Joe Adler And The Rangers Of Danger at Summervale in the Intervale August 8, 2019   Leave a comment



I had a great time seeing music yesterday in the Intervale Burlington. I have the radio show and the full write-up about it to do on Thursdays, but thought it would be nicer to catch 45 minutes of music than none. A little after 5:30 I took the lovely walk down to Burlington’s farmland, and wandered into the event space. I got some tasty food and found a seat on the ground near the band.

Joe Adler and the Rangers Of Danger opened with a funky cover of One World (Not Three) and kids began to dance from the first note. They followed with a soaring Brothers And Sisters and I was in a happy place. They mostly stayed with Joe’s album Many Things And Many Scenes, but a cover of Canary In A Coalmine was fun too. They sang about cloudy minds and how there are many lines to tow. After a bit, my clock said there was time for one more before I had to go work. One More Cup Of Coffee seemed an appropriate last song.

I dropped my food remains in the compost bucket and walked up the hill listening to the band play Relax. It would have been nice to be there for the full show but I’m so happy I caught what I did.


The Nancy Druids at Radio Bean, Llamadoll on Church st, Bear’s Tapestry at Light Club Lamp Shop and Lake Waves at Radio Bean August 3, 2019   Leave a comment


The Nancy Druids

I had a great time seeing music last night in downtown Burlington. There were a ton of choices, and it had been a long work day, so I struck a plan to catch what I could. Granted, the plan mostly rearranged itself, but that can be fun too.

I was out the door around 7:30 and thought I’d begin at the top of Church Street for the Festival Of Fools performance by Llamadoll. It was set to run from 8-10. I thought I’d begin and end there and catch The Nancy Druids at the Bean from 8:30-9:30. I arrived downtown and had chills as I caught a bit of Llama’s smooth flowing soundcheck. I chatted with a bunch of cool people, and time ticked by until it was quarter after 8. It was a little too light to see the images on the screen, and since the show was old weird movies being shown while the band play a soundtrack, they needed to wait for a bit. As time tightened, I made the horrible decision to leave.

I ducked over to Radio Bean and got in and settled. The wait wasn’t long and The Nancy Druids lit into Sky as a four-piece semi-acoustic band. Sure Sean was playing an acoustic guitar, but it had a nice electric feel. John began the evening on bouzouki and Ariel sat in on cello. They settled into a beautiful pop sound with December then John switched to bass for the breezy gorgeous Vondlepark. By Design brought the rock energy up and The Space Between soared before falling into a washy guitar ending. At that point, Ariel left the stage and the band showed us that Salvation was all around. Just Another Day rocked steadily and Sign had a delightful poppy bounce. Remember Who You Are brought the energy way up, Bitter Days eased it back to a nice groove and Halo brought it back to peak. They closed the night with a pop song about the way things might have been before amusing the audience with Give A Little Bit. I really enjoy the acoustic version of the band, though love it when the electric version pushes those songs into the stratosphere.

On the last note, I ducked over to Church St and let the music flow over me and got sucked into the cartoons and images of Laurel & Hardy, and whatever else was showing on the screen. I found a spot to stand and was in a happy place until I noticed a couple of small raindrops. The projector was covered quickly and then the band stopped. They said rain was on the way and they preferred not to get electrocuted, so that was that. They’ve done the Llamadoll thing before and I hope they do it again. The bit that I caught was fascinating and I’d love to see a full show.



Since it was earlier than expected, and Frank DeAngelis had mentioned that the Leatherbound books were at Light Club Lamp Shop, I thought I’d stop in. I think I missed them but caught a few songs by Bear’s Tapestry. They had a low-fi indie blues sound that was kind of cool. The playing was smooth as I settled in. They brought up Jackie Buttolph to sing on a song that I think was called Sing The Blues. It had a nice build and was a huge rocker at times. It had a nice prog vibe with a bit of jam. I’m going to see if I can track that song down. They played another cool song then I ducked back to the Bean to see what was going on.


Bear’s Tapestry


Bear’s Tapestry with Jackie

I quickly settled into the dreamy pop rock of Lake Waves. The room was pretty full and the music made it easy to dance around to. They reminded me a bit of The Static Age. The bass was especially expressive and the lead guitar subtle and sweet. The lyrics were in your face as they sang about wanting to grab your fingernails (I think). I only caught a few songs but they rocked hard and were fun and I definitely need to check them out for real very soon.

There was a ton more music happening, but I had to work in the morning and opted for the quick walk home. I’m very excited that I got to check one band I was curious about,and ran into two bands I knew nothing about. It was a pretty good night. Oh, and the Druids are just a sure thing every time.


Lake Waves

Radio Show 316 Thursday August 8, 2019 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 Thursday August 8. You can stream it from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Lined up before:
Murder – David Gilmour

Song before: I Don’t Like Monday’s – The Boomtown Rats


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin tonight with the next song on the Matthew Mercury album.

