Okemo to kick off the official start of Summer in a musical way

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 17, 2010 8:16 pm

Okemo will kick-off the first official weekend of Summer with a bang as the Vermont-based resort will bring a series of free concerts beginning with the Jackson Gore Outdoor Music Series concert on Friday, June 25, and the resort’s first Flip Flop Festival on Saturday, June 26.

Launching the first concert of the Jackson Gore Outdoor Music Series will be Twiddle. Twiddle is a quartet of diverse Vermonters whose musical style taps into various influences ranging from diverse musical and cultural influences. The basic vibe centers on progressive rock, with elements of funk, reggae, jazz, Latin, and even classical elements deftly blended together.

Friday nights throughout the rest of Summer will see the Jackson Gore Inn transformed into an outdoor concert venue featuring numerous popular local and regional entertainers.

All shows in the Jackson Gore Outdoor Music Series are free. In case of rain, affected concerts will move indoors.

Following Twiddle, the summer lineup for the Jackson Gore Outdoor Music Series includes: Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys, July 2; Crunchy Western Boys, July 9; The Butties, July 16; The Pete Kilpatrick Band, July 23; The Alchemystics, July 30; Sly Geralds, August 6; The Chris Kleeman Band, Aug. 13; The Slim Redmond Band, August 20; Bud and Budd the Kind Buds, Aug. 27; The U.S. Air Force Band of Liberty, September 3.

On Saturday, June 2, Okemo’s inaugural Flip Flop Festival features musical guests J-San & the Analogue Sons opening for Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. Admission to the Flip Flop Festival is also free and open to the public. The music is scheduled to run from 3 to 8 p.m.

J-san and the Analogue Sons are an intense blend of reggae, rock, afro-beat and roots, topped with a touch of trance music.

Additional Jackson Gore events are planned for this summer. Okemo’s second annual Hops in the Hills Beer Festival and Chicken Wing Championship will feature the folk and bluegrass sounds of PossumHaw on August 7. The final festival of the season is scheduled for October 9. Okemo’s fourth annual Parrothead Party celebrates the music of Jimmy Buffett with tribute band Changes in Latitudes.