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 matchvt.makemusicday.org, 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, 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.
Make Music Day in the U.S. is sponsored in great part by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), https://www.namm.org.
For more information: http://www.bigheavyworld.com/makemusicvt
Contact: Mary Haines and Connor O’Donnell, Big Heavy World, (802) 865-1140, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Words by Big Heavy World. Video by Dan Russell.
Big Heavy World sends a big ‘Thanks!” out to Vermont Coders Connection for including us in their Community of Opportunity event at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center’s Black Box Theater on April 5. They brought a bunch of organizations together to describe their work and opportunities for tech-minded people to get involved. Old friends and new friends spoke — BTV Ignite, Fresh Tracks Capital, Girl Develop It, Generator, Launch VT, VCET, HackVT, Essex STEM, VT Tech Jam, the Burlington School District, the Vermont Technology Alliance, Study Hall, and more shared the microphone with Jim Lockridge from Big Heavy World and Nick Floersch from Code for BTV. Special thanks to Jonathan Hoguet, Kip Steele, Nick Diego, and Al Ramirez for the work they did to present the evening!
Photo by James Lockridge.
Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo joined filmmaker Bill Simmon in the VCAM studio today to be interviewed for the 242 Main documentary. More about the film can be found at https://www.bigheavyworld.com/blog/2016/10/17/242-main-documentary/
Photo by James Lockridge/Big Heavy World. Text by Tom Proctor.
Tim Lewis knows local music. For thirty years he has been a common staple at gig nights in and around the Vermont area, taking in three live acts a week since he was seventeen. With a brain full of local beats and itchy fingers eager to give you the low down on what new licks are reverberating around the area, it’s only natural that Big Heavy World has teamed up with Tim to bring his long standing music blog into the BHW fold. Tom Proctor sits down with Tim to get a little bit of background on the latest BHW crewmember.
How did your blog start?
Originally it started as a friend of mine wanted to start a record company and gave me a role going out and writing about the bands I was seeing. That only lasted about a year but the writing bug hit hard so I started writing posts to my MySpace page and when the website ultimately crumbled I became a little lost on where to host my work. I stopped posting for a while but then I lost my job and was feeling a little down and so I started up again blogging on Word Press and continuing my chronicling. It’s now become this huge archive. It’s pretty cool.
So you have seen two or three gigs per week for over thirty years. What is your drive to see so much live music?
Just something about it really clicks with me. Sometimes you need something to do and just knowing that it’s out there is very reassuring, it feels like its always there for me. It doesn’t matter which day of the week it is, I can go out, spend five dollars and see a band. Eventually it became more of a thing and so now I like going out and seeing a band I know, a band I know a little about but still very curious about them and a band I know absolutely nothing about. Those are the coolest shows.
Do you schedule your viewing of shows based on those attributes?
It’s not quite that structured, I usually just flick through the listings and see what grabs me. I tend to get quite loyal to bands when I really like them, for a while I had a great streak with The Nancy Drew. I had seen all of their shows for months but eventually they played out of town and I had to miss it. Its not about perfection though, its about going out and having a good time.
Do you have a personal connection with the bands you are “loyal” to?
Yeah I’ve met a lot of people over the years that have played in multiple bands. It’s been very cool to watch them evolve. The more you see a band the more you interact with them and get to know them.
Do you feel you’ve influenced their music in any way?
I don’t know. I hope I influence their desire to play music. I always feel like I don’t know what to expect when a band embarks on a new project. Often, at a gig, they’ll ask what song I want to hear but I just tell them to play whatever they wanna play. When that happens they’ll usually play a song I’ve never heard before and that immediately becomes one of my favorite songs. I don’t really want to influence, I want to react to whatever they’re feeling at the time.
What is your preferred music venue to view a band in Burlington?
I am pretty open to almost any place, if it has a good soundboard and acoustics that’s just a bonus. Nectar’s and Metronome are great. I really like Radio Bean and the Light Club Lamp Shop is an amazing setting. You never know when a new venue will pop up though; Foam Brewers is a great example of a great new local music venue that only recently came about.
Are there any bands that didn’t make it big that you thought should have and were there any bands you were surprised made it as far as they did?
I was very surprised at how big Phish became, I still remember seeing them a few times in the early days. You always had to set a time to leave rather than wait for the end of the set because you had no idea when they would actually finish. I remember seeing they were playing out of State and beginning to realize they were really going somewhere. I was hoping the band Red Telephone was going to make it further after they got signed to Warner Brothers, but that never really happened, same with Zola Turn. At this point I figure if a band I like makes it then that’s great, but if they don’t, well, I can still enjoy their music.
Is there any thing about music that the causal listener may have missed that you’ve picked up on after seeing so many live sets?
It’s fun to really listen. Just hear what’s happening and hear where they’re going to take the song. Often you can try and guess and figure out where there going and either be right or be totally surprised about the direction it heads. There’s something very beautiful about that. Any one can go to a gig and understand that experience. Hearing something that goes to a place totally unexpected it, it really challenges you. Sometimes you may like it, sometimes you may not but either way it’s going to make you think.
Words by Tristan Nguyen. Photo by James Lockridge.
“I was born in Connecticut but am a resident of Vermont. I came here for school to study graphic design and am soon graduating from Champlain College. Currently I’m volunteering at Big Heavy as a designer, helping with poster and editorial design, but of course I’ve always been interested in working within the music industry. Big Heavy World was the place in mind when it came to music development run and operated by volunteers.”
Mike Cram was interviewed by filmmaker Bill Simmon today at Vermont Community Access Media for the 242 Main documentary. More info about the film can be found at https://www.bigheavyworld.com/blog/2016/10/17/242-main-documentary/
Bekah Krushenick was interviewed by filmmaker Bill Simmon today at Vermont Community Access Media for the 242 Main documentary. More info about the film can be found at https://www.bigheavyworld.com/blog/2016/10/17/242-main-documentary/
Photo by Greg Plourde/Big Heavy World.
The Bonnets joined hosts Lucas Tabshey and Patrick Boccio for ‘Rocket Shop North‘, Big Heavy World’s local Vermont music radio hour on 91.5FM The Impulse. Catch up with them at Facebook.Check out their new album here!
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 Faire, Eric 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.
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