ArtsRiot Kitchen


cover photo and above photo credit: Oliver Parini,

We want people to come and drop in on us- not just for events. So we realized we need to have consistent hours (TUE-SAT 4:30-10PM) and have a regular menu. Here it is. AND- it has grown already. Come try out our new expanded selection.We always strive to serve you amongst the frivolity that happens here!

Some big events that are coming up that will limit service:
THU APRIL 9 VERMONT CHILDREN’S FUND ART OF GIVING FUNDRAISER. We will be closed to public this day to be able to host this amazing fundraiser for VT Children’s fund. It’s an art auction and live auction. Please come and support!

ArtsRiot Menu


Come eat TUESDAY to SATURDAY from 4:30-10PM.


Come on by and say hi whenever. Email us at Or call us at 802-540-0406


George is an original South Ender who has 20+ years of culinary experience, including local favorites; Smokejacks, Pistou and Kitchen Table Bistro. He and his team focus on South End ORIGINAL high-end pub food. They pride themselves on their relationships with local farmers, producers and growers. George looks forward to inviting guest chefs to come cook in the ArtsRiot kitchen. He will not mac and cheese his way through life.


Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm



Join us for the launch of the third collection of the best writing by writers in northwestern Vermont, THE BEST OF THE BURLINGTON WRITERS WORKSHOP 2015.

We’ll have free food, cash bar, and readings by some of the authors in this collection. Books will be for sale at this event.

6-7:30 p.m. – Mingle, buy books, get a drink, eat, be merry.

7:30 – 9:00 p.m. – State of the Workshop Address; Readings by (TBA).

9:00 – 10:00 p.m. – More mingling, eating, drinking, etc.

Thanks to Arts Riot for being a generous sponsor of the event.

Cover photo by Amanda Paulger.

Edited by Zoe Armstrong, Deena Frankel, and Marisa Keller.

Stairway To the Wall- Music Dojo Sit in and play Floyd and Zep @ ArtsRiot
Apr 4 @ 8:00 pm


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Local masters Aram Bedrosian, Bob Wagner, Sonja Dartt, Franky Andreas and Chris Kutchukian get together for one night only to welcome students and friends on stage to rage Zeppelin and Floyd classics.

The Burlington Music Dojo is a local collective of some of Vermont’s finest independent musicians and instructors located behind ArtsRiot on Pine st. and founded in 2013.  In the spirit of community togetherness and sharing music, we’re inviting students to come sit in with the staff for an evening of Pink Floyd and Led Zepplin songs so everyone can experience the thrill of performing together.

Vermont Historical Society Community Forum: Vermont 70s Project @ ArtsRiot
Apr 8 @ 6:00 pm
The 1970s in Vermont were a time of radical change in culture, population, politics, and social life. An influx of young men and women who wanted to build a better life made Vermont an epicenter of communal living as they experimented with local, organic food systems and progressive politics.
Several of the state’s colleges also fostered social and community engagement, and young people who came for education stayed and made a lasting impact on the state’s history. Many of the features that are today considered quintessentially Vermont–its politics, its local food movements, and its offbeat culture–have their origins in this period of recent history.
The Vermont Historical Society is gathering information for a two-year project about the history of this movement which played a key role in shaping present-day Vermont. We will conduct community conversations with Vermonters who were here in the 1970s or were influenced by that time, interview key individuals and record their memories as oral histories, collect objects, documents, photographs, and other important historical artifacts dating from the 1970s to add to our permanent collection, and in 2016, plan and open an exhibition and a major symposium sharing the results of the project.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Grant #MA-10-14-0279-14).
The Vermont Historical Society engages both Vermonters and “Vermonters at heart” in the exploration of our state’s rich heritage. Our purpose is to reach a broad audience through our outstanding collections, statewide outreach, and dynamic programming. We believe that an understanding of the past changes lives and builds better communities.
Session Americana @ ArtsRiot
Apr 10 @ 8:00 pm


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Session Americana has received numerous press plaudits for its inventively entertaining live show as well as its revelatory recorded work. The Boston Globe has praised Session Americana for its “fun, fresh take on old-fashioned, and timeless, music.” Alt-country arbiters of cool, No Depression, has called them: “The cream of the Somerville/Cambridge roots music community.” Bill Janovitz, of seminal alt band Buffalo Tom, has enthused: “Every set is that magical night at the campfire that you experienced when you were a kid and never forgot.” Session American has won Improper Bostonian’s “Best Roots Act” and “Best CD,” and won Boston Music Awards’ “Best Folk Act” and “Best Live Residency.” The band has also been nominated for Boston Music Awards’ “Best Americana Act” and “Best Live Act.” On September 4th, Session Americana releases its fourth installment, its most cohesive and well-composed batch of songs yet, Love and Dirt.

