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Radio Show 235 Thursday December 7, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern Time December 7, 2017. You can stream it from the website above or our Facebook page link here: WBKM It will go as follows

Song before: Two Places At Once – The Church


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. If you’ve listened in at WBKM in the past few days you may have noticed that we shifted our format to be local music, but I’m still going to be in every Thursday to give you my take. Let’s begin with a legendary local performer who has been in Nebraska for the last couple of years, but still comes back and plays for is. Here is a song from her brand new album Where Amanda Is King.

1.) Hartford – Hana Zara
2.) Editor In Chief – Ryan Power
3.) Magenta Man – Rue M.
4.) The Sea Widow – Hana Zara

I’ve given the new album a couple of glancing listens and Widow and Hartford jumped out, but I think the whole album is pretty amazing. Thanks Hana! Classic song from Rue who always put on amazing shows. Cool new song from Ryan’s album They Sell Doomsday which came out in October. OK, let’s play the next song on Black, Blue and White.

5.) Make It Work – The New Siberians
6.) Crutch – Kelly Ravin
7.) Golden Crutch – SWALE
8.) Low Down Mid-December – Eastern Mountain Time

Such a great song about this time of year. That version was recorded at Robot Dog Studio a couple of weeks ago. I’m just getting to know Kelly Ravin’s new album Engine. I thought Crutch would sound good after the Siberians song then had to toss in the Swale song for obvious reasons. OK, here is the title song from Kelly’s album.

9.) Engine – Kelly Ravin
10.) Empress Of Ireland – Thompson Gunner
11.) The Mime – Joe Adler
12.) You Will Fall – Kelly Ravin

Some of Kelly’s songs are more country but Fall is all out rock and roll. Great song from Joe. Empress is pretty epic and was recorded live one night at Nectar’s. OK, let’s keep rocking. This is from an album coming out soon but I got an advance copy so I can play you a few songs.

13.) Signal Loss – Zeus Springsteen
14.) By Design – The Nancy Druids
15.) Above The Frequency – Invisible Homes
16.) Everything Will Be Eventual – Zeus Springsteen

That’s another cool new song from Zeus. That’s a classic from Homes. I saw an acoustic version of the Druids last week and it was cool. That’s a full rock as usual version from the Robot Dog session we did earlier this year. OK, this next song was recorded live at Nectar’s a few years back.

17.) I Think I’m Turning Into A Robot – Wave of the Future
18.) Robots Making Love – Pinhead
19.) RobotsImprovingRobots – The Tsunamibots
20.) Joey Is A Robot – Zeus Springsteen

That song is so much fun when they play live and I’m happy I have a copy now so I can share it with you. What can I say, our town just loves robots. OK, let’s keep rocking with another Burlington classic.

21.) Heartbreak Baby – Villanelles
22.) Can’t Feel It – Vetica
23.) From Here – The Red Summer Sun
24.) The Anchor – Carraway

All of those songs were from the past 4-5 years and sound so great. OK, let’s keep rocking.

25.) Full Moon Flowers – Zeus Springsteen
26.) The Mountain Carol – The Mountain Carol
27.) The Last Carol – The Cush
28.) Mary – Plan B

Plan B played around in the 80’s and that is such an epic song about searching for the good life. I want to send that out to my friend Mary Wolcott who just took off to go to France and spend a lot of time at the Louvre. Way to go. Lovely song from The Cush. I caught Mountain at Radio Bean on Monday and they were amazing. More on that soon. Thanks Zeus!! Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

Ta ta, farewell, see you next week nudge nudge wink wink…

29.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit

Songs afterr
White Feather – Fish
Cemetery Sideroad – The Tragically Hip
Gold In California – The Red Telephone
Courage And Sorrow – Dam Kat
Devil Inside Me – Dam Kat
Dance On A Volcano/Los Endos – Genesis
Try To Love Part I – Dam Kat
Try To Love Part II – Dam Kat
Poet’s Moon – Fish
I Write A Poem – Dam Kat
Until We Sleep – David Gilmour
Edgar Allen Poe – Lou Reed
The Ghost In You – The Psychedelic Furs
No Regrets – Saga
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming


The Nancy Druids at Radio Bean November 8, 2017   Leave a comment


The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday at Radio Bean. I arrived a few minutes before the 10pm show and hung out and chatted a bit. It was not a long wait then the The Nancy Druids hit the stage with a shimmering rock haze. They settled in and rocked out a cool version of Sky. It was one of the first chilly evenings of the fall so December had a perfect feel and sounded so great. They rocked hard on Halo and Ann Mindell hammered out that massive drum part. They sang about the way things might have been then sang a luscious bucolic song about walking through a park and feeling fine. They played a brilliant version of By Design then rocked out the new song Salvation. Just Another Day had a nice stomp and some wicked feedback drenched lead guitar work. Sign had a nice bounce to it and was so catchy I found myself singing it for the the next day or two. They played another new song with a shimmering guitar over a rhythmic stomp and may have been about a bitter taste. Falling just made my heart soar then I Can’t Remember Who You Were rocked hard. Since You Left Me has a pleasant pop feel with plenty of rock muscle then they lit up the room with The Space Between. They had made a casual reference, earlier in the evening, to a well know rock song, but I thought they were just kidding. They brought up a guy named Lucas to sing a couple and as the band started the slow intro I realized that they were really going to do Sweet Emotion. They made it sound great as Sean, John, and Lucas surrounded the mic to sing the title part. They followed with Blitzkrieg Bop and it was great. I thought that was the end and Lucas left the stage but the Druids stayed for one more and played a cool version of The Ghost In You.

I said a couple of quick goodbyes, then took the cold and happy walk home. It’s so great to be able to walk such a short distance and see such great music.




Posted November 12, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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Radio Bean 17th Birthday Party November 4, 2017   Leave a comment

Amanda selfie at Radio Bean Birthday November 4 2017

Just before Swale began to play pic by Amanda Gustafson


I had a great time seeing music on Saturday at Radio Bean and Light Club Lamp Shop. It was the Bean’s 17th birthday party and they had music going from 8am until 2am. I had to work until 5:30 but it was a little slow and I was able to get out a little early. I arrived just as they were finishing up the group photo and said hi to a couple of dozen cool people. I wandered into the Bean and a duo were on stage. One gentleman sang and played guitar and the other played clarinet. They played a jazzy version of Bye Bye Blackbird which was cool. I think they were Trio Gusto.

I wasn’t sure where they were on the impossibly crazy schedule so I popped over to the Lamp Shop to see what was up. AM Radio were on and playing a bouncy country song about what it’s going to take to be my man. They followed with a simply elegant song called San Francisco that put me in a happy place.

I ducked back to the bean and caught a couple of strong acoustic songs by Tiffany Pfeiffer and The Discarnate Band, though it was just her solo. The music was enchanting and mournfully sweet. I missed the name of the first song but am pretty sure the second was called Dakota. It was lovely to hear the way she sang the title.

I was pretty sure a band I was aching to see was ready to go on so I bopped back to the Lamp Shop as Matt the Gnat and the Gators were getting set up. The began with a cool stark sunglasses in the club in the afternoon kind of sound. I took a couple of photos and donned the pair Matt gave out at a High Breaks show last year and settled in as they played a stunning version of A Cut In The Night Sky. It’s a tale of an astronaut who runs out of power and who’s capsule returns to Earth and how a boy on the planet looks up and sees it burning against the black of space so it looks like a cut in the night sky. It’s such a great song. They followed with a fun romp called A Monster’s Holiday and I’ll let you guess what that is about. For their final song they gave us a choice of the super cool and fun Paper Doll or one that I had not heard yet and we all voted for the latter. I Forgot My Baby At The Reunion Dance worked out well for Matthew Bryan Hagen and Caroline Marie but not so well for the character in the story. I just love the Gators.

I headed back to the Bean and The Shane Hardiman Trio were set to go. They took us on a long instrumental jazz jam that kept me smiling for every note. For their second song they brought up Kat Wright to sing Shane’s song Half Way which sounded like a jazz standard. It was gorgeous.

I hung out at the Bean for a bit and caught the set from Marcie Hernandez. Her voice is so strong and passionate that it invites you into her songs. She sang the first two in Spanish. One was about time and she brought up a violinist for the second one about a black dove. She closed the set with a cover about where did you sleep last night. It was a wonderful set.

At that point, I had a couple of things to take care of at home so I took the lovely walk to the old north end and got myself set up for round two. Details soon.

