Paul Desmond, the legendary alto saxophonist of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, commented famously about his exquisite sound: I think I had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to sound like a dry martini." Reflecting on the comment back in 2010, drummer Terry MacDonald thought, "Dry, crisp, sophisticated, with a bit of sting to it. Hey, that's a formula for a jazz trio!" And so he formed Dry Martini. Along with Terry, the group includes guitarist/composer Marion Campos-Gullotti and bassist Jeff Lind. Their repertoire is a thoughtfully chosen mix of tunes from the Great American Songbook, modern jazz standards and Latin American gems, all of which is presented with the leader's commentary and information.
If you've ever felt the uncontrollable urge to burst into song while watching your favorite musicals, then this sing-along to "The Sound of Music" is for you. The evening begins with your host leading you through a vocal warm-up and judging the costume competition, which you're encouraged to participate in. Then, you'll get a primer on appropriate heckles and accompanying actions to use during the movie, such as hissing at the countess, barking at Rolf and, of course, cheering for Maria. Finally, sit back and enjoy the original 1965 film in glorious color. With the song lyrics on the screen, you won't miss a chance to sing your heart out. Costumes are not compulsory, but they're highly recommended, and you'll be amazed at the inventiveness on display.
A collaboration between two Vermont-based artists, Pres and ZJ, Lazerdisk Party Sex is a DJ/production project that crafts tracks heavy on electro funk. The duo formed in 2010 and began working together on a series of remixes and original tracks that combine the thick robot funk of Daft Punk with house pulses and swirling synthesizers. Operating out of its hometown of Burlington, Lazerdisk Party Sex continues to find fans not only in the New England area, but throughout the rest of the US as well.