Bonnie Ward

Bonnie Ward 11 October 2017 on Rocket Shop Radio Hour

Photo by James Lockridge.

Bonnie Ward joined guest host Caleb Humphrey for ‘Rocket Shop,’ Big Heavy World’s local Vermont music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator.

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

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Musicians and Fans Invited to Potluck & Concert During Winter Music Summit 11/7, with Longface, Bad History Month, Gestalt, & Mugo Pine

Press Release by Big Heavy World. Photos courtesy the bands.

Public Invited to Share Supper with Vermont’s Music Community

BURLINGTON October 14, 2017 — The public and music community of Vermont, including artists and their friends and fans are invited to join the volunteers of Big Heavy World and Friends+Family for a community potluck and concert on Tuesday, November 7, 6-10pm at Big Heavy World, 404 Pine Street, Burlington, inside the SEABA Center located at the heart of the South End Arts District. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Bring food or non-alcoholic beverages to share and a small label to go with each dish (our vegan friends and those who watch for gluten will be thankful). Sign-up to bring a dish at http://bit.ly/winterpotluck and join us for the music whether dining or not! Special thanks to McKenzie Country Classics for supporting this event.

The Friends+Family booking collective presents live music from 7-10pm, with performances by Longface (from Illinois), Bad History Month (from Massachusetts), Gestalt, and Mugo Pine. A $5 donation is suggested. Friends+Family hosts DIY events, promotes new and emerging artists and fosters the local underground music scene. https://www.facebook.com/friendsandfamilyvt/

This event is part of a week-long Winter Music Summit which features documentary film, musician panels, live music showcases and special events like a free VT Music Yearbook Photo session by photographer Monika Rivard. The Summit is made possible by collaborators Arts Riot and Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center with support from Advance Music, the Burlington City Arts Community Fund, and the Vermont Women’s Fund. More information about the Winter Music Summit can be found at bigheavyworld.com. The Summit is a Vermont Arts 2017 event.

Big Heavy World is an independent, volunteer-run music office that promotes and archives the music of Vermont, building community among musicians and reflecting Vermont’s diverse musical talent to the world.

For more information contact James Lockridge, Big Heavy World, jim@bigheavyworld.com, (802) 865-1140.

Longface

(Photo at top) Noteworthy for creating an unhinged musical satire around its namesake character, Chicago’s Longface employs clever guitars and elegant vocals to form a unique blend of twang, discord, and pop.

 

Bad History MonthBad History Month

Two ex-bodybuilders from Hollywood moved to Boston to strike it rich in the music biz. Failure songs ensued. Life is hard but the glutes on these galoots are even harder. Ready to rumble and never to be humbled, these old men will teach you the true meaning of F***ing Despair.

 

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Gestalt: ɡəˈSHtält: the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. Hard-hitting, melodic, anti-slacker, anti-apathetic, syncopated, unsyncopated, independent, independent, alternative rock lover trio from Burlington.

Mugo Pine

Mugo Pine

Experimental improvised music from Burlington. An exploration into the unknown. Three musicians probe into the limitless possibilities of sound as individuals within a collective force.

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Jenn Karson

Jenn Karson 11 October 2017 on Rocket Shop Radio Hour

Jenn Karson

Photo by James Lockridge/Big Heavy World.

Jenn Karson of Sub Ambient Sound Lab joined guest host Caleb Humphrey on ‘Rocket Shop‘, Big Heavy World’s weekly local Vermont music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator. Find out more about making in Vermont at facebook.com/VermontMakers.

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

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‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ Documentary to Screen in Burlington November 6, Free & All-Ages

Press Release by Big Heavy World and Abramorama. Photos by Murray Bowles courtesy Abramorama.

Film About San Francisco Punk Scene and Legendary 924 Gilman Street Venue Shows Roots of Collective, Substance-Free, All-Ages Subculture

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/121758658536970/

TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK explores Northern California’s pivotal role in evolution of punk rock – the loud, intense and anti-authoritarian philosophy of music and politics that arose in the late 1970s. Early San Francisco Bay Area punk pioneers like Dead Kennedys, Avengers and Flipper as well as the Maximum Rocknroll fanzine helped take the punk underground global.

Green Day at Gilman St., 1992

Green Day at 924 Gilman Street, 1992. Photo by Murray Bowles.

As the once-vibrant local scene became wrought with violence, corruption and racism, punks over the bridge in the East Bay responded by creating a fun and inclusive style of punk that also carried on the region’s tradition of radical thought. Banding together around Berkeley’s all- volunteer 924 Gilman Club, this diverse collective of misfits created a do-it-yourself, no-spectators’ petri dish for art & music that changed the Bay Area punk scene… and the world at large.

