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Grand Point North at Waterfront Park September 15 and 16, 2018   Leave a comment

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Nina’s Brew pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last weekend on Burlington’s waterfront. I worked from 9-1 on Saturday, then had a little time at home to get ready. I was a little slow to get out the door and head down to Grand Point North. I arrived around 3:10 for the show that had doors at 3 and the first band on at 3:15. The timing was as tight as I thought it might be and I got into the venue at the end of Nina’s Brew‘s second song. I headed up front and began to listen. They played as a two guitars, bass, drums, keys band and jammed out some rock and roll. They sang about how life is a roller coaster and how you got to know my name. That one had a cool opening from the keyboard player and some nice vocal work at the end. They closed the set with one about a little bit, or let’s roll, or something. The set featured a sweet lead guitar, sweet keys, sweet vocals and were a fun rocking time.

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Miku Daza pic by Tim Lewis

Immediately after their set ended, we shifted to the stage on the right and Miku Daza hit it hard. Joined by Sugar the Clown for the opening song, they began as a guitar, bass, drums trio. They played fast and hard on the opener Parasite. About half way into the song, Sugar wandered into the audience and Jonathan Tollefson appeared with his surging Baritone Saxophone. They followed with Flaca Daza and Chris Tranten and Will Bennington laid down super heavy rhythms on bass and drums. Miku’s guitar surged and her vocals effortlessly flowed from a whisper to a scream. Her rainbow colored wings were wonderful all the way through the show. Their powerhouse gypsy punk sound was pure joy. Even through I was close to the stage, the volume was lower than ideal. I moved a bit to the right to catch more of the speaker, but likely should have moved a bit to the left to catch more of the center one. Oh well. They kept the music at full fury for one about a heavy load where you have the power and one about giving me everything I need. Panic was fun, as was the one like fire. Sugar Rush got us a little high then they sang about dressing in black. They closed as hard as they opened with a song about how you don’t make it easy, so I’m gonna make it hard. Their set was pure rocking joy.

 

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Miku Daza pic by Tim Lewis

We shifted to stage left as West End Blend began to jam. They had a funky soulful sound punctuated by lots of horns. They opened with a song about the prophecy then got into a long cool jam. They switched to a more jazzy sound for one about having to fight to make it right. They moved back to funk for one about telling me what to do. It had a fun get down, it’s getting me down, breakdown in the middle. They closed with a song about how we’re gonna try that had a nice keys lead section and was driven by the horns. They were pretty cool.

 

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West End Blend pic by Kim Tuure Faris

The action moved to the right and Clever Girls opened with a bluesy rock jam. They let it drop into a gorgeous version of Catch And Release and we were off. Sometimes they play with full rock fury and sometimes they are a little more gentle and precise. This show was the latter and it showcased their songwriting talent. Dumb Smile was a delight as Rob Slater and Tobias Sullivan kept a tight rocking groove on drums and bass. Diane Jean yelled out 1 2 3 4 as the band lit into Loose Tooth. Her guitar gave it a nice rock feel. They played a cool new song about tilting your head back, then followed with the delightfully gloomy Loom. Another new one about walking in circles had a swampy sound. A little way into the song, the energy picked up and they got closer to the full power that they can release. Hannah Wants to see you was gorgeous and Diane’s voice soared then they dropped it into Heavy. The song surged to full power and they let loose their full fury. Winfield Holt‘s guitar surged to glorious rock heights as they locked into that groove and worked it hard. I loved every moment of that ripping guitar, and they set a standard that would not be overcome for the rest of the night. What a great set!

 

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Clever Girls pic by Tim Lewis

On stage left Darlingside played with strings, voices, and a kick drum. They had a nice sound and were great at chatting with the audience, especially on the introductions for the band members. They sang about history books and Back To The Future Part 2. They asked is it today or tomorrow and sang about a superconductor up in the sky. They sang a song for the cowboys that kind of rocked a little and had a nice lead before slipping back into their usual gentle happy sound. They sang a song about how mother died young and their sound delighted the crowd for their whole set. I liked them but was still a bit wound up from the set before.

 

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Darlingside pic by Kim Tuure Faris

The steadily growing crowd moved left as Mt Joy opened with a solid rock sound. They let it slide into a mellow jam singing from side to side and changing your mind. They sang about smoking cigarettes on rooftops and red lights. They asked if we realized that everyone we know someday will die and rocked a bit in the middle. Their music had a nice flow as they urged us to show up and vote in a song about the red, white, and the blue. They lit into a fun song and dropped a bit of Ain’t No Sunshine into the middle. They closed with a song about being on the mountain that rocked a bit and was quite nice.

 

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Mt Joy pic by Tim Lewis

The festival was pretty packed when Ani DiFranco took the stage. Her band had a jazzy sound that created plenty of space for her words and lyrics to stand out. She opened with a song about not being shy and followed with one about being taken out of context. She sang a poem about democracy that she sent out to her fellow voters. Since it was a festival with non-stop music, I got to a point where I needed to wander around and get a drink. It’s unfortunate that it hit during Ani’s set, since she was so cool and great. I hoped there would be speakers in the vending area so I could still listen in, but that was not the case. I made it back just as her set ended. I wish I had planned a little better, but with nine bands over 8 hours, it’s a bit overwhelming.

 

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Ani DiFranco pic by Tim Lewis

I got back in and settled. The sun had set and Jackson Browne took the stage and was joined by Greg Leisz. They both played guitar for most of the set through Greg played some sweet pedal steel now and then. They mostly avoided the big hit songs in favor of more poignant obscure ones. Even the cover of a Band song was not well known. He sang a song for migrant workers and spoke about a program that teaches children of immigrants their historic culture when they would have otherwise not have known about it. They brought out Ariel Zevon for a song called Cold Hearted Empath. Something in that song stuck a chord with me and I was elated for every note. She left and they continued on with quiet songs including Late For The Sky. He moved to piano for a grand version of The Pretended which got the crowd going a bit then slowed it back down. Late in the set the opening notes of Take It Easy sent a bolt of energy through the crowd, who proceeded to sing it word for word in full festival gusto. They closed with another quiet one and called it a night.

