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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

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Ouzkxqlzn, Wren Kitz, Rob Voland, The Drunk Monkeys at Radio Bean and Plastique Mammals at Light Club Lamp Shop October 29, 2018   Leave a comment

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Ouzkxqlzn pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Monday night at Radio Bean. I got out of work at 7:30 and rushed downtown. I got in and settled and Ouzkxqlzn began to play. She lit into a cool drone and added a little voice and guitar and cello and recorded conversations and sounds she has found in the world. The mix was dizzying and she let recordings of people speaking guide the show. Themes such as explorations of performance art and societies ability to look the other way and let rapists be found not responsible cut into the listener’s soul. She played a story of a woman who had been raped then carried a mattress with her everywhere until the boy could be held accountable, but it did not sound like that ever happened. This was woven around Yoko Ono’s cutting show where she sat on stage and members of the audience came up to cut a piece of her clothing off. One voice from the drone wondered how anyone could let someone do that. Another voice from the drone confronted Senator Jeff Flake in an elevator, that seemed like it had some effect but eventually fell on deaf ears. The piece ended on a discussion of suffering and performance art. It’s always an amazing time when Lauren Costello plays.

Up next Wren Kitz took the stage. Joined by Lauren on cello, Rob Voland on drums and a cool bass player, Wren lit into the set with an off-kilter pop song about the unexplained. They rocked it out for a while then fell into a cool musical flow. They let that go for a bit and it solidified into a pop song about being the master of the world. They stopped and chatted for a bit then dove back into the music. They played a long cool piece about being unaware then wrapped it up. I love Wren’s sense of where to take music and loved every moment of the show.

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Wren Kitz pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Rob Voland moved into the front man role and Wren moved to the drums. A different bass player joined them. The set up was longer than ideal but they sounded pretty cool when they got into it. Some of the high frequencies were a bit hard to handle, at the extreme volume, but the songs were cool and the playing was great. They opened with a song that had a Wren rock vibe then fell deep in exhaustion. They played a drone with a western vibe, but with more screeches. They closed with a long slow heavy jam that got more and more intense until Rob was shredding heavily as it crashed to a conclusion. I’m not sure if it was a little too much or perfect, but it certainly was something.

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Rob Voland pic by Tim Lewis

After the chaos of Voland’s set I popped over to Light Club Lamp Shop and settled into the soothing flow of Plastique Mammals. They are a keys/bass drums duo who play liquid instrumentals. They create fun loops to get a full sound then just let the music flow in happy ways. I only caught a couple of their songs, and they put me in a happy mellow place.

 

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Plastique Mammals pic by Tim Lewis

There was noise coming from the Bean as Mammals wrapped up their set. I headed back to the Bean and rocked out to The Drunk Monkeys. They are from Boston and play straight up rock. The first song I caught was a slow bluesy jam with a ripping sax. I think it was called Sundays and rocked out at the end. They had a rocking Dead sound on Elementary #9 then had us stand to fall. The next song was louder and had a crazy rock jam at the end that made me happy. They sang a song about shadows in the moonlight then sang about a trap door. They wrapped the set with a sultry ballad called Atlantis that became a sultry jam at the end. They were a lot of fun.

After their set I headed out quickly and took the short walk home.

 

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The Drunk Monkeys pic by Tim Lewis

 

Loida & Lenahan at Light Club Lamp Shop, Josh Glass & Julia Beerworth & Tim Swanson at Juniper and Serena Jost, Barbacoa and Freak Dream at Radio Bean October 6, 2018   Leave a comment

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Loida & Lenahan picture by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music around Burlington a couple of Saturdays ago. My friend Lisa Lavigne Tejeda was back in Vermont for the day and we made plans to meet up. She wanted to go see some music, and it was a day full of possibilities. In the last few weeks, since I do a local music radio show every Thursday and write about music a lot, several bands have contacted me about their shows in town. Three of them were playing that night.

I worked until 5, had a bit of time to hang out then headed to Light Club Lamp Shop. Loida & Lenahan were on stage and sounded enchanting as I tiptoed into the room and quietly ordered a drink. With keys and vibraphone the instrumental duo had a nice flow to their music. Julian Loida left the stage and Kelly Lenahan played a beautiful song on keys. She left after that one and Julian played a little Bach for Bachtober. He followed with a song in the style of synesthesia called Easter Trance that was magical. Kelly returned after that and they closed with a song lead by sweet keys over a quiet drone that may be called You’ll Be Missed. They were really good.