Today, we know about some of the bands who emerged from this scene, like Green Day and Rancid, but their success is just the tip of the iceberg; the roots of this inspiring story go deep into the underground. Narrated by Iggy Pop and executive produced by Green Day, TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK is told by the people who were there.  The story of East Bay punk rock unfolds from its unlikely beginnings, continues through its struggles, and triumphs with its raucous power continuing to be influential today.

Jawbreaker at Gilman St., 1991

Jawbreaker at 924 Gilman Street, 1991. Photo by Murray Bowles.

The film features interviews with more than 100 artists and musicians from California’s East Bay punk rock music scene including members of Green Day, Rancid, Metallica, Dead Kennedys, Jawbreaker, AFI, 7 Seconds, Primus, and many more. Turn It Around is narrated by Iggy Pop; executive produced by Green Day; produced and directed by Corbett Redford; with cinematography by Greg Schneider and theatrical distribution by Abramorama. Its run time is 158 minutes.

Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and The Julie Ruin said, “Punk rock isn’t a sound. It’s this idea of doing something that you’re totally afraid of doing in front of other people… and inspiring other people to do stuff they’re afraid of doing…to take risks with each other.”

Operation Ivy at Gilman St., 1988

Operation Ivy at 924 Gilman Street, 1988. Photo by Murray Bowles.

Big Heavy World brings ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ to Burlington in collaboration with Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center and national film distributor Abramorama as part of a week-long Winter Music Summit. ‘Turn It Around’ shows at 7pm on Monday, November 6, at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center Film House, 60 Main Street, Burlington. The Film House features state of the art DCP digital projection, Dolby Atmos surround sound, and a 25-foot screen. The screening is FREE and ALL AGES. Information about the film can be found at https://eastbaypunk.com. Press materials including images can be found at http://bit.ly/2y4ByEk.

Michael Franti of Spearhead said, “So many people that I know who were at Gilman went on to become very successful inventors, creators, artists, entrepreneurs, civic leaders… people who were there, through the DIY movement, had a sense of wings.”

Big Heavy World is an independent, volunteer-run music office that promotes and archives the music of Vermont, building community among musicians and reflecting Vermont’s diverse musical talent to the world. James Lockridge, Executive Director, said, “Vermont faces the crisis of losing a legendary all-ages music hall with the threatened permanent closing of 242 Main in Burlington, the nation’s longest-running all-ages punk rock venue. Generations of youth learned to have confidence in their opinions and to be fearlessly creative there, in a safe space surrounded by peers. ‘Turn It Around’ gives Burlington a larger coast-to-coast context for this experience: The defiantly positive, participatory East Bay subculture was the same that made so many Burlington youth stronger and better contributors to society.”

The Winter Music Summit features this documentary film, musician panels, live music showcases and special events like a free VT Music Yearbook Photo session by photographer Monika Rivard at Big Heavy World’s South End Arts District headquarters. The Summit is made possible by collaborators Arts Riot and Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center with support from Advance Music, the Burlington City Arts Community Fund, and the Vermont Women’s Fund. More information about the Winter Music Summit can be found at bigheavyworld.com.

For more information about the Burlington screening, contact James Lockridge, Big Heavy World, jim@bigheavyworld.com, (802) 865-1140.

Publicity Contact: Film PR, Falco Ink, Shannon Treusch, shannontreusch@falcoink.com.

Green Day PR: BB Gun Press, Brian Bumbery, brian@bbgunpress.com.

 

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Monika Rivard: Photo Booth!

Attn: Musicians! VT Music Yearbook Photos Taken Sat. Nov. 11 (Free/All Ages)

Press Release by Big Heavy World. Photos by Monika Rivard.

Photographer Monika Rivard Shoots at Big Heavy World HQ during Winter Music Summit

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/250731412117669/

BURLINGTON October 10, 2017 — A free drop-in photo portrait opportunity is available to Vermont-based musicians and friends of VT-made music on Saturday, November 11, 7pm-10pm at Big Heavy World headquarters, 404 Pine Street, Burlington, inside the SEABA Center. Artists of all ages are welcome and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

Photographer Monika Rivard will be shooting bands, solo musicians, and fans against a black backdrop, gathering a collection of fun — or serious — photos for social media as a 2017 ‘yearbook’ of Vermont’s music community. Bands who could use an update or alternative to their official promotional portraits can use the opportunity to grab one! Monika’s work can be found at https://www.monikarivard.com.

The yearbook photo session is part of the Winter Music Summit, a program of film, musician panels, live music showcases and special events that bring Vermont’s musicians together to strengthen their community and build resources that support their success as artists. Other programming presented inside Big Heavy World headquarters during the photo session include a virtual reality experience of live concert footage from the ‘final’ show at 242 Main, viewed in  360-degrees with an HTC VIVE VR headset; volunteer crew members will be recording station IDs with musicians for 105.9FM The Radiator; and crew will be helping artists be sure they’re in Big Heavy World’s online artist directory and Vermont Music Archive collection of recordings.

