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The Nancy Druids at Radio Bean, Llamadoll on Church st, Bear’s Tapestry at Light Club Lamp Shop and Lake Waves at Radio Bean August 3, 2019   Leave a comment

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The Nancy Druids

I had a great time seeing music last night in downtown Burlington. There were a ton of choices, and it had been a long work day, so I struck a plan to catch what I could. Granted, the plan mostly rearranged itself, but that can be fun too.

I was out the door around 7:30 and thought I’d begin at the top of Church Street for the Festival Of Fools performance by Llamadoll. It was set to run from 8-10. I thought I’d begin and end there and catch The Nancy Druids at the Bean from 8:30-9:30. I arrived downtown and had chills as I caught a bit of Llama’s smooth flowing soundcheck. I chatted with a bunch of cool people, and time ticked by until it was quarter after 8. It was a little too light to see the images on the screen, and since the show was old weird movies being shown while the band play a soundtrack, they needed to wait for a bit. As time tightened, I made the horrible decision to leave.

I ducked over to Radio Bean and got in and settled. The wait wasn’t long and The Nancy Druids lit into Sky as a four-piece semi-acoustic band. Sure Sean was playing an acoustic guitar, but it had a nice electric feel. John began the evening on bouzouki and Ariel sat in on cello. They settled into a beautiful pop sound with December then John switched to bass for the breezy gorgeous Vondlepark. By Design brought the rock energy up and The Space Between soared before falling into a washy guitar ending. At that point, Ariel left the stage and the band showed us that Salvation was all around. Just Another Day rocked steadily and Sign had a delightful poppy bounce. Remember Who You Are brought the energy way up, Bitter Days eased it back to a nice groove and Halo brought it back to peak. They closed the night with a pop song about the way things might have been before amusing the audience with Give A Little Bit. I really enjoy the acoustic version of the band, though love it when the electric version pushes those songs into the stratosphere.

On the last note, I ducked over to Church St and let the music flow over me and got sucked into the cartoons and images of Laurel & Hardy, and whatever else was showing on the screen. I found a spot to stand and was in a happy place until I noticed a couple of small raindrops. The projector was covered quickly and then the band stopped. They said rain was on the way and they preferred not to get electrocuted, so that was that. They’ve done the Llamadoll thing before and I hope they do it again. The bit that I caught was fascinating and I’d love to see a full show.

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Llamadoll

Since it was earlier than expected, and Frank DeAngelis had mentioned that the Leatherbound books were at Light Club Lamp Shop, I thought I’d stop in. I think I missed them but caught a few songs by Bear’s Tapestry. They had a low-fi indie blues sound that was kind of cool. The playing was smooth as I settled in. They brought up Jackie Buttolph to sing on a song that I think was called Sing The Blues. It had a nice build and was a huge rocker at times. It had a nice prog vibe with a bit of jam. I’m going to see if I can track that song down. They played another cool song then I ducked back to the Bean to see what was going on.

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Bear’s Tapestry

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Bear’s Tapestry with Jackie

I quickly settled into the dreamy pop rock of Lake Waves. The room was pretty full and the music made it easy to dance around to. They reminded me a bit of The Static Age. The bass was especially expressive and the lead guitar subtle and sweet. The lyrics were in your face as they sang about wanting to grab your fingernails (I think). I only caught a few songs but they rocked hard and were fun and I definitely need to check them out for real very soon.

There was a ton more music happening, but I had to work in the morning and opted for the quick walk home. I’m very excited that I got to check one band I was curious about,and ran into two bands I knew nothing about. It was a pretty good night. Oh, and the Druids are just a sure thing every time.

