I just got back from seeing music at Radio Bean. Yes, I know it’s not even 10am yet, so you know what day it is. Happy Birthday Radio Bean! I caught a ride downtown with Mike Luoma, got in and settled and got some coffee, but soon it was time for some rock and roll. Dino Bravo VT said they were going to try and wake up Jason Cooley and opened with the heaviest rock version of Wake Up Little Suzy, with Cooley swapped into the lyric instead of Suzy, that you’ve ever heard. They followed with another killer cover, the T.Rex classic 20th Century Boy. It was blisteringly loud and rocked hard. They followed with a new one called Past The Mark (sp?) and closed the set with a blistering Sugar Coated Candy Sticks. It’s so great to hear some wonderful heavy rock first thing in the morning. Thanks guys!
Up next, Jeremy Gilchrist played three gentle, yet strong, songs on his acoustic guitar. His voice was lovely to listen to and the songs nicely structured. It’s a bit hard to go from something so loud to something so gentle, but his set had me swaying all the way through.
Up next, I went in search of free pancakes and happily ate my way through the first song by Smooth Antics. I’ve heard a lot of good things about them and I can see why. The guitar, bass, drums, sax, keys, and vocalist band played some smooth jazzy funky grooves. Singer Steph Heaghney has a strong voice, but used it pretty gently. The first couple of songs were nicely mellow but the third picked up the pace a bit. Steph has a great stage presence and I can see why there is a lot of buzz about her and the band. I really enjoyed their set.
Up next, Enemy Self turned out to be Mike from Manifest Nextome. He rapped to three pre-recorded hip hop songs. The sound was nicely filled out, and his words were pretty cool.
I could have happily stayed all day, but I do have to work. I took the chilly walk home with thoughts of coming back as soon as I can!