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The High Breaks at Rotary Park in the middle of the traffic circle in Winooski August 2, 2017   Leave a comment

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The High Breaks pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music in the middle of the traffic circle in Winooksi. I think it’s called Rotary Park and the City of Winooski has been doing free rock shows on the first Wednesday of the month this summer. The show ran from 6-8 which was perfect for me.

I got moving a little slow and could hear The High Breaks playing as I crossed traffic and walked into the park. I got a beer and got settled in front of the band as Matthew Bryan Hagen introduced their second song. The band play surf rock and he is a nimble and powerful guitarist. Kevin Lynam effortlessly plays complex bass lines and Todd Gevry is a powerhouse drummer. The music is great and Matt always tell a story that runs between the songs. Wednesday’s show begins with our hero, maybe the band, maybe me, maybe you, taking a dive into some cold water. There are chunks of ice all around and we are all Ice Divers. When in the water one has the choice to Sink Or Swim. We opted to swim until we reached the beach. It looked like it was covered with sand but was in fact The Salty Shore. While sitting on the shore a light wind blew in a Coconut Breeze. We walked around the beach humming a song about A Walk On Ballard Beach. The weather turned and we looked back over the water to see the Dark And Stormy Sea. We didn’t like the looks of it so we turned inland toward the other horizon and found a horse. It had a comfortable saddle so we rode off on Saddle Back. We rode for a long time then the horse would go no farther. Fortunately we found an old wood panel station wagon. We called it Woody and drove on. Woody got to a point where it would go no further and it stopped near a train station. We hopped on The Surf Train and took a ride. Since we had ridden a few vehicles we became Surf Riders. This ended set one.

Set two began with us sneaking through alleys and becoming the Sinister Surfer. Since we had all dropped in to the show we were regaled with Dropping In. We walked along, but not on concrete or grass. We walked on a wooden boardwalk and did the Boardwalk Boogie. We were a little too enthusiastic and broke our ankle and fell into the water and a shark came and bit us on the ankle. It was a complete Ankle Breaker. Our experience in the water left us wanting to be prepared for next time. We slept in a wet suit just in case and had a weird Wet Suit Dream. We awoke early and clear headed and since we were already in the wet suit we were the first ones to make it to the beach that next morning. As the waves came in we caught the first Pipeline. When you are in the wave it wants to conquer you and you want to conquer it and a Surf Showdown ensues. There is a lot of tension in the showdown as the water get choppy so we become the Sea Chopper. We eventually exit the water and relive old memories of a beloved bicycle with a Banana Seat.

The story ended there but they declared that they were The High Breaks, they are The High Breaks and will continue to be The High Breaks. They began a classic surf song, perhaps Apache, then Matt Said “be sure you don’t, and Todd said Wipe Out and they closed the night with the classic.

All in all it was another fun night in the circle. Craig Mitchell did sound so everything was wonderful and the crowd of people with kids was a joy. I said a quick goodbye to the band and Tony Gallucci, then took the long warm walk home.

 

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Joe Adler and the Rangers of Danger in the Winooski traffic circle Rotary Park July 5, 2017   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music Wednesday on the island in the middle of the Winooski traffic rotary. It was my day off and I took it pretty casually but around 5 I put on the black, got set, and took the long walk to Winooski. The crossing from the sidewalk into the circle went pretty easily and I knew that once that hurdle was passed, it would be a great night. I didn’t know the setup for the shows there so I brought a bottle of water but as I wandered in, I just had to visit the beer and wine table.

A little after 6pm Joe Adler & The Rangers Of Danger took the stage and settled into a long cool jam. The Rangers can vary quite a lot but currently are Dalton Muzzy on drums, Shack Ear on bass, and Braden Winslow on electric guitar. When those three play without Joe Adler they are a band called Binger. Since I love both bands I knew it was going to be another fun show. Dalton’s steady and present drumming mixed nicely with Joe’s rhythm guitar. Shack’s bass ran in fun places and Braden’s super smooth fiery guitar work made sure the audience was rocked hard. They drifted out of the jam into a long Joe song called Stratosphere and the whole thing went a delightful 20 minutes. They brought the rock energy down with the fun Many Things And Many Scenes then delighted the crowd with Dead Flowers. Joe’s song Another Drink Of Water had a funky groove then picked up for the gotta move section. They followed with a song that will be their next single but that Joe has played for a while. It’s the one about the wicked witch and the Dead Sea Scrolls. I love that song and hope it gets recorded soon. A cover of the Police’s One World was fun and towards the end sound man Craig Mitchell sang along and helped wrap up the first set. Oh, and the sound was great all night because, you know, Craig Mitchell.

