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The Radio Bean Birthday party with many bands November 3, 2018   Leave a comment

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Danny LeFrancois

I had a great time seeing music Saturday at Radio Bean and Light Club Lamp Shop. Every year, at this time, The Bean throws a birthday party and celebrates with music all day and night. This year they turned 18 and had 102 scheduled acts. I got going nice and early and arrived a little after 8am. I chatted with Molly King and Loren for a bit then Danny LeFrancois took the stage. Apparently, his band The Parts slept in, so he played the show solo. He began playing acoustic guitar and built a loop. He added a bit of voice and let it go as he moved back to the drum kit and rocked for a bit. He returned to guitar and vocals for a cover of a Petty song that was subtle and cool. He played a couple of sweet original songs that made me smile, then said thank you good morning.

 

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The Steph Pappas Experience

Up next Loren grabbed his bass and headed to the stage. He was joined by Ted Looby on guitar and the mighty The Steph Pappas Experience began to rock. Steph has a strong voice and is a great guitar player too. Several audience members joined in on percussion as she sang about cowyboys and waterboys. She wrapped the three song set with one about going out on the highway. She’s so cool.

 

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Seth Eames and Miriam Bernardo

I hopped into the car and drove to work. I put in a 9-5:30 shift then zipped home. I dropped the car and took the lovely walk downtown. I wasn’t sure where they were on the schedule and did not recognize who was a the Lamp shop, so I slid into the Bean and caught a couple of songs by Miriam Bernardo and Seth Eames. He had a nice voice and played acoustic guitar. Miriam has an incredibly soulful voice and it’s always a treat to hear her sing. They sang a duet on a song about going away to the promised land then she regaled us with a song about how surely you were meant to be mine. It was wonderful.

 

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Joe Adler and friends

I stayed at the Bean as Joe Adler and his huge band scrunched themselves onto the stage. Joe’s deep voice lead the way as they rocked out a song about going down the road. They followed with Tom Waits’ Bella Ciao then let it slowly slip into Come Together. The audience had fun singing along. It was a great set.

 

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Caroline O’Connor and Adam Frehm

I peeked into the Lamp shop and someone was setting up so I hustled back to the Bean and soon it was time for Caroline Marie to take the stage. She played keys and laid her sultry voice on us as Adam Frehm added some sweet electric guitar. Her long flowy gentle smokey rock sounded great. The first song had a nice trance vibe as did her second, Disco Shaman, through that was a little more uptempo. Both sounded great and I was in a happy place for every moment.

 

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Navah Stein

I stayed at the Bean as the next act, Navah Stein, set up a table on stage. A couple sat at the table and poured spagettin out of a pot onto the plates and grated some Parmesan on top then began to eat. I wasn’t sure where they were going with it and took a chance and headed over to the Lamp shop.

 

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I timed it perfectly as Ryan Ober and The Romans began to play. They oozed talent and played a couple of really cool rock songs. They played an older cover that I did not know from 1951, and had the crowd rocking. Bob Wagner sat in on the last song and it sounded like an old blues rock song. Towards the end Ryan and Bob had twin ripping guitar leads going and it was a wonder to behold.

 

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Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk band

I popped back to the Bean and Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk band were on. They played a song about a lawyer then a sweet one about hearing a whistle blowing last night. The last song had a ’50’s noir surf rock feel as they sang I’m coming home. Lowell Thompson ripped out a sweet lead that kept me smiling.

 

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Francesca Blanchard

I popped back to the Lamp Shop and Francesca Blanchard was about to start. She sang a song about an ex-girlfriend that was pretty amusing. She played a delightful new song about how the world is turning slightly off kilter. She closed with a gorgeous cover of Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love. I love her music so much.

 

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Ivamae

I meant to head back to the Bean to catch Kim Jordan but they said it was at capacity so I ducked back into the Lamp Shop. Ivamae got up to play and the room became pin drop silent, as usual. With a strong voice and a quiet electric guitar she emits a ton or power and melted me from the first note. Her second song was a cool one called Honey Bee and she wrapped up the enchanting set with one that ended tell me what you might be.

 

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Swale

It was getting close to a crucial time so I ducked back to the Bean and was able to get in. I got settled as SWALE took the stage. They opened with Eric Olsen singing a powerhouse version of Eighteen. I love that Alice Cooper song and they did a great version of it. Up next was a brand new song called Shrug It Out that was cool. I think it was about how we can see everyone you’ve ever been. They closed with a cover that I did not know but loved. It was a dark heavy rocker and Amanda Gustafson let loose her powerhouse voice. It was an amazing set.

