Tonight’s local music radio show on 107.1FM WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time, whatever time that is, and will go as follows:
Song before: Little Wing – Uli Jon Roth
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. There is a new series at The Monkey House called The Show Up Shows where they have bands play and donate money to a worthy cause. Sunday will be the second installment and will support Planned Parenthood. It will feature these next four bands.
1.) Angela Carter – Cricket Blue
2.) Paint It Black – Silver Bridget
3.) It’s A Shame – The Parts
4.) Grass Is Always Greener – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
Those are four cool songs and all of the bands will be at the Monkey House on Sunday. I think it’s an early show and starts at 6:30. OK, let’s play the next song on By My Side.
5.) Feelin’ Strong – Kat Wright
6.) Spring – Madaila
7.) Summer Falls – Lendway
8.) Paperclip Chains – Let’s Whisper
I love Whisper’s songs. I think they are making a new album. I had to play Spring and Summer Falls since we got 30″ of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday and it’s a bright shining winter wonderland outside. Great song by the super strong Kat Wright band. Madaila, and these next four bands, are playing at Higher Ground (thanks for sponsoring us HG) on Saturday at 12:30 in the afternoon. They will be rocking out some kids songs.
9.) Smile – Dwight & Nicole
10.) What’s The Deal With The Triangle? – James Kochalka
11.) Popular Crowd – SWALE
12.) Righteous – ROUGH FRANCIS
If I was not working, I’d love to be there for that show. They’ve done it for a few years now. So, I just got in this new album by a new band who feature Greg and Casey from Rocketsled. They are called Senders.
13.) Too Late To Learn – Senders
14.) ETI (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) – The Contrarian
15.) Go Ahead And Fear The Reaper – Senders
16.) Purpose And Object – The Contrarian
Casey Merlin Rae creates music as the Contrarian and is now in a new band too. Perhaps he is in others too. OK, I just got this new song in and it’s really cool.
17.) Laughing Jim – The Edd
18.) Lines and Spaces (live) – The Cancer Conspiracy
19.) Random Earth – Elephants of Scotland
Cool song from Elephants. Per John M Whyte they have a new album coming and a really cool sound. I can’t wait. CC were a classic ’90’s band. I love the Floyd feel of Edd. OK, this next artist just released this EP last week and it’s getting a lot of notice.
20.) 45 – Clever Girls
21.) Small Town Movie (live) – The Cush
22.) This Machine – Invisible Homes
23.) This Machine Still Kills Fascists – Senders.
I just had to play the Senders and Homes songs back to back. Great song by The Cush. Same for Clever. OK, let’s go way back in time.
24.) Wally Rides The Ferry – Zoot Wilson
25.) It’s Real Again – Zola Turn
26.) Decide – Dave Jarvis Band
27.) Silver And Gold – Waylon Speed!
I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
28.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
The Lost Plot – Fish
In Trance – Uli Jon Roth
The Road – Anders Parker
Fly To The Rainbow – Uli Jon Roth
Emerald – Ace Frehley
Catch Your Train – Uli Jon Roth
Hand Of Doom – Black Sabbath
The Sails Of Charon – Uli Jon Roth
Sealine – The Church Band
All along The Watchtower – Uli Jon Roth
What’s In California? – Joshua Glass Music
The Indomitable Soul Band at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
OK, here comes the write up for the rest of the Eat More Kale Festival. When I left off it was 7:15pm and time for Steady Betty to hit the stage. The band has a drummer, Caroline Marie on bass, Linda Bassick on guitar, a four-piece horn section and the magnificent Miriam Bernardo and Kat Wright singing the lead. The music is rock steady and has a mellow reggae vibe with a horn section about as precise as your average atomic clock. The music has a nice groove and the singers voices will melt your heart. They sang songs about getting ready to rock steady and silent rivers running deep. They sang songs about angelic delights and practicing. Linda wrote and sang a couple of the songs which only adds to their charm. The band took us to their neighborhood and made us feel good all over. A cover of Cupid was heavily enjoyed by the fairly large crowd. Linda’s song about revolution and peace within us was just great. Miriam and Kat treated us to stories about being in love and wondering how then sang about heaven being here. They wrapped the gorgeous 15 song set with a couple of songs about being in love. Their set was just tremendous.