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Serena Jost pic by Tim Lewis

I took the long walk over to Radio Bean and ran into Lisa and Abraham. We hung out as Serena Jost took the stage with her cello and began to sing. I think the first song was It’s A Delight, since it sounded familiar. Either way, it was really cool. Her songs had a nice strength to them as she continued on and looked for a shooting star. She sang about being in the garden then played a Molly Drake cover called Happiness. She switched to guitar and brought up Dan Macklin (sp?) to help her sing the next one. I think it was about mysteries and walking in open doors.

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Tim Swanson, Julia Beerworth and Josh Glass pic by Tim Lewis

We took off after that song and headed to Juniper at Hotel Vermont. Josh Glass and Julia Beerworth were joined by Tim Swanson on fiddle, and they played some gently beautiful songs. They played a song about how you may see me tomorrow then one that went by in the blink of an eye. A cover of Dylan’s One More Cup Of Coffee had a nice dark edge then they played a Julia song about taking he dog for one last drive before putting it down. They played a great version of Josh’s song New York My Lovely then they played another Dylan cover that I think was Tomorrow Is A Long Time. They played another sweet Julia song called Wonder then Tim sang a song about Cassie. Josh sang a nice cover of Blackbird and they closed the set with Neil Young’s Helpless and the end section of LayLa. The whole set was very nice.

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Barbacoa pic by Tim Lewis

We zipped out the door and headed back to the Bean and kicked it up a notch as Barbacoa were on stage ripping it up. Kirk Flanagan drove the bass hard, Bobby Hackney Jr. drove the drums hard and Bill Mullins effortlessly let loose stinging guitar chords and sang some fun songs. They were playing a ferocious surf rock jam as we settled in. They followed with a cool version of Dragonfly and followed that with Mighty Have Fallen. I think they said that was the first time Bobby ever played it and he made it sound great, since he is so amazing. They went back to the surfing for a Sergio Leone sounding song with a whip snap ending. They tossed in a fun version of Love Potion #9 then played a song about when I rule the world. They played another great instrumental then pulled out Sweet Child O’ Mine. Someone yelled pulp fiction and they launched into Misirlou. They played it into If I Was A Rich Man then a full version of I Wanna Be Sedated, then brought it back to Dick Dale. They kept the uncommon sting of covers coming with You’re So Vain and Country Roads. They played a couple more cool songs and called it a night. It’s always a great time when they play.

Lisa and Abraham left at one point, but I hung out and soon it was time for Freak Dream. With an intense swirling visual background, the electronic rocking duo played a fierce show. The songs had a power and freakishness and I really enjoyed their set. They wrapped the night with a song about getting out and I left shortly after the final note.

What a great night of music in our town.

 

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Freak Dream pic by Tim Lewis

 

Milton Busker and the Grim work at Radio Bean and The Violins Of Baltimore and Swale at Light Club Lamp Shop September 21, 2018   Leave a comment

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Milton Busker and the Grim Work pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a week ago Friday at Light Club Lamp Shop and Radio Bean. The two shows were so perfectly lined up, I couldn’t not go.

I had a relaxed day off, took the lovely walk downtown, and settled into the Bean. Milton Busker and the Grim Work were set and ready to play. They opened with a song about giving me all of your time then sang of Jesus In Chains. Milton’s voice is pure and strong and the band have a relaxed country funk kind of sound. They sounded a little more pop on a song about letting you down and a little heavier on the one about 16 tons of gold. They played a cover about how your love is all my soul needed, and followed with a cool version of The Person Aside You. They got a little darker and slower on a song about taking me home and making me whole then played a cheery song about how nobody loves you. They implored don’t let me down, and followed with a song about the joy that is around you. That one had a nice rocking ending. They sang about how you and I can fix it then took a gorgeous turn on Baby Let My Money Keep You Warm. They sang about how they were glad to see you go and closed the night with a slow shuffle version of Eleanor Rigby. They were as great as always.

After hearing an hour of dark contemplative lyrics set to happy relaxed music, I was in the perfect mindset for Swale. I moved over to the Lamp Shop and settled in. A duo called the Violins of Baltimore sounded nice for the song and a half that I caught.