Let’s see, where was I? Oh right, I had wandered down to Radio Bean and Light Club Lamp Shop for a bit in the afternoon and saw some amazing music. I headed home for a bit then headed back. I arrived about 5:30 or so and Josh Panda & the Hot Damned were on stage rocking out. I only caught part of a song but it was really cool. I think it was called Dirty Little Secret.

I popped over to the Lamp Shop and a lovely trio called Nina’s Brew were on stage. They had a folky Southern California soul sort of sound. I really enjoyed a song that I think was called Music Maker. It was quite touching. I hung out for another lovely song then headed back to the Bean.

Brett Hughes was on stage rocking out with a killer band. Lowell Thompson Music joined him and they were playing a song about maybe I will. They kept the rocking Honky Tonk music going with a song about coming home to make sweet love to you. Lowell sang the next one that might have been Turn Me Home Again. Those guys are hugely talented and just a joy to experience.

I headed back to the Lamp Shop and a duo was on stage singing into an old fashioned looking microphone that somehow also looked shiny and new. I think the band is called Old Sky and is made of Andrew Stearns & Shay Gestal. They sang about how it was just about love and missing something. They were rather enchanting.

I headed back to the Bean and Lee Anderson took a moment to talk about his friend Al who is also a club owner and who encourages and makes music. The band were a jazz fusion quartet who opened with an instrumental called Joy. It was pretty sweet. I hung out for the next long song that has a bit more of a dark and sinister vibe and it was really cool.

I headed back to the Lamp Shop just as Francesca Blanchard said thank you, goodnight. Nooooo!!!! Rats. I should have skipped the second Al song, but what can you do?

I stayed at the Lamp shop as Ivamae got set up. She opened with a Feist song that went something like I wish that I didn’t miss you. She followed with a new song that she was really excited to play and was warmly received by the reverent audience. I think the next one was a new song called Note and was really cool too.

I headed back to the Bean for one of the shows I was most waiting for. Fauxbots were playing their debut show and featured Eric Segalstad, Aya Segalstad, Caroline Marie and Dalton Muzzy. They opened with a bouncy prog-pop song with soaring twin vocals from Caroline and Aya. They followed with a fun electronic pop song with dirty fuzzy keys that lit up the room. They closed with a song called Shine that had a nice pop beginning and end and a soaring rock middle. I’m very excited to see where they go from here.

I headed back to the Lamp Shop and caught a couple of magic songs by Brett Hughes and Kat Wright. They played a song about when they finally come home and one about living it down and were just magnificent.

I bopped back to the Bean and Skeleton Dancer were set to play. I had heard of them but did not know what to expect. They lit into some high energy punk that had a hint of ska and klezmer. They rocked hard and got me bouncing. They played three super cool rockers and the accordionist jumped into the audience for the last one and moshed pretty hard, while still playing. They were lots of fun and I need to go see them again soon.

I moved back to the Lamp Shop and Erin Cassels-Brown was on stage singing and playing an acoustic guitar. He wrapped that one up then was joined by Margot on trumpet. He sang a country song about peace of mind and laying his hammer down. He sounded nice and the trumpet added a soulful counterpoint. The next song was about a house at the edge of the road and was really cool too.

I headed back to the Bean just as Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger were about to play. He sang and played guitar and was joined by Johnnie Day Durand on saw, an acoustic guitar player, a drummer, Kirk Flanagan on bass, Marcie Marie on vocals, and a harmonica/flute player. I think that was everyone. They lit into a cool rocking version of You Wreck Me and the crowd was going wild. Joe gave a bit of space in the late middle of the song for the saw to rise to the front then the acoustic guitar player did a fiery solo. The next song was something about she’ll do anything to make you feel like an asshole and dropped it into there’s no way to know if you’re an asshole. It was fun and perfect and and the end of the second song they went back for a bit of the first and called it a night. It’s always a great time when the Rangers play.

I moved back to the Lamp Shop and Tom Banjo was on stage doing his cranky show. He mostly stood by and told the story of a horse going to the market. He cranked the background screen along as his assistant moved the horse in front of the screen. It was very enjoyable.

I moved back to the Bean and Blowtorch were about to start. They lit into some super intense punk rock and I was all smiles. With messages like we’re all in this together and we don’t need a riot here, they played five fast and furious rockers. They were brilliant as always.