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Lake Waves

The High Breaks at ArtsRiot, Adrienne Cooper Smith on Church St, Ryan Ober at Radio Bean and Tom Pearo at Light Club Lamp Shop July 24, 2019   Leave a comment

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Ken, Steve, and Jean at the A&W in Middlebury VT pic by Tim Lewis

How was your day? Mine was beautiful in a way that I could barely handle. I got up and watched a little of the Mueller hearings, then drove to Shelburne. I met up with my brother Ken and his friend Steve and drove to A&W in Middlebury after meeting up with mom’s cousin Jean, which is likely redundant because where else is there an A&W? Lunch was nice, the conversation was delightful, and we ended up going home with a blueberry pie. On the way way down we stopped at Mom and Dad’s graves in New Haven.

I dropped Ken and Steve in Shelburne, then knocked out one of those tasks that I’d needed to do forever. I drove home, settled for 45 minutes, or so, then took the lovely walk to ArtsRiot. I was there to represent WBKM at the new flavors non-dairy launch of several new Ben & Jerry’s succulent creations. As my friend Susan from the Cheese Outlet used to say, yum city in a big phat way. (If you get it, that is a completely appropriate response, and a hysterical joke). I enjoyed the free non-dairy drink and then switched to gin and tonics, because if the band is rocking it, and you’re not paying admission, you have to pay the bar. Right?? The cooking demo was cool and fun, but when they tossed it to The High Breaks I was in heaven. They strolled through several super-cool songs about breaking an ankle on a non-dairy biscuit beach while the dark and stormy seas threatened to sweep us away,

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An announcement followed Several beautiful humans identified as refugees and seemed happy to have a chance to join our community and everyone in attendance seemed to want them to join our community. Each of the eight, or so, people who spoke sounded so delightful. Maybe it’s me. I want everyone to find their light and shine it on our planet. Is that too much to ask? Considering today, I think that’s a reasonable ask.

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The High Breaks/Surf Sabbath pic by Tim Lewis

They introduced the next band as Surf Sabbath, and suddenly we were surfing to War Pigs. They kicked out Tequila, dropped it into a full Miserlou, then tequila’d it out. again They got meaty for Hot Dog, began another original and dropped it into Wipe Out. They were as brilliant as always.

I headed out and took the lovely walk home. OK, in the middle of Church St I wondered who that accordion busker was, but when I heard the voice, I stopped in my tracks and leaned into the nearest tree. Adrienne Cooper Smith played her heart out and I loved every note that I caught. Life bodes well for her career. All the adults just walked on by. All the kids turned their heads to listen.

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Adrienne Cooper Smith pic by Tim Lewis

I should have made a pit stop at ArtsRiot but walked away anyway. The extra time made a real pit stop necessary. I walked into the OP, found relief, ordered a drink and chatted with Josh Shedaker and his lovely wife. I learned a tiny bit more about our amazing Burlington music scene, then was done and walked home.

I made it all the way to Radio Bean when a lovely sound Sucked me in. I was lucky enough to hear 4-5 songs from the amazing Ryan Ober. He was as enchanting as always.

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Ryan Ober pic by Tim Lewis

I took the lovely walk home and made it all the way to the Light Club Lamp Shop. I saw that Tom Pearo and his band were on. I settled in and let their lovely sound flow over me. I’d been wanting a good Pearoing for a while and this lusciously fit the bill. I hung out until their lovely last note, then really took the lovely walk home and began typing this.

How was your day?
(yes, I’m totally aware of all the staggering music that I missed tonight. I caught what I could.)

Oh, and it was nice to hear Luke Adam play. What a day?

