Entertainment Highlights: Lisa Marie Presley, A Life Always in the Limelight
Lisa Marie Presley performs at the City Winery Chicago in Chicago, IL, USA on October 25, 2013. After the show, about 50 fans got the chance to meet and greet with the late Elvis Presley's daughter, as well as take part in a Q&A. Now married to one her band's guitarists, Michael Lockwood, since 2006, Ms. Prelsley was also married to Michael Jackson and actor Nicholas Cage. Photo by Cindy Barrymore / ABACAUSA.COM
Lisa Marie Presley, as Walt Whitman would say (about himself), contains multitudes. Even with the fame thrust upon her when born the only daughter of Priscilla and Elvis Presley, she’s rarely retreated from public life, working on various bits of activism and getting married, several times, to several different high-profile people, among them Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage.
She also has a music career, in which she’s released three albums of a hybrid of country, blues, folk and Americana music, since her first album in 2003. Her current tour will make a stop at White River Junction’s Tupelo Music Hall on Sunday.
Due to some combination of talent and celebrity-afforded access, Presley has collaborated with artists including B.B. King and Elton John. There have also been the “duets” with her own father, such as her 2007 single In The Ghetto, in which Elvis’ vocals from his 1969 version of the song were worked in alongside his daughter’s voice.
Still, in the popular consciousness Presley is particularly well-known for tabloid moments, such as her marriage to Michael Jackson, their divorce and their contact with each other following accusations of sexual abuse against Jackson.
Part of the show package — the part that’s already sold out — is a meet and greet with Presley. For about 30 people who scooped up that VIP package, it added $100 to the base $40 show ticket.
“Whenever you get an artist like Lisa Marie Presley, there’s always a fair amount of star quality that sells tickets,” said Scott Hayward, the owner of Tupelo. “In this situation it’s a good show, so I don’t think it’s necessarily the only reason to go see it.”
Hayward also mentioned that Presley’s musical style, which has evolved from country-tinged pop to a moodier, fuller sort of Americana, also fits in with Tupelo’s booking ethos.
“This was definitely a little bit of a small place for her, but it makes it cooler,” Hayward said, adding that Tupelo seats 240. “In the grand scheme of things, this is probably one of our top 12 shows.”
Lisa Marie Presley will play at the Tupelo Music Hall at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $40, and can be purchased from tupelohallvermont.com.
Choro Da Manha, a four-person group from New York that plays Brazilian choro music, will perform at Woodstock’s Blue Horse Inn on Friday as part of Pentangle Arts’ new STUDIO 31 series. The series aims to provide intimate performances in small venues around Woodstock. Choro music is a sort of Brazilian cousin to ragtime, and the root of samba and bossa nova. The 7:30 p.m. show is $28, and tickets can be purchased from pentanglearts.org.
∎ Eighty performers will take the stage at the Lebanon Opera House on Saturday night when Gina Capossela and the Raqs Salaam Dance Theater hosts its 10th Anniversary Middle Eastern and American Belly Dance Showcase. Local performers will put on Persian, Tunisian, Egyptian and Italian (Tarantella) dances, and the show will include open floor dancing for the audience during intermission. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $22 or $28, and can be purchased at lebanonoperahouse.org or by calling 603-448-0400.
Eastern shadow puppetry will come to the Hopkins Center in the new year, as Shadowlight Productions will present its first East Coast performance of Poro Oyna: The Myth of the Aynu. The work, which is based on the history and culture of an indigenous Japanese people, will combine music, folk tales and puppetry. The two shows are on Jan. 10 and Jan. 11.
The Camerata New England Piano Trio will put on a performance including pieces by Mozart and Mendelssohn at 7 p.m. on Saturday at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Norwich. Tickets for adults are $30, and can be purchased from cameratanewengland.org.
∎ Alan Reid & Rob van Sante, two Scottish musicians well-versed in trad, folk and Celtic music, will perform at Haverhill’s Alumni Hall on Saturday. Van Sante is a singer and guitarist; Reid, a keyboardist, was a member of the Battlefield Band for more than 40 years. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show are $20, and can be purchased from alumnihall.org.
∎ Alumni Hall will also host James McMurtry, the storytelling guitarist and son of Larry, with 11 albums under his belt, on Sunday. Tickets to that 7:30 p.m. show are also $20, and can be purchased from alumnihall.org.
∎ Dave Keller, a soul and blues guitarist based in Montpelier, will hold a CD release party tonight to celebrate his new album, Soul Changes , at Tupelo. The album was recorded in Memphis and Brooklyn with Al Green’s original backing band. The 7:30 p.m. show costs $8, and tickets can be purchased from tupelohallvermont.com.
∎ Vermont hip-hop artist Jibba The Gent will play a show at Tupelo on Friday, starting at 9 p.m. It will include performances by Cause and Effect, Millyz, Raw Deff and Barz Unlimited. Tickets for those 21 and over are $10 in advance and $15 at the door; for those under 21 they’re $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To purchase tickets contact Jibba directly at 802-591-2623 or 802-885-4240, or by email at Jibbathegent@gmail.com.
