Tupelo Music Hall to open Vt. venue


Tupelo Music Hall, the popular music venue in Londonderry, has unveiled plans to open a similar spot across the river in Vermont.Scott Hayward, Tupelo’s owner, and Mike Davidson of Execusuite LLC of White River Junction, Vt., announced that a second Tupelo location will open in October in the historic Boston & Maine Freight House on South Main Street in White River Junction.Davidson is the owner of the former railroad freight station, which he has restored and adapted for mixed-use retail. Tupelo will occupy 4,000 square feet of space.Hayward said the Vermont venue will have about 240 seats for concert-style seating and 140 for cabaret-seating shows. Like its New Hampshire counterpart, will present regionally and nationally known artists.Over its six years artists as varied as George Winston, John Hiatt, Squeeze and Judy Collins have appeared at the New Hampshire Tupelo.Hayward said he will personally oversee the operation and book the talent, but he has hired Doug Phoenix, formerly production manager for the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College in Hanover to serve as the Vermont Tupelo's manager.Like the Londonderry venue, Tupelo Vermont will present music in a variety of genres, from rock to blues to folk to jazz, performed by legendary artists as well as rising stars. A monthly comedy show will also be on the schedule. Hayward said he expects to announce a fall-winter schedule in early August. -- JEFF FEINGOLD/NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS REVIEW
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