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End of the Ramble concert with Julia Caesar, Barbacoa, Heloise, A2VT, Father Figuer, T-Rextasy, Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme and The Red Newts at the Old North Ender July 28, 2018   Leave a comment

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Julia Caesar

I had a great time seeing music last Saturday near the corner of North Street and North Avenue. Their had been parties all day long as people Rambled through the Old North End of Burlington.

I got out of work at 5:30, did a quick turnaround and was at the show about 20 minutes after the 6pm start. I wandered to the front as Julia Caesar were set and ready to go. They opened with the last song on their new EP Heavy Flow. Hear Me Now is just gorgeous and let the vocal work shine. The song rocked nice and hard and the mood was set. They skipped the album for the middle part of the set and began the second song with a vocal round. Katy Hellman‘s voice led the way while Liz and Meg filled the song with beauty. It was a cheery song about dying alone and featured some sweet harmony guitars. Liz moved to the drums for the next song which was about being washed up on your shore again. Steven returned the guitar to Liz and went back to the drums for a song about swirling and twirling and being in the sound. Towards the end of the song Meg let loose and intense guitar barrage. They wrapped up the set with the first song on the album, Falter, and the crowd was in a happy place.

I misjudged how long it would take for the next band to set up and got some food from one of the several trucks parked nearby. I took the first bite as Barbacoa hit the stage. I should have known better. Either way, I had fun rocking out to their dark surf songs. They began with a slower song that had a western flavor. Kirk Flanagan was rock solid on the bass, Bobby Hackney Jr. hit the drums fast and hard and Bill Mullins is one of the most incredible guitar players you will ever see. The next song had a bit of a Ghost Riders In The Sky vibe then they rocked out Strawberry Fields Forever. The songs were all instrumental, give or take a few whoas. They followed with a fast one and followed that with a faster one, that had a nice breakdown in the middle before ramping back up. The lit up the crowd with the closing Paint It Black then called it a night.

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Barbacoa

Heloise took the stage next and was joined by James Belizia. Her rich voice powered through the songs that were mostly prerecorded. The live bass added a bit to the mix. They began with a song song song about light and shadow then followed with one about how it’s hard to be a lady in today’s society. Her voice sounded great and carried the songs. Since dance music isn’t my favorite, I headed over to the beer garden that was to the right of the stage. Without a speaker pointed towards it, the sound was a bit muted. As they plowed through the set they finally caught the crowd and got all of the kids and moms and neighbors dancing. It was fun to watch and it’s always nice to hear her sing.

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Heloise and James

As the next band set up A2VT entered the crowd. Singing to prerecorded music, the five men rapped and sang and got the crowd dancing. Their voices sounded great and the audience loved the dance moves. They played three songs, I think one was about how everything I do, I do it for my lady, and were lots of fun.

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A2VT

Father Figuer opened their set with a slow heavy song that perked up my ears. They let it run its course then started slow on the next one. They built it hard and shredded it to pieces. They followed suit on the next two and wrapped up the too short set with a blistering guitar scream. I’ve got to get to know their music better.

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Father Figuer

A2VT came back for another trio of songs that made the street dance. The last song of the set had a little extra to it and I enjoyed the sound. I think they sang Alima but I have no idea how to spell it.

Up next, T-Rextasy took the stage and lit in with some super tight quadruple vocals. The music was just as tight as they played rocking dance pop or nu wave or punk rock and whatever else they had in the mix. They opened with a song about new love then sang about a yellow jacket boy. They pondered the idea of a friendship or a relationship in Girl, Friend then sang about dinosaurs. They sang about punk rock and waking up screaming. The stage banter was really fun and they closed the set with a song about getting coffee. They had that mix of being delightful and impressive that made me happy.

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T-Textasy

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Fin

Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme took the stage next and closed the night with some fun covers. Emcee Fin had been entertaining the crowd all night long between sets and did some furious juggling until the band were ready to play. They opened with Ramble On and we were off. They played a funky version of a Dead song about one way or another then returned to Zep for The Ocean. Nicole’s voice was powerful and sounded great. They sang a song about not wanting to love you and possessing your body as the band began to shine. They played a slow bluesy song about not wanting to see you walk away from me then brought back the funk as they rocked steady. They dropped that into Immigrant song and the dwindled crowd rocked hard. They closed the night with Me And Bobby McGee and Nicole’s voice made it sound amazing.

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Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme

I was tired at that point but had another idea in mind. I wandered around a little and ran into one of The Tsunamibots who had a similar notion. We went across the street to Olde Northender Pub and chatted as the band got set to play. They mixed some old songs, classic songs and original songs and were lots of fun. They opened with a song about how you’ve gotta live for yourself that had a funky rock groove. They sang oh mama then played a song from the ’30’s that was remade in the ’50’s called Hot Dog. They sang about how men shouldn’t tell women to smile then rocked out Baby Please Don’t Go. They sang about the man in me then played an original about seeing the light. The band sounded great with serious drumming and a blistering lead guitar when needed. They asked Who Do You Love, then played an original about having the winter blues. I really liked that one and need to track it down. They played a song about how it ain’t murder then played a song about about not taking advice and writing a song to remind them to take advice, The next song rocked nicely, but I was done. I headed out and took the lovely walk home. I need to check out the Newts again soon.

