Join the Audience for NEKTones at VPR Taping of Live From The Fort, April 28

Big Heavy World is happy to share an invitation with you from our friends at Vermont Public Radio. The producers of Live From The Fort are welcoming the public to a live taping of their upcoming recording sessions!

Each episode of Live From The Fort features performances by Vermont artists — see the most recent on the VPR web site, and hear Live From The Fort shared on 105.9FM The Radiator in Burlington, where full versions of each session are broadcast before ‘Rocket Shop,’ Big Heavy World’s weekly local music radio hour.

The next Live From The Fort recording is on April 28 in the new “Studio One” facility at VPR with The NEKTones performing at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30pm). It’s is an all-ages show and tickets are free but reservations are required. Reserve your seats here.

Vermont Public Radio is located at 365 Troy Avenue in Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester.

A cash bar and snacks will be available from The Skinny Pancake.

Save the date: Friday, May 5 brings Apartment 3 to Live From The Fort with another invitation to join the studio audience — info coming soon!

Dave Keller

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.

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

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 :
Mobile Tintype Wagon :
Director/Producer : A Band Called Death –
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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


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 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,, 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



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

To learn more about why 242 Main is closing and how it can be saved, see

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 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 for more information.