99 Neighbors and Loupo will be performing at Big Heavy World, a substance free venue, on August 10th.
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.
99 Neighbors is a collective of independent artists with a common goal of natural expression, free artistry and forward momentum.
“Known for his futuristic, boundary-pushing production, Loupo is an expert craftsman and a sought-after collaborator in Burlington. With ties to the hip-hop and neo-soul scenes, he makes the smoothest grooves in town.” – Seven Days