ArtsRiot Kitchen

Get some.

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.

Even when there are concerts, circuses, cabaret’s, club music, countdowns, or any event- we will serve you dinner during our regular hours!

Get some.

ArtsRiot Menu

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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 an original South Ender has 20+ years of culinary experience, including local favorites; Smokejacks, Pistou and Kitchen Table Bistro. He and his team focus is on traditional classics with a 400 Pine twist. They pride themselves on their relationships with local farmers, producers and growers. 400 Pine looks forward to inviting guest chefs to come cook in the ArtsRiot kitchen. It’s Friday! Come on down to ArtsRiot and check us out!!


SLAM! Spoken word poetry. @ ArtsRiot
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm



Featuring: Eric George and DJ Loupo

What I create attempts to grow both roots and wings, influenced by tradition and directed towards change. – Eric George

“The point is the poetry,” says Rajnii Eddins, MC of our new slam night series and hopeful leader of a national-level Burlington Slam Team. Since he moved from Seattle, Rajnii’s been waiting for the chance to kick our slam scene into gear and bring that option to the community, and now, he declares, “Anybody can come to the mic and share, hone their craft and see where they can take their words.”

The night will open with an open mic session and then roll into a juried set, with judges pulled from the audience and participants pouring their literary souls into three-minute performances. At the end of the evening, there’ll be a winner, but really, explains Rajnii, “the points are props and ploys to get people to come.”

So, whether you’re a seasoned vet of a thousand stages or a rank amateur trying to overcome stage fright, bring what you’ve got and step on up.

Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate @ ArtsRiot
Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm



ArtsRiot Presents:
Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate

With: Barika

Date: Friday, 1.30.15
Tickets: $12/14
Ages: All Ages
Doors: 7:30
Show: 8:00pm


“A boundary-trampling high-octane hybrid in which the lightning fast electrified licks of Kouyate are matched by the explosive energy of Driscoll’s rapid fire rhyming.”
– Songlines


“A gloriously accessible collision of styles. It’s an unlikely collaboration that works, magnificently.”
– The Guardian
The collaboration between a rapper/beatboxer/singer-songwriter from Syracuse, NY and an electrifying African kora sensation from Guinea pushes genre boundaries and earns raves across the globe. Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate blend hip-hop, spoken word, funk, and soulful, accessible rock with Afrobeat, reggae and irresistible African grooves.
The well-worn and often overblown expression “music is a common language” has never been more apropos in the case of Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate. US-born, England-based Driscoll speaks no French and Kouyate, who hails from the West African country of Guinea, little English. When they were brought together at the Nuit Metis (Mixed Night) festival in Marseille, France in 2010 and given a week to produce a concert, music was the only way they could communicate.
It turns out, they had a lot to “talk” about, and their first meeting sparked a collaboration that led to the formation of a band, the recording of an album, over 200 concert dates across Europe and rave reviews. Driscoll contributes the rapping, looping, beatboxing and songwriting talents he developed growing up in Syracuse and during his own successful recording career. Kouyate, already a phenomenon in African music circles, has blown minds and ears with his hypersonic electrified riffs on the kora, bringing the exalted West African harp into the 21st Century with use of distortion peddles, effects and previously-unimagined technical prowess. Together, Driscoll and Kouyate blend hip-hop, spoken word, funk, and soulful, accessible rock with Afrobeat, reggae and irrepressible African grooves.
Sekou Kouyate was raised in a respected and accomplished musical family in Conakry, Guinea. Trained in the ancient traditions of his instrument, it is his ability to transcend and build upon those traditions that has set him apart. In France, he is known as the ‘Jimi Hendrix of the kora’ because of his unique style of playing with various effects, in a variety of genres, and with an extreme intensity. Kouyate has toured the world over as a member of the Ba Cissoko band, comprised of his cousin and brothers.
Joe Driscoll, whom Cee-Lo Green labelled “the gangsta with an iron lung,” has been touring steadily for years, spreading his unique fusion of folk and hip-hop. The modern day take on the one man band, he uses live looping to create soundscapes full of beatbox, guitar, harmonica, percussion, harmonica, and just about anything else he can make use of. Now living in Bristol, England, Driscoll has performed his ground breaking solo show at the famed Glastonbury Festival, Electric Picnic in Ireland, and hundreds of major stages worldwide.
By teaming up, Driscoll and Kouyate have created a sum that exceeds even the large whole of its individual parts. According to Driscoll, “We’ve been raised in very different cultures in so many ways, but we share a lot of the same interests musically. Sekou was raised in the African rhythm and traditions, yet has always had a passion for reggae, hip-hop. I’m kind of the other way around. At the heart of it, we both just make the noises we love; we listen to each other, and try to flow in harmony. I think we just bounced off each other in so many ways: rhythmically, melodically, with craftsmanship. Through this, we found we had a language between us and that philosophically we were on a lot of the same pages as well.”
With plans already in the works to record a follow-up album, Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate have discovered that music speaks louder than words.
The Practice Series: Bookbinding @ ArtsRiot
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Beautiful books from your heart and hands.