Steady Betty at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
After that was the first real break of the night. I hung out and chatted for a bit but after 15 or 20 minutes it was time for Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band. It had been a while since I have seen them and from the very beginning I realized that was a mistake that would need correcting. The show began with the Katless band dressed in black starting a rock and roll rave up. With Bob Wagner on blistering electric guitar, bass, drums, keys and three horn players they had a huge rocking sound. As that song eased off the glorious Kat Wright took the stage and enchanted us with her sultry voice. The beginning of the set was filled with new songs that were incredible and made me feel glad I joined in their kickstarter and will get the album as soon as it is ready. They played songs about home, and putting your feet up. They played a new song called The River which had some nice bends to it. They did a great version of By My Side. They sang a song that Brett Hughes wrote for Kat about being a fool. It had a nice dancey groove until the end where it rocked hard. Throughout the night there was a lot of great guitar work and a couple of hints here and there that four members of the band played parts in a Pink Floyd cover band. They wrapped the 10 song set with another song that kept the full audience dancing. They are so powerful as a band at this point that I really need to pay a lot more attention.
Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
After their set I was really getting tired but really wanted to see the next band for the first time. Dwight & Nicole were joined by the ISB drummer and played a great set of music. Nicole played bass and Dwight played a flying V guitar. They found some nice grooves and had the audience dancing from the first note. I hung out up front for a bit them moved to the back where I could sit and listen. They played a Dr John song and had the audience grooving with Hipshake. While the band sounded nice, the true treat was Nicole’s incredible voice. Her is completely amazing. They played about nine songs and had me back on my feet for the last couple.
Dwight and Nicole and the Indomitable Soul Band at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
At this point I was exhausted, but with one band left to go, I had to put in the effort. David Tibbs had done a great job announcing the bands all day and talked up WBKM, since he does the Grateful Dead show on Friday nights. Just before the last band started they brought up Bo from Eat More Kale fame. He was gracious and appreciative of all of the people who worked so hard to make the festival happen. Gang of Thieves then rocked stage 1 hard while simultaneously funking up the festival. With two electric guitars, bass, drums, trombone and a singer who plays violin they had a happy yet aggressive sound. They jammed hard and rocked hard and were just great. I only made it for four or five songs when the exhaustion took hold. I took the long walk back to the car enjoying their lovely sound with every footstep.
Gang Of Theives at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
Uncle Dave doinng a stage announcement at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
Bo from Eat More Kale at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
The ride home was uneventful and it was about midnight when I was settled. It was a lot of effort and worth every moment.
Per Peg Tassey about Steady Betty “Hi Tim Lewis, their awesome drummer is Rachel Capobianco, who was also doing sound fro the entire Festival!! She’s amazing!”
I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. It was a little rough with the last song popping out of the player when I put a song into the queue, and having a couple of breaks blown away by the very busy Fire Department, but fortunately the songs were great, and held the day.
Songs before: 21st Century Schizoid Man (live) – April Wine
Move Through Time – Persian Claws
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds of Burlington. There is a lot of great music happening in town this week and there was a lot last week. The GPN festival with many great national bands, many great local bands and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is Saturday and Sunday, but last Saturday was all about this guy. This is Shoreline In Jersey by Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger on WBKM and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.
1.) Shoreline in Jersey – Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger
2.) Smile – Dwight & Nicole
3.) The Heart Is King – Pinhead
4.) Neighbors – And The Kids
And The Kids played a killer show opening for Joe last Saturday at Nectar’s. The crowd loved them and were completely on for the ride. Classic song from a great Burlington band. Have you seen the Dwight and Nicole video for smile? It will make you do so. Great song from Joe. So yea, tons of music at the waterfront in Burlington, lead by this band.