 

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Jackson Browne pic by Tim Lewis

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Senator Bernie Sanders pic by Tim Lewis

Stage left lit up and Bernie Sanders walked on. He spoke about how proud he was of all that Grace has accomplished and urged us to vote. Grace appeared, then her band followed, and they rocked out a song about medicine. I have not kept up with her music, so I did not know most of the songs that she played. They all sounded cool and rocked nicely. The crowd was massive and I wandered around a bit and could hear well from most any place where you could see the stage. I found place to sit and stare at the lake and listened to song after song. I was pretty exhausted from being in the sun all day, and from listening so closely for so many hours. I headed towards the main gates then found a tree to prop me up. They brought out a special guest and Kenny Chesney delighted the audience with You And Tequila. Late in the set Grace began the opening strains of Nothing But The Water and it perked me up. Part 1 was cool and featured her doing some nice guitar work. The rest of the band came back out and they rocked part 2 hard. They played a couple more and called it a night. They quickly returned for the encore and began Angel From Montgomery. A little way in, Jackson Browne came out and sang it with her. He then took a seat at his keys and the audience exploded as they began Dr My Eyes. He moved to guitar and the band launched into Lawyers, Guns and Money, which kept the audience at full fervor. They closed the set with a long jammed our Running On Empty which featured Chesney on some of the vocals and Grace on keys. It was glorious.

The lights came on and we slowly walked down the path. I headed up the hill and took the lovely walk home. I was exhausted and elated and prepared to do it again tomorrow

 

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Grace Potter pic by Tim Lewis

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Grace Potter with Kenny Chesney and Jackson Browne pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Julia Caesar pic by Tim Lewis

I had Sunday off and learned my lesson from missing the first two songs on Saturday. I got going earlier and arrived at the waterfront about 1:50 for the show that had gates at 2 and first band at 2:15. Around 2:05 our line started moving and at 2:10 I was inside the gates. I got a beer, moved to stage left, and Julia Caesar began to weave their magical spell. They opened with Hear Me Now and their beautiful vocal harmonies lead into the song that takes many fun twists and turns. The second song was one about how someone told a girl that she takes up too much space. It opened quietly then began to rock. They found a happy groove for Chosen Names then played a new song called Demons. It’s a triple threat song with a vocal round to open, and fun audience clap-along part and a sing-along part that goes we’re dying alone. It’s such a fun song. They played the song that ends saying let it be without a sound, and the ferry boat hit its horn precisely on the last note. They rocked out a long fun version of Falter and let it end in a feedback haze. It was a brilliant set.

 

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Juptr pic by Tim Lewis

The music began immediately on stage right, so we all moved over as JUPTRband filled the air with their cool smooth synth pop sound. I’m not one for fashion, but I’ve got to say that Stephanie Heaghney’s shoes were every bit as dazzling as Miku Daza’s wings the day before. Juptr continued on with a late night jazzy soul sound that featured some nice keyboard flourishes. Their music evoked a late night cozy bar feeling but worked well in the blazing sunshine. They played a song about Jupiter being true then one that made us happy happy. That one got a bit trancey and I lost myself in it for a while. They brought up three dancers for a slow cool funky song about fighting for your life then called it an afternoon. They were really good. I need to check them out again soon.

 

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Juptr pic by Tim Lewis

We all moved left and Harsh Armadillo began with something that reminded me of Golgi Apparatus. They let it slip into a big band soul jazz sound and we were off. They played a song about how nothing can come between us that had a ripping lead guitar part. They played a song about sweet sweet love that had a nice slow keys lead section in the middle. They played a song with a Zappa jazz sound and closed with a rich soul jazz sound on a song about how all I have is a bit of sunshine. They were fun.

 

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Harsh Armadillo pic by Tim Lewis

We moved to the right and Seth Yacovone Band opened with some hard rock blues on a song about demons. Seth let loosed a staggering lead break that elicited great joy from the audience. They stayed bluesy for a song that asked what will I do when you’re gone. They could barely contain themselves on a song from the upcoming album Welcome then played one about how we are all waiting. Mr Reed began by rocking hard then they kicked it up a notch for the second verse. By the time they hit the third one they brought it to a staggering height of rock and roll glory, then ripped out the ending. I was sure that would be the most intense part of the day.

 

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Seth Yacovone pic by Tim Lewis

Music began immediately on stage left as Sister Sparrow began to play. They had a soulful rock sound with strong vocals and a couple of horns. They sounded nice but I was still riding the heights of the band before. A song about not being jealous had a funky opening and rocked a bit at the end. They played a new song called Ghost then a new song called Gold. They treated us with their take on Aretha Franklin’s version of Bridge Over Troubled Water then ended the set with a Grateful Dead like jam.

 

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Sister Sparrow pic by Tim Lewis

 

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The two stage setup with Sister Sparrow pic by Tim Lewis

With stage right covered in red boas, Elmo, and an inflatable unicorn head, Caroline Rose and her band took the stage as some girls like boys intro music played. They opened with a song about how the world is breaking down and followed with one about how everybody wants you. They played Caroline’s favorite song which was more of the same. They played a new one about giving it more time then played her favorite song about how Jeannie becomes a mom. It was sunny and hot and she said it would be their last show as they were melting on stage. Soul No. 5 lit up the crowd then they told us they were doing it for the money. Caroline spoke about the hippy cocktails served backstage that were made from kombucha and vodka, which begged the question, why were those not being sold at the concession stands? She grabbed a pipe and played a little of the Titanic theme and Abbie Morin tossed in some vocals. It did not last long, then Caroline kept up her charming witty banter that lead into the song about the little bikini dance dance dance. They closed the super-fun set with her favorite song about how I’m ready now. Every moment of the show was just great.

