This is the year to get in your car and drive down to West Springfield, Massachusetts to check out the Big E- The Eastern State Exposition! For 17 days, The Vermont Building at the Big E features Vermont products and crafts reflecting the uniqueness of Vermont. On weekends, Vermont musicians travel to West Springfield to share their special talents with all those who visit the Vermont Building. Vermont musicians will perform the last three weekends of September, including Vermont Day, on September 21st.
The Eastern States Exposition, The Big E, will be held from September 14-29, 2013 in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The Big E is the only fair in the country with multiple states participating including Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts. Take a stroll along the Avenue of States and see impressive replicas of each New England state’s original statehouse sitting on land actually owned by that state. Once inside, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes and of quintessential New England. Eastern States Exposition, home of The Big E, was founded by Joshua L. Brooks in 1916 when he convinced the National Dairy Show to hold its annual event on the Exposition grounds. In 1917, the first Eastern States Exposition took place. Brooks’ desire was to bring together all six New England states in one location to share ideas and improve regional agriculture.
Vermont musicians who will be performing at the Vermont Building at the Big E will include:
September 21- Vermont Day
The Brattleboro American Legion Band
The Brattleboro American Legion Band has racked up numerous awards and accolades in their 15 year history. They placed 4th at their first competition at the Charlotte, NC American Legion Convention in 2002 and 2nd at their most recent competition in Salt Lake City, UT. Many of the band members have been with the band since its founding in 1990. They have performed all over the state of Vermont, as well as in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York.
Rick and the Ramblers-Western Swing
Rick & The Ramblers Western Swing Band’s “Big E” performance is the last stop on a Summer-long tour of Vermont celebrating bandleader Rick Norcross’s 50th year in the music business with the release of a new CD, “Riding My Guitar” and the publishing of a biography by noted Vermont author Stephen Russell Payne, “Riding My Guitar – The Rick Norcross Story.” Every Rambler show is a high energy, entertaining and danceable trip back to a Vermont of a simpler, more musical day, fraught with Vermont-grown original music, classic western swing chestnuts and top-notch musicianship. Rick & The Ramblers deliver an exceptional musical experience, loaded with laughs, musical memories, surprises and sweet harmonies. Rick & The Ramblers are Rick Norcross, vocals & guitar; Taryn Noelle, vocals; Josie Ritter, vocals; Julia Shannon-Grillo, vocals; Doug Reid, fiddle; Buck Maynard, guitar; Charlie MacFadyen, piano, accordion & lap steel; Dave Rowell, vocals & bass and Brett Hoffman, drums.
Robert Resnik & Marty Morrissey –Songs of Lake Champlain and More…
Veteran Vermont folk musicians Marty Morrissey and Robert Resnik have been playing Celtic music together in Vermont and around the Northeast for almost 30 years including performances at First Night Burlington, the Champlain Valley Festival, and have played at the Vermont Building at the Big E several times, including on Vermont Day in 2012. Marty and Robert have both been members of the Vermont Celtic band the Highland Weavers and the swing jazz combo the Tin Pan Valentinos. They have also released a pair of critically acclaimed CDs of Vermont songs. Their performance at the Big E will feature old favorites and many new songs by Vermont songwriters, played on more than a dozen musical instruments!