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Bandwagon Summer Series: Sia Tolno & Afro Dead

June 18, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
Cooper Field
41 Sand Hill Rd
Putney, VT 05346
$20 advance / $25 door / children under 12 free
Next Stage Arts

Sia Tolno, a French-speaking music artist from Guinea, Africa, has captivated audiences in the African and French-speaking communities with her powerful vocals and Afrobeat-infused sound. Sia Tolno’s own compositions showcase her mastery of Afrobeat, Afro-blues, Mandinga, and Soukous styles, earning her international acclaim and numerous awards.

Not content with confining her talents to her solo career, Sia Tolno also takes the stage as the lead vocalist of Afro Dead, a global music collective that reimagines the music of the Grateful Dead in an African style. With the guidance of music director Aaron Feder, known for his work with Alma Afrobeat Ensemble, Afro Dead’s unique fusion infuses Afrobeat, Soukous, and High-Life elements into the Grateful Dead’s repertoire.

The Bandwagon Summer Series is a family-friendly outdoor cultural performance series running from early May through mid-October. More than 20 performances ranging from a diverse group of musical styles, circus arts, dance, and theater will take place at ballfields, farms, and parks throughout Windham County. Kids under 12 always get in for free, and a dedicated play area will be available at all shows. Refreshments are sold onsite, including the return of the hugely popular Barr Hill cocktails. Bring a picnic and a blanket or fold-up chair to enjoy our concerts.