Haitian Music in a Stone Church
Brattleboro? WTF (you must be thinking to yourself) are you doing asking me to drive up to Brattle-B for music.
Well, you might have noticed the lack of independent music venues in Northampton (ahem). The entertainment monopoly has quartered off the town and its all but boycotting world music.
So its like guerrilla warfare. We have to build up a covert presence around the enemy and attack from all sides. :)
That means from Easthampton, and from the Hilltowns, yes, and also from the colder, northern cities of Greenfield and Brattleboro.
Actually, the real reason I'm trying to get you to Brattleboro is that the newly renovated STONE CHURCH is FANTASTIC. State of the art sound+light, a dense historic vibe, delicious craft beer on tap, and a dance floor that tops any of the rooms we have in the Valley.
If I could pick up the Stone Church and drop it square in the center of Florence, would I? Yes, I would. But lets toss out impossible hypotheticals. Its only 45 minutes away. And next month we're debuting there with a band that's flown all the way from Haiti to play for you. So c'mon. Its only fair.
Haitian music in a stone church?
Certainly there are moments of gospel revival in LAKOU MIZIK'S suitcase of musical styles. But there is also drumming from vodouceremonial rituals; and the dance-trance droning of the rara parading horns. It is a spiritual enactment of a kind, no doubt -- the word "Lakou" in Haitian vodou refers to a holy place where you can communicate with your ancestors. (You can probably guess what the word "Mizik" means).
So here is the surreal and even subversive delight in presenting Lakou (or for that matter any other artist in the Stone Church): the building was spiritually de-commissioned in the '60s and turned into office space. Now in its new post-modern life as a music venue, it is a blank slate for whatever kind of ritual rolls through town.
Come on up and see it for yourself: A stone church with less dogma and more craft beer. A Haitian band that will blow all of your circuits with their joyous, soulful rasin (roots) experience -- an Afro-Soca Carnival vibe of the highest order.
Friday July 20. Get your tickets here.
All proceeds go to HOST -- a local Brattleboro non-profit that supports a Haitian orphanage with 35 children stranded after the 2010 earthquake.
See you there!