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Radio Show 209 Thursday May 25, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday May 25th and can be heard on both sides of the Champlain Valley on 107.1FM or streamed here: WBKM It will go as follows:

Song before: Memories In Future Tense – The Church Band

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I want to thank Higher Ground for sponsoring our station. Let’s begin with an artist who played a delicate and beautiful show to a pin drop quiet audience at ArtsRiot last Saturday.

1.) True Hue – Ivamae
2.) Let me Be – Peter Burton
3.) Faded Movie Reel – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
4.) Agree To Disagree – 1881

That’s the next song from Lights, Camera, Action, the album I’m playing all the way through, song after song, week after week. Great songs from Jeremy Gilchrist and Peter. Both were recorded live at Robot Dog Studio. Last night I brought the band Gneiss into Robot Dog for an interview and some songs. Let’s listen to it now.

5.) Three Feels Right – gneiss
6.) Endless Sunkissed Lover – gneiss
7.) Lovely Day – gneiss
8.) Haze – gneiss

Thanks gneiss for playing such lovely music. Thanks to Ryan Cohen for making us sound great and Jeff Arbor for helping us out. OK there is a new group of people promoting music in our town called Noise Ordinance. They will bring a couple of cool artists to Foam Brewers including this one.

9.) Barstools (live) – Hammydown (Abbie Morin)
10.) The Coast – The High Breaks
11.) Just Another Day – The Nancy Druids
12.) Loose Tooth – Clever Girls

The Girls and Druids songs were recorded at Robot Dog also. The Breaks will be at Nectar’s on Friday to help Josh Panda release his new album. It does not appear to be out yet, so hopefully I will have Josh’s album for next week. Great song from Abbie. Last Saturday Ivamae opened the show at ArtsRiot and this next band recreated Joni Mitchell’s Blue album. Here is one of their songs.

13.) Saturation Brain – Arc Iris
14.) There Are Bigger Men Than Me – Plastique Mammals
15.) They Try To Compose Themselves – serene – Floral Amoral
16.) Oh You! – You’re You! – Ruckzuck

I got to see Ruckzuck play Monday at Nectar’s then later at Radio Bean and I saw them Tuesday at The Monkey House. Mammals opened the Nectar’s show and Amoral finished it. Amoral opened the Monkey House show. Thanks for visiting. See you next time? OK, this next band are back in town on Saturday at ArtsRiot.

17.) Dreaming Too Much – Alpenglow
18.) Sunflower Street – David L Jarvis
19.) The Naked Garden – Peg Tassey MUSIC
20.) Ex-Files – Better Things

Due to a technical glitch the gniess interview and songs played after Ex-Files but the show played in order on 107.1FM – TL

Better are playing a show on Sunday at Jim’s Basement. With all the new music I’m playing tonight I thought I should throw in a couple of Burlington classics. Peg and Dave well qualify. Great songs. Hmmm, I love Alpenglow. OK, this next guy is playing his last show tomorrow at ArtsRiot.

21.) Old North Ender – James Kochalka
22.) The Road – Anders Parker
23.) Silver And Gold – Waylon Speed!
24.) Coming Up – Ruckzuck
25.) Future Shock – Ruckzuck

I thought I should play three of their songs since I saw them three times this week. Classic rocker from Waylon. Anders is just amazing. Thanks for all the music James! Reunion tour 2018??? OK, let’s play a few more.

26.) So They Say – The New Siberians
27.) Every Last One Of Us – SWALE
28.) Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? – Bob Wagner and the Book ‘Em Blues Band

Three great songs from three great bands. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? Farewell.

29.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
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Songs after:
Raingods Dancing – Fish
Wake Up Call (Make It Happen) – Fish
Planet Caravan – Black Sabbath
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
Heart Of The Sunrise – Yes
Higher And Higher – The Moody Blues
From Now On – Supertramp
River – Joni Mitchell
Love And Affection – Joan Armatrading
Not I – Andriana Chobot
In The Blue Light – jane siberry
Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits
Megaphone – Joshua Glass Music

 

Ivamae and Arc Iris at ArtsRiot May 20, 2017   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at ArtsRiot. I worked a long 8-4:30 day and was pretty stressed by the end. I hung out at home for a while then took the long walk to Pine st. It was a lovely day and the walk helped take me away from the work focus. I arrived a bit after 8:00pm doors opening and well before the 8:30 start time. I was about to wander in when Luke Adam called me over to the outside bar. I chatted with him and a couple of his friends for a while, then it was time to head in.