5.) Nothing But The Water (pt 1) – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
6.) Hometown – Gold Town
7.) Parking Lot – Villanelles
8.) Nothing But The Water (pt 2) – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
I remember seeing Grace at Nectar’s on a couple of cold February days a long time ago, and watching the audience grow week to week, despite the sub zero temperatures. I knew she was taking off. I’m glad to see how big of a band they have become. The Villanelles are fun live. Both they and Gold Town are playing GPN along with other great bands like Anders Parker Cloud Badge, The High Breaks, Caroline Rose and lots of others. It should be a great time. OK, let’s play the next song on Ninja Jane. This one always rocked live!
9.) Fly On The Wall – Zola Turn
10.) Surface Tension – The Pants
11.) Never Satisfied – THE VACANT LOTS
Great song from their album Departure. They started in Burlington but now play all over the US and just started a tour of Europe. The Pants and Zola are great Burlington bands from the ’90’s. Last Saturday before the Rangers show, I went to the basement of one of the greatest music advocates in town, James Lockridge, and saw some heavy punk rock. I loved the twin guitars in this song.
12.) We Need Bigger Knives – As We Were
13.) Impaled On A Cuddly Spike – Dog Hospice
14.) The Wrong Song – The Lentils
15.) Green Peaks \ Dark Valleys – Get A Grip
I missed Grip at the party but loved the pure fury of that 44 second song. The Lentils played acoustic punk at the party and were lots of fun. I need to get more of their music. Dog Hospice was one guy with guitars strapped to his drum kit and the mic taped to his mouth with duct tape. It was kind of a cool show. Up next is a band who played the show, but went on before I could get there. Fortunately they are playing tomorrow night at The Monkey House, and I will be there!
16.) Black Cat – Black Rabbit
17.) Round Sum – Cave Bees
18.) Weapons Factory – The Wards
That was a classic ’80’s punk band. Cave Bees and Shephard’s Pie are playing the Monkey House show, but I don’t have any of the latter to play, yet. Up next is a great new song from a new favorite band who have played around for a long time.
19.) Demon Moon – Crazyhearse
20.) B.A. Pariah – Endless Jags
21.) Everyone Likes To Fight – Swale
Swale’s new album should be out very soon on white vinyl with a bonus album full of remixes. They are playing Saturday at 4pm at GPN if you want to see them. Great song from Jags who come to town now and then. In the north end of town you can go down almost any street and see lots of sunflowers.
22.) Sunflower Street – David L. Jarvis
23.) Old North Ender – James Kochalka Superstar
24.) Can’t Feel It – Vetica
25.) The Love You Feel – Lowell Thompson and Crown Pilot
Lowell has played around forever and is playing at GPN. Got a sense of how good it’s going to be yet? Great song from Vetica. Dave and James are classic Burlington artists. Sunday, after GPN, there is a huge after party at Higher Ground featuring Marco Benevento. Here is a song with him and Kat Wright live at Radio Bean
26.) I Put A Spell On You – Marco Benevento and Kat Wright
27.) A Quiet Pun – Joe Adler and the Rangers Of Danger
28.) Say It – Anachronist
29.) Until The Day I Die – Slingshot Dakota
Sorry that song got cut and my outro started to play. Ah, the joys of live radio. Carly Comando and Tom Patterson got married this week and I wanted to play that song in honor of the occasion. The best of luck to you!!! Anahronist have an album coming out soon. Great song from their last EP. The Joe show at Nectar’s last Saturday was great. He played the full album including a wonderful version of Pun. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
Songs After: Tumbledown – Fish
Images – Saga
I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org, then seeing Wave of the Future at Manhattan Pizza and Pub. I thought my show was pretty cool, and Wave completely rocked!
Setup song: On The Air – Peter Gabriel
Song before: Lily – Kate Bush
From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I’m going to play a ton of new music tonight, but let’s start with a couple of Burlington classics. This is Zoot Wilson on Wbkm, and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.