The set break was not long and the band came back for a heavenly version of Brothers And Sisters. Marcie Hernandez Music had joined them and it was great to hear her sing the saw part. Marcie hung out for most of the second set and sang along to songs like Spit “N Fire Blues and Relax. Joe did a great super deep vocal on 16 tons. The band made it sound like it was from a bygone era but then brought the rock for The Mime. They did a short Binger jam then played a great version of A Quiet Pun. They closed the set with Radiohead’s Creep and Joe and Marcie’s voices were over the top while the band drove it home.

I did not hang out very long and said a couple of quick goodbyes. I survived the trip from the circle back to the safety of the sidewalk and took the long pleasant walk home.

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Envy and Barbacoa at The Monkey House and Andriana Chobot at Oak 45 July 28, 2016   Leave a comment

Envy at the Monkey House July 28 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Envy at the Monkey House July 28 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Thursday at The Monkey House. I know, I should have been at WBKM doing my local music radio show, but thanks to the power of technology, for once, I was able to be in two places at once. I put the show together on Wednesday morning and recorded it in the afternoon. I hope I got the references to which shows were happening on which day correct. It’s always worth double checking me.

On May 18 of last year (2015) I felt like i received the greatest of late birthday gifts when I saw The Nancy Druids for the first time. I loved Envy’s songs in the ’90’s and The Red Telephone took that sound to a lovely place. I hoped the Druids would have that feel and was elated on the first few notes. I have caught several of their shows lately and chatted with the band often. I remember the idea of an Envy reunion being discussed and remember the day when Sean said it was going to happen. I had a couple of months to wait, but fortunately there was a lot of great music to catch.

After a long night of great music Wednesday I had a nice slow start on Thursday. Just before noon went to North Beach for the Gardener’s Supply summer picnic. It was fun to hang out with everyone until the rain came around 3. I headed out a bit after that and got home and was able to catch a short nap.

I woke up, put on the black, and headed out the door. I was running a bit late, but cruised through the long walk to Winooski. The first show of the night was set to start at 7 and I had left about 10 minutes late. I walked into oak45 at 7:09 to find the room filled with people apparently attending a class on cocktails. The band were set up in the corner of the room but all attention was on the bartenders stories and explanations about classic drinks. I got a drink, hung out, listened, and they wrapped up around 20 after. At 7:30 Andriana Chobot began to play. She sings and plays keys and was joined by Patrick J. Markley on bass and Cody Sargent on drums. I first heard Andriana sing a few weeks ago at the Eat More Kale festival and had to buy her album. I’ve been listening to it and playing it on my radio show ever since. The bass and drums added extra drama and a full sound to her songs. Her keyboard playing is powerful and her voice is lovely. The music is ethereal and enchanting. They played songs like Stumble and Cascade and Not I, and tossed in a mellow cool version of Come Together. They caught the attention of a few of the people hanging out after the class, and seemed to get a little bit more applause after each song. As the show was set to go until 9, and another band around the circle was set to go on at 8:30, I knew I was not going to make the full show. I kept not leaving and finally, about 8:37, they finished a song and I finished my drink and off I went. I really need to see them again when I can just hang out until the last note.

 

 

Andriana Chobot at Oak 45 July 28 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Andriana Chobot at Oak 45 July 28 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

I dodged a bit of traffic and made my way over to the Monkey House. The first band was not on yet so I chatted with Molly King and Lauren and David Jarvis. There were a lot of familiar faces in the crowd. I thought it was odd that Bobby Hackney Jr. kept walking on and off the stage, but soon enough Barbacoa began to play and Bobby joined Bill Mullins and Kirk Flanagan on drums. His playing was fast and powerful and precise and sounded great as the band ripped through a great set of surf noir songs. Kirk’s bass playing drives the songs hard and Bill’s guitar work is always spectacular. They played a bunch of their own songs, everything is instrumental, and a few fun covers. They played a bit of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Paint It Black, and the Secret Agent Man/Spiderman theme mix. Of course, the cover of the night was an astounding version of Envy’s Bloodboy, which they did on the Burlington Does Burlington compilation from many years ago. The crowd was pretty fired up for the whole 14 song hour long set.

