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Gneiss at Red Square and Sleeping In, Kal Marks, and Clever Girls at Nectar’s September 26, 2018   Leave a comment

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Gneiss pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday at Red Square and Nectar’s. I had a nice relaxing day off and had asked my brother Ken if he wanted to go out and see Clever Girls. He was up for it, then another show popped up.

I drove to Shelburne and picked him up a little after 6 and we were downtown just before 7. We grabbed some dinner then headed over to Red Square. gneiss were on stage jamming and we got a table next to the band. They rocked the song to a nice close while singing I want to be completely free. They played a sweet Johnny Meli song called Mountain High then closed with a song about northern lights. We hung out for a bit and learned that Damian Roy (?) was sitting in on drums since Jacob Blodgett was at the hospital with his wife, who was about to deliver their first child. Gneiss opened the second set with a song about walking in the light that fell into a song about going round and round and never staying the same. Jesse Cowan had lots of cool runs up and down the bass, while still driving the rhythm. Damien was nicely locked in. Johnny sang a lot of the songs and fired off many cool lead breaks. Naomi Galimidi‘s keys helped the music soar while she added some backing vocals and sang a song or two. They said to keep on using me until you’ve used me up, then got a little bluesy for a song about too much, but it’s never enough. They debuted a song that was written by Naomi’s 7 year old that showed a lot of promise then rocked out a staggering version of Lovely Day. They sang about making me feel brand new when I return to you and dropped it into a song about a lonely lonesome highway. Their jam rock sound was delightful, but I put a 9:15 deadline on so we could make it to the other show. They put on their shades for a cool song, then we headed out.

 

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Sleeping In pic by Tim Lewis

We headed over to Nectar’s and walked in to a huge loud indie rock sound. sleeping in had a nice heavy flow that made me smile. They sang a song called Pine and played a new one called No Sentiment. I think the next two were new and ended their set. I’ve got to check them out again sometime soon.

 

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Kal Marks pic by Tim Lewis

Up next, Kal Marks unloaded a staggering rock show on us. The bass played stood to the side and locked in with the drummer, often sounding like a charging freight train. The singer/guitar player thrashed about and threw himself at his guitar and vocals. I was happily stunned from the first moment. They sang about how there’s no place for me and when I look down. One song had a hint of The Who, one had some Church like psychedelia. They played a song about being too young to die that had a cool dramatic pause then hit us hard with a couple more to end the set. They were amazing and are a band you should see anytime you get a chance.

 

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Kal Marks pic by Tim Lewis

After a brief set break, Clever Girls took the stage and rocked out a blues jam that fell into Catch and Release. Diane Jean broke a string and the guitarist for Sleeping In lent her his guitar for the rest of the night. It’s possible that they played Dumb Smile in drop D, but either way, it sounded cool. Loose Tooth rocked hard then they eased up a little for the new one about tilting your head back. They played the new swampy song called Woman and rocked it hard. Hannah Wants To See You soared and they closed with a blistering version of heavy.

We headed out fairly quickly then I drove Ken back to Shelburne, then I drove back home. It was a lovely night.

 

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Posted October 3, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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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

 

Matt The Gnat And The Gators featuring Miss Saxy at Red Square June 7, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music at Red Square yesterday afternoon. Usually, it’s hard to get out on a Thursday to see music due to my radio show. I put it together in the morning, caught a nap in the early afternoon and thought I could make it downtown for the 4-6 show then make it home in time for the write-up.

