The Local Spin: Hot stuff at Castleton
By Ali Flewelling
We are in the heart of summer, my favorite time of year to listen to local artists. This week in particular, live music has a very strong presence and it looks like we will have some nice weather to accompany the surplus of outdoor venues. Grab a lawn chair and get ready to dance in the grass, because you won’t want to do anything but after you hear this lineup.
Today, Sattuma Karelian, a Russian folk band will perform at noon on the Woodstock Village Green. Tonight, local country band Thunder Road will take to the West Rutland Town Hall green for a 7 p.m. show. Possumhaw will be under the gazebo in Fair Haven Park also at 7 p.m.
In addition, I would like to let everyone know about a great music festival taking place at Castleton State College this week.
The 18th annual KoSA Music Festival started Tuesday and runs through Saturday with performances at Casella Theatre each night. The festival features a percussion workshop, drum camp and the instruction and sounds of internationally renowned artists. Some of this year’s featured performers include Sergio Bellotti, Gregg Bissonette, Jason Bittner, Eriko Daimo and Daniel Glass to name a few. An 8 p.m. show will take place tonight and Friday and finally on Saturday the Grand Finale Gala Concert will be held. Tonight and Saturday, admission is $10, $5 for children. Friday’s show is free. For additional information please call the box office at 468-1119.
Friday night, Snake Mountain Bluegrass Concert will be at the Brandon Town Hall on Conant Square beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Carr’s Florist prior to the show for $8 or at the door for $10.
Friday Night Unplugged will also take place on Center Street in downtown Rutland beginning at 6 p.m. The event will play host to a few local musicians.
Okemo’s Jackson Gore in Ludlow will continue its summer concert series Friday. Celtic band Gypsy Reel will perform at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, the fifth annual Bookstock Literary Festival will be held in Woodstock. Sweetgrass will perform on the town green at 11:30 a.m. in conjunction with this event.
Two members of Woodchucks’ Revenge will perform at the Norwich Farmers Market on Route 5 South this Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Also Saturday, Allen Pools & Spas in Mendon invites you to its Massive Pool Party. Along with activities for families, free food and prizes, attendees will be treated to the sounds of the Aaron Audet Band beginning at 1 p.m.
Saturday afternoon, Killington kicks of its “Cooler in the Mountains” Summer Concert Series. Martin Sexton will perform at the K1 Base Lodge starting at 3:30 p.m. In my opinion, this is one of the best free venues in the area.
Saturday evening, Gene Childers and the Jubilee Jazz Band will perform in Brandon during the fifth annual SOAR Summerfest. This family friendly event begins at 6:30 p.m. For additional information please call 247-6401.
Also Saturday night, Project Mess Band will be at CJ’s in Rutland for a 9 p.m. performance.
On Sunday, the Green Brothers will be at their usual spot, the Lakehouse for jazz brunch. Join them on Route 30 in Bomoseen at noon to get your dose of funk, reggae and calypso.
On Tuesday, Atlantic Crossing will perform under the pavilion next to Spartan Stadium as part of the Castleton State College Summer Concert Series. The quartet will play the traditional music of New England beginning at 7 p.m.
Finally, on Wednesday, Sellhouse will take to the gazebo of Main Street Park in Rutland for a 7 p.m. show.
As always, please continue to submit your performance dates and times to firstname.lastname@example.org.