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Envy and Barbacoa at The Monkey House and Andriana Chobot at Oak 45 July 28, 2016   Leave a comment

Envy at the Monkey House July 28 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Envy at the Monkey House July 28 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Thursday at The Monkey House. I know, I should have been at WBKM doing my local music radio show, but thanks to the power of technology, for once, I was able to be in two places at once. I put the show together on Wednesday morning and recorded it in the afternoon. I hope I got the references to which shows were happening on which day correct. It’s always worth double checking me.

On May 18 of last year (2015) I felt like i received the greatest of late birthday gifts when I saw The Nancy Druids for the first time. I loved Envy’s songs in the ’90’s and The Red Telephone took that sound to a lovely place. I hoped the Druids would have that feel and was elated on the first few notes. I have caught several of their shows lately and chatted with the band often. I remember the idea of an Envy reunion being discussed and remember the day when Sean said it was going to happen. I had a couple of months to wait, but fortunately there was a lot of great music to catch.

After a long night of great music Wednesday I had a nice slow start on Thursday. Just before noon went to North Beach for the Gardener’s Supply summer picnic. It was fun to hang out with everyone until the rain came around 3. I headed out a bit after that and got home and was able to catch a short nap.

I woke up, put on the black, and headed out the door. I was running a bit late, but cruised through the long walk to Winooski. The first show of the night was set to start at 7 and I had left about 10 minutes late. I walked into oak45 at 7:09 to find the room filled with people apparently attending a class on cocktails. The band were set up in the corner of the room but all attention was on the bartenders stories and explanations about classic drinks. I got a drink, hung out, listened, and they wrapped up around 20 after. At 7:30 Andriana Chobot began to play. She sings and plays keys and was joined by Patrick J. Markley on bass and Cody Sargent on drums. I first heard Andriana sing a few weeks ago at the Eat More Kale festival and had to buy her album. I’ve been listening to it and playing it on my radio show ever since. The bass and drums added extra drama and a full sound to her songs. Her keyboard playing is powerful and her voice is lovely. The music is ethereal and enchanting. They played songs like Stumble and Cascade and Not I, and tossed in a mellow cool version of Come Together. They caught the attention of a few of the people hanging out after the class, and seemed to get a little bit more applause after each song. As the show was set to go until 9, and another band around the circle was set to go on at 8:30, I knew I was not going to make the full show. I kept not leaving and finally, about 8:37, they finished a song and I finished my drink and off I went. I really need to see them again when I can just hang out until the last note.

 

 

Andriana Chobot at Oak 45 July 28 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Andriana Chobot at Oak 45 July 28 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

I dodged a bit of traffic and made my way over to the Monkey House. The first band was not on yet so I chatted with Molly King and Lauren and David Jarvis. There were a lot of familiar faces in the crowd. I thought it was odd that Bobby Hackney Jr. kept walking on and off the stage, but soon enough Barbacoa began to play and Bobby joined Bill Mullins and Kirk Flanagan on drums. His playing was fast and powerful and precise and sounded great as the band ripped through a great set of surf noir songs. Kirk’s bass playing drives the songs hard and Bill’s guitar work is always spectacular. They played a bunch of their own songs, everything is instrumental, and a few fun covers. They played a bit of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Paint It Black, and the Secret Agent Man/Spiderman theme mix. Of course, the cover of the night was an astounding version of Envy’s Bloodboy, which they did on the Burlington Does Burlington compilation from many years ago. The crowd was pretty fired up for the whole 14 song hour long set.

 

 

Barbacoa at the Monkey House July 28 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Barbacoa at the Monkey House July 28 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