1.) Burn Right Down – Matthew Mercury
2.) Hold Your Horses – British Isles
3.) The Blackout – The static Age
4.) Speculator – Alpenglow

Alpenglow played around Vermont for a couple of years then moved on, but come back and play for us now and then. That’s a brand new song from them, and I’m pretty excited about it. That’s a classic from the late ’90’s or early ’00’s from Static. I finally caught up with Isles recently and loved them. That’s a great song from Mercury. This is a great song too.

5.) Pale Rage – Invisible Homes
6.) Black 17 – The New Siberians
7.) Hope In The Dark – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
8.) By Design – The Nancy Druids

It was great to see the Druids last week. The Zookeepers keep touring around Vermont making a ruckus in local libraries, and people seem to be enjoying it. Those are just great songs from Siberians and Homes. OK, let’s keep rocking.

9.) Bit O’ Honey – Happy Spangler
10.) Baby – Francesca Blanchard
11.) Shapeshifter – JUPTRband
12.) Will You Blossom? – Julia Beerworth

Julia and the Beerglass trio are at Hotel Vermont today. I loved seeing Juptr at GPN last year and am happy to play their music. I liked the new Francesca song so much I wanted to play it again this week. That’s such a fun song from Spangler. OK, these next three bands are doming from out of town to visit in the next week.

13.) The Heretic – Clyde and the Milltailers
14.) Long Goodbye – Geo Trio
15.) Excuse Me Please (This Is My Blood) – After Ours
16.) Dreams Elope – Joe Adler

I just caught a few songs by Joe and the Rangers of Danger at Summervale and they are playing the The Skinny Pancake later tonight. I want to thank those bands for reaching out and sharing their music. Ours will be at Light Club Lamp Shop tomorrow, the Trip will be at Radio Bean next Thursday and Clyde and the band will be at the Bean tomorrow. This next band will be at ArtsRiot tomorrow.

17.) The Mimbo – Sad Turtle
18.) Changes – Ivamae
19.) Relapse – Sabrina Comellas
20.) EG Blues – Clare Byrne
21.) Maybe There’s A War – Danny & The Parts

Danny and the band are at Orlando’s Bar And Lounge tonight. Clare will join me at Robot Dog Studio tomorrow, so next week’s show will be very cool. She and her band are playing The Double E on Saturday. It was great to hear Sabrina and Ivamae sing and play last week. That’s such a cool song from Turtle. This band rocked ArtsRiot last night.

22.) Loose Tooth – Clever Girls
23.) The Loops (We’re Those Kids) – The Mockingbirds
24.) Frosty Pink Skies – Miku Daza
25.) Mr Reed – Seth Yacovone Band
26.) Jackbooted Thurs (Have All The Best Drugs) – Anders Parker
27.) Fear Of The Dark – Iron Maiden

As a kid growing up in Vermont, we always had to travel to Montreal to see the big rock shows. I’ve been many times and just saw Maiden last Monday and they were great. That’s a powerhouse song from Anders. Seth and his blues band will be at Red Square on Sunday. Miku always put on great shows and i hope to catch one soon. The Mockingbirds came to town once and I still remember them and love their music. Clever Girls are just amazing. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?


Songs after

The Perception Of Johnny punter – Fish
Wild Mountain Honey – The Tragically Hip
Spine – Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms – KMGA
Keystoned State Radio – Ruckzuck
Fire And Ice – Pat Benetar
Science Fiction Double Feature – Joan Jett
Aces High – Iron Maiden
Fly To The Rainbow – The Scorpions
Astronomy – Blue Oyster Cult
Hallowed Be Thy Name – Iron Maiden
Jigsaw – Marillion
Dormant Magic – Jason Baker
The Surprising – Deep Purple
Heavy – Clever Girls
regular awesome programming


Posted August 9, 2019 by tmusicfan in WBKM Burlington's Kind of Music

Sabrina Comellas and Ivamae at Deli 126 July 31, 2019   Leave a comment


Sabrina Comellas pic by Tim Lewis

How was your day? I had a bit of a duck of a day, or some word that begins with F and works with duck. It really began a few weeks ago when my car said service was due soon and my brother’s doctor said there was an odd spot on his back and my dad’s old car stopped starting.

On Tuesday, I ran the gauntlet to my brother’s to get the key for the safe deposit box, then went to the bank and got the title for the 2005 Saturn, then went to Good News Garage and filled out the paperwork to donate it, and made it to work on time. Dad loved GNG so it was quite fitting. I had scheduled the Civic maintenance for today then realized it was the same day as my brother’s appointment. I checked in and they said if I had it in between 7 and 8 they would have it ready in time. I really wanted it in and checked, since ken and I are heading to Montreal on Monday for Iron Maiden.


