Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger in the Winooski traffic circle Rotary Park July 5, 2017   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music Wednesday on the island in the middle of the Winooski traffic rotary. It was my day off and I took it pretty casually but around 5 I put on the black, got set, and took the long walk to Winooski. The crossing from the sidewalk into the circle went pretty easily and I knew that once that hurdle was passed, it would be a great night. I didn’t know the setup for the shows there so I brought a bottle of water but as I wandered in, I just had to visit the beer and wine table.

A little after 6pm Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger took the stage and settled into a long cool jam. The Rangers can vary quite a lot but currently are Dalton Muzzy on drums, Shack Ear on bass, and Braden Winslow on electric guitar. When those three play without Joe Adler they are a band called Binger. Since I love both bands I knew it was going to be another fun show. Dalton’s steady and present drumming mixed nicely with Joe’s rhythm guitar. Shack’s bass ran in fun places and Braden’s super smooth fiery guitar work made sure the audience was rocked hard. They drifted out of the jam into a long Joe song called Stratosphere and the whole thing went a delightful 20 minutes. They brought the rock energy down with the fun Many Things And Many Scenes then delighted the crowd with Dead Flowers. Joe’s song Another Drink Of Water had a funky groove then picked up for the gotta move section. They followed with a song that will be their next single but that Joe has played for a while. It’s the one about the wicked witch and the Dead Sea Scrolls. I love that song and hope it gets recorded soon. A cover of the Police’s One World was fun and towards the end sound man Craig Mitchell sang along and helped wrap up the first set. Oh, and the sound was great all night because, you know, Craig Mitchell.

The set break was not long and the band came back for a heavenly version of Brothers And Sisters. Marcie Hernandez Music had joined them and it was great to hear her sing the saw part. Marcie hung out for most of the second set and sang along to songs like Spit “N Fire Blues and Relax. Joe did a great super deep vocal on 16 tons. The band made it sound like it was from a bygone era but then brought the rock for The Mime. They did a short Binger jam then played a great version of A Quiet Pun. They closed the set with Radiohead’s Creep and Joe and Marcie’s voices were over the top while the band drove it home.

I did not hang out very long and said a couple of quick goodbyes. I survived the trip from the circle back to the safety of the sidewalk and took the long pleasant walk home.

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