The Sidewinders will perform at Lincoln Peak Vineyard on Friday, Aug 3, 6-8 pm. The Sidewinders combine their jazz and funk sound with the rock blues tradition. Mr. Charlie Frazier, of Blues for Breakfast fame, sings and plays harmonica in this collaboration with The Bessette Quartet. The quartet features guitar virtuoso Doug Perkins on guitar, Eric Bessette on sax, Andy Smith on bass, and Matt Davis on drums.
Charlie Frazier founded Blues for Breakfast 27 years ago to perform at the Discover Jazz Festival Blues Jam. Since then, his blues-rock band that has been playing widely including at Burlington First Night, Lake Champlain Blues Cruise, and the Church St Marketplace.
Eric Bessette started playing saxophone in the fifth grade and played through high school. However, he made a thirty-year detour as a bass player that included graduating from Berklee College of Music and playing with many bands. He rediscovered the sax six years ago and shows no signs of letting up. In his Times Argus review of Doug Perkins’ new album Music for the Flat-Top Guitar, Art Edelstien wrote “It’s long been known that West Topsham’s Doug Perkins is arguably the hottest flat-pick guitarist in Vermont.” Andy Smith, bass, has had an extensive performing career spanning fourteen countries, thirteen states and three continents sharing the marquee with the Neville Brothers, Tower of Power, John Mayall, Vassar Clements, Natalie McMaster, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and many more. Matt Davis, drums, provides the rhythmic backbone to the quartet, playing the drums with his trademark ferociously smooth style.
The vineyard opens at 5:30 for picnicking. Delicious hot food available from The Antidote, and wine by the glass. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket.
No alcohol may be brought onto the grounds, and please leave your pets at home. The concert series happens rain or shine– there’s room on the winery porch in the case of rain.