Ivamae
Sep
25
8:00 PM20:00

Ivamae

Ivamae is a singer-songwriter based in the queen city of Burlington, Vermont. Self-described as ambient indie-soul, ivamae pulls together her diverse musical interests to shape a sound that's uniquely her own.

With influences of classic country, folk, and pop through her childhood, ivamae later found an obsession with Soul, R&B, and Hip-hop through her radio show "Baby Makin' Music" on her local college radio station. Her growth and curiousity into more experimental sounds has led her create lush atmospheres at her live performances.

Almost entirely self-taught, ivamae is not afraid of the heaviness that comes with life and love and uses her music to convey a raw vulnerability. With smoldering vocals, don’t be surprised if you find yourself wiping tears from your cheeks and at the same time grooving to the soulful rhythms that ground her songs.

She is currently recording her first full-length album, to be released when she damn well pleases. But expect a couple singles and some buzz before 2018 is through.

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Jason Baker
Oct
2
8:00 PM20:00

Jason Baker

Jason Baker is a songwriter & performer from Burlington, Vermont. Jason started writing songs in 2017, and performing in 2018, releasing his debut, “America Dreams”. On his new album, “Common Man Blues”, Jason continues to write songs influenced by the deep roots of old-time & acoustic music, yet modern in lyrical perspective.

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Sabouyouma
Sep
4
7:30 PM19:30

Sabouyouma

Sabouyouma returns to Rocket Shop in advance of their show at Grand Point North. Sabouyouma is a high energy 7-piece polyrhythmic groove machine that formed through ongoing musical relationships in Burlington, Vermont's vibrant West-African dance and drumming scene. Sabouyouma is led by Guinean-born Ousmane Camara: the band's front man, composer, and master Balafonist (the Balafon is a West-African marimba).

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About Time
Aug
28
8:00 PM20:00

About Time

About Time's original music merges syncopated rhythms and a combination of funk, jazz, blues and rock. Over five years of writing, revising and playing out, they have created their own unique blend of those styles. Their first album, "I Don't Think I Belong Here," represents the culmination of that process.

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A2VT
Aug
14
8:00 PM20:00

A2VT

Representing Somalia, Tanzania and Burundi and currently living in Burlington, Vermont, A2VT synthesizes their native African musical and dance roots with Western pop and Hip Hop sensibilities. Their songs, performed in up to eight unique languages, reflect their journey from Africa to America, and celebrate the musical collision of two continents and the party that ensues!

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John Fusco and the X-Road Riders
Aug
14
8:00 PM20:00

John Fusco and the X-Road Riders

Morrisville, Vermont screenwriter, John Fusco, known for Young Guns, Thunderheart, Hidalgo, Forbidden Kingdom, the Netflix Marco Polo series, and the recent Kevin Costner-Woody Harrelson starrer, The Highwaymen, has been a storyteller for the greater part of his life. He’s now returning to songwriting, an integral part of his storytelling arsenal, leading to a masterful dominance of the Hammond B-3 and naturally segueing to his raw, gutsy, bluesy vocals. The mission of Fusco’s new endeavor, John Fusco and the X-Road Riders (say it: “crossroad riders”), is the passing of the passion to the next gen, where he’s squarely aiming the spotlight. Composed of twelve musicians, with the majority under the age of twenty-seven and as young as nineteen, the band will be rolling out the jams at gigs in northern Vermont this summer and into the fall.

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Aug
7
8:00 PM20:00

Klan

"From all different corners of the United States comes the multi talented and upcoming artists formally known as Klan. Ode tha Prophet, clef the god, $lim AKA o2mil$ & Saint Swank , Make up this highly potent group of originals that bring you sounds from 80's retro hip hop to a form of classical rap. The group's various sounds make it hard to define but a joy to listen. Euphoric sounds and trap beats culminate at The KLAN temple. You truly never know what this group is capable of with it's diverse line up of artist and talent."

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TUFA and the Pride
Aug
7
8:00 PM20:00

TUFA and the Pride

Tufa and The Pride Andrew Myers, Casey Little, Chris Mroczkowski,Jake Patkin and Ian Roulat) are a powerhouse group of originals and some of your favorite covers. With the combination of their full bodied and healthy acoustic sound, multi-vocal harmonies, and interactive stage presence, together will have you riding on emotional roller coaster.

