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The Nancy Druids at Light Club Lamp Shop May 26, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at Light Club Lamp Shop. It was a long hectic work day, but I had a little time at home before taking the lovely walk downtown. I got in and settled and chatted with cool people like Steph Pappas and Loren Tindall and Molly King. Soon, it was showtime.

When The Nancy Druids play the Lamp Shop it’s usually more of an acoustic show and that night was no different. While I love their full rock fury, it’s nice to hear slightly quieter versions of their lovely songs now and then. They opened with the breezy Vondelpark (sp??) that blew every care and concern right out of my mind. Just Another Day followed with a nice rock stomp and a stunning upper middle fretboard solo from Sean on his acoustic guitar. Sign had a fun bounce and made me smile. John had been playing the Rickenbacker for the first three but switched to bouzouki as Ann Mindell and Sean’s daughter Ariel joined them on cello. They played a lovely version of Sky and followed with a shimmering version of December. By Design rocked nicely in the acoustic format then they pulled out a fun cover of The Ghost In You. Ariel stuck around for one more and the band let loose a lovely version of The Space Between. They returned to trio format, with John on bass, and they showed us that Salvation was all around. They kicked it up a bit for a rocking Remember Who You Were then returned to the shimmer for Disappear. They rocked out Bitter Days then were going to end with a rocking Halo, but the audience wanted more. They closed the night with Give A Little Bit and we were happy. I hung out and chatted for a bit then took the lovely walk home. It was another great night of music in our town.

 

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Posted June 4, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Girls Rock Vermont Rock Lotto showcase with You’re Doing Great Sweaty and Paul at Light Club Lamp Shop and Claudia Verona at Radio Bean March 31, 2019   Leave a comment

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You’re Doing Great Sweaty

 

I had a great time seeing music at Light Club Lamp Shop and Radio Bean last Sunday. I had a long rough work day, did a quick turnaround at home, then walked to the Lamp Shop. I got in and settled and You’re Doing Great Sweaty were on and rocking. Their fun punky pop sounded a little rough but since the band was created that morning, it was to be expected. Yes, it was Rock Lotto day. In the morning several musicians get broken up into bands and they have to write songs and perform them later that day. The crazy event is a fundraiser for Girls Rock Vermont and is always a good time. Sweaty played songs about being kind to me and monsters and I had a good time.

Up next was a band called Paul who featured Cassandra on bass, Cassafrass LOve on guitar and Linda Bassick on drums. They opened with a song with a bass line borrowed from a classic opera which had a slow sultry rock sound. They played a song about lies then mixed it up a little with a pop punk song called Hard Telling Not Knowing. It was very Vermont. You can’t really judge a band who are hours into their existence, but I really enjoyed what I heard. They could turn it into something cool, if they want.

 

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Paul

I think Paul was the last Rock Lotto band and the timing was perfect. I took the long walk to Radio Bean and got settled as Claudia Verona took the stage. She and her band had a nice rock feel and opened with a song that wondered about ever being in love like this. What To Do was a cool song then they slowed it down for one about remembering the day. They played songs about Mother Nature and about reading them and weeping. A song about misunderstanding had a bit of a country feel then they rocked one about being my lover. They romanticized the next one then funked up the one after that. They had us dance the night away, not a cover, then closed with a rocker. The End Of The Show had a bit of a Joan Jett vibe and I was all smiles. I think that was their first show and I would happily go see them again anytime.

 

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Claudia Verona

 

The Mountain Carol and Rose Yellowthorn at Light Club Lamp Shop March 23, 2019   Leave a comment

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The Mountain Carol

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturdays ago at Light Club Lamp Shop. It was a long work day but I had a little time to settle at home before taking the lovely walk to the club. I got in and settled then lost myself in the graceful flow of The Mountain Carol‘s music. They opened with more questions than answers and let it flow into something cool which flowed into Adventure Safari. They played their new song Last Night and one about justifying my love. They almost veered into pop territory with a song about cause and effect and played a new one about never saying die. Sway had a nice groove to get lost in as did the next one. They told us that The Party’s Over then played The Mountain Carol. They closed the elegant show with The Neverending and it left me in a happy place.

Up next Rose Yellowthorn took the stage. They had a sweet pop sound and opened with a song about talking about her. They played one about turning into myself and followed with a new one about the wrong way. As the show went along they played songs about missing me when the anger burns out and being a factory man. They played one about a vampire and one about a child in chief. They closed the 14 song set with one about laying here with me and I was in a happy place. They have lovely songs and I’m so glad I got to see them.

I hung out and chatted for a bit then took the lovely walk home. It was another great night of music in our town.

