Ballard Park Performance Pavilion, on the shores of Lake Champlain - home of the Westport Community Concerts

2017 Westport Community Concerts - Thursday evenings

JULY 2017

The July concerts of the 2017 Westport community concert series were curated by Grammy award-winning trumpeter & Westport resident Taylor Haskins under the name "Soundwaves".

July 6, 7:30pm
Anaïs Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell is a Vermont and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who comes from the world of narrative folksong, poetry and balladry. “Mitchell is a skilled storyteller…and her delivery gives an emotional complexity that welcomes and even demands repeated listens.” - Pitchfork

July 13, 7:30pm
Charlie Hunter
Recording artist Charlie Hunter is not only a singular guitarist, but he’s also a creative whose style and expression continue to advance with each project he immerses himself into. Proof positive is Hunter’s new album—and 18th as a leader—whimsically titled "Everyone Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth."

July 20, 7:30pm
Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
Known for pushing the envelope of folk, bluegrass, and jazz, Lage & Eldridge showcase, as the New Yorker writes, a “familiarity with the fretboard…so extravagant and capacious that they bring flourishes to this music that it simply hasn’t enjoyed before.”

July 27, 7:30pm
Colin Stetson
Stetson’ s   astounding   physical engagement  with  his  instruments  (chiefly  bass  and  alto  saxophones)  produces  emotionally  rich  and polyphonic compositions that transcend expectations of what solo horn playing can sound like.


The August concerts of the 2017 Westport community concert series were supported in part by a grant from the Essex County Arts Council, and the Essex County Board of Supervisors in addition to the generous support of our contributors.


August 3, 7:00pm
Ploughman's Lunch
Ploughman's Lunch is a local North Country band with great energy and spirit. Their mix of originals and covers runs the spectrum of folk rock and good time music. Guitars, fiddle, harmonica, mandolin, bass and drums blend to create the wholesome sounds of the mountains!

August 10, 7:00pm
Meadowmount School of Music
These exceptional young classical musicians come together in the Adirondacks for summer training toward a professional career in music.

August 17, 7:00pm
Ken and Brad Kolodner
This father-and-son bluegrass duo take old-time music into a new realm, infusing their musical, tasteful and hypnotizing approach with what Bluegrass Today calls their "tight, top-notch sound."

August 24, 7:00pm
Pony Truck
Westport native Chris Sherman and his Burlington, VT band, Pony Truck, return to Ballard Park to serve a giant helping of original rock, blues, and soul.