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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


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.



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.



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.


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.



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.



Rough Francis


Dino Bravo, The Ramparts, and Black Rabbit at the South End Art Hop and The High Breaks at ArtsRiot September 8, 2017   Leave a comment


Dino Bravo pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at Art Hop though it could have been a lot better if Mother Nature had cooperated a bit more, or if an indoor backup had been set up. I took the long lovely walk downtown but the weather looked iffy so I brought the umbrella along. I made it through the growing crowd, past all of the food trucks and packed galleries, and found the alley way out back where the Green Door stage was set. The rain had passed and the sky was blue when Dino Bravo VT took the stage. They played heavy loud rock music and opened with Sugar Coated Candy Stix. They brought out the harmony guitars for Strawberry Blonde and rocked Pop Music hard. A cover of 20th Century Boy got the crowd engaged and they closed with Past The Mark.

During the set break I got a chance to see Dino’s rehearsal space and was amazed at how small it was. I guess it does not take much room to launch a great band.


The Rampats pic by Tim Lewis

I heard music and headed back out as The Ramparts began their set. They had a mellower sound with an almost jam feel but the songs were more tightly constructed. They opened with a song with a bluesy rock feel about a drop in the bucket. They followed with a bouncy song called Spaceship that was stuck in my head for weeks after seeing them play it last year. I can still hear it now. They played a song with a nice groove that was cool, mellow and slow and was about one more night. They played a new song that was strong and rocking maybe called Night Light. They kept the trajectory heading harder and had a Sabbath vibe while taking the long way home. I was happily impressed by the music and unhappily impressed by the light raindrops with a similar trajectory. They began another new one that was really good but the light rain became a bit more steady and the show was stopped. All the equipment was quickly moved into the nearest gallery.

I wandered through the gallery and let my eyes feast on the brilliant art. I thought I could get a chance to see more galleries and make it back when the rain passed so I unfurled the umbrella and wandered in and out of galleries as I headed toward the back of ArtsRiot. I knew there was music at Speaking Volumes and Big Heavy World and cruised around but both were outside stages that were sadly quiet. The steady rain became a deluge and I found shelter at Green State Gardener and checked out a couple of plants and all the growing supplies. Once the rain eased to a reasonable level I wandered around several galleries and was happy to realize that there is as much art in our town as there is music.


The rain had almost stopped so I headed back to the Green Door. I chatted with many cool people and it began to look like Black Rabbit were going to play. They quickly got all the equipment set up with only occasional raindrops. They began playing The Original Original and the rain began again. They rocked their way through the song then said thank you goodnight. Everyone rushed to the stage and tore it down again as the rain became steady again. I was bummed that I would not get to see a full Rabbit set or Zeus Springsteen, Eastern Mountain Time, or The Parts.



Black Rabbit pic by Tim Lewis

I headed over to ArtsRiot and waited in the short and slow moving line. I got in and waited to get a drink but it went quickly when the bartender saw me and recognized me from the night before. The High Breaks had played Boardwalk Boogie, Surf Train, and The Big One as I waited then got settled. I moved to the front as they lit into a song dedicated to the downpour called Dark And Stormy Sea. They rocked out Surf Showdown and Sink Or Swim. They dedicated the next one to the 4th anniversary of ArtsRiot and the 25th edition of the South End Art Hop and played a killer surf rock version of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Up next was Hot Dog then they played a song about putting on your wet suit before going to bed so you are ready for anything when you wake up. It was called Wet Suit Dream. Matt said that whatever you do we care about you and don’t, then Todd said Wipe Out. They closed the show with that classic rocker that everyone knew.

At that point I headed out and walked around to more galleries and crammed my psyche with art. I did not stay too much later and was elated to experience a small slice of the wonder that is created in our town every day.


The High Breaks pic by Tim Lewis

Silver Bridget at Railyard Yoga Studio Saturday September 10, 2016   Leave a comment

Silver Bridget at Railyard Yoga Studio September 10, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Silver Bridget at Railyard Yoga Studio September 10, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



I had a great time seeing music Saturday evening at the Railyard Yoga Studio as part of the Art Hop. The show was set to go from 6-8pm and I had to work until 5:30. I stopped home quickly then walked farther and farther and farther down Battery St until I finally found the studio. It really was in the rail yard by the waterfront.