 

 

Barbacoa at the Monkey House July 28 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Barbacoa at the Monkey House July 28 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

The set break was not long then Envy hit the stage for the first time in 21 years. They opened with Bloodboy which has those heavy riffs that melt into the lyrics. There is something about they way they put songs together that is like nothing else. It’s like they set a tone and unfold the sound and it just falls into the rest of the song. Their songs rock hard, even the slower ones, and seem to set themselves on a course for chords that just build and build until they explode. Several times I found myself raising my arm part of the way as a song climbs until it hits that part where the full fist pump is demanded. That brought back a few memories of how excited I used to get when seeing them, but the real treat was seeing four great musicians playing stunning songs here in 2016. The classic lineup of Sean Toohey on guitar and vocals, Matt Hutton on guitar and vocals, Ann Mindell on drums was joined by Julia Austin who played bass with them for a while back in the day. They played most of Distorted Greetings with songs like Still Life Scene, and Falling In And Out Of Sleep. There was one I was not certain of but I think it was Finger Prison. I was quite certain of Imaginary, Sunday, and Horse. They went to an older song they used to play, one that Sean recorded solo, called 1,000 Lies. They dropped a heavy and powerful Bomb then played one from an old cassette. I don’t remember it off hand, but it was great. They closed the night with a powerful cover of Purple Rain. All night Sean and Matt had been trading solos and Matt sounded great playing lead on the Prince song.

It was so wonderful to hear those songs again, and to see local luminaries like Daniel Bolles, Brendan Devitt, John Franklin, and Mike Luoma and lots of others that looked familiar. Despite the desire to look back at the time when those songs were created and first played I really couldn’t. All I could see was some great musicians playing some great songs in a timeless magical way.

I hung out for a little bit, then took the long walk home to Burlington with my head filled with musical magic.

 

Envy  at the Monkey House July 28 2016  pic by Tim Lewis  2

Envy at the Monkey House July 28 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 2

Phil Yates and the Affiliates with Yurt and 1881 at the Monkey House July 16, 2016   Leave a comment

Yurt at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Yurt at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at The Monkey House. It was one of those classic shows where there was one band I knew and loved, one that I was eager to check out and one that I knew nothing about.

It had been a long work day but around 8:30 I took the long walk to Winooski. I arrived just about 9pm and got in and settled. At 9:15 YURT took the stage. They are a quartet from Bozeman Montana and feature Marlo Kapsa on vocals, keys and guitar, Shane Lavers on vocals, guitar, keys, samples and electronic percussion, Crista on bass and Olivia Kesterson on drums. The show began with Marlo singing sweetly and playing keys as the band played low-fi indie rock. She switched to guitar for the second song and that set the tone for the night as she and Shane traded vocals and guitars and keys. All of the songs would fall into a pleasant groove then move to a different rhythm and they were all a beautiful challenge to keep up with. The songs had a simple sound despite the moving complexity and it kept me transfixed. The bass playing had a raw dirty feel and the drumming began the set sounding unassuming but became a powerhouse by the end. The songs began with a low-fi sound but seemed to be more full sounding as the set progressed. Their 10 song 45 minute set was a pure joy and they ended the night with a rhythmic keyboard piece where Shane gave up banging on the keys and banged on one of Olivia’s drums, until the middle of the song where they switched places while continuing to play. I feel richer for being able to hear their music.

