by Dan Bolles
Well folks, we're a mere day away from the start of Burlington's best annual party, The South End Art Hop, so I thought I'd chime in and let you know about the best Hop-related music music options for the weekend. Here we go:
Friday night, the Green Door Studio is hosting a cadre of local bands that represent some of the most innovative and original artists in the area. The lineup features the rock stylings of Dynasty, free-noise auteurs The Le Duo, experimental whiz kids — and a Contrarian fave — Oak, the all-girl old-time outfit Hammer & Saw, the mustachioed indie-rock genius of Ryan Power and, the coup de grace: a reunion of Aaron Hornblas' pre-Cripples indie supergroup, Rock & Roll Sherpa. The show starts at 6 p.m. and should be one of the better events of the Art Hop, if not the entire year.
Just a short stroll across Pine Street, eclectic antique-kitsch merchants Speaking Volumes kick off a two-night bash with an equally impressive lineup of local talent. Friday night will see The Nightbirds, folk-hop act Second Agenda, MC Kwestion and Andre W. & Aggressive Perfectors. Saturday night promises to be the main event as The Jazz Guys, Workingman's Army, L. Dora, Nose Bleed Island and The Cave Bees rock out in the name of art . . . and booze. Both shows start at 8 p.m. and are preceded by a BBQ at 7 p.m.
Oh yeah, speaking of booze, there's no beer garden at the Art Hop this year so events that are alcohol friendly are BYOB — and likely on the DL — so exercise caution and respect should you choose to imbibe.
Unfortunately, I'll be out of town for the weekend so I won't have a chance to attend any of these stellar shows. If you go, I'd love to hear your thoughts, Solid State. Let's reconvene on Monday, shall we?
Have a great weekend!