Documentary Film Screening: “The Shopkeeper” Friday @ BCA Center

“Everybody can make a record. Nobody can make a living. Now what?”

Valley Stage Productions, in cooperation with Burlington City Arts, Big Heavy World, and Higher Ground are pleased to present Rain Perry’s documentary film The Shopkeeper.””The Shopkeeper” screening will take place on Friday, Aug. 11 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Burlington City Arts on Church Street.

“Everybody is talking about Spotify and the pros and cons of “free.” Musician and first-time filmmaker Rain Perry confronts a big issue by telling a small story – of the longest continuously operating recording studio in Austin, TX and the shopkeeper who runs it, Mark Hallman. After recording Carole King, Ani DiFranco and many great Austin artists, Mark is struggling to keep the studio open in the era of streaming. Funny, sweet and insightful, with great music and interviews with Ani DiFranco, Iain Matthews, Eliza Gilkyson and more, The Shopkeeper captures the resolute spirit and frustration of musicians today.”

Tickets are $10 at the door

The film features the music of Alison Acton, Belle Sounds, Donna Lynn Caskey, Castlinaire, Ani DiFranco, Trent Gentry & Stephanie Daulong, Charlie Faye, Colin Gilmore, Eliza Gilkyson, Johnny Goudie, Douglas Greer, Mark Hallman, Hamilton Pool, Noelle Hampton, Andrew Hardin, Sara Hickman, Iain Matthews, Navarro, Rain Perry, Tom Russell, Will Sexton & Touchstone

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SXSW 2015

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!

Tom Visser presenting.

‘How To Kill A City’ Video Posted: History of Memorial Auditorium + ‘Gentrification’ Author Talk

Video by RETN. Photos by Dan O’Brien.

Video of the ‘How To Kill A City’ event is now available at RETN and on Burlington Telecom cable TV Channel 16 and BTVHD Channel 216. It features the history of Memorial Auditorium, presented by UVM professor Thomas D. Visser, and an author talk by Peter Moskowitz about how downtown development should be balanced by social policies that prevent displacement. Learn more about the event here.
The video will premiere on RETN Channel 16 on Thursday, July 20th at 8:00 PM. And on BTVHD Channel 216 on Wednesday, July 26th at 8:00 PM. Additional air times will be posted online as they are scheduled. It’s also being delivered over the Vermont Media Exchange for statewide cable tv distribution.
Shay Totten hosts Professor Thomas D. Visser and author Peter Moskowitz.
Music-making in Bennington

Bennington Joins Make Music VT with Parade and Downtown Music-Making!

Words by Vermont Arts Exchange.

This coming Wednesday, June 21st at 4:00pm join in with your Bennington neighbors for international Make Music Day. Gathering at the downtown four corners, community members and musicians of all ages will make music, hold a short parade and end up at Harvest Brewing for more lively performances.

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. Representing the southwest corner of Vermont, Benningtonians are welcomed to bring drums, instruments as we celebrate.

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.

If you can’t make it downtown, get out on your porch or go to your closest park and make music! The event is meant to help Vermonters experience the joy of live music, making it free and festive during a day of sharing. 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. For more information on the Bennington event, please call Vermont Arts Exchange at 442-5549. More about Make Music VT can be found at

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Vermont: Make Music Day is Only 5 Days Away!

Make Music Day is less than one week away! Join us on June 21st for free music and performances statewide. A day full of public concerts, joy, and most of all community organized music!

Come out for great artists like the Jeff & Gina Duo who perform a variety of styles including jazz, R&B and instrumentals featuring guitar, viola, mandolin, flute and upright bass. Catch them in Battery Park of Burlington performing right before classic rockers Mr. Fish who will be grooving to songs by Led Zeppelin, Creem and more. Check out the full calendar to see what concerts will be happening in your area as part of Make Music Day.

For more info see or contact

Bradford Public Library

Free Music at the Bradford Public Library for Make Music Day in Vermont

Come visit the historic Bradford Public Library on June 21st for live music as part of Make Music Day! The library is located at 21 South Main Street. The show will kick off at 3:45pm featuring solo acoustic guitar from Tom Livingston and a performance by Holly and the Handpan. Check out the full calendar at to see what concerts are happening in your area as part of international Make Music Day.

Memorial Auditorium

Author Talk About Gentrification + History of Memorial Auditorium June 30

Words by James Lockridge. Press Release by Rights & Democracy.

Memorial Auditorium on Main Street in Burlington has been a city-owned performing arts venue since it was built in 1928, and is home to 242 Main — the legendary teen center and our country’s longest-running all-ages punk rock venue. The building was neglected by the city government for so long it became unsafe, so for now it’s closed and programming has moved — or shut down, like 242 Main, until repairs are made.

The future of Memorial Auditorium is likely to be a public conversation — a lot of community members are helping raise awareness that Memorial Auditorium is an architectural and cultural treasure that has played an important role in Burlington’s history and should continue to serve the city as a multi-function community space, including 242 Main. But we all have to understand what Memorial Auditorium has meant to us, for us to make decisions about it that are anchored in our values.

On June 30, Professor Thomas Visser, director of the Historic Preservation Department at the University of Vermont, will give a short presentation about the history of Memorial Auditorium. It’s free, at the SEABA Center, 404 Pine Street in Burlington. See all the information about the event in the press release below, and please join us to learn a little about Burlington’s historic and endangered concert venue.


