MANCHESTER >> Vermont Blues Harmonica player and singer, Bob Stannard, will be celebrating his 65th Birthday at the Southern Vermont Arts Center on Friday, June 17 with a performance for the benefit of the SVAC and Heartworks. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

Complementing the music there will be a barbeque put on by Pink Boot Farm; great locally brewed beer by Manchester's own Northshire Brewery and the Perfect Wife doing a cash bar. All food and drink is in addition to the entrance fee.

Bob Stannard has invited The Voice of the Blues, Big LLou Johnson of Hollywood, Calif., to join him. In addition to being THE voice of Sirius XM Radio's BB King's Bluesville Big LLou is also a nationally acclaimed singer/song writer. He's known as "300 pounds of heavenly joy" and is sure to entertain all who come with his "Golden Voice of Radio."

There will be many other, very special surprise guests who will be participating in this event designed to help raise money for the those in need as well as the arts.

Although retired, along with being one of Vermont's premier harmonica players Bob Stannard is the new chairman of the board of trustees for the Vermont Arts Council. He has produced three CDs, written two Vermont humor books and recently co-written the book, "Frankie & Bobby – Growing up Zappa" with the late Frank Zappa's brother, Bobby Zappa.


Stannard last milestone birthday party (age 60) was celebrated at the Vermont Arts Exchange in Bennington and featured the late, great David Maxwell on piano. Get tickets today by ordering online at