2013 Music Schedule
MAIN STAGE CONCERT, presented by Higher Ground:
SATURDAY NIGHT: BLACK CROWES with London Souls. Tickets: www.highergroundmusic.com
FRIDAY: FREE Showing of ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW! Burlington Waterfront Park at dusk! Appropriate dress and props encouraged!
THURSDAY: NON-PROFIT PALOOZA: A Night of Awareness: Breakwater’s presents The Aerolites & Andy Lugo & Special Guests from the COTS CD: Harmonies for Humanity, Vol. 1
Free Music at Breakwaters!
Andy Lugo & Special Guests
FREE CONCERT SERIES
FESTIVAL STAGE at WATERFRONT PARK
FRIDAY AUGUST 16
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18
GREAT LAWN STAGE
FRIDAY, AUGUST 16
11-11:30am Roaming Pirates
11:30am-Noon Robert and Gigi
12:15-1pm Kids Activities
1:15-2pm Sunshine Music
2:15-3pm Claudia Varona
4:15-5pm Sarah Stickle
5:15-6:15pm Joshua Glass
6:30-7:30pm Gregory Douglass
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
Noon-12:45pm News for Talk
1-1:45pm Claudia Varona
2-2:45pm Tim Brick
3-3:45pm Jandee Lee Porter Band
4-5pm Phil Henry
5:15-6:15pm Lisa Marie Fischer
6:30-7:30 John Fries
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18
11-11:45am Alex P.
Noon-12:45pm Emily Nyman
1-1:45pm Lisa Piccirillo
2-2:45pm Justin Levinson
3-4pm Brett Hughes
4:15-5:15pm Steve Hartmann
Read about the musicians!
2013 BAND BIOGRAPHIES
Alex P. writes beautiful melodies, catchy rhythms and delicate harmonies. A singer/songwriter who tirelessly refines his own music for more than twenty years, Alex P. is bound to move you with the passion and energy he puts into his music. It comes across in every soulful note he sings. Enjoy Alex P.’s music again as he performs this year at the Festival! For more information: www.reverbnation.com/alexpastewski
John Fries: Highly influenced by musical talents like Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert King, Martin Sexton and the Black Crowes, John Fries is a self-taught guitarist and singer-songwriter. John was born in Yonkers, NY in 1973 into a very musical family where music was always a large part of the family dynamic. John started playing guitar in the early 90’s and developed a love for the blues almost instantly.
He moved to Connecticut in 1994 and has since worked throughout New England with a variety of bands, from Blues and R&B to Funk and Rock & Roll. John’s passion for music combined with an extensive variety of live & session work facilitated the creation of “John Fries & The Heat” – a blend of Singer-songwriter, Blues, and Roots Rock & Roll. For more information, visit: http://johnfriesmusic.com
Jandee Lee Porter Band is a remarkable six-piece band comprised of guitars, bass, drums, pedal steel and a powerful female lead singer. They have been described as a rising country music act influenced by various styles of folk, blues, rock and soul. Their deep country roots combined with influences from other genres are intertwined to create an alternative sound that is none other than their own. Jandee’s fun loving and compelling lyrics are interwoven with heart wrenching vocals to tell stories that truly connect to their fans and engage audiences on a personal level. The Jandee Lee Porter band features cover material and an arsenal of original music covering many generations, which will make you think you’ve heard it on the radio before. The band has produced 3 CD’s, is currently working on their 4th album, and continues to explore different original music all while playing current and older hits. In the past, they have opened for such renowned country music artists as the Zac Brown Band, Reba McIntyre, Jo Dee Messina, Leeann Rimes, Kellie Pickler, Rachele Lynae, Ayla Brown, and Montgomery Gentry.
Mike Colbourn “One Project:” Mike Colbourn – guitar/vocals; Tim Davis – guitar/vocals/drums; Adam Aaron – guitar/vocals; Aaron Adams – bass; Arty Lavigne – guitar/vocals. One Project is a hybrid of a few bands that Colbourn has played in and with; The John Tower Group, The John Tower Project, Radio Underground and The Big One. One Project plays a mix of originals and obscure covers in a country, rock, Americana storytelling genre. There is a distinct correlation between the One Project originals and the cover tunes they play which scans the current line-up of Texas based musicians, Slaid Cleaves, Stoney Larrue, Reckless Kelly, Charlie Robison, Jason Boland et al. One Projects plays and writes all year however live dates are primarily in the Summer months.
Tim Brick: Singer, songwriter, guitarist, band leader and all around working man are just some of the words used to describe Tim Brick. Holding down a 40 hr. a week job by day and entertaining audiences by night, Tim knows all about the struggle of hard times while working hard to achieve one’s dreams. Born the son of a hard living long distance trucker, Tim’s music reflects a soulful edge that isn’t afraid to get rowdy, while at the same time, is tempered by a surprising vulnerability. Standing on the stage since the early age of twelve, Tim is right at home entertaining audiences. His ability to engage the audience and draw them into his songs is what separates him from the average entertainer. Raw, real, genuine and honest to the core, that’s what Tim and his music are all about. Though unwilling to ever shy away from his blue collar roots, the dream remains… to one day punch that clock one final time and pursue his passion for music full time. For more: www.timbrickmusic.com
The Adam Ezra Group (AEG) is not just a band; they are a force to be reckoned with musically, personally and socially. Selling records and tickets is important to AEG, but they are committed to changing the world with their songs and their actions along the way. Ezra and his band are activists and community leaders as much as they are musicians and songwriters. Ezra has spent time living out of a van, farming in Canada, volunteering for the relief effort in Kosovo, and practicing environmental geography in South Africa. Whether as a kitchen hand or carpenter, teacher, athlete, or traveler, Ezra crams it all into the music, always challenging our perspective and often teetering somewhere between the ballsy rocker and sensitive poet. Through their non profit organization, RallySound, AEG currently contributes 25% of their touring to benefit causes in communities across the country and worldwide.
