Grand Point North Music Festival Announces Art Installations and Late Night Parties

Grace Potter
Grace Potter

Photo by Scott Preston

Grand Point North, the music festival presented by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and Higher Ground, at Burlington’s Waterfront Park on September 14 and 15, announced the addition of Grand Point Weird, a visual arts installation to the weekend-long party. Organizers also announced the official post-party, Grand Point Dead, to take place at Higher Ground in South Burlington immediately following the event Sunday night.

In addition to Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, the main stage for the 2013 Grand Point North Music Festival includes Southern rock jam band Gov’t Mule, New Orleans soul/funk band Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, soul and R&B singer Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Canadian singer/songwriter City and Colour, country rock band The Felice Brothers, and Charleston-based county/rock band Shovels & Rope.

Some of the best bands of Burlington will be featured at Grand Point North including Josh Panda & The Hot Damned, Scott Tournet & Ver La Luz, Belle Pines featuring Brett Hughes & The Honkey Tonk Tuesdays, Alpenglow, Rough Francis, Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band, Natalie Prass and Paper Castles. The Dupont Brothers, selected through a reader contest with Seven Days, will kick off the festival.

Grand Point Weird, curated by Grace Potter’s sister, Charlotte, will feature video art and open grounds for temporary installation work. Charlotte Potter, who currently the Glass Studio Manager at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, and is a traditionally trained glass blower has chosen themes of the fantastic, psychedelic, supernatural, strange or odd for this special exhibition.

“I’m thrilled to be involved with this exciting new aspect of the Festival,” said Charlotte Potter. “Grace and I have wanted to collaborate on a public project for years, and this is going to be the culmination of many of late night brainstorms. Buckle your seat belts. It’s about to get weird.”

Art installations will include works from Brooklyn’s Brett Windham and Norfolk, VA’s Robin Rogers. Charlotte Potter has put out a call for additional submissions through her website

Grand Point Dead, scheduled to start immediately after the festival on Sunday at the Higher Ground, will feature Grateful Dead classics played by members of Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and other special guests. Nocturnals guitarist Benny Yurco is assembling a backing band featuring some of Burlington, Vermont’s top musicians. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show.

In addition to the end of festival after-party, The Stepkids will perform with Ice Cream Saturday night after-party at Nectars in Burlington at 11pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and just $5 at the door. Tickets for both late night club shows are available at www.GrandPointNorth.On the shores of Lake Champlain, Burlington’s Waterfront Park offers an idyllic setting for the family-friendly festival. The festival offers music on two side-by-side stages with alternating performances, enabling festivals goers to catch every note. The opening bands are hand-picked by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and are always an amazing addition to the headline talent. The intimate size of the festival guarantees attendees will be able to experience all that it has to offer.

Curated by Skinny Pancake, Grand Point Local will again celebrate local food with an assortment of Vermont’s best purveyors including Duino Duende, Kettle Corn, Open Hearth Pizza, Vermont Yak Company, Southern Smoke and more each taking advantage of locally-sourced ingredients. “The Skinny Pancake team is SUPER excited to curate the 2013 Grand Point Local for the second year running,” said Benjy Adler, co-owner. “We’re continuing our effort to create the most delicious, locally-sourced, and Vermont-inspired culinary experience that you can find at music festival. We have put together a fantastic choice of Vermont’s best locavore food establishments. 100% of meats from all vendors and, since late September is the heart of the harvest, the vast majority of produce will be fresh and locally-sourced too. Come celebrate the height of local food season with us!

“Tickets for the Grand Point North Music Festival and the after parties are on sale at, by phone at 888-512-7469, or in person at the Higher Ground box office, located at 1214 Williston Road in South Burlington. Two-day early bird festival tickets are currently $69 and will increase to $79 on Tuesday, August 13. One-day tickets are $49 in advance. Children 12 and under are free.

A limited amount of tickets remain for the Grand Point Access VIP Ticket. This VIP package for two includes two (2) two-day festival tickets, VIP Parking, early entry into the festival, access to a VIP viewing area by the soundboard, access to a VIP tent and dollar beer bar, a limited edition poster signed by Grace Potter, and a souvenir VIP laminate.

All events are rain or shine. All dates, acts, and ticket prices subject to change without notice. |

Grand Point North Schedule has been announced

Saturday – Stage 1

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals:  8:15pm – 10:45pm
The Felice Brothers:  6:20pm – 7:05pm
Joshua Panda & The Hot Damned:  5:00pm – 5:30pm
Kat Wrigth & The Indominable Soul Band:  4:00pm – 4:30pm

Saturday – Stage 2

Charles Bradley & His Extrordinaires:  7:10pm – 8:10pm
Scott Tournet & Ver La Luz:  5:30pm – 6:15pm
Alpenglow:  4:30pm – 5:00pm
The Dupont Brothers: 3:30pm – 4:00pm

Sunday – Stage 1

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals:  7:45pm – 9:45pm
City and  Colour: 5:35pm – 6:20pm
Shovels & Rope: 4:10pm – 4:40pm
Natalie Prass:  3:20pm – 3:45pm
Belle Pines: 2:30pm – 2:55pm

Sunday – Stage 2

Gov’t Mule:  6:25pm – 7:40pm
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: 4:45pm – 5:30pm
Rough Francis: 3:45pm – 4:10pm
Paper Castles:  2:55pm – 3:20pm