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Sunday, January 9, 2022

Radio Bean Closes Temporarily Amid Omicron Surge

Posted By on Sun, Jan 9, 2022 at 11:16 AM

  • Jordan Adams ©️ Seven Days
  • Radio Bean
Radio Bean will be closed for at least the next month due to rising cases of COVID-19 in Vermont.

The Burlington coffee shop and nightclub announced Saturday via social media that its doors would close following that evening's performances by Barbacoa and DJ Taka.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Dinosaur Jr., Japanese Breakfast to Headline Waking Windows 2022

Posted By on Wed, Dec 8, 2021 at 5:03 PM

Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast - ETHAN MILLER/GETTY IMAGES
  • Ethan Miller/Getty Images
  • Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast
Waking Windows has released the initial lineup for its 2022 festival. Boston rock legends Dinosaur Jr. and Philadelphia indie rockers Japanese Breakfast headline the bill, with Japanese psychedelic band Kikagaku Moyo and North Carolina folk-rock act the Nude Party joining as well.

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Monday, November 8, 2021

After Bike Accident, Beloved Musician Larry Gordon Has Died

Posted By on Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 3:21 PM

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  • Larry Gordon
Note: This story and headline was updated after Gordon died.

A community radio station in Plainfield, WGDR, will broadcast a live show in tribute to Gordon on Sunday, November 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will feature Village Harmony music and stories about Gordon's life; people can call the station at 454-7762 to share stories. Tune to 91.1 or 91.7 on the FM dial to listen to the show, stream it online at

Larry Gordon had a deep bass voice and a love of singing — and he devoted much of his life to joining with others in song. Gordon, 76, had a particular fondness for shape-note singing, a tradition he worked to revive in central Vermont and beyond through Village Harmony, the group he founded in 1989.

On November 1, Gordon was in a bicycle accident (with no car involved) near his home in Marshfield, said Sinead O’Mahoney, a Village Harmony staffer and singer. Gordon suffered a brain injury and was on life support before he died on Tuesday, November 9.

“Shape note is a singing tradition that started here in New England and almost died out here in New England,” O’Mahoney, 28, said. “Larry was really the one who revived the tradition around here. Now it’s very strong.”

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Jazz Trumpeter Ray Vega Wins 2021 Herb Lockwood Prize

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 5:01 PM

Ray Vega at Hotel Vermont - COURTESY OF SETH CASHMAN
  • Courtesy of Seth Cashman
  • Ray Vega at Hotel Vermont
Trumpeter, educator and radio host Ray Vega has won the 2021 Herb Lockwood Prize in the Arts. The annual award "aims to reward the pinnacle of arts leadership in Vermont by honoring the most influential artists," according to a press release announcing Vega's win.

Recent recipients include dancer/choreographer Hannah Dennison, musician/DJ Robert Resnik and Bread and Puppet Theater founder Peter Schumann. Vega received the award in a ceremony at the BCA Center in Burlington on Wednesday.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Singer-Songwriter Alice Howe Returns to Stowe, This Time to Play

Posted By on Tue, Aug 10, 2021 at 5:39 PM

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  • Alice Howe
Alice Howe's family has been coming to Stowe for a century. A great-great-uncle of the singer-songwriter built a cabin in the popular resort town for the family to gather in over the generations. Howe, a native of Boston, describes the home as "truly magical, and one of my favorite places on Earth."

For the first time in her career, the folksinger will play rather than vacation in the area she so cherishes, when she stops through Stowe and Waterbury this week.

"I have such a connection with Stowe," Howe tells Seven Days over the phone. "It's really cool to bring this side of my life to a place I love. It was time."

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Monday, July 12, 2021

The Flynn to Reopen in October, Announces New Shows

Posted By on Mon, Jul 12, 2021 at 12:00 PM

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  • The Flynn marquee
It's official: The Flynn is reopening its doors on Saturday, October 23. The Burlington performing arts center has been dark since its closure in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"The significant moment will be marked by a full evening of reunions, tributes, dancing, stories, and incredible music," read a press release on Monday morning.

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Matthew Mercury Are Going Through Changes

Posted By on Thu, Jul 1, 2021 at 2:54 PM

Matthew Mercury - LUKE AWTRY
  • Luke Awtry
  • Matthew Mercury
Live music is back! The shows are coming thick and fast and tickets are flying off of the proverbial shelves.

I don't know about you, but I've booked so many shows on my calendar I'm starting to have conflicts. Higher Ground alone is dropping bomb after bomb every week. Spoon? Holy crap. St. Vincent? Parquet Courts? Are you kidding me? Courtney f-ing Barnett is coming?

Once you throw in Ben & Jerry's Concerts on the Green series at Shelburne Museum, clubs such as Nectar's and the Monkey House getting back on track, plus the festivals that are starting to pop up (more on that soon), there's just no excuse to still be sitting inside watching YouTube concerts. (Unless that's your jam! Don't let me tell you how to have a good time.)