Dad’s old Saturn.  It’s off to a good home.

I arrived at 7:10, after a marginal amount of sleep, then hung out at Ken’s until 9:30 when they said it was ready. I took the lovely walk over and picked it up. His friend Steve showed up and we all drove to the dermatology unit at the hospital. They looked Ken over and thought it was of no concern and didn’t even do a biopsy. We left in a state of relief and found a cool spot to have a nice lunch.

I dropped them in Shelburne and headed to Burlington. I briefly thought of trying to make it to a cool show in Essex but was tired and done with driving for the day. I hung out for a bit and missed a cool ached for opportunity by leaving my phone in my room and hanging out in the living room. There’s a chance I’m a bit of a Luddite.

I caught a little of the debate and generally thought the #CNN questions were even worse than the night before. At the appropriate time, I took the lovely walk downtown and settled into Deli/126. Do you know that feeling when you often have a super-cool bartender and you realized she’s also a singer guitar player and haven’t heard her sing and you just get a good vibe, and can’t wait to hear her?

Sabrina Comellas opened the show with a mellow electric guitar and a voice that reverberated with power, whether she sang quietly, or really let it loose. She opened with a couple of covers about nights with you and being shakey then played a song about running home, from her album. It was a beautiful set.


Ivamae pic by Tim Lewis

Up next, Ivamae played a bunch of stunning new songs. It’s been way too long since I’ve heard her perform and I was hooked from the first note. She played songs about moon shadows and truth for two. She sang of being sober and sleeping in me. There was a song about ego masturbation or ships in the night or something, then she closed with a song about reaping the love that you sow. It’s always a wonderful night when she plays.

Sabrina returned to the stage and brought Greg on bass and Seamus on drums. They rocked out songs about learning how to take loving you, and being the weekend, and not closing your eyes. The band were cool and her voice kept the full room enthralled. They played a song about relapsing then Ivamae joined in on vocals for a song about remembering. Ivamae sang lead on a song about being sober in October then then they went into duo mode. Sabrina filled in backing vocals as Ivamae sang a couple of songs about the truth then the real magic happened. They sang a song about only saying goodbye with words and they both let their vocals loose. Their voices intertwined in a captivating way. You could sort of feel the whole night leading up to that point, and it did not disappoint.


The band with Sabrina Comellas and Ivamae pic by Tim Lewis

They closed the night with a song that began sugary sweet then delved into an onslaught of delightfully bad words, often rhyming with duck. Seriously, it’s one of those songs that will become a legend and everyone will beg to hear whenever they play.

I hung out for a bit, chatted with the band and Luke Adam then took the lovely walk home. Wait, what time is it? How long have I been awake? OK, radio show tomorrow, or later today, if we’re back up and running. Sigh, life.


Sabrina and Ivamae pic by Tim Lewis


Posted August 5, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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The High Breaks at ArtsRiot, Adrienne Cooper Smith on Church St, Ryan Ober at Radio Bean and Tom Pearo at Light Club Lamp Shop July 24, 2019   Leave a comment


Ken, Steve, and Jean at the A&W in Middlebury VT pic by Tim Lewis

How was your day? Mine was beautiful in a way that I could barely handle. I got up and watched a little of the Mueller hearings, then drove to Shelburne. I met up with my brother Ken and his friend Steve and drove to A&W in Middlebury after meeting up with mom’s cousin Jean, which is likely redundant because where else is there an A&W? Lunch was nice, the conversation was delightful, and we ended up going home with a blueberry pie. On the way way down we stopped at Mom and Dad’s graves in New Haven.

I dropped Ken and Steve in Shelburne, then knocked out one of those tasks that I’d needed to do forever. I drove home, settled for 45 minutes, or so, then took the lovely walk to ArtsRiot. I was there to represent WBKM at the new flavors non-dairy launch of several new Ben & Jerry’s succulent creations. As my friend Susan from the Cheese Outlet used to say, yum city in a big phat way. (If you get it, that is a completely appropriate response, and a hysterical joke). I enjoyed the free non-dairy drink and then switched to gin and tonics, because if the band is rocking it, and you’re not paying admission, you have to pay the bar. Right?? The cooking demo was cool and fun, but when they tossed it to The High Breaks I was in heaven. They strolled through several super-cool songs about breaking an ankle on a non-dairy biscuit beach while the dark and stormy seas threatened to sweep us away,


An announcement followed Several beautiful humans identified as refugees and seemed happy to have a chance to join our community and everyone in attendance seemed to want them to join our community. Each of the eight, or so, people who spoke sounded so delightful. Maybe it’s me. I want everyone to find their light and shine it on our planet. Is that too much to ask? Considering today, I think that’s a reasonable ask.


The High Breaks/Surf Sabbath pic by Tim Lewis

They introduced the next band as Surf Sabbath, and suddenly we were surfing to War Pigs. They kicked out Tequila, dropped it into a full Miserlou, then tequila’d it out. again They got meaty for Hot Dog, began another original and dropped it into Wipe Out. They were as brilliant as always.

I headed out and took the lovely walk home. OK, in the middle of Church St I wondered who that accordion busker was, but when I heard the voice, I stopped in my tracks and leaned into the nearest tree. Adrienne Cooper Smith played her heart out and I loved every note that I caught. Life bodes well for her career. All the adults just walked on by. All the kids turned their heads to listen.


Adrienne Cooper Smith pic by Tim Lewis

I should have made a pit stop at ArtsRiot but walked away anyway. The extra time made a real pit stop necessary. I walked into the OP, found relief, ordered a drink and chatted with Josh Shedaker and his lovely wife. I learned a tiny bit more about our amazing Burlington music scene, then was done and walked home.

I made it all the way to Radio Bean when a lovely sound Sucked me in. I was lucky enough to hear 4-5 songs from the amazing Ryan Ober. He was as enchanting as always.


Ryan Ober pic by Tim Lewis

I took the lovely walk home and made it all the way to the Light Club Lamp Shop. I saw that Tom Pearo and his band were on. I settled in and let their lovely sound flow over me. I’d been wanting a good Pearoing for a while and this lusciously fit the bill. I hung out until their lovely last note, then really took the lovely walk home and began typing this.

How was your day?
(yes, I’m totally aware of all the staggering music that I missed tonight. I caught what I could.)

Oh, and it was nice to hear Luke Adam play. What a day?


Tom Pearo pic by Tim Lewis

Silver Bridget at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill July 22, 2019   Leave a comment


Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis


Big breaking news! Out now, for a limited time only, you can get the brand new K-Tel LP’s with all of your favorite songs. All of these powerhouse performances are from the original artists!

We’ve got classics like Heart Of Gold and You’re Going To Loose That Girl. You will rock out to Space Oddity and travel the Country Roads. Gentle ballads like Norwegian Wood and All Apologies will bring tears to your eyes and Wild Horses will rock you rock you rock you! We’ve got classics like Hey Hey My My, Crazy, and Follow The Sun. We’ve got legendary rock songs like Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Waterloo Sunsets, and Nowhere Man. If you need a song to help your sweetie swoon check out Love Me Tender, Surfer Girl and God Only Knows what else. You want Old man, you’ve got it. You want And I Love Her, you’ve got it. We’ve got eternal classics like Blue Bayou and Somewhere Over The Rainbow and you will hear how Only Love Can Break Your Heart. We’ve got sentimental favorites like Between The Bars and I Will Always Love You. Paint It Black will rock you hard!

You can get all of these classic songs for one low low price. Just go to wherever new K-Tel albums are sold. Just tell them that you want the new Farmhouse collection and you’ll be rocking in no time. Don’t be a square, go buy it now now now!

[[…[[(((Please note the following disclaimer. All songs were at one time performed by the original artist. This collection is performed by Johnnie Day Durand, Matt Saraca, and John Townsend, collectively know as Silver Bridget. The best way to actually listen to this recording is to invent a time machine and go back to July 22, 2019 and arrive at the The Farmhouse Tap & Grill at 7pm,)))]]…]]

Posted August 5, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Silver Bridget at The Farmhouse Tap and Grill June 17, 2019   Leave a comment


Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music a week ago Monday at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill. The show was scheduled from 7-9 and I had to work until 7:30. I got out quickly and drove downtown. I got parked close by and walked into the lovely outside deck. I found a seat near the band and began to listen.

Silver Bridget played as a trio and their instrumental takes on classic songs were as delightful as ever. They were playing Country Roads as I got a beer, then followed with Old Man. Johnnie Day Durand gave the saw a little extra bend to wring out the notes. John Townsend strummed the acoustic guitar and kicked the drums as Matt Saraca played lead electric guitar. She Loves You followed and sounded nice, then they ended the set,

It was great to chat with them during the break, but soon it was time to discover how out of Bridget shape I’m in. The first two songs in the second set sounded very familiar but I couldn’t grasp them. I think one was a Beatles song and one might have been a Beach Boys tune. Across The Universe was easy to spot and sounded lovely. Creep had a nice dark edge to it and they followed with Over The Rainbow. I missed the next three, but thoroughly enjoyed them. We took a trip on the Blue Bayou and am reasonably sure we went Here, There, And Everywhere after that. Only Love Can Break Your Heart was achingly beautiful then they kicked into high gear for a blistering Paint It Black to close the night.

I hung out for a bit but soon, it was time to head home. It’s great to see them, but next time, I need to bring friends to help out.

Posted August 5, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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