Reggae Singer from Jamaica to Play in Brattleboro

When N.L. Dennis was singing in a recording studio with Toots and the Maytals, Bob Marley stopped by to listen. Marley praised Dennis's delivery. Today, Dennis lives in his native Jamaica and joins hundreds of Jamaicans who come to Vermont every summer in search of better paying work. Most of them work on vegetable farms and at apple orchards. Dennis works as a reggae musician. He will perform a public concert on July 31 in Brattleboro. The concert will be at 8 p.m. at the Stone Church night club. Ticket prices are to-be-announced.

Antibalas to Play Greenfield

The Afropop band Antibalas will play at the Hawks and Reed night club in Greenfield on March 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $36 at the door. The band's current tour includes stops in Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, New York City, and Europe. One of the best known Afropop performers is Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, who lived from 1938 until 1997. His music is for dancing. Kuti's lyrics often criticized the dictator of Nigeria.

CJ Chenier Concert is Feb. 14

CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band will play at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on February 14 at 7 p.m. CJ Chenier was born in 1957. According to his web site, he “spent his childhood in the tough tenement housing projects of Port Arthur, Texas.”

Chenier played with Ringo Starr on Paul Simon's album Rhythm of the Saints. Chenier performed with Simon on a concert tour. A video of CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band performing live is at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMMSv2WpYKw

They play zydeco music. This photo shows people dancing at a zydeco concert. photo by:

Son Little Concert is January 28

Soul singer Son Little will perform a concert at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on January 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 plus a "service fee." In December he will play in Los Angeles. In March he will play in Paris, France. You can hear one of his songs at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zilN0KCkhRA

John Primer Northampton Concert is November 24

Blues musician John Primer will perform at the Iron Horse Music Hall on November 24 at 7 p.m. Primer was in Muddy Waters's band. According to Primer's web site, "John has recorded with, opened for, or played with the Rolling Stones, Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, James Brown and B.B. King."

Indigo Girls to Play Near Brattleboro

The Indigo Girls will perform near Brattleboro on October 13. The band will release a new album in January. The Indigo Girls have sold more than 14 million albums and won a Grammy award. The Indigo Girls are Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, plus a changing lineup of musicians on their records and at some of their concerts. Some tours are just Ray and Saliers. Ray and Saliers live near Atlanta, Georgia.

Ruth Moody Concert is May 12

Ruth Moody will play at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on May 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $23. You can hear one of her songs at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7LVzdyImdA

Concert Review: Indigo Girls

The Indigo Girls performed an excellent concert in Northampton on March 22. Tickets sold out in January. The concert was at Smith College in a theater that appeared to hold around 2,000 people. The audience sung along to many of the songs and applauded enthusiastically. The band will release a new album this year or next year.

The Indigo Girls have sold more than 7 million albums and won a Grammy award. The Indigo Girls are Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, plus a changing lineup of musicians on their records and at some of their concerts. Ray and Saliers live near Atlanta, Georgia.

Kasey Chambers Concert in Northampton this Winter

Kasey Chambers is from the Australian outback. “I grew up on the Nullarbor Plain with my family for the first 10 years of my life. We did all of our cooking on open fire -- my dad hunted for our food,” she said. On her new album she is joined by Alan Pigram, an Aboriginal person from the outback. You can hear the first song from Chambers' new album at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tua2SBHsrsU

Some of her older songs have almost 1 million views on YouTube but they aren't as good as her new songs.

English Beat Concert is October 11

The English Beat will play in Holyoke on October 11 at 8 p.m. The band plays ska. The audience dances. Members of the band include Deborah Troiano, King Schascha, and Dave Wakeling, who was born into a working class family in Birmingham, England, according to the band's web site.

The band has donated money to efforts to ban all nuclear weapons. In September 2018 they are playing in England and California. The photo shows Schascha. To enlarge the photo, click on it, then scroll down and click "see full size image." photo from www.TheKingSchascha.com