VAE Opens Basement Music Series with Chris Bergson & Ellis Hooks
The Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) announces the return of Basement Music Series favorite Chris Bergson along with acclaimed soul, blues and gospel singer Ellis Hooks, on Saturday, January 19, at the Masonic Hall, located at 504 Main Street in Bennington. Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Bergson creates his own blend of blues, roots and soul. He has performed and/or shared the stage with Hubert Sumlin, Levon Helm, BB King, Norah Jones, John Hammond, Etta James and Bettye LaVette, to name just a few. He was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame in February 2015.
Ellis Hooks began his singing career in the church choir, but fell under the sway of the soul, blues and country music. At age 15, he hitchhiked to NYC, playing the occasional club gig on Bleeker Street and singing in Central Park. He earned enough for a one-way trip to Europe, and spent time in Paris, Amsterdam and Milan, where he played tube stops and street corners in the Southern traditions of soul, blues, and gospel. Hooks’ voice is his own, and his phrasing
is a trademark. Given the powerful nature of his recordings and his now-storied intensity in concert, he may indeed be the artist to bring these historic traditions back into the musical dialogue and onto the charts in the 21st century.
“Together, this night will surely be a treat to see two such great performers in an intimate setting,” says VAE Director, Matthew Perry. “When Chris returned from Mexico playing with Ellis, he said to me, ‘I have something that I want to do in Bennington that I think you guys are gonna like.’”
Tickets are $18 in advance through vtartxchange.org or by calling 800-838-3006. If not sold out, tickets will be $22 at the door. Student tickets are available for $10. Garam Garam will be providing homemade food to purchase and a cash bar will be provided by Thyme Tables Catering of Shaftsbury.
Follow the season at by going to vtartxchange.org, or call them at 802-442-5549 for more information. Become a Basement Music Series Sponsor (BMS) and get tickets, a reserved table, and if you wish, your name or business logos in promotional material and mentioned onstage. The tax-deductible sponsorships are critical to continuing the BMS and ensuring the diversity and quality of the artists VAE presents. The BMS not only benefits the community, but also local restaurants, artists and musicians. Contact Director Matthew Perry at 802-442-5549 or [email protected] for more information about becoming a sponsor.