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Caravan of Thieves with Special Guests The Meadows Brothers

Organizer

The Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Date and Time

Saturday, October 21, 2017
7 pm to 11 pm

Location

The Bellows Falls Opera House
7 Square
Bellows Falls, VT

Karin Mallory Presents in association with Flying Under Radar and Vermont Festivals, LLC

Caravan of Thieves

"This is a band that ambushes with sneaky talent." --DarkViolin

"Imagine taking a journey on unfamiliar roads, and your GPS isnt working. You're left to trust your instincts, fairly confident that you'll reach your destination, even if you don't quite know what lies ahead of you. That's a bit like seeing Caravan of Thieves for the very first time" writes Brian Cornish in NYS Music. "Their multiple styles were all over the musical map. There were elements of swing, bluegrass, alt-country, folk, Americana, big band, gypsy rhythms, Celtic influences, and yes, disco, throughout the evening. Their infectious songs had the audience singing along on the choruses, or on familiar cover tunes, and earned the crowd's trust that we'd all find our way to an enjoyable evening."

Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, the fervent musical couple who front their band, Caravan of Thieves are inspired by influences as diverse as the big band swing era, the Quintette du Hot Club de France and early American folk music. In early 2008, they wrote a handful of songs in this new style and began to fill out their sound with upright bass, violin, an occasional accordion and any other willing participant they could recruit along the way. By the end of their first year, the Caravan began to gain recognition for their distinctive musical vision, released their debut full-length album, Bouquet (2009), and the couple took their show and growing cast of characters on the road, sharing stages with a variety of artists such as Emmylou Harris, Dan Hicks, The Decemberists, Keb Mo, Tom Tom Club, Punch Brothers, and many others. They successfully connected with audiences on each of these diverse bills. Fuzz and Carrie eventually reached a comfortable stride embracing their roles as show and album producers, songwriters and arrangers, released Mischief Night (2010), The Funhouse (2012) and Kiss Kiss (2015), and continued building on the concept with each tour to follow. As a result, the live performance now covers a wide dynamic range and appeal with each show flowing seamlessly from intimate acoustic duets to entertaining and exciting junk percussion jams to big audience stomp, clap and sing-alongs.

Michael Bialas wrote about Caravan of Thieves in a Huffpost article. He was describing The Four Corners Music Festival in Colorado. Familiar with, and even looking forward to many of the musicians it was an unexpected surprise when a band he had never heard of stole the show. " I must admit I had no previous knowledge of Caravan of Thieves, those wild and crazy guys (and gal) who turned out to be the most pleasant surprise of the day This zany group brings a touch of vaudeville, over-the-top theatricality, performance art and an all-but-the-kitchen sink collection of percussion utensils (and a hubcap) to their brand of gypsy swing music. Think Three Stooges with a sexy sidekick and mad musical skills. Fuzz, who grew up in Queens and Long Island but says his real name and age are deep and very, very dark secrets, offers a slapstick delivery and flamenco-style strumming. Sangiovanni, originally from Westchester, N.Y., is the alluring heart and soul of this gang of four. With fetching lace stockings and gloves, along with an acoustic blue guitar, Sangiovanni is the focal point, but theres so much more to see. The group in perpetual motion slides through their set of broad comedy with ease. They offer up their own compositions while daringly taking on such covers as the Talking Heads Psycho Killer and Queens Bohemian Rhapsody, earning a standing ovation in the process. Whatever its celebrating, Caravan of Thieves always seem to be the life of the party."

According to Fuzz and Carrie, "We're driven to consistently entertain our audience, in concert and on our studio recordings, which lends to building a community of listeners who can be involved in our show and our creative process in some way, as well as a variety of artists who we can share our vision with. These elements allow our band and our music to be alive, have a soul."

Caravan of Thieves will perform at The Bellows Falls Opera House on Saturday, October 21st. Doors open at 7:00 and the music will begin at 7:30.

Opening will be Connecticut-based duo, The Meadows Brothers. Young brothers with old souls, these boys have captivated audiences here in Bellows Falls for the past three years. 2017 is a good year for these boys. One of my favorite songs, Faithless Preacher was selected for the final round of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at this year's Merlefest and The Meadows Brothers were invited to perform in the Emerging Artist Showcase at The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. Local fans will welcome The Meadows Brothers back to Bellows Falls in June for their third stint at this year's Roots on the River festival where they perform both on the main stage as well as in the Gospel Hour in the historic Rockingham Meetinghouse. Chip McCabe from LONESOME NOISE writes, "Ian and Dustin Meadows are jack-of-all-trades instrumentalists who have come together to create a truly amazing musical experience.Their sound is a throwback to all of the great folk/country/bluegrass/blues that was kicking around both prior to and shortly after World War II, as well as the great folk revival of the 60s."

Like the other concerts that I have produced, partial proceeds from this one will be given to charity. This time something decidedly local and tangible.

Five thousand, four hundred and forty-four miles.

That's a lot of miles. Its the total number of miles that my friend drove over the past 6 months back and forth to Dartmouth to receive treatment for Cancer. She was fortunate. Surrounded by a supportive network of friends who took turns transporting her. It got me thinking ... there must be many who are not as lucky. Who dont have community to help or the means to pay for all that gas to drive to the hospital day after day. For many, the cost is a real hardship.

Partial proceeds from this concert will go to the Transportation Assistance Program at The Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Specifically to pay for gas cards which are given to cancer patients who need help covering transportation costs.

I got a text last week. It said, "I would like 7 (tickets) for myself and girlfriends please . I was recently wondering when your next musical gift to us would be. So excited for another great show. Me, too!

Good Music for a Good Cause.

Don't wait too long. Tickets will go quickly.

OPERA HOUSE: The 1926 Bellows Falls Opera House underwent a $3.7 million renovation in 2004-2006. The 550-seat theatre features comfortable seating with extra leg room.

Donovan's will be providing beverage service .... a cash bar during the show.

The Opera House is in the middle of downtown Bellows Falls, accessed by Rockingham Street from one end of town and Westminster Street from the other. Parking downtown can be limited, but lots surround the Downtown Square: Island Park, Waypoint Center, TD Bank, Bridge Street, Newberry (next to American Legion), Westminster Street (behind the Flat Iron Café building), Miss Bellows Falls Diner and Amtrak train station. From 91 North and South take the Rockingham/Bellows Falls exits. From 12N cross the CT River bridge in NH into Bellows Falls VT. Bellows Falls boasts many restaurants for a pre-show dinner. Arrive a few hours before the show to shop and enjoy diverse dining!

** Special thanks to corporate sponsors Applied Bolting, R.A.M.P and Popolo for their support. **

** Handicap-accessible seats are available. If you would like to purchase a wheelchair-accessible seat, please contact Karin Mallory directly: kwm1966@gmail.com **

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