2017 Stroll Weekend Entertainers
Here are details about our 2017 entertainers. Check out the entertainment schedule here!
Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor
Alan Greenleaf, guitarist and songwriter, and Jonathan Kaplan, pianist, have been playing together for more than 10 years and are one of the more unique musical pairings in Vermont. Both talented musicians and both former farmers, they blend musically and personally to give life to Alan’s original songs. Alan has been described as the quintessential Vermont song writer by Robert Resnik, the quintessential Vermont music supporter. His blues-folk-rock n’ roll influenced North Country sound covers a range of styles. His words are thoughtful, humorous, poignant and, on occasion, hopeful. His continued commentaries on the human condition remain unvarnished but they are sweeter and his insights into the workings of the rural heart seem to grow with time. Want to know what rural life in Vermont is like? ….just listen to Alan’s songs. And lest we forget, Alan also wrote the theme for The Strolling of the Heifers more than 10 years ago. This year he and the Doctor look forward to premiering his latest song for the Stroll, Love Your Farmer!! Visit their website and Facebook page.
Bad To Be Good
Bad to Be Good plays Eastern Country and Northern Blues. Quartet: vocal/guitar, bass, drums, saxophone. All original country blues.
The Fantastic Partnerz
The Fantastic Partnerz are from Southern VT, all original music made for having fun and dancing with some ska, funk and lots of boogie.
High Voltage, an “electrifying” barbershop quartet, was formed in 1985 and been entertaining audiences all over New England, New York and Quebec ever since. The quartet looks forward to entertaining and “charging up” audiences with their special blend of harmony and humor in the barbershop style!
A cappella music from all over. www.houseblend.org
Formed in 2016, Brattleboro’s own Impending Exorcism is an all-female punk band that will make your head do a 360. Band members are Olivia (vocals, bass), Lucy (guitar, vocals), Hannah (bass), Lucia (drums), Eliza (vocals, synthesizer). IE’s wide-ranging influences include Bikini Kill, Nirvana, Minor Threat, Skating Polly, the Velvet Underground, Super Movies, The Pillows, Courtney Burnett, Kimya Dawson, Regina Specter, Twin Peaks, Lady Lamb, Frankie Cosmos, Toby Fox, and the web comic known as Homestuck.They rocked the outdoor stage at last year’s Brattleboro Youth Rock Fest, and have wowed audiences of all ages at various other local venues.
The Moondogs play original instrumental music with a mix of contemporary styles. Their unique sound has been described as world folk, bluesy jazz, gypsy groove and bohemian classical. Though defying easy categorization, it is a sophisticated music played in a deceptively easy-going style, appropriate for receptions, art openings, private parties, wine tastings, cocktail hours, wedding ceremonies, anniversaries, and many other social occasions. They play throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The Moondogs are available as a Duo, Trio or Quartet. Dante Corsano composes the songs and plays finger style guitar, Dennis Waring on vintage silver clarinet delineates the melodies, bassist Dave Rountree provides the foundation and Adam Gebb fills out the sound with tasteful percussion.
New England Center for Circus Arts
The New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) is a not for profit circus school based in Brattleboro, VT. It was founded in 2007 to offer people of all ages and abilities a unique opportunity to experience the magical and captivating world of circus arts. NECCA will offer shows every half hour featuring advanced and professional level students. The Brattleboro based circus school attracts high level students locally and from around the world, and they will amaze and entertain you as they swing from trapezes and aerial fabrics hung on their portable aerial rig!
Pete and Chris Amusements
“Presto” Pete and “Incredulous” Chris Paliulis, are Pete & Chris Amusements from Waterbury, Connecticut. They are New England’s only Two-Man Kid’s Magic Show! Their high-energy performance captures kids’ attention, and doesn’t let go!
Andrew Pinard: Absolutely Magic
New England’s Favorite Magic Show! Andrew Pinard presents a wonderful one-man stand-up show with an emphasis on audience participation, visual magic, and physical comedy guaranteed to enchant and amuse the whole family. Pinard blends magic, story-telling, character and comedy (often with help from volunteer assistants), to create one of a kind experiences guaranteed to amuse the whole family.
