Quilts & Jazz

Vanessa Vadim: The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, 9/30/2015 by Monsters And Hamsters on Mixcloud

Draa Hobbs Youth Jazz Ensemble, 9/30/2015 by Monsters And Hamsters on Mixcloud

Coupla things are cookin’ for this week’s show.

If we’re lucky and she’s able to make it in, we’ll have filmmaker Vanessa Vadim for some or all of the first hour. She’ll be screening her documentary The Quilts of Gee’s Bend not just once, but three times at the Hooker-Dunham Theater in Brattleboro: geesbend Thursday, October 1 at 7:30 PM, and twice again on Friday, October 2 at 6:00 and 7:30 PM.

The Thursday showing is in conjunction with the grand gala opening of a Gee’s Bend quilt exhibit at the Catherine Dianich Gallery on Brattleboro’s Main Street, which will feature not only Gee’s Bend quilts, but also quilters from Gee’s Bend. Contact the gallery to inquire about tickets for the Thursday screening: catherinedianichgallery.com or 802-380-1607. The Friday showings are in conjunction with Brattleboro’s monthly Art Walk. Filmmaker Vadim will be on hand for Q&A at all three.

Interesting trivia: If you saw the powerful movie 12 Years a Slave, the character Patsey’s speech was based on the women in this documentary. “Our dialect coach, Michael Buster, found an amazing documentary called The Quilts of Gees Bend about an isolated African American community in Alabama and that is what we used as a template.” — actress Lupita Nyong’o

Hilltop Montessori’s middle school has been traveling to Gee’s Bend every couple years as part of its civil rights curriculum; this time, they’re bringing 11 of the quilters to Vermont. It’s a big deal. The school is also staging performances of the play “Gee’s Bend” at their new Arts Barn on Friday and Saturday. For a complete schedule of events and more information, visit hilltopmontessori.org/geesbend or call 802-246-4107.

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And then in the 8:00 hour I’ll be premiering a live recording that the Draa Hobbs Summer Jazz Youth Ensemble 2015 did at the WOOL studio just this past Sunday. Them kids can cook. It was old school: six players in a room (including a full drum kit and Draa) with three microphones catching them at it.

Draa has brought joy to countless people with his playing… but he’s also been teacher and mentor to hundreds of other musicians. This summer he was working with local up-and-comers Gabby Walton, Dylan Chambers, Ellie Guyon, Christian Terry, and Eric McCoy. They’re walking capably in the footsteps of greats like Dizzie Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt, Oscar Peterson, Earl Hines.

I’m not sure how long it’s been since that much talent has been in the studio at once. Tune in and hear ’em take on A La Mode, Blue Bossa, Someday My Prince Will Come, Long Ago & Far Away, and Moanin’.

They’ve all been invited to come to the studio for it, but totally at the last minute… so don’t count on it. But maybe! The editing wasn’t done until Tuesday, so they didn’t get a proper heads-up. This in no way precludes having any or all of them on as guests in the future.

The recording will be replayed at various times on various days over the next two weeks, so if you miss it this time or want to hear it again, stay tuned.

More about Draa Hobbs and his teaching availability at draahobbs.com.

They is what they be

Y’know, I’ma just not post here unless there’s a guest or something special lined up. The show will happen like as not every Wednesday; tune in, call in, stop in. It’s all good. We’ll talk.

I’ve been enjoying the last couple-three relaxed weeks since un-hiatusing. It’s not the same without Drew though, who may yet come back, or may not, or may spin off his own show. Again, it’s all good.

Daniel Hartigan, Bellows Falls Farmers Market Manager and More extraordinaire said he’ll be in again this week for guesting / cohosting / training. Aram Polster from Precision Valley Coffee Roasters tells me that the Pioneer Bean guy is moving to Bellows Falls pretty soon, and Aram wants the two of them to do a show. That would be cool. Maybe those two plus Daniel could gang up for something cool, or trade off every other week like Jade and Ginger do with the Mixtape Radio show. Y’know what? All good.

So, Wednesday nights from 7 to 9. Maybe guests, maybe not. Maybe you. We’ll hit the free papers, peruse the PSAs, play a little music when it seems like the right thing to do. Say it with me: All good.


Well, we’re halfway back. Drew’s still major-busy, so I’m trudging on solo. nothin I’ve been getting ready for the big Steampunk Festival coming up this weekend in Springfield and neglecting any show prep, so there’s nothin’ in particular lined up. And it’s WOOL Board Meeting night, and I’m on the board, and the meetings tend to overlap showtime, so things might get a late start. Daniel Hartigan, the Bellows Falls Farmers Market manager, said that he might stop by. And somebody else maybe too. One of those things might be the starting gun. So tune in at 7:00 and hang around.

That said, it you’re not going to the steampunk festival for some reason and are looking for a cool thing to do with the weekend, you’re in luck.

The station has two tickets to give away to the Otis Mountain Get Down festival in Elizabethtown NY this weekend, midday Friday through Sunday morning. It’s about a three-hour drive from Bellows Falls, but worth it.

One of our awesome Black Sheep Radio listeners bought a pair of tickets to this festival but now isn’t able to go. So they’re making them available to another listener – maybe you. This is the kind of thing that a good community is all about!

The Otis Mountain Get Down is an intimate, family-friendly, eclectic music festival in the heart of the Adirondacks. Their aim is to provide an experience that encourages new and meaningful interactions with art, music, the outdoors, and each other… while embracing and supporting local communities, music, and culture.

Otis Mountain is an old-time ski hill boasting tall pines, meandering rivers, little or no cell-phone service, hand-built stages, and mossy-wooded campgrounds scattered with relics of the past in the Champlain Valley. Tent camping and parking are both free. Kids under 12 are free.

Acts this year include DUSTBOWL REVIVAL, ROUGH FRANCIS, THE SUITCASE JUNKET, BELLA’S BARTOK, ALPENGLOW, and many many more. See all the info and the complete schedule online at www.otismountain.com

These tickets are normally $50 each. This is a hundred-dollar giveaway courtesy one of your neighbors here in the community.

You need to have your own transportation, tent, and an email address so we can send you the particulars.

Be listening in the 8:00 hour and I’ll tell you how to call in and win these tickets.