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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Champlain Valley Fair Announces 2021 Entertainment Lineup

Posted By on Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 1:50 PM

The Champlain Valley Fair - FILE: JAMES BUCK ©️ SEVEN DAYS
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  • The Champlain Valley Fair
The Champlain Valley Fair announced its 2021 entertainment lineup on Tuesday. Though no major touring artists will rock the Coca-Cola Grandstand this year, a number of  tribute bands will appear, as well as several motorsport events. All six concerts are free with fair admission, but fairgoers will need to purchase tickets to the motorsport events.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival Announces Lineup

Posted By on Tue, May 11, 2021 at 2:49 PM

Daniel Bernard Roumain - COURTESY OF DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN
  • Courtesy of Daniel Bernard Roumain
  • Daniel Bernard Roumain
The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is back.

From Friday, June 4, through Sunday, June 13, the annual music marathon returns to various locations around the Queen City, centering on the Church Street Marketplace, organizers announced in a press conference on Tuesday. In 2020, BDJF pivoted to a fully virtual experience called the Burlington ReDiscover Jazz Festival. This year's edition marks the first major live event to hit the Green Mountains since the coronavirus pandemic decimated the performing arts industry in March 2020.
BDJF 2021 will be scaled down from past years, but will nonetheless include a robust selection of local and regional artists, as well as local school band performances. Except for a few ticketed shows at Main Street nightclub Nectar's and Church Street mainstay Halvorson's Upstreet Café, all BDJF performances will be free to the public. See the full lineup below.

The festival kicks off on June 4 with an event called 50 Saxophones on the Burlington Waterfront. Led by local funk icon Dave Grippo, scores of local sax players will converge for the inaugural event.

While the bulk of BDJF shows will happen on the Church Street Marketplace,  green spaces such as Roosevelt Park, Starr Farm Park & Playground and Smalley Park will also host performances. These include sets from Dwight & Nicole (Saturday, June 5), Kat Wright (Sunday, June 6) and Matthew Evan Taylor featuring JACK Quartet (Sunday, June 13). An extension of the Flynn's 2020 event series, Hurly Burly, the park shows will feature artists performing on makeshift stages wheeled in on the back of flatbed trucks.

Additionally, the entire block of Main Street in front of the Flynn will become a Hurly Burly block party on Saturday, June 12, with performances from Ray Vega and his Latin Jazz Sextet, plus psych fusion outfit Barika.
Other performances of note include what are being called "conversations" between disparate artists who've never previously worked together. Conceived of and curated by Saint Michael's College associate professor of art Bill Ellis, the unique pairings include saxophonist Brian McCarthy and rapper Edwin Owusu (fka S.I.N.siZZle), pianist Tom Cleary and Afro-jazz duo KeruBo's Irene Kerubo Webster, vocalist Amber deLaurentis and cumbia bandleader Maïz Sandoval, guitarists Paul Asbell and Mikahely, and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain with percussionist Gopal Niroula. Dates and times are TBA.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

From a Montpelier Porch, an Art Installation Joins an International Festival

Posted By on Tue, Oct 13, 2020 at 4:36 PM

"Interspace" seen at night - ALISA DWORSKY-DANNY SAGAN
  • Alisa Dworsky-Danny Sagan
  • "Interspace" seen at night
Alisa Dworsky and Danny Sagan, married architects, artists and educators at Norwich University, are participating in an international art festival without leaving home. On the porch of their house in Montpelier, the couple has constructed an installation called "Interspace" that can be seen not only by locals but by anyone in the world who cares to look.

CEC ArtsLink, an international arts organization with an office in St. Petersburg, Russia, hosts Art Prospect, its seventh annual public art festival, from October 15 to 18. Normally an on-site event with physical and augmented-reality installations, the event has perforce gone online because, well — what isn't virtual in 2020?

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Dispute Over Vermont Mozart Festival Cancellation Hits Facebook

Posted By on Tue, Jul 16, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Michael Dabroski conducting a concert in 2017 - COURTESY OF STEPHEN MEASE
  • Courtesy of Stephen Mease
  • Michael Dabroski conducting a concert in 2017
The former leader of the Vermont Mozart Festival took to Facebook on Monday to blame the nonprofit organization’s board of directors for the cancellation of this summer’s planned concert events. A volunteer involved with the board denies these claims.

