

Serenata Bossa Nova comprises Lepkoff on vocals and guitar, Alison Hale on flute, Gary Henry on drums and Daniel Kasnitz on upright bass.

Tickets are $12 suggested donation, with packages that include signed copies of his CDs; $15 for admission and one CD, $25 for admission and two CDs. Reserve tickets by contacting Tamara Stenn at or 802-254-2273.



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