 

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Swale

I think Brett and Kat were going on in the Lamp Shop but it looked crowded so I stayed at the Bean to catch Yes Darling. They were a duo with Ryan Montbleau singing and playing guitar and Haley Jane unleashing her powerful voice on us. They had a whole act of a bickering couple that was quite amusing. They played songs about kissing your lips then punching you in the face and how you would be cool if you reached your potential. It’s hard to describe how good it was, but everyone in the room had a smile.

 

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Yes Darling

I hung out at the Bean as Anal Knievel took the stage. You can guess what he began talking about.

 

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Anal Knievel

 

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Paper Castles

I ducked over to the Lamp Shop as Paper Castles began to play. Their relaxed off kilter flowing pop music was a beautiful place get lost in. The music was airy and joyous and I loved going with the flow. They ended the three song set with one about how I’m all right and kept me smiling.

 

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Paper Castles

I headed back to the Bean and Osage Orange were on and playing a song about a medicine girl. They had a cool low fi indie sound that kept me in a happy place. They did a nice version of Buddy Holly’s Everyday then closed with a song about seeing my ghost in the darkness. They are so cool.

 

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I had been bopping between the Bean and the Light Club Lamp Shop, but at this point, I just settled into the Bean for the rest of the night.

Up next, the mighty Miku Daza took the stage. Their sax player was missing but the power trio charged ahead at full rock throttle. They sang about not needing you and how you don’t make it easy so I’m gonna make it hard. They played a powerhouse version of Flaca Daza, and late in the song Sugar the clown made an appearance. She stood on the bar at the back and dove into the arms of the audience. She was carried to the front then danced madly on and off the stage. The band let Flaca transition into Panic and we danced hard. Before the last song the band removed their shirts. Don’t worry, Miku had a bra and the guys had tape over their nipples so no one had to be shocked. The band ripped up a killer version of the song about the tree I’m climbing and called it a night. Wow.

 

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Miku Daza

Up next, Jeremy Rayburn got up to speak. He was very glad that the eighteen year old Radio Bean would not be drafted, and said other nice things about the wonderful place.

 

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Jeremy Rayburn

As he spoke, the band set up behind him. When ready, Cave Bees hit us hard and heavy with Juliet. They followed with another cool new song called Happy Man. It had a ripping bass line and Creston let loose a killer lead guitar break. They followed with another brand new one called Future Now that was really good too. They kept the pace at full speed for Golden Goose and closed the set by rocking the Queen City tonight. It’s always a great time when they play.

 

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Cave Bees

Dre followed with a story about meeting someone at the Bean and going on an adventure. It was fun, and she used it to describe how many people have met at the Bean and gone on to create wonderful stories. She did a nice job capturing the magical community that inhabits the Bean.

 

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Dre

As she left the stage Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme began to play. They opened hard and heavy with Over The Hills And Far Away. Nicole’s powerhouse voiced filled the room. They stayed with Zeppelin for the whole set and ripped up Heartbreaker. I thought they might let it go into Living Loving Maid but they took a turn and dropped it into Communication Breakdown. It was glorious.

 

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Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme

On the side of the stage Matt Matthew Bryan Hagen MC rapped out a couple of amusing songs. I missed the details of the first one, as I got another drink, but was locked in for the second as he spilled the beans. Such an appropriate song.

 

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Matt Hagen MC

A trio who identified as robots and binary followed. The Tsunamibots taught us to surf and rocked us hard. They sang of the surfing craze in the robotic age and murder robots on holiday. They wrapped the set with a song about a young robot trying to catch its first wave, then sang CO2 You Later. I love them so much.

 

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The Tsunamibots

Up next, The Eames Brothers Band band took the stage and turned the night a little bluesy. The first one had slow smokey sound and was about missing you in the night. They took us back to the days of old and locked into a long cool relaxed blues jam. They sang a song about how it’s been a long time coming up to this day, then closed with a fun funky song. They are immensely talented.

 

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The Eames Brothers Band

The stage emptied then filled with Kat Wright and her amazing band. It was late at this point and I was tired but basked in the gorgeous glowing music that they treated us to. Kat’s voice was right on and the band were super tight, even if the horn players had to be on the other side of the sound desk. Bob Wagnerr played a sweet lead on guitar during the second song and the whole room swayed for their entire set. They closed with a super cool version of The River. I don’t see them nearly as often as I would like, so I’m really glad I stuck around.

