by Dan Bolles
Being the music editor for a newspaper in a town, and state, with such a vibrant music scene is a pretty ace gig. But, like any job, it comes with certain pet peeves. One of mine is that people expect me to be able to recite the upcoming weekend's slate of events from memory. I can't tell you how many times I run into an acquaintance who will attempt small talk with some version of the question, "So, mister music guy, what's going on this weekend?"
Seems pretty innocuous, right? And it is. But here's the thing: I almost always fumble like a rookie tailback when asked that question. It's not that I don't know. It's that by the time the paper comes out on Wednesday, I've moved on. I've pretty much forgotten what's in the current issue because I'm preparing for the following one. (Try asking me what's happening next weekend.)
Also, I'm often tempted to answer the question thusly: "Hmm. Not sure. If only there were some resource, perhaps some kind of paper, website or e-newsletter that could tell you what's happening for the next, uh, seven days." But I digress.
Anyway, for those of you who want yet another reminder, I thought I'd offer up a few selections — complete with video — of shows I recommend this weekend.
Because Angioplasty Media and MSR Presents have yet to steer us wrong. Also, the Images have some nifty BTV lineage.
Because country + rock = YEEEHAW! Also, Thompson Gunner is one of the better Vermont bands you haven't heard yet.
Because within in two years you'll be telling your friends you saw Chic Gamine at a small club in Vermont.