BHW All Ages Concert Series: Alexia Avina; Bambi Lou 6/1/18
Bambi Lou and Alexia Avina will be performing at Big Heavy World, a substance free venue, on June 1st. Burlington lost a historic all-ages music venue when 242 Main was closed in December, 2016. It was located inside Memorial Auditorium, which was shut down pending long term structural repairs. Big Heavy World — the independent Vermont music office staffed by volunteers — is making an effort to fill that gap in local culture until 242 Main is reinstated. The nonprofit organization is hosting a substance-free, all ages concert series at their headquarters inside the SEABA Center. Big Heavy World is a vocal advocate for reigniting 242 Main as Memorial Auditorium is redeveloped; a petition supporting this cause at save242main.com has gathered more than 1,700 signatures and a documentary film is in production.
The Big Heavy World venue is substance-free and wheelchair accessible, located at the SEABA Center, 404 Pine Street, in the heart of Burlington’s South End Arts District. A $5 donation is suggested to support the artists. The concert series is made possible in part with generous support from AARP. Big Heavy World maintains an environment of safety, dignity and mutual respect for people of any ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or ability.
The concert series provides an opportunity for teens to participate in event production and promotion as volunteers, to learn skills and support the local music community. Big Heavy World also hosts a weekly drop-in program, ‘Band House,’ that makes a full backline available to teen musicians to practice on, jam, or explore different instruments.
Alexia Avina is skilled at both ambient exploration and song craft. She hails from Montreal, and has recently released a new project. Avina sounds emboldened on Betting on an Island, its warm, dream pop grooves propelling crystalline vocal work to new heights of confidence and clarity. Avina continues to grow into one of Montreal’s best up-and-coming songwriters on her most captivating collection to date.
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Bambi Lou is the songwriting project of Montreal-based singer and keyboardist Geneva Gleason. The all female trio happens to also hail from Montreal, and brings a nice sound to the dream pop genre.
"Montreal trio Bambi Lou take soft steps, like sneaking from one room to another without creaking the floorboards. The sister’s ‘Call Waiting’ track is tagged “#tender”, and boasts lyrics like “what’s the point in waiting around?” Their cotton-wool approach is deceptive, though. Beneath the calm exterior is a cutting no-bullshit filter and some deft precision." — DIY Mag
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