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Music Festivals Abound in the Upper Valley

  • Orford, N.H., pop-rocker Senayit Tomlinson is to perform at the Camping & Music Festival in Newbury, Vt., on June 23, 2018. (Courtesy photograph)

  • Orford, N.H., pop-rocker Senayit Tomlinson is to perform at the Camping & Music Festival in Newbury, Vt., on June 23, 2018. (Courtesy photograph)



Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Decisions, decisions: If a single festival offers a buffet of live music, how on Earth do audiences choose from among the several celebratory gatherings around the Upper Valley this weekend, with genres ranging from Americana to electronica?

Here’s the menu:

Camping & Music Festival, Newbury, Vt. — In his second annual gathering at Harvest Moon Farm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, fiddle master and Americana-music promoter Patrick Ross hosts, and in some cases shares the stage (and the Friday and Saturday night bonfires) with, a Vermont- and Upper Valley-heavy lineup. Performers include The Bow Thayer Trio, Newbury Village School Principal Chance Lindsley, Oxbow Union High School graduate Hunter Paye (now based in Portland, Ore.), Sharon accordionist Jeremiah McLane, Orford pop-rocker Senayit Tomlinson and rising folkie Krishna Guthrie, a Rutland resident who’s a grandson of Arlo and great-grandson of Woody.

Anthony Sheppard, of Ryegate, Vt., a newly-minted graduate of Blue Mountain Union High School who has been taking lessons with Ross, will play fiddle during a showcase with other teen musicians and join Ross for a 15-minute set.

“I’m really excited,” Sheppard said on Wednesday. “I haven’t had many opportunities to play with other people in front of audiences like this before. I was in the school band, but that’s a lot different, much more structured.”

Proceeds from the festival go to the Vermont Folklife Center’s scholarships matching experienced musicians with aspiring performers. Single-day admission is $5 to $25 for listeners not planning to camp overnight. To reserve campsites, see the schedule and learn more, visit rockfarmerrecords.com.

Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival, Tunbridge — The Grammy-winning Rhonda Vincent & The Rage headlines the 18th gathering at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds, which runs through Sunday.

The teen-sibling duo of Kentuckians Marteka and William Lake opens today’s festivities at 10 in the morning, and St. Johnsbury, Vt.-based singer-songwriter Bob Amos leads Catamount Crossing to the stage at 7 p.m. Vincent and her band are scheduled to take the main stage on Saturday at 3 in the afternoon and 9 that night.

For tickets (prices vary based on number of days attending), the schedule of performers and more information, visit jennybrookbluegrass.com.

International Make Music Day, Bradford, Vt. — Ten venues around the village host performances this afternoon, starting at 3 with Cliff Rudder playing acoustic rock at The Local Buzz coffee shop, and with fiddlers Gabrielle Anzalone, Aden Marcotte and Owen Marcotte playing at the Bradford Public Library.

Performances starting at 3:15 feature jazz guitarist Tom Livingston at The Space on Main; the electric guitar duo of Concrete & Musty at J.M. Landscaping Nursery & Garden Center; and Rowe Williams with a harmonica workshop at Village Eclectics.

At 4, Don Sinclair and Jennifer Grossi lead a showcase of their music students at North of the Falls, while Dwayne Benjamin plays country originals at the David Penland jewelry store.

John Hollinrake performs Americana music from the South at the Colatina Exit at 4:30.

Metamorph plays electronic dance music at 4:30 at Wells River Savings Bank.

At 5, the festivities will conclude with an open mic at The Hungry Bear restaurant.

Digital Arts eXpo, Hanover — Electronica pioneer Morton Subotnick opens the expo on Friday night at 7, performing his compositions Silver Apples of the Moon (1967) and Crowds and Power (2017) at Dartmouth College’s Loew Auditorium, during the Department of Music’s annual Digital Arts eXpo. Admission is free.

At 8 on Friday night, Dartmouth students will showcase their creative digital work with interactive audio-visual installations in the atrium of the Black Family Visual Arts Center.

The slate of events on Saturday includes an array of performances of compositions for organ and electronics at 7 p.m. in Spaulding Auditorium.

To learn more about the expo, visit hop.dartmouth.edu.

Summer Revels Solstice Festival — Revels North hosts two performances of music and dance over the weekend, starting Saturday evening at 5:30 at the ArtisTree Community Arts Center in South Pomfret. The second gathering is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Sunday on the Norwich Green. Activities both days include a parade and food trucks. Admission is by donation.