The set break was not long then Envy hit the stage for the first time in 21 years. They opened with Bloodboy which has those heavy riffs that melt into the lyrics. There is something about they way they put songs together that is like nothing else. It’s like they set a tone and unfold the sound and it just falls into the rest of the song. Their songs rock hard, even the slower ones, and seem to set themselves on a course for chords that just build and build until they explode. Several times I found myself raising my arm part of the way as a song climbs until it hits that part where the full fist pump is demanded. That brought back a few memories of how excited I used to get when seeing them, but the real treat was seeing four great musicians playing stunning songs here in 2016. The classic lineup of Sean Toohey on guitar and vocals, Matt Hutton on guitar and vocals, Ann Mindell on drums was joined by Julia Austin who played bass with them for a while back in the day. They played most of Distorted Greetings with songs like Still Life Scene, and Falling In And Out Of Sleep. There was one I was not certain of but I think it was Finger Prison. I was quite certain of Imaginary, Sunday, and Horse. They went to an older song they used to play, one that Sean recorded solo, called 1,000 Lies. They dropped a heavy and powerful Bomb then played one from an old cassette. I don’t remember it off hand, but it was great. They closed the night with a powerful cover of Purple Rain. All night Sean and Matt had been trading solos and Matt sounded great playing lead on the Prince song.

It was so wonderful to hear those songs again, and to see local luminaries like Daniel Bolles, Brendan Devitt, John Franklin, and Mike Luoma and lots of others that looked familiar. Despite the desire to look back at the time when those songs were created and first played I really couldn’t. All I could see was some great musicians playing some great songs in a timeless magical way.

I hung out for a little bit, then took the long walk home to Burlington with my head filled with musical magic.

 

Envy  at the Monkey House July 28 2016  pic by Tim Lewis  2

Envy at the Monkey House July 28 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 2

Villanelles, The Mountain Says No, and Dino Bravo at Nectar’s and Bethany Conner and Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival musicians on King St July 20, 2016   Leave a comment

The Mountain Says No at Nectar's July 20, 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

The Mountain Says No at Nectar’s July 20, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

I had a great night of seeing music last Wednesday at Nectar’s. The evening began when I met up with my dear friend Polly Pratt. She was in town to see the Milk Carton Kids show that Higher Ground presented at the First Unitarian Church and I was going for a louder show, but we had about an hour to chat and catch up. As she headed to the church, I wandered down to King St to hang out with James Lockridge and the Big Heavy World crew. At 8pm they did the Rocket Shop radio show live in the back yard, so I got some bonus music. The first act was four members of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. With two violins, a viola and a cello, they played some 1920’s era eastern European music. The musicianship was fantastic and they played a variation on a waltz, a variation on a tango and a tarantella that was meant to replicate the feeling after being bitten by a spider. I was pretty blown away.

 

 

members of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival on King st July 20 2019 pic by Tim Lewis

members of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival on King st July 20 2019 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Up next, they had a 17 year old singer songwriter named Bethany Conner Music chat and play a few songs. She plays well, has a strong voice and lyrics that show a wisdom beyond her age. She played songs from her album I’ll Tell You such as Josie, Can You Love Me Too?, Sweet Dreams, and I missed the title of the last one. She said something about writing sad songs that reminded me of The Cush, which only made me appreciate her more. I was lucky enough to get a copy of some of her music and played Can You on my radio show last night. I think she may become a force to be reckoned with.

 

 

Bethany Conner on King st July 20 2019 pic by Tim Lewis

Bethany Conner on King st July 20 2019 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

It was about 9pm so I headed over to Nectar’s. I hung out and chatted with a couple of people and just after 10 The Mountain Says No hit the stage hard. They played a nine song set and it was all from their forthcoming album. They met up with Ryan Cohen last week and recorded the skeleton of the album but will fill it out for release later this year. They opened with a heavy loud song and stayed nicely in that vein for most of the show. I’ve seen them a few times lately so I know some of the new songs a little bit. The second song was You Say You’re Alive and that has a nice riff and an easy to sing title. The third song made it seem like they came from ancient times to observe us and the fourth song was an epic about Ryan (possibly Brian), David and Sarah. The new classic Glazerbeam lit up the firth spot with a mystical swirl. Another heavy rocker followed then they eased back with the gorgeous and poppy Game Of Thrones. The eased back a little bit more for Blanket’s Fine then returned to full power for another new classic called I Know Right. I missed hearing some of the old songs, but if they are writing new ones like this, I’m OK with it.

 

 

The Mountain Says No at Nectar's July 20, 2016  pic by Tim Lewis  2

The Mountain Says No at Nectar’s July 20, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 2

 

 

Polly wandered in, since her show was done, so we chatted for a couple of minutes until Villanelles hit the stage. As with the shows for the last two weeks, I loved their songs and their energy and had a great time. Most of the set was from Blue Heart Attack which is a tremendous album. Songs like Farside, Grey Goo and Shy Spiders were just great. They skipped the usual Dig A Pony cover and tossed in a Supergrass that I did not know but really liked. Heartbreak Baby rocked especially hard and I think they closed the 11 song set with Jenny. They are such a great rock band.

