Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
I had a great time seeing music at Radio Bean and Light Club Lamp Shop last Saturday. For their birthday each year the Bean always throws a huge party with tons of bands. The show goes from 8am to 2am with almost every band in town. I usually stop in early, then go to work, then come back in the evening. Last year I took the day off and stopped in several times. This year my work schedule changed and I open on Saturdays and did not think I could be at work at 8:20 after stopping in.
It was a long tricky work day. I got out at 5, stopped quickly at home and arrived at the Bean at 5:30. Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger had just finished a Pj Harvey song as I got in and settled. Joe Adler was joined by Dalton Muzzy, Caroline O’Connor, Eric “Regal Segal” Segalstad, AaYa Segalstad. It was a nice version of the Rangers, who always seem to be a slightly different band. I did not know the two songs they played. The one about the wicked witch and the Dead Sea Scrolls sounded familiar and was nicely rocked out. The closer about I’ll go soon featured a hyper distorted frenzied guitar workout from Eric and I was in a happy place.
Note from “Always a pleasure to see you in the audience Tim! Glad you made it. The second song was an original called Fight or Flight, the final song was a Radiohead deep cut called How Can You Be Sure.”
Honky Tonk Band at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
It was a quick changeover then Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk played some old school country songs. He played guitar and was joined by a bass player I did not know, Jeremy Frederick on drums, a pedal steel player I did not know and Marie Claire Johnson on vocals. Brett sang most of the songs though Marie took lead on the second one. It’s been far too long since I have heard her sing and she always sounds great. They played three songs, mostly about whiskey, then called it a night. It’s not my favorite genre but they played it so well that I had a great time.
Swale at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
SWALE were up next and came out rocking. I did not know the opening song with the lyric “sound the alarm” that Tyler Bolles sang (Lawn Fire by The Pants per Tyler), but it was pretty cool. The band rocked hard on Jack Sharp then eased off with the lovely Waiting For You. Since they had learned the Paranoid album for a show they played last week, they ended the set with a blistering Fairies Wear Boots. It was great.
Cave Bees at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
Another quick changeover resulted in Cave Bees taking the stage. They rocked as loud and hard and as fast as always. They opened with Sweet Pussy then played the newer song Juliet. Another newer one that I don’t know the title of kept things rocking hard. The song about being saved by rock and roll, I think it might be called Queen City, was brilliant. They closed the set with Flight Of The Alligator and the whole room was rocked.
Caroline O’Connor at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
I was not sure who was on left, so I looked at the schedule then immediately ran to the Lamp Shop. Caroline Marie was on stage playing Ritual as I settled in. She created the usual loops with voice and guitar then picked up the sax and blew through the lovely end section. For the next song she set up a backing track with herself on bass and Jane Boxall Percussion on drums and played guitar and sang the gorgeous song Fly. I was elated for every note and that song ended the set.
Silver Bridget at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
The next band looked familiar so I did not move. Silver Bridget have a beautiful sound, rock a bit, and play some familiar songs. They feature John Townsend on acoustic guitar and kick drum, Matt Saraca on electric guitar and Johnnie Day Durand on the musical saw. They played great versions of Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon, Love Me Tender, and caught the full room by surprise when they pulled out Creep. It was short, but magnificent set.
Tom Banjo at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
I popped back over to the Bean and saw one song from Tom Banjo and his Cranky Show. He seems pretty happy and optimistic and it was his visual aid that is cranky. He has a box with a scroll of thin paper with lots of images and a strong light behind it. Lee Anderson stood behind the machine and turned the cranks to load in each image as Tom told a story of a cat getting into lots of adventures, but always coming back. It was fun.
Osage Orange at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
I popped back to the Lamp Shop and Osage Orange were on. They are a trio with a low-fi indie sound and have something compelling about their songs. One song may have said something about they could not stop us from dreaming. They finished with a new song about an arms dealer who falls in love with an herbalist. The constant refrain of I Would Sell My Guns For You was pretty cool.
Brian Parmalee at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
I caught a couple of songs from Brian Parmalee. He played keys and set up loops and played bass and sang. It was a nice lush sounding set and I think the last song was called Fetch.
Steady Betty at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
I headed back to the jam packed Bean and found a place to stand in the back and got into the swing of Steady Betty‘s set. Kat Wright and Miriam Bernardo sounded fantastic as always on the lead vocals. Caroline played bass, so I got to see her in thee bands, which is always cool. They opened with Cupid then played the one about anything to stay boy. Linda Bassick took lead vocals for her song about change is coming. Joy In The Morning followed and was divine. They closed with the song about still being in love with you boy. Everyone in the room was dancing and having fun.
