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

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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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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

Cricket Blue in City Hall Park in Burlington VT June 24, 2016   Leave a comment

Cricket Blue in City Hall Park June 24, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Cricket Blue in City Hall Park June 24, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music on Friday in City Hall Park in Burlington. I have enjoyed the music of Cricket Blue for a while but had not seen them. About quarter of noon I took the sunny walk downtown, said a quick hello to Jack Tremblay who I randomly ran into on Church St, then headed into the park. The band were on stage and playing so I found a place to sit on the edge of the sun and shade and let their gorgeous music wash over me. I’m pretty sure it was Oh My Rose that was enchanting the air when I arrived. Cricket are a duo made up of Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith and both play acoustic guitar and sing. It’s Laura’s voice that tends to come out the most, but it’s the way their voices weave themselves together while the guitars weave themselves together that makes their music sound like magic. The songs have a strength to them and the lyrics will go as deep as you want to follow. The first full song I caught was Forsythia and it’s cool rhythm changes made me smile. At some point someone sat next to me and it turned out to be my cousins Jessica and Caleb Pearson. The band swirled through their set with songs about milkmen, Elliot and and Ode to Billy Joe. At some point my mom happened to wander by, grabbed a chair and checked out the show. The band sounded luscious and powerful as they worked through IO with Trouble Come No More, Angela Carter, and Kentucky. I wondered how they would do the rocking part in the latter with just acoustics but they brought up the speed and volume and pulled it off nicely. Elanor followed then they closed the show with a long new song, almost a song cycle, called Corn King. It was great and bodes nicely for their future. It was the kind of show that put them on the go see them whenever you can list.

After the show the four of us went out to Vt Pub for a lovely lunch. I love it when it is so easy to see such great music, and hey, you never know who you will run into.

 

Cricket Blue in City Hall Park June 24, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis  2

Cricket Blue in City Hall Park June 24, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 2