BURLINGTON — The Northeast Kingdom was represented for the first time at the Grand Point North music festival on the Burlington Waterfront on Saturday as the Evansville Transit Authority took the stage.
The festival, created and organized by Vermonter and national touring artist Grace Potter, is now in its sixth year of existence and has featured critically acclaimed artists from across the United States. As part of its mission, the festival also seeks to feature local, Vermont-based musicians. This year, The Evansville Transit Authority (ETA) became the first artist from the Northeast Kingdom to take the big stage.
“It was a great opportunity for us to get our music out to a completely new audience,” said ETA guitarist Kyle Chadburn. “Just having our name appear alongside artists that we admire so much is an amazing honor.”
Their appearance at Grand Point North is a result of winning the Seven Days newspaper’s Local Band Contest. Well-known artists from around Vermont were nominated for the ballot, and voting took place throughout a week in May. When the votes were tallied, ETA won in a landslide.
“We are thankful that we have such devoted fans of our music here in the Kingdom and beyond,” Chadburn stated. “They helped us get to the festival, and we’re proud to represent them and put on a show!”
ETA has performed together for 14 years. Their set at the festival featured five original songs from their debut album, The Evansville Transit Authority, released in 2014. Their performance was well-received by the several hundred spectators in attendance.
“Writing, recording, and performing good music is a challenge, but it’s a fun challenge,” Chadburn said. “It took us a long time to get to a point where we could confidently perform our own music to an audience like we have here at Grand Point North, but we’re happy to be at that point now. It’s an incredible thing to be able to set the day-to-day routine aside, relax, play music, and have fun together on stage.”
For more information about the band, visit the website at www.evansvilltransitauthority.com.