‘Ramp Up the Schoolhouse’ fundraiser features Jesse Lepkoff

SOUTH NEWFANE — Vermont Blues Society 2022 Contest winner and singer-songwriter Jesse Lepkoff will present an afternoon of original songs in both Brazilian bossa nova and blues styles at the South Newfane Schoolhouse, 387 Dover Rd., on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m.

Lepkoff's songs have been described by organizers as having "the sophistication of art song or the knee-slapping earthiness of 1930s-style blues. His lyrics can be romantic, humorous, witty, or ironic, depending on the song." They note he has been honored worldwide for his versatile musical talents in various genres.

The South Newfane Schoolhouse was built in 1860 as a one-room schoolhouse and served local children into the 1950s. It is now a community center hosting concerts, art events, health and wellness classes, and a private space for community members to pursue their passions such as dance and martial arts.

Admission is $15 (suggested donation), and part of the proceeds will help pay for a wheelchair-accessible ramp for the building, which is owned and maintained by the South Newfane Community Association. Everyone is welcome. For more information, text 802-579-5943 or call 802-254-2273.

This The Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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