Love and Dirt is a playfully irreverent take on roots music with an edgy experimental side. “A big piece of this journey is taking risks we haven’t taken before. In the studio we don’t want to make anything sound like it’s ‘supposed’ to. We’re not an old timey act, we’re a pop band,” Cavanaugh affirms. The album was tracked by Matt Malikowski  and noted producer, engineer, and mixer Paul Q. Kolderie, known for his work with the Pixies, Radiohead, Hole, Dinosaur Jr., Throwing Muses, Morphine, and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Kolderie also mixed the album. The atmospheric track “Easier” patiently unfolds with a gorgeously ethereal intro before easing into the tune’s lush and quaintly haunting hooks. “The intro to ‘Easier’ sounds closer to Radiohead than the Band,” Cavanaugh says. It’s a sweetly cautionary tale of excess and battling inner demons with the hopeful lyrics: It’s getting harder day by day/It’s getting harder but that’s okay/Because you and I will find a way.

Members of the band were sitting in a car one day when Billy Beard said they should name the record something that describes the songs. Noting they had songs about American agrarian culture and love, they came up with “Love And Dirt.” On the smoldering rockabilly number “Making Hay,” Session Americana addresses the dirt side of the album’s conceptual tandem with barbed wit.

The group was assembled eight years ago around the idea of applying a traditional Irish music session approach—where musicians sit around in a circle and play fiddles—to Americana, hence the name “Session Americana.” The sextet began a Sunday night residency at Toad in Cambridge, Mass. The initial patchwork of a band stayed together for four years and made the highly esteemed 2005 debut, The Table Top People Volumes 1 And 2. Today, the core band is Ry Cavanaugh, Billy Beard, Dinty Child, Jim Fitting, John Bistline and Kimon Kirk along with Laura Cortese and Jefferson Hamer. These charter Session Americana members have worked with such diverse and respected artists as Treat Her Right, Patty Griffin, Lori McKenna, The The, Dennis Brennan, and Kris Delmhorst, to name just a few.

Session Americana started haphazardly with no rehearsals, doing traditional country songs, Band songs, and Boston community songs by songwriters like Jimmy Ryan, Mark Sandman [Morphine], and Dennis Brennan. Over four records, however, Session Americana has grown into writing its own well-crafted vibrant take on traditional Americana.

The group’s 2005 debut, The Table Top People Volumes 1 And 2, influenced many other bands that adopted Session Americana’s distinctive live configuration and its motley assortment of instruments, like drums fashioned from an old suitcase and field organs. The six-piece also became highly sought after as a vibey backup band. In this context, they’ve done sessions with J. Geil’s singer Peter Wolf, Patty Griffin, Buffalo Tom’s Bill Janovitz, and many others.

The group has grown from a rag-tag jam at a local pub to a regional institution, playing gigs from coffee houses to urban nightclubs; regional, national, and international festival tents; and theaters. Last summer Session Americana did the Galway Arts Festival for two nights in front of 350 people. The show was collaborative with local Irish artists joining the party of six. “We do this thing in front of people, share ideas, do spontaneous work, and collaborate with whoever is available. There is an everything goes/anything can happen energy,” Cavanaugh explains. “People recognize this is not just a band, but a prehistoric experience that doesn’t translate to youtube or video, it happens in a very analog way.”

Portland Cello Project @ ArtsRiot
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm


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Sk & ArtsRiot Present:

The Portland Cello Project

Tuesday, 4.14
Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 7:30pm
All Ages
* Partially Seated Show

TICKETS ON SALE: Friday, January 23rd at 10am EST

Portland Cello Project

Since the group’s inception in late 2007, the Portland Cello Project (or, PCP, as their fans affectionately call them), has wowed audiences all over the country with extravagant performances, everywhere from Prairie Home Companion, to parties on loading docks in NYC, to symphony halls from coast to coast, to punk rock clubs.. The group has built a reputation mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions wherever they go.

