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"GrooveLily" in Area Debut at Keene State

KEENE, NH 10/15/08 - GrooveLily, one of the hottest cabaret/musical theatre ensembles in New York City today, will make its area debut at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, at Keene State College’s Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. GrooveLily is a trio of creative musicians who inhabit a contemporary space that ignores the boundaries laid down by words like rock, folk, jazz, and pop.

They create original songs with no shortage of wit. All the while, they connect lush musical textures and soaring vocals with the blazing six-string electric violin of Valerie Vigoda, the lightning-fingered piano of Brendan Milburn, and the joyful drums of Gene Lewin.

With backgrounds in classical music, musical theater, jazz, and rock, they toured the Indie music circuit for several years. GrooveLily is now making a new music that’s all its own. The success of their first concert-musical - the critically acclaimed and award-winning off-Broadway holiday show, Striking 12 (liberally adapted from Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Match Girl) - has led them farther into the world of theater, where they have carved out a unique niche as a rock band writing and performing shows.

Striking 12 has led them to such commissions as Toy Story the Musical for Disney and Sleeping Beauty Wakes for Deaf West Theatre/Center Theatre Group, where it won two 2007 Ovation Awards, including World Premiere Musical.

Their Redfern performance will be selected from a repertoire of GrooveLily’s most popular selections. They will include “Only a King,” “Bring It On,” and “Eyes Wide Open” from Sleeping Beauty Wakes; “Can’t Go Home” and “Screwed-Up People Make Great Art” from Striking 12; and other original songs such as “Apocalyptic Love Song” and “No Room In Your Bag.” To read more about GrooveLily, see blogs from the members, and hear samples of their songs, go to

Their Redfern appearance is made possible by a corporate sponsorship from C & S Wholesale Grocers.

Tickets are available through the Redfern box office (603-358-2168) or online at Ticket prices are $22 and $19 for the general public, $20 and $17 for seniors and KSC faculty and staff, $12 and $11 for youth 17 and younger, and $5 for KSC students w/ID.

Tickets are also available for all of the Redfern’s Presenting Series events and for performances by the departments of Music and Theatre and Dance. Patrons can still purchase 20/20 memberships that enable them to receive a 20% discount for all Presenting Series performances.

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