Festival-on-the-Green returns for year 32

MIDDLEBURY - The Middlebury Festival-on-the-Green kicks off its 32nd anniversary season during the week of July 11-17, commanding the spotlight under a big white tent on the Village Green in Middlebury.

An highlight of the summer, the festival has remained faithful to its mission of bringing top-quality, free, family-friendly entertainment to the residents and guests of Addison County since its debut.

The 2010 festival week kicks off at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 11, with a performance by Kinobe and Soul Beat Africa, touted as the new voice of Ugandan music.

Brown Bag Specials, performances designed for families, are offered during the noon hour Monday through Friday.

No Strings Marionette Company-the husband-wife team of puppeteers Dan Baginski and Barbara Paulson-present Treasure Hunt at noon on Monday, July 12, the first event of the popular noontime Brown Bag series.

Other Brown Bag performers include musician-storyteller Rik Palieri on Tuesday; singer-songwriter-educators Gary Dulabaum and Josh Brooks on Wednesday; magician Tom Verner on Thursday; and the lively-goofy improvisational Swing Peepers on Friday.

The festival will feature Middlebury native Jer Coons at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 12. Coons hit the ground running in 2009 with an impressive batch of new songs earning him comparisons to a younger John Mayer, or an older Nick Jonas, and everything in between. His song Legs is currently playing in Hollister stores.

The Doughboys, Middlebury's premier funky faculty rock band, showcases the talents of Steve Abbott, acoustic guitar, keyboard and vocals at 8:30 p.m.

Mike and Ruthy, the folk-rock duo formerly of the Mammals, make a festival appearance at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13, to play songs from a new album.

Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand appear at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, with an ensemble.

Robinella (Robin Ella Tipton) is a swinging singer-songwriter from East Tennessee offering a blend of progressive-blues and jazz-blues. For her performance at 7 p.m.July 14, she will be joined by Mike Seal on guitar. At 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Festival audience members will be treated to the music of Frank Vignola and his trio. Saxophonist and composer Nathan Childers and his band perform at 7p.m. on Thursday, July 15. Originally from Brandon, Childers has been playing the saxophone since he was ten years old.

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