 

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Caroline Rose pic by Tim Lewis

A huge rock sound began on stage left and we all moved over as The Magpie Salute sang about a back door. It was as if they picked up with the intensity of the end of Mr Reed and drove the power up and up. Mark had a staggering lead break and it was immediately obvious that the show would be like the best of the Black Crowes show, but with a different singer. They launched into a song about Mary the gypsy and i hit that moment where I needed to get another beer. I walked quickly and missed the next song but was back for the one about walking on water. I reveled in the huge sound as they sang about those things they said about you. It featured some sweet slide from Rich and was just wonderful. They kept the rock fury going for a wicked version of Custard Pie then lit up the audience with the Crowes Morning Song. They were going to close with a song about telling me something good about yourself then noticed they had more time. After a quick huddle, the hit us hard with Wiser Time to close the show. I was stunned in the best way possible.

 

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The Magpie Salute pic by Tim Lewis

By now the audience was huge and filled the area in front of stage right as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats began to play. They opened with a blues rock jam that fell into a song with some yea yea yea vocals. They played a song about one time, two times, three times that had a solid rock vibe. I was still reeling from Magpie’s set, and it did not really grab me, but the audience loved them. I hung out for much of their very long set, but was pretty exhausted, then realized it was time to go.

I took the lovely walk home with a perfect mix of being tired and happy. I heard later that Nathaniel joined Grace Potter for I Shall Be Released and she closed her set with Jackson Browne playing Running On Empty again.

All in all, it was a great weekend.

 

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Radio Show 247 Thursday March 1, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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The Mountain Carol at Robot Dog Studio pic by Tim Lewis

 

Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday March 1st. You can stream it from the website or this Facebook link WBKM. It will go as follows.

Song before Elected – Alice Cooper

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin tonight with a woman who has been playing all over town a lot recently.

1.) Maria – Francesca Blanchard
2.) The Way It Is – Maryse Smith
3.) Paper Doll – Matt the Gnat and the Gators
4.) My Fear Of Losing You – Milton Busker

Milton and his band will be at Light Club Lamp Shop on Monday. Matt and his gator songs will be at Nectar’s on Wednesday. Maryse will play Friday at The Gallery for the Frank DeAngelis art opening. Francesca is at Radio Bean tonight. OK, let’s head over to Robot Dog Studio.

5.) Adventure Safari – The Mountain Carol
6.) Underneath – The Mountain Carol .
7.) Shadow Puppets – The Mountain Carol .
8.) Deano – The Mountain Carol .

Thanks for playing so well Mountain! Thanks Ryan Cohen for making us sound so good and thanks Burlington Beer Company for the libations. OK, this next band have been playing around for a while and have finally released an album called Historia de un Inmigrante. Let’s dive in and take a listen.

9.) Country Cumbia – Mal Maïz
10.) Clandestino – Mal Maïz
11.) Fantasma – Mal Maïz
12.) Producto de la Mente – Mal Maïz

I’m so glad that Maiz Vargas Sandoval has brought his music to Vermont so we can learn to dance in other languages. He and the band will do a Robot Dog session later this month and that will be a lot of fun. OK, this next album feature is full of Party Music. Let’s get reaffiliated with an old friend.

13.) If Only I Was Lonely – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
14.) One Mans Trash – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
15.) Fixin’ To Die – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
16.) Send Him The Bill – Phil Yates & The Affiliates

You can pre-order the new album on Bandcamp and get two songs now. Thanks for sending the whole album Phil!! This next band are playing tonight at The Monkey House.

17.) Above The Frequency – Invisible Homes
18.) Rental – Zeus Springsteen
19.) All My Life – Wide Wail
20.) Alienation – Black Rabbit

Great rocker from Rabbit. I thought I should toss a classic into this mix of new music. Thanks for still being great Wail. Great rocker from Zeus. I can’t wait for the new Homes album. This next band will be at the Lamp Shop on Saturday in a semi-acoustic kind of way.

21.) The Space Between – The Nancy Druids
22.) Black, Blue & White – The New Siberians
23.) Feel The Bern – Violint Wednesday
24.) We Shall Overcome – Bernie Sanders and 30 Vt Musicians.

That was recorded many years ago and Bernie is still out fighting the good fight. On Tuesday we hold elections and his stepdaughter Carina Driscoll is running for mayor. Wednesday is really Emma Sky and she wrote that about Burlington and how progressive values have enhanced the lives of people in our town. Great songs form Siberians and Druids. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after:
Raingods Dancing->Wake Up Call (Make It Happen) – Fish
Trickle Down – The Tragically Hip
Resurrection – Death World Wide
Angels Of Death – Hawkwind
Hallelujah The Hills – Hallelujah The Hills
Parallels – Yes
Smalls Change – Derek Smalls
Orange Like Water – The Cush
Afraid Of Sunlight – Marillion
Before The Deluge – The Church Band
It’s Going Down – MIDLAKE BAND
King Arthur’s Death – Children in Paradise
Third Party Politics – Ouzkxqlzn
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

 

 

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Radio Show 191 Thursday January 19, 2017 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM 107.1 FM runs from 9-11pm and will go as follows.

Song before: The Last Of The Unplucked Gems – The Tragically Hip

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I want to begin by thanking Higher Ground for sponsoring our station and for reuniting Rocketsled for a show on Saturday. Today is a historic day and tomorrow will be our first day with a new President. I hope this opening set fits our mood.

1.) Whole World Hangs – Anachronist
2.) This Machine – Invisible Homes
3.) Jackbooted Thugs (Have All The Best Drugs) – Anders Parker
4.) Freeway – David Rosane & The Zookeepers

That’s a great song about protesting. We will likely need that a lot in the next few years. I want to send that out to all of the women who will march on Washington DC this weekend. Great song from Anders. Great Woody reference by Homes and great song from Anachronist. OK, here is the next song on Shovel Down.

