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The night I met Stevie Ray Vaughan   Leave a comment

Backstage pass 1989 pic by Tim Lewis

Backstage pass 1989 pic by Tim Lewis



I still remember the night clearly. Stevie and the band played a killer show then Mike and I and several others went backstage. I had met a couple of rock stars by then so I wasn’t worried about getting an autograph but when I saw him signing other peoples backstage passes I though it would be good to have him sign mine, since I intended to keep it for life. I was all super-confident when standing in line but when it was my turn I turned to mush and meekly asked him if he would sign it. He asked my name then signed it to Tim. He shook my hand and I’ve never felt a handshake that strong since. I meekly said that I really enjoyed the show and the last time I saw him was when he opened for Robert Pant at the Montreal Forum. He asked if I had ever met Robert and said he was a wonderful person and I really should meet him if I ever got the chance. He kept talking with me for several minutes and really cared. He was a great human being and one of the most tremendous guitar players I have ever seen.

I believe that was in 1989.


Posted August 27, 2016 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Black Rabbit at Nectar’s July 23, 2016   1 comment

Black Rabbit at Nectar's July 23, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Black Rabbit at Nectar’s July 23, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



I had a great time seeing music at Nectar’s last Saturday. It was a long work day, and I had to be up early on Sunday, but I could not pass up a chance to give some money to the Henry Street Deli and see one of my favorite bands, who were set to go on first.

Showtime was set at 9:15 and around quarter of eight I caught a nice wind and did a combination of walking and sailing downtown. I arrived at the club just about nine and chatted with Trevor Jewett for a bit. It was a short wait then Black Rabbit hit the stage with a roar. Trevor’s drumming was fast and driving. Darlene Scarano‘s bass playing was fast and driving. Marc Scarano‘s guitar playing and singing were fast and driving. I’m not sure if they play garage rock or punk rock but they always rock. Some of the songs start with a riff from Darlene that Marc plays off of and some start with a Marc riff that Darlene plays off of. Trevor holds it all together and the songs have great melodies and are fun to sing, as long as you can sing that fast. The audience seemed to not know their music but was taken by them and really liked it when Marc went off on the lead guitar. They opened the set with the unofficial closing song for my radio show, Sayonara then rocked out to The Original Original. They went back to the first EP for a fun version of 89 then played a song about Smokey The Bear firefighter that may be called Hey. Too Good was well titled then they pulled out a cover of Dinosaur Jr’s Almost Ready. Darlene had a great riff in Rotten Egg then they played the title song of the second EP. The song is actually called The Invisibles but has the Lipstick And Dynamite line in it. Tarpaulin kept things rocking hard then the cheery chorus of Blue Sky just made me smile. They slowed things down a tiny amount for the searing BS Passes then welcomed us to the Neighborhood. They went back to full power for Rejected then let loose Alienation, which has to be one of the best songs in town. They followed with a song about science fiction that turned out to be a new song called Jumble. It was really fun. Darlene leaned into the mic to ask “Is she really going out with him?” and The Damned’s New Rose followed. They went back to Red Flannel Hash for Nicky Says then kicked out a fun cover of Teenagers From Mars. Marc said they only had five minutes left but they would squeeze in two more songs. They played Neutrino from the first EP and closed the night with Mark My Words. All in all they played 20 songs in an hour and I couldn’t have been happier.

I did not stay long but said a couple of quick goodbyes and sailed back home and prepared for the long Sunday workday.