 

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Kat Wright

Lee Anderson came up to speak and told a couple of stories about this wonderful place he has created. A cake appeared and we all sang Happy Birthday.

 

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Lee Anderson

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The Birthday cake

At this point I needed a grand piano to prop up my mortal remains, but I had to hang out. Julia Caesar opened the set with a brand new song about singing, for it’s the thing that they do. They followed with a familiar song about how it was winter when she chose to blur the lines. Megan Wild Rice had a ripping guitar lead break on Nosedive, then they closed with another brand new one. I think it was about Mars changing direction. They are always amazing.

 

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Julia Caesar

I was exhausted but loved the next band too, so I had to stay for one more set. Preece came on as a trio with Jer Coons playing bass. Their blistering fast loud indie rock was full of joy. They opened with Waste Of Time then followed with Girl In My Bed. I missed the names of the last three but rocked hard to all of them. Preece are truly amazing.

There was at least one more band, but I just had nothing left. I ducked out and took the short walk home. The Radio Bean birthday party is a great opportunity to check out music and I’m so glad that I did.

 

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Preece

Local musicians playing the songs of Leonard Cohen at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14, 2016   Leave a comment

The Super Full Moon before the show at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Super Full Moon before the show at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. The death of Leonard Cohen has saddened many people, so we did the only thing we could do, we got together and celebrated the music that he left to us. Some of us just stood and listened but most of the people in the room sang some of his songs.

The show was set to start at 10 and I arrived right on time. It took a couple of minutes to get going then Marcie Hernandez took the stage. She was joined by a poet who’s name I missed, but looking at the list of artists I think it was Mary Angelina. She read one of Leonard’s songs as a poem. Even without music Democracy was very powerful. Marcie took over and played lovely renditions of Going Home, Closing Time and If It Be Your Will.

Aaron Flinn took the stage next and played powerful versions of Dance Me To The End Of Love and Everybody Knows. His guitar playing was great as always, though a little less flashy than sometimes, and his deep warm voice brought the words and melodies straight into our hearts.

Kirk Flanagan took the stage next. I did not catch the name of the first song that he played, but it was short and beautiful. (per Kirk “First song was Leon Russell’s A Song For You”) Lady Midnight followed and was equally heartfelt. He closed the three song set with a gorgeous version of the overly appropriate Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye.

Charlie Messing took the stage next and borrowed Joe Adler’s card deck guitar. Charlie sung in E minor and sounded frighteningly close to Leonard. His versions of Waiting For The Miracle and The Darkness were spot on.

Before the next performer, from the side of the stage, Lee Anderson read some of Leonard’s words.

Joe Adler and Johnnie Day Durand took the stage next and were joined by Samara Lark Brown. With acoustic guitar musical saw and Sam’s lovely voice, Hallelujah was mournful and majestic. The audience sang along and the emotion in the room was almost visible. Sam left the stage and Joe took the mic and Amen was quietly stunning. They wrapped up the set with Johnnie’s request for Treaty, and it sounded great.

Before the next performer, from the side of the stage, Lee Anderson read some of Leonard’s words.

Everyone had been playing acoustic up to that point and the Lamp Shop space was such a perfect setting. It was like seeing a ton of great performances in your living room. Ryan Miller took the stage next and shook things up a little. He plugged in an electric guitar and used a mini keyboard to trigger a beat and rocked out Chelsea Hotel #2. It added a little extra zip to the show and was lots of fun. He played Bird On The Wire on the keys and sounded great.

Lee Anderson took the stage next and read an extended piece about Edith that was heavily censored many years ago when Leonard released it. His reading brought us listeners along word for word and was enchanting.

The Leatherbound Books took the stage next. They are a duo with a singer/electric guitar player, maybe Eric Daniels, and Jackie Buttolph singing as well. They sounded lovely on Nancy and Tonight will be fine.

If Charlie’s performance sounded the closest to Leonard, Phil Yates set sounded the most like his own songs with Leonard’s words and structure. Don’t Go Home With Your Hard On and Is This What You Wanted were fun songs and sounded just a little different from everything else that evening.

Willoughby Morse was up next and played his electric guitar a little softer than most of the acoustic guitars. Suzanne was very powerful and quiet. Last Year’s Man sounded great as well.

Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter followed with a quiet intensity. Anthem was lovely and Famous Blue Raincoats was just stunning.

Matt Nunan played a lovely version of The Story Of Issac in and E minor sort of way.

Michael Jermyn played a great version of Tower Of Song and closed the night with one I did not know. It was something about I used to be Aristotle I used to be Brian Jones.

Lee Anderson gave a short benediction then it was time for the quiet walk home. Leonard may be gone, but his words and songs will live forever, or as long as lovely people, like the ones above, keep playing them. We can rejoice in the treasures that he left us any time that we want.

 

 

Mary Angelina and Marcie Hernandez at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Mary Angelina and Marcie Hernandez at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Marcie Hernandez at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Marcie Hernandez at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Aaron Flinn at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Aaron Flinn at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Kirk Flanagan at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Kirk Flanagan at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Charlie Messing at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Charlie Messing at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Samara Lark Brown, Joe Adler and Johnnie Day Durand  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Samara Lark Brown, Joe Adler and Johnnie Day Durand at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Joe Adler and Johnnie Day Durand  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Joe Adler and Johnnie Day Durand at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

 

Lee Anderson  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Lee Anderson at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

Ryan Miller  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Ryan Miller at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Lee Anderson  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Lee Anderson at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

The Leatherbound Books  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Leatherbound Books at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

Phil Yates  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Phil Yates at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Willoughby Morse  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Willoughby Morse at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Jeremy Gilchrist  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Jeremy Gilchrist at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Michael Jermyn (I think)  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Michael Jermyn (I think) at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean Birthday Party Part 4 with The Lynguistic Civilians, Joe Adler And The Rangers Of Danger, Ryan Miller wtih Swale, Lee Anderson And Appalled Eagles, Kat Wright And The Indomitible Soul Band, Brass Balagan, Mal Malz, The Cush, and The Eames Brothers Band on November 8, 2014   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

 

When last I wrote about the amazing Radio Bean birthday show, Swale had just finished up a killer set. After such an amazing run of music I needed a little break, so I left the crowd and headed to the back of the bar to get a drink. The Lynguistic Civilians were onstage and had the crowd dancing in a hip hop frenzy. I wasn’t too focused on the music, but a ton of people were having a great time. I chatted with Bobby Hackney Jr. and was excited to hear about a couple of upcoming ROUGH FRANCIS shows with lots of great special guests. It sounds like a couple of really rocking nights in early December are coming. The one thing that struck me as odd while the Civilians played was that Amanda Gustafson stayed at her keyboard on the other stage. Hmmmm. Anyway, I was about to buy a drink when Bobby bought it for me. Thanks! That was very kind!!

When the Civilians finished up,Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger took the stage and I headed back to the crowd. The band is a bit mutable and in this version Joe was joined by Eric Segalstad on guitar, Bob Wagner on guitar, Padraic Reagan on bass, Amanda on keys, and Jeremy Frederick on drums. They did not play any of the songs on Joe’s album, and I did not know the first one but the band was very solid and a rocking good time. They invited Aya Inoue to the stage for the second song, and played a sweet Atlantic City. Ryan Miller sang backup on the next one and they had a trombone player add a bit of brass to finish off their set with a rousing Let It Bleed.

When the set was done, a couple of people left the stage, and Eric Olsen and Tyler Bolles returned. Ryan Miller’s backup band was Swale and they launched into a set about friends. They started with I’ve Got Friends In Low Places. They kicked up the energy and volume for a ferocious rocker, something about All My Friends Are Dead, then wrapped the set with a rocker driven by Amanda’s steady keyboard riff. I’m not sure the song, but I’m sure it was about friends.

Everyone’s attention moved to the other stage as Lee Anderson and Appalled Eagles took the stage. You never know what you are going to get with Appalled but it will be oddly fun. This version had Eric Segalstad on guitar, Tyler on bass, and Brett Hughes on drums. Lee asked the audience for a few different musical genres and the band played the suggestions. The first suggestion was bubblegum pop, and the band obliged. The second was polka. Lee asked if anyone knew how to polka and a woman in the back did. She came forward and both she and Alyssa Solomon polkad like crazy as the band jammed. Up next was some disco, then they slipped into some dubstep. During this part, Joe brought a cake to the stage and they lit the candles. We did a spoken word Happy Birthday to Radio Bean and Lee took the cake to the bar and used the ceiling to smother the candles. I wonder if there is still frosting up there.

Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band followed with a killer 5 song set. They just ooze style and class and had the whole room dancing. I’m not as much of a dance music fan, but Bob Wagner had a few sweet guitar lines that kept me going. Kat is a great singer and instead of belting songs out, just sort of lets them emanate from her soul. Listening to her sing is like hearing a casual utterance of beauty. The band were super tight and occasionally fierce, and the audience had a great time. They ended with The Light and as the song fell into it’s closing section members of Brass Balagan, who had been infiltrating the room for a few songs, joined in then took over. They kept the dance party going for a few songs, but it was a bit too crowded for me, so I headed to the back for a bit.