The walk downtown was lovely and went quick. I could hear the band playing as I zipped by the alley and slid into the bar. I got a drink and wandered to the front of the stage as Matt the Gnat and the Gators were playing Done Saving Bones. Matthew Bryan Hagen has a deadpan lyric delivery and his hands quickly create simple sounding chords on the guitar. Caroline Marie mixes backing vocals and sax, and sang a section of one of the dark tales. Each song is a story that slowly unfolds, seldom with pleasant results. They sang about a drunk abusive mermaid on She Loved Selling Seashells By The Seashore. They sang about how Kids Run From A Falling Star. They sang about a man sitting in a bar wondering if he is Jack The Ripper on Born On Cobblestone In 1847. Remember when you were in a high school band and you looked at the moon and wondered if it was evil and out to get you? If so, Lady Moon is the song for you. Everyone has hitchhiked and been picked up by the Devil so One Day Closer To The Devil should become an international hit soon. Sweet Jesus told the tale of a man who had to break out of prison so he could get more cookies from his uncle Jesus to appease his fellow inmates. It did not turn out well. The band did an about face with the happy tale of how Miss Saxy lost her coat one winter night and found a replacement in the lost and found at the club. On the walk home she fell through the ice but the coat acted as a float and saved her. Since then they have been searching for the person who forgot the coat in the club, and exemplified it in song with Looking For Forgetful Louis Brown. They told a story of a woman who was about to cross the road but got her foot run over on the first step. One Wheel Mama never did let us know if she made it to the other side. Paper Doll was cool with the being flat and being an alcoholic wet nap jokes. They sang about a Cereal Killer in the morning and lamented how I Forgot My Baby At The Reunion Dance. They sang about A Rough Day For A Blue Collar, then things took an even darker turn. The story about the assassin who makes gumbo out of his victims came alive in The Snake Doctor’s Gumbo. There’s A Loss In Finding Innocence rang true as did I Love Your Perfect Disguise. They told the tale of the doomed spaceman about to burn up in the atmosphere and become A Cut In the Night Sky. They sang of the dangers of the man on the street begging for money and reaching for your ankles on Dalton Delaney. You know the old insult saying your daddy is the mailman? In Gatorland it became My Mama Was The Mailman. You’ll have to stick around until the end to find out who daddy is. They closed the set with A Monster’s Holiday.

I ducked out quickly and took the lovely walk home. I had plenty of time to get settled and let folks know what was happening on my radio show that night. I’m so happy the timing worked so well and I got to hear so many gators

Posted June 8, 2018 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Cave Bees at Robot Dog Studio and Gneiss at Red Square September 20, 2017   Leave a comment

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Cave Bees pic by Mary Wolcott

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday. I woke up and and spent the day glowing from the Yes show the night before. I met up with Mary Wolcott around 6:30 and we headed over to Robot Dog Studio. Ryan Cohen spent some time getting the sound right then I began my interview with Cave Bees that I played the next day on my local music radio show on WBKM. They played four blistering songs. Sister Blue, Queen City, I Don’t Need This Anymore, and Juliet are all powerful and newish songs and we chatted about life in between. After that was wrapped up the band headed out and Mary, Ryan and I chatted for a bit. Mary and I then headed out and went downtown.

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Cave Bees pic by Mary Wolcott

We arrived at Red Square just as gneiss ended a set so we got drinks then chatted with the band. It was s short break then they got up to play. Naomi Galimidi and Johnny Meli alternated singing the songs as Jesse Cowan and Jacob Blodgett locked in the rhythm. They began with the gorgeous Endless Sunkissed Lover and several dancers filled the spot in front of the stage. They looked like they knew what they were doing and looked like they were having fun as they danced all the way through the set. The band followed with a sultry song called Too Much that featured some rocking Johnny guitar. They played a song about slowing life down to single frame that had some extra sweet bass work. They sang about how we will all be gone in time and how we will all be one in time, and Naomi’s piano was beautiful. They sang about shoes in a wet basement which most any Vermonter would understand. They played a song called Pocket about the space between being asleep and awake and Johnny rocked the end. They played a song about comfort while wondering why words always miss and closed the set with a song about how you’ve gotta see it if you want to know the truth.

After that we headed out and Mary dropped me off then headed home. It was another lovely day.

 

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gneiss pic by Tim Lewis

David Rosane & The Zookeepers at Robot Dog Studio and Gneiss at Red Square August 23, 2017   Leave a comment

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David Rosane & The Zookeepers pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday. I woke up and wrote up three shows that I hand seen in the last week then took a short nap. I met up with Mary Wolcott around 6:30 and we headed over to Robot Dog Studio. Ryan Cohen spent some time getting the sound right then I began my interview with David Rosane & The Zookeepers that I played the next day on my local music radio show on WBKM. They played four lovely songs. Grandma, Sugar And Cream, Hope In The Dark, and What The Fuck Went Wrong are all powerful and gorgeous songs and we chatted about life in between. After we wrapped up the interview They played one more song that I will use for my annual Halloween show. Stardust For Dessert is about the Paris bombing attack and about how life can be transferred into stardust in an instant. After that was wrapped up the band headed out and Mary, Ryan and I chatted for a bit. Mary and I then headed out and went downtown.