Black Rabbit at Nectar's July 23, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis  2

Black Rabbit at Nectar’s July 23, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 2

Posted July 25, 2016 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Zak Trojano in City Hall Park in Burlington Vermont July 22, 2016   Leave a comment

Zak Trojano in City Hall Park July 22 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Zak Trojano in City Hall Park July 22 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



I had a great time seeing music this afternoon in City Hall Park. My cousin and my mom were going to see the singer in the park and since I had the day off as a floating holiday for working July 4th, I said I could stop by. I arrived around noon and took a seat in the shade and listened to Zak Trojano play a bluesy acoustic guitar. He played songs with themes such as the best kind so far, being under northern lights tonight and helping you up darling if you will let me. For the fourth song he switched to an odd shaped guitar and laid it in his lap and played it like a pedal steel. The instrumental song sounded pretty sweet. Throughout the show he was sitting on a beat box and had a pedal attached to a kick drum mallet so he could add percussion. For the fifth song he switched to an electric guitar for a slow dirty blues song. As the set went along he played covers from Dylan and an instrumental from John Fahey(?). He wrapped the set with a song about a girl from Vermont. I said a quick hello then Jessica, mom and I headed out to get some lunch. If that sounds like something you might like to check out, he is playing later tonight at Light Club Lamp Shop.



Zak Trojano in City Hall Park July 22 2016 pic by Tim Lewis  2

Zak Trojano in City Hall Park July 22 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 2

The Wee Folkestra and Vermont Suzuki Violins at Summervale in the Intervale in Burlington Vermont July 21, 2016   Leave a comment

The Wee Folkestra at Summervale July 21 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Wee Folkestra at Summervale July 21 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music yesterday in the Intervale. On Thursdays throughout the summer they have a family oriented festival called Summervale in Burlington’s Old North End. It is very close to the farms that grow much of the city’s food. There are food vendors, arts and crafts, and or course, music. It was a beautiful day as I took the walk down the hill to the festival that is a couple of feet away from my amazing employer Gardener’s Supply Company. Comfortable with the layout of the gathering, I wandered in, found a strawberry thyme basil soda to drink and took a seat on the ground close to the band. At 6pm The Wee Folkestra filled the stage. They play a mix of acoustic and electric instruments, have four great singers and play folk versions of pop songs from the ages. They began the set with Samara Lark Brown belting out Sitting On the Dock Of The Bay. Of course she sang most of the lead but was joined by the other singers for the harmonies Aya Inoue lead the next song about Jackson then the band played a song about being sick of that same old love. I think that was the one where I really appreciated the dynamic between lead guitarist Eric Segalstad, bassist Eric Daniels, and drummer Houston Illo. They had something pretty cool going on. The kids in the audience began to dance a bit at the end of that one and really let go as Joe Adler lead A Good Man Is Hard To Find. The played a song about a moonlight mile on down the road that Jackie Buttolph lead, and closed the first set with Don’t Dream It’s Over.

They took a break as several Vermont Suzuki Violin students played in front of the stage. They played together quite tightly and sounded great for such young kids. They played five songs and left to a solid applause.

The Wee Folkestra returned to the stage with I’ll Fly Away and followed it with Roar. They pulled out a little CCR with Have You Ever Seen The Rain, always a daring song to play when you are outside, then did a great version of Bonnie Raitt’s Home. Throughout the entire show Johnnie Day Durand added a magical touch with her musical saw. There is so much talent in the band and yet her playing just makes the whole sound better. They continued through the set with songs like Gillian Welch’s One Little Song, the Stones This Could Be The Last Time and Dylan’s One More Cup Of Coffee. They pulled out the spiritual Old Mary then played a gorgeous version of Ghost In This House. At that point the clock said 7:30 and that was my cut off point so I could get downtown to do my radio show at 9. I enjoyed hearing the song about raising up your hands as I took the long walk up the hill. It sounded nice for a long time until it finally faded away.


