Monty's Lobster

Monty’s Lobster 5 December 2016 on Rocket Shop North

Photo by Greg Plourde/Big Heavy World.

Mike Jones of Monty’s Lobster 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 www.facebook.com/montyslobster/.

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

Connor O'Donnell

Connor O’Donnell Joins Make Music VT Festival Crew

Words by Connor O’Donnell. Photo by James Lockridge.

“Hello! I’m Connor and its a privilege to work with the folks at Big Heavy World! I have a passion for connecting people and energy through music and art. I will be working on this summer’s music festival and management and look forward to the journey to come! I love scoping out new sound as well as resurfacing the old. I am excited to help unify our city of Burlington and spread the love of live music for all.”

Julia Crisman

Julia Crisman Joins Music Archive Crew

Words by Julia Crisman. Photo by James Lockridge.

“Hey! My name is Julia Crisman, I’m a recent alum of Saint Michael’s College and I’m super stoked to be working with Big Heavy World. As someone who loves music, being able to look through and organize decades of Vermont’s own artists is a really awesome opportunity! Can’t wait to see what Big Heavy World has in store for me!”

Steven Murray

Steve Murray of Call Shotgun Joins Big Heavy Outreach & Production Crew

Words by Steven Murray. Photo by James Lockridge.

“Hi, My names Steven Murray and I’m a Junior at Saint Michaels College and I wanted to join the Big Heavy World crew because I saw it as an opportunity to take part in maintaining the underground music scene here in Vermont and to do something passionate in my field of Media Studies as well. I play in a punk band from Plattsburgh, NY, Call Shotgun and through playing shows here in Vermont I’ve witnessed first hand the vitality of the music community in this state. I firmly believe that we need as much DIY and independent music as possible right now and through Big Heavy World I want to contribute to maintaining it as a channel for artistic expression.”

Jeremy Howland

Jeremy Howland Joins VT Music Archive Crew

Words by Jeremy Howland. Photo by James Lockridge.

“My name is Jeremy Howland and I’m super excited to become one of the Big Heavy World team. I’m a freshman at the University of Vermont with a passion for music and movies. Ever since I got to Burlington I wanted to learn more about the amazing music scene here in Burlington. I’m ready to help archive the Vermont music scene.”

Rocketsled

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:

Rocketsled
https://www.facebook.com/rocketsled2017/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93JPeVkCuSQ

Jesus Nut
https://www.facebook.com/Jesus-Nut-137333933111142/
https://www.reverbnation.com/jesusnut

From The Ground Up
https://www.facebook.com/fromthegroundupVT/
http://fromthegroundupvt.bandcamp.com/

The Hemlock Verdict
https://www.facebook.com/thehemlockverdict/

PosterHigher Ground ballroom, $15 at door, all ages, 7 pm. Purchase tickets at https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1381866. 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, https://www.facebook.com/bigheavyworld/, 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:

Eric Burdo

Eric Burdo Interviewed for 242 Main Documentary

Photo by James Lockridge.

Eric Burdo was interviewed by filmmaker Bill Simmon at VCAM today for the 242 Main documentary. Find more about the film at https://www.bigheavyworld.com/blog/2016/10/17/242-main-documentary/

Bill Simmon and Eric Burdo

Collage

Big Heavy World Receives Grant from the Vermont Community Foundation to Produce Documentary About Historic Teen Center

Press Release by Big Heavy World. Photos by James Lockridge & Tim Snow.

Big Heavy World has received a $2,500 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Small and Inspiring grant program. The grant will support production of a documentary video about 242 Main, a legendary teen center in Burlington and the nation’s longest-running all-ages punk rock venue. The film is a collaboration between Big Heavy World, Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM), and Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Department.

242 Main was founded in the mid-1980’s as a project of the City’s youth office. It was an adult-supervised venue that offered programming conceived by Burlington’s teens, in an environment that they helped design and build. The teens wanted a place to host live music, so the empty office that became 242 Main also became an all-ages concert  venue for more than thirty years and seized a place in the country’s history because of it.

The Small & Inspiring Grant will help Big Heavy World and filmmaker Bill Simmon of VCAM capture and share the story of 242 Main with high production values. As of January 10, more than 50 interviews have been filmed; more than 200 posters of concert posters from throughout 242 Main’s 30+ year history have been collected; and animation effects have been produced.

“This story of 242 Main will give Vermont a respectful view onto the value of teen-led programs, safe spaces, and the sense of conscience and community that makes the people of Vermont special. 242 Main was an epicenter of culture for youth on the ‘outside,’ and a model for other communities who value their young people,” said James Lockridge, Executive Director of Big Heavy World.

Through its Small and Inspiring grants program, the Community Foundation hopes to help foster the spark and hope that keeps Vermonters healthy and happy by finding and supporting projects where a small grant can make a big difference.

