Red White and Blues Festival at OKEMO July 2nd

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 7, 2011 10:21 am

Lydia WarrenLudlow, Vt. – Okemo Mountain Resort kicks off their Fourth of July celebration with a Red, White and Blues Festival on Saturday, July 2.  Come and join this all-American concert with no charge. The concert features four blues artists: Nobby Reed, Lydia Warren, Chris Kleeman and The Dave Keller Band. The concert takes place at the Jackson Gore Inn beginning at 11:30 a.m. and lasts until the firework display begins, sponsored by Ludlow Merchant’s Assoc., at West Hill Recreation Area. 

There will be plenty of room for families to participate in activities since Okemo will be operating its new Adventure Zone that includes the Timber RIpper Mountain Coaster. This scenic and exhilarating glide through alpine forests follows the contours of the mountain on stainless steel tubular rails. Sled-like cars carry two riders in comfort, but are handled easily by one. Following a 1,600-foot climb, riders descend 375 vertical feet along 3,100 feet of track with enhanced waves, camel backs and banking loops at a speed of up to 25 mph. Visitors can enjoy trampoline bungee jumping or a visit to The Ripper gift shop arcade. There’s even disc golf available at Jackson Gore. 

Each musical artist appearing at Okemo’s Red, White and Blues Festival has their own unique style of blues, rock and jazz. Nobby Reed kicks off the festival at 11:30 a.m. He began playing guitar in the young stages of his career when some of the world’s greatest electric guitar players were making their presence known: Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Duane Allman, just to name a few. Nobby worked his way from performing at bar scenes to recording his first solo CD in 1997. “Guitar On My Back” was a hit with Blues Revue Magazine. Reed hit the road with his own band and the Nobby Reed Project was born.

At 1:30 p.m. Lydia Warren takes the stage, shown in the picture above. This versatile singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer tours internationally from Brooklyn to Beirut and records as a solo act and with her band. The Lydia Warren Band has been nominated for a Boston Music Award, appeared on NBC’s Today Show and has released five albums.

Chris Kleeman starts his performance at 3:30 p.m. He includes a multi-spectral type of blues, rolling from stinging slide guitar to deft rag-time. His performances include scat-singing, vocal trombone, and some 12-String guitar instrumentals that send the spirit soaring. Chris is also well known for his sparkling interpretive skills, delivering a repertoire from a broad spectrum to spice up an already simmering, soulful pot of music. Kleeman has shared the stage with many top performers over the years, and in 1998 and 2001 was a featured performer at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival.

The Dave Keller Band beings the final performance at 5:30 p.m. Based in Montpelier, Vt., the band is known for dynamic, soul-stirring performances extends throughout New England. Dave Keller is a singer/guitarist who has forged a style uniquely his own – intense and soulful, gritty and sweet. Keller was recently featured as singer and co-writer on Living in the Light, by legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl.

Okemo cooking staff is offering cold drinks and fresh hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches from the grill. Attendees can also visit Jackson Gore’s Coleman Brook Tavern for full-service dining. Come and enjoy a relaxing and fun day in the sun!

For more information about the festival, please visit the Okemo Mountain Resort website at www.okemo.com or call 802-228-1600. 

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