WESTON >> Musicians Laura Molinelli and Ben Campbell, who perform together as Luminous Crush, will appear together in concert on May 22, at 4 p.m, in Weston's Old Parish Church on Route 100.
Laura and Ben are not only at home with acoustic instruments but with effects pedals, drum kits and amplifiers as well. Sweet, soaring harmonies shimmer as they perform original songs as well as lovingly chosen covers. Newly formed (2015), Luminous Crush has already recorded two albums.
Ben Campbell has collaborated with a number of Vermont's musical luminaries, including Anaïs Mitchell, Michael Chorney and Caleb Elder. He has been praised by Dan Bolles, music editor at Seven Days, as "insatiably curious and wildly multifaceted."
Laura Molinelli has been a part of the New York and New England music scene for the past 15 years. She has shared the stage with Lucinda Williams, Dar Williams, The Band, NRBQ, The Samples, Rebecca Hall, Lou Gramm (former lead singer for Foreigner) and "The Legendary Lead Singers of the Temptations." Prior to forming Luminous Crush, Laura has won many fans for her solo performances and her appearances with the Bondville Boys.
This concert is the latest presentation in the Hearts & Voices Performance Series, established in 2009 in memory of G. Frederick (Fritz) Zeller, a longtime educator, community leader and a pillar of Old Parish Church. Revenues from the performances are donated to benefit deserving area non-profit organizations. In 2016, patrons are asked to donate $10 each which will benefit three neighborhood food pantries that help provide sustenance to those in need, at a time when state subsidies have been cut back. Laura and Ben are donating their talent, as have other H&V performers, which means that all money received will go to help alleviate hunger in South Central Vermont.
Old Parish Church is located on Route 100, on the left when entering Weston from the south. For more information, visit www.oldparishchurch.org or call Bob Brandt at 802-824-5486.