At this point it was after 1am and I was very tired. It had been a long day, but there was one more band I just had to wait for.

Mal Maiz took the stage next with some polka music. The first perked me up a little. I’m not sure what the lyrics were, but the music was Black Sabbath‘s Iron Man. They played a couple more, and then it was time.

Billed as the Fourteens, The Cush took the stage with a roar. With Jake on guitar and Steve Hadeka on drums, they lit into a new heavy rocker. The exhaustion melted and I was in rock heaven. They followed with another killer new song and the still full house was going crazy. They closed the set with a blistering I Shout Love At The Heart Of The Atom. I danced almost every last bit of energy out of my body and sang along with delight.

The moment they finished, The Eames Brothers Band started up on the other stage. They sounded pretty cool, but I was exhausted. I grabbed my coat and said a quick goodbye to Caroline Marie and Savanna and headed out the door. The walk home was quick and pleasant and had a nice extra good night exchange a little ways in.

I always think of the Radio Bean birthday party as the best day of music in town, and this years version lived up to that title nicely. Thanks everyone!!!!!!

 

 

The Precipice Day 1 Friday August 1, 2014 in the field behind Burlington College   Leave a comment

I had a great time seeing music yesterday, and last night, and this morning. It was day 1 of The Precipice: A Vermont Music Festival, and I had been waiting for months. The morning had a rough start with a low battery chirping fire alarm waking me up at 8. I was able to get a few things done, then caught a little nap in the afternoon. Around 3, I headed out the door, caught a bus to Shelburne and met up with my brother Ken. He has liked a lot of the local music that I play on my radio show, and it was well past time to get him out to see some.

I borrowed a car and we drove to the show. We parked by the college and took the long winding walk down the hill. Instead of using the full bottom part of the field, they used about half of it. Last year, everything was more spread out, and this year it was a bit more concentrated. There were enough people at the height of the show to make it feel full, but not even remotely packed. There was plenty of space to spread out and walk around. There were several food vendors, a place to get henna tattoos, and a couple of other attractions. The main event was in a large tent with a stage on each side and a soundboard in the middle. There a fair amount of room between the stage and soundboard, but at times it did get a bit cramped. The effect of almost continuous music had it’s ups and downs. Last year it was fun to check out a couple of different bands and see which one grabbed you, but this year, it’s one at a time. I have mixed feelings, but it did concentrate people a bit more, and that feeling of being one of the few people seeing a band at a festival, was not there. Either way, they set the stages that way, and went with it.

We arrived a few minutes early, and heard Jane Boxall warming up on the marimba, but soon enough, it was time for the show.

Binger were the first ones on. They are a guitar, bass, drums trio with guitarist and bassist singing. They started with a hip hop groove but built the song into an indie rock work out. As the show went on, they seemed comfortable playing jazz, indie, hip hop, at times sounded a bit like a prog rock band and had some notes of metal here and there, Lots of hammer on guitar and bass playing showed how good they are with their instruments. I was impressed that they could play around with so many genres but still sound cohesive. They have an album coming out in a couple of months, and I will have to check it out.

As their last notes rang out, my focus turned 180 degrees and Jane was at the marimba and ready to go. Gregory Douglas sang a beautiful song, and showcased his remarkable voice. Michael Chorney came up next and they did a sweet cover of Neil Young’s Ambulance Blues. Jane took it from there and played a couple of bouncy old timey tunes that got the slowly filling audience to smile and have a good time. Pyramid followed and she showcased her ability to play the instrument with anywhere between 6 and 0 mallets (she ended the piece by playing with just her hands). She wrapped it up with a little Salsa Mexicana and called it an evening.

I turned around and Grundlefunk filled the stage. They played as a 9-piece with guitar, bass, drums, keys, singer, a percussion/trumpet player, a couple of sax players, and there must have been another horn player in there too. The sound was mixed perfectly and you could hear the guitar cutting through the sound, the keys taking the lead, or whatever they needed the music to do. They sounded like a big full jazzy brassy funk band. The audience was slowly filling in, danced and had a great time.

