Kat Wright, Pete Bernhard will perform
Kat Wright

Kat Wright, Pete Bernhard will perform

PUTNEY — Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present Kat Wright and her trio, plus Pete Bernhard, as part of the 2021 Next Stage Bandwagon Summer Series, an outdoor, socially distanced concert series.

The event takes place on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m., on the field behind the Putney Inn.

As described on the musician's website, Kat Wright's voice is “both sultry and dynamic, delicate yet powerful, and gritty but highly emotive and nuanced, [and] has been described as 'a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse.'”

“Add to that voice enough stage presence to tame lions, and the combination of feline femininity proves immediately enchanting.”

The band's promotional materials describe how Wright, Bob Wagner (guitar), and Josh Weinstein (bass) “lean into their trio formation, showcasing their folky/rootsy selves, all stripped down, a triangulation of their strengths, their bareness, their perfect humanness, their voices, their ferocious tenderness, their love of songs and singing and story.”

Opening the show will be guitarist and vocalist Pete Bernhard, frontman of The Devil Makes Three. Growing up in Putney in a family rife with musicians, Berhard was first drawn to traditional blues, but he also studied the style and aesthetics of music traditions like New Orleans R&B and country.

He headed first to Nashville, then to Washington, and finally to Santa Cruz, Calif., where he formed the folk/blues/ragtime/rock and roll trio The Devil Makes Three with fellow Vermonters Lucia Turino and Cooper McBean.

The Putney Inn is located at 57 Putney Landing Rd., near Exit 4 of Interstate 91. Tickets are $20 ($25 at the door) and free for 12 and younger. Advance tickets are available at nextstagearts.org. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for outdoor seating in socially distanced pods on the field. Next Stage will provide a cash bar.

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