1.) Killer Bee Bop – Zoot Wilson
2.) Every Time I Hear That Mellow Saxophone – Big Joe Burrell and the Unknown Blues Band
3.) My Atom Girl – The Dirtminers
4.) Three Cheers – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
Happy birthday to a great guy, a great singer/songwriter,guitar player, a great father, husband and teacher. Three Cheers to Phil Yates on his birthday. The Dirthminers always put on fun shows and played geopolitical songs about having a crush on the girl in your class, you know, stuff like that. Raph Worrick was a driving force in the band and he is one of Phil’s affiliates. This next song is from the brand new (released two days ago) album featuring many of Burlington’s greats. It’s also the name of a show on Tuesday nights from 7-9pm on WBKM.ORG.
5.) Brothers And Sisters – Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger
6.) Good Thing – Maryse Smith
7.) The Ground Is Giving Up – Aaron Flinn
Aaron is one of Vermont’s true talents. I have not caught up with him recently, but hope to soon. Maryse is playing the Cambridge Music Festival this Saturday with Swale and others. Go see her if you can. You will be better off for it. Great new album from Joe Adler. He will play Saturday night with the Rangers at Nectar’s. This next band just released a very nice and happy video.
8.) Smile – Dwight and Nichole
9.) In Comes The Tide – PossumHaw
10.( Under Bright Stars – Alice Austin
I’m really beginning to love the riff in Stars and can’t wait to hear what she comes up with next. I love that song by PossumHaw. I ran into Hana Zara at Radio Bean on Tuesday when Joe Adler and Samara Lark Brown played, We agreed that she owed me a physical copy of her first CD. I ran into her while walking downtown on Wednesday and she gave me a copy. Here is one of the many great songs from that album.
11.) Nathaniel – Hana Zara
12.) Lights Of Montreal – Lobot
13.) Sunny Side Of The Couch – The Leston’s
14.) 88 – Wave Of The Future
Great new song from Wave. That EP came out a couple of weeks ago. I’m heading to Manhattan Pizza to see them after this show. Dino Bravo are opening, but I will be too late to catch them. Matthew Stephen Perry played with the Leston’s and Chris Farnsworth played with Lobot, so if you listen to those two songs you will get a hint of what Bravo sound like. Friday and Saturday the South End of Burlington will be filled with art and music. Wave are playing tomorrow at Speaking Volumes on Pine st, and this next band are playing Saturday on King Street, as part of the South End Art Hop.
15.) Eighty Nine – Black Rabbit
16.) Dreams Elope – Joe Adler and the Rangers Of Danger
17.) High Water Mark – The Pants
Classic Burlington rock from the nineties. Another great new song from Joe’s album Many Things & Many Scenes. I hope I can make it to Rabbit on Saturday. The college kids are back and September 1st was a huge moving day in Burlington. This is the next song from Ninja Jane.
18.) Moving Song – Zola Turn
19.) Killing Ghosts – Better Things
20.) Wiser – And The Kids
And The Kids will play at the Art Hop on Flynn ave on Friday and will play at Nectar’s with Joe on Saturday. Yea! Great new song from Better. I ran into Michael Clifford on Wednesday. He wanted my Hana Zara CD but I would not give it to him. To make it up to him, a bit, here is a song from one of his bands.
21.) Ready To Race – Lendway
22.) TFAY – Elephants of Scotland
I love the John Whyte lyric asking if we can win the human race, and like the lyrical tie in with Lendway. Of course we can win the human race. Act with joy and promote fun for all. We’ll all win that way. OK, here’s more Joe.
23.) Many A Girl (Back Of A Sail) – Joe Adler and the Rangers Of Danger
24.) Ain’t No Telling – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
25.) Many A Girl (Back Of A Sail) reprise – Joe Adler and the Rangers Of Danger
Joe’s band and Kat’s band are pretty much the same, so I thought I’d mix them together. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
I just got back from my local music radio show on internet only Wbkm Dot Org. I played a lot of music that has been played in our town recently, and a couple of oldies.
