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The Stockwell Brothers

Twilight Music begins its 18th Twilight on the Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, zydeco, Celtic, jazz, rock and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, July 18, with contemporary folk and bluegrass quartet The Stockwell Brothers.

Bruce, Barry, Alan and Kelly Stockwell's music spans traditional and progressive styles, but their trademark acoustic sound features new singer-songwriter material recast with banjo, alternative rhythms and three-part harmonies. They cover straight-ahead bluegrass songs, finger-picked acoustic guitar ballads, full tilt breakdowns and traditional mandolin tunes mixed in with more unusual fare — Americana melodies riding world-beat grooves and Celtic, jazzy, even neo-classical instrumentals.

Co-presented with Next Stage Arts Project, the five-concert series continues Sundays, Aug. 1, 22 and Sept. 5 and 19. July and August concerts begin at 6 p.m. and September concerts begin at 5 p.m. downtown on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket), or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain.

Admission is free (donations are welcome) and food will be available; call (802) 387-5772 or go online to for more information.

Armbruster’s ‘Scarecrow’

The Dorset Theatre Festival, in its fourth annual Pipeline Series of new plays, featuring “Scarecrow,” in development written and performed by the acclaimed writer of the festival’s world premiere production of “Mrs. Christie” (2019), Heidi Armbruster, directed by Dina Janis.

Armbruster, actress, playwright and co-founder of Dorset’s Women Artists Writing Group, will spend three weeks in Vermont developing a new one-woman show that will be presented as a staged reading in a limited series of matinee performances at the festival’s new outdoor stage at Southern Vermont Arts Center.

“Scarecrow” tells the story of a New York City actress who lands herself on her family’s dairy farm to grieve herself back to life after the death of her father, a farmer. But can she ever make enough meatloaf, or watch enough Hallmark movies, to feel a sense of purpose again now that her most important person is no longer on the planet? A laugh-out-loud journey through loss, survival, resilience and renewal, “Scarecrow” is a comedy and a look at farm life in America through the eyes of a farmer’s daughter.

“Scarecrow” will have six matinee performances beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 14; Saturday, July 17; Sunday, July 18; Saturday, July 24; Sunday, July 25; and Wednesday, July 28, at Southern Vermont Arts Center.

Go online to for tickets or information.

Music Under the Stars

The Brattleboro Music Center and Retreat Farm kicks off its “Music Under the Stars” summer concert series Saturday, July 24, with a performance by the Vermont Jazz Center Big Band at Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Square.

The 17-piece Vermont Jazz Center Big Band, under the direction of Rob Freeberg, will honor one of the greatest vocalists and pianists in jazz history: Grammy Hall of Famer Nat "King" Cole.

Gates open 5:30 p.m.; the concert begins at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to bring lawn chairs and a picnic, and to enjoy food truck fare, maple creamees, and craft beers at The Thirsty Goat bar.

Admission is free; call the BMC at (802) 257-4523 or go online to for more information.

Theater auditions

The Dorset Players will hold auditions for their fall show, “Kindly Leave the Stage,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, July 20 and July 21 at the Dorset Church. The play will run Oct. 1-3 and Oct. 8-10 at the Dorset Playhouse.

Directed by Richard Maiori and written by John Chapman, the play requires two males 25-50; one male 60-plus; two females 25-50; one female 60-plus; and two female characters any age.

This British bedroom comedy is a play within a play. The marriage of Rupert and Sarah is on the rocks and their friends Charles and Madge agree to handle their divorce. After the curtain is up for a short period, Rupert forgets his lines and threatens to kill Charles because he is having an affair with Rupert’s real-life wife, Madge, as the rest of the cast try to forge ahead with the original play.

For further information or to borrow a script, call Lynne at (802) 375-5717.

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