Michael Dabroski was the leader of the Vermont Mozart Festival until June 16, when he resigned and notified concert venues and the board that this year’s festival would be cancelled. The festival publicly announced the cancellation via Facebook on July 9, as reported by the Shelburne News. According to the festival website, the shows were scheduled to begin Monday and run through August 4.

On Monday afternoon, a post appeared on the VMF Facebook page titled “Official Statement by Michael Dabroski.” This was posted without prior knowledge of the board, according to Gene Richards; the director of the Burlington International Airport has volunteered to help the board navigate the cancellation. Dabroski did not respond to Seven Days' requests for comment.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Grand Point North 2019: First Look

Posted By on Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 12:01 PM

Grace Potter performing at Grand Point North - FILE: BEN HUDSON PHOTOGRAPHY
  • File: Ben Hudson Photography
  • Grace Potter performing at Grand Point North
The lineup for this summer's Grand Point North festival has been announced. The two-day music fest hits Burlington's Waterfront Park Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15. Vermont's first lady of rock, Grace Potter, coproduces, along with Higher Ground Presents. As is tradition, Potter headlines both nights of the event.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Waking Windows 2019 Lineup Announced

Posted By on Tue, Feb 5, 2019 at 2:19 PM

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) at Waking Windows 2017 - FILE: LUKE AWTRY PHOTOGRAPHY
  • File: Luke Awtry Photography
  • !!! (Chk Chk Chk) at Waking Windows 2017
Strap in, folks. The Waking Windows music-and-arts festival has just revealed its 2019 lineup. The highly anticipated three-day indie-music bonanza kicks off in Winooski on Friday, May 3, and concludes on Sunday, May 5.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2019: First Look

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 1:40 PM

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2015 - FILE: BRIAN MACDONALD
  • File: Brian MacDonald
  • Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2015
The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival unveiled its initial 2019 lineup on Monday. The 10-day celebration of all things jazz takes over the Queen City from Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 9. Scores of local, national and international acts perform all around the city, from the Church Street Marketplace to small clubs to large performing arts venues.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Magic Hat Cancels Mardi Gras Parade, Relocates Festivities to Church Street

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 5:54 PM

Mardi Gras Parade 2016 - FILE: MATTHEW THORSEN
  • File: Matthew Thorsen
  • Mardi Gras Parade 2016
Magic Hat Brewing Company has canceled its annual Mardi Gras parade in Burlington. The local craft brewery will still throw a weekend-long Mardi Gras party this year. But for the first time in 24 years, those celebrations will not include a procession downtown. The 2019 festivities will take place from Friday, March 29, through Sunday, March 31, at Burlington's Church Street Marketplace and nearby establishments.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Burlington City Arts and Signal Kitchen Team Up to Replace First Night on New Year's Eve

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Highlight publicity image - STEPHEN MEASE/BURLINGTON CITY ARTS
  • Stephen Mease/Burlington City Arts
  • Highlight publicity image
Maybe it's much too early, but, to quote an old song, "What are you doing New Year's Eve?"

In Burlington, at least, that's a question many have pondered since the news broke in April that First Night Burlington was ending after 35 years of producing its citywide NYE celebration. Would-be revelers might find some, ahem, resolution in the form of a new partnership between two local organizations that hope to rekindle end-of-year magic in the Queen City.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Bhutanese Community Prepares to Host Major Kirat Rai Festival

Posted By on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 1:10 PM

Sakela dance rehearsal at the Old North End Community Center - KYMELYA SARI
  • Kymelya Sari
  • Sakela dance rehearsal at the Old North End Community Center
For the past three years since he resettled in Vermont in 2014, Harka Rai was unable to perform ceremonial rituals to celebrate Ubhauli Sakela. On that day, members of the Kirat Rai community ask Mother Nature for healthy crops and protection from natural calamities.

Last week, the octogenarian was at the Old North End Community Center in Burlington to watch a dozen people practice a dance that they'll perform on Saturday, April 28, to mark Ubhauli Sakela. "It's good. This is the way," Rai said of the dance rehearsal.

And Rai will lead the day's rituals, as the local chapter of the Bhutanese Kirat Rai Organization of America hosts the festival in Vermont for the first time.

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