 

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The Violins Of Baltimore pic by Tim Lewis

After their set, time flowed nicely, and SWALE were ready begin their 16th birthday party. They began slow and dark with Before The Night then sent a bolt through the crowd with If You Get Lost. Cancer rocked nicely and Felon was just beautiful. They eased back a bit for Wooden Heart and stayed slow for the beginning of Good Medicine. Towards the end of the song Eric Olsen ripped out a passionate lead break. They kept us rocking with Joyless then played a cool new song. I think it was about how you can be anyone. They delighted us with dozens of puns in Release Your Records then shifted into top speed for Drug Laws. They slowed the music to a crawl, then steadily drove it higher and higher before it crested and eased back into the end of Every Last One Of Us. They rocked the set to a close with Everyone Likes To. Since it was their birthday, they had presents for us. They played a hot September give stuff away jam as Amanda Gustafson read out the numbers of the raffle tickets they had given out earlier while Eric handed out albums to the winners. The whole show was great but the end was just a little extra fun.

I hung out and chatted a little bit after the show, then buttoned up my coat and took the lovely walk home as the rain built intensity. What a great night of music in our town.

 

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

The Hurdy Gurdy Men Play Donovan at Light Club Lamp Shop August 28, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time tonight seeing some Hurdy Gurdy Men, and Women, singing songs of love. I got out the door a little after nine and took the hot sweaty walk to Light Club Lamp Shop. I got in and Sean Toohey and Kirk Flanagan were on stage, with acoustic guitars in hand, ready to go. Kirk began singing, and Sean filled in backing vocals on Catch The Wind. They had a sweet and somber and joyous sound. They moved into a more playful mood with Jennifer Jupiter, I missed the next one but it was something about drinking in sunshine. Maybe Sunny Goodge Street? Barbara from Happy Spangler got up to add some vocals to Sun. Linda Bassick came up next and joined the duo on backing vocals and trombone. Their version of Mellow Yellow was fun and Linda had a lead trombone break that lit up the room. They returned to the duo state for a tale about a mad mad mad life called As I Recall It. Sean took over vocals for Hi It’s Been A Long Time and I love the pro-woman lyrics. Michael Bradshaw joined the band and brushed the bongos, which was a really cool sound, as they played Bert’s Blues. Fin added some beautiful vocals to Season Of Farewell as Bradshaw moved to the audience near the stage, but kept on adding percussion. Another guest named Chris came up to sing backing vocals on Happiness Runs and the vocal round was delightful. At some point, another acoustic guitar player joined the band and played for the rest of the nigh. Jeff Barrows maybe? Bill Mullins joined the band on a subtle and powerful electric guitar as Sean sang a gorgeous Wear Your Love Like Heaven. Chris sang the lead on a bluesy sweet version of Colours. Miku had to miss the show so Kirk sang a lovely version of Lalena. At some point Bill left and the three acoustic guitarists played a song about happiness in a pipe called The Fat Angel. Note to self, always Fly Translove Airways, get you there on time. Jeff had a nice early lead break and Sean had a cool one at the end. Chris and Bill came back and the band rocked out a Season Of The Witch that illuminated the room. Bill sang, and played some poignant guitar on Cosmic Wheels that just filled me. They rocked out Hurdy Gurdy Man. Sean had a cool lead in Sunshine Superman and it was a delight. Bill left and Chris and Fin came back. Fin narrated the opening to Atlantis in a chilling way and the band turned it to pure joy for the Way down below the ocean where I wanna be part. That should have wrapped it up, but the audience wanted more. Sean, Kirk, Chris, and Jeff came back for a playful version of I Love My Shirt, and that was that.

I hung out for a little bit then took the hot humid walk home and began to write.

 

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Miku Daza and Julia Caesar at Light Club Lamp Shop August 17, 2018   Leave a comment

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Miku Daza pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Light Club Lamp Shop. With two great bands on the bill, I couldn’t not go.

I got in and settled a little early and the room steadily filled. Soon enough, it was time for Miku Daza to play. Their thrashing gypsy punk sounded great as they lit into Parasite. They followed with Flaca Daza and we took a ride through mellow lows, soaring heights and dramatic vocals. They sang about letting me go nowhere and pulled out a cover of a Colombian song I did not know. Panic rocked hard then they eased up for one with a Hotel California vibe. The next one was epic and took us on a journey then they followed with one that started slow and got faster and faster. The whole set was blistering and great and they wrapped up the 14 song set with Frosty Pink Skies. I love when they play.

