BARTLETT— The next Cold River Radio Show returns to Theater in the Wood on Observatory Lane in Intervale Sunday, March 10, at 7 p.m., with the musical variety and talk show featuring Quebec's DeTemps Antan, storytellers Lauretta Phillips and Cora Chiampi, singer=sngwriter Vanessa Torres, local best-selling New York Times novelist Lisa Gardner, and the Cold River Band.
The BYOB event — the fourth held to date on an every-other-month formatted schedule since September — promises to continue this new classic variety show's standard for quality entertainment, notes musical host Jonathan Sarty.
“I'm jumping out of my shoes with excitement about this next show,” said Sarty, a popular local entertainer and co-producer of the series with Vince Pelote of Chocorua. “We've got a band which sings in French, we've got another singer who speaks Spanish, we've got two great storytellers, and we've got a New York Times best-selling author, which is a real plus for us, so it will be a multi-cultural event. It's all very exciting for us as the series continues to build a wider audience as word gets out among musicians and audiences.”
Presented by Mountain Top Music, the vision of the series is to highlight up-and-coming regional performers in an intimate, relaxed setting.
Sponsors include Black Mountain, J-Town Deli, the Valley Originals, Whitehorse Gear, Coldwell Bankers/Wright Realty, Village Cigar Emporium, Tuttle Landscapes LLC, and season sponsors Flatbread Company, Wildcat Inn and Tavern, White Birch Books and lodging sponsor The 1785 Inn.
As musical host, Sarty abandons his country and rock roots to sing in between sets with the Cold River Band on jazz and swing/pop standards. In recent shows, for example, he has sung such classics as “I Only Have Eyes (For You),” “Stardust,” and “We'll Meet Again.”
“The Cold River Radio Show,” Sarty notes on the www.coldriverradio.com website, “is in part designed to provide a forum for young up and coming musicians. There is an incredible wealth of talent in our region and I am very pleased to be a part of this new show which is giving some of these artists a chance to get in front of a truly appreciative audience and in the type of forum their remarkable gifts deserve. The show (held live before a studio audience, at the Theater In the Wood) is beginning to stabilize on firmer ground and we have some real great things lined up in the future to further its success and reach a larger audience.”
He said his and Pelote's process for selecting musical acts is personal and intuitive as well as formal and practical.
“Every act we feature on our show is exceptional as well as friendly and positive. As we move forward we are building a network of artists and creating what we see as our Cold River Radio Family.”
To those who have asked why Sarty is not festuring more local talent, Sarty says it' a balancing act.
“I have spoken with several Mount Washington Valley musicians who are interested and have questions about the show. Some have asked,“ notes Sarty, “why we have not featured Valley talent on our show. This has been a struggle for me as I am a valley player and consider myself a very dedicated supporter of our local entertainment community. Our policy to date, with regard to our musical acts, has been to bring in regional New England artists who typically do not appear in the Valley area in order to draw local interest and create something new and exciting for valley residents. As the Show finds its larger audience and we begin to reach beyond the valley we plan to integrate into our catalog some of the valley's mainstay performers who reside and work here. We are developing plans for a local artist spotlight segment, which will feature some of the Valley's considerable local acts on our performance roster in 2013. This will also represent a challenge as there is a lot to choose from and they are all friends of mine. I want to thank all the fine and talented valley players for their kind support and gracious understanding. Thanks guys for being so cool!”
A preview of the March 10 acts follows.
Since 2003, DeTemps Antan have been exploring and performing time-honored melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec’s musical past. Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and a number of other instruments, Éric Beaudry, André Brunet, and Pierre-Luc Dupuis blend boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found only in traditional Quebecois music.
Cora Ciampi and Lauretta Phillips have been telling tales together since 1995. What started as a fun thing to do one sunny afternoon has become a new way for both of them to share the joy of storytelling with audiences near and far. They write most of their own stories but their repertoire also includes folk tales, small tales, cat tales, rat tales, and just plain tales. They tell their tales at churches, schools, inns, retirement centers, women's organizations, seniors groups, and for radio and television.
Author Lisa Gardner, a No. 1 New York Times crime thriller novelist and Mount Washington Valley’s own, has parlayed her interest in police procedure, cutting edge forensics and twisted plots into a streak of internationally best selling suspense novels. With over 20 million books in print, Lisa is published in 30 countries. Her success crosses into the small screen with four of her novels becoming movies and personal appearances on television shows.
Gardner’s novels have also received awards from across the globe. Her novel “The Neighbor,” was recognized as the Best Hardcover Novel from the International Thriller Writers in the United States and Grand Prix des lectrices de Elle, prix du policier in France. She was also recognized with the Daphne duMaurior Award presented by RWA in 2000 for “The Other Daughter.”
Gardner will be talking about her latest book, “Touch & Go,” which was released before a sold-out audience with a book-signing presented by White Birch Books at Horsefeathers Feb. 5.
Inspiring, tender and passionate, Vanessa Torres’ songs and performance are soulful personal portraits rooted in universal themes of compassion and hope. It is her unique blend of authenticity and grace that makes Torres' music both refreshing and inspiring. Torres' songs draw you in by being both catchy and lyrically moving.
Good Times Music Magazine describes Vanessa's songs as having "...a lighthearted yet serious contempt for social mores combined with a well of charisma and a smile that can still grab the attention of a society that worships the superficialities championed by prime-time T.V."
Tickets for this fast paced variety show are $25 and can be purchased on-line at www.coldriverradio.com or at The J-Town Deli in Jackson or White Birch Books in North Conway. To learn more about the live show, call 356-3756.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
J-Town Deli will be hosting a wine and beer tasting at the deli in Jackson Village prior to the show from 4:30 and 6 p.m.
White Birch Books will be hosting a meet/greet and book/CD signing immediately after the show at the theater.