Thursday, June 4, 2015

Westport Concert Series Planned For Ballard Park

Soundwaves PosterA second summer concert series at Ballard Park in Westport on Lake Champlain is being curated by veteran Jazz trumpeter Taylor Haskins. The Soundwaves series will include seven free performances by internationally renowned artists.

The 2015 summer series begins July 2nd at 7:30 pm and continues every Thursday night through August 13th on the hillside amphitheater overlooking Lake Champlain, known as the Ballard Park Performance Pavilion. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are encouraged. The rain site is across Main Street in the historic chapel of the Westport Heritage House.

This year’s concert series will include:

7/2 Alan Ferber Nonet
7/9 Ray Vega and Tales from the Boogie Down
7/16 Kate McGarry & Ketih Ganz
7/23 Brandee Younger
7/30 Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band
8/6 Joel Harrison & Spirit House
8/13 Jamie Baum Quartet

Haskins has also announced 3 Songs, a new membership Soundwaves program that is hoped to boost Soundwaves’ finances. “3 Songs members will enjoy an intimate experience
with four of the visiting artists the morning after their free concert,” according to an announcement sent to the media.  An interview by Haskins and the performance of three songs are expected to live webcast.

Soundwaves has also been reaching out to local businesses and individual community members to support the series, which was denied state arts funding.  Donations will also be accepted at the free concerts.

On Friday July 24th, from 10:30-11:30 am, Taylor Haskins will present a free workshop called Soundwaves Kids! Haskins will introduce children to the concept, meaning, and
nature of sound waves through interactive demonstrations with musical instruments, listening games and challenges. Preregistration is required, space is limited, and a parent or guardian must accompany each child. There is a suggested donation of $5.

For more information, or to register for the workshop or 3 Songs membership program, email

To keep up to date with the concert series, follow the Soundwaves page on
Facebook or visit their Tumblr.


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