5.) Mistake – Seth Yacovone Band
6.) Today Is Tomorrow – The Red Telephone
7.) Storm Cloud – When Particles Collide
8.) The Circus – Cold Sweat

Sweat used to play at Texas and other clubs around VT and upstate NY. I wanted to play that one in response to the closing of the Ringling Brothers circus. Particles are playing at Manhattan Pizza and Pub on Saturday and always rock. Sean from RT now plays in The Nancy Druids and they were amazing last night at Radio Bean. Great song from Seth. OK, let’s keep rocking.

9.) Nicky Says – Black Rabbit
10.) Eggshell – The Mountain Says No
11.) Monsters Are Due – Doom Service
12.) Time To Get Out – Aaron Flinn and Salad Days

Great rocker from the all around wonderful Aaron. Great rocker from Doom. Great new song from Mountain! Rabbit rock so hard and are always fun. The days are still short and the nights are still long and this song just feels right.

13.) Alone In The Night – Andriana Chobot
14.) When The Nights Get Long – Carraway
15.) Not Quite As Good – 1881
16.) This Isn’t Your Parade – Crazyhearse

Such a fun song from their Tordadic Beige album. Great new song from 1881’s Action EP. I love the huge sound on both the Carraway and Andriana songs. This next song is from a bunch of wonderful local artists who recorded this song to support the candidacy of Bernie Sanders.

17.) This Land Is Your Land – Various Artists
18.) We Shall Overcome – Bernie Sanders and 30 VT Artists
19.) Secret – Madaila
20.) You’ve Got Problems – Kat Wright

Great song from Kat and the band. Madaila likely have nothing to do with the band the Medallions who are playing at the oath of action day at The Skinny Pancake Burlington tomorrow but stop in and find out for yourself. Great message from Bernie and all the wonderful artists. OK, let’s rock.

21.) All My Life – Wide Wail
22.) Don’t Turn Back – Kelly Ravin
23.) The Summer Of Andy – The Cancer Conspiracy
24.) Tastes Like Nothing – Zola Turn

Zola and CC rocked us so well back in the 1990’s. Great new song from Kelly and old song from WW. This next artist is a constant inspiration to me.

25.) First Kiss – Peg Tassey MUSIC
26.) The Territory – Hana Zara
27.) Make It Work – The New Siberians
28.) Tha Critic – Ninja Custodian
29.) Ninjas Vs Zombies (Let’s Keep Our Heads) – Phil Yates

We may have to go out of our way to make it a point to keep our heads starting tomorrow. Great rocker from Ninja. Same for the Siberians. Hana and Peg create such strong music. I love them both. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after:
Big Wedge (live) – Fish
Who Are These Gods? – Dam Kat
Be Like Ryan – The Mountain Says No
Joan Crawford – Blue Oyster Cult
Until We Sleep – David Gilmour
I Know Right – The Mountain Says No
Cloudbusting (live) – Kate Bush
Lost – The Church Band
I Lost My Marbles – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming.

Radio Show 182 Thursday November 3, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on 107.1FM WBKM can be heard from the Facebook link, will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time tonight, and will go as follows:

Song before: It Ain’t Easy – David Bowie

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I want to thank Higher Ground for sponsoring us at the station. They have a packed week of great bands. I just got a copy of the new album by Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band called By My Side. It’s really good so let’s dive right into it.

1.) Come Dance – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
2.) This Land Is Your Land – VT artists
3.) We Shall Overcome – Bernie Sanders and 30 Vt Musicians

That was recorded in the 1980’s but still sounds so relevant today. With the upcoming election, if we can’t vote for Bernie, we can still follow his advice. Please vote and please don’t vote for the clown. OK, it’s time for the next song on the Invisible Homes album Song For My Double that I’m playing all the way through week after week until it’s done.

4.) The Clown – Invisible Homes
5.) Who’s Your Fool? – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
6.) Grounded – Invisible Jet
7.) Jazzmaster – Made by Robots

I caught Robots over the summer at Jazzfest and really liked them and have been wanting to play some of their music. Jet were a classic band from Burlington’s illustrious ’90’s. Another great new Kat song. OK, so today is my Mom’s birthday. I spent some time this morning with her and my brother. She really likes this classic Vermont singer, so this one goes out to you Mom.

8.) The Power Of The Word – Jon Gailmor
9.) 15 Steps – Maryse Smith
10.) Threaded – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
11.) Monarch Butterfly – Jenny Montana

Jenny used to play that song in the 2000’s though I have not heard from her in a while. It’s such a fun song. Jeremy Gilchrist is raising money to make his new album Threaded. If you like that song, please consider supporting him by pre-purchasing it. Maryse still comes back to play now and then and Jon is a local legend. This next band release their new album Traces tomorrow (I knew it was soon when I recorded the show but did not realize it’s out tomorrow).

12.) 1 – Madaila
13.) Nature – Madaila
14.) You Got Problems – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
15.) I Do – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
16.) Woods – Madaila

Those were the opening closing songs from Madaila’s Traces album and two more great new Kat songs. Yesterday, I went to Nectar’s and saw Sue Minter, Peter Welch, Pat Leahy, and Al Franken. Al was very serious and very funny and really wants us to go out and vote. Before and after the speeches was a tremendous show of music from Bob Wagner and friends. Here is a song from Bob’s other non indomitable band to give you a hint about what they sounded like yesterday.

17.) Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? – Book ‘Em Blues Band
18.) The Light – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band

Another great new Kat Wright song. Yes, Bob really is that great of a guitar player. Tuesday is election day and there is a show at Nectar’s that night so everyone can go out and party and not have to be alone, whichever way it works out. Here are a few of the bans that will be here.

