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Art Beat for July 7: Festival to offer great music all week plus dancing

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Middlebury’s exciting Festival on-the-Green continues on Tuesday. Here are the highlights. At noon, Mister Chris will present a Brown Bag Special performance for the whole family. At 7 p.m., Addison County’s own Anaïs Mitchell, described as the “most original artist currently working in the field of new American ‘folk’ music,” hits the stage. Then, at 8:30 p.m., talented blues and roots artists Peter Karp and Sue Foley take to the stage. “These two are some real professionals, worthy of the highest accolades,” says one enthusiastic reviewer.

On Wednesday, at noon, No Strings Marionettes, the husband-wife team of puppeteers Dan Baginski and Barbara Paulson, presents entertainment for the whole family. At 7 p.m., Brother Sun, “an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions,” will perform. Then, at 8:30 p.m., festival audience members will be treated to Matuto,a rockin’ combination of funky Brazilian forro and American bluegrass music, who are quickly becoming an international sensation.

On Thursday, at noon, PaDulabaum (Gary Dulabaum and Rebecca Padula) will perform for young and old alike. Then, at 7 p.m., Harpeth Rising, a high-energy trio, will offer Americana, blues, bluegrass and all things acoustic. Then, at 8:30 p.m., Le Vent du Nord, Quebec’s top traditional band, hits the stage. “Le Vent du Nord is one of the best bands touring today, no matter your musical taste,” according to one reviewer.

On Friday, at noon, magician Tom Verner will present magic for the kids in all of us. Then, at 7 p.m., Vorcza, described as “rising stars of a new jazz generation,” will perform. That will be followed at 8:30 p.m. by Josh Panda & the Hot Damned, soulful roots-rockers running the gamut from country and Cajun to gospel and rock.

As always, the festival comes to a spirited conclusion on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. with the Vermont Jazz Ensemble Street Dance. Come early for dance lessons with Jim Condon. Although all festival events are free, donations are always gratefully accepted. For more information call 462-3555 or visit festivalonthegreen.org.

JUBILEE JAZZ BAND

On Friday, at 7:30 p.m., the six-piece Jubilee Jazz Band of seasoned Vermont and New York musicians under the direction of Gene Childers returns to Salisbury.

Tapping their cumulative decades of music-making, they capture the fun and infectiousness of the Dixieland jazz tradition that was born around 1900 in New Orleans as the music for dance halls, street parades, steamboats and outdoor concerts. The Jubilee Band’s swinging ensembles and hot solos, classic tunes and stories so embody the sound, spirit and sensibilities of early jazz that they have been called a living treasure and Vermont’s answer to New Orleans’ Preservation Hall.

This will be the second event in Salisbury’s 35th annual Summer Performance Series that will run on Fridays through the first week of August at the historic, but handicap-accessible, 1838 church in Salisbury Village.

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

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN

There will be three live musical performances this week at Two Brothers Tavern in Middlebury. On Wednesday, the Open Mike Night begins at 9 p.m. Hosted by Kai Stanley, the Open Mike Night follows Trivia one Wednesday per month. The stage is open to musicians and performers of all kinds on a first-come, first-served basis, and it’s free to enter. There is no cover charge.

On Friday, The Michele Fay Bandwill perform at 5 p.m. The Michele Fay Band is a Vermont-based acoustic quartet that features original and roots music. Fay’s heartfelt lyrics are central to the ensemble, which performs a comfortable groove of folk, swing and bluegrass-influenced songs. They’ll be playing downstairs in the Lounge for a special Arts Walk live music happy hour show. There is no cover charge.

Finally, at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Rehab Roadhouse take to the stage for an encore performance. Rehab Roadhouse combines the influences of Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Phish and the Grateful Dead together into a sonic stew that is sure to satisfy your aural palate. There is a $3 cover. For more information, call 388-0002.

THE GRIFT AT LINCOLN PEAK

The Grift will be playing at Lincoln Peak Vineyard on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. The Grift, Middlebury’s favorite rock and roll quartet, plays an eclectic set of originals and often humorous covers. Catchy melodies, clever lyrics, and tight vocal harmonies will get you dancing and singing along. The band includes Clint Bierman (guitar, vocals), Jeff Vallone (drums, vocals), Peter Day (bass, trumpet, vocals) and Leon Campos (keyboard).

As with all Wine Down Friday shows, the “doors” open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. Gourmet pizza and salad are for sale by Nino’s (a k a Ramunto’s of Middlebury). Pre-order whole pies by calling Nino’s at 388-7755. Wine is available by the glass.

Admission is free. 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. More information is at lincolnpeakvineyard.com.

INT’L FILM FESTIVAL

The exciting 2014 Middlebury College International Film Festival continues on Saturday with the 2005 French film “Joyeux Noel,” directed by Christian Carion.

In 1914, World War I was well under way. However, on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man’s Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood.  

The film, in French with English subtitles, will be shown at 7 p.m. in Dana Auditorium on College Street. It’s free. Some of the films in this series may be inappropriate for children. A discussion of the film will follow the screening; space may be limited.

LIVE MUSIC AT 51 MAIN

There will be two live musical events this week at Middlebury’s 51 Main. At 5 p.m. on Friday stop in for part of the town-wide public Arts Walk, featuring art by local artist Anneke Jewett and live music by New Handsome Young New Singers, with Erik Benepe, Taylor Bickford and Weyland Joyner performing acoustic folk and blues.

Then, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Back Porch Society takes to the stage for an evening of roots and blues that guarantee one foot stompin’ and a smile

All ages, no cover. For additional information visit www.go51main.com or phone 388-8209.

JACKSON GALLERY

“Being There,” an exhibit of selected photographs by James Blair, opens in the Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater on Friday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Blair worked as a staff photographer for National Geographic for 30 years. Forty-five articles carried his byline and more than 2,000 of his photos have appeared within its covers.

The free exhibit runs until Aug. 16 during gallery hours, noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and for an hour before each THT performance. Contact the Jackson Gallery at 382-9222 or email jacksongallery@townhalltheater.org.

CARILLON SERIES

The Middlebury College Summer Carillon Series continues its 29th year of concerts with a 5 p.m. performance on Friday in Mead Chapel by Amy Heebner, city carillonneur in Albany, N.Y. Enjoy the sounds of the carillon bells from the steps of the chapel or, weather permitting, on the surrounding lawns. The free series continues every Friday through Aug. 15 with a different performer.

Free parking is available on College Street and on Old Chapel Road.

BACH BASH IN GRANVILLE

In celebration of its 20th summer season, the Rochester Chamber Music Society presents its annual Bach Bash concert on Saturday in the Granville Town Hall. Professional and amateur musicians celebrate the music of Bach and others in this 7 p.m. public performance.

Although the concert is free, donations in support of the series are always appreciated. For more concert information call 767-9234 or visit rcmsvt.org.

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