The Local Spin: Labor Day reels in the beats
By Ali Flewelling
With a long weekend upon us you have every reason to celebrate this week. Local music is here to help you make the best of your holiday weekend and area venues welcome you with arms wide open as some of our favorite musicians will be on hand to wind down the final days of summer. You can start off on the right foot Thursday afternoon and continue listening through late Sunday: There are some great tunes to be heard!
Thursday afternoon Woodchucks’ Revenge will perform at the Manchester Farmers’ Market beginning at 3 p.m. The farmers’ market is located at Adams Park on Route 7A in downtown Manchester Center.
Aaron Audet will be at Taps Tavern in Poultney Thursday. Aaron is a music teacher by day and rocker by night; join him at 7 p.m.
Local favorite Joey Leone will be at Ramuntos in Bridgewater Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Steve Audsley takes the stage Thursday at Frank’s Tavern in Ludlow for acoustic night at 9 p.m.
In addition Thursday evening, area musicians will have the opportunity to share their talents at the Clear River Tavern on Route 100 in Pittsfield. Shon Powell will be hosting an open mic night at 9 p.m.
Friday night, The Thunder Road Band will provide live entertainment for this year’s Killington Motorcycle Classic. The group will perform on Center Street in Rutland at 7 p.m.
Panton Flats will wrap up the Summer Music Series at Jackson Gore in Ludlow Friday night at 6 p.m. The group has been performing together since 2009 and their high-energy performance is a great way to end the summer season at Okemo.
Tupelo Music Hall presents Vermont Songwriter’s Night on Friday at 8 p.m. Local artists Bow Thayer, Joey Leone, Rick Redington and Tony Lee Thomas will be on hand to cover each other’s material. The venue is located at 188 South Main St. in White River Junction. Admission is $15.
On Saturday, Damian and Stephen Marley will perform with special guests Easy Star All-Stars and Redman at the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction. Reggae lovers will not want to miss these legendary artists as they take the stage at 5 p.m. Tickets range from $27 to $58.50 and can be purchased by visiting flynntix.org.
Also on Saturday, Cardial Noose will be at 3D’s in Rutland for a 9:30 p.m. show. This music friendly spot is really making it a point to promote local artists, so I commend them.
Duane Carleton and The Backwoods Messiahs will be tearing up The Foundry at Summit Pond Saturday night at 8 p.m.
Duane is something else on his own, but with his band behind him, he really is unstoppable.
Labor Day weekend also brings some great festivals to the area.
The ninth annual Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival will take place at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday’s performers include Lizanne Knott, Craig Bickardt and Danielle Miraglia. On Sunday, Chelsea Berry, John Gillette & Sarah Mittlefehldt and Jarrod Dickenson will perform.
On Sunday, The New World Festival commences at noon on Main Street in Randolph. This all day event will run late into the evening and feature a slew of Celtic and French-American music. A variety of artists will perform throughout the day, to include; Alba’s Edge, Brinytide, Dominique Dodge, Elixir, Genticorum, John Roberts and Tony Barrand, Les Poules à Colin,
Long Time Courting, Mango Jam, Mariel Vandersteel Trio, Midnight Capers and No Strings Marionettes will entertain attendees. Tickets can be purchased ranging from $5 to $39 by visiting newworldfestival.com.
As always, please continue to submit your performance dates and times to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend filled with music!
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