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Winter Music Summit: Community-Building Panel 8 November 2017 on Rocket Shop

Melo Grant, Brian LaClair, Meredith Davey, and Griffin Jones

Photo by James Lockridge/Big Heavy World.

A group of local community builders joined guest host Jim Lockridge as panelists on ‘Rocket Shop‘, Big Heavy World’s weekly local Vermont music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator. The conversation brought to light the issues and opportunities that our music community face in Vermont — from a need for overtness in creating ‘safe’ spaces to collaboration and fearlessness in introducing each other to new sounds and subcultures. It highlighted our strengths, too, and is a short deep dive into our status and future as a music community. Big Heavy sends big thanks out to each panelists for lending their time and experience to a pubic conversation that has already strengthened our scene.

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

The panelists:

Melo Grant is a community radio enthusiast known for her long running radio show, The Cultural Bunker, heard on WRUV 90.1 FM and now also on WBTV LP 99.3 FM. She offers a platform to independent VT based musicians which allows them the opportunity to expose their music to a wider audience.

Brian LaClair fronts the Burlington-based band Better Things and programs The Hub, a teen center and skatepark serving at-risk youth of five towns in Addison County. He’s the founder of a local community run initiative to reinforce the safety and strengthen the relationship between the city’s many local underground presenters called DIY Burlington.

Meredith Davey is a local music promoter, an active participant of the Burlington music scene and the singer and vocalist in local rock trio, Gestalt.

Griffin Jones is a music community organizer with the Friends+Family booking collective which hosts DIY events, promotes new and emerging artists and fosters the local underground music scene.

Rocket Shop is supported in part by a grant from the BCA Community Fund.

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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 and join us for the music whether dining or not! Special thanks to McKenzie Country Classics and Rhino Foods 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.

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 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,, (802) 865-1140.


(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.


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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.



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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Monika Rivard: Photo Booth!

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

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

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


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

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

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,, (802) 865-1140.


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Call to Artists, July 2017: SXSW Showcase; VT Music Summit; Local Music Radio; Save 242 Main; VT Music Archive Volunteers Wanted

Photo of Get A Grip at SXSW in Austin, TX by Morgan Day.

VT Bands! Below is our current post to a few Burlington Front Porch Forums. We hope you’ll take note of the projects and resources and help spread the word by passing this info along, especially via your own Front Porch Forum, social media, or newsletters. Big Heavy World is a grass roots nonprofit that’s run by volunteers, and you can join in our mission to serve all of Vermont’s music by sharing these opportunities. If you want to help us at HQ, too, reach out any time!

Attn: Local Musicians (Resources & Opportunities)

