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Free Public Panel: Building Music Communities in Vermont

Words by Big Heavy World. Photo by Taylor Cook.

Panelists responsible for bringing musicians together around different scenes and causes gather are gathering tonight,  Wednesday November 8, 8-9pm (doors 7:30pm), to talk about their motives and community-building tools that we can all benefit from hearing about. The panel will be hosted at Big Heavy World, inside the SEABA Center, 404 Pine Street in Burlington, with seating for the public — free and all-ages; you’re welcome to join the conversation! It’s also a live radio broadcast at 105.9FM of ‘Rocket Shop,’ Big Heavy World’s weekly local music radio program — come see the radio magic happen!

The panel will be moderated by James Lockridge of Big Heavy World. Panelists include representatives of Burlington’s basement shows underground; the Friends & Family booking collective; local bands, DJs, and Burlington’s Hip Hop music and arts community.

Free coffee and fresh-baked bread will be provided, too, with thanks to Keurig Green Mountain and Great Harvest Bakery. This is a Vermont Arts 2017 event, made possible with support from Advance Music Center, the BCA Community Fund, and Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

The panelists:

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. https://www.facebook.com/friendsandfamilyvt/

Scottie Raymond

Scottie Raymond, a.k.a. eSKae1 is a VT-based visual artist, Hip-Hop promoter, musician and founder/producer of the Above the Radar graffiti festival. He’s the Original Prankster with Anthill Collective, host of 3rd Thursdays Hip-Hop showcase and an MC in Burlington Hip-Hop super group Bless The Child.

https://www.facebook.com/anthillcollectivevt/
https://www.instagram.com/eskaeone

Brian LaClair

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.

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

Melo GrantMelo Grant is a community radio enthusiast know 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.

Hannah Hoffman

On the Next Rocket Shop Live at Arts Riot: Gestalt; Hannah Hoffman, October 4

Words by Big Heavy World. Photos courtesy the bands.

Join the studio audience for a free old school live radio show on October 4, as Gestalt and Hannah Hoffman perform at Arts Riot. Rocket Shop is Big Heavy World’s local music radio hour, broadcasting every Wednesday from 8-9pm on 105.9FM The Radiator, streaming at bigheavyworld.com and in the iTunes ‘eclectic’ radio section. The show usually broadcasts from Big Heavy World/Radiator headquarters in the SEABA Center next door to Arts Riot, but this time around guest host Paddy Reagan and our guest musicians will share the Arts Riot stage next door at 400 Pine Street (Burlington) and everyone is invited to join the audience of this old-time broadcast!

Special thanks to RETN for taping the concert for television and to Joe Egan at Egan Media for recording the show! Catch up with podcasts of prior episodes in iTunes or at bigheavyworld.com/rocketshop! The show is free, handicapped accessible and all-ages. Doors at 7pm, music at 7:45pm.

Gestalt

Gestalt

Gestalt (ɡəˈSHtält): The whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. Hard-hitting, melodic, anti-slacker, anti-apathetic, syncopated, unsyncopated, independent, alternative rock lover trio from Burlington, Vermont. Debut LP currently in the works. https://www.facebook.com/gestaltsounds/

Hannah Hoffman

Currently in the process of writing her second album, Vermont wood-dweller Hannah Hoffman finds herself consistently inspired by the drastically changing political climate, the continued fight for women’s rights, the metallic and ethereal, and the darker side of human nature.

Raised on her parent’s extensive collection of music, Hannah was fascinated with everything from Led Zeppelin and Joni Mitchell, to 80’s and 90’s music icons like The Cure, Tori Amos and Kate Bush. By age 15, Hoffman was writing her own songs and dreaming of bigger and better things. Hoffman started her own band in 2010 with musicians from the What Doth Life collective, and performed her soft, melodically-driven, melodramatic songs with rock instruments. Her experience in a rock band setting inspired her to branch out from her singer/songwriter roots to start writing heavier music that could easily accommodate the sounds of drums or electric guitar.

Hoffman’s debut album “Blur” was released in August of 2015, consisting of a collection of songs written from 2008-2014. Featuring guitar and bass played by her boyfriend, Graham Brooks (Barishi). The album was recorded by Brian Westbrook of PDP Productions (now Sonic Titan Studios) in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Hoffman has shared the stage with national touring acts Kat Wright, Antje Duvekot, Seth Glier & Hayley Reardon. https://hannahhoffmanmusic.com/

This event is made possible with support from the BCA Community Fund. This is a Vermont Arts 2017 performance.

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Caleb Humphrey

Caleb Humphrey Joins BHW Crew to Produce ‘Rocket Shop’ Local Music Radio Hour

Words by Caleb Humphrey. Photo by James Lockridge.

“My name is Caleb Humphrey. I’m a Burlington based musician, producer, composer and recent UVM Graduate. Music is my life, and I am always searching for a new sound. I live with the firm belief that the opportunity to create art is a human right for all individuals and that no community is complete without music and culture. I am excited to join the BHW Crew and hope that through this new experience, I will become a more active participant in the vibrant Burlington music scene.”

Big Heavy World Director Shares 242 Main Background on CCTV Channel 17

Video by Margaret Harrington and Tessa Tallagnon.

Big Heavy World’s founder, James Lockridge, got to share some of the current events affecting 242 Main, Burlington’s historic all-ages venue, thanks to Margaret Harrington and Tessa Tallagnon and their television program ‘A Talk With’ on Channel 17 Town Meeting Television.

