Eastern Mountain Time

Eastern Mountain Time 29 July 2015 on Rocket Shop


Sean Hood of Eastern Mountain Time, joined host Brent Hallenbeck on ‘Rocket Shop‘, Big Heavy World’s local music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator.

Hear more at https://burstandbloom.bandcamp.com/album/eastern-mountain-time-3

Press Release: 802 VT Music Showcase 8/2: Chad Hollister Band; Jatoba; Crazyhearse; Sarah Wallis; Jim Gilmour at Paramount

Press Release by The Paramount Theater.

On Thursday, July 9th the Paramount Theatre announced its’ new 2015-2016 season. Along with a long list of national music acts, comedians, musicals, opera and theater, the Paramount announced a brand new series – the 802 VT Music series.

The Paramount Theatre in Downtown Rutland is proud to celebrate the Vermont music scene with the 802 VT Music Showcase. Kicking off the series on August 2nd (8-02) will be five acts hailing from different parts of the state and representing different genres.

Headlining the first show is the Chad Hollister Band.

The Chad Hollister Band has been evolving and touring the country for over 20 years. Anthony J. Resta (Collective Soul, Elton John, Shawn Mullins) says “Hollister’s music is pure sonic alchemy,” which means it’s damn good in Vermont terms! Chad has opened for Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Tom Petty, as well as has shared the stage with every PHISH member, Merl Saunders, Warren Haynes and Blues Traveller. His music is a voice for the positive and reminds you that life is truly a gift as is the ability to share it through music. http://chadmusic.com/

Chad has released four official recordings and number 5 is in the works with the first single “Breathe” available on iTunes and CDBaby. The live experience is always one to remember, now with a 9 piece band, including horns and percussion sections.



Since their inception in 2009, Jatoba has been playing their unique music for the delighted ears of fans of all ages throughout the Northeast. Jatoba started as an acoustic trio. However, these days they are an ever changing beast with their two founding members, John Jamison and Jason Scaggs, firmly planted in the center. For most of their career they coined their genre “groovegrass” for their bluegrass/ newgrass electronic sounding compositions and improvisations. These days they continue to perfect their craft while branching in new directions, adding the trombone and the fiddle to the instrumentation. With tight vocal harmonies, soulful lyrics and unique compositions, Jatoba is a force of music to be reckoned with. http://jatobamusic.net/


Crazyhearse, based in Middlebury, VT, is a five piece alt-rock band featuring guitar, bass, banjo, keys, and drums. Influences include roots rock, folk punk, and gypsy jazz. Notorious for high-energy shows and infectious melodies, live sets feature original material centered on themes of travel and characters from local folklore. http://www.crazyhearse.net/


Additionally, Pittsford’s own Sarah Wallis and Jim Gilmour from Middletown Springs will be performing solo sets.

Playing off the 802 and Vermont theme, the first show in the series will be on August 2nd (or 8-02). Tickets will be $14 (plus tax), as Vermont was the 14th state. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $14 (+tax) and are on sale at the box office, by calling 802-775-0903, or online at www.parmountvt.org.

For more information: (802) 775-0903 Eric@Paramountvt.orgwww.paramountvt.org

The Paramount Theatre, 30 Center St., Rutland, VT



cworner stwore 22 July 2015 on Rocket Shop


Luke Gauthier, Marek Lorenc, and Nick Streeter of cworner stwore, joined host Brent Hallenbeck on ‘Rocket Shop‘, Big Heavy World’s local music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator.

Hear more at https://www.facebook.com/cwornerstwore

Bodacious Supreme

Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme at Bailey Spring & Chassis

Photos by James Lockridge and a puppy.

Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme perform at Bailey Spring & Chassis’ Essex Block Party today, with Nicole D’Elisa and members of Tar Iguana & Grundlefunk. The blur in the pics is a a contribution of the artful puppyhead. Thanks to McKenzie Country Classics, Bouchard-Pierce, Halogen Media Works, and Clean Green Sanitation, with special thanks to Bailey Spring & Chassis for supporting Big Heavy’s loaner tour van!

Bodacious Supreme

Bailey Pup

Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme


Waves of Adrenaline 22 July 2015 on Rocket Shop


Bridget Ahrens and Alana Shaw of Waves of Adrenaline, joined host Brent Hallenbeck on ‘Rocket Shop‘, Big Heavy World’s local music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator.

