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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!
Come eat TUESDAY to SATURDAY from 4:30-10PM.
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Join a panel of local experts for a lively discussion on the potential these bleating babies represent for Vermont’s food system and evolving agricultural landscape. Free samples from our sponsors available before the discussion.
Corned Goat Reubens (Goat pastrami, house sauerkraut, Alpine cheese, special sauce) will also be available for purchase during the event.
Special thanks to City Market and the Intervale Center. Click here for more information on the Dish series.
$15, $18 dos
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.
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!
$16, $20 dos
Sk & ArtsRiot Present:
Doors: 9:00pm / Show: 9:30pm
More programming to be announced!
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and enflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy. The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. From their humble beginnings in West African refugee camps Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands.
Doors: 7:30pm / Show: 8:00pm
* FREE for students with valid student ID
TURNmusic continues to offer a fresh concert experience that will bring our community together to celebrate. Founder, Anne Decker, mixes her musical tastes to create a unique set of performances. TURNmusic performs music that is defined by quality – not by genre, presents professional music concerts in a relaxed venue, and maintains affordable ticket prices.
Our May shows feature Nicole Lizee (Montreal), Mary Kouyoumdjian (NYC), Erberk Eryilmaz(PA), and Randy Woolf (NYC). Music by Lizee, Kouyoumdjian, and Woolf all incorporate turntables (live or pre-recorded). Performing with TURNmusic is Nicole Lizee’s long time collaborator and turntablist, P-Love (NYC). Also featured is TURNmusic’s first Collegiate Composition Prize Winner, Erberk Eryilmaz. Dances of the Yogurt Maker will transport you with traditional dance music from Turkey.
TURNmusic is presented by Signal Kitchen at ArtsRiot in Burlington. The concerts are duplicated in Decker’s hometown of Waterbury at the Green Mountain Club.
Ciel Brouille – Mary Kouyoumdjian
Try to Believe – Randall Woolf
Dances of the Yogurt Maker – Erberk Eryilmaz (2015 Collegiate Composition Prize Winner)
Bookburners – Nicole Lizee
This Will Not Be Televised- Nicole Lizee
Jupiter Moon Menace – Nicole Lizee
Performers: Mary Rowell, Owen Kevra-Lenz, Elizabeth Reid, John Dunlop, Dan Liptak, Hilary Goldblatt, Evan Premo, J.D. Williams, Nicola Cannizzaro, P-Love, and Anne Decker.
Sk & ArtsRiot Present:
Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 7:30pm
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; AllAboutJazz.com).
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
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.”
$7, $10 dos
Check out his latest appearance on Conan here.
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 Mandatory.com‘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.
Doors: 8:00pm / Show: 8:30pm
Tickets on sale: Friday, April 10th at 4:00pm EST
Hurray For The Riff Raff
Hurray For The Riff Raff is Alynda Lee Segarra, but in many ways it’s much more than that: it’s a young woman leaving her indelible stamp on the American folk tradition. If you’re listening to her new album, ‘Small Town Heroes,’ odds are you’re part of the riff raff, and these songs are for you.
“It’s grown into this bigger idea of feeling like we really associate with the underdog,” says Segarra, who came to international attention in 2012 with ‘Look Out Mama.’ The album earned her raves from NPR and the New York Times to Mojo and Paste, along with a breakout performance at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival, which left American Songwriter “awestruck” and solidified her place at the forefront of a new generation of young musicians celebrating and reimagining American roots music. “We really feel at home with a lot of worlds of people that don’t really seem to fit together,” she continues, “and we find a way to make them all hang out with our music. Whether it’s the queer community or some freight train-riding kids or some older guys who love classic country, a lot of folks feel like mainstream culture isn’t directed at them. We’re for those people.”
