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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
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
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.
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.
Bob Wagner and Friends at Nectar’s November 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday at Nectar’s. Wednesday is my Saturday so having a show run from 3-5 in the afternoon was just perfect. It was a warm and sunny day and the walk downtown was lovely. I arrived just about 3 and lots of people were milling about and talking politics. I found a seat in the window until the band got set up to play. Billed as Bob Wagner and friends the band was filled out by Josh Weinstein on bass, Steve Hadeka on drums, Mike from Sad Turtle on keys and Walker on electric guitar. Bob played some stunning electric guitar and sang. Since the special guest of the day made a video about the event and said the band would be the Beatles, they opened with a rocking version of One After 909. They followed with a bunch of classic songs that I feel like I should have known but couldn’t quite place. I loved them all and had fun rocking out as the room slowly filled behind me. The second song was Ophelia. The third was something about you’re the only one, what cha trying to do. The fourth was a familiar sounding instrumental. The fifth may have been something to the effect of from time to time and your destruction. The sixth was a fun bluesish rocker. Throughout the whole show the band was ridiculously tight with a super insistent bass, steady drumming with fun fills, and lots of keyboard swirls. Walker and Bob played some leads and both were just great. A seventh song about standing strong on your love was lovely, then they left the stage as the politicians entered the room and encouraged people to vote.
Sue Minter spoke about the differences in Republican and Democratic politics, basically top down or bottom up funding plans. Peter Welch encouraged us to go vote. Patric Leahy spoke of his service to Vermont and then he introduced the special guest of the day, Minnesota Senator Al Franken. Al was both funny and serious and genuinely cares about people and is happy to be in a place where he can help. He empathized with how hard it is to go knock on doors and call people to get them to come out and vote, when most of us have jobs and kids and families. He encouraged us to ignore them, after all kids have more fun when parents are not around. A 10 year old can operate a microwave and the 10 year old can teach the 5 year old. That’s just science, and Democrats believe in science. He encouraged us to take this election very seriously and after the show he brought most of the audience over to city hall to vote early.
Peter Welch, Pat Leahy and Al Franken at Nectar’s November 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
Sue Minter at Nectar’s November 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
Peter Welch at Nectar’s November 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
Pat Leahy at Nectar’s November 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
Al Franken at Nectar’s November 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
The mass exodus was not ideal for the band and there was a long break that followed. I debated leaving but hung out for a bit and they came back to the stage. They played a stunning version of Crosseyed And Painless and the few people still in the room were thrilled. They played another that I did not know, but thoroughly enjoyed, and it was something about I always wanted you to love me. They capped the afternoon with a super long epic version of Reeling In The Years and Bob’s guitar work was out of this world.
I headed out pretty quickly and stopped at Drifter’s for a light dinner. It was a lovely way to spend a day in Burlington.
Bob Wagner and Friends at Nectar’s November 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
Better Things at Nectar’s October 25, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
I had a great time seeing music last night at Nectar’s. The show said doors at 9 and I worked until 9. I zipped home, did a quick turnaround and took the chilly walk downtown. Some light rain started about a third of the way down, but it held off and I made it to the club mostly dry.
I got in and settled and a couple of minutes later Mr. Doubtfire took the stage. Playing as a guitar/vocals, bass, drum trio they let loose some loud fast fun punk rock. They bounced all over the stage, almost to their detriment. The drummer was a great showman and tossed in lots of fun fills. They played a few songs from their EP but most of the set was music that will be on their next one. The new songs have nice constructions and it will be fun to get to know them. Late in the set they shouted Cowabunga and played what I think is the theme for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I really liked all of their songs and they have tons of energy on stage. What a great show.
Mr Doubtfire at Nectar’s October 25, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
After a bit of a break Doom Service took the stage and rocked hard and heavy. Their sludgy rock is powerful and fun. I think they played a few new songs but most of the set was from their Live At Mount Doom album. With pop ditties such as Monsters Are Due and Welcome To The Hellmouth they played a great set of super fun gloomy music. They tossed in a cover of The Lillingtons Black Hole In My Mind and closed the 11 song set with 1.21 Gigawats? Great Scott into Black Oil. I always have fun when Doom Service are Playing.
Doom Service at Nectar’s October 25, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis
Better Things closed the night with a set full of their unique heavy rocking pop songs. They have a great sense of melody and almost everything rocks ferociously. They played classics like Getting Laid In New Hampshire and This Particular Falling Out. They played the slower and gorgeous, yet still searing, Ex-Files, then closed the night with a short fast rocker. Their set was not long but was wonderful for every moment.
I headed out shortly after the last note faded. It was a bit of effort to take that first step out the door, but I’m so glad that I did.
Better Things at Nectar’s October 25, 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
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
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
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
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
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