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Middlebury a cappella group Stuck in the Middle, or SIM, is set to perform Oct. 18 at the Brick Church Music Series. (Observer courtesy photo)

Middlebury a cappella group Stuck in the Middle, or SIM, is set to perform Oct. 18 at the Brick Church Music Series. (Observer courtesy photo)

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

October 10, 2013

Williston’s Old Brick Church is about to come alive with the sounds of rock, jazz, bluegrass, classical tunes and more as the Brick Church Music Series kicks off on Oct. 18.

Middlebury College a cappella group Stuck in the Middle will open the sixth annual series, which features seven performances by a variety of bands and artists at the Old Brick Church in Williston. Williston is the first stop on a fall-break tour for the group, which goes by the acronym SIM.

Sophomore singer Ben Clark said only one of SIM’s 12 members is studying music—the rest just do it because they love it.

“We just love performing and we bring all our energy on stage and love to engage the audience when we can,” he said.

SIM has a varied set list for the Oct. 18 show, from the choral folk song “Loch Lomond” to Elvis Presley classic “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” to Justin Timberlake’s “My Love.”

SIM has been around since 2002, and last year released its fourth album.

“We are really tight musically and I think our CD turned out really great, but I think where our group really shines is on stage,” he said. “We love to go all out.”

Clark added that the group plans to perform what it calls a SIMprov, where the audience provides three words and the singers freestyle a song. So, he added, Williston residents should start thinking about what they want to hear in a song.

Don Sheldon, who has helped organize the concerts since they began, said anyone who hasn’t been down to one of the Friday night concerts yet should “seriously take the risk.”

“You’ll probably walk away thinking ‘I wish I’d done that a long time ago,’” he said.

Organizers work to book a variety of performers appealing to a wide range of tastes, plus give local or unknown acts a chance to perform the opening acts.

Each week, the concerts benefit a local nonprofit—proceeds from the Oct. 18 concert will go to the Williston-Richmond Rotary. Sheldon encouraged local nonprofits looking for fundraisers to get in touch with him.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. with an opening performance from singer-songwriter and SIM member Will Cuneo.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Seniors and children under 12 receive a $2 discount. Advance tickets are available online or at the town clerk’s office.

For more information, call 434-4563.

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