I walked in and Silver Bridget were just wrapping up a song. I got settled, purchased an exotic tasty iced green tea, found a comfortable place to stand and began to listen. Bridget are a trio with Matt Saraca on electric guitar, John Townsend on acoustic guitar and Johnnie Day Durand on musical saw. They play instrumental versions of classic rock and pop songs. The saw gives the songs an ethereal sound and without words, it’s fun to see how long it takes to figure out what song it is. Since it was part of Art Hop, there were some nice paintings on the wall, a slideshow of flowers above the band and Maria Carvalho Sandoval had a display of the fantastic jewelry that she and Maiz Vargas Sandoval make.

The first song the band played after I arrived was Only Love Can Break Your Heart. They took a trip through the Blue Bayou then played an Elliot Smith song that I did not know. I’ll Follow The Sun was next then played a gorgeous version of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Nothing Compares To You was wonderful then they played a really cool version of God Only Knows. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down was fun then Johnnie soared on Old Man. They returned to the Beatles for Nowhere Man then played a lovely version of Bowie’s Starman. She’s Leaving Home sounded sweet then they rocked out a bit with Roy Orbison’s You Got It.

They took a short break, even through it was getting close to 8, but came back for a few more. Surfer Girl was easy to spot as was Love Me Tender. Mancini’s Charade followed and had a nice feel to it then they wrapped up the night with Somewhere Over The Rainbow. I love their sound and always feel so happy when they play.

There was another singer on after, but it had been a long day and a long night before, so I took the blissful walk home.



Silver Bridget at Railyard Yoga Studio September 10, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Silver Bridget at Railyard Yoga Studio September 10, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


Silver Bridget at Railyard Yoga Studio September 10, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Silver Bridget at Railyard Yoga Studio September 10, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


Silver Bridget at Railyard Yoga Studio September 10, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Silver Bridget at Railyard Yoga Studio September 10, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Silver Bridget at Railyard Yoga Studio September 10, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Silver Bridget at Railyard Yoga Studio September 10, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis


Silver Bridget at Railyard Yoga Studio September 10, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Silver Bridget at Railyard Yoga Studio September 10, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Ramparts, Sad Turtle, Caroline O’Connor, The Canteens, The Mountain Says No, Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band, Zeus Springsteen, and Heavy Plains at the South End Art Hop September 9, 2016   Leave a comment

South End Art Hop September 9, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

South End Art Hop September 9, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



I had great time seeing music Friday night at the Art Hop. There were a ton of great bands playing, and I knew I could not catch them all, but had a few that I thought I really wanted to see. Most ended up playing in the same place. I knew where most of the bands would play but was not sure when they would go on, despite putting a little effort into researching times. I knew I wanted to catch Sad Turtle and they were playing around 6 at the Green Door showcase, but most of the rest of the times were a mystery.

I got out of work, did a quick stop at home, grabbed a half of a sandwich to eat and took the long fast walk to the south end of Burlington. The show location was listed as 4 Howard St and it only took a bit of walking around, and listening, to find the alley behind the building where the show happened. I walked in and The Ramparts were on and playing a groovy tune. I think I completely missed the first song and walked in on the end of the song that mentions without warning. As I settled in they began Spaceship and I recognized it immediately from last Wednesday. I happily settled into the groove and loved it much more than before. The next song had a nice refrain of always be giving and seemed to be about destiny. Since there were lots of bands playing all the sets were short. They wrapped up their fun dancey grooving rock set by being joined by Sareet Rosenstein for a fun cover of Your Love by The Outfield.



The Ramparts at the South End Art Hop September 9, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Ramparts at the South End Art Hop September 9, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



During the set break I chatted with some friends and noted the board that listed the bands who would play and their set times. Almost every band that I wanted to see would be right in that alley, so that made it easy.

The set break was fairly quick and soon Sad Turtle took the stage. I had never seen the band but knew most of the players. They play all instrumentals and have some cool grooves punctuated by some rocking guitar and sharp drumming. Lead by the keyboard player, who’s name eludes me, they have an indie rock jam jazz sort of sound and have a nice flow to the music. Jake Styles bass keeps a nice groove while the keys flow along and Justus Gaston rocks out a bit on guitar and the super fun to watch Jeremy Gartner hits each drum beat with dramatic flair. The songs all have fun titles such as The Words Are Colliding And George Is Getting Upset and Detective Norman, and Bidets And Confused. A couple of the songs had some solid rock and roll moments and I enjoyed the six songs that they played. I will have to check them out again soon.



