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


Win Carnifex Tickets! March 2 at Higher Ground

Visit the Big Heavy World Facebook page, like and share the Carnifex ticket giveaway post, and we’ll announce the randomly-chosen winner of a pair of tickets on Wednesday night. For more about the show (with Rings of Saturn (CA), Lorna Shore (NJ), and She Must Burn (UK)), see http://www.highergroundmusic.com/event/1401680-carnifex-south-burlington/


Big Heavy World Live Stream Reuniting Bands in Honor of 242 Main: Rocketsled; Jesus Nut; From the Ground Up; The Hemlock Verdict 1/21

Photo by Matthew Thorsen.

Saturday, January 21, four Burlington bands reunite in honor of 242 Main:


Jesus Nut

From The Ground Up

The Hemlock Verdict

PosterHigher Ground ballroom, $15 at door, all ages, 7 pm. Purchase tickets at https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1381866. Higher Ground is wheelchair accessible, 1214 Williston Road, South Burlington, Vermont. Read about the show at Seven Days.

The Big Heavy World crew is there to live stream the show on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/bigheavyworld/, film interviews for the 242 Main documentary with filmmaker Bill Simmon, and take a stab at getting some regular video with decent audio to share with everyone on YouTube.


Live Now:

Poster Art

Tyler Daniel Bean Record Release 1/13: Free All Ages Show With Choke Up (MA), Reservoir (PA), and Clever Girls

Photo by Lauren Mozzotta. Album & Poster Art by William Schaff.

Burlington, VT based band Tyler Daniel Bean hosts a local LP release show on January 13 at Signal Kitchen, with support from Choke Up (MA), Reservoir (PA), and Clever Girls (VT), in celebration of the release of ‘On Days Soon To Pass,’ out now on Skeletal Lightning and Tor Johnson Records.

Signal Kitchen is located at 71 Main Street in Burlington. The release party is free and all ages! Doors open at 7:00pm, music starts at 7:30pm. RSVP at Ticketfly or just show up!

Big Heavy World will be there, hanging out at our table with t-shirts and info about volunteering at Vermont’s independent, volunteer-run music office and 105.9FM The Radiator, Burlington’s community radio station. Come say hi!

Here’s information about the album from Skeletal Lightning / Tor Johnson Records:

Substream Magazine premiered the album in full, calling it “…one of the best albums of the year.”

Listen to ‘On Days Soon To Pass’

Order a Copy (LP/CD/Tape/Digital)

Album Art1. Archibald Street
2. Willow I
3. Willow II
4. Your Eyes
6. Loon Lake
7. On Days Soon To Pass
8. When I Think Too Much
9. All At Once

“When I was twenty-three, I decided to live.” Now twenty-six, Tyler Daniel Bean was identifying a turning point in the development of his second album, On Days Soon To Pass. In the midst of a four-year bout with his major depression, he was working his way through the series of poems that would culminate in this album—all of which also constituted his capstone project for a master’s in literary studies and confessional poetry. He was aiming to discover a language of process that would lead toward preservation rather than annihilation, learning hands-on, not only what preservative writing is, but also how to reorient creative work to better engage with and project hope. Being the person you can live with, it turns out, is a recursively creative endeavor, an on-going challenge, requiring choice and assimilation. Dealing with mental health disorders particularly requires regular self-renewal: the recurring epiphany of interacting constructively with the world.

While on the surface On Days Soon To Pass confronts loss, fear, anxiety, and depression as often as it does love and joy, ultimately it presents a non-linear depiction of Bean’s on-going battle with the prospect of suicide. The first track, “Archibald Street,” is one starting point, but “All At Once,” at the end of the record, is another—the series of events in between shift in time, even within the songs, reflecting the evolution of subjective experience. Now complete, On Days Soon To Pass finds him on another side of all of this.

