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St. Johnsbury ‘AMP’-ed for return of cost-free concert events at Canine Mountain | Vermont Arts

The hillside at Pet Mountain in St. Johnsbury will the moment all over again be alive with the sounds of songs, as the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Audio Sequence returns soon after a pandemic-induced hiatus in 2020 for its fourth summertime of totally free live shows.

The spouse and children- and canine-welcoming festivities kick off Sunday with earth-encouraged folk-rock duo HuDost, and shut Sept. 4 with substantial-strength Scottish trio Cantrip.

The 9-concert sequence returns to get more than the sprawling and idyllic locale, many thanks to a grant offered by the Levitt Basis. The Los Angeles-centered nonprofit organization awards $25,000 matching grants to 15 nonprofits serving compact to midsized towns and towns, “to current cost-free weekly summer season concert events and breathe new life into underused public areas,” according to a information release.

Here’s a glimpse at the Levitt AMP St. J lineup:

— July 11: The series kicks off with Nashville-primarily based, globe-influenced folk-rock act HuDost, which returns to Doggy Mountain just after carrying out at the inaugural series in 2017. The husband and spouse duo of Montreal native Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines, HuDost blends pop, rock and electro with regular Sufi music and other people traditions. “Anthems of Residence,” a follow-up to the band’s acclaimed 2018 album “of Water + Mercy,” is scheduled for launch Nov. 30.

— July 18: Contemporary off a well-obtained headline display at the Trapp Relatives Lodge Meadow with his acoustic quintet, preferred central Vermont singer-songwriter Chad Hollister brings his nine-piece Chad Hollister Band to Pet dog Mountain for his only full-band present of the summer.

— July 25: The Blue Dahlia, led by nomadic Brooklyn- and Paris-based mostly singer-songwriter and ukulele participant Dahlia Dumont, provides a heat and festive blend of chanson Française, folks, klezmer and planet grooves that replicate her international sensibilities. On her latest album, 2018’s “La Custom Américaine,” her sizable band “switches from reggae to klezmer, Americana to a French-Mexican waltz, on cheerfully easygoing world-wide-fusion set,” in accordance to the Guardian.

The Blue Dahlia also performs July 21 at Burlington Town Corridor Park, July 22 at Feast & Industry in Barnard, July 23 at Zenbarn in Waterbury Centre, and July 24 at the Barn in Plainfield. Go on-line to thebluedahliamusic.com for far more information.

— Aug. 1: Fashioned in 2013 at Boston College, New York Town-primarily based 7-piece group Juice serves up a persuasive mix of pop, R&B, rock and hip-hop finish with electric powered violin and catchy hooks. Situation in level: the buoyant music “Audrey Explain to Me,” from 2019 EP “you are simply just wonderful,” is “infectiously charming, oscillating seamlessly in between vintage soul vibes and present day pop deliciousness,” in accordance to Atwood Magazine.

— Aug. 8: Texas-born, Michigan-centered indie-rock band Mike Mains & the Branches is a 5-piece led by singer-guitarist Mains and his multi-instrumentalist spouse Shannon Mains (keyboards, mandolin, saxophone). Recognized for their pop melodies and energetic stay performances, the band returned to the scene in 2019 with its 3rd album, “When We Were being in Appreciate,” on Tooth & Nail Data.

— Aug. 15: Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, aka Rev. Sekou, wears numerous hats: activist, theologian, author, documentary filmmaker and musician. The latter is a powerful and soul-stirring blend of Arkansas Delta blues, Memphis soul-funk and gospel shipped by his 5-piece band. Sekou’s killer debut album, 2017’s “In Moments Like These,” was made by Luther Dickinson of Grammy-profitable band North Mississippi Allstars. And Paste said his 2019 reside album, “When We Combat, We Acquire,” “delivers the spiritual overall performance we require now.”

— Aug. 22: Fusing the elaborate but magnificent conventional drumming of Central Ghana, the buoyant brass and keyboards of the Caribbean, and the kickin’ horns of New Orleans, Boston-centered Kotoko Brass is identified for its wild dance get-togethers — the Boston Globe phone calls their infectious seem “propulsive, infectious occasion songs.”

— Aug. 29: Raised in a musical family members in rural Maine, Sean and Jamie Oshima — aka The Oshima Brothers — have honed a harmony-wealthy blend of up to date people and acoustic pop — NPR identified as it “a roots-dependent pop audio that is infectious and exciting.” Stay, the sibling duo, now centered in Belfast, create a incredibly comprehensive audio with electric acoustic guitars, octave bass, loops and percussion.

— Sept. 4: Substantial-strength Scottish band Cantrip — a trio that features Halifax-dependent bagpiper and multi-instrumentalist Dan Houghton, Edinburgh, Scotland-dependent fiddler Jon Bews and Montreal-dependent Eric McDonald (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki) — closes out the collection in advance of its sixth album. “Undark,” recorded in the trio’s unique residence of Edinburgh, is scheduled for release in 2022.

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