At that point the length of the day caught up with me. I headed out and had a lovely walk home. I only saw 10 of the 80 bands who played but had a great time while I was there.
Light Club Lamp Shop photo by Tim Lewis
I had been down to Radio Bean three times and it was almost 4pm and I knew Swale would be coming on soon, so I hustled downtown (again) and arrived at 4:10pm. The DuPont Brothers were onstage playing acoustic guitars and sounding ridiculously good, but when they finished their song, that was the end of their set. Lee Anderson hopped onto the stage and had everyone go out front for a community photo. We did. Kevin Bloom climbed a ladder that was partially in the road and quickly took a few pictures.
Everyone moved back inside and the music resumed.
Swale took the stage and launched into Waiting For You. I love how upbeat and happy that song is. They followed with another mellow song, Beaten Down, then kicked up the volume. Jack Sharp rocked hard, then they closed the set with a rousing Everyone Likes To. It’s so fun to sing along to that one.
Next up. Lowell Thompson took the stage. This time he was singing and playing guitar, like he usually does. He was joined by Kirk Flanagan on bass, Bill Mullins on guitar and Steve Hadeka on drums. They are all masters of their instruments and it was cool to listen to them jam out three country rock songs. Bill’s lead playing was understated and very cool.
At 4pm they had opened the Light Club Lamp Shop and I think Kat Wright and Brett Hughes played there at some point, according to the schedule, but even though I peeked in a couple of times, I just missed them.
After Lowell, I headed to the Lamp Shop and two women were on stage playing acoustic guitar. I’m pretty sure one was Annie Battipaglia but did not catch the other. The song I walked in on was nice enough, then they went into a cover of Stand By Me. The audience enjoyed it but I was worried I might be missing something and went back to the Bean.
Brittney Langdon was onstage playing an electric guitar and had an enchanting ethereal sound. I really enjoyed the song and a half that I saw her do on guitar. For her last song she just used a pedal to trigger a lush full sound and sang delightfully over it. I really enjoyed her celestial set!
Just looking around the Bean and seeing some dramatically dressed people was a clue that I should stay put. The Toes came on next and played a hell of a show. They played as a four-piece with guitar, bass, drums and the stunning Pam Ant on vocals. OK, the guitar player sang some too, but Pam can contort her voice into something almost unreal, and does so often. Their sound is a bit like the B-52’s playing a Ramones song and they rocked hard. They rocked out three of the most delightful songs possible and Pam’s voice was almost more intense than the plugged in electric guitar. They never disappoint.
I hung out at the Bean as Sarah Stickle played acoustic guitar and sang. Her voice is really nice and her playing is solid. I really liked her first song (a cover, maybe called Sad Eyes), but was a bit distracted as I could hear a full rock band playing at the Lamp Shop. After her first one I ducked over, but the band did not grab me immediately, so I went back and listened to her second song, which was one of her own. It was quite good, and it’s quite rare for me to want to hear a solo singer instead of a band. Well done Sarah.
I headed over to the Lamp shop to see what was going on. Sean Hood was set up to sing and play acoustic guitar and was joined by another acoustic guitar player. It took them a moment or two to get ready. I popped back to the Bean and Andrew Stearns was on stage and playing banjo. He sounded nice but did not grab me so I headed back and enjoyed the mellow gorgeous sounds that Sean played. They played three songs. The second was a George Strait song, something about Amarillo. The last one was one Sean wrote about Springsteen’s song Backstreets. It was pretty cool, and Sean plays well and has a pleasant voice. I liked their set.
I headed back to the Bean and the tunic clad Binger hit the stage. I just love their rock sound that features a calypso guitar, Shakir Stephen‘s rapping, and the way they take such elements and just turn them into rock songs. They are super good. The began with If I knew and let it flow into Resurrection. Neither are on their album so hopefully they will be releasing new music soon. Towards the end of the second song they got into a long jam and brought it out with Shakir chanting Vote Bernie for me, Vote Bernie for me, Vote Bernie for me, Vote Bernie for me, then it changed into Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie. I loved every note of the music and every sentiment they sang, even the non Bernie parts. Funny note, in the afternoon and evening I was dressed in the classic Tim style, but in the morning for the Dino Bravo VT set when I had moments to get myself together, I threw on the U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders for President t-shirt.
