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

2018 Summer Concert Series in the Park
Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

July 12, 2018 at 7pm: Brett Hughes and The Honky Tonk Crowd

Award-winning guitarist Brett Hughes, long-time host of Burlington’s Honky Tonk Tuesdays at Radio Bean, has lit up stages with Willie Nelson, Dr. John, Leon Russell, the Chrome Cowboys, The Ramones, Mike Gordon (of Phish) The Decentz & Ramble Dove and brings his unique and crowd-friendly sound to the Pavillion. A master of the stage, Brett will deliver lively, tight and energizing honky tonk rock sets to start our summer fun. More about Brett Hughes.

July 19, 2018 at 7pm: George Walker Petit

Vermont jazz musician, composer and producer George Walker Petit has recorded and played with prominent musicians around the world and in his home-town of New York City. Recently after engineering over 100 albums for the Who's Who in the jazz, pop and blues worlds, George has returned to reside in Stowe, VT. George is also the founder of The Stowe Jazz Festival. Ballard Park is excited to welcome him back to the Champlain Valley for a great night of music under the stars. More about George Walker Petit.

July 26, 2018: Ken & Brad Kolodner

Back by popular demand, this dynamic father-son duo weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo and fiddles pushing the boundaries of the Old-Time tradition into uncharted territory. Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and Old-Time fiddlers in North America, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner has joined forces with his son Brad Kolodner, a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world.  With a full moon rising over Ballard Park this night, there’s no limit to the sound. More about Ken and Brad.

August 2, 2018: Ray Vega Latin Jazz Sextet

Bronx-born renowned trumpeter, percussionist, composer, and arranger Ray Vega presents Jazz from a refreshingly original and contemporary perspective and is a veteran of numerous great Latin bands, including Tito Puente, and has performed with artists such as  Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, Paul Simon, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, among numerous others. He’s also a University Scholar at UVM, where he is a popular teacher of trumpet and jazz history, and coaches jazz ensembles. Come to Ballard Park to study some rhythm with Professor Vega! More about Ray Vega.

August 9, 2018: Meadowmount School of Music

These exceptional young classical musicians come together in the Adirondacks for summer training toward a professional career in music. A string ensemble will play classical repertoire such as Mozart and Vivaldi as the evening summer breeze and meteor showers complete the stage set. More about Meadowmount School of Music.

August 16, 2018: It's Alice's Fault

This folk/bluegrass/contemporary roots trio from Keeseville features Speedy Arnold on guitar with solid rhythms, vocal leads and harmonies. Alice joins on vocals and plays upright bass and mandolin. Michael Croghan is a master entertainer who plays to the crowd, understanding how to make the audience feel at home and happy.  This eclectic blend of music, straight up three-part harmonies and wit will leave you laughing and toe-tapping. Bring your friends to Ballard Park hillside and join in the fun. More about It's Alice's Fault.

August 23, 2018: Steady Betty

Steady Betty is  “a stellar group of Vermont musicians rocksteady tunes” (Brent Hallenbeck, Burlington Free Press). Rocksteady is a danceable, soulful successor to ska, and rooted in the Jamaican reggae genre. This unique band showcases Vermont-based women musicians, including Miriam Bernardo (lead vocal), Linda Bassick (guitar, Mellow Yellow and Director of Girl’s Rock VT camp), Allison Frazier (bari sax, Shakedown), Margot Van Horne (trumpet), Erin Teodosio (trombone), (Zoe Harris (alto sax), Rachel Capobianco (vocals, drums). Steady Betty's shows draw dance-happy capacity crowds.  Come dance to endless summer sounds under the Sturgeon Moon. More about Steady Betty.



Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from Cloudsplitter Foundation, the Essex County Arts Council’s Cultural Assistance Program Grant with funding provided by Essex County, Champlain National Bank, Rogers-Carroll Family Foundation and many generous supporters.