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Forest Gray at Radio Bean June 18, 2017   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music a week ago Sunday at Radio Bean. I had to work until 5:30 and the show was set to start at 6 so the timing was perfect. I did a quick turnaround at home and took the lovely walk downtown. I got in and settled just as Forest Gray got up to play. He is a solo artist and plays some songs on guitar and some on keys with lots of loops. His music is low-fi indie with elements of hip hop. On the surface he seems a bit odd and quirky but as you listen it’s easy to appreciate the structure of the songs and his endearing voice. It was a complete pleasure to stand there and let the songs, and the cool breeze coming through the doors, wash over me. He began on keys the switched to guitar for the second song. He stayed on guitar for the next one and asked what did you forget. The fourth song was on keys and was a nicely dramatic song about what the green alien lady said. After that he played a song that said I need someone to help me with myself then he opined Lord, I’ve got something to say but I have a feeling that you’re not listening. He followed with a song on guitar about having fun with his life then went into a song about praying for your funeral. He played another on keys then Andy Lugo came up and played a swinging electric guitar while Forest sang Heart Attack. Andy left then Forest closed the show with a song that asked how do I love you, let me count the ways.

It was the second time that I had seen him play and have enjoyed both shows. I’d go back anytime. I hung out for a bit then chatted with Forest Gray and Valkirie Sami for a bit, then took the lovely warm sunny walk home.

 

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Posted June 30, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Radio Show 214 Thursday June 29, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show will run from 9-11pm Thursday June 29 over the air at 107.1FM and can be streamed at WBKM. It will go as follows:
 
Song before: Stairway To The Stars – Blue Oyster Cult
 
intro
 
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Last Sunday I went over to The Monkey House for one of the Show Up Shows to raise money for a good cause. Sean Hood played a gorgeous version of this song.
 
1.) Birds Of Park Slope – Eastern Mountain Time
2.) Liar – Maryse Smith
3.) Let Me Be – Peter Burton
4.) The Territory – Hana Zara
 
I miss Hana and hope she comes to see us again soon. I finally saw Peter’s band The Original Q last night at Nectar’s. They played a great version of that song, only with more bass, drums, and guitar. Maryse was back in town in May. It’s great when we are lucky enough to get to see her play. Great song by Mountain. OK, here is the next song from Lights Camera Action and is the last song on the Camera EP. We’ll move on to Action next week.
 
5.) Adam And Eve – 1881
6.) Giant Mosquitoes – Cold Sweat
7.) Every Time I Hear That Mellow Saxophone – Big Joe Burrell & The Unknown Blues Band
8.) Waiting For You – SWALE
9.) Eve & Adam – Cricket Blue
 
Cricket are pretty amazing and are playing at Farnham Ale & Lager VT tomorrow at 7. Swale have a new album, There’s No One Here, coming out July 7th and we are all waiting for them. After seeing Q last night I walked up Church st and stopped for a moment at the statue of Big Joe to reflect on the wonderful music that he put into out town. I want to keep playing it and keeping it alive. It’s definitely mosquito season here in VT so I had to play the Sweat song. Great song from 1881. This next artist is pretty amazing and will be at Foam Brewers next Wednesday.
 
10.) True Hue – Ivamae
11.) Relax – Joe Adler
12.) Detective Norman – Sad Turtle
13.) Mirror Mirror – Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger
 
That was recorded live at Nectar’s a while ago. He and the band will play in the rotary inside the traffic circle in Winooski next Wednesday. That should be interesting. Turtle are playing Saturday night at Radio Bean. Joe and his new band a.m. rejoice go on just before. This next band are doing a stripped down version of themselves tomorrow at 7:30 at Light Club Lamp Shop since their bass player is out of town. That should be interesting.
 
14.) By Design – The Nancy Druids
15.) The Call – Swillbillie
16.) Oh Dirty Blondes – Dirty Blondes
17.) Sugar Coated Candy Stix – Dino Bravo VT
 
Swillbillie are playing Nectar’s on Friday and are bringing Dino and the Blondes along. That will be a loud fun rocking show! This next performer was in a couple of Burlington bands in the ’90’s and just put our some new music.
 
18.) You’re the Target – Casey Merlin Rae
19.) Getting Laid In New Hampshire – Better Things
20.) Burning Bridges – Blue Button
21.) Monsters Are Due – Doom Service
 
Doom may or may not be playing a secret show that may or may not happen this weekend. If you like that song you may or may not want to check in with them. Great rockers from Blue, Better and Casey. This next band have a show coming up in a few weeks.
 
