Tintype Portrait Night Poster

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 howlermanophotography.com

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.

Tintype of Death

Howlermano Photography : http://www.howlermanophotography.com
Mobile Tintype Wagon : http://www.tintypewagon.com
Director/Producer : A Band Called Death – http://www.abandcalleddeath.com
Howlermano Productions LLC: http://www.howlermano.com

O.N.E. Ramble, photo by Dawn O'Connell

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 http://theramble.org/get-involved/ 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 rambler@theramble.org 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/1179116552162818/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1468189474371004

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



Call to Artists: SXSW Showcase Applications Now Being Accepted

Photo of Hinds by Alexa Wagner, courtesy SXSW.

Vermont bands: now’s the time to submit applications to showcase at SXSW in Austin, March 13-19, 2017, the country’s largest music festival and an intense educational and potentially career-building experience for any artist.

SXSW 2017 Early Deadline: Friday, September 9, 2016 at 11:59PM EDT ($35 fee)
SXSW 2017 Final Deadline: Friday, October 21, 2016 at 11:59PM EDT ($55 fee)

Visit https://www.sxsw.com/apply-to-participate/showcase-applications/ for all the information.

Stay tuned for updates as Big Heavy World works to create another official SXSW Vermont music showcase in 2017: Join AMP VT (it’s free) to hear about it first! https://www.bigheavyworld.com/ampvt/

Northern Exposure Concert Series Seeks New Local Bands & Artists

Press Release by Higher Ground. Photo of REDadmiral by Patrick Freeman.

Higher Ground is proud to announce the return of the Northern Exposure Summer Series. After a three-year hiatus, Northern Exposure is back to provide an opportunity for up-and-coming Vermont bands to take the stage in the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge. With four Thursday nights throughout the summer dedicated to showcasing emerging local talent – June 16th, July 14th, August 4th, and August 25th – Higher Ground is thrilled to provide an opportunity for developing acts to show their stuff at Burlington’s premier music venue. Think of it as a farm-system – artists that impress the HG-team will be considered for slots supporting larger national acts at Higher Ground! The shows are all ages, only cost $6, and will feature 3-4 acts. If you’re a motivated band that wants to play Higher Ground, this is your chance. Interested performers should email Mark Balderston at mark@highergroundmusic.com, with the subject line “NORTHERN EXPOSURE: your band name.” HG Northern Exposure Summer Series

Thursdays, July 14th, August 4th, and August 25th, 2016 $6 Advance / $6 day of show Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, VT Doors: 8pm, Show: 8:30pm All Ages. Tickets at www.highergroundmusic.com, by phone at 802.652.0777, and in person at the Higher  Ground box office.

Steve Cook

Big Heavy World Launches New Live Music Calendar with Support from VT Dept. Tourism & Marketing (Bands — Add Your Shows!)

Words by Big Heavy World. Photo of Steven Cook by James Lockridge.

A longtime dream of hosting a live music events calendar that reflects the music community across the state is becoming real. Big Heavy World has been welcomed into a new statewide network of event calendars hosted by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, first created in 2015 as a collaboration of VDTM, The Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and the Everwondr network.

The calendar network combines event information that is entered into its database from all over the state. Concerts added to the Big Heavy World calendar at https://www.bigheavyworld.com/live-music-in-vt/live-music-calendar/ will get seen throughout the growing network, including the web sites of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, NEKTA, Catamount Arts, Main Street Landing, Okemo Chamber of Commerce, Woodstock Chamber of Commerce, Newport Chamber of Commerce, Addison County VT, Higher Ground, and the City of Montpelier. The calendar can be searched by keyword, radius around where you are, or region of the state.

Steven Cook, Deputy Commissioner of Tourism, says, “The Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing is extremely excited to work with organizations to promote unique events, performing arts and visual arts exhibits using the Everwondr network. We feel that this is a great way to inform our visitors of interesting events and make it easier for event organizers to promote their events to a wide network.”

Vermont bands: Be sure to add your shows to the calendar!

Big Heavy World’s participation in the network is made possible with support from the Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing.

Floydian Slip Radio Show

Floydian Slip Radio Show Conducts 6th Annual Pink Floyd Cover Contest

Press Release by Craig Bailey.

