Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Dog House Band descends upon Exeter, NH

(EXETER, N.H.)—Members of the Dog House Band will play a short set on May 17, 2010, in the Periodicals Room of the Phillips Exeter Academy library.

The performance will take place following a 7 p.m. reading by fellow Dog House Band member Erica Plouffe Lazure, who served as the school's writer in residence for the 2009-2010 academic year.

"It's been both a fun and productive year here at Exeter, and I thought it would be fun to celebrate it through both words and music," Lazure said. "There's a great musical community here at Exeter, and I'm glad some of my friends from Bennington can join in on the fun."

Bennington Writing Seminars faculty members Sven Birkerts, David Gates, and Wyatt Mason will join Lazure, an alumnus of the program. Birkerts' son, Liam, is on tap to play upright bass.

The band's other members--alumni Rebecca Chace and Ben Hartlage, as well as staffers Vic Rawlings and Lee Clay Johnson--won't make it for this show, but other shows are in the works for the summer, including the June 2010 residency at Bennington.

The Dog House Band CD, created in honor of the Bennington Writing Seminars' founding director, Liam Rector, is available online at All profits from CD sales will be contributed to the Liam Rector Scholarship Fund for the Bennington Writing Seminars. To date, the band has donated $3000 to the scholarship.

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