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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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Cricket Blue pic by Tim Lewis

 

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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Cricket Blue pic by Tim Lewis

 

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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The Parts pic by Tim Lewis

 

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

 

Silver Bridget at Nectar’s March 18, 2017   Leave a comment

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Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Nectar’s. It was a long work day but I think I did a good job and got the numbers to fall in line. I had enough time to go home and eat some food and settle a bit then took the sunny walk downtown for the early show.

I arrived a couple of minutes late for the 7pm show but the band were still setting up so I hung out and chatted with Charlie Messing. When the band were ready we grabbed seats at the table at the front. Silver Bridget were soon on stage and ready to go, but something looked odd. John Townsend plays acoustic guitar and sometimes has a kick drum. He not only had the drum, but also set a snare on it’s side so he could use pedals on that too. To make things really fun, he had an electric baritone guitar which changed up the sound a little. With a bit more of a rocking sound the band opened with Radiohead’s Creep and followed with All Apologies. I love the band’s ethereal take on classic pop songs and this was a nice addition to the sound. Matt Saraca added a little extra muscle to his electric guitar and Johnnie Day Durand‘s musical saw soared over the top. John switched to acoustic for lovely takes on The End Of The World and You Got It then went electric for Nothing Compares 2 U. From there John switched back to acoustic and the band settled into the set. They took us on a journey that had us searching for a Heart Of Gold. The told the tale of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. They encouraged us to Follow The Sun as we drifted past the Blue Bayou. They pulled out the Dolly version of I Will always Love You then warned us that if we were not careful we were Going To Lose That Girl. They lit up the room with Paint It Black then played a sweet version of Love Me Tender. Old Man had the super cool Johnnie saw riffs then they encouraged us to Stand By Your Man. For some reason I was sure I knew what was next and was correct as they played Girl, You’ll Be A Woman soon. Matt led the take off section as the band took us on a Space Oddity. And I Love Her sounded sweet then they rocked out Hey Hey My My, or was it My My Hey Hey? Either way, it was great. They said Goodbye Yellow Brook Road then took us to the beach to hang 10 with the Surfer Girl. They told us that Only Love Can Break Your Heart. John left the stage as Matt and Johnnie took us Somewhere Over The Rainbow. John returned and picked up the electric and they closed the 24 song set with a stirring Nights In White Satin.

I said a couple of quick goodbyes then took the dark, icy, and happy walk home.

 

Here’s a video I shot of Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Tim

 

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Radio Show 198 Thursday March 9, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Jeremy Gilchrist 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: Under Bright Stars – Alice Austin

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the sounds of Burlington. I want to thank Higher Ground for being such a great rock club and for sponsoring our station. Let’s begin with one of those great Burlington songs that gets performed now and then.

1.) Once Upon – Vedora
2.) Let Me Be – Peter Burton
3.) Forsythia – Cricket Blue
4.) Bury Me – Forest Gray

Forest has so many fun songs. I wanted to play a song about flowers since we got a nice snowstorm this morning. Thanks Cricket. Great song from Peter. That was recorded live by Ryan Cohen at Robot Dog Studio a couple of weeks ago. Last week I went back to the studio with Jeremy Gilchrist for the second part in the ongoing series. Here is the interview and the three songs he played.

5.) Faded Movie Reel – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
6.) Endless War – Jeremy Gilchrist
7.) Great Filter – Jeremy Gilchrist

Thanks to Ryan and Jeremy for making that happen. It will be fun to bring in bands to play live, now and then. OK, here is the next song on the album I’m playing all the way through song after song week after week. We are currently traveling though By My Side and here comes the rock song.

8.) The Light – Kat Wright
9.) A Question Mark To Answer – Seth Yacovone Band
10.) Little Song – Invisible Homes
11.) Ready To Race – Lendway

Those are all such great songs. Did you catch the theme? This next band will rock Foam Brewers tomorrow night.

