We’re excited to announce that Phoenix Books Burlington will be hosting Jeff Miller’s Burlington Coffeehouse
during First Night Burlington this year! Special thanks also goes to Green Mountain Coffee who will
be sponsoring the site and providing coffee to the audience as they
listen to the dulcet tones of the Patrick Fitzsimmons Trio, Peter Katz,
Mark LeGrand & Sarah Munro, Anne Weiss, and Rik Palieri &
The Coffeehouse will be open from 5pm-10pm, and Phoenix Books will be
open for business from 10am-10 pm, on New Year’s Eve. Stop by and visit us!
First Night is a substance-free, New Year's Eve
festival of the arts. It began in Boston in 1976 and is now in over 130
cities throughout the world. Burlington was the fifth city in the world to embrace
the First Night concept. First Night Burlington is Vermont's largest,
single-day arts festival, providing an accessible and affordable New
Year's Eve celebration to thousands of people in our community. For more information, and to get your buttons, visit firstnightburlington.com.
Patrick Fitzsimmons Trio
Jeff Miller’s Burlington Coffeehouse: 5-5:50pm
Vermont singer-songwriter accompanied with his trio. "Fitzsimmons is an
immensely talented singer. Wide eyed and heartfelt, his music ably and
honestly recalls a simpler period of American pop music." Seven Days
Jeff Miller’s Burlington Coffeehouse: 6-6:40pm
award-winner and JUNO Nominee Peter Katz captivates listeners with his
unique brand of contemporary folk music. Playing 150+ dates per year all
over the world, Katz’s remarkable efforts have resulted in him selling
over 15,000 copies of his discs and sharing the stage with such notable
artists as The Swell Season, Bedouin Soundclash, Dan Mangan and the
legendary Garth Hudson from The Band.
Not one to waste any time, Peter has just released a new studio album
called ‘Still Mind Still’, followed by an extensive tour throughout
Canada and parts of the U.S. and Europe. This new collection of songs is
Katz’s best writing to date, recorded mostly live off the floor at a
cabin in the woods and surrounded by a stunning atmospheric production
thanks to producer Rob Szabo.
“If talent alone ensures success, then Peter Katz will soon be a name on
everyone’s lips” -The Record
Mark LeGrand & Sarah Munro
Jeff Miller’s Burlington Coffeehouse: 7-7:40pm
Munro has been singing all of her life. Her rich musical background
beginning with her mom singing her to sleep with such mountain classics
as Leadbelly's In The Pines. You can still hear the rich heartfelt soul
of this music echoing joyously in her voice. Mark has been writing and
performing his brand of "Thinking Man's Honky Tonk" in the spirit of
John Prine and Hank Williams for over three decades. He has released two
fine Vermont CDs, All Dressed Up, 2002 and Cold New England Town, 2006.
The two released their first CD in 1998 titled Mischievous Angel to
rave reviews. Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Austin Texas music icon comments, "I
think the greatest function of music is when spirit comes through it —
and to me, that's what happens with these songs." Together Mark and
Sarah have a stunning harmony sound and an engaging stage presence.
Jeff Miller’s Burlington Coffeehouse: 8-8:40pm
Weiss unleashes her new double CD, “Where Folk Gets the Blues”, on the
world! Funky, folky, bluesy, political, poetic, and sensual, Anne’s
music and songwriting have been called “a meeting at the crossroads of
Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, and Aretha Franklin”. Some of the finest
musicians of the Pacific Northwest have collaborated with Anne,
including renowned blues guitarists Mary Flower and David Jacobs-Strain,
gold recording artist Billy Oskay (Nightnoise). Several of the
selections also feature Kenny Pasarelli (bass, Elton John, Joe Walsh,
and Stephen Stills).
Originally from New York City, Anne now resides in Portland, Oregon.
With six CDs and book of poetry that gained her an Allen Ginsberg Poetry
award, Anne has performed with everyone from powerfolk singer /
songwriter Ani DiFranco to blues aficionado Taj Mahal. She is known for
her enormous bluesy voice, great guitar chops, emotional piano work,
humor and striking stage presence.
The Chalk Cats (Rik Palieri & Rebecca Padula)
Jeff Miller’s Burlington Coffeehouse: 9-9:40pm
run deep. Rik Palieri and Rebecca Padula employ an arsenal of
instruments to dig up dust bowl ballads, blues, Appalachian banjo tunes,
Hobo stories and songs from their home state, Vermont. Their set often
includes music from the folk revival of Seeger and Guthrie, Utah
Phillips, Leadbelly and traditional music mined from the vast archives
of folksong collectors who have come before them. They explore the
diversity of American musical traditions and make their own innovative
contributions to these traditions with their original songs.
They also enjoy sharing the music with audiences, getting them to sing
or stomp along with their high energy performance and drawing them in
with Rik's stories and Rebecca's whiskey and honey voice.