 

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Rose Yellowthorn

Andric Severance Art Ensemble at Light Club Lamp Shop January 8, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music January 8th at Light Club Lamp Shop. It was a lovely Tuesday and I was a little bored. There was not a lot on the schedule but this show looked kind of interesting. I took the lovely walk downtown with little idea of what to expect.

It was billed as Andric Severance Art Ensemble and featured Sofia Hirsch ib violin, Matt Larocca on viola, Jacob Deva Racusin on percussion and tenor sax, Andric Severance on stand up bass, and a mystery cellist. They opened with a slow bluesy psychedelic rock jam. I’m not quite sure what kind of magic they pulled out to make those acoustic instruments so trippy, but I happily lost myself in the sound. Most of the songs were instrumental but the second one had Andric sing about what’s inside my house at the end. They mixed up bowing and plucking the stings but still produced sparkly dreamy music. One song later in the set had a Set The Controls For the Heart Of The Sun vibe. They played one that began as a broke down jam then solidified around the drums before drifting into space for a while. They played a song in G Minor and closed the set with a funky rocker.

It’s hard to really describe how cool of a show it was. I’m so glad I took a chance.

Posted February 16, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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A Very Hairy Swaleness at Light Club Lamp Shop then Samara Lark And Friends and Savage Hen at Radio Bean December 22, 2018   Leave a comment

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Physics Club pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at Light Club Lamp Shop and Radio Bean. I worked a short day and had a little time to relax at home. Just before 7, I headed out the door and swung by Taco Gordo for a quick tasty taco, then walked the rest of the way downtown. I got into the Lamp and settled as the room steadily filled. A little after 8 Physics club took the stage and filled the room with cautious glee. They chatted with the audience a lot and chatted about chatting a lot. They sang about how Christmas is the time to give gifts to the baby Jesus, and delicious honey ham. Irene, Rex and Abraham, if those are their real names, had a relaxed vibe that came across as deeply hilarious. They sang about how too many candy canes made their breath minty, but their stomachs stinky and about making all of their Christmas presents because they didn’t have any money. Since it was Christmas, they decided they could wear what they wanted, then capped the seven song set by going out to find the biggest bushiest tree. It’s hard to capture how funny they were, but if you ever see them on a bill somewhere, go.

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

They began the transformation into Swale with a song about how everything smells like Christmas. Irene morphed into Amanda Gustafson as Abraham moved away from the keys to the backing vocal position. Rex stayed on the drums and moved into Jeremy Frederick mode and Eric Olsen started playing guitar at the end. It was still pretty funny, but you could begin to hear the huge rock sound coming out. Tyler Bolles joined them and they locked into SWALE mode for Mele Kalikimaka which was fun to hear on a chilly evening. Matt Larocca joined them on violin next and stayed for most of the night. It’s Christmas is a poignant song from their Kiss Mess EP and they played a beautiful version of it. Craig Mitchell came up next and took the mic. Marie Claire Johnson added some backing vocals as they sang This Christmas. The fireside blazing bright line was especially catchy. The band switched into high gear as Lily Sickles took the stage and belted out Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) and the audience rocked along. James Kochalka followed with a song about coveting his neighbors Christmas lights. It was hilarious and everyone was smiling. He stayed on stage and sang a song about a sleigh ride to heck and the audience sang along with gusto. There was something magical about the way it happened. Amanda followed with the most esoteric song of the night and played a haunting Snow Angel with Tyler on banjo. Tyler played the next one solo on banjo but took the time to explain that some band redid a version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah that was just terrible, so he redid it in a fun way. The tune was familiar and the audience laughed in the verses about Rudolph and the Grinch but sang along on the choruses, even with Tyler’s altered words. I could feel chills running through me. Marie Claire came back and sang Fairy Tale Of New York with Tyler. It was really fun. Marie moved to the keys and Amanda moved to the front of the stage. Matt joined in on sax as they let loose a huge Baby Please Come Home. It was great. Jason Cooley came to the stage and played a song for Josh Bridgman that almost made me cry. The Velvet Underground’s Jesus was a perfect tribute to Josh. The next song was just Swale and they sang a cool song about getting to know the people in your house. They followed with an instrumental Jingle Bells that featured Amanda’s keys in the beginning and some ripping Eric guitar work at the end. Lily returned to the stage for Feliz Navidad. The song had a huge sound in the chorus and had people dancing hard. For the next song, Ryan Ober and Cooley stood in front of the stage and lit into Christmas in Hollis. It was brilliant and fun. Eric said they had a treat for us and Marie Clairecame back and sang Christmas Wrapping. Her voice was so close to The Waitresses that it was superb. Craig returned to the stage for a funky blues rock song about Backdoor Santa that got a little naughty in a nice way. Amanda sang the next song and wished us well for whatever lies ahead. Francesca Blanchard followed with All I Want For Christmas Is You and I swear that everyone in the room was in awe. Swale began the evening by handing out cards and asked us to pull out the lyric sheet. I’m not sure what happened but it sounds like someone slipped and fell outside of the Lamp Shop and an ambulance showed up. Per Eric, the person was fine, but the hoped for singalong didn’t quite work with so many distracted people. That said, Amanda sang a great version of The Christmas Song, and many people sang along. The band returned to full rock mode and Ryan Miller hit the stage for a blistering Hazy Shade Of Winter. Where does joy end and fun begin? Their version was right in that sweet spot. Cooley came back and played a fun gritty rocker that I couldn’t spot. Per my notes, I think it was Riverbottom Nightmare Band from the Muppets Emmet Otter’s Jug Band. It was really fun to listen to at the show, but doing this write-up brought me to YouTube to watch it. I’m sure it’s the song and both versions are great. Up next Tyler got everyone bouncing to the Christmas Polka. Swale capped the night with a sweet singalong with Christmastime is Here that filled my soul. It was a beautiful show.

