Join us in City Hall Park this summer for FREE outdoor lunchtime performances every Tuesday and Thursday starting May 22nd. These performances are part of the Imagine City Hall Park Project. In July of 2011 Burlington City Arts received a $50,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Art to engage the community in a creative planning process that will result in a visionary master plan for City Hall Park to be completed by July 2012.
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Tuesday, May 22nd
Pine Street Jazz Band
Formed in 1998, Pine Street Jazz is known for their big band style renditions of swinging classic and rarities from jazz composers of the 1950’s and 60’s including Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and more. The band will pare down for a more acoustic, old-time, New Orleans bandstand style set to kick off the Imagine City Hall Park Series.
Thursday, May 24th
Raphael Groten describes his music as world guitar: a unique blend of folk, funk, jazz, and classical music, mixed with influences from around the world, including Cuba, Brazil, and Africa. He will entertain city hall park today with a Brazilian style bossanova set.
Tuesday, May 29th
Joshua Glass is a singer/songwriter from Burlington, Vermont, who has been steadily gaining praise for his unique musical stylings, impassioned live performances, and countless collaborations with other musicians. "Glass' voice is reminiscent to Paul McCartney's, as is his pop-influenced songwriting", writes The Vermont Cynic. "While he is a proficient guitar player, the piano is clearly Glass' home. He constantly toys, smiles and rocks out on his 88 keys. His catchy — but not too catchy — lyrics and melodies keep the mood light and the atmosphere enjoyable."
Thursday, May 31st
Michael Chorney Duo
Multi –Instrumentalist and composer, Michael Chorney may be best known for his orchestration of Anais Mitchell’s folk opera, Hadestown, however his musical catalog crosses decades and genres. Chorney brings his warm acoustic guitar stylings and hushed vocals to City Hall Park For a rare sampling of his diverse catalog including compositions from acid-jazz supergroup, Viperhouse, the Sun Ra inspired Magic City and more recent ensembles including, The Michael Chorney Sextet and his latest endeavor, Dollar General . This is a rare treat not to be missed!
Tuesday, June 12th
Starline Rhythm Boys
The Starline Rhythm Boys evoke the spirited country and juke joint sounds that echoed out of the Tennessee Hills and Texas Honkytonks of the 1940s and 50s. They have been delighting audiences in Vermont and beyond for years and we are thrilled that they can join us in City Hall Park on June 12!
Thursday, June 14th
Bob Wagner and Brett Lanier
Bob Wagner and Brett Lanier perform Blues, Folk, Country and Soul influenced originals while lending their own sonic stamp of approval to several classics from the American songbook. The duo's stripped down instrumentation of acoustic guitar and pedal steel creates an intimate and soulful backdrop for Wagner's singing.
Tuesday, June 19th
Mike Martello and Anthony Santor
Part-Time Vermonter, Jazz Guitarist and Octogenarian, Mike Martello has been playing since 1940, sharing the stage with jazz giants like Stan Getz and Lionel Hampton. He is joined in City Hall Park with bassist and jazz ambassador, Anthony Santor. Santor is not only gifted in his playing but in his unparalleled contributions to the Vermont Jazz community, in his development of creative, improvisational performance opportunities for musicians young and old throughout the region. His collaboration here with Mr. Martello is yet another shining example of his talent and impact.
Thursday, June 21st
Ibrahim Joho Diagne was born in Dakar, Senegal in 1974. At the age of fifteen, Thiokho was introduced to master sabar drummers M'Baye Faye and Lamine Faye, both of whom greatly influenced his career. Since then he has shared the stage with Angelique Kidjo, Stevie Wonder, Christian McBride and many more. Today in the park he entertains with a percussion/guitar duo.
Tuesday, June 26th
Jane Boxall ~ Marimba
Marimba artist Jane Boxall is "in a genre of one," according to Seven Days. Jane plays contemporary-classical marimba repertoire with 0 to 8 mallets. In the jazz realm, Jane recreates the ragtime sounds of the 1920s on a vintage instrument. Chamber-music collaborations range from Ricochet Duo's fresh piano-marimba repertoire to Snap-Drag’s double-drum kit experimentation.
Thursday, June 28th
Vermont Symphony Orchestra (Sofia Hirsch, violin, Laura Markowitz, violin, Ana Ruesink, viola)
With around 40 annual performances statewide in concert halls, beautiful natural settings, and historic and community buildings, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra has proven its value and sustainability, not only as the nation's oldest state-supported orchestra, but as one of the finest of its size. We are pleased to welcome a chamber style string trio from the VSO for an afternoon of traditional and classical string arrangements in City Hall Park.