Villanelles, The Mountain Says No, and Dino Bravo at Nectar’s and Bethany Conner and Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival musicians on King St July 20, 2016   Leave a comment

The Mountain Says No at Nectar's July 20, 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

The Mountain Says No at Nectar’s July 20, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



I had a great night of seeing music last Wednesday at Nectar’s. The evening began when I met up with my dear friend Polly Pratt. She was in town to see the Milk Carton Kids show that Higher Ground presented at the First Unitarian Church and I was going for a louder show, but we had about an hour to chat and catch up. As she headed to the church, I wandered down to King St to hang out with James Lockridge and the Big Heavy World crew. At 8pm they did the Rocket Shop radio show live in the back yard, so I got some bonus music. The first act was four members of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. With two violins, a viola and a cello, they played some 1920’s era eastern European music. The musicianship was fantastic and they played a variation on a waltz, a variation on a tango and a tarantella that was meant to replicate the feeling after being bitten by a spider. I was pretty blown away.



members of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival on King st July 20 2019 pic by Tim Lewis

members of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival on King st July 20 2019 pic by Tim Lewis



Up next, they had a 17 year old singer songwriter named Bethany Conner Music chat and play a few songs. She plays well, has a strong voice and lyrics that show a wisdom beyond her age. She played songs from her album I’ll Tell You such as Josie, Can You Love Me Too?, Sweet Dreams, and I missed the title of the last one. She said something about writing sad songs that reminded me of The Cush, which only made me appreciate her more. I was lucky enough to get a copy of some of her music and played Can You on my radio show last night. I think she may become a force to be reckoned with.



Bethany Conner on King st July 20 2019 pic by Tim Lewis

Bethany Conner on King st July 20 2019 pic by Tim Lewis



It was about 9pm so I headed over to Nectar’s. I hung out and chatted with a couple of people and just after 10 The Mountain Says No hit the stage hard. They played a nine song set and it was all from their forthcoming album. They met up with Ryan Cohen last week and recorded the skeleton of the album but will fill it out for release later this year. They opened with a heavy loud song and stayed nicely in that vein for most of the show. I’ve seen them a few times lately so I know some of the new songs a little bit. The second song was You Say You’re Alive and that has a nice riff and an easy to sing title. The third song made it seem like they came from ancient times to observe us and the fourth song was an epic about Ryan (possibly Brian), David and Sarah. The new classic Glazerbeam lit up the firth spot with a mystical swirl. Another heavy rocker followed then they eased back with the gorgeous and poppy Game Of Thrones. The eased back a little bit more for Blanket’s Fine then returned to full power for another new classic called I Know Right. I missed hearing some of the old songs, but if they are writing new ones like this, I’m OK with it.



The Mountain Says No at Nectar's July 20, 2016  pic by Tim Lewis  2

The Mountain Says No at Nectar’s July 20, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 2



Polly wandered in, since her show was done, so we chatted for a couple of minutes until Villanelles hit the stage. As with the shows for the last two weeks, I loved their songs and their energy and had a great time. Most of the set was from Blue Heart Attack which is a tremendous album. Songs like Farside, Grey Goo and Shy Spiders were just great. They skipped the usual Dig A Pony cover and tossed in a Supergrass that I did not know but really liked. Heartbreak Baby rocked especially hard and I think they closed the 11 song set with Jenny. They are such a great rock band.




Villanelles  at Nectar's July 20, 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Villanelles at Nectar’s July 20, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



After the set I chatted with Polly for a bit and with Luke Awtry who took some great photos of the bands. Polly had a long drive home so she headed out but I was set to stay until the last note of Dino Bravo VT. They began with an instrumental jam that featured some nice solo work from Chris Farnsworth and fell into Sugar Coated Candy Stix. Pop Music followed and I just love the easy to sing to lyrics. I missed the title of the next song, but I’m pretty sure Matthew Stephen Perry referred to it once as Wet Sheddy at a show quite some time ago. It’s the one about Don’t Jump In The Water and rocks hard. The nine song set continued with songs like Empires and Two Car Garage. They closed the night with one of the great songs in Burlington, A Song About The Ocean. Once the last note faded out, I headed out the door and took the long happy walk home. There is always so much great music happening in Burlington, even on a Wednesday night.



Dino Bravo  at Nectar's July 20, 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Dino Bravo at Nectar’s July 20, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis




Radio Show 168 Thursday July 21, 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


I just got back from my local music radio show on WBKM streaming online at WBKM.ORG and broadcasting at 107.1FM in the Champlain Valley. Here is how it went.

