ALWAYS Fun at the Paddle
There's always something happening at The Paddle!
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No cover charge. Musicians perform on our front porch for our outdoor picnic table diners. Full service. All music events are weather-dependent. Unsure? Just give us a call the day of the event: 802-372-4814.
Please check back often; we'll be adding events all the time!
From his early years, playing blues on Chicago’s South Side, to his present multi-faceted career based out of northern Vermont, Paul has earned an underground reputation as a true “musician’s musician”. He has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker, Lightnin’ Slim, Paul Butterfield, Sam Lay, Pops Staples, Donny Hathaway, and numerous others while in his hometown of Chicago, Ill. Paul moved to Vermont in the heady “back-to-the-land” days of 1971, where he still lives. He soon started playing and recording with a head-spinningly diverse array of artists, including Big Mama Thornton, singer-songwriters Paul Siebel, Jim Ringer, Mary McCaslin, and Rosalie Sorrells, jazz greats Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Sonny Stitt, and Nick Brignola, and many others. (Visit the Discography page for info on the many recordings from these early days…) In 1978, seeking an outlet for more personal musical visions, he formed Kilimanjaro , and recorded 2 award-winning albums for Philo Records. Soon after, the band performed at the Kool Jazz Festival at SPAC, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and numerous national tours and concert dates. Kilimanjaro served as backup band on lengthy national tours with Esther Satterfield, and Paul Butterfield, with whom they played the Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen. In 1981, Paul and other members of Kilimanjaro joined forces with a legendary saxophonist and blues singer to form Big Joe Burrell and the Unknown Blues Band. Together, they performed at many festivals, including the Kool Jazz Festival, toured Russia, Holland, and Canada, and served as backup band for Marva Wright, Kenny Neal, W.C. Clark, and others. The UBB remained a Northeast regional favorite for over 20 years, until Big Joe’s passing in 2005. Personal performance credits in recent years include David Bromberg, Betty Carter, Joshua Redman, James Carter, Kermit Ruffins, Michael Ray, the Sun Ra Arkestra, The Wild Magnolias, John Stowell, guitar wunderkind Julian Lage, Dave Grippo and former students Trey Anastasio and Nick Cassarino. Paul has taught guitar for over 45 years. Private instruction remains a favored format, but he has also taught for several decades on a university level, including positions at Dartmouth College, St. Michaels College, and presently at Middlebury College and the University Of Vermont . More info on private instruction, workshops, and TAB transcriptions at reduced prices can be found on the Instruction page. Since 1994, Paul has been reconnecting with his original folk-based roots in enthusiastically received festival shows and solo concerts. Recent appearances include Merlefest, Guitar Festivals in Healdsburg (CA), Newport (RI), Memphis (TN), Woodstock (NY), and numerous other acoustic venues across the country. His 3 solo acoustic CD’s, “Steel String Americana“, “Roots and Branches“, and “From Adamant To Atchafalaya” received numerous rave reviews for their highly individualized twists on blues and jazz standards, old-timey country-based themes and original pieces from the “american roots” tradition. The Flynn Theater called them “A genre-blurring, virtuosic waltz through the deep heritage of American folklore, where styles of Robert Johnson, Doc Watson and Dr. John rub elbows with those of Joe Pass and Bill Frisell.” Others have said “It is quite the best CD of acoustic guitar that I have heard in years!” A while back, Paul received Seven Days magazine’s “Best Musician of 2004” Daysie Award (the runner-up was a young up-and-comer named Trey Anastasio…) That same year saw the release of Patti Casey’s “Just an Old Sweet Song”, a “live-in-the-studio” record of old standards, explored in the intimate setting of just vocals and guitar. Other duo partners since then have included Brooks Williams, Mike Dowling, Chuck D’Aloia and Elisabeth Von Trapp. Paul has been a frequent contributor to several web-based guitar forums over the years. He was the first “Artist of the Month” on 13thFret.com, and produced a series of downloadable video lessons for Acoustic Player Magazine. Recently, he created instructional videos for Peghead Nation, Dream Guitars, Guitar Player and Acoustic Guitar magazine, who said “Asbell’s musical personality comes out most fully when playing his own brand of American roots music… in live performance, Asbell reveals a deep appreciation of the history behind each tune, while giving them a fresh, updated touch.” Asbell’s own history was explored extensively in an interview on PBS in 2003. More video footage of concerts and festival appearances can be found on YouTube . Two sold-out Kilimanjaro shows at the Discover Jazz Festival in June, ’06 fueled a resurgence of interest in the group, the writing of 9 new compositions, and the beginning of a two-year recording project at Kilimanjaro keyboardist Chas Eller’s studio. The result, “Homecoming“, was picked by Jazziz magazine for their “Best of 2009” CD, along with tracks by Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Branford Marsalis, and other heavyweights. “Homecoming” is available for audition or purchase at KilimanjaroJazz.com .
