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august 02-09, 2006| SEVEN DAYS

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Got music news? Email Casey Rea at casey@sevendaysvt.com. 7D.blogs.com/solidstate for more music news & views.

BY CASEY REA

FESTIVAL ROUNDUP

BANG ON!

Two major festivals are taking place in the Green Mountains this week, both in picturesque Green Mountain settings. Outdoor concerts are a staple this time of year, but the weather doesn’t always cooperate. Maybe we should do a “non-rain dance.” Actually, a “non-heat dance” might not be a bad idea, either. The Champlain Valley Folk Festival is a long-running Vermont tradition. This weekend, local and national talent will descend on Kingsland Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh for a celebration of acoustic-based music. ‘ This year’s event takes place on August 4, 5 & 6. More than 40 performers are lined up, ranging from the Scottish folk of Back of the Moon to modern-pop/oldtime hybrids The Mammals. Also appearing are Pete Sutherland, André Marchand, Chip Wilson, Pete Sutherland, Atlantic Crossing and Anaïs Mitchell, who is interviewed on page 40A of this issue. The music kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday. Visit www.cvfest.org for tickets and artist information. A little further north is the NorthEast Kingdom Music Festival, an annual celebration that takes place at the Chilly Ranch in Albany, Vermont, on August 4 & 5. The NEKMF is all about variety, with a roster boasting everything from honky-tonk to punk rock. Organizer Ed DuFresne has expanded the fest to include a late-night movie screening, fire sculpture, sideshows by Bread and Puppet Theater, an “Adult Cranky Show” with Tom Banjo, performance art by the Cardboard Tech Institute, and demonstrations of capoiera, a Brazilian martial art. Oh, yeah, there’s also full-contact Twister. Locals Maddub, Will, Japhy Ryder, Mark LeGrand & the Lovesick Bandits, Anaïs Mitchell (she’s a busy one) and Abby Jenne & Stacy Starkweather are just some of the acts scheduled to appear. Representing the national talent are the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Gogol Bordello, Crown City Rockers, Toubab Krewe and the Devil Makes Three. Visit www.NEKMF.com for the full lineup, directions and other pertinent info.

Attention, percussion enthusiasts: Johnson State College is hosting You’ve got one last chance to see Darkpark in their Tuesday-night the 11th annual KoSA International Percussion Workshop & Festival at residency at Nectar’s. The final show, with area jamsters Greyspoke, the Dibden Center for the Arts. The event, which features more than takes place on August 8. 30 world-renowned instructors, runs August 7-13. Better clear your DarkPark is the brainchild of Larry Flynn, who has led the band calendars — that’s a lot of drumming. through a few lineup changes. He was KoSA was conceived as a “hands-on” percussion intensive, pun previously a member of long-runfully intended. Almost every rhythmic discipline under the sun is ning jam institutions Liquid represented, from rock, jazz and funk, to Brazilian, Dead and Blues for Arabic and Indian styles. There’s even Breakfast. Lately Flynn Japanese Taiko. has traded feel-good This year’s drum demonstraimprovisations for a tors include Kenwood slightly darker Dennard, Memo sound, hence the Acevedo, John name of his curAmira, Clayton rent outfit. DP’s Cameron, Lori self-titled debut Cotler and contains the kind Cassio of emotional disDuarte, to quiet not often name a few. found in the Following “dude-bro” set. LARRY FLYNN daily workThere are still shops are a plenty of grooves and series of concerts open-ended arrangeopen to the general ments; DP aren’t exactly public. These kick off Radiohead. But if you like a at 8 p.m., with a “commulittle shade with your sunshine, nity drum circle” on this could be your jam. Wednesday, August 9, at 7 p.m. Percussion instruction is Burlington’s Big Heavy World has always had a keen interest in open to all ages and experience preservation. The nonprofit organization has amassed an impressive levels. For more info, visit collection of Vermont-made audio since its 1996 inception. Now BHW, www.KosaMusic.com or call Dr. John through its Vermont Music Library arm, is working to safeguard a far Kovacs at 514-482-5554. older piece of culture: Starksboro’s historic L.S. Gordon Store. ANTIBALAS Constructed in 1908, the building once provided goods to a thriving mill community. After years of disuse, a family has purchased the building with an eye toward full historic restoration. Some of this When Burlington’s gay, lesbian and hetero-friendly work includes the fabrication of large plate-glass windows using simivenue 135 Pearl closed in June, the future of the much-loved lar machinery employed in the structure’s original construction. Womyn’s Night was thrown into doubt. Well, the gregarious folks at Following the rehabilitation, the site will be turned over to BHW, Higher Ground have opened up their club to the series, ensuring the who will use the former store to house a climate-controlled archive of Queen City’s longest-running theme party will continue. Green Mountain sounds. “The location is scenic and peaceful; a great The first show takes place in HG’s Showcase Lounge on Friday, home for the music,” says founder Jim Lockridge. August 4, at 8 p.m. Singer-songwriters Steph Pappas, Karen On July 8, a crew of eight volunteers descended on the site to clear Grenier and Antara will perform “in the round,” followed by DJs Llu away trash and debris, such as empty paint cans and busted shingles. and Precious at 10. Visit www.HigherGroundMusic.com for more info. Next up is the zoning process, which must be completed before any carpentry can take place. No date has been set for the re-opening, but you can visit www.vmls.org for up-to-date information. m

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