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Monday, June 24, 2019

Vermont PBS Announces Season Two of 'Mister Chris and Friends'

Posted By on Mon, Jun 24, 2019 at 2:51 PM

Chris Dorman - FILE PHOTO COURTESY OF VERMONT PBS
  • File photo courtesy of Vermont PBS
  • Chris Dorman
The talking Wishing Well on Vermont PBS has granted another big wish: "Mister Chris and Friends" is coming back for a second season of family-friendly music and merriment.

Filming has already begun on six new episodes of the Emmy-nominated children's television show,  Holly Groschner, president and CEO of Vermont PBS, announced Monday.

The show, which launched in November 2018, features live music, movement and "everyday adventures" throughout Vermont, which allow kids to explore science, nature, and emotional and social development. Designed primarily for preschoolers, "Mister Chris and Friends" is hosted by the show's eponymous co-creator and star, Chris Dorman of Shelburne.

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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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Monday, June 10, 2019

Anaïs Mitchell's 'Hadestown' Wins Eight Tony Awards

Posted By on Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 12:05 AM

Eva Noblezada and the Broadway cast of 'Hadestown' - MATTHEW MURPHY
  • MATTHEW MURPHY
  • Eva Noblezada and the Broadway cast of 'Hadestown'
Anaïs Mitchell's Broadway musical, Hadestown, has won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The Vermont-grown "folk-rock opera," which opened April 18 at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City, received 14 Tony Award nominations. The annual award show honoring the best of Broadway aired on CBS on Sunday, June 9.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Brian Wilson Cancels Burlington Discover Jazz Festival Performance

Posted By on Thu, Jun 6, 2019 at 11:53 AM

Brian Wilson - COURTESY OF MICHAEL BUSH/DREAMSTIME.COM
  • Courtesy of Michael Bush/dreamstime.com
  • Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson has canceled his upcoming appearance at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. The 76-year-old cofounder of the Beach Boys announced via his website and social media that he is postponing his summer tour. Wilson was set to close out the 10-day festival on Sunday, June 9, at the Flynn MainStage.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Local Hip-Hop Promoter Kyle Hoyt Dead at 31

Posted By on Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 12:43 PM

Kyle Hoyt - FROM FACEBOOK
  • From Facebook
  • Kyle Hoyt
The Vermont hip-hop community was shocked and saddened to learn of the unexpected passing of longtime local promoter and event producer Kyle Hoyt. According to rapper and DJ Dakota Burr, 31-year-old Hoyt was found dead on Thursday, May 30, in his Montpelier apartment. As of this writing, no cause of death has been announced.

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St. Paul & the Broken Bones Cancel Burlington Discover Jazz Fest Appearance

Posted By on Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 11:49 AM

St. Paul & the Broken Bones - COURTESY OF MCNAIR EVANS
  • Courtesy of McNair Evans
  • St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Birmingham, Ala., soul powerhouse ensemble St. Paul & the Broken Bones have canceled their appearance at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. The band was set to perform on Thursday, June 6, at the Burlington Waterfront Park.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Holy Hell! Anaïs Mitchell's 'Hadestown' Scores 14 Tony Award Nominations

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 1:27 PM

Eva Noblezada and the Broadway cast of 'Hadestown' - MATTHEW MURPHY
  • Matthew Murphy
  • Eva Noblezada and the Broadway cast of 'Hadestown'
Anaïs Mitchell's Hadestown has received 14 2019 Tony Award nominations. The Vermont native's "folk-rock opera," which opened on Broadway this month, nabbed more nominations than any other production this year, edging out the musical Ain't Too Proud, which received 12 nominations.

"This is such a total and complete honor! What I feel most of all this morning is enormous gratitude," wrote Mitchell in a statement following the nominations announcement. "Hadestown really took a long and winding road to Broadway, and so many creative, soulful people have put their hands on it along the way and kept it moving forward."

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Bush, Live and Our Lady Peace to Play Champlain Valley Fair

Posted By on Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 4:41 PM

Bush (left), Live - COURTESY OF THE ALTIMATE TOUR
  • Courtesy of the ALTimate Tour
  • Bush (left), Live
Fans of ’90s alternative music should be pleased: The Champlain Valley Fair is hosting the ALTimate Tour, which features ’90s hitmakers Bush, Live and Our Lady Peace. The concert takes place on Friday, August 23, the fair's opening night. The fair continues through Sunday, September 1, at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction.

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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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