I settled in and found a nice post to stand and lean up against. The crowd was small and mellow and most of the seating area was filled. It was not long until Ivamae took the stage. Playing solo, she walked up the the mic and began singing. Though the room had filled a bit, it was pin drop silent as she mesmerized the room with her voice. She picked up an electric guitar for the second song and sang about true colors. She introduced the next song as The Reality Of It All and the room was still silent and listening. She sang a song about taking care of me and nobody else. I looked around and the standing area was filled with people quietly sitting on the floor. She followed with a cover of the Amy Winehouse song You Send Me Flying. I think the next one was about guilt and fear and she closed the set with a very new song about not being able to find the truth. Her strong voice, powerful presence and intent audience made it a stunning show.

 

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I hung out during the set break and chatted with Joe Adler, then it was time for Arc Iris. They were set to play their reconstructed version of Joni Mitchell’s Blue album. The band play a beautiful blend of pop, progressive rock, and jazz, or something like that. They played all of the songs in very unique ways that left Joni’s path intact but sounded like Arc Iris could have written them. They rearranged the order of the songs and began with A Case Of You. Jocie has a captivating voice and is a perfect front woman. Her keyboard and guitar playing just add to the mix. It’s a joy to watch Zach plays keys. He’s all over them and looks so happy doing it. Ray Belli is a tremendous drummer. When you listen to the arrangement and find the groove and swing to the beat, he’s already thrown in a few notes you weren’t anticipating. All three could likely do engaging solo shows but their power together is over the top. I tried to soak it all in as they played Carey and This Flight Tonight. My Old Man and Little Green were challenging and fun. California had a bit of madman jazz to it. They followed with The Last Time I Saw Richard and rocked River super hard. They closed the set with All I Want and Blue. They came back for an encore and I’m not sure what they played. It was jazzy and proggy and fun to listen to.

I headed out fairly quickly and ran into Luke again. We chatted until his turn off then I brought the body up to full speed for the long walk home.

Thanks Luke Awtry Photography for the pictures

 

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Radio Show 208 Thursday May 18, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show will air on 107.1FM, can be streamed at WBKM and will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday May 18th. It will go as follows:

Song before: Oliver’s Army – Elvis Costello

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I’ve got a bunch of new music to play for you tonight so let’s dive in.

1.) Via Champlain – Some Hollow
2.) High Flying Bird – Anders Parker
3.) Dance Of The World – Satori Bob
4.) Science Fiction – Hana Zara

Great classic from Hana who enraptures crowds with that song. That’s a brand new song from Satori. Their singer, John Baumann used to play around Burlington all the time so many years ago. Great new song from Anders. Hollow just put out the Green EP and it’s really good. OK, here is the next song from Lights Camera Action.

5.) Sometime Next Week – 1881
6.) It’ll Be OK – Let’s Whisper
7.) Children Of The Stars – Madaila
8.) Great Escape – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter

Jeremy just played a cool show at Light Club Lamp Shop from 7:15-8. It’s such a pleasure to hear him. Great songs from Madaila and Whisper. 1881 are so much fun. OK, let’s get a bit moody and spacey.

9.) Rainy Alley – Totally Submerged
10.) Jungle Rot – The Edd
11.) Alan’s Garden – Ruckzuck
12.) Survey Says – Senders

Senders are so much fun. You should be their friend if you are not already. Ruckzuck will play some psychedelic rock on Monday at Nectar’s and Radio Bean so that should be fun. That’s a new song from The Edd. Submerged are playing acoustic on Saturday at Farnham Ale & Lager VT starting around 6. This next band just put out the What?!?!? album.

13.) Sin Is Funner – Swillbillie
14.) Tell Me No – Clever Girls
15.) Wing To Me – Alice Austin
16.) Say It – Anachronist

Great songs from Anachronist and the legendary Alice Austin. The Clever song was recorded live at Robot Dog Studio. Great fun song from Billie. This next band will be at ArtsRiot on Saturday.

