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A Yoko Ono Tribute Night with Ouzkxqlzn, Jo Bled and Shawn Corey, Estefania Puerta, and Gahlord Dewald at Radio Bean February 18, 2019   Leave a comment

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Ouzkxqlzn

I had a fascinating and challenging time seeing music a couple of Mondays ago at Radio Bean. The show was billed as follows: “Come join us delve into the complex, vilified, influential and feminist artistry and persona of Yoko Ono (in honor and celebration of her 88th birthday) in an exploration through sound, song, interviews, performance, noise and avant-garde nonsense” It delivered.

I took the lovely walk downtown and got in and settled next to Moolb Nivek. Ouzkxqlzn began the night by weaving a magical spell of sounds and effects and clips of Yoko speaking about art. Lauren Costello began on guitar then set it on the ground and used a spring to bounce on the strings to pull out a super cool sound. She quietly sang for a while and twiddled knobs that sounded cool for a while and move to the cello for a while then back to guitar for a while and ended with quiet singing. Yoko spoke of how art is survival and the room was pleasantly stunned.

 

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Jo Bled and Shawn Corey

I knew Yoko’s music could be quite challenging but so far everything was easy and pleasant. Up next Jo Bled began some very intense drumming. If you’ve never caught up with him, you have really missed something. He is amazing to watch and listen to. A recording of Yoko’s piercing shrieking played over it with unsettling power. When that ended, Shawn Corey began reading some of Yoko’s words. I think it was mostly a list of things that you could do with your life. The drumming and shrieking began again and played out for a while then more lists were read. The back and forth continued but somewhere in the middle Corey changed the Yoko readings from lists to more of her poems. Again the drums followed and were amazing even as the shrieks ripped you apart. They went through about five rounds of that before Corey ended with one of her poems. It was such an artful thing to do.

 

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Estefania Puerta

I think the next performer was Estefania Puerta and she took the stage with a couple of handfuls of sting. She began handing them out to most of the audience so she would be connected with them. She got down on her knees and someone draped several veils over her. She had a saxophone without a mouth piece. She chanted into the bell of the instrument phrases like I’m haunted, I’m hunted and the effect was hard to define. It was completely enchanting. I’m not sure if it went for five minutes or half an hour. Time just stopped in awe.

 

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Estefania Puerta

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Estefania Puerta

Up next they ended close to where they began. Gahlord Dewald sat on the stage and pulled sounds and voices out of his gear. He created a nice flow and let Yoko’s words shine. While he patched and unpatched cords she spoke of sleep in separate cities and getting a telephone that repeats your voice back to you. It’s hard to describe how wonderful it was. It was gentle enough to easily wander into and deep enough to send you home a little changed.

I hung out for a little bit then took the lovely walk home. It was another night where our local artists went all out to celebrate art and I’m glad I was there.

 

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Gahlord Dewald

A Midwinter Night’s Dream with Henry Finch and The Capacity Ensemble, Brad Barr, Arc Iris, and Superhuman Happiness, and Ouxkzqlzn at the Black Box Theatre February 16, 2018   Leave a comment

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Zach and Superhuman Happiness in the atrium

I had a delightfully weird time seeing music a couple of weeks ago at the Black Box Theatre. There were a ton of cool shows happening that night, but his one seemed too odd not to check out.

I wandered downtown and found the path along Battery street and took it to the theater. I was a bit on the early side and they had the atrium open, but the theater was still closed. I sat on a bench at the edge of the room and listened as two of the guys from Superhuman Happiness played synths and Zach from Arc Iris sat at the piano and jammed for an hour or so. As the room slowly began to fill, masked mimes flooded in and plied us with tasty food. I got a drink and chatted with a bunch of cool people but was mostly lost in the endless playful musical jam. At one point, someone tapped Zach on the shoulder and grabbed part of the keyboard and began to play. Zach stepped away, and I think it was Henry Finch who was now playing the grand piano solo. The theater doors opened and a few people began pushing the piano, with Henry, into the main room. They pushed him to the front of the stage and the band joined in. The Capacity Ensemble. featured several singers, cello, clarinet, drums, and Henry on piano and began playing crazy fiery jazz. They played a song with a gypsy feel, then a rocker, then followed it with a tea ceremony song. A soulful bluesy rocker featured a lyric about say, say my name. They followed with a cool song with a huge piano sound then eased off for a bluesy rocker to end their set. It was really fun.

