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Vermont is known for its cheddar cheese, maple syrup, and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. With novelty and artisan foods and picturesque landscapes, Vermont is a quintessential New England state with small-town ambiance. But what does Vermont sounds like? Keep reading to learn about what defines its music.

Vermont has a concert and festival for every type of listening want.

Are you eager to hear world-class music? Vermont’s Concerts on the Green series at Shelburne Museum is the go-to gig. Last year’s set of performers included Fleet Foxes, The Decemberists, Sylvan Esso, The Ghost of Paul Revere, Dispatch, Sturgill Simpson, and Jason Mraz during the summer series. Are you a fan of free concerts? Save a dime when you listen to artists at the Pocock Rocks Music Festival or the Middlebury Festival on the Green. The Burlington City Arts hosts free concerts at City Hall Park on Wednesdays and Fridays during the summer, too. Are you a fan of destination festivals at ski resorts? Wanderlust, Frendly Gathering, and Spruce Peak Folk Festival are a sample of what is available. Are you longing for theme-park themed festivals? See the Ferris wheel at the Champlain Valley Fair, where the likes of Old Dominion, Michael Ray, Rick Springfield, Eddie Money, Tommy Tutone, Greg Kihn, Billy Currington, and Locash perform. With a variety of musical niches, festival environments, and cost needs in mind, Vermont’s concert scene caters to all sorts of listeners, particularly in the booming summer season.

Vermont is one of the places for independent artistry.

Vermont is known for its indie and alternative music scenes. It follows suit that the state has fostered the resources that these types of artists need to succeed. In recent years, independent music labels such as NNA Tapes, Section Sign, and Future Fields have come on to the scene. Beyond these labels and the resources they have, Vermont has a number of venues that stand up to the artists’ independent feel. Arts Riot is one of these places. It is a barn converted into an arts space, offering affordable and delicious foods and drinks, as if the awesome line up of local and regional musicians were not enough to get folks in the door. Radio Bean is another key venue in the indie community. Calling itself as “intimate underground coffee bar and music venue,” they serve small plates and host local and national acts such as Loida and Lenahan, The Fool and The Chariot, Serena Jost, Freak Dream, Marxist Jardon, and more artists that ought to be discovered. On any night of the week, expect several independent acts on stage. Concert lovers will appreciate this intimate, high-quality experience of listening and watching the ample indie artistry in Vermont.

Vermont is concerned about supporting local music and the musicians behind it.

Much of what drives Vermont’s independent industry is the idea that those providing goods and services—from agriculture to music—are neighbors and friends. To be a part of the community, support them. Wear t-shirts, tell a friend about the latest find, buy locally, attend a show.

Big Heavy World is an organization that has been promoting Vermont-made sounds sing 1996. At the organization’s heart, musicians are most important. With a number of projects including a record label, musician summits, a radio show, a radio station, a for-rent tour van, an artsy directory, a referral network, and more, they emphasize the humanity of music production in Vermont.

Musicians themselves focus on one another’s experiences. Last year, a group of musicians organized a concert to raise money to Fay Paczkowski, a national force alongside the likes of Phish and the Dave Matthews Band, to pay off medical bills related to a brain tumor.

Although Vermont’s musicians say there is a need ro better representation and support for diverse artists—such as artists of color and female artists—Vermont’s eye for the individual is promising in terms of making and expanding something different in music. Concert attendees will appreciate the eye for detail and human touch of shows and acts in Vermont.