I zipped back to the Lamp Shop, since I was sure I was missing one of the acts I most wanted to see. Sure enough Ver Sacrum was on stage. The band is just Matt Hastings and the sound was a mix of exactly what I expected and not at all what I expected. I’d been meaning to catch him, since I love his guitar work in Vedora. I thought he would be playing some soundscaping on electric guitar but he was playing a bluesy rock song on acoustic. The sound was filled with flowing effects and created a great atmosphere, and the song just drifted into the universe. I only caught part of one song, but it was a long one and I was enchanted by his singing and guitar playing for every note. I must check out a full set sometime!
I took a quick breather outside in the cool but not cold air, then went back to the Lamp Shop for the Shane Hardiman trio. Shane played keys, Robinson Morse played stand up bass and I missed the name of the drummer. They played jazz, which is not my favorite, but each musician was truly stunning and I loved every note. I was enchanted and could not leave until the last note.
I zipped back to the Bean just as Milton Busker left the stage and packed up his guitar. Rats!!! I love his songs, and really wish I had seen some or all of them.
Three women, clad in black took the stage. The two on either side wore veils and accentuated the words with their movements while the one in the middle read poems and talked about Radio Bean turning 15 and how the place had finally become a grown woman.
I ducked back to the Lamp shop and there was a guitar bass drums instrumental band rocking. From the band list I’m guessing they were Usually Wednesday. Their songs rocked nicely and I had a good time checking them out, especially the very insistent drumming.
I went back to the Bean and caught Loveful Heights. They featured a woman named Maggie singing some lovely high parts, a lovely woman named Kat Wright singing the low parts and a guy named Bob Wagner playing some subtly beautiful guitar, and adding some vocals. They played Make The Magic Last, a delta bluesish When The River Sings Your Song, a cheery song called I’ve Left Him. They closed the set by getting the audience to sing along to Every Little Cell. That was a delightful set, and the last song has to be one of the highlights of the day.
I bopped back to the Lamp Shop to hear Michael Chorney sing and play acoustic guitar. He was joined by Robinson Morse on stand up bass and they sounded lovely together. Chorney is a great singer and player and his quiet songs were delightful. I did not want to miss the next act at the Bean so I ducked back over, but nothing was happening yet so I got to catch another one by Michael.
After that one, I went back to the Bean and settled in until Caroline Marie had her rig set and started to play. I did not recognize either of the two songs she played, but both had a nice dramatic feel with her strong and sultry voice over the top. I loved both of them. I chatted with her after and found out one was very new and one was older, but she had never played out. I can’t wait for her new album!!
I popped back to the Lamp shop to see a woman singing and a guy on accordion. They called themselves Jennifer “Oh Lord” & The Riders of the Apocalypse and the first song had a Parisian jazz feel. The second song reinforced that since it was called My Clothes Are Made In China But The Label Is In French. It was a fun set.
I slipped through the double doors, walked through !Duino! (Duende), and back into the Bean in time for Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger. I did not recognize the drummer or bass player but Joe Adler played guitar and sang and Samara Lark Brown threw her vocals at the songs. I did not know any of the three songs, and instead of the usual high energy classic rock Joe usually plays, all three songs were quite punk. The second was something about Gotta Find A Way, A Better Way. Despite being clueless about what songs they played, I loved every note and the huge intensity they unleashed. That was just a great set!!!!!
I ducked back to the Lamp Shop and Maryse Smith was on stage and just started to play. She skipped her more famous songs and enchanted the quiet as a mouse audience with some deep cuts. Much like the last time I saw her play the Lamp Shop, you could hear every nuance of ever note she played on her acoustic guitar and every nuance of every note she sang. She closed her three song set with the one that begins Winter Is Coming. That is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
I was completely exhausted at that point, but there was an artist on at the Bean that I was curious about. I went back and caught a couple of songs by Eric George. He got the audience to sing along with one that was pretty cool and closed with Drifting (?). He had a nice voice and played well.
I was done, but headed back through the Lamp Shop and caught the tail end of the last song by the legendary Tom Banjo. Listening to him sing his songs of old is like being transported back a century in time. He’s really solid and has put his mark on our town for decades.
After that, I slipped out the door and took the very familiar walk home. There was a lot of music left to come, and a couple of bands I really wanted to see, but was literally exhausted. OK, time to rest up and be ready to do it again next year.
Happy 15th Birthday Radio Bean.
Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis
I just got back from round three at the Radio Bean birthday party. It’s almost time to go there for real.