I headed back to the Lamp Shop and Silver Bridget took the stage. Johnnie played saw and was joined by Matt Saraca and John Townsend. They play acousticish instrumental covers of classic songs. They opened with the beginning of (When I Was Seventeen) It Was A Very Good Year then dropped it into Paint It Black, which lit up the room. They followed with Karma Police then took us for a ride on the Wild Horses. They wrapped the enchanting set with Blue Bayou.

I ducked back into the Bean and caught the last half of the last Barbacoa song. It rocked hard and was super fun.

I hung out at the Bean as SWALE got set to play. Amanda Gustafson took a selfie with the crowd then the band lit into Rebel Girl. They stayed on the cover song format for an intense version of Faeries Wear Boots then played The Pants song Lawn Fire. I’m not sure what the next one was, something about that’s the song I hate, but it rocked hard and was really fun. They closed the set with a blistering Drug Laws. It was another truly stunning Swale set.

I thought about checking back in at the Lamp Shop but they were at capacity so I settled into the Bean. Blue Button came on with a rocking instrumental then played the slow beginning of My Bitter End. It ended at full fury then they kept the volume at 11 for Destroying Everything You See. We’re Closed rocked hard as did Fucking Burning Bridges. They closed with Hit and the packed room was elated.

Cave Bees hit the stage next and kept up the furious pace. They opened with Flight Of The Alligator and the crowd sang oh oh oh oh oh. They kept the heavy rock going for Juliet then eased up for Muskrat Love. They returned to full speed for I Don’t Need This Anymore and Mine All Mine. The heavy stomp of I Need A Raise ended their amazing set.

Up next, Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme took the stage. They stayed with the cover theme and Nicole’s voice did Robert Plant proud as they opened with Heartbreaker. They dropped it into Living Loving Maid and the crowd danced along. Since I’ve Been Loving You was breathtaking and they wrapped the set with The Ocean.

At that point, I was pretty drained. I stepped outside to get some air and just realized that I was done. It was about 11:30 and I had just seen about 6 hours of music. I headed back to the old north end with a smile on my face and a catalog of songs in my heart. What a great day and night.



Posted November 10, 2017 by tmusicfan in Uncategorized

September 2017 recap   Leave a comment


I don’t know about you but I seemed to have a pretty amazing September. I saw 17 shows in 14 days with 4 at Nectar’s, 2 at ArtsRiot, 2 at The Monkey House, and one each at Radio Bean, Club Metronome, Light Club Lamp Shop, Higher Ground, Red Square, SideBar, Theatre St Denis in Montreal, The Green Door space at the Art Hop and Madaila on Main.

I saw 32 bands play a set, 10 of which I knew little or nothing about when I walked in. I saw 3 parts of band sets and one story teller and a woman who sang one song. I did 4 radio shows and had both Cave Bees and The Dead Shakers in for live performances at Robot Dog Studio. Oh, and I worked a full time job.  Oh, and I also took a two day trip to Canada the week before Yes and saw the mosaiculture in Ottawa and the Chinese Lanterns at the Botanical Gardens in Montreal.

I left a few shows on the table like Clever Girls who played last Friday at the Monkey House but I was just exhausted after 3 long work days and two long nights before to make it.

There is always tons and tons of great music in our town and I’m glad I put in the effort to see a tiny amount of it.

What were your favorite shows in September?

Posted October 4, 2017 by tmusicfan in Uncategorized

Radio Show 227 Thursday September 28, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment


Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday September 28 and can be streamed from our website or this Facebook page link WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Train In Vain – The Clash


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. What a crazy week, it’s been like summer and in the ’90’s and suddenly today it’s a chilly fall day. You’ve got to love Vermont. Let’s begin tonight with a band who are about to release a new album called Most Every Night.

1.) Get Loud – Near North
2.) Jesse – The Parts
3.) Favorite Bag – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
4.) Wicked World – Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks)

It’s so cool that the Breaks did the whole album of Sabbath songs in a surf style. I’m playing it all the way through song after song week after week. Cool song from Phil’s upcoming album. Great song from The Parts. Thanks Near North for sending me a copy of your new album on blue vinyl. It sounds great. OK, let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio for another edition of WBKM Live At Robot Dog.

