Zero Circle

Rocket Shop 10/31/2014: Zero Circle

Words by Jess Slayton. Photo by James Lockridge.

Rafe, Tyler, Matt, and TJ from Zero Circle joined Jess in the Radiator Studio for Big Heavy World’s ‘Rocket Shop’ local music radio hour this Wednesday night! They came bearing their yet-to-be-released self-titled EP, complete with five awesome songs. We were even lucky enough to get to hear a brand new song from them, live in the studio! I would never have guessed that it was a new song, either—the way that Tyler and Matt played together while Rafe and TJ were so clearly tuned in really demonstrated just how close these guys are. All four members of Zero Circle have lived in the area and known each other for their entire lives. They’ve all played music forever, but didn’t start this current project until just a year ago. Upon learning this, my first question was WHY? How did it take so long for four friends, all talented musicians, to get together to form Zero Circle? Lucky for us, they explained—they all had individual projects, but found these projects dying down all at the same time… and thus, Zero Circle was born! From the looks of it, it’s about time too. The energy between the four as they joked around and played off one another was infectious. Check them out live this Thursday at the Monkey House or this Saturday in Rutland, or online at www.facebook.com/zerocircle.

Jeremy Gilchrist

Rocket Shop 10/29/2014: Jeremy Gilchrist

Words by Jess Slayton. Photo by James Lockridge.

Jeremy Gilchrist joined Jim, Rockin’ Rob and Jess in the Radiator Studio for Big Heavy World’s ‘Rocket Shop’ local music radio hour this Wednesday night!  He’s new to the local scene, having lived in the area for only a year after growing up on Long Island and spending some time in North Carolina.  First take on the scene in Burlington?  He loves how receptive and supportive it is but definitely feels the challenge of having only a few venues to play at and many artists looking to play.  Although he plays guitar and considers himself a folk/acoustic act, he would actually first and foremost refer to himself as a lyricist, and from hearing and watching him speak passionately about his music I absolutely agree.  His songs appear to be an extension of himself, effortlessly jiving with his interpretations of his surroundings.   He takes inspiration from everywhere—for example, the seemingly month-long rains that VT gets in the spring coupled with the homeless people on Church Street provided the inspiration for Thunder from Mansfield to the Lake.  On top of all of this, Jeremy is a meteorologist and an actual storm chaser.  He’s having an album release party this Saturday at 7:00 at the Radio Bean, and you can also find him at www.reverbnation.com/jeremygilchrist.

Great Western

Rocket Shop 10/22/2014: Great Western; Silent Mind

Photos by Joey Lord.

Great Western and Silent Mind joined Bolton in the studio for Rocket Shop tonight!

Great Western

Great Western in the Radiator studio with Bolton.

Silent Mind

Silent Mind (Jamie Bright) at Big Heavy World.

Silent Mind

 

Arts by Brian Capes1 Clark for Arts Riot.

Community Arts Leaders Launch Effort to Expand City Support for Arts

Art by capes1. Photo by James Lockridge.

A group of artists and community arts leaders have organized to improve how the City of Burlington supports the arts. They’re asking that Burlington’s public arts funding be used to create resources that are useful to artists of all kinds, from visual artists to dance, theater, music, writers, and art forms that might not be so easily definable.

A central theme to their concern is that Burlington has matured as a city to the point where it has many community members who are deeply experienced in arts and arts organization and who would like to play a role in governing how arts resources are managed in the city. By playing a role in budgeting, mission and policy development, and city planning that includes the arts, they’ll be ensuring that arts are represented fairly and thoroughly. This would address a shortcoming in local arts governance, bringing the community together to better itself and make ready for an inclusive future.

An online petition to create a city arts commission of citizens who would play a meaningful role in guiding how arts funding is spent, reporting to the city council like the commissions of other city departments do, gathered more than 250 signatures within three days this week. See http://www.change.org/p/mayor-miro-weinberger-make-city-arts-supports-in-burlington-fair-and-inclusive

Sign the Arts Fairness Petition

James Lockridge, Executive Director of Big Heavy World, says “Burlington is fortunate to have so many people willing to recognize how they can contribute to making our city better, and being willing to make the effort to do so. Changing city government to accomplish a positive, permanent improvement that embodies community values and engages our brilliant arts community in public services demonstrates the joy and purpose of all arts. We’re a can-do community that recognizes our own potential and aspires to achieve it.” Big Heavy World is a Burlington-based volunteer-run nonprofit organization with a mission of preserving and promoting Vermont-made music.