 

 

 

Villanelles  at Nectar's July 20, 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Villanelles at Nectar’s July 20, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

After the set I chatted with Polly for a bit and with Luke Awtry who took some great photos of the bands. Polly had a long drive home so she headed out but I was set to stay until the last note of Dino Bravo VT. They began with an instrumental jam that featured some nice solo work from Chris Farnsworth and fell into Sugar Coated Candy Stix. Pop Music followed and I just love the easy to sing to lyrics. I missed the title of the next song, but I’m pretty sure Matthew Stephen Perry referred to it once as Wet Sheddy at a show quite some time ago. It’s the one about Don’t Jump In The Water and rocks hard. The nine song set continued with songs like Empires and Two Car Garage. They closed the night with one of the great songs in Burlington, A Song About The Ocean. Once the last note faded out, I headed out the door and took the long happy walk home. There is always so much great music happening in Burlington, even on a Wednesday night.

 

 

Dino Bravo  at Nectar's July 20, 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Dino Bravo at Nectar’s July 20, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

#BTV

 

Swale and Villanelles at Nectar’s July 13, 2016   Leave a comment

Swale at Nectar's July 13 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Swale at Nectar’s July 13 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Nectar’s. It was the second night of the Villanelles July residency and they had another great opening band.

I took the lovely walk downtown a little after 9 and arrived just after 9:30. I hung out for a bit, chatted with a coworker and his wife, said a quick hello to James Lockridge, and just after 10pm SWALE hit the stage. They set the tone for the night by opening with a new song, the one about cause and effect and it being a matter of time. It’s a really nice and catchy song. Next they went back to the first EP for a mellow version of Cancer then unleashed the slow burn of You Are Not The Photograph. Amanda Gustafson sang a gorgeous version of Soul Piggy Bank then they slowed the pace down even further with Old School. They kept things mellow for a bit with songs like Beaten Down and Release Your Records but then the rock started to build. Joyless started out rocking hard and went over the top when Eric Olsen let loose a towering guitar solo. Another new one with some intense lyrics followed. After that some gentle notes and very intense Jeremy Frederick drumming signaled the brilliant We Could All Be That Way. I love the way that begins so slow then climbs into a huge monster of a song and eases off at the end as the band repeat the title as if it were a mantra. Of course, that might not actually be the title of the song since it’s not recorded yet, but you get the idea. They wrapped the night with the blistering rocker Drug Laws and Tyler Bolles bass helped drive the song hard. Swale always put on a great show and last night, they were at the top of their game.

The set break was quick then Villanelles hit the stage and kept the place rocking. They opened with Jenny which is the closing song from their album Blue Heart Attack. They played most of the album and all the songs rocked hard. They played an older song called Parking Lot and tossed a cover of Dig A Pony without the My Sharona intro they used last week. They played a rocking 16 song set that went until 1am and closed the night with Kiss My Grits. Their set was so much fun, I may have to do it again next week.

 

 

Villanelles at Nectar's July 13 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Villanelles at Nectar’s July 13 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

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Lake Milk and The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016   Leave a comment

The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016

The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016

 

 

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Manhattan Pizza and Pub. The show was set to begin at 10 and I arrived almost exactly on time. I got a beer and hung out and it was not long until Lake Milk hit the stage. They are a guitar/vocals, bass, drums trio and play indie rock with hints of classic rock and punk. The songs were tightly structured but did have some space for some fun guitar solos. The band had a lot of heart and a lot of spunk and I liked them more and more with each passing song. One went something to the effect of We Don’t Pick The Road and another may have had a line about crawling into a test tube. They played 10 songs over 40 minutes or so and I enjoyed them all. They are definitely a band to keep an eye on.

