Soule Monde
Oct
24
8:00 PM20:00

Soule Monde

Soule Monde is avant funk erupting from the syncopated minds of power

drummer Russ Lawton + B3 wizard Ray Paczkowski. An ideal union of

swagger and raw talent, the duo is cemented into an indestructible pocket,

where bold improvisational leaps by either player are met by a near-telepathic

response from the other. This is fluid funk, crafted for the dance floor but

supported by an extensive grasp of jazz improvisation.

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"The Ranger" Film Screening and Halloween Dance Party
Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

"The Ranger" Film Screening and Halloween Dance Party

“THE RANGER” Film screening and Halloween Dance Party
Saturday, October 27. 
Film Screening with intro by Jeremy Holm at 7:30pm
Dance Party at 9:30pm. 

Frightening Fun awaits when we present the Vermont premiere of the independent thriller film “The Ranger” staring Vergennes’ resident Jeremy Holm in the title role! He will be on hand to introduce the film. Post film, Halloween shenanigans will commence with a DJ-led dance party and costume contest. 

This event is being produced by the Vergennes Opera House in collaboration with Hired Hand Brewery, Daily Chocolate and W.D. Benton Appraisers. 

Tickets are $15 for the combo screening (7:30pm start) and dance party.
$10 for the dance party only (9:30pm start).

Film rated PG-13, 1hr 20 run time. 
Cash bar managed by Bar Antidote, and doors open at 7pm. 

Visit vergennesoperahouse.org for more information or call 802-877-6737

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Hokum Bros.
Oct
31
7:00 PM19:00

Hokum Bros.

Their songs are catchy and integrated with humor, while their style of play is multifarious. Their lyrics speak of true-life experiences with a thread of the earliest cultural fabric we call Americana. Rare and original, The Hokum Bros. sing and patter their way into inspired silliness and offer enough sly satire and social commentary to insure you'll be wearing your happy face long after the show is over.

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Sarah King
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Sarah King

Sarah King sings blues, alternative, and rock music, all delivered with a side of Southern soul. Taking the stage with only an acoustic guitar, she captivates audiences with her haunting melodies, confident stage presence, and thought-provoking lyrics. 


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Bessette Quartet
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Bessette Quartet

Bessette Quartet was born at Bar Antidote in 2012 and has been their home base ever since. The band combines the guitarist wizardry of bluegrass virtuoso Doug Perkins getting his jazz on with the lyrical sax of Eric Bessette. The rhythm section combines the solid and spicy drums of Matt Davis with the "mighty bass" legend Andy Smith. They play a combination of grooving jazz and funk with a few surprises.

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Shane Murley
Nov
21
7:00 PM19:00

Shane Murley

“I gig around the area playing for bars, restaurants, private parties and weddings. Music is a very powerful thing and I feel lucky to have been blessed with the gift to share it. The band that I have put together have been performing all their lives as musicians. I'm a lucky guy. They've been playing almost once or twice a week with me and we continue to grow tighter every show. People are moved by our music. We receive a lot of good feedback after every show that inspires me to keep moving forward and doing what we love.

My influences range from Al Green, Radiohead, Ryan Adams, Ween, Marvin Gaye, Pixies/Frank Black, Wilco, The Kinks, Jason Collett, David Gray and many more…”

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Kelly Ravin
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

Kelly Ravin

Kelly Ravin plays gritty rock and roll. Equally at home in backcountry bars & big city clubs, his skills as an instrumentalist are outshadowed only by his gifts as a songwriter. 

His music finds itself squarely in the rock and roll tradition, with early influence from acts like The Drive By Truckers and Steve Earle; and modern resonance with the alt-country resurgence led by Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell and others.

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Kelly Ravin
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Kelly Ravin

Kelly Ravin plays gritty rock and roll. Equally at home in backcountry bars & big city clubs, his skills as an instrumentalist are outshadowed only by his gifts as a songwriter. 

