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The Levitt AMP St. Johnsury Music Series will return for the fourth year to Dog Mountain, a breathtaking dog-friendly destination in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom Rural Enterprise Assistance Project Zone. With new accessibility features in place, the 2021 series is poised to bring together people of all walks of life from “St. Jay” and beyond, and will continue to enliven this former industrial area through diverse arts programming.

Presented by Catamount Arts, the nine free concerts will take place at Dog Mountain from July 11th through September 4th, from 5pm-7pm.

 

Concert Schedule

HuDost
Sunday, July 11, 2021 | 5pm - 7pm

The music of HuDost weaves a seamless tapestry of Folk, World, and Rock that renders tears and laughter in listeners, cultivating the nameless longing that abides somewhere in all our hearts and invoking total celebration. HuDost’s last album 'of Water + Mercy' received rave reviews and as an independent release reached #24 in the BILLBOARD SALES CHARTS for Folk/Americana also winning the 2020 Independent Music Award for Social Action Song. In the last year they also received two of the 'Best of Nashville 2020’ awards.

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Chad Hollister Band
Sunday, July 18, 2021 | 5pm - 7pm

Chad Hollister Band hails from Vermont. They have been evolving and touring the country for over 20 years. Anthony J. Resta (Collective Soul, Elton John, Shawn Mullins) says "Hollister's music is pure sonic alchemy" which means it's damn good in Vermont terms! Chad has opened for Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Tom Petty and has shared the stage w/ every PHISH member, Billy Gibbons, Merl Saunders, Warren Haynes and Blues Traveler. His music is a voice for the Positive and reminds you that life is truly a gift as is the ability to share it through music.

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The Blue Dahlia
Sunday, July 25, 2021 | 5pm - 7pm

The Blue Dahlia: Lyrics in English and French, French and Mexican accordion, klezmer violin, warm and joyous rhythms of reggae, ska and Latin America, the sensual voice of jazz and French chanson. The music can be heard as an acoustic trio in the intimate bistros of New York and Paris, as well as the electric big band in venues and festivals around the world. Dahlia's debut album The Blue Dahlia was released in 2015; the second, La Tradition Américaine, in the August 2018, with her single En Dehors du Temps, released in June 2016. Two new EP's set to release by summer 2020.

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Juice
Sunday, August 1, 2021 | 5pm - 7pm

Blending rock, pop, R&V, and hip-hop, Juice embraced the diversity of their signature sound early on. The band formed in 2014 in Boston while attending college. After graduating, the band recorded and released their first professional EP, 2018’s "Workin’ on Lovin’". With new music and two old minivans, the band hit the road for an almost non-stop year and a half of national touring. Reflecting on their touring and coming to terms with a new phase of life, Juice gathered their collective experiences into their 2019 EP, "You Are Simply Magnificent". The project confronts difficult and powerful emotions, including loneliness, lost love, hopelessness and obsession.

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Mike Mains and the Branches
Sunday, August 8, 2021 | 5pm - 7pm

Mike Mains and The Branches is a pop-rock band based in Michigan. Since their conception in 2012, the group has built a reputation for their fantastical instrumentation and unforgettable live performances. Mains began writing songs early in his career between shifts at a casino, which is an apt illustration of Mains perspective on life: it’s a comedy, a tragedy, and a fairytale. It’s that perspective that laces itself throughout the band’s catalogue, where the songs make you dance while lyrics make you cry. And while the juxtaposition of glitter and gloom should feel confusing, it renders itself joyfully therapeutic. And that’s their goal—particularly in their live shows—to strap you into a rollercoaster you never want to get off of.

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Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou
Sunday, August 15, 2021 | 5pm - 7pm

Noted activist, theologian, author, documentary filmmaker, and musician, Reverend Osagyefo Sekou was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in the rural Arkansas Delta. Rev. Sekou’s music is a unique combination of Arkansas Delta Blues, Memphis Soul 1970s funk, and Gospel. In May 2017, he released “In Times Like These” produced the six-time Grammy nominated North Mississippi Allstars. AFROPUNK heralded the “deep bone-marrow-level conviction” of his first album, “The Revolution Has Come”. The single, “We Comin’”—was named the new anthem for the modern Civil Rights movement by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Kotoko Brass
Sunday, August 22, 2021 | 5pm - 7pm

Inspired by the traditional drum rhythms of Ghana, Kotoko Brass has created a unique, joyful, and improvisational style of West African dance music described by the Boston Globe as “propulsive, infectious party music”. The drums provide the heart and soul of Kotoko Brass — merging syncopated African percussion polyrhythms with hard-hitting dance grooves on the drumset. A celebratory and energetic synthesis of music, people, and cultures from around the world, Kotoko Brass features musicians from Ghana, Antigua, Japan, and the United States playing together in unity.

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Oshima Brothers
Sunday, August 29, 2021 | 5pm - 7pm

Maine-based indie duo, Oshima Brothers have been creating music together since childhood. The brothers blend songs from the heart with blood harmonies to produce a “roots-based pop sound that is infectious.” (NPR) On stage, Sean and Jamie offer lush vocals, live looping, foot percussion, electric and acoustic guitars, vintage keyboard and bass – often all at once. They want every show to feel like a deep breath, a dance party and a sonic embrace. When not recording or touring they find time to film and produce their own music videos, tie their own shoes and cook elaborate feasts. Maine Public Radio’s Sara Willis describes their songs as “beautiful, those brother harmonies can’t be beat. They are uplifting and, let’s face it, we need uplifting these days.”

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Cantrip
Saturday, September 4, 2021 | 5pm - 7pm

The name Cantrip is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell or piece of mischief andit aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in their musical arrangements, likewise thecompelling potency of their musicianship. Swirling border pipes, raging fiddle, thunderous guitarand three rich voices blend to create a sound energetic enough to tear the roof off. Echoes canbe heard of trad music from the 1960s and 70s, but the years have slowly infested their musicwith the sounds of funk, metal, bluegrass, swing, and even klezmer.

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Thanks to the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation and many generous community sponsors, every concert in the 2021 Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series at Dog Mountain is FREE.

The free concerts are open to all ages, and dogs are welcome. Concerts run from 5 to 7pm. There will be food vendors and a beer tent on-site. For more information, visit Catamount Arts.

Dog Mountain is a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit.