Free Battery Park Concerts

Programs / BCA Music and Concert Series

Burlington City Arts now programs music events all year long!

As one of the very first efforts from Burlington City Arts in 1981, the Free Concert Series has become a tradition in Burlington's Battery Park for young and old, residents and visitors. The concerts take place on five consecutive Thursdays at the height of Lake Champlain's summer and feature regional musicians.

The Firehouse Music Series, launched in the fall of 2005, responds to Burlington's desire for an intimate, affordable, coffeehouse-style music venue. Both series join talented Vermont artists and out-of-state artists to enliven Burlington's acoustical scene twelve months of the year. The Firehouse Music Series is sponsored by Advance Music.

To submit your band for the Free Concert Series, send demo and press kit by March 1 to Sara Katz, 149 Church Street Burlington, VT 05401.

To inquire about performing in the Firehouse Music Series, contact Gregory Douglass.

Upcoming Shows

Patrick Fitzsimmons & Stephen Kiernan

Thursday, February 8, 2007
“Fitzsimmons’ delicate vocals make him one of the most
captivating, if understated, songwriters around today.”
– Mick Skidmore of Relix Magazine
www.patrickfitzsimmons.net

(Kiernan)
“This guitarist is virtuosic. Agile fingers and a sensitive ear serve tunes that speak volumes without text. Kiernan’s playing aches with bittersweet passion. His fingerwork shimmers with tenderness.”
– Pamela Polston, Seven Days

Doors open at 6:30pm, show begins at 7pm
$10 at the door (children under 12 free)
Location: Lorraine B. Good Room

Josh Brooks with Colin McCaffrey & Sean Zigmund

Thursday, March 8, 2007
Josh Brooks’ music is reflective of his up-bringing: a little bit rural, a little bit poetic, with a thread of emotional sincerity running through it all.

New to the local music scene, acoustic guitarist and singer/songwriter Sean Zigmund creates a soulful blend of original acoustic guitar and vocal styling that has been compared to Jack Johnson and Mason Jennings.
www.zigmund.com

Doors open at 6:30pm, show begins at 7pm
$10 at the door (children under 12 free)
Location: Lorraine B. Good Room

Sam Shaber & Rebecca Padula

Thursday, April 12, 2007
Touring nationally year ‘round, Shaber has won awards in the John Lennon, Billboard, and USA Songwriting Competitions for her driving melodies, smart lyrics, and soaring voice.
www.samshaber.com

Rebecca Padula’s music – jazzy lounge-folk with a shot of bluegrass.
www.rebeccapadula.com

Doors open at 6:30pm, show begins at 7pm
$10 at the door (children under 12 free)
Location: Lorraine B. Good Room

Rachael Sage & Jess Clemons

Thursday, May 10, 2007
Rachael Sage’s latest offering of “lovely and literate folk-pop- rock” (The Village Voice), THE BLISTERING SUN, is devoted to the topics of vision, clarity, and facing life head on. www.rachaelsage.com

Songstress Jess Clemons, 22, has enviably been compared to Natalie Merchant, Tracy Chapman and Bonnie Raitt.
www.jessclemons.com

Doors open at 6:30pm, show begins at 7pm
$10 at the door (children under 12 free)
Location: Lorraine B. Good Room

Past Shows - 2005 Free Concerts

Todd Thibaud

Todd Thibaud

Thursday, August 4, 2005, 6:30pm-Dusk

Self described as a songwriter first, Todd Thibaud (pronounced TEE-bo) has had a prolific run of three albums in four years. Using songwriters like Elvis Costello, Neil Finn, and John Hiatt for inspiration, Thibaud has built a sound that is entirely his own.

The Kennedys

The Kennedys

Thursday, July 28, 2005, 6:30pm-Dusk

Pete and Maura Kennedy are a packet of positive energy channeled as rootsy, twangy folk rock with smooth harmonies and lushly layer guitars.

Patti Casey

Patti Casey

Thursday, July 21, 2005, 6:30pm-Dusk

A prolific songwriter, Patti has perfected her own New England-flavored bluegrassy style, one that shines equally with the welcome, familiar bluegrass sound and an undeniable originality.

Special Guest Karen McFeeters - a rising star on the Burlington singer-songwriter scene.

Gordon Stone

Gordon Stone Band

Thursday, July 14, 2005, 6:30pm-Dusk

The Gordon Stone Band plays original music focusing on composition, interaction and improvisation. They combine bluegrass and jazz, blended with Latin, world beat and funk in tunes ranging from laid back grooves to high energy musical excursions.

Special Guest Will Danforth, a Vermont-based musician, plays acoustic music for diverse tastes. Will’s music ranges from traditional folk, blues, and classic country to contemporary covers and his own roots-based originals.

Glen Phillips with special guest Tracy Bonham

Glen Phillips with special guest Tracy Bonham

Thursday, July 7, 2005, 6:30pm-Dusk
Glen Phillips has been making music for two decades now, starting as the 14-year-old frontman of Toad the Wet Sprocket. During that time, he’s accumulated a sizable body of work comprising seven albums with Toad (which collectively have sold close to 4 million units) and three as a solo artist. The latest, Winter Pays for Summer — his first for Lost Highway — is at once the most richly melodic and the most intensely personal album of his career. Special Guest Tracy Bonham-Brooklyn/LA Based singersongwriter employs varied stylistic elements to create inventive arrangements that transcend genre conventions and are bound only by the needs of a particular song.