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Friday, April 23, 2021

'Pandemic Passings' Video Documents Transitions in the COVID-19 Era

Posted By on Fri, Apr 23, 2021 at 9:13 AM

Still from 'Pandemic Passings' - COURTESY OF PASSING PROJECT
  • Courtesy of Passing Project
  • Still from 'Pandemic Passings'
What does the word “passing” mean to you? For Vermont artist and healer Tracy Penfield, it could mean a transition, such as a move, a divorce, a job loss or the death of a loved one. Or it could be a transformation brought on by circumstance or inspiration.

Penfield’s new video, Pandemic Passings, cocreated with fellow artist Tess Holbrook, documents a range of passings Americans have experienced during the COVID-19 era. In the 51-minute video, 10 people aged 13 to sixtysomething, share their own passing stories. Hailing from Vermont, other New England states, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York City, professionals and amateurs alike sing, dance, read prose and show visual art and photographs. The video premieres on YouTube Sunday, April 25, at 7 p.m.

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Monday, February 15, 2021

KeruBo Release New Vaccine-Themed Music Video, "Chanjo"

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2021 at 3:29 PM

KeruBo's Irene Kerubo Webster (center) with AALV staff in the "Chanjo" video - COURTESY OF KERUBO
  • Courtesy of KeruBo
  • KeruBo's Irene Kerubo Webster (center) with AALV staff in the "Chanjo" video
Though Vermont's COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been relatively smooth, Afro-jazz artist and social worker Irene Kerubo Webster has noticed some hesitancy to get vaccinated among the Burlington area's resettled African community. Originally from Kenya, Webster works for the Association of Africans Living in Vermont (AALV), a nonprofit that helps Africans and other New Americans living locally achieve independence and acculturation.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Bob Wagner Saves Christmas With New COVID Carol

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2020 at 2:33 PM

'This Is Christmas' screenshot - BOB WAGNER
  • Bob Wagner
  • 'This Is Christmas' screenshot
Christmas is this Friday. And, right on schedule, a jolly red elf has delivered a Christmas miracle.

No, we don't mean Santa — he's presumably tuning up the old sled while waiting for the second round of his coronavirus vaccine from Dr. Fauci.

Rather, the man in the red suit is none other than Burlington guitarist Bob Wagner, best known locally as a core member of Kat Wright's band. On Tuesday, Wagner  delivered an early stocking stuffer called "This Is Christmas." It's the COVID carol we didn't know we needed.

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Friday, October 30, 2020

Dance Video "The Activation" Champions Voting and Social Justice

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 2:34 PM

Still from "The Activation" - COURTESY OF HANNA SATTERLEE
  • Courtesy of Hanna Satterlee
  • Still from "The Activation"
If you haven’t voted, this video’s for you. If you have, it’s still for you. “The Activation” combines dance, music, interviews and information to help viewers turn confusion into clarity, inertia into action.

Part music video and part rally for change, the five-minute work captures 22 Vermonters moving and dancing together on the Statehouse lawn and steps in Montpelier. In brief testimonials, they share their experiences and hopes for this election and beyond. In closing, the video invites viewers to consider supporting seven social justice organizations and then asks, “How will YOU activate?”

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

A2VT, Rhino Foods Team Up for COVID-19 Safety Anthem 'Dirty Hands'

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 2:59 PM

Screenshot of "Dirty Hands" by A2VT
  • Screenshot of "Dirty Hands" by A2VT
Please, do not press "play" on the video two paragraphs down. You're going to anyway, of course, and, well, that's up to you. But don't say we didn't warn you: You will not get "Dirty Hands" by A2VT out of your head for the rest of the day, and maybe the week.

Then again, that's exactly the point of the song. (And we're kidding. You should absolutely watch the video, earworm-y hooks and all. Go ahead, we'll wait… )

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Burlington Family Makes a Social Distancing Music Video, Because Why Not?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 4:50 PM

Edward Hall (left) and Adam Hall - SCREENSHOT OF "THE CORONA VIRUS SONG (5 FEET)"
  • Screenshot of "The Corona Virus Song (5 Feet)"
  • Edward Hall (left) and Adam Hall
When the music teacher at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington emailed parents to suggest that families make music videos together to pass the time, professional tenor Adam Hall got right to work with his daughter Ruby, 13, and son Edward, 9. The trio transformed the Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” into “The Corona Virus Song (5 Feet).”

The hilarious piece of work on YouTube  made it to the local evening news the same day Hall emailed it to the music teacher.


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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Allan Nicholls, Big Heart, to Record Community-Sourced Music Video

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 1:01 PM

Big Heart, from left: Tyler Mast, Clint Bierman, Allan Nicholls, Peter Day, Ryan Clausen - COURTESY OF ALLAN NICHOLLS
  • Courtesy of Allan Nicholls
  • Big Heart, from left: Tyler Mast, Clint Bierman, Allan Nicholls, Peter Day, Ryan Clausen
Allan Nicholls wants to save the world. Or at least inspire a positive attitude adjustment. So the songwriter's new band, Big Heart, is launching a unique collaborative video recording project that aims to lift spirits, one smartphone camera at a time.

This Friday, August 23, at noon, Big Heart — which also includes the Grift's Clint Bierman and Peter Day, as well as veteran local players Tyler Mast (Bearquarium) and Ryan Clausen (Haley Jane and the Primates) — will debut their new song "This Much Is True" on the steps of Middlebury's Town Hall Theater.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Watch Francesca Blanchard's New Video, "Free"

Posted By on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 3:16 PM

Francesca Blanchard - COURTESY OF FRANCESCA BLANCHARD
  • Courtesy of Francesca Blanchard
  • Francesca Blanchard
Singer-songwriter Francesca Blanchard recently released a new video for her song "Free." Prior to its release, the song itself was featured on ABC's long-running medical drama "Grey's Anatomy."

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Exclusive: Dwight & Nicole Unveil New Video, 'Wait'

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 11:06 AM

Dwight & Nicole, "Wait" - STILL FROM "WAIT"
  • Still from "Wait"
  • Dwight & Nicole, "Wait"
In these troubled, turbulent times, it's likely you've found yourself thinking, Self, you know what I could really go for? A gorgeous, rock-tinged, soul-snuggling new single from Dwight & Nicole, that's what. Also, at the risk of getting greedy, maybe a cool new video, too.

Well, guess what? On Monday, July 24, the Burlington-based trio released "Wait," the A-side for a forthcoming  45rpm release. Today, the band unveiled the video for said single. Let's just jump right in, shall we?

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Burlington Goes Bollywood: Punjabi Pop Star Releases New Video Shot in BTV

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Shael, "Meri Jaaan" - COURTESY OF RAZAQ BALOCH
  • Courtesy of Razaq Baloch
  • Shael, "Meri Jaaan"
Indian pop star Shael may not have a huge following in the Green Mountains. But what local fans the  Punjabi singer does have probably noticed something awfully familiar about his latest video, "Meri Jaaan." That's because it was shot in Burlington.

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