Feb. 1, 2, 6—RANDOLPH— The Campbell Brothers mine a rich vein of music from the African-American, Holiness-Pentecostal gospel repertoire, but with a high-energy twist – the wailing, swinging, singing sound of the steel guitar. The gospel greats will serve up an evening of soul-stirring “Sacred Steel” music on Friday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Chandler Music Hall.
Real Blues magazine writer Andy Griggs called Chuck Campbell “the Jimi Hendrix and Django Reinhardt of the steel guitar.” Chuck Campbell is the recipient of a National Heritage Fellowship award from the National Endowment for the Arts in recognition of his contributions to preserving African-American musical heritage. The Campbells and their band have also been honored with a Real Blues Award for Gospel Instrumental of the Year and a Best Gospel Album statuette at the Indie Music Awards.
Reserved seating is $25-$35, with tickets available at chandler-arts.org or 802-728-6464.
Also at Chandler, talented performers of all ages are wanted for the upcoming events, Mud Season Variety Show and Mini Mud. The Mini Mud youth variety show will be held Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m., with auditions on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Youngsters age 6-18 are invited to bring music, dance, magic, theatrical skits, or any other talent to perform. Call 802-578-4005 to sign up for an audition time.
The Mud Season Variety Show returned last year and is back again by popular demand. The show will be performed on Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m., with auditions on two Saturdays: Feb. 2 and Feb. 9. Anything goes – dancing, fiddling, juggling, singing, tickling the ivories, doing a skit, getting a garage band together, etc. Call 802-234-5514 to sign up for an audition time.
Chandler is located at 71 Main St., Randolph. For more information, visit chandler-arts.org.
Photo courtesy Chandler Center for the Arts