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Henry Finch and The Capacity Ensemble

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Henry Finch and The Capacity Ensemble

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Henry Finch and The Capacity Ensemble

I wandered around the dreamy room for a bit and watched people enter the tiny room where the giant head dispensed futures or advice or something. I wandered across the room, and in one of the corners, visible behind silk curtains, Ouzkxqlzn used a wrench to elicit weirdly beautiful noises from her guitar. She is so amazing.

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Ouzkxqlzn

After a bit, a hooded figure took the main stage and began singing and playing guitar. The people at the front of the stage sat in a semicircle which created a mini theater in the theater. Brad Barr began with a Jimmy Page standing on a mountain calling powerful forces vibe, then settled into a lovely countryish instrumental. He followed with a slow and moody song on electric guitar which encouraged us to close our eyes and take his hand. He followed with a really sweet song on acoustic and wrapped up on electric with a deep song about how death transforms us. It was a stunning set.

 

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Brad Barr

I zipped back to the corner for a bit and let Ouzkxqlzn’s music wash around me. I hung out for a bit before several of the evening’s hosts began moving the crowd back to the atrium. We hung out there until the doors opened with a slight reworking of the room. A sax and trumpet player lead us back in then Lee Anderson got up to speak about his love for our community. He then introduced Arc Iris, who set a cool tone as Jocie emerged from the box on the stage. They jammed out a heavy dancey set that had an almost industrial feel. Jocie wandered into the crowd for one beautiful dreamy song then they followed with one that had an electronic Mimi on the Beach vibe. They rocked out one more song then called it a night.

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Arc Iris

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Arc Iris

At some point the piano had been moved to the middle of the theater room. Zach moved from the stage and sat at the piano and began to play. He’s so talented, I could listen to him play forever.

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Zach

After he wrapped up, Superhuman Happiness kicked out some heavy dance grooves and kept the party going. Puppets wandered the room. People got into the roller ball and rolled around the room. Lots or people just danced to the beats and smiles were everywhere. At some point Brad and the Arc trio joined SH and locked into a fun jam. They played for a while then reconfigured back to the Superhuman duo.

I hung out for a while, but as it got late, I headed out the door. The walk home was lovely and my dreams that night weren’t anywhere near as fun as that dreamy show.

 

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Superhuman Happiness and friends

Radio Show 282 Thursday November 15, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Wren Kitz

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm Thursday November 11. You can stream it from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Bel Air – The Church

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Last week I played the last song on MSP3 Counterattack, so now it’s time to begin playing a new album all the way through, song after song, week after week. Let’s begin with an album that will be released Saturday night at Light Club Lamp Shop.

1.) The Basement Song – Milton Busker And The Grim Work
2.) One Of A Kind – Adam Rabin
3.) See – Abby Sherman
4.) Presence – Satori Bob

Satori used to play around town many years ago, and Robert Gagnon from the band, plays around town all the time. Cool song from Abby. Something about that reminded me of Presence so I had to play them back to back. Cool new song from Adam. Great song from a great album from Milton. OK, get yourself in a relaxed state and let’s get ready to head over to Robot Dog Studio

5.) Sky Of Words->Jam->Georgie
cool conversation
6.) White Wall->Jam->Shrouds

I want to thank Wren Kitz and the band for that amazing performance. Wow. Thanks to Ryan Cohen for making everything sound so great and making this whole thing possible. Thanks to Sam Mark for helping out and for Phoebe Zorn and Chrusty Barnacles for the video work. OK, are you ready to head back to a normal place, or do you want to keep floating for a while. I hope it’s the latter.

