I had a great time seeing music last night at the Burlington VFW. I got out of work at 7 and zipped downtown and found my way in just before 8. I hung out with the singer and Peter Pembroke, Chris Rielly, Robin Chesebro Rielly and a few others and had a lively conversation. With snacks and sandwiches and beer provided the room had a nice vibe. The stage was open for a while and a trio, who’s name I missed, played a few covers. After telling lots of fun stories, it was soon time for David Jarvis to take the stage.
He began solo with an acoustic guitar and played a fun version of Up In Smoke. The next song was a Violent Femmes song that I could not place at first. It turned out to be a ballad-like version of Blister In The Sun. He dropped it into I Melt With you and that wrapped up the acoustic set.
After a few minutes, Dave took the stage, picked up the electric guitar and was joined by a bassist, a drummer and Dan on accordion. I thought that was an odd choice but it was mixed down a bit and filled out the songs nicely, without being the focus. The band rocked hard and played a string of great songs from Burlington’s illustrious past. I though all the songs held up nicely and sound relevant today. Papertrain has lots of pop hooks and rocks hard. Talk Of Love has that irresistible hook. The instrumental D was pretty fun as was Ride. Winter has a jazzy feel and is just a gorgeous song. Message has a great pop hook too. The sultry Vampire was great considering the date and all of the Halloween decorations in the room. Sunflower Street is one of my favorite songs ever and it was so great to hear it played live. The tale of trying to be yourself in a world of conformity played out nicely in the super poppy Green Apple Girl.
The set was not overly long, but was full of great songs. It’s so nice to know that some of the magical music that has been created in our town can sit for decades then come back to life onstage, and sound as good as it ever did.