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Sunday, January 19, 2020
Jan
19
2020

Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio

Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio

The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio show at Stage 33 Live in November got snowed out, so there will be a second attempt on January 19! They burst onto the national folk scene with their 2015 EP, Still She Will Fly, and the title track was that year's #2 single on folk radio. Their 2017 CD, Singin', debuted at #1 and was the #11 folk charting album of the year. Heather’s new solo album, Lines and Spaces, came out last month and was her twelfth CD release.

The trio will bring their “traveling music store” of instruments — piano, acoustic guitar, tenor banjo, ukulele, melodica, cornet, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and maybe more — to Stage 33 Live in a special 2:00 PM matinee performance on January 19. Local up-and-comer Emily Lyons will open with Josh Maiocco.

The trio’s performances feature Heather’s multi-genre songwriting that spans from the streets of New Orleans to the valleys of Appalachia; heartfelt music featuring stirring three-part vocals and earthy charm with Shawn Nadeau on upright bass and Davy Sturtevant on "everything else."

“Sliding from sweet acoustic Appalachian old-timey vibe with Patty Griffinesque lyrics to brassy New Orleans blues piano with a bone thrown to Bessie Smith.” — DC Bloom, Lone Star Music Magazine

“Great vocals, outstanding instrumental prowess, and stellar songwriting.” — Don Baker, Acoustic Journeys, Asheville, NC

Sunday, January 19; door opens at 1:00, music starts at 2:00 PM. 100% of tickets sales support the musicians. At Heather’s request, tickets are just $10 both in advance and at the door; be sure to thank her. Seating is limited — advance tickets will have chairs reserved until 40 tickets are sold. If any chairs behind the reserved rows are available on show day, those will be available first-come first-served. Attendees are allowed to bring their own portable seating to set up behind the house chairs, or to use in place of their reserved chair.

Advance tickets are available online at stage33live.com — tickets sold for the snowed-out November show will, of course, be honored.

Stage 33 Live is an intimate, industrial-rustic listening room in a former factory located at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, VT, documenting live performances and presentations of original material on a simple stage. Coffee, soda, water, and snacks by donation. Find more info about the nonprofit all-volunteer project, and this and other other upcoming events online at stage33live.com

1/19/20 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge Street, Bellows Falls

Jan
19
2020

Breton Fest-Noz

Breton Fest-Noz

The traditional music, dance, and flavors of Brittany—the “Celtic” region of northwestern France—is highlighted at the College’s second Fest-Noz (Breton night festival). Join piper Timothy Cummings and special guests for authentic music, participatory dances, and crêpes and cider. Free

1/19/20 4:00pm

Le Château, Grand Salon, Middlebury

Jan
19
2020

The "Sonny Saul Spectacular"

The "Sonny Saul Spectacular"

The "Sonny Saul Spectacular"
Sunday, January 19th 4-7pm
Join us for this energetic two-part concert featuring original music composed by Sonny Saul.

The musicians range in age from 17-81, and with the exception of Sonny's children, all are local and currently involved in jazz workshops with Sonny.
All music composed by Sonny Saul.

This program features songs dedicated to friends, family, heroes, and animals. The concert will be divided into two long sets with an intermission for food and drink.

Bass
Bill Martin, Peter Concilio, Glendon Ingalls

Drums
Pete Michelenie, Tim Gilmore, Mark van Gulden

Flute
Kathleen Dolan, Al Wakefield

Oboe
Sierra Winand

Clarinet
Quincy Saul

Saxophone
Katie Runde

Vocals
Luette Saul

Piano
Sonny Saul

1/19/20 4:00pm

Artistree Community arts center & gallery, South Pomfret

Jan
19
2020

Patrick Ross in Concert with the Kowal Family Bluegrass Band

Patrick Ross in Concert with the Kowal Family Bluegrass Band

Tickets: Adv. $16 at Door $20
To reserve your seat visit: http://www.cabotarts.org
Patrick Ross’s Website: www.patrickrossmusic.com

Traditional and original toe-tappin' tunes by a fifth-generation-Vermonter virtuoso!

From the borderlands of Quebec in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom where Ross learned traditional folk tunes from his father and began his journey as a fifth-generation fiddle player. He won the Vermont-State Fiddle Championship at age fourteen. He has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and shared stages with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Paul McCartney. He now lives in Newbury, Vermont, with his wife and daughter.
His solo concerts include a worldwide range of fiddle styles as well as songs he has penned with guitar, banjo, mandolin and cello.

