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Swale at Shelburne Farms August 10, 2016   Leave a comment

Swale at Shelburne Farms August 10 2016

Swale at Shelburne Farms August 10 2016



I had a great time seeing music yesterday evening at Shelburne Farms. After a very long six day work week, it was nice to have Wednesday off, and it was even nicer that Swale were playing from 6:30-8. I got going around 5:30 and took the short drive to Shelburne. I got in and settled around 6 and bought a burger for dinner. I finished up, said hi to Daniel Bolles, saw the new born calfs and goats then headed back to the stage. They were set up in one of the corners of the Farm Barn courtyard and half a moon hung in a baby blue sky, occasionally eclipsed by white puffy clouds. At 6:35 they opened with the new song about having skin in the game and cause and effect and it being a matter of time. They played it on the mellow side as the mostly full lawn was filled with people on picnic blankets and kids running around. They followed with a mellow version of Cancer then had the kids come up and get Hear More Swale stickers. By the end of the night almost all of the kids, and several of the parents were covered with the stickers. Swale are such excellent marketers. They amped it up a little with a solid You Are Not The Photograph. A gorgeous version of Soul Piggy Bank followed then they showed us how to do it Old School. Up next they pulled out a cover that I’ve been dying to hear them do again, ever since they played it at the Pants show. They dedicated Both Eyes Closed to Tom Lawson and the lyrics nearly broke my heart. It was just as tremendous as the first time I saw them play it. They cheered things up with the bouncy Waiting For You, then played the super catchy new song that may or may not be called Loser. A beautiful version of If You Get Lost followed then they closed the first set with a couple of new ones, the latter of which was Release Your Records. They said they were going to take a quick break, then play until 8:30. Woo hoo, the stickers were coming true. I would get to hear more Swale.
They returned to the stage at 7:50 to play the rocking set. Joyless started a little slow but rocked hard by the end. They kept the energy high with Popular Crowd and Edible and the kids responded the the higher energy by dancing wildly in front of the stage and running fast around the courtyard. Eric Olsen modified the lyrics to Everyone Likes To, you know, cut the shark and too many jackals trying to get in, and things like that, but the song energy was as high as always. Amanda Gustafson left the keys and went into the audience to sing Rebel Girl and was running around the group of kids at the front of the stage. It was a sight to behold and she always made it back to the microphone to sing her lines. Amanda stayed with the kids to rock out to Jack Sharp then returned to the keys as they slowed things down with Beaten Down. All night long Tyler Bolles kept the songs moving nicely with his bass and lovely backing vocals. He has added a dynamic edge to the band both in the mellower songs and the rocking ones. They followed with a mellow and charming version of Middlesex. Good Medicine was next and it started super mellow but ended with a towering Eric Olsen guitar solo. A cover of Black Boys On Mopeds was riveting then they began the slow build of We Can All Bet That Way. All night long Jeremy Frederick‘s singing and drumming had been spectacular but he really went off as the song builds and builds and builds and the mantra title line repeats over and over. It’s always magic when they play that song. It was getting dark as they played and when it was done, so was the show. It was 8:37 so I walked back to the car and took the short drive home. What a perfect evening, I’m glad I spent it with Swale.



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Posted August 11, 2016 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Black Rabbit at Nectar’s July 23, 2016   1 comment

Black Rabbit at Nectar's July 23, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Black Rabbit at Nectar’s July 23, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



I had a great time seeing music at Nectar’s last Saturday. It was a long work day, and I had to be up early on Sunday, but I could not pass up a chance to give some money to the Henry Street Deli and see one of my favorite bands, who were set to go on first.

