The night I met Stevie Ray Vaughan   Leave a comment

Backstage pass 1989 pic by Tim Lewis

Backstage pass 1989 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

I still remember the night clearly. Stevie and the band played a killer show then Mike and I and several others went backstage. I had met a couple of rock stars by then so I wasn’t worried about getting an autograph but when I saw him signing other peoples backstage passes I though it would be good to have him sign mine, since I intended to keep it for life. I was all super-confident when standing in line but when it was my turn I turned to mush and meekly asked him if he would sign it. He asked my name then signed it to Tim. He shook my hand and I’ve never felt a handshake that strong since. I meekly said that I really enjoyed the show and the last time I saw him was when he opened for Robert Pant at the Montreal Forum. He asked if I had ever met Robert and said he was a wonderful person and I really should meet him if I ever got the chance. He kept talking with me for several minutes and really cared. He was a great human being and one of the most tremendous guitar players I have ever seen.

I believe that was in 1989.

 

Posted August 27, 2016 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Hana Zara at Light Club Lamp Shop August 25, 2016   Leave a comment

Hana Zara at Light Club Lamp Shop August 25, 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Hana Zara at Light Club Lamp Shop August 25, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I’m usually doing my local music radio show on Thursday nights but with Hana Zara in town I made a point of recording it earlier so I could go to the show.

I wanted to arrive before the 9pm start time so at quarter after 8 I took the lovely walk downtown. The club was packed when I arrived and a large band of string players were on the stage. I think they were called Stringdeck and the half a song that I caught was pretty cool. I settled in, said a quick hello to an enchanting human being, then she took the stage.

Hana Zara opened with Lithuania, and as the song unfolded and took us on its journey, the full room hung on every note and word. There is something about the way she uses words that paints pictures in your mind. Every song is a voyage made sunny by her compelling voice and strong guitar playing and shaded with her revelations of humanity. The fourth song in the set was the magical Science Fiction which stunned the room and caused a few album sales. The sixth song was a beautiful dichotomy called Symmetry that she played a few times before moving back to Nebraska. I’ve always loved that song and last night’s version was gorgeous. All of the rest of the songs she played were very new. They were all fascinating. One song was about remembering her true and was both vast and small. The third song in the set may have been called The Toil and had images of of oil as the blood that runs through the Earth’s body. The firth song in the set had images of seeing God in the green garden. For the seventh song she sang about friend who had a stroke and lost the ability to use language to communicate. The song was powerful and called As The World Got Completely Undressed. Zion Boat followed and was as great as all the others. She told a story of planting a garden in a suburban lawn and the local community putting up a sign that said no useless vegetation. This led nicely into the song called The Sower. She was going to end the night with her prayer for everyone for all that we are going through called Grandmama Moon but since we were such a friendly and supportive audience she wanted to play her newest song again. It was as vast and small as the first time, though maybe a little quieter and more pointed.

As soon as she wrapped up I headed out the door. Even though I had left my radio show in the good hands of Tony Gallucci I still wanted to get home and make sure the end played out correctly and do the show write up. The walk home was as lovely as the walk down only this time I had a lot of great new music in my head

 

 

 

Hana Zara at Light Club Lamp Shop August 25, 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Hana Zara at Light Club Lamp Shop August 25, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

Hana Zara at Light Club Lamp Shop August 25, 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Hana Zara at Light Club Lamp Shop August 25, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Posted August 26, 2016 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

Radio Show 173 Thursday August 25, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM pic by Tim Lewis

WBKM pic by Tim Lewis

 

Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM 107.1FM went as follows:

recording begins
Song before: Alone – Children in Paradise

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I want to begin by thanking Higher Ground for sponsoring us here at the station. They have Smooth Antics playing tomorrow if you want to check that show out. There has been a lot of music about lately so let’s begin with a guy who played a solo show last Sunday at Radio Bean.

1.) Grass Is Always Greener – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
2.) Make Me See Stars – The Lonestar Chain
3.) Black 17 – The New Siberians
4.) The Last Of The Unplucked Gems (live) – The Tragically Hip

I saw music Saturday night and Sunday night so it was not until Monday that I watched the full last concert from The Hip. It was powerful and poignant. The have played in town many times and have played all over Vermont. All of their shows were great and they put a ton of beautiful music into our world. I cannot thank them enough. That new song from the Siberians has been stuck in my head since the album came out. I see no signs of it stopping soon. Great song from the Burette Douglas solo band. I love that Phil song and it was cool to see the stripped down show on Sunday. OK, here is the next and last song from Giant Places. It’s been so warm and sunny and everyone is driving around with the windows down.