22.) Again Over Again – Banana Schlitz
23.) Jan Michael Vincent – Chin Ho
24.) Papertrain – David L Jarvis
25.) Chop Wood Carry Water – Zola Turn
 
I saw Zola many times in the ’90’s and they rocked hard every time. Dave played in the ’90’s and has a new band called Agent 802. Classic from Ho. I’m just getting to know the Banana album. It’s been sunny and rainy and the gardens in Vermont are putting the green in our name.
 
26.) The Naked Garden part J – Peg Tassey MUSIC
27.) The Road – Anders Parker
28.) Mary – Plan B
29.) The Naked Garden – Peg Tassey
 
Peg will be getting one of her bands, Peg Tassey ~ The Kissing Circle ~ Reprise, back together soon and will play a show and I am beyond excited. Mary is a classic from Burlington’s late ’80’s and early ’90’s. Great rocker from Anders. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
 
Sayonara – Black Rabbit
outro
 
Songs after:
Credo – Fish
Alone In The Night – Andriana Chobot
Feel It – Kate Bush
When The Nights Get Long – Carraway
Faith Without Works – Cell15
Alone – Children in Paradise
Lead Me To Your Love – The New Siberians
Long Term Sermon – The Mountain Says No
Highway Brain – The Cush
You – Slingshot Dakota
Wait For Her – Roger Waters
The Awful Ache – The Church
Even In The Quietest Moments – Supertramp
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

Greaseface, REDadmiral, Shred Flintstone, and Ellen Degenerates at Jim’s Basement June 10, 2017   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music recently at Friends of Jim’s Basement. They put on a lot of punk underground shows featuring local and touring bands and I like to be there when I can. It was a lovely warm, but not super hot, Saturday. I got out of work at 4:30, hung out at home for a while, then took the happy walk to King st. I said a couple of hello’s then headed down to the basement. There were a lot of kids there and I found a place to stand a bit out of the way.

Greaseface are three high school kids playing guitar, bass, drums and were dressed like bandits with striped shirts and masks. The music was fast and loud and fun. They opened the show with a surf rock noir feel that fell into a classic punk feel. The bass player shouted the lyrics as the guitar played strong melodies and sweet leads while the drummer was constantly over the top. The second song had a bombastic intro then settled into a riff where all three shouted the words into the air. The whole nine song set was full of energy with moshing in the room and moshing by the band. They sang songs about steak dinners and they sang a song about Home Alone from the perspective of the burglars. They rocked hard from beginning to end and it made me feel good to know a new generation of people are taking music so seriously.

 

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Greaseface pic by Tim Lewis

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Greaseface pic by Tim Lewis

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Greaseface pic by Tim Lewis

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REDadmiral pic by Tim Lewis

Up next was a band I had not caught up with in a while. REDadmiral had changed things up from the two guitars, bass, drums band I was expecting to a two acoustic guitars, a beat box, an electric stand up bass and a guy who played a never ending series of odd and fun percussion instruments. Between the change in overall sound and the country feel of the first two songs it took me a little bit of time to settle in. They were so much mellower than the last band. The third song of the set was Bullet which I knew reasonably well and it was fun to see where my expectations differed from the new reality. The next song, Goner, actually sounded a lot like it did on the album and set began to jell for me. Many of the kids stayed and stood and listened quietly. The whole nine song set was cool, completely not what I expected, and one of the many reasons I love to go out and see music.

 

 

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REDadmiral pic by Tim Lewis

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Shred Flintstone pic by Tim Lewis

Shred Flintstone have such a fun name that I had high expectations. The first few notes of the set fulfilled them all as they rocked hard with a huge cool sound. The New Jersey band played punk rock with inviting melodies. The bass player is steady and solid as the guitar player and drummer assault their instruments. The kids in the room moshed and had fun as the band played killer song after killer song. I loved every moment of their eight song set.

 

 

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Ellen Degenerates pic by Tim Lewis

Ellen Degenerates closed the night as a guitar bass drums trio playing mellower rock that veered a little towards jazz. All of their songs got into a nice groove and floated for a while but still had a rock edge. The only song I knew was Sri Lanka but I liked all of the songs. Most of the crowd had stayed to check them out and seemed appreciative.

After the set I said goodnight to Brian LaClair and James Lockridge and took the lovely walk home.

