Dave Lawrence

Dave Lawrence Interviewed for 242 Main Documentary

Photos by James Lockridge.

Dave Lawrence was interviewed by filmmaker Bill Simmon at VCAM for the 242 Main documentary today. Find more about the film at https://www.bigheavyworld.com/blog/2016/10/17/242-main-documentary/

Bill Simmon & Dave Lawrence

Tom Proctor

Tom Proctor Welcomed As New Rocket Shop Host

Photo by James Lockridge.

After two years, our beloved program host Brent Hallenbeck is surrendering this role with Rocket Shop, Big Heavy World’s weekly local music radio hour, to take on growing assignments at the Burlington Free Press where he’s an arts and entertainment writer. Stepping into the magma-like flare of the Rocket Shop captain’s chair is Tom Proctor, with a distinct accent and pneumatic drill curiosity.

Tom is a raconteur enthusiast, keen to pull on a good yarn and appreciates a tale well spun. With Rocket Shop he hopes to have more opportunities to unearth the juicy details of Vermont’s up and coming musical artists and to put the people behind the music in the forefront of the picture. Tune in to 105.9FM Wednesdays at 8pm to find out just what he is on about.

(VT bands and solo artists: Contact info@bigheavyworld.com if you’d like to be our guest on Rocket Shop, and explore bigheavyworld.com/rocketshop to learn more!)

Cancer Conspiracy

Video: Cancer Conspiracy Perform 1/21/2017 to Honor 242 Main

Video edited by Mike Gatti.

Burlington, VT’s foremost post-prog trio, The Cancer Conspiracy, reunite to help celebrate 242 Main, a one-of-a-kind local music venue on January 21, 2017 at Higher Ground in South Burlington, Vermont, U.S.A.

242 Main, Burlington’s teen center and longest-running all-ages punk rock venue in the U.S., was honored that night by reunions from Burlington legends Rocketsled, Cancer Conspiracy, Jesus Nut, The Hemlock Verdict, and From the Ground Up.

Edited by Mike Gatti. Videography by Ryan Canaday, Brian Dewey, Mike Gatti, Jasper Minson, and Steve Murray. Cameras provided by Mike Gatti and Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM). The first TV showing of the videos is on VCAM.

Special thanks to the VCAM and Higher Ground staffs who helped a ton, especially Bill Simmon, Kyle Rose, and Chris Friday.

Please sign the petition to save 242 Main at tinyurl.com/save242main

About 242 Main:

City-funded, musician-run, and an institution 30 years strong, 242 was forced to close its doors December 3, 2016 due to structural issues with its home, Memorial Auditorium. 242 continues to present shows in and around the Burlington area while its community works together to open it again. Tons more info below:

https://www.facebook.com/242main/

http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/burlington-punk-club-242-main-at-30/Content?oid=2511201

View story at Medium.com

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/how-bernie-sanders-242-main-street-shaped-the-northeast-punk-scene-515

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/burlington-all-ages-punk-space-242-main-closed-its-doors/

Farewell to 242 MAIN

Documenting 242 Main

James Lockridge: Saving 242 Main

Learn more about Vermont-made music at bigheavyworld.com

Jesus Nut

Video: Jesus Nut Perform 1/21/2017 to Honor 242 Main

VIDEO EDITED BY MIKE GATTI.

Burlington VT pop/alterna/metal-punks, Jesus Nut, reunite on January 21, 2017 at Higher Ground in South Burlington, Vermont, U.S.A. to help celebrate 242 Main, the one-of-a-kind local music venue that birthed them.

242 Main, Burlington’s teen center and longest-running all-ages punk rock venue in the U.S., was honored that night by reunions from Burlington legends Rocketsled, Cancer Conspiracy, Jesus Nut, The Hemlock Verdict, and From the Ground Up.

Edited by Mike Gatti. Videography by Ryan Canaday, Brian Dewey, Mike Gatti, Jasper Minson, and Steve Murray. Cameras provided by Mike Gatti and Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM). The first TV showing of the videos is on VCAM.

