BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – Patty Carpenter and Verandah Porche will perform at Stage 33 Live Sunday, May 19. Special guest Jon Weeks will be sitting in on wind instruments and percussion, and Wheeler Laird will grace a song or two. Doors open at 3 p.m., show starts at 4 p.m. Seating is limited. Stage 33 Live is at 33 Bridge St. in Bellows Falls, Vt.
Patty and Verandah have been lifelong friends and collaborators. They’ll be playing some of the songs they’ve written since the Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band’s “Come Over” CD, which they also co-composed.
Patty studied with Archie Shepp and Max Roach but wears influences ranging from Joan Baez to Billie Holiday on her sleeve. Verandah is a poet and an alt-lit creative collaborator. The Vermont Arts Council presented her with its Award of Merit.
Verandah, who was featured with Patty in “Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie,” writes about their work together: “In the late ’60s, we landed in the sticks a stone’s throw from each other. Dreams, troubles, changes, crops, communards, kids and lovers: music and language saw us through our duet of abundance and loss. We took a guitar, the kids, and a pencil with an eraser down to the river. We’ve carved these songs out of our long friendship.”
Multi-instrumentalist Jon Weeks, joining them on flute, sax, and percussion, studied at Berklee and is a longtime East Coast player. Wheeler Laird is an enigma.
Only 40 chairs are available; prepaid entry donations double as chair reservations, and are available online at www.stage33live.com. Day-of-show entry will be available, but a chair isn’t guaranteed; you can bring your own seating to be safe if you wish. There is a suggested donation; 100% of all door receipts go to the performers. No one will be turned away for lack of money.
Stage 33 Live is a volunteer-run nonprofit that hosts listening events in an old factory building at 33 Bridge St. in Bellows Falls, Vt. Stage 33 Live allows only original material.