Song before: Far Escape – Active Heed
From our…(nothing on the vocal meter, play song, reset microphone, realize song is in the setup phase, stop and reset it) From out small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Sorry I was out last week, but I’ve seen a ton of music in the last few days. I’m going to play a bunch of bands who played The Precipice last week. Tonight’s show is dedicated to my brother Ken who went to the show with me. Let’s start with a band I saw a couple of weeks ago. This is Demon Moon by Crazyhearse on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s Kind Of Music.
1.) Demon Moon – Crazyhearse
2.) The Drone – The Cush
3.) Waterlanding – Swale
Swale played a killer set at The Precipice: A Vermont Music Festival last week, including a killer version of that song. I love the new Crazyhearse song and something in the sound made me want to play it into the Cush. OK, it’s time to continue with Ninja Jane. I’ve always loved this song.
4.) It’s Purple And It Sparkles – Zola Turn
5.) Miss Vermont – Chin Ho!
6.) 1.21 Jiggawatts – Wave of the Future
Wave’s EP will be released next week, but Luke Richer sent me a copy today. Nice recording by the band and Ben Maddox. Classic songs from Chin and Zola. Friday at the Precipice there were a lot of staggeringly talented bands that make you want to dance. This is one of them.
7.) Afterall (Glad We Made It – Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
8.) The Ballad Of Tom Smith – The Skamaphrodites
9.) Angatta – Barika
Barika and ISB had people dancing all Friday night. Swale did a set of covers with various singers. One was Dan Bolles, so I wanted to play one of the songs by his old band to give you a hint of what it sounded like. Also, in the cover set, Nichole sang I Love Rock And Roll. Here’s one of her songs.
10.) On Top Of The World – Dwight & Nicole
11.) Into The Light – Great Western
12.) Vim – Jane Boxall
13.) Sail The Sea – Gregory Douglas
Gregory sang a song with Jane Bee during her marimba set. That was a song with his voice and the one before was Jane solo. Nice song from Great Western who are playing tomorrow at Nectar’s. I saw Maryse Smith last week at Radio Bean and at the Precipice where she played with Michael Chorney. She played this both times and I’ve been singing it all week.
14.) 15 Steps – Maryse Smith
15.) Guitar – Michael Chorney
16.) This Isn’t Your Parade – Crazyhearse
17.) The Globe – Landlady
I still remember clearly the show Landlady played at Signal Kitchen a couple of weeks or months ago. I wanted to play it because I love it, I saw Guardians Of The Galaxy today, and when listening to the Crazyhearse song, it made me think of that song. Wow, two songs from their new album made me think of great songs. That’s pretty impressive. Backing vocals on that song are by Rebecca Rogers. Michael and Maryse were great at the Precipice. Hey, you know who else played a song with Swale in the Swaleoke set? That’s right, James Kochalka Superstar.
18.) Old North Ender – James Kochalka
19.) Trans Am – Barbacoa
20.) Everyone Likes To – Swale
21.) Comm To Space – ROUGH FRANCIS
RF played a killer set at the Precipice. They also did the Swaleoke thing with Amanda Gustafson on keys, Tyler Bolles on bass, Eric Olsen on guitar, Paul Comegno on guitar, Julian Hackney on guitar, Urian Hackney on vocals, and Bobby Hackney Jr. on drums. Their collective version of Now I Wanna Be Your Dog might be my top local music event ever. Maybe not, but it’s way up there. Barbacoa played a killer version of Trans at the Precipice. Saturday, we had to leave a bit early, since Ken had to work in the morning. We missed most of this band’s set, but did catch this song.
22.) Cats Were Born – And The Kids
23.) Hallelujah – The Dirty Blondes
24.) First Kiss – Peg Tassey MUSIC
25.) Antiphon – MIDLAKE BAND
Thanks to Mike Luoma for turning me on to, and getting me a ticket to see Midlake when they played Higher Ground last week. As an acoustic three-piece, they sounded very close to the full band version, when they played Antiphon. Peg Tassey did not play the Precipice, but did show up to check out some of the music. The Bondes played a killer show Friday night. Too bad Becky was in jail in Cleveland, but Diane Sullivan did a great job with the vocals. I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?
