Village Café Music Series

The Village Café will be officially opening for the season on NYE Weekend - December 29th! The Village Cafe will be an additional venue for live music on the mountain. We'll be featuring ambient lounge music all season long for adults to kick off every Friday and Saturday evening from 7:30 - 10:30pm at Bolton Valley. Not being a far walk the Base Lodge, come enjoy a more sophisticated atmosphere while the kids shred the slopes into the evening. Are you an early riser? A lounger, rather than a partier? Do you like cocktails that include more than just "rum and cola"? The Village Cafe is the place for you!

Schedule 

Friday, December 29: Zach Nugent  

Local legend and Jerry Garcia Band Guitarist. He's trading in his electric for the night, and going acoustic!

Saturday, December 30: Cole Davidson & Company 

Davidson quickly made a name for himself in America's northeast. This past year, he led his three-piece alt-folk band, Navytrain, from the cellar to large venue and festival stages. His acoustic melodies and striking lyrics weave a uniquely colorful musical tapestry. Now, stepping away from the band, this troubadour is unearthing a refined, crisp new beginning.

Friday, January 5: John Donahue 

The sing-a-long style writing done by John Donahue (of Seamus the Great) is quickly infectious and entertaining. In July of 2013, Donahue went down to Maximum Sound Recordings in Danvers, MA, to work with John Dello Iacano of Bridge East studios. The EP is entitled , "In the City." and can be found on ITunes. Seamus the Great's most recent EP "Tres Por Dos" was recorded August of 2017 at Robot Dog Studios and can be found on bandcamp.

Saturday, January 6: Joe Percy 

In his full band act, Joe Percy performs a mix of Garage Rock & Soul as a four-piece group. However as a solo act he writes songs reminiscent of McCartney or Joel with a jazz/R&B twist. His set, mostly comprised of originals ranging from moody and melancholic to the happy and carefee, also features many covers of some of his biggest modern and classic inspirations. His debut solo album "The Daylong EP" is set to be released in 2018.

Friday, January 12: Cole Davidson & Company

Saturday, January 13: Zack Dupont 

DuPont is a budding songwriter based out of Burlington, VT. At the young age of 27, his music has displayed nothing but natural potential for growth and in return, has served as a vehicle for plays in most of the major cities in America. His finger-style guitar techniques create the illusion of two guitars playing simultaneously and are accompanied by intriguing lyrics, haunting melodies and one of a kind harmonic structures. The sound is contemporary folk with a twist of soul and blues.

Friday, January 19: Drew Steinberg 

Drew has been an avid lover of all kinds of music since he was very young, and loves to talk about it almost as much as he likes to play it.  He is used to the band setting, so this is new to him but he is eager to try out the solo life. Drew will be graduating from UVM in the spring and cannot wait to see what the open road has in store for him!

Saturday, January 20: EmaLou and The Beat 

Burlington based trio. Playing a mix of contemporary and classic folk, rock ‘n roll, and funk music – as well as originals – they are all about soul, living right, keeping the beat, and bringing their love of music to each and every song.

Friday, January 26: Julia Spelman 

Spelman is a musician and recent UVM graduate who performs a mix of jazz, folk, and pop music around the greater Burlington area. She spent her time at UVM singing in the all-female a cappella group, the Cat's Meow, as well as singing in various jazz ensembles.

Saturday, January 27: Erin Cassels-Brown

Songwriter and musician from Burlington, Vermont. He writes celestial country music that walks the line between the milky way and a county fair. After working as a carpenter, solar panel installer, and occasional Teddy Bear Factory warehouse worker while playing in local bands and reading rock and roll biographies, he released his debut solo EP Northern Lights Vol. 1. These days he goes running in the mornings, plays in bars at night, and thinks in sad rhymes during the day.

Friday, February 2: Joe Percy 

Saturday, February 3: Lowell Thompson 

Lowell Thompson is a musician who splits his time between Burlington, VT and Austin, TX. Seven Days calls him a “A young tunesmith transformed into a true artistic force.” Big Heavy World says Thompson is "The most genuine sort of musician out there.” Rolling Stone magazine calls his music “Inspired Alt-Country.” Any way you cut it, Thompson’s work speaks for itself and has been vetted by his fellow musicians—hand picked to share stages with the likes of Graham Parker, Justin Townes Earle and Dawes. His latest effort entitled Stranger’s Advice is being met with critical acclaim.

“Tom Petty-ish rock and Americana with a fondness for the sounds of acts such as Nick Lowe or Big Star.”
-Burlington Free Press

“The mainstream music world badly needs records like this to bubble up from ‘Real America’.” -Seven Days

“I first heard Lowell in Washington, D.C. and I immediately stopped talking to people and listened, really getting into his superb guitar playing, excellent voice and songs. Then I got him as opener with my band the Rumour, who were equally impressed. Listen to him." -Graham Parker

Friday, February 9: The Green Mountain Boys

Burlington-based and bolder than Ethan Allen, let The Green Mountain Boys pick their way into your heart with a rib-tickling blend of traditional bluegrass and folksy Americana. Driving banjo breaks, sweeping fiddle solos, soul-searching guitar licks, thundering bass, and gentle mandolin caresses make solid dancing shoes an audience requirement. Brought together by their love of mountain tunes and the great outdoors, The Green Mountain Boys cast a loving look at the past while playing tunes for the future. The bluegrass brigade is formed by Thomas Bryce (Guitar/Vocals), Jonah Salzman-Cohen (Banjo/Vocals), Luther Millison (Fiddle/Vocals), Rob Strasenburgh (Bass) and Stephi Drago (Mandolin/Vocals).

Saturday, February 10: Drew Steinberg  

Friday, February 16: Phineus Gage

The Mad River Valleys own Rob Williams & Erica Stroem are Phineas Gage. Some call it "pholkgospel grassicana." Others call it "pholk-phunk." We call it " Music for Happy Brains." 

Saturday, February 17: Cole Davidson & Company

Friday, February 23: Julia Spelman 

Saturday, February 24: Erin Cassels-Brown