Cooie & Adlai
Cooie’s clear and vibrant vocal stylings bring lyrics to life, whether she’s singing traditional tunes, popular songs, or originals. Her beautiful, tone perfect, soulful voice brings new life to both traditional and popular songs, and her music encompasses a dollop of blues, a touch of jazz, a bit of folk and some old time rock'n'roll. Cooie brings to each song a true and melodic voice as well as unique interpretive skills, using expressive vocal arrangements to take a lyric back to its foundation. Her beautiful and full voice is a joy to the soul and her passion for a song's meaning and spirit will evoke the same feelings in you. Cooie's soulful, melodic voice will surprise and please you, and her musicality will move you
Bettenroo is a dynamic, versatile music duo with undeniable focal strength. Their flawlessly blended harmony is complemented with instrumental versatility of guitar, bass and percussion. Bring your dancin' shoes ... 'cause they're infectious!
Al's Pals plays Funk, Rock, Blues & more by way of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Grant Green, The Meters and much more! A band for many occasions, Al's Pals keeps the vibes high and delights the ears of any in reach. Al's Pals features Alex Budney on Bass and Vocals, who is joined by a cast of great players from near and far!
I've been playing guitar since I was 10 years old, when I saw the Beatles play on Ed Sullivan! I’ve been married to my wife, Linda for 43 years, we have 2 kids & their spouses and 6 fantastic grandkids! I have also been a Christian for 45 years. After 33 years of being a police officer and going from Patrol to Detective Captain, I’m entering the next chapter of my life..........Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter. This has been my dream! As you can see from my life experience I have a very broad range of life encounters that I plan on sharing through my songwriting. My wife, Linda and I just spent June, July and August in Nashville. The goal being to meet as many people as we could and learn about the music business! The trip was a great success - way beyond our expectations! We met the most incredible people that we can now call friends.
National Dog Day (fundraiser)
In remembrance of the late Paddle Pup Watson.
We'll have a Facebook Post up on the 26th; please share a picture/selfie of you and your beloved friend! NOTE: We'll be raising money for Emma's Foundation for Canine Cancer! Pictured: Watson in the Ausable River, Keene Valley, NY. 2014
She Was Right
"She Was Right" are a local group of musicians playing well-known covers that will surely have you tapping your foot and singing along!
Music, poetry & ice cream social.
Free; open to the public! (See gallery below.)
Awesome musicians serving up loads of fun at The Paddle ...
Kindness Gathering 2019 Photos
Our special summer evening will be back following two years of COVID.
July 24th at 7:00 pm! Open to all; free! Let's celebrate kindness ...
In lieu of all the sadness and pain in the world these days, once again, I just feel an intense need to do something positive, uplifting ... abut being kind to one another. (Yes, I know - we should be kind 24/7, 12 months a year.) As many of you know, I always celebrate by birthday with World Kindness Day. Today, I'm announcing our second "Kindness Gathering." It'll be located in the field behind The Paddle. A vigil, of sorts, with music and laughter and kindness. Please join me for a celebration of our better angels. I'll post more details in early June. Please mark your calendars and save the evening of Sunday, 7/24th. Parents, bring your kids - both the two-legged and four-legged ones. This is a non-political event. It's a kindness event. Thanks for reading, Mandy
About the photo gallery: The Blue Paddle hosted its first Kindness Gathering in field behind the bistro, mowed into a giant heart and documented with a drone flying above the crowd! Kind words, ice cream, and music made for a memorable evening full of love!!
And, Chef Phoebe will
get them started!