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Caroline Rose at Madaila On Main and Swale, Wild Adriatic, and Rough Francis at Nectar’s September 2, 2017   Leave a comment

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Rough Francis pic by Luke Awtry Photography

I had a great time seeing music a week ago on Main St and at Nectar’s. Madaila threw a giant party and shut down Main St and put up a stage and somehow booked it on a lovely sunny rain free Saturday. I was able to make it downtown by 4 and had never caught up with Caroline Rose so I was excited to hear her play. I got in and settled and She began singing and playing guitar and was joined by a drummer and two keyboard players, one of whom was Abbie Gail from Hammydown. Most of the songs had a dancey rock feel and may have fit in well on the soundtrack to Kill Bill. I let the first couple of songs wash over me as the keyboard players picked up bass and guitar for the second one. The bass played mostly stayed on bass but Abbie switched between guitar and keys all through the show. I think Caroline’s whole set was made of new songs and was different from what I was expecting and sounded wonderful. She sang songs about more of the same thing living in America. She said most of her songs were sad songs with happy melodies except for the fourth one which was a happy song about being cat called. She sang a song about the waitress setting the table. She sang about Jean becoming a mom and it was her favorite song to sing. She followed with her real favorite song to sing which was something about putting on his bikini and dancing dancing dancing. She continued playing her favorite songs to sing during the greatest hits section of the show from the album that has not been released yet. One had a Bossa Nova beat and one was about how everybody knows there ain’t nothing you can do about it. She sang about doing it for the money and played a slow rocker about having had enough. She was going to leave but an encore was demanded and she played a fast rocker about going deep deep down. It was a great show and I’m so glad I went.

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Caroline Rose pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

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Abbie Morin pic by Luke Awtry Photography

I had to meet up with Christopher Larrow who was coming over from New York for the later show but hung around for a couple of songs by Turkuaz. They had a big band heavy disco punk sound with dreamy keys. The first song may have been something like turn you and the second was about circles in my mind. They weren’t quite my cup of tea but they were really good and lit up the audience.

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Turkuaz pic by Luke Awtry Photography

I walked home, met up with Chris and hung out for a bit, then we headed to Nectar’s for the after party. SWALE began the night with a nice groove on All Down Tonight and rocked it hard by the end. They kept at full throttle for Popular Crowd then encouraged us to Release Our Records. I missed the title of the next one but loved it completely. They eased up a little for Beaten Down and built the energy back up with a searing Soul Piggy Bank. Drug Laws laid into a heavy groove and rocked the house hard. Elevator was poppy but so strong that it worked perfectly. Felon was lovely and powerful. They began the slow build and heavily rocked out Every Last One Of Us and kept rocking on Everyone Likes To. They closed with the fantastic If You Get Lost and everyone was in a happy place.

 

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Swale pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

Up next New York band Wild Adriatic took the stage for a Zeppelin set. They opened with a bluesy jam that settled into Good Times Band Times. They let it flow into Communication Breakdown then let that flow into Immigration Song. Their playing and singing was sweet but when they brought up Nicole from Nico Suave she elevated Black Dog to a magnificent place. She left and the band rocked out Trampled Under Foot. They both eased up and rocked harder on No Quarter. The Ocean had that fun bounce and they mixed it into a snippet of Moby Dick. The drum solo was quite short then they jammed out a little more Moby. Heartbreaker rocked hard then they kept the crowd fired up with Ramble On. In the middle of the song Mikey from Turkuaz moved in and took over the drums without either drummer missing a beat in the transition. They said they were going to do something odd and played a bluesy song about 40 days and 40 nights and put a full War Pigs in the middle. What a night.

 

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Wild Adriatic pic by Luke Awtry Photography

Chris took off at that point, and I was pretty tired too but there was no way I could miss the next band. ROUGH FRANCIS hit the stage hard with a couple of their newer songs that I’m getting to know and completely love. MSP2 was great and rocked hard as did the next new one. I-90 East is a classic and is super strong. They sang a song about getting it together and coming together and telling your sister and telling your brother. They encouraged us to not look back then played a heavy version of Staring Out The Window. They sang about getting out and at some point Paul threw himself off the stage and rocked hard in the audience. They played a slower song about fascists who think their haircuts make them cute and how we should walk on by. Not A Nice Guy was blisteringly fast and hard and they played the song about every day. They wrapped the 16 song set with an over the top Comm To Space and finished up at 1:48 am.

I hung out for a bit then took the long tired and lovely walk home.

Thanks for the pics Luke Awtry Photography

 

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Rough Francis pic by Luke Awtry Photography

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Forest Gray at Nectar’s August 26, 2017   Leave a comment

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Forest Gray pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at Nectar’s. I had been trying to shake a cold for a couple of weeks and made Friday a quiet night at home. I worked 9:30-6 on Saturday and still didn’t feel so great but saw that Forest Gray was opening A-Dog day with a 7-7:30 set. I have a huge amount of respect for Andy Williams and the music and love that he put into our community. I think it’s cool that there is a whole day dedicated to him where lots of DJ’s do their thing, even if I’m more into seeing bands play.

I got going a little late and walked into the club around 7:05 and Forest was on stage. There is something quite compelling about his quirky nature and songs that keeps me coming back. He played a song about waking up in the morning and not recognizing himself in the mirror. He played a song about finding a lover and a four leaf clover that had an interesting dueling reference. He played a song about having something to say to the Lord but not being sure that anyone was listening. He played a song about green aliens and one about vaping all night. He closed with a song about how we are all immigrants who’s refrain was bury me at wounded knee.

I said a quick hello then sailed up the packed Church St and headed for home.

Posted August 30, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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Grand, Humble Hero, and Mr Doubtfire at Nectar’s August 21, 2017   Leave a comment

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Grand pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Monday night at Nectar’s. The show said doors at 9 and one of the bands said they were on a 9 so I got there close to 9 and found a lovely spot to sit in the window as the last band finished sound checking.

It was about 9:30 when Grand began playing fast punk indie rock. Their songs are super-catchy and have lots of energy. They opened with Look Out Below then played a song about most of the Vermonters that they meet. Everybody Wants To Get You High is such a fun song. They played a song about wanting to keep me alive then slowed down a bit for Don’t Put Me Down, I’m Coming Around. They were at full throttle for Good Times and Another Day Closer To Nothing. They spoke of a friend who had committed suicide and implored everyone to talk to someone if they ever feel that way, then played a song that said I can’t feel anything. They played a song about the one that got away and a song about going out. They played a song about being too old to be able to rock. I liked it. I didn’t understand it but I liked it. All through the set Aaron kept the audience engaged with fun stories and quips but for the last song he walked to the front of the stage and began gently playing guitar. He began to sing without a microphone. The audience came in close and stayed at the front of the stage even after he moved back to the mic and the band built the song about his feelings into an epic. That ended the set and added to the list of great performances that I have been lucky enough to experience when seeing Grand.

Up next was a band that I knew nothing about so I was excited to see what they had. Humble Hero began playing loud and fast and sang a song that went She’s in love with L. Ron Hubbard and there’s no place for me. I was completely hooked. They definitely had a punk sound but there was something else that I could not quite grasp. Maybe it was a prog or metal vibe but either way, they sounded great. Guitarist Dave O’Leary sang most of the songs but bassist Jerry Passalacqua sang a couple as Mike Richard drove the songs hard on drums. They played songs like Playground, Drowning, and Poverty. They played a song about the CIA and one about Prayers. They played one about Hollywood and ended the 10 song set with the mini-epic We Govern The Breeze. I really liked their set and want to see them again soon.

 

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Humble Hero pic by Tim Lewis

Mr. Doubtfire came on next and regaled us with their super-high energy indie rock sound. They opened with a song about walking away and stopping and staring. They played songs about Choo Choo Choosing us and about apathy. They played a song that went that’s what I call a getaway and rocked out There’s A Problem. It was late but they rocked out a few more and ended close to midnight. I always have fun when they play.

I hung out and chatted for a bit then took the lovely walk home with a song in my heart and my head feeling like I’d been put through a sonic wringer.

 

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Mr Doubtfire pic by Tim Lewis

Posted August 23, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows, Uncategorized

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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