1/19/20 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Willey BuildingAuditorium, Cabot

Jan
19
2020

Capital City Concerts presents "Pictures at an Exhibition"

Capital City Concerts presents "Pictures at an Exhibition"

Capital City Concerts (CCC) presents a multi-media concert "Pictures at an Exhibition” on Saturday January 18 at 7:30PM and Sunday January 19 at 4PM at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. Washington, D.C. pianist Jeffrey Chappell returns for a concert in which the artwork of students from Central Vermont schools will be projected over the stage during the performances. Flutist Karen Kevra will join Chappell in a work by Charles Koechlin, featuring images from legendary National Geographic photographer James Blair's collection Our Threatened Inheritance.

For more information and to order tickets ($15-$25) visit www.capitalcityconcerts.org. Tickets also available at Bear Pond Books. (Check or cash only-in person)

1/19/20 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Montpelier

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Jan
22
2020

Farmers Night: Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Farmers Night: Vermont Symphony Orchestra

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is a staple of the free-of-charge Farmers Night concert series each winter, and their appearance at the State House on Wednesday night, January 22, at 7:30pm will be poignant and not-to-be-missed -- as longtime Music Director Jaime Laredo wields his baton for the last time in the House Chamber.  The program includes two charming “miniatures”, one by Holst, inspired by folk songs, and one by Sibelius showcasing the flute section.  Works by Elgar and Mozart, in turn, feature the winds and strings.  Lest they be accused of ignoring music on this “side of the pond”, the concert will conclude with a world premiere by a talented senior from Hartford (VT) High School, and a toe-tapping rag from Scott Joplin!  Come a bit early to ensure you get a seat!

The Farmers Night Concert Series is a longstanding State House tradition of over a century. Artists from around the state, in genres ranging from classical music to bluegrass to barbershop, perform at 7:30 pm in the well of the House Chamber each Wednesday night during most of the legislative season, from late January through mid-April.  All performances are free of charge! 

The entire Farmer Night Series is presented by the Vermont General Assembly, with assistance from the Sergeant-at-Arms and State Curator’s Offices.

For additional questions, please contact Jack Zeilenga, Assistant State Curator 802-828-0749, Email: jack.zeilenga@vermont.gov.

1/22/20 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Vermont State House, Montpelier

Thursday, January 23, 2020
Jan
23
2020

The Met Opera in HD: Akhanten

The Met Opera in HD: Akhanten

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo headlines American composer Philip Glass’s transcendent contemporary creation, with Karen Kamensek conducting. Phelim McDermott’s stunning production employs a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers to conjure a mystical reimagining of ancient Egypt.

Tickets: Adult $17
Child $10
AARP members $13.60

1/23/20 2:00pm - 5:30pm

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe

Jan
23
2020
– THRU –
Jan
26
2020

10th Annual Spice on Snow Winter Music Festival

10th Annual Spice on Snow Winter Music Festival

The Spice on Snow Winter Music Festival is a four-day celebration of roots and folk music, January 23rd-26th 2020. The festival features outstanding Cajun and Old-Time musicians from Louisiana and Southern Appalachia, together with premier touring folk musicians and regional performers. There are concerts, dances, workshops, family events, jam sessions and free performances city-wide in Montpelier, Vermont. Tickets are available through Seven Days Ticketing - the link can be found on the Summit School website, www.summit-school.org

There will be forty musicians performing thirty events at fourteen venues throughout downtown, with concerts, dances, workshops, jam sessions, sing-alongs, family programs, and a community dinner. To celebrate our 10th anniversary, the festival is bringing two acclaimed headliners, as well as an all-star cast of local performers. The Summit School is also holding a raffle featuring a Gold Tone banjo signed by the Macarthur Genius Award and Grammy-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens. Giddens is the co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she plays banjo and fiddle.  Giddens has performed for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, appeared on The Late Show, Austin City Limits, Later…with Jools Holland, and both CBS Saturday and Sunday Morning, and dueted with country superstar Eric Church on his powerful anti-racism song “Kill a Word” (including performing the song on The Tonight Show and the CMA Awards, among other programs). In 2017, Giddens was awarded a MacArthur Genius Award and she has also received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Singer of the Year and the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo. The Summit School is honored to have her support!

2020 Spice on Snow headliners include Molsky’s Mountain Drifters (with Grammy-Nominated fiddler Bruce Molsky), and The Old Fashioned Aces (from Louisiana). In 2019, Amelia Briere of the Aces won best female vocalist of the year at the Le Cajun Awards in Louisiana. The accordionist, Blake Miller, founded the popular young Cajun band The Pine Leaf Boys and became a member of the premiere Louisiana roots band The Red Stick Ramblers. He has also served stints in just about every other cajun/creole band of note including Balfa Toujours, Les Malfecteurs and Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole bringing his strong cultural identity and accomplished musicianship to the world. He now plays with the world traveled Revelers, singing and playing his own songs on fiddle and accordion.