7.) Mary’s Line Into This View – Ouzkxqlzn
8.) Dolphins In Disguise – Dolphin Trainer
9.) Listen To The Birds – Rob Voland
10.) Falter – Julia Caesar
11.) Take Your Gold Away – Lendway

I miss Lendway. Great song from Julia. I thought it would be fun to highlight the solo projects from Rob, Ross, and Lauren Costello. OK, a long time ago in Burlington, there was a band called the Halogens. Here’s a brand new song.

12.) Leave Me Low – Jason Halogen
13.) Guitsophrenic – 8084
14.) Pick Up Your Clothes – The New Siberians
15.) Time To Get Out – Aaron Flinn
16.) Song About The Ocean – Dino Bravo VT

Great song from Dino. They will be at Finnegan’s on Saturday. I was listening to the Siberians song and it reminded me of Out so I had to play them back to back. 8084 have a show on Saturday at ArtsRiot called Love Not Hate. I’m sure they would love your positive vibes if you stop in. Cool new song from Jason. OK, next week is Thanksgiving and I will be off. I’ll see you the week after.

17.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
outro

Songs after
Faith Healer – Fish
An Inch An Hour – The Tragically Hip
My Stars – Alice Cooper
Travelin’ Band – Def Leppard with Bryan May
The Final Fight – Hawkwind
Black Blade – Blue Oyster Cult
Mission To Mars – Ace Frehley
The Surprising – Deep Purple
I’m Falling – Children in Paradise
Icon Of Ego – Arc Iris
Mimi On The Beach – jane siberry
Firth Of Fifth – Genesis
Perpetual Change – Yes
Is This Where You Live – The Church
Heavy – Clever Girls
Time To Get Out Deep Purple
regular awesome programming

 

 

Ouzkxqlzn, Wren Kitz, Rob Voland, The Drunk Monkeys at Radio Bean and Plastique Mammals at Light Club Lamp Shop October 29, 2018   Leave a comment

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Ouzkxqlzn pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Monday night at Radio Bean. I got out of work at 7:30 and rushed downtown. I got in and settled and Ouzkxqlzn began to play. She lit into a cool drone and added a little voice and guitar and cello and recorded conversations and sounds she has found in the world. The mix was dizzying and she let recordings of people speaking guide the show. Themes such as explorations of performance art and societies ability to look the other way and let rapists be found not responsible cut into the listener’s soul. She played a story of a woman who had been raped then carried a mattress with her everywhere until the boy could be held accountable, but it did not sound like that ever happened. This was woven around Yoko Ono’s cutting show where she sat on stage and members of the audience came up to cut a piece of her clothing off. One voice from the drone wondered how anyone could let someone do that. Another voice from the drone confronted Senator Jeff Flake in an elevator, that seemed like it had some effect but eventually fell on deaf ears. The piece ended on a discussion of suffering and performance art. It’s always an amazing time when Lauren Costello plays.

Up next Wren Kitz took the stage. Joined by Lauren on cello, Rob Voland on drums and a cool bass player, Wren lit into the set with an off-kilter pop song about the unexplained. They rocked it out for a while then fell into a cool musical flow. They let that go for a bit and it solidified into a pop song about being the master of the world. They stopped and chatted for a bit then dove back into the music. They played a long cool piece about being unaware then wrapped it up. I love Wren’s sense of where to take music and loved every moment of the show.

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Wren Kitz pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Rob Voland moved into the front man role and Wren moved to the drums. A different bass player joined them. The set up was longer than ideal but they sounded pretty cool when they got into it. Some of the high frequencies were a bit hard to handle, at the extreme volume, but the songs were cool and the playing was great. They opened with a song that had a Wren rock vibe then fell deep in exhaustion. They played a drone with a western vibe, but with more screeches. They closed with a long slow heavy jam that got more and more intense until Rob was shredding heavily as it crashed to a conclusion. I’m not sure if it was a little too much or perfect, but it certainly was something.

