Rob Flax’s Boom Chick Trio coming to Next Stage

PUTNEY-Next Stage Arts presents the jazz combo Boom Chick Trio on Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m.

Described as "equal parts hot swing, snarky songwriting, and lyrical storytelling," this trio of violin, guitar, and bass plus three-part harmony vocals "will transport you to a speakeasy somewhere in the back of a bar."

"Boom Chick! What a name to express the hot jazz trio that are masters of their craft," Keith Marks, executive director of Next Stage Arts, said in a news release. "We're excited to introduce these musicians to our community because they cross some interesting lines between traditional sounds while making it feel exciting and new."

Rob Flax is an award-winning violinist, classically trained but known for his jazz and improvisational playing; he is also a vocalist "capable of silky crooning a la Nat King Cole or visceral Chicago blues shouts."

For many years, Flax performed mostly solo, but after much searching, he says he's finally found a band that can keep up, with Slava Tolstoy on guitar and Max Ridley on bass.

"Together, the three string-wielding maestros have forged a powerful group dynamic, developed over years of gigging and concerts," organizers said, "and the result is an interplay that will bring a smile to your face."

Next Stage is at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door, and $10 for the livestream. Advance tickets are available at Next Stage will provide a beer, wine, and cocktail cash bar. For information, call 802-387-0102.

This Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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