Posts Tagged ‘Radio Bean’

swing time

March 21, 2010

Turns out all I had to do was mention yesterday how sorely lacking we’ve been for snow this year.

What a gift, soft springtime flakes falling this morning!


I got up early to get ready for a recording session with the Underscore Orkestra at the VPR performance studio. They’re six players strong from Portland, OR., taking a tour of the Northeast now with a couple of stops in Vermont (Radio Bean tonight; Langdon Street tomorrow night) before hitting Montreal near the end of this week.

This is where, if I were Pandora, I’d be making similar sounding recommendations for groups like Gogol Bordello, Balkan Beatbox, The Squirrel Nut Zippers, or maybe the Fishtank Ensemble. All good recommendations.

But if you have a chance this evening or tomorrow night, I recommend checking out their set and seeing (hearing) what creative new twists the Underscore brings to the genre.

live music on a summer sunday

August 22, 2009

@ the lakefront Quadricentennial Festival in July

@ the lakefront Quadricentennial Festival in July

Shelburne’s Liberate Music and Arts Festival, the Music Festival of the Americas in Stowe, and many other festivals are wrapping up the season this weekend. We’re getting to that point in the summer, white shoes are still OK but the places to get out and wear them are dwindling. Pretty soon we’ll have to find the wool socks again to keep our toes warm in sandals.

Some options for your Sunday tomorrow, if your weekend could still hold a little more live music:

Saint-Gaudens Summer Concert Series (New Hampshire) – last performance starts at 2 at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and features “The Jennings”, Andrew (violin) and Gail (piano) Jennings

Maple Jam – concert 2–5PM at the Fisk Farm Art Center in Isle La Motte

Radio Bean in Burlington – starting at 5, gypsy jazz with Trio Gusto

Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival – last concert at 12:30; contra-dance at 2 – at the Three Stallion Inn in Randolph

Opera North – last performance at 7:30 – Rossini’s The Barber of Seville

Summer’s coming to a glorious end, enjoy what’s left in every way you possible can. The fall festival season isn’t too far off now!

the bean experience

February 25, 2009
STAY. good sitar.

STAY. good sitar.

Four ragas, 0 degrees (Farenheit), and two Spanish chais later (home made and spicy, WITH a shot of Kahlua)…a great Tues. night out for Indian classical music at the Radio Bean. The windows were steamed up and the frigid night wasn’t the only factor. It was a packed house as the music simmered along nicely for a little over two hours in mingling, fragrant hues of saffron and sandalwood.

Thanks to the musicians – Benjamin and Paul – for the experience, can’t wait to hear where the music takes you next! No one would have guessed it was only your third gig together.

intermission: one chai down, one to go

intermission: one chai down, one to go

life at the crossroads

February 24, 2009

Everyone I know has heard me say this at some point. Probably more than once…it’s a surprisingly well kept secret outside the state, but when it comes to arts and culture we don’t miss anything living in Vermont! Yes, it undoubtedly has something to do with our unique and fortunate geography, being right in the middle of the travel triangle between the artistic destinations of Montreal, NYC, and Boston. Does it matter that’s the reason? Yeah right. (And geography isn’t the only reason, just one of the big contributors. I truly believe people here are innately more creatively minded and gifted…must be all that clean air and natural inspiration working for us. ;) 

Another example: tonight Radio Bean will be hosting a two-person show of North Indian classical music, 7-9pm. The artists are Benjamin Stewart (tabla) and Paul Crowley (sitar).

I had a chance meeting with Benjamin a week ago, just as my show was ending at the Radiator. He had come in with Lee Anderson to do some training on the board before getting his own show (Weds. mornings, 8-10am) When I found out he’d be doing a show dedicated to Indian classical music, I thought to mention a show I had caught at the North End Studio the night before, also tabla (Gabe Halberg ) and sitar (Neel Murgai).

Even as I started talking about it I recalled the table of enthusiastic younger folks who had been sitting in front of me, and I realized that Benjamin had been part of that group. Nice to find we’d shared that amazing experience.

It’s not very often one has a chance to see Indian classical music being played in a live setting. It’s very difficult music to play, for one thing, and then even when qualified players can be found it requires just the right time and place to allow the music to unfold in its long-form expression without some of the usual constraints or expectations one might have from another kind of concert. Often, as was the case in the Gabe/Neel recital, one single, colorful, complex piece unwinds and fills up each ‘half’ of the show.

That there are TWO of these rare recitals taking place within a two-week period here really says it all: we don’t miss anything here! Looking forward to it tonight. Hope to see you there.

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