Up next, a group of masked chaos masters, apparently all named El Beej, except the drummer who was Sergeant Cody, played a loosely odd set of sonic weirdness. They got a cool vocal sound out of an old telephone, and the two guitar, bass, drums, two sax, and keyboard band swerved and drifted as Joe Adler kept asking if anyone was there. At times they had a big rocking jazz(?) sound, and had a slow steady huge build for the last song. The playing was great, and the set was fun and I was happy to see the keyboard player was from And The Kids, who will play tonight.

After their set, Steady Betty came on and locked into a groove. They were super tight and the harmonies were delightful. Kat Wright’s voice blended beautifully with Miriam Bernardo’s and Linda Bassick added some sweet backups. The mellow happy rock steady sound had a lot of people dancing and having a great time. Their songs of social justice, wrapped within a happy dance groove were fun an powerful. The sheer talent of the players was on full display. They wrapped it up with the song that goes la la la, and then it was time to turn around again.

Barika were set to go and played some super smooth building flowing jazz. The sound is driven by a sting instrument called a Kamel N’goni, and the plucked strings lead down a path filled with the key/trombone, sax, trumpet, bass and drums. The music has a lovely sweeping flow and kept the audience dancing. Miriam and Kat joined them for one song and the whole set was a relaxed good time.

Up next, Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band filled the stage. The whole tent, past the soundboard, was dancing as they played some soul with a few rock and roll edges. With guitar, bass, drums, keys, and a couple of sax players, they created a beautiful space to let Kat loose. Her voice is warm and sweet and her stage demeanor is relaxed and confident. She led the band through lots of solid songs, and sang at least one with guitarist Bob Wagner. While the relaxed dance vibe thing works for most people, it left me wanting a bit of rock and roll. Bob threw in some nice guitar work, here and there during the set, so it made me happy.

Up next, it was time to rock. The Dirty Blondes were a little shorthanded, since Rebecca Rogers had recently been arrested in Cleveland, but they persevered. Sole singer Diane Sullivan was the opposite of Kat, loud brassy, and in your face. The band ripped through some very fast versions of their songs. From the opening notes of Burn, they played loud fun punk rock. Crybaby has a fun flow to the rhythm. They taught everyone the dance move for Kung Pao. Things threatened to get a bit spiritual with Hallelujah, but the ripping guitar and killer bass kept it nicely grounded. Slut was loud and fast, and Ornan McLean‘s drumming was blistering. Drunk was fun to sing, and Jacking Off has a great flow to the music. That New Guy Is Not James Bond had a nice spy theme going to it, and they wrapped the night with a cover of Cher’s Turn Back Time. The audience had fun with it and the guitar especially ripped. All in all, the set was a tad rough, but I was blissfully happy.

It was after midnight at this point. The air had a hint of crispness to it, but was still pretty warm. The audience had dwindled a bit, maybe due to the late hour or the Blondes volume, but there were lots of people there as Ryan Power hit the stage. He was playing keys and singing, and was joined by guitar, bass, drum, and another keyboard player. His songs are unique pop sort of songs. There are lots of layers of voice and keys and Michael Chorney mentioned that it doesn’t sound like anything else he’s ever heard. I concur.

It was late, and I was starting to feel drained. Ken was tired too, so we listened to most of Ryan’s set as we walked up the long hill. Bella’s Bartok and Plato’s Ears were still set to play, but it’s hard to catch everything. I drove him back to Shelburne, then drove home to Burlington. Later today, I will go pick him up, and we will do it all over again, this time with even more rock and roll!

 

New Year’s Eve 2012 at Radio Bean   Leave a comment

Swaleoke New Year's Eve 2012I woke up nice and early and worked an 8:30 to 5 shift then walked home and waited. Swale were due to go on at 8:30, and not knowing how crowded it would be, I wanted to get there a bit on the early side. I had mentioned the show to my friends, and Chris decided to go. He arrived around quarter of 8 and downtown we went. There were several people at Radio Bean, but it was nowhere near full. This made getting in and getting a beer super easy. We chatted a bit, as Swale slowly and steadily set up for the show. Just about 9pm they opened with a slow, steady Soft Fireworks, featuring Johnnie Day on the saw. It’s such a beautiful and smoldering song, and they played it to appropriate perfection. They brought the pace up a little with Dimedrop, then eased back with Middlesex. Again, Johnnie added some gorgeous shading to the song with her saw. Next they were going to bring up Tyler Bolles for a song, but things took a bit of time for him to get set up. They filled the space with a fast rocker, maybe called Jack Shaw. When Tyler was set up on bass, they rocked hard on Cancer, then followed with an elegant rendition of If you get Lost. Things kept rocking as they let loose a fun version of Edible. Next up, they slowed it down for Good Medicine, but the middle section rose and rose and Eric let loose an arena rock solo, before the song slowed for it’s ending. What more can you want in a rock and roll band? Another rocker followed, it was either called Gymnast, or Golden Crutch, with the audience voicing support for the latter. They wrapped the set with a hard fast rocker that I’ve heard them play several times, but don’t know the name of. The chorus was something about hanging out with the popular people, and had a killer Amanda keyboard riff.

