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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

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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,

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Tom Pearo pic by Tim Lewis

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Francesca Blanchard and Chazzy Lake at ArtsRiot and Haley Jane at Orlando’s March 15, 2018   Leave a comment

I had a great time seeing music Friday night at ArtsRiot and Orlando’s. It was a 57 degree day and the world was melting. The walk down to Pine street was easy and joyous and I slipped in the door and wandered into the show room. The lights were dim and the stage was empty except for one amp, two lamps and a row of candles at the front. There was a square rug in front of the stage with two chairs and two guitars and a keyboard to the right. A string of white lights flowed from the stage, around the edge of the rug and up the second of the two mic stands. Blankets and pillows filled the floor. I reached for my camera to take a picture and realized I had left it, and my note pad, at home. Oh well. The rest of the room had a couple of rows of chairs and lots of different table setups. Surely, anyone could find a comfy place to be. Off in the corner there was soup for whomever wanted.

I was wondering about Chazzy Lake and had an oh, right, moment when Charlie Hill sat down and began to play an acoustic guitar. His voice sounded nice and his playing was fine. He sang a song about glasses, and a song that begins with his dog waking up from a dream. He played a love song to himself called Me that was fun, then dropped some poignant joy with So Good (I Could Die). After a bit, he brought Francesca up for a couple of songs and the way their voices blended melted me.

After that there was a quick set break then Francesca Blanchard took over. Her voice was pure and true and she played most of the songs on guitar. Her between song banter was witty and fun and added to the cozy atmosphere. I think she opened with Maria and she definitely played that song about stalking ex-girlfriends on the internet. The song about the world spinning slightly off-kilter seemed to generate a little extra spark with the audience. She moved to the keys for a gorgeous piece called piano song which also elicited a lot of love from the crowd. After a bit she brought Chazzy back and they played a couple of covers. I don’t know the second one, but it was great. The first was a version of Only Love Can Break Your Heart that was just stunning.

After the set I headed quickly back to town. A new old venue called Orlando’s had just opened up at 1 Lawson Lane. I thought it was going to be Hayley Jane and the Primates but it turned out to just be Haley Jane. That’s fine, since she is such a strong performer. There was a small table and one chair right in front of the stage. I took the invitation and sat and listened. She can unleash her powerful voice when she wants but she also sings with a lot of nuance and I reveled in it as she played rock songs on the acoustic guitar. Unfortunately, the place was packed with a Friday night crowd with little or no focus on the music. Some people were getting into it, but most were there to hang tout and chat. Haley seemed unfazed by the din and charged through her set. At some point I realized I was tired and my drink was empty, so I headed out. I was hoping for a full on rock show, but I was close enough to the stage that I could focus on the wonderful singing and playing, and am glad I stopped in.

The rest of the walk home was lovely. Sorry, no pictures this time. Next time, I promise.

Posted March 24, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Swale and Soundbrother at ArtsRiot March 9, 2019   Leave a comment

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Swale

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at ArtsRiot. I got home from work around 6 then headed out the door a little before 8. The walking was icy in the Old North End but Church street was clear and I flew down at high speed. I slowed down a little as I approached the ice sheets on the sidewalks close to the club and made it in with plenty of time to spare. I hung out with a few cool people for a bit then headed to the front.

The lights went down and SWALE began slow with Beaten Down. They followed with the slow build of Every Last One Of Us and by the late middle part of the song they had a huge fierce rocking sound capped by a staggering Eric Olsen guitar lead. The song eventually slowed to a quiet end while the steady chant of we can all be that way faded away. It was breathtaking. They lit into Safe To Say and kept rocking us hard. They eased up for a slow moody song then played a new one called Shrug It Off. I think it’s about how we can all see all of the people that we’ve ever been. Elevator was bouncy and fun, even if the lyric was terrifying. If You Get Lost was huge and gorgeous then they played a new one. Eric sang all 6,000 paragraphs, well maybe there weren’t that many words, but there were a lot of words. I think it was about how your uncle is on the internet and how God is on the telephone. They wrapped the set with a sweet version of Felon and my swooning heart only got happier.

I chatted with some cool people during the set break, then it was time for SoundBrother to play some lovely music. I had seen Zach and Sam DuPont play before but never with their band. Both are great guitar player and singers and with Tyler Bolles keeping steady bass lines and Ezra Oklan hitting hard simple rhythms with perfect precision, the band had a gentle elegant feel. They began the show with Zach and Sam alternating electric and acoustic guitars and lead vocals. As the show progressed both played electric for a while. I did not know any of their songs but liked them all and loved the way the whole show sounded. They sang about believing it all and beating hearts. They sang about pictures from your mind and pictures found in closets. They played a “banger” that rocked nicely and followed with Centerpiece. They got a little cowpunk for a song called Broadcast and rocked out the ending. They played a slow rocker where Zach played a sweet slide then they played a song which they just released a video for. They closed the show with a song called Audio Hallucinations In The Key Of C which had a trippy soundscaped ending. It was a lovely show all the way around.