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The Red Newts

 

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Radio Show 268 Thursday August 2, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday August 2. It can be streamed from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: It’s Just A Ride – Bill Hicks

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the sounds of Burlington. I can seen you and you are amazing. You are beautiful. You can let that shine into our world at any time. Let out your super powers.

1.) Super Powers – The Dead Shakers
2.) Interstellar Kid – Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter
3.) Chosen Names – Julia Caesar
4.) Girl, Friend – T-Rextasy

Rex are from New York but stopped by town last Saturday to play at the Ramble showcase down by North st and North ave. They were so fun. Julia opened that show. Great new song form Jeremy’s new album Threaded. I love that new song from the Shakers. More about that in a bit. OK, here’s a delightful song from a delightful band.

5.) Red Rose – The Zii Trees
6.) Don’t You Wanna Know – The Thursday Torys
7.) St Patrick’s Day – Carraway
8.) Morning Again – Doll Fight

I miss Fight. They rocked so hard. Super cool song form Carraway. Great song from the Torys new album Future Folk. I’m sure I’ll get more on the air in the next few weeks. OK, here is the next song on The Uncanny Doom Service album. It’s cool that they tossed in a couple of clips of the Twilight Zone episode that this song was written about.

9.) Monsters Are Due On Maple Street – Doom Service
10.) Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely – Black Rabbit
11.) Ornan – Dirty Blondes
12.) Chum On The Drums – Bee Bee Sea

I don’t know it for sure, but it really sounds like Sea are singing Ornan is a chum so I had to play it with the Blondes song to celebrate the wonderful person Ornan McLean. He’s been through more than anyone should have to go through lately. We love you Ornan. Great cover from Rabbit and great rocker from Doom. Is it really that easy to dupe us humans? Sigh. OK, relax, get nice and chill, get yourself in a happy mood and let’s go. Let’s take a dive into a new album called All Circles Vanish.

13.) Can You Take Me Back – The Dead Shakers
14.) Surfin’ Ain’t As Fun As It Used To Be – The Dead Shakers
15.) Headless – The Dead Shakers
16.) Taung Child – The Dead Shakers
17.) Websdr.ewi.utwente.nl-8901 – The Dead Shakers
18.) I Will Bow And Be Simple – The Dead Shakers

That is such a fun and trippy album. There’s a lot more to it but that’s a nice chunk. Thanks for being so amazing Kevin Bloom! OK, I’ve been playing a lot of short songs tonight. Let’s stretch out a little.

19.) Random Earth – Elephants of Scotland
20.) Lines And Spaces – The Cancer Conspiracy
21.) Purpose and Object – The Contrarian
22.) The Road – Anders Parker

That’s such an amazing song from Anders. Great song from Casey Rae. Cancer played around in the ’90’s and still do shows now and then. I’m not sure what’s happening with the Elephants now that Ornan is no longer drumming for them. Either way, that’s a cool song. OK, this next band played the Ramble show too.

23.) Gorilla Monsoon – Barbacoa
24.) Who Do You Love? – The Red Newts
25.) My Life In The West – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
26.) It’ll Be OK – Let’s Whisper

I love that song from Whisper. David and the band are continuing their series of shows in Vermont libraries. They will be in Fairfax tomorrow and I may have to catch that one. I chose West for obvious reasons. After the show at the Ramble I walked the 10 or 20 feet over to The Old North Ender and caught some songs by the Newts. They played a fun version of that one and some cool original tunes that I will have to track down soon. Barbacoa are just amazing. OK, let’s take a deep dive into Heavy Flow, the new album from Julia Caesar

27.) Falter – Julia Caesar
28.) Nose Dive – Julia Caesar
29.) Ode To the River – Julia Caesar
30.) Hear Me Now – Julia Caesar

Such a great album from such a great band. It’s going to be fun to see where they go with it. OK, let’s play another new song from Jeremy.

31.) It’s Hard To Resist – Jeremy Gilchrist
32.) Parasite – Miku Daza
33.) Procession 1 – ROUGH FRANCIS

Such great songs from such thoughtful artists. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Songs after
View From The Hill – Fish
Fully Completely – The Tragically Hip
Black, Blue, and White – The New Siberians
Give It Up To The Night – Bad Smell
The ConstruKction Of Light – King Crimson
Heavy – Clever Girls
Empire Of The Clouds – Iron Maiden
Astral Traveler – Yes
Rusalka, Rusalka-The Wild Rushes – The Decemberists
I’m So Bored With The USA – The Clash
This Dog Is The King Of The Losers – Bee Bee Sea
The Last Straw – Marillion
Addictions – Lucy Dacus
Mountain – Faun Fables
Morrigan – Children in Paradise
King Of The Mountain – Kate Bush
regular awesome programming