 

 

1881 at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

1881 at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I have been playing some of 1881s songs on my radio show on WBKM and was really excited to catch them live. They did not disappoint. They hit the stage playing some Beatlesesque pop rock songs and sounded great. I’m not sure who all of the band members are but I think Rob Slater sang and played acoustic guitar, Winfield Holt played electric guitar, they had a bass player, a keyboard player and Seth Gundersen filled in on drums. They played a bunch of hit songs including the delightful Sometime Next Week. I get a Beatles vibe from them but there is a lot more going on too. When they pulled out a cover of All Day And All Of The Night I realized another of their influences. The couple of songs after that departed a bit from their usual sound, and had a more dark and moody feel and I really liked them. They closed the 9 song 45 minute set with a more classic hit pop song and I just loved their set. It will be fun to see where they go as a band.

 

 

Phil Yates and the Affiliates  at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Phil Yates and the Affiliates at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

There was a super quick changeover then Phil Yates & The Affiliates hit the stage. They were wrapping up a short tour and the band was super tight. Phil Yates sings and plays guitar and has a really nice voice and lovely quirky lyrics. Raph Worrick rocks the bass through all of the fun changes. Jacob Blodgett has a nice touch on the drums and sounds great whether the band is playing a slow song or rocking hard. Kevin Stevens lead guitar playing is sweet and precise and takes the songs in interestingly delightful places. They began the set with a fast and rocking version of Burn Burn Burn. They eased back a bit for Masterpiece then played the fun new song My Favorite Bag. It’s very catchy, but that can be said for so many of Phil’s songs. The pace kicked back into overdrive for a blistering Little French Earthquakes. They eased back a bit for another new song that Phil said had allusions to Elliot Smith. The rock picked up with Might As Well Settle and then they eased back a little with She Has Your Name. Teeth Or Pedal followed and has a fun riff. Co-Pilot sounded great as did I Am A Hatchet. They kicked back into high gear for a ripping Burn It Down Bernadette and kept rocking hard with Ninja’s VS Zombies. They closed the 13 song hour long set with a cover of The Replacements song I Will dare and fun was had by all.

I hung out and chatted for a bit, but soon took the long walk home. I was pretty drained but elated to realize how much great music is out there.

 

 

Phil Yates and the Affiliates  at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis  2

Phil Yates and the Affiliates at The Monkey House July 16 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 2

Be Aggressive, USA Waste and Days N Daze at The Monkey House June 22, 2016   Leave a comment

Be Aggressive at The Monkey House June 22 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Be Aggressive at The Monkey House June 22 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music Wednesday Night at The Monkey House. It had been too long since I had seen BE AGGRESSIVE so just after 8pm I took the walk to Winooski to catch the 8:30 show. The band went on close to Nine and rocked hard for a half hour or so. They are a trio with Jaw Knee Bee on vocals and bass, Pete Bolduc on guitar and vocals and new guy Chris on drums. The music is fast and loud and a bit long for punk songs. The songs go through some fun changes and the vocals are dual screams from the singer. The band was super tight and so much fun to listen to. The set was not long but was really great.

 

USA Waste  at The Monkey House June 22 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

USA Waste at The Monkey House June 22 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

After a fairly short Break USA Waste from Bangor Maine hit the stage. They are a guitar/singer bass/singer and drummer punk rock band. The vocals were more sang than screamed and the songs were very short and really intense. Their set was short too, about 30 minutes but every moment was blistering fun.

 

Days N Daze  at The Monkey House June 22 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Days N Daze at The Monkey House June 22 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

The Monkey had been about half full all night long, which is pretty good for a Wednesday, and when Days N Daze took the stage they densely packed the front half of the room. Days are a four-piece with singer/trumpet player, singer/acoustic guitar player, washboard player and the other guy had something that looked like a turned over metal tub with a tool handle and it might be called a gutbicket. They played punk rock songs in an acoustic setting and had a hint of Violent Femmes in their sound. The songs were fun and the audience knew them all and heartily sang along. It was pretty intense.

The walk home was lovely and I was so glad I put in the effort to check out two bands that I did not know and it was great to catch up with Be Aggressive again.

Black Rabbit at Four Quarters Brewing in Winooski VT June 11, 2016   1 comment

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Black Rabbit at Four Quartrs Brewing in Winooski June 11, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 1

I had a great time seeing music last night at Four Quarters Brewing. It had been ages since I’ve caught up with Black Rabbit and had not seen them with their new drummer Trevor Jewett. It’s always a bit scary when a favorite band looses an amazing drummer like Jane Boxall Percussion, but I had faith and happily headed to the show.