One more song before I go. If more people understood what this next song means, the world would be a happier place. We are groot.
Song after: What Color Is God? – Fish
I had a great time seeing music at The Precipice: A Vermont Music Festival last night. If Friday showcased dance bands, last night was more rock and roll.
Around 4 I hopped into the car, drove to Shleburne and picked up my brother Ken. We headed back to the festival and arrived just before the first band went on.
We settled in and The DuPont brothers took the stage. They played as a four-piece with Zack on electric guitar, Sam on acoustic, Rob Morse on stand up bass and Dan Davin (?) on drums. They have a smooth easy style about them, but rocked out at times. Sam sang most of the songs and when he and his brother sang together, they blended wonderfully. They sang songs about waiting (Seven Days), astral travel when sleeping (1,000 Years Old), and stuff like that. They did a nice job blending mellow tunes with some songs that really rocked. The last song of the set was the fastest and it was quite fun.
I turned 180 degrees, and Osange Orange started right up. A synth growl began then the band kicked in with some down tempo indie rock jangle pop. The four-piece, guitar/vocals, keys, bass, drums, played politically charged songs that had a bit of rock to them. There was one song that compared ice melting directly to air with not being there in a relationship anymore. I thought that was a great metaphor, and a really good song. Their set was strong and mellow at the same time. I had a great time for every moment.
When they wrapped up, Barbacoa hit the other stage and kicked things into high gear. Their dark surf rock instrumentals are fun to dance to. Bill Mullins guitar work was killer, as always. Kirk Flanagan’s bass was locked in with Jeremy Frederick‘s drumming, and every song was a fun work out. They played a killer version of Trans Am, tossed in covers like Goldfinger, and Paint It Black, and tempted the weather gods with Gorilla Monsoon. The weather was grey with dark clouds, and just a mist of rain at one point, but generally perfect. That said, you don’t really have to tempt fate do you? Either way, the set was fun as always. They are such pros, it’s always great to be in their presence.
After their set, Duke Aeroplane and The Wrong Numbers took the stage. Well dressed in suits, the six-piece had a full cabaret rock sound. With guitar, bass, drums, keys/vocals, sax and trumpet player, the piano seemed to lead the way and the band filled in the rest of the sound. It was cool to see Matthew Kloss play electric bass, since I usually see him play stand up. I liked their set, but was hungry, and since the music was not going to stop, we took some time to get food and mingle a little. While wandering the grounds, I could hear the band fairly well, and I really liked them, even if I was distracted.
Up next Zack DuPont returned to the stage with his old band Japhy Ryder. They have played around town for a long time, but last night was the first time I saw them play. The six-piece with two drummers, guitar, bass, keys/trumpet, and trumpet player, jammed out some funky beats with occasional builds. Zack’s guitar playing was sweet, articulate, and smooth. They had the audience dancing and people seemed to have a great time. A couple of the songs rocked a bit and were fun. They wrapped up the set at twilight, then it was time to turn to the next stage, again.
Maryse Smith sang and played acoustic guitar, and was joined by Michael Chorney,,also on acoustic. I think her set was the same that she played at Radio Bean on Tuesday, except for dropping Good Thing and following 15 Steps with Liar. She has a great voice and a nice flow to her songs. She will just play some nice music, then drop it into a gorgeous chorus driven by her commanding voice, and that seems to happen on almost every song. Her guitar playing is nimble, but having Michael weave in and around her playing was pretty fantastic. After finishing with Liar she was told she had time for one more. She played a sweet version of Good Thing, and called it a night. One of her new songs, Orlando, is quickly becoming a favorite.
