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Bagitos. 28 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 229-9212. Open mic every Wed. 

   April 23: Irish Session with Sarah Blair, Hilari Farrington, Benedict Koehler, Katrina VanTyne, Bob Ryan and others, 2–5 p.m.; Nathan Sargent (country/blues) 6–8 p.m.

   April 24: Pat Lambdin (bluegrass/country/blues/soul) 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

   April 28: Italian Session, 6–8 p.m.   

   April 29: Dave & Rory Loughran (acoustic classic rock) 6–8 p.m.

   April 30: Irish Session with Sarah Blair, Hilari Farrington, Benedict Koehler, Katrina VanTyne, Bob Ryan and others, 2–5 p.m.; Justin LaPoint, 6–8 p.m.

   May 1: Bleecker & MacDouga (folk ballads) 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

   May 3: Jimmy Ruin (blues/alt-folk) 6–8 p.m.

   May 5: Colin McCaffrey & Friends, 6–8 p.m.

   May 6: Art Herttua & Ray Carroll Jazz Duo, 6–8 p.m.

   May 7: Irish Session with Sarah Blair, Hilari Farrington, Benedict Koehler, Katrina VanTyne, Bob Ryan and others, 2–5 p.m.; Alec Chambers, 6–8 p.m.   


Charlie O’s World Famous. 70 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-6820. 

   Every Mon.: Comedy Café Open Mic, 8:30 p.m.

   Every Tues.: Godfather Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.

   April 22: Scott Graves (rock) 6 p.m.; Jay Kila & Special Guests (hip-hop) 9 p.m.

   April 29: Julia Kate Davis (indie folk) 6 p.m; Victim of Metal (classic metal) 9 p.m.

   April 30: DJ Disco Phantom (dance) 9 p.m.


Espresso Bueno. 248 N. Main St., Barre. 479-0896. Free/by donation.

   April 23: Red Clover & the Hermit Thrush (cowpunk) 8 p.m.

   Apr. 29: Country Magic (country-rock) 8 p.m.

   May 7: Abby Jenne (rock) 7:30 p.m.


Positive Pie. 10:30 p.m. 22 State St., Montpelier. $5. 229- 0453.

   April 22: The Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band

   April 29: The Too Hot To Handle

    May 1: Congo Sanchez (of Thievery Corporation. Reggae) 9 p.m. $5 advance; $7 day of show

    May 6: The House Band


Sweet Melissa’s. 4 Langdon St., Montpelier. Free unless otherwise noted. Other shows T.B.A. 225-6012.

   April 21: Sara Grace, 8 p.m.

   April 22: Mark LeGrand, 5:30 p.m.; Feel the Bern Dance Party, 9 p.m.

   April 23: Dave Slangevin, 6 p.m.; Soul Creek, 9 p.m.


Whammy Bar. 7 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 7:30 p.m. 31 County Rd., Calais. Thurs., Free.

   Every Wed.: Open mic

   April 21: Barroom Girls

   April 22: Big Hat No Cattle (Texas swing)

   April 23: Nothing Quite Yet

   April 28: Not Quite Dead (Jonathon Kaplan)

   April 29: Kelly Ravin from Waylon Speed

   April 30: Kava Express (funk/soul/rock)

   May 5: Broken String (bluegrass)

May 6: Brevity Thing

 May 7: VT Bluegrass Pioneers with Dan Lindner, Willy Lindner and Danny Coane


April 22: Jazzyaoke. Sing the standards while backed by a live six-piece jazz band; all lyrics provided. 7:30 p.m. The North Branch Café, 41 State St., Montpelier. $5. 552-8105.

April 23: Walsh/Drucker/Cooper Trio: The Three B’s. Eugene Drucker, founding violinist with the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet, pianist Diane Walsh, and cellist Roberta Cooper will perform Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op. 1, #2, and the Brahms Trio in C minor, Op. 101. They will be joined by Vermont flutist Karen Kevra for a performance of J.S. Bach’s monumental Trio Sonata from the “Musical Offering” to cap off this satisfying program by the “holy trinity” of classical music. Capital City Concerts season finale. 7:30 p.m. Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. $15–25. Tickets also available (cash or check only) at Bear Pond Books.

April 24: Violinist Paul Huang. One of the world’s finest young classical violinists offers a program that includes Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Stravinksy and Debussy accompanied by pianist Helen Huang. Part of the TD Bank Celebration Series. 2 p.m. Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main St., Barre. $15–27. 476-8188.

