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Sounds of spring in Tusten


May 5, 2011

NARROWSBURG, NY — Throughout the month of May, Tusten Theatre will host three acoustic music events sponsored by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance: contemporary jazz string quartet Sweet Plantain, folk and Americana songwriter Harvey Reid, and master guitarist Frank Vignola with fellow guitarist Vinny Raniolo.

On Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m., string quartet Sweet Plantain will take the stage. Artfully fusing the western classical traditions in which they were trained with the hip-hop, jazz improv and Latin rhythms on which they were raised, their original writing and live shows educate and entertain. Separately hailing from the South Bronx, New Jersey and Venezuela, together these musicians give voice to a sound that is contemporary and multicultural. Visit www.sweetplantain.com.

On Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m., songwriter Harvey Reid will showcase his mastery of many instruments and styles of acoustic music, from hip folk to bluegrass, old-time, Celtic and ragtime. Reid has been called “one of the true treasures of American acoustic music.” He has absorbed a vast repertoire of American contemporary and roots music and woven it into his own distinctive style. Visit www.harveyreid.com.

On Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m., guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo will play sounds from Mozart to Django Reinhardt. Vignola is one of the most respected guitarists performing today. His virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Wynton Marsalis, Boston Pops, the New York Pops and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitar List” for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola’s technique explains why The New York Times deemed him “one of the brightest... stars of the guitar.” Vignola will share the stage with up-and-coming guitarist Vinny Raniolo. Visit www.frankvignola.com.

All shows begin at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $22 (DVAA members receive a $2 discount on advanced sales). For reservations call the Tusten Theatre box office at 845/252-7272.