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Matthew Mercury
Jul
17
8:00 PM20:00

Matthew Mercury

When Ezra Oklan (Nicole Atkins, Ambulance Ltd, Dwight & Nicole) began writing songs almost a decade ago, he simply felt a calling to pay homage to the lost art of eighties synth-pop; shining a light on an era of music that he, and many others, had built careers upon, yet had fallen by the wayside in an age of electronic ease.

Over the years, as Oklan tried to pinpoint the location of the intersection where desire meets demand, the faint whisper inside of him that sounds reminiscent of Springsteen accented with pangs of Morrissey slowly gained voice enough to reach the point of persuasion.

It was at that point that Matthew Mercury was born. As new members with storied pasts of their own -- the likes of Steve Hadeka, Christopher Hawthorne, Jeremy Mendicino and Dan Bishop -- joined arms with Ezra, the sound quickly evolved with inspiration borrowed everywhere from Bowie to the Pixies, Joy Division to Television, and Interpol to the Strokes with a little bit of Pulp.

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Jesse Taylor
Jul
10
8:00 PM20:00

Jesse Taylor

Highly introspective, members of the Jesse Taylor Band pour their hearts into songs like “Someone Get Me A Brown Paper Bag” and “80 Degrees in October”. Originals by Jesse Taylor, lead vocals/rhythm guitar, are brought to life with help from Matt Sicard on drums, Gabby Hall on bass, and Nick Treis on lead guitar. Based in Burlington, the group collaborates to create an energy-filled show, drawing inspiration from long days at the bakery and life with anxiety. Lyrically driven, JTB shares stories of everyday life and deeper quandaries. Taking notes from artists like Courtney Barnett, Regina Spektor, and Liza Anne, Jesse writes songs that mirror their passionate vocals and unapologetic style. JTB enjoys mixing musical influences like indie-rock, soul, and punk. Their biggest fan is a dog, but you would like them too. Can someone get Jesse a brown paper bag?!

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Bishop LaVey
Jun
26
8:00 PM20:00

Bishop LaVey

Bishop LaVey, A DoomFolk Singer-Songwriter hailing from the growing Montpelier Music scene creates his own twisted brand of folk music. While the guitar stylings are similar to the folk acts of the mid 2000s, his lyricism focuses less on old labor stories and American folklore and more on themes ranging from addiction and off-the-rails personal relationships to the apocalypse and dystopia. His vocal stylings do even more to separate him from the herd with a voice that sounds like a bizarre cross between Tom Waits and Layne Staley.

Doom-Folk-punk

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Thomas Gunn
Jun
26
8:00 PM20:00

Thomas Gunn

Combining poetic wit with unbridled passion, Montpelier-based showman Thomas Gunn can simultaneously tickle the ivories and your heartstrings. Weaving together emotional stories both true and fanciful with larger-than-life imagery, Thomas brings "everything he's got" to his performances, blending powerful vocals and passion-driven lyrics into a contemporary and experimental keyboard experience.

Singer-Songwriter

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Robin Gottfried Band
Jun
19
8:00 PM20:00

Robin Gottfried Band

Offering memorable song craftsmanship and recognizable vocals all brought together by soulful and interpretive playing makes the music from the Robin Gottfried band worth hearing again and again.  

The paradox of chops cultivated in New York City but nurtured within the beauty of Vermont offers listeners a full and enlivened experience of sound and emotion.

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We Are Here!
Jun
12
8:00 PM20:00

We Are Here!

We Are Here! are a Lyndonville based alternative rock band with a unique mixture of different styles and influences. They pull influences from punk, blues, hip hop, grunge, hard rock, metal, funk, etc.

Even though this band is brand new, they have performed small events like college shows all the way to performing at bigger ones like the Boston Hard Rock. The point of this band is to tell honest stories and to give people a way to connect to the music and with each other.

(P.S. the exclamation point is part of our name!)

Alt-Rock

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Ian Steinberg
Jun
5
8:00 PM20:00

Ian Steinberg

Born from the campfire and the conservatory, Ian delivers a nuanced and invigorating show whether he's in a concert hall or your living room.  Ian will wrap you in song and leave you wandering in his storytelling.

