Two American traditions come together in Rutland for the final Friday Night Live of 2007 on Aug. 10. Vermont country singer Josh Brooks, sometimes referred to as Vermont's Johnny Cash, brings his guitar and his songs to the performance tent on Center Street.
Reviewers agree that he has both the original songs and the sound to make it on a national level. Come listen to him so you can say you heard him "back when."
Electric rock and blues from the Joey Leone Trio marks the other featured item on the Aug. 10 evening in downtown Rutland. Proclaimed one of the best unknown guitarists by Guitar Player in 1991, Leone chose to become a Vermonter, moving to the Green Mountains from New York City more than 10 years ago.
The Bogstompers, a Vermont-based group of musicians, will wander Center Street. Basing its image on the archaic and traditional string band style of the great fiddle bands of the 1920s, The Bogstompers accompany their traditional-style vocals with guitar and fiddle.
The final Friday Night Live of the summer promises to make your senses come alive. See and be seen as downtown Rutland bursts with activity. Discover local merchants' clothing, jewelry, gifts, and more. Smell and taste delectable food from downtown restaurants. Experience art, in all forms, being created and displayed against the backdrop of downtown's classic facades. Listen to and enjoy performers from a diverse array of musical styles. Tickle your senses of humor and drama with a variety of entertainment.
Come together as a community and share in the downtown Rutland life. The series are a co-operative venture by the Rutland Creative Economy and the Downtown Rutland Partnership.
It's fun for all ages, young and old, rain or shine. It's where commerce meets culture and culture meets commerce. What more could you ask for?