I did not hang out for very long after, and took the challenging walk home. I’m so glad I put in the effort.

 

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Soundbrother

 

Posted March 11, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Francesca Blanchard, Clever Girls, and J Bengoy at ArtsRiot February 15, 2019   Leave a comment

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Francesca Blanchard

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Fridays ago at ArtsRiot. It was a nice day off and I had plenty of time to take the long icy walk to Pine st. The walking was pretty good, though a few sidewalk lakes and random ice kept me on my toes.

I got in and settled and Francesca Blanchard took the stage with a fantastic band. They sounded smooth and graceful and helped Francesca’s songs soar. Her voice was warm and elegant and she had a delightful stage presence. They opened with a song about passing through then filled my soul with My Heart. They sang about dreams of the west coast and about the time of love. A song about how the Earth was slightly off-kilter was played just by Francesca then the band returned for a song about living other people’s lives. As a post Valentines Day gesture, she gave teddy bears to each member of the band, and had some for the other bands too. They played a couple more cool songs and ended with a dancey pop song with some nice rhythm changes. It’s always a treat to hear Francesca sing and play, and this wonderful band only made the experience more magnificent.

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Francesca Blanchard

The set break was quick, then Clever Girls hit the stage and rocked it hard. They started a little slow with Dumb Smile then yelled out the 1 2 3 4 to kick off Loose Tooth. They played a cool new song then gave Catch And Release a nice slow burn treatment. Owen had a nice steady flow then charged into drenched rock glory. They played another really cool new song that may have been about burning the house down then followed with a new song from Rob Slater that had a slow and sultry feel. They slowly brought the energy back to the peak with Hannah then tore the roof off of the place with a blistering version of Heavy. I was ecstatic.

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Clever Girls

After another reasonable set break, J Bengoy took the stage and delighted the full room with their breezy joyous music. Their songs have a lovely flow with a hint of jam, some sweet rock and roll and lots of pop. They quickly bring you to a happy place. I didn’t really know their songs well, so I just listened and was in a very happy place for every moment. They played some upbeat songs. They played one that was super dreamy. Towards the end of the set they brought Francesca up for backing vocals on So Good (I Could Die). Despite the lyric, the song is bouncy and catchy and lit up the room. They rocked out a few more songs and ended with a song about how the rain keeps crashing over. I really need to get to know their music better, and to see them whenever I can.

I hung out for a little bit then took the treacherous long walk home. While the show was super hot, the outside air cooled and froze all the sidewalk water. Step after careful step eventually got me home. It didn’t matter at all, the show was totally worth the effort.

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J Bengoy

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J Bengoy

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J Bengoy

Posted March 6, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Duck Duck Goose, Acoustic Purple, Seth Yacovone at Nectar’s & Benjamin Lazar Davis and Arc Iris at ArtsRiot November 10, 2018   Leave a comment

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Duck Duck Goose pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a few Saturday’s ago. A couple of weeks before the show I was contacted out of the blue by Ovi Horta who said he worked with Arc Iris and they appreciated that I play their music a lot and asked if I would like to interview the band to promote their upcoming Burlington show. I said sure, I’d love to, then contacted Tony Gallucci from WBKM and said, hey, it is it possible to do this? We worked out the details and I set up the call and spoke with Zach and played the interview on the November 8th radio show. I was very excited to go see their show on Saturday. I looked around at the other listings and on that same day, what are the odds, was the WBKM birthday party. Sigh.

I worked a 9-5:30 shift then had a little time to chill at home. I headed downtown around 6:30 and was in and settled at Nectar’s as Duck Duck Goose kicked off our birthday party. The trio featuring Julia Beerworth, Josh Glass and Aaron Flinn opened with a cool cover of One More Cup Of Coffee and we were off. Each of the three is a talented performer and songwriter and listening to them enhance each others music was beautiful. Julia sang a song called Trouble for her 2 year old. Josh sang a cool version of New York My Lovely. Aaron sang about So Much Love. Julia lead the voices on The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down then the band pulled out a kind of epic version of Josh’s song What’s In California? I think it was a that point when I began to understand how powerful they can become as a trio. There was some magic that has yet to be fully tapped, but they are well on their way. As the show went on Aaron sang the fun Miss Ready Blossom then Julia regaled us with the gorgeous song about the old Oak Tree. Josh sang a song about having nothing to do except love everything about you and Aaron closed the night with Raise Your Hands. He tossed in some guitar pyrotechnics to keep things fun. I loved every moment of their show.