Showtime was set at 9:15 and around quarter of eight I caught a nice wind and did a combination of walking and sailing downtown. I arrived at the club just about nine and chatted with Trevor Jewett for a bit. It was a short wait then Black Rabbit hit the stage with a roar. Trevor’s drumming was fast and driving. Darlene Scarano‘s bass playing was fast and driving. Marc Scarano‘s guitar playing and singing were fast and driving. I’m not sure if they play garage rock or punk rock but they always rock. Some of the songs start with a riff from Darlene that Marc plays off of and some start with a Marc riff that Darlene plays off of. Trevor holds it all together and the songs have great melodies and are fun to sing, as long as you can sing that fast. The audience seemed to not know their music but was taken by them and really liked it when Marc went off on the lead guitar. They opened the set with the unofficial closing song for my radio show, Sayonara then rocked out to The Original Original. They went back to the first EP for a fun version of 89 then played a song about Smokey The Bear firefighter that may be called Hey. Too Good was well titled then they pulled out a cover of Dinosaur Jr’s Almost Ready. Darlene had a great riff in Rotten Egg then they played the title song of the second EP. The song is actually called The Invisibles but has the Lipstick And Dynamite line in it. Tarpaulin kept things rocking hard then the cheery chorus of Blue Sky just made me smile. They slowed things down a tiny amount for the searing BS Passes then welcomed us to the Neighborhood. They went back to full power for Rejected then let loose Alienation, which has to be one of the best songs in town. They followed with a song about science fiction that turned out to be a new song called Jumble. It was really fun. Darlene leaned into the mic to ask “Is she really going out with him?” and The Damned’s New Rose followed. They went back to Red Flannel Hash for Nicky Says then kicked out a fun cover of Teenagers From Mars. Marc said they only had five minutes left but they would squeeze in two more songs. They played Neutrino from the first EP and closed the night with Mark My Words. All in all they played 20 songs in an hour and I couldn’t have been happier.

I did not stay long but said a couple of quick goodbyes and sailed back home and prepared for the long Sunday workday.



Black Rabbit at Nectar's July 23, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis  2

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Posted July 25, 2016 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Zak Trojano in City Hall Park in Burlington Vermont July 22, 2016   Leave a comment

Zak Trojano in City Hall Park July 22 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Zak Trojano in City Hall Park July 22 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



I had a great time seeing music this afternoon in City Hall Park. My cousin and my mom were going to see the singer in the park and since I had the day off as a floating holiday for working July 4th, I said I could stop by. I arrived around noon and took a seat in the shade and listened to Zak Trojano play a bluesy acoustic guitar. He played songs with themes such as the best kind so far, being under northern lights tonight and helping you up darling if you will let me. For the fourth song he switched to an odd shaped guitar and laid it in his lap and played it like a pedal steel. The instrumental song sounded pretty sweet. Throughout the show he was sitting on a beat box and had a pedal attached to a kick drum mallet so he could add percussion. For the fifth song he switched to an electric guitar for a slow dirty blues song. As the set went along he played covers from Dylan and an instrumental from John Fahey(?). He wrapped the set with a song about a girl from Vermont. I said a quick hello then Jessica, mom and I headed out to get some lunch. If that sounds like something you might like to check out, he is playing later tonight at Light Club Lamp Shop.



Zak Trojano in City Hall Park July 22 2016 pic by Tim Lewis  2

Zak Trojano in City Hall Park July 22 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 2

The Wee Folkestra and Vermont Suzuki Violins at Summervale in the Intervale in Burlington Vermont July 21, 2016   Leave a comment

The Wee Folkestra at Summervale July 21 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Wee Folkestra at Summervale July 21 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music yesterday in the Intervale. On Thursdays throughout the summer they have a family oriented festival called Summervale in Burlington’s Old North End. It is very close to the farms that grow much of the city’s food. There are food vendors, arts and crafts, and or course, music. It was a beautiful day as I took the walk down the hill to the festival that is a couple of feet away from my amazing employer Gardener’s Supply Company. Comfortable with the layout of the gathering, I wandered in, found a strawberry thyme basil soda to drink and took a seat on the ground close to the band. At 6pm The Wee Folkestra filled the stage. They play a mix of acoustic and electric instruments, have four great singers and play folk versions of pop songs from the ages. They began the set with Samara Lark Brown belting out Sitting On the Dock Of The Bay. Of course she sang most of the lead but was joined by the other singers for the harmonies Aya Inoue lead the next song about Jackson then the band played a song about being sick of that same old love. I think that was the one where I really appreciated the dynamic between lead guitarist Eric Segalstad, bassist Eric Daniels, and drummer Houston Illo. They had something pretty cool going on. The kids in the audience began to dance a bit at the end of that one and really let go as Joe Adler lead A Good Man Is Hard To Find. The played a song about a moonlight mile on down the road that Jackie Buttolph lead, and closed the first set with Don’t Dream It’s Over.

They took a break as several Vermont Suzuki Violin students played in front of the stage. They played together quite tightly and sounded great for such young kids. They played five songs and left to a solid applause.