Big Heavy World is Vermont’s independent, volunteer-run music office, preserving and promoting all VT-made music with a volunteer crew since 1996, Here’s news and opportunities from HQ! *** OFFICIAL SXSW VERMONT MUSIC SHOWCASE IN PRODUCTION *** Big Heavy World is working on a showcase of Vermont artists for SXSW in 2018. If interested, follow this link to apply to SXSW before October 20 then register with Big Heavy World (free) at (see the button at the bottom of the page). *** VT MUSIC SUMMIT SEEKS ARTIST INPUT *** We’re also in the planning stages of a November VT Music Summit to be hosted in Burlington. Save the date: November 10 & 11, and please send us your thoughts about useful or interesting panel discussion topics! (Thanks!). This project is supported in part by an award from the BCA Community Fund. *** YOUR INVITATION TO LOCAL MUSIC RADIO *** Our local music radio hour, ‘Rocket Shop,’ is heard every Wednesday, 8-9pm, on 105.9FM The Radiator and its streams. Original Vermont-based musicians, please reach out any time to schedule a guest appearance, Info, This project is supported in part by an award from the BCA Community Fund. *** RECORD A STATION ID *** The official legal I.D. for the community radio station operated by Big Heavy World is “WOMM-LP Burlington,” which we announce on air every hour. If you’d like to send us an MP3 with your band announcing that phrase along with info that gives you some exposure, too, feel welcome to! And don’t forget to put a bit of your music in it! An example script could be, “I’m [Name] of [Band Name}. You’re listening to 105.9FM WOMM-LP Burlington. Hear local music on The Radiator, including us, and hear more [Band Name] at [Band URL]!” You’re the artist; be as creative as you’d like! *** HELP SAVE 242 MAIN: A HISTORIC VT MUSIC VENUE *** Please consider signing the petition at http://www.save242main that could help us save America’s longest-running all ages punk rock venue… located in Burlington! 242 Main has been important to thousands of young lives and inspired dozens of bands. Let the City of Burlington know it should exist into the future. *** VT MUSIC ARCHIVE EXPANDS, NEEDS VOLUNTEERS *** The VT Music Archive at Big Heavy World has thousands of original VT-made recordings in it. With a recent upgrade to our library catalog system we’re expanding info about the albums and adding album art. With the new library catalog, other library systems can find and explore Vermont’s music history, putting our state on the nation’s cultural map. We could use a LOT of help scanning cover art and adding information from liner notes to the growing database. If you’d enjoy putting some meditative hours in at Big Heavy HQ on Pine Street in Burlington (next door to Speeder & Earl’s) or at the Fletcher Free Library on Wednesdays, email and come meet the crew! *** THANKS! *** Big Heavy World thanks our many community supporters, including Magic Hat, the BCA Community Fund, The Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Arts Council, VCAM, Burlington Parks, Arts & Waterfront, the Town of Richmond, Keurig Green Mountain, The Vermont Women’s Fund, and all our allies in the mission to help others realize how diverse and talented Vermont’s musicians are!

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SongFarmers Welcome Acoustic Musicians to Free Jam in Kingsland Bay State Park June 21 During Make Music VT

Photos courtesy Rik Palieri (above).

Welcome-in the summer on June 21 with a fun free acoustic jam hosted by Rik Palieri and The Vermont SongFarmers Club of Hinesburg at Kingsland Bay State Park, 3pm to 7:30. The Vermont SongFarmers is branch of The WoodSongs Front Porch Music Association that is helping get musicians to gather and plant musical seeds for a better world. Everyone who plays an acoustic instrument or just wants to sing along is welcome to participate. For info, contact Rik at (802) 482-3185 or Kingsland Bay State Park is located at 787 Kingsland Bay State Park Road in Ferrisburgh.Vermont SongFarmers ClubMake Music VT is a Vermont Arts 2017 event.VT Arts 2017

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Call To Musicians: Perform On Church Street Marketplace June 21 During Make Music VT

Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace welcomes musicians to participate in Make Music VT, performing on the beautiful central downtown pedestrian shopping mall on June 21! Make Music VT is Vermont’s statewide celebration of music, with free public performances across the state. It’s part of the international Make Music Day festival, happening in over 700 cities across the globe. Register as a musician at and submit your request for a time slot on the Marketplace — the Make Music VT crew at Big Heavy World will respond. And musicians everywhere are welcome to put their own concerts on the Make Music VT map, too — register yourself, your performing friends, and light up a porch or park of your own! Learn more about Make Music VT at and find the Church Street Marketplace at

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Call to Musicians: Bring Music to a State Park on June 21

Photo of Kinglsand Bay State Park by Vermont State Parks

June 21 is Make Music Day over 750 cities in 120 countries across the world – a day of performances in celebration of music in all its forms. In Vermont, state parks will host live music, free to the public. Make Music VT is the first statewide festival participant since Make Music Day was established as Fête de la Musique’ in France in 1982. Our state parks have been an ally in bringing it to Vermonters across the state. Music in Vermont’s state parks is coordinated by volunteers — people with friendly ties to musicians who might welcome the opportunity to simply play, to share, on this special day that unifies a love for music across the globe. Some state parks already have music coordinators preparing performances on June 21, and several opportunities remain open to new volunteer programmers. Grand Isle State Park and Kingsland Bay State Park have music stewards bringing artists together already. Other state parks welcome curation of music on June 21 and volunteer programmers/site hosts are needed: Bomoseen, close to Rutland; Boulder Beach in the Groton Forest area; Jamaica and Camp Plymouth, in southern VT; Elmore in northern VT; and Emerald Lake in the town of Dorset. If you’d like to bring musicians to a state park on June 21, gathering the resources that would make a performance possible, please email the Make Music VT crew at Big Heavy World, for more info and see

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Call to Artists: Make Music Day in VT Seeks Musicians and Music Coordinators, June 21!

