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“[Belizbeha] renews your faith in the funk.”—CMJ New Music Report
“If you aren’t yet hip to Madaila now is your chance . . . [they are] one of the coolest young bands in the scene.”—Live For Live Music
In 1993, a fusion of acid jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop, and R&B came thrumming from the house parties of Burlington, thanks to the no-holds-barred beats of Belizbeha. The band, a mix of UVM and Champlain students, planted their roots locally before stretching out nationally, becoming a tour de force from 1995-2001, playing over 1,000 live shows throughout the US, Canada, and Germany, and finding success opening for A Tribe Called Quest, Kool and the Gang, Maceo Parker, and others. The band previously reunited at Discover Jazz Festival in 2014 to a sellout waterfront crowd and return this year as co-headliners and local psych-pop sensation, Madaila.
Similar to Belizbeha, Madaila began in the dorms of UVM and has since blasted into the mainstream. Their upbeat, synth-heavy earworms are in the tradition of Prince and Talking Heads, melding spontaneous expression and contagious melody. The band released its debut, The Dance, in 2015.
Opening the evening is Dwight and Nicole, a beloved Burlington three-piece original blues/soul/rock band fronted by Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson. With two acclaimed records and a fervent tour schedule, the group has amassed a fiercely loyal fan base along the east coast.
Free admission for kids under 10
Event happens rain or shine but there is a tent to keep everyone covered while you enjoy the show. Enjoy local fare from Skinny Pancake, A Single Pebble, and Lake Champlain Chocolates.
While most of the audience chooses to stand and dance, seating is provided on-site. If you have a specific accessibility request, let us know when ordering tickets or by calling the FlynnTix Regional Box Office at 802-863-5966.
NOT ALLOWED: Re-entry, BACKPACKS, chairs, blankets, open umbrellas, glass, outside food and beverages, alcohol, smoking, pets, weapons, drugs, fireworks and drones. We understand some other outdoor events are able to allow chairs, blankets, and umbrellas. Because this event uses a tent (to keep you dry in case of rain!), fire code regulations to not allow for those items. For safety reasons, no large bags or backpacks are allowed.