Hand-made books are functional art and easy to make. While enjoying some beer or wine, we’ll create several small and medium sized books that can be used for journaling, scrapbooking, sketching, painting, and more. You choose the style, from fun & funky to classic & understated. There will be time to personalize your creations with a variety of
embellishments. You’ll receive access to a digital handout with the techniques & materials we covered, plus a list of resources for further exploration and inspiration.
Explore and create in a relaxed environment. Complete beginners encouraged! A great evening out with friends or a creative date night!
Fabulous Fridays! @ ArtsRiot
Feb 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Fabulous Fridays! was started by John McConnell in 2012. His original idea for the class was very simple, and has stayed the same since it’s inception: create an opportunity for yoga students to get together on a Friday night, celebrate their own goodness, see the light in their friends, laugh, practice, listen to some great music, and generally have an awesome time! In regular yoga classes it’s hard to feel a deeper connection to other students, even though everyone loves yoga and is all part of the same experience. Fabulous Fridays! breaks down barriers and celebrates the joy of community. It is a chance to cut loose and have a good time practicing yoga with friends on a Friday night!

Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm
Adventure! Intrigue! True Stories!  Hear what your neighbors have to say. ArtsRiot’s popular storytelling night is back. Come spin a tale or just enjoy. Vote on the best story of the night- winner gets dinner at ArtsRIot!  Grab a drink and some food and enjoy the tales!!
7PM Sign up for storytelling.  7:30 stories start.
A Mardi Gras Valentine’s Day Ball feat. Stooges Brass Band @ ArtsRiot
Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm


Sk & ArtsRiot Present:

“A Mardi Gras Valentine’s Day Ball feat. Stooges Brass Band”

Saturday, 2.14
Doors: 7:30pm / Show: 8:00pm

We’re celebrating the official New Orleans Mardis Gras in style with Stooges Brass Band, one of New Orleans elite brass bands. It’s Valentines day too, so, bring the ones you love and come celebrate with us. Formal Attire is suggested (but not required) and there will be a very special Mardis Gras menu, compliments of Artsriot’s kitchen.

Stooges Brass Band

The Stooges Brass Band has earned their rank as one of the elite brass bands in New Orleans. The band consistently provides a welcome blast of true New Orleans spirit engaging audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds, contemporary jazz and hip-hop beats.

Emerging onto the scene in 1996, the Stooges Brass Band has gained notoriety as a full-blown musical party immersing the crowd in a cut-loose vibe that is contemporary yet deeply rooted in the culturally rich musical legacy of New Orleans. The band has shared the stage with: Ozomatli, Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli), Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Shemekia Copeland, Pedrito Martinez Group, Galactic, Brownout, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Funky Meters, and Jessica Simpson, among others.

The band is undeniably one of the hardest working bands out of New Orleans, and their dedication to their craft has made an impact. The Stooges Brass Band victoriously battled for the title of “Red Bull Street Kings: Best Brass Band” (the subject of the documentary Brass Bands of New Orleans: Red Bull Street Kings). Along with this auspicious title, the band won a recording and mentorship session at the Red Bull Studios in California. You can watch the results of this project here: The Red Bull Studio Sessions. The band also received the award for “Best Contemporary Brass Band 2011″ at the Big Easy Music Awards.

