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Yonrico Scott & Friends at Nectar’s and acoustic Barbacoa and Sammich at Radio Bean August 26, 2015   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

I took an interesting walk through the Burlington music scene tonight. I’d been pretty wiped out lately and today was my Saturday. I got a deep enough sleep last night to finally hit dream stage, had a quiet day, then caught an intense dreamy nap this evening. I woke up at 8, got myself together and headed downtown at quarter of 9. I walked into Radio Bean at 9 and acoustic Barbacoa were on stage. Really? Acoustic surf rock? The band sounded tremendous as I was walking towards the club, and sounded better as I walked in and quickly got a drink. It was Kirk Flanagan playing acoustic guitar bass like rhythms, Lowell Thompson playing acoustic rhythm and lead and Bill Mullins Jr playing electric lead. Kirk and Lowell set up a huge sound and Bill worked his way through the fabric they created. About 3 seconds in I realized i should have gotten there at the beginning of the set. They sounded great and Bill sang a bunch of cover songs that sounded familiar but I have no idea what they were. OK, I did recognize the Tracy Ulman cover of They Don’t know, after they were into it for a bit, and it helped that Bill introduced it. Bill could have easily used the music of the other two to launch some rock ‘n roll fireworks, but instead let his leads slip into the songs creating a dramatic edge to what initially seems to be a strong acoustic set. I’m sure I’m not doing it justice, but they sounded freaking over the top amazing and great. Really, I should have gotten there earlier.

WBKM by Tim Lewis

WBKM by Tim Lewis

They wrapped up at 9:30 and there were two bands I wanted to check out at 10. I headed over to WBKM.org, and since no one was there, took the opportunity to load in a bunch of the music I have received in the last week. Hint, tonight’s local music radio show will contain a lot of music I’ve never played before, and heck, I might totally cheat and play a non-local song by Kimberly White Project just because it rocks.

Nectar's photo by Tim Lewis

Nectar’s photo by Tim Lewis

After loading music into my work file, I walked a couple of dozen steps to Nectar’s to check out the Bob Wagner recommended Yonrico Scott show. I got in, got a drink, looked at the stage, and knew they were not starting soon. I contemplated my options, and took a chance on leaving, especially after Bob said it might be closer to 10:30.

I headed back to Radio Bean to check out Sammich, since I appreciate Dalton Muzzy‘s drumming with Binger, anything with Joshua Glass Music, and assumed whomever they are working with would be cool. They started in with a jam band groove that turned into Ophelia and were off. They played another classic then got into a Floydy Bluesy groove. This turned into The Story Of The Ghost, and was pretty cool though the Floydy ending was even cooler. Josh took the lead on the next one, and truly his keyboard playing had been powerful and lovely, but the clock on the wall made me pry myself out and head back to Nectar’s.

The band were on when I walked in and it was obviously serious music. Everyone was right on and Yonrico got enough notes out of his drums in the first minute or so, that I had to count how many he was playing with. Four. Really? Wow!! Bob, Josh Weinstein,, Shane Hardiman, and the guitar player who’s name I missed, were super tight with a tendency to build the songs into epics. They played some Neville Brothers and The Wind Cries Mary and had a hard funky jam sound brewing. A friend of Yonrico ‘s goes to UVM, so they brought her to the stage to play trumpet for a song. All of the songs had a bit of space in them and each player had a time to shine. Yonrico and Josh had a ripping bass drum thing going on for a while. The guitar player up front on the Les Paul had a smoking solo. Shane’s keys tickled the songs all through the set. Bob played a ton of smoking leads and it was wonderful to be in the room feeling it. They had said something about special guests, so I assumed Kat Wright would sing a few. She joined them for the last two songs of the first set and the band grooved beautifully. Usually, she sings with a smooth even elegant style, but tonight she was kind of belting them out. After that, they wrapped up the set.

Feeling bad about walking out of Sammich, I took the short walk back to Radio Bean to catch the last 20 minutes of their set. A cool sounding song wrapped up and they said it was a Josh Glass original. Rats! Two minutes earlier would have been so much nicer. Either way, they sounded great for the last couple of songs, including the jammed out instrumental ending. After the last note, I skipped out the door and headed home. There is so much great music in our town, and I miss so much, right Swale?, but I’m so lucky to be able to catch what I can.

