BURLINGTON -- Looking for something to help you break out of that post-holiday funk? Here is a sampling of upcoming events being performed on Flynns MainStage. Tickets for all of the following events are available in person at the FlynnTix Regional Box Office window at 153 Main Street, Burlington; or by calling 802-86-FLYNN. The Smiling Boot
One of world musics premiere ensembles, Vermont favorites La Bottine Souriante (The Smiling Boot) return for a high-spirited double-bill with Que?bec neighbors and proteges Le Vent du Nord. This special Quebecois Double-Bill storms in from the northlands to take over the MainStage on Saturday, January 5 at 8 p.m. Called the best band in the world (Dirty Linen), the nine spectacular musicians and one high-stepping dancer of La Bottine Souriante have revitalized Qubecois musical heritage, fusing the high-energy folk music of France, Scotland, and Ireland. Since they captivated the folk music scene in 2002, playing infectious traditional Quebecois music with a contemporary twist, the four singers and multi-instrumentalists of Le Vent du Nord have had a dazzling ascension as the pre-eminent band of Que?becs folk revival. This performance is sponsored by Hydro-Quebec, with media support from VPR. Tickets for this performance are $39, $30, and $25. Flynn MainStage, or Alices Restaurant?
Born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other, folk singer, musician, and composer Arlo Guthrie has toured the world, winning a broad and dedicated following over the past four decades. Since headlining the seminal Woodstock music festival in 1969, Guthrie has rarely performed alone. But now he hits the road alone in his Solo Reunion Tour: Together At Last. With his piano, six- and 12-string guitars, harmonica, and legendary voice, he brings stories, greatest hits, and beloved folk classics to the Flynn MainStage on Saturday, February 2 at 8 p.m. Its coming up to 50 years of life on the road and Id love to have a chance to do it like I did with nothing but a couple of guitars and a harmonica, said Guthrie. The son of folk troubadour Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie gave his first public performance at age 13 and quickly became involved in the music that was shaping the world during the 1960s. In 1967, he wrote and recorded a cultural touchstone, Alices Restaurant, a bitingly satirical protest against the Vietnam War draft, and two years later he headlined at Woodstock. Since then he has toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia; launched his own record label, Rising Son Records, which holds his complete catalogue; performed acting roles on the ABC series Byrds of Paradise and the USA network series Renegade; written and published a popular newsletter, The Rolling Blunder Review; and authored an award-winning childrens book, Mooses Come Walking. He has toured with his talented musician children, because the spirit of the Guthrie Family has been handed down from generation to generation and it was just plain fun, he says. In December 2006, Guthrie and his family rode the Amtrak City of New Orleans train from Chicago to New Orleans, stopping along the way to perform benefit concerts and raising over $100,000 for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Tickets for this performance are $44, $37, and $27. The Story of the Barefoot Angels
New York performance artist and Vermont native Abigail Nessen shares the story of two American communities devastated by catastrophic and near-simultaneous horrors in her one-woman FlynnSpace performance, The Magic Show: The Story of the Barefoot Angels, on Saturday, January 12 at 8 p.m. In August 2005, a Level 5 hurricane traveled through the Gulf Coast, threatening thousands of lives. In just one week, thousands of Americans lost their homes, their loved ones, or their own lives to brutal Hurricane Katrina and its resulting flood. Thousands of miles away, in El Salvador, the Santa Ana volcano began to smokeand 10 days later erupted, leaving residents in an equally desperate situation. In The Magic Show, Nessen recalls these tragedies and channels the voices of six good-hearted, diverse, and passionate charactersseveral of whom are based on real peoplethree Louisianans, two Salvadorans, and one New Yorker. They dance, tell dirty jokes, weep, laugh, share their stories, and sing music as diverse as Salvadoran hip-hop, zydeco, and old-time 12-bar blues, all in a whirlwind one act solo performance accompanied with live music by one man band Shaun Bengson. The Magic Show opened Off-Broadway at the Actors Playhouse in June and now celebrates its Vermont premiere in FlynnSpace. Nessen has performed original solo works with the Royal Shakespeare Company, New York Hip-Hop Theater Festival, and the Apollo New Works Festivaland was seen in several Off-Broadway musicals, including Bush Wars: A Musical Revenge. This performance is funded in part by the Vermont Community Foundation Arts Endowment Fund. FlynnSpace media support is provided by Seven Days. Tickets for this performance are $23 for adults and $19 for students.