Renegade is an all female a-capella group here in Brattleboro, Vermont. Renegade was assembled in 2009, and we are entirely student directed. We are all high school students but our group has no ties to any school/institution in particular. Our mission is to inspire young women interested in pursuing music. We are incredibly driven young women who strive for excellency and have fun while doing so! We hope you enjoy our performance!
Samba is the music of Brazil, played by huge marching bands in Carnival, solo guitarists in clubs and bars, and everything in between. Samba = Joy is a Brattleboro-based group of samba enthusiasts playing many sub-styles, from Carnival parade music (escola) to African-based drumming (samba de roda) to accordion-led folkloric melodies (forro).
Sandglass Theater’s Jana Zeller Kasper and the Cow
Handpuppet theater piece for children ages 4 and up. Kasper’s efforts to pack for a journey are flustered by a comical cow who steals his suitcase. Soon there is a rollicking chase with Kasper and the giant Augustin to capture the cow with the help of the audience. This call and response show is a delight for the whole family.
Sandglass Theatre’s Shoshana Bass: Fritzi’s Flea Circus
Fritzi’s Flea Circus welcomes audiences into a delightful world of circus feats, presented by a tiny flea with a big personality. In this 20-minute Sandglass Theatre show, you will experience Fritzi as the strong man and the high diver, and even watch as he is shot out of a cannon into the audience. This miniature, family-friendly show was conceived by Ines Zeller Bass and is now embarking upon a new life in the next generation. Ines’ youngest daughter, Shoshana Bass, proudly continues the tradition, inviting the power of imagination, play, and ear-wiggling, scalp-tickling, heartwarming fun.
Shoulder Narrows is an all-male, student-run a cappella group comprised of Brattleboro Union High School students. They perform vocal music from a wide varieties of genres and influences, and add their own personal flavor to both old classics and new hits!
The four southern Vermont women who comprise Singcrony share a passion for close a cappella harmonies and syncopated rhythms. Their repertoire features swing jazz hits from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s, interspersed with catchy doo-wop, barbershop and classic pop selections.
Soubrette Jazz Choir
The Soubrette Jazz Choir is sixteen women who sing intricate close harmony arrangements of Jazz and Swing and other American music. Based at the Vermont Jazz Center, their program this spring includes songs by Cole Porter, Leonard Cohen, and VT songwriters Pete Sutherland and Ben Patton.
Spiralia is an all girls student run a cappella group from the Windham county area. They perform at a variety of venues and love to share their music. Cover songs range from pop to jazz, classic rock and more. Spiralia has been singing together since 2008.
Although they’ve only been formed into a solid shape for about a year, this tidy geometric trio based in Brattleboro have been pumping up the volume at a rapid rate, and we know you’ll agree that the awesomeness is nearing critical mass! Members Lydia Hazzard-Leal (vocals, guitar), Elsa Manning-Ross (bass) started out jamming as a duo. And pretty soon things really started triangulating with the addition of Thad Sawyer on drums. With influences that run the spectrum from classic rock, to punk, to metal, to blues and beyond, Third Dimension takes listeners to a heightened plane of reality!
Vibrant Ensemble is comprised of percussionist and gong specialist Stephan Brandstatter with multi-instrumentalist and ethnomusicologist Dennis Waring. Performances are comprised of original innovative compositions played on a wide assortment of instruments. The mood is oftentimes calming, ethereally soothing and yet upbeat as well. Dennis plays saxophones, clarinet, and a variety of flutes and ocarinas. Stephan plays an array of gongs, chimes, Tibetan bowls, frame drum, dumbek, djembe and more. Based on multicultural world music inspirations, their music and soundscapes evoke the sounds of nature, the exoticism of the East and the pulsations of Africa and Latin America.
Xpressivo is an 11-member student run co-ed high school a cappella group centered in Brattleboro, Vermont. They arrange their own music and rehearse on their own time. They enjoy singing pop, rock, and alternative music. This group was founded in 2012. They are the newest a cappella group at school, and they like to keep it lively and fun.