The first follow up to his 2017 release, Folk Songs EP, Guidance is a journey through loss, love, family, masculinity, and vulnerability. While the album ventures through all of those ideas, it always centers around the main theme of mental health. “The crux of Guidance is my descent into and rise out of depression, along with all of the aspects and events of life that have influenced my outlook,”

Currently, Ian plays with a full band. He is supported by Dahne Duffy on electric guitar and Lucas Tabshey on bass. You can find Ian performing around Burlington, Vermont as well as the Northeast region.

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Astrocat
May
22
8:00 PM20:00

Astrocat

Veteran goth aliens ASTROCAT unleash painful howling over a pulsating quasar of atomic paisley. Previously spotted in art galleries, house warming parties, small clubs and opening for Gogol Bordello, Astrocat showcases punk influenced originals and deep cut reinterpreted new wave classics. .

Goth-Rock

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Evan David Warner
May
8
8:00 PM20:00

Evan David Warner

Evan David Warner is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer from Northfield VT. He has travelled to Amsterdam to spread his sound around the globe and record, release, and collaborate.  Evan has taken influence from the likes of King Crimson, Tame Impala, The Doors, Talking Heads, and Anderson Paak. These artists have heavily influenced his style. Evan is heavily gifted in songwriting, composing, poetry and film making, and creates true and honest music in it’s finest form. His music is undeniably captivating from the second you hear his love-glazed, smokey voice. The guy has got electricity running through his bones and he’ll share that feeling with you whenever you hear his profoundly poetic lyrics.

Singer/Composer

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Slightly Used
May
1
8:00 PM20:00

Slightly Used

Slightly Used, we are a hefty dose of original dirty rock and roll coming straight out of Burlington.  Our songs are about our lives, which include drinking, sex and Stan Lee.  We show up and want to get the energy up and get everyone moving with drinks in their hands.  It’s our goal to get the crowd going and just have a blast doing what we love.  We love throwing in lyrics that shock and awe the listeners.

Rock/Roll

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Hamjob
Apr
17
8:00 PM20:00

Hamjob

Hamjob! A power trio hailing from the green mountains of VT. Their sound defies the limitations of genre labels. taking listeners on a journey that blends elements of Rock, Hip hop, Blues, Metal, Funk & more into it's own unique dance enducing soundscape. Hamjob has shared the stage with Lespecial, After Funk, Space Bacon and members of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. They've garnished themselves a reputation for always bringing the party to their shows. 

Alt-Funky-BluesGrass

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Miku Daza
Apr
10
8:00 PM20:00

Miku Daza

Strange. Dark. Electrifying. Miku Daza is the queen of nightmare pop. The devilishly charming carnival rocker’s debut EP, It’s a Fairy Tale, explores love as a disease- an alien infestation that consumes from within. Wild and untamed, her music is a cotton candy fever dream. Her live performance, a twinkling wind-up music box, full of surprises, grungy despair, and frenetic punk fury.

Nightmare Pop

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Gahlord Dewald
Apr
3
8:00 PM20:00

Gahlord Dewald

My work starts with the bass: the deep sounds near to the earth. The sounds that surround you while standing or walking or running or resting. The sounds that shake along your body. 

From this root there are other sounds: spectral sounds that are hidden from you or then again revealed, signals traveling along strings and wires and then rippling in the air, stippling shadows of the fundamental bass.

Experimental/Indie-Classical

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Homebrew
Apr
3
8:00 PM20:00

Homebrew

Newish to Vermont, Homebrew is the long time project of husband and wife duo, Becca and Andy Cartmell. Utilizing live looping to combine traditional melodies and rhythms with jazzy improvisational motifs and modern chord structures, Homebrew aims to create an amalgam of the old with the new to brew up something uniquely their own.  

Directions for use:

Boil water*. Combine Becca’s violin and flute with Andy’s vocals and jazz and blues guitar style to create a warm, complex sound. Add live looping to seamlessly create a heady soundscape. Allow mixture to steep until a robust flavor is produced and enjoy!

*Optional

Celtic/Jazz/Americana

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Spunhouse
Mar
27
8:00 PM20:00

Spunhouse

Spunhouse is high-energy bounce music with a heavy flavor and a noodly twist. Formed in 2015 at Turtle Underground, the DIY music space at St. Michael’s College, this four piece funk and rock band is known for improvisational jam segments, fluid setlists with a blend of originals covers and mashups, and a high-energy stage presence which often digresses into a rabbit hole of weirdness. 

Funk/Rock

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