Happy 2019, everyone. Last year was up and down for me (I’m sure many of us would say the same). The year started out with my beloved Philadelphia Eagles finally capturing a Super Bowl title, and ended with me moving up at my regular gig, which were both really good things. In between was sometimes some very rough sailing. You know the drill. Hopefully, 2019 will offer some smoother seas.
It was nice to see so many people out on New Year’s Eve. The three main venues — City Hall, Sweet Melissa’s and Charlie O’s — were hopping.
Here is an abbreviated listing of what’s on tap. Schedules were still being worked out on deadline.
You can start early on Thursday night with Dave Langevin in his usual spot on piano at 6 p.m at Sweet Melissa’s. He’ll be followed by The Shanty Rats belting out their sea-shanty thang at 9 p.m.. On Friday night, old house faves Jatoba return with their talented jams as a duo starting at 9 p.m. On Saturday, a youthful group (literally, these kids are barely adolescent) play the black box stage with their roots music sound that I hear from those in the know is more than impressive for their years. Check out Sam Acus and Friends starting at 6 p.m. Later on, one of the acts that emerged on the Montpelier scene in 2018, the cleverly named, mostly female band Yestrogen, play the corner of Elm and Langdon for their EP release party. Julia Kate Davis and company seem to be making their mark on the local scene and beyond. Check them out in an intimate venue while you still can starting at 9 p.m. On Sunday, nothing has changed, as the now-established tradition that is live band karaoke featuring The Butcher Blocks, and you, extends into yet another year on Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
Best wishes to all for a safe, happy and prosperous new year. Here’s to hoping the live music scene can see a resurgence similar to the musical resurgence provided by band’s like The Backline Collective, as well as the development of younger bands like Yestrogen, and the venues, like Mel’s and Charlie O’s most consistently, who provide the forum for the events.
Here’s to live music moving forward getting better and better in the year to come. Cheers!