Bean was stultified when he first noticed that these pieces were presenting as suicide songs. It was 2012, just after the release of his first LP, Longing, and fearful, he stopped writing entirely. More than a year passed between penning the first songs for On Days Soon To Pass before beginning his master’s degree. It took another year for him to start writing creatively again—he was inspired by an idea that grew from his studies: the way fear and art can feed one another, “The object of fear must be objectified,” noted filmmaker Stan Brakhage, who used his greatest fears to identify the issues he addressed in his most powerful films. Bean spent the following year bringing light to what he feared most: loss—the death of his dog, Willow; the death of his close friend and bandmate, Chris Parmelee; one of his own near-death experiences, the one that caused him to want to live. Penetrating all of this, he found love. The overriding theme of the album is, “if you know me, will you still love me?” Which leads to the realization that the “you” Bean repeatedly refers to has been there all along, standing beside him when he writhed as well as when he flexed.

To understand this record is to look at its dark, dense surface matter, and see beyond it to the beacon that is love; it is to recognize that functioning in the face of fear is to strive to be fully human; it is finding a way to truly say “I want to live,” even recognizing the relentlessness of the battle.

Tyler Daniel Bean

Here’s who participated in making the album:

Tyler Daniel Bean – guitar, bass, and vocals
Joe Allen Cross – drums
Jessica Lynne McDermott – vocals
Shannon Stott-Rigsbee – violin and cello
Kevin Tyler Yando – guitar on “Archibald Street,” “Willow I & II,” and “FFFA”
Nyiko Beguin – synth on “Willow I & II”

Additional vocals on “Loon Lake” were performed by Shannon Stott-Rigsbee, Christopher Stott-Rigsbee, and Chris Shacklett.

Slide guitar on “FFFA” and backing vocals on “Willow I” were performed by Ryan Stack.

Ryan Stack engineered and mixed the album at Format Audio in Amesbury, MA and at 1130 ft in Rollinsford, NH.

Joe Cross was the assistant engineer.

Dan Coutant mastered the record at Sun Room Audio in Cornwall, NY.

Anna Blackmer, Rick Mastelli, Jan Maher, and Joanna Beall acted as writing mentors at different stages of the album’s development.

Rick Mastelli wrote the album’s liner essay from his personal involvement in the writing and recording process.

William Schaff painted the cover artwork with minimal outside direction, specifically from his experiences listening to the album.

Lauren Mazzotta photographed the artwork.

Justin Gonyea designed the album layout.

For press requests, please contact Sean Hermann at sean@skeletallightning.net



242 Main Interior

Ultra-Rare Screenprint of 242 Main Last Show Poster Available Until Dec. 10

Words and poster by Justin Gonyea.

The ultra-limited keepsake of the decade is available to pre-order, and it supports Big Heavy World! Justin Gonyea designed this poster to commemorate the last show at 242 Main and help raise money that supports Planned Parenthood and Big Heavy World and the 242 Main documentary we’re helping produce. He’s screen printing ONLY for pre-orders! The poster art will be 18×24” on white 100# French paper, black ink.

242 Main final show poster.Here’s Justin’s own description of the project:

“I’ve had a lot of interest shown for getting prints of the poster for the last 242 Main show. Since I no longer live in Vermont, won’t be able to be in attendance of the show, and have no clue how many people will actually want prints, the best option for me to get prints to everyone who is interested was putting a pre-order up. Also, I wanted to make this a benefit. 50% of proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood because they can use all the support they can get, and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Big Heavy World to help them continue their incredible support of Vermont music and engaging the community and youth in a positive way.

Pre-orders will go from now until December 10th at 12am PST. At this point, orders won’t be taken anymore and an edition of the posters will be printed by New Duds in Winooski, VT.

Prints will not be available at the last 242 show. You HAVE to put an order in if you want to get a print. Absolutely NO extra posters will be printed.

To help out folks who live in Vermont so you don’t have to pay shipping, there is a “VT Resident” link for ordering that doesn’t charge the full shipping cost. Please order from this link. The posters will end up at a local address in Burlington where you can pick them up once they’re ready. I will email everyone the info for pickup once the posters are ready.

