Old Couch Music Festival


Capitol Theater Sat, Aug 14 6:00 PM
August 14th, 2021
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The Old Couch Music Festival is back after a hiatus in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Old Couch was created in 2017 to display local and regional Americana, folk, bluegrass, country, blues, and rock music.  The name was inspired by an old couch in the back of the theater that just couldn’t be dumped because it was donated in someone’s memory.   This old couch has come to serve as the primary fundraising event for the Capitol Theater.  After three years, we feel that it has become Burlington’s favorite outdoor music festival.   Come down this year to hear the music of some great artists including:

Jonas Woodstock - Originating from the Midwestern big river city of Fort Madison, Iowa.  Jonas Woodstock is an American beatnik Singer/Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for his captivating one-man band act the GYPSY HIPPIE HILLBILLY DUDES ROADSIDE REVIVAL.

Flash in a Pan - Flash in a Pan is folk and grass string band from Iowa City, IA. Flash in a Pan brings a fun mix of folk music of many shades. Noted for their shining harmonies, provocative compositions, and heart-felt performances, Flash in a Pan dishes out a sound that is all at once familiar and refreshingly different.

Hurricane Ruth - Hurricane Ruth earned her name because no one believed that such a large sound could come out of such a small woman!  She brings The power of Big Mama Thornton; fire of Janis Joplin; boundless stage energy of Tina Turner, and soulfulness of Aretha Franklin all rolled into a petite dynamo.

Eric Pettit Lion -  Like the gritty Mississippi River, the Burlington band Eric Pettit Lion can't and won't stop. Which is what happens when a band fine tunes a sound and hits their stride.  Their Americana sound has developed over the last decade into something fantastic, with three-part harmonies as well as each singing member lead on select songs.  EP Lion continue the classic river metaphor by creating music that everyone can relate to with the passage of time with music about real issues with real consequences heading downstream.