Citizens Bank Presents Rocket Shop Live at Main Street Landing: Family Concerts, Live Broadcasts, Musician Panel, Networking & Cash Mob on the Waterfront This Winter! NOV. 7 THE BEERWORTH SISTERS & KEEGHAN NOLAN!
Vermont is a state that excels at creative endeavor and the shore of Lake Champlain is an idyllic venue for showcasing it. A group of local organizations, each with intense respect for Vermont's vibrant music community, have united to present a monthly music series on Burlington's beautiful Waterfront.
On Wednesdays once each month from November 2012 through April 2013, a Vermont-based singer songwriter, followed by a band, will perform in the family-friendly Black Box Theater at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center on the corner of College Street and Lake Street. With support from presenting sponsor Citizens Bank. Main Street Landing, Big Heavy World and Seven Days have collaborated to make this concert series possible. Concert dates are November 7, December 12, January 23, February 13, March 13, and April 17. Concerts begin at 8pm sharp, admission is all-ages and suggested $5 donation. Proceeds support the concert series and Big Heavy World. After the music, join the cash mob heading to a downtown venue that supports live VT music, for more friend-making & networking!
'Rocket Shop' is Big Heavy World's local music radio hour, every Wednesday night at 8pm on 105.9FM The Radiator. Rocket Shop has hosted hundreds of Vermont musician guests in its five years on-air and this live concert series is a natural direction for the radio program to go. Host Matt Gadouas will MC Rocket Shop Live, and Big Heavy World's volunteer crew will engineer videography and live streaming of the performances.
BEERWORTH SISTERS have been playing music together at family functions for a number of years and decided to take their passion on the road. Stylistically, they tend toward a whimsical mix of folk, country and classic rock. They have been playing at various local venues for the past two years as they juggle teaching careers, family, and time on the slopes. They hope to continue to share their passion for songwriting and live performances and they are thrilled to be releasing their first full-length album, 'Simple Things,' in December of 2012. http://www.TheBeerworthSisters.com
KEEGHAN NOLAN: Throw country, rock and blues together and there you have her, Keeghan Nolan. Keeghan is 20 years old, Vermont born and raised and is from a small town not far from the Canadian Border. She grew up listening to country music and started performing on stage when she was twelve years old. She now writes her own music and enjoys playing out with her band. Keeghan travels to Florida and Nashville performing at many venues, festivals, county fairs and benefits. She has opened for national acts such as Craig Morgan, David Alan Coe, Jimmy Wayne, Chris Young, Love & Theft, Clay Walker, Aaron Tippin, Jeff Bates and in November will be opening for John Michael Montgomery at Memorial Auditorium.
FREE MUSICIANS PANEL, 7pm
Preceding these concerts, artists of every genre and experience level are invited to a music industry social hour in the theater, featuring presentations and workshops fostering success of independent, "do it yourself" music careers that so many Vermont artists experience. The workshops, presented by musician peers and supportive organizations like the Vermont Arts Council, are free and begin at 6pm. Topics include Earning Revenue through Live Performances in Rural Locations; Musician Social Networks - Real & Virtual; Creating, Managing, and Seamlessly Coordinating a Multi-Part Web Presence; How to Build a Fan Following in Vermont; How to Apply for Vermont Arts Council Funding for Performances, Tours, and Album Production; and Getting Sponsored and Raising Funds to Tour and Record.
Panel program NOV. 7, 7pm: MUSICIANS FOR MUSICIANS: DRAWING A MAP TO SUCCESS AS A MUSICIAN. Everyone's idea of achievement as a musician is different, but the roads to it have been walked before. Learn from the personal stories and get advice from Vermont's most dedicated and determined musicians about resources and obstacles they've encountered in their musical careers, and benefit from a community discussion about planning for success, however you measure it. Panelists include veteran independent Vermont musicians Jen Crowell, Gregory Douglass, and Zach duPont, and are moderated by musician Steve Hartmann.
