Hot outdoor concerts aplenty in Vermont
By Tom Huntington
Arts Correspondent | June 05,2014
Photo by Mark Seliger
The 11-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band, which centers around power guitarist couple Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, returns to Vermont for the first time since 2011, performing Friday at the Shelburne Museum.
Nothing says summer like a killer outdoor concert, and this summer’s lineup has plenty of compelling pop options in Vermont and beyond.
The Burlington area serves up a stellar array at sites like the Shelburne Museum and Waterfront Park, the Montreal Jazz Festival celebrates its 35th anniversary, and a new festival makes its debut in Burlington while a new outdoor amphitheater opens at Jay Peak.
Here’s a closer look at this summer’s events:
The Concerts on the Green series (Higher Ground Presents) returns with rock, blues and bluegrass. The Green at Shelburne Museum, Shelburne. Call 888-512-7469 or go online to www.highergroundmusic.com.
Friday, June 6: Tedeschi Trucks Band — The talented 11-piece group, which centers on power guitarist couple Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, returns to Vermont for the first time since its 2011 debut at the Flynn Center. New York City rock trio the London Souls opens the show. 7 p.m., $49 advance, $54 day of show (age 12 and younger free).
Thursday, July 10: John Hiatt and the Robert Cray Band — Roots-rock singer-songwriter standout Hiatt and his combo team up with blues guitarist Cray and his band. 7 p.m., $49 advance, $53 day of show (age 12 and younger free).
Friday, July 25: Nickel Creek — The multi-platinum- selling trio — which features mandolin maestro Chris Thile — visits Vermont on its first tour since 2007, in support of its first album in nine years, the recently released “A Dotted Line.” 6:30 p.m., $41 advance, $45 day of show (age 12 and younger free).
Tuesday, July 29: Old Crow Medicine Show — The Grammy-winning group brings its rollicking live show and breakneck bluegrass back to Vermont in support of its kickin’ new album, “Remedy,” scheduled for release on July 1. Hurray for the Riff Raff, formed by rootsy New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra, opens the show. 6 p.m., $36 advance, $40 day of show (age 12 and younger free).
Higher Ground Presents serves up four shows at this year’s Lake Champlain Maritime Festival. Waterfront Park, Burlington. Call 888-512-7469 or go online to www.highergroundmusic.com.
Thursday, Aug. 7: Umphree’s McGee — The Chicago-based rock six-piece performs in support of its eighth studio album, “Similar Skin,” scheduled for release on Tuesday. 6:30 p.m., $35 advance, $39 day of show (age 12 and younger free).
Friday, Aug. 8: The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise — Punk makes a rare outdoor appearance with three of the best bands in the business. 6 p.m., $45 advance, $49 day of show (age 12 and younger free).
Saturday, Aug. 9: The Avett Brothers — Fronted by multi-instrumentalist siblings Scott and Seth Avett, the now six-piece roots-rock group returns to Waterfront Park two years after its sold-out show as part of the Grand Point North festival. 8 p.m., $42 advance, $47 day of show (age 12 and younger free).
Sunday, Aug. 10: Buddy Guy — The blues guitar legend returns to Waterfront Park five years after his 2009 performance during the Burlington Waterfront Festival. Quinn Sullivan, a 15-year-old blues guitar prodigy, opens the show. 7 p.m., $45 advance, $50 day of show (age 12 and younger free).
And the WYSIWYG Festival makes its debut at a promising new site behind Burlington College. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Burlington College. Call 399-2337 or go online to www.WYSIWYGFestival.com.
Aug. 23-34: WYSIWYG Festival
Pronounced “wiz-ee-wig,” an acronym for “what you see is what you get,” WYSIWYG serves up a new fest with a focus on food and music. The latter includes such noteworthy artists as Patrick Watson, Shakey Graves, Lee Fields, Anais Mitchell and the Barr Brothers, among many others. $36.50-$140 (age 12 and younger free).
June 26-July 6: Montreal International Jazz Festival — The world’s biggest jazz fest celebrates its 35th anniversary in style, with four free major outdoor concerts: Woodkid (June 26), Diana Krall (June 29), Vintage Trouble (July 1) and Deltron 3030 (July 6). These are part of some 1,000 concerts and activities – two-thirds of which are free – on nine outdoor stages and 10 concert halls in a sprawling car-free area in downtown Montreal. Noon-midnight, June 26-July 6. For tickets and information, call 888-515-0515 or go online to www.montrealjazzfest.com.
Aug. 1-3: Osheaga Music and Arts Festival — Now in its ninth year, Osheaga has become one of the premier pop music fests around. This year’s lineup includes OutKast, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde and Modest Mouse, among many others. $95-$550 (age 10 and younger free). Call 855-310-2525 or go online to www.osheaga.com.
Stateside Amphitheater at Jay Peak
Jay Peak Resort debuts its new outdoor amphitheater, which is part of the new Stateside Hotel and Baselodge. Stateside Amphitheater at Jay Peak Resort. Call 327-2154 or go online to www.jaypeakresort.com.
July 25-26: Jeezum Crow Festival — Dark Star Orchestra headlines both nights. Friday night includes Bronze Radio Return and The Aerolites. Saturday features Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers and the Jay Farrar Duo. 5 p.m. on July 25, noon on July 26. $30 per day ($50 both days).
Friday, Aug. 15: Lyle Lovett and His Large Band — The rootsy singer-songwriter standout returns to Vermont with this mighty large band in tow. 7:30 p.m. $75 (VIP front section), $40 (general admission lawn).