It is time to head out to Bellows Falls for a performance by popular regional roots singer Eilen Jewell and her band. Jewell will appear at Boccelli's on the Canal Friday, Feb. 26 with doors open at 7 p.m., presented by Vermont Festivals LLC.
As an added bonus, Boccelli's, which recently closed for regular restaurant service, will be open for dinner that evening.
"Eilen and the band were huge crowd favorites in both 2007 and 2008 at the Roots on the River Festival," Ray Massucco, Vermont Festivals Producer, said. "They have been building very impressive fan loyalty all over the eastern seaboard and we expect them to be playing to a full house."
As soon as Jewell's appearance was announced, the concert's first ticket sale came in northern New Hampshire.
"This tells you something about how far fans are willing to travel to see Eilen, even in the dead of winter," Massucco said.
Eilen Jewell (pronounced "ee-lin" rhymes with feelin'), 30, Idaho-born, Boston-based singer and guitarist, has garnered steady-growing praise for her engaging performances, distinctive vocals and vintage-yet-unique sound.
"With guitar wizard Jerry Miller, upright bassman extraordinaire Johnny Sciascia and Jason Beek putting on a masterworks class on the drum kit, Eilen and the band will warm up the crowd and the room instantly," Massucco said.
Her current tour features her most recent album "Sea of Tears." It is inspired by late 50s and early 60s rock 'n' roll. The record, a classic "heartbreak album" is Jewell's third, following 2007's acclaimed "Letters from Sinners and Strangers" and 2006's self-released "Boundary County."
"Before I discovered Woody Guthrie and folk music, I was listening to Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and, later on, the Animals and the Kinks," Jewell noted in her press materials. "I love that stuff, and I love to play it."
Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 at the door and can be purchased at Village Square Booksellers and Fat Franks in Bellows Falls, The VAULT and Radio Shack in Springfield, Misty Valley Books in Chester, and online at www.brattleborotix.com.
There are a limited number of front-row "angel" tickets available for $25. For more information, visit www.vermontfestivalsllc.com or call 463-9595.
Reservations for Boccelli's, recommended, are at 460-1190.