by Dan Bolles
Ho ho freakin' ho, Solid State.
A few weeks ago, I sent out an e-mail to a large number of area musicians, club owners, promoters and scenesters, asking for some general holiday/new year wishes. I asked them to keep it short, sweet, interesting and above all, to avoid any corny "Peace on Earth" nonsense — not because I'm against peace, but because it's something we should be wishing for year-round, not just when Hallmark says to.
To my pleasant surprise, the response was overwhelming and I have waaaaay more submissions than I can possibly use, even for the two issues the responses will run.
The solution? Why Solid State, of course! What follows is a submission I received with special instructions that I print it in its entirety or not at all. Since I already have too much to work with already, I submit for your approval, The Holiday Wish List of Mr. Damon Brink, proprietor of Nectar's and Club Metronome.
My Christmas list…
I would like to see The Aztext continue to blow up.
I would like for Alex Budney to continue to rock worlds in whatever he chooses.
I would like for the staff at Nectar’s to have an unlimited supply of eggnog, Sugarbush passes, and joy (sorry for the cliché) cause they “piss excellence."
I would like the fans of live music to be treated to even more of it by the guys, like us, who are the real deal: Alex Crothers and the HG crew, Jim Lockridge at Big Heavy, Lee Anderson at Radio Bean.
I would like the same venues above to be treated to mobs and mobs of fans that just can’t get enough and who think that paying $5 to see and hear live expression through the art of music is actually a deal instead of a burden.
I would like to see Jay Z pick up Fatty B’s line, STEEZ.
I would like to see State of Mind magazine on the West Coast.
I would like to see One Love Communications revolutionize the way unsigned artists are booked, promoted and connected.
I would like to see Nectar’s go LIVE with streaming web radio and live webcasts of shows.
I would like to see Dan Bolles simply smile at his critics.
I would like to see The Zodiac Room born again as the crown jewel of Burlington’s Club/Venue scene.
I would like for more Burlingtonians to realize that there is some seriously good food at Nectar’s…yes the seats might be ripped and it may look a bit tired on the restaurant side…but the food is no joke, local, fresh and fucking great!
I would like to see more music, more activity, more festivals, more fun, more money, more smiles, more beautiful girls, more rippin guitars, more horns, more slick rhymes over thumpin beats, more female musicians, more crowds, more lines, more great, local food and … less ‘tude…dude.
I would like responsible, caring landlords
I would like to see Mayor Kiss get the support and respect I think he deserves for being the opposite of an ego driven, “must make decision now”, talk, talk, talk…type of politician we are so unlucky to have in so many positions today.
I would like to give away a ton of BOOZE – get really drunk with beautiful people – march down to the waterfront on a hot august night – strip down naked and play waffle ball – while shouting and rolling in the grass with glee … and have the entire Liquor Control Sub Committee as well as the VT DLC tell me the next day that they were there and even though we didn’t see each other…they had a really great time and can’t wait to do it again…
And to come back to some reality…I would like to sell Nectar’s for a million bucks – with a BIG RED BOW.