ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 14 * * All Arts News On the Web * * August 18, 2011


      ArtBits always features a calendar of the goings on of Franklin County artists. Check out these events around Franklin County. Each issue includes the entire text of our weekly newspaper column.

      Stop in for live music and more at the Fairfax Music Sessions at the Foothills Bakery in Fairfax most Saturday afternoons at 1 p.m., at various restaurants around Franklin County throughout the week, at the Bayside in St Albans Town most Sunday afternoons, and the Cambridge CoffeeHouses at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of every month.
     These gatherings bring new opportunities, gossip, "show-and-tell" and occasional workshops. The booked performances and acoustic Open Mike Nights feature music, readings, and more from the best new artists in Vermont.

      Find links to these events and more in our Spotlight!

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      Summer Sounds didn't just get rained out. Contrary to popular belief, no strangers paddled through Highgate Municipal Park looking for pairs of aminals Sunday night. But they might have. As much as an inch of rain fell on the park in less than 40 minutes. The band had all of their gear out and placed; we had assembled the canopy frame and started stretching the canvas when I felt the first raindrops. That advance warning was good for about a minute of frantic tent building. Between the rain and lightning, the (wooden) drums were soaked and the snakes were all filled with water. We had to cancel the concert
      The good news is that Dark Horse will return on a (presumably) dry Sunday in two weeks, August 28.


     The All Arts Council presents The Constitution Brass Quintet in the Summer Sounds concert in Highgate Municipal Park on Sunday evening at 7 p.m.
      "We have a lighthearted 'Summer in the Park' brass band program," said Jo Anne Edwards of a concert that will highlight American popular music from the mid-19th to the mid-20th Century. With Dixieland jazz, Broadway show tunes, Civil War music, and Sousa marches, the concert will feature soloists Bill Keck and Jo Anne Edwards playing literally from the Renaissance to ragtime and beyond.
      The Constitution Brass was founded in 1983 in Connecticut and played its first Vermont concert in the Summer Sounds series in Highgate. The quintet includes Jo Anne Edwards, trumpet, Chris Rivers, trumpet, Lori Salimando, trombone, Bill Keck, tuba, and Joy Worland, horn. Their repertoire spans 400 years of popular music (remember, what we consider a "classic" today was popular music when new) and includes Vermont composer Gwyneth Walker's Shaker Tunes for Brass Quintet. The ensemble is noted for its full family entertainment and historical commentary.
      These "fine musicians also understand the value of entertaining their audiences. Their concerts are well crafted, well played and, quite simply, a lot of fun!" Ms. Walker said.
      Just before the concert, stop by for the Kids Culinary Camp-Summer Sounds Social in the Park starting at 6 p.m. The social hour is a chance to visit with friends and enjoy a full-on barbecue, cool drinks, and unbelievable desserts on a summer night.
      The Summer Sounds concerts are sponsored by the Town of Highgate and the All Arts Council, and underwritten by Chevalier Drilling, Drummac Septic Service, O. C. McCuin and Sons, and Ray's Extrusion Dies and Tubing.
      The community based All Arts Council brings the performing arts to northwestern Vermont. The concerts are always on Sunday evenings, always at 7 p.m., always in Highgate Municipal Park, and always free. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair as you settle in to enjoy outdoor family music and festivities. There is no rain in the forecast but the rain site is the Highgate United Methodist Church.
      Click here for posters and more info.


SHELDON--The 4th annual Liberate Music and Yoga Festival returns to Poor Farm Road today and continues through Sunday with some of the same artists, vendors, kids activities, an art market, and healing arts practitioners from last year, along with a mix of fresh new ones. The three-day, outdoor camping festival features Marco Benevento, Conspirator, Dead Sessions and Friends, the Everyone Orchestra (with Michael Kang and more), Future Simple Project, the Human Canvas, LYNX, Nuda Veritas, Joshua Panda Band, Rubblebucket, OTT, Surprise Me Mr. Davis, Twiddle, and more.
      Admission includes FREE rough camping along with your ticket. Liberate is a leave no trace event. Call 802.999.2183 or for the schedule, tickets, and more info.

St. Albans--The One Federal Restaurant and Lounge Thursday Night Summer Concert Series presents Justice in their debut this evening at 7 p.m.
      The band includes Chris Fleury, lead vocals and drums; Scott Belisle on bass and backup vocals; Todd Dunn, lead and rhythm guitar; and Scott Guptill, rhythm guitar and backup vocals.
      "Come get some of the best food in the area and enjoy some great music in their courtyard," Mr. Guptill said. Admission is free.

BARTON--Orleans County Fair presents the Keeghan Nolan Band on the Main Stage this evening at 7 p.m.
      The Fair started yesterday with the World Record Cadillac Parade. It has arts and crafts in the Exhibit Hall and more live music in the Entertainment Tent as well as afternoon and evening shows at the Beer Tent.

ST. ALBANS--JW Ryan's presents Conscious Roots live tomorrow evening at 9:30 p.m. The roots reggae band plays a mix of original music that blends Afro-beat rhythms, ska, jazz, and rock. The band includes Charles Hungerford, vocals, rhythm guitar, clarinet; Danny Ries, bass, mandolin; Jeff Kenyon, lead guitar; Adam Dunsmore, trumpet, percussion, backing vocals; and drummer Jason Corbiere.

ESSEX JUNCTION--On Tap (formerly the Lincoln Inn) presents Summer Sounds favorite Jenni Johnson and the Junketeers this evening at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.878.3309 or email for more info.

SHELDON--Hungrytown returns to the popular Summer Music at Grace on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate the release of their second album, Any Forgotten Thing.
      The husband-wife duo of Ken Anderson and Rebecca Hall bring versatile instrumentals and delicious, quirky harmonies to the stage. Their music is evocative and original. The songwriting, recording, and performing team has a self-deprecating humor reminiscent of George and Gracie.
      Grace Church is located at 215 Pleasant Street, Sheldon. Suggested admission at the door is $10 or $5 for kids. click here for more info about Village Harmony. Call 802.326.4603 or click here for more info about Summer Music at Grace.

MORRISVILLE--The Bees Knees presents Carol Ann Jones with Gary Spaulding on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m.

ST. ALBANS--Bayside Pavilion presents the Starline Rhythm Boys on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
      Call 802.524.0909 for more info.


     The St. Albans Free Library hosts the Writers' Medley this afternoon at 2 p.m. The group for those interested in writing. For more info, call Wanda (802.524.1507) at the Library.

      Tonight is also Classic Movie Night at the St. Albans Free Library at 6 p.m. Directed by Phil Karlson, Kansas City Confidential follows an ex-con trying to go straight who is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.
      The library shows a newsreel, cartoon, and trailer of coming attractions before each weekly movie. All films are shown on the 4' by 6' screen in the upstairs conference room "cinema." Admission is free, along with popcorn and beverage.


     Photographer Alan Nyiri of Poultney is a nationally known landscape artist and architectural photographer. His twelfth book, Acadia Panorama, was published in 2008. His site includes a bio, his exhibitions and published works, his portfolio and fine art prints, and the workshops he offers.


      ArtBits features a quick weekly peek at the bookshelf or night stand of the folks you know in and around Franklin County. That popular feature has a page of its own at the Franklin County Bookshelf here on the AAC site.


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