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Jeremy Gilchrist at Radio Bean September 30, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music a couple of Sundays ago at Radio Bean. Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter used to play around all the time, but recently moved south. He swung back to town on a lovely day in late September. It was open streets day, so I enjoyed the lovely walk down the middle of North Winooski ave for the 2pm show at the Bean. I got in and settled and noted a few other friends of Jeremy there. He opened with the Vermont inspired Thunder From Mansfield To The Lake and followed with another song from his first album. Great Filter, like most of his songs, asks questions to evoke an understanding of our mortality and where we are taking our lives. After two from the first album, he followed with a few from his new album Threaded. Interstellar Kid was fun, while The Endless War was all too real. Faded Movie Reel was a look at the past to help better understand the future. He pulled out a fun cover of Round Here then played a song about how It’s Hard To Resist. He played the lovely title song to the new EP then followed with another cover. His version of Floyd’s The Gunner’s Dream fit in perfectly. He ended the set with another older song called The Great Escape, which floats hauntingly, but the audience wanted more. He closed with Pigs On The Wing into Wish You Were Here and left us sated.

I hung out and chatted for a bit then took the sunny middle of the day walk home. It had been a great afternoon of music and the evening looked like it had possibilities too.

 

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Posted October 18, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Aaron Flinn at The Double E September 29, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturdays ago at The Double E. It had been a while since I had caught up with Aaron Flinn. The timing was perfect, so I took a drive out to Essex. I grabbed some food from The Mad Taco then went into the former movie theater and began to listen. Aaron regaled us with fun stories, his super deep voice, and his amazing guitar playing. If he is feeling rusty at all, that night sure shook a bit off. He began by playing a fuzzy looped super cool song on a tiny electric guitar with a huge sound. He played Randy Newman’s God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind) and it was just wonderful. Scattered Birds was lovely then he let his hands dance explosively over the guitar on the instrumental Paper Tiger. It seems like he uses that one to really lock the fire into his playing and I’m always happy to hear him play it. He took us south for a visit to The House Of The Rising Sun, then played a poignant song called Love Is A Part, from his upcoming album. A very new instrumental called Stick To Your Guns was cool, as was another very new song called Insult To Injury. If you know Aaron at all, you know the next song, So Much Love, is him in a nutshell. He had switched to the acoustic guitar for several songs but moved electric with Miss Ready Blossom to end the set.

I hung out and chatted with Eric Koval for a bit, then it was time for set two. Aaron’s deep voice was perfect for a cover of Everybody Knows, then he followed with a song about dancing to a beating heart. He played Here Comes The Sun, the song that he and George wrote, then switched back to the electric for a gentle beautiful instrumental. He followed with a Neil Youngish instrumental, then played a song about how the steam that blows the whistle never turns the wheel. He dedicated a song to Eric about fractured bones and how when they heal, they still work, but they work differently now. He used his water glass and mic stand to play slide on a bluesy rock jam. He let it slip into a little bit of Let My Love Open The Door then sang about how everything makes me dizzy. He followed with the first song on his next album. I think the song was called Names and the album will be called Handsome Devil. The lyric was something about how sticks and stones will break my bones but names will only break my heart. He capped the night with a dizzying guitar pyrotechnics display as he urged us all to raise our hands.

I hung out for a bit then took the drive home. It’s always a pleasure to hear Aaron play. And, when he feels he’s shaken the rust off, watch out world.

Posted October 18, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Gneiss at Red Square and Sleeping In, Kal Marks, and Clever Girls at Nectar’s September 26, 2018   Leave a comment

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Gneiss pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday at Red Square and Nectar’s. I had a nice relaxing day off and had asked my brother Ken if he wanted to go out and see Clever Girls. He was up for it, then another show popped up.

I drove to Shelburne and picked him up a little after 6 and we were downtown just before 7. We grabbed some dinner then headed over to Red Square. gneiss were on stage jamming and we got a table next to the band. They rocked the song to a nice close while singing I want to be completely free. They played a sweet Johnny Meli song called Mountain High then closed with a song about northern lights. We hung out for a bit and learned that Damian Roy (?) was sitting in on drums since Jacob Blodgett was at the hospital with his wife, who was about to deliver their first child. Gneiss opened the second set with a song about walking in the light that fell into a song about going round and round and never staying the same. Jesse Cowan had lots of cool runs up and down the bass, while still driving the rhythm. Damien was nicely locked in. Johnny sang a lot of the songs and fired off many cool lead breaks. Naomi Galimidi‘s keys helped the music soar while she added some backing vocals and sang a song or two. They said to keep on using me until you’ve used me up, then got a little bluesy for a song about too much, but it’s never enough. They debuted a song that was written by Naomi’s 7 year old that showed a lot of promise then rocked out a staggering version of Lovely Day. They sang about making me feel brand new when I return to you and dropped it into a song about a lonely lonesome highway. Their jam rock sound was delightful, but I put a 9:15 deadline on so we could make it to the other show. They put on their shades for a cool song, then we headed out.

