Billy Wylder Plays the Quechee Balloon Fest Friday

On Friday afternoon at 3 PM the Upper Valley was witness to a new band, Billy Wylder. The guys took the stage at the 34th Annual Quechee Balloon Festival and treated the festival goers to some great music. Some folks recognized local favorite Avi Salloway (formerly of Avi and Celia and Hey Mama) on lead vocals and guitar. The guys played two 45 minute sets as the crowd grew steadily as the afternoon went on. The band will be in Charlotte, VT – The Moonshine at Solfresh Farm –Tickets tonight then on a break while Avi travels to the Middle East.

Catch this band if they come anywhere near you...their enthusiasm is infectious!

From the Billy Wylder website:
From the archaic streets of Jerusalem to the small towns of America and all along the way, music has been the thread and source of strength for Billy Wylder. The band features Avi Salloway from Hey Mama/Avi & Celia joined by a boot kick crew of musical vigilantes.

In the heat of the Arab Spring, Avi traveled to Israel and Palestine to work on an ethnographic music and dialogue project with young Arab and Jewish artists. Through his inspiration from the experience, new songs began to take form and the idea of Billy Wylder was born. The band recorded Sand & Gold with the help of The Low Anthem in Providence, RI and is now touring America, building the “Wylder family” of fans from town to town.

Billy Wylder, like their peers, the David Wax Museum and Vampire Weekend, bring sounds from around the globe to meld with their American roots, taking the listener on a journey from bayou to borough, desert to dreamland. Wylder’s a rebel on horseback, singing songs with the people he meets, songs of love and adventure, filled with the color of his journey.
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Upcoming Tour Dates:
6.15 – Charlotte, VT – The Moonshine at Solfresh Farm –Tickets
8.14 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda's
8.16 – Upper Jay, NY – The Recovery Lounge
8.17 – Warren, VT – Private Concert
8.18 – Stockbridge, VT – Tweed River Music Festival – Tickets
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