Suburban Samurai

Suburban Samurai 19 July 2017 on Rocket Shop Radio Hour

Cody and Aaron of Suburban Samurai

Photo by James Lockridge/Big Heavy World.

Suburban Samurai joined host Tom Proctor for a chin-wag on ‘Rocket Shop‘, Big Heavy World’s local Vermont music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator. Catch up with them at to find out where they’re appearing live next.

Listen to a replay here or via Rocket Shop Radio Hour on iTunes or Google Play

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!

Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival Sextet

Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival 19 July 2017 on Rocket Shop

Peter Lin, violin; Annett Ho, violin; Chieh-I Yang, viola; Amanda Zhang, viola; Ethan Brown, cello; Meagan Hipsky, cello


A sextet from the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, joined host Tom Proctor on ‘Rocket Shop‘, Big Heavy World’s local music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator. They played the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence.

For more information and to find out where you can see them live visit the GMCMF website at

Listen to a replay here or via Rocket Shop Radio Hour on iTunes or Android

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.

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” –

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


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

Fiasco 14 June 2017 on Rocket Shop Radio Hour

Photo courtesy of artist.

Fiasco joined host Tom Proctor for a chin-wag on ‘Rocket Shop‘, Big Heavy World’s local Vermont music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator. Catch up with them at to find out where they’re appearing live next.

Listen to a replay here or via Rocket Shop Radio Hour on iTunes or Google Play

The Wilderness

The Wilderness 14 June 2017 on Rocket Shop Radio Hour

The Wilderness

Photo by Alice Koeninger/Big Heavy World.

The Wilderness joined host Tom Proctor for a chin-wag on ‘Rocket Shop‘, Big Heavy World’s local Vermont music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator. Catch up with them at

Listen to a replay here or via Rocket Shop Radio Hour on iTunes or Google Play

New A2VT Video: “Ghetto”

Words by David Cooper. Video Edited by Shavar Dawkins (Influence Media).

Burlington, Vermont based African musical group A2VT debuted their latest single with a music video called, “Ghetto.”

The song laments the plight of refugees worldwide, who leave behind the turmoil of their homeland for a better life in the West, only to find the grass not necessarily greener there, while at the same time being grateful for the hospitality. “Born in a ghetto, raised in a ghetto, come to America, still feeling ghetto,” sings Jilib. “That’s a common experience we have. We leave behind our poverty-stricken country in Africa, only to also find great poverty when we arrive here. It’s a shocking surprise compared to what we were taught about life in America.”

The video finds founding members Jilib and MG Man collaborating with five dancers, all who have come to the U.S. as refugees from several war-torn African nations. “We have been rediscovering our musical and cultural roots, yet with a very modern twist,” says MG Man, regarding the pumping electronic track that underlies the vocals, which are sung in English, Swahili and Maay Maay (Somali Bantu language).

The video was filmed in and around Burlington and Winooski, with an extensive indoor shoot at Talent Skatepark, featuring numerous local skateboarders, including Collin Hale.

A2VT are Jilib (Somalia), MG Man (Tanzania), with dancers Li’l B, Lu Swag, Prince Liv, Dogo Janja and Eric Barigiego. Additional information can be found at or email David Cooper,

Video Info:

A2VT: Jilib (English, Maay Maay), MG Man (Swahili, English)
Special Guest: Li’l B
Dancers: Lu Swag, Prince Liv, Dogo Janja, Eric Barigiego.
Skateboarders: Collin Hale, James Ford, Cody Ly, Brendan Ly, Russell Looby, Alex Weiss, Jaron Thibault, Andrew Mindell, Sheamus Morrisey, Johnathan Townsend, Mikey & Tristan Delaportas, Axel, Ivan, Levi, Vera & Lisa Glenney, Joey Handy, Horace Williams, Ian & Myles Rossi.

Filmed at Talent Skatepark, Andy A-dog Skatepark and on location in beautiful Burlington and Winooski, Vermont.

Edited by Shavar Dawkins (Influence Media)

Song recorded at Creamy Goodness Studio, Burlington, VT. Produced by David Cooper.

A-dog artwork by Jozie Furchgott-Sourdiffe

Special team thanks: Hannah Deene Wood, Ben Bergstein, Ken French, Ahmed Kush, Vermont Community Foundation, Vermont Folklife Center.