Music

Dan Weintraub of Quechee is on day 999 of his self-imposed challenge to write a new song a day for 1,000 days in a row.
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Sipping a cup of coffee. Floating down a river. Laundry detergent. Song lyrics can capture memories of relaxing mornings, summer adventures or even mundane daily duties. Writing lyrics like these are now very familiar to Dan Weintraub, a Quechee-based singer/songwriter, as he nears the end of a unique songwriting challenge: writing a song per day for 1,000 days

Members of Burlington-based band A2VT perform onstage
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From Africa to Vermont: That journey is the inspiration behind the name of the Burlington-based Afropop band A2VT, whose music is a mix of genres, including dancehall, hip-hop and Bollywood. The group recently dropped a new single, and their second album is due out in the fall.

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Dive into the four elements of antiquity: Fire, Water, Earth and Air in this multimedia presentation of Timeline:Elements, featuring lecture and live musical performances.

Eugene Jarecki's new documentary is "The King."
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Eugene Jarecki is an Emmy Award- and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has looked at America from many different angles. His latest work, The King, unpacks the American dream through a road trip visiting key sites from the life of Elvis Presley. We're talking to Jarecki about Elvis, music, culture and where he sees the country going.

Cellist Zoe Keating has released her first new EP in nearly a decade.
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With the help of a computer and foot pedal, cellist and composer Zoe Keating layers and loops her music to create a symphony out of one solo cello. After experiencing intense grief, she says her music also helped her discover new possibilities.

Over the next few weeks the Vermont Mozart Festival will perform concerts at several northern Vermont venues including Shelburne Farms, the Charlotte Town Beach, Burlington Country Club and Trapp Family Lodge.
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The reimagined Vermont Mozart Festival kicks off its third season with a free concert in Burlington on Tuesday, July 17.

Boston Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Elizabeth Rowe has filed a lawsuit against the orchestra, claiming that she is making substantially less each year than her closest peer — a man.

Barbara George, a volunteer at the Estey Organ Museum, looks over a pile of broken organs at the museum's storage facility.
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A southern Vermont museum dedicated to organs has found itself with a surplus of the instruments.

David Rosane and The Zookeepers on their tour of Vermont libraries.
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Although libraries are often associated with tight-lipped librarians demanding quiet, a Vermont band with ties to France intends to pump up the volume with a summer library tour supporting local branches.

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British-born conductor Andrew Massey died last Friday at his home in Vermont at the age of 72. 

The Makanda Project plays at City Hall Park in Burlington on a stage while people sit on the lawn and watch.
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There will be free live music every day from noon to 8 p.m. in Burlington this week as part of the 35th annual Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.

SoundCheck members pose onstage at Peoples Academy. Back row (L-R): Brian Boyes, Elizabeth Autorino, Ruby Klarich, Liam Mears, Wilson Knight, Paige Thibault, Bruno John. Front row (L-R): Cameron Mueller-Harder, Grace Carlomango, Logan "Loganic" Wedge.
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There’s been an upswing of student activism in 2018, from Black Lives Matter flags flying at schools to school walkouts against gun violence. Now there’s a group of Vermont students providing a soundtrack for those actions.

After months of searching, the fourth annual Tiny Desk Contest winner has been announced!

A February 1798 political cartoon portraying Matthew Lyon (holding tongs) attacking Connecticut Congressman Roger Griswold. After Griswold called Lyon a scoundrel, Lyon spat on Griswold's face and their brawl ensued.
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Vermont history buffs may know the name Matthew Lyon, but a Burlington singer-songwriter hopes to make the rowdy Vermont statesman more of a household name by making him the focus of a full-length musical.

Retro cassette tapes piled in front of a patterned wallpaper.
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It's almost time to take down that 2017 calendar, but before Vermont Edition takes a break ahead of the new year, it's time for the annual music show.

Burlington-based band Swale has been together for 15 years. In July, they released their third album, "There's No One Here."
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Jordan Adams, music editor for Seven Days, shares his three favorite albums of 2017.

The Juno Orchestra is a new chamber orchestra which will be making its debut in Brattleboro on Saturday, Sept. 30. Founder and conductor Zon Eastes spoke to VPR about the orchestra and its program.
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Zon Eastes, a longtime Brattleboro musician, is also now the founder and conductor of a new professional chamber orchestra in the area.

The Juno Orchestra makes its debut Saturday, Sept. 30, in what is also the first public concert in the Brattleboro Music Center's new hall.

Kalmia Traver's first solo album as Kalbells is called Ten Flowers. She said making the album was part of a period of self-discovery after surviving ovarian cancer.
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Kalmia Traver debut solo album as Kalbells is Ten Flowers; it’s a collection of shimmering electronic pop songs. It’s also deeply personal; Traver wrote it after surviving cancer.

Burlington-based band Swale has been together for 15 years. In July, they released their third album, "There's No One Here."
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Broadly speaking, the Burlington-based band Swale plays rock songs — though labeling their music that way is a little like filling a paint palette with just one color. 

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