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Tom Pearo pic by Tim Lewis

Senayit, Beard & Glasses, David Rosane & The Zookeepers and Emma Back at the Fletcher Free Library, Blowtorch at Robot Dog Studio, Steph Pappas at Light Club Lamp Show, and Abby Sherman and The Mountain Says No at Radio Bean June 21, 2019   Leave a comment

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I hope your day went well. I started mine by driving to Shelburne this morning to hang out with my brother Ken for a while. He went to work then I headed home. I dropped the car and walked downtown to the Fletcher Free Library and got settled in as Senayit played some gorgeous songs. With a cool drummer and Don Sinclair on lead acoustic guitar, she sang some huge epic raw indie songs and hit her electric guitar hard. Her music was the best part of the show, but seeing the band on the main floor in front of the windows, and watching people walk past the windows potentially asking why a woman was playing electric guitar in a library, was pretty cool too. She sang about your eyes and being out of time. Her songs were sparse and dark and lit up my soul. Can you imagine a thin indie rock version of Procol Harem? If so, you have a hint of what she sounded like. She sang about rising to the occasion when you are chosen and ended the set with a song about being broken down and living on a merry go round. Her songs had a huge feel that made me swoon.

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Senayit pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Beard & Glasses filled the room with some dark and moody blues. They played a slow, sultry, long, and lovely song about not being able to stop thinking about you, then got a little jazzy on a song about missing the point. They brought a reggae vibe to a song about how I don’t know where my mind is at and followed with one with a jazzy chorus and a Custard Pie bluesy set of verses. They played a cover about blaming my ADD then rocked out on the one that got away. They closed the super cool set with a song about testing faith at the Pearly Gates. They were just delightful.

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Beard & Glasses pic by Tim Lewis

Up next, David Rosane & The Zookeepers kicked off their library tour for the summer with a delightful Sugar And Cream. They showed us Hope In The Dark then gave us Stardust For Dessert. They jammed out some punk rock in the library with Ba Doom, then sang about having a drink with your Grandma. Liquid Sunshine was a huge rocker that begged the question is rain liquid sunshine in Vermont. Well, can rain be qualified as a particle and a wave? I think we have our answer. Break A Leg rocked nicely, then Today Is Mine filled my soul with glory. They were going to call it a show but the usual quiet library crowd spoke up and asked for one more. A mellow beautiful This City ended the set.

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David Rosane & The Zookeepers pic by Tim Lewis

I chatted with James Lockridge and Bob from Big Heavy World for a bit, then Emma Back began looping violin, drums, vocals and played a song that reminded us of ancient Israel. It was really cool, but I looked up and the clock on the wall when her first song was done, and it said it was time to go. I took the lovely walk home, got into the car and drove to Williston.

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Emma Back pic by Tim Lewis

I arrived at Robot Dog Studio at 5 and hung out with Blowtorch for a bit. When everything was ready to go, we hit play and they jammed out 8 powerhouse punk songs. With Justin Crowther on drums, Jefferson Rush on bass, Bill Mullins on guitar, and Clark Russel on vocals and effects they played four sets of double songs and we chatted about art in between. You can hear how it turned our by listing to WBKM at 9pm next week.

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Blowtorch pics by Tim Lewis

 

They were solid pros and we knocked it out quick. I drove home, dropped the car and walked to Light Club Lamp Shop. The Steph Pappas Experience were on and playing as an electric four-piece. They were playing a long cool jam as I got in and settled. They followed with a cool version of energy then jammed out an instrumental. It fell into a song with a wicked blues riff with lyrics something like that’s what the people who love you want to say. They threw in a little Purple Haze at the end and Steph let her voice fly through the club. They rocked out some Piranha Love the gave us goosebumps with Nova Scotia. They jammed out some jazz then played a long lovely Jellyfish. Throughout the show Matt kept it going on drums, Augustus Elgee rocked the bass hard and Ted Looby mixed rhythm and leads to perfection. They jammed out a cool mellow blues song and ended with something about how everything’s going to be OK. Steph is stunning and the band are amazing and I’m so glad I was there.