As the dust settled, I looked around and saw that the room had filled. Julia Caesar began by rocking us with Hear Me Now and followed with Ode To The River. Katy Hellman‘s voice was spot on and sounded even better when harmonizing with Liz and Meg. They sang about breathing and letting it be without a sound. They rocked out Chosen names and played another newer on about ashes ashes. They played the first song they every played out. It was about a girl who was told she took up too much space. They got the audience clapping along for the one about dying alone. Nosedive featured some powerhouse Meg guitar work then they closed the set with an epic version of Falter. Towards the end Liz ripped some serious feedback out of her guitar then put it on the ground and used he pedals to sculpt the sound into a buzzed out ending.

I headed out quickly to try and catch a band called Blue Dream at Radio Bean but they rocked hard for a minute or two then said goodnight. Oh well, I tried. After that, I ducked out the door and took the lovely walk home.

 

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Julia Caesar pic by Tim Lewis

 

Posted August 25, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Hana Zara at Light Club Lamp Shop and Rough Francis, Cave Bees, and Jessica Rabbit Syndrome at Higher Ground August 11, 2018   Leave a comment

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Hana Zara pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Saturday at Light Club Lamp Shop and Higher Ground. I got out of work at 5:30 and had time to eat and hang out at home before driving downtown. I parked near the lamp shop and got in and settled.

The room slowly filled as Hana Zara took the stage and got ready to play. A group of people walked in and sat in the back and began chatting. Hana asked if we were ready to listen, and they quieted down. The room was virtually silent as she opened with a couple of songs about love and being yourself. She began with one about a final battle cry that is one of love and followed with a song about how that being deep inside you will be your guide. She recommended finding it and saying hi. She played a song about disastrous relationships called The Cats and a sequel that was inspired by going to an ex’s house and psyche. It was called Little Fires and the room stayed transfixed. She played a song about the people out destroying the Earth called The Toy then a sequel that she had finished earlier in the day. It was about change and how we are the the thing that is changing. She quietly sang Hooray Hoorah to close the set. The audience wanted more so she played House Of Mirrors for a friend in Nebraska. She is an amazing performer and always fills my heart.

 

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Jessica Rabbit Syndrome pic by Tim Lewis

I said a quick goodbye and zipped out the door. I drove to Higher Ground and could hear a band playing as I walked in the door. I got into the room as they were wrapping it up. Jessica Rabbit Syndrome said they had one more and rocked out a song called Bacchus D. They had a heavy stomping indie grunge sound that made me wish I had arrived earlier. I need to catch them for real soon.

I chatted with a few cool people in the star-packed room then Cave Bees took the stage. They opened hard and fast with Mine All Mine then let loose the 22-R, I Need A Raise had a slower stomp then they kicked it back up with Round Sum. I Don’t Need This Anymore rocked hard then we started riding The Golden Goose. They eased back to a ’50’s groove for Muskrat Love but were back at full speed for the laser beam eyes part at the end. They rocked the Queen City then sang about the Lunacy. Juliet kept up the furious pace and Sister Blue was nice and heavy. They closed with Sweet Pussy and I was in a happy place.

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Cave Bees pic by Tim Lewis

I hung out for the set break then Colin Nicholas Clary walked on stage and put on a record. The intro music was fun then ROUGH FRANCIS took the stage. They opened fast and heavy with I-90 East and kept up the pace for Ruffians. MSP2 rocked hard then they eased up a little for Don’t Look Back. By the end of the song Paul was in the audience shredding on his guitar. Not A Nice guy was furious. I missed the name of the next one but it put the audience over the edge and the mosh pit began. They finally got to the album they had just released and rocked Big Box Law Enforcement hard. Geese and Good Person kept the intense pace then they eased up for the anti-Nazi song Walk On By. They brought the energy back up with Retrosexual then warned us of the dangers of Meth Mouth. They told us of the Earthquake that is coming and closed the set with a powerhouse version of Procession 1. The audience encore call was a bit anemic but they were gracious enough to come back anyway. Comm To Space is one of the greatest songs and they played an epic version.

I headed out pretty quickly and took the quick drive home. I’m so lucky to have so much great music always around me.

 

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Rough Francis pic by Tim Lewis

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