Josh & JB Cook

Josh and JB Cook Take on BHW Record Label Management

Photo by James Lockridge.

“We’re Josh and JB, Burlington-area natives, local arts supporters, and super rad cat parents. Josh graduated from Lyndon State’s Music Business program, while JB graduated with a business degree and a handful of minors. Both of us have experience working within recording studios and are both looking forward to working in the record label to get BHW’s name and their albums out there to the global digital market.”

The Leatherbound Books

The Leatherbound Books 8 Apr 2015 on Rocket Shop


The Leatherbound Books joined host Brent Hallenbeck on ‘Rocket Shop‘ tonight, Big Heavy World’s local music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator. Hear more at

Tod Moses & Fujita 5

Tod Moses & Fujita 5 8 Apr 2015 on Rocket Shop

Photo by James Lockridge.

Tod Moses & Fujita 5 joined host Brent Hallenbeck on ‘Rocket Shop‘ tonight, Big Heavy World’s local music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator. Hear more at


Heavyfest 5: Saturday, May 16 @ Magic Hat Brewery with Kat Wright & TISB; Soule Monde; Rough Francis; Swale; Gowanus!

Poster Art by Magic Hat.

Magic Hat‘s Heavyfest returns! The day-long festival is Saturday, May 16 at the Magic Hat Brewery, 1-6pm with Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band; Soule Monde; Rough Francis; Swale; and Gowanus!

Heavyfest also features a live art expo with Jason Tooth and Brian Capes, an outdoor beer garden, brewer-led tours and food trucks from Taco Truck All Stars, Dolce VT and Queen City Pops!

The brewery is at 5 Bartlett Bay Road in South Burlington, from 1-6pm. Admission $5 donation, with all proceeds benefitting Big Heavy World. More info to come!

Riley Thomson

New Crew: Riley Thomson

Words by Riley Thomson. Photo by Morgan Laurie-Day.

“Hi, I’m Riley, and I’m a student at UVM. I am a huge supporter of local music, and you will find me all over town checking out new bands and getting down to my local favorites. Back home, I drive tour boats on the St. Lawrence River all summer long. In my free time I love to play guitar, snow/wakeboard, and read. I can’t wait to work with the crew at Big Heavy World to promote great music and build the community of Vermont musicians.”

Sean McCusker

New Crew: Sean McCusker

Words by Sean McCusker. Photo by Morgan Laurie-Day.

“My name is Sean McCusker. I am a student at the University of Vermont where I am studying entrepreneurship and music. I am a singer/songwriter and love to play guitar. I practice and perform with a group of musicians, covering music artists whose genres include reggae, soul, jazz, blues, and we love just jamming. Through Big Heavy World, I seek to create opportunities and raise awareness for Vermont musicians.“

Patrick Boccio

New Crew: Patrick Boccio

Words by Patrick Boccio. Photo by Morgan Laurie-Day.

“I am a sophomore in Lyndon State’s music business program, concentrating in management. I have been going to shows in the Burlington area and spots throughout Vermont since I was about fourteen. Going to see these shows and seeing bands work hard to get noticed has inspired me to want to be apart of the process, and help Vermont musicians make a career out of their passion.”


Madaila 1 Apr 2015 on Rocket Shop

Words by PJ Braine. Photo by Morgan Laurie-Day.

Eric Maier, Mark Daley, Willobough Morse, Jer Coons, and Dan Ryan have played together for a long time. All five Madaila band members have been pursuing the art of music-making from as young as 5-10 years old, with musical parents supporting their love for creating musical art. Born Vermonters, the band started out in Middlebury, VT with their first gig last August, right in their hometown. They speak with smiles and inside humor about their music style of retro future pop/country disco and touching base with a lot of different genres that continue to influence their creative process. With regard to their philosophy as a group, Eric stated, “It’s really important for us to be true to who we are and the music we want to create, especially when there’s a lot of pressures happening, maintaining the reality of paying bills and living a life. Plus, it’s awesome to be a part of a group of people who can respect each other’s opinion and are able to talk freely.” For more, visit them on Facebook:

Micah Plante

Micah Plante 1 Apr 2015 on Rocket Shop

Photo by Morgan Laurie-Day.

Micah Plante joined host Brent Hallenbeck on Big Heavy World’s local music radio hour ‘Rocket Shop‘ tonight. Learn more about Micah at

The Snaz

The Snaz @ SXSW, Photos by Rick Johnson

Photos by Rick Johnson.

The Snaz performed during the Big Heavy World Vermont Music Showcase at the Trophy Club in Austin on Saturday, and Texas photographer Rick Johnson was there. Rick’s RJ Design Online specializes in photography and graphic design. His images, graphics and ads have appeared in all major music publications including Rolling Stone and he also represents an extensive list of high profile music related products, services and manufacturers. To see sample work visit: