Here is another cache of three bands I took a few photos of grouped together for an eclectic rock gallery. I Prevail at Blue Ridge Rock Festival (Danville, Virginia), Frame 42 at Higher Ground (Burlington, Vermont), and Inner Image, also from Blue Ridge Rock Festival.
Here we go. The musical styles of these bands range far and wide, and they all gave us fantastic music to listen to in 2021.
Higher Ground kicked off its 2021 summer outdoors live concert series at Backside 405 over Memorial Day weekend with Quiltro and Barbacoa.
The venue is Backside 405 located at 405 Pine Street in Burlington, Vermont. It is outdoors with one stage, food trucks, and a bar – it is a lot like a mini-festival set-up. Open air music is planned for every Friday and Saturday through August.
The first live bands played on Saturday, May 29th. They are both three-piece instrumental rock bands but they play very different music.
Quiltro is a space rock band, laying down laid back, ethereal lines meant to envelope you and send you on a journey, Their first album came out last year and you can get it at the Bandcamp link below. The band is Mark Taylor (guitar and keys), J. D. Hoffmann (drums), and Mike McKinley (bass).
Barbacoa is often described as a surf rock band. They do play in that vein, and also rockabilly along with other recognizable stylings. The music is upbeat and peppy – great for summer nights. Their latest album is Pharoah’s Camaro which came a couple weeks ago (link below). The band is Bill Mullins (guitar), Jeremy Fredericks (drums), and Kirk Flanagan (bass).
For now the crowd is limited to 500 people but could grow as the summer warms and the limits start to melt away. Backside 405 is a great place to spend Friday and Saturday nights – I’ll be there most every weekend.
You can get tickets at the Higher Ground link below, including a season pass to all the shows.
I don’t have to tell you about 2020 – you were there, too. Usually, at the end of the year, I spend December choosing some photos to repost for good vibes and great memories, but this year I didn’t take a single photograph of a live show. Yeah. So, I am going to post a few photos from 2019 that did not see that light of day then, just for fun. I am keeping the cameras warm for 2021 because hope springs eternal.
There was a lot of excellent music released this year. We published 188 reviews in 2020, a lot more than we thought we would. There are so many “Best of 2020” lists out there that I decided not to do one for FFMB. Instead, I am throwing up a couple of covers from albums we didn’t review this year that were really good – just couldn’t get to everything. We’ll try to do better in 2021.
Thanks to everybody involved with Flying Fiddlesticks Music Blog and the Shardik Media Cabal. Deep gratitude and thanks to all the bands, record labels, venues, publicists, and promoters keeping music alive for all of us.
We’re still here and we are carrying on in 2021. See you out there.
I caught up with Flux Capacitor last week on their Ambush Glowing Tour when they played Nectar’s in Burlington, Vermont. They were the perfect band to welcome music lovers in from the cold for a beer and a jam.
Capacitor is a three-piece band from Reading, Pennsylvania made of the brothers
Specht: Peter (guitar), Jason (drums), and Michael (keyboards). They have
recently beeen joined by Cassy Yost who steps in for part of the set and who,
by the way, renders an amazing vocal interpretation of the Jefferson Airplane
standard, “White Rabbit.” The band describes their music as the “melding of
varied rock idioms with elements of electronica – in the context of fluid
improvisation.” I can’t argue with that. They opened their set with a 10+
minute jam that rolled amazing guitar passages into consuming keyboard entrancements
and back again. Peter’s voice is hypnotic, cruising as it does through, and
along with, the other instruments. You can truly float away in the listen and
completely forget where you are. In the first set (they played more but I only
got to see the first one), after the trio opened with extended musical forms,
Cassy Yost joined for several, mostly shorter pieces, adding her strong vocal
presence. The four of them together were perfectly cohesive and there didn’t
seem to be a transition at all, just a flow. Toward the end of the set, the
trio took over again and laid down some more long-form wonderment.
Make sure you see Flux Capacitor whenever you get the chance. They are on the road in the South for select upcoming December dates. It is a great evening of music and you’ll want to come back and get some more. Meanwhile, their newest release is Set to Gravitate which you can hear on Spotify and other streaming platforms, or you can buy at Bandcamp [here].