Vermont Community Concerts
On Friday, August 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., everyone is invited to pack a picnic basket and come to Weston to honor the nine pioneer women who 130 years ago turned a smelly frog pond and muddy swamp into what is now called the most beautiful Town Green in Vermont. Come listen to a free concert by the enchanting Blue Flames Steel Band, who for the eighth year are donating their talent and time to a festive community celebration. Anniversary upgrades include fresh paint on the bandstand, repairs and repainting of the unique cast iron fence, a restored walk and a new lamppost. Come for a raffle of many exciting items, including tickets to theatre and area attractions, restaurants, arts and crafts for $5 per ticket or six for $20. Proceeds will help raise funds for the maintenance of the park by the Park Association Trustees.
The Village of Granville’s 2016 Summer Concert Series in Veterans Memorial Park is held on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to come hear the highly- engaging trio, The Starline Rhythm Boys, featuring old-time country, bluegrass and rockabilly music on August 11.
The Town of Cavendish presents the last of its Wednesday evening summer concerts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, when Yankee Chank will appear on the Proctorsville Green. The band has been performing both Cajun and Zydeco music in and around Vermont since 1996. The concert is free and open to the public. Bring a blanket or a chair and a picnic dinner. For more information, call Robin at 802-226-7736.
Concert of Americana Music to Benefit Jamaica Arts Council
Step back in time on Saturday, August 20, when the historic Jamaica Town Hall, Route 30, Jamaica, will host traditional American music performed by The Speckers, followed by Carling and Will. The Speckers are fiddler John Specker and his two daughters Lila and Ida Mae, a vital force in the mountain music revival. Taking a stand for honest, fresh music-making, nothing beats the way this father and daughters trio drives a live audience to a near-frenzy. They will be sharing the bill with Carling and Will, a traditional folk duo based in southern Vermont. These multi-instrumentalists combine unique melodic instrumentation with an old-time sound. Will Mosheim previously played banjo in with the Vermont bluegrass/Americana band Gold Town. Carling Berkhout is currently studying creative writing and music at Bennington College, and recently finished a seven-week internship with Smithsonian Folkways Records. Doors will be open at 6 p.m., with music starting at 7:30. This is a family-friendly event, with tickets only $10. Proceeds will benefit the Jamaica Community Arts Council.