Brown Bag concerts return to Woodstock

Summer is here and so is Pentangle Arts’ annual Summer Brown Bag concert series. The series begins on the Village Green, June 29th at 5:30 pm. There’s a lively and diverse line-up of talented musicians all of whom reside and perform in New England and many of whom live in Vermont. The series runs for seven weeks with a performance every Thursday ending on August 10th.

The series opener features the Interplay All-Stars comprised of faculty and students attending Interplay’s summer intensive (week-long camp). Interplay, founded in Woodstock by Fred Haas and Sabrina Brown has kicked off the series since its inception in 1996.

Other series highlights include:
• Kris Delmhorst, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, performs on July 20th. Delmhorst released six albums with the music label Signature Sounds. Her seventh album, THE WILD, comes out this October, which she co-produced with her husband, songwriter Jeffery Foucault. Her vocals as well as her cello and fiddle skills have been heard on collaborative projects with numerous other songwriters.
• The following week Bob Dylan Tribute Band performs at Bentley’s Restaurant (The Village Green is not available). This local band, comprised of five members, was formed at Woodstock Union High School. They aim to deliver the Nobel Prize winner’s timeless messages through their own rock n’ roll and blues styling’s. The BDTB has performed at local venues, such as ArtisTree, and for auditorium audiences of over 400 people. The band features Jamie DiMauro on drums, Chance Smith on vocals and lead guitar, Tom “T-Cat” Reid on vocals and rhythm guitar, Micah Cole on bass, and Reiner Brown on percussion.
• The last concert features HuDost, performing on August 10th. This duo is made up of Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines, but they are often accompanied by additional musicians of varying backgrounds and styles. They describe themselves as a Neo Folk World Rock Ensemble, and often include dance and performance art in their shows. They use unique instruments, like Shahi Baaja (Electric Indian Auto-harp) and sonic ambient effects, to create a blend of pop and rock with traditional music from all around the world.

All concerts, except for the Bob Dylan Tribute Band, will be held on the Woodstock Village Green at 5:30 pm. The rain location is the Town Hall Theatre. Everyone is encouraged to bring a chair and a picnic, and Bentleys Restaurant will be selling beer and wine for those who would like to purchase drinks. Don’t forget to bring a bag of non-perishable food items for the Woodstock Community Food Shelf. Some popular items include pasta, hot or cold cereal, canned soups, peanut butter, and rice. These generous donations are greatly appreciated.

Pentangle’s mission is to provide affordable, diverse and engaging artistic experiences for the cultural enrichment of our schools and community. We’re proud to support New England artists and create a space that fosters a sense of community and inclusiveness. We look forward to seeing visitors and locals alike on the Village Green!

2017 Brown Bag Line-Up:
June 29th: Interplay Jazz All-Stars
July 6th: Dana and Susan Robinson
July 13th: Francesca Blanchard
July 20th: Kris Delmhorst
July 27th: Bob Dylan Tribute Band
August 3rd: John Lackard Blues Band
August 10th: HuDost

The 2017 Brown Bag Concert series and sponsored by Bentleys Restaurant and The Point Radio. The series is also part of Vermont Arts 2017, an initiative of the Vermont Arts Council that celebrates the stunning array of arts events — concerts, festivals, exhibits, and openings — that take place all across Vermont.

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