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Acoustic Purple pic by Tim Lewis

I hung out and chatted with Tony for a bit then it was time for Acoustic Purple. With Craig Mitchell on vocals and Matthew Bryan Hagen on acoustic guitar, the played a bunch of Prince songs. Mitchell is a legend in this town and his voice comes amazingly close to the legendary performer. They opened with a song about pop life and followed with a down home bluesy Let’s Go Crazy. They sang about how money didn’t matter yesterday and about being irresistible. They sang about contemplating the universe then played one that even a casual Prince fan, such as myself, would know. Nothing Compares 2 U was very cool. They played another cool song then Tony’s wife Ann-Marie joined them on backing vocals for Sweet Thing. She has a really nice voice and it was a treat to hear her. They returned to the duo state for a song about cream then one about things I’ve never done before. They sang one about nipples then closed with Purple Rain. Even acoustic, it was wonderful.

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Acoustic Purple with Anne-Marie pic by Tim Lewis

Shortly after the last note, I zipped out the door and headed to ArtsRiot. I got in and listened as Benjamin Lazar Davis played some songs. I only caught four but really enjoyed them. His music had a kind strength that caught me. One song was about brotherly love and one was about Irene. He closed with a song about how somebody’s speaking for me. I’d love to catch a full set by him sometime.

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Benjamin Lazar Davis pic by Tim Lewis

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Arc Iris about to begin pic by Tim Lewis

The set break was short then Arc Iris took the stage in dramatic fashion. They opened with Kaleidoscope and followed with If You Can See. Everyone’s Counting On Her was cool and that’s pretty much where my notes fall apart. I just got lost in the spell they weave. Jocie’s voice, guitar and keys fell into gorgeous flowing music. Zach’s keys were lush and graceful. Ray Belli is a stunning drummer and watching him play was captivating. The whole show was great but the song Icons Of Ego stood out and got stuck in my head for several weeks. I loved every moment of that show.

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Arc Iris pic by Tim Lewis

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Arc Iris pic by Tim Lewis

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Arc Iris pic by Tim Lewis

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Arc Iris pic by Tim Lewis

 

When it was over, I headed back to Nectar’s as Seth Yacovone and his band played homage to Rust Never Sleeps. I got settled and the band played Powederfinger and Cortez the Killer and Like A Hurricane. They played Hey Hey My My and Cinnamon Girl and a few others. Seth is an amazing guitar player and the band were equally fantastic.

After they wrapped up, I took the quick walk home. What a great night of music in our town.

 

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Seth Yacovone and his band of the evening pic by Tim Lewis

 

Zentauri play to The Shining at ArtsRiot October 24, 2018   Leave a comment

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Zentauri pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing a band and a movie a week ago Wednesday at ArtsRiot. I worked until 7:30 and zipped down to Pine st and arrived around 8. I thought I would be late but my timing turned out well. Zentauri took the stage and lit into a heavy drone as the opening scene of The Shining began to play. Things were going great until the beginning of the interview scene and the projector turned off. The band kept playing along for a bit, then took a break when a ladder was brought out to check the connections on the projector. The issue was quickly fixed and we settled back in to the eerie movie. The band had a nice dark feel to the musical flow. They brought a heavy intensity for the blood flowing out of the elevator scene. They had a nice quick pace on the scenes where Danny was riding around the hotel. They lightened the mood when appropriate and were savage when Jack was chopping down the door. My favorite part of the performance may have been the sounds they emitted during the scenes where Jack was typing. They kept the music tense as Danny escaped the maze then brought the show to a nice conclusion. The sound from the movie was turned up for the closing shot of the old photograph and the end credits. It was another great night of music in town.

 

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Posted November 2, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Andriana Chobot at Red Square, Clever Girls and Rough Francis at Speaking Volumes, and Ouzkxqlzn at Art Hop September 7, 2018   Leave a comment

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Andriana Chobot

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at the South End Art Hop, ArtsRiot, and Red Square. Every year, artists have a weekend to show how amazing they are and fill the South End of Burlington with art. There are tons of galleries with paintings, sculpture, and other creative endeavors. There are lots of bands playing around and it’s always a good time. This year, I looked and did not see much music listed. The one show that caught my eye was Clever Girls at 8 with Rough Francis to follow.

I had a relaxing day off and was focused on the show, when I looked at 7 Days and saw a cool show listed at 4pm. I was a little slow out the door and walked into Red Square about 4:15. Andriana Chobot was onstage singing and playing keys and Cody Sargent played drums. He added a nice rhythm to the songs and his cymbal work was lovely. Andriana has a gorgeous powerful voice and plays keys in a way that keeps my heart rising. She sang about manifest destiny and dropped in a cover of Regina Spektor’s Ode To Divorce. My Old House had some nice keyboard flourishes and Another Day was magical. She sang about Galaxy Eyes and Coffee then said all she wanted is a bit of your heartbeat. She sang about how winter is coming then took a short set break. They returned with a song about The Cure then continued with a playful song about see saws. Dig Him rocked, Cascade soared then we took a ride into the wilds of Vermont. She sang a Carole King inspired song about changing my mind then dropped a cool cover of Ain’t No Sunshine. Neon had an appropriately dark glow and Not I melted my heart. They kept driving on then closed the set with Alone In The Night. Wow, I had not made it to Art Hop yet and had already heard 19 great songs.