May 7, 2016

Craig Bailey
(260) 67-FLOYD

Musicians invited to submit recordings of Pink Floyd songs for airplay, prizes

SHELBURNE, VT—”Floydian Slip,” a syndicated radio program devoted to British rock band Pink Floyd, has announced its 6th annual “Surrogate Bands Pink Floyd Cover Contest.”

Musicians are invited to submit their own recordings of Pink Floyd songs. Host Craig Bailey will feature the winning entry on a special episode of “Floydian Slip” and award the winner $200 in merchandise from The Official Web Store of Pink Floyd (shop.pinkfloyd.com).

The winning entry will be broadcast on “Floydian Slip” #1,055, an episode titled “Surrogate Bands,” which will consist entirely of other artists’ recordings of Pink Floyd songs. The show will air the week of June 27.

Contestants can enter by uploading their songs at floydianslip.com. Entries must be received no later than end of day Friday, June 24, 2016. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Complete contest rules are online.

“Floydian Slip” is heard on nearly 70 stations in the U.S., Canada and overseas.

Bailey started building the Random Precision Radio Network in summer 2009 when he began syndicating the show from his home studio under the moniker Random Precision Media LLC.

He aired his first episode of “Floydian Slip” in 1989 on Ithaca College’s 106-VIC in Ithaca, N.Y., when he was a student majoring in broadcasting. He also produced it for Burlington, Vt.’s short-lived WEXP 105.1 FM (Experience 105.1) in 1994, and for 13 years at WCPV 101.3 FM, Burlington.

In its nearly 30 years, the show has earned mentions in, or served as a resource for, media around the world such as Billboard, Relix; “The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd”; Yahoo! Music, The Ottawa Citizen; VH-1; The Dallas Morning News; “Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd”; “Pink Floyd on Forty-Five”; and MacFormat magazine.

More information about the show and the contest is at www.floydianslip.com; or by contacting pink@floydianslip.com or (260) 67-FLOYD.

Mt. Philo

Site Coordinators Sought for Make Music Day VT in State Parks

Photos by Justin Lajoie and Bob Ricketson, courtesy Vermont State Parks.

Make Music VT, the grass roots public music festival happening all across Vermont, has received a very special invitation. Vermont State Parks are welcoming the public to free music on June 21 as a contribution to the Make Music VT effort. Big Heavy World has the opportunity to match-up concert coordinators with these state park concert sites:

Jamaica, Jamaica VT: http://vtstateparks.com/htm/jamaica.htm

Silver Lake, Barnard VT: http://vtstateparks.com/htm/silver.htm

Mt. Philo, Charlotte VT: http://vtstateparks.com/htm/philo.htm

Grand Isle, Grand Isle VT: http://vtstateparks.com/htm/grandisle.htm

Boulder Beach or Groton Nature Center, Groton: http://vtstateparks.com/htm/boulder.htm or http://vtstateparks.com/htm/groton-nature.html

Elmore, Elmore VT: http://vtstateparks.com/htm/elmore.htm

If you have experience coordinating live performances and would enjoy volunteering to create a free, all-ages concert in these parks in the late afternoon and evening of Make Music Day on June 21, please contact us with your interest.

Grand Isle State Park

Above: Musicians at Grande Isle State Park; photo by Justin Lajoie. Image at top of page is of the summit at Mt. Philo State Park; photo by Bob Ricketson. Photos courtesy Vermont State Parks.

Make Music Day

Make Music Day 2016 Tuesday, June 21: Thousands of Free Outdoor Music-Making Events to Kick Off Summer in 35+ U.S. Cities

NEW YORK, April 13, 2016: Make Music Day, the annual global celebration featuring more than 3,000 free, outdoor musical events in the United States, returns this year on Tuesday, June 21. This day-long event will see the participation of over 35 U.S. cities – nearly twice as many as last year – hosting major events, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Nashville, Seattle, Portland (OR), Madison (WI), Philadelphia, Detroit, Denver, Cleveland, Washington D.C., St. Louis, Chattanooga, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and the entire state of Vermont, while smaller festivities are popping up around the country.

Completely different from a typical musical festival, Make Music Day seeks to encourage all people, young and old, amateur or professional, to experience the pleasure of making music. Every kind of musician – of all musical persuasions – pours onto streets, parks, plazas, porches and other public spaces to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers.

