Local Spin: World music weekend.

[Originally published in the Rutland Herald on 7/29/10] ¡Bonjour, mi amigos! Jim here sitting in while George is on vacation. This week’s Spin is a veritable Benetton ad of diversity: In addition to some of our regular local faves, we’ve got dub and reggae at Okemo, steel drums in Killington and the annual Ethnic Food Festival in Rutland. So let’s get to it.

In our “D.C. Update,” Duane Carleton is playing tonight at Jax in Killington, starting at 9:30 p.m. Follow him down the hill to C.J’s on Friday where he’ll be playing with the Space Monkeys from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Also on Thursday, you can catch The Rezz at South Station at 7 p.m.

In Proctor, good ol’ boys Thunder Road will be playing their mix of country and classic rock in a rare daylight show at the Gazebo starting at 6:30 p.m.

Back in Killington, the weekly Summer Concert Series goes island hopping with the Panhandlers Caribbean Steel Drums Band on the library lawn.

Down Route 103, the Jackson Gore Okemo Summer Concert Series gets irie with the reggae-hip-hop-dub-soul grooves of the Alchemystics at 6 p.m.

Island sounds will also be in the air over in the Castleton/Lake Bomoseen area this weekend. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday the KoSA Percussion Camp at Castleton State College will draw to a close with performances from drumming greats Liberty De Vitto (Billy Joel) and Glez Velez, and Afro Cuban giants Memo Acevedo (Tito Puente), Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez (Santana) and Brazilian percussionist Marcus Santos (Gipsy Kings). Check out the full KoSA schedule at www.kosamusic.com.

The fun continues on Sunday, when the region’s only Latin jazz band, Los Hermanos Verde (that’s the Latin alter-ego of the Green Brothers Band), perform from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Lake House. This high-energy quintet performs Afro Cuban, Brazilian, Reggae and Latin tinged funk. (Rumor has it that some of the KoSA all-stars may be dropping by for a jam session, too.)

Back in Rutland, Friday marks the start of the Sidewalk Sales and Ethnic Festival. As usual, the annual two-day event offers a little something for everyone. Music kicks off on Friday night when Aaron Audette and the Proctor Rock Connection take the stage. Then, MoneyShott will crank it up to 10 p.m. in the DTR when they return to the main stage again this year.

A little ways up Center Street hill, the Acoustic Rick Taylor Five, a.k.a. Ricky T., will be at Café Terra from 7 to 9 p.m. According to Ricky, he’s got some polka tunes worked up in keeping with the Ethnic Festival theme.

On Saturday, Ethnic Festival entertainment starts early with the Curbstone Chorus performing at noon. Other Saturday music includes Drum Journeys of the Earth, Victor R Gittens “Island Reggae Music,” and Rick Redington, who will be performing with his Cigar Box Band. Get the full schedule at www.rutlanddowntown.com.

At 6 p.m., the Boston-based Red Hot Pokers take the main stage to close the weekend. This rocking cover band plays it all – from ABBA to the Proclaimers to Elvis so come prepared to boogie.

If that’s not enough music for you on Saturday, head over to the Back to Vermont Pub in Poultney where a new area band called Minor Tribal Scuffles will take the stage at 10 p.m. This eclectic four- (sometimes five-) piece group has been described as “the Allman Brothers meets the Minutemen meets Primus meets Phish meets the B-52’s.” If that’s not eclectic, then I don’t know what is.

That’ll do it for me. George will be back in the captain’s seat next week. Until then, get out there and enjoy some live, local music.

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