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Fri, May 24


Epsilon Spires

Jake Blount, Nic Gareiss and Sammy Wetstein Trio

Join us for a transcendent experience channeling ancestral creativity with banjo, fiddle, cello, electric guitar, and percussive dance. Award-winning performers Jake Blount, Nic Gareiss and Sammy Wetstein join forces for an evening of vibrant synergy, deft movements, and stories.

Jake Blount, Nic Gareiss and Sammy Wetstein Trio
Jake Blount, Nic Gareiss and Sammy Wetstein Trio

Time & Location

May 24, 2024, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA

About the event

Blount, Gareiss, and Wetstein's years of experience as performers, educators, and scholars in their respective traditions have drawn them close to the spontaneous creative force at the heart of music-making. The trio brings the power of those fresh bonds to bear in a new performance: a paean to both strong roots and musical co-infatuations traced in wood, flesh, and gesture. Enjoy this performance of: We're Gonna Hunt the Buffalo by Jake Blount and Nic Gareiss.

Winner of the 2021 Steve Martin Banjo Prize, Smithsonian Folkways recording artist Jake Blount is an award-winning interpreter of Black folk music based in Providence, RI. Initially recognized for his skill as a string band musician, Blount has charted an unprecedented, Afrofuturist course on his pilgrimage through sound archives and song collections. In his hands, the banjo, fiddle, electric guitar and synthesizer become ceremonial objects used to channel the insurgent creativity of his forebears. From transfixing solo sets to full-band festival appearances complete with crowd-surfing and ecstatic chants, Blount’s performances - like his recent Smithsonian Folkways release, The New Faith - seamlessly merge centuries-old traditional songs with the trappings and techniques of modern Black genres. This “genrequeer” approach to the traditions has earned his music a place in the very same archives from which he extracts his repertoire. In defiance of genre categories, revisionist histories and linear time, Blount fashions an “Afrofuturist folklore” that disintegrates the boundaries between acoustic and electric, artist and medium, and ancestor and progeny.

Percussive dancer Nic Gareiss (Lansing, MI) has been named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” and has been hailed by the New York Times for their “dexterous melding of Irish and Appalachian dance.” In 2020, Gareiss received the Michigan Heritage Award, the highest honor his home state bestows on traditional artists. 

Sammy Wetstein (Boston, MA) is a musician who infuses folk and jazz music with improvisational creativity. Sammy has performed at the Newport Folk Festival, The Shalin Liu Performance Center, and the International Bluegrass Music Association conference, and has appeared alongside artists jazz icons Joe Levano and Kenny Barron, and world-renowned string players including Eugene Friesen, Darol Anger, and Jason Anick. He is currently a student at Berklee College of Music focusing on jazz and roots cello performance.


"Jake Blount, one of the new generation, has just dropped "Spider Tales", this powerful collection of roots and old time music, unflinchingly reminding us all of the black and indigenous co-creation of this music that is now perceived as so white. On top of being wildly intelligent and knowledgeable, he's also a killer musician and it's an incredible combo." -Rhiannon Giddens, the GRAMMY Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musician and scholar who contributed banjo, and viola to Beyoncé's recent blockbuster country music album: Cowboy Carter


  • Blount, Gareiss, Wetstein Trio

    Admission for one to Jake Blount, Nic Gareiss and Sammy Wetstein Trio. Please choose your seating with respect for others and let us know if you require special arrangements. Thank you for your support! Enjoy the program!

  • Sliding-Scale Ticket

    Ticket for one to Jake Blount, Nic Gareiss, Sammy Wetstein Trio. General admission is $25. Thanks to a generous grant from the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation, subsidized sliding-scale tickets are available for those who self-identify as experiencing financial hardship. In order to make this program accessible for all, we are offering tickets by sliding scale. Taking equity and inclusion into account, please pay what you can to help support the venue.


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