 

 

Lake Milk  at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Lake Milk at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

After a break that was just long enough for me to get another drink and eat a slice, The Mountain Says No hit the stage and rocked it hard. They opened with a ripping version of The Bomb and we were off. Most of the set was made of new songs like the lovely Game Of Thrones, the eerie and rocking Glazerbeam and Machu Picchu. They tossed in rocking classics like Ricky The Rider, rocked hard with the new You Say You’re Alive, then eased up with the melancholy 3,000. They brought the band back to full power with Restaurant then eased back with Blanket’s Fine. They capped the night with a blistering I Know Right and finished around 1am. I hung out for a bit and chatted with the band and Ryan Cohen about an upcoming recording session, then took the lovely walk home. What a fantastic night.

 

 

The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016   2   pic by Tim Lewis

The Mountain Says No at Manhattan Pizza July 8, 2016 2 pic by Tim Lewis

Invisible Homes and Villanelles at Nectar’s July 6, 2016   Leave a comment

Invisible Homes at Nectar's July 6 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Invisible Homes at Nectar’s July 6 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Nectar’s. There were lots of great music choices for a Wednesday night but the double bill at the iconic club seemed too good to pass up.

The show said doors at 9:30 and I really did not want to miss anything and arrived just about that time. I hung out for the sound check and just after 10pm Invisible Homes hit the stage. Their songs take interesting twists and turns and I really enjoy them. They opened with the catchy Little Song and then launched into Above The Frequency which is one of my favorite songs. I love each section and the way it moves through them. The continued on playing tunes from their album Song For My Double including the title song. They played the new song All Your Basis which has a cool Adrian Belew vibe to it. This Machine was played well late in the set and in the end the played 10 great song over an hours time. They are such a great band. I’m so psyched I was there for every note.

 

Villanelles at Nectar's July 6 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Villanelles at Nectar’s July 6 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

After about a 25 minute set change Villanelles hit the stage and rocked it hard. Their songs are fast and fun and have a nice feel to them. They played a bunch of songs from their new album Blue Heart Attack. They played songs from the animal kingdom that ranged from Shy Spiders to Sharktopus. They did great versions of Farside and the ripping rocker Heartbreak Baby. They played My Sharona into All I Want Is You. Their 16 song set spanned about 90 minutes and was wonderful for every moment. They are playing every Wednesday in July, so I’m sure I will catch them again a few more times.

 

Coming Up   Leave a comment

I was really expecting to make it downtown on July 3rd to see Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul band but after a crushing day at work, I just had no energy left.  I did not realize what it was until the fireworks started and I started crying.  My dad loved fireworks and he passed away last September.  This was my first independence day celebration where I could not just walk to the waterfront and hang out with him and watch the spectacular show.  I can see most of the fireworks from my living room window and it was a better place to let my sadness flow, rather than in a large crowd.

Monday was the holiday and I worked 8 hours and there was nothing on the music calendar that attracted my attention.  Same for today, Tuesday July 5th.  Tomorrow, well tomorrow could go a couple of ways.

Aspero Saicos are pretty cool and are playing at ArtsRiot.  The write up says “Aspero Saicos: Peruvian Teen Angst featuring members of ROUGH FRANCIS and special guest; Brian Wilson (on bass)
The Soaks: Garage-Pop from San Diego CA
Disco Phantom: Spinning tunes and saving your life.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1113781592026920/

That sounds like the way to go, except there is a potentially great show happening at Nectar’s.

Villanelles • Every Wednesday in July w/ special guests

w/ Invisible Homes

Villanelles • Every Wednesday in July w/ special guests

I love Invisible Homes and really like Villanelles.  I was sure I was going to this show before finding about the Saicos show.  I’m not sure which way I will end up going, but I will have a show to write up on Thursday morning.  Stay Tuned.

Apartment 3, Vundabar, And The Kids at Arts Riot July 2, 2016   Leave a comment

Apartment 3 at Arts Riot July 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Apartment 3 at Arts Riot July 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at ArtsRiot. It was one of those classic nights where I got to check out a band I was curios to see, there was one band I knew nothing about and one band that I knew I would love. They even played in that order.

I got out of work at 7:30, stopped at home quickly, then headed out a little after 8 and arrived just before 8:30. I had enough time to get a beer an Apartment 3 hit the stage and rocked it hard. With two singer/guitar players, bass and drums they unleashed a catchy maelstrom of indie punk. Some of the songs were a little sludgy and heavy, some were were fast punk, but all of them had a nice flow and moved through their changes with ease. The only one I recognized was Winter Is Gone and they played it very well. They played a solid 40 minute set that ended with an off kilter eighties pop sounding song that evolved into a heavy rock ending. I really loved their set and will definitely check them out again soon.

 

Vundabar at Arts Riot July 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Vundabar at Arts Riot July 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

About 15 minutes after they left the stage, Vundabar started playing. They are a guitar/singer, bass, drums band and their songs seem to be about laying out some riffs, pausing for a bit then charging back into them. The packed audience loved them and were bouncing along and lightly moshing for their hour long show. They played a dozen songs and the audience sang along heartily on the second to last. They reminded me a bit of Ten Years After but with some more modern indie rock sounds. They put on a solid rock show that was enjoyed by all.

 

And The Kids  at Arts Riot July 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

And The Kids at Arts Riot July 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

There was another short set break, then And The Kids hit the stage. If the previous band was all about riffs to get people to bounce, Kids are all about well crafted songs that are fun to dance to. They treated us to several songs off the new Friends Share Lovers album, including the title song, and played plenty of the classics. They are guitar/singer, bass, drums trio though the drummer adds backing vocals and tons of effects. The audience loved them and had a great time singing the AAA-EEE sections of Cats Were Born. Their 14 song set spanned an hour and they wrapped the night with a stellar All Day All Night.

I headed out shortly after the last song faded out and was really glad I put the effort in. We are so lucky to be able to get such lovely music in Burlington.

 

Eat More Kale Festival at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in Montpelier VT June 25, 2016 part 3   Leave a comment

The Indomitable Soul Band at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Indomitable Soul Band at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

OK, here comes the write up for the rest of the Eat More Kale Festival. When I left off it was 7:15pm and time for Steady Betty to hit the stage. The band has a drummer, Caroline Marie on bass, Linda Bassick on guitar, a four-piece horn section and the magnificent Miriam Bernardo and Kat Wright singing the lead. The music is rock steady and has a mellow reggae vibe with a horn section about as precise as your average atomic clock. The music has a nice groove and the singers voices will melt your heart. They sang songs about getting ready to rock steady and silent rivers running deep. They sang songs about angelic delights and practicing. Linda wrote and sang a couple of the songs which only adds to their charm. The band took us to their neighborhood and made us feel good all over. A cover of Cupid was heavily enjoyed by the fairly large crowd. Linda’s song about revolution and peace within us was just great. Miriam and Kat treated us to stories about being in love and wondering how then sang about heaven being here. They wrapped the gorgeous 15 song set with a couple of songs about being in love. Their set was just tremendous.

 

Steady Betty at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Steady Betty at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

After that was the first real break of the night. I hung out and chatted for a bit but after 15 or 20 minutes it was time for Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band. It had been a while since I have seen them and from the very beginning I realized that was a mistake that would need correcting. The show began with the Katless band dressed in black starting a rock and roll rave up. With Bob Wagner on blistering electric guitar, bass, drums, keys and three horn players they had a huge rocking sound. As that song eased off the glorious Kat Wright took the stage and enchanted us with her sultry voice. The beginning of the set was filled with new songs that were incredible and made me feel glad I joined in their kickstarter and will get the album as soon as it is ready. They played songs about home, and putting your feet up. They played a new song called The River which had some nice bends to it. They did a great version of By My Side. They sang a song that Brett Hughes wrote for Kat about being a fool. It had a nice dancey groove until the end where it rocked hard. Throughout the night there was a lot of great guitar work and a couple of hints here and there that four members of the band played parts in a Pink Floyd cover band. They wrapped the 10 song set with another song that kept the full audience dancing. They are so powerful as a band at this point that I really need to pay a lot more attention.

 

Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

After their set I was really getting tired but really wanted to see the next band for the first time. Dwight & Nicole were joined by the ISB drummer and played a great set of music. Nicole played bass and Dwight played a flying V guitar. They found some nice grooves and had the audience dancing from the first note. I hung out up front for a bit them moved to the back where I could sit and listen. They played a Dr John song and had the audience grooving with Hipshake. While the band sounded nice, the true treat was Nicole’s incredible voice. Her is completely amazing. They played about nine songs and had me back on my feet for the last couple.

 

Dwight and Nicole and the Indomitable Soul Band at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Dwight and Nicole and the Indomitable Soul Band at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

At this point I was exhausted, but with one band left to go, I had to put in the effort. David Tibbs had done a great job announcing the bands all day and talked up WBKM, since he does the Grateful Dead show on Friday nights. Just before the last band started they brought up Bo from Eat More Kale fame. He was gracious and appreciative of all of the people who worked so hard to make the festival happen. Gang of Thieves then rocked stage 1 hard while simultaneously funking up the festival. With two electric guitars, bass, drums, trombone and a singer who plays violin they had a happy yet aggressive sound. They jammed hard and rocked hard and were just great. I only made it for four or five songs when the exhaustion took hold. I took the long walk back to the car enjoying their lovely sound with every footstep.

 

Gang Of Theives at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Gang Of Theives at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

Uncle Dave doinng a stage announcement at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Uncle Dave doinng a stage announcement at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

Bo from Eat More Kale at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Bo from Eat More Kale at Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

The ride home was uneventful and it was about midnight when I was settled. It was a lot of effort and worth every moment.

 

Per Peg Tassey about Steady Betty “Hi Tim Lewis, their awesome drummer is Rachel Capobianco, who was also doing sound fro the entire Festival!! She’s amazing!

 

Eat More Kale Festival at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in Montpelier VT June 25, 2016 part 2   Leave a comment

Haley Jane And The Primates at the Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016

Haley Jane And The Primates at the Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016

 

OK, where was I? Oh right, Binger had just finished a killer set on stage 1 at the Eat More Kale Festival. I headed over to stage 2 and though it would be Mothership-SoulBrotha but it turned out to be a woman named Andriana Chobot. She sang and played keys and had a dark and very intense sound. I was captivated from the first note. She only played four songs, including Not I and Neon, but I loved what I heard so much I had to buy a CD. I’m sure you will hear her music soon on my local music radio show on Thursday nights from 9-11 on WBKM.

 

 

Andriana Chobot at the Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016

Andriana Chobot at the Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016

 

After her much too short set, I headed back to stage 1 for The Aerolites. They are a quintet with two electric guitar players, bass, drums and keys. One of the guitar players sang most of the songs but the bass player sang some too. They had a nice rocking jam sort of sound. They played about 10 songs over an hour long set and rocked hard at times. They sang songs about The Only Way, TV Is Bad and Smoking Them If You’ve Got Them. Some of the guitar work was brilliant and it was fun to watch the guitarists toss the leads to each other. One song had just a hint of Floyd to it and I really loved their set.

 

The Aerolites at the Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016

The Aerolites at the Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016

 

When they finished up I raced over to stage 2 for one of the highlights of the day. Aaron Flinn played solo on the acoustic guitar and sang with his deep yet warm voice. His guitar playing is spectacular and sometimes I’m not sure if he is really playing or just holding his hands close to the strings and willing the notes to incarnate themselves. He played eight songs including Miss Ready Blossom, Raise Your Hands, Scattered Birds and his take on Here Comes The Sun. That was especially appropriate considering that the entire day was so warm and sunny. He created and played over some fun loops. He played the guitar behind his head. In the closing fast rocker he threw his hands around the guitar in a way that makes you wonder how a person can play like that. It was a truly stunning set.

 

Aaron Flinn at the Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016

Aaron Flinn at the Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016

 

I headed back to stage 1 for the massively percussive set by Afri-VT. With a bass player, a regular drummer, a bongo player, a guy with three traditional looking drums and a singer/bongo player, they created some happy grooves that made your body move. The beat was infectious and delightful. I hung out for a few songs but since it was 5pm and I had been standing and rocking all day, I found a place to sit in the shade for a few minutes. I enjoyed the rest of their set from afar but could hear it clearly.

 

Afri-VT at the Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016

Afri-VT at the Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016

 

Up next on stage 2 was a band called Brickdrop. With electric guitar, bass, drums and two saxes they played some instrumental jazzy funky grooves. As they worked through the four song set the music became increasingly complex. The grooves were easy to dance to until the last song where they dared us to try. Some of the changes were exceptionally tricky and fun to try and follow. The bass player spent the set looking like he was having the time of his life and continuously bounced around as they jammed out their songs. The drummer was quiet and steady until the last song when he really took off. They were just fun.

 

Brickdrop at the Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016

Brickdrop at the Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016

 

After they wrapped up I headed back to stage 1 for what I knew was going to be another highlight of the day. Haley Jane And The Primates had a huge full sound as they rocked and jammed out their easy to love songs. They are an electric guitar, bass, drums, keys band with Haley singing and playing front woman. They were joined by a woman named Annie who had a gorgeous voice. The first song ended with an emphatic I Know That I Can Do It. The second had a great line about doing somersaults in your head. The third one was about Mother Making It Good. The next song was about powering down you engines and getting into the flow. The fifth song featured Nate from Gang Of Thieves on trombone as Haley let us know that mama’s gonna make it all alright. The next song was about a girl who may be a weasel but she has a good heart. They capped the set with a rousing Hurricane Jane. Throughout the set Haley used her body to pull every note and meaning out of the song and she is easily one of the best people to front a band that I’ve ever seen. Their show was brilliant from first note to last.

 

Haley Jane And The Primates at the Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 2 pic by Tim Lewis

Haley Jane And The Primates at the Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 2 pic by Tim Lewis

 

After that I headed back to stage 2 for the New Nile Orchestra. They had an interesting mix of jazz fusion and traditional East African music. I’m not sure what language the singer let us enjoy but it was really nice. His voice was high and pure and the electric guitar, bass, drums, keys, bongo band were super tight. I hung out for a bit then wandered around for a bit and it was nice to hear their lovely music rolling over the Vermont hills.

 

New Nile Orchestra at the Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

New Nile Orchestra at the Eat More Kale festival June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

OK, that takes us to about 7:15 pm. I’ll stop here and write up the end of the night soon.

 

Eat More Kale Festival at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in Montpelier VT June 25, 2016 part 1   Leave a comment

Lake Superior at the Eat More Kale Festival Montpelier VT June 25 2016 Pic by Tim Lewis

Lake Superior at the Eat More Kale Festival Montpelier VT June 25 2016 Pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing a staggering amount of music yesterday. The Eat More Kale Festival had been on my radar but when Tony Gallucci asked me to join him and David Tibbs to represent WBKM I set the plan in motion.

The drive down was pleasant despite a bout of insomnia the night before an getting a little lost in Montpelier. It didn’t matter, I stopped and asked for directions and was soon at the festival. Parking was in the field next to Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks and it was a long walk over the spongey ground to get to the festival, which was right behind the Sugarworks store.

I was a little late and could hear the band Some Hollow playing You Don’t Send Me Flowers Anymore. The band is a duo with a drummer and a singer/electric guitar player who added some harmonica to a couple of songs. They had a nice rocking sound and I enjoyed their cover of Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s gone. They played a few originals and I think I caught about five songs, including one about whiskey and one about kissing in the rain. They played well and set the stage for all of the bands that came after. The quality of the music all day long was pretty staggering.

 

 

Some Hollow at the Eat More Kale festival in Montpelier VT June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Some Hollow at the Eat More Kale festival in Montpelier VT June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

The festival had two stages and the schedule had few if any breaks in it. The moment Hollow wrapped up I headed to stage two for Christine Malcom. She sang and played acoustic guitar. She was joined by Rudy on acoustic guitar and I missed the name of the woman playing electric stand up bass. They had a folky country mellow sweet sound. They opened with the easy to sing along with Two Hearted Girl. They played a Townes Van Zandt song about going to Denver. Look At Me was the next song and it was followed by one about Jesse James. A Keb Mo song was next and they closed with a cheery song about loving my baby and telling everyone I know. Their songs were nice and their playing was good and it put me in a happy place. At the end they said they had just named the band Honey I’m Home.

 

 

Christine Malcom at the Eat More Kale festival in Montpelier VT June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Christine Malcom at the Eat More Kale festival in Montpelier VT June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I thought the next band would be back on stage 1 then read the schedule and headed back to stage 2. Rick Norcross played solo with an acoustic guitar, a nice voice and some genuinely funny comments between the songs. After opening with a song about Same Old Vermont he thanked us for the standing ovation. Granted, there were no chairs to sit on, but he would take it any way he got it. It made me laugh. He proceeded through the set playing songs about our lovely state in a mellow country style. Welcome To Our Vermont was nice. The story about spending time at the Shelburne Museum on the Ticonderoga was fascinating and the song about it was a great story. He pulled out an Asleep At The Wheel song then taught us all about Green Mountain Standard Time. He closed with an award winning song about living in Hardwick and having to go to the funeral home to purchase flowers for the prom. I stayed until the last note rang out despite hearing a loud sound from stage 1.

 

 

Rick Norcross at the Eat More Kale festival in Montpelier VT June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Rick Norcross at the Eat More Kale festival in Montpelier VT June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

Lake Superior hit the stage hard with an off kilter garage rock sound. They are a guitar/singer, bass, drums trio. They were loud and fun and it was good to have a band to rock out to. They played about seven songs and one featured some nice bluesy slide guitar. They were quite enjoyable and it was great to finally see them.

 

 

Lake Superior at the Eat More Kale festival in Montpelier VT June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Lake Superior at the Eat More Kale festival in Montpelier VT June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I raced back over to stage 2 as Boomslang began to play. They are a trio with two rappers and a DJ. Their music was bright and positive and full of enthusiasm. The kids in the slowly growing audience especially enjoyed their songs. Some choruses about We Got It Right Here, Check 1 2 3 and Lifting Off stood out. They finished the six song set with Do It Until The Floor Drops Out and fun was had by all. I wandered around the grounds a bit during their set, but the way all the stages and tents and booths were laid out, it was quite easy to hear the music from most anywhere in the festival. There were a couple of food and drink vendors, information booths about gardening and things, booths selling candles and t-shirts and even someone giving massages.

 

 

Boomslang at the Eat More Kale festival in Montpelier VT June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Boomslang at the Eat More Kale festival in Montpelier VT June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

After Boomslang finished up I headed over to Stage 1 for Casio Bastard. Actually, they announced their name was Casio Band, since there were a lot of kids around. That was a nice touch. They are a quartet with electric guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards/vocals. I’m not sure if they play funk, jam or just plain rock, but it’s likely some lovely combination. They had a song that wondered about the world being round when it seems flat. They had a nice instrumental jam that featured some delightful keys. They had a song that flowed like a river round and round. It had a great guitar jam in the late middle. They shifted to a reggae style for a song about kale and not killing the lion. They closed with another fun jam and I really enjoyed their set too. I think that was the point when it dawned on me that the day was just going to get more and more incredible.

 

Casio Bastard at the Eat More Kale festival in Montpelier VT June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Casio Bastard at the Eat More Kale festival in Montpelier VT June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I headed back to stage two for another highlight of the day. American String Circus are a quintet with a singer/ukulele player, singer/acoustic guitar player, a stand up bass, a violin and a beat box, or whatever that box that drummers sometimes sit on and hit the front with their hands is called. Their sound was warm and friendly folk with a nice edge. They sang songs about forgiving you. letting your true self show, finally having your eyes open and being out where you want. One song was called Hold me and one had an alluring line about switchblade eyes. They ended the set with a cover and played a mellow folksy version of I Will Survive that was so good, it was the song playing in my head after I had completed the long drive home at the end of the evening. I just can’t say enough nice things about their band.

 

 

American String Circus at the Eat More Kale festival in Montpelier VT June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

American String Circus at the Eat More Kale festival in Montpelier VT June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

Up next was the first band of the day that I knew. I headed to stage 1 and Binger opened with a blistering version of Strings. They are a singer/electric guitar player, singer/bass player and drummer trio. The songs have a funky groove and really rock hard at times. The vocals are a mix of singing and rapping and their lyrics are quite inspirational. They ripped through the instrumental King Vice and Braden Winslow unleashed some serious lead guitar pyrotechnics throughout the set. They played a cover of Put It In My Pocket. They played the brand new Spaces In Between then a song called Check Your Pockets that sounded powerful and lovely. They wrapped the set by getting the audience to join in on the chorus of Yes You Can and fun was had by all.

 

 

Binger at the Eat More Kale festival in Montpelier VT June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Binger at the Eat More Kale festival in Montpelier VT June 25 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

OK, I’m going to stop here. This takes us up to 2:30 in the afternoon with nine hours of music to follow.