17.) Paint With The Sun – Arc Iris
18.) The Feeling Is Strange Binger
19.) Complex Vermont – Self Portrait
20.) 2,000 – The Pants

That was a classic from Burlington’s ’90’s. Nice song about VT from Portrait. Binger are so wonderful, even if Facebook will not let me tag them. Great song from Arc though they will be playing Joni Mitchell’s Blue album so who knows if they will play any of their own songs. This next band play next Wednesday at The Monkey House.

21.) Bridge To Panda Chaos – Zeus Springsteen
22.) Sky – The Nancy Druids
23.) The Great Forgetter – The New Siberians
24.) Highway Brain – The Cush

They played a great version of that one at Waking Windows. Great song from the Siberians. The Druids song was recorded at Robot Dog by Ryan Cohen. Zeus should have a lot of music coming soon. It’s been warm and hot and I’ve been driving with the windows down.

25.) Windows Down – Lendway
26.) Every Last One Of Us – SWALE
27.) ETI – The Contrarian

Great cover of the BOC song by Casey Merlin Rae. Swale are so amazing. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Songs after:

Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors (live) – Fish
Lost In America – Alice Cooper
Jackbooted Thugs (Have All The Best Drugs) – Anders Parker
Ninjas Vs Zombies – Phil Yates
Tonite It Shows – Mercury Rev
All In My Mind – Love And Rockets
Carbon – Tori Amos
Cascade – Andriana Chobot
Strange Phenomena – Kate Bush
Gift Shop – The Tragically Hip
Grind – The Church Band
Dying Stars – Slingshot Dakota
It’s Just A Ride – Bill Hicks
Man On The Side – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming.

 

 

Radio Show 206 Thursday May 4, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM 107.1FM will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time May 4th 2017 and will go as follows.

Song before: Miami 2017 – Billy Joel

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I’d like to thank Higher Ground for sponsoring our station. Let’s begin tonight with the title song from this gentleman’s new album.

1.) The Man Who Fell From Earth – Anders Parker
2.) One By One – S.e. Ward
3.) Angela Carter – Cricket Blue
4.) Wooden Heart – SWALE

So, there is a giant music festival happening Friday night, all day Saturday and it continues into Sunday. It is in Winooski and will fill every venue and there will likely be outdoor stages and is called Waking Windows. There will be music everywhere. Swale are playing on Friday. Cricket are playing on Saturday and SE Ward is coming back to play a show on Friday. OK, let’s play the next and last song on By My Side. This band is playing Waking Windows on Saturday.

5.) (With You) – Kat Wright
6.) Guitar – Michael Chorney and Hollar General
7.) Good Thing – Maryse Smith
8.) Old Man – Silver Bridget

Bridget are playing WW on Saturday. Maryse is coming back to town and is playing on Saturday. General are playing on Friday. This next artist is playing a solo set and a set with The Welterweights. Both sets are on Saturday.

9.) Get Out Of Your Own Way – Kelly Ravin
10.) Grass Is Always Greener – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
11.) Abiline – The Lonestar Chain
12.) Recipe – Eastern Mountain Time

Eastern will play on Saturday. Burette Douglas will be back in town for a show with The Cush and is reforming his solo band Lonestar for a show on Saturday. Phil and the band are playing on Saturday. This next band are coming back to town for a show on Friday at WW, like all of the bands in tonight’s show, except for Anders.

13.) Dreaming Too Much – Alpenglow
14.) As Glass – Wren Kitz
15.) ComeTooLate – Paper Castles
16.) The Feeling – Vedora

Vedora are no more but Caroline Marie will play a solo set on Saturday. Castles are playing Saturday. Wren is playing a show on Sunday. This next band will also play on Saturday.

17.) Worlds Are Colliding (George Is Getting Upset) – Sad Turtle
18.) Army Of Pop Kids – The Smittens
19.) Running Away From Home – The Snaz
20.) Drivin’ All Alone – The Parts

Parts will play WW on Saturday. Snaz are calling it a day but are set to play a show on Friday. Smittens are playing on Saturday. This next band return for a show on Friday night.