 

 

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Ellen Degenerates pic by Tim Lewis

Radio Show 213 Thursday June 22, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM 107.1FM Thursday June 22nd will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time and will go as follows:

Song before: You’ve Got Time – Regina Spektor

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Phish became so huge that a lot of people think of Burlington as a host to many jam bands, which we certainly have plenty, but we also have lots of diverse artists and some even think your song is too long.

1.) Your Song’s Too Long – Mr. Ray Fork
2.) Tell Me No – Clever Girls
3.) Fast – Chin Ho
4.) Terrarium – Vedora

I miss Vedora. What a beautiful song. Chin put a ton of music into our community in the 90’s. Nice rocker from the Girls. Ray Fork, you’ve just got to love him. OK, here is the next song on Camera.

5.) Dead End Street – 1881
6.) Small Town Movie – The Cush
7.) Bloodboy – Barbacoa
8.) Off To Be On – Near North

Cool song by the Vermont band. I should really try and catch up with them soon. Classic cover of the Envy song by Barbacoa. Bill Mullins and Kirk Flanagan from the band will play at Foam Brewers tomorrow as the Idles. Classic song from the Cush. Great song from 1881. This next set of music has a universal theme. It begins with not being able to get by, even though you are in the show.

9.) Soul Piggy Bank – SWALE
10.) I Got A Job – Maryse Smith
11.) Paycheck – Slingshot Dakota
12.) I Need A Raise – Cave Bees
13.) Rejected – Black Rabbit
14.) I Quit – Blotto

With the setup from the first song, I think you can see the flow of the theme from the song titles. Great songs, each and every one of them. OK, let’s keep rocking.

15.) Lion Tamer – Carraway
16.) Parking Lot – Villanelles
17.) Silence Kills – Secret Heliotropes
18.) Just Another Day – The Nancy Druids

I had to play that one because of the lion tamer reference. Cool songs from Heliotropes, Villanelles and Carraway. This next song is just great.

19.) Haze – gneiss
20.) Bury Me – Forest Gray
21.) Harvest Moon – Silver Bridget
22.) Easy Come – Split Tongue Crow

Great song from the Rutland band. Bridget are so wonderful. I caught up with Forest Gray at Radio Bean last Sunday and he put on a delightful show as always. Gneiss are at Martell’s in Jefforsonville tomorrow. OK, time to keep rocking.

23.) Spit N Fire Blues – Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger
24.) Showdown At The Blue Moon Hotel – Jerichovox
25.) Sequoia 3 – Binger

Great rocker by the very thoughtful band that Facebook won’t let me tag. Jerichovox are from Jericho VT and play cool songs. That song by Joe Adler and the band was recorded live at Nectar’s. OK, let’s keep rocking.

26.) Flypaper – Persian Claws
27.) Light’s Of Montreal – Lobot
28.) Strawberry Blonde – Dino Bravo VT
29.) Nowhere Feels Like Home – Fire the Cannons

Cannons only existed for a couple of years but left us with some great songs. Dino will be at The Monkey House on Sunday with some other musicians to raise money for a good cause, so you should Show Up. Lobot were so much fun, and so were the Claws. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after:

Poet’s Moon – Fish
Dogs At The Door – Milton Busker
Bird In A Gale – Roger Waters
Bird On The Sea – The New Siberians
Ocean’s Apart – Roger Waters
Song About The Ocean – Dino Bravo
I Didn’t know That You Were A Wizard – Colin Nicholas Clary
Be My Hero – October Project
Joan Crawford (live) – Blue Oyster Cult
Megaphone – Joshua Glass Music

 

Radio Show 212 Thursday June 15, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show will run from 9-11pm June 15th and can be heard on 107.1FM or from the Facebook page of WBKM and will go as follows,

Song before: I Don’t Remember – Peter Gabriel

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s been a beautiful week of warm and hot sunny days so let’s head to the beach.

1.) Beach Song – Mr. Ray Fork
2.) A Walk On Ballard Beach – The High Breaks
3.) I Wanna Be A Lifeguard – Blotto
4.) Blue Sky – Black Rabbit
5.) Lovely Day – gneiss

It’s been so nice to have so many lovely days lately. Gneiss are at Red Square tonight. There has been lots of blue sky lately and Rabbit sing such a cool song about it. They played a great show last Friday at The Monkey House. I remember seeing Blotto a couple of times at Hunts a long time ago. Great song from the Breaks. Now that Phil has taken the Affiliates joke to Chicago, it’s time for us to embrace the Ray Fork joke. OK, let’s play the next song on Camera.

