Weather permitting, a walk down Burlington's ChurchStreet will generally put you in contact with two things: dogs and live music. Of the former, most areleashed and owned. Of the latter, most is free. And because of its free-ness,live music might appear to passersby as a gift from the gods — or maybe the Church Street Marketplace Commission.
The five-piece folk-rock band took the stageonly 10 days after completing a monthlong tour.
“We went from Portland, Maine, to North Carolina andeverywhere in between,” said Coccoma. “We played 22 shows in 30 days.”
Theyreturned to their Burlington base in good spirits, a condition that defied the preemptive warnings of fellow musicians.
“Everyone says you’re gonna fight and hate each other," explains Coccoma. "I washappy to have a week off, but I’m ready to get back and play more shows, which isa good feeling because this is the indefinite future.”
As for Alpenglow’s future, an album release is duein October. Beyond that, Coccoma seems content with indefiniteness.
“I feel like a lot of times in the music industry, and anyindustry, really, we’re always thinking about the future and what could be andwhere I want to be,” said Coccoma.
“I try to keep in perspective that, even if this [doesn't last], someday Icould tell my kids that I played in a cool band and they were all my friendsand we made great music and I went to all these cities and it was fun.”
The Let It Rain Concert Series is part of the Connecting theDrops installation. Painted rainbarrels positioned throughout downtown Burlington bring awareness to the issue — especially relevant this summer — of stormwater management.
(Full disclosure: Seven Days and Kids VT are media sponsors of Connecting the Drops. This Wednesday, July 17, Montréal singer-songwriter Leif Volbekk and another unnamed artist will take the Let It Rain stage.)