 

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Sleeping In pic by Tim Lewis

We headed over to Nectar’s and walked in to a huge loud indie rock sound. sleeping in had a nice heavy flow that made me smile. They sang a song called Pine and played a new one called No Sentiment. I think the next two were new and ended their set. I’ve got to check them out again sometime soon.

 

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Kal Marks pic by Tim Lewis

Up next, Kal Marks unloaded a staggering rock show on us. The bass played stood to the side and locked in with the drummer, often sounding like a charging freight train. The singer/guitar player thrashed about and threw himself at his guitar and vocals. I was happily stunned from the first moment. They sang about how there’s no place for me and when I look down. One song had a hint of The Who, one had some Church like psychedelia. They played a song about being too young to die that had a cool dramatic pause then hit us hard with a couple more to end the set. They were amazing and are a band you should see anytime you get a chance.

 

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Kal Marks pic by Tim Lewis

After a brief set break, Clever Girls took the stage and rocked out a blues jam that fell into Catch and Release. Diane Jean broke a string and the guitarist for Sleeping In lent her his guitar for the rest of the night. It’s possible that they played Dumb Smile in drop D, but either way, it sounded cool. Loose Tooth rocked hard then they eased up a little for the new one about tilting your head back. They played the new swampy song called Woman and rocked it hard. Hannah Wants To See You soared and they closed with a blistering version of heavy.

We headed out fairly quickly then I drove Ken back to Shelburne, then I drove back home. It was a lovely night.

 

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Posted October 3, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Milton Busker and the Grim work at Radio Bean and The Violins Of Baltimore and Swale at Light Club Lamp Shop September 21, 2018   Leave a comment

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Milton Busker and the Grim Work pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Friday at Light Club Lamp Shop and Radio Bean. The two shows were so perfectly lined up, I couldn’t not go.

I had a relaxed day off, took the lovely walk downtown, and settled into the Bean. Milton Busker and the Grim Work were set and ready to play. They opened with a song about giving me all of your time then sang of Jesus In Chains. Milton’s voice is pure and strong and the band have a relaxed country funk kind of sound. They sounded a little more pop on a song about letting you down and a little heavier on the one about 16 tons of gold. They played a cover about how your love is all my soul needed, and followed with a cool version of The Person Aside You. They got a little darker and slower on a song about taking me home and making me whole then played a cheery song about how nobody loves you. They implored don’t let me down, and followed with a song about the joy that is around you. That one had a nice rocking ending. They sang about how you and I can fix it then took a gorgeous turn on Baby Let My Money Keep You Warm. They sang about how they were glad to see you go and closed the night with a slow shuffle version of Eleanor Rigby. They were as great as always.

After hearing an hour of dark contemplative lyrics set to happy relaxed music, I was in the perfect mindset for Swale. I moved over to the Lamp Shop and settled in. A duo called the Violins of Baltimore sounded nice for the song and a half that I caught.

 

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The Violins Of Baltimore pic by Tim Lewis

After their set, time flowed nicely, and SWALE were ready begin their 16th birthday party. They began slow and dark with Before The Night then sent a bolt through the crowd with If You Get Lost. Cancer rocked nicely and Felon was just beautiful. They eased back a bit for Wooden Heart and stayed slow for the beginning of Good Medicine. Towards the end of the song Eric Olsen ripped out a passionate lead break. They kept us rocking with Joyless then played a cool new song. I think it was about how you can be anyone. They delighted us with dozens of puns in Release Your Records then shifted into top speed for Drug Laws. They slowed the music to a crawl, then steadily drove it higher and higher before it crested and eased back into the end of Every Last One Of Us. They rocked the set to a close with Everyone Likes To. Since it was their birthday, they had presents for us. They played a hot September give stuff away jam as Amanda Gustafson read out the numbers of the raffle tickets they had given out earlier while Eric handed out albums to the winners. The whole show was great but the end was just a little extra fun.

