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Robin Gottfried Band at On Tap Bar And Grill, and Wren Kitz & Ver Sacrum at Autumn Records February 24, 2018   Leave a comment

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Ver Sacrum pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturdays ago. I got out of work and went to visit with mom at the Respite House for a bit. When I left, instead of turning right to go to Winooski I headed left and caught 2A out to Essex.

I found On Tap Bar & Grill, grabbed a beer, and made my way close to the stage. Robin Gottfried Band were rocking nicely. The guitar/singer, bass, drums trio were playing a rocker and Robin let loose a sweet lead break. The next song was a super smooth original called Criminal Investigation. They followed with a cover of Delbert McClinton’s Standing On Shaky Ground and the band just took off. Bass player Thom Carvey had a wicked solo. Ian Koeller made the drums sound simple and easy then threw in a little razzle dazzle that made my jaw drop. Robin’s voice was delightful and his lead playing was ferocious. They played a couple more, including Peg and sounded great. I was on another mission and just wanted to check them out. When my beer was gone I vanished but had caught enough to know that they are a must see band.

 

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Robin Gottfried Band pic by Tim Lewis

 

I headed back to Winooski and got in and parked next to Autumn Records. I chatted with some cool people, looked through lots of great albums then it was time for the show. Wren Kitz was set up in front of the window and eased us into a hypnotic mood. Flowing electronic sounds coalesced into a song about getting worse then getting better. It flowed back through enchanting sound effects and featured a fractured guitar solo. A song about Mr Heimlich’s breathing floated to the surface then we dove back into the pool of sound. It flowed into a piece about about letting me know when my moment’s passed then brought us back to the world to close the set. He is a truly amazing artist and it’s always a delight to be in his presence.

 

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Wren Kitz pic by Tim Lewis

Ver Sacrum is Matt Hastings solo project. Much like Kitz’s music there is a nice bit of song structure with a depth of sound that is lovely to get lost in. He spoke of being inspired by Beckett on the title song Stirrings Still. Hastings continued playing the EP with the eerie California and spoke about going to out to the desert and hearing the world. He spoke about his love for Arizona and played Basin And Range. He said the drone sound for all the songs was in C and closed the show with a song about being open to whatever, called Broken Cup. His show was enchanting as always.

I hung out for a bit then took the quick drive home. It had been a long few days and getting the chance to revel in such beautiful music meant the world to me.

Thanks Luke Awtry Photography for the Ver Sacrum pics!!

 

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Ver Sacrum pic by Luke Awtry Photography

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Ver Sacrum pic by Luke Awtry Photography

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