No two shows are alike, with a repertoire now numbering over 1,000 pieces of music both expected and unexpected to come from a cello. The Cello Project’s stage setup ranges from the very simple (4-6 cellos), to the all out epic (which has included 12 cellos playing with full choirs, winds, horns, and numerous percussion players).

The Cello Project’s mission is three-fold:

The Cello Project works to build bridges across musical communities through collaborations and educational outreach. They have collaborated with a diverse assortment of musicians, from high school and university music programs, to the Dandy Warhols to Garrison Keillor on Prairie Home Companion to Trampled by Turtles to Corin Tucker to Maya Beiser to Ben Sollee to Zoe Keating to Howe Gelb, just to name a few..

Handle With Love ADULT PROM @ ArtsRiot
May 2 @ 7:30 pm


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Handle With Love presents our first annual Adult Prom with an 80s theme! Food, dancing, adult beverages, raffle giveaways to benefit the Handle With Love Doula Scholarship Fund, prizes for “Most Authentic Attire” (guy/gal), and a late night karaoke sing-off! One lucky lady will be crowned Prom Queen and will be adorned with a beautiful necklace donated by our headline sponsor, VonBargen’s Jewelry.

Spring Comedy Bash! @ ArtsRiot
May 9 @ 8:00 pm


Come out and enjoy an evening of some of Vermont’s FUNNIEST comedians for a great cause!

All proceeds to benefit The Bellwether School’s Tuition Assistance Program!

WHERE: Arts Riot, 400 Pine St Burlington
DATE: Saturday, May 9, 2015
TIME: 8:00 PM
TICKETS: $15 adv/$18 door

FEATURING: Hillary Boone, Grant Robin, Tracy Dolan and Will Betts. Hosted by Marlon Fisher!

The New Mastersounds @ ArtsRiot
May 19 @ 7:00 pm


Sk & ArtsRiot Present:

The New Mastersounds

Tuesday, 5.19
Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 7:30pm
All Ages

The New Mastersounds

The New Mastersounds formed in Leeds UK in 1999 and cut their teeth as the resident live band at a hip dance club, playing every Friday and Saturday night for nearly two years.

A rough 8-track recording of an early rehearsal got into the hands of some London DJs, and was released soon after on two limited-edition 7” singles. Invitations to play club gigs in London soon followed, and before long the band had established a reputation around UK and Europe as forerunners of the deep funk revival scene. Fast-forward to 2004: having experimented with various line-ups and recorded 2 albums, the original 4-piece band was invited to Chicago to open for the Greyboy All Stars at the House of Blues. This gig kicked off a prolific live career in USA which continues to the present day, backed up by more studio records, live albums, a remix album and 2 compilations. Their quirky, catchy instrumental ditties have been used on TV and film soundtracks, and the band is the subject of an award-winning feature-length documentary: “Coals to Newcastle: The New Mastersounds – from Leeds to New Orleans”.

Over the years they have collaborated or jammed with an impressive array of musicians DJs and producers, including: Lou Donaldson (Blue Note), Corinne Bailey Rae (EMI), Quantic (Tru Thoughts), Carleen Anderson (Young Disciples / Brand New Heavies), Keb Darge & Kenny Dope (Kay Dee Records), John Arnold (Ubiquity), Mr Scruff (Ninja Tune), Snowboy (Ubiquity), Fred Everything (2020vision), Andy Smith (Portishead), James Taylor (JTQ), LSK (Faithless), Lack of Afro (Freestyle), Page McConnell (Phish), Karl Denson (Lenny Kravitz / Greyboy AllStars), Melvin Sparks (Blue Note Records), George Porter Jr (The Meters), Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker (JB’s), and Art Neville (Neville Brothers, The Meters).

The band tours in support of the latest studio record, “Therapy”, released Spring 2014.


Eufórquestra (pronounced yoo-FOHR-keh-struh, think euphoria+orchestra) is energy and rhythm personified. An ever-evolving sound that has been influenced by music from all over the world with an emphasis on funk, pocket and groove. For over a decade the band has been igniting dance floors across the country, blending the roots of funk, soul, afrobeat, reggae and dub to create a sound that “explodes, dances and melts in your ear with sheer bliss”(Chris M. Slawecki;

Eufórquestra’s fifth full-length record, FIRE, was produced by Kyle Hollingsworth (of The String Cheese Incident) and captures the passion and musical maturing of these road warriors. Over the course of 14 tracks, the band takes you on an hour-long adventure that will touch your heart and mind, and keep your fingers and toes tapping. A handful of special guests, including Elliot Martin (John Brown’s Body), Gabriel Mervine and Kim Dawson (The Motet) and Mr. Hollingsworth himself, put their own touches on the band’s already cohesive sound that is “tight and engineered to a fine, funky precision.” (Jeremy Frazier; Chicago Jam Scene) The result is a record that is distinctly modern, maintaining one foot in the future and firmly planting in the musical roots traditions of the past.

