The Nancy Druids at Radio Bean, Llamadoll on Church st, Bear’s Tapestry at Light Club Lamp Shop and Lake Waves at Radio Bean August 3, 2019   Leave a comment

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The Nancy Druids

I had a great time seeing music last night in downtown Burlington. There were a ton of choices, and it had been a long work day, so I struck a plan to catch what I could. Granted, the plan mostly rearranged itself, but that can be fun too.

I was out the door around 7:30 and thought I’d begin at the top of Church Street for the Festival Of Fools performance by Llamadoll. It was set to run from 8-10. I thought I’d begin and end there and catch The Nancy Druids at the Bean from 8:30-9:30. I arrived downtown and had chills as I caught a bit of Llama’s smooth flowing soundcheck. I chatted with a bunch of cool people, and time ticked by until it was quarter after 8. It was a little too light to see the images on the screen, and since the show was old weird movies being shown while the band play a soundtrack, they needed to wait for a bit. As time tightened, I made the horrible decision to leave.

I ducked over to Radio Bean and got in and settled. The wait wasn’t long and The Nancy Druids lit into Sky as a four-piece semi-acoustic band. Sure Sean was playing an acoustic guitar, but it had a nice electric feel. John began the evening on bouzouki and Ariel sat in on cello. They settled into a beautiful pop sound with December then John switched to bass for the breezy gorgeous Vondlepark. By Design brought the rock energy up and The Space Between soared before falling into a washy guitar ending. At that point, Ariel left the stage and the band showed us that Salvation was all around. Just Another Day rocked steadily and Sign had a delightful poppy bounce. Remember Who You Are brought the energy way up, Bitter Days eased it back to a nice groove and Halo brought it back to peak. They closed the night with a pop song about the way things might have been before amusing the audience with Give A Little Bit. I really enjoy the acoustic version of the band, though love it when the electric version pushes those songs into the stratosphere.

On the last note, I ducked over to Church St and let the music flow over me and got sucked into the cartoons and images of Laurel & Hardy, and whatever else was showing on the screen. I found a spot to stand and was in a happy place until I noticed a couple of small raindrops. The projector was covered quickly and then the band stopped. They said rain was on the way and they preferred not to get electrocuted, so that was that. They’ve done the Llamadoll thing before and I hope they do it again. The bit that I caught was fascinating and I’d love to see a full show.

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Llamadoll

Since it was earlier than expected, and Frank DeAngelis had mentioned that the Leatherbound books were at Light Club Lamp Shop, I thought I’d stop in. I think I missed them but caught a few songs by Bear’s Tapestry. They had a low-fi indie blues sound that was kind of cool. The playing was smooth as I settled in. They brought up Jackie Buttolph to sing on a song that I think was called Sing The Blues. It had a nice build and was a huge rocker at times. It had a nice prog vibe with a bit of jam. I’m going to see if I can track that song down. They played another cool song then I ducked back to the Bean to see what was going on.

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Bear’s Tapestry

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Bear’s Tapestry with Jackie

I quickly settled into the dreamy pop rock of Lake Waves. The room was pretty full and the music made it easy to dance around to. They reminded me a bit of The Static Age. The bass was especially expressive and the lead guitar subtle and sweet. The lyrics were in your face as they sang about wanting to grab your fingernails (I think). I only caught a few songs but they rocked hard and were fun and I definitely need to check them out for real very soon.

There was a ton more music happening, but I had to work in the morning and opted for the quick walk home. I’m very excited that I got to check one band I was curious about,and ran into two bands I knew nothing about. It was a pretty good night. Oh, and the Druids are just a sure thing every time.

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Lake Waves

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