The Summit is made possible by collaborators Arts Riot and Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center with support from Advance Music, the Burlington City Arts Community Fund, and the Vermont Women’s Fund. More information about the Winter Music Summit can be found at bigheavyworld.com.

Big Heavy World is an independent, volunteer-run music office that promotes and archives the music of Vermont, building community among musicians and reflecting Vermont’s diverse musical talent to the world.

For more information contact James Lockridge, Big Heavy World, jim@bigheavyworld.com, (802) 865-1140.

 

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Experience the ‘Final’ 242 Main Concert in Virtual Reality on Sat. 11/11 at Big Heavy World

Press Release by Big Heavy World. Photo by James Lockridge.

360-Degree Concert Footage Shared with HTC VIVE VR Headset at Winter Music Summit

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/306155723123582/

BURLINGTON, October 10 —On December 3, 2016 a tribute concert was held at legendary teen center 242 Main as it was shuttered by the City of Burlington. 242 Main is the longest-running all-ages punk rock venue in the nation and was a safe community space for generations of local youth.

The ‘final’ concert featured 22 bands and portions of some sets were recorded as 360-degree video for Big Heavy World by VR cinematographer Don Bateman of Mean Cat Entertainment. This video will be shared with the public at Big Heavy World’s headquarters with an HTC VIVE virtual reality headset on Saturday, November 11, 7-10pm. The headset allows viewers to look around the entire 242 Main concert environment, in every direction, during the playback of the 360-degree video. The HTC VIVE was made available for this event by Kip Steele, an ambassador of emerging technology who has hosted many community events to introduce virtual reality to Burlington citizens.

Big Heavy World is an independent, volunteer-run music office that promotes and archives the music of Vermont, building community among musicians and reflecting Vermont’s diverse musical talent to the world. It’s headquarters is located at 404 Pine Street, inside the SEABA Center in the South End Arts District, and is wheelchair accessible. Viewing the 360-degree concert footage is free and all ages; the event is part of the week-long Winter Music Summit.

The Winter Music Summit features documentary film, musician panels, live music showcases and special events like a free VT Music Yearbook Photo session by photographer Monika Rivard at Big Heavy World.The Summit is made possible by collaborators Arts Riot and Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center with support from Advance Music, the Burlington City Arts Community Fund, and the Vermont Women’s Fund. More information about the Winter Music Summit can be found at bigheavyworld.com.

The future of 242 Main is uncertain but the community of Burlington is fighting to save it — see and sign the petition at http://www.save242main.com — and it could come back strong when its distressed building is eventually repaired.

For more information about the Burlington screening, contact James Lockridge, Big Heavy World, jim@bigheavyworld.com, (802) 865-1140.

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Gestalt

Gestalt 4 October 2017 on Rocket Shop Radio Hour

Kurt Henry, Meredith Davey, and Matthew Anderson

Photo by James Lockridge/Big Heavy World.

Gestalt joined guest host Paddy Reagan on a special edition of ‘Rocket Shop‘, live from Arts Riot.  Rocket Shop is Big Heavy World’s local Vermont music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator. Catch up with them at facebook.com/gestaltsounds.

See Gestalt live and unplugged:

  • Friday, October 10, 8pm at Sidebar, Burlington

Fun facts from the band:
Kurt: used to be a logger before he switched to a different kind of axe
Meredith: lives in the woods
Matt: never gets lost in the woods

The next Rocket Shop Live from Arts Riot is Wednesday November 15. Admission is free.

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

Hannah Hoffman and Carson Arnold

Hannah Hoffman 4 October 2017 on Rocket Shop Radio Hour

Hannah Hoffman with Carson Arnold

Photo by James Lockridge/Big Heavy World.

Hannah Hoffman joined guest host Paddy Reagan on a special edition of ‘Rocket Shop‘, live from Arts Riot. Rocket Shop is Big Heavy World’s local Vermont music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator. Find out more about Hannah at hannahhoffmanmusic.com.

See her live on:

The next Rocket Shop Live from Arts Riot is Wednesday November 15. Admission is free.

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

Nate Reit

Nate Reit 27 September 2017 on Rocket Shop Radio Hour

Nate Reit

Photo by James Lockridge/Big Heavy World.

Nate Reit joined guest host Bob Colquhoun on ‘Rocket Shop‘, Big Heavy World’s local Vermont music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator. Catch up with him at facebook.com/nate.reit.

Join him and friends as they play Trombone Shorty:

  • Wednesday October 11, 9pm at Nectar’s, Burlington

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