Church Street Marketplace

Call To Musicians: Perform On Church Street Marketplace June 21 During Make Music VT

Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace welcomes musicians to participate in Make Music VT, performing on the beautiful central downtown pedestrian shopping mall on June 21! Make Music VT is Vermont’s statewide celebration of music, with free public performances across the state. It’s part of the international Make Music Day festival, happening in over 700 cities across the globe. Register as a musician at and submit your request for a time slot on the Marketplace — the Make Music VT crew at Big Heavy World will respond. And musicians everywhere are welcome to put their own concerts on the Make Music VT map, too — register yourself, your performing friends, and light up a porch or park of your own! Learn more about Make Music VT at and find the Church Street Marketplace at

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A-Dog Skatepark

Friends for A-Dog Take Over Skatepark On Make Music Day, June 21st

Get your shred on for Make Music Day on June 21st at Burlington’s Andy “A-Dog” Williams Skatepark.  Be sure to check out the Friends for A-Dog tent!  Live music runs from 4:00-7:00pm, and the event is FREE, and open to all ages.

A-Dog Skatepark Map







Music Provided By:

DJ Big Dog

“DJ Big Dog has been a record collector since the early 90’s and has been DJing in the music clubs and bars since 2000. Big Dog previously owned hip hop record store, L-burners that was located down the hall from the world famous FLEX RECORDS on Main St. in Burlington Vermont. He can be heard on the radio and online every saturday night on 10pm-12am (Est) and co host Mi Yard Reggae Night with DJ Jahnson every Sunday night at Nectar’s.” (


DJ Kermitt

“Josh Kerman, better known as his stage name KermiTT, is a DJ, music producer, lyricist and always considers himself a student. Growing up in greater Chicago, he knows the feeling of being drenched in big city entertainment. KermiTT has mobile DJ entertainment experience with Chicago’s most well known entertainment companies, Bizar Entertainment and Dance and their friendly competition, 4Sure DJs and Entertainment. In addition to over a hundred private events including but not limited to corporate events, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, and school functions, KermiTT has also DJed at some of Chicago’s respected night life venues such as Deuces and Diamonds Night Club, Casey Moran’s, Max Bar Chicago, and Broken Oar.” (


Crusty Cuts

“Crusty Cuts aka Liam O’Neil is one of the most talented individuals living in Burlington, VT. With an effortless style that weaves the worlds of skate, snowboard, and hip hop cultures, Liam stands in stark contrast to most millennial DJ’s. Harnessing the authenticity that comes from playing real vinyl during his live sets and incorporating analog equipment into his production work, the music he creates under the Crusty Cuts moniker is an airy reprieve from the heavy digital sounds coming from most modern speakers.” (



For more info see or contact

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Kingsland Bay State Park

Call to Musicians: Bring Music to a State Park on June 21

Photo of Kinglsand Bay State Park by Vermont State Parks

June 21 is Make Music Day over 750 cities in 120 countries across the world – a day of performances in celebration of music in all its forms. In Vermont, state parks will host live music, free to the public. Make Music VT is the first statewide festival participant since Make Music Day was established as Fête de la Musique’ in France in 1982. Our state parks have been an ally in bringing it to Vermonters across the state. Music in Vermont’s state parks is coordinated by volunteers — people with friendly ties to musicians who might welcome the opportunity to simply play, to share, on this special day that unifies a love for music across the globe. Some state parks already have music coordinators preparing performances on June 21, and several opportunities remain open to new volunteer programmers. Grand Isle State Park and Kingsland Bay State Park have music stewards bringing artists together already. Other state parks welcome curation of music on June 21 and volunteer programmers/site hosts are needed: Bomoseen, close to Rutland; Boulder Beach in the Groton Forest area; Jamaica and Camp Plymouth, in southern VT; Elmore in northern VT; and Emerald Lake in the town of Dorset. If you’d like to bring musicians to a state park on June 21, gathering the resources that would make a performance possible, please email the Make Music VT crew at Big Heavy World, for more info and see

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Clare Byrne

Clare Byrne 24 May 2017 on Rocket Shop

Clare Byrne, Gus Ziesing, and Ted Looby

Photo by James Lockridge/Big Heavy World.

