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Nashville Legends Jim Rooney & Pat Alger with Chris Brashear AUGUST 4


Nashville Legends: Jim Rooney & Pat Alger with Chris Brashear

First Friday August 4th at 7:30pm

Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, VT

Sponsored by Lake Sunapee Bank – A division of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and SunCommon Energy

Grammy winning producer Jim Rooney, Hall of Fame songwriter Pat Alger and singer songwriter, multi instrumentalist Chris Brashear join forces for a great night of folk, country and bluegrass music Friday, August 4, 7:30pm, at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction.

Jim Rooney is best known for his work with Nanci Griffith, John Prine, Iris DeMent, and Hal Ketchum, to name a few. For over 50 years Jim partnered with the legendary banjo player Bill Keith, recording several landmark recordings together.

Pat Alger and Jim met when part of the Woodstock Mountains Revue. Jim persuaded Pat to move to Nashville where he joined Jim’s newly formed Forerunner Music Co. as a songwriter. Pat established himself as one of Nashville’s foremost songwriters with a string of #1 hits, including “Goin’ Gone” (Kathy Mattea) “Small Town Saturday Night” (Hal Ketchum), “Unanswered Prayers” & “The Thunder Rolls” (Garth Brooks), “Like We Never Had A Broken Heart” (Trisha Yearwood). Pat has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Jim met Chris Brashear when he was playing with Robin & Linda Williams, who were regulars for many years on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion. After hearing Chris’s songs, Jim happily agreed to produce an album with Chris called “Heart Of The Country.” Chris now performs with a variety of groups, most recently with the Piedmont Melody Makers.

Jim, Pat and Chris will be swapping songs, telling stories and generally sharing their genuine love of music which has given so much enjoyment to themselves and their audiences for so many years. 



Brett Dennen The Vacationer Series August 15 SOLD OUT


Brett Dennen

The Vacationer Series

Tuesday August 15 at 8:00 pm
Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, VT

The red-haired, California-based singer-songwriter Brett Dennen has come a long way since 2005, when he gave shy, barefoot solo performances around the release of his first album. Now on his sixth, Por Favor, this folk-pop singer/songwriter and self-proclaimed “Wild Child” has taken the music scene by storm.   

With a knack for hooky melodies and joyful lyrics, Dennen has made a name for himself, and is “capable of cranking out big, beautiful pop songs…capturing both the ornate and the simple” (NPR). He creates “nimble grooves, creamy choruses, and vocal performances of immediacy and genuine feeling…carefree soulfulness that recalls Van Morrisson” (Paste Magazine).   

Dennen is also a social activist striving for equality and peace – topics which find their way into his song lyrics along with themes of vulnerability and forgiveness. 

Doors open 7pm.  Show 8pm.

General Admission

  • Advance Tickets $35
  • Day of event – $40.

This concert benefits Rusty Berrings Skatepark Revitalization in Memory of Tyler S. Kirschner.