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16 February 2019 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Old North End Community Center
Nine-time winner at the International Bluegrass Music Awards, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers will be doing a special concert at the Old North End Community Center Event Hall.
Chris Jones has a unique connection with Burlington. As a teenager back in the late 1970’s, Chris moved into the home of Ben Bergstein and April Werner and played guitar for their New England traditional dance group, the Green Mountain Volunteers. Soon after, the group embarked on their first international tour in a caravan of four VW vans in which they travelled from Germany to an international folk festival in Bourgas, Bulgaria. Chris’s musicianship and sense of humor were well-developed even at his tender age, and greatly appreciated by the rest of the performers and their audiences. After these earliest experiences as a touring artist, Chris went on to make his mark in the world of bluegrass.
Whether it’s in the studio or on stage, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are making some of the most distinctively elegant yet driving music to be heard anywhere today, and they’re delivering it with a unique blend of dry wit, emotional authenticity and broad humor that’s won the loyalty of a growing number of fans across the country, from Merlefest in North Carolina to California’s Huck Finn Jubilee, and around the world.
Banjo player/actor/director Steve Martin declared that, “Chris Jones’s voice is there with the great masters,” and called The Night Drivers “some of the best players in bluegrass.”
The band is led by Chris’s soulful lead-singing, songwriting, and solid rhythm and lead guitar. Chris boasts extensive performance credits as a sideman with artists like Lynn Morris, Vassar Clements, Special Consensus, Dave Evans, Earl Scruggs, and the acclaimed Irish band The Chieftains. Mark Stoffel, who is originally from Munich, Germany, has a mandolin style that perfectly fits the band sound with his beautiful tone, taste, and rhythmic sense. Jon Weisberger, whose playing has made him a sought-after fill-in bass player in Nashville, anchors the band’s strong rhythmic foundation. Newest member, Gina Clowes, a driving and innovative banjo player, and another contributor of original material, was recently nominated for IBMA Banjo Player of the Year. Chris and Jon are both IBMA award-winning songwriters, Jon being the 2012 Songwriter of the Year, and Chris taking home the trophy for the 2007 Song of the Year for “Fork in the Road.” The Night Drivers also bring name recognition in related fields, as bluegrass fans are well-familiar with Jones for his award-winning work as a SiriusXM DJ, on both Bluegrass Junction and Willie’s Roadhouse. Meanwhile, Jon Weisberger is heard weekly as co-host and producer of Bluegrass Junction’s “Hand Picked with Del McCoury.”