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Radio Bean Birthday Party Part 2 with Linda Bassick, The Cleary Family, Static Blooming Circut, Erich Pachner’s Romance, Malcolm Sanders and Irish Sessions, Gua Gua, and The High Breaks November 7, 2015   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

I just got back from my second run at the Radio Bean birthday party. I arrived just before 11am and Linda Bassick was on stage singing a song about Fishermen. The kids in the audience enjoyed it, as did we adults. She followed with How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You and wrapped her fun set with The Lion Sleeps Tonight. She was as delightful as always.

Next up was The Cleary Family who turned out to be Joe Cleary and his two very young daughters. He and one daughter played violin while the other played a hand drum. They opened with Amazing Grace then played something I did not know. Did they say it was a Gua Gua song? For the last song, the violin played moved to acoustic guitar, the drummer moved to the keyboards and Joe moved to the hand drum. The instrumental they played was kind of simple but each of the girls threw in some musical sparks and it was quite enjoyable. Watch out world, those kids have a ton of potential.

Static Blooming Circut followed and the first song was just Kevin Bloom using an electric guitar, and a radio, and his voice, to create some super-cool sonic effects. His soundscaping drifted along nicely and was rather enjoyable. For the second song he was joined by Max Freeberg on drums and Joe Adler on a shiny silver bass. Joe and Max laid down a funky groove, that shifted around a little here and there, and Kevin soundscaped with guitar and voice over it. Mixed over the top was a Lou Reed sounding rap and the whole effect was just great. The songs were pretty long so they only got to play the two of them.

Up next was Erich Pachner’s Romance, which was just Eric on acoustic guitar and harmonica. He played a trio of country blues songs with subversive lyrics.

Malcolm Sanders was on next and he was joined on violin by Joe Cleary and they played some Irish songs. The harmony violins on the first song were very sweet. They tossed in an Irish polka for the second song and wrapped their set with some reels. It was pretty cool.

Gua Gua followed and filled the stage with percussion players. They had one guitar player, a keyboard player, a bass player, a drummer with two snares and a cowbell, a bongo player and a maraca player. Their first song was a mellow happy jazzy groove lead alternatively by sweet guitar licks and keyboard licks. It created a lovely space. The second song was a bit more upbeat and may be called Voodoo #3. It had a bit of a mellow Santana groove and was quite nice too. Since both songs were quite long, they only got the two.

Things started rocking after a lighting quick band change and The High Breaks kicked off with a cool surf rock song that I did not know, but totally loved. They followed with Salty Shore, then rocked the room with Banana Seat. They closed their set with The Big One. I really loved every note of the set and am sure they got to play 4 because they were so quick to set up and their songs are not very long.

It was a bit warm in the room so I headed home to drop my coat and write a little. I will head back soon.

 

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Radio Bean Birthday Party Part 2 with Gua Gua, Johnnie Day, Brian Lynam, Sarah Griffin, The Snaz, and Maryse Smith & Michael Chorney November 8, 2014   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

I just got back from seeing music at Radio Bean. I got out of work early, and took a short nap. It’s going to be a long night, and was a long one last night! I headed back to the Bean just before 4 and Gua Gua were playing some easy to sway to grooves. They are a four-piece with bongos, percussion, bass and acoustic guitar. The guitar was interesting as it was strung like a 6-string version of a 12-string. Two strings close together, a space, two strings close together, a space, and two more. They had a bit of a tropical feel but the guitar, which lead the music along, was always looking for a new path. The song and a half that I caught created a nice space to exist in.

Up next, Johnnie Day Durand took the stage with some backing music and her saw. The first song had an industrial beat and the second had a harpsichord sounding melody. She played the saw over it and made it sing. It was like listening to an opera diva doing an aria, without the vocalization. She bent it this way and that and pulled out some of the most amazing notes you could imagine. I loved every moment and wish she had played more.

Up next Brian Lynam played piano and sang for a bit. Most of the set was music, but his steady voice was great on the few vocals. He said he was playing parts from his opera God’s Only Man (?) and the sound was filled with elegant theme building. From the moment he hit the first note, I knew it was going to be one of those performers who’s music I love instantly. I’ve gotta check out the rest of the piece.

Sarah Griffin followed with a trio of strong songs played on acoustic guitar. Her voice was lovely to listen to and her playing was right on the mark. Her second song was a rousing version of Apeman that had me smiling and singing along. Her other two were pretty good too.

The pace picked up as The Snaz, a four-piece from Brattleboro, took the stage. The guitar/vocals, bass, drums, keys/vocals band played some funky grooves with an indie rock edge. The first song bopped along and had almost punk vocals. The second, Brainwashed Nation, had softer vocals, but some rocking guitar. All four songs they played, including the brand new last one, were really good. As far as I’m concerned, they can come back anytime.

Things took a turn for the gentle as Maryse Smith and Michael Chorney took the stage. The first song was so delicate I had to really focus to hear it. The guitar interplay was subtle and gorgeous. They lit up the room with a killer version of Liar in the second slot and closed with a song who’s title eludes me, but still has me humming I told you once, but I forgot.

After that I ducked out, and took the short walk home. I’m going to head back around 8 and lock in for the night, but definitely needed a bit of a break. My head and heart are very full of music, and there is a lot to come!