Clare Byrne and friends 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. Find out more about her music and upcoming shows at

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

Sally Olson

Sally Olson 24 May 2017 on Rocket Shop

Sally Olson

Photo by James Lockridge/Big Heavy World.

Sally Olson 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. Find out more about her show at

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

Dave Heath

New Marketing & Development Crew: Dave Heath

Words by Dave Heath. Photo by James Lockridge.

“I am a 2017 graduate of Champlain College’s Stiller School of Business, with a passion for music and the music industry. In my free time I enjoy music production, and have a DJ residency on Church Street in Burlington. I am joining the Big Heavy World Marketing Team, and will help manage promotional materials as well as coordinate some of the events BHW is involved with this summer.”

Heavyfest: Hayley Jane with BHW crew and friends!

Thank You, Magic Hat & Everyone Who Came to Heavyfest 7!!!

Photo by James Lockridge. Video by Jim Brayton / Magic Hat.

Thank you Magic Hat and everyone who made Heavyfest 7 real or came to enjoy it and support Big Heavy World! With special thanks to the Magic Hat crew; van artist Tooth; bands Soule Monde, Hayley Jane & The Primates, Evil People, Steady Betty, and Casio Bastard; sponsors Advance Music, Seven Days, Halogen, Avalon’s Weddings, Tents & Events, 99.9 The Buzz, and 106.7 WIZN! And SUPER special thanks to Katie DeWitt at Magic Hat, the wizard behind it all, and Justin Hoy of Halogen, for all the music magic!

If you couldn’t make it out, we hope you caught the Facebook Live stream produced by Big Heavy World engineers Brian Dewey with help from Ryan Canaday and Bob Colquhoun!

(Photos coming soon!)


Heavyfest Poster

Magic Hat Set to Host 7th Annual Heavyfest Music Festival: May 20 with Soule Monde; Hayley Jayne and the Primates; Steady Betty; Evil People; Casio Bastard

Press Release & Poster Art by Magic Hat.

South Burlington, VT – Magic Hat is gearing up for Heavyfest 7, the Vermont brewer’s annual outdoor music festival celebrating local non-profit, Big Heavy World. On Saturday, May 20th, from 1-6pm, world-class bands will clash with world-class beers in a battle for the hearts and palates of revelers from far and wide.

Heavyfest Happenings

For a $5 donation to Big Heavy World, music and beer lovers will gain access to five fabulous hours of live music, an outdoor beer garden and a small army of local food trucks. In between sets or in between beers, Heavyfest attendees can also enjoy free brewer-led tours on the hour from 1-5pm and a live art expo with Jason Tooth.

This year’s Heavyfest lineup features 5 spectacular acts:

  • Soule Monde: The jazz funk duo “your parents warned you about,” featuring Russ Lawton on drums and Russ Paczkowski on the keys.
  • Hayley Jayne and the Primates: A rich, unique genre-bending blend of Americana, soul and rock & roll.
  • Steady Betty: Vermont’s only 8-piece all-female rocksteady reggae band paying homage to the classic late-60s sounds of Jamaica.
  • Evil People: A high energy, folky art rock band whose inspiration range from Neutral Milk Hotel to B.B. King.
  • Casio Bastard: A Vermont staple fusing funk, electro and indie rock all in one.

About Big Heavy World

Big Heavy World is established to preserve the historical record of music originating in Vermont; to create economic opportunity for Vermont’s musicians and the industries vital to them; and to develop community among Vermont musicians and their patrons.

Heavyfest 7 would not be possible without the generous support from its sponsors: Advance Music, Seven Days, Halogen, Avalon Tent, 99.9 The Buzz and 106.7 WIZN.

The Edd

The Edd 3 May 2017 on Rocket Shop

The Edd

Photo by James Lockridge/Big Heavy World.

The Edd joined host Tom Proctor for an chin-wag on ‘Rocket Shop‘, Big Heavy World’s local Vermont music radio hour on 105.9FM The Radiator. Grab some of their music at

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

The Mangroves

The Mangroves 17 April 2017 on Rocket Shop North

Photo by Greg Plourde/Big Heavy World.

The Mangroves 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 on Facebook.

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