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The End of America, Izzy Heltai to perform at Stage 33 Live

BELLOWS FALLS—The End of America plays Stage 33 on Friday, June 21. Izzy Heltai opens.

James Downes, Trevor Leonard, and Brendon Thomas made their debut as The End Of America at the 2016 Philadelphia Folk Festival and were voted Favorite New Artist. In 2017, the band won the Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Fest, returning the next year as the Most Wanted Band.

Since then, they’ve performed festivals, theaters, and clubs east to west, sharing stages with artists like Graham Nash, Old Crow Medicine Show, Gary Louris, and Simone Felice. They joined Beck in Los Angeles to perform for his Song Reader release show, winning praise from Spin, Filter, and The Hollywood Reporter.

According to a news release, “The End of America’s three-part harmonies and solid Americana folk-rock draws comparisons to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young and The Avett Brothers. They’re known for powerful live performances highlighting their dynamic songwriting.”

They credit their name to Jack Kerouac’s book, On The Road: each of them were frontmen of other projects touring across “the groaning continent” in search of inspiration when they met and found a kindred spirit in one another.

Advance tickets for the Stage 33 Live listening event (which falls between shows at City Winery in New York City’s SoHo and the sprawling Great South Bay Music Festival) are bundled with a vinyl copy of the band’s new 7” single.

Doors open at 7 p.m. There are only 40 chairs. Entry is $15, and all proceeds go to the band. Prepaid tickets are available through the stage33live.com website. This listening event will be recorded and filmed.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #515 (Wednesday, June 19, 2019). This story appeared on page B2.

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