Festival Fever: Grand Point North @ Burlington’s Waterfront Park

September 11th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Greg
Grace Potter (photo by Martin Benjamin)

Grace Potter

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals are once again hosting their annual Grand Point North festival this weekend in Burlington’s Waterfront Park.

In addition to Grace Potter & the Nocturnals closing out both nights of the fourth annual fest, the main stage line-up also includes Lake Street Dive, Trampled By Turtles, the Devil Makes Three, Dr. John, the War On Drugs, Lucius, Rayland Baxter and Debo Band.

Also featured on this year’s bill are some of Burlington’s finest local musicians including Caroline Rose, Swale, Villanelles, Anders Parker, Lowell Thompson, Gold Town and the High Breaks.

Music will be hosted on two stages. Gates open at 3pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Advance ticket prices are $49 for single-day tickets; $79 for an all-fest two-day pass. Children age 12 and under are free.

Here’s the complete schedule of bands for the 2014 Grand Point North:

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ROUND-UP III: Hurricane Irene Flood Relief Benefits

September 20th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg

Ten Year Vamp

Ten Year Vamp (shown here at SPAC last summer) will perform at Capital Region Relief on Thursday at Proctors

It’s been nearly a month since much of Nippertown was hit with severe flooding, and many of our neighbors are still suffering and struggling to recover – including some of our own regular contributors. They need our help. So please consider making a donation of whatever you can – your time, money, food, clothing, furniture, etc.

As usual, the local music community has come together to offer its time and talent to help out, too. There are quite a number of flood relief benefit concerts on tap throughout the region, starting tonight. Here’s a round-up of some of the benefit shows. If you know about others, please let us know. And remember, the admission charge for these shows is just a suggested minimum donation. If you can give more, please do:

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LIVE: Cold War Kids @ Higher Ground Ballroom, 3/21/11

March 25th, 2011, 2:30 pm by Greg
Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids

Every once in a while, we feel the need to venture beyond the Nippertown borders for a musical adventure, so here’s the first in our From the Fringe series of concert reviews:

A giant balloon caterpillar covered the ceiling at the Higher Ground Ballroom in Burlington, Vermont for Monday night’s concert by the Cold War Kids. Ribbed with purple and green stripes, it dangled its orange tentacles over the curious crowd as many stopped to point or snap pictures of the strange scene.

The Cold War Kids kick-started their set with rumbling bongos and a deep blue stage background befitting for their first song “Royal Blue.” The popular “Hang Me Up to Dry” was up next, with the crowd singing along with the chorus: “Now hang me up to dry, you’ve rung me out too, too, too many times…” Lead singer Nathan Willett’s often whimsical voice translated well on stage, sounding strong and clear, and not at all as capricious as it sometimes does on record. And “Skip the Charades” had an enjoyable, waltzy feel to it.

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