DIXFIELD — The Countryfolk Music Theatre will conclude its summer season with a Country Jamboree Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4-5, with seasoned musicians Rik Palieri and Rebecca Padula as guest performers.

More than 40 volunteer country musicians will perform over the weekend, with musicians performing every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, said Larry Bisbee, operator of Countryfolk.

Palieri and Padula, aka Rik & Bec, will take the stage at 6 p.m. on Saturday, followed by a country dance.

Ironically, the duo that plays low-tech acoustic and traditional American music has its roots in the high-tech environment of a digital video editing suite. Palieri and Padula, who have performed together on-stage in the United States, Europe, Australia and Argentina, first teamed up in the edit room and video studio, helping each other with their regular music-based, public-access television shows.

Palieri, or “Totem Pole” as his hobo pals call him, lives the life of a modern-day minstrel. With Rik & Bec, he plays mostly banjo, guitar, uke and native American flute, but he also plays a host of other instruments.

He has toured around the world and has performed at The Country Music Hall of Fame, Champlain Valley Folk Festival, the Kennedy Center, Blue Bird Cafe, The Bitter End and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. He has shared the stage with Pete Seeger, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Jimmie Driftwood, Ralph Stanley and Bruce Springsteen.

Palieri is also an author and was recently featured on the Grammy-nominated “Singing Through The Hard Times” tribute to Utah Phillips.

Padula is a singer-songwriter and guitarist with a wry New England wit and a big voice. She has performed throughout the Northeast for the past 15 years.

She a double degree in music and journalism from St. Michael’s College, has penned more than 40 songs and has released three independent albums. She has written for a number of New England newspapers and is a documentary filmmaker as well as an advocate for media literacy and free speech.

Other weekend highlights include a Minnie Pearl look-a-like contest and a giant pumpkin contest weigh-in. Whoever comes the closest to guessing the weight will win a lobster dinner for two. All donations go toward Countryfolk’s youth music scholarships. According to Bisbee, six youth music scholarships were awarded this summer and more than $5,000 has been awarded in scholarships over the past several years. Also, more than 250 cans of food have been donated to the Wilton Food Bank.

On Friday, Sept. 3, there will be a campfire musicians jam from 5 to 9 p.m.

Admission to the family-friendly musical weekend is free. For more information, call Bisbee at 645-4411 or e-mail [email protected]


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