About the panel moderator: STEVE HARTMANN. Where it takes some musicians numerous types of tricks, bells and whistles in order to create their musical message, singer/songwriter Steve Hartmann needs nothing more than his voice and a guitar. After years as the front man for Acoustic/Rock group SIMON, he has since ventured forth as a solo artist with the long awaited release of his full-length debut solo album, “Waking Up the Echoes” on December 31st 2012 at First Night Burlington. Drawing upon the influences of his favorite performers (U2, The Dave Matthews Band, The Counting Crows, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel and others), he crafts acoustic songs about life, relationships, and the courage to dream. Whether a soft ballad or a harsh melody, his dynamic songs follow the high and low points of his life. “I like toying with the quiet that creeps up just before the storm,” he admits. “I like playing with that part of a song (or themselves) that only the heart can feel and the ears can hear and when it comes, everything falls into place just right... and you can breathe.” http://www.reverbnation.com/stevehartmann
About panelist JEN CROWELL: Jen has been working in the music business world for over 10 years. As a singer/songwriter, tour manager for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, band manager, owner of her own production company Crow Artists, and current Executive Director of First Night Burlington, Jen brings a wealth of information and experience to speaking about and teaching about how to survive in the music business. She has grown up performing and appreciating music her whole life in Vermont and North New York and currently resides in the Montpelier area. http://www.reverbnation.com/jencrowellthewoodsvehicle
About panelist GREGORY DOUGLASS: Gregory Douglass is an internationally renowned independent musician with eight critically acclaimed albums and a multitude of digital singles & music videos. His recent spotlight on NPR's "Morning Edition" has coined him "one of New England's best-kept secrets." Douglass has sold over 75,000 songs digitally on his own and his videos have amounted to over 600,000 views on Youtube alone. His music videos have charted numerous times on MTV Network's LOGO TV and his newest single "Naysayer" is slated to air on MTV's upcoming "World Of Jenks" series. Douglass was a finalist in the 2011 Mountain Stage NewSong Competition and won Yobi.tv's "New Stage" competition, an original web series starring Jersey Shore's Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino. http://www.gregorydouglass.com
About panelist ZACH DUPONT: Zack duPont is a budding songwriter based out of Burlington, VT. At the young age of 27, his music has displayed nothing but natural potential for growth and in return, has served as a vehicle for plays in most of the major cities in America. His finger-style guitar techniques create the illusion of two or more instruments playing simultaneously and are accompanied by intriguing lyrics, haunting melodies and one of a kind harmonic structures.The sound is contemporary folk with a twist of soul and blues.
LARGE-SCALE INDEPENDENT MEDIA SIMULCAST ON RADIO, TELEVISION, & THE WEB
Concerts will be broadcast live on the radio by community media partners WZXP 97.9 'The Album Station' and 105.9FM 'The Radiator;' televised live by RETN on three local cable networks, viewable from Essex to Vergennes, and streamed online with video at www.bigheavyworld.com. RETN is found on channel 16 on cable TV in the cities and towns of Burlington, Essex, Essex Junction, St. George, South Burlington, Williston, Winooski, Charlotte, Ferrisburgh, Hinesburg, Shelburne, and Vergennes (two Comcast cable systems and Burlington Telecom).
The Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center Black Box Theater is located at the corner of College Street and Lake Street in Burlington, VT. For more information about the concert series, visit mainstreetlanding.com or bigheavyworld.com, or contact Mariah Riggs, email@example.com. Performers and workshop topics are subject to change without notice.
About Main Street Landing: Main Street Landing is an environmentally and socially conscious redevelopment company in Burlington, Vermont that has created over 250,000 square feet of built environment on the Burlington Waterfront. www.mainstreetlanding.com
About Big Heavy World: Big Heavy World is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Vermont-made music. Based in Burlington, "Big Heavy'" operates a record label, public listening library, online music shop, community radio station, and special projects that help Vermont music find a wider audience. Bringing Vermont's music community together since 1996, Big Heavy World is a high-spirited, independent regional music office and advocate for the arts. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.bigheavyworld.com.