Musicians and Fans Invited to Potluck & Concert During Winter Music Summit 11/7, with Longface, Bad History Month, Gestalt, & Mugo Pine

Press Release by Big Heavy World. Photos courtesy the bands.

Public Invited to Share Supper with Vermont’s Music Community

BURLINGTON October 14, 2017 — The public and music community of Vermont, including artists and their friends and fans are invited to join the volunteers of Big Heavy World and Friends+Family for a community potluck and concert on Tuesday, November 7, 6-10pm at Big Heavy World, 404 Pine Street, Burlington, inside the SEABA Center located at the heart of the South End Arts District. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Bring food or non-alcoholic beverages to share and a small label to go with each dish (our vegan friends and those who watch for gluten will be thankful). Sign-up to bring a dish at http://bit.ly/winterpotluck and join us for the music whether dining or not! Special thanks to McKenzie Country Classics for supporting this event.

The Friends+Family booking collective presents live music from 7-10pm, with performances by Longface (from Illinois), Bad History Month (from Massachusetts), Gestalt, and Mugo Pine. A $5 donation is suggested. Friends+Family hosts DIY events, promotes new and emerging artists and fosters the local underground music scene. https://www.facebook.com/friendsandfamilyvt/

This event is part of a week-long Winter Music Summit which features documentary film, musician panels, live music showcases and special events like a free VT Music Yearbook Photo session by photographer Monika Rivard. The Summit is made possible by collaborators Arts Riot and Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center with support from Advance Music, the Burlington City Arts Community Fund, and the Vermont Women’s Fund. More information about the Winter Music Summit can be found at bigheavyworld.com. The Summit is a Vermont Arts 2017 event.

Big Heavy World is an independent, volunteer-run music office that promotes and archives the music of Vermont, building community among musicians and reflecting Vermont’s diverse musical talent to the world.

For more information contact James Lockridge, Big Heavy World, jim@bigheavyworld.com, (802) 865-1140.


(Photo at top) Noteworthy for creating an unhinged musical satire around its namesake character, Chicago’s Longface employs clever guitars and elegant vocals to form a unique blend of twang, discord, and pop.


Bad History MonthBad History Month

Two ex-bodybuilders from Hollywood moved to Boston to strike it rich in the music biz. Failure songs ensued. Life is hard but the glutes on these galoots are even harder. Ready to rumble and never to be humbled, these old men will teach you the true meaning of F***ing Despair.



Gestalt: ɡəˈSHtält: the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. Hard-hitting, melodic, anti-slacker, anti-apathetic, syncopated, unsyncopated, independent, independent, alternative rock lover trio from Burlington.

Mugo Pine

Mugo Pine

Experimental improvised music from Burlington. An exploration into the unknown. Three musicians probe into the limitless possibilities of sound as individuals within a collective force.

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‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ Documentary to Screen in Burlington November 6, Free & All-Ages

Press Release by Big Heavy World and Abramorama. Photos by Murray Bowles courtesy Abramorama.

Film About San Francisco Punk Scene and Legendary 924 Gilman Street Venue Shows Roots of Collective, Substance-Free, All-Ages Subculture

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/121758658536970/

TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK explores Northern California’s pivotal role in evolution of punk rock – the loud, intense and anti-authoritarian philosophy of music and politics that arose in the late 1970s. Early San Francisco Bay Area punk pioneers like Dead Kennedys, Avengers and Flipper as well as the Maximum Rocknroll fanzine helped take the punk underground global.

Green Day at Gilman St., 1992

Green Day at 924 Gilman Street, 1992. Photo by Murray Bowles.

As the once-vibrant local scene became wrought with violence, corruption and racism, punks over the bridge in the East Bay responded by creating a fun and inclusive style of punk that also carried on the region’s tradition of radical thought. Banding together around Berkeley’s all- volunteer 924 Gilman Club, this diverse collective of misfits created a do-it-yourself, no-spectators’ petri dish for art & music that changed the Bay Area punk scene… and the world at large.