The Stooges Brass Band continues to tour performing at venues throughout the country and appearing at famed festivals such as New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo, South by Southwest, Utah Arts Festival, Discover Jazz, American Folk Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Great American Brass Band Festival, and more.

The Stooges Brass Band has also answered the call to serve as cultural ambassadors and were employed by the US Embassy to tour, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Other international appearances include the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, the Durham Brass Festival in the UK and Nuits D’Afrique, Tremblant Blues Festival in Canada.

Whether they’re second-lining in the back streets of the Crescent City, or performing their spirited stage show, the Stooges Brass Band delivers an authentic New Orleans celebration.

Comic Relief – A Benefit for COTS @ ArtsRiot
Feb 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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In 2013, Vermont comedian Kathleen Kanz produced and hosted the first annual Comic Relief – A Benefit for COTS.  The idea for comics to tell jokes to raise money and awareness for the homeless was created by comedian Bob Zmuda (Andy Kaufmann’s friend and comedy sidekick) in 1986 as the homeless population in New York City had ballooned due to changes in national and local policies and funding.  The first Comic Relief USA was held in 1986.  It was hosted by comedians Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg and was televised by HBO.
The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for people who are homeless or marginally housed in Vermont.  COTS advocates for long-term solutions to end homelessness.  They believe in the value and dignity of every human life, that housing is a fundamental human right, and that emergency shelter is not the solution to homelessness.  The story of COTS began in 1982 when a group of concerned community members and organizations came together to address the needs of the growing homeless population in Burlington.  On Christmas Eve 1982 they opened the doors, offering overnight shelter in the Sara Holbrook Community Center for adults without homes.  COTS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.  COTS is also an organization banded together by people like you.  They would welcome your participation, energy and creativity.  You would find it was time well spent.  For more information on their staff and programs, please see

Homebrew Fest – Deep Winter @ ArtsRiot
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm


Ready to prove to all your lazy-no-good Bud Light drinking friends that the dark, delicious, particle heavy and taste-loaded liquid you spend hours a week cooking up is something to be awed and appreciated? we think it’s time to share your love with people who can understand the depths of your knowledge and prominence of your creativity.

We’re looking for homebrewers to be featured brewers for the ArtsRiot Homebrew Night on Thursday, February 19th and we’re looking for the rest of you to show up and enjoy what these home-brewers have to offer. In a state that’s home to the best beer in the world ArtsRiot is doing its part to contribute to VT beer culture with this seasonal showcase of beer. Home-brewers provide samples and chat with folks about process, inspiration, and history in home

Sponsored by Burlington Beer Company
There will be a beer geek hour before the doors open to the public.

1st $200 gift cert to Homebrew Store
2nd Burlington Beer Co. Brewery Tour
3rd BBC products (swag)
Brewer’s choice: 2 BBC growlers marked as Brewer’s Choice Champion, ArtsRiot Homebrew Night, Feb 19, 2015.
If you’d like to feature your brew(s) or would like more information please contact:
TURNmusic @ ArtsRiot
Feb 20 @ 7:30 pm


Sk & ArtsRiot Present:


Friday, 2.20
Doors: 7:30pm / Show: 8:00pm
All Ages

TURNmusic – a unique series of contemporary chamber music performances.

+ Tickets available online and in person at both ArtsRiot and Pure Pop Records. Free for Students with Advance Reservation.

TURNmusic continues to offer a fresh concert experience that will bring our community together to celebrate. Conductor and Artistic Director, Anne Decker, has mixed her musical tastes to create a unique set of performances. TURNmusic performs music that is defined by quality – not by genre, to present professional music concerts in a relaxed venue, and to offer affordable ticket prices.
The February programs will feature two Vermont Composers. Eve Beglarian’s Waiting for Billy Floyd was written in response to Eudora Welty’s short story At the Landing. Matt Lacrocca’s Desert Places was written in response to Robert Frost’s poem of the same title. Our February program also includes Limestone and Felt by Pulitzer Prize (2012) winning musician, Caroline Shaw. Works by Vermont artist, Jess Graham will also be featured at our events.

Composers: Eve Beglarian, Matt Larocca, Caroline Shaw, Evan Ziporyn, David Lang, and Ruby Fulton

Performers: Mary Rowell, John Dunlop, Dan Liptak, Hilary Goldblatt, Mary Jane Austin, Nicola Cannizzaro, Evan Bodach-Turner, and Anne Decker

Art Work featured by Jessica Graham

The Lone Bellow @ ArtsRiot
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm


Sk & ArtsRiot Present:
The Lone Bellow

Tuesday, 2.24
Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 7:30pm
All Ages

400 Pine St.
Burlington, VT

Tickets on sale – Friday, November 21st at 10am!

The Lone Bellow

Then Came the Morning, the second album by the Southern-born, Brooklyn-based indie-folk trio the Lone Bellow, opens with a crest of churchly piano, a patter of drums, and a fanfare of voices harmonizing like a sunrise. It’s a powerful introduction, enormous and overwhelming, as Zach Williams, Brian Elmquist, and Kanene Pipkin testify mightily to life’s great struggles and joys, heralding the morning that dispels the dark night: “Then came the morning! It was bright, like the light that you kept from your smile!” Working with producer Aaron Dessner of the National, the Lone Bellow has created a sound that mixes folk sincerity, gospel fervor, even heavy metal thunder, but the heart of the band is harmony: three voices united in a lone bellow.

“The feeling I get singing with Zach and Brian is completely natural and wholly electrifying,” says Kanene. “Our voices feel like they were made to sing together.”

Long before they combined their voices, the three members of the Lone Bellow were singing on their own. Brian had been writing and recording as a solo artist for more than a decade, with three albums under his own name. Kanene and her husband Jason were living in Beijing, China, hosting open mic nights, playing at local clubs and teaching music lessons. Zach began writing songs in the wake of a family tragedy: After his wife was thrown from a horse, he spent days in the hospital at her bedside, bracing for the worst news. The journal he kept during this period would eventually become his first batch of songs as a solo artist. Happily, his wife made a full recovery.

When Kanene’s brother asked her and Zach to sing “O Happy Day” together at his wedding, they discovered their voices fit together beautifully, but starting a band together seemed impossible when they lived on opposite sides of the world. Brian soon relocated to New York and Kanene moved there to attend culinary school a couple years later. The three got together in their new hometown to work on a few songs of Zach’s, he’d been chipping away at the scene as a solo artist for awhile by then. After hitting those first harmonies did they decide to abandon all other pursuits. Soon the trio was playing all over the city, although they considered Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side to be their home. They opened for the Civil Wars, Dwight Yokam, Brandi Carlile and the Avett Brothers, and their self-titled debut, produced by Nashville’s Charlie Peacock (the Civil Wars, Holly Williams) and released in January 2013, established them as one of the boldest new acts in the Americana movement.

After two hard years of constant touring, the band was exhausted but excited. By 2014, they had written nearly 40 songs on the road and were eager to get them down on tape. After putting together a list of dream producers, they reached out to their first choice, the National guitarist Aaron Dessner, who has helmed albums by the L.A. indie-rock group Local Natives and New York singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.

“It occurred to me that it would be fun to get together and make music with them,” says Aaron. “My main interest in producing records is community and friendship more than making money. I already do a lot of traveling and working with the National, so when I have to time to work with other artists, it should be fun and meaningful.”

“Aaron is just so kind,” Zach says. “And he has surrounded himself with all these incredibly talented people, like Jonathan Low, the engineer. His brother Bryce [Dessner, also a guitarist for the National] wrote these amazing brass and string arrangements, and he got some of his friends to play with us.”

Dessner and the Lone Bellow spent two weeks recording at Dreamland in upstate New York, a nineteenth-century church that had been converted into a homey studio. The singers found the space to inspire the emotional gravity necessary for the material and the acoustics they were looking for. (For Kanene, Dreamland had one other bonus: “I’m a big Muppets fan, and it looks exactly like the church where Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem lived.”)