12.) Surf Showdown – The High Breaks
13.) ME 262 – The Contrarian
14.) Game Of Thrones – The Mountain Says No
15.) Loose Tooth – Clever Girls

That’s the title song from the brand new EP by Clever Girls. I really need to get out and see them soon. Great song from Mountain. Great cover from Casey Merlin Rae. If you want to hear surf music on a winter day, head to Foam tomorrow. It’s late, so let’s play some sleepy time music.

16.) Sleepwalker – 1881
17.) The Call – Swillbillie
18.) Windigo – Crazyhearse
19.) Burn – Dirty Blondes

Blondes, Hearse, and Billie will play at The Monkey House on Saturday night so that should be fun. Great song from 1881. Last week I played one of the new songs from Slingshot Dakota. Here is the other.

20.) Grudge – Slingshot Dakota
21.) Black 17 – The New Siberians
22.) Make Me See Stars – The Lonestar Chain
23.) Crazy – Clever Girls

I really like that Clever new EP. Lonestar will be back for a show in May as part of Waking Windows. Great songs from Siberians and Slingshot. OK, let’s keep rocking.

24.) Little French Earthquakes – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
25.) The Crisis – Ninja Custodian
26.) Hold me Tight – The Decentz
27.) Willow I – Tyler Daniel Bean
28.) Willow II – Tyler Daniel Bean

The video for Willow II is really cool. Decentz played in the ’80’s, the Ninja song was from the ’90’s and the Phil song is a couple of years old. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after:
13th Star – Fish
Dying Stars – Slingshot Dakota
Star – David Bowie
The Prettiest Star – David Bowie
A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop – Neil Young
Children Of The Stars – Madaila
Starship Trooper – Yes
Starless (abridged) – King Crimson
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
Thela Hun Ginjeet (live) – Adrian Belew
Jackbooted Thugs (Have All The Best Drugs) – Anders Parker
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

Radio Show 197 Thursday March 2, 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 and will go as follows.

Song before: Winter – Tori Amos

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It was in the 70’s over the weekend and today it’s cold and snowy. Welcome to Vermont. Let’s begin tonight with a lovely singer songwriter who graces our state.

1.) Can You Love Me Too? – Bethany Conner Music
2.) Alone In The Night – Andriana Chobot
3.) When The Night’s Get Long – Carraway
4.) Bird On The Sea – The New Siberians

I just love that Siberians song. As February ends the nights just seem to stay long so I thought those songs would sound like Burlington. Andriana is playing at Red Square on Saturday at 5pm if you are looking for cool music. Great song from Bethany. OK, let’s play the next song on By My Side.

5.) You’ve Got Problems – Kat Wright
6.) What If? – Madaila
7.) Magenta Man – Rue M.
8.) Kentucky – Cricket Blue

What a lovely piece of rocking dramatic music from Cricket. I just love the drama that Rue add to the music. If you like Madaila, you may want to head to Club Metronome tomorrow night. I think you will like the band they have playing. Great song from Kat and the band. OK, on Saturday this next artist is finally coming back to town. I’ve seen him a dozen times (or so) at Metronome over the years, though not for a long time. The first time I saw him play was back at Hunts with his band The Bears. I’m very excited for his show Saturday night at ArtsRiot. It’s sold out, so I hope you have a ticket.

9.) Young Lions – Adrian Belew
10.) Ampersand – Adrian Belew
11.) Newrotica – Adrian Belew
12.) E – Adrian Belew

I’m so psyched for Saturday! OK, I saw this band last week and this song has been stuck in my head ever since. I hope it gets stuck in yours too.

13.) Eggshell – The Mountain Says No
14.) Winter – Dave Jarvis
15.) Always Monica/Down At The Duck – Chin Ho

Happy Birthday Andrew X Smith and thanks for all the great music over the years. It’s finally cold enough to play the Dave song. Hmmm, Mountain, hmmmm. So, I just got a couple of new songs from a great band who play Burlington once or twice a year. Here’s one of them.

16.) Dying Stars – Slingshot Dakota
17.) I Didn’t Know I Was A Wizard – Colin Nicholas Clary
18.) A Bottle Of Whiskey Later – Crazyhearse
19.) The Whiskey Always Wins – When Particles Collide

Particles played a great show at Manhattan Pizza a few weeks ago. Hopefully they will be back soon. Hearse are just a great band. Cool song from Colin. Great new song from Slingshot! OK, this next band features a local guitar player who has been in a couple of bands and takes lots of great concert photos. Some of them are hanging in The Mule Bar in Winooski and they are doing a show opening tonight. Luke Awtry Photography has been done a great job documenting the local scene in pictures. Let’s play one of Luke Adam‘s songs from one of my favorite bands.

20.) Linea – Vetica
21.) Mr Reed – Seth Yacovone Band
22.) Jackbooted Thugs (Have All The Best Drugs) – Anders Parker
23.) Shadow And Act – Invisible Homes

Homes played a great show last week. Great rockers from Anders and Seth. Hmmm, Vetica. OK, let’s keep rocking.

24.) Good Times – Grand
25.) Your Song – Mr. Doubtfire
26.) Finder – Madelines
27.) It’s Cold – Black Rabbit
28.) Dominance And Submission – The Contrarian

Great rocker from Casey Merlin Rae. It’s finally cold enough to play the Rabbit song. Madelines rocked us in the ’90’s. Doubtfire and Grand are rocking us today. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs After:
A Feast Of Consequences – Fish
Flood Of Sunshine – The Posies
Murder – David Gilmour
Lily (live) – Kate Bush
Anytime (R&B) – jane siberry
Piano In Every Room – gneiss
Upstream – Supertramp
Downstream – The New Siberians
Oliver’s Army – Elvis Costello
Take Your Gold Away – Lendway
Gold In California – The Red Telephone
The ConstruKction Of Light – King Crimson
The Revenge Of Vera Gemini – The Contrarian
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

 

Cooie DeFrancesco at Radio Bean and Sad Turtle, Invisible Homes, The Mountain Says No and Villanelles at ArtsRiot February 17, 2017   Leave a comment

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Ben Maddox of The Mountain Says No pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music on Friday night. I had intended to go to Switchback to see Phil Yates and the Affiliates at 6pm, then head to the main show but another opportunity presented itself that I could not miss.

I’ve been Facebook friends with Cooie DeFrancesco for a while and met her once at a show, but had never heard her sing. She was set to play at Radio Bean at 7pm which lined up perfectly. I arrived close to showtime and she was already on stage singing and playing acoustic guitar. I settled in and listened and was taken by the warmth and fullness of her voice. It had a lot of power in it and just sounded lovely. She was singing a song in French when I arrived so I missed the title of it but she talked about most of the songs before she played them so I was able to get a good sense of the old cover songs that she pulled out. Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right was fun and I really appreciated the Don Gibson song Sweet Dreams. She told the origin story of Love Me Tender and sang it beautifully. She highlighted the sadly still relevant People Get Ready. Delbert McClinton’s Two More Bottles Of Wine was rocking and fun. She went to Hank Williams for Hey Good Looking then asked the audience which Patsy Cline song to sing. One person in the audience said both so she played Crazy and Walking After Midnight. She went back to Hank for Your Cheating Heart then followed with The Tennessee Waltz. She moved to a bit of a bluesy sound for Johnny Winter’s Mother Earth and followed it with The Same Old Blues. She capped the night with All Of Me and added a couple of extra lyrics for her husband Sal L. DeFrancesco. It was a lovely show and a great learning experience. Considering the detailed explanations of the songs I think she and Charlie Messing should get together and play a show sometime. Everyone in the audience would walk out with a masters in early 20th century music.

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Cooie DeFrancesco pic by Tim Lewis

I headed out quickly and walked to ArtsRiot and got settled in just before Sad Turtle took the stage. Their sound is a mix of jazz and rock and prog and sounds pretty cool. The songs are all instrumental and it’s fun to just listen and get into the flow. Feats Of Strength sounded great and the brand new song, Nautical By Nature, may have been the best one of their set. The rocking flow of their sound and the swirling nature of the light show from Heavy Light VT made the set a wonderful experience.

After a short set break the mighty Invisible Homes took the stage. They lit in with the heavy rocking This Machine and we were off. They mixed up the sound a little with the Crimsonesque All Your Basis, which viscerally reminded me that Adrian Belew will be playing that room in early March. The set had new songs from their upcoming album and classics, like Little Song, from Song For My Double. The new song about robots taking over the world was as fun as always. They capped the set with a huge version of Above The Frequency and an over the top Pale Rage. I loved every moment of the show.

Another short set break followed then The Mountain Says No took the stage to release their new album Golden Landfill. It’s a fantastic album full of heavy rock and intense drama and they played the whole thing, though in a slightly different order. They opened hard and heavy with Machu Picchu then eased up a tiny amount for You Say You’re Alive. The new single Nothing In This sounded great then they played the easy to sing Game Of Thrones. They rocked hard on Eggshell then played the moody and eerie Be Like Ryan. They stayed slow and searing for Blanket’s Fine then started slow and ended hard on Gazerbeam. They capped the set with the blistering I Know Right. With enchanting light show and enchanting music, I was in heaven.

After another short set break Villanelles took the stage and kept the attentive audience rocking. With intense drumming and intense bass playing and intense guitar playing and a keyboard which smooths out the sound, their quirky indie rock sounded great. Tristan Baribeau‘s singing was strong and the light show was as intense as it had been for the whole evening. They mixed songs from Blue Heart Attack, like opener Gray Goo, and Parking Lot from the Kiss My Grits EP. They tossed in a cover of They Boys Are Back In Town and had a nice guitar/keys harmony effect going on. Shy Spiders was full and over the top and kept me at peak happiness. The rest of the set was a bit of a beautiful blur since I was getting tired. They rocked hard and were lots of fun and are a band that should be seen whenever possible.

Soon after they wrapped up, I took the long and happy walk home.

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Sad Turtle pic by Tim Lewis

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Sad Turtle pic by Tim Lewis

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Sad Turtle pic by Tim Lewis

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Invisible Homes pic by Tim Lewis

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Invisible Homes pic by Tim Lewis

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Invisible Homes pic by Tim Lewis

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Invisible Homes pic by Tim Lewis

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The Mountain Says No pic by Tim Lewis

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The Mountain Says No pic by Tim Lewis

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Villanelles pic by Tim Lewis

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Villanelles pic by Tim Lewis

Milton Busker and the Grim Work at Light Club Lamp Shop January 7, 2017   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 couple of weeks ago at Light Club Lamp Shop. I’ve appreciated the well crafted songs that Milton Busker creates but usually only see him play solo acoustic. On Saturday January 7th he played with his band The Grim Work and nicely filled out the songs. There was a hint of a country sound but most of the night was a fun rocking affair. They played songs from his albums Dance Songs Vol ll and You Are What You Pretend To Be and maybe more. The opening song Gravity has an easy to hum chorus of “settle down, everything is broken and the end is near” and sounded cheerier than the lyric might imply. I did not know the next three but the first two sounded nice and the third had the band rock out a bit. They pulled out a super fun cover of Driver 8 and some of the audience began to dance. A song about the devil’s hand was fun then they did a great version of The Meanest Thing I’ll Ever Write, They played a song about falling on my sword for you then lit up the room with the mega-catchy Ordinary Day. They started it as an acoustic song, rocked the middle hard then ended acoustic. The next one sounded like a spiritual song as Milton’s deep resonate voice sang Baby Let My Money Keep You Warm. Jesus In Chains kept the spirit flowing and Milton let our his powerhouse voice and filled the room. The next one was a fun indie rocker and they followed with Glad To See You Go. They pulled out a couple of covers, Bones by Michael Kiwanuka and This Little Girl of Mine by Ray Charles and made them sound great. The powerful Babies To War was an elegant plea for peace. I did not know the last four songs the band played but really enjoyed them.

