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Swale and Gang Of Thieves at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts December 31, 2017   Leave a comment


Swale pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music New Year’s Eve at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. It’s always a hit or miss night for me since ,downtown is crowded and maybe there is a show I want to see and maybe not but this one was as wonderful as could possibly be imagined.

I got moving around 7 and took the lovely walk downtown. I was surprised at how few people there were on Church st. The temperature was 0,so not too bad but it seemed like most people had already left. I stopped in at the Flynn and got my button and ticket then headed over to have some glug with Peg Tassey and her family and friends. I hung out for a bit and let the tasty beverage warm my body and soul. After a bit James Lockridge and his wife Victoria showed up at the tail end of the party. We had a nice chat and as it got closer to 9 we headed out. They went home and I went on to the Flynn and got in and settled in a second row aisle seat.

At 9pm SWALE, with a 4-piece horn section, hit the stage. They opened with one of the musical sections from the new album, perhaps I’ll Start By Opening, then revved us up with All Down Tonight. The sound was nice and smooth and the large stage seemed perfect for their music. The horn section left then they lit up the room with Safe To Say. They followed with the irresistible pop sound and frightening lyric that makes Elevator so brilliant. The amped everything to maximum for Drug Laws and had me bouncing in my seat from start to finish. At the end of the song Amanda Gustafson looked at the crowd and said “stay in school.” That got a chuckle but her best line of the night was about how Swale never play new years eve shows and apparently it was because they were just waiting for the Flynn to ask. They followed with Felon which is another fantastic pop song then brought out one of the trumpet players. Waiting For You is so bright and cheery and the horn fit in perfectly. The rest of the horn section came out and filled in Beaten Down. They kept rocking on release your records, then left again. Swale rocked Everyone Likes to nice and hard. They followed with a fun and bouncy version of Loser then brought back the horns for a slow and searing Wooden Heart. Amanda mostly played her regular keyboard set but there was a grand piano on the stage. She played one of the earlier songs on it, but I did not note it so I’m not sure which one. Swale closed the show with Amanda on the piano for a version of If You Get Lost that was achingly beautiful. What a great show.



Amanda from Swale pic by Tim Lewis

There was about a 20 minute set break then Gang of Thieves hit the stage. They have a funky rock sound and opened with a little Hendrix to set the mood. They let it go into the anthemic Raise Your Head and we were off. They rocked hard on a mix of their own songs and some tasty covers. They played original songs about loving people and working together to make the new year wonderful. They played the Beatles I Want You into I Want You Back by the Jackson 5. They encouraged everyone to get up and dance on a song about being for the nation and we did, and never sat down for the rest of the night. They played a song about taking my hand and telling me it’s alright from the new EP Totem. They played a song about Rising and Shining then brought out Nate on trumpet for a song about working together. Something about the interplay between the guitar and violin made me think of The Allman Brothers while the rhythm section was all funk. They played the Joe Cocker version of The Letter, then played a song about the beautiful people of Burlington. They closed with a song about the cold seeping in but we made it, then called it a night. It was a super high energy show and complete fun from first note to last. You’ve got to love any band that gets a Flynn crowd on it’s feet and rocking for most of the show.

It was about 11:30 as I walked out. Downtown had filled a bit with several long lines at the bars. I was feeling pretty sated and took a leisurely stroll home. The fireworks were starting just before I made it inside so I stood in the lovely cold and watched and chatted with my friends Rich Haskell and Mary Wolcott as 2017 made way for the promise of a new year.



Gang Of Thieves pic by Tim Lewis


Posted January 13, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Radio Show 239 Thursday January 4, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern Time Thursday January 4th. It can be streamed from our website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: A Dark Light – Aram Bedrosian


From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s winter time and the cold and snow are here. We just cruised past New Year’s Day and are diving into 2018. Let’s fill it with art and compassion and music. Let’s begin with an artist who just released a new song for the new year.

