Pop-up Entertainment

Do you enjoy circus acts, LIVE music, dramatic arts or dance? Then you are going to love all the entertainment popping up around town during Montpelier Madness October 15-17. 

Albert Joy

Albert Joy, dancer, musician, has been playing button accordion since the last century.  He will get you moving to the traditional dance music of  many lands. Waltz with your partner or polka around the town. Dance a schottish or a mazurka. It’s sure to lift your spirits.

Pearl Fire

John Stork is bringing his comedy show that features juggling, acrobatics, fire and a handstand on five chairs to downtown Montpelier.

Naosha LeStat poi spinning

“POI” is the Maori word for “ball” on a cord. The Maori used it to improve strength and coordination. Nowadays it is done with the ball on fire and by people all over the world. Naosha has been spinning poi for the last 15 years and is excited to share her firey modern take on this ancient art!

John Smyth (3)

John Smyth is a singer-songwriter who has been playing his original music in venues throughout Vermont since 2010.  His album, "Hunger Mountain Clay", was released in 2018. John plays with full bands, performs solo and acoustic and anything in between. He will record his next CD at the Green Room in Plainfield Vermont.

Austin Smith Juggler

Austin’s show is a display of chaotic and highly refined throwing and catching. His routines are choreographed to the sounds of dropping jaws, cheering fans and smiling children. You will feel joy from watching the shapes, colors and fire of his props dancing though the air. Austin will personally guide you to better understand this novel way of playing with gravity commonly referred to as juggling.

Kathleen plays horizontal

Songs of the Stage from the Steps of City Hall”  Outdoor Concert.

Lost Nation Theater brings together a party of powerful women performers led by singer/songwriter and LNT producing artistic director Kathleen Keenanfor a concert showcasing musical theater tunes. Joining Keenan are award-winning singer-actor-dancer Taryn Noelle (Sally Bowles in LNT’s Cabaret), fiddler Susan Reid, and gospel-singer Shanda Williams. This outdoor concert will feature songs heard on the LNT stage and recent Broadway hits, running about 45 minutes.

Saturday, October 15th 5pm


Local group, Vecchio Stile (Old Style), plays and sings traditional tunes from a dozen different provinces of Italy, including three songs featured in Lost Nation Theater 2015 production of Stone (Dio Del Cielo, Bella Bionda, and Da Teran Pianta). The group (accordion, fiddle, guitar, and bass) was formed five years ago as a jam dedicated to playing music that was quite familiar to the immigrants in the Vermont stone-cutting industry (Barre, Rutland, Bethel).

Paden Full

Paden Full is a solo guitarist that plays both acoustic and electric. You will enjoy his mellow rock tunes.

Kim reads the raven

The Raven:

Lost Nation Theater’s founder and artistic director Kim Allen Bent, takes the stage – a top the Montpelier City Hall Portico to perform – Live and in person -  Edgar Allan Poe’s haunting poem “The Raven.”  The lack of moonlight, holocaust cloak costume and minimal lighting will all add to the spooky atmosphere and expressive recitation. Bent will literally “perch above the chamber door” (well, City Hall’s front doors) saying “Nevermore!”

Thursday, October 15,  6pm  7pm  8pm  (free)

Crooked Line Band

"There's more than one answer to these questions pointing me in a crooked line."
Born in the Night Kitchen on Loomis Street, Crooked Line delivers sweet vocal harmonies and folk guitar goodness from the heart. It may or may not be evident to the listener that Julia Chafets and Jolynda Burton have bonded through their shared love of the Indigo Girls, though they have been known to cover other bands. Listen for First Aid Kit, Simon & Garfunkel, Dylan, The Weepies, and more. Crooked Line always shows up with a few laughs and mistakes and can't wait to play on their hometown streets of MontP!