As we retrain our brains to have, you know, actual plans, watch this space for all your live music updates. We'll steer you true, starting with this weekend and a very special Matthew Mercury show.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Champlain Valley Fair Announces 2021 Entertainment Lineup

Posted By on Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 1:50 PM

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  • File: James Buck ©️ Seven Days
  • The Champlain Valley Fair
The Champlain Valley Fair announced its 2021 entertainment lineup on Tuesday. Though no major touring artists will rock the Coca-Cola Grandstand this year, a number of  tribute bands will appear, as well as several motorsport events. All six concerts are free with fair admission, but fairgoers will need to purchase tickets to the motorsport events.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Higher Ground and Burlington City Arts Announce New Event Series, Backside 405

Posted By on Tue, May 25, 2021 at 10:28 AM

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  • Jordan Adams ©️ Seven Days
  • DJ Disco Phatom behind BCA Studios
Higher Ground and Burlington City Arts are teaming up for a new outdoor event series in the South End. Backside 405 will take place behind BCA Studios at 405 Pine St., and feature live music and DJs, food trucks and alcohol sales. The series, which begins this weekend, will start out with a 500-person capacity.

Backside 405 is set to run every Friday and Saturday through July. The kickoff on Friday, May 28, features DJ Disco Phantom. Saturday's show brings surf-rock band Barbacoa and psych-rock trio Quiltro. View the full lineup on Facebook.

Gates will open at 7 p.m., and music will run from 8 to 10 p.m. with a hard cutoff time. Tickets are expected to be in the $10-15 range. A season pass is available for $99.

“Since most indoor venues (including HG) aren’t reopening in earnest until the end of the summer, we wanted to provide a summer stage to artists who are hungry to perform again,” Higher Ground co-owner Alex Crothers wrote in an email.

The performance area will be protected from the elements, and the shows are rain or shine. Masks are encouraged but not required for the event, according to a press release from Higher Ground.

The Burlington City Council recently pushed back a vote to eliminate the citywide mask ordinance to June 7. Though masks are currently still required in Burlington city buildings and retail establishments, other Queen City spaces are regulated by the state's guidance, which says that only unvaccinated people need to wear masks. Capacity on outdoor events is currently limited to 900 unvaccinated people.

Find ticket info for Backside 405 here and at

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival Announces Lineup

Posted By on Tue, May 11, 2021 at 2:49 PM

  • Courtesy of Daniel Bernard Roumain
  • Daniel Bernard Roumain
The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is back.

From Friday, June 4, through Sunday, June 13, the annual music marathon returns to various locations around the Queen City, centering on the Church Street Marketplace, organizers announced in a press conference on Tuesday. In 2020, BDJF pivoted to a fully virtual experience called the Burlington ReDiscover Jazz Festival. This year's edition marks the first major live event to hit the Green Mountains since the coronavirus pandemic decimated the performing arts industry in March 2020.
BDJF 2021 will be scaled down from past years, but will nonetheless include a robust selection of local and regional artists, as well as local school band performances. Except for a few ticketed shows at Main Street nightclub Nectar's and Church Street mainstay Halvorson's Upstreet Café, all BDJF performances will be free to the public. See the full lineup below.

The festival kicks off on June 4 with an event called 50 Saxophones on the Burlington Waterfront. Led by local funk icon Dave Grippo, scores of local sax players will converge for the inaugural event.

While the bulk of BDJF shows will happen on the Church Street Marketplace,  green spaces such as Roosevelt Park, Starr Farm Park & Playground and Smalley Park will also host performances. These include sets from Dwight & Nicole (Saturday, June 5), Kat Wright (Sunday, June 6) and Matthew Evan Taylor featuring JACK Quartet (Sunday, June 13). An extension of the Flynn's 2020 event series, Hurly Burly, the park shows will feature artists performing on makeshift stages wheeled in on the back of flatbed trucks.

Additionally, the entire block of Main Street in front of the Flynn will become a Hurly Burly block party on Saturday, June 12, with performances from Ray Vega and his Latin Jazz Sextet, plus psych fusion outfit Barika.
Other performances of note include what are being called "conversations" between disparate artists who've never previously worked together. Conceived of and curated by Saint Michael's College associate professor of art Bill Ellis, the unique pairings include saxophonist Brian McCarthy and rapper Edwin Owusu (fka S.I.N.siZZle), pianist Tom Cleary and Afro-jazz duo KeruBo's Irene Kerubo Webster, vocalist Amber deLaurentis and cumbia bandleader Maïz Sandoval, guitarists Paul Asbell and Mikahely, and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain with percussionist Gopal Niroula. Dates and times are TBA.

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