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Samirah Evans & Trailer Park perform for annual Leo Party

Tickets are $15 in advance and available through www.stonechurchvt.com. Admission at the door the evening of the show will be $18.

BRATTLEBORO—Samirah Evans invites all astrological signs to her traditional “Leo Party” celebration at the Stone Church, 210 Main St., at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Since joining forces in 2018, Evans and Trailer Park have offered audiences a repertoire of infectious dance music drawing from New Orleans R&B, rock, blues, and original songs. In addition to last year’s Leo Party at the Stone Church, they have performed at area venues including the Shea Theater, Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, and the Green River Festival.

“Playing with Trailer Park is so much fun and we’ve had great chemistry since the first rehearsal,” says Evans. “I’ve really appreciated how they’ve committed to learning my catalog and how I’ve been able to integrate myself into their rockin’ originals. It has been such a natural union between us and we just keep expanding our repertoire.”

Evans, whose own birthday is Aug. 17, began hosting Leo Parties in the 1990s when she was an up-and-coming singer in New Orleans. In addition to the concert, Leos in attendance will be treated to birthday cake and additional surprises.

Joining Trailer Park’s regular quintet of Tom Mahnken (Bass and Vocals), James Robinson (Guitar and Vocals), Joe Fitzpatrick (Drums), Greg Lauzon (Saxophones) and Rick Page (Saxophones) for this show is special guest pianist Peter Jones.

The group has been together for more than 20 years, releasing six CDs and sharing stages with the likes of Los Lobos, NRBQ, Little Feat, Bo Diddley, WAR and Rat Dog.

During Samirah Evans’s career as a performer and recording artist, she has become known for her dynamic and soulful approach to music, especially in the jazz and blues genres. Her musical style is heavily influenced by the sounds of New Orleans, where she was one of the most popular and in-demand singers for nearly 20 years.

Evans has toured North and South America, Europe and Asia, sharing stages with a multitude of New Orleans notables and legendary artists including James Brown, B.B. King, Dr. John, Aaron and Charles Neville, Sheila Jordan, Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison Jr., Poncho Sanchez, Bob Dorough, Irma Thomas, Kermit Ruffins, Trombone Shorty, Jaimoie (of the Allman Brothers), and Sam Kininger.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #522 (Wednesday, August 7, 2019). This story appeared on page B3.

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