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Soundbites: ’Tis the Week Before New Year's

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'Tis the week before New Year's, and all through the town

It seems there's some super-cool stuff going down

Many artists and bands are out singing ditties

Making music ring out all over the city

Some have Christmas-themed shows up their sleeve

And others are prepping for old New Year's Eve

There's rock and country, reggae and folk

This isn't a drill, and it isn't a joke

But before we examine the big shows next week

A few on this weekend deserve a quick peek


On 12/21, Noise Ordinance presents

A shindig more special than all its past events

It's called the Holiday Extravaganza!

I'll give you the gist by the end of this stanza

It features players from tons of cool bands

So you might want to just cancel all other plans

Fever Dolls, Grundlefunk, Clever Girls, Gnomedad

J Bengoy and Ivamae — it's gonna be so rad

I heard that there's going to be mixing and matching

But you'll have to hit SideBar to see what they're hatching


On 12/22, after burning the "Yule log"

Maybe go hang with DJs Jahson and Big Dog

They're hosting a special Friday night Mi Yard

At Club Metronome, and it shouldn't be too hard

To decipher my previous Yule log remark

I'm talking about ganja — but layered with snark

So if reggae's your jam, you know where to go

You can dub the halls and rocksteady in the snow

Mi Yard returns to its normal Sunday night

On New Year's Eve — that sounds about right


12/23 is pretty jam-packed

Check out the club listings — they're unusually stacked

It's a mad dash to rock before Santa's arrival

And it's sure to aid in your Christmas survival

For example, Foam Brewers is livin' the dream

It's got Nico Suave & the Bodacious Supreme

Lowell Thompson's at Juniper, what do you know?

That dude always puts on an excellent show

But Christmas Eve and Day are looking wide open

It's only two days, though — so quit your mopin'


In the days preceding 12/31

It's pretty much a nonstop onslaught of fun

On 12/29, before your head hits the pillow

You'd best check out funk-hoppers Harsh Armadillo

They'll rage Nectar's with support from Mammal Dap

They'll wake you up from your long winter's nap

ArtsRiot throws down on Saturday, 12/30

Upstate Rubdown will be keeping it dirty

And smalltalker's there to open things up

So kick back, relax and raise your cup


And then comes the big night — you know what I mean

One last night to party and wipe the slate clean

I'm talking about New Year's Eve, of course

Revelers: Prepare to shout yourselves hoarse

But a bit of advice for this crazy evening:

Have a game plan, 'cause you best be believing

That FOMO makes people act all crazy

You can't do it all, so please don't feel lazy

If you only pick one New Year's Eve activity

Don't think of it like being held in captivity


So choose and choose wisely — that's my two cents

And now, let's check out some more cool events

Sabouyouma open the evening at Nectar's

And I'm sure that there won't be any objectors

To the headlining act, the one that I speak'a

Is psychedelic, West African fusionists Barika

Have you heard "There for You"? That song is legit

It's got a dope beat and a hook that won't quit

That's sung by the indomitable Ms. Kat Wright

However, she's headlining Higher Ground that night


Ms. Wright and her soul band present a doubleheader

On 12/30 and 31. But wait, it gets better

The support bands are excellent, in fact they're none other

Than the Eames Brothers Band and the fraternal SoundBrother

Also on the bill are Julia Caesar

In 2017, they've been quite the crowd-pleaser

And just so you know, one week from today

The Seven Days music section includes a Q&A

With Wright herself, and she'll give you the scoop

About what's been happenin' all year with her group


Burlington's First Night has so much to do

It's a bona fide clusterfuck — an absolute zoo

But in the best way possible, I'm sure you'll agree

Just pick up your button, and then you'll be free

To wander in and out of so many great shows

And if you don't mind, I'd like to propose

That you check out some stuff at downtown's Flynn Center

It's always been such a fantastic presenter

Of theater and music, comedy and dance

It's a surefire win, so go on, take a glance


Up on the MainStage are Myra Flynn and co.

And after she sings, you can say hello

To Burlington's dynamite rockers Swale

They don't often perform in a room of this scale

So you might want to be there — I hope they play "Felon"

I haven't seen their set list, so there's really no tellin'

If my favorite song from their brand-new LP

Will make an appearance — I guess we'll just see

Next, Gang of Thieves are a funky punch to the scrotum

Have you heard their brand-new EP? It's called Totem


There are so many more awesome shows to attend

But now it is time for this poem to end

I hope that my picks have been enlightening

And that your holiday chaos isn't too frightening

Please remember to be safe on the night of

And if places are crowded, don't push or shove

Remember to tip your bartenders well

For servers, New Year's Eve can be living hell

Please drink responsibly — don't fall in a stupor

Lest ye run afoul of a Vermont State Trooper

Listening In

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be the ability to get songs stuck in other people’s heads. Here are five songs that have been stuck in my head this week. May they also get stuck in yours. Follow sevendaysvt on Spotify for weekly playlists with tunes by artists featured in the Music section.

  • Ebn Ezra, “Feel U”
  • Shakira, “Try Everything”
  • Kat Wright, “By My Side”
  • Corbin, “Revenge Song”
  • Michael Kiwanuka, “Love & Hate”


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