Aaron set them up in a circle in what had once been the sanctuary, with microphones hanging in the rafters to capture the sound of their voices bleeding together. Most of the vocals were recorded in single takes, a tactic that adds urgency to songs like “Heaven Don’t Call Me Home” and “If You Don’t Love Me.” “There were a couple of times when somebody sang the wrong word or hit a bad note, and we just had to keep going,” says Zach, who says that recording “Marietta” in particular was daunting—especially the moment near the end when he hits an anguished high note, bends it even higher, and holds it for an impossibly long time. It’s a startling display of vocal range, but it’s also almost unbearably raw in its emotional honesty.

“‘Marietta’ is probably the darkest song on the whole record,” Zach explains, “and it’s based on something that happened between my wife and me. The band was getting ready to record that song when all of a sudden my wife showed up with our youngest baby. It was a great surprise, a beautiful moment. So I was able to go out and sing that song, knowing she was there to help me carry the moment.”

“These are true stories,” says Brian. “These aren’t things we made up. We tried to write some songs that had nothing to do with our personal stories, but we just didn’t respond to them. But we’re best buds, so we know each others’ personal stuff and trust each other to figure out what needs to be said and how to say it.” Case in point: Brian wrote “Call to War” about his own struggles during his twenties, but gave the song to Kanene to sing. “The content is painful and brutal,” she says, “but the imagery, the vocals, they build something delicate and ethereal. That kind of contrast illuminates the true beauty and power of a song.”

Says Brian, “We do this one thing together, and we carry each other. Hopefully that makes the listener want to be a part of it. It becomes a communal thing, which means that there’s never a sad song to sing. It’s more a celebration of the light and the dark.”


“Everything in my life has brought me to what I’m doing now,” says Odessa. “Putting out this record that I’ve lived to make for so long is going to feel like the best thing in the world.”

It has been quite the journey for Odessa, a road well traveled that has led at last to her debut EP as a solo artist. A gifted violinist/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist with a CV that includes stints with such diverse outfits as Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Odessa has now lit out on her own and crafted a rich and human sound that defies easy classification, born of folk and pop, blues and psychedelia. Produced by Jacquire King (Of Monsters and Men, Norah Jones, Dawes), songs like “Hummed Low” and “I Will Be There” – famously featured in Subaru’s 2014 “Flat Tire” ad campaign – are melancholy, evocative, and strikingly original, fueled by Odessa’s instrumental prowess, passionate vocals, and utterly unique perspective.

“My dad would always tell me, Write your own songs,” she says. “At the end of the day, if your music isn’t your own, you don’t really have anything. I’ve always held that in the back of my mind.”

The Santa Rosa native was immersed in music from her very start, toddling among her musician father’s surf band rehearsals before beginning classical training on the violin at the tender age of 4. The next 10 years saw Odessa performing with chamber ensembles and symphonies, even making her debut on the legendary stage of New York’s Carnegie Hall. She traveled to Japan for a brief stint as a high fashion model but soon returned to Santa Rosa where she plugged in her violin and joined a local rock outfit.

“I just decided then and there that this was the kind of music I wanted to play,” Odessa says. “It was the first time I wasn’t reading music, I wasn’t following a chart of any kind – it was my own expression and it was so exciting.”
Odessa learned her way around the studio and the stage, schooling herself in the canons of classic rock and Americana. Inspired, she made early attempts at songwriting, composing her first song on her dad’s acoustic – an instrument she plays to this very day. She spent time in Denver and Europe before settling in Nashville where she rewired her skill set to include fiddle and lead vocals. Odessa was soon fronting a hard touring Nashville bluegrass group, spending considerable time on the road in the US and Europe. From there she traveled north – far north – and spent still another year touring and recording with a popular Alaskan folk group.

“That was all I was doing,” she says. “I was with one band for a while, I’d get home and someone would call asking if I wanted to play with them. I went from tour to tour, I was never home for more than a week at a time. It was really fun, but it wasn’t satiating me. I think it was at that point that I started thinking along the lines of recording my own music.”