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters features Bruce Molsky, a Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song. Molsky is also Berklee College of Music’s Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Program. He is joined by Allison de Groot on banjo, who combines wide ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music, and Boston-based Stash Wyslouch, who is one of bluegrass’s great young genre-bending pioneers.

In addition to these incredible artists, the festival will highlight performances by The Moon Shells (Old-Time from Western Massachusetts), and Matt Downer (from Tennessee). Other Vermont-based performers include Young Tradition Commission Ensemble, Chaque Fois, Kick ‘Em Jenny, Two Cents in the Till, Old Sky, Last Train to Zinkov, Mark Legrand and Turning Stile. Many of the festival events are free or low cost, with a special focus on family friendly events throughout the day on Saturday.

This event is funded in part by a grant award from Montpelier Alive, with funds from the Montpelier Downtown Improvement District. Spice on Snow festival is also funded by many area businesses and community members, who are listed on our website. We are grateful for the volunteers and donors who make this festival possible each year!

The Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture is a non-profit folk music school located in Montpelier, Vermont. We host ongoing classes, workshops, and concerts year-round. Summit School’s main events include Spice on Snow, adult music classes, Trad Camp for kids, and Old Time on the Onion, a summer traditional music gathering.

1/23/20 8:00pm - 1/26/20 2:00pm

Downtown Montpelier, Montpelier

Friday, January 24, 2020
Jan
24
2020

Cajun Dance with the Old Fashioned Aces!

Cajun Dance with the Old Fashioned Aces!

Start your weekend at Spice on Snow by joining the fun at the Friday evening Cajun dance with the Old Fashioned Aces!

The Spice on Snow Winter Music Festival is a four-day celebration of roots and folk music, January 23rd-26th 2020.  The festival features outstanding Cajun and Old-Time musicians from Louisiana and Southern Appalachia, together with premier touring folk musicians and regional performers. There are concerts, dances, workshops, family events, jam sessions and free performances city-wide in Montpelier, Vermont. 

There will be 40 musicians performing 30 events at 14 venues throughout downtown. With concerts, dances, workshops, jam sessions, sing-alongs, family programs, and a community dinner.

2020 Headliners include: Molsky Mountain Drifters (with Grammy Nominated fiddler Bruce Molsky), The Old Fashioned Aces (from Louisiana), the Moonshells (Old-time from W.Mass.), and Matt Downer (from TN). Other Vermont-based performers include: Young Tradition Touring Group, Chaque Fois, Kick em Jenny, Two Cents in the Till, Old Sky, Last Train to Zinkov, Mark Legrand and Turning Stile. Many of the festival events are free or low cost, please see our website for the full schedule and more info on our performers: www.summit-school.org

1/24/20 8:00pm - 10:00pm

City Hall, Montpelier

Jan
23
2020
– THRU –
Jan
26
2020

10th Annual Spice on Snow Winter Music Festival

10th Annual Spice on Snow Winter Music Festival

The Spice on Snow Winter Music Festival is a four-day celebration of roots and folk music, January 23rd-26th 2020. The festival features outstanding Cajun and Old-Time musicians from Louisiana and Southern Appalachia, together with premier touring folk musicians and regional performers. There are concerts, dances, workshops, family events, jam sessions and free performances city-wide in Montpelier, Vermont. Tickets are available through Seven Days Ticketing - the link can be found on the Summit School website, www.summit-school.org

There will be forty musicians performing thirty events at fourteen venues throughout downtown, with concerts, dances, workshops, jam sessions, sing-alongs, family programs, and a community dinner. To celebrate our 10th anniversary, the festival is bringing two acclaimed headliners, as well as an all-star cast of local performers. The Summit School is also holding a raffle featuring a Gold Tone banjo signed by the Macarthur Genius Award and Grammy-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens. Giddens is the co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she plays banjo and fiddle.  Giddens has performed for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, appeared on The Late Show, Austin City Limits, Later…with Jools Holland, and both CBS Saturday and Sunday Morning, and dueted with country superstar Eric Church on his powerful anti-racism song “Kill a Word” (including performing the song on The Tonight Show and the CMA Awards, among other programs). In 2017, Giddens was awarded a MacArthur Genius Award and she has also received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Singer of the Year and the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo. The Summit School is honored to have her support!

