Category Archives: Town Hall Theater

Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils | Town Hall Theater


Recorded Friday, October 13 at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, Vermont Samirah Evans is a celebrated performer and recording artist known for her dynamic and soulful approach to music, especially in the jazz and blues genres. She enjoyed a 15-year run as a featured vocalist at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and has played with jazz legends including James Brown, B.B. King, Dr. John, Aaron and Charles Neville, Terence Blanchard, and many more. Evans is an Artist Associate in Jazz Voice at Williams College. She and her husband relocated to Vermont following Hurricane Katrina. Evan’s Handsome Devils include Conor Meehan, Matt Dwonszyk, Michael Zsoldos and Miro Sprague.

Producer: Town Hall Theater

The Grift 5/12/23


The Grift is a popular club, wedding, and event-band based in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. Their sound defies easy categorization, blending booty-shaking grooves and improvisation with radio-friendly hooks, witty lyrics, and tight vocal harmonies. Grift shows are energetic and original, with band members swapping instruments and occasionally playing two at a time. Their deep catalog of original music blends roots-rock and pop and jam.

The Grift was formed by two Middlebury College grads Clint Bierman and Jeff Vallone in 1999, and since then has performed 2,300+ shows in 25 states and four countries. The current lineup of The Grift have been together for almost 20 years with Peter joining in 2003.

Producer: MCTV

Neon Ramblers 5/11/23


Neon Ramblers (formerly Dojo) is a project from members of The Grift that takes classic (mostly 80’s) pop tunes and turns them into Bluegrass favorites. Who are Neon Ramblers you ask? Let me tell you: Clint Bierman (Banjo, vocals) Jeff Vallone (Bass, vocals) Peter Day (Guitar, vocals) Matt Schrag (Mandolin, vocals) Ben Lively (Fiddle) Josh Panda (Percussion, vocals)

Producer: MCTV

Forty Poems for Forty Pounds (*To be read by the refrigerator light)


After battling food, weight, and self-esteem issues for years, Trish Dougherty, a poet, mother, and graduate student at the Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury, Vermont, decided to employ her strengths of self-perception, humor, and the written word to wrestle her demons to the ground.

While touching upon the shame of diets, the pressure of media-shaped expectations, and self-love, Forty Poems for Forty Pounds also weaves the constant of weight as self-reflection into all aspects of life from looking at the stars to the shaping of “tall and slender” pottery. Forty Poems for Forty Pounds is an engaging collection of poignantly vulnerable, humorous, and insightful poems that will remind anyone who endures the similar daily whispers in their head that they are not alone and that self-love and acceptance is a choice for the “now” and not a reward to be earned “some day”. Presented by Town Hall Theater and Project Y, director Michole Biancosino brings this book of poetry to life on stage with 40 community members, each taking on a poem from Trish’s book.

Recorded at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, VT 3/12/23.
Producer: MCTV