Banjo Dan: Forty And Farewell
BanjoDan and the Mid-nite Plowboys will play their last-ever concert at The Haskell Opera House on Friday, September 21. The show, Banjo Dan’s twelfth annual program at the Hakell, comes at the end of the band’s Fortieth Anniversary Tour. The Plowboys are retiring at the end of the month, capping off four solid decades as one of the top acoustic bands in the Northeast.
Showtime is 7:30 PM. The Haskell Opera House, siting directly on the border between Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec, has long hosted topnotch Canadian and American talent, including dramatic and musical productions of all kinds. It’s known far and wide as one of the finest concert halls in the region, with terrific acoustics and a charming ambience.
“This show is going to be really special,” says bandleader Dan Lindner. “Over the past dozen years the Haskell has become our absolute favorite venue. We’ve made loads of friends from both sides of the border and are looking forward to giving them one more great show before we hang it up.”
Over their forty-year career – which makes them New England’s longest-running bluegrass band and probably the most enduring band of any kind in Vermont’s musical history – Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys have established an enviable reputation not only for brilliant musicianship, but for great entertainment. With a repertoire built around compelling original songs, along with solid traditional bluegrass and country, they never fail to keep the toes tapping and the smiles beam- ing. Their resume includes several overseas tours, top festival billings, countless concert-hall appearances and, between band and “solo” efforts, seventeen full-length albums.
“We urge all our north country friends and neighbors to join us for this final Haskell concert,” says guitarist, songwriter, emcee and humorist Big Al Davis. “We’ll be reviving some Banjo Dan favorites we haven’t done for decades, along with some hot new numbers we’ve added this year. We’re there to share some good times with one and all – the same kind of energy, excitement and musical fun we’ve been delivering for all these incredible years.”
All tickets, for general seating, are just $17, American or Canadian. They may be ordered online from www.haskellopera.com (802-8733022x205 or 819-8762471x205) or www. catamountarts.org (802748-2600 or 888-7575559) or purchased at the Woodknot Bookshop, 137 Main Street in Newport, VT ( 802- 334- 6720). Advance purchase is definitely encouraged, though tickets will be available at the door.
Plan now to catch Banjo Dan and the Midnite Plowboys for one last great bluegrass show at the Haskell Opera House on September 21.