Songs lined up before:
Magic Carpet Rice – Ace Frehley
The Vigilant Ones – The Cush
In The Walls – stellastarr* official page
Don’t Cough Me Out – Slowdim
Wind Him Up – Saga

recording begins
Song before: Break – Slingshot Dakota


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s a hot and beautiful night in the city and there is music all around. I saw The Wee Folkestra at Summervale in the Intervale in the old north end of town and on Church Street they had an area blocked off where people were dancing to recorded music. Let’s begin tonight with one of my favorite local singer songwriters.

1.) Clocks On The Wall – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
2.) Can You Love Me Too? Bethany Conner Music
3.) New Love – Andriana Chobot
4.) In Waves – Sarah Blacker

Sarah comes to town on a pretty regular basis and always puts on a great show. I’m just loving the Andriana album! I was lucky enough to hang out with James Lockridge and the Big Heavy World crew last night as they broadcast their radio show outside on King st. I was fortunate enough to hear Bethany play a few songs, and I wanted to get her music on the air immediately. I just love that song from Jeremy. On Tuesday when I woke up and checked in with Facebook there were a lot of posts about the RNC. I expected the same yesterday but instead saw several post of people speaking of a local artist who just took their own life. All of the posts said talk to me if you feel that way. Please add me to that list. I’ve been through a lot and know the value of each and every one of you. We all need you more than you may know. If you feel that far down, please reach out. There are lots of great people who will do anything they can to help. In that spirit, let’s move on to the next song on Lendway’s Giant Places.

5.) You’re Safe With Us – Lendway
6.) Phones – Violet Ultraviolet
7.) My Fear Of Losing You – Milton Busker
8.) My Hero, The Enemy – Gregory Douglass

Great song from Gregory. He used to play in town all the time and has moved on, but still stops in now and then. Great song from Milton’s new album. That is a song from UV’s new album Pop City and wow. Hmmm, Lendway. I want to thank Higher Ground for sponsoring us at the radio station and for providing the Girls Rock VT July Showcase on Saturday at 12:30pm. GRV is a great organization and it is a great way to help girls learn about the music business. One of their main proponents is this next artist.

9.) One From Two – Linda Bassick
10.) This Is Our Good Night – Aya Inoue
11.) Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler
12.) All I Want Is A Hoverboard.- Wave of the Future

Samara Lark Brown sings with Wave and is a great supporter of Girls Rock Vermont and would be willing to help if you feel really down. She and Joe and Aya and several others played with Wee Folkestra tonight and it was great to hear them. I love the musical saw on Brothers courtesy of the magical Johnnie Day Durand and she played with Wee Folk too. OK, let’s rock. Next week one of the great local bands from the ’90’s will reunite for a show at The Monkey House. Here is a set of their music.

13.) Bloodboy – Envy
14.) Still Life Scene – Envy
15.) Bionic – The Red Telephone
16.) Talking With Tony – Envy
17.) Bomb – Envy.

I’m so psyched for the ENVY Reunion Show! next week! Speaking of the Monkey House, I saw these three bands last Saturday.

18.) Steve Buscemi Fan Club – YURT
19.) Sleepwalker – 1881
20.) Ninjas VS Zombies – Phil Yates

Phil Yates & The Affiliates played an awesome show and even added the extra two sixes to that song. I guess we now know where 1881 got their name. Wow, that’s a lot of sheep to count before sleeping. Yurt are from Bozeman Montana and stopped in to play a delightful show. Thanks guys! Last night I saw the third of the four Wednesday night residencies that Villanelles played at Nectar’s. They keep playing this song and I keep loving it.