5.) Windows Down – Lendway
6.) My Fear Of Losing You – Milton Busker
7.) This Machine – Invisible Homes
8.) Love, Like Language – Happy Abandon

Happy played a stunningly great show at Foam Brewers last Friday. Homes followed and put on a great show too. Milton has a brilliant new album and is playing next Thursday at the Fairgrounds (???). OK, let’s rock. Better Things just released a new album called Getting Worse. This is the fist song.

9.) Getting Laid In New Hampshire – Better Things
10.) Carnage – Black Rabbit
11.) Lunacy – Cave Bees
12.) Ex-Files – Better Things

I’m psyched to check out Better Things on Saturday at 242 Main. I just checked out their new album and it’s really cool!! Bees played a stinging show at The Monkey House last Saturday. They were joined by Black Rabbit and Zeus Springsteen. Rabbit closed with that rocking song. Hmmm, Better Things. This next band are playing Saturday at the Enosburg Opera House.

13.) StatistiK – The Mountain Says No
14.) Blind Pigs – ROUGH FRANCIS
15.) U Thought U Ne Funk (intro) – DJ A-Dog
16.) Unveiled – Pours

I wanted to play the Pours song song for two reasons. One: It’s quite good and I like it. The second is that their drummer Chris Shar has had physical issues for years, and drummed his heart out for us for years anyway. He just started a Go Fund Me campaign to get a mobility device so he can get out and about more easily. He’s given a lot to us. It’s time for us to give back, if we can. DJ A-Dog passed away a few years ago but put a stamp on this town, and now there is a giant party every year for him. This happens all around town on Saturday. Tons of DJ’s and MC’s will play but a few bands, like Rough Francis, will play too. Forest Gray will play and this next band will play too.

17.) Colorful Girls – Dwight & Nicole
18.) Paint With The Sun – Arc Iris
19.) Scared – The Tragically Hip
20.) Science Fiction – Hana Zara

Hana move to Nebraska a while ago but is back in town tonight to enchant us with her beautiful music. I love that Hip song and and they did a great version of it at the last show on Saturday. Arc just released a new album full of songs they keep playing in Burlington. OK, let’s celebrate the return of Hana with a set of her songs.

21.) Santa Anna – Hana Zara
22.) Lithuania – Hana Zara
23.) Meghan’s Song – Hana Zara.

I love her music and her imagery and the way she lets her songs unfold around us. OK, time for a couple more. Let’s go out in style.

24.) Grace Too (live) – The Tragically Hip
25.) New Orleans is Sinking (live) The Tragically Hip

I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after:
Where In The World – Fish
Flamenco – The Tragically Hip
Putting Down – The Tragically Hip
Machine – The Tragically Hip

recording ends

regular programming song after O’er The Green Mountains – Jon Anderson

 

Phil Yates at Radio Bean August 21, 2016   Leave a comment

Phil Yates at Radio Bean August 21 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Phil Yates at Radio Bean August 21 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Radio Bean. Usually, when I see Phil Yates it’s with his rocking band The Affiliates, but every once in a while he plays a solo show and it’s nice to hear the stripped down versions of his songs. The show was set to start at 9 and around 7 my friend Christopher Larrow texted to see if anything was happening. I let him know about the show and he stopped by around 8 and drove us down around 8:30. I meant to leave a little bit later but it worked out well that we did not. There was a show time snafu with the band after Phil set to go on at 9:30. We arrived at 8:40 and he took the stage at 8:43 and rocked for 45 minutes or so. With an acoustic guitar and his charming voice he began the night with She Has Your Name. He followed with I’m Thrilled then played a cool version of Grass Is Always Greener. He played a great version of Co-Pilot then followed with a brand new song that I think was called Fixin’ To Die. Ninjas Vs Zombies followed and still rocked hard in the acoustic format. I missed the name of the next song, something about good night or good morning, but it was a really nice song. Burn Burn Burn was fun, then he pulled out another newish song that I’ve seen the full band do a couple of times called My Favorite Bag. It worked quite well in the acoustic setting. The obligatory Replacements cover followed and this time it was Can’t Hardly Wait. He capped the night with Burn It Down Bernadette and ended just before 9:30. Even though I had seen a ton of music in the last few days, it was so worth the effort to see Phil play his lovely songs.

