Summer officially starts with the Summer Solstice, but an informal start can be marked by Memorial Day weekend, or the start of Feast and Field Market, which opened for a soft opening May 31st, and officially starts next Thursday, June 7th! The event brings people from near and far, for the beautiful setting, delicious farm-grown food, and world-class live music series featuring local and touring acts.
The popular Thursday concerts are presented by BarnArts Center for the Arts and supported by the pass of the bucket (a sugaring bucket) and local business and private sponsors. Feast and Field market opens at 4:30 and music runs from 5:30 to 8 PM at 1544 Royalton Turnpike.
June's line-up at Feast and Field features an array of talented Vermont-based bands. Check them out!
Spencer Lewis and Friends: June 7th
Spencer Lewis has played for Fable Farm from their humble CSA pick-up beginning’s at their original location in Barnard town adding his ’60’s folk vibe to the original gatherings. As Fable Farm celebrates 10 years all year, Feast and Field Celebrates 5 years, this concert also marks Lewis’ 30th Anniversary of his record label Quartz Recordings, and first album release in 1988 Weeding the Garden, when Lewis lived in Barnard.
A host of friends and colleagues will help to showcase the variety of his many musical incarnations from folk, old-time, and bluegrass to folk that rocks. Starting with a signature sound that combines the precision of the acoustic guitar with the sustained elegance of the violin, he live-loops his guitar and violin to mirror or eclipse the music from his best-selling instrumental ‘music that paints the rural landscape’ 25 CD catalog. His deep roots as a folksinger-songwriter feature his own ballads and anthems that range from the confessional to the spiritual.
Barika: June 14th
Barika is a 6 piece funky, dubbed out, psychedelic West African flavored band from Burlington, Vermont. The group is led by Craig Myers who, in addition to leading Barika on the N'Goni, is also a current member of Mike Gordon's band, and was one of the original founding members of Rubblebucket. He has performed alongside many artists and bands including Midnight, Toubab Krewe, Djeneba Seck, and John Brown's Body.
Atlas Key: June 21st
Atlas Key, formed in 2017, unlocks the new world of international folk and dance finding common ground and resonant tones in both live Electronica and Folk Music from around the world. As Patrick Ross’s latest project, the band defines itself in the space between genres and methods. Live looping and sequencing meets ancient melodies and motifs reinvented for the dancer in everyone. Percussionist Ben Salomon layers the rhythm, Aaron Johnson drives the groove along, swaying the audience with hypnotic bass lines and Patrick Ross focuses the sound with pointed melodies and harmonies from his guitar, fiddle, keyboard and voice.
Dana and Susan Robinson: June 28th
From Cabot, Vermont – Americana-roots and folk duo, Dana and Susan Robinson combine hot fiddle tunes and banjo grooves, with vivid songwriting with elegant melodies, and rich harmony singing.
"Exquisite music - physical and spiritual, contemporary and ancient, up to its eyeballs in mud and transcendence. Musicians like Dana and Susan Robinson don't grow on trees!" — Music Upstream
“Many songwriters have been heralded as modern day Woody Guthries or keepers of the American rural spirit, but that mantle might be better entrusted to musicians like Dana Robinson who embody both the heart and soul of folk music.” Dirty Linen
For the full calendar, visit barnarts.org,
Read about this year's bookings from June-October here.
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