I arrived around 6:30 and hung out and chatted with the band for a bit and tried the brewery’s ginger Saison that had been aged in gin barrels. It was pretty good but came in a small glass. I was about to get another beer as the band got ready to start, but the line was long so I opted for the music instead. That turned out well.

The brewery is a ways down West Canal St in Winooski. The small stage sits right outside the front door of the tasting room and the courtyard has a few tables. Fortunately, they had umbrellas, since it was a rainy day. Luckily, there was only a couple of minutes where it really came down and that was before the band started. A light mist was falling for much of the show, but that was easy enough to deal with.

I stood in front of Black Rabbit as they began with a rocking version of Mark My Words. They played a pretty good version and Marc Scarano had a really cool JFK whisper. They followed with a great older song, Neighborhood, and the band started to lock in. The band are a trio with guitar/vocals, bass and drums. They play loud fast garage rock with their own unique pace and styling. The songs are fast and joyous and good and loud. A couple of the younger kids at the show through it was too loud at the beginning, but were won over by the end. There were a couple of dozen people coming and going and many of them hung out for the music. Rabbit really locked in as they moved into Nikki Says. Darlene Scarano‘s bass has some great lines and Trevor’s drumming kept the pace perfectly and he threw in plenty of fills to keep the listener interested. I was happily impressed as the band moved into a rocking version of the Invisibles. It’s Cold doesn’t usually come out in summer but seemed mildly appropriate yesterday. Rejected was fun and rocked hard, then they went back to the first EP for 89. I love that song. Up next they rocked the Black Cat and Marc had some nice guitar runs in the end section. Sayonara followed and Trevor did a nice job on the fiddly bits in the breakdown section. I was happy. Up next, Marc put down the regular Gibson and picked up the Flying V. Songs like Tarpaulin and Neutrino were great and the latter was a nod to the great Papa Neutrino. Up next was a new unnamed song. I loved it and it rocked hard and I think Marc has at least two more new ones on their way. They capped set one with a fun version of Rotten Egg.

I wandered inside and got a Sundog IPA . It was tasty but definitely one to slow sip. I made it a third of the way into the beer when the band began set 2. It was surprisingly stressful to hold a delicate glass while standing on pavement with lots of kids running around fast and close. I put some effort into drinking it quick. The second set featured more Rabbit songs like The Original Original and Tibbar Tibbar but also featured some fun covers. I could barely believe my ears when they pulled out So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star and played it as a glorious punk song. It was just magnificent, both in conception and execution. They followed with an optimistic Blue Sky which was kind of cool to hear outside on a gray day. Up next was a great cover of Chinese Rock. They dug deeper into the Red Flannel Hash album with BS Passes, Double Line and Too Good. They went back to Lipstick And Dynamite for a smoking version of Carnage, then ended the night with a trio of covers. Husker Du’s What’s Going On was really cool. New Rose rocked hard and the closed the night with a rousing Teenagers From Mars.

After they wrapped up I said a couple of quick goodbyes and took the long walk home. It had been a while since I had seen a good punk band to get me going and I was elated to catch so many Rabbit songs. I think they played 30 songs over the course of two hours. It was everything I could have hoped for.

The walk home was easy but was made a little brighter when I saw my first fireflies of the year. Even if it’s a little cold and gray, summer is here and bands like Black Rabbit are filling it with rocking music.

 

Black Rabbit at Four Quartrs Brewing in Winooski June 11, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis  2

Black Rabbit at Four Quartrs Brewing in Winooski June 11, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 2

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Black Rabbit at Four Quartrs Brewing in Winooski June 11, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis 5

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Waking Windows 6 night 1 May 6 2016 with Speedy Ortiz, Villanelles, Swale, Alexander F, Arc Iris, and The High Breaks   Leave a comment