Segarra, a 26-year-old of Puerto Rican descent whose slight frame belies her commanding voice, grew up in the Bronx, where she developed an early appreciation for doo-wop and Motown from the neighborhood’s longtime residents. It was downtown, though, that she first felt like she found her people, traveling to the Lower East side every Saturday for punk matinees at ABC No Rio. “Those riot grrrl shows were a place where young girls could just hang out and not have to worry about feeling weird, like they didn’t belong,” Segarra says of the inclusive atmosphere fostered by the musicians and outsider artists who populated the space. “It had such a good effect on me to go to those shows as a kid and feel like somebody in a band was looking out for me and wanted me to feel inspired and good about myself.”
The Lower East Side also introduced her to travelers, and their stories of life on the road inspired her to strike out on her own at 17, first hitching her way to the west coast, then roaming the south before ultimately settling in New Orleans. There, she fell in with a band of fellow travelers, playing washboard and singing before eventually learning to play a banjo she’d been given in North Carolina. “It wasn’t until I got to New Orleans that I realized playing music was even possible for me,” she explains. “The travelers really taught me how to play and write songs, and we’d play on the street all day to make money, which is really good practice. You have to get pretty tough to do that, and you put a lot of time into it.”
“The community I found in New Orleans was open and passionate. The young artists were really inspiring to me,” she says. “Apathy wasn’t a part of that scene. And then the year after I first visited, Katrina happened, and I went back and saw the pain and hardship that all of the people who lived there had gone through. It made we want to straighten out my life and not wander so much. The city gave had given me an amazing gift with music, and it made me want to settle there and be a part of it and help however I could.”
Many of the songs on ‘Small Town Heroes’ reflect that decision and her special reverence for the city. She bears witness to a wave of violence that struck the St. Roch neighborhood in the soulful “St. Roch Blues;” yearns for a night at BJ’s Bar in the Bywater in “Crash on the Highway;” and sings of her home in the Lower Ninth Ward on “End of the Line.” “That neighborhood and particularly the house I lived in there became the nucleus of a singer songwriter scene in New Orleans,” she explains. “‘End Of The Line’ is my love song to that whole area and crew of people.”
The scope of the album is much grander than just New Orleans, though, as Segarra mines the deep legacies and contemporizes the rich variety of musical forms of the American South for the age of Trayvon Martin and Wendy Davis. “Delia”s gone but I’m settling the score,” she sings with resolute menace on “The Body Electric,” a feminist reimagining of the traditional murder ballad form that calls on everything from Stagger Lee to Walt Whitman. She juxtaposes pure country pop with the dreams and nightmares that come with settling down with just one person in “I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright),” while album opener “Blue Ridge Mountain” is an Appalachian nod to Maybelle Carter.
NPR has said that Hurray for the Riff Raff’s music “sweeps across eras and genres with grace and grit,” and that’s never been more true than on ‘Small Town Heroes.’ These songs belong to no particular time or place, but rather to all of us. These songs are for the riff raff.
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.
Doors: 8:00pm / Show: 8:30pm
Tickets on sale – Friday, April 10th at 11:00am EST
Benjamin Booker is a young New Orleans based singer-songwriter, influenced by The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson, and T. Rex.
“A fierce debut.” – Rolling Stone
“Contender for rock record of the year.” – SPIN
“a raucous, unruly mix of punk, blues rock and soul” – New York Times
“The suavest kid in Southern Rock.” – GQ
“If you’ve not heard of Benjamin Booker yet, get ready.” – NPR
When Benjamin Booker played Lollapalooza, Rolling Stone named him the weekend’s Best Rock Star Moment (“though Lollapalooza is always filled with countless rock acts, Booker may have been the strongest and most refreshing”). When he played Newport Folk Fest, Billboard named him the second best performance of the entire event (“a tight, raucous set that comes with enough well-placed gaps in the riffage onslaught to highlight his searching, soulful lyrics”). When he toured opening for Jack White, Jack brought him back out during his own set for a show-closing guitar duel.
50 Best Albums of the Year, Rolling Stone – “Booker’s raw-throated boogie blues proves rock & roll can still function as crazy-ass party music”
“Have You Seen My Son”, Favorite Songs of 2014, NPR – “A 22-year old maverick [who] finds a link between Southern juke joint blues and The Replacements.”
$12, $15 dos