Bristol Best Night
2020

Bristol Best Night is a community-wide New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Bristol, Vermont.

Join us for an evening of music and celebration.

Featured Performer

Annie & The Individuals

9:15 pm Holley Hall

Addison County’s hottest new band—a 7-piece ensemble with a serious love for finding the groove pocket and breaking it down. Equal parts funk, rock, blues, and original Americana, Annie & The Individuals will take you there and bring you back home again. Featuring the one and only Annie Voorhees at the helm, this band is guaranteed to make you stomp, shimmy and shout with delight!

Schedule at a Glance

Baptist Church

Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette are a Vermont-based acoustic duo performing original music with a clear traditional-roots influence that is steeped in tradition, but of its own time. They are known for their strong, imaginative vocals and harmonies, often compared to classic sibling harmony duos. Some of thier original songs harken back to traditional ballads and jazz tunes from the 30’s, but also remain firmly rooted in life’s current challenges and joy.

David and Nathan Gusakov, father and son, play original songs and old tunes about life and death and the beauty of the hills. Featuring clawhammer banjo, fiddle, and family harmonies, Last Train To Zinkov’s music draws from Appalachian old-time, gypsy jazz, classical, and the klezmer of their Eastern European roots.

Greg Ryan is a guitarist, singer, inventor, and craftsman. He is co-founder of the modern gypsy jazz group ‘They Might be Gypsies’ with his son Aidan. He and Aidan are currently working on their third album together. Greg can also be seen perfoming with his son Casey in the Greg Ryan Band as well as with Rani Arbo , Bow Thayer Band, Queen City Hot Club and the Strangled Darlings. Greg builds and plays ‘Gourdtars,’ an instrument of his own design, something of a cross between an old-time banjo and a Turkish oud.  He performs everything from Gypsy Jazz and Americana to ‘improvisational gourd funk’.

The Earles of Bristol are the backbone of The Big Pick bluegrass sessions at Hatch 31 on Friday nights in downtown Bristol.  Lovers of bluegrass and country, the Earles of Bristol ensure a royal good time swapping tunes and trading licks.

Holley Hall

Get in the spirit of New Year’s Eve and Bristol Best Night with making crazy hats with Alice and face-painting!

Mount Abraham’s a cappella ensemble features the homegrown talent of our own  Five-Town students.  With a repertoire list this spanning from The Platters to Rossini to Cindi Lauper, these kids will add sparkle to your shine.

Tom and Janet have been performing at Best Night from the beginning and love performing for the “hometown crowd.”  They spend much of their time traveling with their organization, Magicians Without Borders, performing in refugee camps and orphanages, bringing love, laughter, magic and hope to many of the most forgotten children in the world. 

They also have four groups of very poor children they are training to be magicians in El Salvador,

Colombia and India, in addition to touring here at home, bringing magic to VA Hospitals, homeless shelters and hospitals.

Enjoy a review from the Mt Abe Fall Musical “Music Man”

Coffee House style set featuring Buzz Kuhns.

Coffeehouse style set featuring Greta & Evan Jennison

Coffeehouse style set featuring Sam Kuhns

The rising band Murchont and Friends will perform a cluster of musical performances, including originals.  Special appearance by Jack Halpin (aka Fauna) and intertwine with an electronic DJ set.  Enjoy the variety of music genres featuring rock, alternative rock, pop, R&B and EDM.

Bristol’s West African Drum Group comes from the Sunday evening class held each week at Holley Hall, led by Seny Daffe and Simbo Camara.  Hailing from Guinea, W. Africa, Seny and Simbo enthusiastically share the rhythms of W. Africa, each of which have a corresponding dance and song connected to special celebrations, such as the harvest, fishing, initiations or women and mothers.  We will drum a few different rhythms, concluded by one for which Simbo will lead any dancers who feel inspired to move to the beat!

Addison County’s hottest new band—a 7-piece ensemble with a serious love for finding the groove pocket and breaking it down. Equal parts funk, rock, blues, and original Americana, Annie & The Individuals will take you there and bring you back home again. Featuring the one and only Annie Voorhees at the helm, this band is guaranteed to make you stomp, shimmy and shout with delight!

Walkover Gallery

Carolyn Lueders & Karen Lueders 4-hand piano

Paul Lueders & Carolyn Lueders, oboe and piano.

Carolyn Lueders teaches piano in the Boston area, is chairperson of the A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition at the Rivers School Conservatory in Weston, MA, and feels privileged to help usher in the next generation of young pianists.

Karen Lueders, A Bristol lawyer, studied piano at Boston University’s School of Fine Arts, and is delighted to be performing with family.

Paul Lueders, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Oboe Performance at the New England Conservatory where he studied with Boston Symphony Orchestra principal oboist John Ferrillo. He is principal oboist with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra.

Note: Due to the nature of the music and the layout of the space, concert goers are encouraged to arrive early for this show.  The music will start at 5:00 and people will not be allowed to enter or leave the space during each musical selection.

Sue Leppla moved to the Waitsfield area last year after 34 years in Colorado. Having a brother in Waitsfield and being a graduate of Middlebury College made this area the logical choice for her next best chapter. She grew up listening to her father sing and play folk songs and picked up the guitar herself at 12 years old and fell in love. She began writing her own songs as a teenager and has used her music as her personal refuge ever since. She honed her abilities as a songwriter attending the Rocky Mountain Song School in Lyons Colorado every summer since 1997. Sue has kept a low profile musically since moving to the area, but jumped at the chance to join the local music community of Bristol’s Best Night and share her moving songs of life, love and loss.

Phil Henry is the real thing. He crafts contemporary folk songs so rich and sweeping you’ll wish you wrote them yourself. A formally trained musician, he builds strange, beautiful chords and a big acoustic sound. “Vivid lyrical imagery that captures the imagination” – Seven Days

musician, teacher, dad. dayve huckett is a guitarist who has been a performing musician from the age of 12. Originally from Kansas City, he’s been performing and teaching in New England since 1980. Dayve performs regularly throughout Vermont and has 12 recordings, which include a wide repertoire of original compositions and unique cover songs.

Ron White is a musician and teacher with a music degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas. He has been the principal bassist for the SMU Chamber Orchestra and the Associate Principal Bassist for the Dallas Civic Symphony. Ron has also been a director of several award winning orchestras that have performed all over the world.  He currently teaches at the Middlebury Community Music Center and directs the Orchestra project, an after school collaboration between MCMC and the Mt Abraham Unified School District.

Sponsors

Bristol Best Night is a project of The Watershed Center