Members of this expanding group of arts advocates met with Mayor Weinberger in March and spoke during public forum at the city council’s Parks, Arts & Culture Committee on October 15. The draft version of those meeting minutes is available at http://www.burlingtonvt.gov/sites/default/files/Agendas/SupportingDocuments/20141015%20PACC%20Minutes%20DRAFT.pdf.

For more information contact James Lockridge, jim@bigheavyworld.com, (802) 373-2890.

Rocket Shop 10/15/2014: Black Rabbit

Words by Wes Silver. Photos by James Lockridge

Black Rabbit

Marc and Darlene Scarano from Black Rabbit joined Bolton in the Radiator studio for Big Heavy World’s ‘Rocket Shop’ local music radio hour tonight! Find more at http://blackrabbitvt.com

After pursuing their love for the lake and mountains a young couple by the names of Marc, and Darlene Scarano decided to leave their haven in Saratoga, New york. They now reside in Burlington, Vermont, and shortly after arriving they teamed up with Jane Boxall to form a new band that goes by the name of Black Rabbit. Yes, that was Black Rabbit folks, not Black Sabbath, and now that you’re familiar with them it’ll be easy to find them in music libraries just above the famous English rock band, says the lead guitarist. Anyhow, Big Heavy World was lucky enough to have the trio take over the “Rocket Shop” local music radio hour. What was discovered during their time on air is that together, with Marc Scarano on guitar, Darlene Scarano on bass, and Jane Boxall on drums they all create an undeniable force to be reckoned with. They played their first show at the Radio Bean, and since then have been able book gigs all around the city of Burlington. You can find them playing at venues like Club Metronome, or The Monkey House, and even more unique places such as the basement of Big Heavy World’s Executive Director, Jim Lockridge. Wherever you find them next though it’s sure to be a dynamic, high octane, and lifted experience that will leave the crowd amped and cheering for more.

Now, normally when you think of bands it can be assumed that they’re all over the place, and don’t have much time to build local roots. This group flips that paradigm upside down, and just being a part of the local scene fills them joy. Their music seems to draw in good people, and so the network of garage, punk, and pop bands alike has definitely gained another inspiring source. Establishing themselves in Vermont will be essential to their future success, and with the husband-and-wife duo leading the charge there’s no telling just how far they will go. So, if you want to get down with these up and comers be sure to catch the trio at their next shows. Specifically, on October 30th at The monkey House, and the 31st at Charlie O’s. Both nights are sure to be a blast as the heavy hitting band performs live in Halloween costumes, which will be unique, and different for each spooky night. If you can’t make it to the stage though be sure to check out their website blackrabbitvt.bandcamp.com for all of the trios music releases, such as their recent Lipstick and Dynamite album. You’ll also be able to find the bands upcoming shows on that site, as well as their social media pages where fans can show support, connect, and continue to spread the word about a trailblazing dynamo in the queen city. Thus, it was a pleasure having Black Rabbit in the Radiator Studio, and we wish them luck in all of their future endeavors. Find more at http://blackrabbitvt.com

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Wes Silver

Wes Silver Joins BHW Development Team

“Whatsup everybody, my name is Wes Silver. I’m a New England native who’s been living in Burlington, Vermont for the past few years now. Currently I’m finishing up my business degree at Champlain College, but more interestingly I recently joined the crew at Big Heavy World! Here, I’ll be putting my skills to use, and mainly helping out with the organizational development of the company. Music has always been a huge influence in my life, and so I wanted to help push the scene further by taking advantage of such an awesome opportunity. That being said, I’m stoked to be part of such an inclusive group of like-minded people, and our purposeful efforts are bound to show the world what the Vermont music scene is all about.”