Hear more at https://www.reverbnation.com/wavesofadrenaline

Azure Kline, cello; Hannah Emigh-Doyle, viola; Brent Taghap & Avital Mazur, violins

Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival Emerging Artist Quartet 15 July 2015 on Rocket Shop

Left to right: Azure Kline, cello; Hannah Emigh-Doyle, viola; Brent Taghap & Avital Mazur, violins


An Emerging Artists Quartet from the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, joined host Brent Hallenbeck on ‘Rocket Shop‘ tonight, Big Heavy World’s local music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator.

For a schedule of events, including the Emerging Artists concert on July 23 at the UVM Recital Hall, visit the GMCMF website at http://gmcmf.org/events

Ida Mae Specker

BHW’s Rocket Shop Showcase: Ida Mae Specker; Deep River Saints; The Beerworth Sisters Live at Lake Champlain Maritime Festival 8/7

The Burlington Free Press presents Big Heavy World’s ‘Rocket Shop’ Showcase on Friday, August 7, 1:00-5:30pm on Burlington’s Waterfront at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival, with performances by Deep River SaintsIda Mae Specker, and The Beerworth Sisters FREE & ALL-AGES! The bands have been guests on Rocket Shop, the weekly local music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator where you can discover new VT music of all kinds from 8-9pm every Wednesday on Burlington’s community radio station. Burlington Free Press writer Brent Hallenbeck hosts the show, making each interview a treat for inquisitive music lovers. 

Join us at Burlington’s gorgeous Lake Champlain waterfront for soulful, rootsy performances by two stellar local talents:

Deep River Saints

Deep River Saints

Deep River Saints, based around the songwriting of Patrick Crowley, began primarily as a recording project in backwoods living rooms in Vermont. That was when Crowley brought a set of original songs to a newly-formed group with the goal of recording an album. He wanted this group to be rooted in acoustic Americana, but the material certainly demanded that the group also lean in the direction of alternative folk and rock. After recording and mixing through the winter of 2014/2015, the group’s debut album, Acts of American Homes, was released on April 1, 2015. http://www.deepriversaints.com/

Ida Mae Specker

Ida Mae Specker

Ida Mae Specker is a rising force in American roots music. The daughter of legendary fiddler John Specker, ‘the Mick Jagger of old-time music,’ Ida Mae is a multi-talented instrumentalist and vocalist on a mission to share her unique style and passion for traditional music with the world. A 3rd generation fiddle player, Ida Mae was born in a one-room cabin in the woods of Vermont. Along with her older sister, Lila June, she learned to play the fiddle at a very early age. The trio began performing as The Speckers in 2005. The Speckers became renowned for “playing a rambunctious version of old-time music that owes as much to punk rock as Appalachia, at least in attitude.” (Seven Days VT). VPR’s Robert Resnik calls the Speckers “Vermont Folk Heroes.” With her family band, Ida Mae has recorded multiple studio albums and performed at festivals including GrassRoots, The Shakori Hills Festival, FloydFest, The Champlain Valley Folk Festival, the Brown University Festival of Dance and at Caffe Lena. http://idamaespecker.com/

The Beerworth Sisters

The Beerworth Sisters have been playing music together at family functions for a few years and decided to take their passion on the road. Stylistically, they tend toward a whimsical mix of folk, country and classic rock. Their music is “Spare and elegant…a striking collection of material that succeeds on little more than strong songwriting and solid performances, presented as straightforwardly as possible.” Dan Bolles http://www.thebeerworthsisters.com/

Eric George

New Permits to Perform on the Church Street Marketplace

Words by the Church Street Marketplace Commission. Photo by James Lockridge.

Musicians: The church Street Marketplace has announced updated protocols for getting a permit to play on the Marketplace. Here’e the info, copied from the CSM newsletter:

“Based on feedback from local street performers, businesses and the Burlington community, the CSM Street Performer program has undergone some major changes in the past few months. Local performers have found it increasingly difficult to generate a decent income from their performances because the Marketplace office has issued too many permits for entertainers.

