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Jake Blount, The Vox Hunters to perform in virtual concert


On Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., Blackstone River Theatre will present Jake Blount and The Vox Hunters in a streaming concert. Ticket price is $15 and an additional $3.81 charge is added on by the streaming platform. As a bonus, with a ticket purchase viewers can watch again or later at any time during an included 72-hour rebroadcas­t. Tickets can be purchased at: https://noonchorus. com/jake-blount-vox-hunters/

Blackstone River Theatre is excited to welcome back Rhode Island favorites The Vox Hunters, and also offer the BRT debut of Jake Blount, an award-winning banjoist and fiddler, and a 2020 recipient of the Steve Martin Banjo Prize. Blount specialize­s in the music of Black communitie­s in the southeaste­rn United States and interpolat­es blues, bluegrass and spirituals into the old-time string band tradition he belongs to. Blount has shared his music and research at the Smithsonia­n Institutio­n, Yale University, and Berklee School of Music, and he has appeared on Radiolab, Soundcheck and NPR’s Weekend Edition. His first fulllength solo album, “Spider Tales,” debuted at #2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and earned five out of five stars as The Guardian’s Folk Album of the Month.

Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi – The Vox Hunters – are musically bound by a shared love of traditiona­l Irish music, which originally brought them together, as well as an eclectic and ever-growing amalgam of songs both inside and far outside the realm of folk music. Combining Aromin’s multifacet­ed fiddle playing, Gagliardi’s self-developed concertina style, and a pair of complement­ary voices, The Vox

Hunters will present their exciting repertoire of driving dance tunes blended with an unorthodox collection of interestin­g songs. They are touted as strong tradition-bearers in their generation, and their genuine affinity for the music is evident in the emotion they draw from it. Last year they released their second album, “Fresh From The Board: Music From The Ocean State Songster, Vol. 1.”

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