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Farmers Markets: the new town gathering place

Editor's note: Farmers markets are Vermont's burgeoning seasonal gathering places. Markets feature healthy local foods, arts and crafts, music and are a flowering of a new community spirit. This is the first of an occasional series of stories about summer events and local food and crafts showcased at markets around the area.

HINESBURG-When the band "Prana" steps up on the Hinesburg Farmers' Market stage on July 1, two of the four members will be Hinesburg hometown boys-Pete LaFreniere and Dalton Muzzy. Both men are graduates of CVU (Champlain Valley Union High School) and they've been playing music since junior high days and now have gone professional with their talents.

Prana, which means "The Breath of Life", is a bright new Vermont band which recently has come onto the music scene in a big way. Paul Poltz, a New Jersey boy, and Josh Glass, a Connecticut native, are the other two performers who will fill out the group for their Hinesburg performance debut.

"Paul and I got together when we met at a rehearsal studio in South Burlington," Dalton explained. "Paul had moved to Vermont recently in pursuit of his girlfriend.

"We started talking and one thing led to another. We formed the band, which ordinarily consists of five members but our fifth guy, Sam Crawford, who plays the lead guitar, has music school classes the week we're scheduled to play in Hinesburg."

The music the band will play at the market will be a toned-dawn version of the members' specialty-a combination of soul and rock. The two styles will play a softer sound, better suited to the market scene. Several of the songs on the band's first album, "Moments", were written by Dalton and Paul.

Dalton, who plays drums, says, he has taken performing more seriously in the last four years with the success of Prana and the popularity of the group in Burlington and around Vermont.

The band continues to make appearances in Bennington, Nyack, New York, Cleveland, Ohio, Albany, New York, and New Jersey. They also have played at the Champlain Valley Fair and recently appeared at an outdoor concert at Rocky's Outdoor Summer Concert Series in Williston.

Notably, one of their "Moments" album songs, "Precious" received airplay throughout the month of April in Northeastern France on a popular radio station.

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