VAE Basement Music Series to Move to New Location
Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) has announced its new location for the Basement Music Series – the Masonic Temple at 504 Main Street in downtown Bennington. The 2016 season will kick off in January 9. The season is already filling up and will feature some favorites from past shows as well as regional artists. “Much of VAE’s work lies in partnerships; it’s what we do well,” says Matthew Perry, VAE’s executive director. “Connecting with the Masonic Temple makes sense at many levels, for now and potentially the future. There’s an energy here on Main Street that we were not familiar with back in North Bennington. We’re excited to be a part of what this can bring about.”
Chairman of the Masonic Societies Timothy Pinsonneault has referred to the collaboration as “A great and exciting thing for all.” Brian Griffin, treasurer of the Masonic Societies states, “I am confident that the collaboration will prove to be mutually fruitful and no doubt will grow the heartbeat of the greater Bennington community in a healthy way. This is a win-win-win for both of our organizations as well as the community at large.”
The volunteer team gears up and shares their enthusiasm for the new move. Bar diva Michelle Hogan will hold court in the front room serving up libations. Down the hall in the ballroom lies the concert space with a beautiful hardwood floor perfect for dancing. The production crew of Bob Hemmer, Kevin Breese, Greg Van Houten, and David Fowle are transforming the space into an intimate listening room. Greeting you on the nights of the shows and settling you in will be the familiar, smiling faces of Ann Webster-Lang, Dianna Leazer, Rick Carroll, Diane Perry and Dan and Alison Malmborg. Along with several other supporters including season sponsors Thyme Tables Catering and the Hampton Inn, VAE looks forward to bringing live music from the basement to the temple.
Opening the new stage on January 9, Bella’s Bartok can be described as a strange mix of Balkan-inspired, Klezmer-influenced, circus-like sound, with group harmonies, a bohemian vibe and dancey tunes, with something of a punk edge. On January 30, the Dirty Bourbon River Show will bring you a tight, multi-faceted sound and high-energy performance blending New Orleans big brass, smooth-croon lounge, jazzy sax solos and staccato piano jams.
The Masonic Temple is located at 504 Main Street in Bennington, and is an accessible facility. Vermont Arts Exchange’s website is currently undergoing a renovation and will be up and running at vtartxchange.org shortly. For current information about the Basement Music Series and VAE, call 802-442-5549.