Summertime concerts in the park, NEMBAFest Mountain Bike Festival, The Annual Burke Fall Festival, WinterBike.... events of all sorts happen in and around Burke. Moonlit snowshoe treks, live music performances, seasonal parades, craft fairs, Open Studios weekend, snowmobile drag races...it's all here! To keep up to date on local happenings and special deals, sign up for the monthly Burke enewsletter.
From October - March, enjoy ice skating at Chester Arena - check their website for Public Skate times and other events.
The Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury also features a range of events every week including independent film showings, classic films, theater, opera performances, live music as well as classes and workshops for all ages. Check out their Events Calendar to see what's going on.
For events in neighboring towns of Lyndonville and St. Johnsbury, please visit www.lyndonvermont.com and www.discoverstjvt.com. For event listings in other Northeast Kingdom towns, visit www.nekchamber.com.
These "three old guys playin' country" have been together for over 17 years, deliverin' a fine mix of their own tunes and covers. And that's a long time!
Big Al Lemery shines bright under any stage light. The sound that echoes out of his well-worn Fender Tele "widow maker" is powerful and can be downright spine tingling. Al's been banging out the beat throughout the northeast for 40 years. After stints in Albany, NY with the likes of Johnny Rabb's Jailhouse Rockers and Badge, Al made his way north to Burlington, VT. He is now in his element with The Starline Rhythm Boys. In addition to his lead playing, Al's powerful harmonies and strong lead singing round out the trio's high lonesome and hot rockin' sound. Also, when he croons out a ballad, everybody listens. Along with all this, Al is also a fine songwriter as evidenced by his big hit, "Drunk Tank". And...Big Al is the true "Pickin' Fisherman"!
Danny Coane, the Prince of Montpelier an' Rockin' Pride of Vermont, just keeps on rollin' after 45 years in the business. He has fronted bluegrass, country and blues bands, but the rockabilly act "The Throbulators" gained him national exposure. Danny led the "Throbs" across the country and across the border. When you talk about "the real deal", you're talking about cats like Danny. He sings with soul and relentless enthusiasm, writes some and picks a banjo and guitar with equal ability. He is the main lead singer and a rhythmic (acoustic guitar) foundation for the band. In short, Little Danny C. is "Pepper Hot, Baby."
Billy Bratcher holds down the beat for the trio on upright acoustic bass (doghouse, bull fiddle or floor bass as it's sometimes called). He toured with Texas Juke Joint King Wayne "The Train" Hancock and became well known throughout the US for mastering the unique "slap bass" style. Billy put out a "slap" bass instructional video for beginners on Hot Licks. He can be heard on the title track of Hancock's "That's What Daddy Wants" CD. In addition to his high energy playing, flamboyant showmanship an' great spirit for things old an' cool, Billy B. is a consummate songwriter. Billy has written most of the Starline Rhythm Boys' original numbers that have been put out on their four releases an' each one rings true like a classic song.
Location: The Bear Den, Burke Mountain Resort, Mountain Rd. East Burke, VT