Next Stage hosts Antje Duvekot, Pete Bernhard on Oct. 22

PUTNEY — Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of contemporary folk music with Antje Duvekot and Pete Bernhard at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m.

Duvekot is a German-born, American-raised singer-songwriter whose songs "have been critically praised for their hard-won wisdom, dark-eyed realism, and street-smart romanticism," organizers note in a news release. They continue: "Her bicultural upbringing and relative newness to English have helped shape her unique way with a song, giving her a startlingly original poetic palette."

She has won top songwriting awards, including the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the Kerrville Folk Festival Best New Folk Award, and the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act.

Since the release of her debut studio CD, Big Dream Boulevard - which was voted the No. 1 Folk Release of 2006 by The Boston Globe and was named to the Top 10 Releases of the Year by National Public Radio's Folk Alley - Duvekot has been touring extensively, criss-crossing the U.S. and Europe and playing at the major folk festivals. This fall, she celebrates the release of her fifth album, New Wild West.

Berhard, frontman of folk/blues/ragtime/rock 'n' roll trio The Devil Makes Three, will be opening the show. Growing up in a small community in southern Vermont in a family rife with musicians, Bernhard says he was first drawn to traditional blues, but also studied the style and aesthetics of music traditions like New Orleans R&B and country.

He headed west as a young man, first to Nashville, then on to Washington, and finally to Santa Cruz, California, where he formed The Devil Makes Three with fellow Vermonters Lucia Turino and Cooper McBean. Bernhard has three solo records released on his own label Kahn Records.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $10 for livestream access. Advance tickets are available at Next Stage will provide a beer, wine, and cocktail cash bar.

This The Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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