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Haley Jane, Josh Glass, Mal Maiz, and the Andriana Chobot trio at Nectar’s July 12, 2017   Leave a comment

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Andriana Chobot pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Wednesday night at Nectar’s. The show was set to start at 9 and I got myself moving around 7:30 and thought I might grab some food before the show. I looked at the calendar just before leaving and realized that the performer who was on at 7 was one that I should see too, and quickly made my way downtown.

I got in, got a seat at the bar and ordered food. I listened from afar as Haley Jane sang and played guitar. I had seen her band, Hayley Jane and the Primates and knew she was an amazing singer and front woman, but had not heard her play solo. She was as cool as I expected. She played a lovely slow song about spreading love until the day she is gone. She played a sweet version of Gillian Welch’s Look At Miss Ohio. She teased a new song then closed with a song about talking to the spirits at the Elmwood graveyard in case that’s where your head is going. I should have gotten there earlier and payed closer attention, but really liked what I heard.

 

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Haley Jane pic by Tim Lewis

I was at the front of the stage and ready to go at 9 and Joshua Glass Music began to play. He started singing and playing acoustic guitar with a song about being happy then played Zoe’s song for his daughter. He switched to keys for a summertime love song about having nothing to do. He resurrected the first song he ever wrote and played it through and older and wiser Josh and Satan’s Son was nicely done. He switched back to guitar for a new song called And Together which was really good. He played a couple of his classic songs. Man On The Side sounded great on keys and What’s In California? is a great guitar song. The first time I heard that I had it running through my head for weeks. He switched back to keys for the catchy Miss Go Away then played a song about using your Facebook status as a Megaphone. He capped the set with a song about staying here by myself. It had been ages since I had heard him play and I was elated for every note.

 

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Josh Glass pic by Tim Lewis

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Josh Glass pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Mal Maiz filled the stage. They started as a trio and played a cool instrumental with a Latin groove. They left the stage and a guy with an acoustic guitar played and sang and was joined by a woman who sang as they played a Fleet Foxes cover. After that, Maiz Vargas Sandoval and the full band got back up and played a half a dozen more Afro-Cumbia songs. The lyrics were all in Spanish so I missed them all but loved the feel and the flow of their music. He sang and played guitar and was joined by two very articulate guitar players, a stand up bass player and a percussionist. They had the small but mighty crowd dancing to their infectious rhythms. They played one new song that they had just recorded in Montreal so hopefully that will be out soon. They wrapped the set with Maiz playing a metal rocket shaped percussion instrument as the band jammed hard. It was a really fun show.

 

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Mal Maiz pic by Tim Lewis

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Mal Maiz pic by Tim Lewis

After a quick set break, the Andriana Chobot trio got up to play. With Cody Sargent on drums and Patrick J. Markley on bass, she sang and played keys to her amazing songs. Her songs are strong and lovely and just fill the soul. She sang about a bit of your heart. She sang a song about staying. She pulled out fun covers of Ain’t No Sunshine and Come Together. She played her glorious song Cascade. She sang a song about how she used to get postcards from friends and how they slow down over the years and eventually stop. I guess there’s nowhere to go but here. She played a huge rocker with a jazzy tinge. She ended the night with a song about changing her mind then played a requested encore. She left us in a quiet mood with the gorgeous Not I.

I did not hang out very long and took the lovely walk home. I’m so lucky to have so much great music so close.

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Andriana Chobot pic by Tim Lewis

 

The Nancy Druids Duo at Light Club Lamp Shop and Dirty Blondes, Swillbillie, and Dino Bravo at Nectar’s June 30, 2017   Leave a comment

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Dino Bravo pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

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The Nancy Druids Duo pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Light Club Lamp Shop and Nectar’s. The timing was perfect so I could catch both shows easily.

I got out of work a little early, had some time to hang out, then took the short walk to the Lamp Shop. I got in and settled and said hi to Molly King and Loren. I got a spot close to the stage and The Nancy Druids Duo took the stage. John was on vacation so Sean switched from electric guitar to acoustic and Ann Mindell took a small edge off the drums and they played their lovely songs in a new format. I fully expected that the songs were so strong that they would hold up fine and was proven correct from the first few notes. They opened with a song about the way things might have been then knocked out Just Another Day. Sign was fun and poppy and it was great to hear December in June. Sky spoke to our universal nature then they took a walk in the park and felt fine. Halo is one of their heavier songs but it translated well into the acoustic setting with Ann not hitting the drums quite as hard but still adding the quick fills. Disappear is a gorgeous song and sounded great and By Design was fun too. They played a new song about seeing salvation all around and I, and the mostly full room, was in a happy place. Sean said they never do Envy songs but made an exception with A Thousand Lies. They closed with The Space Between but the audience would not let them go. A cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye closed the set perfectly.

 

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The Nancy Druids Duo pic by Tim Lewis

 

I headed out quickly then took the walk down to Nectar’s. I said hi to Rebecca Rogers and then Nathan Curtis showed up. The Dirty Blondes hit the stage as a five-piece with Chris Clark on bass, Ornan McLean, and new guy John M Whyte on guitar. They opened fast and hard with Burn and both Becky and Diane Sullivan were in wonderful voice. Crybaby followed then they showed us how to do the Kung Pao. Scorned Woman kept the rock at a furious pace then they eased up a little for Oh Dirty Blondes. Hallelujah kept our spirits up then they ramped back up with Slut. They kept things dirty for Jacking Off then told the tale of being Too Drunk To Vote. They stayed with the theme for Drunk then told us why Ornan will always be the drummer for the Dirty Blondes. Yayo took us on a walk around town then they closed with That New Guy Is Not James Bond. They sounded great for the whole set and having John in the band sounded wonderful.

 

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The Dirty Blondes pic by Tim Lewis

 

Up next, Swillbillie rocked out a bunch of songs about whiskey, chickens, and the devil. They have a punkabilly sound and play fast and loud. The guitar/vox, bass, drums trio opened with their Manifesto then sang a song about roosters. Recurring themes of the devil and roosters filled the set. Songs like Sin Is Funner and Whiskey High were just great. They closed the 15 song set with Hell Chicken and the mostly full room was in a happy place.

 

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Swillbillie pic by Tim Lewis

Dino Bravo VT closed the night with a killer rock set. Drummer Jeff LaBossiere was missing so David Evan sat in. David plays with Chris Farnsworth and Josh Shedaker in Zeus Springsteen so it was almost a mix of the two bands. Singer/guitar player Matthew Stephen Perry lead the band through Past The Mark then they pulled out a cover of Remedy. Two Car Garage and Pop Music brought us back to familiar Dino territory then they pulled out a cover of 20th Century Boy. Crime Scene was bit more mellow but really cool, then Wee’s Birthday Boy sounded great as always. They played a Zeus song next with David singing it then they let it slip into Time/Breathe reprise. It’s always great when a singer plays drums too. Strawberry Blonde and Chuck Berry were Dino songs that rocked hard then they ended the night with a couple of covers. TV On The Radio’s Wolf Like Me rocked hard and they closed with Creep from Stone Temple Pilots. They were done but the audience was not. They came back for a towering Comfortably Numb that let Chris shine on guitar.

I headed out pretty quickly after the show. It was such a great night of music.

All pictures below are Dino Bravo taken by Luke Awtry Photography.

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Lee Ross and The Original Q at Nectar’s June 28, 2017   Leave a comment

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The Original Q pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music Wednesday night at Nectar’s. Monday and Tuesday were 7:30 to 6 work days. Wednesday was a mere 7:30 to 4, but I was still a bit tired for some reason. I went home for a bit and napped for a bit and woke up at 9:30. I thought I might be late but I went to the band’s Facebook page and they said they would be on around 11 or 11:30 so I hopped through the shower then hopped out the door.

There were three bands on the bill, two of whom I did not know and one I had been meaning to see for a while. I arrived a little after 10 and was not surprised that I had missed one of the opening bands. What can you do? I got in and settled and soon it was time for the music to start.

Surrounded by keyboards, Lee Ross took the stage and began creating loops. He set up a nice funky jam and added some sax on top. This set the tone for the night with him recording and looping several parts and turning them on and off for maximum effect. The second song had a reggae beat and a soulful sax then he added a bit of flute on the top. This kept flowing until it was a cool funky jam then he took the mic for the first time of the night and started singing “This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no fooling around”. As he finished the song the music kept gong and he settled into a gorgeous piano piece, rocked out the song for a while then brought it back to the piano before it slipped into the next funky groove. It felt like there was a bit of a Phish vibe going and he took the mic and sang “Late at night I like to put my hand in the cookie jar” as the long jam came to and end. He closed with a song that might be rock and or roll. It was a fun set.

 

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Lee Ross pic by Tim Lewis

I’ve known Peter Burton for a while and had him come in and play on the first episode of WBKM live at Robot Dog Studio but had never made it out to any of his shows, either solo, or with a band. The Original Q are a four-piece with Peter on keys and vocals, guitar, drums and a bass player who sang a couple of the songs. They have a bit of a jam rock feel but are mostly just a rock band with a strong keyboard out front. They opened with a song where Peter sang “Take it from me” and we were off. The second was a long instrumental jam and Dan Connolly’s guitar playing really shone. Peter sang a song about having his finger on a trigger then they brought their guest to the stage. Greg played something that looked larger than a mandolin but smaller than a guitar. He played slide and it had a saxophone sound. Luke Hausermann’s bass kept the song moving in fun directions as he sang. Peter sang the next one which had a bit of a Twist My Arm vibe. The next song was a bit of a vamp with Peter singing about getting better at mouth to mouth. An instrumental cover of Isn’t She Lovely was gorgeous and Dan really shone. The next song sounded familiar from the first note and settled into Let Me Be, which is one of the songs Peter did at the Robot Dog session. I loved hearing it with the full band. Greg joined them again for a new slow song called Home that built into an epic ending. Luke took the vocals for a cover of Southbound and Greg’s sound changed from sax to a smoking slide guitar then back into the sax. The pretty full room was in a happy place. Peter sang a song about caring about nothing then the band lit into another instrumental jam. Sean Patrick Keenan had been keeping things fun on drums all night and had a short and rocking drum solo in the song. He was wearing a Rush t-shirt so I guess that should have been expected. They closed the night with Luke singing a heavily rearranged and really fun For What It’s Worth. They were done and ready to go but the audience was not and demanded one more. They pulled out a classic instrumental jam who’s title eluded me but I loved every moment of it. After that, they really called it a night. I slipped out the door and took the long lovely walk home, with a stop to reflect on our fantastic music scene at the statue of Big Joe Burrell.

 

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The Original Q pic by Tim Lewis

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The Original Q pic by Tim Lewis

Posted July 3, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Plastique Mammals, Ruckzuck, and Floral Amoral at Nectar’s May 22, Ruckzuck at Radio Bean May 22nd, and Ruckzuck at The Monkey House May 23, 2017   Leave a comment

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Monday and Tuesday at three venues in town. It began a few months ago when singer Faith Kelly posted a question in the Facebook group Vermont music live and I replied and we chatted a bit. I listened to her band Ruckzuck, liked the sound, and put a note on the calendar that they were playing at The Monkey House on Tuesday.

As the show approached I realized they would play three shows in two days and decided to go check out the first show and see what it was like. On Monday, May 22nd, I worked from 11:30-8, dropped my stuff at home then took the lovely walk down to Nectar’s. There was a duo on stage as I got in and settled. Plastique Mammals are a keyboard/bass player and drummer and have a trippy sound. The songs start slow as they build loops then tend to get crazy by the end. Keyboard parts get added to the mix. Bass riffs get added to the mix. At one point he played a wicked bass solo into the mix and added another one over the top. I only caught five songs but their mini epics were fun to experience.

 

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Plastique Mammals pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Ruckzuck took the stage. With Mack Bedo on drums, Nick Bedo on guitar and Faith on keys and vocals, the band had a hypnotic flow to their music. They opened by saying “Welcome to the Spaceship” and dove into a fun spacey jam. They stayed there for the second song then rocked hard on Alan’s Garden. The fourth song was more poppy and Faith played the reverb soaked Ukulele to tremendous effect. The band closed the set with an over the top huge song that made me swoon.

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

I hung out for a bit as Floral Amoral took the stage. With a singer/electric guitar player, electric guitar player, bassist and drummer they had a low-fi indie psychedelic sound that was really fun. The second song was more of a rocker and the third jammed hard. The clock said it was time to go to the next show so I sadly left. It was a quiet night in town and as I walked up Main st and took the turn up Church st I could hear their music flowing all over downtown.

 

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Floral Amoral pic by Tim Lewis

I arrived at Radio Bean just after the midnight start time but the band were still loading in. I got in and settled and soon enough it was time for Ruckzuck’s “second set”. They opened with a song about what goes on in your mind and it was easy to dive back into their spacey grooves. The second song had a bit of a Hawkwind flow and I was in a happy place. The next couple had more of a pop feel then they played another epic where Faith’s voice reached for the stars and Mack’s drumming became hypnotic. Nick laid in some cool rhythms as the keys flowed their way through the songs. They wrapped up around 1am then it was time for the short walk home.

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

 

I chatted with Nathan Curtis at work and said the two shows were fun and he said he was up for checking them out. I worked until 9:30 and we met up and headed to The Monkey House. Despite the rotary in Winooski being partly closed, we somehow got in and parked and walked in as Ruckzuck were starting their set. We had missed Floral’s opening set, but what can you do. I headed to the front and got right back into the groove. The songs have a hazy spacey flow and my body just seemed to remember where they would go. I couldn’t tell if the second song was really long or if it flowed into the third but I was in a happy place as the music washed over me. At some point Nate had called another coworker, Billy Greer, and he showed up and checked out some of their set. The band did another killer rocking version of Alan’s Garden with a long rocked out ending. Faith played the ukulele for the next song and a kazoo through a heavily reverbed mic for the next one. The effect was beautiful. They took a chance and played a brand new song and I’m so happy they did. It was wonderful. They wrapped the night with an over the top epic rocker that made me swoon.

We hung out and chatted with the band for a bit then Nathan dropped me at home. It’s amazing how easy it was to catch all three shows and Ruckzuck are so much fun, it made me want to keep coming back. Hopefully, they will journey this way again.

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

 

Silver Bridget at Nectar’s March 18, 2017   Leave a comment

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Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Nectar’s. It was a long work day but I think I did a good job and got the numbers to fall in line. I had enough time to go home and eat some food and settle a bit then took the sunny walk downtown for the early show.

I arrived a couple of minutes late for the 7pm show but the band were still setting up so I hung out and chatted with Charlie Messing. When the band were ready we grabbed seats at the table at the front. Silver Bridget were soon on stage and ready to go, but something looked odd. John Townsend plays acoustic guitar and sometimes has a kick drum. He not only had the drum, but also set a snare on it’s side so he could use pedals on that too. To make things really fun, he had an electric baritone guitar which changed up the sound a little. With a bit more of a rocking sound the band opened with Radiohead’s Creep and followed with All Apologies. I love the band’s ethereal take on classic pop songs and this was a nice addition to the sound. Matt Saraca added a little extra muscle to his electric guitar and Johnnie Day Durand‘s musical saw soared over the top. John switched to acoustic for lovely takes on The End Of The World and You Got It then went electric for Nothing Compares 2 U. From there John switched back to acoustic and the band settled into the set. They took us on a journey that had us searching for a Heart Of Gold. The told the tale of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. They encouraged us to Follow The Sun as we drifted past the Blue Bayou. They pulled out the Dolly version of I Will always Love You then warned us that if we were not careful we were Going To Lose That Girl. They lit up the room with Paint It Black then played a sweet version of Love Me Tender. Old Man had the super cool Johnnie saw riffs then they encouraged us to Stand By Your Man. For some reason I was sure I knew what was next and was correct as they played Girl, You’ll Be A Woman soon. Matt led the take off section as the band took us on a Space Oddity. And I Love Her sounded sweet then they rocked out Hey Hey My My, or was it My My Hey Hey? Either way, it was great. They said Goodbye Yellow Brook Road then took us to the beach to hang 10 with the Surfer Girl. They told us that Only Love Can Break Your Heart. John left the stage as Matt and Johnnie took us Somewhere Over The Rainbow. John returned and picked up the electric and they closed the 24 song set with a stirring Nights In White Satin.

I said a couple of quick goodbyes then took the dark, icy, and happy walk home.

 

Here’s a video I shot of Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Tim

 

Posted March 19, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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Joe Moore Band, Seth Yacovone plays Dylan as The Jokerman at the WBKM birthday party at Nectar’s November 11, 2016   Leave a comment

Joe Moore Band at Nectar's November 11 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Joe Moore Band at Nectar’s November 11 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Nectar’s After seeing Tommy the night before and working a long day, I was dragging. I really did not want to go out but it was the WBKM birthday party so I felt I should represent. I got moving around 8:30 and arrived at the club just about 9.

Seth had just wrapped up his solo set so I hung out and chatted with a few cool people. Around 9:30 Joe Moore and his band took the stage. They played some funky blues for an hour or so. Joe played a variety of pipes and gizmos on the first song and played three different size saxophones over the course of the set. The bass and drum players were solid and the guitar player was exceptional. Joe sang a few of the songs and had a great voice and stage presence. They played songs like Hey Hey The Blues Is All Right, something about who’s making love to your old lady and they filled the dance floor with the closing Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin). It was a rocking fun time.

Up next Seth Yacovone was joined by Todd Gevry on drums, Ian Friedman on keys and Ralph Eames on bass. Collectively known as The Jokerman they played a set of Bob Dylan songs. I did not know the first song but it was pretty cool and sounded familiar. Positively 4th Street followed and was lots of fun. A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna-Fall had a great blues rock sound. Not Dark Yet had a chilling connotation to it and was well played. The next song may have been Idiot Wind, but my knowledge of Bob’s music is a bit lacking and his catalog is pretty deep. Isis rocked pretty hard and was fun. I think the next one might have been Things Have Changed. It was late, around midnight, and I had to work early in the morning. I stuck around for Just Like A Woman then just had to leave. I heard they were going to do a killer All Along The Watchtower but even that promise was not enough to keep my tired body in the room.

The walk home was lovely and work the next day was reasonably successful. I wish I had the energy to stay until the end but am glad I caught what I did.

 

 

Seth Yacovone at Nectar's November 11 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Seth Yacovone at Nectar’s November 11 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Election night 2016 at Nectar’s   Leave a comment

james-kochalka-at Nectar's November 8 2016 pic-by-chris Larrow

james-kochalka-at Nectar’s November 8 2016 pic-by-chris Larrow

I had an increasingly terrible time seeing music last Tuesday at Nectar’s. It was a slow day at work, for some reason, and I got out a little early. I got home and settled and started watching TV. The 7pm returns came in and looked like they usually did and indicated the night would not be the sweep I was hoping for. It didn’t matter, winning enough would be fine. I anxiously walked down to the club and got in and settled and watched some of the returns.

Soon enough, it was time for some music. Patrick Longley picked up an electric guitar and played a ripping version of The Star Spangled Banner. He left the stage and James Kochalka and his stunning band started in with a little Twinkle Twinkle Ringo Star. They played songs about God and Magic Fingers and Washing Your Ass. James was the usual over the top front man and is always entertaining. They rocked out Old North Ender, played the first version of Pump The Keg, then asked what’s the deal with the Triangle. He implored us to not break his heart and to Pump The Keg again. They played songs about Monkeys and Scientists and Astronauts then closed the powerhouse set with Fascist Bikes. They always put on a stunning show.

I wandered into the next room to watch the election returns and was a little surprised at some of the states that had not been called.

A loud sound from the other room signaled that Crazyhearse had begun. They played a set of slow and searing songs. Some ventured towards country and some let the searing sound explode into full on rock and roll. I really liked the whole set but when they played songs like Demon Moon and Windigo, I was in heaven. After seeing them, my friend Christopher Larrow said you are right. Why go see big shows when bands like that are playing around town.

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I went to the other room and watched the returns and was surprised about the long list of states that were listed as too close to call. A little bit of worry settled in.

I looked in the other room and Dino Bravo VT were about to go on so I headed in. They rocked super hard and opened with an epic instrumental and dropped it into Sugar Coated Candy Stix. They played super fun songs like Pop Music and Two Car Garage. They played A Song About The Ocean and gave it an epic twin guitar solo crashing ending. I love that song, but Tuesday night’s version was fantastically over the top. A rocking version of Past The Mark followed and they closed the set with 20th Century Boy. It was glorious.

I walked into the other room and the list of too close to call states started to dwindle, and not in a good way.

Aspero Saicos set up in front of the stage, which looked a bit odd with drummer Bobby Hackney Jr. still being at the back of the stage, but looks were irrelevant. The band played some cool sixties sounding pop punk songs. One or two had a surf noir sound and a couple flat out rocked. All of the songs were compelling and I loved every moment of their show.

I walked into the other room and watched the map turn increasingly red. It was far from a done deal but there was little to get excited about.

I took my final walk into the stage room as Patrick got up and played the National Anthem again. The Dirty Blondes hit the stage hard and rocked us out of out glumness. They opened fast and heavy with Burn then implored us not to be Cry Babies. Drunk seemed quite appropriate then they played a furious Jacking Off. We all danced to the Kung Pao then they explained the night with Too Drunk To Vote. Slut rocked hard then they eased up with the gorgeous Oh Dirty Blondes. They got a little spiritual with Hallelujah then celebrated one of the finest drummers in the land, Ornan. They must have been a little low energy by the end of that one so they went looking for Yayo. They capped the night with the super fun That New Guy Is Not James Bond.

I ducked out fairly quickly and took the heavy walk home. I stayed up until 3. and with the race still not called, went to bed. I woke up at 6 to find the expected news. One thing is for sure. Even if life does not always go your way, you can find some terrific rock and roll all over the lovely city of Burlington Vermont.

I forgot my camera so thanks to Chris for these two pictures.

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