After a 12-year run Keene Idol is now Southern Vermont Idol! $1,500 Grand Prize! And it’s a fundraiser for RAMP (Rockingham Arts & Museum Project) to boot. The amateur talent competition was a signature event in Keene; now producer Susan MacNeil has relocated to Bellows Falls and brought it with her. It’ll be happening at the Moose Family Center — auditions are coming up on April 23, May 14, and June 18, with the competition proper starting in July. We’ll get the scoop right from Susan. She’s a firebrand (in the really good sense). The website www.southernvermontidol.com is still a little bit under construction, but the basics are all there.
Plus, I recorded a rollickin’ conversation with Peter Mulvey the other day, and we’ll play the whole thing. It’s already out there in the wild on YouTube, but this’ll be the version with the music. He’ll be appearing with Pamela Means at the Windham Ballroom in Bellows Falls on Friday, March 11. He’s feelin’ the Bern, answers the lingering questions “bicycles or Bukowski”, tells his side of the shared near-death experience with Matt Lorenz (Suitcase Junket + Rusty Belle), and more.
Listen in this Wednesday night from 7 to 9, WOOL-FM 91.5 or streaming from www.wool.fm … or stop in, we’re an open-studio show: 33 Bridge St, Bellows Falls … or call in, 802-460-9665 extension 100.