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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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Bob Wagner And Friends, Sue Minter, Peter Welch, Pat Leahy and Al Franken at Nectar’s November 2, 2016   Leave a comment

Bob Wagner and Friends at Nectar's November 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

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

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

Sue Minter at Nectar’s November 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

Peter Welch  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

Pat Leahy at Nectar’s November 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Al Franken  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

Bob Wagner and Friends at Nectar’s November 2, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Mr Doubtfire, Doom Service, and Better Things at Nectar’s October 25, 2016   Leave a comment

Better Things at Nectar's October 25, 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

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

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

Better Things at Nectar’s October 25, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Posted October 26, 2016 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Black Rabbit at Nectar’s July 23, 2016   1 comment

Black Rabbit at Nectar's July 23, 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.

 

 

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Black Rabbit at Nectar’s July 23, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 2

Posted July 25, 2016 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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