19.) The Magic Robot – James Kochalka
20.) Hermaphroditus – Rue M.
21.) A Bottle Of Whiskey Later – Crazyhearse
22.) Oh Dirty Blondes – Dirty Blondes

If you are looking for music next Tuesday check out The Dirty Blondes Present: Exit Poll 2016 at Nectar’s. With those fun bands, and more, it’s going to be a great show. This next song has been running through my head all week. I hope you enjoy it.

23.) Black, Blue and White – The New Siberians
24.) Random Earth – Elephants of Scotland
25.) Sleepwalker – 1881

That song has been running through my head a lot lately too. Great song from Elephants. Our Earth is not random, it’s the only one we’ve got, so let’s do all that we can to take care of it, and us by default. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? See ya, ta ta, farewell….

26.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
outro

Songs after:
13th Star – Fish
Who Are These Gods? – Dam Kat
Hand Of Doom – Black Sabbath
Sat In Your Lap – Kate Bush
Cascade – Andriana Chobot
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music

 

Radio Show 169 Thursday July 28, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

 

Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM 107.1FM will be broadcast from 9-11pm US Eastern Time and can be listed to from the Facebook page link above. It will go as follows:

Song before: In The Blue Light – jane siberry
intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. I want to thank Higher Ground for filling our town with music, sponsoring our station and for helping this first artist release his new album tonight.

1.) Every Evening After – Gregory Douglass
2.) Stumble – Andriana Chobot
3.) The Alchemist – Pours
4.) Give Me All Your Love – Madaila

Madaila are a fun band and that is such a fun song. I love that Pours song and like to pull it out now and then. Another great song from Andriana Chobot. OK, let’s play the next song on Giant Places.

5.) Water Rose – Lendway
6.) The Interrogator (Enhanced) – Milton Busker
7.) Sometime Next Week – 1881
8.) Beaten Down – SWALE

Nice Beatles sound on most of those songs. 1881 were great last night at Nectar’s. I’m loving Milton’s new album. Hmmm, Lendway. This next set is inspired by a man who was beaten, but is nowhere near down.

9.) This Land Is Your Land – VT Artists
10.) We Shall Overcome – Bernie Sanders and 30 VT artists
11.) Feel The Bern – Violint Wednesday

Such loving tributes to the man, and such great words by the man himself. OK, let’s play some rock and roll. I’m so psyched for the ENVY Reunion Show! tonight at The Monkey House that I found a way to be in two places at once. Here are a couple of Envy songs and a couple of related songs.

12.) Imaginary – Envy
13.) 1,000 Lies – Sean Toohey
14.) Today Is Tomorrow – The Red Telephone
15.) Sunday – Envy

That’s a classic from their Distorted Greetings album, as was the first song. Sean and Matt Hutton got together last year for the Places We Return RT album and that is one of the cooler songs from it. Great solo song from Sean. On bass with Envy will be Julia Austin so here is a song from her old band.

16.) Chop Wood Carry Water – Zola Turn
17.) All My Life – Wide Wail
18.) Finder – Madelines
19.) Circumstance – Tokyo Storm Warning

Those were all songs from the revered mythical 1990’s Burlington music scene. There is a myth that says the scene ebbs and flows but if you look deep enough there are always amazing bands out there. This is one of the great bands who played during one of the alleged ebbs.

20.) Trading Bullets – Fire The Cannons
21.) Dementalist – Villanelles
22.) Symptom Of The Universe – Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks)
23.) Tornado Head – Barbacoa

Barbacoa are opening for Envy tonight. I love the surf versions of the Sabbath songs that the Breaks do. Villanelles were great for all four Wednesdays in July at Nectar’s. OK, lets ease up a bit as we head towards the close. This band played 20 songs in an hour last Saturday at Nectar’s.

24.) BS Passes – Black Rabbit
25.) Angela Carter – Cricket Blue
26.) One For One – Andriana Chobot
27.) The Great Wide – Gregory Douglass

I thought I’d end where I began, with great songs from Gregory and Andriana. Cricket will play on Saturday at The Skinny Pancake and they are a great duo. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

Outro

Songs after:
View From The Hill – Fish
Strontium Burning – TILT
Blue Light Shines – Gabrielle Douglas

 

Radio Show 163 Thursday June 16, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM by Tim Lewis

WBKM by Tim Lewis

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM runs from 9-11pm US Eastern time and can be heard from the Facebook link above, at 107.1FM or streamed at WBKM.ORG. Tonight’s show has some solid rock and will highlight a tiny amount of the ton of music that happened last week and will happen next week. The show will go as follows:

Song before: Me And A Gun – Tori Amos

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the sounds of Burlington. I was pretty shocked by the mass shooting in Orlando this week and think it’s high time we did something about finding ways to help disaffected youth and to at least make sure people purchasing guns have to go through a background check. There is no reason assault rifles should be for sale to the public and I was stunned by the Seven Days article this week that explained how easy it is to get one with no ID at all. Now that the problem is defined, can we find a solution? Of course, instead of focusing on hate and fear, if we focus on joy and music we can make our world a happy place. Let’s begin tonight with a band who played on Church St on Sunday to help close out Jazzfest. They did a great version of this one.

1.) The Coast – The High Breaks
2.) Give Up Enough – When Particles Collide
3.) Kick Rocks – And The Kids
4.) Eighty Nine – Black Rabbit

I really enjoyed seeing Rabbit at Four Quarters Brewing on Saturday. They played that one, and the rest of their catalog, and a few covers. Great brand new songs from Kids and Particles. I just loved the show by the Breaks on Sunday. OK, up next is a band who are playing at Higher Ground tonight.