Press Release by Big Heavy World. Photo of Dave Keller by Stefan Hard.

BURLINGTON — On June 21 Vermont historically joins 120 countries in simultaneously celebrating music across the landscape, participating in the annual international ’Make Music Day’ celebration on the summer solstice. Founded in France in 1982 as ‘Fête de la Musique,’ it is brought to Vermont as ‘Make Music VT’ by Big Heavy World. A free day-long public celebration of music in all its forms, Make Music VT encourages Vermonters of all ages to join together and play at porches, sidewalks, stores, and stages. Make Music VT includes everyone from high school bands to marquee names, and people who have never touched an instrument, playing and learning alongside experienced musicians.

This year, more than 50 U.S. cities are organizing Make Music Day celebrations, creating thousands of music making opportunities nationwide. Vermont joined this worldwide festival in 2016 as the first entire U.S. state to participate — more than 700 cities have led the way, including New York, Brisbane, Prague, Edinburgh, and Vienna.

Artists who’d like to participate should register at, as well as anyone who would like to coordinate a concert. Whether on a porch or in a park, the event is meant to help Vermonters experience the joy of live music, making it free and festive during a day of sharing. To help prepare for the summer event, musicians and concert coordinators are encouraged to register now. Registering is free, like all Make Music VT concerts. There is a special need for experienced small-scale acoustic concert presenters to help bring Make Music VT into Vermont’s state parks, a unique opportunity provided by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.

Early Make Music VT supporters and participants include Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace, Burlington City Arts, Advance Music, the Dynamic Events performance network of central Vermont, the Vermont Arts Council, Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Department, Vermont State Parks and more.

Make Music VT is hosted by Big Heavy World, Vermont’s independent music office — a nonprofit organization promoting and preserving the original music of the state, Big Heavy World is a member of the Make Music Alliance,, the national coordinator of Make Music Day in the U.S.

Make Music Day in the U.S. is sponsored in great part by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM),

For more information:

Contact: Mary Haines and Connor O’Donnell, Big Heavy World, (802) 865-1140,

Photo: Burlington City Arts hosts soul and bluesman Dave Keller during Make Music VT, performing in Burlington’s City Hall Park on June 21. Photo by Stefan Hard.

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Tintype Portraits to Be Taken at Lamp Shop March 11. (Best. Band portraits. Ever.) With Tyler Daniel Bean; Adrian Aardvark

Press Release by Big Heavy World. Photos by Jeff Howlett.

Photographer Jeff Howlett will be returning to Vermont to set up his portable tintype studio for an afternoon and night at Light Club Lamp Shop, Saturday, March 11. The public is invited to have individual, family, and band portrait heirlooms taken in this timeless medium from 2pm until closing, 10 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington, Vermont.

DJ Taka, Heloise & The Savoir FaireEric Sommer, Tyler Daniel Bean, and Adrian Aardvark (NY), will all be on stage, starting early (see Radio Bean for times, starting super early!). Admission is free until 9:30pm, when admission will then be $10. Admission for tintypes and music is all ages until 11pm. At 11pm, admission is 21+. Tintypes taken at Lamp Shop are 4” x 5” and cost $50.






Jeff Howlett is the director and producer of the acclaimed documentary ‘A Band Called Death,’ and expatriate of the mid-1990s Burlington music scene as frontman for alt/sludge metal bands Slush, Five Seconds Expired and Non Compos Mentis. Big Heavy World and Radio Bean encourage local musicians of all ages to get their tintype taken by a homecoming local colleague. For more information and a portfolio of tintypes visit

Introduced in the mid-19th century, each tintype photograph is individually created by coating, sensitizing, exposing and developing a metal plate as the subject sits for the portrait session. Many Civil War era photographs were created with this historic technology, which provides a hauntingly beautiful and permanent image especially suitable for heirloom portraits of individuals, families, and bands.

