Today’s Compass

Players
Local Music Spotlight
Who:  Gregory Brown
What: Multifaceted guitarist/songwriter
Sounds 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.
Upcoming Gigs:
April 23, Firestone’s, Quechee, VT, solo
April 29, Bentley’s, Woodstock, VT, solo
June 3, Bentley’s, Woodstock, VT, Gypsy Twins
June 4, Jesse’s, Hanover, NH, Gypsy Twins

PlayersLocal Music Spotlight
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.
Upcoming Gigs:
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

Beyond

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

More: http://www.iheg.com

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.

Horizon
Mark your calendar
What: Barnaby’s Bluegrass Festival
Where: Rockingham Hill Farm, 34 Meeting House Rd. in Rockingham
When: Friday, May 21 through Sunday, May 23
Tickets: Single day tickets $10-$25, weekend passes $40-$80 at http://www.jambasetickets.com
More: Go to http://www.facebook.com and search for “Barnaby’s Backroad Jamboree”
PK’s Pub honcho Josh Hearne threw the first Barnaby’s Backroad Jamboree last July, and though there was a lot of muck to wade through for midsummer, the music, with a who’s who of local bands, was stellar.  Since then, Hearne has been promoting shows at a few different places, most prominently Curtis’s Bar-B-Q in Chester.
A few months ago, Hearne announced his biggest endeavor yet, a three-day bluegrass festival with a wide ranging lineup that includes the Gordon Stone Band, Jatoba, Hot Day at the Zoo, the Pluckin’ Grassholes, Rockspring, Cabinet, the Bondville Boys, Steel Rail Bluegrass and four others.  The event will also be a breakout day for emerging country star Jandee Lee Porter, a Charlestown native who packed Curtis’s a few weeks back.
The three-day, two-night show happens at a forest location located a few miles off the interstate, and includes lunch and dinner vendors, a kids area, fire dancers, performance artists and “interactive party stuff” – you’ll have to ask Hearne what the last one means.
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