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When done, they said they were going to take the often mentioned karaoke sign up list and “another’ band would be back to play. Chris took off and Swale came back dressed in flannel, tukes, and super-fake black beards and mustaches. They were still joined by Tyler, who wore a white beard and mustache.

They opened hard and heavy with the mighty Joe Adler singing a super deep and rich version of I Wanna Be Sedated. Next up and older woman, named the Mighty Zook (?) belted out a stunning gospel tinged I’ve Got A Feeling. I always love discovering how much talent there is in our town. James Bellizia followed with a fun rendition of Ghostbusters. Next up, Lee Anderson did a weird and creepy and completely compelling version of I Put A Spell On You. It was tons of fun and had lots of maniacal laughter. Linda Bassick let loose her wonderful voice on a killer version of the Cure’s Just Like Heaven. Lily Sickles followed with a ferocious We’re Not Gonna Take it. She really had the hair for the song, and the voice. After, Amanda joked that they spent a little time learning the song, only to realize there really wasn’t much to learn. Heloise took the stage next for a pretty faithful Working For the Weekend, and Rufus T Superfly (?) followed by hanging out, looking cool, and dropping the one word lyric for Tequila, whenever needed. There was no guest for the next song, so Swale just unleashed Sabotage by themselves. In the only real karaoke song of the night, three girls got up to sing Closer to Fine. Eric prompted them throughout it, and it was pretty fun.

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From there, my notes and memories started to get a bit blurry. Jason Cooley stepped in as clean-up man to sing for much of the rest of the evening. They did a bit of a fast, hard, Closer To Fine, then let loose Sweet Jane. If my poorly written notes are correct, Cooley followed with Roxanne, joined by Rufus. Next up, a couple of guys sang Where is My Mind, from the Pixies. Cooley returned to the stage with Bellizia for a brutal (You Gotta) Fight for your Right (To Party). The night wrapped with Abby Abby singing Fairytale Of New York, and that was it.

By the end, the crowd was pretty solid, and danced through most of the cover set. Everyone seemed to be having a great time. Once the music stopped, my energy dropped. I wandered to the back, found my coat, and took the short snowy walk home. It was definitely one of the best New Year’s Eves ever.

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Happy Birthday Radio Bean   Leave a comment

I woke up early and caught a ride with Mike Luoma down to Radio Bean to catch Dino Bravos opening set. They rocked hard and blisteringly loud, then it was over and I went to work. I worked 8 hours, stopped at home for a quick dinner then headed back to the Bean. They were running a bit behind schedule, and I walked in as Anders Parker was loading out. Rats! He’s really good, and I missed him.  Rats.

Anna Pardenik came on next and played a stunning song on electric piano. She was joined by a drummer and guitar player for the next two. She played guitar on the first and piano on the second. Her set soared and I loved every moment of her songs! They had a nice sweep to them and reached up from earth to just soar.

Next up, Mickey Western jammed some country with his band. Not my thing, but they rocked it pretty hard and were fun.

Lowell Thompson and friends followed with some tough country rock. It was cool, and great to see Steve Hadeka play drums.

They followed that by clearing the dance floor for tango sessions, where a bunch of couples danced the tango for 3 songs. It’s like a concert was happening and a dance broke out. It kind of worked.

Brett Hughes and Kat Wright came on next and played a few old style country songs with one guitar and two voices. They really sing well together. They sang a song about being on a wire, the saddest song ever, and it was stunningly beautiful. During the set, one of my roommates, Joel, and my friend Christopher Larrow walked in. What a nice surprise. And they got there just in time for Swale!

Swale came on and did a set of covers. They were joined by Kat and a guy who did a killer rap for Empire State of Mind. They followed with Let’s Have A Toast for the Douchebags, and kept the party rolling. Amanda left the keys to be frontwoman for a seriously funky C’est La Vie. They followed by asking Lee to come to the stage with an empty glass and dishrag and asked him to keep wiping it for the whole song. They asked me to sit on an amp and had someone else lean on the keyboard with a beer. They played the theme to Cheers, and it was great.