 

Posted August 22, 2016 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Zeus Springsteen, Cave Bees and Black Rabbit at The Monkey House August 20, 2016   1 comment

Black Rabbit at the Monkey House August 20 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Black Rabbit at the Monkey House August 20 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at The Monkey House. I met up with Nathan Curtis around quarter of 9 and we drove to Winooski. We were in and settled about 9, chatted briefly with Chris Farnsworth about how his band was going to play Yes covers a half time off and call themselves Maybe, and shortly after that Zeus Springsteen hit the stage. Chris played electric guitar and sang mostly backing vocals, and was joined by Josh Shedaker on bass and backing vocals and David Evans on lead vocals and drums. The music began with some heavy rocking riffs and I felt like I knew the song. As soon as the lyrics kicked I realized it was the Lobot song Lights Of Montreal. I made the connection of seeing Dave play in the band Somah so many years ago and Lobet more recently and realized how great the show was going to be. It did not disappoint. Dave is a great songwriter and has a charming and unique voice and all of the songs sounded great and rocked hard. I did not know most of the songs so I just listened and let them move me. The fourth song was short and fast and might have been called Turnaround. Chris had made a few Yes jokes from the stage at the beginning so before the fifth song when he said the next would be an Elton John cover I assumed he was kidding. They played a blisteringly intense over the top version of Madman Across The Water that made me happy that I was wrong. The next song was a fun ditty about how Jody is A Robot. It was slow and searing for most of the song but rocked hard for some of it. They played a few more, including My Funeral and closed the set with an unrelenting rocker that just kept driving and driving with no let up until it crashed into the ending. This was my first time seeing this new band but will not be my last.

 

 

Zeus Springsteen  at the Monkey House August 20 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Zeus Springsteen at the Monkey House August 20 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Up next was a band that only exists in Austin Texas or Winooski Vermont. Cave Bees hit the stage with their buzz saw punk rock. The songs have nice melodies but have a steady grind to them and sound great. With Steve Tremblay on electric guitar and vocals, Rebekah Whitehurst on bass, Frank Zee on drums and Creston Lea on electric guitar they rocked hard. They opened with I Need A Raise then kept rocking with Round Sum. Mine All Mine followed then they played a newer one called Juliet. They went back to their album with Sweet Pussy and an incredible version of The Lunacy. The next song was Kick The Can then they played a couple that I did not know, but really liked. Muskrat Love was a little heavier than usual then they played another one that I missed the title of but totally loved. 22R followed and rocked hard then they played a blistering version of Golden Goose. They closed with another newer song and I was blissfully happy.

 

 

Cave Bees  at the Monkey House August 20 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Cave Bees at the Monkey House August 20 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

It between sets it was nice to chat with Luke Awtry, Eric Olsen, and Linda Bassick, but soon enough, it was time to rock again. Black Rabbit hit the stage with their punk/garage rock music. With Trevor Jewett on drums, Darlene Scarano on bass and backing vocals and Marc Scarano on electric guitar and lead vocals they kept the night at the same hard rocking level set by the bands before. They opened with Mark My Words and followed with The Original Original. They went back to the first EP for Neutrino then rocked out Sayonara. They played a couple that I don’t know well enough yet, but really like, then welcomed us to their Neighborhood. Black Cat crept in next and was followed by the classic Tibbar Tibbar. Nicky Says rocked hard then Marc picked up the flying V for a song I did not recognize. Blue Sky followed with it’s cheery chorus then BS Passes was played a little extra hard. Rotten Egg has some cool hooks then they wrapped the night intensely with Carnage. They were as brilliant as always and I was so happy to be there for it.

What an incredible night of music.