Order a print today! Please share this to anyone that you think may want a print!”

242 Main final show poster.

The ‘Final Show’ at 242 Main: 32 Years, 21 Bands, Dec. 3

Poster by Justin Gonyea.

Come out one last time to America’s Oldest All Ages Venue, 242 Main! After nearly a thousand shows and 32 years, the City of Burlington and Parks and Recreation have decided to close the physical space along with other programs in memorial auditorium, due to ongoing structural issues with the building.

The Schedule

My Revenge! 10 – 10:30
Get A Grip 9:30 – 9:50
Fight Back 9 – 9:20
Hellascope 8:30 – 8:50
Spies In America 8 – 8:20
Rough Francis 7:30 – 7:50
The Path 7 – 7:20
Suburban Samurai 6:30 – 6:50
Vultures Of Cult 6 – 6:20
Better Things 5:30 – 5:50
Cbrnsnke 5 – 5:20
The Wards 4:30 – 4:50
Be Aggressive 4 – 4:20
Tyler Daniel Bean 3:30 – 3:50
Noodle 3 – 3:20
Sink Or Swim 2:30 – 2:50
The Red Summer Sun 2 – 2:20
Doom Service 1:30 – 1:50
Mr. Doubtfire 1 – 1:20
Reverser 12:30 – 12:50
Polaroid Love 12 – 12:20

12 PM – 11 PM. Free. ALL AGES. Substance Free.  242 Main is handicapped accessible. See the Facebook event page!

The Music

My Revenge!


Get A Grip


Fight Back




Rough Francis


Suburban Samurai


Vultures Of Cult


Better Things




The Wards

Be Aggressive


Tyler Daniel Bean




Sink Or Swim


The Red Summer Sun


Doom Service

Mr. Doubtfire



For information about the 242 Main documentary film now in production, see https://www.bigheavyworld.com/blog/2016/10/17/242-main-documentary/

To learn more about why 242 Main is closing and how it can be saved, see https://medium.com/@jameslockridge/saving-242-main-where-a-city-empowered-teens-to-make-history-5d4f5964dab5#.hp3sj7p9i

242 Main office door.

Update 12/1/2016: Thank you WCAX-TV, Eliza Larson, and everyone who helped put 242 on the news. It’s nice to see 242 being given respect like this; and nice to hear it’s closing only “for now.”

Update: 12/2/2016: Thank you Alexandra Leslie and Local 44 for the time on the news!

'Tommy' rock opera poster for the Lyric Theatre production

The Big Heavy World Crew Hangs Out with Lyric Theatre at Tommy Nov. 10-13!

The Big Heavy World crew hangs out with Lyric Theatre at Tommy! Get your tickets to the musical and say “Hi!” to us in the lobby of the Flynn Center November 10-13.

Lyric Theatre Company is presenting Tommy for the first time in their 42-year history — the five-time Tony Award-winning Broadway show written by Pete Townsend and Des McAnuff, adapted from The Who’s album ‘Tommy,’ released in 1969. It’s about the tragedy and triumph of Tommy The Pinball Wizard, with the songs “Acid Queen,” “Pinball Wizard,” “I’m Free,” “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” and “See Me, Feel Me.” Nobody has seen the kind of performance only Lyric Theatre can do!

‘Tommy’ runs November 10th-13th with shows at 7:30pm and 3pm on the Flynn’s main stage. It’s Rated PG and you can get Tickets at Flynntix.org or call 802-86-FLYNN before they sell out! The Flynn Center is located at 153 Main Street, in Burlington and is accessible to all. Visit lyrictheatrevt.org for more information.

