Binger & Bless The Child Perform at Waterfront Rocket Shop Showcase 7/30: Lake Champlain Maritime Festival Feels Like Summer!

Photos courtesy Bless The Child and Binger.

Saturday, July 30 the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival hosts the free/all ages Big Heavy World Rocket Shop Showcase of live local bands on stage at Burlington's Waterfront Park. Soak up the sunshine with the conscious hip hop of Bless the Child (2:30pm-3:30pm) and the psychedelic prog-hop of Binger (1:15-2:15pm), presented by the Burlington Free Press. Also be sure to catch the music from Young Tradition Vermont  (noon-12:45). Catch the high-def live video stream on with thanks to Burlington Telecom!

The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival is a four-day celebration of Lake Champlain, showcasing hundreds of exhibits throughout sites on the Burlington Waterfront. This year, enjoy local music, nightly concerts, Stand Up For The Lake, Antique Boat Show and Parade, Waterfront exhibits, an international food court, vendors, and more! Stay tuned to for up-to-the-minute Festival details. 2016 Festival sites include the Burlington Boathouse, Perkins Pier, Spirit of Ethan Allen, Lake Champlain Ferries, Northern Lights Lake Champlain Cruises, US Coast Guard, Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, ECHO Leahy Center, Burlington’s Waterfront Park and more.

Tune into 105.9FM every Wednesday, 7-9pm, for live performances and interviews by Vermont musicians on Rocket Shop, Big Heavy World's local music radio hour, hosted by writer Brent Hallenbeck of the Burlington Free Press. A schedule of upcoming guests and podcasts of past episodes is at Explore Vermont music at Big Heavy World!

Big Heavy World's Rocket Shop Showcase at The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival is made possible by:

Burlington Free Press  LCMF



Young Tradition Vermont


Instructors and campers from the 2016 the Young Traditions Camp (7/25/16 through 7/29/16) will perform at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival at Waterfront Park in Burlington.  Instructors appearing at the festival will include fiddler and step dancer Joanne Garton from Montpelier, fiddler and singer Jane Oxnard from Northumberland in England, and multi-instrumentalist Brian Perkins from Burlington.  A variety of songs, dances and tunes learned during Young Traditions Camp from England, Ireland, Scotland and around the world will be performed in various combinations involving campers and instructors.


The mission of Young Tradition Vermont is to provide opportunities for young people to be inspired by, to learn, and to inspire others with traditional music and dance, and to support families with children with life-altering conditions. We have worked hard and had success in making the mission part of everything we do. A percentage of revenue from events goes to the Tom Sustic Fund, which supports families children with life-altering conditions.  Performing opportunities have included presentations at the Vermont Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Memorial Service at Ira Allen Chapel at UVM.





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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.”

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Based out of Burlington, Vermont, Binger create a unique sound using the diverse musical soundscape of their collective influences. Elusively shedding any genre that manages to stick to them (often within the same song), Binger combine elements of progressive psychedelia with the deep grooves of hip-hop to create a style that gracefully skirts the line between delightful and perplexing; inventing a sound that reels you in, and keeps you there, with a cohesive yet eclectic energy.

Hear Binger's Rocket shop interview at

And here's a review in Seven Days of the recent album, 'Skeptics:'

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Twiddle's Tumbledown happens in the same location this evening, too:

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