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Chad Hollister

Chad Hollister Band

Main Stage at 9:00pm

Chad Hollister and his 7-piece band performs for the final set of the festival. 


Chad Hollister Band is a Vermont treasure that has been making audiences dance , laugh, groove and even shed a tear for over 25 years.  Their core values of family , community , kindness and love spread throughout all the songs in a vibrant , artful and inspiring manner.  The band has grown and includes three horns and the four piece for this special Cabot show. 


Hollister has always surrounded himself with an amazing core of musicians from VT and beyond featuring Jeff “Primo” Poremski on lead guitar and vocals , Rudy Dauth on bass and vocals and sax master Chris Peterman! Once they hit the stage , it is evident that they are here for one reason and that’s to entertain and bring a message that things will get better in this world through music ! 

Rani Arbo

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem                       Main Stage 7pm


Harmony, rhythm,

and indelible songs..


..are the hallmarks of Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, the New England based folk quartet now in its 20th year. 

From the Newport Folk Festival to California World Music Festival and beyond, this band’s steadfast brew of wit, camaraderie, and musicality leaves audiences everywhere humming and hopeful, spirits renewed.


Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem are Rani Arbo (fid- dle, guitar), Andrew Kinsey (bass, banjo, ukulele), Anand Nayak (electric and acoustic guitars) and Scott Kessel (percussion). At the helm, Arbo is “blessed with an unmistakable voice, both light and sultry, with a hint of tremolo and smoke” (Acoustic Guitar). With Kinsey and Nayak’s vibrant baritones and Kessel’s resonant bass, the band’s signature lockstep harmonies can shake the rafters or hush the room.

Reggie Harris
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Reggie Harris

Main Stage 8pm


Singer-songwriter, storyteller and world-renowned song-leader Reggie Harris, is a powerful interpreter of the global music narrative. An expert on the music of the Underground Railroad and the Modern Civil Rights Movement, Reggie Harris is recognized for focusing new energy on the important role of music in the struggle for human rights.

A songwriter of great depth and passion, Reggie Harris writes from a personal sense of mission that merges a world wise point of view with a singularly hopeful stance that life, though often challenging, is filled with possibility and hope. His songs reveal thoughts about life and love and some of the deep aspects of the human experience and cover topics from his own personal journey to world issues and history.

Heather Pierson Trio
Heather Pierson Trio             Main Stage 4pm

Based in New Hampshire's Mount Washington Valley, 

Heather Pierson is a pianist, singer/songwriter, and nationally touring performer whose inspiring live performances and growing catalog of releases delve into Americana, blues, New Orleans jazz, vocal chants, instrumental piano, and folk. Best known for her ease at the piano and her bell-tone vocals, Heather’s songs and musicianship embody joy, honesty, playfulness, and a desire to share from the heart. 

Prior to their tour this Spring the three are best known for their annual Charlie Brown Christmas tour, wherein they present their interpretations of the work of the late great jazz pianist and composer Vince Guaraldi. 


Heather's trio—with Shawn Nadeau on bass and harmony vocals and Craig Bryan on drums, percussion, and harmony vocals—performs a rich variety of Heather's original songs and unique re-workings of familiar classics.

3pm Main Stage

Burlington based Mikahely, is a singer/songwriter/guitarist from Madagascar who draws upon traditional rhythms to create a unique style of soothing roots & groovy jazz fusion.


A self-taught musician, he draws inspiration from traditional Malagasy rhythms to create his own unique sound on guitar and valiha (a zither-like instrument made from bamboo). 


His songs highlight pressing social and environmental issues facing Madagascar and the world, such as climate change, biodiversity conservation and children's rights.

Modern Times Theater
Modern Times Theater
2pm Main Stage
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Comedians, puppeteers, musicians, and keen observers of society, Modern Times Theater will be perfroming their Punch and Judy program. 

Allow Mr. Punch to remove your bad mood, in this absurdist delight for four out of the five senses. Watch as Judy tames unruly plumbing while avoiding the jaws of  the carnivore du jour! And, feast your eyes upon the diaper change that should not be! The script has been updated to remove the traditional murder and misogyny of a Punch and Judy show, but Mr Punch still swings a verbal slap stick at the powers that be.


It’s a melodrama of epically small proportions, and it’s so funny that you’ll forget to take out your phone for at least the first half hour.  It’s a low-tech old-time spectacle, as entertaining to the masses of today as it was three hundred years ago.

If theater is a four-lane highway, Modern Times Theater is off-roading

in a buggy. 

Watching Modern Times Theater founders Rose and Justin perform is inspiring on many fronts. They are confident and consummate professionals who know their art well. They are wonderfully creative—using their multiple skills to craft original content in their own inimitable style. They are hysterically historic—utilizing the traditional arts of puppetry, theater, vaudeville, mime, music, and storytelling with wry humor.”  (Rob Mermin, founder Circus Smirkus)

Nulhegan Abenaki Drum

Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation

Festival Opener at 12noon 

We are honored to launch the inaugural Cabot Arts and Music Festival with the timeless sound and message of the Nulhegan Abenaki Drums.

The Nulhegan Abenaki Drum has a unique sound. They combine Traditional Northeastern music with the sound of the big Powwow style drum. When they perform you hear the heart beat of Mother Earth. They have performed alt events all over the State of Vermont.
Abenaki Drum
Rik Palieri

1:00pm Main Stage
Rik Palieri- Folk-singer, Songwriter & Storyteller

Rik is a talented singer, song writer, multi-instrumentalist, storyteller and member of “The Mythical Order of The Rose Tattoo”, who lives the musical life to the fullest. He is a very energetic performer who captivates audiences of all ages with his stories and songs.

Utah Phillips says of Rik,"RIK We call him Totem Pole. Well, it suits him. Here he comes now, strong, upright, his whole body festooned with instruments: banjo, guitar and a quadriplegic goat he claims to be Polish bagpipes. And they are! Once played, they’ll clean the wax out of your ears or make you wish you had more. Tote ‘em Pole, that’s him."
Rik Palieri
Karen Kevra and 
Owen Kevra-Lenz

2:30pm Cabot United Church
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Mother and son musicians flutist Karen Kevra and violinist Owen Kevra-Lenz have shared a life in music since Owen was a wee lad.

In the decades that followed, Karen won a Grammy nomination and established Montpelier's popular Capital City Concerts, while Owen earned a degree in violin performance and got to work with legends like Gil Shaham, and Joseph Silverstein.

Their fun and eclectic program will span the globe with folk and classical works including Katherine Hoover's evocative Winter Spirits, Ray Chen's Waltzing Matilda variations, a haunting arrangement of Simple Gifts, a set of Sarabandes by JS Bach, and more.
Karen Kevra
Matt Flinner Trio

New Acoustic, Bluegrass, Jazz, and Classical fusion!

3:30pm Cabot United Church


Deeply Rooted New Acoustic Music


In 2006, three musical pals decided to get together to play a few gigs; since then, the Matt Flinner Trio has been exploring new pathways and setting new standards for the bluegrass trio sound all around the U.S. and Europe.

Mandolinist Matt Flinner, guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Eric Thorin cover a wide variety of musical styles—all with the common ground of American roots music. Bluegrass, jazz and old-time music are all present here in their ways, along with a dose of classical chamber music composition and arrangement, as the members all draw from their wide array of musical loves, experiences and influences.  


These influences boil down into the trio’s own organic sound of New Acoustic music, or Modern String Band music, or Chamber Grass (music is getting harder and harder to label these days, isn’t it?).  Whatever label you put on it, it is guaranteed to be fresh and original, and definitely something you’ve never quite heard before.

Matt Flinner
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