Arts Beat for June 20: Roadhouse Rehab to play at Wine Down Friday

Rehab Roadhouse will perform at Lincoln Peak Vineyard in New Haven on Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The quartet lives in the intersection between B-side ’70s classics, blues and more modern jam. Rehab Roadhouse has been rehabilitating Addison County’s rock-and-roll souls since 2009. The band includes Joel Palmer on vocals and harmonica, Neil Kamman on vocals and guitar, Frank Huchro on vocals and bass and Dave Mack on drums.
As with all Wine Down Friday shows, the “doors” open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. Food will be for sale by Almost Home and wine by the glass.
Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket. The Wine Down Friday series happens rain or shine — there’s room on the winery porch in the case of rain. No alcohol may be brought onto the grounds, and please leave your pets at home. Lincoln Peak Vineyard is located at 142 River Road in New Haven. More information is at lincolnpeakvineyard.com.
Presented by Middlebury UndergrounD (MUD) in partnership with Town Hall Theater, the second annual Foodaroo will take place in Middlebury on Sunday from 3 to 9 p.m.
This family-friendly festival unites Vermont’s culinary artisans and beverage makers, with an emphasis on Addison County and Chittenden County vendors and farms. From food trucks to brick-and-mortar operations, this outdoor event showcases creative, locally-sourced cuisine … while great local musicians rock the green from the top of Town Hall Theater’s steps.
Attendees taste their way through a huge diversity of vendors (even more than last year) while street performers, dancers, cooking demos and visual artists showcase the best of Vermont’s thriving maker movement. Playing over a blocked-off Merchants Row and Middlebury’s town green, four of Vermont’s best bands will regale the crowd as people feast.
Local jazz quartet The Good Parts starts things off at 3 p.m. Then at 4:30 p.m. the Bengsons share their exhilarating indie-folk sound. Vermont-based Dwight & Nicole, who were recently named “Band of the Year” at the New England Music Awards, electrify with their soulful R&B vibe starting at 6 p.m. As the light gets golden, headliner Josh Panda and the Hot Damned turn up the volume to bring it home with fierce melodies and his own rock-and-roll style.
Foodaroo offers free general admission to enjoy the performances and festival activities. Tickets for food are sold fair-style for $1 per ticket by cash or check only on Merchants Row the day of the event. Food options range from $3-$6, or 3-6 tickets. When you come to feast, please consider contributing nonperishable food items to HOPE for Addison County’s food shelf. For more information, visit foodaroo.org.
Maple Jam is Vermont’s own a cappella jazz octet specializing in close-harmony vocal arrangements of sweet love songs and swinging big band favorites. The group returns to Brandon Music on Saturday at 7:30 pm.
No one in New England does it the way Maple Jam does, drawing inspiration from The Swingle Singers, the Real Group, Singers Unlimited, and Pink Martini, among others. They are partial to the lush vocal arrangements of Gene Puerling, and recent work with Robin Fawcett has brought even more sparkle to this dynamic group on stage.
Vermont Public Radio host Walter Parker notes Maple Jam’s “clever, often amusing, arrangements, sweet close harmony and jazzy swing make for an irresistible blend. It’s a cappella singing in the finest tradition.”
Members of Maple Jam are sopranos Alexandra Tursi and Karen Chickering; altos Vikki Day and Clara Cavitt; tenors Maarten van Ryckevorsel and Jeff Prescott; and basses Andy Warner and Jose Schmidt.
Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is also available for $20. Reservations are recommended for the show and required for dinner. Venue is BYOB. Call 247-4295 or e-mail [email protected] for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon.
The Compass Music and Arts Foundation is holding an open day from 2 to 8 p.m. on Thursday to show some of the work of the foundation over the past three years.
Members of the foundation board will be available to talk with foundation friends, members and visitors about the work of the foundation. Stephen Sutton will also be showing visitors around the greatly enhanced Phonograph Rooms and giving demonstrations on how some of these vintage recording machines operate. Arthur Doty will be placing the Golden Spike in the model Otter Valley Railroad and running the trains around the tracks for all train enthusiasts to enjoy. Laura King will be reading stories to children in the Children’s Room, complete with the help of puppets, and there will be free ice cream for all visitors courtesy of Ben and Jerry’s. Visitors can also enjoy “The Sky’s the Limit” pastel exhibit in the main hall.
The event is free. The Compass Music and Arts Center is located in Park Village at 333 Jones Drive in Brandon. (Park Village used to be the Brandon Training School, located 1.5 miles north of downtown Brandon off of Arnold District Road).
There will be three live musical events this week at Middlebury’s 51 Main. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jaela will entertain. Jaela is an electronic music duo consisting of Simon Broucke and Matias Van Order Gonzalez. They use looping software, guitars, pianos and synths to play electronic music without having to press play on anything.
Then, at 8 p.m. on Friday, the Joe Moore Band takes to the stage. The Joe Moore Band performs a wide variety of American rhythm & blues, funk and jazz.
Finally, at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Paul Asbell Jazz Group will perform. Guitarist Paul Asbell, bassist Clyde Stats, saxophonist Chris Peterman, and drummer Gabe Jarrett have collectively logged over 100 professional years, making this quartet’s blend of bluesy swing, New Orleans grooves, lush melodies and fiery Latin tempos a genuine Vermont standout.
All ages, no cover. For additional information visit www.go51main.com or phone 388-8209.
There will be two live performances this week at Two Brothers Tavern in Middlebury. Join Two Brothers every Wednesday at 9 p.m. for The Open Mic, an evening of music, comedy, or anything else, alternately hosted by Mark Sikora and Kai Stanley. Come cheer on your friends or let loose on the stage. It’s free to enter and there is no cover charge.
Then, on Friday, the tavern presents Jester Jigs at 9 p.m. Since forming in 2000, the Jester Jigs have been playing shows from Boston to Burlington and everywhere in between. They are ready to destroy with a set list consisting of your favorite party songs, rock, modern rock, and pop/dance covers along with an endless supply of originals. There is a $3 cover. For more information, call Two Brothers at 388-0002.
After three weeks of rehearsal, two Potomac Theater Project works in progress will be featured in informal showings this week in the Seeler Studio Theater at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. The first, “Good,” by C.P. Taylor, directed by Jim Petosa, will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday. The second, “No End of Blame,” by Howard Barker, is directed by Richard Romagnoli and will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, this off-Broadway theater company specializes in creating socially and politically acute theater for the 21st century. It’s free and the public is welcome. Read more at ptpnyc.org.

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