Saturday night, while hordes of partiers faced a frigid Mardi Gras, a group of art-savvy community members staged a politicized retelling of the story of Esther. Yes, Purim came to ArtsRiot in Burlington's South End.
The Book of Esther appears in the Hebrew Bible. As the story goes, Esther is a concubine of the king. When she hears of a plot by his adviser, Haman, to kill all the Jews, she risks her own life to beg the King to spare her people.
The actors and organizers in last night's revelries included art activist Jen Berger, Junktiques owner Phinneus Sonin, Nicole D'Elisa of Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme, musician Sarah Griffin, artist Jabari Jones and Salzman's husband, Loredo Sola.
Winooski-based electro-pop artist Orange Julians recently announced a new album, Option, to be released in April. OJ dropped his first album, Object, last October. The first track offered from the new record is "All Nite | Long Gone."
Courtesy of Vermont School of Irish Traditional Music
Irish Session players at Bagitos Bagel and Burrito Café in Montpelier
In response to Trump-fueled anxiety currently surrounding immigration, Irish musicians from across the country are rallying in support of civil rights on Sunday, March 5. Dubbed "The Sanctuary Sessions," coordinated gatherings are scheduled in dozens of U.S. cities from Portland, Maine to Portland, Ore., as well as Dublin, Ireland. Proceeds from the events go to support the American Civil Liberties Union. Montepelier's La Puerta Negra hosts Vermont's Sanctuary Session this Sunday.
Hello, my freaks and geeks. I've got a rare relic to share with you today! If you are familiar with Burlington's musical hypogeum, you're probably aware of the elusive artist known as Joey Pizza Slice. Sir Slice has been producing under the nom de plume Son of Salami for many years now. His underground classic, A Study In Eraser Headless Tape Recording, is a phenomenal work of lo-fi pop utilizing a unique technique of recording songs with a tape recorder that has had the eraser head removed. This method allows him to record infinite layers of sound on one cassette tape. But he is unable to hear or erase what he is recording over, a difficult undertaking even for the most talented individuals.
By Dan Bolles
on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 4:05 PM
Alonzo Bodden is likely best known as a regular panelist on NPR's "Wait Wait … Don't Tell Me." The nationally syndicated radio show plays to the comic's strength as a purveyor of sharp social and political commentary — not to mention his rich baritone voice.
Bodden entered the national spotlight as the winner of the "Best of the Best" competition on season three of "Last Comic Standing" on NBC. He's parlayed that into two hour-long Showtime comedy specials, most recently last year's brilliantly biting "Historically Incorrect." Bodden also hosts his own acclaimed podcast, "Who's Paying Attention?" where he riffs on everything from politics to cars to his love affair with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Bodden performs this Thursday through Saturday, March 2 through 4, at the Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington. Seven Days recently spoke with him by phone from Los Angeles.
By Dan Bolles
on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Courtesy of Burst & Bloom Records
Cover, 'A Light I Can Feel: A Tribute to Brown Bird'
Portsmouth, N.H., label Burst & Bloom Records recently announced the full track listing for the forthcoming tribute comp A Light I Can Feel: A Tribute to Brown Bird. The double album is an homage to the late David Lamb, cofounder of Rhode Island indie-folk band Brown Bird, who died from leukemia in 2014. It features 32 Brown Bird tunes reimagined by artists from around New England, many of whom should be familiar to locals. These include Dan Blakeslee, Audrey Ryan, Dark Dark Dark, Joe Fletcher, Nat Baldwin and South China, among others. A pair of Vermont bands also turns up: the Devil Makes Three and Eastern Mountain Time.