2020 Spice on Snow headliners include Molsky’s Mountain Drifters (with Grammy-Nominated fiddler Bruce Molsky), and The Old Fashioned Aces (from Louisiana). In 2019, Amelia Briere of the Aces won best female vocalist of the year at the Le Cajun Awards in Louisiana. The accordionist, Blake Miller, founded the popular young Cajun band The Pine Leaf Boys and became a member of the premiere Louisiana roots band The Red Stick Ramblers. He has also served stints in just about every other cajun/creole band of note including Balfa Toujours, Les Malfecteurs and Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole bringing his strong cultural identity and accomplished musicianship to the world. He now plays with the world traveled Revelers, singing and playing his own songs on fiddle and accordion.

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters features Bruce Molsky, a Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song. Molsky is also Berklee College of Music’s Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Program. He is joined by Allison de Groot on banjo, who combines wide ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music, and Boston-based Stash Wyslouch, who is one of bluegrass’s great young genre-bending pioneers.

In addition to these incredible artists, the festival will highlight performances by The Moon Shells (Old-Time from Western Massachusetts), and Matt Downer (from Tennessee). Other Vermont-based performers include Young Tradition Commission Ensemble, Chaque Fois, Kick ‘Em Jenny, Two Cents in the Till, Old Sky, Last Train to Zinkov, Mark Legrand and Turning Stile. Many of the festival events are free or low cost, with a special focus on family friendly events throughout the day on Saturday.

This event is funded in part by a grant award from Montpelier Alive, with funds from the Montpelier Downtown Improvement District. Spice on Snow festival is also funded by many area businesses and community members, who are listed on our website. We are grateful for the volunteers and donors who make this festival possible each year!

The Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture is a non-profit folk music school located in Montpelier, Vermont. We host ongoing classes, workshops, and concerts year-round. Summit School’s main events include Spice on Snow, adult music classes, Trad Camp for kids, and Old Time on the Onion, a summer traditional music gathering.

1/23/20 8:00pm - 1/26/20 2:00pm

Downtown Montpelier, Montpelier

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Jan
25
2020

Molsky's Mountain Drifters and Young Tradition Youth Commission Ensemble at Spice on Snow!

Molsky's Mountain Drifters and Young Tradition Youth Commission Ensemble at Spice on Snow!

The Spice on Snow Winter Music Festival is a four-day celebration of roots and folk music which brings to Montpelier outstanding Cajun and Old-Time musicians from Louisiana and Southern Appalachia, together with premier touring folk musicians and regional performers. There are concerts, dances, workshops, family events, jam sessions and free performances city-wide in Montpelier, VT. One of the festival’s headlining events is the Saturday evening concert featuring Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, and the Young Tradition Youth Commission Ensemble.

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters features Bruce Molsky, a Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song. Molsky is also Berklee College of Music’s Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Program. He is joined by Allison de Groot on banjo, who combines wide ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music, and Boston-based Stash Wyslouch, who is one of bluegrass’s great young genre-bending pioneers.

The Young Tradition Youth Commission Ensemble is one of 30 programs managed by Young Tradition Vermont. Each year a member of the Young Tradition Touring Group is selected for the YTV commission for the year, to create a small ensemble and a program of original compositions/arrangements with mentors/master artists of their choosing. Romy Munkres is the artist selected for 2019/2020, and she has created an ensemble that includes her brother Ben Munkres and musician friends Abi Sandy, Hadley Stockwell and Fern O’Donnell. Romy has been a winner at the Young Tradition Vermont annual contest, is an artist leader for the Touring Group, and has performed with them and her family band throughout VT as well as with the Touring Group in Ireland, Cape Breton, Scotland, Japan, and metro New York/New Jersey.

1/25/20 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Bethany Church, Montpelier

Jan
25
2020

Spencer Lewis in Concert: Solo Guitar & Violin and Songs

Spencer Lewis in Concert: Solo Guitar & Violin and Songs

Spencer Lewis will perform a solo concert of guitar & violin instrumentals and songs inside the fine acoustics of the red brick building that is Congregation Ruach haMaqom on 168 Archibald St in Burlington, Vermont on January 25th. This is his first concert in Burlington since his FlynnSpace performance in 2007.

Lewis’ signature sound combines the precision of the acoustic guitar with the sustained elegance of the violin. On stage, the live-looping of guitar and violin overdubs allow him to move in unpredictable directions, often spontaneously, to mirror or eclipse the music from his internationally known 26 album catalog.

His reflective instrumental folk grooves once described as ‘somewhere between melancholia and celebration’ can be meditative or stirring as he employs an inimitable cross flat- picking technique that combines the Carter Family's 'church -lick', Mississippi John Hurt’s fluid finger-picking, and Ramblin’Jack Elliott's interpretive style, all of which are played in a variety of tunings.