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With Matt Larocca

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Craig Mitchell

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Lily Sickles

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James Kochalka

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Marie Claire

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Amanda Gustafson

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Ryan Ober and Jason Cooley

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Marie Claire

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Francesca Blanchard

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Ryan Miller

 

I settled up and took the long walk over to Radio Bean as Samara Lark and friends belted out Baby Please Come Home. It turned out to be the only repeat of the night which is not bad when you see three bands in one night play traditional (ish) songs. Samara was joined by Jackie Buttolph and Aya Inoue on vocals, Eric and Eric on guitar, Johnnie Day Durand on musical saw and glockenspiel, Jake Styles on bass and Andrew Bedard on drums. Johnnie began Oh Holy Night and you could hear the words coming out of her saw. The rest of the band joined in and played a gorgeous version of the song. They took us into minor chord territory for Hark To The Bells and I was in a happy place. They kicked up the pace for Cheap Trick’s I Wish It Was Christmas Today and I bopped with glee. They kept up the pace for a rousing Holiday Road and we all just had to sing along. How can you not? i love that Samara thinks that is an essential Christmas song. They slowed things down and brought the energy up for Happy Xmas (War Is Over). That’s one of those songs that fills my soul and I’m so glad they closed the set with it.

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Samara Lark and Friends

I hung out for a bit and thought I’d check out the next band. It was a little late, but they usually don’t play super long sets and I was still ready to rock. Savage Hen took the stage and let loose their super heavy bass, drums, vocals dirgy sound. They opened with a horrific Here Comes Santa Claus that made me smile and the mighty audience dance hard. A heavy version of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer followed and off we went. They advised us to not get on the wrong list then played a heavy traditional Hanukkah song that was very cool. They advised us to take a Christmas Bath then dropped a super heavy Jingle Bell Rock. They shouted loudly that the Seat’s Taken then played a song about how Santa is a monster. All evening long the dialog was wry. They sang of a Clever Girl then one about Santa is here, release your fear. Local Lore was a song about encountering the supernatural. The final lyric says If there really is a god, he ain’t watching me, but it’s not uncommon for Jaq Tothephuture to put a little spin on it. I think that night it was if there really is a Santa, he better be effing good. They rocked on with a song about running for your life across the north pole and the next one may have had something to do with reindeer romance. They kept rocking and I didn’t catch much of the lyric but had a good time. Next, they took us to the Edge then released a little Voodoo Revenge. The next song was 46 seconds long, so it might have been Curtain Call, but I’m not sure. Either way, it was good. We followed them down to the Alabama swamp and battled monsters for a while then went back up north for another Santa song. At that point I looked at clock. It was 12:45 and I had to be at work at 9 so I zipped out the door and took the quick walk home. I settled a bit and slept a bit and hit the ground running in the morning.

It was another lovely night of music in our lovely town. Wow, did I really hear 57 songs that night?

 

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Savage Hen pic by Tim Lewis

Amerykanka and The Mountain Carol at Radio Bean and Erica Bosserman and Katy Hellman at Light Club Lamp Shop December 21, 2018   Leave a comment

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Amerykanka pic by Tim Lewis

It was a Friday night and the last thing in the world that I wanted to do was go out. Saturday is my Monday and I knew it would be a challenge to figure out the work flow for the day. Staying in and getting to bed early made so much sense, and yet, a band I like were coming over from Plattsburgh, so what, I couldn’t walk 15 minutes downtown? There were a few shows around town that looked cool, and a can’t miss holiday show at Arts, that I totally missed and heard was totally amazing, but I thought if I found something quick and easy, I could make it out. Of course, once that decision was made, a couple of wish list shows lined up relatively nicely, I knew I’d have to make some choices to make it happen. All of that said, I had to take a pry bar to my psyche to make that first step out the door.