 

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David Rosane & The Zookeepers pic by Tim Lewis

We arrived at Red Square just as gneiss ended a set so we got drinks then chatted with the band. It was s short break then they got up to play. Naomi Galimidi and Johnny Meli alternated singing the songs as Jesse Cowan and Jacob Blodgett locked in the rhythm. They began with a song with a jazzy jam feel then played a song about seeing the light in your soul. They played a great version of Haze then played a funky song about moving on to the next scene. They played a song about walking in light that had a bit of a Bowie vibe. Piano In Every Room filled my heart and Lovely Day kept me smiling. A song about it being too much and never enough had a nice feel to it and they closed with an appropriate song called Comfort Me. Per the band it went Rumor (Debut) → Wish I Knew You, Daughters Eyes, Sophia Walks → Haze → Backdrop, Lovely Day, Too Much, Comfort Me.

After that we headed out and Mary dropped me off then headed home. It was indeed a lovely day.

 

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Gneiss pic by Tim Lewis

 

Adrian Belew Power Trio at ArtsRiot and Andriana Chobot at Red Square March 4, 2017   Leave a comment

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Adrian Belew Power Trio pic by Luke Awtry Photography

 

I had a great time seeing music last week at ArtsRiot. An artist that I have loved for years finally came back to town and I spent the entire work day bouncing off the walls, yet still put the service level in the place it needed to be for the day. I had scheduled myself to leave at 5 and was racing out the door at 5:02. The show was to start at 8 but I knew of a cool stop I could make on the way.

I did a quick turn around at home and ferociously walked downtown. I arrived at Red Square around 5:40 and listened to some lovely music as I settled in. I got the seat at the end of the bar right by the band and let my heart soar as Andriana Chobot played some magical music. She sings and plays keys and has songs that soar and was joined by Cody Sargent on drums. I let the music wash over me and fill me with joy. She gets a huge piano sound and all of the songs have lovely twists and turns and fills and are so gorgeous. I was hoping she would play until almost 7 but her time slot was 5-6 so I only caught four songs. Three of them were new to me and the one I knew, Cascade, was completely over the top. I’m so glad I finally made it out to see her again.

 

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Andriana Chobot pic by Tim Lewis

 

I was running earlier than expected so thought I would head to ArtsRiot and get some food before the doors at 7 show at 8 performance. Apparently, many others thought the same thing and the wait was very long and I just gave up. I hung out for a bit then friends started to show up. I hung out with Chris and Robin Chesebro Rielly and Joe Adler and my old boss at the New Dyemensions, Robert Fuller. It was fun catching up and being kind of social. As 8pm passed there was not much sound coming from the other room so I just hung out. After a bit I walked into the performance space and Saul Zonana was just finishing his set. I only caught a couple of songs and really liked them. It was just him solo but he had a nice sound with an Adrian vibe.

 

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Saul Zonana pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

It wasn’t too long of a wait until the Adrian Belew power trio hit the stage. He sang and played guitar and was joined by Julie Slick on bass and Tobias Ralph on drums. Both were amazing musicians and had to be to keep up with Adrian and the intense set of music. I was a bit surprised that it was a little less song focused and more of a dive into a rhythmic jam that went through lots of pieces. They started with the instrumental jam A then let it flow into Men In Helicopters for a while before it fell into Young Lions, which has that great drum riff. The played a bit of Pretty Pink Rose then let it flow into Big Electric Cat then they went into the instrumental improv of d2 and settled into One Time. They rocked Dinosaur for a bit and let it fall into Heartbeat which slid into Writing On The Wall then settled into Frame By Frame. They wrapped set 1 with Beat Box Guitar and everyone was happy.

The set break was short then they returned for a stunning set 2. For the whole show Adrian had the hugest smile on his face and at one point even got his guitar go laugh. The band launched into an instrumental jam for Venture and B. Three Of A Perfect Pair lit up the room. It flowed into a jam called B3 then fell into Neurotica. I was in heaven. They let that flow into the delicate Walking On Air then rocked hard with Ampersand. Futurevision was super cool then they rocked the place with Bowie’s Boys Keep Swinging. It flowed into Of Bow And Drum which slid into Elephant Talk. They followed with an over the top Thela Hun Gingeet and called it a night. Well, OK, what really happened was Adrian asked if they could not actually leave the stage and come back and just stay and play one more. We were fine with that. A long instrumental jam called E wrapped the night.

