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Vital Signs in St. Johnsbury: Free Music Series Grows to Liven Up Downtown | Vermont Arts

St. Johnsbury will once again be buzzing with live music as the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series returns for its fifth summer of free concerts.

In addition to eight Sunday night concerts at the sprawling and idyllic Dog Mountain, the series has expanded to include three Last Friday concerts in downtown St. Johnsbury on the Catamount Arts Mobile Stage – which follow parties from monthly neighborhood that close the area to car traffic.

The Sunday at Dog Mountain series, now a staple in the community, was launched in 2017 with a grant from the Levitt Foundation. The Los Angeles-based nonprofit partners with cities and towns across America to reinvigorate underused public spaces and reanimate communities with free live music.

When the 2020 series succumbed to the pandemic, the Levitt Foundation rolled over funding for the 2020 grants into 2021 and encouraged grantees like St. Johnsbury’s Catamount Arts to engage even more broadly in the community to help it recover. rebuild and recover.

Catamount Arts partnered with the City of St. Johnsbury and the Chamber of Commerce to add the downtown location last year. The #GetDownTown initiative, as it was called, became Last Fridays – the first of which featured Zach Nugent in late June.

Here is an overview of the Levitt AMP St. J range:

July 10: Melt — The up-and-coming New York-based band — which headlined the Higher Ground Ballroom in April — bring their soulful, psychedelic pop sound in support of their 2021 EP, “Westside Highway.” “There’s a lot to love about Melt,” NPR said. “Each of these separately talented artists express themselves as a groovy super-organism.” Mountain of Dogs, 5 p.m.

July 17: Albannach — The standout Celtic rock band from Glasgow, Scotland, bring their tribal “bare-handed pipes and drums” sound back to Dog Mountain, following well-received appearances in 2018 and 2019. Dog Mountain, 5 p.m.

July 24: Juice – Formed in 2013 at Boston College, the Brooklyn-based six-piece band delivers a compelling mix of pop, R&B, rock and hip-hop with electric violin and catchy hooks. On their latest album, last year’s “Boy Story,” the band “manage to capture the kaleidoscopic feelings of growing up and moving on,” according to Euphoria magazine. Mountain of Dogs, 5 p.m.

July 29: Adam Ezra Group – The eclectic, Boston-based roots rock quartet who have developed a devoted fan base perform their famous live show downtown St. J. Railroad St., St. Johnsbury, 19 h

July 31: Jocelyn & Chris – The upstate New York-based indie blues-rock band fronted by siblings Jocelyn and Chris Arndt perform their fiery show at Dog Mountain in support of their eighth album, “Favorite Ghosts”, released in the last month. Mountain of Dogs, 5 p.m.

August 7: Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience — Two-time Grammy Award-winning Louisiana zydeco master musician and songwriter — the All Music Guide calls him “one of the most soulful singers and accordionists ever.” fieriest of zydeco” — infuses its trademark elements of R&B, funk and reggae. Mountain of Dogs, 5 p.m.

August 14: Hannah Wicklund – The 25-year-old South Carolina blues-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist performs ahead of opening for rock band Greta Van Fleet’s world tour. Mountain of Dogs, 5 p.m.

August 21: Vox Sambou — The Montreal MC and multilingual performer, founding member of Montreal hip-hop collective Nomadic Massive, brings his big band and infectious mix of Haitian funk, reggae and hip-hop. Mountain of Dogs, 5 p.m.

August 26: Fox Royale – The young Missouri-based indie rock band have been making waves with their anthemic indie-rock sound. Railroad St., St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m.

August 28: Moorea Masa & the Mood — The Portland, Oregon, singer-songwriter, now based in Los Angeles, performs in support of his 2021 “Heart in the Wild” albums (“Side A” and “Side B “). Written about Masa’s relationship with his estranged mother, a black queer woman who suffers from a debilitating mental illness, “Side A” is “a warm and intimate album highlighting Masa’s vulnerable lyrics and rich, soulful voice.” , according to KEXP. Mountain of Dogs, 5 p.m.

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