Speedy Ortiz at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Speedy Ortiz at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music at Waking Windows a couple of weeks ago. The festival always falls at the busiest time of the year in my day job at Gardener’s Supply, and I work weekends, so it’s always a challenge to get to the show. On Friday May 6th I worked 10:30am-9pm, and moments after work was done, I walked to Winooski. I walked by the Monkey House but The Mountain Says No were tearing down their gear. I hoped I would catch part of a song, but no luck. I proceeded across the traffic circle, found the box office and got my pin that would get me into the shows. The outdoor stage was right next to it and Speedy Ortiz were on the stage and rocking. I wandered into the show and listened. They played as a four-piece with a singer/electric guitar player, another electric guitar player, bass and drums. The sound was heavy and rocking and had enough fun changes to keep you guessing. They mixed an indie rock style with a more classic rock and metal sound and were really good. There was some sweet lead guitar playing and some sledgehammer drumming and the good sized crowd was rocked hard

Villanelles at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Villanelles at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

I really wanted to stay, but really wanted to check out Villanelles at The Monkey House, so I headed back through the traffic circle and wandered into the club. It was pretty full and the only space to dance around a little was at the front, so I headed to the stage. With a singer/electric guitar player, bass, drums, and keys, Villanelles played some hard rocking songs and tossed some lighted balloons to the audience. I caught a half a dozen songs, all of them good and had fun listening and trying to figure out where they were going. I had just gotten their new album, Blue Heart Attack, but was not familiar with it yet, but think most of the songs that I heard were from the new one. I did recognize Heartbreak Baby and loved how much it rocked. I was loving their set but the clock said it was time to go, so out the door I went.

Swale at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Swale at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

I went back across the traffic circle, past Speedy Ortiz, who were still rocking nicely, and into Waterworks. Swale were making sounds from the stage, and I hoped they were just beginning. The sound coalesced and condensed itself into Waterlanding. I ran into coworkers Jessica Ellis and Billy Greer and headed to the front of the stage. Swale rocked had with songs like Everyone Likes To, Drug Laws, and Joyless. I ran into Peg Tassey and the band mellowed a bit with Beaten Down. Swale followed with a cool new song then rocked out fast and hard with Jack Sharp. Another cool one followed then they closed with an epic version of We Could All Be That Way, or whatever the title will be. I love the build and ferocity of that song.

Alexander F at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016

Alexander F at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016

After the set I ran into Joe Adler and Max Tracy, but soon thought it was time to head out to catch Aspero Saicos at the Monkey House. I walked back through traffic only to find a line of people long enough to fill the tent outside the venue, waiting to get in. Not wanting to wait, I headed back to Waterworks and got in as Alexander F were about to play. The singer, electric guitar, bass, drums four-piece let loose a set of killer punk with a funky edge. The singer threw himself into the crowd for much of the show and the bass player followed him on a few songs. They rocked hard and were lots of fun. I was a bit disappointed about missing Aspero, but I had seen them before, and by missing them, I got the opportunity to love a new band. That really is part of the whole idea of Waking Windows.

Arc Iris at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016  pic by Tim Lewis

Arc Iris at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

After their set I just hung out and chatted with a bunch of cool people and then it was time for Arc Iris to play. They played as a singer/guitar player, keys, drummer trio and took the stage in shimmering gold cloaks. They let their dramatic prog rock dance pop music slowly unfurl. I love their sound and songs and when they went to play the song Johnny, they pulled Joe Adler to the stage and sang it as Joey. It was a pretty sweet show.

Arc Iris with Joe Adler at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Arc Iris with Joe Adler at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Angel Wings pic of Aric Iris at Waking Windows 6 May 6 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Angel Wings pic of Aric Iris at Waking Windows 6 May 6 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

It was late and I was tired and should have headed home, but had to make the traffic crossing one more time and headed back to the Monkey House for The High Breaks. The guitar, bass, drums trio play fun dark surf-rock music instrumentals. They rocked out with songs like Hot Dog and Ankle Breaker. They tossed in the surf version of Symptom Of The Universe. They returned to their own tunes with Boardwalk Boogie, Sea Chopper and Voodoo Wave. They tossed in a fun version of Wipeout and were going to leave but the audience demanded another. They pulled out a fun surf version of Paranoid and called it a night.

The High Breaks at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The High Breaks at Waking Windows 6 May 6, 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

I was very content on the long walk home. I had to work 10 hours on Saturday and 10 on Sunday, so I never made it back to the festival, but really enjoyed my time there on Friday night.