A Film in Color, Phantom Suns, Doomf*ck, and Smokestack Lightning will be performing at Big Heavy World, a substance free venue, on June 22nd.
Burlington lost a historic all-ages music venue when 242 Main was closed in December, 2016. It was located inside Memorial Auditorium, which was shut down pending long term structural repairs. Big Heavy World — the independent Vermont music office staffed by volunteers — is making an effort to fill that gap in local culture until 242 Main is reinstated. The nonprofit organization is hosting a substance-free, all ages concert series at their headquarters inside the SEABA Center. Big Heavy World is a vocal advocate for reigniting 242 Main as Memorial Auditorium is redeveloped; a petition supporting this cause at save242main.com has gathered more than 1,700 signatures and a documentary film is in production.
Big Heavy World is substance-free and wheelchair accessible, located at the SEABA Center, 404 Pine Street, in the heart of Burlington’s South End Arts District. A $5 donation is suggested to support the artists. The concert series is made possible in part with generous support from AARP. Big Heavy World maintains an environment of safety, dignity and mutual respect for people of any ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or ability.
The concert series provides an opportunity for teens to participate in event production and promotion as volunteers, to learn skills and support the local music community. Big Heavy World also hosts a weekly drop-in program, ‘Band House,’ that makes a full backline available to teen musicians to practice on, jam, or explore different instruments.
A Film In Color
A Film In Color is a three-piece instrumental band from northern New Jersey that creates brooding, atmospheric soundscapes. Since the release of their 2014 debut EP, To Scale a Mountain, members Josh Alberg, Eric Scholz, and Alex Lee have honed the band’s sound, drawing greater influence from the minimalism of drone, the wall-of-sound ambience of shoegaze, and the slow, volume-laden heaviness of doom. Picking up where TSAM left off, AFIC’s 2018 full-length, They March in Endless Circles, finds the band employing a more intimate use of texture and noise to explore sound and its relationship to the physical and emotional sensations of impending non-existence.
Phantom Suns is a Burlington based heavy rock band. The trio features Seth Gunderson on guitar and vocals, Chris Mathieu on drums, and Ryan Cohen on bass. The band recently released their first EP, “Parhelia”, and has plans to release an LP soon.
Hailing from Plattsburgh, NY, Doomf*ck is an improvisational band that brings you a variety of genres, from jazz to punk. The group embraces collaboration with many of its members alternating in and out, bringing their unique perspectives to every performance. Some of the more regular musicians include Catherine Harrison-Wurster, Shannon Stott, Will Shiefley and Daz Bird. While their sound may change from one performance to the next, Doomf*ck’s music always carries with it a feeling of originality “fueled by the world around us.”
Influenced by the sounds of Black Sabbath, Sleep, and Dopelord, Smokestack Lightning is a rock band that started in Tampa, Florida and has since made its way north to Vermont. With hints of jazz alongside its pyschedelic rock and roll core, the band won Creative Loafing Tampa’s award for “Best Garage Blues Ass Kickers” in 2016. The group is made up of Raf Soto on guitar and vocals, Andy Beain on drums, Casey Little on Bass, and Tom Connelly on guitar.