1.) Intro->Accidental Graveyard-> The Dead Shakers
2.) Taung Child -> – The Dead Shakers
3.) Superpowers -> – The Dead Shakers
4.) Medfield – The Dead Shakers

Thanks to Ryan Cohen from Robot Dog for making us all sound so great and thanks Burlington Beer Company for the libations. I especially want to thank The Dead Shakers for taking us on a rocking journey. OK, this next band have been playing around for ages and Mr. Charlie Frazier is a local legend. He has kept Vermont’s desire for the music of The Grateful Dead going for years.

5.) Intros -> – Blues for Breakfast, the band
6.) Scarlet Begonias -> – Blues For Breakfast
7.) Music Never Stopped – Blues For Breakfast

Vermont loves the music of the Dead and Mr. Charlie’s dedication to the blues. So, this weekend it was so hot I’m sure lots of people headed to the beach.

8.) Beach Song – Mr. Ray Fork
9.) Kindergarten – Lendway
10.) Sky – The Nancy Druids
11.) Somewhere Far – The Red Telephone

Great song from Sean Toohey and Matt Hutton. Druids are Sean’s new band and they are playing Saturday at The Monkey House so go check them out. I miss Lendway. All last week was beach weather. It’s getting late in the year and darkness is coming earlier.

12.) Alone In The Night – Andriana Chobot
13.) Hope In The Dark – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
14.) Cheese Whiz Salad – Wren Kitz
15.) Queen City – Cave Bees

I’m psyched that the Bees have that recorded so I can play it for you. Burlington is The Queen City and I rock it as many nights as I can. I caught Wren Kitz and his band at Club Metronome last week and they were stunning. Lauren Costello plays in Wren’s band and in The Dead Shakers. Great songs from Andriana and David. Josh Shedaker plays in The Dead Shakers and in this next band. He just lost his grandmother so we want to send him lots of love.

16.) Strawberry Blonde – Dino Bravo VT
17.) Mr Reed – Seth Yacovone Band
18.) Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler
19.) Mary – Plan B

That’s a classic from the ’80’s. I love the truth in Joe’s song that we are all brothers and sisters and that we should take care of each other in times of pain and in times of joy. Great rockers from Seth and Dino. We all have a limited amount of time on this world so please spend it well.

20.) Precious Time – The Cush
21.) So They Say – The New Siberians
22.) 45 – Clever Girls
23.) Ships – Anais Mitchell

Classic song from Anais. Clever are at The Monkey House tomorrow so go check them out. Great songs from Siberians and The Cush. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?


Songs after
Jack And Jill – Fish
Going For The One – YES (official)
Fractured Mirror – Ace Frehley
Joan Crawford – Blue Oyster Cult
Until We Sleep – David Gilmour
New Americana – Halsey
Visions Of Angels – Daevid Allen
Hymnalayas – Gong – Band
Dance On A Volcano (live) – Genesis
Los Endos (live) – Genesis
Megaphone – Joshua Glass Music


Cave Bees at Robot Dog Studio and Gneiss at Red Square September 20, 2017   Leave a comment


Cave Bees pic by Mary Wolcott

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday. I woke up and and spent the day glowing from the Yes show the night before. I met up with Mary Wolcott around 6:30 and we headed over to Robot Dog Studio. Ryan Cohen spent some time getting the sound right then I began my interview with Cave Bees that I played the next day on my local music radio show on WBKM. They played four blistering songs. Sister Blue, Queen City, I Don’t Need This Anymore, and Juliet are all powerful and newish songs and we chatted about life in between. After that was wrapped up the band headed out and Mary, Ryan and I chatted for a bit. Mary and I then headed out and went downtown.


Cave Bees pic by Mary Wolcott

We arrived at Red Square just as gneiss ended a set so we got drinks then chatted with the band. It was s short break then they got up to play. Naomi Galimidi and Johnny Meli alternated singing the songs as Jesse Cowan and Jacob Blodgett locked in the rhythm. They began with the gorgeous Endless Sunkissed Lover and several dancers filled the spot in front of the stage. They looked like they knew what they were doing and looked like they were having fun as they danced all the way through the set. The band followed with a sultry song called Too Much that featured some rocking Johnny guitar. They played a song about slowing life down to single frame that had some extra sweet bass work. They sang about how we will all be gone in time and how we will all be one in time, and Naomi’s piano was beautiful. They sang about shoes in a wet basement which most any Vermonter would understand. They played a song called Pocket about the space between being asleep and awake and Johnny rocked the end. They played a song about comfort while wondering why words always miss and closed the set with a song about how you’ve gotta see it if you want to know the truth.

