VPR Music


VPR's Live from the Fort features musicians from around the state performing live at the VPR studios in Colchester. This mixtape is a look-and-listen back of the bands who stopped by and those whom we recorded at a couple of different nearby musical festivals this past year!

Through music and casual conversation, Live From The Fort aims to connects music lovers with Vermont-based musicians.

Featured performers are:

Courtesy, Joel Najman

This weekend, spend Christmas Eve at My Place. The program will feature a collection of holiday favorites from pop, rock and country artists of earlier years.

2016 Holiday Programs On VPR And VPR Classical

Dec 22, 2016
Amanda Shepard

This holiday season, make VPR and VPR Classical part of your celebrations and enjoy a variety of special programs, ranging from traditional to new.

photo by Kabir Bakie, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The first time in recent memory that our show has fallen on both Christmas day and the first day of Hannukah, so the show is full of music from the season and also previews of the many musical performances around the VPR listening area on or near New Year's Eve! 

This program will air on Sunday December 25th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

photo by Carlos Perez Couto, courtesy of Wikipedia

Our annual "light show" showcasing songs about darkness and light as the solstice approaches (and also one funny song about the late and great Leonard Cohen!)

This program will air on Sunday December 18th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Bagitos in Montpelier presents an Irish session on Saturday December 24th from 2-5 p.m. featuring Sarah Blair, Hilari Farrington, Benedict Koehler, Katrina VanTyne, Bob Ryan, and many other talented traditional Irish musicians.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

Jerome Kern is often referred to as "The Father Of American Musical Theater." During the first half of the 20th century, Kern composed more than 700 songs for no less than 104 musical stage productions and motion pictures.


Musician Leon Russell passed away this year. Before emerging as a major rock star under his own name in the early 1970's, Russell was a studio session musician as a member of Los Angeles' elite "Wrecking Crew," that creme de la creme group of first-call players.

photo courtesy of the Artist

We bid goodbye to the strange meteorological rhythms of autumn 2016, and rotate slowly to face the hesitant but inevitable winter weather with lots of music to help  keep us warm !

This program will air on Sunday, December 11th fro 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

The Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph presents Darlingside on Friday December 16th at 7:30 p.m.

The VT Bluegrass Pioneers will be back at The Skinny Pancake in Burlington on Sunday December 18th for the Bluegrass Brunch from noon to 3 p.m.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

Singer, songwriter and record producer Gary S. Paxton passed away in 2016 at age 77.

photo by Marsha Miller, courtesy of Wikimedia

Music from Bilbao and from Bakersfield,  with Peter Yarrow playing in Bellows Falls and the Clayfoot Strutters playing for a contra dance in Norwich - welcome to December !

This program will air on Sunday December 4th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Acoustic duo Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe will be performing at a house concert in Shelburne on Saturday December  10th at 6 p.m.  For reservations and information, please email alisonjamesvt@gmail.com 

photo by Kallerna; courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Thinking of Sharon Jones, a fabulous musician who left us this month, and trying to touch lots of bases with a very busy week of live shows coming up in our area!

This program will air on Sunday November 27th from 7-10 p.m. 

This week's calendar announcements:

The Montpelier Community Gospel Choir will perform on Saturday, December 3rd at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Barre, and on Sunday, December 4th at 4 p.m. at the Bethany United Church of Christ in Montpelier. 

Morris Levy was a music industry executive known for having founded Roulette Records in New York City in 1957. 

He's Our Man

Nov 18, 2016
photo by Rama, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

An appreciation of the amazing musical and lyrical legacy of Leonard Cohen with a teary nod to the memory of Leon Russell too...

This program will air on Sunday November 20th from 7-10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

The Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center presents electric Hot Tuna on Tuesday November 22nd at 8 p.m.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

Guitarist, songwriter and record producer Chips Moman passed away in June of this year at age 79. This week's My Place program celebrates the life in music of Moman with memorable recordings by Elvis Presley, Carla Thomas and many others.

photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Some favorites from decades past, fine new releases, and a healthy selection of musical events happening in the VPR listening area this week.

This program will air on Sunday November 13th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Jenni Johnson & the Jazz Junketeers will light up Gethsemane Episcopal Church on Sunday November 20th as part of the Raise the Roof concert series in Proctorsville. Music begins at 4 p.m.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

The early 1960's professional partnership of music industry entrepreneur Lester Sill and record producer Phil Spector was turbulent and short-lived.

Greg Davis

When the whole planet full of sounds is yours to draw from to make experimental music, where do you begin? Since 2001, Burlington-based musician Greg Davis has taken on that challenge and filled nearly three dozen albums with his tech-focused music.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

This week on My Place, hear the story behind the big 1950s pop hit "Rockin' Robin," in this concluding spotlight on the Class Records Company of Los Angeles.

photo courtesy of NPR

A healthy serving of classic songs performed by the composers, and not by the musicians that made them famous, plus our cure for the Election Season Blues: A dose of the real thing,  from Willie Dixon to Big Joe Williams.

This program will air on Sunday November 6th from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Bruce Molsky and his trio the Mountain Drifters will perform at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph on Saturday November 12th at 7:30 p.m.  They will also be giving a workshop at the Chandler at 2 p.m. on the same day.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

Both the Excelsior Record Company and the Exclusive Record Company operated in Los Angeles from 1944 to 1950.