Special thanks to the VCAM and Higher Ground staffs who helped a ton, especially Bill Simmon, Kyle Rose, and Chris Friday.

Please sign the petition to save 242 Main at tinyurl.com/save242main

About 242 Main:

City-funded, musician-run, and an institution 30 years strong, 242 was forced to close its doors December 3, 2016 due to structural issues with its home, Memorial Auditorium. 242 continues to present shows in and around the Burlington area while its community works together to open it again. Tons more info below:

https://www.facebook.com/242main/

http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/burlington-punk-club-242-main-at-30/Content?oid=2511201

View story at Medium.com

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/how-bernie-sanders-242-main-street-shaped-the-northeast-punk-scene-515

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/burlington-all-ages-punk-space-242-main-closed-its-doors/

Farewell to 242 MAIN

Documenting 242 Main

James Lockridge: Saving 242 Main

Learn more about Vermont-made music at bigheavyworld.com

From The Ground Up

Video: From The Ground Up Perform 1/21/2017 to Honor 242 Main

VIDEO EDITED BY MIKE GATTI.

Burlington, VT youth crew stalwarts, From The Ground Up, reunite to help celebrate 242 Main, a one-of-a-kind local music venue on January 21, 2017 at Higher Ground in South Burlington, Vermont, U.S.A.

242 Main, Burlington’s teen center and longest-running all-ages punk rock venue in the U.S., was honored that night by reunions from Burlington legends Rocketsled, Cancer Conspiracy, Jesus Nut, The Hemlock Verdict, and From the Ground Up.

Edited by Mike Gatti. Videography by Ryan Canaday, Brian Dewey, Mike Gatti, Jasper Minson, and Steve Murray. Cameras provided by Mike Gatti and Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM). The first TV showing of the videos is on VCAM.

Special thanks to the VCAM and Higher Ground staffs who helped a ton, especially Bill Simmon, Kyle Rose, and Chris Friday.

Please sign the petition to save 242 Main at tinyurl.com/save242main

About 242 Main:

City-funded, musician-run, and an institution 30 years strong, 242 was forced to close its doors December 3, 2016 due to structural issues with its home, Memorial Auditorium. 242 continues to present shows in and around the Burlington area while its community works together to open it again. Tons more info below:

https://www.facebook.com/242main/

http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/burlington-punk-club-242-main-at-30/Content?oid=2511201

View story at Medium.com

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/how-bernie-sanders-242-main-street-shaped-the-northeast-punk-scene-515

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/burlington-all-ages-punk-space-242-main-closed-its-doors/

Farewell to 242 MAIN

Documenting 242 Main

James Lockridge: Saving 242 Main

Learn more about Vermont-made music at bigheavyworld.com

The Hemlock Verdict

Video: The Hemlock Verdict Perform 1/21/2017 to Honor 242 Main

VIDEO EDITED BY MIKE GATTI.

The Hemlock Verdict, a staple of the Burlington, VT punk and hardcore scene, reunite to help celebrate 242 Main, a one-of-a-kind local music venue on January 21, 2017 at Higher Ground in South Burlington, Vermont, U.S.A.

242 Main, Burlington’s teen center and longest-running all-ages punk rock venue in the U.S., was honored that night by reunions from Burlington legends Rocketsled, Cancer Conspiracy, Jesus Nut, The Hemlock Verdict, and From the Ground Up.

Edited by Mike Gatti. Videography by Ryan Canaday, Brian Dewey, Mike Gatti, Jasper Minson, and Steve Murray. Cameras provided by Mike Gatti and Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM). The first TV showing of the videos is on VCAM.

Special thanks to the VCAM and Higher Ground staffs who helped a ton, especially Bill Simmon, Kyle Rose, and Chris Friday.