After that we headed out and Mary dropped me off then headed home. It was another lovely day.



gneiss pic by Tim Lewis

Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman at Théâtre St-Denis Montreal September 19, 2017   Leave a comment


pic by Tim Lewis

I’ve been a Yes fan for many years. I first saw them on the Big Generator tour in Montreal. As the band split, several friends and I saw them three times as Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe and we saw them in Lake Placid when they rejoined for the Union tour. As the classic five played shows after that I caught several, both in New England & Montreal and a couple in the Pacific Northwest. I was along when Wakeman left and saw several shows with Khoroshev. I saw Wakeman play two shows with his son Adam at Club Metronome one night. I had not seen them since the current splitting of the band happened, though did catch a Jon Anderson solo show in Woodstock Vermont. When I heard that Jon and Rick and Trevor were doing a project as YES featuring ARW I was very interested. This spring tickets went on sale for a Montreal show and I got a couple of nice seats then spent the summer waiting, and seeing lots of other bands.

The day finally arrived. It was warm and beautiful and the leaves were just turning a little on the lovely drive from Burlington Vermont to Montreal. Mary Wolcott drove and everything went very smooth. Traffic has been difficult with all of the construction so we parked at a metro station just outside of the city and took the train in. We took the short walk over to Théâtre St-Denis and found a nice vegetarian buffet for dinner. Everything seemed so easy and perfect.

We got into the venue and a little after 8 the lights went down and some orchestral Yes music began to play. Bassist Lee Pomeroy and drummer Louis Molino lll walked on to the stage and the audience went wild. Trevor and Rick then came out and the audience was on it’s feet in thunderous approval. You could feel the wave of love coming from the audience to the stage as they hugged each other. The four of them lit into Cinema and about half way in Jon came out and the room was filled with reverberating love. As the song ended they slid into Perpetual Change and the audience settled into their seats to listen in awe. Trevor’s style was very different from the Steve Howe versions that I’m used to, but I expected it and just went with it and enjoyed the extra rock edge that he brought. Hold On sounded natural and perfect in this setting then the ominous beginning of South Side Of The Sky flowed through the theater. They played a majestic version of it then pushed the energy through the roof with a magnificent And You And I. It was nice to hear Trevor sing Changes and even nicer when Jon joined in. Rhythm Of Love sounded a little less ’80’s rock and had more of an organic flow. I Am Waiting waiting, from the Talk album, was an interesting choice. It had a gentle beginning and then rocked and I was happy for every note. The opening notes of Heart Of The Sunrise riveted the crowd and Jon’s voice shone brilliantly. The rhythm section were spot on and Pomeroy’s bass lead the charge with full abandon. Trevor then reached for a drum and Jon reached for the harp and they began the new rocked out intro then they settled into the magic Wakeman keys that lead us to Awaken. The song built and built then settled into that glorious middle section where time just stops and gravity seems an illusion. Rick kept us floating until he began to turn the power up and up and as the keys roared the band slipped into the rocking end section of the song that lead to the crescendo. The audience was silent as it slipped into the outro and rose to their feet after the last note played out. They took a breath or two then dove into Owner Of A Lonely Heart. They played most of the song then found their way into a jam. At one point Rick had picked up the keytar and he and Trevor headed into the crowd. They hung out at the soundboard for a bit then returned to the stage, rocking all along. The groove changed a little and suddenly they were playing Cream’s Sunshine Of Your Love. Jon tossed in some of the lyrics before they brought it to a close. The theater audience had been on it’s feet for a while and stayed there as the band left the stage. They stayed standing as Yes came out and played a superb version of Roundabout and cheered wildly as the band took it’s farewell bows.

The house lights came up and we made our way out of the theater and into the metro. We found our car and we found the highway and took the easy ride home. What a perfect evening.





Posted September 25, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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Radio Show 226 Thursday September 21, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment


Cave Bees and Ryan Cohen setting up


Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday September 21. You can stream it from the website link above or from the WBKM Facebook page. It will go as follows.

