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St. Johnsbury ‘AMP’-ed for return of cost-free concerts at Puppy Mountain | Vermont Arts

The hillside at Pet Mountain in St. Johnsbury will once all over again be alive with the seems of tunes, as the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Songs Collection returns right after a pandemic-induced hiatus in 2020 for its fourth summer time of totally free concert events.

The relatives- and pet-friendly festivities kick off Sunday with planet-influenced folks-rock duo HuDost, and close Sept. 4 with higher-electrical power Scottish trio Cantrip.

The nine-live performance series returns to just take around the sprawling and idyllic locale, many thanks to a grant furnished by the Levitt Basis. The Los Angeles-based mostly nonprofit firm awards $25,000 matching grants to 15 nonprofits serving little to midsized cities and towns, “to existing no cost weekly summer time live shows and breathe new everyday living into underused general public areas,” according to a information release.

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

— July 11: The series kicks off with Nashville-primarily based, entire world-influenced folks-rock act HuDost, which returns to Canine Mountain following performing at the inaugural collection in 2017. The husband and spouse duo of Montreal indigenous Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines, HuDost blends pop, rock and electro with traditional Sufi audio and other folks traditions. “Anthems of Home,” a follow-up to the band’s acclaimed 2018 album “of Water + Mercy,” is scheduled for release Nov. 30.

— July 18: Fresh new off a nicely-obtained headline present at the Trapp Loved ones Lodge Meadow with his acoustic quintet, common central Vermont singer-songwriter Chad Hollister delivers his nine-piece Chad Hollister Band to Canine Mountain for his only complete-band exhibit of the summer season.

— July 25: The Blue Dahlia, led by nomadic Brooklyn- and Paris-primarily based singer-songwriter and ukulele player Dahlia Dumont, delivers a warm and festive combine of chanson Française, people, klezmer and planet grooves that replicate her worldwide sensibilities. On her hottest album, 2018’s “La Tradition Américaine,” her sizable band “switches from reggae to klezmer, Americana to a French-Mexican waltz, on cheerfully easygoing world-wide-fusion set,” according to the Guardian.

The Blue Dahlia also performs July 21 at Burlington Metropolis Corridor Park, July 22 at Feast & Industry in Barnard, July 23 at Zenbarn in Waterbury Center, and July 24 at the Barn in Plainfield. Go on the net to thebluedahliamusic.com for far more data.

— Aug. 1: Fashioned in 2013 at Boston University, New York City-primarily based 7-piece team Juice serves up a compelling combine of pop, R&B, rock and hip-hop entire with electric violin and catchy hooks. Scenario in stage: the buoyant music “Audrey Notify Me,” from 2019 EP “you are simply outstanding,” is “infectiously charming, oscillating seamlessly between classic soul vibes and modern day pop deliciousness,” according to Atwood Magazine.

— Aug. 8: Texas-born, Michigan-based mostly 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). Recognised for their pop melodies and energetic reside performances, the band returned to the scene in 2019 with its third album, “When We Had been in Enjoy,” on Tooth & Nail Documents.

— Aug. 15: Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, aka Rev. Sekou, wears several hats: activist, theologian, writer, documentary filmmaker and musician. The latter is a potent and soul-stirring mix of Arkansas Delta blues, Memphis soul-funk and gospel delivered by his five-piece band. Sekou’s killer debut album, 2017’s “In Situations Like These,” was developed by Luther Dickinson of Grammy-profitable band North Mississippi Allstars. And Paste stated his 2019 dwell album, “When We Combat, We Win,” “delivers the religious functionality we need to have now.”

— Aug. 22: Fusing the advanced however 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 recognized for its wild dance functions — the Boston Globe calls their infectious seem “propulsive, infectious celebration songs.”

— Aug. 29: Lifted in a musical relatives in rural Maine, Sean and Jamie Oshima — aka The Oshima Brothers — have honed a harmony-loaded combine of up to date people and acoustic pop — NPR termed it “a roots-based mostly pop audio that is infectious and pleasurable.” Live, the sibling duo, now based in Belfast, generate a astonishingly total seem with electrical acoustic guitars, octave bass, loops and percussion.

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

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