Green Mountain Indie Folk

24jun7:00 pmGreen Mountain Indie FolkRising Star Showcase


Adults $18, Students $10, EBT Cardholders $


(Saturday) 7:00 pm


Main Stage

Event Details

What do you get when five of Vermont’s emerging Indie-Folk songwriters share the stage? An intimate night to remember with some of Vermont’s brightest rising stars! Fern Maddie, Troy Millette, Jesse Taylor, Ian Steinberg, and David Karl Roberts come together to showcase their talent in one extraordinary evening. Delight in their songs, savor their stories, and bask in their inspiration. Journey into themes of grief and renewal, ardor and joy, as five of Vermont’s freshest and finest collaborate in a unique celebration of Indie Folk culture.

Fern Maddie

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Fern Maddie is a balladeer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Central Vermont (N’dakinna). Her songs — performed with clawhammer banjo, guitar, and clear, soulful vocals — explore themes of trauma, grief, and renewal. Fern’s modern interpretations of traditional ballads have earned national and international acclaim: her debut album, Ghost Story, was named #2 of The Guardian’s Best Folk Albums of 2022 and was listed on NPR’s Best Roots Music of the year.

Troy Millette

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Heart, humor, and humility are the keys to success for Fairfax, VT singer/songwriter Troy Millette. On the back of his witty onstage persona, imaginative covers, and heartfelt original songs, Millette has quickly earned a reputation as one of New England’s most promising up-and-comers. Whether performing solo or fronting the full-band project Troy Millette and the Fire Below, Millette brings a genuineness and sense of camaraderie to his live performances that is sure to entertain music-lovers of all kinds.

Jesse Taylor

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Highly introspective, Jesse Taylor pours her heart out into her lyrics and music. Originally from Maine, she has been residing in Vermont for the past decade and started publicly performing in 2015 after quitting dental hygiene school. She started drawing inspiration from long days in various service industry jobs and life with anxiety and depression. Taking notes from artists like Courtney Barnett, Regina Spektor, and Ingrid Michaelson, Taylor writes songs that mirror their passionate vocals, thoughtful lyrics, and unapologetic style. An intimate magic happens when it’s just her and an acoustic, although you can also find her performing with a full rocking band. On New Year’s Day 2021, she released Ever-Changing. This five-song EP was fully crowd-funded and recorded at Plaid Dog Recording in Allston, Mass under the watchful eye (and ear) of producer Mike Davidson. Her song “Disaster” from the EP was named The Best Vermont Song of 2021 by County Tracks.

Ian Steinberg

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Ian “has a voice that rings with the collective legacy of American music.” (Krister Axel of CHILLFILTR) Classically trained and heavily influenced by the folk styles of The Tallest Man on Earth and Joni Mitchell, as well as the rock styles of Radiohead, Ian combines dynamic and agile acoustic guitar with lyrics imbued with love and nostalgia, burnished by his New England upbringing. Born from the campfire and the conservatory, Ian delivers a nuanced and invigorating show whether he’s in a concert hall or your living room. Ian will wrap you in song and leave you wandering in his storytelling.

David Karl Roberts

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A native son of the Northeast Kingdom, DKR is a true Americana Troubadour and a familiar face in the Northeast music scene. As a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and event producer, he can be found performing throughout New England at listening rooms, coffee houses, breweries, and bar rooms. His combination of soulful melodies, swampy blues, and outlaw folk, creates a blend of whiskey soaked Americana. His tunes have an organic, familiar feel…..his words tell the story, but his guitar ultimately sets the mood


Enjoy a delicious picnic dinner from HCA Café before the show! Order your picnic in advance when you purchase your tickets online, and dinner will be waiting for you when you arrive. Picnics are available for pickup starting two hours before the show. A limited number of meals will be available for on-site purchase.
(Meals tax is included in the price.)

Chickpea Coconut Curry with Rice – $12

Exotic blend of warm spices, vegetables, and chickpeas simmered in a coconut stew with fresh basmati rice and a cumin lime cabbage slaw side salad

Sesame Tofu Bowl – $14

Tamari baked tofu and crisp veggies in a sweet and savory sesame sauce served over rice noodles

Pulled Pork Street Tacos – $14 

Three warm corn tortillas filled with melted cheddar & chipotle pulled pork, topped with diced onions, cilantro, and crema. Served with a cumin lime cabbage slaw  side salad

*Please note: our kitchen uses wheat/gluten, milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, sesame, and soy.

A limited number of patio tables and chairs are available on a first come, first served basis. Please bring lawn blankets and/or chairs for picnicking.

For EBT cardholder tickets, please call the box office at (802) 533-2000.



  1. Love Highland Center and have been to many events. How about offering a senior discount as well as one for students ?

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