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Rob Voland pic by Tim Lewis

After the chaos of Voland’s set I popped over to Light Club Lamp Shop and settled into the soothing flow of Plastique Mammals. They are a keys/bass drums duo who play liquid instrumentals. They create fun loops to get a full sound then just let the music flow in happy ways. I only caught a couple of their songs, and they put me in a happy mellow place.

 

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Plastique Mammals pic by Tim Lewis

There was noise coming from the Bean as Mammals wrapped up their set. I headed back to the Bean and rocked out to The Drunk Monkeys. They are from Boston and play straight up rock. The first song I caught was a slow bluesy jam with a ripping sax. I think it was called Sundays and rocked out at the end. They had a rocking Dead sound on Elementary #9 then had us stand to fall. The next song was louder and had a crazy rock jam at the end that made me happy. They sang a song about shadows in the moonlight then sang about a trap door. They wrapped the set with a sultry ballad called Atlantis that became a sultry jam at the end. They were a lot of fun.

After their set I headed out quickly and took the short walk home.

 

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The Drunk Monkeys pic by Tim Lewis

 

Ouzkxqlzn at the Fringe Festival at the Off Center For Performing Arts October 13, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a fun night at the theater last night. Our community is blessed with lots of great actors and playwrights and I seldom take advantage of all that is on offer. I thought a short walk over to the Off Center for the Dramatic Arts might be fun. The night was hosted by Phinn Sonin who was amusing as always. Seth Jarvis did a nice piece on being a dad. Haley Rice and MacArthur Stine! were brilliant doing an old time comedy radio show hour. David Schein performed John O’Keefe’s The Man In The Moon in a powerful and unsettling way.

Ouzkxqlzn took the stage and wove a magical spell. She played guitar and cello and looped those instruments into a drone. Recordings of our world were mixed in and we were transported to a lovely place. Voices were mixed in which related Yoko Ono’s cutting show with women protesting the Kananaugh nomination. It was completely magical, as always.

Next, Peter Burns told a bunch of stories with an orange theme. The night was wrapped by Nathan Hartswick and Daniel Trigg acting out a story of a king, his sons, and lion taming, all done in Old English.

The whole night was fun.

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Radio Show 277 Thursday October 11, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm Thursday October 11. You can stream it from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: It’s Raining Again – Supertramp

intro

From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Last week I caught part of a set from a woman from New York. One of her songs reminded me of a local song. Let’s begin tonight with those two songs.

1.) It’s A Delight – Serena Jost
2.) This Machine – Invisible Homes
3.) Parasite – Miku Daza
4.) Golden Goose – Cave Bees

Classic from the Bees. New classic from Miku. Delight reminded me a lot of Machine. OK, here is the next song on MSP3 Counter Attack.

5.) Retrosexual – ROUGH FRANCIS
6.) Girl In My Bed – Preece
7.) Last Night – Carraway
8.) Jurassic Bark – Doom Service

Doom will be at Big Heavy World on Saturday. I thought the Preece and Carraway songs would be fun together, musically and thematically. Great rocker from Francis. OK, let’s take a fun twist.

9.) Abstraction – Binger
10.) Come Outside – The Red Telephone
11.) Star – The New Siberians
12.) Crazy – Clever Girls

Great song from the Girls. They will rock Foam Brewers on Friday. I’m definitely going to be there. Classic from the Siberians. It’s been so warm for the past couple of days, I had to play Come Outside. Stunning song from Binger. This next band is playing Friday at Half Lounge, and I’m definitely going to be there.

13.) Mystery Train – The Parts
14.) I guess I’ve Had Enough Too – Eastern Mountain Time
15.) Luminous – Michael Chorney and Hollar General
16.) When She Sleeps – Peg Tassey MUSIC

Such a lovely song from Peg. Michael is amazing and helps a lot of other musicians make great music too. Sean Hood from EMT will be at Radio Bean next Wednesday. Great song from the Parts. OK, this next artist will be at Club Metronome on Friday, and I’m definitely going to be there.

