Live music: Alchemystics

Basement Music Series launches season on Jan. 13 at 504 Main St., the Masonic Hall, Bennington. A fusion of reggae and hip-hop. Tickets at, $18; at door, $22. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets: Adults; advance $18, at-the-door $22. Students; $10 Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8pm. Formed in 2003, the Alchemystics fuse reggae and hip-hop to form a beat-laden mold of world conscious groove music. Powered by deep rhythms, meditative vocals, and old-school harmonies, the band has shared the stage

BENNINGTON, VT — the Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) is happy to announce its season schedule for the Basement Music Series (BMS). Now going into its 14th season of presenting high quality live music, the BMS offers national touring artists as well as local talent right here in our own backyard. For the past 4 winters, the BMS has made its new home at 504 Main Street at the Masonic Hall in Bennington. This year we welcome the addition of brand new speakers that will enhance the sound with the clarity and precision that each artist deserves.

Kicking off the season on  Jan. 13 will be the Alchemystics who fuse reggae and hip-hop to form a beat-laden mold of world conscious groove music. The band has shared the stage with reggae luminaries such as Stephen Marley, Sister Carol, and Burning Spear

On Sat. Jan.27 from Greenwich, NY we bring Eastbound Jesus drawing on a mix of diverse influences from the worlds of bluegrass, country and rock and roll. The band has developed their own sound that is at the same time distinctly familiar and completely original, one that they have dubbed "Northern Rock,". They pack venues across the northeast with an infectious energy that gets people smiling, dancing, and hollerin'!

Our annual Valentine's weekend of burlesque returns to Oldcastle Theatre on Feb. 9 and  Feb. 10 with Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Co., A hallmark of bawdy humor, live singing, dynamic dance routines, and cheeky sex appeal are prominently featured in their sizzling shows. Bigger, bolder, and better than ever, this tantalizing crew of saucy ladies and strapping gents will tease their way into your hearts (and other areas) with their outrageous artistry and vivacious charms. (mature audience). On Feb. 17     

Zydegroove hits the stage with one prime directive — to deliver the most irresistible dance grooves possible. Their signature country zydeco sound along with an unchained performance style sets this band in a category of it's own. A special treat from the West coast on Mar. 3 we welcome Aubrey Logan who captivates audiences and delivers originality to everything modern in music. Her style as an entertainer ranges from sassy to sultry, and her performances never fail to elicit the highest critical praise. She takes a song you've heard a thousand times and spins it on its heels. It's new. It's fresh. It delights. And whether she's jammin' on her trombone or sailing through a song with her nothing-held-back, multi-octave vocal instrument, Aubrey Logan is jazz, yes, but she can't be defined by jazz alone.

Next up is Mar. 17 for an evening with Sean Rowe. Sean Rowe knows he cuts an imposing figure. He boasts a bouncer's build, a biker's hair and a voice lower than Johnny Cash with a head cold. He's a baritone — a rarity outside of country music. Like the best baritones, Rowe can sound sinister or sexy, sage-like or sweet. BMS favorites Session Americana warm up the Hall on Mar. 31.     

Session Americana (Boston) is a rock band in a teacup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of talented musicians craft a musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack's bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny.

Some of the best local talent gathers onstage Sat. April 14 as the NEKtones take the stage delivering a full force sound layin down funky soul & R&B. The NEKtones are a quintet with a musical palette defined by the landscape of the North East Kingdom of Vermont. Wrapping up the season on

April 28 will be The Mammals with Mike + Ruthy.

Founded in 2001 by Pete Seeger's grandson, Tao, second generation fiddler/singer, Ruth Ungar, and banjo/guitar songsmith, Mike Merenda, The Mammals reemerged in 2017 "stronger than ever" (Folk Alley) fronted by Mike + Ruthy along with drums, bass and pedal steel. Known for their jubilant, high-energy shows, The Mammals deftly move from older-than-dirt banjo duets to sound-the-alarm topical fare that's right in line with the times, bouncing from roof raising hoe-down!

Tickets for this Basement Music Series concerts are available through or by calling 800-838-3006. Libations provided by Thyme Tables Catering of Shaftsbury will be available for purchase as will snacks by Bringing You Vermont Caf .

Become a Basement Music Series Sponsor and get tickets, a reserved table and, if you wish, your name or business logos in promotional material and mentioned onstage. The tax-deductible sponsorships are critical to continuing the BMS and ensuring the diversity and quality of the artists VAE presents. The BMS not only benefits the community, but also local restaurants, artists and musicians. Contact Director Matthew Perry at 802-442-5549 or for more information about becoming a sponsor. Follow the season at, on the new Basement Music Series Facebook page and on Twitter (

For more information about Vermont Arts Exchange, the Basement Music Series, exhibits and camps, contact VAE at 802-442-5549 or visit

The Masonic Hall is an accessible facility, call for specific accommodations. For more information about Vermont Arts Exchange and the 2017 Basement Music Series season, contact VAE at 802-442-5549, visit or like us on Facebook.


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