His music finds itself squarely in the rock and roll tradition, with early influence from acts like The Drive By Truckers and Steve Earle; and modern resonance with the alt-country resurgence led by Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell and others.

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Shane Murley
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Shane Murley

I gig around the area playing for bars, restaurants, private parties and weddings. Music is a very powerful thing and I feel lucky to have been blessed with the gift to share it. The band that I have put together have been performing all their lives as musicians. I'm a lucky guy. They've been playing almost once or twice a week with me and we continue to grow tighter every show. People are moved by our music. We receive a lot of good feedback after every show that inspires me to keep moving forward and doing what we love.

My influences range from Al Green, Radiohead, Ryan Adams, Ween, Marvin Gaye, Pixies/Frank Black, Wilco, The Kinks, Jason Collett, David Gray and many more

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Bessette Quartet
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Bessette Quartet

Bessette Quartet was born at Bar Antidote in 2012 and has been their home base ever since. The band combines the guitarist wizardry of bluegrass virtuoso Doug Perkins getting his jazz on with the lyrical sax of Eric Bessette. The rhythm section combines the solid and spicy drums of Matt Davis with the "mighty bass" legend Andy Smith. They play a combination of grooving jazz and funk with a few surprises.

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Kelly Ravin
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Kelly Ravin

Kelly Ravin plays gritty rock and roll. Equally at home in backcountry bars & big city clubs, his skills as an instrumentalist are outshadowed only by his gifts as a songwriter. 

His music finds itself squarely in the rock and roll tradition, with early influence from acts like The Drive By Truckers and Steve Earle; and modern resonance with the alt-country resurgence led by Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell and others.

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Strangled Darlings
Sep
5
7:00 PM19:00

Strangled Darlings

The music is built on deep sense of rhythm and groove, carried by George on mandolin and Jess on custom tenor bass & foot drums. His mandolin bursts out in a slalom of notes and snare drum rhythms. Her solid body custom tenor bass weaves an intricate counter melody and her feet pound a percussive groove.  The voices and the lyrics are the hidden third member of the band and the story behind the music. The songs work with nontraditional subjects for inspiration. Some song subjects include: the works of great authors (Faulkner, William Blake, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Donald Bartheleme, Anna Ahkmatova) as well as witchcraft in the Civil War, the morality of Somali piracy and the media impact of Neil Armstrong. 
 

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Swing Noire
Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

Swing Noire

Call it what you may—Gypsy jazz, hot swing, jazz manouche. In any case Swing Noire invokes the energy of a swingin’ jazz club and transports audiences back to the early days of jazz with their unique take on Hot Swing in the spirit of Django Reinhardt  and Stephane Grappelli . Vermont’s newest acoustic, Hot Club style quartet, Swing Noire makes music that “will entrance and surprise you.”
 

http://www.swingnoire.com/

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John Daly Trio
Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

John Daly Trio

John Daly (guitar, vocals) has been writing and performing original music for more than a decade in Vermont.  The Band has honed and focused John's music and performance, accentuating dynamics and delivery.  John's writing is both subtle and straightforward.  Musical hooks and haunting melodies invite the ear to explore the layers of sounds and feelings. John's lyrics have been described as containing a "startling juxtaposition of words and images," yet "with coherent flow that culminates in a more powerful punch."  Alongside all that he brings to bear as a singer/songwriter, John Daly is a father, a step-father, a farmer and an aural piano tuner.  auralpianotuning.com

 

 

Dennis Derryberry (guitar, vocals) is your basic everyday childhood-piano-brat-turned-six-string-slinger/singer.  He first began rehearsing with John and Adam in 2012.  Playing in the John Daly Band offers Dennis a wonderful opportunity to stand just a half-step back from the front of the stage and let loose with two of his favorite elements of live sound: lead guitar and harmony vocals.  The robust musical foundations of John's songs enable Dennis to be highly expressive in these pursuits, operating on the premise that a sweet tonal glimpse of the all-one is waiting right there on the other side of that next note.

