Rock City’s Velvet Lounge will present Cinder Conk Friday, July 30. The Midcoast duo of Matt Schreiber on accordion and Xar on contrabass became Cinder Conk over the winter; add New York violinist Ben Russell, and Cinder Conk becomes Batt Lantern; Velvet Loungers can expect numbers from both configurations.

Batt Lantern exists somewhere between Kentucky Appalachia and the suburbs of Bucharest, Romania. Powered by three musicians of wildly diverse backgrounds, the trio is steeped in the tones of old-time fiddle tunes and East European dance music. Melding these seemingly disparate music traditions, these musicians propel past a common denominator to create an original sound that both haunts and inspires.

The music will play from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rock City Books & Coffee, 328 Main St. There is no cover charge; however, tipping the musicians is highly encouraged. For more information on this and other events, call 594-4123.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to