ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 19 * * All Arts News On the Web * * July 16, 2015


      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.

     Franklin County's arts and music gatherings bring new opportunities, gossip, "show-and-tell" and occasional workshops. There are also booked and acoustic Open Mic Nights that feature music, readings, and more from the best new artists in Vermont.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY--The Big Music Weeks of Summer continue today as some of our friends play multiple gigs. Summer Sounds celebrates 25 years of concerts in Highgate with a Birthday Bash. This week we find music in Burlington, Essex (NY), Highgate Center, St. Albans Bay, St. Albans, Plattsburgh, and South Hero.


HIGHGATE--The All Arts Council and the Town of Highgate continue the 25th Summer Sounds in Highgate with Vermont's best brass band.
      Each concert will bring back a group that played the first decade of this popular series. We introduced a genuine brass band for their first performance in Vermont:
 ArtBits News Photo     The All Arts Council presents The Constitution Brass Quintet in the Summer Sounds Birthday Bonanza 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 audience favorites in the John Philip Sousa tradition -- marches, to Dixieland, to Broadway -- the concert will feature soloists Bill Keck and Jo Anne Edwards playing literally from the Renaissance to ragtime and beyond.
      "CBQ is also celebrating a 25th anniversary of playing summer in the park concerts in Vermont," she said. "We're recreating the 1993 and 1994 concerts, featuring music from two of our first shows in Franklin County."
      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, John Mead, trombone, Bill Keck, tuba, and Alan Parshley, 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 which they commissioned in 19xx. 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 All Arts-Summer Sounds Birthday Party and Social in the Park starting around 6 p.m. The social hour is a chance to visit with friends and enjoy a cakes and ice cream, and other 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, Desorcie's Market, Drummac Septic Service, O. C. McCuin & Sons, and Ray's Extrusion Dies Tubing.
      The community based All Arts Council brings the performing arts to northwestern Vermont. The concerts are always on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m., always in a town park, and always free. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair as you settle in to enjoy outdoor family music and festivities. Visit for the schedule.


SHELBURNE--Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery features Fairfield artist Gail Salzman in their annual summer show, Running the Gamut: From Realism to Abstraction, with an opening reception on Friday evening, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
      "Every June I spend time painting in a gorgeous part of mid-coast Maine," Ms. Salzman said. "It's a time of renewal in many ways -- my birthday month, the beginning of my annual painting cycle, and the immersion in all things oceanic."
      Ms. Salzman is known for her translucent layers and the looping lines that reflect her love of water. She will have two new paintings from this retreat in the show.
      The show continues through September 1. Gallery hours are 9:30-5:30 Tuesday through Friday and 10-5 on Saturday. Call 802.985.3848 or click here for more info.


BURLINGTON--The Breakwater Cafe and Grill summer schedule has bands playing Wednesday through Sunday every week. The lineup this week features the Nobby Reed Project tonight starting at 6 p.m.
      The summer schedule is weather dependent so call the cafe (802.658.6276) or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The One Fed Summer Concert Series presents Barbie-n-Bones tonight at 7 p.m. Jennifer DiNatale, Mark DiNatale, Mike Fredette, Joey Clark, and Scott Milne will let their hair down in a pure mayhem metal show.
      The summer concert series has performers under the tents every Thursday, rain or shine.

Thursday through Saturday
ST. ALBANS--Twiggs presents Bob Young on guitar in the Window this evening at 7 p.m. Next up, Vern Colburn tickles the ivories in the Dining Room at 5:30 p.m. Then welcome Inca Hoots on Saturday at 7 p.m.
      Call 802.524.1405 or click here for more info.

ST. ALBANS--The world famous Oleo Romeos play the Downtown Summer Concert Series in the E.A. Loomis Bandshell in Taylor Park on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
      The enigmatic 83-piece band, led by former Throbulator Tyrone Shaw, promises a gluten-free concert with plenty of grease. The concert is free. Food and drink will be available.

ST. ALBANS BAY--Donna Thunder and Chris Martin run the Bayside open mic in the pub on Friday, starting at 6:30 p.m. "Come early! The bar fills up fast," she said.
      Bayside holds the open mic nights monthly. Visit them on Facebook for more info.

ESSEX, NY--The Old Dockhouse Restaurant & Marina presents Blues on the Water with the busy Nobby Reed Project on Friday at 7 p.m.       Arrive by automobile, private boat or on the Charlotte-Essex ferry.

PLATTSBURGH--It's naked Justice at the Turtle on Saturday at 10 p.m. with Scott Belisle on bass and backup vocals; Todd Dunn, lead and rhythm guitar; Gary Greeno, lead vocals; Mike Stella, drums; and Scott Guptill, rhythm guitar and backup vocals.
      This is their last skip across the pond in 2015. Click here for more info.

SOUTH HERO--Singer/songwriter Carol Ann Jones hosts Music in the Meadow in the Paddle version of a Open Mic at the Blue Paddle on Tuesday night at 6:15 p.m. Ms. Jones' invites patrons and friends to join her on stage.
      Call 802.372.4814 to assure a seat.

BURLINGTON--Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle will holding a Crankie Workshop followed by a concert with Kaļa Kater in the BCA Center on Wednesday. The free workshop starts at 3 p.m. The concert follows at 6 p.m.
      A crankie gets its name from old fashioned movies but rather than film, these shows use felt and cloth covered with characters and art to tell a traditional story or ballad.
      "An Anna and Elizabeth concert is a captivating mix of ballads, foot-stomping dance tunes, stories and visual art," Mark Sustic said. They have performed in house parlors, art museums, theaters from New Orleans to Boston and toured England and Ireland. Ms. Kater is one of the youngest performers in the Canadian old-time and folk communities. She plays the banjo, sings and has a unique take on Appalachian and Canadian traditional music.
      Young Tradition Vermont is dedicated to promoting, supporting and celebrating children, youth, and young adults singing, playing, and dancing traditional styles.
      Concert admission is by a suggested donation of $15 at the door. The workshop is free. Email or click here for more info.

MORRISVILLE--Ox Bow Park presents Carol Ann Jones with Will Patton in the farmers' market and picnic area on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.       Admission is by $5-$10 suggested donation.


ALBANY, VT--The League of Vermont Writers hosts Into the Words, a summer retreat and member showcase on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      This special "back to its roots" Summer program pays homage to LVW members. The day will include a variety of half-hour and hour-long sessions from craft to publishing to the writing life and exhibits.
      The price is $28 for members and $35 for non-members. Email or click here for more info and the complete schedule.

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