Stowe Reporter - Online
July 19, 2012

Sultry chanteuse Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers will perform on Sunday, July 22, at the next Music in the Meadow concert at the Trapp Family Lodge. The gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnics, and the concert begins at 7 p.m.

Vocalist and bandleader Smith grew up in southern California and the Philippines. She has become known as a modern-day jazz and blues diva with a singing style influenced by Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, and Little Esther Phillips. Her enticing stage style is a cross between Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page.

Smith combines world-class singing and musicianship with contemporary and provocative lyrics. Her debut smash hit CD “One Hour Mama” received widespread critical acclaim and has sold over 40,000 copies in the U.S.

The seven-piece band features four horns, piano, bass, and drums. The musicians have performed and recorded with Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat “King” Cole and Frank Sinatra, among others.

The performance is presented by Stowe Performing Arts with additional support by co-presenters Harvest Market and Pall Spera Company Realtors; hospitality sponsor Trapp Family Lodge; and media sponsors Radio Vermont Group and StoweToday.com .

The final Music in the Meadow concert on Sunday, Sept. 2, features the U.S. Air Force Band of Liberty.

Information and tickets: StowePerformingArts.com .

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