Music On VPR

Enjoy music on VPR including All The Traditions with Robert Resnik, My Place with Joel Najman, Friday Night Jazz with Reuben Jackson, American Routes, and Hearts of Space.

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8:49 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Festivals, Tangos, and Apple and Blueberry Pies!

Finest Kind - Shelley Posen, Ann Downey, & Ian Robb
photo by Alan Dean; courtesy of Finest Kind

Another week chock full of upcoming live concerts, including the Barre Heritage Festival, the Jig in the Valley Festival in East Fairfield, and a rare local performance by one of our favorites, the Ontario-based vocal trio Finest Kind.

This program will air on Sunday July 20th  from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor will be playing at the Westmore Park, [right in the middle of town] on Sun. July 27th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. as part of the Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Friends of Lake Willoughby. 

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6:04 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

From Mendocino To Molokai Via Monkton Ridge

courtesy of Paul James/Blowzabella

Midsummer musical madness ... all the way from the Kingston Trio to the mad UK septet Blowzabella, and, of course, always back to Vermont !

This program airs on Sunday July 13 from 7 to 10 p.m.

This week’s calendar announcements :

The Burlington acoustic trio Soaked Oats will give a free concert in Burlington’s City Hall park on Wed. July 16 at noon.

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4:11 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Summer Festivals and Village Green Concerts Galore!

Quebecois music masters Le Vent du Nord, one of the featured performers at this year's Middlebury Festival Off the Green.
photo courtesy of the Festival

At the very height of summer music festival season, we preview the Middlebury Festival Off the Green, French Heritage Day in Vergennes, and the Green River Festival in Greenfield, MA, as well as many outdoor concerts all around the VPR listening area!

This program broadcast on Sunday, July 6th from 7:00-10:00 p.m. and online for 2 weeks in VPR Replay.

This week's calendar announcements:

Gordon Lightfoot will perform on the Flynn Mainstage in Burlington on Sat. July 12th.

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My Place
8:00 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

My Place: Remembering Gerry Goffin

On June 19, 2014 veteran popular lyricist Gerry Goffin passed away at age 75. Collaborating with his first wife, Carole King, as well as other composers, Goffin wrote the words to many dozens of hit songs throughout a career in music that extended over six decades.

This week on My Place, Gerry Goffin's lifetime of music with his most famous and significant compositions including memorable hit recordings by the Shirelles, the Drifters and the Beatles.

Broadcast on Saturday, June 28th at 8 p.m.

8:45 am
Thu June 26, 2014

A New Digital Day !

VPR program hosts Robert Resnik & Joel Najman at the last VPR record swap
photo by Sue Thomas

In addition to the usual magnificent melange of local and world music on the show today, we are celebrating the launch of an exciting new service:  Beginning this week, the two most recent programs of All the Traditions and My Place, Joel Najman's gem and one of VPR's longest-running programs, will be broadcast continuously online!

Listen to these programs at the stream "VPR Replay!"

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My Place
11:43 am
Thu June 19, 2014

My Place: Beach Boy Birthdays

Capitol Records

This week Joel Najman's My Place celebrates the June birthdays of two members of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson and Bruce Johnston, both of whom turn 72. In addition to several memorable Beach Boys hits, the hour includes the successes of both musicians as songwriters, arrangers and record producers.

Broadcast Saturday June 21 at 8:00 p.m.  

9:30 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Music For Our First Summer Sunday

The Starline Rhythm Boys, playing this week in a free noontime concert in downtown Burlington.
photo courtesy of SRB

Now that summer has really begun, the outdoor concert season is here, and it's also festival time !  We preview the upcoming Jenny Brook Family Bluegrass Festival in Tunbridge, and marvel at shows starting to happen on village greens all over the VPR listening well as Lucinda Williams at the Flynn Center in Burlington and David Bromberg at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center.

The program will air on Sunday, June 22nd from 7:00-10:00 p.m.

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My Place
12:07 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

My Place: A Mixed Bag

Apple Records

This week Joel Najman's My Place presents a "mixed bag" of music tying up a few loose ends from recent My Place programs.

Referring back to the program on the Beatles' Apple Record Company, Joel relates the story behind the rarest Apple record as well as the copyright infringement litigation precipitated by George Harrison's hit recording of My Sweet Lord.

And following the My Place  profile of drummer Jim Gordon, Joel investigates the possibility that portions of the melody of the hit Layla may have been taken from an earlier song. 

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12:23 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar !

LaVerne, Patty, and Maxene Andrews - The Andrews Sisters!
photo courtesy of MCA - Wikimedia Commons

Our 18th annual Father's Day spectacular !

Broadcast on Sunday, June 15th from 7:00-10:00 p.m.

This week’s calendar announcements:

The Vermont History Expo will be held at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds on Sat. and Sun. June 21st and 22nd. Featured performers include Susannah Blachly, Woodchuck’s Revenge, The Speckers, Marty Morrissey & Robert Resnik, the Michelle Fay Band, and Matthew Witten. The Michele Fay Band will also be performing at The Grace Episcopal Church in Sheldon VT on Fri. June 20th  at 7:00 p.m

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3:18 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

The Seventh Son in the Middle of the Sixth Month!

Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals
photo by Karl Simpson (Wikimedia Commons)

Willie Dixon, Lucinda Williams, Toots & the Maytals, the Newark (VT) Balkan Chorus, and a bluegrass band with an 11-year-old lead singer...  (and much more too...... !)

Broadcast Sunday June 8th from 7:00-10:00 p.m.

This weeks calendar announcements:
Woodchuck’s Revenge will play at the Quechee Balloon Festival on Sun. June 15th at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. The Festival will also be featuring Prydein on Sat. June 14th at 1:00 p.m.

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