Tooth & Brian with #10

Feel the Thunder-Crush of Big Heavy World in the 9/1 Demolition Derby

A tiny little fever dream will come true on Thursday, September 1 when Big Heavy World enters the first heat of the Champlain Valley Fair demolition derby with a 1978 Chevy Nova donated by Burnett Scrap Metals, dressed-up by Burlington graffiti artists Tooth and Brian Clark and driven by Ian McCullough of central Vermont’s hardcore flamethrowers Reverser. Join us at 6:30pm to watch our #10 do it’s wicked metal-grinding! Tickets are available at the Flynn Box Office for $12/adults, $9/children 12 and under (tax, parking, and admission to the Fair are separate).

The epic fun is made possible with support from Bond Auto, the hard work of the students of Center for Technology, Essex and their automotive technologies teacher Dan Clark; Magic Hat; Burnett Scrap Metals; Bee There Towing, and JM Motorsports Events. See a video of the car being paintedphotos of the car in the shop with the kids; and photos of it being painted again.

Thank you Bond Auto!


Big Heavy World Joins Statewide Motorcycle Ride: Road Pitch Encourages Entrepreneurs

Words by Fresh Tracks Capital.

Update 8/8: Thanks to Hilary A. Niles and the Boston Globe for their kind coverage, and to WCAX for their news story, too!

Big Heavy World’s Executive Director James Lockridge will join 50 Vermont businesspeople, investors and consultants in a five-day motorcycle tour around Vermont, traveling to ten startup ‘pitch sessions’ to offer feedback or even investment in some of Vermont’s newest, most creative enterprises. Info below, and more can be found at http://www.roadpitch.co and http://www.freshtrackscap.com/road-pitch-2016-81-85/

FreshTracks Road Pitch Edition – 2016
Road Pitch 2016 – August 1 – 5!

The third annual FreshTracks Road Pitch will take place from Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5 starting with its opening stop at Green Mountain Harley Davidson in Essex Junction. Road Pitch is a five day motorcycle tour of Vermont in which a gang of “business bikers” will stop in 10 towns to listen to approximately 50 different pitches from entrepreneurs. The goals of Road Pitch are to connect Vermont entrepreneurs to resources such as capital and advice, advocate for entrepreneurs throughout the state, help entrepreneurs polish and refine their pitching skills, showcase entrepreneurship through a highly visible annual event, find investible opportunities for private investors and source capital for entrepreneurial businesses. The ride also promotes Vermont as a terrific place to do business as well as a perfect motorcycling destination with lots of scenic twisting roads, picturesque small towns, and plenty of locally sourced food and beverage.

Road Pitch 2016 has attracted many generous sponsors, great pitches, and has grown from an eight town tour to 10 towns this year. The local pitch events are open to the public and we encourage you to come and cheer on your favorite entrepreneur, learn more about the entrepreneurial ecosystem in your community, and maybe even consider pitching your business concept at a future event. Visit Road Pitch to see the schedule of stops and pitch events throughout the week.

Riders’ Choice Winners will be selected from each “pitch stop” and will receive $500 and a special edition Vermont Teddy Bear Biker Bear. Several towns are providing additional prize incentives: Hyde Park will award an extra $1,000, provided by Union Bank; Barn Pitch Lowell will award a special chain saw carved bear provided by Art of the Carve to the “people’s choice winner”; and at Shed Pitch in Barre the local organizers will sweeten the Riders’ Choice prize with an additional $250, and will provide a $250 runner up prize.

We are able to offer these prizes through the generous sponsorship provided by Vermont Department of Economic Development, Key Bank, Gallagher, Flynn & Co., Burlington Bytes, Champlain College BYOBiz, Vermont Small Business Development Center, Vermont Business Magazine, Milk Money, Dinse, Champlain Makers Faire, LaunchVT, Designbook, Merritt and Merritt, North Country Angels ,Moulton Law Group, and Vermont Teddy Bear.  Each of these sponsors plays a key role in the statewide entrepreneurial ecosystem:

Key Bank branch managers from four of the pitch stop towns have helped with event organization and will be present at the local events.