17.) Veil – Ivamae
18.) You Are Unobtrusive To The Point Of Invisibility – Ouzkxqlzn
19.) Forget It When I Said It – Wren Kitz
20.) Eucarina É Guerrero – Mal Maïz

Great song from Maiz Vargas Sandoval and the band. Great song from Wren’s new Lovebird album. Ouzkxqlzn will be at The Monkey House on Monday. She also plays Saturday at the fringe festival happening in the Old North End of Burlington Thursday through Sunday. Great song from Ivamae. Here’s a gorgeous song.

21.) Baby, Let My Money Keep You Warm – Milton Busker and the Grim Work.
22.) Pauline – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
23.) Blue Water – Radio Underground
24.) All Down Tonight – SWALE

Swale are playing Friday at the Methodist Church in Winooski and I will definitely be there. So, I guess that’s a work order for one me and three clones? Cool song from the new RU album Dark and Getting Darker. Another cool song from The Book Of Zoo. Milton is so great. OK, this song just got released.

25.) I Don’t Exist – Why Nona
26.) Climbing Slowly – Bent Muffbanger
27.) Bell Jar – When Particles Collide
28.) The Space Between – The Nancy Druids

Great rocker from the Druids. Huge rocking song from Particles. Bent is from the Lyndon area and has been making music for a while. Cool song from Nona. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we? Ta ta. Farewell. See You…..

29.) Sayonara – Black Rabbit
outro

Songs after
Credo – Fish
So Hard Done By – The Tragically Hip
Homesick – Jakals
Images – Saga
Oh You! You’re You! – Ruckzuck
Neon Skyline – Hawkwind
Still I’m Sad – Rainbow
The Mystic And The Muse – Renaissance
Saturation Brain – Arc Iris
Falter – Julia Caesar
Heavy – Clever Girls
Get Me Outta Here = Deep Purple
regular awesome programming

Andriana Chobot at Red Square, Clever Girls and Rough Francis at Speaking Volumes, and Ouzkxqlzn at Art Hop September 7, 2018   Leave a comment

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Andriana Chobot

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at the South End Art Hop, ArtsRiot, and Red Square. Every year, artists have a weekend to show how amazing they are and fill the South End of Burlington with art. There are tons of galleries with paintings, sculpture, and other creative endeavors. There are lots of bands playing around and it’s always a good time. This year, I looked and did not see much music listed. The one show that caught my eye was Clever Girls at 8 with Rough Francis to follow.

I had a relaxing day off and was focused on the show, when I looked at 7 Days and saw a cool show listed at 4pm. I was a little slow out the door and walked into Red Square about 4:15. Andriana Chobot was onstage singing and playing keys and Cody Sargent played drums. He added a nice rhythm to the songs and his cymbal work was lovely. Andriana has a gorgeous powerful voice and plays keys in a way that keeps my heart rising. She sang about manifest destiny and dropped in a cover of Regina Spektor’s Ode To Divorce. My Old House had some nice keyboard flourishes and Another Day was magical. She sang about Galaxy Eyes and Coffee then said all she wanted is a bit of your heartbeat. She sang about how winter is coming then took a short set break. They returned with a song about The Cure then continued with a playful song about see saws. Dig Him rocked, Cascade soared then we took a ride into the wilds of Vermont. She sang a Carole King inspired song about changing my mind then dropped a cool cover of Ain’t No Sunshine. Neon had an appropriately dark glow and Not I melted my heart. They kept driving on then closed the set with Alone In The Night. Wow, I had not made it to Art Hop yet and had already heard 19 great songs.