 

Joe Adler And The Rangers of Danger and Mammal Dap at Radio Bean January 17, 2014   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

 

As a music fan I’m pretty sated tonight. As a rocker I had to wait until the second Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger set at Radio Bean, but when it came it was magnificent. Burning Down the House was fun to start the Rangers second set, but the one two punch of The Mime into Brothers And Sisters was all the rock and roll glory I could ever want. Since Johnnie Day Durand was not there to play the saw I assumed Mammal Dap’s keyboard player would take the part, but it ended up going to Gnomedad’s sax player and he played it majestically. The slowburn ending with a bit of Horse Latitudes was pretty sweet. They lightened it up a little after that with Shoreline In Jersey, but mostly brought the rock. A Quiet Pun was great and Spit ‘N Fire Blues just rocked. They ended the night with a huge jammed out rocking ending.
The show started around 10:45 with Mammal Dap playing some powerful and precise jazz fusion, but I always have a hard time with that. I loved their sound and their playing was really intense, it’s just that none of the pieces made sense to me as songs. Consider that a comment about myself and not the band. They played 45 minutes or so then called for Joe. He was not there so they tossed in a Jeff Beck song that kept the audience dancing. Joe, Eric and Samara Lark Brown showed up after and joined them to be the Mammals Of Danger, and played most, if not all, of Joe’s album Many Things & Many Scenes. They opened with Mirror Mirror, then rocked out a fun Hungry Like The Wolf. Aya Inoue joined Samara on backing vocals for a bunch of songs like Many A Girl, Cloudy Mind, Relax and the title song. They wrapped the set with Walk On The Wild side then Mammal Dap took over for another set. It was cool but did not amaze me, again that’s my bias speaking, the band were hot. They played a few songs then brought it back to Ranger level to rock the night away.
Thanks everyone!!!

 

Judas Priest and Steel Panther at the Bell Center in Montreal October 6, 2014   Leave a comment

I had a great time seeing music Monday night in Montreal. I took a bus to Shelburne, picked up a car and my brother Ken, then drove north. The changing leaves made the drive gorgeous and the ride was smooth until we got into Montreal. We usually park in the lot in front of the Bell Center. It’s a bit expensive, but excessively convenient. A building is going up on the lot so I got turned around a little and got stuck on a highway going around town. I got off and headed back, and eventually found a small parking lot half way between the arena and St Catherine st.
We looked around the metal section of HMV for a bit then got a bite of dinner, but soon headed to the show.
I bought tickets on the fan pre-sale, so our red section seats were pretty close to the stage. It was almost too close, as the angle did not let us see much of the video screen that was at the back of the stage.
At 7:30 the lights went down and opener Steel Panther hit the stage with the first two songs from their new album. They followed with a five minute schtick where they insulted each other and gave time for the bass player to touch up his lipstick. I was a bit worried, but after that they dived into a bunch of glam metal party songs that had nice melodies and were pretty fun. Towards the end of the set they invited lots of women from the audience to come up to the stage and dance for a couple of songs. They cleared the stage, played one more, and called it a night. It was 8:30 when they wrapped up and the roadies cleared their gear from the stage.
At 9pm the lights went down and the opening music changed from playing the whole Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap album, to a much louder version of Black Sabbath playing War Pigs. A third of the way into the song, or so, the music shifted to the opening strains of Dragonaught, the banner in front of the stage dropped, and Judas Priest charged into the song. They whipped us into a frenzy with the opener then went classic with a killer version of Metal Gods! Rob stomped around the stage as Richie and Glen lit up the song with their guitars. If Ritchie was the new guy on the last tour, now he was a perfectly integrated part of the Priest this time around. His lead work was brilliant all night long and he ran around the stage with gusto. Glen spent most of the evening hanging back and ripping out some of the greatest lead breaks in metal. Ian stayed at the back of the stage, constantly rocking back and forth, keeping the sledgehammer riffs perfectly locked in with Scott’s thunderous drumming. After Gods, they went back to Screaming For Vengeance and played Devil’s Child. For the next song they went way back and played a killer Victim Of Changes. Rob’s voice was piercingly beautiful. They returned to the new album for a song that already sounds like a classic. Halls Of Valhalla is as huge and epic as anything they have ever done. A chunky crunchy Love Bites followed, then they returned to the new album for the sludgy March Of The Damned. Turbo Lover rocked hard and Rob made us sing the chorus. We were happy to oblige. Rob chatted with the audience a little and said they would play an older slower song. Beyond The Realms Of Death went from slow and searing into an epic musical explosion. Jawbreaker rocked us hard then Rob had us sing every part of the lyric for Breaking The Law. We held up our end nicely. The stage got quiet and everyone moved back. A loud roar and a stream of smoke filled the room as Rob rode the Harley onstage, Hell Ben For Leather rocked hard and ended the set.
It only took a minute, maybe less, and Rob came back out and got the audience singing. When we had gone through enough vocal histrionics, the band came out and we sang You’ve Got Another Thing Coming with them. They kind of left the stage again, though Scott remained behind the kit, and they came right back for Living After Midnight. An intro snippet of Heavy Duty lead into band and audience singing Defenders Of The Faith. When the final strains faded out they took their bows, tossed drumsticks and guitar picks to the audience and said good night.
The house lights came up and we filed out with hearts filled with metal joy. The ride home was quick and smooth, and after dropping Ken in Shelburne, I walked in at 1:00am. What a great time, I’m so glad I went!