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Arts Beat for July 17: Hilton Park trio to play Americana in Brandon

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Arts Beat for July 17: Hilton Park trio to play Americana in Brandon

HILTON PARK WILL bring their folk/American repertoire to Brandon Music

on Saturday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m.

By Greg Pahl

Coming from Southern Maine to Brandon at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, is Hilton Park, a 3-piece folk/Americana group that brings their stories to fans young and old all over New England and beyond.

Made up of father and son team Bruce and Conor Hilton and Gregg Pannier, Hilton Park has a sound that is authentic and endearingly classic. The trio started out writing and performing just for fun, but has become the band the Boston Examiner says has “reinvented acoustic.” The group formed in 2013. Their first CD, “Greener Grass,” was called “one of the best sounding releases of the year” by Seacoast Online, and led to a 2014 New England Music Award nomination.

Two albums and three New England Music Award nominations later (including the win in 2015 for “Best In State: Maine”), Hilton Park continues to weave stories into instantly classic melodies and lyrics that are as unforgettable as the “stick in your head” songs from the peak era of beloved songwriters like Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Band, but with modern insight for today’s audience.

Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call 247-4295 or e-mail [email protected] for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon.

LOCAL KIDS STAR IN “ANNIE” AT THT

“The sun’ll come out—tomorrow,” sings Little Orphan Annie, the diminutive star of one of Broadway’s biggest musicals.  Annie won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1977, has played on stages across the world in 28 languages, and comes to Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Saturday, July 22, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 23, at 2 p.m. under the direction of Douglas Anderson.

Based on the popular comic strip from the 1920s, the musical follows Annie’s unhappy life in an orphanage and her unlikely charming of the richest man in town, Daddy Warbucks. It’s filled with catchy tunes and humor, “a perfect vehicle,” says Anderson, “for a group of energetic young performers.”

Helen Weston of Bristol will once again be the musical director. She teamed with Anderson for the past two summers on “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “James and the Giant Peach.” Middlebury college intern Akhila Khanna will serve as choreographer and assistant director.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at townhalltheater.org, 802-382-9222, at the THT box office, or at the door Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m., or one hour before show time.

“MUSIC AT THE RIVERBEND” IN BRANDON

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Music at the Riverbend” summer concert series continues at 7 p.m. this Wednesday, July 19, with Burlington’s Red Hot Juba on the lawn behind the Brandon Inn, located at 20 Park Street in Brandon.

Red Hot Juba plays blisterin’ hot countrified jazz and Green Mountain swing. Using a shifting and impulsive mix of styles while carving out an approach all their own, Red Hot Juba can turn from dynamic jump-blues to bittersweet soul on a dime. With a growing reputation for long, high energy sets, the band will cover a broad and varied expanse of musical ground over the course of the evening.  

Enjoy a diverse musical menu, the sweet sounds of the Neshobe River and the summer nights. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and a picnic, or pick up dinner from local eateries; many will be offering concert specials. Beer and wine will be available for purchase; No BYOB permitted.

These concerts, which will be happening every Wednesday night in July and August, are free, thanks to generous donations from community members and area businesses. For more information visit brandon.org.

ATLANTIC CROSSING RETURNS TO THE SALISBURY CHURCH

On Friday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. the Salisbury Congregational Church will sponsor an evening of lively traditional music with Atlantic Crossing. Having performed across the U.S. and U.K., they have been designated “American Masterpiece Artists” by the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Folklife Center.

Rick Klein, Viveka Fox, Peter Macfarlane and Tristan Henderson will bring their fiddles, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, bodhran, and vocals to perform their special mix of songs from Quebec, Maritime Canada, the British Isles and New England.

This will be the third event in Salisbury’s 38th annual Summer Performance Series, which will continue on Friday evenings through August 11 at the historic  and handicapped accessible 1838 church in Salisbury Village.

Although there is no admission charge, a donation in support of the series is always appreciated. Any receipts in excess of the expenses for the series will be applied to the continued restoration of Salisbury’s landmark meetinghouse.

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN

There will be four live musical performances this week at Two Brothers Tavern located at 86 Main Street in Middlebury.

Join Two Brothers every Wednesday, at 9 p.m. for Open Mic, an evening of music, comedy or anything else. Alternately hosted by Mark Sikora and Kai Stanley, come cheer on your friends or let loose on the stage. It’s free to enter, and there is no cover charge.

At 6 p.m. on Friday, July 21, Two Brothers welcome Bob Recupero and Mark LaVoie back for an early show. These veterans of the local music scene play a great mix of acoustic blues and folk classics. There’s no cover.

Then, at 9 p.m. on Friday, Binger makes their triumphant return to Two Brother’s Lounge. Couch-Surf prog, post-genre, experimental hip-hop, jam and anything else you can think of snakes its way into their live shows.

Finally, at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, the Robin Gottfried Band take to the Tavern’s stage. The Robin Gottfried Band features both funk and blues classics as well as original material in their live set. There is a $3 cover. For more information, call 802-388-0002.

LC JAZZ AT LINCOLN PEAK VINEYARD

LC Jazz, a 17-piece “big band,” is back for their fourth show-stopping evening at Lincoln Peak Vineyard on Friday, July 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. The ensemble has been playing jazz standards from the big band era — Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Sammy Nestico and other swing jazz greats — for 20 years. The band is a Vergennes-based non-profit organization that sponsors music scholarships at three area high schools.

Admission is free. The vineyard opens at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. Food will be for sale by Antidote of Vergennes, and wine by the glass. Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket. The Wine Down Friday series happens rain or shine—there’s room on the winery porch in the case of rain. No alcohol may be brought onto the grounds, and please leave your pets at home. Lincoln Peak Vineyard is located at 142 River Road in New Haven. More information is at lincolnpeakvineyard.com.

MUSIC IN THE PARK SERIES

The faculty of the Middlebury Community Music Center will be presenting a performance, La Rebelion del Tango, a Tango quintet with Ron White (bass) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the new park in Middlebury (near the traffic circle where the old town offices used to be). This performance is part of the Better Middlebury Partnership Music and Movies in the Park Series. It’s free.

CHAMBER MUSIC IN ROCHESTER

The Rochester Chamber Music Society continues its 23rd season with a 7 p.m. performance on Friday by Peter Stumpf, cello, and Cynthia Huard, piano, in the Rochester Federated Church, 15 North Main Street (Route 100) in Rochester. On the program are works by Bach as well as Schumann’s Five Pieces in Folk Style, Op. 102.

Admission is by donation. For information call 802-767-9234 or visit rcmsvt.org.

CARILLON SERIES

The Middlebury College Summer Carillon Series continues its 32nd year of concerts with a 5 p.m. performance on Friday in Mead Chapel by Elena Sadina, Carillonneur for the Middlebury Russian Language School and the Belgian Carillon School. Enjoy the sounds of the carillon bells from inside the chapel or, weather permitting, on the surrounding lawns. The free series continues every Friday through August with a different performer.

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