Northeast Thunder Tour to hit Brattleboro


BRATTLEBORO — The New Music Alliance's first major initiative, the Northeast Thunder Tour is a regional celebration of some of the best performers and their original music in Western New England. Prominent music venues throughout the region have joined together to help create this tour.

The Thunder Tour has stops in Hartford, Conn. (Black Eyed Sallys); Dalton, Mass. (The Stationery Factory); Brattleboro (The Stone Church); Sunderland, Mass., (The O's); and Chicopee, Mass. (Poor Richards). Every few months, one of the first place winners of a Valley Music Showcase (VMS) event and a local singer/songwriter will travel to the clubs in these areas to bring some great new music. These performers will also be joined by an up-and-coming band from that area.

"What really excites me the most about the Thunder Tour is that it has the potential to make a significant, positive impact in western New England," said Mark Sherry, NMA executive director. "As the Tour grows, the opportunities not only talented local musicians for a place to create new music and grow their careers. This can help us establish this area as another national music mecca."

The Northeast Thunder Tour will rock Brattleboro at The Stone Church on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 8 p.m. It will feature Emma Ayers with her band Old Flame (Western Mass-based and first place winner of the May 2018 VMS and 2018 VMS finalists), the Brattleboro-based band Moxie, and singer/songwriter Merrill Shepard.

The NMA is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to: assist and help advance the careers of talented creative local musicians who write original music; and promote the extended western New England area as a destination for original music writing, production, and performances.

The Valley Music Showcase is a bi-monthly, live music showcase and competition that each year awards thousands of dollars in prizes to up and coming musicians who create original music.

Tickets are $10 each. For more information, contact or or contact Mark Sherry 413-374-7671. On Facebook:



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