I hung out and chatted a little bit after the show, then buttoned up my coat and took the lovely walk home as the rain built intensity. What a great night of music in our town.

 

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

The Robin Gottfried Band at Red Square September 19, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music a couple of Wednesdays ago at Red Square. It had been a long day and I thought that catching a little music in the evening might be nice. The show was set to go from 7-11, but by the time I got home, settled and out the door, it was already late.

I took the lovely walk downtown and wondered if I should have worn a coat. It was right on that fine line. I slid into the Square, got a drink, then went to the alley. Robin Gottfried Band were on stage playing Shaky Ground. They launched into a cool jazzy pop song called Criminal Investigation, then ended set 2. Such timing.

I hung out for a bit then the band returned to the stage. They played as a four piece with a cool bassist and keyboard player. Ian Koeller was on drums and seemed to casually perfectly keep the beat, through he could shift on a dime to a new rhythm and let loose furious bursts of drums when needed. Robin has a nice clear voice and when he gets going, his guitar playing is fantastic. Most of the songs had a jazzy rock feel. They opened set 3 with a song about being Quarantined from hopelessness and helplessness. They jammed out Dixie Chicken, which featured some nice slide work and a rocked out ending. They asked us to imagine the horns and backup singers for a cover of Peg. They played an original song wondering where the heroes were that they knew as kids. They were nice and funky on Stevie’s I Wish then went back to Dan for My Old School. They ended that one with a short killer drum solo from Ian that made the audience gasp.

I think that is when they ended the set. The break was short and they came back for a song about when I first loved you. They sang about how they gotta get your loving off my mind then sang about how they got a new car. Was it a Jaguar or a Porsche or a Benz? No, per the wife, it was a Prius. They sang about laying it on me ’cause I’m a friend for you. They played a Neville Brothers song about people reaping what people sow. They played Clapton’s Change The World. Cinnamon Girl was fun then they played an original about the love I have for you. They rocked out a fun song about how Patty’s in the Caddy and were going to call it a night. A few Australians were hanging out and asked for more. They played another cool song about how I’m your lover, then wrapped it up.

I said a quick goodby and took the chilly walk home. I’m so glad I put the effort in.

Posted September 30, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Grand Point North at Waterfront Park September 15 and 16, 2018   Leave a comment

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Nina’s Brew pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last weekend on Burlington’s waterfront. I worked from 9-1 on Saturday, then had a little time at home to get ready. I was a little slow to get out the door and head down to Grand Point North. I arrived around 3:10 for the show that had doors at 3 and the first band on at 3:15. The timing was as tight as I thought it might be and I got into the venue at the end of Nina’s Brew‘s second song. I headed up front and began to listen. They played as a two guitars, bass, drums, keys band and jammed out some rock and roll. They sang about how life is a roller coaster and how you got to know my name. That one had a cool opening from the keyboard player and some nice vocal work at the end. They closed the set with one about a little bit, or let’s roll, or something. The set featured a sweet lead guitar, sweet keys, sweet vocals and were a fun rocking time.

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Miku Daza pic by Tim Lewis

Immediately after their set ended, we shifted to the stage on the right and Miku Daza hit it hard. Joined by Sugar the Clown for the opening song, they began as a guitar, bass, drums trio. They played fast and hard on the opener Parasite. About half way into the song, Sugar wandered into the audience and Jonathan Tollefson appeared with his surging Baritone Saxophone. They followed with Flaca Daza and Chris Tranten and Will Bennington laid down super heavy rhythms on bass and drums. Miku’s guitar surged and her vocals effortlessly flowed from a whisper to a scream. Her rainbow colored wings were wonderful all the way through the show. Their powerhouse gypsy punk sound was pure joy. Even through I was close to the stage, the volume was lower than ideal. I moved a bit to the right to catch more of the speaker, but likely should have moved a bit to the left to catch more of the center one. Oh well. They kept the music at full fury for one about a heavy load where you have the power and one about giving me everything I need. Panic was fun, as was the one like fire. Sugar Rush got us a little high then they sang about dressing in black. They closed as hard as they opened with a song about how you don’t make it easy, so I’m gonna make it hard. Their set was pure rocking joy.

