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Francesca Blanchard at the BCA center in City Hall Park August 16, 2018   Leave a comment



I had a terrible time seeing music last Wednesday at City Hall Park. I had the day off and took a stroll downtown a little after 5. The sky was sunny for the walk but a bit overcast in the park. The band were set up near the BCA center but all the tables and chairs were across the sidewalk on the grass, which created a large space. I found a spot in between and Francesca Blanchard began to play. Joined by Mike Dondero on bass and Charlie Hill on guitar she opened with a lovely version of My Heart. She followed with a song called Free. It sounded great but towards the end she changed the lyrics to something like “the rain is coming. We have to Stop. Sorry about that”. I think I prefer the song with the regular lyrics. They started tearing down the stage and sound desk as the rain picked up intensity. Thunder rumbled and the sky flashed. I hung out for a bit in hopes that they might be able to get back on track, but alas, that didn’t happen. I wandered through the BCA gallery for a bit, then when it finally eased up, I took the quick walk home.

It did not turn out well, but I’m glad I put in the effort.


Posted August 25, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Pours and The Vacant Lots at the BCA Center in Burlington, VT October 16, 2014   Leave a comment

I had a great time seeing music at the BCA center the other night. It was a Thursday, so I went to WBKM and lined up all of the music for my radio show. I recorded all of the breaks and put them in the queue and took the walk down Main st, turned up Church st and walked up the stairs to the BCA center. Colin and the Clarys had finished up and Pours were mostly set up. I hung out for a bit and soon enough they hit the stage.

Pours are a keyboard/vocals and drummer duo. The music is smooth and poppy. The singer had a welcoming voice and the music had a nice flow. The drummer was great and used different beats to lead the songs, while the keys and effects filled out the sound. The crowd caught the groove and the music was easy and fun to sway to. Songs like Unveiled floated along in a trancey swirl with steady drums that could turn on a dime. It, and the whole show, made a nice atmosphere to exist in. Songs like the closer, Knuckles, were more challenging, and were lots of fun too. Their set was not long, but very enjoyable.

There was a short break but soon enough, THE VACANT LOTS were set up and ready to go. Jared Artaud played an electric 12-sting and Bryan had a trunk full of electronics and one cymbal. He released lots of layered beats and Jared rocked the guitar hard. A screen behind them started some very trippy visuals as they lit into the heavy droned out rock flow of Never Satisfied. Jared wickedly jammed his guitar at the end, and song after song took us deeper into their psychedelic world. They played much of the Departure album, and the pace was flowingly fast for most of the night. They slowed it down a little for Paint This City, but most of the show was a wonderful quick paced zone drone. They alternated deep dark vocals, and created an effect that seemed much more than just two guys on stage. I was in heaven from the first note until the ending of 6AM. I’m so happy I put in the effort.


Posted October 28, 2014 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Swale at the BCA Center in Burlington, VT October 30, 2013   Leave a comment

I had a great time seeing Swale last night. They played to a small crowd who were (mostly) not watching the Red Sox win the World Series (there was a score check in the middle of the set).

The low lit room, filled with colored lights and art on the walls, had some droning rock playing as Swale set up. Dressed in black, with pointy witch hats, they mixed themselves into a slowly surging Armadillo, and we were on our way. It mixed into Faineant, which built the energy without going over the top. Waiting followed with a slow burn intensity, then they kicked it into full gear with a blistering Everyone Likes To Fight. They played a cool newish tune and a slow cover that I did not know. They ramped it back up for a full on fired up Popular Crowd. The set ended. with a stunning War Pigs and they really jammed the instrumental parts hard.

Part of me wanted to stick around and see what James Belizia and Heloise were up to, but she’s usually a bit more dancy, and after Swale’s stunning set, I was done. What a fantastic hour of music!