The songs he sings are transcended from folk, folk-rock and old-time music with embedded reflections of loss, change, and spiritual optimism.

1/25/20 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Congregation Ruach haMaqom - 168 Archibald St., Burlington

Jan
25
2020

Dinner and a Concert with Cricket Blue

Dinner and a Concert with Cricket Blue

An evening of haunting folk music with Cricket Blue, a duet that have played folk festivals and stages around the United States and Canada, promises an astonishing mix of original lyrics and arrangements that rewards the listener. Exquisite Indian meal catered by Sustainable Kitchen Chef, Kate Halladay, for purchase on first floor. See full menu on River Arts website.
Tickets $15, sliding scale. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

1/25/20 7:00pm - 9:00pm

River Arts, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville

Jan
25
2020

Secret Stash

Secret Stash

This Benefit Concert will be anchored by Stefan Lessard from Dave Matthews Band and his ‘secret stash’ of wildly talented musical friends. Guests include Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band), Adam Gardner and Ryan Miller (Guster), Marc Roberge (O.A.R.), DJ Logic, Eric Fawcett (Spy Mob and N*E*R*D), Michael Ghegan (Sax & Keyboards), Brett Scallions (Fuel) and more drop ins to be announced! This inaugural concert will benefit the Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation.

1/25/20 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe

Jan
25
2020

Bloodroot Gap performs their unique blend of bluegrass

Bloodroot Gap performs their unique blend of bluegrass

Brandon Music is delighted to welcome Bloodroot Gap on Saturday January 25th at 7:30pm. Formed after a serendipitous jam session at a Vermont bluegrass festival, Bloodroot Gap is a musical collaboration between brothers Rob and Jim McCuen of Swing Noire (“Vermont’s Favorite Gypsy jazz ensemble” – Times Argus and Brandon Music audiences) and Freeman Corey of Catamount Crossing (“Vermont’s premier traditional bluegrass band”- Caledonian Record).

Over the last two years, Bloodroot Gap has honed their sound at numerous club appearances, house concerts, and jam sessions, resulting in a seamless combination of bluegrass, jazz, Celtic and traditional American string music, steeped in the hills of Vermont.

Concert begins at 7:30pm. Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail info@brandon-music.net for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Rd. Brandon, VT 05733 www.brandon-music.net

1/25/20 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Brandon Music - 62 Country Club Rd., Brandon

Jan
23
2020
– THRU –
Jan
26
2020

10th Annual Spice on Snow Winter Music Festival

10th Annual Spice on Snow Winter Music Festival

The Spice on Snow Winter Music Festival is a four-day celebration of roots and folk music, January 23rd-26th 2020. The festival features outstanding Cajun and Old-Time musicians from Louisiana and Southern Appalachia, together with premier touring folk musicians and regional performers. There are concerts, dances, workshops, family events, jam sessions and free performances city-wide in Montpelier, Vermont. Tickets are available through Seven Days Ticketing - the link can be found on the Summit School website, www.summit-school.org

There will be forty musicians performing thirty events at fourteen venues throughout downtown, with concerts, dances, workshops, jam sessions, sing-alongs, family programs, and a community dinner. To celebrate our 10th anniversary, the festival is bringing two acclaimed headliners, as well as an all-star cast of local performers. The Summit School is also holding a raffle featuring a Gold Tone banjo signed by the Macarthur Genius Award and Grammy-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens. Giddens is the co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she plays banjo and fiddle.  Giddens has performed for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, appeared on The Late Show, Austin City Limits, Later…with Jools Holland, and both CBS Saturday and Sunday Morning, and dueted with country superstar Eric Church on his powerful anti-racism song “Kill a Word” (including performing the song on The Tonight Show and the CMA Awards, among other programs). In 2017, Giddens was awarded a MacArthur Genius Award and she has also received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Singer of the Year and the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo. The Summit School is honored to have her support!

2020 Spice on Snow headliners include Molsky’s Mountain Drifters (with Grammy-Nominated fiddler Bruce Molsky), and The Old Fashioned Aces (from Louisiana). In 2019, Amelia Briere of the Aces won best female vocalist of the year at the Le Cajun Awards in Louisiana. The accordionist, Blake Miller, founded the popular young Cajun band The Pine Leaf Boys and became a member of the premiere Louisiana roots band The Red Stick Ramblers. He has also served stints in just about every other cajun/creole band of note including Balfa Toujours, Les Malfecteurs and Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole bringing his strong cultural identity and accomplished musicianship to the world. He now plays with the world traveled Revelers, singing and playing his own songs on fiddle and accordion.

