LATCHfest: A two-day showcase of entertainment

BRATTLEBORO — LATCHfest, a two-day showcase of local music, performers and video art, returns to the Latchis Theater on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1 and 2.

A homegrown music and arts festival, LATCHfest promotes and celebrates Brattleboro's sonic scene with 10 local bands offering a diverse array of sounds and styles. Headlining on Saturday, Sept 2, is Impulse Ensemble, featuring Derrik Jordan, Tony Vacca, and Jim Matus performing "a red-hot, way-cool fusion of World Music, jazz and spoken word."

Music on Friday, Sept. 1, runs from 8 to 11 p.m.

The festival opens on Friday, Sept. 1, at 8 p.m., with the local duo MV+EE, featuring Matt Valentine and Erika Elder in music that fuses Indian ragas, Appalachian folk, and post-psychedlic electronic experimentation. Music on Friday continues with the blues, gospel, and R&B of Blood & Sunflower and concludes with 11:11 (Lisa Newell, Sarah West, and Molly Steinmark). Location will be announced soon.

The festival continues Saturday, Sept. 2, in the Latchis Main Theatre from 4:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday's lineup opens with Inside Outsider, featuring the music of Peet Wilson, a Latchis staff member and one of the driving forces behind LATCHfest. Wilson initially conceived of a Latchis-based gathering to support the local musical scene, and put together the first LATCHfest in October 2015.

Saturday's lineup continues with original rock outfit The Coprolites, then the alternative/punk/retro roots of Belle Machine. Saturday's lineup also includes indie folk duo The Big Empty as well as the pop and jam rock fusion of Elliot Street Alibi. Then, Jed Blume and Wyatt Andrews team up as Deep Seize with their transcendent hypno-grooves of handpan and electronic beats. The Saturday lineup concludes with world fusion power trio Impulse Ensemble.

The common thread that ties all these groups together is the love of music and supporting the local scene. The diversity of styles, sounds, and creative ideas showcase a local music scene that is eclectic, inventive, energetic, and vibrant.

Festival tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. For information on purchasing tickets in advance visit

With the support of a team of volunteers and funding from the Vermont Community Foundation, LATCHfest organizers plan to make it an annual happening.

LATCHfest is one ingredient in an active weekend in and around the Latchis Memorial Building, 50 Main St. Friday's music coincides with Gallery Walk, and on Sunday, the second annual Tiny House Festival returns to Flat Street.

"Our neighborhood is going to be the epicenter of a pretty amazing weekend of events," said Latchis Arts Executive Director Jon Potter. "Come on down to LATCHfest and check out some of the music that's happening right now in our creative town."

LATCHfest is presented by Latchis Arts, with the support of the Vermont Community Foundation and an ever-growing list of community friends and partners. Copies of the LATCHfest poster designed by Peet Wilson will be for sale at the event to benefit Latchis Arts. For more information and updated details, visit or find Latchis Arts on Facebook.


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