I quickly caught a reasonable walking pace and slid into the fairly full Radio Bean. I clumsily entered and got a drink and listened as Amerykanka unveiled their lovely voices with a drone underneath. Consisting of five women singers and occasional new or old drones from a laptop, the sound is ethereal and enchanting. I just listened to the first one as I settled in, but quickly knew the next. Blood And Gold is a tale of soldiers in the snow that brings you right into the story. They followed with a couple that were from a 20 year old requiem written by Rebecca . They sang a Czech song about Mother Mary and vespers and I think the next one had a Spanish theme. The next song was about joy, but that could be said about their whole show. I finished my beer and made hard choice one.

 

I took the long walk to the Light Club Lamp Shop and settled in. Erica Bosserman took the stage with her voice and an acoustic guitar. She sang with a soft falsetto voice and a steady driving guitar that caught me instantly. She sang about when the fever breaks and how it is written in the stars. She sang a song about putting the words she should have said into a letter. It had some quiet parts where her voice reminded me of Roger Waters. She said that not all of her songs are sad ones and played a rousing Mix It Up, The next song might have been about a blue life, but the one after definitely took us into the forest. She closed with a stark and cool song about not turning to stone. It was a really nice set.

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Erica Bosserman pic by Tim Lewis

I glanced at the clock and it said 20 of Carol, so thankfully, Katy Hellman took the stage quickly. She sang as delightfully as always and mixed up playing guitar and bass. I think the first one was about flesh and stars and it definitely had a cool bass groove. She sang a song about letting go of the peaches that have rotted so new ones can grow on the vine. She played a very new and very cool song called Storm then played a song that I think was called Mockingbirds. There is something about her songs that is so inviting, and just makes you feel good when you are listening to them. I reveled in one more beautiful song before the evil and beautiful time clock pulled me back to the Bean.

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Katy Hellman pic by Tim Lewis

I walked in and The Mountain Carol began to play. Their sound is hypnotic and dreamy and has strength and a nice flow. I keep listening to their albums and think I will know all the songs when they play live then get lost immediately once they start. I’m OK with that. I think they opened with Dino then went into The Mountain Carol then into another one and maybe another, They surfaced at some point and said hi and that the next one was from their upcoming album Wonder Of Birds. Under Neath flowed through the depths and sounded similar to yet different from their Transmissions From Robot Dog version. They played a cool new song called Last Night then began to Sway. They claimed that the party was over but kept taking us into the land of the shadow puppets. All night long they sounded great, and it was easy to slide into that lovely flow, but there was a little something off with the lighting. It’s like you could see them just fine, but the shadows weren’t quite as distinct as usual. Anyway, they played a song about having pure intentions and called it a night. I quickly slipped out the door and made it home a little after 11. I caught a few hours rest and dove into the work day.

 

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The Mountain Carol pic by Tim Lewis

 

The Nancy Druids at Light Club Lamp Shop November 30, 2018   Leave a comment

 

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I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Light Club Lamp Shop. It’s getting to the busy time of year. I’m working longer and later hours and getting out to see music has been a challenge. This show was set to go from 7:30 to 8:30, and even though I had to be at work a little before 8am on Saturday, the timing was perfect.

I was a little slow to get out the door, but I found a quick walking pace, and entered the Lamp shop just as the band were about to start. I got settled in as the acousticish The Nancy Druids opened with Sky. Sean played acoustic guitar but John was on electric bass and Ann Mindell drove the songs with her drums. They followed with a double slice of pop heaven with Vondle Park and Sign and I was in a very happy place. Sean and Ann’s daughter Ariel joined them on cello for a very appropriate December and a cool version of By Design. The cello added a nice flow as they rocked out The Space Between. Ariel was going to leave but the audience wanted more. She played a little Bach (I think that’s what John said it was) that made the audience smile. She really left after that and the trio rocked out Salvation. They tossed in a cover of Year Of The Cat, and while Sean’s voice was a little different from Al’s, his inflections were almost exact. It was beautiful and amazing. After that, Sean put down the acoustic and picked up an electric guitar. I was in a happy place as they rocked out Just Another Day. They still played a little quieter than usual but by the time they got into the middle of I Can’t Remember Who You Were they were close to full speed. They followed with a cool version of Bitter Days then ramped up to full speed for a blistering Halo. Oh, that did my heart a world of good.

After the show I hung out and chatted with Molly King and Loren for a bit, then took the lovely walk home. I was able to get a little rest before Saturday’s 8-6:30 shift that began my work week. It’s going to be a rough two weeks, but after that, I should be back in the swing of things.

 

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Posted December 5, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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