Next Stage raising money with Spring Gala

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PUTNEY — Next Stage Arts Project will host its annual Spring Gala event Dance Party, to benefit Next Stage programming, featuring the Afro-Celtic Funk band Soulsha at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6. The party will include music and dancing, dinner provided by Smokin' Bowls, a beer and wine cash bar, and the announcement of the results of an online auction. Tickets are $35 each or two for $60, including dinner, available at nextstagearts.org and at the door.

Soulsha is a party, a revolution, and an adventure through different traditions. It brings together some of Boston's top musicians in Scottish, West African and Funk music to create a unique sound. Soulful call and response singing, masterful improvisation, traditional Sengalese and Scottish dancing and incredible energy make every Soulsha show an unforgettable live experience. Intricate rhythms, soaring bagpipe melodies, and New Orleans-infused horn lines come together seamlessly, and the joy of music rises above all the differences, reminding us that were all in this together.

The band formed through a series of serendipitous meetings in Boston. Many of the members are virtuosic and highly esteemed tradition-bearers in their styles. In Soulsha, they saw a chance to bridge divides. The music they've created is a conversation between cultures that breaks down all boundaries, moving the audience to abandon their assumptions as they lose themselves on the dance floor. Soulsha will delight lovers of everything from jam bands to bluegrass. While it shares roots with afro-Celt Sound Systems electronic fusion, the funk-inspired sound of Soulsha puts tradition and interchange center stage, bringing the party energy of Rebirth Brass Band and the cultural gravitas of masters like Malian Toumani Diabate.

The theme for the online auction is Bucket List Adventures; it is now live. All of the funds raised will be deployed to offset direct costs of Next Stage programming.

Each of the items in this year's auction are experiential in nature, and include a South African Safari adventure, a private airplane flight through the West River valley, murder-mystery overnight for 8 at Naulakha, a private catered gourmet meal, a villa in Tuscany, a brand new mountain or hybrid bike with guided tour, a ski package, Next Stage for a night and a private wine and cheese tasting!

The link to the auction site is: 32auctions.com/NextStage2019

The newly renovated performance space at 15 Kimball Hill is now accessible, comfortable and air-conditioned, with a great dance floor. For more information contact info@nextstagearts.org or call 802-387-0102.

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