Please sign the petition to save 242 Main at tinyurl.com/save242main

About 242 Main:

City-funded, musician-run, and an institution 30 years strong, 242 was forced to close its doors December 3, 2016 due to structural issues with its home, Memorial Auditorium. 242 continues to present shows in and around the Burlington area while its community works together to open it again. Tons more info below:

https://www.facebook.com/242main/

http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/burlington-punk-club-242-main-at-30/Content?oid=2511201

View story at Medium.com

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/how-bernie-sanders-242-main-street-shaped-the-northeast-punk-scene-515

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/burlington-all-ages-punk-space-242-main-closed-its-doors/

Farewell to 242 MAIN

Documenting 242 Main

James Lockridge: Saving 242 Main

Learn more about Vermont-made music at bigheavyworld.com

Patrick Crowley

Patrick Crowley 19 April 2017 on Rocket Shop

Patrick Crowley

Photo by James Lockridge/Big Heavy World.

Patrick Crowley joined host Tom Proctor for a chin-wag on ‘Rocket Shop‘, Big Heavy World’s local Vermont music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator. Hear some of his music at patrickjcrowley.com/music/.

Listen to a replay here or via Rocket Shop Radio Hour on iTunes or Google Play

NEKTones

Join the Audience for NEKTones at VPR Taping of Live From The Fort, April 28

Big Heavy World is happy to share an invitation with you from our friends at Vermont Public Radio. The producers of Live From The Fort are welcoming the public to a live taping of their upcoming recording sessions!

Each episode of Live From The Fort features performances by Vermont artists — see the most recent on the VPR web site, http://www.vpr.net/apps/live-from-the-fort/ and hear Live From The Fort shared on 105.9FM The Radiator in Burlington, where full versions of each session are broadcast before ‘Rocket Shop,’ Big Heavy World’s weekly local music radio hour.

The next Live From The Fort recording is on April 28 in the new “Studio One” facility at VPR with The NEKTones performing at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30pm). It’s is an all-ages show and tickets are free but reservations are required. Reserve your seats here.

Vermont Public Radio is located at 365 Troy Avenue in Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester.

A cash bar and snacks will be available from The Skinny Pancake.

Save the date: Friday, May 5 brings Apartment 3 to Live From The Fort with another invitation to join the studio audience — info coming soon!

Delainey LaHood

Big Heavy World Receives Grant from the Vermont Women’s Fund

Press releases by Big Heavy World and the Vermont Women’s Fund.

BURLINGTON April 23, 2017 Big Heavy World recently received a $9,937.00 grant from the Vermont Women’s Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation. The grant will enable a broadcast media literacy program for teen girls that trains them to host a radio program and operate a community radio station. Also supported is a public panel to explore gender-related issues in Vermont’s music industry and community.

James Lockridge, Executive Director of Big Heavy World, said, “We all want our next generation to be empowered, critical thinkers. We’ll be imparting media and communication skills to teens and the self-confidence to use them. We value the contribution our youth can make to society because we experience it everyday in our work to support local music. This grant will help amplify that message while giving local teenagers skills that will serve them throughout their lives.” Big Heavy World operates WOMM-LP 105.9FM The Radiator, a low-power community radio station built in collaboration with Lee Anderson, proprietor of Radio Bean.

Big Heavy World is a nonprofit, volunteer-run, independent music office that archives and promotes original music from Vermont, inclusively. It works to strengthen the state’s community of musicians. The organization will be hosting a Vermont Music Summit in November, 2017, which will explore gender-related issues in our regional music industry. www.bigheavyworld.com. Contact: James Lockridge, jim@bigheavyworld.com, (802) 865-1140

The Vermont Women’s Fund is a statewide organization committed to supporting the advancement, self-sufficiency, and economic and social equality of women and girls ages 15-25. Learn more at www.vermontwomensfund.org.

The Vermont Community Foundation 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 expertise 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. Visit www.vermontcf.org or call 802-388-3355 for more information.

Photo: Radiator programmer Delainey LaHood at the broadcast console. Photo by James Lockridge. High resolution version available at https://www.bigheavyworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Delainey-LaHood-1.jpg

More information about the recent Vermont Women’s Fund grants is found the press release, below.

Press release by the Vermont Women’s Fund.

