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Arts Beat for Jul. 15: Fox & Kramer bring American folk to Brandon

JANE KRAMER AND Nathan Evans Fox will join forces and perform at Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. in Brandon on Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m.

Brandon Music will welcome Nathan Evans Fox and Jane Kramer to Brandon Music Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Fox and Kramer are both highly regarded singer/songwriters from North Carolina who frequently perform individually and with other artists, but for this American tour have come together to co-headline a special night of Americana Folk with a North Carolina overlay. They will be playing together and separately.
Fox is an Americana songwriter and musician from Glen Alpine, N.C. Growing up immersed in country, rock, bluegrass and hymns, Fox synthesizes his musical roots to produce a sound all his own. He has been writing music, playing fiddle and guitar and collaborating with other musicians for more than ten years. He has written, produced, and performed two full-length albums: “Home” (2017) and most recently “Texas Dust,” which was released in April 2018.
With deep roots in Appalachian musical traditions, culture and lore, Kramer’s songs are introspective and gracefully gritty. Her performances are poignant and engaging, accessible, warm and often hilarious. Her third album, “Valley of The Bones,” was released in March 2019.
Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call 802-247-4295 or e-mail [email protected] for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon.

On Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m., the 40th annual Salisbury Summer Performance Series (at the Salisbury Congregational Meetinghouse), in collaboration with the Salisbury Historical Society and the Vermont Council on the Humanities, will sponsor an evening of historic Vermont song performed by Linda Radtke (pictured, right) and pianist Arthur Zorn.
Classically trained, Radtke, host of the Choral Hour on VPR, is a member of Counterpoint, the Oriana Singers, and Vermont Symphony’s Ah!Capella. Her program brings Vermont history to life with performance and commentary about songs found in the Vermont Historical Society’s sheet music collection. In costume, she guides listeners through the state’s history from the earliest published song, “Green Mountain Farmer,” through 1850s temperance ballads and Civil War era songs, to songs about Vermonters Calvin Coolidge, Thomas Dewey, and Jim Fisk.
This will be the third event in the Summer Performance Series, which will continue on Friday evenings through Aug. 9, at the historic, and accessible 1838 meetinghouse in Salisbury Village.
Although there is no admission charge, a donation in support of the series is always appreciated. Any receipts in excess of the expenses for the series will be applied to the continuing restoration of the Salisbury landmark.

As part of the 2019 Summer Music Series at Otter Creek Brewing, Sammy Blanchette will be performing at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 19, in OCB’s pub space.
Blanchette has been performing around New England for more than 16 years, and his passion for playing grows with every passing show. Since he was 13, he has been involved with many different musical projects, including his own solo acoustic shows. Now at age 29, he continues to expand his horizons by growing his song collection (covers and originals), and performing versions of these songs his own way. Fans of all ages embrace Blanchette’s unique style of playing and excitement on stage with his band mates. Whatever the lineup of musicians may be, you’re sure to enjoy what Blanchette and friends have to offer.
OCB is located at 793 Exchange Street in Middlebury. For more information, call 802-388-0727.

The Sunday Sessions continue at Lincoln Peak Vineyard on Sunday, July 21, from 2 to 4 p.m., with Gregg Humphrey and Mike Connor.
Two members of Snake Mountain Bluegrass Band, this “Snake Mountain Duet” features Humphrey on guitar and Connor on banjo, with harmonies and songs that vary in tempo from “breakdown” to ballad. They will be playing original tunes as well as many traditional favorites.
Wine is available by the glass, and there will be a good selection of Vermont cheese, sausage, crackers and chocolate available. Music is rain or shine on the covered porch (indoors if it’s pouring). Lincoln Peak Vineyard is located at 142 River Road in New Haven. More information is at

Middlebury-based English bluesman Tom Caswell will be hosting a Blues Jam in Bristol at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, at Hatch 31, located at 31 Main Street.
The jam will feature both local and statewide blues musicians and is open to anyone wanting to hear great music. This is a monthly event on the third Wednesday of the month. If you are a musician or singer planning to take part in the jam, there will be a sign-up sheet located near the stage.
Although the music begins at 8 p.m., an earlier arrival is advised. Admission to the jam is free.

The Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce free summer concert series, “Music at the Riverbend,” located behind the Brandon Inn continues this Wednesday, July 17, at 7 p.m., with The Plumb Bobs, a creative mix of folk, rock and eclectic sound.
Join the folks who come out and relax with quality music, friends and neighbors; everyone enjoys free popcorn. Adult beverages are served up by the Brandon Inn, available in the outdoor lounge area, so you won’t miss a single note of the music. For more information, contact the Chamber at 802-247-6401 or [email protected].

The 34th annual Middlebury College Carillon Series continues on Friday, July 19, at 6 p.m., with George Matthew Jr., carillonneur, Middlebury College and Norwich University. All of the concerts are free and open to the public, and can be enjoyed on the steps of Mead Chapel or on the surrounding lawns.
Mead Memorial Chapel is located on the campus of Middlebury College at 75 Hepburn Road. Free parking is available on College Street (Route 125) and on Old Chapel Road. For further information, call 802-443-3168 or visit

The Bristol Band Concert Season continues on Wednesday, July 17, at 7 p.m., on the Town Green. Concerts are held every Wednesday evening to the Wednesday before Labor Day, Sept. 2. The Bristol Band has presented outdoor summer band concerts in the gazebo on the town green every Wednesday evening in the summer since shortly after the Civil War. Bring a lawn chair, blanket or picnic dinner and enjoy an evening of small town entertainment. It’s free.
There is often a fundraiser barbeque before each concert. Call 802-453-5885 for details.

The Rochester Chamber Music Society’s 25th Anniversary Season for Summer 2019 continues this week with Cello Chestnuts on Friday, July 19, at 7 p.m., in the Rochester Federated Church, 15 North Main Street (Route 100) in Rochester.
Peter Stumpf, cello; and Cynthia Huard, piano will perform works by Beethoven, Schumann, Dvo?ák and Fauré.
Although there is no admission charge, donations in support of the series are always welcome. For more information, phone 802-767-9234 or visit

The Hancock Green Summer Concerts on the Hancock Town Green continue this Thursday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m., with the Starline Rhythm Boys. The series runs through Thursday, Aug. 15. All concerts are free. Bring a chair and a picnic. A rain site is available.

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