2017 Music Schedule

MAIN STAGE CONCERTS, presented by Higher Ground:


Thursday, July 27

primusPRIMUS with CLUTCH

Thursday, July 27; Gates: 6pm; Show 7pm

$46, plus $4 day of show; presale: Thursday, 3/23 at 10am, password: jerry; onsale: Friday, 3/24 at 11am. Tickets at, by phone at 877.987.6487 in person at the Higher Ground box office


In the summer of 1971, Primus’ Les Claypool was a couple months shy of his eighth birthday when David L. Wolper’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory debuted in movie theaters; based on the Roald Dahl book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Like many people of a certain age and temperament, the movie became a perennial favorite that Claypool would come back to repeatedly, throughout different stages of his life, taking something different away from it each time. So it seemed equal parts genius and obvious when he decided to throw a Willy Wonka-themed Primus show on New Year’s Eve last year. During the second set, Primus performed the soundtrack in its entirety. “Of the 23 or so New Years shows, I don’t think we’ve ever had a better combination of elements,” Claypool reflects, seven months later. “It felt good. It felt like we needed to be doing this.”

It felt so good, in fact, that he decided to take Primus into the studio to prepare the soundtrack for an album release. Claypool admits that he’s always, “in some way, wanted to be Willy Wonka,” and, also, that he’s always wanted to work a cover of “The Candyman” — a memorable number from the film’s soundtrack — into Primus sets. “Hell, I’ve been doing the line from the boat ride on stage since the ‘80’s,” then Les sings, ”There’s no earthly way of knowing, which direction we are going…”

The result is an album that Claypool enjoys listening to, as a fan. “One of the things that I’m most impressed with and that I’m most drawn into, on the recording, is Tim’s percussion,” he says. In order to achieve the effect he was going for, Alexander built a drum station that Claypool describes as both “a pile of percussion” and a “huge circle of things to bang on” so dense that Alexander then had to create a door just to enter and exit the thing. “Tim was able to produce these amazing sounds and he does these things that we’ve all loved about him over the years,” says Claypool. “But it’s not your traditional drum kit or rock playing. It’s very orchestral.”

TWIDDLE’S SECOND ANNUAL TUMBLE DOWN with Special Guests Fruition, Madaila, Aqueous, Midnight North and more!

Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29; gates: 4pm

Twiddle’s Tumble Down festival is returning to Burlington Vermont’s Waterfront Park for its second year and has officially announced its lineup. Tumble Down’s inception was inspired by Twiddle’s 2015 performance with moe. at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival, at Burlington’s Waterfront Park. thumbnail_Tumbledown_2017_LineupcopyTwiddle is comprised of lead singer and guitarist Mihali Savoulidis, pianist Ryan Dempsey, drummer Brook Jordan, and bassist Zdenek Gubb, aka “Gubb”. The band’s hometown festival, promoted by Higher Ground Presents, will feature two days of music, including four sets by Twiddle, and sets by Fruition, Madaila, Aqueous and Midnight North, as well as day sets from Lucid, Strange Machines, Holly Bowling, Teddy Midnight, Navytrain, and The Mangroves. The two-day music festival will take place on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29. Tickets for Tumble Down are on sale now at

In addition to a packed daytime lineup, Tumble Down has partnered with Burlington venues Higher Ground and Nectar’s to host late night shows both nights. On Friday, July 28, Everyone Orchestra conducted by Matt Butler with members of Twiddle, Fruition, Midnight North and Holly Bowling will take over Higher Ground while Gang of Thieves and Backup Planet will perform at Nectar’s. Saturday, July 29, Twiddle’s Mihali & Frends will perform at Higher Ground and Lespecial and Pitch Blak Brass Band will take the stage at Nectar’s. Tickets to late nights are sold separately and not included in a ticket to Tumble Down – tickets:

Sunday, July 30; Gates: 6pm
On sale: Friday, March 17 at 10am: $38 Early Bird, $46 General Admission, plus $4 day of show

SHINSThe Shins are a multiple GRAMMY-nominated American band formed by James Mercer in Albuquerque, NM in 1996. After a few years of self-financed singles, demos and van tours, Sub Pop Records who subsequently released its first three full-length records signed the band. Their debut full-length, Oh, Inverted World caused a seismic shift in the indie rock world upon its release in 2001, singlehandedly ushering in the modern era of the genre. Moved by the strength of verifiably life changing songs like “New Slang”, “Know Your Onion” and “Caring is Creepy,” a generation of artists ditched the previous decade’s lo-fi aesthetic in favor of Oh, Inverted World’s emphasis on melody. Selling nearly a million copies and featuring heavily in the cult classic Garden State, the influence of Oh, Inverted World continues to be as profound as it is wide-reaching. The Shins released their sophomore record, Chutes Too Narrow in 2003. The album garnered near-perfect reviews from The New York Times, MOJO, Rolling Stone, and Q, among numerous others solidifying The Shins’ iconic standing.