 

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Miku Daza pic by Tim Lewis

We shifted to stage left as West End Blend began to jam. They had a funky soulful sound punctuated by lots of horns. They opened with a song about the prophecy then got into a long cool jam. They switched to a more jazzy sound for one about having to fight to make it right. They moved back to funk for one about telling me what to do. It had a fun get down, it’s getting me down, breakdown in the middle. They closed with a song about how we’re gonna try that had a nice keys lead section and was driven by the horns. They were pretty cool.

 

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West End Blend pic by Kim Tuure Faris

The action moved to the right and Clever Girls opened with a bluesy rock jam. They let it drop into a gorgeous version of Catch And Release and we were off. Sometimes they play with full rock fury and sometimes they are a little more gentle and precise. This show was the latter and it showcased their songwriting talent. Dumb Smile was a delight as Rob Slater and Tobias Sullivan kept a tight rocking groove on drums and bass. Diane Jean yelled out 1 2 3 4 as the band lit into Loose Tooth. Her guitar gave it a nice rock feel. They played a cool new song about tilting your head back, then followed with the delightfully gloomy Loom. Another new one about walking in circles had a swampy sound. A little way into the song, the energy picked up and they got closer to the full power that they can release. Hannah Wants to see you was gorgeous and Diane’s voice soared then they dropped it into Heavy. The song surged to full power and they let loose their full fury. Winfield Holt‘s guitar surged to glorious rock heights as they locked into that groove and worked it hard. I loved every moment of that ripping guitar, and they set a standard that would not be overcome for the rest of the night. What a great set!

 

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Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis

On stage left Darlingside played with strings, voices, and a kick drum. They had a nice sound and were great at chatting with the audience, especially on the introductions for the band members. They sang about history books and Back To The Future Part 2. They asked is it today or tomorrow and sang about a superconductor up in the sky. They sang a song for the cowboys that kind of rocked a little and had a nice lead before slipping back into their usual gentle happy sound. They sang a song about how mother died young and their sound delighted the crowd for their whole set. I liked them but was still a bit wound up from the set before.

 

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Darlingside pic by Kim Tuure Faris

The steadily growing crowd moved left as Mt Joy opened with a solid rock sound. They let it slide into a mellow jam singing from side to side and changing your mind. They sang about smoking cigarettes on rooftops and red lights. They asked if we realized that everyone we know someday will die and rocked a bit in the middle. Their music had a nice flow as they urged us to show up and vote in a song about the red, white, and the blue. They lit into a fun song and dropped a bit of Ain’t No Sunshine into the middle. They closed with a song about being on the mountain that rocked a bit and was quite nice.

 

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Mt Joy pic by Tim Lewis

The festival was pretty packed when Ani DiFranco took the stage. Her band had a jazzy sound that created plenty of space for her words and lyrics to stand out. She opened with a song about not being shy and followed with one about being taken out of context. She sang a poem about democracy that she sent out to her fellow voters. Since it was a festival with non-stop music, I got to a point where I needed to wander around and get a drink. It’s unfortunate that it hit during Ani’s set, since she was so cool and great. I hoped there would be speakers in the vending area so I could still listen in, but that was not the case. I made it back just as her set ended. I wish I had planned a little better, but with nine bands over 8 hours, it’s a bit overwhelming.

 

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Ani DiFranco pic by Tim Lewis

I got back in and settled. The sun had set and Jackson Browne took the stage and was joined by Greg Leisz. They both played guitar for most of the set through Greg played some sweet pedal steel now and then. They mostly avoided the big hit songs in favor of more poignant obscure ones. Even the cover of a Band song was not well known. He sang a song for migrant workers and spoke about a program that teaches children of immigrants their historic culture when they would have otherwise not have known about it. They brought out Ariel Zevon for a song called Cold Hearted Empath. Something in that song stuck a chord with me and I was elated for every note. She left and they continued on with quiet songs including Late For The Sky. He moved to piano for a grand version of The Pretended which got the crowd going a bit then slowed it back down. Late in the set the opening notes of Take It Easy sent a bolt of energy through the crowd, who proceeded to sing it word for word in full festival gusto. They closed with another quiet one and called it a night.