Sadly her father passed in 2007 and Odessa resolved to focus on her own songs. With her dad’s beloved Yamaha 16 track recorder in tow, she headed to Asheville, North Carolina where she spent the next six months writing and recording on her very own, experimenting with layered vocals, unusual guitar tunings, and other outré ideas far outside her comfort zone.

“I was writing twenty four hours a day,” she says. “Really, around the clock. I was having so many thoughts about my own music, about building my own songs and making my own record. I had a vision for my songs. I wanted to make my own music, I had to make my own music.”

Despite this non-stop creative awakening, Odessa accepted an offer to join another band, this time as both lead singer and contributing songwriter. Stepping up to the front of the stage proved exciting and energizing, but ultimately just added fuel to her own individual goals. Odessa eventually landed back in Nashville where she finally tracked her first real deal studio demos.

By now her prodigious talents had gained widespread attention from such Music City based acts as Old Crow Medicine Show, whom she accompanied on 2011’s now legendary Railroad Revival Tour with Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (captured for posterity on the GRAMMY® Award-winning documentary, Big Easy Express). Upon tour’s end, Odessa proved busier than ever, playing violin and vocalizing with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show’s Gil Landry, and criss-crossing the country in a ’69 Plymouth Valiant with Nashville singer/songwriter Rayland Baxter as both fiddle player and solo support act.

Determined to concentrate on her own music, Odessa began teaming up with producer Jacquire King for sessions at engineer Brad Bivens’ fully equipped home studio in East Nashville. Bivens especially proved an important collaborator, guiding Odessa through the complexities of recording while also engaging her ambitious creativity.
Alas, a near fatal bicycle accident put a hard stop to the proceedings. Time stood stillas Odessa healed from her injuries and she was thankfully much improved when the call came to join Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros as full time violinist and backing vocalist. The next two years were spent touring the world as a Magnetic Zero, not to mention contributing strings to Edward Sharpe leader Alex Ebert’s Golden Globe Award-winning score to director J.C. Chandor’s acclaimed 2013 film, All Is Lost.

Now based in Los Angeles, Odessa is at long last poised to devote herself fully to her own songs, even putting together a backing band of her very own to help tour the “ODESSA” EP and its even more diverse full-length follow-up.

“I’m in such a different physical and mental place from where I was when I began all this,” Odessa says. “I’m drawing inspiration from different places in myself now. Everything is connected, nothing is separate from each other – it’s not like I have my life and then I have my music. It’s just existence and it takes you down all these exciting and unknown and terrifying paths. Sometimes creation happens along the way and that is the most beautiful gift.”

Blind Beer Tasting @ ArtsRiot
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm

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A Tour of Bavarian Beers With the Brewers from Queen City Brewery

An ArtsRiot Blind Beer Challenge


The Southeastern region of Bavaria is the most diverse and the most traditional brewing area in Germany. Even the smallest villages are usually home to a brewery, probably family-run for multiple generations. From the pale “Helles” to the inky-black “Schwarzbier”, from cloudy wheat beers to amber smoked lagers, Bavaria is home to a diversity of styles, each of which is deeply rooted in a distant past and a distinct place of origin.

Join the brewers from Burlington’s Queen City Brewery as they take you through a blind tasting of Bavarian beer styles, from both Germany and North America, with a soupçon of history and a dash of brewing science thrown in.

Queen City Brewery is one of Vermont’s newest breweries, specializing in the accurate recreation of traditional, classic, European and American beer styles, with a brewery and tasting room on Pine Street in Burlington. As they like to say at QCB: “World-class beer without the jet lag!”

Rupa & the April Fishes with Bella’s Bartok and The Suitcase Junket @ ArtsRiot
Mar 7 @ 8:00 pm
Artsriot Presents:
Rupa and the April Fishes
with Bella’s Bartok and The Suitcase Junket
Saturday, 3.7.15
$12 ADV / $14 DOS
All Ages

Rupa & the April Fishes:

A sound that is as difficult to define as life is to confine, the music of Rupa & the April Fishes pulls from eight years of street parties, festivals and symphonic concerts on three continents, three studio albums, one live album and one string quartet recording in the making, several languages from English to Tzotzil to French, many musical traditions, countless moments of joy, sorrow, loss, and transformation and a fierce independent spirit.

