BarnArts will present its 5th Annual Masquerade Jazz and Funk Winter Music Carnival
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5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and 6 and under free.

This Year’s Musical Line Up:

5pm  Sonny, Bill, Pete & Quincy (Contemporary Jazz)

5:45  WUHS JazzFunk Band (Brass Funk)

6:15  ArtisTree-O (Swing Jazz)

7:00 TOAST (Funk)

8:00 WUHS JazzFunk Ensemble (Brass Funk)

9:00 VT Shakedown (Afrobeat Funk)

Refreshments include an expansive taco bar and non-alcoholic drinks. Costumed and masked guests are welcome to BYOB. Mask Making table and photo booth.

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5th Annual Masquerade Jazz and Funk,

A Party, New Orleans Style, at Barnard Town Hall


BARNARD, Feb. 20, 2017 – All Vermont line-up brings six hours of music with a New Orleans flavor to headline BarnArts’ 5th Annual Masquerade Jazz and Funk Winter Music Carnival, scheduled from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday March 4 at the Barnard Town Hall.

VT Shakedown, Brattleboro’s Afrobeat Funk band, headlines the six musical groups performing this year.  The rest of the schedule includes two approaches to New Orleans-style brass band music from the WUHS Jazz Funk Ensemble as well as the WUHS Jazz Funk Band; the Upper Valley’s new funk band TOAST; Contemporary Jazz with Sonny, Bill, Pete & Quincy and Jazz Swing with ArtisTree-O.

All this jazz and funk, plus an expansive taco bar, a create-your-own-mask table, and a photo booth, come with the price of a ticket: $20 adults, $10 students, 6 and under free. Tickets may be purchased on line at or at the door.

WUHS Jazz Funk comes in two configurations this year, due to the high success of the 8-member touring WUHS Jazz Funk Ensemble, just back from performing and competing at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.  Under the leadership of WUHS music teacher Jody Henderson, both the ensemble and the band will perform high-energy brass funk in the style of New Orleans street brass, popularized by Rebirth Brass Band and Trombone Shorty.  Henderson looks forward to showcasing the tight playing of the hard-working and talented ensemble octet, many of whom he has been mentoring in jazz and funk for 5 years.

The nights headliner, VT (pronounced “vee-tee”) Shakedown got their start playing covers of Fela Kuti, the “King of Afrobeat”, from Nigeria. Fela introduced his blend of traditional African music, jazz and funk in the late sixties and early seventies, using “music as a weapon” to help create political change for the Nigerian people. In addition to Afrobeat, VT Shakedown gets audiences dancing with funk covers, as well as their own original compositions. Expect to be moved with a tight rhythm section interacting with rippin’ horn solos and polyrhythms – all laced among socially conscious lyrics.  Groovy bass and guitar lines repeat underneath funked-up drums!

VT Shakedown is led by musician and music educator Jay Cook on vocals, keys and percussion, Anders Burrows on trumpet, percussion and vocals, Evan Lincoln on guitar, Jim Heffron on bari and tenor saxes, Elliott New on bass, and Josh Francis on drums.

Mid evening, the dancing gets going with TOAST’s original sound, described as addictively funky comfort food for the soul.  Led by local musician Jim Yeager on guitars and lead vocals, TOAST includes Barbara Smith on sax and flutes, Scott Paulson on bass and vocals, and John Foster plays drums and percussion.

TOAST is a roots funk and soul band, hailing from the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire. Their original compositions and cover renditions drip with a buttery bite and get everybody up and on their feet and ready to tip their glasses.   Between TOAST’s four members, they have acquired literally decades of performing, teaching, writing, recording and touring experience which has taken them to venues and studios across the US and around the World.  TOAST is currently working on a five song EP.

Keeping with tradition, this party for all ages opens with mellow but intense contemporary jazz brought by Sonny, Bill, Pete & Quincy. Woodstock-based pianist Sonny Saul and upright bassist Bill Martin are joined on the drums by Pete Michelinie.  Saul and Martin have been playing together for years, and Michelinie is a young furniture maker who has jammed them over the past year.  Quincy Saul joins them again for this special performance.  Quincy is a jazz clarinetist in Manhattan, who still enjoys coming home to jam with his dad!

Mark van Gulden and Kathleen Dolan of Artistree perform each year under different configuration and names (last year they were the Lounge Lizards).  This year they have a special guest to bring them back to the three-some of ArtisTree-O, promising interpretive and spirited renditions of traditional jazz and swing.