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 22, 2022
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Joshua Glass & Andriana Chobot: A Piano Duel
with drummer Andrew Bedard
4:00 - 6:00 PM
The Phil Abair band featuring Keaghan Nolan
The Phil Abair Band has been on the Vermont music scene for many years. Playing functions night clubs and concerts. Phil has played in many bands through the years most notably Shattered ( a Rolling Stones tribute) Abair Brothers with his brother Dave and Pork Tornado (with Phish’s Jon Fishman). Kenny Gulfield is on bass guitar. Phil and Ken go way back laying down the solid groove for years. Drumming is Todd Mulvey (Jamie Lee Thurston) Todd and Ken and become a perfect rhythm section.
Vermont’s own Keeghan Nolan now sings with the group and has been wowing audiences the last few seasons. The newest member of the band is Plattsburgh New York’s Kevin Connelly (Jimmy T and the Cobras) the perfect addition to this super fun cover/dance band.
Saturday, April 23
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Electric Dance Youth
12:00 - 12:10 PM
Young Tradition Fiddleheads
Young tradition Vermont sponsors a residency series to rehearse material for performing at the Vermont maple festival fiddler's variety show. This residency has no age restrictions - anyone who is interested was invited to participate, including adults. Emerson gale is residency leader for this project.
Fiddleheads strives to ensure that participation is based on interest, participants are focused
and attentive, and have high quality material to work on/learn. Session leaders communicate
their own excitement and interest in what is being taught. Residencies are led by a variety of
local teachers, most of who are available for private lessons.
Participants learn material that is performed at the end of the residency rehearsals, including
material that is both accessible and challenging to participants. Leaders share information and context about what is being taught. Performance situations are events participants and their families would likely be interested in attending. Whenever possible, performances support people, programs and organizations in local communities, including hospitals and senior living/long term care programs.
12:10 – 1:00 PM
Young Tradition Touring Group
Young Tradition Touring Group
The Young Tradition Touring Group is composed of teens who focus on learning and performing traditional music and dance from Appalachia, the British Isles, Canada and Scandinavia over the course of a 9-month season, September through May, including an April performance tour. Group members hail primarily from Vermont, but also include members from Maine and Massachusetts.
Group members learn from and are supported by artist leaders and master musicians, in addition to musical exchanges with master artists, young musicians and dancers while on performance tours. Touring Groups have previously traveled to Scotland, Cape Breton, England, Ireland, Japan, and New York/New Jersey. Because of COVID-19 restrictions the group has been meeting online and will be traveling virtually to Quebec, where a living musical tradition is still strong. The group has been recording several video projects. Interspersed among the ensemble will be solo and small group pieces by group members. Group members will introduce their pieces. The group has been performing online in lieu of in-person performances. They were well-received at Highlight: Burlington’s New Year’s Eve as well as at Project Independence. They will be featured at the New England Folk Festival Association’s Weekend April 22, also online and free. Their final appearances will be at the Young Tradition Vermont Festival weekend in Burlington, May 6-8. Learn more at youngtraditionvermont.org or via Facebook: facebook.com/YoungTraditionVermont.
SHAKE ACOUSTIC DUO
Shake the Duo, featuring Jesse Agan and Ryan Sweezey, puts an emphasis on vocal harmony and melody. With uptempo and accessible music, their modern take on retro rock is both original and easily digestible. Sonically Sweet Serenity. Shake.
4:00 - 6:00 PM
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 Therapy...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 24
Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate
A Fun Family time with Rockin’ Ron singing friendly tunes!
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