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people who bring great music to Vermont. We should all be thankful for them. It’s not every small city that can boast the quantity and quality of musical options that Burlington-area residents almost take for granted. So, to the folks at Higher Ground Presents, Nectar’s Presents, Waking Windows Presents, the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, ArtsRiot, Signal Kitchen, the Monkey House, and other booking entities and clubs and festivals, thank you. Of course, none of what they do — or what I do — would be possible if not for another key group: you. If you didn’t support music in Vermont, all of these efforts would be moot. There wouldn’t be incredible concerts to attend, and I wouldn’t have anything to write about. And I rather enjoy gainful employment, so thank you for reading. And thank you for supporting local music and the people who make it. 

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I’m thankful that, for the last three and brightest names in reggae to the decades, Burlington has been home to Queen City. For example, Jamaican 242 Main, the oldest all-ages punk club reggae star KABAKA PYRAMID, who plays in the country. The club’s future is in Nectar’s on Saturday, November doubt as the city tries to figure out what 26, in celebration of Mi Yard’s 10th the hell to do with “Moran on Main,” anniversary. (See the spotlight on page aka Memorial Auditorium. But it’s hard 68.) to overstate how critical the basement Speaking of anniversaries, I’m club has been as a cornerstone of the thankful for the Vermont Comedy Club, local music scene. Tune in next week which celebrated its first anniversary for details on the “last” show at 242. earlier this month. In the year since it I use quotations there because I’m opened, VCC has brought in some of also thankful for the efforts of some, the hottest up-and-coming standup and most notably led by Big Heavy World improv comedy talent in the country. founder JIM LOCKRIDGE, to engage the It’s also given an increasingly vibrant city in finding ways to keep 242 Main local comedy scene a place to call home around. Burlington is a city that prides and to grow. What NATALIE MILLER and itself on supporting the arts. They are NATHAN HARTSWICK have built at VCC fundamental to our civic identity. So is one of the true feel-good stories of I’ll go ahead and add my voice to the the year. Actually, looking back on it, growing chorus of those who hope that it might be the only feel-good story of city government recognizes what a 2016. unique and valuable resource 242 Main I’m thankful I had an opportunity has been, and can be, for a segment of to interview SHARON young artists who otherwise might be JONES, which I did in overlooked. 2010. Like so many of I’m thankful for Mi Yard Reggae her fans, I was deeply Night at Nectar’s. True, you might saddened to hear of her not find me at the weekly Sunday untimely passing last residency all that often — hey, it’s a week. She was truly school night. But that’s not really one of a kind, and I’m the point. For 10 years, the honored to have Mi Yard DJs BIG DOG and been able to speak JAHSON have created an with her about outlet for fans of irie her music. island music The reason to hear some I could talk of the best with Jones, of the genre and countless and its myriad other musical offshoots. Reggae Night is a greats over the staple of the Burlington club years, is because scene. Not only that, but Mi Burlington is Yard have been responsible blessed with Sharon Jones for bringing some of the best passionate

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