Led Zeppelin Tribute to Raise Funds for MMF Programs
Get ready for a blast from the past and a rocking good time on Saturday, July 18, when the Out on the Tiles Band teams up with the Manchester Music Festival Strings and special guests for a rousing tribute to the iconic English rock band, Led Zeppelin. The concert, a fundraiser to benefit the Manchester Music Festival’s Education Outreach Program, will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Southern Vermont Art Center’s Arkell Pavilion.
“This was a hugely popular event last fall and we’ve asked Out on the Tiles to return for another performance (for) summer folks,” said Ariel Rudiakov, MMF artistic director. “The (group) took its name from a song title on a 1970s Led Zeppelin album. In Brit-speak ‘out on the tiles’ means going out on the town and we’re inviting residents to do just that and join us for an evening of classic Led Zeppelin. Funds raised will be used in support of our year-round educational outreach programs for kids.”
The band features Jonathan Newell on electric and acoustic guitar, keyboard and vocals; Amelia Wargo, lead vocalist; Patrick Nolan, electric bass; and Ryemachine Wylie on drums. Joining them on several songs will be some of MMF’s string players, including current participants in its Young Artists program and faculty members Heather Braun, Joana Genova and Ariel Rudiakov.
“Jonathan Newell has created some special string parts…” Rudiakov said. “We are looking forward to guest appearances by Bob Stannard, Andrew McKeever, and Christian French. The Arkell Pavilion will have some seating removed so people can feel free to move around or sit as they choose for a real rock concert feel. Special lights, a fog machine and sound mixing will all be brought in. If one is fond of loud, amplified heavy rock, this show is for you! A cash bar will be set up by the Wilburton Inn.” Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at 802-362-1956, the Northshire Bookstore and online at mmfvt.org.