 

Matt DeLuca (drums) moved to VT from Newburgh, NY, in 1992.  Since then, he's played drums and percussion in a variety of bands throughout northern and central Vermont spanning jazz, folk, rock, bluegrass and country.  Matt believes that music should tell a story.  He sees his role as supporting that storytelling with rhythmic and dynamic creativity that aims to serve the song, invite the listener and fit the venue.  Matt met John Daly in 2016 through a mutual friend and kickass drummer - Jay Gleason.  Matt's other current projects include Gravel (jazz trio - drums) and Japhy Ryder (hiphop/electronica/funk - percussion).

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Alex Smith
Aug
1
7:00 PM19:00

Alex Smith

Alex Smith grew up in Long Lake, in the rural heart of New York's Adirondack Park, and his music strives first and fore most to echo the people and culture of that area. He builds songs from a blend of traditional folk harmony and strikingly

modern lyrics, confronting today's most pressing issues with a style of honest and accurate observation often compared to songwriters Stan Rogers and Jason Isbell.  Smith's mother is a historian and his father is a writer and boat builder. Their influence is evident in his attention to detail: each of Smith's characterslives and breathes a balance betweenbeauty and imperfection. His stories draw on the triumphs and hardships of friends, relatives, and neighbors near and far.  Smith is truly a “working musician,” playing nearly 200 a shows a year.

    In the fall of 2012, at the close of his first extensive summer tour, Smith signed with acclaimed folk label Wepecket Island Records.  He has since toured internationally both solo and

with his band TheMountain Sound, been featured on Emmy-Award winning documentary “Songs To Keep” alongside Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, and Dan Berggren, won an NTCMA award for his record “Hamilton County,” and received extensive radio play nationwide.

     Sarah Craig, director of the legendary Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY, calls Smith “A natural storyteller with a rich voice who is creating poignant songs rooted in the heritage of his Adirondack home,” while Country Music News International’s Bob Everhart says he is “a wonderful, poetic writer who captures words full of meaning, matching them with creative music that creeps quietly into the past at the same time as dancing with the present and sneaking a peek at the future.”

    When he's not on the road, Smith splits his time between the Adirondacks and Leicester, VT

ive from Caffe Lena, Smith's third release, was released in November of 2017.  

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Hardscrabble
Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

Hardscrabble

Hard Scrabble is a Vermont based band formed in 2009. Their music is a blend of primarily bluegrass, and acoustic covers with a hint of blues and a few unexpected twists. Hard Scrabble is well known throughout the area as one of its premier, acoustic bands. Their repertoire centers on well blended vocal harmonies and varied instrumentation. Instruments include guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, and bass.

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Strangled Darlings
Jul
11
7:00 PM19:00

Strangled Darlings

Jess and George met at party in 2009, with their spontaneous duet of the Prince song, "Pussy Control". Soon after that they formed a band around a principle of originality and ruthless editing of their work. The name of the band draws inspiration from southern author William Faulkner who would tell his writing students that 'sometimes in writing you must strangle your darlings'.

The have written and toured as a full band but once they decided to tour the US full time and live in a 20 foot RV, there was only enough extra room for the little dog. Jess is a trained classical violinist but picked-up cello and discovered that she was actually a bass player. George found his degree in English Lit pays better as an indie musician and so learned the mandolin.

The music is built on deep sense of rhythm and groove. Mandolin like you’ve rarely ever seen, somewhere between a snare drum and a slalom of notes. The solid body custom cello weaves an intricate counter melody and and percussive groove. The voices and the lyrics are the hidden third member of the band and the story behind the music.The songs work with nontraditional subjects for inspiration. Some song subjects include: the works of great authors (Faulkner, William Blake, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Donald Bartheleme, Anna Ahkmatova) as well as witchcraft in the Civil War, the morality of Somali piracy and the media impact of Neil Armstrong. 

