June 16-August 18 —SOUTH POMFRET — Artistree Community Arts Center is pleased to announce its first ever Music on the Hill outdoor summer concert series. This 10-week long series is family-friendly and also supports local artists. Last fall Artistree installed an outdoor stone performance stage nestled into the hillside in response to the pandemic as a way to offer live music to the community while still adhering to Covid guidelines. The audience can expect fabulous acoustics, spectacular views of both Suicide Six and the hamlet of South Pomfret, as well as musicians who are all eager to get back to performing and doing their thing!
“We had a couple of outdoor concerts at the end of last summer that were a great success and we wanted to make a more regular weekly series,” said Marie Cross, administrative & marketing manager at Artistree. Added Performer Kerry Rosenthal: “Our band, Rose Hip Jam, is very excited to be part of the Artistree music series this summer — it will be our first time playing to a crowd since February 2020. Playing music in your living room is fine, but it is so much more special when sharing it with others in an in-person setting. We couldn’t be happier to be playing for a great organization like Artistree. We are very grateful.”
Pack a picnic, bring your own beverage, snag a spot on the hillside with your blanket and chairs and enjoy an idyllic summer evening outdoors with friends and family. The concert series runs on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. starting June 16 and goes to August 18. Tickets are $5 per person and children under age five are free. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged though not required. All shows are weather dependent.
Hot Pickin’ Party Trio will kick off the series on June 16. This Burlington based bluegrass trio has performed with various groups and artists in Vermont. Their music exudes heartfelt harmonies, dynamic musical interplay, and a spirit of exploration of journeys old and new. The following week’s performers, Nat Williams and Emily Musty, are well known faces for those familiar with the local music scene. This duo will perform acoustic singer-songwriter covers that will have you dancing, lulled and relaxed, and everything in between on Wednesday, June 23rd. The Music on the Hill concert series also includes performances by Los Lorcas (June 30), Rose Hip Jam (July 7), Artis-Trio (July 14), Laurie Goldsmith Trio (July 21), Small Change (July 28), Brian Cook (August 4), Jack Snyder/Leyeux (August 11), and The Four Hoarse Men (August 18).