Catamount Arts, Burke Mountain Present Kat Wright “Vertical Concert”

Kat Wright will perform in a “Vertical Concert” at Burke Mountain Resort Oct. 17. (Courtesy Photo)

Catamount Arts and Burke Mountain Resort have teamed up to pilot a new live concert model this fall. Vermont’s first-ever Vertical Concert, inspired by a similar live music model in Ukraine, will situate Catamount’s mobile hydraulic stage where it can be viewed by patrons in Burke Mountain Resort’s balcony rooms.

Patrons can reserve rooms for the night, order dinner and drinks from The View Pub, and watch the show live from the semi-privacy of their own balconies. Socially-distant patio seating will also be available for concertgoers who prefer not to get rooms. If the pilot is successful, Vertical Concerts may well be a routine part of concert programming in the future.

Vermont’s very first Vertical Concert will feature Burlington-based soul singer, Kat Wright, with special opening guest Brett Hughes, on Oct. 17 at Burke Mountain Resort. Only 39 balcony room reservations are available, and patio seating is also limited.

Wright, whose voice is at once sultry and dynamic, delicate yet powerful, gritty but highly emotive and nuanced, has been described as Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse. Add to that voice enough stage presence to tame lions, and the combination of feline femininity proves enchanting. Soul winds through her rock & roll with serpentine seduction. While some of soul music’s sweet grand dames belt, shout, seethe and succumb, Wright sings gently like a heartache’s apology. It’s funky in spots, beautiful all over, and hurts a little, like it should.

Honky-tonk maestro and Burlington music veteran Brett Hughes, famous for his plaintive guitar playing and wry, high lonesome vocals, will open for Wright.

Booking two longtime Vermont favorites for the Vertical Concert experiment was a no-brainer for Catamount’s Associate Director of Live Music, Molly Stone, who has high expectations for the admittedly unusual format. “I am psyched about this (this show),” she says. “Huge shout-out to Kat Wright and Brett Hughes for joining us on this project.”

Concert guests are required to adhere to CDC and State of Vermont safety guidelines when attending this event. For more information and to purchase tickets to Vermont’s first Vertical Concert, starring Kat Wright with special guest Brett Hughes, at Burke Mountain Resort, Oct. 17, visit www.catamountarts.org. To reserve a balcony room, call Burke Mountain at (802) 626-7400.

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