21.) Shy Spiders – Villanelles
22.) Sugar Coated Candy Stix – Dino Bravo VT
23.) Iron And Metal – The Mountain Says No
24.) Nicky Says – Black Rabbit

Rabbit are playing Saturday for the Fight Fire with Fire • A fundraiser for Henry St. Deli ft. Tar Iguana, Doctor Rick and Black Rabbit • Nectar’s to help out with all of the damage done by the fire.
Mountain opened the show last night but did not play that song. They played 9 new songs that have not been recorded and released yet. I think they recorded a bulk of the new album with Ryan Cohen recently but have a way to go to finish it. Dino really need to get some good recordings of their songs. They have lots of really good ones, like Candy Stix. Hmmm, Villanelles. OK, we’ve got time for a couple more.

25.) Help Wanted – Wide Wail
26.) The Naked Garden – Peg Tassey MUSIC
27.) Womb With A View – Heavy Plains

It was good to catch up with Luke Awtry last night. Apparently Plains lost their rhythm section but just picked up another. Hopefully they will play shows soon. That is such a powerful song from Peg and a classic from WW. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? See Ya.

28.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit


Song after: Zoe 25 – Fish

recording ends
lined up after:
No Superman – TILT
Every 10 Seconds Before – Active Heed
Almost Cut My Hair – Bob Wagner and the Book ‘Em Blues Band
Polly Come Home – Alison Krause and Robert Plant
Achilles Last Stand – Led Zeppelin
Cinema – Yes (official)
To Be Over – Yes
Everybody Heals – Jon Anderson
Fractured Mirror – Ace Frehley
Joan Crawford – Blue Oyster Cult
Children Of The Grave – Surf Sabbath (The High Breaks)
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
Heroes – King Crimson
Hassle Magnet – Hallelujah The Hills
Until We Sleep – David Gilmour
Dancing With The Moonlight Knight – Genesis
Opus 40 – Mercury Rev
Pennsylvania – The Red Telephone
Grind – The Church Band
Emerald Lies – Marillion
The Stars (Are Out Tonight) – David Bowie
By My Side – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming


Radio Show 167 Thursday July 14, 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 went as follows:

Songs before: Know… – Anderson/Stolt
New Americana – Halsey
Satellite – Guster
Sparks – The Color Exchange
Radiance – The Church Band

recording begins
Song before: Hot Mic – The Tragically Hip


From our small city to the great big world these are the Sounds of Burlington. It’s a lovely night in town and with a couple of outdoor shows happening there is literally music in the air. I want to begin by thanking Higher Ground for sponsoring WBKM.ORG and for all of the great music they bring to town, such as the Milk Carton Kids show happening next Wednesday. This first artist played a cool show at Light Club Lamp Shop on Tuesday and just released a new album called You Are What You Pretend To Be,

1.) Dogs At The Door – Milton Busker
2.) I’d Hate To Be Me – Queen Tangerine
3.) Alone In The Night – Andriana Chobot
4.) Dogs At The Cafe – Milton Busker

I just had to bookend the set with those two similar songs from Milton’s new album. That is another great song from Andriana’s Cascade EP. Great song from the Austin sisters post Zola Turn band. OK, let’s play the next song on Giant Places.

5.) Gunslinger – Lendway
6.) Sometime Next Week – 1881
7.) Grass Is Always Greener – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
8.) Jenny – Villanelles

Villanelles played a killer show last night at Nectar’s and opened with that song. Phil and the band just finished up a tour and will play Saturday at The Monkey House. 1881 will be there too, so I will finally get to see them. Hmmmm, Lendway. This next band opened for Villanelles last night.

9.) Cancer – SWALE
10.) Piano In Every Room – gneiss
11.) Into The Light – Great Western
12.) Popular Crowd – Swale

They were so great last night and I can’t wait for some of their new songs to get recorded. Great song from Western. I swear I will play some other Gneiss songs but I just love that one so much I keep wanting to play it. Swale played a nice version of Cancer last night. Next Wednesday Villanelles will have Dino Bravo and The Mountain Says No open the show. This is the song that closed out last night.

