35th Parallel, one of New England’s most innovative music ensembles, will open for neo-folk rockers HuDost this Sunday, Aug. 13, at Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury. Renowned for spicing up the folk genre with world music of all kinds, HuDost’s sound crosses all borders and barriers, taking listeners on a journey they’ll never forget.
HuDost’s Dog Mountain appearance is the sixth free concert in the Levitt Amp St. Johnsbury Live Music Series presented by Catamount Arts and partners Dog Mountain with generous funding from the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation of Los Angeles. The free music series brings free concerts to Dog Mountain every Sunday from 4-7 through Sept. 13.
HuDost’s core musicians, Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines, originate from Montreal and Kentucky. The couple have toured the United States, Canada, and Europe constantly for ten years, sometimes as a duo, often with a large and musically diverse band, and sometimes with dancers from around the world. Two of their recent projects include a World Chant ‘Sufi Kirtan’ album as well as a collaborative record with Steve Kilbey of the Australian band The Church with special guest Jon Anderson of YES. Both are receiving rave reviews.
Opening act 35th Parallel, called “sonic sorcerers” by Seven Days, layer ambient soundscapes over an extensive repertoire of original and traditional songs influenced by music from around the world. Their name comes from the latitude line intersecting the regions that inspire their music, including the Middle East, North India, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and the United States. The band is made up of “musical Swiss-army knife” Mac Ritchey and tabla master Gabe Halberg.
The concert promises to be a rich, festive blend of evocative melodies and infectious dance rhythms, featuring Western and non-Western instruments such as the Middle Eastern oud, the Indian tabla, and many types of drum. Music will combine pop and rock with Balkan folk music, traditional Sufi music, and many other influences from living musical traditions all over the world, some of which date back a thousand years.
The Sunday HuDost concert is part of the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Live Music Series, a 10-show series bringing free live music to Dog Mountain, Sundays from 4-7 p.m. through mid-September. The concerts are free and…