Immediately after their set Vedora hit the other stage. They unleashed a blistering Terrarium, Promises, Maria, and In the Pines with the end section of Chain. The energy was through the roof.

Next up a poet read a bit and the Eames brothers came on. We stepped outside to get a bit of air. The Eames guys sounded nice and played some bluesy rock.

Craig Mitchell and Soulmints followed with a rocking soul set. Purple Rain was especially nice. From there on it gets a bit blurry.

The Honky Tonk crew played a few and while I was not stunned, it was great to hear Marie Claire Johnson sing and play keys. Actually she co-played keys as there was someone else playing the same keyboard with her.

Shelly Shredder rocked pretty hard. I should really try and catch them again sometime.

Blue Button came on a unleashed a fury of blistering punk rock. It got pretty wild on the floor. Thanks Eric Olsen Rebekah Whitehurst and the rest for such a fun time.

Lendway came on next and were cool and wonderful as always. Kevin Lynam and the boys really know how to play! After that I headed for home. After all, it’s my Tuesday. Thanks to Radio Bean and all the wonderful performers that I caught and missed. I love you all, and you know that.

Vedora, Mildred Moody Band, Lee Anderson, Dr Ruckus Zac DuPont at Club Metronome and Nectars Wednedsay August 1, 2012   Leave a comment

I’ve been curious about the Mildred Moody’s Full Moon Masquerade shows that happen every, uhm, full moon.  I knew they had lots of music and fun stuff happening, but had not caught one.  Wednesday was my day off,  so I thought this might be the night, but the only band listed was Dr Ruckus.  I listed to a bit online, and was not moved.

I went out for the usual lunch, came home, hopped on Facebook, and there was a posting from Caroline O’Connor saying that Vedora were playing the show from 9:15 to 10.  I guess it was time to check out the Masquerade after all.

I arrived a bit after nine and settled in.  On the right, while facing the stage, there was a row of booths.  There was some local art, the Human Canvas had a table set up with T-shirts, and there was a massage chair, with masseuse.  In the back, behind the soundboard there was a well lit area where professional photographs could be taken, and some face painting was going on.  Cool.

Soon after, Vedora hit the stage and rocked it hard.  The opener was a solid rock song, with just enough changes to make it a challenge to follow.  Dragnet followed with it’s slow winding opening leading to the monster chorus.  The sound was perfectly clear and the band was on fire.  It felt like the power of the full moon was running in their veins.  The vibe had that mystical quality I was hoping for in a Masquerade show.  Up next we went south for Maria, and the audience was starting to pay attention.  The band followed with a cover of True Blue.  I thought that eased off the intensity of the show, but at the end of the song I looked back at the crowd, and the dance floor was full of women.  I’m OK with being wrong.  Basalt Anchor was up next and kept the flow at a slow burn intensity.  A few more rockers followed including In the Park (?) that rolled into the end of Fleetwood Mac’s the Chain.  As Caroline took the guitar and Matt the bass, the audience chat became louder.  I thought the spell might be broken, but as Vedora kicked into Solution, the audience quieted and the song finished their set in rock and roll glory.  These guys are really solid, but Wednesday’s show was out of this world.

Next up The Mildred Moody Band took the stage.  With a singer/acoustic guitar player, guitar, bass, drums and three backup singers, they started out in a funky pop way that reminded me a bit of old Talking Heads.  The sound was clear enough to hear each singer and player.  Their style wasn’t mine, but the four or five songs they played were pretty darned good and had the audience dancing.  I was hanging out with Matt, Caroline and Jeff as the band wrapped up the set.   Caroline said we should check out what was happening downstairs, so off we went.  Zac DuPont was playing some gentle music, but a bit more fiercely than his set at the Precipice.  At that show he was on acoustic and had a stand up bass player.  At Nectar’s the bass player was electric, the drummer rocked, and Bob Wagner sat in on electric guitar.  They sounded very sweet and the playing was outstanding.  Hmm, are his songs growing on me?

After they wrapped it up, I went back upstairs just as Lee Anderson was about to start.  He had two keyboards set up and played lots of beats with some sweet piano playing on top.  It wasn’t quite my thing, but I so admire him for all his efforts to bring music to this town.  He is a man who deserves oceans of respect.

Dr Ruckus followed almost immediately.  They had a big band rock funk sound going.  They sounded nice enough, but did not grab me.  Feeling a bit tired, and rocked out from the stunning Vedora set, I took the option to head home.  What a great night of music in Burlington.