13.) Kiss My Grits – Villanelles
14.) Chuck Berry – Dino Bravo VT
15.) The Bomb – The Mountain Says No
16.) It Won’t Stop – Phantom Suns

It was cool to hang out with Ryan Cohen and Jedd Kettler last Saturday after Mountain played at Manhattan Pizza and Pub. Ryan records bands and plays in Phantom. Mountain played a killer version of Bomb last week. I can’t wait for next Wednesday. Bravo always rock. Another cool show that is happening Saturday is at 242 Main and is the 20th anniversary of Big Heavy World. I want to thank James Lockridge for all that he has done for our music community. This is one of the bands that will play at that show.

17.) Thanks For The Memories – Mr. Doubtfire
18.) Monsters Are Due – Doom Service
19.) You Are What You Think – Death World Wide
20.) Yayo – Dirty Blondes

It’s always nice to take a walk around the streets of Burlington with the Blondes and some of their favorite beverages. That was a song from Death’s new album N.E.W. and it rocks nicely. Doom are playing Sunday at Finnegan’s. I only saw this next band a couple of times but I do miss them.

21.) Planning My Funeral – Poxy
22.) Alienation – Black Rabbit
23.) Imaginary – Envy
24.) Comm To Space – ROUGH FRANCIS

That is one of the iconic songs from our music scene. Envy will reunite on July 28th and I’m very excited. Rabbit are playing a benefit for Henry St Deli soon. It’s hot and it’s summer.

25.) Summertime – Peg Tassey MUSIC
26.) The Territory – Hana Zara
27.) Artroom Records – Jenn Karson
28.) Ships – Anais Mitchell
29.) Your Eyes – Forest Gray

Forest played the open mic at Manhattan last night and it was nice to run into him and chat for a bit. Great song from Anais who will play Higher Ground in September. Jenn put out a great album after leaving Zola Turn and that is one of those songs. Hana is just so great, and so is Peg Tassey. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?


Song after: Poet’s Moon – Fish

recording ends
Strontium Burning – TILT
Far Escape – Active Heed
Ritual – Yes (official)
From Now On – Supertramp
Invention – Anderson/Stolt
Best Way To Travel – The Moody Blues
I Can See For Miles – The Who
Janie Jones – The Clash
Double Line – Black Rabbit
Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment – The Ramones
Emerald – Ace Frehley
Kill The King – Masters Of Reality
Over The Rainbow/Kill The King – Rainbow featuring Richie Blackmore
Childhood’s End?/White Feather – Marillion
Tantalized (live)- The Church
We Are The Truth – Anderson Stolt
Kundalini Express – Love And Rockets
Fractured Mirror – Ace Frehley
Strangers When We Meet – David Bowie
You’ll Be The Sky – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
Megaphone – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming


Swale and Villanelles at Nectar’s July 13, 2016   Leave a comment

Swale at Nectar's July 13 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Swale at Nectar’s July 13 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music last night at Nectar’s. It was the second night of the Villanelles July residency and they had another great opening band.

I took the lovely walk downtown a little after 9 and arrived just after 9:30. I hung out for a bit, chatted with a coworker and his wife, said a quick hello to James Lockridge, and just after 10pm SWALE hit the stage. They set the tone for the night by opening with a new song, the one about cause and effect and it being a matter of time. It’s a really nice and catchy song. Next they went back to the first EP for a mellow version of Cancer then unleashed the slow burn of You Are Not The Photograph. Amanda Gustafson sang a gorgeous version of Soul Piggy Bank then they slowed the pace down even further with Old School. They kept things mellow for a bit with songs like Beaten Down and Release Your Records but then the rock started to build. Joyless started out rocking hard and went over the top when Eric Olsen let loose a towering guitar solo. Another new one with some intense lyrics followed. After that some gentle notes and very intense Jeremy Frederick drumming signaled the brilliant We Could All Be That Way. I love the way that begins so slow then climbs into a huge monster of a song and eases off at the end as the band repeat the title as if it were a mantra. Of course, that might not actually be the title of the song since it’s not recorded yet, but you get the idea. They wrapped the night with the blistering rocker Drug Laws and Tyler Bolles bass helped drive the song hard. Swale always put on a great show and last night, they were at the top of their game.