Today, we know about some of the bands who emerged from this scene, like Green Day and Rancid, but their success is just the tip of the iceberg; the roots of this inspiring story go deep into the underground. Narrated by Iggy Pop and executive produced by Green Day, TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK is told by the people who were there.  The story of East Bay punk rock unfolds from its unlikely beginnings, continues through its struggles, and triumphs with its raucous power continuing to be influential today.

Jawbreaker at Gilman St., 1991

Jawbreaker at 924 Gilman Street, 1991. Photo by Murray Bowles.

The film features interviews with more than 100 artists and musicians from California’s East Bay punk rock music scene including members of Green Day, Rancid, Metallica, Dead Kennedys, Jawbreaker, AFI, 7 Seconds, Primus, and many more. Turn It Around is narrated by Iggy Pop; executive produced by Green Day; produced and directed by Corbett Redford; with cinematography by Greg Schneider and theatrical distribution by Abramorama. Its run time is 158 minutes.

Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and The Julie Ruin said, “Punk rock isn’t a sound. It’s this idea of doing something that you’re totally afraid of doing in front of other people… and inspiring other people to do stuff they’re afraid of doing…to take risks with each other.”

Operation Ivy at Gilman St., 1988

Operation Ivy at 924 Gilman Street, 1988. Photo by Murray Bowles.

Big Heavy World brings ‘Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk’ to Burlington in collaboration with Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center and national film distributor Abramorama as part of a week-long Winter Music Summit. ‘Turn It Around’ shows at 7pm on Monday, November 6, at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center Film House, 60 Main Street, Burlington. The Film House features state of the art DCP digital projection, Dolby Atmos surround sound, and a 25-foot screen. The screening is FREE and ALL AGES. Information about the film can be found at https://eastbaypunk.com. Press materials including images can be found at http://bit.ly/2y4ByEk.

Michael Franti of Spearhead said, “So many people that I know who were at Gilman went on to become very successful inventors, creators, artists, entrepreneurs, civic leaders… people who were there, through the DIY movement, had a sense of wings.”

Big Heavy World is an independent, volunteer-run music office that promotes and archives the music of Vermont, building community among musicians and reflecting Vermont’s diverse musical talent to the world. James Lockridge, Executive Director, said, “Vermont faces the crisis of losing a legendary all-ages music hall with the threatened permanent closing of 242 Main in Burlington, the nation’s longest-running all-ages punk rock venue. Generations of youth learned to have confidence in their opinions and to be fearlessly creative there, in a safe space surrounded by peers. ‘Turn It Around’ gives Burlington a larger coast-to-coast context for this experience: The defiantly positive, participatory East Bay subculture was the same that made so many Burlington youth stronger and better contributors to society.”

The Winter Music Summit features this documentary film, musician panels, live music showcases and special events like a free VT Music Yearbook Photo session by photographer Monika Rivard at Big Heavy World’s South End Arts District headquarters. The Summit is made possible by collaborators Arts Riot and Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center with support from Advance Music, the Burlington City Arts Community Fund, and the Vermont Women’s Fund. More information about the Winter Music Summit can be found at bigheavyworld.com.

For more information about the Burlington screening, contact James Lockridge, Big Heavy World, jim@bigheavyworld.com, (802) 865-1140.

Publicity Contact: Film PR, Falco Ink, Shannon Treusch, shannontreusch@falcoink.com.

Green Day PR: BB Gun Press, Brian Bumbery, brian@bbgunpress.com.


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Monika Rivard: Photo Booth!

Attn: Musicians! VT Music Yearbook Photos Taken Sat. Nov. 11 (Free/All Ages)

Press Release by Big Heavy World. Photos by Monika Rivard.

Photographer Monika Rivard Shoots at Big Heavy World HQ during Winter Music Summit

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/250731412117669/

BURLINGTON October 10, 2017 — A free drop-in photo portrait opportunity is available to Vermont-based musicians and friends of VT-made music on Saturday, November 11, 7pm-10pm at Big Heavy World headquarters, 404 Pine Street, Burlington, inside the SEABA Center. Artists of all ages are welcome and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

Photographer Monika Rivard will be shooting bands, solo musicians, and fans against a black backdrop, gathering a collection of fun — or serious — photos for social media as a 2017 ‘yearbook’ of Vermont’s music community. Bands who could use an update or alternative to their official promotional portraits can use the opportunity to grab one! Monika’s work can be found at https://www.monikarivard.com.

