Big Show, Big Plans at Skinny Pancake


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With zoning flap over, creperie looks to fill gap in Upper Valley music scene

Anais Mitchell is Coming to the Upper Valley!

The Skinny Pancake has just announced their first ticketed live music performance, and it’s a whopper: Anais Mitchell will be playing at the creperie/live music venue on Thursday, September 29th.

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On June 22nd, the Hanover Zoning Administrator determined that the Skinny Pancake did not have permission to host ticketed events at their restaurant. The creperie and music venue was subsequently forced to make a last-minute cancellation of a Vital Communities fundraiser featuring one of Burlington, VT's hottest  acts, Madaila. The restaurant appealed the decision and on August 4th, Hanover's Zoning Board of Adjustments officially overturned the town's previous ruling, citing a Town of Hanover guiding principal, "“The District should provide more lively activities for adults and children including theatre, musical entertainment and a greater variety of restaurants to encourage evening activity for College students, visitors and area residents.”" With that in mind, The Skinny Pancake hopes to be a key element in the pursuit of that goal.

In his appeal to the Town Board of Adjustments, Co-Owner Jonny Adler argued that 'many of our performers are professional musicians, and we can’t compensate them properly if we can’t charge our mutual customers for their services.”

Indeed, Anais Mitchell is one of Vermont's, nay, New England’s, most accomplished singer-songwriters. She has toured worldwide on her own and opened for notable acts including The Punch Brothers, Bon Iver, Ani Difranco and Josh Ritter. In 2010, she released her highly acclaimed folk opera, “Hadestown”, which is currently enjoying a twice-extended stage production off-broadway in New York City.

Anais' performance at the Hanover Skinny Pancake reflects their unique position as a live music venue for the town. The Burlington, VT Skinny Pancake has never hosted Anais Mitchell or Madaila in Burlington or Montpelier, due to the presence of other larger, competing venues. Venues in Hanover, by contrast, are relatively limited. While recognizing and celebrating the quality of local talent rolling through the Salt Hill Pubs, as well as the big national touring acts playing the Hopkins Center and Lebanon Opera house, the Hanover Skinny P hopes to curate a musical home right in the middle of the two existing models. Beginning with Anais Mitchell, the Skinny Pancake pledges to book more prominent regional acts like Anais, as well as rising touring acts on their way to points north and south. Owner Jonny Adler explains: "Hanover is well positioned geographically between Boston, Burlington and Montreal. We hope to work with venues in these cities to route high caliber talent through Hanover as part of their tours."

Time will tell how Adler's theory plays out. In the meantime, you can catch Anais Mitchell at the Hanover Skinny Pancake on Thursday, September 29th. Tickets are available at http://skinnypancake.com/event/anais-mitchell/.

You can get a taste of Anais Mitchell with this video.

This blog is written and sponsored by The Skinny Pancake. 

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