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters features Bruce Molsky, a Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song. Molsky is also Berklee College of Music’s Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Program. He is joined by Allison de Groot on banjo, who combines wide ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music, and Boston-based Stash Wyslouch, who is one of bluegrass’s great young genre-bending pioneers.

In addition to these incredible artists, the festival will highlight performances by The Moon Shells (Old-Time from Western Massachusetts), and Matt Downer (from Tennessee). Other Vermont-based performers include Young Tradition Commission Ensemble, Chaque Fois, Kick ‘Em Jenny, Two Cents in the Till, Old Sky, Last Train to Zinkov, Mark Legrand and Turning Stile. Many of the festival events are free or low cost, with a special focus on family friendly events throughout the day on Saturday.

This event is funded in part by a grant award from Montpelier Alive, with funds from the Montpelier Downtown Improvement District. Spice on Snow festival is also funded by many area businesses and community members, who are listed on our website. We are grateful for the volunteers and donors who make this festival possible each year!

The Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture is a non-profit folk music school located in Montpelier, Vermont. We host ongoing classes, workshops, and concerts year-round. Summit School’s main events include Spice on Snow, adult music classes, Trad Camp for kids, and Old Time on the Onion, a summer traditional music gathering.

1/23/20 8:00pm - 1/26/20 2:00pm

Downtown Montpelier, Montpelier

Sunday, January 26, 2020
Jan
23
2020
– THRU –
Jan
26
2020

10th Annual Spice on Snow Winter Music Festival

10th Annual Spice on Snow Winter Music Festival

The Spice on Snow Winter Music Festival is a four-day celebration of roots and folk music, January 23rd-26th 2020. The festival features outstanding Cajun and Old-Time musicians from Louisiana and Southern Appalachia, together with premier touring folk musicians and regional performers. There are concerts, dances, workshops, family events, jam sessions and free performances city-wide in Montpelier, Vermont. Tickets are available through Seven Days Ticketing - the link can be found on the Summit School website, www.summit-school.org

There will be forty musicians performing thirty events at fourteen venues throughout downtown, with concerts, dances, workshops, jam sessions, sing-alongs, family programs, and a community dinner. To celebrate our 10th anniversary, the festival is bringing two acclaimed headliners, as well as an all-star cast of local performers. The Summit School is also holding a raffle featuring a Gold Tone banjo signed by the Macarthur Genius Award and Grammy-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens. Giddens is the co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she plays banjo and fiddle.  Giddens has performed for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, appeared on The Late Show, Austin City Limits, Later…with Jools Holland, and both CBS Saturday and Sunday Morning, and dueted with country superstar Eric Church on his powerful anti-racism song “Kill a Word” (including performing the song on The Tonight Show and the CMA Awards, among other programs). In 2017, Giddens was awarded a MacArthur Genius Award and she has also received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Singer of the Year and the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo. The Summit School is honored to have her support!

2020 Spice on Snow headliners include Molsky’s Mountain Drifters (with Grammy-Nominated fiddler Bruce Molsky), and The Old Fashioned Aces (from Louisiana). In 2019, Amelia Briere of the Aces won best female vocalist of the year at the Le Cajun Awards in Louisiana. The accordionist, Blake Miller, founded the popular young Cajun band The Pine Leaf Boys and became a member of the premiere Louisiana roots band The Red Stick Ramblers. He has also served stints in just about every other cajun/creole band of note including Balfa Toujours, Les Malfecteurs and Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole bringing his strong cultural identity and accomplished musicianship to the world. He now plays with the world traveled Revelers, singing and playing his own songs on fiddle and accordion.

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters features Bruce Molsky, a Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song. Molsky is also Berklee College of Music’s Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Program. He is joined by Allison de Groot on banjo, who combines wide ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music, and Boston-based Stash Wyslouch, who is one of bluegrass’s great young genre-bending pioneers.

In addition to these incredible artists, the festival will highlight performances by The Moon Shells (Old-Time from Western Massachusetts), and Matt Downer (from Tennessee). Other Vermont-based performers include Young Tradition Commission Ensemble, Chaque Fois, Kick ‘Em Jenny, Two Cents in the Till, Old Sky, Last Train to Zinkov, Mark Legrand and Turning Stile. Many of the festival events are free or low cost, with a special focus on family friendly events throughout the day on Saturday.

This event is funded in part by a grant award from Montpelier Alive, with funds from the Montpelier Downtown Improvement District. Spice on Snow festival is also funded by many area businesses and community members, who are listed on our website. We are grateful for the volunteers and donors who make this festival possible each year!

The Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture is a non-profit folk music school located in Montpelier, Vermont. We host ongoing classes, workshops, and concerts year-round. Summit School’s main events include Spice on Snow, adult music classes, Trad Camp for kids, and Old Time on the Onion, a summer traditional music gathering.

1/23/20 8:00pm - 1/26/20 2:00pm

Downtown Montpelier, Montpelier

Jan
26
2020

Gibson

Gibson

Gibson says, "I write songs, and I play guitar while singing those songs." But it's more complicated than that. Think Tom Lehrer plus Jonathon Coulton times two minus satire, hyper-strummed yet somehow deeply rooted in throwback coffeehouse folk. Often earnestly dark, but always with an impish grin... geeky, enthusiastic, energetic. There's no easy way to describe his music, but he's smart and a load of fun. Get your weird on.

Stage 33 Live is providing the canvas, but doesn't really know what he's got up his sleeve. It appears that he may be bringing a full band. Suggested $5 donation at the door. 7:00 PM start on January 26 at Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, Vermont. The performance will be recorded and filmed.

Stage 33 Live is pleased to host listening events this winter featuring up-and-coming area musicians including Owen Nied, Gibson, Jenna Rice, Emily Lyons, and others. Seeing them play a little unassuming place in Bellows Falls will lock in hipster cred when success knocks on their doors.

Stage 33 Live is an intimate, industrial-rustic listening room in a former factory located at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, VT, documenting live performances and presentations of original material on a simple stage. Coffee, soda, water, and snacks by donation. Find more info about the nonprofit, all-volunteer project, and this and other other upcoming events, online at stage33live.com

1/26/20 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge Street, Bellows Falls

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Jan
28
2020

Benning-tones Pop-Up Choir

Benning-tones Pop-Up Choir

Tuesday January 28th, 7pm
Benning-Tones Pop Up Choir

Calling all singers! Head to Oldcastle Theatre on Tuesday January 28th at 7pm and be a part of the Benning-tones Pop Up Choir - our once a month choir event! For just $10, you will learn, practice, and perform a fantastic piece of music in just one night, plus, you will get one drink from our WunderBar! This is the perfect event for those who love to sing, but may be unable to attend a weekly choir rehearsal! Directed and accompanied by Matt Edwards this is a MUST for all choir lovers! This month’s song is “Our House (in the Middle of Our Street) by Madness.

1/28/20 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Oldcastle Theatre Company, Bennington

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Jan
29
2020

Jason Baker in the T10 Listening Room

Jason Baker in the T10 Listening Room

Jason Baker plays the T10 Listening Room at The Double E in Essex, featuring songs from his latest release, "Common Man Blues" and maybe some special guests.

NOTE THE NEW DATE!

1/29/20 6:30pm - 8:30pm

The Double E Performance Center, Essex

Jan
29
2020

Farmers Night: Julian Gerstin Sextet

Farmers Night: Julian Gerstin Sextet

Rounding out January’s  Farmers Night concert series  on the 29th at 7:30pm at the Vermont State House will be the Julian Gerstin Sextet, presented by the Vermont Jazz Center, Brattleboro. The music of the Julian Gerstin Sextet explores sounds of the Caribbean and Eastern Europe through original, lyrical jazz compositions. Many of these songs are based on traditional or popular global rhythms from Martinique, Cuba, Columbia, Bulgaria or Turkey, presented in musical settings where the band’s jazz-honed improvisational skills can take flight. Featured are Anna Patton, clarinet (Dunham Shoe Factory, Elixir); Don Anderson, trumpet; Eugene Uman, piano (Sheila Jordan, Sonny Fortune, Bo Diddley); Wes Brown, bass (Earl “Fatha” Hines, Wadada Leo Smith, Fred Ho); Ben James, drums (John Tchicai, Olatunji); and Julian on percussion. An experience not to be missed!

The Farmers Night Concert Series is a longstanding State House tradition of over a century. Artists from around the state, in genres ranging from classical music to bluegrass to barbershop, perform at 7:30 pm in the well of the House Chamber each Wednesday night during most of the legislative season, from late January through mid-April.  All performances are free of charge!  

The entire Farmer Night Series is presented by the Vermont General Assembly, with assistance from the Sergeant-at-Arms and State Curator’s Offices.