CONTACTS: James Lockridge (802) 373-2890 | Shay Totten: (802) 324-3198

NYC Author/Journalist Peter Moskowitz Speaks On Gentrification and Displacement; UVM Professor to Share History of Memorial Auditorium June 30, SEABA Center

BURLINGTON — Join Rights & Democracy on Friday, June 30, 6pm, for a discussion about how development as a strategy for economic advancement needs to be balanced by policies that prevent the otherwise inevitable geographic inequity of displacement.

RAD is hosting Peter Moskowitz, author of How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood at the SEABA Center, 404 Pine Street in Burlington, on Friday, June 30 from 6:30pm-8:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.

How To Kill A City cover artMoskowitz uses Detroit, San Francisco, New Orleans and NYC as models for how standard development policies can set a region on a path toward gentrification.

Library Journal calls ‘How To Kill A City,’ “A forceful critique of gentrification and its impact on disempowered members of American society.” Mark Karlin of Truthout says, “Gentrification takes a community’s personal tragedy, loss and destruction, and monetizes it. Understanding how this happens, and how individuals may unwittingly find themselves a part of it is what makes Moskowitz’s book so important. It isn’t a lesson about what happened, it’s a warning about what is happening now.

Moskowitz portraitMoskowitz has written for the Guardian, New York Times, New Republic, Wired, Slate, Buzzfeed, and many others. A former staff writer at Al Jazeera America, he is a graduate of Hampshire College and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Moskowitz lives in New York City.

Memorial AuditoriumThomas Visser, professor and director of the Historic Preservation Program at UVM, will open the event with a brief presentation about the history of Memorial Auditorium, drawing from the research of graduate student Emma Rose Haggerty. Visser’s talk will help Burlington citizens understand the value, symbolism and cultural relevance of the 1928 structure. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger intends to solicit community input about the future of the auditorium through a public request for proposals. The time is right to understand Memorial Auditorium’s place in Burlington’s civic story.

Rights & Democracy brings citizens together to build a movement for rights and true democracy, seeking policies that lead to healthy and just communities. RAD organizes on issues related to environmental, economic, racial, and social justice issues. Last Fall, RAD hosted a forum on bringing Fair Development principles to Burlington as a way to ensure that new development provides benefits and protections for all residents. See for more. The event is being coordinated by James Lockridge, a Burlington resident and advocate for public process and the preservation of Burlington’s landmark teen center ‘242 Main.’ See

Phoenix Books — a locally-owned bookstore that values other local businesses, authors, and artists — will be vending copies of ‘How to Kill a City.’ Moskowitz will be available to sign purchased copies. Phoenix Books has locations in Essex, Burlington, Rutland, and Misty Valley: “In an increasingly homogenized world, local character is linked to prosperity.”

The SEABA Center is wheelchair accessible. Free coffee will be served, courtesy Keurig Green Mountain and Big Heavy World.

Download high resolution images: ‘How To Kill A City’ book cover, Peter Moskowitz portrait, Images courtesy Peter Moskowitz.

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David Chief, DJ and Producer

David Chief Hosts VT Music Showcase at Boulder Beach for Make Music VT, June 21

Burlington-based DJ and producer David Chief will be hosting a showcase of Vermont artists at the beautiful Boulder Beach State Park in Groton, Vermont for Make Music VT on June 21. At Boulder Beach there are restrooms with hot and cold running water, changing rooms, a concession stand and boat rentals. Admission to the park and the concert  is free and open to all ages.

The Line-up:

Peace in the Valley 1:00 – 1:30 PM

Evan David Warner 1:35 – 2:05 PM

David Chief 2:10 – 2:40 PM

Rat Lord 2:45 -3:15

Here’s a visitor’s map of Boulder Beach State Park.

Boulder Beach State Park is located at 2278 Boulder Beach Road in Groton.

For more info see or contact

BTV Ignite

BTV Ignite Sponsors Make Music VT!

Big Heavy World sends very special thanks to BTV Ignite for their sponsorship of Make Music VT! BTV Ignite is a non-profit helping Burlington and the wider community thrive in a 21st century digital economy, raising awareness of the city’s intensely fast Gigabit network at Burlington Telecom. Big Heavy is working with BTV Ignite, Burlington Telecom and other community partners to demonstrate futuristic LOLA and Internet2 tech during Make Music VT. BTV Ignite is Burlington’s outpost of U.S. Ignite, a national effort to spur the creation of next-generation applications and services that leverage advanced networking technologies to build the foundation for smart communities.

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Jeff Crowe with the MMVT Shirt

Calamity & Crowe’s Trading Post Deliver ‘Galaxy’ Tie-Dyes for Make Music VT!

Photos by Jinny Janesik and James Lockridge.

Calamity & Crowe’s Trading Post, official shirt-maker for Make Music VT, have delivered the 2017 festival shirts! Showing off the ‘Galaxy’ spiral design, the shirts are heading out to Make Music VT site coordinators across the state, from Burlington to Bennington! Calamity & Crowe provide screen printing and hand tie-dying of shirts, flags, banners, and pretty much any fun thing you want to talk to them about. Contact Jinny and Crowe at and learn more about Make Music VT at Being Tie DyedMMVT T-ShirtsMake Music VT is a Vermont Arts 2017 event.VT Arts 2017