Milton Busker And The Grim Work at The Garage and Ryan Power at Light Club Lamp Shop July 5, 2019   Leave a comment

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Milton Busker And The Grim Work

I had a great time seeing music on July 5th at the The Garage VT. It was a hot sunny day and I was really excited to check out the Garage as a music venue. I think it started as the Growler Garage and certainly still has a nice list of beer on tap. I got going a little early and took the lovely walk to the corner of Main and Battery. I walked in and ordered a drink and some food from the bar in back and got settled at a table near the band. I had just enough time to eat before they began.

I’ve enjoyed the music of Milton Busker and the Grim Work for quite a while. They opened the Basement song, which was cool since it had been running through my head all day. The sound was great and the person running it was very attentive,both before they started and during the first few songs. They sang about letting you down and being glad to see you go and imploring don’t let me down. They sang of the Devil’s hand and being a Lost Cause and maybe a jerk’s lament. The band sounded super smooth and Milton’s voice was in great form as they played the heartening Baby Let My Money Keep You Warm. They brought the energy up with Jesus In Chains and kept it going with 16 Ton Soul. I missed what the next song was but it was fast and fun. They kept up full speed for a rousing Eleanor Rigby that had smoke coming off everyone’s fingers. They closed the set with a fun version of Let’s and I was in a happy place.

Rather than doing the sensible thing and staying for the second set, I decided to move on to another show. I regret it in retrospect, since I’m sure the second Grim Work set was completely amazing too. I wandered up the hill and over to Light Club Lamp Shop and settled in.

Ryan Power and his super smooth band took the stage and lit into his complex and beautiful music. It was gorgeous and stunningly played, but quite challenging. He used to do a show where he sang over prerecorded songs and this show sounded like that, except it was a band playing it live. They sounded so spot on it almost could have been the recording. I hung out for 6 or 7 songs but the length of the day started to creep in. I ducked out and took the lovely walk home.

Part of me thinks I should have hung out at the fun show and skipped the challenging one, and part of me is happy I pushed myself a little. Either way, it was a great night of music in Burlington.

 

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