Strangled darlings have released 2 full length albums and one EP, receiving praise from hometown and national press alike.

 

http://www.strangleddarlings.com/music

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Jeff Przech
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Jeff Przech

Jeff Przech is many things. He is a songwriter, troubadour, a bit of a raconteur, and most importantly, a single father. "It all starts and ends there, man, with those two," says Przech, referring to his two young children, who both make cameos on his first record. He understands struggle and his life experiences shape his songwriting, which is always very true with its intentions. He wants to his songs to make people think and feel. Whether he is playing with The Outfit or just by himself with an acoustic guitar, Przech’s dusty, resonant baritone provides a weight to his songs and lyrics. While the songs may be ‘partly truth, partly fiction,’ Jeff Przech is not. There is an unquestioned sincerity to the man and his music. “There’s a line in one of my songs,” says Przech, “All I can do is all I can do. That’s pretty much the way I look at it. I put everything I have into what I write and record. If it doesn’t mean something to me, how can I expect it to mean something to anyone else?”

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Russ Lawton & Clint Bierman
Jun
13
8:00 PM20:00

Russ Lawton & Clint Bierman

Russ Lawton drummer for such local bands as Soule Monde and Trey Anastasio Band joins up with Clint Bierman — a multi instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and band leader. He has been performing professionally for 18+ years and started The Grift with Jeff Vallone in 1999. 

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Helen Hummel
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Helen Hummel

Helens music reflects the rural landscape of her upbringing in Vermont and explores the styles of Joni Mitchell, Andrew Bird, and Jeff Buckley, among many others. Through classic and original songs, Helen fills out the limits of her vocal range, accompanying herself on bright and playful guitar. With a new album just released this is sure to be fun night at The Antidote.

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Soule Monde
May
9
8:00 PM20:00

Soule Monde

Soule Monde is avant funk erupting from the syncopated minds of power drummer Russ Lawton + B3 wizard Ray Paczkowski. An ideal union of swagger and raw talent, the duo is cemented into an indestructible pocket, where bold improvisational leaps by either player are met by a near-telepathic response from the other. This is fluid funk, crafted for the dance floor but supported by an extensive grasp of jazz improvisation.

http://www.soulemonde.com

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Shane Murley
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Shane Murley

Shane Murley is an American singer/songwriter born in Center Point, Texas. Music has always been a part of Shane’s life and runs in his family. Before having children, his mother was in a folk band playing guitar and singing harmonies, and Shane's younger brother, Josh Murley, is also singer/songwriter/guitar player that was on Season Six of NBC's The Voice.

Shane moved to Vermont in 2001 and quickly joined a band called The Huntington Project. The band wrote a few records’ worth of originals and put out an album in 2005. Later that year, Shane began four years of traveling, and along the way, he met musicians in San Francisco and formed a band that inspired him to pick up his guitar again. In 2009, Shane moved back to Vermont and began playing small clubs. He’s since gathered a group of very talented musicians - his current band is a six-piece featuring acoustic and electric guitar, violin, piano, mandolin, bass and drums. Their goal is to make an album during the next year while staying busy playing all over Vermont and the northeast.

http://shanemurleyband.com/

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Bessette Quartet
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Bessette Quartet

Bessette Quartet was born at Bar Antidote in 2012 and has been their home base ever since. The band combines the guitarist wizardry of bluegrass virtuoso Doug Perkins getting his jazz on with the lyrical sax of Eric Bessette. The rhythm section combines the solid and spicy drums of Matt Davis with the "mighty bass" legend Andy Smith. They play a combination of grooving jazz and funk with a few surprises.