 

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Jackson Browne pic by Tim Lewis

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Senator Bernie Sanders pic by Tim Lewis

Stage left lit up and Bernie Sanders walked on. He spoke about how proud he was of all that Grace has accomplished and urged us to vote. Grace appeared, then her band followed, and they rocked out a song about medicine. I have not kept up with her music, so I did not know most of the songs that she played. They all sounded cool and rocked nicely. The crowd was massive and I wandered around a bit and could hear well from most any place where you could see the stage. I found place to sit and stare at the lake and listened to song after song. I was pretty exhausted from being in the sun all day, and from listening so closely for so many hours. I headed towards the main gates then found a tree to prop me up. They brought out a special guest and Kenny Chesney delighted the audience with You And Tequila. Late in the set Grace began the opening strains of Nothing But The Water and it perked me up. Part 1 was cool and featured her doing some nice guitar work. The rest of the band came back out and they rocked part 2 hard. They played a couple more and called it a night. They quickly returned for the encore and began Angel From Montgomery. A little way in, Jackson Browne came out and sang it with her. He then took a seat at his keys and the audience exploded as they began Dr My Eyes. He moved to guitar and the band launched into Lawyers, Guns and Money, which kept the audience at full fervor. They closed the set with a long jammed our Running On Empty which featured Chesney on some of the vocals and Grace on keys. It was glorious.

The lights came on and we slowly walked down the path. I headed up the hill and took the lovely walk home. I was exhausted and elated and prepared to do it again tomorrow

 

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Grace Potter pic by Tim Lewis

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Grace Potter with Kenny Chesney and Jackson Browne pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Julia Caesar pic by Tim Lewis

I had Sunday off and learned my lesson from missing the first two songs on Saturday. I got going earlier and arrived at the waterfront about 1:50 for the show that had gates at 2 and first band at 2:15. Around 2:05 our line started moving and at 2:10 I was inside the gates. I got a beer, moved to stage left, and Julia Caesar began to weave their magical spell. They opened with Hear Me Now and their beautiful vocal harmonies lead into the song that takes many fun twists and turns. The second song was one about how someone told a girl that she takes up too much space. It opened quietly then began to rock. They found a happy groove for Chosen Names then played a new song called Demons. It’s a triple threat song with a vocal round to open, and fun audience clap-along part and a sing-along part that goes we’re dying alone. It’s such a fun song. They played the song that ends saying let it be without a sound, and the ferry boat hit its horn precisely on the last note. They rocked out a long fun version of Falter and let it end in a feedback haze. It was a brilliant set.

 

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Juptr pic by Tim Lewis

The music began immediately on stage right, so we all moved over as JUPTRband filled the air with their cool smooth synth pop sound. I’m not one for fashion, but I’ve got to say that Stephanie Heaghney’s shoes were every bit as dazzling as Miku Daza’s wings the day before. Juptr continued on with a late night jazzy soul sound that featured some nice keyboard flourishes. Their music evoked a late night cozy bar feeling but worked well in the blazing sunshine. They played a song about Jupiter being true then one that made us happy happy. That one got a bit trancey and I lost myself in it for a while. They brought up three dancers for a slow cool funky song about fighting for your life then called it an afternoon. They were really good. I need to check them out again soon.

 

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Juptr pic by Tim Lewis

We all moved left and Harsh Armadillo began with something that reminded me of Golgi Apparatus. They let it slip into a big band soul jazz sound and we were off. They played a song about how nothing can come between us that had a ripping lead guitar part. They played a song about sweet sweet love that had a nice slow keys lead section in the middle. They played a song with a Zappa jazz sound and closed with a rich soul jazz sound on a song about how all I have is a bit of sunshine. They were fun.

 

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Harsh Armadillo pic by Tim Lewis

We moved to the right and Seth Yacovone Band opened with some hard rock blues on a song about demons. Seth let loosed a staggering lead break that elicited great joy from the audience. They stayed bluesy for a song that asked what will I do when you’re gone. They could barely contain themselves on a song from the upcoming album Welcome then played one about how we are all waiting. Mr Reed began by rocking hard then they kicked it up a notch for the second verse. By the time they hit the third one they brought it to a staggering height of rock and roll glory, then ripped out the ending. I was sure that would be the most intense part of the day.

 

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Seth Yacovone pic by Tim Lewis

Music began immediately on stage left as Sister Sparrow began to play. They had a soulful rock sound with strong vocals and a couple of horns. They sounded nice but I was still riding the heights of the band before. A song about not being jealous had a funky opening and rocked a bit at the end. They played a new song called Ghost then a new song called Gold. They treated us with their take on Aretha Franklin’s version of Bridge Over Troubled Water then ended the set with a Grateful Dead like jam.