The Wee Folkestra returned to the stage with I’ll Fly Away and followed it with Roar. They pulled out a little CCR with Have You Ever Seen The Rain, always a daring song to play when you are outside, then did a great version of Bonnie Raitt’s Home. Throughout the entire show Johnnie Day Durand added a magical touch with her musical saw. There is so much talent in the band and yet her playing just makes the whole sound better. They continued through the set with songs like Gillian Welch’s One Little Song, the Stones This Could Be The Last Time and Dylan’s One More Cup Of Coffee. They pulled out the spiritual Old Mary then played a gorgeous version of Ghost In This House. At that point the clock said 7:30 and that was my cut off point so I could get downtown to do my radio show at 9. I enjoyed hearing the song about raising up your hands as I took the long walk up the hill. It sounded nice for a long time until it finally faded away.


Phil Yates and the Affiliates with Yurt and 1881 at the Monkey House July 16, 2016   Leave a comment

Yurt at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Yurt at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at The Monkey House. It was one of those classic shows where there was one band I knew and loved, one that I was eager to check out and one that I knew nothing about.

It had been a long work day but around 8:30 I took the long walk to Winooski. I arrived just about 9pm and got in and settled. At 9:15 YURT took the stage. They are a quartet from Bozeman Montana and feature Marlo Kapsa on vocals, keys and guitar, Shane Lavers on vocals, guitar, keys, samples and electronic percussion, Crista on bass and Olivia Kesterson on drums. The show began with Marlo singing sweetly and playing keys as the band played low-fi indie rock. She switched to guitar for the second song and that set the tone for the night as she and Shane traded vocals and guitars and keys. All of the songs would fall into a pleasant groove then move to a different rhythm and they were all a beautiful challenge to keep up with. The songs had a simple sound despite the moving complexity and it kept me transfixed. The bass playing had a raw dirty feel and the drumming began the set sounding unassuming but became a powerhouse by the end. The songs began with a low-fi sound but seemed to be more full sounding as the set progressed. Their 10 song 45 minute set was a pure joy and they ended the night with a rhythmic keyboard piece where Shane gave up banging on the keys and banged on one of Olivia’s drums, until the middle of the song where they switched places while continuing to play. I feel richer for being able to hear their music.



1881 at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

1881 at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


I have been playing some of 1881s songs on my radio show on WBKM and was really excited to catch them live. They did not disappoint. They hit the stage playing some Beatlesesque pop rock songs and sounded great. I’m not sure who all of the band members are but I think Rob Slater sang and played acoustic guitar, Winfield Holt played electric guitar, they had a bass player, a keyboard player and Seth Gundersen filled in on drums. They played a bunch of hit songs including the delightful Sometime Next Week. I get a Beatles vibe from them but there is a lot more going on too. When they pulled out a cover of All Day And All Of The Night I realized another of their influences. The couple of songs after that departed a bit from their usual sound, and had a more dark and moody feel and I really liked them. They closed the 9 song 45 minute set with a more classic hit pop song and I just loved their set. It will be fun to see where they go as a band.



Phil Yates and the Affiliates  at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Phil Yates and the Affiliates at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


There was a super quick changeover then Phil Yates & The Affiliates hit the stage. They were wrapping up a short tour and the band was super tight. Phil Yates sings and plays guitar and has a really nice voice and lovely quirky lyrics. Raph Worrick rocks the bass through all of the fun changes. Jacob Blodgett has a nice touch on the drums and sounds great whether the band is playing a slow song or rocking hard. Kevin Stevens lead guitar playing is sweet and precise and takes the songs in interestingly delightful places. They began the set with a fast and rocking version of Burn Burn Burn. They eased back a bit for Masterpiece then played the fun new song My Favorite Bag. It’s very catchy, but that can be said for so many of Phil’s songs. The pace kicked back into overdrive for a blistering Little French Earthquakes. They eased back a bit for another new song that Phil said had allusions to Elliot Smith. The rock picked up with Might As Well Settle and then they eased back a little with She Has Your Name. Teeth Or Pedal followed and has a fun riff. Co-Pilot sounded great as did I Am A Hatchet. They kicked back into high gear for a ripping Burn It Down Bernadette and kept rocking hard with Ninja’s VS Zombies. They closed the 13 song hour long set with a cover of The Replacements song I Will dare and fun was had by all.

