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Capital Sounds: Capital City’s hidden music festival is this weekend



Last week, I noted the increasing absence of mid-sized, local camping festivals on the current scene. Upon reflection, however, I feel I might have misled some of you into thinking there was nothing of note in the larger, more marquis-show world in central Vermont, and that is simply not true. Although camping elements are not present, the one-day show is […]

Scene Stealers 07-12-18

Pickin’, Grinnin’ & RVin’ Basin Bluegrass Festival July 12 -15 Wyman’s fields Basin Rd., Brandon Classic country music Thursday evening, bluegrass Fri. – Sun. Craft and food vendors. 247-3275, www.basinbluegrassfestival.com   Waterbury on Display Waterbury Arts Fest July 13 & 14 Downtown Waterbury Downtown Waterbury transforms into a lively outdoor art gallery and street fair, with live music by the […]

Capital Sounds: Vermont is destined for the small



There was a time not so long ago when weekend camping music festivals of the more localized variety happened on a regular basis in the summertime. Many of these, despite their small size (under 2,000 people, and usually closer to half that) booked national and international acts. We’re not talking tame local community-based events with your local familiars; those are […]

Uncivil discourse: Michelle Wolf comes out swinging with ‘The Break’



Michelle Wolf is having a good summer. The comedian and former writer for “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “The Daily Show” has quickly emerged as an unflinchingly honest critic of American politics, media and culture. Her controversial hosting of this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner — in which she savagely roasted Sarah Huckabee Sanders and put the media and pols of […]

Scene Stealers 07-05-18

Big Hat, No Cattle Summer Concert Series July 5, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Old Schoolhouse Common gazebo at the Jaquith Public Library 122 School St., Marshfield A danceable amalgam of jazz and blues, pop and swing, country roots, cowboy songs, and a hint of Mexican music. Bake and book sale by the Friends of the Jaquith. BBQ and silent auction, […]

Her story: Hannah Gadsby wants us to feel the tension



Amid the glut of standup specials out there these days, it takes a lot for one to stand out from the pack. Hannah Gadsby may not be a household name in the States, but the Tasmanian-born comedian is kind of a big deal down under. Her new Netflix special, “Nanette,” shows just why that is. “Nanette” isn’t a traditional standup […]

Capital Sounds: Beat the heat with great indoor music



“We’re havin’ a heat wave, a tropical heat wave … hot enough for ya’? It’s so hot that “(insert outrageous metaphor here.) Cliches aside, this is the most intense stretch of heat we have seen here in the north country in quite some time. I know there are those among us that relish it, but I think I can speak […]

Scene Stealers 06-28-18

Tribe on Tour 10,000 Maniacs June 28, 7 p.m. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center 122 Hourglass Drive, Stowe On tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of the breakthrough album, In My Tribe! $25-$65, , 760-4634, sprucepeakarts.org. Vaudeville Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour June 29, 1 – 3 p.m. The Circus Barn 1 Circus Rd., Greensboro “Vaudeville!” – a celebration of the […]

Family drama: ‘Arrested Development’ nearly returns to form in season 5



It’s impossible to talk about “Arrested Development” without talking about Jeffrey Tambor. Under normal circumstances, that would be a good thing. As the corrupt, womanizing jailbird Bluth-family patriarch George, Sr., — and his identical twin brother Oscar — Tambor has been a comedic force. But, after Tambor’s firing from the Amazon dramedy “Transparent” amid allegations of sexual harassment from staffers, […]

Capital Sounds: It’s time for summer concerts everywhere  

Musical happenings in and around the capital city


It’s the time of year when concert series get started around the area. Some are in larger towns like Montpelier (the Brown Bag Series at lunchtime on Thursdays, next to Christ Church), and Waterbury (the Bandstand Series at the Rusty Parker Memorial Park). But there’s something about the sense of community shared in towns and villages like Marshfield, Middlesex, Chelsea […]


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