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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Call to Artists: The Flynn Announces New Performance Series

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2020 at 2:49 PM

The Flynn marquee in March - FILE: MARGARET GRAYSON ©️ SEVEN DAYS
  • File: Margaret Grayson ©️ Seven Days
  • The Flynn marquee in March
The Flynn is bringing some magic back to Burlington with a new live performance series called the Window on Main. The performing arts center is currently accepting applications from local artists for the new venture. The series coincides with the prime holiday shopping weekends of December 11 through 13, and December 18 through 20, and will feature multiple 40-minute sets each day.

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Punk Duo NODON Release New Anti-Trump EP, 'NODON 2020'

Posted By on Mon, Nov 2, 2020 at 3:32 PM

  • Courtesy of NODON
With the U.S. presidential election looming on Tuesday, November 3, Burlington power-punk duo NODON just released a new, politically charged EP called NODON 2020, their first output in over three years. Band members Seth Gundersen and Tristan Baribeau, who both played in the dormant indie-rock band Villanelles, started the project in late 2016, shortly after the election of President Donald Trump.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Big Heavy World Wins International Award

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 4:07 PM

Keep Flying performing live at Big Heavy World - COURTESY OF BIG HEAVY WORLD/KYLE TANSLEY PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Courtesy of Big Heavy World/Kyle Tansley Photography
  • Keep Flying performing live at Big Heavy World
Burlington nonprofit Big Heavy World has won the Music Cities Events award for best global music office. The multifaceted international award presenter, known for staging conferences on the development of municipalities with vibrant music communities, selected BHW for its "unrivaled support for music, musicians and music businesses in [its] city as well as globally," according to a Music Cities Events press release.

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Friday, September 18, 2020

UVM Sex Educator Jenna Emerson Releases New Comedy Music Video

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2020 at 2:24 PM

  • Courtesy of Jenna Emerson/Isora Lithgow Productions
  • Still from 'I Want to Be a Sex Educator'
Sex educator Jenna Emerson envisions a whole new world free of sexual stigmas and taboos in her new musical comedy video, "I Want to Be a Sex Educator."

Released Thursday, the clip parodies the classic Disney animated feature The Little Mermaid, specifically the titular mermaid Ariel's heart song, "Part of Your World." In the video, Emerson, a University of Vermont staffer, basks on the rocks at Burlington's Oakledge Park as waves crash around her. It's an uncanny recreation of a pivotal, iconic scene from the 1989 movie.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Put on Your Red Light: BTV Music Venues Join National #RedAlertRESTART Campaign

Posted By on Tue, Sep 1, 2020 at 3:29 PM

  • File: Matt Thorsen ©️ Seven Days
  • Nectar's
If you're strolling through downtown Burlington this evening, wear a friggin' mask. Also, you might notice that certain buildings have a, well, rosier glow than usual.

No, Burlington hasn't opened a new red-light district — though we suppose that's one possible solution to the pit debacle that the city could explore. Rather, the buildings bathed in red light are part of a massive North American campaign called #RedAlertRESTART in which live music venues and theaters in more than 1,500 locations across the United States and Canada will be bathed in red light on Tuesday, September 1, between 9 p.m. and midnight local time.

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

The Flynn Announces New Event Series, Hurly Burly

Posted By on Sat, Aug 8, 2020 at 2:09 PM

  • File: Luke Awtry Photography
  • Ray Vega
More live music is coming to the Burlington area, courtesy of the Flynn. On Friday, the performing arts center announced a new series called Hurly Burly, a string of free, outdoor, socially distant performances co-presented by the University of Vermont's Lane Series and the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. Beginning on Saturday, August 15, with Latin jazz trumpeter, educator, bandleader and VPR host Ray Vega, the series will continue through September.

"Hurly Burly is an experiment," Flynn artistic director Steve MacQueen wrote in a press release. "If people can't come to the arts, then we'll bring the arts to the people, and we'll do it as safely as possible."

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Vermont Musician Gordon Stone Dies at 70

Posted By on Sun, Jul 12, 2020 at 2:58 PM

  • File Photo ©️ Seven Days
  • Gordon Stone
Iconic Vermont musician Gordon Stone died early Friday morning, according to his wife, Jennifer Harwood Stone. He was 70.

She announced Stone's death today in a post on his personal Facebook page:

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Flynn: No Main Stage Shows in 2020

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 2:53 PM

The Flynn marquee - MARGARET GRAYSON
  • Margaret Grayson
  • The Flynn marquee
The Flynn in Burlington announced on Thursday that it will not hold any performances on its Main Stage for the remainder of 2020 due to operating restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

"This was not a decision made lightly, and we explored many possible alternatives before concluding that we cannot safely host performances in the theater for the remainder of this year," said interim executive director Charlie Smith in a press release. "Right now, we are unable to open to normal operations, but we’re eager to resume activity and will do so as soon as possible."

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Bandcamp's Joe Holt on Donating Sales for Juneteenth

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 2:14 PM

Bandcamp Record Store and Performance Space in downtown Oakland, Calif. - COURTESY OF BANDCAMP
  • Courtesy of Bandcamp
  • Bandcamp Record Store and Performance Space in downtown Oakland, Calif.
On Friday, June 19, online music store and streaming platform Bandcamp will donate 100 percent of its sales to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. June 19, or Juneteenth, is a 155-year-old holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

"The current moment is part of a long-standing, widespread, and entrenched system of structural oppression for people of color, and real progress requires a sustained and sincere commitment to political, social, and economic racial justice and change," Bandcamp cofounder Ethan Diamond wrote in a June 15 statement on the website. "We stand with those rightfully demanding justice, equality, and change, and people of color everywhere who live with racism every single day."

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Nectar's and Club Metronome to Reopen

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 8:32 PM

  • File: Matt Thorsen
  • Nectar's
Nectar's and Club Metronome will reopen on Friday, June 19.

The downtown Burlington nightclubs have been dark since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. A press release sent out on Wednesday announced a weekend schedule of live bands and DJs, as well as specifics regarding ticket sales and safety precautions the businesses will enact in order to maintain social distancing.

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