I hung out and chatted for a bit, but soon took the long walk home. I was pretty drained but elated to realize how much great music is out there.



Phil Yates and the Affiliates  at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis  2

Phil Yates and the Affiliates at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 2

Milton Busker at Light Club Lamp Shop July 12, 2016   Leave a comment

Milton Busker at Light Club Lamp Shop July 12 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Milton Busker at Light Club Lamp Shop July 12 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I had been thinking of checking out Cricket Blue and their opening band at Radio Bean, but I worked until 8:30 which is when that show started. The show at the Lamp Shop started at 9 so the timing was a little better. I got out right on time, did a quick turnaround at home then took the lovely walk downtown.

The church bells rang nine as I walked into the club and Milton Busker was on stage and ready to start. I grabbed a seat and a drink while Milton sang, played acoustic guitar, and added in some effects. He is a very talented songwriter and a solid performer and his gentle voice and guitar playing washed over the room. The first song was pretty cool but on the second one the music took a dark and moody turn as he pulled out a searing Dogs At The Door. He followed with Jesus In Chains and at one point he let his voice soar with power and fill the shop. That set the tone for the rest of the show. He played several very catchy songs with intriguing lyrics. He mostly sang with a gentle force but brought it over the top now and then. He played new songs like The Whole from his album that was released on Friday. He did a great job with Ordinary Day, and even tossed in an amazing cover of Locked In The Trunk Of A Car. His fifteen song set filled an hour and was brilliant for every note.

Here is Milton’s take on the night


Light Club Lamp Shop – 07.12.16

After he wrapped up, I hung out for a bit. The next act on was called Local Dork which is Bob Wagner and Matthew Bryan Hagen mixing records and adding in some fun comments. They were kind of cool but when my drink was done, I headed out the door. I love the fact that there are so many talented people doing so many different things in our town.



Local Dork at Light Club Lamp Shop July 12 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Local Dork at Light Club Lamp Shop July 12 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Lotus Land at Higher Ground February 8, 2014   1 comment

I had a good time seeing music last night. I got out of work early, took a bus to Shelburne, and had dinner with Mom, Dad and my brother Ken. After that, Ken and I headed to Higher Ground to check out Rush cover band Lotus Land. Usually, I’m not that into cover bands, but many of my friends have been raving about them, and I though it would be an easy way to drag Ken out to a show.
We arrived just after doors opened and chatted with some of Burlington’s coolest music people. We hung out with Mike Wilhide and his brother, Pat Cook, and all of the guys from Elephants of Scotland. Sadly, Rich Haskell could not be there as he was in New York celebrating the birthday of Scott Fultz by Seeing Cold Sweat.
My expectations of the show were pretty high, but I tried to not let it influence me, and just listen.
Shortly after 8, the band casually took the stage and set up. The opening guitar salvo signaled The Spirit Of Radio, and we were off. As the vocal kicked in, I was momentarily stunned. I expected them to sound close, but Chris Nelson’s voice was scarily dead on. Guitarist Bob Chartrand spiderwebbed his way through the solos and drummer Mark Dalton came as close to Neil Peart as you could hope. While the whole night lacked a little something (the fact that they weren’t Rush), it was so close that it was easy to wrap yourself in the veil of illusion and fly with it.
Much of the 2+ hour set was taken from Signals/Moving Pictures/Grace Under Pressure/Power Windows era. Songs like The Body Electric, Big Money, Analog Kid (with that great surging guitar riff) sounded great, rocked hard, and were fun to sing along with. Red Barchetta, early in the set, brought me along for the ride. The Camera Eye was enchanting from first note to last. They played the hits like Tom Sawyer and Subdivisions (though the sound guy kept not turning up the guitar microphone for the title line, it was almost there for the last one). They had the drummer do an intense solo, that I think was from A Show Of Hands. Ringing cymbals brought forth a killer YYZ. The crowning achievement of the evening was a spot on Xanadu. It was truly majestic!
They closed with a rocking Working Man, and threw in a little bit of Roundabout in the late part, but they did not make it off the stage before an encore was demanded. They saddled back up to the instruments and started Overture. They let it run through The Temples of Syrinx then morphed it into the Grand Finale, and that was that.
It was obvious that the band loved the music and loved playing it. More importantly, they had me rocking from first note to last. I’m still more excited to see bands play their own music, but if you are going to be in a cover band, this is the way to do it!