The band’s first album eXtraOrdinary rendition examines love from many angles, with lyrics mostly in French; the second Este Mundo traces the plight of migrants crossing borders, largely in Spanish;BUILD is their latest studio album primarily in English, produced with collaborator Todd Sickafoose. Its twelve songs examine the road from solitude to solidarity in both directions and arise from this particularly tender moment of global awakening—from the collapse of capitalism and false democracies to the rise of populist movements around the world. Their LIVE at the Independent album was produced at the request of fans who wanted to capture the wild balance of composition and improvisation that is the hallmark of the band’s rock performance. They are currently recording again with Todd Sickafoose, an exquisite collection of string quartet love songs arranged by composer Mark Orton for Quartet San Francisco.

The musicians—Aaron Kierbel, JHNO, Michael Shiono, Misha Khalikulov and Mario Alberto Silva—came from all over the world and converged in San Francisco to become the April Fishes with ringleader Rupa. In their work together, musical languages converge; from punk to indie rock, from reggae to raga to rockabolly, chanson to cumbia, from Malian guitar patterns to mournful duduk melodies. In other times and places musical traditions have met to forge a sound that is more insistence than resistance; this band and their music belong to that long tradition of rebel music.

“The April Fishes’ sound is ecstatic and powerfully evocative.” – LA Times

“Soulful and Sensous” – Relix Magazine


Bella’s Bartok:

Deep from within the bloated bowels of the bohemian dance-punk scene (ha!), comes Bella’s Bartok! A new (old?) band bringing the desperate wail of the blues, the melodic timbre of a choir and the block-rocking beats of your favorite Hungarian dance hall. Seven piece, multi-instrumentalist groove-making extra-ordinaires from Northampton, MA.


The Suitcase Junket:

Matt Lorenz – a Vermont born musician, visual artist and tinkerer, is a professional showoff. “I aim to write good songs and sing them honestly” says Lorenz. He does that and more. The Suitcase Junket’s artistic vision is one of salvaged and repurposed objects, images and emotions. His innovative junk-percussion constructions, original album art featuring inanimate objects with wings, and the high craft of his songwriting all combine to create a unique and engaging entity with a force and style all its own. Lorenz’s self-taught throat-singing adds a fascinating edge to the overall sound. “I’m interested in the hidden voices that reside within things: the songs stuck inside instruments, the story behind the object, the mysterious weight of a word, the harmonic sequence that’s in every note waiting to be broken as light through a prism.”

Lorenz tours The Suitcase Junket nationally playing on festival stages and city street corners, in concert halls and dive bars, in living rooms and listening rooms. The sound isn’t easy to pin into a genre, but The Suitcase Junket is often likened to Tom Waits, The Black Keys and Andrew Bird. Lorenz’s songwriting is unexpected, powerful and poignant, drawing from the deep well of the American musical traditions of folk, rock, blues and storytelling, all sharpened with a keen pop sensibility. With masterful command over instruments of his own creation, he silences a room with the first notes of his throat singing and holds the crowd until the final chords of his guitar. When he plays you get the sense that he is truly playing and that he’d be doing it just as joyfully with or without an audience.

Lorenz has released two albums as The Suitcase Junket Sever and Lift (2009) and Knock It Down (2011) His third album Make Time is due out on January 6. “The band” is built around a resurrected dumpster-diamond guitar, an old oversized suitcase, a hi-hat, a gas-can baby-shoe foot-drum, a cookpot-soupcan-tambourine foot-drum, a circular-saw-blade bell and a box of bones and silverware that operate much like a hi-hat. He pounds out rhythms with his feet and his twang-and-buzz guitar growls through a couple of old tube amps. On top of all this is the ethereal edge of his overtone throat-singing. This act is unique and not to be missed.

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.

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


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..