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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

 

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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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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

Jesse Taylor at Radio Bean January 29, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music January 29th at Radio Bean. I had been working different crazy hours and had been working on releasing the Live From Robot Dog Studio album, and just hadn’t made it out to see music for a couple of weeks.

I worked earlier in the day and had to work the next day, but walking to the Bean for an 8:30-9:30 show seemed like a reasonable thing to do.

I zipped out the door at the last minute and walked in almost exactly at 8:30 and Jesse Taylor was on stage playing Someone Get Me A Brown Paper Bag. Note to self, always get there early when she plays. I missed the next song as I got settled in but it sounded lovely. There is something gently catchy about her music and her lyrics take you right into the heart of the human condition. She played a song about hoping you enjoyed it and one about brighter days. She sang about getting caught up in other people’s lives then warmed us up with 80 Degrees In October. Like What You See and Waste Of Time are both really cool songs and it was a delight to listen to them. My Brain Is A Liar rang true then she sang about six days time. My noes are bad about the next three songs but I was enchanted for each one. She closed with a rocking Hey You and left us in a happy place.

I hung out and chatted with her for a little bit about the upcoming Robot Dog Studio session that we had scheduled, then took the lovely walk home.

Posted February 17, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Jesse Taylor at Radio Bean January 15, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music January 15th at Radio Bean. I worked earlier in the day and had to work the next day, but walking to the Bean for an 8:30-9:30 show seemed like a reasonable thing to do.

I zipped out the door at the last minute and walked in almost exactly at 8:30 and Jesse Taylor was on stage playing. She sounded great as I got settled, but I missed what song it was. Note to self, always be early for her shows. She played a cool new song called Adore You then delighted the fairly full room with 80 Degrees In October. She played a song about being a ghost to you and one about never changing. Her stage demeanor was relaxed and friendly and it really helped bring the audience into her lovely songs. She played Like What You See and Waste Of Time from her album, then played a new song about getting caught up in other people’s drama. She played a nice song about brighter days and one about self-doubt called My Brain Is A Liar. She played a quiet and gorgeous song about feeling lost forever then played one about six days time. She played a big bluesy rocker about questioning fears, the rocked out Hey You, which is also from her album. She closed with Someone Get Me A Brown Paper Bag and you could see the lyric connecting with the audience. Everyone was quite impressed.

I did not hang out very long after the show. The walk home was as lovely as usual.

Posted February 17, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Strangled Darlings at Nectar’s, Jesse Taylor, Nick Awad, Nick Losito, Eva Rawlings & Casey Little at Drink, and White Elephant & Father Figuer at Radio Bean January 12, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music at Nectar’s and Drink Bar on January 12th. There was a cool rock show happening with two of my favorite bands, but it sold out before I got a ticket. Plan B turned out to be quite lovely.

I got going early and stopped in at Nectar’s for dinner. I hung in the back but couldn’t help notice how much fun Strangled Darlings were. They had an indie folk sound with a kick drum for punctuation. They had fun stage banter in a married couple not really getting along sort of way. A song about when you stand up had a bit of a Talking Heads vibe. A song about buckets of sand had a Dead vibe. The whole show was lots of fun. They played a song about being homeless and living in a van in Walmart parking lots, but then I was done with dinner and the clock said it was time to move on. I’m so glad I spotted in.

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Jesse Taylor

I headed over to Drink and got settled in the bar/performance space they have downstairs. I had seen Jesse Taylor once and kind of liked her songs. I bought her album and listened to it a few dozen times and really began to love her songs. She was on first and I was really psyched. She opened with 80 Degrees in October and I was hooked, along with the rest of the crowd. She followed with Like What You see then played a newer one about adoring you. She followed with my personal favorite, at the moment, Somebody Get Me A Brown Paper Bag. It seemed to hook everyone in the room. She played a fun song about taking a road trip and followed with one about how her brain is a liar. I’m not sure what she closed with, but it was a wonderful set of music.

Nick Awad took the stage next and mixed up playing banjo and guitar. His songs had a quiet strength and connected nicely with the audience. My notes are pretty terrible but I think he sang songs bout being 30 degrees south of freezing and Anita please. He closed with a song called Vodka Sprite that was really fun. I should go see him again sooner than later.

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Nick Awad

Up next, Nick Losito took the stage and fired off the eggshell blues on slide guitar. He’s very talented and threw in a few fun time changes on the young buck blues. A song about shaking them all down had a bit of a train running through sound. He played a few more blues songs then was joined by Sarah Cutler. They sang a couple of fun songs and closed with one about bad relationships called Lonesome Town. They were great.

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Nick Losito and Sarah Cutler

Up next a woman named Eva Rawlings played a set of sultry electro pop soul. Her voice drew me in and I really enjoyed her songs. She sang about being a fool for you and about being all mine. She sang about Pepsi and leaving me alone. She sang about a pretty face and closed with a dance with the devil. I definitely need to get some of her music soon.

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Eva Rawlings

The whole event was organized by Casey Little and he took the stage next. You could hear the heavy rock influence in the sound of the songs and they remained strong despite the acoustic setting. He started off nice and bluesy with a song about cigarettes then sang about what you deserve. All of his songs were good and I really enjoyed his set. At the end he brought up a friend to sing a couple of songs.

 

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Casey Little

There were more bands on the bill but I still wanted to make one more stop. I headed over to Radio Bean and a band called White Elephant were on and rocking. I just caught a couple of songs and they were cool.

I hung out for a bit then Father Figuer hit the stage. Their songs range from a whisper to a scream and have a lot of tension and release. I basked in the gentle joy and smiled as they brought the music to tremendous heights then let it ease off. I’m not even sure how many songs they played but I was blissfully happy for every note.

When the last note faded, I took the lovely walk home. I missed a lot of great music but caught a lot of great music. That’s how it goes in Burlington.

 

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Father Figuer