by Dan Bolles
Thank God it's Friday!
I say that not because I'm "workin' for the weekend" — I usually work on the weekend. But Memorial Day weekend is traditionally a pretty slow stretch music-wise. For whatever reason the upcoming three-day bender — in honor of fallen soldiers, of course — is actually chock full of exciting shows.
Assuming the rain lets up, I'm planning to catch Lendway this afternoon on the outdoor stage at Red Square for some happy hour rockin'. I'm told by reliable ears that the band has grown by leaps and bounds in the last year or so. Having never seen them before, I can't really weigh in on that one. But I've been meaning to check these guys out for a while. Plus, there's nothing like a nice cold PBR at 5 o'clock on a Friday to kick off the weekend.
Later this evening, I'll be headed to Metronome to soak up some theatrical Box-inspired tomfoolery. Cave Bees. Jazz Guys with proud new papa Ryan Ober. Drag queens. What's not to like?
Tomorrow night, heavy music takes center stage at Higher Ground's Showcase Lounge as Rawk Hawd Promotions presents "Get The Horns" with Cambridge, MA-based Mess With The Bull, and a smorgasbord of local talent including Blinded by Rage, aVicious Cycle, The New Tony Bennett (great effin' name), and Brooklyn metal torch bearers Timeless. This show is especially notable as it marks the final show for Rawk Hawd founder Wren Hammond. Burlington's heavy music community is always among the most vibrant and vital in town and Hammond has played a key role in that scene's continued growth over the last few years. Fortunately, Rawk Hawd will be absorbed by the 802 Booking Collective — which is now working under the umbrella of Big Heavy World — so expect them to continue pumping out great shows. Happy trails, Wren. And on behalf of everyone who appreciates heavy music 'round these parts, thank you.
If you're looking for something on the mellow end of the spectrum, Sunday night at Radio Bean promises to be a lot of fun. For the entire month of May, songwriter/Monkey House booking genius Paddy Reagan has been hosting a "Songwriter's Special" on the Lord's Day. I believe this is the last one, so catch it while you can. And even if it's not, go anyway.
Have a great holiday weekend, folks. Hope to see you out and about.