  • Burlington Bytes has built an awesome Road Pitch website: roadpitch.co
  • Champlain College and the Champlain BYOBiz program will host and organize the statewide Road Pitch pitch-off on October 18. Bob Bloch of the BYOBiz program and Tom Myers of the Champlain College business school will be riding along during Road Pitch 2016.
  • VT SBDC is hosting the Randolph event and their business counsels are working with many of the presenters from various communities.
  • Gallagher Flynn Tax Partner, Steve Trenholm will be riding with the Road Pitch “gang”.
  • Dinse runs free business training events throughout the year. Dinse partner, Leigh Cole, will be riding with the group.
  • DesignBook has powered several of the local pitch event selection screening processes.
  • Moulton Law Group has provided legal support to the Road Pitch motorcycle club.
  • Champlain Mini Makers Faire will hold a fall “maker oriented” Road Pitch event.
  • Vermont Business Magazine will print a Road Pitch “program” as an insert to one of their issues this fall.
  • LaunchVT holds a statewide business pitch competition in the winter and spring that provides finalists with a chance to win substantial cash and in-kind prizes to help winners accelerate their business model.
  • Merritt and Merritt’s Ken Merritt is an early stage deal lawyer who also administers the North Country Angel Group which meets once a month and listens to Vermont companies pitch for investment capital.
  • Vermont Teddy Bear is providing the special edition biker bears as part of the Riders’ Choice Prize to be awarded at each town. VTB’s subsidiary, Vermont Brownie Company, is providing 1,000 brownies printed with a “Share the Road” riding safety and motorcycle awareness message that the riders will hand out to the public throughout Vermont.
  • Milk Money provides a platform for Vermont companies to crowdsource investment from Vermont residents.

Last year’s winners include:  Divvi, Funky Wrap, Joy Ryde, Logan Richard Belts, Simple SIgnup, What’s Your Watermark, Wheel Pad, and White Room Skis.


Barn Pitch, Lowell, VT.


Green Mountain Technology & Career Center.

“Road Pitch introduced us to both investors and other local entrepreneurs who in the past year have helped our company grow to the point where we could expand into having our own shop, new contracts, and hiring employees . We look forward to participating more in Road Pitch events, encouraging new talent to step forward, and hopefully being on the other side of the presentation.” – Erik Cooper, M//E Design

“Fresh Tracks Road Pitch 2015 provided Wheel Pad L3C with the forum to present an idea for a successful company. The win let me know others agreed it was a good idea, but more importantly, the Road Pitch community continued to support the business evolution with feedback. Most significantly, a savvy Road Pitch gang member joined the Wheel Pad team, pushing me to excel in all aspects of my business plan and now, execution of that plan. I feel lucky. As my Father always said, the harder one works, the luckier one gets. Thank you, Road Pitch, for inspiring me to be lucky.” – Julie Lineberger, Wheel Pad

Road Pitch was founded in 2014 by Cairn Cross co-founder of FreshTracks Capital. To read Road Pitch press coverage, click on the links below:

Road Pitch Schedule Announced

Road Pitch Rolls into Third Year

Road Pitch Investors Ride Into Brattleboro

Business Bikers Coming to Hyde Park

Five Pitchers Competing in Barre

Road Pitch 2015 Video Coverage

About FreshTracks: FreshTracks Capital L.P. is a venture capital firm with 3 funds under management and 34 portfolio companies, which is based in Shelburne and focused on investing in Vermont businesses. Some of the firm’s most notable investments include: EatingWell (acquired by Meredith), Vermont Teddy Bear, NEHP (acquired by Critical Process Systems), Ello, Bridj, Faraday, and SunCommon. FreshTracks focuses its investment in private growth-oriented businesses, primarily companies in Vermont or in close geographic proximity to Vermont. The firm was founded by Cairn Cross and Charlie Kireker in 2000, and is currently managed by General Partners Cairn Cross, Tim Davis & Lee Bouyea.