April 29: Vermont Mozart Festival Chamber Players. Celebrate the return of the beloved Vermont Mozart Festival’s summer series with an evening of Mozart’s string quartets. All written at around age 15-16. 7 p.m. Union Elementary School, 1 Park Ave., Montpelier. Adults $15; students under 18 free.

April 29, May 1: Vermont Choral Union. The 33 singers present In that time, In this place featuring rich a cappella harmonies of works by Monteverdi, Vaughn Williams, Bernstein and more. April 29: 7:30 p.m., Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. May 1: 3 p.m., St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Adults $15; seniors/students $10; family $40. 238-9848.

April 30: Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra. The spring concert includes work by Carl Maria von Weber, Luigi Boccherini, Wallingford Riegger and Charles Ives and features 11-year-old cellist Mia Kim Bernard. 7:30 p.m. Chandler Music Hall, 71-73 Main St., Randolph. Adults $15; seniors $12; students $5. 728-6464.

April 30: North Country Chorus Spring Concert. “Requiem for the Living” by Dan Forrest and “Mass in G” by Franz Schubert. In collaboration with St. Johnsbury Academy Hilltones. 7:30 p.m. Bradford Congregational Church, Bradford. Advance tickets through adults $10; students $5. At door: Adults $12; students $5.

May 1: Concert And Dance Party To Benefit Shrimp, Local Musician. Didgeridoo master Pitz Quattrone emcees the show which features Chad Hollister’s Big Band, the Dave Keller Band, Funky Crustaceans and Mono Malo. Food and drink available. Silent auction. Proceeds benefit local musician Glenn McElwain (Shrimp) as he battles cancer and the establishment of a non-profit foundation to provide assistance to artists who lose income while undergoing cancer treatment. 4–8 p.m.; doors open 3:30 p.m. The Round Barn Farm, 1661 E. Warren Rd., Waitsfield. $15 suggested donation. 917-4403.

May 1: A Thousand Peacocks: Indonesian and American Music for Javanese Gamelan. Javanese Gamelan is a group, or orchestra, of about 30 instruments ranging from huge gongs to tiny flutes with lots of xylophone and kettle type instruments in between. 4 p.m. Plainfield Opera House, Rt. 2, Plainfield. Adults $10; families $15. 498-3173.

May 5: Holocaust Remembrance and Recital. Featured performers of the evening, soprano Rachel Joselson and pianist Rene Lecuona, both professors at the University of Iowa, will present a program entitled “Songs of the Holocaust.” Their unusual and moving repertoire of Holocaust-themed music will be illustrated with photos of Holocaust art created in concentration camps, railcar transports to the camps and of liberation. Songs composed during the Holocaust, performed at the Theresienstadt concentration camp, as well as songs inspired by writings of concentration camp prisoners, will be performed. 7 p.m. The Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, 1189 Cape Cod Rd. Stowe. Free. 253-1800.

May 6: Friday Night Fires. With The Dupont Brothers. Live music. Picnicking encouraged. 7–9 p.m. Fresh Tracks Farm, 4373 VT Rt. 12, Berlin. 223-1151.

May 6: Vermont Virtuosi: Open Windows. Pairing of Brahms’ masterful Clarinet Quintet with the premiere of Vermont composer David Gunn’s sextet, “The View from Six Windows,” along with music by Rossini and Ravel. 7:30 p.m. Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier. $10 suggested donation.

May 7: Iain MacHarg Fundraiser Concert. Concert on the Scottish bagpipes. MacHarg is one of the region’s leading pipers and is a founder of the Celtic rock bands Whiskey Before Breakfast and Prydein. Fundraiser to benefit youth services. 7 p.m. Fritz’s Barn, Marshfield. $8–10; children free. Call for directions: 426-3581.

May 7–8: Onion River Chorus Spring Concert: Solid Ground: American Composers Celebrate our Home on Earth. A program of contemporary American choral works, whose texts address our relationship with the land we live on. Conducted by Donia Prince and accompanied by Lynette Combs. 7:30 p.m. Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. Adults $15; students/seniors $10; families $30.



Green Mountain Youth Symphony Auditions. Summer and fall placement in all three orchestras and CAMP. Auditions will be heard on Saturdays May 7, 14 and 21 in Montpelier. Openings in all three orchestras next fall. Registration is also open for the GMYS Creative Arts & Music Program (CAMP) for intermediate – advanced music students. CAMP will be held at Johnson State College August 7-13 this year. To schedule an audition or for more information, please email GMYS at, call 802-888-4470 or visit our website at