21.) Heavy Psych – The Cush
22.) Machu Picchu – The Mountain Says No
23.) Hit – Blue Button
24.) Hammerhead – Barbacoa

Barbacoa will play WW on Friday as will BB. Mountain play on Saturday. This next band plays on Saturday also.

25.) Willow II – Tyler Daniel Bean
26.) Ankle Breaker – The High Breaks
27.) Alienation – Black Rabbit
28.) Blind Pigs – ROUGH FRANCIS

Francis will play WW on Saturday. Rabbit will be there on Sunday. So will the Breaks. Well, those are just a small portion of the many bands who will play Waking Windows. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Songs after:
Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors (live) – Fish
Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler
It’ll Be OK – Let’s Whisper
By Design – The Nancy Druids
Sisters – The Church Band
In Trance – Uli Jon Roth
Parallels – Yes
Hide In Your Shell – Supertramp
Mel’s Rockpile/Lakeside Park/Anthem – Rush
Who Are These Gods? – Dam Kat
Megaphone – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

Radio Show 205 Thursday April 27, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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I’m on vacation in Washington DC and Virginia so there is no way to do my local music radio show on WBKM 107.1FM tonight (Thursday April 27) unless I had the foresight to spend last Wednesday setting up the show and doing the vocal interaction between the songs last Thursday after setting up last weeks show. Tonight’s show will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time April and can be streamed from the Facebook link above. Sorry for the early notice, I hope you remember to tune in this evening. Maybe Tony Gallucci can tag me and repost this later. It will go as follows.

Song before: Oh Freedom – Bernie Sanders

From our small city to the great big world, these are the sounds of Burlington. I’m on vacation but thanks to the magic of science and technology I can bring you the other show that I recorded last week. Tonight we will take a deep dive into a few of the great bands that Vermont is blessed with. Let’s begin with a band who have two EPs and two albums. Here’s a set of music that has been recorded since their last album, and most will be on the album they are about to unleash on us. Let’s begin with the song that may not be on the album.

1.) Black Boys On Mopeds – SWALE
2.) Wooden Heart – Swale
3.) Release Your Records – Swale
4.) Every Last One Of Us – Swale

Swale are so fantastic. I can’t wait for the new album, even though I’ve heard many of the songs many times live. It’s going to be great and I will share it with you when they release the record. OK, here is the next song on By My Side.

5.) All About You – Kat Wright
6.) By My Side (Radio Remix) – Kat Wright
7.) Dear God – Kat Wright
8.) The Light – Kat Wright

That’s another great song from By My Side. God was from Introducing. The Radio Remix was a version of the song before the new album came out. You just rock. This next singer constructs catchy songs, has a great voice, and knows how to put music fans in a happy place.

9.) The Interrogator (Enhanced) – Milton Busker
10.) Ordinary Day – Milton Busker
11.) All The Same To You – Milton Busker
12.) My Fear Of Losing You – Milton Busker

Two of those songs are from You Are What You Pretend To Be and two are from Dance Songs Volume II. There is a lot of other great music on those albums too. These next bands are classic Burlington.

13.) Tastes Like Nothing – Zola Turn
14.) Escape Artist – Zola Turn
15.) Dragged Around The Universe – Queen Tangerine
16.) It’s Real Again – Zola Turn

Zola were so great in the ’90’s. After they ceased, Alice Austin and Julia Austin formed Queen Tangerine and put out a wonderful album. Don’t we all feel dragged around the universe sometimes? This next band put out an album and played a bunch of shows in the 00’s and just put out a fantastic new album last year.

17.) Really Doesn’t Matter – The New Siberians
18.) Black 17 – The New Siberians
19.) 1965 – The New Siberians
20.) Circle K – The New Siberians

All of those songs are so catchy and rock nicely. What a great band! Speaking of great bands, this next one has been playing staggering shows lately and just put out a new album.

21.) Nothing In This – The Mountain Says No
22.) Statistik – The Mountain Says No
23.) I Know Right – The Mountain Says No
24.) The Bomb – The Mountain Says No

Their songs are so intense and rock so hard. Yea Mountain! Let’s close tonight with a set from a band who evolved out of two of my favorite bands and show the evolution.

