Our 19th Year!
The Ripton Community Coffee House is a non-profit concert series held the first Saturday of each month throughout the year (except for August). Concerts are held in The Ripton Community House located at 1305 Vermont Route 125, Ripton, Vermont, a block up from the Ripton General Store, just next to the town office.
Join us Saturday Dcember 6th for a concert with
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Lewis Franco and the Missing Cats!
with the Brown Eyed Girls
Lewis Franco performs as a vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist with The Missing Cats – an acoustic jazz combo, with Will Patton (mandolin), Dono Schabner (guitar), and Clyde Stats (upright bass). They do originals as well as gypsy swing and jive swing tunes from the 1930's and 40's, featuring close 3-part vocal rhythm harmonies and thrilling improvisation.Lewis Franco has been a fixture on the Vermont acoustic music scene for many years, entertaining audiences of all ages with clever and occasionally profound lyrics, delightfully tuneful melodies, and a fun-loving presence. Vermont Public Radio’s Robert Resnik calls Franco, “a brilliant songwriter – one of our very finest.Former Northern Power employee-turned-singer/songwriter Lewis Franco is one of Vermont’s best-kept musical secrets. An understated and good-natured family man residing in the greater Montpelier area, Franco is one of the Green Mountains’ most gifted musicians, a performer who is able to wrap well-crafted lyrics around catchy musical melodies, and possesses the guitar chops and musical sensibility to match.
Franco’s project – performed with an ensemble cleverly called the “Missing Cats,” and tinged with a scat-meet-gypsy swing sound – may be his best yet. Franco is always good at pushing the envelope – lyrically, musically, instrumentally – and he really goes to town on this new project. “Swinging in Daddyland” is toe-tapping infectious acoustic music at its best – equal parts Django Reinhart on the gypsy end, and, on the other, a Dan Zanes-ian Americana sensibility with a big-hearted sense of humor that grins, winks and nudges without being trite, sentimental or cheesy.
Doors open at 7:00
Since we started the Ripton Community Coffee House in May 1995, we have been very fortunate to have a consistent, enthusiastic, and attentive audience at each performance.
The coffeehouse is held in the historic Ripton Community House, a beautiful wood frame meeting hall with a small balcony. It seats about 120 people.
Our concerts start at 7:30 with a 45-50 minute open mic set (generally very interesting).There are 4-12 minute slots available. Call 802-388-972 to sign up no more than 2 weeks before the next coffee house. This is followed by an intermission during which beverages and baked goods are available. The money generated by the refreshment sales benefit a different local non-profit organization each month. The featured performer(s) then do a single set that begins between 8:30 and 9:00. The set lasts an hour to an hour and a quarter.
There are no advance ticket sales. Admission at the door
$10.00, $8.00 for teens and seniors & $3 for children.
Our concerts are publicized in area newspapers and radio stations. In addition, the concerts are announced by posters at area locations.
There is no alcohol or smoking allowed at the Ripton Community House.
The Ripton Community Coffee House is extremely fortunate to have our coffee donated by the Vermont Coffee Company. In addition to being passionate about roasting delicious organic coffee, the Vermont Coffee Company is also dedicated to fair trade: buying their coffee at a price that provides a living wage and covers production costs for the farmers. They are also good local citizens. Please support them.
NEAT-TV (Northeast Addison Television) is a community television station located in Bristol, Vermont, serving Bristol, New Haven, Starksboro, Lincoln, Monkton, and Huntington. They often record our coffeehouses for broadcast on Comcast Channel 16 in that area. You can also watch the videos of our coffeehouse performances online via NEAT's Video on Demand. Just click here and then choose "Music". You'll see a selection of recent coffeehouses listed.
Farm Fresh Radio 102.9 has been very supportive of our efforts. They have played music from our artists on their radio station, and also kept everyone involved with the coffeehouse happily tuned into their wonderful eclectic mix of music. If you are in the Champlain Valley, give these guys a listen. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, community-supported radio.
We have received generous support from the Vermont Arts Council, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The continued health and growth of arts in our communities are greatly helped by their efforts. We are very grateful for their assistance. If you also support the work of these important organizations, please be sure to let your elected representatives know how you feel.
The Ripton Community Coffee House is a member organization of the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance (the Folk Alliance for short), an organization that brings together musicians, dancers, presenters, radio stations, record companies and others. They work year-round as advocates for the folk music and dance industry. They also host an annual conference every February -- four days of non-stop workshops, music and fun. Some serious work gets done there as well.
Our local regional chapter of the Folk Alliance is the Northeast Regional (NERFA) NERFA hosts an annual conference every November that is smaller and easier to deal with than the full Folk Alliance one, but certainly no less productive or fun. These organizations have been very helpful to us. We appreciate the incredible efforts the people from both organizations have made in support of folk music.
Open Mic Performers can sign up for one of the five slots starting two weeks before the next concert by calling Andrea Chesman or Richard Ruane at 802-388-9782. It is a ten-minute slot. Please don't use email to sign up for the open mike.
To arrange to have your non-profit organization provide refreshments at a concert or for more information about the Ripton Community Coffee House, contact Andrea Chesman or Richard Ruane at 802-388-9782 or via email at email@example.com.
Performers interested in being a featured performer should read the Booking Guidlines page.