5.) East Jabib – REDadmiral
6.) Before This Ends Well – Coquette
7.) Burn It Down Bernadette – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
8.) The Mime – Joe Adler

Joe and his band The Wee Folkestra will be at Burger Night at Bread And Butter Farm in Shelburne tomorrow. Phil Yates and the band will be at Nectar’s on Monday. I just found that song from Coquette. They have been playing around town lately so I thought I’d toss it into the mix. Great song from Admiral. OK, last week we finished off playing Callisto by Alpenglow all the way through, so it’s time to begin a new album. This is a classic from a few years ago. It’s called Giant Places by a band called Lendway.

9.) Ready To Race – Lendway
10.) WalkingInCircles – Raq
11.) Thinner Than Water – Somah
12.) The Naked Garden – Peg Tassey MUSIC

Such a wonderful song from Peg. I was looking through some old playlists the other day and though it was time to pull Thinner out again. The Raq song always gets me going. Great song from Lendway. That is the first song from Giant Places and I will play that album all the way through over the next few weeks. OK, This band are playing a couple of shows in Woodstock Vt on June 17 and 18 so check them out if you are in the area.

13.) You Are Not The Photograph – SWALE
14.) Can’t Feel It – Vetica
15.) Be Aggressive – BE AGGRESSIVE
16.) Dead Or In Jail – Crazyhearse
17.) Destroying Everything They See – Blue Button

Great song by Button. They have a show coming up in a few weeks with Cave Bees and Black Rabbit so I’m getting psyched early. I love that rocker from Crazy. Aggressive will be at The Monkey House next Wednesday. I love the Vetica song, and Swale too. OK, let’s keep rocking. This band will be at Foundation (under Drink) on Friday.

18.) 1.21 Gigawatts/Great Scot – Doom Service
19.) Green Peaks Dark Valleys – Get A Grip
20.) Anti-Social Media – Voices in Vain
21.) Weapons Factory – The Wards

Classic Burlington song from the Wards. VIV were recommended so I had to check out that song. Grip will play at 242 Main on Friday. This next song is lots of fun.

22.) 1.21 Jiggawatts – Wave of the Future
23.) Fly On The Wall – Zola Turn
24.) Righteous – ROUGH FRANCIS
25.) Long Term Sermon – The Mountain Says No

Killer song from Mountain. They should have a new album reasonably soon. Same for Francis. Zola were a great local band from the ’90’s. This next song is usually a closer but I think it will fit well here:

26.) Reprise – The Cush
27.) Promises – Vedora
28.) Run My Man – Alice Austin
29.) Say It – Anachronist

Great song from the central Vermont band. Alice has put so much great music into our town. Vedora played some great shows for a couple of years. Hmmm, The Cush. OK, there is time for a couple more.

30.) This Land Is Your Land – Bernie Sanders and 30 VT musicians
31.) Tha Critic – Ninja Custodian

I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? Farewell…

32.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
outro

Songs after: What Color Is God? (live) – Fish
Hinterland – TILT
Little Earthquakes – Tori Amos

 

Radio Show 162 Thursday June 9, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

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Tonight’s local music radio show on 107.1FM WBKM runs from 9-11pm US Eastern time and will go as follows:

Song before: New Americana – Halsey

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I have been so inspired by Bernie’s valiant run for President. No matter what happens next, he has gotten his message out to the people in staggering ways. He has inspired people in ways that we will not understand for years, but we do have some music that has been inspired by his highest ideals. Let’s begin tonight with some of those.

1.) Bernie Is A Punk – BERN UNIT
2.) Feel The Bern – Violint Wednesday
3.) We Shall Overcome – Bernie Sanders and 30 Vt Musicians

His message is so wonderfully inspiring and I’m glad he has the chance to spread it to so many people. OK, here is the last song on Callisto. I will have to pick a new album to play all the way through next week.

4.) Skydiving – Alpenglow
5.) Violet – Sneakers Jazz Band – Live at White Crow
6.) Rocket – Soule Monde I Burlington, VT

Soule will play around at Jazzfest. I had to play Violet since the Sneakers band are so great. What a lovely way to end the Callisto album. OK, Soule are also playing a few shows with Josh Weinstein and Bob Wagner at Nectar’s as Soule Indomitable so let’s play a Kat Wright song.

7.) Let’s Move – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
8.) Aerosol Ball – The Felice Brothers
9.) Zigzagging Toward The Light – Conor Oberst

I really enjoyed the Connor show with the Felice Brothers at Higher Ground last Tuesday and wanted to play some of their music. Great song by Kat and the band. On Monday I got to see a cool band called Silver Bridget. I don’t have any of their music to play but they did a great version of this next song. This next song is a cover of a classic as performed by a band who will play the top of the block on Church St on Friday Night.

10.) Starman – Madaila
11.) See Me On My Way – Superhuman Happiness
12.) Rise – Barika
13.) ComeTooLate – Paper Castles

Castles played a new bar called Side Bar on Wednesday. I should check that place out soon. Barika and Superhuman will be playing around this weekend. Great cover from Madaila. This next band played at Higher Ground last Sunday.

14.) Could You be The One? – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
15.) Chopped And Channeled – Barbacoa
16.) The Big One – The High Breaks
17.) Carnage – Black Rabbit

I’m psyched to see Rabbit on Saturday at Four Quarters Brewery in Winooski. The Breaks will play in Nectar’s garage window on Saturday and on Church St on Sunday. Barbacoa are playing at The Skinny Pancake on Saturday. This next band will feature some bass playing at Manhattan Pizza and Pub on Saturday.

18.) Local Lore – Savage Hen
19.) No Way – Phantom Suns
20.) Fight – When Particles Collide
21.) Blind Pigs – ROUGH FRANCIS

I got to chat with Urian Hackney who said the new Francis album should be out around Labor Day. Woo hoo!! Great new song from Particles. Phantom played The Monkey House on Wednesday. This next song is a personal favorite.