Sad Turtle at the South End Art Hop September 9, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Sad Turtle at the South End Art Hop September 9, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



During the set break I wandered through some of the nearby buildings and saw a ton of fantastic paintings and other forms of art. We have a lot of talent in our town.

Up next, Caroline Marie took the stage and played a solo set of electric guitar, her lovely voice, and looped songs. Her music has an elegant style and a beautiful flow. The songs tend to start a bit simple and get more complex as she adds the earlier parts of the song into the loop. By the end of the first song, True, she had such a full sounding song going she put down the guitar and played a gorgeous sax solo into the mix. It sounded fantastic. The second song was similar without the sax and had a refrain of feel my strength. Since the whole show was running 30 minutes late she was going to stop there but they said she could play another one. She triggered a backing track with her on bass and Jane Boxall Percussion on drums and played guitar and sang over it. Fly is such a cool song and sounded great.




Caroline O'Connor  at the South End Art Hop September 9, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Caroline O’Connor at the South End Art Hop September 9, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



During the set break I saw even more art and was even more impressed by the talent in this town.

The Canteens were up next and played some ethereal soft rock songs about whiskey and other things. With Justine Poole on acoustic guitar & vocals & drums, Kelsey Ackerman on violin & vocals, and Michael Sheerin on cello their sound was almost country or Americana but not quite either. Soft rock does not quite describe it either since the sound is mellow and quiet but the songs have a huge strength to them. I really enjoyed listening to the five songs they played. The third song opened with Ackerman playing something in a box that sounded like chimes before the song went into a heavy rocking section and they added a little bit of Chim Chim Cher-ee towards the end. They finished the set with a song about following the rain which had a driving rock ending. I definitely need to check into them soon.



The Canteens  at the South End Art Hop September 9, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Canteens at the South End Art Hop September 9, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



In the next break I ventured into the bar area and said hi to Matthew Stephen Perry. I got a small easy to drink beverage and headed back to the alley quickly.

With a nice dark alley and eerie lighting The Mountain Says No took the stage with a roar. They opened with a killer version of The Bomb. They shifted into the moody and intense Be Like Ryan then went back to full on rock for Restaurant. They rocked another newer one that I don’t fully know yet, but really like, then kept it hard and heavy with You Say You’re Alive. Ricky The Rider kept the party going then they eased up a bit for Blanket’s Fine. They came back at full force for I Know Right and called it a night. They are such a fantastic band and that was another legendary show.



The Mountain Says No  at the South End Art Hop September 9, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Mountain Says No at the South End Art Hop September 9, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



I knew Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band were on behind the Maltex building so I ducked out of the alley, walked down Howard and across Pine st, which had been turned into a pedestrian zone, and without entering the packed tent, caught a song and a half from the band. I was pretty close to the stage and the sound was surprisingly good considering the speakers were not facing me. The band sounded great as they played a smooth easy song that had the refrain of who’s your fool. The song had a long couple of endings and was expertly played.



Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band at the South End Art Hop September 9, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band at the South End Art Hop September 9, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



I headed back to the alley, thinking I had plenty of time. Apparently the set break was super short and I walked in on the last note of the first Zeus Springsteen song. Rats. I settled in as the rock trio made up of singer drummer David Evan, guitarist Chris Farnsworth and bassist Josh Shedaker rocked as hard as Mountain. All of the songs are well written and have a unique flow and are really good. I’m just getting to know them. I loved the first fours songs I saw and loved the fifth, Lights Of Montreal, even more. They wrapped the set with TV On The Radio’s Wolf Like Me and I was happy.




Zeus Springsteen at the South End Art Hop September 9, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Zeus Springsteen at the South End Art Hop September 9, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



I knew Heavy Plains were playing at Speaking Volumes at some point but did not know when. After Zeus I raced over, and they were on the stage. I walked up fairly close as the band, who were playing in a garage door, looked out at the audience that was shrouded in the darkness of the night. With a brand new rhythm section they had a bit of a different sound, but still brought some rock and roll firepower. I did not recognize any of the 5 songs that I caught but there was some blistering rock and roll and it was so great to see Luke Awtry play some super lead guitar. Hopefully, they will start playing a bunch of shows soon and I’ll really begin to catch their new vibe.