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Robin Sunquiet
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Robin Sunquiet

Robin Sunquiet is an American Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer-Songwriter, Producer, who combines the funky uptempo dance party beats of modern DJs, with the raw energy of live vocal and instrumental performance. He is largely influenced by Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Ed Sheeran, Prince, and Michael Franti, as well as DJ’s like David Guetta and Rudimental. With a focus on diverse world dance rhythms, simple catchy vocal choruses, and soulful guitar riffs, he draws even the most tentative audiences onto the dance floor to sing along. He has appeared at iconic venues such as The Boulder Theater and Higher Ground Ballroom, and has shared the stage with live music festival road warriors such as Easy Star Allstars, Kung Fu, and The Ready Set. His 2017 release, “Elastic Love”, is available now on Itunes and Spotify; it’s appropriately named—-Robin’s live show is an ELASTIC dance party brimming with LOVE that will make your sweat roll over your smile.

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Someone Like You w/Josh O. Murley and brother Shane Murley
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Someone Like You w/Josh O. Murley and brother Shane Murley

Shane Murley is an American singer/songwriter born in Center Point, Texas. Music has always been a part of Shane’s life and runs in his family. Before having children, his mother was in a folk band playing guitar and singing harmonies, and Shane's younger brother, Josh Murley, is also singer/songwriter/guitar player that was on Season Six of NBC's The Voice.

Shane moved to Vermont in 2001 and quickly joined a band called The Huntington Project. The band wrote a few records’ worth of originals and put out an album in 2005. Later that year, Shane began four years of traveling, and along the way, he met musicians in San Francisco and formed a band that inspired him to pick up his guitar again. In 2009, Shane moved back to Vermont and began playing small clubs. He’s since gathered a group of very talented musicians - his current band is a six-piece featuring acoustic and electric guitar, violin, piano, mandolin, bass and drums. Their goal is to make an album during the next year while staying busy playing all over Vermont and the northeast.

http://shanemurleyband.com/

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Shane Murley Band at Vergennes Opera House
Mar
24
8:00 PM20:00

Shane Murley Band at Vergennes Opera House

Save the date, and load up the posse for another Saturday night dance party at the Vergennes Opera House! www.HiredHandBrewing.com presents the Shane Murley Band! They will be in rare form, with a 13 piece band for your listening pleasure. The Band line up consists of Ethan Waldman on violin, Mike Huyler on electric guitar, Dan Bailey on Drums, Adlai Waxman on keys, Eugene Rice on bass, and many special guests, including brother Josh O. Murley and Thistle Tulla Carson. Two phenomenal vocalists, who will be sitting in for a set of Motown songs, joined by three amazing back up singers, Ali Gibson, Mara Urban and Anna. The band is fortunate enough to have R&B/Soul man John Clark on saxophone, who has played with the likes of Little Richard and James Brown. Also, Laureen Carson will be making a debut on trumpet, as well as Chris Huyck on acoustic guitar. They are sure to squeeze a few more surprises in there, throughout the night ;-) So much talent, on one stage, and the sound will be top notch w/ Bennett Shapiro http://www.madtechsound.com/ Don't miss out! You can pre buy tickets at HiredHandBrewing in Vergennes, or by simply calling them for reserved tickets at 802-870-7191. 
 

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AmerikanaBlue
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

AmerikanaBlue

AmerikanaBlue is an acoustic trio that features the type of music you might have heard in a Greenwich Village coffeehouse in the late 60's. Folk songs, protest, plantation Blues, country... anything that someone with a Sears guitar and an ounce of courage might get up and sing during an open mic!

After five years playing as The Suspects, a central VT based Blues band, AmerikanaBlue was developed for playing in more intimate settings and allowing for experimentation in various musical styles, including some original music.

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Soule Monde
Mar
7
8:00 PM20:00

Soule Monde

Soule Monde is avant funk erupting from the syncopated minds of power drummer Russ Lawton + B3 wizard Ray Paczkowski. An ideal union of swagger and raw talent, the duo is cemented into an indestructible pocket, where bold improvisational leaps by either player are met by a near-telepathic response from the other. This is fluid funk, crafted for the dance floor but supported by an extensive grasp of jazz improvisation.

http://www.soulemonde.com

 

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