I walked in and Mickey Western was on. He was playing with a cool drummer, Eric Preacher on electric guitar and Malcolm Sanders on violin. I walked in on the last note, so missed the whole set.
Eric and the drummer stayed on stage and were joined by a keyboard player and a bass player and called themselves Sundown. The first song had a rocking jazz fusion sound with a stinging guitar. The second had a slow moody start and built into a nice almost cacophonous jam before easing off into the end. It was quite nice.
Up next Colin Nicholas Clary sand and played electric guitar and was joined by David on bass. They opened with The Night Syd Barret Died and I just loved the many Burlington music references. They played four more fun poppy rocky songs with enjoyable visual lyrics.
Brattleboy Choir followed and were just outstanding. The first song began with just vocals and keys then the guitar and drum came in and rocked it hard. The chorus was Step To The Left Step To The Right and I really liked the song. After that the keyboard played picked up the bass and they jammed out a nice rocking groove. I’ve got to check out their music soon.
Bill Mullins followed and was joined by Kirk Flanagan on bass and the debut of Lowell Thompson on drums. They played a trio of rock songs with a country edge and a super cool vibe, They sounded great and sang songs that said things like “on the run into the heart of the sun”, and “rewind, maybe I should”. Those guys are such pros!
OK, time to go settle in for a while. Lots of great music is about to happen!!
Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis
I just got back from my second run at the Radio Bean birthday party. I arrived just before 11am and Linda Bassick was on stage singing a song about Fishermen. The kids in the audience enjoyed it, as did we adults. She followed with How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You and wrapped her fun set with The Lion Sleeps Tonight. She was as delightful as always.
Next up was The Cleary Family who turned out to be Joe Cleary and his two very young daughters. He and one daughter played violin while the other played a hand drum. They opened with Amazing Grace then played something I did not know. Did they say it was a Gua Gua song? For the last song, the violin played moved to acoustic guitar, the drummer moved to the keyboards and Joe moved to the hand drum. The instrumental they played was kind of simple but each of the girls threw in some musical sparks and it was quite enjoyable. Watch out world, those kids have a ton of potential.
Static Blooming Circut followed and the first song was just Kevin Bloom using an electric guitar, and a radio, and his voice, to create some super-cool sonic effects. His soundscaping drifted along nicely and was rather enjoyable. For the second song he was joined by Max Freeberg on drums and Joe Adler on a shiny silver bass. Joe and Max laid down a funky groove, that shifted around a little here and there, and Kevin soundscaped with guitar and voice over it. Mixed over the top was a Lou Reed sounding rap and the whole effect was just great. The songs were pretty long so they only got to play the two of them.
Up next was Erich Pachner’s Romance, which was just Eric on acoustic guitar and harmonica. He played a trio of country blues songs with subversive lyrics.
Malcolm Sanders was on next and he was joined on violin by Joe Cleary and they played some Irish songs. The harmony violins on the first song were very sweet. They tossed in an Irish polka for the second song and wrapped their set with some reels. It was pretty cool.
Gua Gua followed and filled the stage with percussion players. They had one guitar player, a keyboard player, a bass player, a drummer with two snares and a cowbell, a bongo player and a maraca player. Their first song was a mellow happy jazzy groove lead alternatively by sweet guitar licks and keyboard licks. It created a lovely space. The second song was a bit more upbeat and may be called Voodoo #3. It had a bit of a mellow Santana groove and was quite nice too. Since both songs were quite long, they only got the two.
Things started rocking after a lighting quick band change and The High Breaks kicked off with a cool surf rock song that I did not know, but totally loved. They followed with Salty Shore, then rocked the room with Banana Seat. They closed their set with The Big One. I really loved every note of the set and am sure they got to play 4 because they were so quick to set up and their songs are not very long.
It was a bit warm in the room so I headed home to drop my coat and write a little. I will head back soon.
Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis
There’s nothing like being in a bar at 8:30am with everyone heartily singing We’re All Alright, We’re All Alright. The Radio Bean birthday party is underway.
Despite setting my alarm for 7:20p,, I woke up just in time to throw myself together and catch a ride from Mike Luoma down to the Bean. Around 8:15 Dino Bravo VT cranked out some loud heavy rock. They opened with Chuck Berry and followed with Sugar Coated Candy Stix. A ripping version of Past the Mark featured some sweet Chris Farnsworth lead guitar playing and the band wrapped the set with a cover of Surrender.
The Ramparts followed with a blues rock stomp song that was kind of cool. The four-piece, two guitars, bass, drums band rocked a more bluesy pop song and finished up with a cover of Head Over Heels.
