Big Heavy World Web Site Launch Party DAY 1: Lynguistic Civilians, Quiet Lion, Bless the Child
Join the Big Heavy World crew in our first day of celebrating the new Big Heavy World web site! Bands on Friday April 11, 7-11pm at Arts Riot, and April 12 at 242 Main help us make happy for the all-new goodness of bigheavyworld.com. For the story of the new web site and how volunteers came together from all over to build it in support of Vermont-made music, see http://www.bigheavyworld.com/projects-2/the-new-web-site/ The launch parties are free thanks to Battery Street Jeans but a $5 donation toward maintaining the tour van we loan to Vermont musicians would be welcome! This event is all-ages, substance-free, and accessible. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 865-1140. Arts Riot is at 400 Pine Street, Burlington, VT 05401.
Tonight, performances are by:
Quiet Lion is a folk duo from Burlington, Vermont consisting of songwriters Tommy Alexander and Alanna Grace Flynn. Their sound has been described as honest and powerful. In 2013 Quiet Lion has opened for Kevin Devine, Night Beds, Spirit Family Reunion, Milo Greene, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and jenny o. “Jenke Records latest release, 'Whatever You Say,' by local duo Quiet Lion, is by far the label’s strongest to date. A full-length follow-up to QL’s self-titled 2012 debut EP, the album suggests not only maturation by the songwriting tandem of Alexander and Alanna Grace Flynn, but of the label itself” - Dan Bolles, Seven Days. "One listen of Alexander’s new EP, and you’ll see that what we’re dealing with is a modern day Jack Kerouac, whose penchant is for an on-the-road experience and whose mission is to capture what comes from the soul.” - Jesse Aizenstat, Huffington Post.
Hailing from the green hills of Burlington Vermont, the Lynguistic Civilians have been making music together since 2010 being voted "Vermont's Best Hip Hop" by Seven Days VT three years running. Since their initial debut in 2009 Walshie Steeze, Mike Fulton, LC and Mr. Burns have performed over 200 shows all over New England, from a horse barn in Jericho, VT to a sold out show of 700 in Boston, MA. They are a focused group of individuals with a passion for Hip Hop and expressing it through their music wherever they can.
With all in house production and lyrics The Civilians have an approach on making music that allows everyones individual talents to flourish. A family of MC's and DJ's they have captivated crowds of all ages while having the honor of sharing the stage with some of hip hop's greats. They have two releases, 2011's 'A Hard Act To Follow' e.p. and their 2013 full length album 'Better Late Than Never.'
Bless the Child
Bless the Child is an amalgamation of artists with a diversity of musical experience and commonality of cause, a heartfelt reckoning, and a reverent tribute to a golden age in hip hop when lyricism and soulful messages reigned. Based in Burlington, Vermont, Rajnii, Humble and Transplante have been gracing stages from regional venues to festivals, making an impact on the scene through their uplifting energetic performances.
Dan Bolles, Music Editor at Seven Days writes about ‘100%’, “From start to finish, 100% bristles with vibrant energy that radiates from old-school and new-jack-swing beats, calling to mind Kool Moe Dee and Slick Rick, two acknowledged influences. Thematically, the record is rooted in a socially conscious ethos — the group is like a local answer to Brand Nubian — but never ventures too far into self-righteous preaching.
Whether on the triumphant opener, “Victory,” or in mellower moments, such as “Love Is On My Side” and “Travel,” MCs Humble, a staple in the local reggae scene, and Rajnii, a National Poetry Slam champion, display a rare kind of symbiosis. The former employs an insistent, punchy flow that balances the latter’s more deliberate, contemplative tack.”