The band’s third LP 2007, the epic Wincing The Night Away, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 moving more than 100,000 copies in its first week of release, and saw their Saturday Night Live debut and a second GRAMMY nomination, once again reaffirming The Shins’ stature as one of the most significant acts of the new millennium. The fourth Shins album, Port of Morrow, was released in 2012 on James Mercer’s own Aural Apothecary label in partnership with Columbia Records. Preceded by “Simple Song,” the highest charting Shins single to date, Port of Morrow debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and was met with rave reviews: Entertainment Weekly declared it “the band’s best album in almost a decade” and Pitchfork described it as a “triumphant return.” Heartworms, the band’s fifth album, will be released March 10th via Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records. The record will be supported by a world tour on which Mercer will be joined by Yuuki Matthews (bass), Jon Sortland (drums), Mark Watrous (guitar, keys, vocals), Casey Foubert (guitar) and Patti King (keys).

Tickets available online at, by phone at 877.987.6487 or 802-652-0777 or in person at the Higher Ground Box Office, 1214 Williston Rd., S. Burlington.

2016 FREE LCMF CONCERT SERIES!! Stay tuned for 2017 details!

Friday, July 29IdaMae

Noon-1:30pm: Ida Mae Specker & Faith Wood- A 3rd generation fiddle player and a rising force in American folk and roots music. She is joined by songwriter and guitarist Faith Wood and special guest Rachel Leader on banjo. With tight vocal harmonies and palpable chemistry, the group plays a rambunctious fusion of original and traditional music that owes as much to punk rock as Appalachia, at least in attitude. Their live show synthesizes their diverse influences and features contemporary lyrics set to old-time melodies with a rock n roll heartbeat.”

2-3:30pm: Adam Ezra Band- Adam Ezra Group’s songwriting is making waves around the country. The co-write, “Let Your Hair Down” with producers Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta, (American Authors), just received “Song of the Year” at the New England Music Awards. A songwriting partnership with the legendary John Oates is taking Ezra back and forth between Nashville and tour. The theme song, “Grow Your Own Way,” was central to Midwest insurance giant, Country Financial’s 2014/15 marketing campaign. In addition, Adam Ezra’s debut efforts in movie scoring have lead to an appearance at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and the release of Adam Ezra Group’s new album, aptly titled, Songs for a Movie. Ezra started his own non-profit organization called RallySound in order to better support fans and activists dedicated to making the world a better place. The proceeds from the video for the latest single “Let Your Hair Down” are being donated toward micro-grants for cancer patients struggling to make ends meet while in treatment. The Adam Ezra Group hosts a free festival each year called The Ramble. Last year over 3,000 people came out and they raised enough money to help build a handicap accessible home for a wounded veteran. Throughout the rest of 2016 The Adam Ezra Group will be on the road throughout The United States, playing music from Songs for a Movie, and working on their next studio release, slated to drop within the next year. Their goal: to reach as many people as possible while sharing their belief in the power of community and the human spirit.

• “Not since Springsteen and Bono have I seen a lead singer with his talent and charisma.” — Jack Casey, General Manager WERS radio in Boston
• “Adam Ezra is one of the most promising songwriters to come along in years… with the craftsmanship and insight to become a major voice in American music.” – Ben Tishler, VH1

Saturday, July 30

Noon-12:45: Young Traditions…The YTV Story-The mission of Young Tradition Vermont is to provide opportunities for young people to be inspired by, to learn, and to inspire others with traditional music and dance, and to support families with children with life-altering conditions. We have worked hard and had success in making the mission part of everything we do. A percentage of revenue from events goes to the Tom Sustic Fund, which supports families children with life-altering conditions.  Performing opportunities have included presentations at the Vermont Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Memorial Service at Ira Allen Chapel at UVM. For more information:
1 pm: Brent Hallenbeck
1-3:30pm: Big Heavy World Rocket Shop Showcase
1:15-2:15: Binger
2:15-3:30: Bless the Child
Saturday, July 30 the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival hosts the free/all ages Big Heavy World Rocket Shop Showcase of live local bands on stage at Burlington’s Waterfront Park. Soak up the sunshine with the conscious hip hop of Bless the Child (2:30pm-3:30pm) and the psychedelic prog-hop of Binger (1:15-2:15pm), presented by the Burlington Free Press. Catch the high-def live video stream on with thanks to Burlington Telecom! Tune into 105.9FM every Wednesday, 7-9pm, for live performances and interviews by Vermont musicians on Rocket Shop, Big Heavy World’s local music radio hour, hosted by writer Brent Hallenbeck of the Burlington Free Press. A schedule of upcoming guests and podcasts of past episodes is at Explore Vermont music at Big Heavy World! Big Heavy World’s Rocket Shop Showcase at The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival is made possible by the Burlington Free Press.
Bless-The-ChildBless the Child is an amalgamation of artists with a diversity of musical experience and commonality of cause, a heartfelt reckoning, and a reverent tribute to a golden age in hip hop when lyricism and soulful messages reigned. Based in Burlington, Vermont, Rajnii, Humble and Transplante have been gracing stages from regional venues to festivals, making an impact on the scene through their uplifting energetic performances. Dan Bolles, Music Editor at Seven Days writes about ‘100%,’ “From start to finish, 100% bristles with vibrant energy that radiates from old-school and new-jack-swing beats, calling to mind Kool Moe Dee and Slick Rick, two acknowledged influences. Thematically, the record is rooted in a socially conscious ethos — the group is like a local answer to Brand Nubian — but never ventures too far into self-righteous preaching. Whether on the triumphant opener, “Victory,” or in mellower moments, such as “Love Is On My Side” and “Travel,” MCs Humble, a staple in the local reggae scene, and Rajnii, a National Poetry Slam champion, display a rare kind of symbiosis. The former employs an insistent, punchy flow that balances the latter’s more deliberate, contemplative tack.”