22.) Iron And Metal – The Mountain Says No
23.) Roll Me – The Cush
24.) The Perfect Map – Elephants of Scotland
25.) Be A Good Citizen – Pinhead

I thought I’d end where I began by speaking about citizenship. Great new song from Elephants. I love that song by The Cush. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? See Ya. Ta Ta. Goodbye

26.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
outro

Songs after: Sunsets on Empire – Fish
Strangers When We Meet – David Bowie
Radiance – The Church Band

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Made By Robots at Radio Bean June 8, 2016   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

I finally caught a little bit of jazz music yesterday. I’ve had to prerecord my local music radio show on WBKM lately to get the net feed and the 107.1FM feed synced up, so just before three I took a lovely walk downtown. I listed slightly to a couple of the high school jazz bands that were staged around Church st, but was mostly focused on walking forward to my goal. Still, it was a lovely ambiance. I was almost to the last block when a camera crew asked if I was a Bernie Sanders supporter and if they could interview me. I took the couple of minutes and tried to be very positive about the Presidential contender. I realized at the end of the interview that they were from Fox News, something like Water’s World, so who knows how it will be edited. Still, I got a chance to map out a general arc showing how Democratic economic practices are so much better than Republican ones. That said, it was probably a dumb thing to do.

Shortly after the interview I arrived at the station and set up tonight’s show. Hint: it begins with some Bernie and may have some jazz in it. When it was done, I walked back up Church st and noticed that the bands that were playing were a bit more tight. I enjoyed the ambiance and walked a bit more casually, since I had a bit of free time before meeting up with friends. I took a swing into Radio Bean, since I assumed there would be some high quality jazz plating and was proved correct. Made by Robots had a smooth easy flowing sound that meandered around and had a strong flowing flute riding on top. They are a five-piece band with guitar, bass, drums, flute and keys and everything I heard was instrumental. The music had a nice strength to it and I found myself fairly enchanted. I hung out for a drink’s worth of music and especially enjoyed the last song which rocked hard at the end. I definitely need to check them out again.

The walk home was a tiny bit chilly, and I was wondering what the heck I did with the street interview, but was happy that my show was all set and I got to hear some beautiful music.

http://madebyrobotsmusic.com/

 

Radio Show 152 Thursday March 31, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

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For tonight’s local music radio show on 107.1FM and WBKM.ORG I had expected to highlight some of the great music that happened last week and highlight some of the great music happening this week, then add in a fun set or two, but this coming week’s and last week’s music filled the two hours very quickly!

Song before: Bernie Is A Punk – Bern Unit

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington.  So much great music happened in town last week and there is a ton of great stuff happening this week too.  Let’s see how much I can highlight.  Last night I went to Radio Bean to see what Caroline O’Connor is up to.  She played some really cool songs.  Let’s begin tonight with a song from her previous band.

1.) Basalt Anchor – Caroline O’Connor

2.) I Know It’s True – Wide Wail

3.) Highway – Construction Joe

4.) 2,000 – The Pants

I had a good time seeing so many great performers at the Pants music highlight show at Higher Ground last Saturday.  They closed the night with 2,000 and had everyone on stage and it was so cool.  Also, at the Pants show, Swale was the house band so they did a killer set of Wide Wail songs, and Construction Joe got back together to play a set.  I thought I’d play the songs in the previous set to give you an idea of what the night sounded like.  OK, now it’s time to play the next song on the Bernie Sanders album that I am working my way through, one song per week until the album is done.  I was so happy that he won three more states last week.  This is the last song on the album that he recorded here in Vermont many years ago.

5.) We Shall Overcome – Bernie Sanders and 30 VT Artists

6.) This Machine – Invisible Homes

7.) Symptom Of The Universe – Surf Sabbath

Last Friday I wandered down to The Skinny Pancake and saw Homes play a killer set.  They closed with Machine. I then walked over to Juniper at Hotel Vermont and caught the High Breaks.  They tossed in a couple of their Sabbath covers including Symptom.  OK, so that was some of what happened last week.  Surf Sabbath will be playing at Metal Monday on April 4th, so that is coming up this week.  There is a ton of other great music happening this week. The sad thing is that I will miss all of it.  Tomorrow night my brother Ken and I will head to Montreal to see Iron Maiden.  If you will indulge me, I will start off this set with the title song from their new album and a song I will hear tomorrow night.

8.) Book Of Sours – Iron Maiden

9.) Angry Inch – Hedwig and the Angry Inch cast recording

10.) Ornan’s Song – The Dirty Blondes

11.) East.Jibab – REDadmiral

If I wasn’t at Maiden on April 1st I’d love to be at the Switchback Brewery seeing Admiral.  If I wasn’t at Maiden on April 1st I’d love to be at Art’s Riot seeing the stage production of Hedwig, featuring Ornan on drums, and staying for the Dirty Blondes who are playing after.  It’s going to be hard to miss the Blondes, but hey, Maiden.  Another band that I really enjoy, the Wee Folkestra, are playing at the Skinny Pancake on April 1st.  They are a collective of cool people, some of whom are in the following bands.

12.) Spit-n-Fire Blues (live at Nectar’s) – Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger

13.) This Is Our Good Night – Aya Inoue

14.) Super Sexy Science Party (live at Nectar’s) – Wave Of The Future

Samara Lark Brown from Wave is part of the Folkestra.  So are Aya and Joe.  I’d love to be at the show, if I wasn’t at Maiden.  There is likely lots of other music happening in town on April 1st too, but let’s move on to April 2.  This next band are most of Wave and they are playing at Drink.

15.) Art Of Vandalay – Sad Turtle

16.) Barstools – Abbie Morin

17.) Los Muertos – Eastern Mountain Time

Actually, Eastern are playing on April 1st too.  They are over at Radio Bean.  Abbie is playing at the Skinny Pancake on April 2.  These next two artists are playing at Radio Bean on April 3rd.

18.) Day Of The Dead – Hana Zara

19.) Matter Of Time – Eric George

20.) Lithuania – Hana Zara

I just love the imagery of Hana’s songs.  She and Eric are playing some shows together around the Midwest very soon.  I was thrilled when I looked in the listings and saw that they are playing Sunday night at Radio Bean.  I love when I get to listen to Hana.  Well, I’m almost out of time, but I did want to give a shout out to Swale for their tremendous musicianship at the Pants show last Saturday.  Let’s play a couple of their songs to take us out.

21.) Overcoat – Swale

22.) Popular Crowd – Swale

I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town.  Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

Song after: Vigil – Fish

As always, I want to thank everyone who made tonight’s show possible. Thanks to: BERN UNIT, Vedora, Caroline Marie, Jane Boxall Percussion, Amanda Gustafson, Jeremy Frederick, Tom Lawson, Bernie Sanders, Invisible Homes, Sean Witters, The High Breaks, Todd Gevry, Kevin Lynam, Matthew Bryan Hagen, Iron Maiden, Robert Fuller, The Dirty Blondes, Rebecca Rogers, Diane Sullivan, Ornan McLean, Chris Clark, REDadmiral, Gordon Glover, John Billingsley, Joe Adler, Aya Inoue, Samara Lark Brown, Luke Richer, Jake Styles, Jeremy Gartner, Sad Turtle, Abbie Morin, Abbie Gail, Thomas Pearo, Eastern Mountain Time, Sean Hood, Hana Zara, Eric George, Eric George, SWALE, Tyler Bolles, Eric Olsen, Fish, and everyone else!!

Radio Show 151 Thursday March 24, 2016 9-11pm Eastern US Time 107.1 FM and WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

WBKM photo by Tim Lewis Dec 17 2015

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I just got back from my local music radio show, streaming online at our Facebook page, WBKM.ORG and over the airwaves at 107.1FM. I highlighted a couple of upcoming shows and played some rock and roll.

Song before: Dannemora – Seth Yacovone

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. Last Friday I made it out to see The High Breaks at Juniper at Hotel Vermont. They have just released their debut album and I got a copy. It’s called Droppin’ Off With The High Breaks. Let’s begin with a couple of songs from it.

1.) Ankle Breaker – The High Breaks
2.) Wicked World – The High Breaks
3.) The Big One – The High Breaks

Great rockers from the band. When they played last Friday they tossed in a few of the Surf Sabbath songs, including Wicked, so I thought that would be fun to toss Wicked into the set. OK, let’s continue on with the next song on Bernie Sanders album.

4.) This Land Is Your Land – Bernie Sanders and 30 VT Artists
5.) Feel The Bern – Violint Wednesday
6.) Mon Ange – Francesca Blanchard
7.) Friends – Myra Flynn

Great song from Myra. Francesca has a ton of shows coming up soon. I’m still loving the Bern song and Bernie and his message. So, a week ago Wednesday I got to see The Nancy Druids at WRUV then I got to see them again last Monday at the Monkey House. They put on a great show. I don’t have any of their music but here is some from Sean’s previous bands.

8.) 1,000 Lies – Sean Toohey
9.) Sunday – Envy
10.) Today Is Tomorrow – The Red Telephone

Sean did that song with Matt Hutton last year. Sunday is a classic rocker from the ’90’s. Great solo song from Sean in the ’90’s. Speaking of the ’90’s, one of the classic bands from that era, The Pants, just had a movie made about them. The movie will be shown at Higher Ground on Saturday and then a ton of local musicians will play some Pants songs and maybe a few other classics from the era. Here are a few songs from the Pants;

11.) Vermont – The Pants
12.) Cows – The Pants
13.) Overboard – The Pants
14.) High Water Mark – The Pants

There’s a pretty good chance you will hear all of those on Saturday. You may hear some of the next songs too.

15.) All My Life – Wide Wail
16.) One More Grave – The Contrarian
17.) Old North Ender – James Kochalka Superstar
18.) Affection – Guppyboy

Chris Ziter & Jeff Baron from Guppyboy will be at the show. James will be at the show. Casey Rae will be at the show, and since Swale are the house band, Amanda from Wide Wail will be there. It’s going to be lots of fun. OK, up next I want to highlight a show that is happening on Friday at Club Metronome. It’s a benefit for the VNA Family Room and features Jamie Lee Thurston & The Starline Rhythm Boys.

19.) Best Damn Night – Jamie Lee Thurston
20.) Somebody Up There Loves Me – The Starline Rhythm Boys
21.) You Make Me See Stars – Lonestar Chain

Lonestar were Burette Douglas’ solo band and wrote a bunch of great songs, including that one. Stars always gets me going. Cool songs from Starline and Jamie. OK, let’s play some classic Burlington rock.

22.) Moving Song – Zola Turn
23.) Not True – Peg Tassey
24.) TFAY – Elephants Of Scotland
25.) Green Apple Girl – Dave Jarvis

Dave always wrote and played such fun songs. TFAY is such a great song. I just love Peg’s voice and energy and songs. Same goes for Zola. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? Goodbye, Ta ta. See You, Sayonara.

26.Sayonara – Black Rabbit

outro

Songs After: Tumbledown – Fish
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden

As always, I want to thank everyone who made tonight’s show possible. Thanks to Seth Yacovone Band, The High Breaks, Matthew Bryan Hagen, Todd Gevry, Kevin Lynam, Michael Clifford, Bernie Sanders, Francesca Blanchard, Ann Mindell, The Red Telephone, Matt Hutton, Tom Lawson, Amanda Gustafson, The Contrarian, Casey Merlin Rae, The Lonestar Chain, Burette Douglas, Creston Lea, Steve Hadeka, Julia Austin, Alice Austin, Peg Tassey MUSIC, Peg Tassey, Elephants of Scotland, John M Whyte, Adam Rabin, Ornan McLean, Dan MacDonald, David Jarvis, Black Rabbit, Marc Scarano, Darlene Scarano, Jane Boxall Percussion, and everyone else!!!!