It had been a long day, so I did not hang out for long. The walk home was easy and my heart was filled with great songs.

 

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Milton Busker and the Grim Work pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Milton Busker and the Grim Work pic by Tim Lewis

The 2000SUCKSteen Ball at Radio Bean with 23 performers December 30 2016   Leave a comment

 

I had a great time seeing music on December 30th. When I originally saw the show listed it sounded like DJ Disco Phantom (Brian Nagle) was going to spin some records featuring artists who died in 2016 (Two Thousand Sucksteen). I thought I might wander in and check it out then realized Arc Iris were playing at Higher Ground and got a ticket. Shortly after that I realized the Sucksteen show was going to be filled with 20+ local artists performing songs. It was too good to pass up so I ignored my purchased ticket and headed to Radio Bean to commiserate on the staggering loss of artists last year.

I arrived a little early and caught a couple of songs by Hailey Ward. She sang a sweet song about Tic Tac Toe and the appropriate cover of What Are You Doing On New Year’s Eve. She sounded pretty nice then it was time for the show.

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Hailey Ward at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Sarah Stickle began the night singing and playing an acoustic guitar. She did a great version of Guy Clark’s LA Freeway.

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Sarah Stickle at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Jonah Salzman at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Jonah Salzman took the stage next and played some Leonard Cohen songs on acoustic guitar. If It Be Your Will was strong and cool and I’m Your Man jammed for a long time.

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Brett Hughes at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

The mighty Brett Hughes took the stage next to play some Merle Haggard Songs. White Line Fever and You Don’t Have Very Far To Go were both strong songs and superbly played.

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Most of Swale at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

SWALE took the stage next, or at least most of them did. Eric Olsen, Tyler Bolles, and Jeremy Frederick rocked out a blisteringly loud and completely overdriven Ace Of Spades and it was glorious.

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Nate and Bones at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Nate (Benet?) sat down at the piano by the soundboard and was joined by Bones Blankenship on fiddle. They played Leon Russell’s Masquerade and it was beautiful and powerful. Bones left but Nate played another Russell song, A Song For You, and beauty filled the air.

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Nate at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Samara Lark Brown took the stage and played and sang some Bowie songs. Magic Dance from the movie Labyrinth was unexpected and fun. Under Pressure was very powerful and her singing was wonderful, both on the David and Freddie parts.

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Samara Lark Brown at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Tim Lang and the gang filled the stage and he sat at the keys as they played a song I did not know. I think it went something like honey didn’t mind it yesterday, honey don’t mind it tonight. Whatever it was, it sounded nice.

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Tim Land and the gang at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Lily Sickles took the stage next and played acoustic guitar and sang some Merle Haggard songs. The Bottle Let Me Down and Mama Tried were fun and I greatly enjoyed her singing and playing and sense of humor in between.

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Lily Sickles at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Devin Robinson took the stage next and played a cool and mellow acoustic Moonage Daydream. Even without the lead guitar firepower the song is one of my favorites. His version of Leonard Cohen’s So Long Marianne sounded great too.

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Devin Robinson at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Eastern Mountain Time brought the whole band and played another Merle Haggard song. Sing Me Back Home sounded powerful and beautiful.

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Eastern Mountain Time at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Heloise and Disco Phantom at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Up to this point everyone had been singing and playing instruments but there was a karaoke part of the night too. Disco Phantom played the records while Heloise was joined by Lilly Sickles for a fun version of Careless Whisper. Heloise followed with George Michael’s Everything She Wants then closed the set with Prince’s I Would Die 4 U. She has a great voice and all of her songs were very well sang.