Another 180 turn brought me to an even happier place. Swale hit the stage with Joyless. It started slow and poignant then built and built until it was ripping at the end. Jeremy Fredrick sang backing vocals and pounded out the drums. Tyler Bolles held down the low end allowing Amanda Gustafson a bit more freedom on the keys. Eric Olsen ripped it up with killer guitar work and we were off and running. By the end of Joyless, it was rock and roll glory. The followed with Jack Sharp and Popular Crowd and played them at blistering speed and volume. I loved every rocking moment. They slowed it down a little for Soul Piggy Bank, then did a long slow build into Waterlanding. Again, late in the song, they built it into a monster and rocked it hard. They brought the tempo back down a little with the song about the gymnast, then played a stunning version of If You Get Lost. They followed with Old School, which is really slow, but even that one was a bit more uptempo than usual. They slammed it back into full gear for Everyone Likes To, and called it a night.
Lee Anderson directed everyone’s attention outside of the tent, to the right of the stage, for the Appalled Eagles puppet show. With all the music that was to come, Ken and I took some time to get another beer and say hi to Peg Tassey.
After a few minutes, four familiar people dressed like gondoliers, took the stage. The Italians (Swale in “disguise”) got set and invited the first guest to the stage. Joe Adler joined them for a rousing version of Pump It Up, and the audience bounced and danced. Nichole followed and sang a rousing I Love Rock And Roll. The next song was an indie rock song, maybe called Seasons. I think it was Brian someone who sang it. Despite not knowing much about either, it was a pretty good song, and well sang. Bill Mullins came up next for a deep voiced cover of Tom Jones’ She’s A Lady. I missed the name of the guy who sang We-Tang’s C.R.E.A.M., but it was done well and the audience was happily dancing. Kat Wright kept the party going with Party In The USA. Up next, James Kochalka played a rousing version of Justin Timberlake. I was very psyched, as I had not seen James play for a long time. Dan Bolles followed with a deeply sung version of Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up. The audience ate it up, but I was really wanting the music to start rocking again. I got my wish when the brought up Urian Hackney to sing the next song. Bobby Hackney Jr. took the drums. Julian Hackney and Paul Comegno joined Eric Olsen on guitar. I don’t think Steven Hazen Williams joined in on bass, I think it was just Tyler Bolles, but I was back a bit so it was hard to see. The Swale/ROUGH FRANCIS combo put the music into maximum overdrive on Iggy Pop’s Now I Wanna Be Your Dog. When the song ended, Tyler, Eric, and Amanda Gustafson left the stage, Williams took the stage, Urian and Bobby switched places. Rough Francis lit into their set. I did not recognize the first two, put they were powerful and fun. I-90 East was especially intense, and the audience was rocking hard, though not moshing yet. Staring Out The Window slowed things down a tiny bit, but Black And Red picked it right back up. The opening notes of Not A Nice Guy saw the front of the audience jump into most pit mode. The slam dancing was intense and people started surfing the crowd. Comm To Space followed, which Bobby dedicated to a couple of people who passed away recently. The song was filled with light dancing in the slow parts and the full on mosh when the song erupted. It was a wonderful show, and I could not have been happier.
My brother had to work in the morning and needed to leave a bit after midnight. We stuck it out through argonaut&wasp’s set. They are a four-piece with two electric guitars, bass and drums. The music was mostly beat driven dance music, but at times, the guitars roared and they rocked hard. It was a fun set.
When they wrapped up my brother Ken lobbied to leave, but I told him we had to stay for a couple of songs from the next band. And The Kids ferociously hit the stage with a killer Cats Were Born. The guitar, keys drums trio mixed dance sounds with indie rock and were brilliant as always. We stuck it out for three songs, then had to leave. We could hear them quite clearly for the slow steady walk out of the festival grounds, up the first hill, up the second hill, and all the way to the parking lot. It was hard to let the end of their set go, but it was a trade-off to get my brother to see how much great music we have in this town. I would have liked to check out Gnomedad, who finished the night and festival, but it’s hard to catch everything.
I am so delighted with all of the great musical talent we have in this town. I’m so grateful for people like Lee Anderson and Joe Adler and the ton of other people who put this all together. It was obvious that a lot of work went into it, and the whole thing ran very smoothly. I feel lucky to be able to be in the presence of all the talent that made this happen. Thanks everyone, you rock!