Afro-Caribbean soul band Zili Misik is coming to Tamworth!

ZIliPressPhoto2013.webArts Council of Tamworth, in partnership with the K. A. Brett School, is excited to present Zili Misik, the seven-woman Afro-Caribbean soul band the Boston Globe calls “one of the hottest bands in Boston,” live at The Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth, NH at 7:30 PM on Friday, September 20, 2013. Zili Misik has been bridging cultures, generations and continents for 12 years. Reconnecting Haitian mizik rasin, Jamaican roots reggae, Afro-Brazilian samba, Afro-Cuban son, and African American spirituals, blues, jazz and neo soul, Zili Misik honors its influences while creating a sound that is uniquely its own.

The band is as diverse as the music it plays. Band members hail from all over the US, as well as from Trinidad and Japan. Widely traveled, they bring a breadth and depth of multicultural experience to their music, and they all sing! Zili’s lyrics glide seamlessly from English to Kreyol to Portuguese to Spanish, spinning tales and visions of lives lived and yet to be. Zili Misik has won a Boston Music Award for Outstanding International Music and was named the Boston Phoenix and WFNX’s Best World Music Band for two years in a row. Zili Misik has appeared on NPR and the BBC, performed at the inauguration of Boston’s Mayor Menino and at NYC’s Lincoln Center, and has opened for bands as disparate as Lauryn Hill, Shaggy, Les Nubians and Zap Mama.

Tickets for the Friday evening performance are on sale now . Choose Your Own Ticket Price, $5 to $30+ for adults, $0 to $5+ for youth to 18. Ticket revenues help support ACT’s Art Connects Us artist residencies in school and community.

keraThe public is invited to the Tamworth Lyceum in Tamworth on Thursday evening, September 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM for “Songs of Freedom,” a workshop with ethnomusicologist and Zili Misik bandleader Kera Washington. Learn about “Ibo”, the Haitian dance/rhythm/song of freedom, and more. For all ages and abilities. Bring percussion or other instruments to join in, or come to sing, dance, clap or listen in. Workshop is free; donations welcome.  Participants in the Thursday/Friday residency at Brett and the evening workshop will have a chance to share what they’ve learned at the Friday evening concert.

On Friday, September 20 at 2:00 PM, at the Brett School in Tamworth, Zili Misik will offer a free mini-concert & Q&A. Homeschoolers, students from other schools, and the public are welcome: if you plan to bring a large group, please let the school know in advance, 323-7271. Homeschoolers interested in participating in the two-day residency can call 603-323-0104 for schedule information.NEFA_black_CMYK_large

The Zili Misik residency is sponsored by The Other Store and Tamworth Lumber, home of the Local Music page, and is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, with support from the K. A. Brett School, the Tamworth PTA, the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts and from media sponsors The Conway Daily Sun, 93.5 WMWV and Magic104FM.

Listen to Kera Washington and Joanna Maria speak about Zili Misik and Haiti on WBUR's Here and Now.

Please consider donating to ACT to help make these residencies possible:


Shakespearian Idol! - an ATTP Fundraiser

Back by great demand on The Barnstormers stage . . . Advice To The Players' 2013 Fall benefit . . . Shakespeare Meets the Musical Madness of the 21st Century in . . .

Shakespearian Idol

You be the judge!

Come see Romeo serenade Juliet in 21st century song, and much more! Listen to the Judges Wax Poetic on Contestants’ Best Efforts! Witness the Winner's Delight!

On Saturday, October 19th at 7:00 P.M. contestants will gather at the Barnstormers Theater in Tamworth to compete for prizes in Shakespearean Idol! a fall benefit for Advice To The Players. You, the audience will help decide who rates the fame and fortune, and stuffing the ballot box is encouraged!

Shakespearian Idol was a huge hit last year! Inventive Scene-and-Song Pairings in the competition included:

  • Lady MacBeth's "Screw your courage to the sticking-place" paired with "Man I Feel Like a Woman" (Shania Twain)
  • Titania and Bottom, "What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?" with "It's Now or Never" (Elvis Presley)
  • Mercutio's Queen Mab speech, with "A Whiter Shade of Pale" (Procol Harum)

Whatever will the contestants come up with this year? Come and see! It's sure to be a wild time!

Celebrity judges will be announced soon!

Want to do more than watch and vote?

For a chance to take to the stage and make your own Shakespearean Scene-and-Song Pairing, send an email to or call 603-968-7952. Limited performance slots! Contact us soon!

Saturday, October 19th, 7:00 PM The Barnstormers Theatre, Tamworth, NH $10 suggested donation

ATTP Presents: Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado Poster August 9-11 & 15-18 at 2pm on the Sandwich Fairgrounds Stage August 13 at 7:30pm, in the Sandwich Town Hall Theatre Tickets: $20 adults, $10 Seniors and Students, at Mocha Rizing, Sandwich; at the door; or by calling 603-986-6253. 12 and under free, thanks to a grant from the Alfred Quimby Trust.

One of Shakespeare's most mature comedies, Mich Ado About Nothing combines sparkling wit with earnest clowns and an epic battle of the sexes. Much Ado just might be the world's first romantic comedy with juvenile hijinks, broken hearts, and the playful and profound love affair of Beatrice and Benedick - Shakespeare's couple-of-a-certain-age, who are "too wise to will peaceably".

Starring returning favorites Candace Clift and John Schnatterly, and directed by former Artistic Director Mark Woollett.

Songwriting Workshop with Scott Baston of the band Saint Francis

scott-bastonArts Council of Tamworth and The Community School are excited to offer a songwriting workshop with Athens, GA tunesmith Scott Baston of the band Saint Francis. The workshop will take place at The Community School in South Tamworth, NH on Friday, August 9 from 4:00-5:00 PM, and is free—donations welcome. Scott will focus on basic song structure, composition, lyrical content, and presentation. Beginner to experienced songwriters of all ages can benefit from the opportunity to work with this savvy teacher. Scott has been a performing, touring musician for over two decades, with three studio records, and one live recording as the front man of his former nationally touring rock/jam band, Moonshine Still. Saint Francis has two studio records already under their belt: One Of Many, and, soon to be released, Cassidy's Sky, recorded at the famed Omni Sound in Nashville, TN under the direction of Tommy Cooper, and Grammy-nominated producer John Keane, also from Athens. You can hear his solo work on Sound Cloud.

Come work with Scott on Friday and then hear him play on Saturday, August 10, alongside two other great bands, the Wall-Stiles from VT and our homegrown Starlight Honeys, at The Community School’s On the Banks of the Bearcamp Music Fest, 4:00 to 9:00 PM. More info at or 603-323-7000. Mark your calendar now for two great ACT events next month: a workshop on Haitian song, rhythms and dance with ethnomusicologist Kera Washington on Thursday, September 19, and a concert with the seven-woman Afro-Caribbean soul band Zili Misik at The Barnstormers on September 20.