Knowing it’s going to be a long day, I headed home and will check the lineup, and likely pop in and out all day long. I’m psyched for Swale around 4pm and Blue Button at 10:30 but need to check the lineup to make sure I don’t miss anything, or at least not much!
Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis
When last I wrote about the amazing Radio Bean birthday show, Swale had just finished up a killer set. After such an amazing run of music I needed a little break, so I left the crowd and headed to the back of the bar to get a drink. The Lynguistic Civilians were onstage and had the crowd dancing in a hip hop frenzy. I wasn’t too focused on the music, but a ton of people were having a great time. I chatted with Bobby Hackney Jr. and was excited to hear about a couple of upcoming ROUGH FRANCIS shows with lots of great special guests. It sounds like a couple of really rocking nights in early December are coming. The one thing that struck me as odd while the Civilians played was that Amanda Gustafson stayed at her keyboard on the other stage. Hmmmm. Anyway, I was about to buy a drink when Bobby bought it for me. Thanks! That was very kind!!
When the Civilians finished up,Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger took the stage and I headed back to the crowd. The band is a bit mutable and in this version Joe was joined by Eric Segalstad on guitar, Bob Wagner on guitar, Padraic Reagan on bass, Amanda on keys, and Jeremy Frederick on drums. They did not play any of the songs on Joe’s album, and I did not know the first one but the band was very solid and a rocking good time. They invited Aya Inoue to the stage for the second song, and played a sweet Atlantic City. Ryan Miller sang backup on the next one and they had a trombone player add a bit of brass to finish off their set with a rousing Let It Bleed.
When the set was done, a couple of people left the stage, and Eric Olsen and Tyler Bolles returned. Ryan Miller’s backup band was Swale and they launched into a set about friends. They started with I’ve Got Friends In Low Places. They kicked up the energy and volume for a ferocious rocker, something about All My Friends Are Dead, then wrapped the set with a rocker driven by Amanda’s steady keyboard riff. I’m not sure the song, but I’m sure it was about friends.
Everyone’s attention moved to the other stage as Lee Anderson and Appalled Eagles took the stage. You never know what you are going to get with Appalled but it will be oddly fun. This version had Eric Segalstad on guitar, Tyler on bass, and Brett Hughes on drums. Lee asked the audience for a few different musical genres and the band played the suggestions. The first suggestion was bubblegum pop, and the band obliged. The second was polka. Lee asked if anyone knew how to polka and a woman in the back did. She came forward and both she and Alyssa Solomon polkad like crazy as the band jammed. Up next was some disco, then they slipped into some dubstep. During this part, Joe brought a cake to the stage and they lit the candles. We did a spoken word Happy Birthday to Radio Bean and Lee took the cake to the bar and used the ceiling to smother the candles. I wonder if there is still frosting up there.
Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band followed with a killer 5 song set. They just ooze style and class and had the whole room dancing. I’m not as much of a dance music fan, but Bob Wagner had a few sweet guitar lines that kept me going. Kat is a great singer and instead of belting songs out, just sort of lets them emanate from her soul. Listening to her sing is like hearing a casual utterance of beauty. The band were super tight and occasionally fierce, and the audience had a great time. They ended with The Light and as the song fell into it’s closing section members of Brass Balagan, who had been infiltrating the room for a few songs, joined in then took over. They kept the dance party going for a few songs, but it was a bit too crowded for me, so I headed to the back for a bit.
At this point it was after 1am and I was very tired. It had been a long day, but there was one more band I just had to wait for.
Mal Maiz took the stage next with some polka music. The first perked me up a little. I’m not sure what the lyrics were, but the music was Black Sabbath‘s Iron Man. They played a couple more, and then it was time.
Billed as the Fourteens, The Cush took the stage with a roar. With Jake on guitar and Steve Hadeka on drums, they lit into a new heavy rocker. The exhaustion melted and I was in rock heaven. They followed with another killer new song and the still full house was going crazy. They closed the set with a blistering I Shout Love At The Heart Of The Atom. I danced almost every last bit of energy out of my body and sang along with delight.
The moment they finished, The Eames Brothers Band started up on the other stage. They sounded pretty cool, but I was exhausted. I grabbed my coat and said a quick goodbye to Caroline Marie and Savanna and headed out the door. The walk home was quick and pleasant and had a nice extra good night exchange a little ways in.
I always think of the Radio Bean birthday party as the best day of music in town, and this years version lived up to that title nicely. Thanks everyone!!!!!!