Sharon Van Etten returns to Vermont where her music career really took off

It’s been almost a decade since Sharon Van Etten performed a concert in the Burlington area. In November 2012 she ran the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge in South Burlington – capacity 330.

She will be officiating a bill on Monday August 15 alongside singer-songwriters Angel Olsen and Julien Baker on the green at the Shelburne Museum – capacity 3,000. This nearly tenfold increase in viewership says a lot about the trajectory of Van Etten’s career as it has evolved from small clubs to theaters and large outdoor venues.

It’s a journey with roots in Burlington. The New Jersey native was living with her sister in Burlington less than 20 years ago when she began shaping her sound by performing at open mic nights at Radio Bean on North Winooski Avenue.

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