This year, we have raised the standard and expectations for our street performers. Auditions are rated on Tone, Accuracy, Balance, Presentation and Repertoire. There are four types of licenses to be offered:

*ANNUAL LICENSE (YELLOW): We will now issue only Annual Licenses — no more day permits will be issued. An Annual Street Entertainer License will cost $65 for the year.  The fee covers the cost of background checks ($30 for State of Vermont and $15 for other 49 states) plus a $20 administrative fee.  Because our residents and guests often seek out our performers to play at their weddings, parties and events, we feel we have an obligation to the community to present a roster of performers who have been properly vetted.

*YOUNG PERFORMERS PERMIT (PINK): Free to young performers who are under the age of 18 at time of their audition.  The Church Street Marketplace welcomes young performers associated with Vermont high schools, colleges, the Vermont Youth Orchestraand Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival.  Permits are issued based on audition, repertoire and recommendation from music teacher or mentor.

*TRAVELING PERFORMERS PERMIT (GREEN): Available to traveling performers booked at local venues including Red Square, Nectar’s, Signal Kitchen, Radio Bean and Higher Ground, during their venue performance days only.

*CIRCLE ACTS (YELLOW): Permits for circle acts are issued on a case-by-case basis, depending on the performer’s performance and safety plan, experience performing in pedestrian marketplaces and flexibility with times and locations that are available.  $100.00 for annual license.

EVERY entertainer is required to re-audition for the 2015 season. Auditions are held on Wednesdays at Noon in the Church Street Marketplace office (2 Church Street, Suite 2A).  If a performer is unable to audition at that time, a video performance can be sent to Jenny Morse at jmorse2@burlingtonvt.gov. Entertainers who receive an Annual License, Young Performer Permit, Traveling Entertainer Permit or Circle Act Permit will be featured on the Church Street Marketplace website. We will include their headshot, bio and links to your website, social media pages and performance videos. Information should be sent to Ron Redmond at redmond.vt@gmail.com.”

Forms and more info can be found at http://www.churchstmarketplace.com/information/permits-licenses.

The photo at top is of Eric George of Burlington busking on the Church Street Marketplace.

Tar Iguana

Tar Iguana at Bailey Spring & Chassis Open House in Essex 7/25

Our friends at Bailey Spring & Chassis helped keep Big Heavy’s loaner tour van on the road. They’ve done some renovations and we’re psyched to help them celebrate on July 25, with a free BBQ and performance by Burlington’s Tar Iguana at the shop at 15A Maple Street in Essex Junction, 10am-2pm on Saturday, July 25.

We aren’t alone in helping bring this free block party together – McKenzie Country Classics, Bouchard-Pierce, Halogen Media Works, and Clean Green Sanitation all pitched in, too.


Wooden Spoon Bistro

Wooden Spoon Bistro & Localvore Today: $20 Gets $40 and Supports Big Heavy!

Our amazing friends at Localvore Today and Wooden Spoon Bistro are supporting Big Heavy World! See http://www.localvoretoday.com/deals/wooden-spoon-bistro-offer-5/ to buy a $40 voucher to Wooden Spoon for $20. Both Wooden Spoon and Localvore Today will donate $1 each to Big Heavy World, supporting our work to preserve and promote Vermont-made music. We’re all-volunteer, and support like this — from you and our socially conscious business community — makes it possible!

From the Localvore Today web site:

“Wooden Spoon Bistro is a localvore favorite, offering something for everyone – from the hungry family to romantic daters and the late night show goer! Catch up with friends over Fried Risotto Balls with a tomato-bacon marmalade, Salted Pretzel Bites with a Vermont cheddar ale dip, or Mini Sweet Potato Pies with a bacon-pecan crust and goat cheese.

The bistro’s mouth-watering house specialty drinks like the WSB Manhattan featuring VT Whistle Pig Rye and Urban Moonshine maple bitters, the Fig Sidecar highlighting a brown sugar and fig infused cognac, and the Even Dark and Stormier is a Wooden Spoon take on a nautical classic are sure to tickle the taste buds and get the party started!

Hungry for more? Come and enjoy the Crispy Organic Chicken served with savory carrot cake, and brussel sprouts with a maple cinnamon glaze, or the Braised Short Ribs are sure to delight with whipped sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, and a bourbon glaze. The Wooden Spoon knows that a great dining experience depends on the culmination of remarkable food, outstanding drinks and impeccable service.

Two dollars – one from Wooden Spoon Bistro and one from Localvore Today – will go directly to Big Heavy World with each voucher sold. Eat well and do well – it doesn’t get much better than that!”