• The Local Spin: Music is where it’s at
    May 01,2013
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    By Ali Flewelling
    Arts Correspondent

    I remember discovering the power of music at the time I was a young child. Singing has been a passion of mine since I first got the courage to perform a solo on “Take the A Train” at my middle school chorus concert. I had always been in chorus but I didn’t really think much of my voice until that moment. I was nervous, a feeling I still get to this day. But, no matter how nervous I get or how small or big the crowd, I have always had support. Support from my family, my music teachers, my friends and all of you who read my column.

    Music is a very powerful thing and if you let it, it can take you places you never thought possible.

    I know my passion is something I share with all of you and with my fellow local musicians. So, not to delay any further, I will tell you where you can find them this week.

    Tonight, John Popper of the well-known group, Blues Traveler, will take the stage of the Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland. I have to commend our own Jim Sabataso for getting a great interview with him and giving us a nice sneak preview of what this evening’s show will bring. Along with performing some of our favorite Blues
    Traveler tunes, Popper will be tearing it up on harmonica and sharing some of his stories about life on the road.

    Popper has recently become very involved in the local music scene, playing shows in Vermont and making guest appearances with local bands. Tonight you can check it out for yourself right here in Rutland starting at 8 p.m.

    Tickets are on sale from $24.50 to $29.50 and can be purchased at www.paramountvt.org.

    On Friday, the Tinmouth Old Firehouse Concert Series continues. Vermont vocalist Jenni Johnson will be in town to perform jazz, blues and funk. The venue has seating for 80 people and tickets are $10 at the door. A portion of the proceeds goes toward maintaining the building. Contact Jo Reynolds at 802-446-3457 for additional information.

    Also on Friday, Ladies Night Out Women’s Chorus will be at the Brandon Town Hall on Conant Square in Brandon for a 7:30 p.m. show. The group of 20 singers presents “Songs for Children of All Ages.” The chorus, which was founded in 1987, is directed by Lucy Allen Tenenbaum and will be accompanied by Jacob McLaughlin on piano and

    Glendon Ingalls on bass and trumpet. The group will also perform at the Pittsfield Federated Church on Route 100 in Pittsfield for a 3 p.m. Saturday performance. Shows are open to the public and a free will offering will take place at both. I urge everyone to check out one of these performances, and there will be additional shows next week as well!

    On Saturday, local rocker Duane Carleton will be at the Foundry at Summit Pond for a 4 p.m. happy hour. This Killington Road venue just isn’t ready to let go of winter, and as long as they continue to provide us with good live music, we don’t mind one bit!

    Duane will also be at his usual Sunday spot, JAX on Killington Road for a 9:30 p.m. locals’ night performance.
    On Sunday, Immaculate Heart of Mary on Lincoln Avenue in Rutland hosts “An Evening of Sacred Chant Music” at 7 p.m. Various Rutland area choruses and soloists will be on site and a freewill offering will be collected.

    On a final note, I just wanted to let everyone know of some new album releases. Divine Art Records, located on Country Club Road in Brandon, has recently produced albums for New England native Elliott Schwartz and Swiss composer Thomas Fortmann. The label specializes in modern music and rediscovered masterpieces. For additional information, or to sample one of these albums, contact Steven Sutton at stephen@divineartrecords.com.

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