 

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Sister Sparrow pic by Tim Lewis

 

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The two stage setup with Sister Sparrow pic by Tim Lewis

With stage right covered in red boas, Elmo, and an inflatable unicorn head, Caroline Rose and her band took the stage as some girls like boys intro music played. They opened with a song about how the world is breaking down and followed with one about how everybody wants you. They played Caroline’s favorite song which was more of the same. They played a new one about giving it more time then played her favorite song about how Jeannie becomes a mom. It was sunny and hot and she said it would be their last show as they were melting on stage. Soul No. 5 lit up the crowd then they told us they were doing it for the money. Caroline spoke about the hippy cocktails served backstage that were made from kombucha and vodka, which begged the question, why were those not being sold at the concession stands? She grabbed a pipe and played a little of the Titanic theme and Abbie Morin tossed in some vocals. It did not last long, then Caroline kept up her charming witty banter that lead into the song about the little bikini dance dance dance. They closed the super-fun set with her favorite song about how I’m ready now. Every moment of the show was just great.

 

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Caroline Rose pic by Tim Lewis

A huge rock sound began on stage left and we all moved over as The Magpie Salute sang about a back door. It was as if they picked up with the intensity of the end of Mr Reed and drove the power up and up. Mark had a staggering lead break and it was immediately obvious that the show would be like the best of the Black Crowes show, but with a different singer. They launched into a song about Mary the gypsy and i hit that moment where I needed to get another beer. I walked quickly and missed the next song but was back for the one about walking on water. I reveled in the huge sound as they sang about those things they said about you. It featured some sweet slide from Rich and was just wonderful. They kept the rock fury going for a wicked version of Custard Pie then lit up the audience with the Crowes Morning Song. They were going to close with a song about telling me something good about yourself then noticed they had more time. After a quick huddle, the hit us hard with Wiser Time to close the show. I was stunned in the best way possible.

 

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The Magpie Salute pic by Tim Lewis

By now the audience was huge and filled the area in front of stage right as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats began to play. They opened with a blues rock jam that fell into a song with some yea yea yea vocals. They played a song about one time, two times, three times that had a solid rock vibe. I was still reeling from Magpie’s set, and it did not really grab me, but the audience loved them. I hung out for much of their very long set, but was pretty exhausted, then realized it was time to go.

I took the lovely walk home with a perfect mix of being tired and happy. I heard later that Nathaniel joined Grace Potter for I Shall Be Released and she closed her set with Jackson Browne playing Running On Empty again.

All in all, it was a great weekend.

 

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Shawn Connoly at Lake-View House in South Burlington, August 14, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music tonight at the Lake-View House in South Burlington. I know Shawn Connolly from his work in Invisible Homes and liked the one Phantom Airwaves show I caught. He’s been playing a Friday afternoon gig on the patio at the lovely restaurant just off Shelburne road for a while, and today was a day I thought I could make the show. I arrived a bit before the 6pm start, said Hi to Shawn, ordered some food, and settled in. With a sweet voice, acoustic guitar, and a series of electronic effects he opened with Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More. Being a dinner crowd audience he mostly played covers. He played John Mayer’s Sucker then his own song, Never The Same. I really loved that one. He took us out to sea for Looking Glass’s Brandy then brought us back to land with Mac Demarco’s This Old Dog. He played a song from Clapton’s blues ablum called Hey Hey, though it wasn’t one of Eric’s songs. He returned to the Allman Brothers for Desdemona and made it sound especially sweet. He encouraged us to not let that deal go down, then asked Hey Hey, What Can I Do? He closed the first set with The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.

Set two began with a gently powerful Going To California then he followed with a cool song from Post Malone. Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay was appreciated by the diners as the sun began to set. Subtle lights lit up the garden behind him as he told us 50 ways to leave out lover. He kept the top 40 hits rolling with Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark) by Unknown Mortal Orchestra then freaked us out with his Moonage Daydream. He told us not to blow it, ’cause he knows it’s all worthwhile on a song about a Starman, the did the Vermont thing with Phish’s Kill Devil Falls. He and Yoshimi battled the pink robots then he took his voice deep for a Ray LaMontagne song that sounded like trouble. He urged us to unburden ourselves from The Weight so we could fly to the stars and become a Rocket Man. He taught us more cool music with Swing Lo Magellan’ by The Dirty Projectors and fittingly capped the night with Sweet Melissa.

I loved his set and loved the way he sings and plays. I’m so glad I put the effort in.

Posted September 16, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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