Contact the artist directly with press questions: juliangerstin.com/press 

 For additional questions, please contact Jack Zeilenga, Assistant State Curator 802-828-0749, Email: jack.zeilenga@vermont.gov

1/29/20 7:30pm

Vermont State House, Montpelier

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Jan
30
2020

Yamato Drummers of Japan

Yamato Drummers of Japan

Catamount Arts and KCP Presents are thrilled to host a spectacular, exhilarating display of virtuosity and endurance, Yamato: The Drummers of Japan, on Thursday, January 30, at Lyndon Institute Auditorium in Lyndon Center. “A genuine theatrical experience,” raves the Times of London, “delivered with balletic grace and infectious humor!”
Founded in 1993 by Masa Ogawa in Nara, “the land of Yamato,” and the birthplace of Japanese culture, Yamato travels all over the world with Japan’s traditional Wadaiko drums. Yamato’s dazzling performers put their very souls into their instruments, stirring the hearts of people the whole world over.

1/30/20 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Lyndon Institute, Lyndon Center

Jan
30
2020

Yamato - The Drummers of Japan

Yamato - The Drummers of Japan

KCP Presents
Spectacular and exhilarating display of virtuosity and endurance.

Thursday, January 30, 7:00 pm

Location:
Lyndon Institute Auditorium
168 Institute Circle
Lyndon Center, VT

Tickets: $54, $44, $34, $15. Students $15.
Ticket prices do not include any applicable fees or sales taxes.

Save 20% when you buy by December 31. Discount is automatically reflected when you choose your seats.

“A genuinely theatrical experience, delivered with balletic grace and infectious humor.” Times of London

“This is a show of unbridled enthusiasm, much humor and great musical variety.” – The Scotsman (UK)

Yamato was founded by Masa Ogawa in 1993 in Nara, ‘the land of Yamato” which is said to be the birthplace of Japanese culture. Presently based in Asuka Village, Nara Prefecture, Yamato travels all over the word with Japan’s traditional Wadaiko drums, putting its very souls into the unusual instruments, whose sound stirs the hearts of people everywhere.

In the village of Asuka, a place with more than a thousand years of history and culture, Yamato seeks new expression with Wadaiko as its backbone. They think of the sound of the drums – made of animal skin and ancient trees, some of which are more than 400 years old – as a pulse or heartbeat (Shin-on), the center of life and the source of power which pulsates within the human body.

Like the strong and sturdy heartbeats of a lonely runner with a sleek and powerful body, Yamato attempts to create the energy of life, which envelops the audience and performers. What one feels when surrounded by the sound of Wadaiko, brought out by these highly trained performers, is what the Japanese call “Tamashy”, translated as soul, spirit, and psyche – the basic elements of life. It is something which is invisible and intangible but whose existence is certainly felt. The pulse, carried down from antiquity, will resonate within all the bodies gathered at any given performance.

1/30/20 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Lyndon Institute Auditorium 168 Institute Circle, Lyndon Center

Jan
30
2020

Ye Vagabonds

Ye Vagabonds

Presented by Young Tradition Vermont with the Bread and Butter Farm. $20 Tickets through Bread and Butter Farm 200 Leduc Farm Road Shelburne, VT, 05482. mail@breadandbutterfarm.com 802-985-9200

Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow, a small town in the southeast of Ireland. After moving to Dublin in 2012, they quickly became a staple of the live music and session scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America.

In 2014 they came to the attention of Arbutus Yarns’ music filmmaker Myles O’Reilly, whose videos gained international attention for the brothers. After a chance meeting at Electric Picnic in September 2015, the brothers performed onstage with Glen Hansard, who invited them to open for him on his European tour the following October.

Since their debut EP was released in 2015, they have been busy touring Ireland, the UK and Europe, opening for acts such as Villagers, Roy Harper and Lisa Hannigan (whose band they played in for her Irish tour, June 2016). They have since played sold out headline shows in Ireland, France, Switzerland and the UK.

In 2017 they launched their debut album to great acclaim. Their second album ‘The Hare’s Lament’ was released in March 2019. They have been nominated four times in the RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards, scheduled for 10/25/19 in Dublin, Ireland. Be among the first to see them in North America.

1/30/20 7:00pm - 9:00pm

BREAD AND BUTTER FARM, Shelburne

Jan
30
2020

Roomful of Teeth and Dublin Guitar Quartet

Roomful of Teeth and Dublin Guitar Quartet

This collaborative concert features the Middlebury debuts of the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and the world-renowned Dublin Guitar Quartet. Together they perform the East Coast premiere of a new, intimate arrangement of Vermont native Nico Muhly’s How Little You Are. Originally commissioned in 2015 for three guitar quartets and massed choir, the work is based on texts written by pioneer women during the 19th century. In addition to this powerful 40-minute work, each ensemble also performs individual selections. A Nelson Fund event. Tickets: $30 public/$25 Midd ID card holders/$10 youth/$6 Midd students

1/30/20 7:30pm

Mahaney Arts Center, Robinson Hall, Middlebury