"Precipice: A 3 Day Happening" at Burlington College this weekend has more than threereasons for you to attend: 65 local bands. Twenty-two of them can be heard on a recently released Bandcamp sampler.
For starters, Alpenglow’s folky rock bursts intorocky folk in the hard-hitting, fiddle-screeching “Solitude.” But the Burlington-based band also takes its time with soaring harmonies andcareful acoustic pluckings.
The 10-piece Bella’s Bartok might blow your brain. Three drumstick clacks begin“Creepster,” joined shortly by upbeat guitar, thumping bass and commanding vocals that ask, “When I speak, do I sound a little funny?” This is jump-around, pump-your-fist music at its finest.
Kat Wright (pictured above) says, “It’s all about you” about a million timesin the song titled — what else? — “All About You.” Yet her jazzy Indomitable Soul Band make it sounddifferent every time. Plus, with her just-breathy-enough voice, Wright really does make it all about you.
She comes back crooning in country duets “Windy Pines” and“At Least Not Today,” sung with Brett Hughes. In the latter song, the duo blends in a swaying ballad that could only be improved by a backdrop of setting sun over Lake Champlain. (How much you wanna bet Wright and Hughes take the stage at just the right moment?)
The Lucky Jukebox Brigade shows what happens when a JohnPhilip Sousa march mingles with the soundtrack of a Tim Burton film. “Dollhouse” climbseerily to a final crescendo.
Skamaphrodites provide all the poppy punk and angsty malevocals you could ever want in a ska band in “Ev-er-y Day.” And Maryse Smith’svoice is creamy smooth in “Good Thing.”
“She said I never liked the guitar, always liked thesaxophone,” begins the love story of a song called “Guitar” by Michael Chorneyand Hollar General. Chorney strums the song’s namesake in a warm, comfortingmelody.
Concluding the Precipice pitch, Something with Strings give us a twangytoe-tapper aptly called “Dead End.”
Precipice: A 3 Day Happening is next weekend, July 26-28, at Burlington College. Tickets and other info at the festival's website.
Full disclosure: The aforementioned angsty male vocal ofSkamaphrodite is that of Seven Days musiceditor Dan Bolles. SevenDays designer Diane Sullivan can also be heard boo-hoo-hooing in “Crybaby” with her band the Dirty Blondes. Seven Days is the media sponsor of the festival.