With almost 1,000 shows under their belt, Eufórquestra shows no sign of stopping. A perpetually heavy tour schedule keeps the band and fans happy, as performing live in front of an audience has always been the band’s top priority. As noted in a live show review by Grateful Web, “…the boys seem to play like the apocalypse will happen at any second and they want to die doing what they do best…”

Cory Henry [of Snarky Puppy] & The Funk Apostles The Nth Power @ ArtsRiot
May 30 @ 8:00 pm


Sk Presents:

Cory Henry [of Snarky Puppy] & The Funk Apostles
The Nth Power

Saturday, 5.30
Doors: 8:00pm / Show: 9:00pm

Cory Henry [of Snarky Puppy] & The Funk Apostles

“Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles took to the stage and brought with them an almost tangible vitality that washed over the venue.” – Review of their 2/2/15 show at Terminal West in Atlanta, posted on ChicacoMusic

Cory Henry is a multi-instrumentalist and producer with a catalog worthy of a man twice his age. His primary instrument is the organ, and he began playing at the age of two. At the age of six he competed at the Apollo Theater and made it to the finalist round. In 2010 he co-produced Jay White’s Larger than Life. Later that year he released his first album Christmas With You, which featured his lively renditions of Christmas classics and prominently showcased his skill as an improvisor. Kim Burrell’s Grammy nominated and Stellar Award winning Love album released in 2011 boasted several tracks that were written and produced by Henry. That year he wrote for and produced much of Krishnar Lewis’ One Lover’s Trilogy album and released his first, “Leave you alone”.

Henry is primarily known for harmonically rich organ playing that owes a greater debt to the virtuosic unpredictability of Tatum and Peterson than it does to Jimmy Smith and other members of the Hammond organ pantheon. In his best moments he seems to capture the breadth of the Jazz and Gospel idioms and produce something altogether new through his unique blending of the two genres. Although he possesses a great deal of technique, in his solos he regularly subordinates it to a narrative arch and exhibits a maturity that surpasses his years. Unlike many virtuosos he is a great accompanist, and perhaps this is why he excels also as a producer and sideman.

At the tender age of nineteen he had the opportunity to begin traveling with the Jazz legend Kenny Garrett as his organist in a stint that lasted three years. He has done television work playing on the third season of Sunday’s Best for BET and on the Jimmy Fallon Show. He has worked with Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, Stanley Brown, Ray Chew And The Crew, P. Diddy, Kirk Franklin, Rob Glasper, Ron Grant, Lalah Hathway, Derrick Hodge, Israel Houghton, Joe, Shaun Kingston, Donald Lawrence, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Michael McDonald, Boyz 2 Men, NAS, Snarky Puppy, Tommy Sims, Bruce Springsteen, The Roots, Hezekiah Walker, Bishop Jeffrey White, Betty Wright, the late Timothy Wright, and many others. Henry’s awe inspiring impromptu YouTube performances have gained him a loyal and sizable following. His latest release, “First Steps” was released in the Spring of 2014 and went to #1 on iTunes Jazz Chart.

The Nth Power

Proving that soul music can be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, The Nth Power will inspire you to dance, groove, make love or just stand there with goose bumps.

Few artists pack as much punch in a five-piece, all-analog ensemble as The Nth Power. The formula starts with drummer Nikki Glaspie (Dumpstaphunk, Beyoncé)’s deep pocket, explosive energy and silky vocals, compounded by bassist Nate Edgar (John Brown’s Body), whose quiet confidence lies in perfect contrast to the emphatic, funky low-end he creates. Next, the unmistakable vocals of Nigel Hall (Lettuce, Warren Haynes Band) and his innate ability to preach with a keyboard hit the groove in full force. Over the top comes Nick Cassarino (Jennifer Hartswick Band, The Shift), oozing more soul in one finger than most guitarists could create in a lifetime, and with a voice that immediately wraps the room in sex appeal. West African djembe master Weedie Braimah (Toubab Krewe, Kreative Pandemonium) is the final X-factor, creating a rhythmic symphony that completes the equation with resounding finesse.