6.) Shortcuts – 1881
7.) Miranda – Ninja Custodian
8.) Voodoo Camaro – Wide Wail
9.) Windows down – Lendway

It’s the perfect time to drive around with the windows down, perhaps in a magical camero. Classic song from Ninja. I’m working my way through the set of EP’s from 1881 called Lights, Camera, and Action song by song, week by week. OK, last Saturday I joined the Friends of Jim’s Basement and saw these next four bands.

10.) Winnebago – Ellen Degenerates
11.) Goner – REDadmiral
12.) Shark – Greaseface
13.) Fruity Pebbles (Legend Of The Samurai) – Shred Flintstone
14.) Cross Country – Steven Wright

I want to thank Higher Ground for sponsoring us at WBKM and for bringing Mr Wright to the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts tomorrow, and for all of the other great music they bring to our community all the time. Great song from the New Jersey band with such a great name. Flintstone rocked hard in Jim’s basement last week. Greaseface also put on a brilliant show that night. Admiral have stripped down to more of a acoustic band and were cool last Saturday too. Ellen closed that show nicely. OK, let’s play another Burlington classic.

15.) Wally Rides The Ferry – Zoot Wilson
16.) Fly On The Wall – Zola Turn
17.) Heartbreak Baby – Villanelles
18.) Can’t Feel It – Vetica

Great song from Vetica. Heartbreak rocks hard. Same for Zola. Such a fun song from Zoot. OK, let’s go out for a ride.

19.) Freeway – Totally Submerged
20.) The Mime – Joe Adler
21.) I Am A Hatchet – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
22.) Freeway – David Rosane & The Zookeepers

Such a great song from David. It’s sad to see Phil Yates move to Chicago but at least he and the band played a blistering show at the Monkey House last Friday. I’m sure we will see him again. Joe’s been playing around lately in his new band a.m. rejoice which I seem to keep missing. It’s hard to miss Submerged since they play all around Vermont all the time. OK, let’s keep up the theme with a song about the ocean.

23.) Song About The Ocean – Dino Bravo VT
24.) Sober – Vedora
25.) In The Rain – Plan B

Plan are a classic Burlington band from the ’80’s. I love how huge that song is. I always loved it when Vedora played Sober and Matt went way off on guitar. Hmmm, song about the ocean. Hmmmm. OK, there’s not much time left so let’s keep rocking.

26.) Jackbooted Thugs (Have All The Best Drugs) – Anders Parker
27.) Something I Drew – farm
28.) Mr Reed – Seth Yacovone Band

Great rocker from Seth Yacovone and the guys. Classic song from Farm who played in the 2000’s. Great rocker from Anders. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

Songs after:

Sunsets On Empire – Fish
Who Are These Gods? – Dam Kat
La Villa Strangiato (live) – RUSH
Oh You! – You’re You! – Ruckzuck
Above My Ground – Landlady
Detroit Rock City – Kiss
On And On – Michael Schenker
It’ll Be OK – Let’s Whisper
Sign Of The Gypsy Queen (live) – April Wine
Waiting For The World To End – The Depth and the Whisper
Revenge Of Vera Gemini – The Contrarian
Happy X-mas (War Is Over) – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming.

 

 

Mikey Holland, Black Rabbit, and Phil Yates & The Affiliates at The Monkey House June 9, 2017   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music last Friday at The Monkey House. I worked until 7, checked in with Nathan Curtis and just before 9 we headed to Winooski. While it felt like the end of an era, my focus was squarely set on the rock show in front of me. We got drinks then hung out on the picnic tables outside and chatted with Josh Shedaker for a while. I kept glancing in the open window and when I heard the sound of an acoustic guitar getting ready to play, I headed in.

Mikey Holland from The Dazies sang and played guitar and the songs had a neo-romantic Posies sort of sound. The first song was about suffocating in the USA and the second was about panicking all the time. He sang about a piece of my love and he sang about a famous Boston bartender named Johnny Allen. He sang a song about feeling like an idiot with the tag line 1 2 3 4 5 Hey, I’m Alive, and it was fun that it was the 5th song of the set. A cheery song about the misery of being on the outside looking in followed. He sang about the little things that keep him up at night and closed with a song about howling at the moon called Wake The Night. I liked his set and liked his songs and he made them sound great.