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So Little Time… So Much Ramble July 30!

Info by the O.N.E. Ramble. Photo by Dawn O’Connell.

The deadline for SIGN-UP SHEETS is WEDNESDAY, JULY 20th! Don’t know what I’m talking about?

The Ramble, an annual celebration of creativity and community in the Old North End since 2004, wants you to participate by performing, playing music, running a “Ramble special” at your business, showing off your artwork or garden, having a yard sale, teaching a workshop, vending, or doing whatever your BIG heart desires! Tell us what you want to do with this link We list the events on a map, a free guide to this fun filled day, happening throughout the ONE! What kind of fun? Field Days-Balloon toss! Sack Races! Tug o’ War! Arm Wrestling!; Steph Pappas serenading us from her porch; Yoga classes-the hot kind and the outside kind; purchase handmade creations directly from artists at Decaturfest after you sing your favorite David Bowie song in the karaoke competition; chalk-up a great time to making a chalk-art mural; bedazzle your bike before heading out on a community wide ride through the ONE, ending at the Ramble Round-Up, our version of a block party-complete with ONE food vendors and live music. Enjoy the show with local brew from our beer garden. MUSICIANS: If you live or work in the ONE or grew up here, lived here a long time, etc., you should be heard during The Ramble!

There’s more! And room for more! But I’m RAMBLING… ALSO IMPORTANT, The Ramble is a community driven event and we need volunteers. Please email and be a Ramble hero!

Firstly, we could really use a VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: We’re pulling it off, but would be ever so grateful to have help fielding all of the below volunteer opportunities.

Can you be a RAMBLE ROUSER on the beat (to a different drum?) We need people to go out and recruit-personally talk to business owners and get them involved. We especially would like a point person willing to connect with the small markets on North Street.

CURATOR: Someone willing to recruit artists and spaces for art shows/pop-ups, help hang art, take down art. You know, make a facebook page to recruit artists and locations and list a call for ONE artists in 7days.

YARD SALE LIASON: Someone to compile a list of all the yard sales, link it to our website, hang yard sale signs, and place ads in our local periodicals, craigslist, and whatever yard sale fanatics read!

Are you good on the phone, even better via email and familiar with google docs?

We need an In-kind donation solicitor seeking food, BBQ related goods, printing supplies, and a BOUNCY HOUSE…yes, NEED!

Could you join our fundraising team, follow up with former sponsors and seek new sponsorship? I know, it’s more realistic to get someone(s) to sponsor a bouncy house, but can we pleeease get a bouncy house?

Are you app savvy? Could you make a Ramble app similar to that Pokemon Go thing everyone is talking about? For all of you that just rolled your eyes, reminder: The Ramble is for everyone. For those of you who got WAY too excited, you probably should put your phone on silent and really GO TO THE RAMBLE! (Sorry, even in the summer it’s hard to shake my “teacher voice.”)

…or please help…


DISTRIBUTE MAPS DELIVER FLAGS (the things displayed to mark an event)

CANVAS the lower North St. neighborhood area with noise concern flyers and secure support from residents for live music.

SCREEN PRINT. Saturday, July 23rd we’re getting together to handprint merchandise (sold during The Ramble for only $5 each) between 4-7pm behind the building at 12-22 North St. See details on facebook with this link

AT THE RAMBLE: Man the merchandise table and help sell those hand-printed Ramble garments.

Help transport the merchandise to a different site.

BBQ Griller.

Support an event in need, if needed.

THE RAMBLE ROUND-UP: Set up Cleanup DLC certified? Help check ID’s and keep the beer garden secure.

Have a thing for reflective vests, walkie-talkies, not afraid to use a bullhorn and care about the safety of others? Take a turn manning the barricades. Training before the event required.

POST RAMBLE: Collect flags Take down posters