Performances & Events

Chandler is proud to present another exciting season of diverse performances. In addition to our MainStage series, we offer Live & Upstairs, a series of smaller, more intimate performances in the renovated Esther Mesh Room in Chandler’s Upper Gallery. The Daytime Performance Series serves hundreds of youth from area schools and homeschool families, and is open to the general public, as well.
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The 2018-2019 Season

Dec
15
Sat
2018
Donna the Buffalo
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm
Donna the Buffalo @ Chandler Center for the Arts | Randolph | Vermont | United States

With roots deep in old-time fiddle music, Donna the Buffalo weaves together a soulful mix of Cajun, zydeco, rock, folk, reggae, and country sounds into its own, singular  musical stew. Touring the United States continuously for nearly 30 years, Donna the Buffalo is one of the most dynamic and eclectic bands on the American roots music scene. All Music Guidesays, “This is what 21st-century Americana sounds like — a little bit of this and a little bit of that . . . a place where the past and history meet easily in the immediate now, and everybody feels like dancing.”

Opening for Donna the Buffalo will be the Gary Douglas Band. Douglas has earned attention for his resonant songcraft and unique take on Americana, with The Gary Douglas Band’s 2016 breakthrough, KEEPIN’ FAITH. Known far and wide as an electrifying and unstoppably vital live outfit, The Gary Douglas Band celebrates the release of their new album DEEP IN THE WATER with a series of live dates.

Video: “Swing That Thing” –

 

Video: “I Love My Tribe” –

Jan
10
Thu
2019
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites
Jan 10 @ 10:00 am
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Thursday, January 10, 2019 10 am

For grades pre-K–7 • $7

Beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author, are retold through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly. Little Cloud playfully transforms himself into various creatures and things. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with sitting around predictably changing color all day. Following a trip to the zoo, he attempts to emulate all the beautiful animals he sees before realizing that there is value in his own unique self.

Jan
25
Fri
2019
M or F?
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am
Vermont Pride Youth Theater

Friday, January 25, 2019

10 am

For grades 8-12 • $8

Youth theater artists from throughout central Vermont present this stage adaptation of M or F?, the 2005 novel for young adults written by Lisa Papademetriou and Chris Tebbetts. Adapted by Gene Heinrich and directed by Cher Laston, M or F? examines questions of gender identity, dating, and social relationships among adolescents in a high school setting.

Jan
26
Sat
2019
Vermont Pride Benefit: M or F?
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm

Youth theater artists from throughout central Vermont present a stage adaptation of M or F?, the 2005 novel for young adults written by Lisa Papademetriou and Chris Tebbetts. Adapted by Gene Heinrich and directed by Cher Laston, M or F? examines questions of gender identity, dating, and social relationships among adolescents in a high school setting.

Feb
1
Fri
2019
The Campbell Brothers
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm
The Campbell Brothers @ Chandler Center for the Arts | Randolph | Vermont | United States

The Campbell Brothers mine a rich vein of music from the African-American gospel repertoire, albeit with a rollicking twist: the growling, wailing, shouting, singing, swinging voice of the steel guitar as you’ve never heard it before. Pedal steel guitar master Chuck Campbell a National Heritage Fellowship award winner for his contributions to preserving the legacy of African-American music — and his lap steel-playing brother Darick are two of the finest exponents of this vital but little-known tradition, rooted in the sacred spaces of the House of God Church, where steel guitars long ago replaced the organ as the primary means of “playing the word.” One listen and you’ll understand why Real Bluesmagazine calls Chuck Campbell “the Jimi Hendrix and the Django Reinhardt of the pedal steel guitar.”

Video: “Live at The Kennedy Center, 2018” –

Feb
9
Sat
2019
Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters CANCELLED
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm
Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters CANCELLED @ Chandler Center for the Arts | Randolph | Vermont | United States

This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the 2019-2020 season.

Blues guitar maestro Ronnie Earl is a three-time Blues Music Award winner as Guitar Player of the Year.  An associate professor of guitar at the esteemed Berklee College of Music, rockin’ Ronnie has played alongside such blues legends as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Junior Wells, and Eric Clapton. He was a lead member of New England blues icons Roomful of Blues and this year celebrates his 30th year at the helm of the Broadcasters, who individually and collectively have also added their considerable chops to the music of many a blues legend. Savor this evening of gutsy, howlin’ blues.

Video: “A Change Is Gonna Come” (Live at B.B. King’s Blues Club, NYC, 2017) –

 

Video: “Double Trouble” (Live at B.B. King’s Blues Club, NYC, 2017) –

Feb
15
Fri
2019
Maple Jam
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm
Maple Jam @ Chandler Center for the Arts | Randolph | Vermont | United States

Vermont’s own a cappella jazz septet, Maple Jam wowed a Chandler audience in September 2017, opening for vocal music legends the Persuasions. The snazzy vocal masters return to warm up a winter’s eve with jazzy vocal sounds, spotlighting classic love songs in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Mar
8
Fri
2019
The Mini Mud Youth Variety Show
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm

Now well into its second decade, the annual event affectionately known simply as “Mini Mud” has become a community institution, celebrating the talent of youths from across the region in song, dance, theater, and other surprises. The performers range in age from 6 to 18. A competitive audition for the Mini Mud Youth Variety Show is set for Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

Mar
16
Sat
2019
Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: Visions from Cape Breton & Beyond
Mar 16 @ 7:30 pm
Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: Visions from Cape Breton & Beyond @ Chandler Center for the Arts | Randolph | Vermont | United States

Longtime Chandler favorites Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy continue to bring their fans on a musical and personal journey. For this special visit to Vermont on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, they’ll feature their children alongside dancers and singers from the Celtic-flavored traditions of their Cape Breton and Ontario homelands. This spirited evening highlights the unique talents, influences, and stories of the first family of traditional fiddling through dancing, singing and, of course, world-class music-making.

Video: Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy & Family (Live at Canada’s East Coast Music Awards, 2017) –

Mar
22
Fri
2019
The Mud Season Variety Show
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm

A much-loved community event, the Mud Season Variety Show returned to Chandler Music Hall last season, delighting longtime fans and newcomers alike. This fun-filled evening spotlights the diverse talents of our adult friends and neighbors from throughout the region. Competitive auditions for the Mud Season Variety Show are set for Saturday, February 2, and Saturday, February 16, 2019.