In other parts of the world that are invariably warmer climes, this weekend up until Tuesday is kind of a big deal, though it’s not such a big deal around here necessarily. But why not carry the party spirit around with you when you are out and about catching live music this weekend? Here ar…

Greetings live music fans. I want to start this week off with a tribute to the unsung heroes of our downtown nightlife scene, the bartenders. In the interest of not being partisan, I won’t name the establishment this particular one works at, but JJ has quickly and quietly established himself…

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to winter’s mid- point. It’s a tough slog from here on out, but the light will be increasing daily to remind us that the salvation of spring is indeed imminent. In the meantime, there’s lots of live music to be had to get you through the latter half of winte…

Jerry Garcia is widely known as one of the founding members of the Grateful Dead, but his career, which spanned decades, went way beyond the scope of the famous Bay-area psychedelic Americana rock band. Jerry also played bluegrass, dabbled in R&B and soul music, and sometime in the 1970’…

One doesn’t normally think of the Green Mountains as a bastion of Cajun music, which is normally associated with the bayou country down in Louisiana. But it must be noted that the culture that brought that music down south originated just to the north of us, in Quebec, as the expelled Acadia…

I routinely travel to the Mad River Valley on an almost daily basis in my other vocational life, but don’t often get to write up happenings there. Mind you, things do happen, especially during the winter ski season, but they are largely localized and not often well publicized (I guess that’s…

It’s a new year, and we all should be seeing a bit clearer moving forward (it is 2020 after all). Things are a bit murky to start out the year on our local music scene, but with some new venue spaces available at Rabble Rouser on Main Street and Barr Hill Distillery on Gin Lane just off Barr…

Greetings dear readers and happy New Year. No doubt we’ll have much to look forward to on the live entertainment and nightlife fronts here in our neck of the woods, but we are getting a slow start. No doubt the usual suspects in the capital proper will have some live music this weekend, but …

Happy holly-daze live music fans. This is a big weekend to be out and about, as folks roll into town for the holidays and our local nightlife hotspots host de-facto reunions of friends and family. Those same spots also provide escape from family if necessary at this joyous yet stressful time…

Brian Boyes has been a one-man musical institution around these parts for over two decades now as a member of Viperhouse, organizer of the all teen act The Limes, and heading up the Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band, as well as being a longtime music educator. He's particularly brilliant at puttin…

Did you ever have a beloved song that you’ve been familiar with for many years, but never knew what it meant? Obviously the magic of the interwebs makes it easy to find out, but I actually got this interesting tidbit via a radio program on VPR. The song Morning Dew was recorded by a number o…

Greetings live music fans, and welcome to winter. The temps took an abrupt change this past week or so, and our extended fall came to a swift demise. Since the kind of weather that drives folks indoors is upon us, what better way to spend indoor time than by going to see live music? Here are…

Though the solstice is over a month away, the snow flew significantly for the first time this week, which around these parts means it’s winter for all intents and purposes. I, like many of you I’m sure, am gonna’ have a hard time getting an appointment (and scraping up the cash) for snow tir…

Happy Halloween dear readers. There’s lots of spooky action going on this weekend, starting tonight when the veil is thinnest. Halloween has evolved to become one of our most beloved if unofficial holidays, and has perhaps even eclipsed New Year’s Eve as the premier party celebration of the …

One of the things that makes Montpelier such a great place to live is the wide variety of characters that inhabit our nation’s smallest state capital. One of those characters is Randy (whom I affectionately term ‘Randy Bobandi’; Trailer Park Boys fans will get the reference). I don’t normall…

One of the nicest venues to catch a show in around these parts is The Chandler Music Hall in Randolph. Though I don’t get down there much, I’ve caught a few good shows there over the years, one notable one being with The Avett Brothers a few years back before they blew up. The small theater …

The colors are poppin’ here in our lovely Green Mountains, and so are the out-of-state plates. Though I appreciate the tourist dollars that those folks bring to the region, there is perhaps no more annoying time to drive (with the exception of a winter storm). I know the fall colors are capt…

One of the things I love about living in the small urban environment of Montpelier is all the wildlife that cohabitates with us. I’ve seen a hawk pluck a squirrel off the lawn of the Unitarian Church, an otter attempt to take a mother duck in the North Branch just off School Street (the duck…

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Greetings live music fans, and happy autumn. It’s high harvest time around these parts, with a cornucopia of produce and other now legal flowers in abundance. There’s also live music in abundance this weekend; two great things that go great together! Here’s the scoop.

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Believe it or not, I’m not active on social media. Many may find this surprising being that I am writing a music and nightlife column on a weekly basis, but I prefer to do my research on what’s happening the old fashioned way. This does have me visiting Facebook and other social media simply…

As summer winds down, the outdoor festival scene is still in high gear. After all, ya’ gotta’ milk the short window of beautiful weather we get up here in the Green Mountains for all it’s worth. To that end, there is a premier event going on Sunday in the village of Randolph that will be a s…

Wow, it’s hard to believe we are already approaching the middle of August, which means our beautiful summer is starting to slip away. We do have quite a few weeks of warmth and sunshine left before fall starts to set in, so I would suggest getting out and enjoying it; get out on the water, i…

It’s high summer here in the Green Mountain State, and that means outdoor music events abound. A big one is happening in our area this weekend at Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush resort in Fayston, and it is of the overnight camping variety. Gates open for Bear North Music Festival Friday afternoon, a…

I won’t be seeing much in the way of live music this weekend. That’s because I’ll be doing a different kind of recreating. I will be joining some of my old school friends on an island in the Green River Reservoir for a couple of days of sun, swimming, food and ice cold adult beverages. Hopef…

It’s a big summer weekend here in central Vermont, with a premier outdoor show taking center stage on Saturday. For the past five years, National Life has been hosting the DoGood Fest, a day long event on the expansive lawn at the iconic insurance company’s campus. This year’s lineup appears…

Happy Independence Day gentle readers. It is unfortunate that the timing of this column precluded me either previewing or reviewing yesterday’s annual capital city celebration, but hopefully all of you got to get out in town and enjoy the myriad of activities the day and evening had to offer…

I love living in Montpelier, and one of the best features of our country’s smallest state capital is Hubbard Park. The park celebrated it’s 120th birthday last weekend with the first of four events that the parks department hosts for the summer. The events are being dubbed Parkapalooza!, and…

There are the usual suspect venues in Montpelier, and then there are the unusual ones. Three Penny Taproom only does musical events on occasion, usually just one or maybe two a month at most. They do have a very nice room for it, however; their wood paneled dining room provides warm acoustic…

Let’s start with what “Shrill” isn’t: It isn’t a show about a fat woman taking pratfalls or being a cruel, easy punchline. It’s a confident, gently funny, slice-of-life show that benefits from the streaming model, where niche shows can find an audience, as it explores issues and characters y…

In Silicon Valley, the old adage “fake it ’til you make it” is often a guiding principle of fledgling startup companies. Sometimes, turning a good idea into a viable business and, potentially, revolutionizing society, requires a bit of smoke and mirrors. The danger, of course, is knowing how…

Watching “Arrested Development” is a lot like hanging out with an old friend. No matter how long you’ve been apart, you’re always happy to see them. And, like spending time with an old friend, that pull of nostalgia and shared memories makes it easy to fall into the same old routine. But at …