The yearbook photo session is part of the Winter Music Summit, a program of film, musician panels, live music showcases and special events that bring Vermont’s musicians together to strengthen their community and build resources that support their success as artists. Other programming presented inside Big Heavy World headquarters during the photo session include a virtual reality experience of live concert footage from the ‘final’ show at 242 Main, viewed in  360-degrees with an HTC VIVE VR headset; volunteer crew members will be recording station IDs with musicians for 105.9FM The Radiator; and crew will be helping artists be sure they’re in Big Heavy World’s online artist directory and Vermont Music Archive collection of recordings.

The Summit is made possible by collaborators Arts Riot and Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center with support from Advance Music, the Burlington City Arts Community Fund, and the Vermont Women’s Fund. More information about the Winter Music Summit can be found at bigheavyworld.com.

Big Heavy World is an independent, volunteer-run music office that promotes and archives the music of Vermont, building community among musicians and reflecting Vermont’s diverse musical talent to the world.

For more information contact James Lockridge, Big Heavy World, jim@bigheavyworld.com, (802) 865-1140.


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Experience the ‘Final’ 242 Main Concert in Virtual Reality on Sat. 11/11 at Big Heavy World

Press Release by Big Heavy World. Photo by James Lockridge.

360-Degree Concert Footage Shared with HTC VIVE VR Headset at Winter Music Summit

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BURLINGTON, October 10 —On December 3, 2016 a tribute concert was held at legendary teen center 242 Main as it was shuttered by the City of Burlington. 242 Main is the longest-running all-ages punk rock venue in the nation and was a safe community space for generations of local youth.

The ‘final’ concert featured 22 bands and portions of some sets were recorded as 360-degree video for Big Heavy World by VR cinematographer Don Bateman of Mean Cat Entertainment. This video will be shared with the public at Big Heavy World’s headquarters with an HTC VIVE virtual reality headset on Saturday, November 11, 7-10pm. The headset allows viewers to look around the entire 242 Main concert environment, in every direction, during the playback of the 360-degree video. The HTC VIVE was made available for this event by Kip Steele, an ambassador of emerging technology who has hosted many community events to introduce virtual reality to Burlington citizens.

Big Heavy World is an independent, volunteer-run music office that promotes and archives the music of Vermont, building community among musicians and reflecting Vermont’s diverse musical talent to the world. It’s headquarters is located at 404 Pine Street, inside the SEABA Center in the South End Arts District, and is wheelchair accessible. Viewing the 360-degree concert footage is free and all ages; the event is part of the week-long Winter Music Summit.

The Winter Music Summit features documentary film, musician panels, live music showcases and special events like a free VT Music Yearbook Photo session by photographer Monika Rivard at Big Heavy World.The Summit is made possible by collaborators Arts Riot and Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center with support from Advance Music, the Burlington City Arts Community Fund, and the Vermont Women’s Fund. More information about the Winter Music Summit can be found at bigheavyworld.com.

The future of 242 Main is uncertain but the community of Burlington is fighting to save it — see and sign the petition at http://www.save242main.com — and it could come back strong when its distressed building is eventually repaired.

For more information about the Burlington screening, contact James Lockridge, Big Heavy World, jim@bigheavyworld.com, (802) 865-1140.

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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



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.

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

For more info visit http://www.shopkeepermovie.com

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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! info@bigheavyworld.com

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, bigheavyworld.com 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 https://www.sxsw.com/apply-to-participate/showcase-applications/ then register with Big Heavy World (free) at https://www.bigheavyworld.com/ampvt (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@bigheavyworld.com. Info, https://www.bigheavyworld.com/rocketshop 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 info@bigheavyworld.com 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.
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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, 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. For more information on the Bennington event, please call Vermont Arts Exchange at 442-5549. More about Make Music VT can be found at https://www.bigheavyworld.com/

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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 https://www.bigheavyworld.com/makemusicvt/ or contact vermont@makemusicday.org