Together, The Nth Power wants to change lives through a message of musical love and understanding. “Just know that when you hear this music, you’re going to feel something—you’re going to connect with something higher than yourself,” Braimah explained.

The group released an independent EP, Basic Minimum Skills Test, in April 2013 and is currently recording their debut full-length studio album, Abundance, which will be released at the end of the year.

“The sound we create is built on a strong foundation of love,” said Hall. “We’re just getting started, the best is yet to come.”

Dan St. Germain: Jokes With You @ ArtsRiot
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm


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Dan St Germain was chosen as a featured comic in Variety’s “10 Comics To Watch” list, was listed as one of Paste Magazine’s Top 10 Great Underrated Comedians, named Time Out NY’s “Comedy Break Out” of 2013, selected as one of‘s “Comedians to Watch Out For” in 2014, and he’s currently developing a show with FOX.

He’s got a Half Hour special on Comedy Central and has appeared on Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Best Week Ever, @Midnight, We Love the 2000s, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, The Electric Company, Guy Code, and Friends of the People.

He’s the creator and star of the web series Kicking Dan Out, was featured on My Damn Channel, In Security on Comedy Central Studios, and has collaborated with Above Average. Dan’s been a guest on WTF with Marc Maron, Carolla, You Made it Weird, Ron and Fez, Bob and Tom, Fitzdog Radio, and The Artie Lange Show. He’s starred in a Super Bowl commercial with Howard Stern, Jack Link’s promos for Comedy Central, and was selected by Time Out New York as having one of the best jokes about New York City, on a list that included Woody Allen.

Check out My Dumb Friends, his podcast on the All Things Comedy Network and his album Bad at the Good Times on AST Records, both of which were listed by Paste Magazine as among the best podcasts and albums of 2014.

Savoy Family Cajun Band @ ArtsRiot
Jun 7 @ 7:30 pm

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Young Tradition Vermont and ArtsRiot present: Savoy Family Cajun Band

The Savoy Family Cajun Band plays honed down, hard-core Cajun music laced with an earthy sensuality. In their hands, the old tunes have been revived and returned to new life. Marc and Ann Savoy and their sons Joel and Wilson are strong individual musicians working together to create a tight, intense sound.

Marc and Ann have been performing and recording together since 1977. They have traveled all over the world, appearing in such prestigious venues as the Newport Folk Festival, the Berlin Jazz Festival, the Smithsonian Institution, the Getty Museum, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Ann and Joel appeared in the film Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood and they performed on the Warner Brothers Soundtrack, as well as at the film’s premiere in Los Angeles. Ann served as associate music producer on All The King’s Men (Sony Pictures) , wrote a song that was used in the film, and she, Joel and Wilson appeared therein with Sean Penn as musicians.

Marc Savoy has received the National Heritage Fellowship Award. Marc and Ann appeared on the PBS series “American Roots,” and Ann wrote the chapter on Cajun music in the book , Rolling Stones Press,that accompanied the series. Ann was awarded the Botkin Book Award for her definitive Cajun Music, A Reflection of a People. Wilson, as a member of the Grammy-nominated Pine Leaf Boys, appeared on HBO’s “Treme” series. And Joel was a founding member of the Red Stick Ramblers and today has his own record company, Valcour Records..

Maintaining a more acoustic approach to Cajun music, the Savoy Family Cajun Band can nonetheless hold its own amongst Cajun music lovers everywhere, and takes pride in drawing considerable power from four acoustic instruments. Sometimes the group demonstrates the way Cajun music has evolved by featuring the early double fiddle – triangle sound or an accordion – fiddle duet. Early French ballads are added to the program to show other historic elements of early southwest Louisiana.

Between the songs Ann may briefly translate the songs’ Cajun French poetry. She also, sometimes, in concert settings, does beautiful readings from the old Cajun masters from her book on the history of Cajun music.The repertoire is chosen carefully: popular dancehall tunes interspersed with soulful ballads, fiddle and vocal duets, and blues. The songs show the spectrum of Cajun life from sorrow and lost love to nonsense and the joy of dance. The Savoy Family Cajun Band brings the raw energy of the dancehalls of southwest Louisiana to the stage, peppered with humorous and informative anecdotes about life in the Cajun heartland.