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Heloise and Lily at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Mellow Yellow played as a quartet with bass, drums, keys/vocals, and Linda Bassick on vocals and guitar. They played a fantastic version of Space Oddity and it filled my heart with joy. The keyboard player did a great job on the lift off section of the song.

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Mellow Yellow at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Sarah Griffin took the stage with an acoustic guitar and sang some Leonard Cohen songs. Dance Me To The End Of Love is another of my favorite songs and she made it sound great. Her version of Bird On The Wire was pretty cool too.

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Sarah Griffin at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

The duo AM Radio played acoustic guitars and sang with sweet harmonies. Lyin’ Eyes was just gorgeous and their version of Sharon Jones 100 Days, 100 Nights was lovely.

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AM Radio at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Kat Wright and Bob Wagner played a great version of Cohens Why Don’t You Try. A Mose Allison song with a lyric about everyone’s gone missing was poignant. His playing and her singing were as out of this world as always.

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Kat Wright and Bob Wagner at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Ryan Miller at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Disco Phantom returned and spun some records as Ryan Miller jammed out a super fun Suffragette City. Lee Anderson took the stage to do Gene Wilder’s Crazed Boat Ride from Willy Wonka and it was as over the top and joyously fun as you would expect. Ryan wrestled the stage back for a version of George Michael’s Faith that had the full house dancing.

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Lee Anderson at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Hannah Fair at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Hannah Fair took the stage next and was joined by a sax player. They played Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka. They followed with Careless Whisper, and even though it was the second time it was played that night, it sounded so different with her singing and playing acoustic guitar and that super familiar sax line filling out the sound.

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Hannah Fair at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Disco Phantom queued up another record and Ryan Ober launched into The Jean Genie. He sang in the crowd and he sang out the door on the street and sang a bit of the song on the stage. It was nothing but fun.

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Ryan Ober at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Amanda Gustafson sat down at the keys and let loose a staggeringly beautiful song in the way that only she can. I did not catch the song but the lyric about when your time is up you’re going to see all your friends was equally as poignant as the Mose Allison song earlier in the night. (Per Amanda “It was a song by Richard Thompson that he wrote for Fairport Convention called, “Meet on the Ledge”. It was to honor Dave Swarbrick, the longtime fiddler and one of the founders of Fairport Convention. They would close every show with that song – it was sort of their anthem.”)

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Amanda Gustafson at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Jacob, who is one of the bartenders at Light Club Lamp Shop took the stage with Disco Phantom playing a record. He had a great voice and did an epic version of Let’s Dance. His voice was so deep and perfect for the song.

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Jacob at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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Addie Hebert at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Addie Herbert sat at the keys and played a super cool version of Bowie’s Oh You Pretty Things. Nicole D’Elisa joined her for a fun version of Life On Mars and I was in a happy place.

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Addie and Nicole at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

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The horn section for Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

Addie left and Nicole was joined by the rest of Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme. With two guitars, bass, drums, singer, and a three piece horn section they had a huge sound and jammed out a powerhouse version of Earth Wind & Fire’s Shining Star. They followed with a super long version of Prince’s Kiss where everyone got a solo. The room danced with joy.

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Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis

They left the stage to make way for the last band of the night. Barbacoa opened with a song Leon Russell wrote and the Carpenters made famous. Superstar sounded great. The pulled out the second repeat of the night and played another blistering version of Motorhead’s Ace Of Spades. It was great to hear again. They got to stretch out a little since they were the last ones on and played both Ziggy Stardust and Starman. They lit up the crowd with Little Red Corvette and called it a night.

I didn’t stay long, since I had to work in the morning, but I’m certain Disco Phantom made sure every legendary musician who passed away in 2016 was represented. It was a wonderful night of music and a joyous walk home.

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Barbacoa at Radio Bean pic by Tim Lewis