1.) Maria – Francesca Blanchard
2.) Mama – Ivamae
3.) Stormy Day – Robin Gottfried
4.) Cascade – Andriana Chobot

Andriana played a lovely show last Friday at Radio Bean and closed with that one. Robin Gottfried played a recent Thursday and I missed it but hopefully they will be back for a show I can attend soon. Ivamae played after Andriana last Friday. It was a great night. Great new song from Francesca. OK, here is the next song on Black, Blue, and White.

5.) Lead Me To Your Love – The New Siberians
6.) Raise Your Head – Gang of Thieves
7.) Happy New Year – Ninja Custodian
8.) Safe To Say – SWALE

I spent New Year’s Eve at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and Swale put on a wonderful show. Thieves closed the night by rocking hard. Great songs from Ninja and the Siberians. So, last night was a new episode of The X-Files and this song has been running though my head all week.

9.) The Invixibles – Black Rabbit
10.) You Will Fall – Kelly Ravin
11.) Boys Club – Peg Tassey MUSIC
12.) Dragged Around The Universe – Queen Tangerine

QT were Alice and Julia Austin‘s band after Zola Turn. They worked with Jeff Moxley who is now working with Peg to produce the upcoming album from Miriam Bernardo. I wanted to play the Peg song to remind us all that abuse of and predatory behavior are not just issues that effect large companies but also exist in our community. The local punk community is currently struggling to figure out the best way to deal with this and it’s great that they are trying. You want to encourage people who behave badly to improve but at what point will someone not change and you just have to cut ties. It’s a challenge that will hopefully create new spaces of acceptance and power for women. OK, great songs from Kelly and Rabbit. I saw Rabbit last Saturday with this next band.

13.) The Art Of Vandalay – Sad Turtle
14.) Better Half – Abbie Morin
15.) The Meanest Thing I’ll Ever Write – Milton Busker
16.) Pauses – Lowell Thompson and Crown Pilot

That’s Lowell with Bill Mullins, Kirk Flanagan, and Steve Hadeka and it’s such a cool song. Great song from Milton. He played a great version of it last week at Light Club Lamp Shop with his band The Grim Work. Great song from Abbie who is now in the band Hammydown. Turtle are so cool. OK, I’ve been watching X-Files and just got the new Twin Peaks so let’s play this song.

17.) Doppelganger – Lendway
18.) Judgment Day – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
19.) Fool That I Am – Eastern Mountain Time
20.) Think I’ll Stay – Great Western

Western used to play rocking shows around town. Fun song from Eastern. Great new song from David and the band. Cool song form Lendway. This next band are at The Monkey House on Saturday.

21.) Let The Cold In – Mr. Doubtfire
22.) Heavy Winter Heavy Snow – My First Days On Junk
23.) Mush – Phantom Suns
24.) You’re The Target – Casey Merlin Rae

Nice rocker from Casey. Cool song from Ryan Cohen and his band. Great songs from Junk and Doubtfire. This was one of my first favorite prog bands who would come to town now and then.

25.) Hey Ernie – Cold Sweat
26.) Errol McSquisitor – Elephants of Scotland
27.) The Road – Anders Parker
28.) Mr Reed – Seth Yacovone Band

Great rocker from Seth. Anders and Cloud Badge are on the road this weekend. Classics from Elephants and Sweat. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week shall we?

29.) It’s cold – Black Rabbit

Songs after
Long cold Day – Fish
Blow At High Dough – The Tragically Hip
Dark Reprise – Arom Bedrosian
Courage And Sorrow – Dam Kat
Mimi On The Beach – Jane Siberry
Hurricane Jane – Haley Jane And The Primates
Block – The Church
Traveler – Lir
Man On The Silver Mountain medley – Rainbow
New Americana – Halsey
I Love The Night – The Contrarian
Summer’s Gone – The Cush
Every Last One Of Us – Swale
Oh You! – You’re You! – Ruckzuck
New York My Lovely – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming

Eat More Kale Festival at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in Montpelier VT June 25, 2016 part 3   Leave a comment

The Indomitable Soul Band at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!