2021 SUMMER MUSIC SERIES
We proudly present...
Saturday, June 12 – Beg, Steal or Borrow. Welcome back Jeremy, Geoff, Fran, Roland and Luke for another stellar bluegrass performance! Beg, Steal or Borrow won the 2017 Podunk and 2018 Thomas Point Beach bluegrass festival band competitions, has been featured at Greyfox and Ossipee Valley festivals. They were the stars of last summer's one and only Meeting House pop-up outdoor concerts on the green, and we're thrilled to have them back this summer to open our 2021 season.
Saturday, June 26 - Rusty Bucket - Evoking the tradition of New England kitchen tunks and back-porch pavilions of Appalachia, our own homegrown string band features George van Vlaanderen on banjo, Lanny Boardman and Dan Shook on guitar, Ralph Rosenberg on bass, and Brian Steele on mandolin and harmonica.
Saturday, July 10 – Mango Jam is a six piece dance band playing straight-ahead Zydeco as well as New Orleans-inspired Funk, Reggae and Ska. Band members include Gus Ziesing, accordions, saxophones and vocals, Mimi Ryan, alto saxophone and vocals, Lee Beckwith, bass and vocals, Dennis Willmott, guitar and vocals, Ted Looby, guitar, and Allen Bilson on drums. Boogie on the Bayou! Bring your dancing shoes! Or go barefoot!
Saturday, August 14 – Jenni Johnson & the Jazz Junketeers. If Jenni Johnson offered nothing more than her voice, smooth and sweet as honey, it would be plenty. But that’s only part of what makes her jazz-infused performances unforgettable: With a heart as big as that voice, Jenni takes us on joyous world-wide musical tour with the always excellent Junketeers providing impeccable support.
Saturday, August 28 - VT Bluegrass Pioneers unite the talents of four of Vermont’s veteran and best-known bluegrass musicians: brothers “Banjo” Dan and Willy Lindner, and bassist Sam Blagden (Banjo Dan & the Midnite Plowboys), and Danny Coane (The Throbulators and the Radio Rangers, and, since 1998, with Vermont’s nationally award-winning honky tonk heroes, the Starline Rhythm Boys). Rooted in the hard-driving tradition of first-generation bluegrass, the four share lead and harmony vocals, and in a unique twist Dan and Danny, both of whom are commanding banjo players, alternate on that instrument and rhythm guitar, while Willy holds forth on mandolin.
Saturday, September 11 – Bob and Sarah Amos backed by a top-notch acoustic band, presents a wide variety of Americana and Bluegrass original and traditional songs in a captivating style, with mesmerizing vocal harmonies and exciting instrumentation. Bob Amos is a nationally recognized songwriter and musician who has written and recorded over 100 songs on 12 albums over the past 30 years. Sarah Amos is a remarkable vocalist who has been singing professionally with her father for over ten years. The September 11 Meeting House on the Green concert will mark the debut of their brand new backing band, featuring some of New England’s top acoustic musicians, including Andy Greene on guitar, Kirk Lord on bass, and Alan Epstein on mandolin. Greene and Lord have been members of several high profile New England Acts including The Revenants and The Bluegrass Gospel Project. The band will also feature Bob on banjo and guitar, and Bob and Sarah on vocals.
Sunday, September 12 - Austin Piazzolla Quintet - The Austin Piazzolla Quintet specializes in the music of the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla as well as original nuevo tango compositions. We're sorry to report the show has been cancelled for this season. Hope to see the band next year! Stay home, stay well, take care of your families and neighbors! xo
Saturday, Oct. 9 - Annie & The Hedonists. Interpreting the songs of great female blues artists of the ‘20s, 30s & 40s: Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Rosetta Tharpe, Ella Fitzgerald and others. Repertoire also includes western swing, bluesy country, and roots Americana. We guarantee YOU WILL LOVE THIS BAND!
Saturday, October 23 - Will Patton Ensemble. Always a spectacular show, join Bakersfield’s own multi-instrumentalist and composer Will Patton and his band comprised of mandolin/octave mandolin, violin, guitar, flute, clarinet and string bass. The group has been focusing on Gypsy jazz and Brazilian styles as well as straight up bebop, and performs many original compositions in their repertoire.
Saturday, October 30 – The Oleo Romeos. Tyrone, Will, Jerry and George will deliver a show that's sure to please! All proceeds to benefit youth programming at The Fairfield Community Center. Wear a costume ~ win a prize!
All shows are located at The Meeting House on the Green at 53 School Street in East Fairfield.
All shows will start at 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted on the individual pages of the musicians.
Admission is $10/adult, kids under 16 free, payable at the door.
If it's raining, shows will move indoors, and masks are required for everyone.
For outdoor shows, lite dinner fare and desserts will be for sale, or you may BYO. Also bring chairs or a blanket.
Well-behaved dogs and children are welcome.
The Stages in the Sun initiative is a partnership between the Vermont Recreation & Parks Association, the Vermont Arts Council, and the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, to promote two of the best things Vermont has to offer: incredible artists and the great outdoors. We thank the Vermont Community Foundation for their donation to help sponsor this and other Stages in the Sun events through a Covid-19 Response Grant. Please check out the Stages in the Sun calendar online at vermontvacation.com to find more great outdoors arts events.