Highlights of Make Music Day in the U.S. will include Sousapaloozas in Chicago, Cleveland, and New York, bringing together hundreds of brass and wind musicians to play the music of John Philip Sousa; Street Studios in Chattanooga, Los Angeles, and New York with producers bringing gear and engaging passersby in the spontaneous, collaborative production of original music on the street; and over 100 Mass Appeals around the country where musicians – of all levels and ages – can gather with other players to make music in large, single-instrument groups. Instruments with Mass Appeal events include banjos, guitars, harmonicas, accordions, flutes, mariarchis, percussion, trombones, bassoons, French horns, music boxes, synthesizers, ukuleles, toy pianos and more.

Make Music Day began in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique where it takes place every year on June 21, the summer solstice. It has since spread to over 700 cities across 120 countries.

Additional national and international Make Music Day 2016 highlights include:

  • Philip Glass, known as one of New York City’s iconic musical figures, will help usher in Make Music New York’s second decade by playing from his Etudes for piano at Pier i in Riverside Park, along with nineteen students from New York Citypublic schools.
  • Shimmer with Yeah Yeah Yeahs Drummer Brian Chase: In New York City, Boston, Chicago and Nashville, dozens of performers will premiere Shimmer, a new 45-minute work by Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, scored for 16 (or more) Zildjian cymbals, arranged in a circle. Chase will lead the New York performance at Madison Square Park.
  • Inside the Bird Chorus: New York City’s avian life is celebrated in this project by composer/clarinetist David Rothenberg, conceived as a dialogue between improvising musicians and native bird species of the city. Rothenberg performs at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and their resident bird expert will be on hand for conversation. There will be similar performances by other musicians at wildlife havens in all five boroughs, at either dawn or dusk (prime bird-call hours), in partnership with the National Audubon Society.
  • The Bumblebee Challenge: Around the country, woodwind, brass and string players will strive to play the fastest, most accurate performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee” on June 21. Participants can enter using a special free version of SmartMusic, the interactive music practice software.
  • “Eye of the Tiger” on Boomwhackers: Fans attending baseball games on Make Music Day in New York City (the minor league Staten Island Yankees) and in Madison, Wisconsin (the collegiate Madison Mallards) will be given Boomwhackers – pitched hollow pipes made of plastic. During the seventh-inning stretch, conductors and a singer will come onto the field and lead fans in a crowdsourced performance of Survivor’s anthemic “Eye of the Tiger,” inviting people to whack the tubes on cue, on the seats or bleachers in front of them. Original Survivor frontman Dave Bickler, renowned for his vocals on “Eye of the Tiger,” will sing the classic hit at the Staten Island Yankees game.
  • HARMAN Street Studios: In partnership with Found Sound Nation, audio products leader HARMAN will transport the basic elements of a music studio to six public spaces in Bangalore, Budapest, Munich, Tel Aviv, New York, and Los Angeles, and make the studios open and accessible to everyone in the local community, musicians and non-musicians alike. With a simple setup – a laptop, mics, MIDI controllers, speakers, and instruments – the Street Studio producers on site will invite passers-by to join in a completely improvised music creation session. After a period of post-production, this improvised concert of original music and documentation will be shared with all participants, and with the world.

Other events around the country will highlight the musical history and ingenuity of each city including:

  • Salem, OR – The Kingsmen will lead a play-along performance of their enigmatic 1963 hit, “Louie Louie”; musicians will perform on the steps of the State Capitol.
  • Auburn, AL – High school marching bands, drum lines, community choirs, electric guitars, people holding egg shakers and others will gather for a performance of the legendary song, “Sweet Home Alabama.”
  • Detroit, MI – A massive performance on the front plaza of the Detroit Institute of Art.
  • Boston, MA – Five musicians will distribute hundreds of egg shakers to straphangers at a T station, creating a musical “Commuter Shake” as they leave the station to start their day.

All Make Music Day events are free and open to the public. Participants who wish to perform, or to host musical events, may register at www.makemusicday.org. [In Vermont, visit bigheavyworld.com/makemusicvt ] A full schedule of events will be posted on the website in early June.

