On Friday, December 1 at 7:00 PM, Southern Vermont Arts Center invites the community to a concert benefiting the Arkell Pavilion. Taking the stage will be Southern Vermont favorites Don’t Leave, and, The Bondville Boys as well as special guests The Colby Eight. All tickets cost $15, are general admission, and can be purchased online or at the door.
December’s benefit concert is the brainchild of Bill Muench, teacher at Burr and Burton Academy. The school often uses Arkell for events like its annual Gawlik Awards and Muench recognized the facility’s need for updates. The 400 seat Arkell Pavilion was built in 1965 and since then has hosted scores of musicians, singers, and dancers for community performances. It is home to a busy calendar of summer shows. The facility is in need of maintenance and modernization in order to continue to accommodate top-quality performances with updates such as new stage lighting and a soundboard.
The concert will include Bill’s band Don’t Leave, the local flavor of The Bondville Boys, as well as his Bill’s son’s college a cappella group, The Colby Eight. Don’t Leave has been a Southern Vermont fixture for over 30 years. The band brings energy and excitement to classic party rock with wide-ranging music and tight harmonies. The Bondville Boys have played hard-edged bluegrass since 1990 throughout Western New England. They are known for their sweet harmonies, good energy and eclectic set lists. The Colby Eight is Colby College’s premier all-male a cappella group that follows its rich tradition that was established in 1947 and sings classics like “And So It Goes” and “Free Fallin’.”