Tried & True and a Splash of New – The 2017 Waterbury Arts Fest Entertainment Line Up Announced

Josh Panda will take the stage with the Grift at the Waterbury Arts Fest Friday Night Block Party, kicking off a weekend chock full of live entertainment.

Stowe Street will host the Waterbury Arts Fest Block Party on Friday, July 14, 2017, featuring a beer garden, local food trucks and an evening of dancing under the stars. This year The Grift returns to the stage, joining forces with the powerhouse singer and frontman, Josh Panda. Based in Burlington, Vermont, The Grift is one of the areas hottest bands, known for their vast range of music that blends roots-rock and pop and jam. With the addition of Josh Panda to the mix, the night is sure to have attendees dancing the night away to booty-shaking grooves, witty lyrics and tight vocal harmonies.  

Saturday’s Art Fest will also have a full lineup of entertainment starting with Sadie Bolger, who returns with her unique and catchy acoustic punk style. Following her will be Cooie Sings, a self-described songbird who brings lyrics to life. Both Sadie and Cooie are familiar faces to WAF regulars.

Dan Liptak’s APEX will take the stage with an all-star lineup of the best large band musicians Vermont has to offer from the Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band, Barika, Renegade Groove, Saturn People’s Sound Collective, Movement of the People, Afinque and many others. The musicians include: Dan Liptak on tenor saxophone/soprano saxophone, Matt Avery on trombone, Matt Harpster on guitar, Patrick J. Markley on bass, Ira Friedman on keys and Caleb Bronz on percussion.

Back by popular demand is Araba-Lon. An all-drum ensemble, Araba-Lon brings the infectious rhythms of Guinea, West Africa to Vermont! Drums punctuate the rhythm of life in West Africa, uniting people in joy, sorrow, toil, and rites of passage. A treat for the ears, each rhythm is also underscored by a long history and teachings that tell the story of life in Guinea. In Araba-Lon, they joke that the more you dance, the better they play. They hope that you feel inspired to take in the music West African style – with joie de vivre, an open heart, and in harmony with friends and community.

Finally, Heather Morris brings her Celtic Dancers from Green Mountain Performing Arts back to the Waterbury Arts Fest! A crowd favorite, these local youth dancers will perform Scottish Highland dances, Scottish (Cape Breton) Step and more. You'll want to see these incredibly talented dancers with your own eyes!

In addition to entertainment, attendees can shop with over 80 artists, enjoy delicious local food and more. Saturday’s events are free for all ages.

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