About Make Music Day
Held annually on June 21 to coincide with the summer solstice, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in 700 cities across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts. This year, 35 U.S. cities and the entire state of Vermont are organizing Make Music celebrations, encompassing thousands of music making opportunities nationwide. Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit www.makemusicday.org.

Participating U.S. Make Music Cities in 2016: 
Black Hills (SD), Boston (MA), Buffalo (NY), Cedar Rapids (IA), Chattanooga (TN), Chicago (IL), Cleveland (OH), Columbia (SC),Denver (CO), Detroit (MI), Fort Lauderdale (FL), Fort Wayne (IN), Fullerton (CA), Issaquah (WA), Liberty (MO), Los Angeles (CA),Madison (WI), Mentor (OH), Minneapolis/St. Paul (MN), Montclair (NJ), Nashville (TN), New York (NY), Niagara Falls (NY),Ossining (NY), Philadelphia (PA), Pittsburgh (PA), Platteville (WI), Portland (ME), Portland (OR), Salem (OR), San Diego (CA),Seattle (WA), St. Louis (MO), Vermont (statewide), Washington (DC)

Rubenstein Communications
Marisa Wayne mwayne@rubenstein.com, 212-843-9216
Adam Miller amiller@rubenstein.com, 212-843-8032

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160412/354700


CALL TO MUSICIANS: International Music Festival Takes Root in VT; Concert Coordinators and Artists Sought

Press Release by Big Heavy World.

BURLINGTON — On June 21 Vermont historically joins 120 countries in simultaneously celebrating music across the landscape, participating for the first time 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 30 U.S. cities are organizing Make Music Day celebrations, creating thousands of music making opportunities nationwide. Vermont joins this worldwide festival 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 https://www.bigheavyworld.com/makemusicvt, 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 and Fletcher Free Library, New City Galerie, the Caballbreaker music cooperative of central Vermont, the Vermont Creative Network at the Vermont Arts Council, Vermont State Parks and more.

Make Music VT is hosted by Big Heavy World, Vermont’s independent music office, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016. Big Heavy World is a nonprofit organization promoting and preserving the original music of the state, bigheavyworld.com. Big Heavy World is a member of the Make Music Alliance, www.makemusicday.org, 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), https://www.namm.org.

For more information: https://www.bigheavyworld.com/makemusicvt

James Lockridge, Big Heavy World
(802) 865-1140, info@bigheavyworld.com

Photo: Senayit, a rock and soul singer-songwriter based in the Upper Connecticut River Valley, will perform and help coordinate Make Music VT concerts with the central Vermont Caballbreaker musician cooperative. http://senayit.com Photo by Jack Rowell.


Call to Artists: Join the (Free) VT Alliance of Musicians and Presenters

Big Heavy World’s been building resources to share with Vermont’s musicians, and bringing VT musicians together, for 20 years. We’ve grown from a labor of love in the living room of a band house into a nonprofit independent music office with volunteers from across the country. We’ve found friends that help us help our music community, and gathered a family that cares about each other.

As we’ve grown, our responsibilities have, too. We’ve learned that by working together we can accomplish dreams. We have the opportunity to build on what we’ve started — to grow deeper roots for and reach higher for Vermont’s musicians and the people who love the music you share.

To keep succeeding in opening doors and having the conversations that bring awareness and respect for Vermont’s original music of all kinds, we need your wisdom. Your voice, telling us your desires as artists and your vision for improving how Vermont serves its aspiring musicians, is needed and this is the call to share it.

Please connect with us at bigheavyworld.com/ampvt so we can share our upcoming projects with you, and you can be the spirit of what we build next for VT music.

Joining in doesn’t cost anything; we’re building bridges between us that include everyone. We’ll be sending our first AMP VT newsletter out soon with information about our new tour van, our upcoming 2016 SXSW VT Music Showcase, a poll about the next All VT Music Summit, and more.

Our volunteers have had passion for Vermont’s music scene – for Vermont’s musicians – for two decades, and you sustain that love with your work as an artist. Thank you for all you do, and for taking the easy but important step of connecting with us at bigheavyworld.com/ampvt. We’re looking forward to creating the change you want, and making Vermont an even better place to make music.

VT Musicians: Join AMP VT!