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Music to Play in Montpelier


by Ashley Witzenberger

In addition to all of the great music venues in downtown Montpelier, mark your calendar for two new opportunities to hear great live music in the capital city.

For several summers, Montpelier Alive’s Brown Bag Summer Concert Series, has been a favorite Thursday afternoon work escape for people downtown. The past couple of summers, Montpelier Alive received requests and inquiries about evening concerts for families, and for those that don’t work downtown and are unable to make it to the afternoon concerts.

This summer, Montpelier Alive has added two evening concerts to the Brown Bag series. The evening concerts will take place at the Christ Church Pocket Park at 6 p.m. On Thursday, July 16, come to downtown Montpelier to shake your hips to the Green Mountain Swing Band and Thursday, August 27, bring your family to hear the cool stylings of local favorite, Allison Mann. Grab your family, a blanket and pick up a picnic dinner at one of Montpelier’s terrific restaurants and enjoy an evening of music in the heart of downtown.

The Brown Bag Summer Concert Series is generously underwritten by Ellis Mills Public Affairs, an organization that helps a range of clients communicate effectively with government and the media. You can find more summer event information at montpelieralive.org. The Ellis Mills Brown Bag Summer Concert Series afternoon concerts will take place Thursdays through August 20.

Also new this summer is the Hubbard Park Music Series. This summer the Parks Department is hosting two concerts. The first concert will take place on August 16, the Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band will play and on August 23, the Green Mountain Playboys will take the stage. The concerts are 5 to 7 p.m. at the Old Shelter in Hubbard Park. If successful, the planners would like to expand the series next summer.

See you in Montpelier!

The writer is Executive Director of Montpelier Alive