Contact: James Lockridge, (802) 865-1140, jim@bigheavyworld.com

About Big Heavy World: Big Heavy World is an independent nonprofit music development office working to archive and promote the original music of Vermont. With a crew of mostly high school and college-aged volunteers, it publishes information about Vermont’s music industry, loans a tour van to bands, archives thousands of Vermont-made recordings and photographs, and operates 105.9FM, a radio station highlighting the region’s creative community. bigheavyworld.com

The Vermont Community Foundation is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations established by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. It provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to make giving easy and effective. The Foundation also provides leadership in giving by responding to community needs, mobilizing and connecting philanthropists to multiply their impact, and by keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector vital with grants and other investments in the community. www.vermontcf.org, 802-388-3355.

Code for America Brigade Captains

Big Heavy World Leads Civic Tech Group ‘Code for BTV’

Press Release by Big Heavy World. Photo courtesy Code for America.

Burlington’s local Code for America Brigade of civic-minded technologists, Code for BTV,  is experiencing an injection of energy and new leadership: Technology-friendly music nonprofit Big Heavy World has taken on its coordination.

Code for America is a national nonprofit that organizes a network of people dedicated to helping government deliver services to the public better using the tools and practices of the digital age. Code for America Brigades — like Code for BTV in Burlington — are volunteer groups that help create sustainable collaborations between community members, volunteer coders, designers, and organizations to help foster civic services that are simple, effective, and easy to use for everyone.

Code for BTV was established by Bradley Holt and Jason Pelletier with James Lockridge of Big Heavy World in 2013. Since its launch during National Day of Civic Hacking it has showcased local technology talent prolifically; the Brigade has involved 80+ ‘civic hackers’ on over 25 projects — with over 3,000 hours of volunteer time contributed. In 2017 the Brigade will expand its leadership team and bring focus to the areas of building a healthy community, economic development, and safety and justice.

Lockridge said, “Burlington respects technology, collaboration, and the innovative spirit. Code for BTV will continue to bridge these, connecting opportunities with resources and empowering technologist volunteers to make a difference.”

Bradley Holt said, “Big Heavy World was a founding partner of Code for BTV, and has always looked for ways to leverage emerging technology to further their mission. James Lockridge has been a tireless community advocate and I can’t think of anyone better to take over the leadership of our local Code for America Brigade. I’m really excited to see where he and the local civic tech community take Code for BTV!” Holt is a Developer Advocate and Senior Software Engineer at IBM Watson Data Platform and a published author.

Jason Pelletier, a technologist and community advocate, said, “James Lockridge has helped shape the civic tech movement in the greater Burlington area and has the context and commitment to continue the work of Code for BTV. His experience mobilizing volunteers will be an asset to Burlington’s civic tech movement.” Pelletier and Holt successfully elevated Code for BTV to official Code for America Brigade status in 2013 and were its original Brigade Captains.

Code for BTV will be hosting an information session and renew hack nights in February; these are events for civic hackers to come together and work on building and reusing civic apps and support open data initiatives. Anyone interested in learning more should email info@codeforbtv.org or follow @CodeForBTV on Twitter.

For more information, contact:

James Lockridge, jim@bigheavyworld.com, (802) 865-1140

About Big Heavy World: Big Heavy World is an independent nonprofit music development office working to archive and promote the original music of Vermont. With a crew of mostly high school and college-aged volunteers, it publishes information about Vermont’s music industry, loans a tour van to bands, archives thousands of Vermont-made recordings and photographs, and operates 105.9FM, a radio station highlighting the Chittenden County region’s creative community. bigheavyworld.com

Photo: Code for BTV Brigade Captain James Lockridge with other Code for America Brigade Captains at the Code for America Summit, November 2016, Oakland California. Courtesy Code for America.

Jasper Minson

Jasper Minson Joins Crew: Bennington College Represents

Words by Jasper Minson. Photo by James Lockridge.

“My name is Jasper – I’m a student at Bennington College studying film, music and visual arts, as well as education. I make many things of many varieties, and am the founder of a merry band of makers, a collective, called Finity. I like to explore experience, the human experience, through music and art, time and space and all the absurdity from across the musical and dimensional and psychological spectrum. I like to spend my time feeling and encountering things that are cosmic and abstract and hard to pin down, in spaces on the beautiful fringes of life, and through film and underground music and art, I can explore this realm, and share in the experience with others, being as inclusive and encouraging as possible in the process. Big Heavy World, as a purveyor of profound encounters and beautiful networks of support and encouragement for music makers and seekers everywhere in the state, is a beautiful outlet for my passions, one that I’m eager to engage with and contribute to.”