Tyler Bean at 242 Main

Big Heavy World / 242 Main Partnership Supported by Vermont Community Foundation

Photo by James Lockridge.

Two organizations have partnered to expand cultural programming in Burlington with support from the Vermont Community Foundation (VCF). Big Heavy World, an educational nonprofit dedicated to preserving and promoting Vermont-made music, and 242 Main, an all-ages music venue operated by the City of Burlington Parks, Recreation, & Waterfront Department, received a VCF Small and Inspiring grant program award of $2,000.00.

The organizations are collaborating to produce live musical events that provide an opportunity for teens to learn about concert production and marketing, radio broadcasts journalism, and live concert photography. Big Heavy World has engaged young adults in music programs for 18 years. 242 Main has been presenting live music for all-age audiences for thirty years. The public/private partnership has comprehensive experience with engaging youth with their community via arts programming.

Through this partnership teens will be preserving their cultural history; exposing bands in a way that helps them be successful as Vermont artists; they’ll be gaining skills that boost their confidence and give them better futures; and the VCF-funded program will represent the power of collaboration to benefit young participants and older community members. The journalism that’s produced – audio, video, writing, photography – will become a historic record that is important to future generations of Vermonters.

James Lockridge, Executive Director of Big Heavy World, says, “It’s rare for teens to have cultural resources that are authentic to their interests. This partnership opens up a world of fun, learning, and empowerment via music – an especially compelling outlet for young people.”

Jen Cotton, Site Coordinator, Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Department, says, “Through this partnership, we are able to offer two special shows, at 242 Main, for the Greater Burlington community. It’s an exciting opportunity that we are very grateful for. We (242 Main) look forward to continued partnerships with diverse, mission driven organizations in our region, to help support the arts and education.”

For more information, contact:
James Lockridge, Big Heavy World, jim@bigheavyworld.com, (802) 865-1140
Jen Cotton, Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Dept., jcotton@burlingtonvt.gov, (802) 864-0123

About Big Heavy World: Big Heavy World engages young adults with their communities through activities that support and preserve Vermont’s original music. Founded in 1996, it is a community supported and volunteer-run nonprofit organization. Big Heavy World was established to preserve the historical record of music originating in Vermont; to create economic opportunity for Vermont’s musicians and the industries vital to them; to develop community among Vermont musicians and their patrons; and to accomplish this mission in a substance-free environment that empowers and educates youth. Seewww.bigheavyworld.com

About 242 Main: 242 Main, a program of Burlington’s Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Department, provides a safe space for all ages, where people can come together with others that may share an interest in music, community service, activism and the arts. It provides positive social and cultural experiences, including all-ages live music events and educational programs. In 2014, 242 Main is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Seewww.enjoyburlington.com

About the Vermont Community Foundation: The VCF is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations established by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. It provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office experience to make giving easy and effective. The Foundation also provides leadership in giving by responding to community needs, mobilizing and connecting philanthropists to multiply their impact, and by keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector vital with grants and other investments in the community. Visitwww.vermontcf.org or call (802) 388-3355 for more information. ​

Joey Lord

Joey Lord, Big Heavy Photographer

Photo by James Lockridge.

“Yo what’s up?! I’m Joey Lord and I’m from New Hampshire but lately I’ve been living in Burlington and studying photography at Burlington College. My studies have lead me to The Bahamas, China, Cuba, and Tibet in search of new cultures and wonderful memories. I’m not sure what I’m doing with my life when I graduate in December but hopefully it involves going to New Orleans for a small period of time. Being part of Big Heavy has been an amazing time, it’s refreshing seeing how passionate people are about the arts in our area.”

Bob Colquhoun

Bob Colquhoun: Programming the #$% Out Of Big Heavy World!

Photo by James Lockridge.

“Hi, I’m Bob. I’ve been working on the web site since showing up at a Code for BTV event in the spring. I like helping Big Heavy promote all kinds of music made by all sorts of people right here in Vermont, plus we always have fun on crew nights. When I’m not pounding on the keyboard I might be out taking pictures, riding my bike, cross country skiing or just trying to keep up with my kids and the dog. (PS. why am I always wearing the same shirt when Jim starts taking pictures?)”