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The Steph Pappas Experience pic by Tim Lewis

I hung out for a bit then took the long walk to Radio Bean. I got in and settled as Abby Sherman began to play. I missed the name of her banjo player, but her mandolin player was Ben Slotnick, and both backed up her songs in a lovely way. Her voice was strikingly powerful and filled the room. She sang about watching it burn then played a cover about hanging over the edge. She sang Come With Me then covered a song about a letter on a dusty box. She sang about being in a Wasteland and about Feeling Small. She played Dreamcatcher from her upcoming album and the room was in a happy place. She sang a new one about floating down the river with you and followed with a cool song that my notes failed me on. She played a couple more cool songs and wrapped up her lovely set. I had high hopes that she would be amazing, and was well rewarded by hearing her.

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Abby Sherman pic by Tim Lewis

I was pretty exhausted but there was no way I could leave. The set break was short and The Mountain Says No hit the stage with a new song about chasing it all. The end was especially huge and my heart was in a happy place. They continued the set with new songs that made me love them more and more. They sang about how it was too much and about how you know you should. They sang about Murder B’s and how it’s not a problem. All of the songs were new to me and lit up my world. They closed with a couple that they’ve been playing for a while. If You Lie has a great build and Light Bright Lord had super cool versus and a staggering rock chorus. I love them so much.

There was more music to be had, but my poor body was tired. I took the lovely walk home, turned on the computer and began typing. I hope your day went well.

 

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The Mountain Says No pic by Tim Lewis

Kali Ma And The Garland Of Arms at Radio Bean April 14, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music on Sunday April 14th at Radio Bean. It was a long work day but I had plenty of time to relax and hang out. The hour got later and later but I was still awake. A little after 11:30, I took the lovely walk downtown and slid into the Bean. I said hi to Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms – KMGA and settled in. I had listened to a few songs on their album but still got lost as they opened with a mellow rocker. The next one was huge and glorious and I’m pretty sure the one after that was Toy Void. It’s nice to get to know an album. The next song had a slow bluesy start and a bit of a prog reggae vibe that made me smile. Spine followed and was epic. The one after that was a more poppy rocker then they played one with a nice heavy groove. They played one that started slow then built way up and finished the night with a cool rock groove. I still hadn’t gotten my head around the songs but was getting there. Since then, I’ve played their album a few dozen times and am all set to go the next time they come to town.

I hung out for a bit after the show but quickly took the lovely walk home. I got a few hours of sleep before work in the morning. I was a little tired, but it was so worth it.

Posted June 5, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Girls Rock Vermont Rock Lotto showcase with You’re Doing Great Sweaty and Paul at Light Club Lamp Shop and Claudia Verona at Radio Bean March 31, 2019   Leave a comment

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You’re Doing Great Sweaty

 

I had a great time seeing music at Light Club Lamp Shop and Radio Bean last Sunday. I had a long rough work day, did a quick turnaround at home, then walked to the Lamp Shop. I got in and settled and You’re Doing Great Sweaty were on and rocking. Their fun punky pop sounded a little rough but since the band was created that morning, it was to be expected. Yes, it was Rock Lotto day. In the morning several musicians get broken up into bands and they have to write songs and perform them later that day. The crazy event is a fundraiser for Girls Rock Vermont and is always a good time. Sweaty played songs about being kind to me and monsters and I had a good time.

Up next was a band called Paul who featured Cassandra on bass, Cassafrass LOve on guitar and Linda Bassick on drums. They opened with a song with a bass line borrowed from a classic opera which had a slow sultry rock sound. They played a song about lies then mixed it up a little with a pop punk song called Hard Telling Not Knowing. It was very Vermont. You can’t really judge a band who are hours into their existence, but I really enjoyed what I heard. They could turn it into something cool, if they want.

 

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Paul

I think Paul was the last Rock Lotto band and the timing was perfect. I took the long walk to Radio Bean and got settled as Claudia Verona took the stage. She and her band had a nice rock feel and opened with a song that wondered about ever being in love like this. What To Do was a cool song then they slowed it down for one about remembering the day. They played songs about Mother Nature and about reading them and weeping. A song about misunderstanding had a bit of a country feel then they rocked one about being my lover. They romanticized the next one then funked up the one after that. They had us dance the night away, not a cover, then closed with a rocker. The End Of The Show had a bit of a Joan Jett vibe and I was all smiles. I think that was their first show and I would happily go see them again anytime.

