The Vermont Joy Parade is a seven piece ensemble featuring banjo, trumpet, accordion/piano, electric and classical guitar, upright bass and drums/percussion, playing a fervent and eclectic blend of Americana, indie-rock, old-time, country blues, dixieland, Cajun, jug, and klezmer known as "all-time music" or "suspender fusion". Their alchemical blend of alternately rambunctious and soulful tunes has been received with enthusiasm by people from all walks of life all over America and Europe.
Since 2008, they've conducted six critically acclaimed national American tours on their waste vegetable oil powered buses and two buzz worthy tours of Central Europe with a documentary film maker. Some of their notable performances include Bonnaroo Music Festival (Tennessee 2009), Brooklyn's notorious Danger Parties (New York 2010), Discover Jazz Festival (Vermont 2011), Frankfurt's famous Festhalle (Germany 2011), Köln's Lanxess Arena (Germany 2011) and Antwerp's Lotto Arena (Belgium 2011) for audiences of up to 14,000. The Vermont Joy Parade toured extensively in support of their second album New Anthem in 2012 and in 2013 with their full length documentary film, Vermont Joy Parade: The Clock Tick and the Heartbeat which premiered at the 2013 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.
During their 2013 Summer tour the Joy Parade were featured on NPR's Radio Boston and USA Today establishing themselves as the most exciting spectacle on the Northeast touring circuit.
Wherever they go, it would seem, The Vermont Joy Parade cannot be stopped from making joy, merriment, and the most voluble and exciting music anyplace West of anyplace East. Their vibrant original tunes in addition to their repertoire of rare and popular old-time gems, as well as their endless and incorrigible vaudevillian stage antics make them a show not to be missed. Long live the circus. Long live joy!
"..the background music of a hipster circus sideshow."
- Brionna Jimerson, NPR Boston
"..Vermont Joy Parade has been gifting audiences across the country with their charismatic blend of jazz, blues, punk-influenced, old-world, circus and music theatrics."
"...raucous, organic party music that every now and then gives way to powerful, introspective ballads."
- Brent Hallenbeck, Burlington Free Press
Ben Aleshire - Trumpet and Vocals
Benjamin Strosberg - Banjo and Vocals
Dan Fancher - Drums/Percussion
Anna Pardenik - Guitar and Vocals
Galen Peria - Accordion, Piano and Vocals
Devin Robinson - Resonator Guitar and Vocals
Taylor Smith - Big Bass Fiddle and Vocals
Thread Magazine, 2012