25.) Bomb – Envy
26.) Very Underground – The Red Telephone
27.) By Design – The Nancy Druids
28.) The Space Between – The Nancy Druids

Sean and Ann Mindell were in Envy. Sean joined Matt Hutton in The Red Telephone, then Sean and Ann teamed up with John Franklin to form the Druids. The sound has changed a bit but the beauty in the structure has not. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

Songs after: Plague Of Ghosts (live USA) – Fish
Alone In The Night – Andriana Chobot
King Of The Mountain – Kate Bush
Morrigan – Children In Paradise
The Vigilant Ones – The Cush
Almost With You – The Church
What’s In California? – Josh Glass
regular programming.

OK, I’m heading to the bus then heading to Yorktown then going to get a tattoo, or at least see one.

 

Radio Show 201 Thursday March 30, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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The Nancy Druids at Robot Dog Studio pic by Tim Lewis

 

Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM 107.1FM will run from 9-11pm US Eastern Time and will go as follows.

Song before: Morrigan – Children in Paradise

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I’ve got lots of great new music to play tonight but let’s begin with one of Vermont’s absolute treasures.

1.) Scattered Birds – Aaron Flinn
2.) Faded Movie Reel – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
3.) Wooden Heart – SWALE
4.) All Love – Kat Wright

That’s the next song from Kat’s album By My Side that I’m playing all the way through, song after song, week after week. That’s a brand new song from Swale from their upcoming album There’s No One Here. Wow, what a beautiful song, and what about those horns? The Jeremy song was from the interview and recording we did a few weeks back at Robot Dog Studio. Great song by Aaron, who is a great guy, a great singer, a great songwriter and a fantastic guitar player. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful person in our community. Speaking of wonderful people in our community, this next band have been playing around for a while but don’t have anything recorded. We met up last night with Ryan Cohen at Robot Dog Studio and recorded this interview and they played these four songs.

5.) Sky – The Nancy Druids
6.) Just Another Day – The Nancy Druids
7.) By Design – The Nancy Druids
8.) The Space Between – The Nancy Druids

I love the songs and the over the top guitar playing and can’t thank Ryan and the Druids enough for playing that. Also, I brought my brother Ken along and he had a great time watching it all happen. OK, let’s play some more rock and roll.

9.) East Jabib – REDadmiral
10.) Ain’t No Sunshine – Kiki’s Lost Nation
11.) Cascade – Andriana Chobot
12.) Loose Tooth – Clever Girls

Great new song from Clever. I love the huge sound of cascade. Kiki come out now and then to rock us hard, and it was cool to see Andriana play that song the other night. Great political rocker from Admiral. OK, let’s keep rocking.

13.) Give Love – 1881
14.) My Fear Of Losing You – Milton Busker
15.) Sorrow Of The Space Inside – Secret Heliotropes
16.) Every Last One Of Us – Swale

That song is so quiet and so loud and so gentle and so powerful and always blows me away when then play it live. I’m so happy I finally get to play it for you. That’s another cool song from Heliotropes album A Well Lit Room. Great song from Milton and same for 1881. OK, let’s keep rocking.

17.) Journals – Senders
18.) This Ain’t The Summer Of Love – The Contrarian
19.) Blind Pigs – ROUGH FRANCIS
20.) Burn – Dirty Blondes

I was listening to Pigs the other day and the imagery of burn and summer of love made me want to play those three together. Great song from Senders. OK, It’s my job to play local music but I just have to cheat now and then. There’s this french prog rock band called Children In Paradise who have been captivating me lately. The singer is about to release her solo album and is starting a crowdfunding campaign on April 1st. Since I play her music before and after my show all the time I thought I’d toss in one of her new songs.

21.) Who Are These Gods? – Dam Kat
22.) Be Like Ryan – The Mountain Says No
23.) Counting On A Ghost – Elephants of Scotland
24.) Freeway – David Rosane & The Zookeepers

David sometimes lives in Vermont and sometimes lives in France so I thought that would be a fun way to bookend that set. Great song from Elephants. It sounds like they have new cool music coming for us soon. If you are near Jeffersonfille on Saturday, go check out Mountain!! Also, feel free to be like Ryan. Great song from Kat. Bonne Chance. OK let’s keep rocking.