Heavy Plains  at the South End Art Hop September 9, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Heavy Plains at the South End Art Hop September 9, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis



It wasn’t super late at that point, but I had to be at work super early the next day, so I took the long walk home. Despite all the intense rock and roll that I heard all evening, the super bouncy Spaceship ran through my head as I bounded home. That sound is surprisingly addictive.




As We Were, The Lentils, Dog Hospice at Punk Rock Block Party on lower King St then And The Kids and Joe Adler & The Rangers of Danger at Nectar’s   Leave a comment

Cover for Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger's album Many Things & Many Scenes

Cover for Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger’s album Many Things & Many Scenes

Despite missing one of my favorite bands (Black Rabbit went on first), I had a great time seeing music tonight. I tried to take it easy last night and was up a bit after 7 this morning. I worked 9-5:30 then stopped home for a bit. I was out the door and headed to the “Art Hop?” to see some punk bands, especially Black Rabbit. I forgot the address but when I was close I asked the group of kids on the sidewalk where the bands were, and they directed me down the driveway and into the basement. As We Were ground out some heavy metal/punk and the twin guitars lit my heart with joy. The vocal was a bit growly but the band were beautifully ferocious and the workday melded into the play day. I only caught a couple of their songs, but they were super solid and playing hard. The small (for a hall but big for the basement) crowd was very enthusiastic, and got in a nice mosh on the last song.

It was hot in the basement, so when they finished, I headed to the back yard, and enjoyed the fading day. Soon enough there was a noise from the basement. The Lentils were a three-piece with singer/guitar player, seated electric bass player, and a drummer who flipped a bass drum on it’s side and played it with a maraca. Their songs had a low-fi indie feel with a full on punk attitude. They only played 4-5 songs but really had something. I will have to check them out more soon.

After that, I headed back out and ran into Kevin Ryan. We chatted for a bit, but then it sounded like a band was going on. I headed back down the stairs into the brick basement cellar. The next guy on was called Dog Hospice. He was the last guy on, and had two guitars strapped to his drum kit, placed a mic over his mouth and wrapped a few layers of duct tape around his mouth and sang and drummed and hit guitars and played loops. I was a challenge to listen to the stories he told, through the distortion of the duct tape pushing the mic so close, but it was kind of riveting too. After that, I was going to wander out, but James Lockridge asked me if I wanted to hang out and have a beer. I took him up on his offer and chatted with lots of cool people. After a bit, I could hear the clock strike 9, and knew it was time to head out.

I thought I was a bit early when I walked into Nectar’s, so I ordered a drink and ordered some food. The drink was quick and immediately after, And The Kids walked onto the stage. The only option was to run to the front and rock out for a few songs, and figure out the food later. They played some killer hard rocking new wave pop, or some dancey pop that rocks hard, or whatever it is that they play. I loved every moment while trying to dance myself into a frenzy. After a few songs, including a killer Wiser, the bartender said my food was ready, so I reluctantly moved to the back for a few songs. When I was somewhere close to finished, I ran back to the front to join the fun. They had he audience eating out of the palm of their hands as they played great song after great song. They dedicated all of the songs to Joe Adler and played a sweet cover towards the end for him. They wrapped it up with another killer rocker., and that was that.

The set break was not too long, then Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger took the stage. With Eric Segalstad on guitar, Samara Lark Brown on vocals, three increasingly large saxophones, and Mammal Dap’s guitarist, bass player, keyboard player, and drummer, Joe played a killer version of his new album Many Things &Many Scenes. Johnnie Day Durand lit the room with her saw playing on Brothers and Sisters. Aya Inoue joined in on vocals for a few songs, and took a nice lead on Cloudy Mind. They did a killer version of my new favorite song, Dreams Elope, though it was before Cloudy, then rocked us hard with Mirror Mirror. They kicked the first set with Many a Girl (Back of a Sail) reprise. That’s such a fun song to sing.
They said they were going to take a 5 minute break, and I still had energy, so I hung out for the fastest set break ever. It might literally have been 5 minutes, but might have been less.