The Vermont Women’s Fund Announces $124,000 in Grants

April 14, 2017 The Vermont Women’s Fund, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, awarded $124,000 through its competitive grant round this spring to 14 organizations working to improve the lives of young women and girls in Vermont. The grants support programs across the state that provide young women and girls ages 12-25 with opportunities to gain financial literacy, job-training skills, mentorship, and experiences that expand their vision for the future.

“For many young women in Vermont, these programs are essential to their success,”says Meg Smith, director of the Women’s Fund. “Without  family supports or strong role models, many young women are quick to fall through the cracks of cyclical poverty. We applaud all the program providers who give their time, energy, and love to help Vermont’s young women create a new future for themselves.”

The Vermont Women’s Fund was established in 1994 as an enduring resource to support women and girls throughout Vermont. Since its founding, the Fund has granted more than $2 million to organizations and projects in support of its mission. Visit www.vermontwomensfund.org to learn more.

Vermont Women’s Fund 2017 Competitive Grants

Big Heavy World received $9,937 to support a broadcast media immersion program for teens, which will expose young adult women and nonbinary participants to broadcast radio, new media journalism, and community service, helping them build skills, self confidence, and community engagement.

Capstone Community Action received $10,000 to support a project that provides young women exposure to viable careers, financial literacy coaching, and more, empowering them as mothers and role models for their children, and helping to to break the poverty cycle.

Center for Women & Enterprise received $5,000 to provide 12 women in the Northeast Kingdom with entrepreneurial education through a program that helps participants improve financial literacy, start new businesses, create jobs, and drive economic growth.

The Family Place received $10,000 to support the Families Learning Together Program, a program for young parents and pregnant teens living in poverty which promotes participant success through education, worksites, parenting classes, crisis support, counseling, and on-site childcare.

Gedakina received $5,000 to support Braiding Sweetgrass, a multi-generational system of mentoring and exchange that seeks to nurture and encourage young women and girls by bringing women together to identify needs and challenges and develop strategies and activities together.

Governor’s Institutes of Vermont received $10,000 to help girls from low-income backgrounds attend residential co-ed and single-sex academic and creative learning experiences, which raise confidence, self-esteem, and academic and career aspirations among young women.

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity received $10,000 to support a project where a team of young women interested in the construction field build a home for a low-income family, helping  participants build skills for careers in construction.

Howard Center received $10,000 to support Northern Lights, a program providing housing and support to help women transitioning from prison to the community to build the foundation necessary for a sober, healthy, and independent life for themselves and their families.

John Graham Shelter received $10,000 to support Destined for Something Big, a program that will help homeless girls and women build resiliency, explore career options, and envision a safe and abundant future through weekly peer groups, skills training, career field trips, and network of role models.

Southeastern Vermont Community Action received $10,000 to support Ready for Work, a program that will help young women with limited income, little or no work history, and barriers to entering the workforce obtain core workplace skills, find available jobs, identify further training to advance their careers, and more.

Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center received $10,000 to support MedQuest, a program where high school women are immersed in healthcare career exploration, broadening their educational goals and establishing connections to students in health professions and professionals.

Spectrum Youth & Family Services received $5,000 to support a weekly gathering for young women of color (ages 14-22) to strengthen social connections, learn about community resources, and affirm their diverse identities.

United Way of Lamoille County received $10,000 to support New Foundations Transitional Housing Program, an innovative, two-year residential program designed to provide educational and employment opportunities to low-income single parents to enable them to earn higher wages to support their families.

Vermont Technical College received $9,745 to support Vermont Tech Girls’ Coder Camp 2017, a day camp designed to give girls entering grades  8-10 the chance to bring their creativity and translate that into an active software coding environment.

Loooongboy

Longboy 12 April 2017 on Rocket Shop

Longboy

Photo by James Lockridge/Big Heavy World.

Longboy joined host Tom Proctor for ‘Rocket Shop‘, Big Heavy World’s local Vermont music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator. Catch up with him at facebook.com/loooongboy/.

Listen to a replay here or via Rocket Shop Radio Hour on iTunes or Google Play