 

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The Ramparts

I left quickly and walked south. I caught a couple of songs by a band in a parking lot that may have been The Ramparts. They sounded cool but said there was music happening at the Green Door, and that is always one of the best Art Hop shows. I ran into Charlie Messing and we headed to a nearby gallery filled with rooms and lovely works of art. We ran into Frank DeAngelis and I was dazzled by his work. We then headed over to the space up behind ArtsRiot but no one was on. Danny LeFrancois said The Parts would be playing later but the timing conflicted with my primary objective. Oh well. Charlie wandered off and I remembered a building on the corner of Pine and Howard that seemed to have a lot of galleries. I walked up stairs and through doors and each one had more and more fantastic paintings. I followed hallways and found cool little rooms, I followed corridors and found more rooms full of art. I took one turn and found a room where music was about to be played. It was close to 8 but I had to hang and check some of it out. A dark video began and Ouzkxqlzn began to play. I grabbed a seat in awe as she worked the wrench over the guitar. I love the sounds she finds and weaves into a spell. About 10 of 8 I ripped myself away and went in search of Clever Girls. They were setting up and Diane Jean said they would go on around 8:30. I raced back to the building and back through the maze and somehow found the show room again then settled in for the end of Lauren’s set. I hung out as Adrienne Cooper Smith spoke about the mixture of the video she made and the sound of the music. A band got up to play and I think they did their own improvisation to the same video. I’m guessing Adrienne did the same at some point on her electric banjo. I’ve just got to figure out how to be in two, or more, places at once.

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Ouzkxqlzn

I listened to the bands cool sound for a bit then headed back to Speaking Volumes and ran into Peg Tassey. We chatted a bit with Dan Davine, then Clever Girls began to play. They opened with a hard hitting blues rock jam then dropped it into Catch And Release. Dumb Smile was pretty intense for a slower song then Diane screamed out the 1 2 3 4 opening to Loose Tooth. They sang about tilting your head back and waiting for this to pass, playing hide and seek, and rocked Junior nice and hard. Loom was heavy and powerful and Hannah Wants To See You soared. The closed with a blistering version of Heavy and we were in a happy place.

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Clever Girls

I ducked out to see what was happening at ArtsRiot. Barbacoa were onstage, so I grabbed a drink and went to the front. They played a surf rock instrumental western then dropped a cool Paint It Black. They played a song with lyrics about how you are my dreamy girl then rocked out Love Takes It’s Toll On Me. They surfed through Venus In Spurs and my internal alarm went off and I headed back to SV.

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Barbacoa

I ran into Charlie again and chatted with a bit then the next band were about to hit. I almost made it past the merch table clean, but caught the edge of the cloth and sent a couple of things flying. I turned to help but Nicole Hackney was already on it. Sorry about that. Thanks for cleaning up my klutziness. I found a spot near Matthew Kloss and ROUGH FRANCIS began to play. They opened hard with I-90 East and followed with a song about coming together called Ruffians. They sang about werewolves on MSP2, then lit into Big Box Law Enforcement. A short way in, the power blew out leaving nothing but Urian Hackney‘s drums. Bobby Hackney Jr. had a fun chat with the crowd and quickly, the power came back. They launched back into Box and the power blew again on the first note. It quickly came back, and with an amazing boldness of spirit, they launched into it again. The power stayed on and the show continued. Julian Hackney played some ripping guitar leads, Paul rocked his guitar and danced hard, while Dan stood back and used his bass to anchor the songs. They rocked us with Geese and Pandas then went back to the first album for Home Invasion. They slowed things down with the anti-fascist Walk On By, then rocked out Retrosexual. They kept the fury going with Methmouth then let it fall into a jam. A guy from the audience stepped up a bit and began dancing, maybe break dancing, and delighted the crowd and the band. The jam amped up and they ripped through Earthquake then rocked out Procession 1. They lit into the familiar notes of Comm To Space as we rocked out “in the midnight hour”. They brought it to its thunderous conclusion, and as they were about to ramp up into the ending section, the power blew again. Undaunted, when it quickly returned they quickly ripped out the ending and called it a night. They are always great.

I headed out quickly in search of one more band, but it was after 10 and everything was shutting down. I let the exhaustion of the day wash over me, then took the lovely walk home.

 

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Rough Francis