Song before: Cinema – YES (official)


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. A week and a half ago a gentleman came to town and played a show at Radio Bean on a Sunday night. Let’s begin with one of his songs.

1.) What We Started – ROSEDALE
2.) Echoes On – Cones
3.) Release Your Records – SWALE
4.) Falling – Xiu Xiu

Xiu will play tomorrow at Club Metronome and they sound pretty cool so I may have to check that out. I always know which new Swale song to play by checking and seeing which one has been running through my head all week. I hope that one gets stuck in yours, if you want. I had fun seeing Cones at The Monkey House and really liked that song and wanted to play it again this week. Cool song from Rosedale. OK, last week I finished playing Loose Tooth so it’s time to start a new album to play song after song week after week. This is a side project from The High Breaks called Surf Sabbath.

5.) Symptom Of The Universe – Surf Sabbath.
6.) Freeway – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
7.) Alienation – Black Rabbit
8.) Imaginary – Envy

That’s a classic from Burlington’s ’90’s and still a great song. That’s a new classic from Rabbit. Great rocker from David and the band. Recently, The High Breaks took a few Black Sabbath songs and rearranged them into a surf style then put them out on Bandcamp. I hope you enjoy hearing the album over the next few weeks. OK, let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio for an interview and live music from Cave Bees.

9.) Sister Blue – Cave Bees
10.) Queen City – Cave Bees
11.) I Don’t Need This Anymore – Cave Bees
12.) Juliet – Cave Bees

I want to thank the band for playing so hard and being so fun to talk with. Thanks also to Ryan Cohen for making us all sound so great. So, Rebekah Whitehurst and Frank from Cave Bees also play in this next band.

13.) Vestibule – Blue Button
14.) Finally Found The One – When Particles Collide
15.) Robots Improving Robots – The Tsunamibots
16.) Lift A Finger – Bag Of Panties

Panties featured Steve Tremblay before his Cave Bees days. I want to thank Tsunamibots for making me Director of Robot Propaganda last week, and for rocking so hard. Great song from Particles who play all over the US. Great rocker from Button. This next band play at Metal Monday next week at Nectar’s.

17.) Local Lore – Savage Hen
18.) Probably Wrong – Phantom Suns
19.) Creature (Of The Night) – Hellascope
20.) Purple Sorceress – KiefCatcher

I want to thank Chris Farnsworth for turning me on to Kief and Hella and lots of other bands. I’ll have to watch and see if I can catch them live sometime. There is so much music about that it always helps when people in the know clue each other in. Cool song from Ryan Cohen and company. Great rocker from Savage. OK, let’s keep rocking.

21.) Tenderness – The New Siberians
22.) Iron And Metal – The Mountain Says No
23.) Bulletproof Vest – Zola Turn
24.) Not True – Peg Tassey MUSIC

Those last two are classic gems from the ’90’s. Great rockers from Mountain and Siberians. OK, be healthy out there and make sure you get your vitamins.

25.) Vitamin Dee – Persian Claws
26.) Endless Sunkissed Lover – gneiss
27.) Ordinary Day – Milton Busker
28.) Can We Go There? – Bethany Conner Music

Bethany will be at On Tap Bar and Grill early Friday evening. Great song from Milton. I saw Gneiss do that Wednesday night at Red Square and it was just great. Super fun song from Claws. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, Shall we?


Songs after
Blind To The Beautiful – Fish
Perpetual Change – Yes
And You And I – Anderson and Wakeman
Awaken – Yes
Gong Home – Dire Straits
The Crystal Ship – The Doors
It’s Just A Ride – Bill Hicks
Aura – The Church Band
Nightmare On Elm Street – Savage Hen
Veteran Of The Psychic Wars – Blue Oyster Cult
The Art Of Giving In – 1881
I Lost My Marbles – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming.


Silver Bridget at Nectar’s September 16, 2017   Leave a comment


Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at Nectar’s. I worked until 5:30 got home and had a slow turn around then took the lovely walk downtown. Showtime was set at 7 and I arrived just before that but there was a bit of a delay as the band playing later were still sound checking. I hung out and chatted with Charlie Messing, and soon enough, it was time for the band to play.