Binger_Promo_PicBinger- Based out of Burlington, Vermont, Binger create a unique sound using the diverse musical soundscape of their collective influences. Elusively shedding any genre that manages to stick to them (often within the same song), Binger combine elements of progressive psychedelia with the deep grooves of hip-hop to create a style that gracefully skirts the line between delightful and perplexing; inventing a sound that reels you in, and keeps you there, with a cohesive yet eclectic energy.
Hear Binger’s Rocket shop interview at 

3:30pm: Burlington Boathouse (during Boat Parade)

Featuring: Hovey Otis and Mike Colbourn: (at the Burlington Boathouse) deliver acoustic electric country leaning tunes.  They also throw in obscure covers in their own unique style.

Sunday July 31
11:00am-Noon: EndeaDSC_4906vor plays an eclectic mix of songs from rock, country, and folk genres. This talented, four-member group blends vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboard, viola, and ukelele. Members of the group have been making music together for several years. Endeavour performed in the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, and members performed in Vermont Has Talent.
12:15-1:1img_14585pm: Lisa Marie Fischer- Lisa-Marie Fischer is a 24 year old Singer-Songwriter from Germany. She recorded her latest record “Holding On” in Nashville, TN. It’s her fourth time playing the Maritime Festival.
1:30-2:30pm: Beerworth Sisters share a passion for acoustic guitar, songwriting and live performances. They are the best of friends and have played music together for a number of years (mainly at family functions). Stylistically, they tend toward an eclectic mix of folk, country and classic rock with an earthy flare. Stay tuned for an album to be relethe beerworth sistersased in August by the amazing Colin McCaffrey. For more:
Dan Bolles says, “The Beerworth Sisters are obviously well schooled in folk and country…spare and elegant, the album [Simple Things] is a striking collection of material that succeeds on little more than strong songwriting and solid performances, presented as straightforwardly as possible. Especially in an age when so many artists look to all manner of sonic contrivances to enhance — or sometimes mask — their songwriting, there’s something refreshing about an album so unassuming and, well, simple.”
2:45-3:45pm: Steve Hartmann has been described as “Simply a joy to watch. He has a commanding stage presence and is one of the best I’ve seen come through here” (Livingston Taylor – Berklee College of Music), and “Pristine vocals! F’ing unbelievable!” by Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Twin Forks. He’s the grey between Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, and Dave Matthews. Sharing the stage with singer-songwriters like Chris Carrabba and Jeffrey Gaines, and international Steve Hartmann 04acts like Bryan Adams, Train, and Dispatch, at venues ranging from intimate listening rooms like The Bitter End (NYC), Club Passim (Boston MA), and The Tin Angel (Phila, PA), to larger clubs and amphitheaters such as Higher Ground (So. Burlington VT) and The Bank of NH Pavilion (Meadowbrook, NH), Hartmann performs with conviction and passion no matter the size of the room and captures them all.
4-5:30pm: Aaron Flinn- This music is true. When you hear someone who is meant to make music perform, the impact is certain and powerful. This is the experience that comes with listening to Aaron Flinn (solo or with his band Salad Days). The music is meant to be and anyone who takes the time to hear it will be stronger for it.aaron_flinn
Elements of folk, indie rock and classic country combine with powerful vocals, poetic lyrics and finger-picking guitar. An eclectic group of americana and rock songs, with an emphasis on lyrical substance and performance from the soul. Aaron began playing and writing in high school. He won numerous competitions in performance and writing throughout his time at UVM and Berklee College of Music (where he graduated Magna Cum Laude – for what it’s worth). He has gone onto release an impressive body of original work, all the while touring such hallowed venues as Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Great American Music Hall and many House of Blues and working with the likes of The Samples, Gov’t Mule, Joe Bonamassa, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Don McLean and Tragically Hip to name but a few. For more: