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Who: Gregory BrownWhat: Multifaceted guitarist/songwriterSounds like: Jam band infused hip-hop
Gregory Brown is emerging as a regular on the open microphone circuit, hosting get-togethers Wednesdays Skunk Hollow Tavern and frequent Tuesdays at Windsor Station, which he considers the best acoustic player’s room in the Upper Valley. He frequently performs a mix of his own music and covers as a solo act and as part of the Gypsy Twins duo with C.J. Pizarro, a/k/a Mista Cookie Jar. His influences include Dave Matthews Band, Bob Marley, Jack Johnson, Beastie Boys, Jimi Hendrix and Ben Harper.
Brown grew up in Thetford, leaving to attend Lewis & Clark College in Oregon He later moved to Southern California, where he began writing and performing his own songs. In 2008, he moved back to Vermont, and lately he’s been helping Pizarro promote his new children’s album, Mista Cookie Jar Presents: The Love Bubble. Brown co-wrote two of the album’s songs. A Brown original, “No Mercy In The Valley,” is available for download at http://www.reverbnation.com/gypsytwins
In the coming months, the duo will be performing family show opportunities during the day and performing as The Gypsy Twins at night. Brown is also a frequent guest at the open mic hosted by Tad Davis at Jesse’s in Hanover, NH every Thursday night.
April 23, Firestone’s, Quechee, VT, soloApril 29, Bentley’s, Woodstock, VT, soloJune 3, Bentley’s, Woodstock, VT, Gypsy TwinsJune 4, Jesse’s, Hanover, NH, Gypsy Twins
Worth driving out of town
What: Thank You Friends: A Celebration of Alex Chilton of Big Star and the Box Tops
Where: Iron Horse Music Hall
When: Saturday, April 24 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $10/adv $13/door
Distance: 85 Miles
There’s an old saying about the Velvet Underground – not many people saw them, but everyone who did started a band. That’s also true about Big Star, the seventies band led by pop master Alex Chilton. Big Star was due to play SXSW when Chilton died suddenly a few weeks ago.
Chilton reached his biggest audience as a teenager with Box Tops. “The Letter” and “Cry Like a Baby” will probably spin in jukeboxes until the end of the time. They are to pop what Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik was to classical music, perfect specimens of the form.
But Chilton influenced more musicians with Big Star – the Replacements even named a song for him. This tribute show features a few bands that owe a big part of their sound to Chilton. Performing are Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne, the dream-pop Winterpills, Mark Mulcahy (cited by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke as a key influence), Sitting Next to Brian, Henning Ohlenbusch, Rick Murnane, Thane Thomsen, Lesa Bezo and Dave Houghton of Fancy Trash.