BRATTLEBORO — The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) will present a virtual benefit concert available for viewing on Saturday, July 24, at 7 p.m. Donations will support SeVWA's ongoing effort to monitor, preserve, and restore area waterways.
Join in at bit.ly/621-sevwa to watch the performers, who have volunteered their time and talent, ensuring that all donations will go directly to the organization's mission.
The three-set fundraiser will feature Norfolk, Va., folk musicians Bob Zentz and Jeanne McDougall Zentz; Veronica Stevens of Newfane, and a new southeastern Vermont duo, The Honeycreepers.
The Zentzes “effortlessly weave vocals, instruments, anecdotes, humanity, and history into an evening of pure musical fun,” as described in the duo's publicity.
Known in Virginia as the “Tidewater Troubadour,” Bob is the first folk artist honored by a star in the Virginia Legends of Music Walk of Fame.
Through music, Bob and Jeanne have played an active role in bringing attention to the health of the earth's water resources. Bob spent two years as a crew member and performer aboard the late Pete Seeger's Hudson River sloop, the Clearwater. A Chesapeake Bay Foundation grant allowed Bob to bring “Music of the Chesapeake” into Virginia schools.
Bob's recording of his composition “Horizons” was included on a 2006 tribute to environmental author and pioneer Rachel Carson, Songs for the Earth. Bob and Jeanne's CD, Shipmates, is a collection of water-themed songs, including traditional chanteys, sea songs, and nautical poetry.
Jeanne's recent book and CD, The Waters, is a collection of texts and tunes she wrote about some of the many “watery places” they have visited.
Learn more about the Zentzes at bobzentz.com.
Veronica Stevens, a well-known performer on stages throughout Windham County, has opened for the headliners of the Vermont Ukulele Harvest Festival since the festival's inception in 2017. She is also an actor, drummer, jazz vocalist, and visual artist.
“Whether drumming in a Brazilian Samba band, starring in the Rock River Players' production of The Fantasticks or playing a Bach toccata on her ukulele, the style, the smile and the energy is always pure Veronica,” organizers write in a news release. Learn more about her at bit.ly/621-veronica.
The Honeycreepers are the musical fusion of vocalist Kelsea Burch (“who dabbles on some bass”) and guitarist Matt Shea (“who dibbles in some vocals”). The duo formed in 2012 while living on a farm in Hawaii and now live in Vermont.
Their latest self-produced release, 2020's Harborless, “takes the listener on a journey over vast waters, sometimes still and often unpredictable, in search of a place to call home,” they say. To listen, visit thehoneycreepers.bandcamp.com.