Latchis, Arts Council team up for rockin' blues benefit

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BRATTLEBORO — The Vermont Arts Council and Latchis Arts are joining forces to present a Mud Season Blues Benefit Concert featuring Bob Stannard & Those Dangerous Bluesmen at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12.

Stannard and his band play straight-up blues from the likes of Howling Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson II, James Cotton, Little Walter and Paul Butterfield.

"We are excited that the Dangerous Bluesmen are coming together to put on a great show and support the arts," said Karen Mittelman, executive director of the Vermont Arts Council. "The funds from this concert will provide critical support for artists in the Brattleboro area and throughout Vermont."

Proceeds from the concert will be shared between the Vermont Arts Council and Latchis Arts.

"We do a few slow tunes, but the overwhelming majority of music we play is designed to get you out of your seats, on your feet and dancing like it's your last day on earth," said Stannard.

Stannard is an eighth generation Vermonter who's been playing and singing the blues since 1969, when he quit playing the drums and taught himself the harmonica. When he's not playing and recording the blues, Stannard is a proud husband, father and grandpa, an author and an advocate for the arts. He is wrapping up a six-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Vermont Arts Council, including two years as chairman.

Stannard will be joined on stage by Those Dangerous Bluesmen. They include: Jeff Salisbury, drums/vocals; Kenny B, bass; Brad Morgan, keyboard/vocals; Joe Moore, sax/vocals; and John Falk, guitar/vocals.

The Mud Season Blues Benefit Concert is sponsored by Whetstone Station, DMI Paving, Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts and Vermont Artisan Designs. Tickets are $50 for VIP seats, $20 general, in advance, $50/$25 at the door. Tickets are available online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=larts

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