A Foolish Frolic

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Friday, August 2, 5:45 p.m.
Ben & Jerry’s Top Block Stage
Sammy Miller and The Congregation, NANDA, Cimarrón
and Muralist Jon Young


When our parade reaches the top of Church Street, Sammy Miller and The Congregation will take the stage for a show you won’t want to miss. This GRAMMY-nominated drummer leads his ‘congregation’ of musicians through a lively set of joyful jazz. It’s root-driven jazz that any living being will want to shake their body to. Grab a beer in our beer garden and get down. Wait, there’s more to this Frolic….

Magic Hat will be there serving some fresh beverages while you can watch VT Muralist Jon Young transform a giant blank canvas into masterpiece, right before your very eyes. Jon takes the energy of the moment as his artistic motivation and unleashes his paint brush to create a painting of the moment.

Prepare to be amazed as the Seattle-based aerobatic troupe NANDA performs their Matrix-inspired moves on stage. The four members of NANDA grew up together in Washington State and soon realized they shared an acrobaticalism that let them defy gravity and jump and twist like no human body has before. The Festival of Fools is proud to have them gracing our Top Block stage for shows all weekend.

But don’t stop there….  join us as Cimarrón takes the stage. This seven-person, GRAMMY-nominated Columbian group plays joropo music from the Plains of the Orinoco River. They blend Andalusian, Indigenous American, and African roots with their impetuous and deep ethnic singing, amazing stomp dance and fierce instrumental virtuosity of strings and percussion. We’re thrilled they’re joining us for this frolicking good time.