YThe program aired on Channel 17/ Town Meeting Television, on Comcast Cable and Burlington Telecom at these times:

  • Thursday August 24, 6:40 PM
  • Friday August 25, 6:10 AM
  • Friday August 25, 12:10 PM
  • Sunday August 27, 11:40 PM
  • Monday August 28, 4:40 AM
  • Monday August 28, 10:40 AM

And it can be seen on the web any time at https://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/242-main-memorial-hall

The Path; Better Things: South End Art Hop Concert to Save 242 Main

The Path, Better Things, and young musicians from Vermont Local Arts and Music (VLAM) will perform on Friday, September 8, sharing their sounds and the message to save 242 Main, Burlington’s beloved and historic all-ages live music venue.

The concert is a South End Art Hop event, behind the headquarters of Big Heavy World at 404 Pine Street, which is also the HQ for SEABA, the Art Hop hosts! The show is from 7-10pm and is free, all-ages and handicapped accessible. The South End Art Hop fills the South End of Burlington for three days with 30,000+ visitors to the studios of hundreds of local artists, featuring exhibits, sculpture, fashion shows, music, live demos, artist markets, juried show, the Kids Hop and more. See http://seaba.com/art-hop/

More than 1,100 community members have signed a petition to save 242 Main. Add your signature at save242main.com!

The Path

The Path“Uncompromising and unrelenting. The Path channel their brutality in short, fast and loud songs. Lyrically complex writing about topics from desperation and despair to preparation for the impending collapse of capitalism. Vehemently anti-fascist. Napalm Death meets Black Flag.”

Better Things

Better Things is a alternative rock band from Burlington, Vermont. Angsty and unapologetic. “Better Things have used music as fuel to just tell it how it is, and that’s what makes this record a stunning listen; if it doesn’t make you feel all-sorts of emotions, then you’re probably listening to it wrong. — Spotlight Report “[Better Things] unabashedly espouses a love for catchy, anthemic hooks — and distortion pedals. But beneath the pop-punk ear candy — hell, it’s practically a whole candy store — something more sustainable and healthier is at work.” — Seven Days

https://facebook.com/betterthingsband
https://betterthings.bandcamp.com/

 

Young artists from Vermont Local Arts and Music (VLAM) will launch the show. VLAM provides youth with opportunities to showcase their talents in venues around Vermont, and helps them learn the ins and outs of music theory and recording.

Tour Big Heavy World, Vermont’s independent, volunteer-run music office located just inside the door next to the stage, where you can see photographer Matthew Thorsen’s amazing 115-photo exhibit of band portraits taken in the 1990s.

Julia Caesar

Rocket Shop LIVE from Arts Riot, 9/6: Julia Caesar

PhotoS courtesy Julia Caesar.

Join the studio audience for a free old school live radio show on September 6, as Julia Caesar performs and introduce the new Tuned In music collective. Rocket Shop is Big Heavy World’s local music radio hour, broadcasting every Wednesday from 8-9pm on 105.9FM The Radiator, streaming at bigheavyworld.com and in the iTunes ‘eclectic’ radio section. The show usually broadcasts from Big Heavy World/Radiator headquarters in the SEABA Center next door to Arts Riot, but this time around host Tom Proctor and our guest musicians will share the Arts Riot stage next door at 400 Pine Street, Burlington, and everyone is invited to join the audience of this old-time broadcasting experience! Catch up with podcasts of prior episodes in iTunes or at bigheavyworld.com/rocketshop! The show is free, handicapped accessible and all-ages. Doors at 7pm, music at 7:45pm.

Julia Caesar

Julia Caesar, photo by Luke Awtry.

Julia Caesar

Growing from radical roots, Julia Caesar aims to reflect the light and the dark of the world around them. Weaving harmonies through gentle wandering melodies, heavy abstraction and explosive optimism, they stir up what might be trying to hide. Combining the talents of Liz Stafford (guitar and vocals), Katy Hellman (bass and vocals), Megan Rice (guitar and vocals) and Steven Lebel (drums and synthesizer), Julia Caesar is sure to make the mind bend and the body move.

This event is a collaboration of Big Heavy World and Arts Riot, and is made possible with support from the BCA Community Fund. This is a Vermont Arts 2017 performance.

Julia Caesar

Julia Caesar, photo by Luke Awtry.

Swale “Drug Laws” Official Video Released

Video Directed by Nathan Beaman.

Published on Jun 26, 2017
From the 2017 album, “There’s No One Here” – http://swalesong.com

Director: Nathan Beaman
Director of Photography: Adam Lukens
Camera Operator: Jeff Holman
Camera Assistant: Joe Brady
Producer: Katherine Partronis
Assistant Director: Christi Williams
Art Director: Taybra Marchese
Gaffer: Cal Hopwood
Grip: Danielle Hazelton
Editor: Eric Olsen
Choreography: Megan Stearns
Troupe Choreography: Lois Trombley

PROTAGONIST/DANCER: Megan Stearns

MEETING MAKERS: James Bellizia, Todd Ciardelli, Jason Cooley, Amy Cronin, Michael Fisher, Ali Fogel, Jeremy Frederick, Zoë Furlong, Bobby Hackney, Jr., Troy Headrick, Jeff Holman, Jon Hughes, Brian Nagle, Eric Olsen, Jessie Owens

MASKED TROUPE: Kristin Brownlow, Amy Cronin, Amy Gilman, Trudy Macy, Jessie Owens, Sophie Pollack, Cayla Ann Tepper, Lois Trombley

Thanks to Richard Bailey and the generous staff at Memorial Auditorium