Concert on the Common – Dave Keller Trio
Jul 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Stefan Hard / Staff Photo
Montpelier musician Dave Keller.

Based in Vermont, Dave Keller has performed for audiences across the U.S., including major festivals such as the North Atlantic Blues Fest, Discover Jazz Fest, and PA Blues Fest and many of the finest clubs, including B.B. King’s in Memphis and Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco.

Ever since renowned guitarist Ronnie Earl chose Dave Keller to sing on his 2010 album, Living In The Light, Keller has been on the rise, earning two nominations for a Blues Music Award for Best Soul/Blues Album, winning the International Blues Challenge ‘Best Self-Released CD Award’, and being chosen for Downbeat Magazine’s ‘Best Recordings of the Year.’

In addition to his own recordings, Keller has co-written and recorded with legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl (2010’s BMA-nominated Living In The Light). He tours regularly with Mississippi soul/blues master Johnny Rawls. Mentored by the late deep soul singer, Mighty Sam McClain, Keller continues to prove McClain’s words: “He’s for REAL!!”

Other well-regarded performers have invited him onstage, including but not limited to: Otis Clay, Fontella Bass, John Nemeth, Sugaray Rayford, John Primer, Mike Welch, Mike Ledbetter, Southern Avenue, Big Jack Johnson, Terrence Simien, Anthony Geraci, Alexis P. Suter, Dawn Tyler Watson, and Dwight and Nicole.

A bit of a late bloomer, Keller grew up in Massachusetts, loving music, but not picking up a guitar until age 16, and not singing in his first band until age 20. But blessed with mentors including deep soul singer Mighty Sam McClain, mystical soul guitarist Robert Ward, acoustic blues master Paul Rishell, and soul/blues man Johnny Rawls, Keller made up for the lost time.

Relocating to icy Vermont in 1993, Keller found fertile ground to grow his audience and has become a household name there. Famous for his live-wire shows, Keller can often be found fifty feet out in the crowd, teasing fiery licks from his trusty Stratocaster, and singing off-mike as the audience sings along.

Concert on the Common – Red Clover Quartet
Aug 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

photo of the Red Clover Trio

The Red Clover Quartet has maintained a weekly presence on the central Vermont jazz scene since 2015 appearing at the Red Clover Inn and Restaurant.  The band has also performed shows at a wide variety of Vermont venues and for private and public celebrations.  The band presents a diverse program celebrating music of the great American songbook and jazz from the last 100 years.  Favorite artists that they draw inspiration from include Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Henry Mancini, Vince Guraldi, Glenn Miller, and Dave Brubeck as well as many others.  The diversity in musical styles is matched by the diversity of instrumentation the band offers with the four band members performing on flute, alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, string bass, sousaphone, vibraphone, drums, and keyboards.

The newest member of the band is Mark van Gulden, music director at Artistree Community Arts Center in Barnard, Vermont. Mark is a freelance musician living in Barnard and working throughout the state and Northeast and performing in Artistrio with Kathleen Dolan, and Glendon Ingalls. Specializing in vibraphone and percussion, Mark has a BFA in Music Performance and Composition from Johnson State College.

Saxophonist/Flutist Steve MacLauchlan has long been a fixture on the central Vermont jazz scene performing with bands including the Vermont Jazz Ensemble, Blue Jay Way, the Green Brothers, and Sandra Wright.  Steve’s style has often been compared to that of legendary sax player Paul Desmond.

Keyboard player Chuck Miller is a masterful accompanist/improviser/composer.  Chuck is well known as a longtime Middlebury music educator/ performer and has performed with too many artists to mention here, but a few are Jenni Johnson, Sandra Wright, Rick Redington, and Aces.

Bandleader and bassist Glendon Ingalls is from Rutland and performs on trumpet and sousaphone in a wide variety of settings.  Glendon is instructor of trumpet for Middlebury Community Music Center and serves as trumpet and bass instructor at Castleton University and Middlebury College.  He is a founding member of Jazz in the Mountains music camp for adults ( and has performed with a wide variety of artists in widely varied genres, including with Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners, the Temptations, and on a tour of Russia with vocalist Jenni Johnson.

Concert on the Common – Blue Jay Way
Aug 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

photo of Blue Jay Way

What started out as a duo collaboration in the early 1970s as students at Castleton State College has evolved into a musical journey for the southern Vermont band known as Blue Jay Way.

West Rutland native Dave Sabatino, on bass, and guitarist Tim Brown of South Burlington hooked up as freshmen at Castleton back in 1974, and when a drummer was needed to expand to dance material, Sabatino called on Westside classmate Terry Jarrosak to fill the void. The trio expanded over the years with local musicians coming and going, but they have assembled a solid core in the past few years that includes Satin & Steel veterans Brad Morgan (keyboards) and Rob Henrichen (guitar).

All Vermont-born musicians, BJW is noted for its vocal harmonies and tight arrangements of rock favorites that span the five decades the band has performed together. Blue Jay Way, named after a lesser-known Beatles song, performs covers of classic hits by bands such as The Beatles, the Doobie Brothers and the Rolling Stones, with some modern songs by Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars, and others added in.

Classicopia: “Broadway Violin”
Aug 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Dan Weiser and Timothy Schwartz

Join violinist Timothy Schwarz and pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser in this exciting trip down memory lane with some fabulous arrangements of your favorite Broadway songs from the 1920s to the 1980s, including works by Gershwin, Arlen, Rodgers, Bernstein, Sondheim, Webber, and many more.  Tap along with great songs such as “I Got Rhythm,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “West Side Story,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Send in the Clowns,” and “Memory,”  Classicopia is excited to finally return to live concerts in the Upper Valley and is thrilled to continue its partnership with Fairlee Community Arts to help spread great intimate chamber music to communities in the area.  This special “Bev Hodges Memorial” Concert will honor this amazing woman who helped run Farmer Hodge’s Dairy in Fairlee for so many years. This program is co-sponsored by Fairlee Community Arts along with a generous gift from Bruce and Anne Taylor.

Tickets: Adults (18+) $20 each, Kids (17 and under) FREE

Concert on the Common – Mellow Yellow
Aug 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Photo of Mellow Yellow band

Back by popular demand! During the summer of 2019, concert-goers were asked to vote for their favorite band from the first two years of the series, and Mellow Yellow received the most votes.

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. 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.

Concert on the Common – Patti Casey and the Wicked Fine Players
Aug 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Patti Casey and the Wicked Fine Players

Patti Casey is a prolific songwriter and has perfected her own New England-flavored bluegrassy style, one that shines equally with welcome, familiar sounds as well as undeniable originality. She has recorded five solo albums. Her career has taken her to many places along the way: she has appeared live on “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor, has won Texas’s prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriter’s Competition, and was a winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at the legendary Merlefest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina as well as at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Troubadour songwriters contest.

Just a quick look at her calendar tells you that audiences love what Patti is about: honest tales of everyday life and quirky looks at life’s intimate details, sung in a voice that doesn’t easily compare to others on the scene today. Patti is a master of vocal understatement, simple and pure.