 

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Claudia Verona

 

Samara Lark and Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band at Radio Bean March 17, 2019   Leave a comment

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Samara Lark

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Sundays ago at Radio Bean. I had a long day at work and did a quick turnaround and arrived at the Bean as Samara Lark Brown sat at a piano and began to play some classic Irish songs. She sang of an orange father and a green mother and followed it with a song about roving. She sang of keeping your hands off red headed Mary and followed with a song about a fickle girl in black velvet. Up next was a Cranberries song that I think was Ode To My Family and then came a song about the unicorns missing their ride on Noah’s ark. She played a lovely version of Beer Beer Beer and followed it with the theme song to Cheers. She wondered what a guy is to do when he meets a girl who’s hair is black and her eyes are blue. She got into the hard stuff with Whiskey In A Jar then played one I did not know that had an English Civil War vibe. She returned to the Cranberries for Zombie and left us with an Irish blessing and some smiling eyes. The show was graceful, elegant and fun.

Up next Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band took the stage and shifted the needle from elegant to unruly. They opened with a rousing Fuck You I’m Drunk and a fun version of Beer Beer Beer. The crowd had songbooks and we loudly sang along. Wild Rover was fun then they tossed in a little bit of For Those About To Rock. We sang the story of Molly Malone in Cockles And Mussels then they tossed in a little bit of More Than Words. I think the next one was The Fields of Athenry but band and audience were starting to feel the drinks at this point. They sang about drinking 100 beers, which is easier than walking 100 miles, then encouraged us to drink because In Heaven There Is No Beer. They played Dirty Old Town and then we all sang aye aye aye. Danny Boy started slow and poignant then they upped the speed at the end and rocked it out. They played all the traditional songs like Jackie Wilson Said and One then followed with one about being as drunk as drunk could be. They played a couple more and called it a night. It’s hard to describe how much fun Efids shows are.

I hung out for a bit then happily staggered home. What a great day.

 

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Everybody’s Favorite Irish Drinking Songs Band

The Nancy Druids at Radio Bean March 10, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music last night at Radio Bean. I got out of work a little early on a snowy day after the time change, and started catching up on show write-ups. I finished the previous night’s story a little after nine, grabbed a quick bite to eat and was out the door at 9:45.

I made good time and walked in as the church bells rang 10. I got in and settled and chatted with Kirk and Barbara from Happy Spangler, thanks for the drink, and then it was showtime.

I found a comfortable place to stand and The Nancy Druids began to shimmer the universe with their beautiful rock sound. They opened with the song about how the sky is all around us now then lit into December. By the end, Sean’s guitar rippled with rock glory. Just Another Day started with a heavy rock stomp lead by John’s bass and Ann Mindell‘s drums. It went through a couple of Beatlesque choruses then Sean unleashed a killer guitar solo at the end. Up next was the sweet rock pop of Vondlepark (sp??). There is something about that song that always makes me float to a happy place and the version they played last night is still with me now. They kicked up the volume for the heavy rocking I Can’t Remember Who You Were and I reveled in Ann’s drumming. By Design is super catchy and rocks hard and was nothing but joy. We found Salvation all around then experienced a few Bitter Days. Sign had a nice bounce to it and is still delightfully stuck in my head, then they brought the pace to full rock glory for Halo. Again, Ann’s bombastic drumming just puts that song over the top. Often, they will toss in a fun cover at the end but last night the opening rock groove of The Space Between proved otherwise. It’s one of those songs that builds and builds and ends in a hail of drenched feedback and leaves you with that happy dazzled feeling. I loved every moment of the show.

I hung out and chatted with John for a bit then took the lovely walk home

Posted March 11, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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