They came out swinging with a killer cover of Burning Down the House. They followed with a Joe song not on the new album called Another Drink Of Water. They got the crowd rocking with Hungry Like the Wolf. We got to rock to another Joe song called Spit and Fire Blues. They kicked the night with Walk On The Wild Side. Towards the end, Joe started introducing the band. After each member was introduced she or he would leave the stage. It was finally down to a guitar player, the bass player, the drummer, and the keyboard player. Joe said they were a band called Mammal Dap. They took over and closed the evening. I hing our for a song, but tomorrow is my Wednesday, so I took the long joyous walk home, with a happy heart full of music.


Vedora at the South End Art Hop September 7, 2012   Leave a comment

Vedora at the Art Hop


It was a Friday (my Monday) and there was lots of music plaing in the south end of town. Every year there is a giant party were people check out lots of local businesses, mostly on Pine st, to see lots of art, eat lots of food, and listen to lots of music. Cameo Harlot, Vedora, Dino Bravo and many others were set to play. I thought I’d catch as much as I could. Cameo were playing in the tent behind the Maltex building, Dino at the Speaking Volumes outside stage, right next door, and Vedora were playing at a stage set up in front of Curtis lumber.

I got out at 6:30 that night. Cameo were set to play at 7, and I was not sure when Vedora or Dino were on. I got the classic 18 minute call that came in 2 minutes before closing. I got out at 6:45, or so, and was home by 7. It takes 25 to 30 minutes to walk to the south end, so my hope of catching Cameo vanished immediately. Rats. I checked online and saw that Vedora were going on at 7:30. Yikes! No time to check anything else out. I shut my computer down and was out the door by 7:10. I figured I’d miss 5 minutes or so, but would do the best I could.

I made it to Curtis Lumber around 7:35 and there was a hip-hop duo onstage. I was not sure if it was the right place, so walked farther south for a bit. The sidewalks were full of people, so walking was a bit slower than usual. I made is as far as Speaking Volumes, where a woman with an acoustic guitar was just finishing a set. I turned around and went back to the hip-hop duo. I looked closely at the stage and could see Jeff’s drums, so I knew I was in the right place. I hung out for a bit then decided to see if there was anyone else playing. It did not seem like the duo were leaving anytime soon. I went back to SV and ran into Conner from Will. He said Matt Marro had a design in the Magic Hat contest, so I went into the tent behind the Maltex building and voted. There was a singer on playing some dance music, so I thought I should head back. The duo were still on. I waited, and eventually they left the stage. Vedora set up pretty quickly and the night began.

Dressed in white, with lots of flashing lights all around them, they opened with Jumpback, but the sound was a bit off. There was no sound person so they had to mix it by themselves. It got better with Basalt Anchor, and Caroline’s voice and bass rang strong and clear. They tweaked things a bit more and sounded even better on the next song, one of the newer ones that I don’t know as much. From there the set took off. They played a stunning Dragnet, then a killer Promises. Another newer one called Ritual followed and was easily my favorite song of the night. Wow that thing takes you places! Up next was super strong version of Solution. The band were locked in and playing great. After a bit they played a killer Maria which grabbed the crowds attention. That was pretty impressive since people were there mostly for the art, and in the parking lot, near the band, several artists were putting the finishing touches on their paintings. Live music and live art at the same time. Cool!

The wrapped up with In the Pines. Matt’s super deep vocals growled out the song. When they made the switch to Chain, it caught most of the crowd by surprise. Suddenly they were playing a song the crowd knew. That wrapped up their set, and I immediately went to see if I could find more music. I did not spend enough time at home to find out when anyone else was playing, so I thought I’d wing it. I went back to SV but no one was onstage. At the Maltex building there was a dance band on. Ok, nothing exciting there. I stopped back at SV and Blowtorch had just finished a song and the stage was dark. Having no idea what was happening when, and feeling the drain of a Monday night and the call of an early start time on a Tuesday, I decided to head out. Mike later said Dino went on an hour or so later than their planned 8:30 start. I wish I had hug around and caught the set, but what can you do? I mad my way through the crowd, up to downtown. Once I made it past Church st the walk home was relaxed and easy, with my heart full of Vedora.

Posted September 10, 2012 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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