Don Rico, Zeus Springsteen, and The Blue Stones at Higher Ground, March 4, 2019   Leave a comment

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Don Rico

 

I had a great time seeing music Monday night at Higher Ground. I got out of work, had a little time to settle, then took the short drive to South Burlington.

I got in and settled into the steadily filling room. Don Rico took the stage and played a whirlwind set of chaotic rock music. With three guitars, bass and drums the band were loud and fast and full of attitude. Their stage banter was fun and the X’s on their hands suggested that they are just getting started. They opened with a song about dollar shots that made me think of what Mr Doubtfire might sound like if they were a little breezier. They played a countryish song about getting your dicks up, a fun rocker, then one about how cool Burlington is. They played a song that was not a Nirvana song about getting stuck in a basement then wished us a Happy Valentine’s Day. They closed with a song about screaming to worship the gods. They had something going for them and it may be fun to see where they go in the future. They weren’t great, but have potential.

 

Up next Zeus Springsteen took the stage and rocked the packed house hard. They opened with the old Lobot song Lights Of Montreal then brought us A Special Kind Of Hell. I don’t know that song, but will get to know it soon. They encouraged us not to stand too close to the shadows then we had a Signal Loss. Their catchy songs seemed to delight the audience and it was fun to be part of the experience. The next one was cool then they rocked out I’ll Get You Dindone Fontain. Your Funeral lit me up and I enjoyed the next song, which I think was about dimming the lights. Car Bomb rocked hard then they closed with a punk prog song which told us don’t think about it. I’m so happy they have so many newer songs that I need to get to know. They are just amazing.

 

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Zeus Springsteen

I did not know anything about headliners The Blue Stones but when they unwrapped their gear it looked like a guitar drums duo. Remember back a few years when The White Stripes began to play and everyone loved their sound, but I really hated it and thought it was way too thin? There are very few duos that I can handle, and my fears were answered when they began to play. They were a duo and did not catch me at all. I stuck it out for three songs, but after the killer set that Zeus dropped on us, I could not find anything to latch on to. I headed out quickly and took the lovely walk home.

It’s a pretty common occurrence for me to see a band I like and a band or two that I don’t know and really discover something wonderful. It did not happen that night, but I’ll keep trying.

 

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The Blue Stones

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Posted March 11, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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