 

 

Black Rabbit at the Monkey House August 20 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

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Black Rabbit at the Monkey House August 20 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Black Rabbit at the Monkey House August 20 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Posted August 21, 2016 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Happy Abandon and Invisible Homes at Foam Brewers August 19, 2016   Leave a comment

Happy Abandon at Foam Brewers August 19 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Happy Abandon at Foam Brewers August 19 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Foam Brewers. It was a lovely evening to walk down to Burlington’s waterfront and I had not been to the brewery bar yet. The sun was almost ready to set as I made my way past the outdoor seating and walked in the door. The stage was directly to the left and I immediately ran into Sean Witters and Shawn Connolly and chatted a little about their performance on my radio show on WBKM the night before. I got a beer from the bar, said a quick hello to Justin Ellis and soon enough it was time for his band to play.

Happy Abandon are a four-piece from Chapel Hill North Carolina and are about a third of the way into their current tour. With a singer/whistler/electric guitar player, a keyboard player/backup singer, Justin playing bass and singing backup and a drummer, they played an hour full of beautiful hard rocking songs. As they were tuning up something about the sound reminded me of Nous Sommes Du Soleil. The sound turned a little shoegaze as the song began then it added in some jangle guitar then it just rocked hard. I was in heaven from the first note. The second song started a little jazzy but rocked hard in the middle. This set the pace for the night. Each song used a various style of music then was placed into a pop context and rocked hard. The bar was mostly full of beer aficionados but the band caught the attention of several people. The third song had a little jazz feel, and with very little guitar leads, the electric piano sounding keys lead the song. After a bit it turned into an epic rock jam too. I couldn’t tell if the fourth song was really long or it was just played into the fifth, but it started by sounding like a lullaby, went into a nice hard rocking section, then went back to the lullaby. It drifted for a moment then ascended into a huge over the top epic. I think that was the point where I wished I had pushed all of my friends to see the show. So many of them would have loved it. They played a few more songs, all of them good and ended the night with Heavy Lines, the title song of their EP. I am so thrilled that I was able to hear them play.

It took a little time for Invisible Homes to get set up on the small stage but soon enough they began with the gorgeous Little Song. Sean sang and played electric guitar and keys, Shawn played electric guitar and sang, Patrick Ormiston played bass and some keys and effects, Simon Plumpton masterfully played the drums and Deva Racusin filled out the sound with bongos, various other percussion instruments, sax, and his strong voice. The sound is art rock and pop and whatever else they can weave into the mix. Early in the set they played a song I’m beginning to love called Pale Rage and followed it by the soaring Above The Frequency. They jammed out the title song from their first album, Song For My Double then turned a little Crimson for All Your Basis. Shawn’s guitar work had a lot of discipline. The next song was a Floydy prog song and they followed it with a Caroline Rose song. The newly recorded Company She Keeps followed and had a smooth rock sound and ended with a wicked Sean guitar solo. The next song was a new one about turning into animals and serving our robot overlords who have come to destroy. It ended with an instrumental breakdown that flowed into a rocking version of This Machine. They closed the night with Sean singing a great Tom Waits impression on Tango Till They’re Sore.

After they wrapped up I said a couple of quick goodbyes then took the long walk home, blissfully happy with all that I got to hear.

 

Invisible Homes at Foam Brewers August 19 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Invisible Homes at Foam Brewers August 19 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

Invisible Homes at Foam Brewers August 19 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Invisible Homes at Foam Brewers August 19 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Posted August 20, 2016 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Francesca Blanchard at Summervale August 18, 2016   Leave a comment

Francesca Blanchard at Summervale August 18, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Francesca Blanchard at Summervale August 18, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music yesterday afternoon at Summervale. I ran a little late and arrived at 6:05 and Francesca Blanchard was on stage singing and playing electric guitar. She was joined Matthew Kloss on bass and Charles Smyrk on drums. She sang many of the songs in French and a couple in English and they all sounded great. I did not know most of the songs so I just sat and listened as Mark Haworth Harlan snapped lots of photos. She played a couple of covers such as You Belong to Me and a Carla Bruni song with lyrics that flowed so fast I was amazed at how she kept up. Throughout the show the music had a lovely sound but it was her voice that shaped all of the songs. Her guitar playing has a cool sound like she’s plucking a banjo but her voice brings the songs their melodies. She played a few songs on her own then was rejoined by the band. I had to leave early to do my radio show later, but got to hear a large number of songs in the 70 minutes I was there. It was tough to leave and I will have to make it a point to see her play whenever I can.

 

 

Francesca Blanchard at Summervale August 18, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 2

Francesca Blanchard at Summervale August 18, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 2

Posted August 19, 2016 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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