I said a couple of quick goodbyes then took the long but elated walk home

 

The following pictures are courtesy of Luke Awtry Photography

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Gneiss at Red Square and Close Encounters and Binger at The Skinny Pancake June 18, 2016   Leave a comment

Gneiss at Red Square June 18, 2016

Gneiss at Red Square June 18, 2016

 

I had a great day of music yesterday. I began the day by writing up Friday’s epic day of music then had a little bit of time to relax before heading over to the party. I got an invite from Molly and Lauren from Rapid Fire Magazine for a party by the lake in Colchester. My evening was booked with music, but I thought I had enough time to go hang out for an hour or so. I arrived a little after five and met Paul Allison. After a bit Jamie and Anna from Cranial Perch arrived and it was nice to see them again. Gary Lane was there too and we had fun talking about music and living by the lake.

I drove home, then walked downtown and arrived a couple of minutes late for gneiss who were playing at Red Square from 7-11. I missed them the last time they were in town so I felt I really had to put in the effort to see them. Of course, I was nicely rewarded for doing so with the lovely sound of their music. With Naomi Galimidi on keys, Jesse Cowan on 5 string bass, Jacob Blodgett on drums and Johnny Meli on guitar they have an earthy organic flowing sound. The songs felt loosely structured and open to change as the mood struck. Naomi sang some of the time and both her voice and the sound of her keys sounded warm and friendly and just made me want to smile. Jesse’s bass was plucked mightily as he easily navigated each changing flow of the song. Johnny sang some of the songs and has a nice voice and his guitar playing flowed from chords to sweet leads almost effortlessly. One song they played was called ‘Bye Stander (?) and had a nice flow. One song jammed for a while then fell into For What It’s Worth. I think it was Water Is Rising that had some over the top drum work from Jake. A song with the line What A Lovely Day had a bit of an English Prog Rock feel and was a perfect sentiment for a band playing in the alley while the sun steamed down light and heat and their music flowed out into Church st. I hung out for a full set, about an hour or a little more then chatted with the band and got a CD. Yea, more music for my radio show on WBKM

 

Close Encounters at The Skinny Pancake June 18 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Close Encounters at The Skinny Pancake June 18 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I headed down the hill to The Skinny Pancake and right at 8:30 Close Encounters began playing on the outdoor stage. As you walk into the restaurant there is a little bit of seating to your right and a lot to the left. Just past the seating on the left they have the band set up against the building wall and this seems to be the best setup I’ve seen there. Encounters are a four-piece band with singer/electric guitar, bass, drums, and singer/keyboard player. If you drew a line between jam and indie rock Encounters would be almost exactly half way in between. A lot of the music had a nice flow to it but there was also some hard rocking. One song called Future Ladies had a bit of a disco vibe. The band sounded really good and everyone played well but the drummer was just the star of the show. He just went crazy on every song and I just loved it. They played about 45 minutes and ended with a song called Stolen which rocked hard at the end. It made me happy.

 

Binger at The Skinny Pancake June 18 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Binger at The Skinny Pancake June 18 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

Binger hit the stage at 9:30 with a groove called Now Check Your Pocket. They have such a smooth sound and mix elements of soul and rock and jazz and calypso and lively a few more, yet it sounds beautifully coherent. Shak Ear plays bass and sings and raps. Braden Winslow plays guitar and sings and raps. Dalton Muzzy just plays drums and his playing is subtle and powerful and always on target. The band mostly stuck with songs from the new album Skeptics and a few covers. If I Knew sounded great. I missed the cover song after that. Strings followed and it is such a cool song. As the set unfolded they treated us to a couple of new songs, which were really good. They tossed in covers like Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1 by The Flaming Lips and Breathe by Pink Floyd the latter of which sounded especially great when brought into the Binger sound. Buttonz, from the Roots In The Rabbit Hole, let Shakir really shine. Towards the end of the show they played Resurrection In Sanskrit and I’m pretty sure it was both parts 1 and 2. Either way, Braden’s guitar playing was stellar. I did not catch the name of the song that ended the 90 minute show, but like everything they do, it was a joy to experience.

After the show I said a couple of quick goodbyes and went home and collapsed. It’s been a couple of great days of seeing music and I feel so lucky to be able to put in just a little bit of effort and get so heavily rewarded.