 

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Mikey Holland pic by Tim Lewis

The room was full of local stars and it was not long until Black Rabbit took the stage with a roar. At top volume and peak punk rock intensity Rabbit lit into the set with The Original Original. They told us what Nicky said then sang about Carnage. They played the first new song of the night and it’s already on it’s way to becoming one of my favorites. They rocked hard on the bouncy My Blue Sky then said Sayonara. Another new song, maybe Quiet Down, was great and it’s already on it’s way to becoming one of my favorites. Alienation has that great flow to it and Rejected is such a universal sentiment. They sang about JFK, at a beautifully blistering volume, on Mark My Words. The Invisibles has that great line about lipstick and dynamite, and is always fun to hear live. Another new song, The Shutout (?) was cool and it’s already on it’s way to becoming one of my favorites. They went back to the first EP for the tale of Papa Neutrino. They pulled out a cover of Husker Du’s I Apologize that made the room a happy place. The next one was the last new one of the night and it’s already on it’s way to becoming one of my favorites. They went into the home stretch with the powerful Tibbar Tibbar. Darlene Scarano leaned into the mic and said Is Phil Yates really leaving town and they closed the night with New Rose. It was such a fitting end to a powerhouse show.

 

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I chatted with a few people in the break but soon it was time for the last Phil Yates & The Affiliates show before Phil moves to Chicago. They opened by rocking hard on Burn It Down, Bernadette and that set the tone for the night. They kept rocking at full pace with Might As Well Settle then played the cool new song Send Him The Bill. If Only I Was Lonely was a bit mellower but still had some rock to it. They ramped back up on Co-pilot. I Am A Hatchet has a nice groove to swing to then they rocked out Burn Burn Burn. She Has Your Name sounded sweet as always. I’m not sure what the next one was, but it was pretty cool and may have been about sour grapes. Fixin’ To Die is another cool new song and sounded great. They brought the volume to peak intensity and the and the speed up to Rabbit level for a stunning Ninjas Vs Zombies. They kept rocking hard on My Favorite Bag then played a blistering Little French Earthquakes. They played a lovely version of Big Star’s Thank You Friends then closed the night with Phil putting down the guitar and singing the heck out of Honeycomb. It’s sad that Phil is leaving and nice to know that he can come back anytime, but of all the shows to leave on, this one rocked hard.

 

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Phil Yates & The Affiliates pic by Tim Lewis

 

Camp Howard and The Dead Shakers at Light Club Lamp Shop May 30, 2017   Leave a comment

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Camp Howard pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Tuesdays ago at Light Club Lamp Shop. It was one of those long work days that I somehow got through. I had wanted to see Ellen Degenerates again, but really did not want to go out, but stepped up my game and got myself out the door. I knew there was a chance that I would miss them anyway but the walk to the lamp shop is pretty quick so I just went for it.

As I entered the venue I ran into Kevin Bloom and chatted for a moment before getting a drink and listening to Camp Howard. They are an indie rock band from Richmond Virginia who play fun and challenging music. The first song that I caught had a nice sweep to it but every time it changed it went in a way I never would have guessed. This set the precedent for the rest of the show. Fortunately, every member of the band committed to all of the crazy changes and everything hung together well and they were really fun. The second song rocked harder than the first and may have been about heartache. The fifth song I caught started like a straight up rock song and careened into improbability. Later in the set they had a song with a surf noir sound in the late middle and a tag line of I don’t understand what it’s all about. They closed with a song that had an ’80;s synth pop sound. It was so much fun trying to figure out where the songs would go and being wrong every time. I really enjoyed their show.

 

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During the set break I realized I had missed Ellen but was into hanging out and seeing another band I knew nothing about. Kevin, and a small orchestra, took the stage. He sang and played guitar and was joined by another guitar player (Walker?), Josh Shedaker on bass, a drummer, a percussionist who played a second snare and other things, a cello player, a sax player and a guy who played a shaker. Collectively known as The Dead Shakers they opened with a long epic instrumental with galloping drums and an icy cello soaked with reverb. The second song was a cheery number about an insane asylum in Medford and rocked hard forever. I realized that all of the songs were going to be long jams with more structure and drama than a “jam band” would have. The third song had an eerie feel that made me think of the middle of Echoes before it fell into the sledgehammer rocked out ending. The next song had an Echoes feel as well and maybe a hint of Moby Dick and featured some cool slide cello. The last song of the night had a bit of a Doors or Tragically Hip feel and rocked super hard at the end. I really loved every moment of their show and want to see them again as soon as I can.

I hung out for a bit and said hi to the bartender and chatted with Sheddy then took the short and happy walk home. I’m so glad I put in the effort.

 

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

 

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The Dead Shakers pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted June 9, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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