Silver Bridget feature Matt Saraca on electric guitar, John Townsend on acoustic guitar & kick drum and Johnnie Day Durand on the musical saw & Glockenspiel. There are no vocals and they play all classic cover songs. Often, the saw becomes the voice and it’s fun to listen along and try and figure out the song. Some are instantly recognized, some take a while, and some remain mysteries. Thank goodness that Charlie was there or much of the beginning of the set would have been the latter. They opened with Here There And Everywhere and followed with I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry. They reached into the first of the above categories for Hey Hey My My. God Only Knows reached into the second. They took us on a Beatles ride with She’s Leaving Home, Nowhere Man, You’re Going To Lose That Girl, and capped it with And I Love Her. They played a couple of Stones songs. Paint It Black was heavy and fun and Wild Horses was a treat. Up next was the first song that neither Charlie or I could get but we were back on our game for Stand By Your Man. Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon was easy to spot and easy to enjoy then they baffled us again on the next one. (Per John Townsend “Karma Police (Radiohead) and In My Room (The Beach Boys), perhaps?“)  They went back to the Beatles for Follow The Sun then played a sweet version of I Will Always Love You. Radiohead’s Creep was just great and following it with Space Oddity was even better. You Got It was fun and so was The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. They went back to the Beatles with If I Fell and closed the night with Yesterday. It was a lovely show that made my heart smile.

I didn’t stay long and enjoyed every step of the walk home. The fact that they could stump both Charlie and I twice clearly means that we need more friends to join us at Bridget shows. There will be more chances to see them in September and October.



Posted September 20, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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The Lindbergh Baby, PD Brown, and Alice Karlsdóttir at Light Club Lamp Shop September 15, 2017   Leave a comment


The Lindbergh Baby pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Light Club Lamp Shop. I had a long streak of seeing music and flowers in Canada and seeing more music and doing a radio show and was ready for a night off when a cool show flew into my radar. I worked until 5:30 and had plenty of time to go home and make a turnaround and take the lovely walk downtown. I got in close to the 7:30 showtime and bar was full of people. It was a bit warm then cooled down a bit for the first show with air conditioning at the lamp shop.

The show began with a European folk vibe with The Lindbergh Baby. Scott Broderick sang and played acoustic guitar and was joined by his wife Amber on vocals and musical saw, Annabel Lee on electric violin and Michael Moynihan played bodhran and some drums later in the set. They sang about Alice Blue and a glimmer in a mermaid’s eye. They sang about running away, from an upcoming album. The songs all had a nice strength to them and were lovely and enchanting. They sang a song about mortal enemies known as farmers and bankers and dedicated it to people who like to grow and eat food. They sang about holding your hand while the sun is still shining. They upped the rock pace a bit with Big Bad Bob (Robert Ferbrache) sitting in on pedal steel for a song about election day. They sang a song for the fans of HP Lovecraft that had a nice chaotic pop drone. They sang an old revolution song about the Green Mountaineers then closed the set with a rocking Media Boss. It was a fun and lovely and powerful set. (Per Scott the set went: Alice Blue, Siren’s Song, Runaway, Old Glory, Lil’ Number, Election Day, Cassilda’s Song, Ballad of the Green Mountain Boys, Media Boss).


The Lindbergh Baby pic by Tim Lewis

I was pretty wiped out but ran into Johnnie Day Durand and we talked about the variances in musical saw players and were joined by a ton of cool people. Somewhere in the middle of the conversation a gentleman named P.D. Brown stepped onto the stage. I think he was from Aberdeen Scotland but I could be wrong about that. He began by reciting an eerie poem called The Raven Speaks that had lovely supernatural tones. He moved on to a story but it was still told in meter. It was about giant sisters and a millstone and vikings invading and all sorts of fun stuff. He recited another cool poem/story about a heroic English knight who marries an Elvin woman and has great luck until he scorns her kind and she disappears and his life falls apart. Every moment of his set was enthralling.



PD Brown pic by Tim Lewis

I chatted with Johnnie and everyone a bit more then a woman named Alice Karlsdóttir took the stage and sang a song. Per Scott, she has a band called Verdandi and she’s an author. She sang a song about Freyja going into the underworld in search of riches and had the room captivated.

At that point I was drained. I knew there was another band on but headed out with a heart full of music and poetry.


Alice Karlsdóttir pic by Tim Lewis