 

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The Ramparts

I left quickly and walked south. I caught a couple of songs by a band in a parking lot that may have been The Ramparts. They sounded cool but said there was music happening at the Green Door, and that is always one of the best Art Hop shows. I ran into Charlie Messing and we headed to a nearby gallery filled with rooms and lovely works of art. We ran into Frank DeAngelis and I was dazzled by his work. We then headed over to the space up behind ArtsRiot but no one was on. Danny LeFrancois said The Parts would be playing later but the timing conflicted with my primary objective. Oh well. Charlie wandered off and I remembered a building on the corner of Pine and Howard that seemed to have a lot of galleries. I walked up stairs and through doors and each one had more and more fantastic paintings. I followed hallways and found cool little rooms, I followed corridors and found more rooms full of art. I took one turn and found a room where music was about to be played. It was close to 8 but I had to hang and check some of it out. A dark video began and Ouzkxqlzn began to play. I grabbed a seat in awe as she worked the wrench over the guitar. I love the sounds she finds and weaves into a spell. About 10 of 8 I ripped myself away and went in search of Clever Girls. They were setting up and Diane Jean said they would go on around 8:30. I raced back to the building and back through the maze and somehow found the show room again then settled in for the end of Lauren’s set. I hung out as Adrienne Cooper Smith spoke about the mixture of the video she made and the sound of the music. A band got up to play and I think they did their own improvisation to the same video. I’m guessing Adrienne did the same at some point on her electric banjo. I’ve just got to figure out how to be in two, or more, places at once.

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Ouzkxqlzn

I listened to the bands cool sound for a bit then headed back to Speaking Volumes and ran into Peg Tassey. We chatted a bit with Dan Davine, then Clever Girls began to play. They opened with a hard hitting blues rock jam then dropped it into Catch And Release. Dumb Smile was pretty intense for a slower song then Diane screamed out the 1 2 3 4 opening to Loose Tooth. They sang about tilting your head back and waiting for this to pass, playing hide and seek, and rocked Junior nice and hard. Loom was heavy and powerful and Hannah Wants To See You soared. The closed with a blistering version of Heavy and we were in a happy place.

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Clever Girls

I ducked out to see what was happening at ArtsRiot. Barbacoa were onstage, so I grabbed a drink and went to the front. They played a surf rock instrumental western then dropped a cool Paint It Black. They played a song with lyrics about how you are my dreamy girl then rocked out Love Takes It’s Toll On Me. They surfed through Venus In Spurs and my internal alarm went off and I headed back to SV.

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Barbacoa

I ran into Charlie again and chatted with a bit then the next band were about to hit. I almost made it past the merch table clean, but caught the edge of the cloth and sent a couple of things flying. I turned to help but Nicole Hackney was already on it. Sorry about that. Thanks for cleaning up my klutziness. I found a spot near Matthew Kloss and ROUGH FRANCIS began to play. They opened hard with I-90 East and followed with a song about coming together called Ruffians. They sang about werewolves on MSP2, then lit into Big Box Law Enforcement. A short way in, the power blew out leaving nothing but Urian Hackney‘s drums. Bobby Hackney Jr. had a fun chat with the crowd and quickly, the power came back. They launched back into Box and the power blew again on the first note. It quickly came back, and with an amazing boldness of spirit, they launched into it again. The power stayed on and the show continued. Julian Hackney played some ripping guitar leads, Paul rocked his guitar and danced hard, while Dan stood back and used his bass to anchor the songs. They rocked us with Geese and Pandas then went back to the first album for Home Invasion. They slowed things down with the anti-fascist Walk On By, then rocked out Retrosexual. They kept the fury going with Methmouth then let it fall into a jam. A guy from the audience stepped up a bit and began dancing, maybe break dancing, and delighted the crowd and the band. The jam amped up and they ripped through Earthquake then rocked out Procession 1. They lit into the familiar notes of Comm To Space as we rocked out “in the midnight hour”. They brought it to its thunderous conclusion, and as they were about to ramp up into the ending section, the power blew again. Undaunted, when it quickly returned they quickly ripped out the ending and called it a night. They are always great.

I headed out quickly in search of one more band, but it was after 10 and everything was shutting down. I let the exhaustion of the day wash over me, then took the lovely walk home.

 

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Rough Francis