Jams and Workshops
John Harrison and Brendan Taaffe will host a singing workshop at the Hanover Friends Meeting House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. As part of Brattleboro-based Turtle Dove Harmony, the two will work with gospel songs, shape note hymns, Appalachian Ballads and more. Harrison directs the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir; Taaffe directs the Bright Wings Chorus. For more information, go to turtledoveharmony.org/programs.html.
∎ Interplay Jazz and Arts will put on a jam session and a workshop tonight and Saturday, respectively. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight, the organization will host a Third Thursday Jazz Jam Session, to which admission is free and open to all, but space is limited. On Saturday, there will be a Winterplay Jazz Workshop, in which teachers Fred Haas and Michael Zsoldos work on improvisation, listening, phrasing and more. The 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. class, which includes lunch and snacks, costs $150. Both events take place at 59 Draper Road in Hartland and space, again, is limited. For more information or to reserve a spot, email Haas at Fred.Haas@Dartmouth.edu or call 802-291-0788.
“Ruckus: A Cirque Spectacular,” which features elements of circus, dance and theater, will hit the Lebanon Opera House at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25 for adults, and can be purchased from lebanonoperahouse.org.
∎ Gary Krinsky will present his show “Toying With Science,” in which he combines mime, circus acts, original music and audience participation with scientific mainstays such as gravity and simple machines, this morning at 10 a.m. at the Claremont Opera House. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from claremontoperahouse.org.
∎ Thetford’s Parish Players will conclude their run of the drama The Shadow Box this weekend, with shows on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, and can be purchased by leaving a message at 802-785-4344.
∎ Pentangle will host a showing of National Theatre Live’s production of Macbeth, starting at 7 p.m. on Friday at Woodstock’s Town Hall Theatre. Tickets are $20 for general admission, and can be purchased from pentanglearts.org.
Cuckoo’s Nest and a variety of callers will host a Fourth Saturday Contradance at Norwich’s Tracy Hall on Saturday. The dances begins at 8 p.m., and all are taught and called. Admission is $8 for adults. For more information, contact Rick Barrows at 802-785-4607 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tupelo Music Hall will host a screening of parts five and six of Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie — the concluding two parts — titled Ceres’ Children and People’s Power, respectively, Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets, which cost $8 for adults, can be purchased from flynntix.org.
Bar and Club Circuit
Family band The Moores will play at Sunapee’s One Mile West at 9 p.m. on Saturday.
∎ Americana trio Acoustic Truffle, which has toured the country for the past two decades, will make a stop at Lebanon’s Salt hill Pub at 9 p.m. on Friday. At the same time the next night, country western group Houston Bernard will perform at the pub.
∎ Dartmouth-based funk and jazz-rock band Green Room will play at the Salt hill Pub in Hanover starting at 9 p.m. on Friday. The next night, classic rocker Colby Dix will make his Salt hill debut at 9 p.m.
∎ Salt hill Newport will kick off its weekend slate with a dance party courtesy of DJ Ignite, starting at 9 p.m. on Friday. At the same time on Saturday, classic rock and ’90s cover band Talkin’ Smack will play.
∎ Prolific New York-based singer-songwriter Ari Hest will play at The Flying Goose in New London tonight, starting at 8 p.m.
∎ Jukejoynt will perform at Jesse’s in Hanover, starting at 5 p.m. on Friday.
∎ Nashville recording artist Clay Canfield brings his talents to the River Stones Tavern in Quechee on Fridays and Saturdays, starting at 8 p.m. He also performs at Bentleys Restaurant in Woodstock on Sundays, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
∎ Also at Bentleys, Tom Yaz, a video disc jockey who has worked on various cruise ships, will perform a show at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
∎ The Chris Kleeman Blues Band will play the Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland, starting at 9 p.m. on Friday.
∎ Gillian Joy will play piano at the Canoe Club in Hanover tonight. On Saturday, the duo Singer & Jordan — Phil and Laurianne, respectively — will perform with just their voices and a guitar. Sunday will see a performance by the Fred Haas & Michael Blum Duo, on piano and guitar, and Tuesday will bring in jazz guitarist Ted Mortimer. Rich Greenblatt will play on Wednesday. All music begins at 7 p.m.
∎ Todd Moses & Fajita 5 will play at West Lebanon’s Seven Barrel Brewery starting at 9 p.m. on Friday.
Salt hill Pub in Hanover runs an open mic hosted by Chad Gibbs on Mondays at 7 p.m.
∎ At Salt hill in Lebanon, Brian Warren and Seth Barbiero will host an open mic tonight starting at 8.
∎ Brian Warren also hosts an open mic at Bentleys Restaurant in Woodstock. It’s on Mondays, starting at 8:30 p.m.
∎ Bradford’s Colatina Exit hosts an open mic on Tuesdays starting at 8 p.m.
∎ The Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon runs an open mic on Wednesdays, beginning at 8 p.m.
∎ Gregory Brown hosts an open mic at Hartland’s Skunk Hollow Tavern, beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
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