Eli West was at the Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots Festival in August and blew everyone away with his incredible virtuosity!
We thrilled to have him return to the Ripton stage with his musical partner Ben Winship!
One of the most tasteful and innovative of young American musicians, Seattle-based Eli West has become a highly regarded figure in the Americana music scene over the past few years. Old and new, folk and jazz, vocal and instrumental, odd and accessible, subtle and virtuosic…. it takes great skill and care to make music that sounds this natural!
Ben Winship’s version of string band music is an exploration of crossroads; where raw meets refined, original meets traditional, weird meets familiar, organized meets free ranging. The Boston Globe called his sound “A further leap from traditional hill country music.” While Tim O’Brien refers to him as “One of the acoustic music scene’s best writers.”
‘Eli West is an exceptional singer, guitar player and musician, really deep stuff’– Martin Simpson
The Ripton Community Coffee House is a non-profit concert series held the first Saturday of each month throughout the year (except for August).
Since we started the Ripton Community Coffee House in May 1995, we have been very fortunate to have a consistent, enthusiastic, and attentive audience at each performance.The coffeehouse is held in the historic Ripton Community House, a beautiful wood frame meeting hall with a small balcony, located at 1305 Vermont Route 125, Ripton, Vermont 05766, a block up from the Ripton General Store, just next to the town office. It seats about 120 people.
Doors open at 7:00
There are no advance ticket sales. Admission at the door
$10.00 regular admission~ $15 generous admission
$3 for children 12 and under.
There is no alcohol or smoking allowed at the Ripton Community House.
Our concerts start at 7:30 with a 45-50 minute open mic set (generally very interesting). There are 4-12 minute slots available. This is followed by an intermission during which beverages and baked goods are available. The money generated by the refreshment sales benefit a different local non-profit organization each month. The featured performer(s) then do a single set that begins between 8:30 and 9:00.
The single set lasts an hour to an hour and a quarter.
Open Mic Performers can sign up for one of the four slots starting two weeks before the next concert by calling Andrea Chesman or Richard Ruane at 802-388-9782. It is a twelve-minute slot. Please don't use email to sign up for the open mike.
To arrange to have your non-profit organization provide refreshments at a concert or for more information about the Ripton Community Coffee House, contact Andrea Chesman or Richard Ruane at 802-388-9782 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Performers interested in being a featured performer should read the Booking Guidelines page.
To rent the Community House building for an event contact the Town of Ripton: