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The Radio Bean Birthday party with many bands November 3, 2018   Leave a comment

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Danny LeFrancois

I had a great time seeing music Saturday at Radio Bean and Light Club Lamp Shop. Every year, at this time, The Bean throws a birthday party and celebrates with music all day and night. This year they turned 18 and had 102 scheduled acts. I got going nice and early and arrived a little after 8am. I chatted with Molly King and Loren for a bit then Danny LeFrancois took the stage. Apparently, his band The Parts slept in, so he played the show solo. He began playing acoustic guitar and built a loop. He added a bit of voice and let it go as he moved back to the drum kit and rocked for a bit. He returned to guitar and vocals for a cover of a Petty song that was subtle and cool. He played a couple of sweet original songs that made me smile, then said thank you good morning.

 

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The Steph Pappas Experience

Up next Loren grabbed his bass and headed to the stage. He was joined by Ted Looby on guitar and the mighty The Steph Pappas Experience began to rock. Steph has a strong voice and is a great guitar player too. Several audience members joined in on percussion as she sang about cowyboys and waterboys. She wrapped the three song set with one about going out on the highway. She’s so cool.

 

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Seth Eames and Miriam Bernardo

I hopped into the car and drove to work. I put in a 9-5:30 shift then zipped home. I dropped the car and took the lovely walk downtown. I wasn’t sure where they were on the schedule and did not recognize who was a the Lamp shop, so I slid into the Bean and caught a couple of songs by Miriam Bernardo and Seth Eames. He had a nice voice and played acoustic guitar. Miriam has an incredibly soulful voice and it’s always a treat to hear her sing. They sang a duet on a song about going away to the promised land then she regaled us with a song about how surely you were meant to be mine. It was wonderful.

 

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Joe Adler and friends

I stayed at the Bean as Joe Adler and his huge band scrunched themselves onto the stage. Joe’s deep voice lead the way as they rocked out a song about going down the road. They followed with Tom Waits’ Bella Ciao then let it slowly slip into Come Together. The audience had fun singing along. It was a great set.

 

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Caroline O’Connor and Adam Frehm

I peeked into the Lamp shop and someone was setting up so I hustled back to the Bean and soon it was time for Caroline Marie to take the stage. She played keys and laid her sultry voice on us as Adam Frehm added some sweet electric guitar. Her long flowy gentle smokey rock sounded great. The first song had a nice trance vibe as did her second, Disco Shaman, through that was a little more uptempo. Both sounded great and I was in a happy place for every moment.

 

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Navah Stein

I stayed at the Bean as the next act, Navah Stein, set up a table on stage. A couple sat at the table and poured spagettin out of a pot onto the plates and grated some Parmesan on top then began to eat. I wasn’t sure where they were going with it and took a chance and headed over to the Lamp shop.

 

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I timed it perfectly as Ryan Ober and The Romans began to play. They oozed talent and played a couple of really cool rock songs. They played an older cover that I did not know from 1951, and had the crowd rocking. Bob Wagner sat in on the last song and it sounded like an old blues rock song. Towards the end Ryan and Bob had twin ripping guitar leads going and it was a wonder to behold.

 

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Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk band

I popped back to the Bean and Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk band were on. They played a song about a lawyer then a sweet one about hearing a whistle blowing last night. The last song had a ’50’s noir surf rock feel as they sang I’m coming home. Lowell Thompson ripped out a sweet lead that kept me smiling.

 

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Francesca Blanchard

I popped back to the Lamp Shop and Francesca Blanchard was about to start. She sang a song about an ex-girlfriend that was pretty amusing. She played a delightful new song about how the world is turning slightly off kilter. She closed with a gorgeous cover of Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love. I love her music so much.

 

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Ivamae

I meant to head back to the Bean to catch Kim Jordan but they said it was at capacity so I ducked back into the Lamp Shop. Ivamae got up to play and the room became pin drop silent, as usual. With a strong voice and a quiet electric guitar she emits a ton or power and melted me from the first note. Her second song was a cool one called Honey Bee and she wrapped up the enchanting set with one that ended tell me what you might be.

 

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Swale

It was getting close to a crucial time so I ducked back to the Bean and was able to get in. I got settled as SWALE took the stage. They opened with Eric Olsen singing a powerhouse version of Eighteen. I love that Alice Cooper song and they did a great version of it. Up next was a brand new song called Shrug It Out that was cool. I think it was about how we can see everyone you’ve ever been. They closed with a cover that I did not know but loved. It was a dark heavy rocker and Amanda Gustafson let loose her powerhouse voice. It was an amazing set.

 

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Swale

I think Brett and Kat were going on in the Lamp Shop but it looked crowded so I stayed at the Bean to catch Yes Darling. They were a duo with Ryan Montbleau singing and playing guitar and Haley Jane unleashing her powerful voice on us. They had a whole act of a bickering couple that was quite amusing. They played songs about kissing your lips then punching you in the face and how you would be cool if you reached your potential. It’s hard to describe how good it was, but everyone in the room had a smile.

 

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Yes Darling

I hung out at the Bean as Anal Knievel took the stage. You can guess what he began talking about.

 

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Anal Knievel

 

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Paper Castles

I ducked over to the Lamp Shop as Paper Castles began to play. Their relaxed off kilter flowing pop music was a beautiful place get lost in. The music was airy and joyous and I loved going with the flow. They ended the three song set with one about how I’m all right and kept me smiling.

 

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Paper Castles

I headed back to the Bean and Osage Orange were on and playing a song about a medicine girl. They had a cool low fi indie sound that kept me in a happy place. They did a nice version of Buddy Holly’s Everyday then closed with a song about seeing my ghost in the darkness. They are so cool.

 

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I had been bopping between the Bean and the Light Club Lamp Shop, but at this point, I just settled into the Bean for the rest of the night.

Up next, the mighty Miku Daza took the stage. Their sax player was missing but the power trio charged ahead at full rock throttle. They sang about not needing you and how you don’t make it easy so I’m gonna make it hard. They played a powerhouse version of Flaca Daza, and late in the song Sugar the clown made an appearance. She stood on the bar at the back and dove into the arms of the audience. She was carried to the front then danced madly on and off the stage. The band let Flaca transition into Panic and we danced hard. Before the last song the band removed their shirts. Don’t worry, Miku had a bra and the guys had tape over their nipples so no one had to be shocked. The band ripped up a killer version of the song about the tree I’m climbing and called it a night. Wow.

 

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Miku Daza

Up next, Jeremy Rayburn got up to speak. He was very glad that the eighteen year old Radio Bean would not be drafted, and said other nice things about the wonderful place.

 

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Jeremy Rayburn

As he spoke, the band set up behind him. When ready, Cave Bees hit us hard and heavy with Juliet. They followed with another cool new song called Happy Man. It had a ripping bass line and Creston let loose a killer lead guitar break. They followed with another brand new one called Future Now that was really good too. They kept the pace at full speed for Golden Goose and closed the set by rocking the Queen City tonight. It’s always a great time when they play.

 

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Cave Bees

Dre followed with a story about meeting someone at the Bean and going on an adventure. It was fun, and she used it to describe how many people have met at the Bean and gone on to create wonderful stories. She did a nice job capturing the magical community that inhabits the Bean.

 

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Dre

As she left the stage Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme began to play. They opened hard and heavy with Over The Hills And Far Away. Nicole’s powerhouse voiced filled the room. They stayed with Zeppelin for the whole set and ripped up Heartbreaker. I thought they might let it go into Living Loving Maid but they took a turn and dropped it into Communication Breakdown. It was glorious.

 

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Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme

On the side of the stage Matt Matthew Bryan Hagen MC rapped out a couple of amusing songs. I missed the details of the first one, as I got another drink, but was locked in for the second as he spilled the beans. Such an appropriate song.

 

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Matt Hagen MC

A trio who identified as robots and binary followed. The Tsunamibots taught us to surf and rocked us hard. They sang of the surfing craze in the robotic age and murder robots on holiday. They wrapped the set with a song about a young robot trying to catch its first wave, then sang CO2 You Later. I love them so much.

 

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The Tsunamibots

Up next, The Eames Brothers Band band took the stage and turned the night a little bluesy. The first one had slow smokey sound and was about missing you in the night. They took us back to the days of old and locked into a long cool relaxed blues jam. They sang a song about how it’s been a long time coming up to this day, then closed with a fun funky song. They are immensely talented.

 

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The Eames Brothers Band

The stage emptied then filled with Kat Wright and her amazing band. It was late at this point and I was tired but basked in the gorgeous glowing music that they treated us to. Kat’s voice was right on and the band were super tight, even if the horn players had to be on the other side of the sound desk. Bob Wagnerr played a sweet lead on guitar during the second song and the whole room swayed for their entire set. They closed with a super cool version of The River. I don’t see them nearly as often as I would like, so I’m really glad I stuck around.

 

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Kat Wright

Lee Anderson came up to speak and told a couple of stories about this wonderful place he has created. A cake appeared and we all sang Happy Birthday.

 

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Lee Anderson

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The Birthday cake

At this point I needed a grand piano to prop up my mortal remains, but I had to hang out. Julia Caesar opened the set with a brand new song about singing, for it’s the thing that they do. They followed with a familiar song about how it was winter when she chose to blur the lines. Megan Wild Rice had a ripping guitar lead break on Nosedive, then they closed with another brand new one. I think it was about Mars changing direction. They are always amazing.

 

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Julia Caesar

I was exhausted but loved the next band too, so I had to stay for one more set. Preece came on as a trio with Jer Coons playing bass. Their blistering fast loud indie rock was full of joy. They opened with Waste Of Time then followed with Girl In My Bed. I missed the names of the last three but rocked hard to all of them. Preece are truly amazing.

There was at least one more band, but I just had nothing left. I ducked out and took the short walk home. The Radio Bean birthday party is a great opportunity to check out music and I’m so glad that I did.

 

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Preece

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Radio Bean Birthday Party November 5, 2016   Leave a comment

Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music at Radio Bean and Light Club Lamp Shop last Saturday. For their birthday each year the Bean always throws a huge party with tons of bands. The show goes from 8am to 2am with almost every band in town. I usually stop in early, then go to work, then come back in the evening. Last year I took the day off and stopped in several times. This year my work schedule changed and I open on Saturdays and did not think I could be at work at 8:20 after stopping in.

It was a long tricky work day. I got out at 5, stopped quickly at home and arrived at the Bean at 5:30. Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger had just finished a Pj Harvey song as I got in and settled. Joe Adler was joined by Dalton Muzzy, Caroline O’Connor, Eric “Regal Segal” Segalstad, AaYa Segalstad. It was a nice version of the Rangers, who always seem to be a slightly different band. I did not know the two songs they played. The one about the wicked witch and the Dead Sea Scrolls sounded familiar and was nicely rocked out. The closer about I’ll go soon featured a hyper distorted frenzied guitar workout from Eric and I was in a happy place.

 

Note from Joe Adler & The Rangers Of DangerAlways a pleasure to see you in the audience Tim! Glad you made it. The second song was an original called Fight or Flight, the final song was a Radiohead deep cut called How Can You Be Sure.”

 

 

Honky Tonk Band at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Honky Tonk Band at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

It was a quick changeover then Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk played some old school country songs. He played guitar and was joined by a bass player I did not know, Jeremy Frederick on drums, a pedal steel player I did not know and Marie Claire Johnson on vocals. Brett sang most of the songs though Marie took lead on the second one. It’s been far too long since I have heard her sing and she always sounds great. They played three songs, mostly about whiskey, then called it a night. It’s not my favorite genre but they played it so well that I had a great time.

 

 

Swale at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Swale at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

SWALE were up next and came out rocking. I did not know the opening song with the lyric “sound the alarm” that Tyler Bolles sang (Lawn Fire by The Pants per Tyler), but it was pretty cool. The band rocked hard on Jack Sharp then eased off with the lovely Waiting For You. Since they had learned the Paranoid album for a show they played last week, they ended the set with a blistering Fairies Wear Boots. It was great.

 

 

Cave Bees at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Cave Bees at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

Another quick changeover resulted in Cave Bees taking the stage. They rocked as loud and hard and as fast as always. They opened with Sweet Pussy then played the newer song Juliet. Another newer one that I don’t know the title of kept things rocking hard. The song about being saved by rock and roll, I think it might be called Queen City, was brilliant. They closed the set with Flight Of The Alligator and the whole room was rocked.

 

 

Caroline O'Connor at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Caroline O’Connor at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I was not sure who was on left, so I looked at the schedule then immediately ran to the Lamp Shop. Caroline Marie was on stage playing Ritual as I settled in. She created the usual loops with voice and guitar then picked up the sax and blew through the lovely end section. For the next song she set up a backing track with herself on bass and Jane Boxall Percussion on drums and played guitar and sang the gorgeous song Fly. I was elated for every note and that song ended the set.

 

 

Silver Bridget at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Silver Bridget at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

The next band looked familiar so I did not move. Silver Bridget have a beautiful sound, rock a bit, and play some familiar songs. They feature John Townsend on acoustic guitar and kick drum, Matt Saraca on electric guitar and Johnnie Day Durand on the musical saw. They played great versions of Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon, Love Me Tender, and caught the full room by surprise when they pulled out Creep. It was short, but magnificent set.

 

 

Tom Banjo at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Tom Banjo at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I popped back over to the Bean and saw one song from Tom Banjo and his Cranky Show. He seems pretty happy and optimistic and it was his visual aid that is cranky. He has a box with a scroll of thin paper with lots of images and a strong light behind it. Lee Anderson stood behind the machine and turned the cranks to load in each image as Tom told a story of a cat getting into lots of adventures, but always coming back. It was fun.

 

 

Osage Orange at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Osage Orange at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I popped back to the Lamp Shop and Osage Orange were on. They are a trio with a low-fi indie sound and have something compelling about their songs. One song may have said something about they could not stop us from dreaming. They finished with a new song about an arms dealer who falls in love with an herbalist. The constant refrain of I Would Sell My Guns For You was pretty cool.

 

 

Brian Parmalee at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Brian Parmalee at Light Club Lamp Shop November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I caught a couple of songs from Brian Parmalee. He played keys and set up loops and played bass and sang. It was a nice lush sounding set and I think the last song was called Fetch.

 

 

Steady Betty at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Steady Betty at Radio Bean November 5, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I headed back to the jam packed Bean and found a place to stand in the back and got into the swing of Steady Betty‘s set. Kat Wright and Miriam Bernardo sounded fantastic as always on the lead vocals. Caroline played bass, so I got to see her in thee bands, which is always cool. They opened with Cupid then played the one about anything to stay boy. Linda Bassick took lead vocals for her song about change is coming. Joy In The Morning followed and was divine. They closed with the song about still being in love with you boy. Everyone in the room was dancing and having fun.

At that point the length of the day caught up with me. I headed out and had a lovely walk home. I only saw 10 of the 80 bands who played but had a great time while I was there.

 

Osage Orange and Swale at Light Club Lamp Shop and the Wee Folkestra at Radio Bean February 13, 2016   Leave a comment

Light Club Lamp Shop photo by Tim Lewis

Light Club Lamp Shop photo by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop and Radio Bean. I worked until 5:30 then went home, had dinner, and pondered the news about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. I got myself out the door around 8:30 and arrived at the Lamp Shop about quarter of 9. Osage Orange were on stage and started soon after I settled in. They are a trio with guitar, bass, drums. The guitar player sings most of the songs and the bass player sings a few. Their sound started as lo-fi indie rock with a sparse sound but some catchy riffs and lyrics. The one with the lyric about Take Your Own Medicine was familiar and easy to sing along with. As the show went on the songs took on more flesh with some deeper and darker tones. One song in the late middle of the show almost sounded like a song by The Church (Territorial Baby?). The show was not long, but was really good. I seem to catch up with Osage every couple of years and always enjoy it when I do. I should try and catch them more often.

After a bit of a set break, and some tricky instrument placement on the small stage, Swale began with an upbeat version of Beaten Down. It seemed an odd opening choice, but for the bar full of Saturday night party people, and some Swale fans, it proved a great way to get the show going. A soothing and searing Armadillo followed. They kept the line between mellow and intense balanced with a great version of Soul Piggy Bank, then played one of the louder versions of Soft Fireworks that I’ve ever heard. It needed a bit more muscle to keep the chattering crowd in the background. They dropped Fireworks into a fun version of Dimedrop, then pulled out a stunning version of We Could All Be That Way. I love the way that one builds and builds and builds. A fun version of Waiting For You followed then they played a song I’ve heard a couple of times, maybe called Loser. It’s pretty catchy and fun. They followed with a couple that I did not know, maybe Bright Lights Tonight and Lay It All Down On Tonight. Both were quite good. They followed with Good Medicine which started slow but builds into a stunning Eric Olsen guitar solo. They said they read the news today and pulled out a blistering version of War Pigs. After, they dedicated it to the man in the long black coat. They wrapped the night with a gorgeous version of If You Get Lost and that was that. What a great show.

I immediately ducked out the door and ducked into Radio Bean and caught the last few songs from the Wee Folkestra. They are super talented and always fun. They played the song about having your Hands Up. They played One More Cup Of Coffee For The Road. They played one I did not know then ended the night with Oh Mary Don’t You Weep. Thoroughly sated, I took the quick and frigid walk home, but my heart was super warm from the great music.

Note:  Per Tyler Bolles from Swale “Glad you made it out, Tim! I Want to say that Bright Lights Tonight is a Richard and Linda Thompson song off the album of the same name. Funny, we were totally expecting a different vibe on blisteringly cold night at the Lamp Shop. I guess it was date night, and BTV music lovers aren’t afraid of a few digits below zero!

 

Radio Bean Birthday Part 3 with James Kochalka Superstar, The Honky Tonk Band, Blue Button, Steady Betty, Osage Orange, Monoprix, Vedora, Mighty Jamba, Paper Castles and Swale November 8 2014   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

 

It was just before eight pm when I headed down to Radio Bean to find out if, indeed, Jason Cooley had woken up. I ran a little later than I hoped and walked in with James Kochalka Superstar and his band rocking the place hard. With Creston Lea on bass, Jeremy Frederick on drums, and Eric Olsen & Jason Cooley ripping it up on guitars the energy was through the roof. They finished up one song as I settled in, then launched into a heavy rocking psa about the importance of washing your ass. That wrapped up their set and made me wish I’d walked in 5 minutes earlier and caught a bit more.

Up next, the iron man who was there at 8am and also was there during my afternoon visit, Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk crowd hit the stage. Brett sang and played guitar and was joined by Steve Hadeka on drums, a bass player I did not know and Lowell Thompson on guitar. The first song was a kind of rocking country song. Kat Wright joined them for the next one (I thought I heard a whistle blowing) and Lowell sang the third. It’s not my favorite genre, but the music was very well played and quite enjoyable. They wrapped up the set with Mystery Train which is always fun.

Blue Button followed with four songs that were directly in my favorite genre. It had been a while since I’ve seen them as the intact quintet, lately someone had been missing at most of the shows. With Cooley singing, Rebekah Whitehurst on bass, James Belizia and Eric Olsen on guitars, and Frankie drumming, they let loose a beautiful noise. The first song was an instrumental with a nice build. They followed with a version of Hit that got the packed room dancing. They went super heavy with Fucking Burning Bridges and closed their set in classic style with Bullshit. It was a great heavy wonderful rocking set!

The music took a U-turn as Steady Betty hit the stage. Their joyous rock steady sound had the room swaying instantly. Steve Hadeka filled in on drums, but the magnificent voices of Kat Wright and Miriam Bernardo lead the songs through their meandering journeys. Linda Bassick added some nice guitar and blended in her voice now and then. The bass playing was solid and the horns added lots of flourishes. They played five songs and the whole room had a happy vibe.

Up next Osage Orange took the stage. As a guitar, bass, drums, guitar/keys quartet they played some off paced indie rock. The sound was a bit stark but the songs really had something to them. Unfortunately, lots of microphone feedback on all three songs knocked them off their game a bit, but there was still a lot of fascinating music played. Every time I see them, I just really like them, and this time, despite the sound, was no exception.

The dual microphoned Monoprix followed. With Hadeka on drums (really, there were a couple of bands he did not drum with), Tyler Bolles on stand up bass, and Brett Hughes singing and playing guitar, they had a sound reminiscent of the honky tonk set, but a bit more rocking. Their set was fun to bop to, and the playing first rate. They had Kat sing on the first song, played Bad Enough second and rocked out the third song. I glanced behind me late in the set to see who was setting up next and my heart almost leaped out of my throat.

Vedora followed with Matt Hastings on guitar, Caroline Marie on bass and vocals and Jane Boxall Percussion on drums. Really??? Jane was playing with Vedora???? The first song had a moody swirl as Caroline’s sultry singing helped it build step by step. As it got more and more intense and felt like it could explode, Jane’s playing stepped to the front and lead it into the rocking ending section. I was in complete awe. The second song was great too. It had that post first album song structure, kind of an All In The Room pace, and was just magnificent. They closed the set with Sober and it had a great build and a massive Matt Hastings guitar workout to finish it off. It might have been the best Vedora show ever!

The next act, Mighty Jamba tells the future, was a recitation of an epic Shel Silverstein poem about rolling and smoking and was entrancing from first moment to last.

Paper Castles followed as a four-piece with a drummer I did not know, Padraic Reagan on bass, and Jake Brennan & Wren on guitars. They played four oddly paced but cool songs. Wren pulled out his wrench to get a little extra sting out of the guitar for one song, and the whole set was pretty fun.

The night launched into overdrive as Swale hit the stage. They opened with a killer Everyone Likes To, then invited Lee Anderson to the stage and played Thank You For Being A Friend. Eric Olsen, Jeremy Frederick, Tyler Bolles and Amanda Gustafson were all wearing stings of lights, and at the beginning of the third song, they shut off the house lights and let themselves be the light. They played a killer version of Death’s Politicians In My Eyes. It was gloriously rocking and as it ended, they brought it into a slow section and let it keep going. The moody middle picked up as Steve Hadeka came to the stage to play a second snare. They let the song flow into Nuclear War and had the audience enthusiastically sing along with them. It’s a call and response sort of song, and respond we did. They rocked it hard for a while before finally calling it a night. Bobby Hackney Jr. walked into the room late in the song and thanked them immediately after. It was a wonderfully magic moment.

Well, I’ve got a lot more to write, but am out of time. I will continue the story later.