25.) Jackbooted Thugs (Get All The Best Drugs) – Anders Parker
26.) Vicarious – Alice Austin
27.) Teenage Mother Earth – The Red Telephone
28.) Time To Get Out – Aaron Flinn

Another great song from Aaron. Sean Toohey sings and plays guitar for The Nancy Druids and played in Telephone and played with Alice on that song. He and Ann Mindell used to play in Envy. Great song from Anders. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

29.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
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Songs afte
3-D – Fish
Alone – Children In Paradise
The Revenge Of Vera Gemini – The Contrarian
Flood Of Sunshine – The Posies
The Funny Bird – Mercury Rev
Wake The Raven – Kimberly White Project
Bomb – Envy
King Of The Mountain (live) – Kate Bush
Alone In The Night – Andriana Chobot
Symmetry – jane siberry
Dying Stars – Slingshot Dakota
The Stars (Are Out Tonight) – David Bowie
When You Were Mine – The Church Band
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming.

 

Cricket Blue, Silver Bridget, The Parts, and Phil Yates & The Affiliates at The Monkey House March 19, 2017 Show Up Shows vol 2   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music last night at The Monkey House. The show was set to go from 6:30-10 and I had to work until 7. It was a benefit for Planned Parenthood and is part of a series of shows to benefit worthy organizations put on by The Monkey House and Sean Hood.

I got out of work at 7 on the dot and ran over to the Monkey. I assumed I would miss one of the four bands but would be happy to catch what I could. Cricket Blue were on stage and playing as I got settled in and said hi to Jeremy Gilchrist. I wasn’t listening with full attention but still liked the sound of the new song they were playing. I got into focus mode and loved the guitar and vocal interplay on Quiet pt 2. They followed with Ode To Billy Joe and wrapped up the set. I missed a few songs but was happy with what I caught.

 

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The emcee of the night, Annie Russell, got up and plugged Planned Parenthood and encouraged people to vote in the silent auction with poise and humor. I think she began the night with a stand up set, which was what let me catch a couple of Cricket songs.

Up next Silver Bridget took the stage. Matt Saraca rocked the electric guitar while John Townsend formed the rhythms with acoustic guitar and kick drums and Johnnie Day Durand‘s musical saw soared over the top. They opened with Heart Of Gold then brought us to The End Of The World. And I Love Her was sweet then we went out to the Blue Bayou. They capped the set with Nowhere Man and the quiet and appreciative crowd was well pleased.

 

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Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis

 

Annie came up for more announcements then made way for Danny LeFrancois and The Parts. Danny sang and played electric guitar and was joined by Steve Sharon on drums and Jason Pappas on bass. They opened with a heavy rocker that showcased Danny’s deep guitar sound. Driving All Alone was second and rocked hard too. The third song was a rocker about drinking and the fourth was a fast Irish ditty about a liquor store. The mellowed out for It’s A Shame and were joined by a fiddle player. I think his name was Jake. They brought Sean up to sing the next one and a distant memory made me cringe. It proved to be unfounded as Sean sang the heck out of a gorgeous song about Berlin after the wall or Oklahoma at dawn, or something like that. He stayed on stage for a cover of Achy Breaky Heart and that was the one I was worried about. It was fun and the audience liked it, so that was cool. After that, they called it a night.

 

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Annie came back and announced the auction winners then Phil Yates & The Affiliates hit the stage hard and loud. They played a blistering Co-Pilot and kept rocking with My Favorite Bag. They eased up for the gorgeous If Only I Was Lonely then went back to full on rock for my new favorite song Send Him The Bill. They kept rocking with Burn It Down Bernadette and played one of the most intense versions of Little French Earthquakes that I’ve heard. They capped the night with Ninjas Vs Zombies and I was in a happy place.

I headed out pretty quickly and took the long happy bunny chasing walk home

 

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Phil Yates & The Affiliates pic by Tim Lewis