Main Street Stage

Updated: Feb 6, 2020

The Main Street Stage surely has something for everyone! The FREE entertainment is continuous during Festival hours. Past performances have included country bands, magicians, individual instrumentalists, classic ensembles, rock bands, storytellers, choruses, dancers, puppeteers, and much, much more. For more information visit our Facebook page.

Friday April 24, 2020

1:00 – 3:00 Sean Ashby - Sponsored by D&G USA

We are excited to welcome back Sean Ashby to the Main Street Stage to help us kick off the 2020 Vermont Maple Festival festivities! Sean was Sarah McLachlan's guitarist on the original "Lilith Fair" as well as the "Mirrorball" and "Afterglow" albums. He has received two 4X platinum US discs and one diamond Canadian disc for studio and live CDs. He has appeared on the Grammy Awards twice, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno five times, SNL and David Letterman three times... And he's the kindest, humblest man you'll ever meet. Catch Sean's 1-man-band show - 8 guitars onstage with beats and bass - on the Main Street Stage Friday the 24th at 1 pm.

Friday 3:15-4:15 Hot Mess featuring Keeghan Nolan – Sponsored by Eagle Country 97.5

5-7 The Conniption Fits – Sponsored by New England Federal Credit Union

Based in Lebanon, New Hampshire, The Conniption Fits perform all over New England; from Martha’s Vineyard & Boston Mass, Portsmouth New Hampshire & York Maine, to Stowe and Burlington Vermont and Upstate New York.  They have done tours in California, Arizona, Idaho, Utah, North and South Carolina.

The Conniption Fits original songs have been featured on MTV, ESPN’s X-Games, CBS’s Vans Triple Crown as well as national radio. Recently, in 2018, they scored a top 20 hit on national college radio. They have been tapped as an opening act for Kings Of Leon, Train, Weezer, Panic at the Disco, The Wallflowers, Young The Giant, Kongos.  

As a hard working band, The Conniption Fits have also been renowned for unique versions of popular 80's alternative songs, 90’s, and current pop cover song selections.  They seamlessly move from 80’s favs like “Come On Eileen”, “Don’t You Forget About Me”, “Living On A Prayer” and “Don’t Stop Believing” to 90’s alternative songs like “My Own Worst Enemy”, “Flagpole Sitta” and “Slide”.  Mixing in Hip Hop like, “Hot In Here”, original takes on modern hits like “Shake It Off”, “Royals”, “Shut Up & Dance” and “Feel It Still” round out the night.  A crowd favorite among all ages.  When it comes to turning heads and getting crowds involved in the show with tons of audience participation, The Conniption Fits are the right band for the job.

Saturday, April 25

10:00 - 11:00 AM Electric Dance Youth

11:30 - 12:30 PM Talent Show Winners

1:30-3:00PM Joe McGinness - Sponsored by WOKO

Joe McGinness is currently one of country music’s best kept secrets with his creative catchy songwriting and energetic performance skills that rival many of his industry peers.

Growing up in the Champlain Valley of Vermont and Upstate NY, Joe was introduced to music at a very young age by his family. Both parents performed music and influenced Joe along the way. Family is so important to the rising star..... In fact, currently Joe has two of his older brothers backing him up on stage. Many years of playing music professionally, Joe has crafted his own unique blend of Country Music. Along with writing and recording his own music Joe is also an accomplished guitarist and producer.

McGinness has been featured on many radio and television stations including Sirius Xm , Pandora,98.9 WOKO as well as many other FM station throughout the US. His single "Blame it on the weekend" Was featured as an ( iTunes Hot Track of 2015).

Joe has also recently shared the stage with many great country artists such as Frankie Ballard (Sunshine & Whiskey) , Granger Smith ( Backroad Song), Lonestar, Neil McCoy , Josh Thompson , Jimmy Wayne and Mark Chestnut.

Joe's live shows seem to be his trademark these days. Joe has developed a large loyal following winning fans over everywhere he goes. McGinness will keep you captivated with his unique voice and tricky guitar skills as well. The upcoming artist is riding the success of his many hit singles It's Gonna Be A Good Night, Blame It On The Weekend and Tonight Belongs To Us to name a few. Joe has just emerged on the country music scene and has so much more to offer in the future to his rapidly growing fan base. Stay Tuned .... The Best Is Yet To Come!

4:00 - 6:00 Morgan Myles - Sponsored by CDL USA

Powerhouse vocalist, singer-songwriter Morgan Myles is one of those artists that makes it look and sound so easy. The emerging artist and Pennsylvania native has already earned critical acclaim from outlets such as Billboard, Rolling Stone, and CMT for the way that she seamlessly blends her own brand of Soul, Pop and Rock. Myles’ booming voice can be heard alongside recording artist Cody Johnson’s current single “Nothing On You.” Needless to say, her influences run all over the map.

Growing up, she listened to Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi, while admiring the likes of Eva Cassidy and Carole King because of their songwriting. “I was influenced by any woman that had a big voice because I wanted to be just like them. You name it – any diva – I was trying to imitate,” she says with boundless energy and enthusiasm.

A natural songwriter herself, Myles’ songs display themes of strength, perseverance and empowerment. Shaped greatly from her years as a nanny-turned-guardian to the children of a woman named Amy, who passed away from ALS, Myles writes from a deeper life perspective. More recently, Myles lost her 33 year old close cousin to brain cancer last December, which she notes had a lot of influence over her upcoming album. “Last year I had a lot of hardships and it took a lot for me to emotionally and mentally overcome, but my mission in life musically and personally has never been more clear.”

After working tirelessly to release her first album “Therapy” in January, she is ready to spread her message for the good that music can do. Showcasing power vocals and strong lyrical meaning on this new material, 2020 is sure to bring Myles’ talent to the world as a singer and a songwriter. Ready for the challenge that brings, it’s what Myles has worked for her entire life, saying “Music is my place of healing and happiness. I want to connect with my listeners on a deeper level so they know they are not alone. Music is our one intimate universal language.”

Sunday, April 26

2:00 – 4:00 Mellow Yellow Sponsored by Lapierre USA

Mellow Yellow pays tribute to the 60's and 70's with truly authentic renditions of some of the genre's greatest songs. While other tribute bands just play the music, Mellow Yellow goes the extra mile to capture all the hey-man-peace-and-love-grooviness of the songs that helped define a decade. With fanatic attention to detail, the members of Mellow Yellow do all they can to get inside the songs they perform. This attention to the essence of the music – as well as dazzling arrangements, outrageous costumes and groovy video visuals – results in not just a show, but a full-on, far-out experience of an era gone by. So c'mon down for a trip back in time! Those days may be over, but thanks to Mellow Yellow, the music -- and the spirit -- live on.


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