The set break was quick then Villanelles hit the stage and kept the place rocking. They opened with Jenny which is the closing song from their album Blue Heart Attack. They played most of the album and all the songs rocked hard. They played an older song called Parking Lot and tossed a cover of Dig A Pony without the My Sharona intro they used last week. They played a rocking 16 song set that went until 1am and closed the night with Kiss My Grits. Their set was so much fun, I may have to do it again next week.



Villanelles at Nectar's July 13 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Villanelles at Nectar’s July 13 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Posted July 14, 2016 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Milton Busker at Light Club Lamp Shop July 12, 2016   Leave a comment

Milton Busker at Light Club Lamp Shop July 12 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Milton Busker at Light Club Lamp Shop July 12 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I had been thinking of checking out Cricket Blue and their opening band at Radio Bean, but I worked until 8:30 which is when that show started. The show at the Lamp Shop started at 9 so the timing was a little better. I got out right on time, did a quick turnaround at home then took the lovely walk downtown.

The church bells rang nine as I walked into the club and Milton Busker was on stage and ready to start. I grabbed a seat and a drink while Milton sang, played acoustic guitar, and added in some effects. He is a very talented songwriter and a solid performer and his gentle voice and guitar playing washed over the room. The first song was pretty cool but on the second one the music took a dark and moody turn as he pulled out a searing Dogs At The Door. He followed with Jesus In Chains and at one point he let his voice soar with power and fill the shop. That set the tone for the rest of the show. He played several very catchy songs with intriguing lyrics. He mostly sang with a gentle force but brought it over the top now and then. He played new songs like The Whole from his album that was released on Friday. He did a great job with Ordinary Day, and even tossed in an amazing cover of Locked In The Trunk Of A Car. His fifteen song set filled an hour and was brilliant for every note.

Here is Milton’s take on the night


Light Club Lamp Shop – 07.12.16

After he wrapped up, I hung out for a bit. The next act on was called Local Dork which is Bob Wagner and Matthew Bryan Hagen mixing records and adding in some fun comments. They were kind of cool but when my drink was done, I headed out the door. I love the fact that there are so many talented people doing so many different things in our town.



Local Dork at Light Club Lamp Shop July 12 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Local Dork at Light Club Lamp Shop July 12 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Lake Milk and The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016   Leave a comment

The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016

The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016



I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Manhattan Pizza and Pub. The show was set to begin at 10 and I arrived almost exactly on time. I got a beer and hung out and it was not long until Lake Milk hit the stage. They are a guitar/vocals, bass, drums trio and play indie rock with hints of classic rock and punk. The songs were tightly structured but did have some space for some fun guitar solos. The band had a lot of heart and a lot of spunk and I liked them more and more with each passing song. One went something to the effect of We Don’t Pick The Road and another may have had a line about crawling into a test tube. They played 10 songs over 40 minutes or so and I enjoyed them all. They are definitely a band to keep an eye on.



Lake Milk  at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Lake Milk at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



After a break that was just long enough for me to get another drink and eat a slice, The Mountain Says No hit the stage and rocked it hard. They opened with a ripping version of The Bomb and we were off. Most of the set was made of new songs like the lovely Game Of Thrones, the eerie and rocking Glazerbeam and Machu Picchu. They tossed in rocking classics like Ricky The Rider, rocked hard with the new You Say You’re Alive, then eased up with the melancholy 3,000. They brought the band back to full power with Restaurant then eased back with Blanket’s Fine. They capped the night with a blistering I Know Right and finished around 1am. I hung out for a bit and chatted with the band and Ryan Cohen about an upcoming recording session, then took the lovely walk home. What a fantastic night.



The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016   2   pic by Tim Lewis

The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016 2 pic by Tim Lewis