• The Local Spin: Music on the mountain
    By Ali Flewelling
    Correspondent | January 30,2013
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    Winter in Vermont gives music lovers an opportunity to trek up the mountain and hear some of the area’s best live entertainment. Places like Ludlow, Stowe and Killington really shine this time of year, keeping our musicians playing, our businesses bustling, and locals and tourists alike entertained. While of course there are other places to enjoy music in the area, these mountain towns are really the anchors that hold live music together in the winter months.

    On Thursday, The Voodoo Alien Blues band will again be at Frank’s Tavern on Main Street in Ludlow. The group will host its weekly blues jam starting at 9 p.m. and anyone eager to play the blues is encouraged to join in.

    Joey Leone will take a break from his usual Killington performances this week to play at Firestones Restaurant on Route 4 in Quechee on Thursday. Leone’s unique originals have been pleasing local music fans for years and he has a new album in the works. Join him for an 8 p.m. start.

    Duane Carleton and The Backwoods Messiahs will be rocking the Pickel Barrel on Killington Road Thursday night. They take the stage at 9:30 p.m. and will blow you away, truly some of the area’s best talent.

    On Friday, the Church of the Wildwood on Holden Road in Chittenden will again host an open mic night beginning at 7 p.m. Musicians looking to perform are asked to contact Donna Martin prior to reserve a guaranteed 10-minute spot. Freewill donations will be accepted to benefit Rutland City Rescue Mission Soup Kitchen. Martin can be contacted at 483-2234 or by e-mail, dmartin@sover.net.

    I will be singing alongside Ryan Ackerman in our duo, Carmel Dee, at the Iron Lantern in Castleton at 6 p.m. Friday night. We recently started up a Facebook page, Carmel Dee, where you can visit us for show times and other related news. If you are user of the social media site, please “like” our page.

    The Capitol Steps, a group of former Capitol Hill staffers with a sense of humor, will again grace the Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland. The group specializes in political satire and song parodies and has been a big hit in Rutland over the years. They are back for an 8 p.m. show Friday night. Tickets range from $29.50 to $39.50.

    Duane Carleton and The Backwoods Messiahs will also be in Rutland, where they perform at 3D’s on Friday at 9:30 p.m.

    Silver Medallion, an up-and-coming hip-hop duo from Brooklyn will be at The Wobbly Barn on Killington Road in Killington on Friday night at 8 p.m.

    Just down the road, The Pickle Barrel will host The Benjamins for Friday and Saturday night performances both starting at 9 p.m. The group blends covers and originals for a high-energy show that is sure to keep you on your feet.

    Our own Jim Sabataso will perform at Café Terra on Center Street in Rutland. Join him at 11 a.m. Saturday and enjoy soothing tunes and your favorite brew.

    Saturday also brings legendary rocker Eddie Money to the Paramount Theatre. Money will perform his well-known
    hits like “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Walk on Water.” He takes the stage at 8 p.m. and tickets range from $39.50 to $49.50. There is still time to take advantage of this rare performance. Please visit paramountvt.org for additional information.

    Also on Saturday, The Aaron Audet Band will take the stage of JAX in Killington at 10 p.m.

    The Zach Dupont Band, a contemporary folk group, will be at Positive Pie in Montpelier on Saturday for a 21-and-up show Saturday starting at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

    On Sunday you can visit Duane Carleton at his usual spot, JAX, starting at 9:30 p.m. Rick Redington will also be just up the road at The Outback for a 9 p.m. show.

    As always, please continue to submit performance dates and times to localspin@gmail.com.

    Get out a hear the music!
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