Lisa Piccirillo: Considered “one of the most promising youngsters on the circuit,” (SevenDays VT) Lisa Piccirillo is a Vermont-based singer/songwriter whose music chronicles poignant observations with honesty and grace. The first release from Northeast artist collective, The Co-Op, “Momentum” (2008) is a satisfying blend of folk and pop which allows the r&b tendencies and technical intricacies of Lisa’s hypnotic vocals to truly shine through, drawing comparisons to powerhouse vocalists from Patty Griffin to Christina Aguilera. In September of 2010, Lisa and fellow singer-songwriters Syd and Patrick Thomas quietly and gracefully transformed into a band called Hotels & Highways when the three Co-Op co-founders met at a lakeside cabin in New York to fulfill a mutual, career-long dream of living together while recording an album. Their cabin-grown record, “Lost River,” (2011) was chosen as an “editor’s pick” by Amazon.com upon its release and their sophomore EP “Greetings from Wilbraham” (2012) is evidence that the band’s growth continues. Lisa has performed in legendary venues across the country such as Saratoga Springs’ Caffè Lena, Boston’s Club Passim, Ann Arbor’s The Ark, as well as the Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall and The Bitter End in New York City.
Justin Levinson: features Justin Levinson, is a singer/songwriter from Burlington, VT. Renowned for a catalog of songs covering everything from power-pop to country to “feel good heartbreak,” Justin has earned steady praise from audiences and critics since his 2005 debut. Paying his dues and refining his craft at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Justin’s breakthrough ultimately came with his ode to small-town life, City With Two Streetlights, off of debut record 1175 Boylston. The song spent eight weeks on the Top 25 CMJ charts, gaining airplay in more than 350 stations across the country. Amid a slot in the 2006 International Pop Overthrow Tour and an award for Best Male Artist from the International Acoustic Music Awards, sophomore album Bury Your Love was released. With a dash of twang inherited from time spent in Nashville, the record earned praise as a folksy and somber departure, exemplified in melancholy concert staple Home. Closing the decade was 2009′s alt-country-inspired Predetermined Fate. The album brought Justin his strongest reviews to date, bolstered by the breakthrough success of Sirius radio staple Waiting For Someone To Love Me; the song went on to win Justin a nomination for Sirius Singer-songwriter Discovery of the Year. For more information: www.justinlevinson.com
Robert and Gigi is Robert Resnik and Gigi Weisman. Both bring smiles to hundreds of faces every week at the Fletcher Free Library. Four recordings of sing-a-long songs have been produced, and the latest one has just been released on CD: Ooples and Banoonoos. It features an all-Fletcher Free Library roster of musicians: Megan Estey Butterfield, Emer Pond Feeney and Robert Jay Resnik. The first three recordings feature Robert with Carol Scrimgeour and Gigi Weisman: Sweet Potatoes and Home Grown Tomatoes, A Little Bit Jumbled and Jivey and Like the Birdies Sing. For more information: www.fletcherfree.org/Kids’Recordings.htm
The Aerolites (featuring Jeremy Harple, Victor Veve, Dannis Hackney and Ian Wade) hails from VT and recently completed recording their first album in L.A. The self-titled record features some high-wattage star power, including the Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge and Kenny Aronoff, a renowned studio drummer who currently plays with the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Producer Oliver Leiber, son of the late, famed songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Leiber (Stand By Me, Hound Dog, etc.) engineered and co-produced the album. The Aerolites’ new touring lineup includes members of Death, Blues For Breakfast, and Lambsbread, as well as songsmith Jeremy Harple. The Band is led by Jeremey Harple on lead guitar and vocals and Victor Veve on keys and vocals, backed by Dannis Hackney (Death) on drums, featuring Ian Wade (Blues for Breakfast) on bass and Micah Sanguedolce on guitar. The Aerolites have been crafting a unique style of music and are a high-energy band that blends Americana, rock and funk. The Aerolites single Electric Cigarette is featured in the thriller Beneath the Darkness starring Dennis Quaid, and is available on the feature soundtrack released by Concord Records. The Aerolites are also featured in the soundtrack of the independent film Winter’s Wind directed by Matty “Moo” Herriger. In anticipation of Winter’s Wind theatrical release, the band will be headed on a road tour featuring performances with DJ Logic. For more information: www.theaerolites.com
Patrick Fitzsimmons: Vermont singer/songwriter, Patrick Fitzsimmons is a 2011 and 2012 Solarfest national songwriting contest finalist and a three time Ploughshares national songwriting contest finalist. Patrick has just released his sixth CD, Hope Is, which has been getting airplay on radio station’s all over the country . Relix Magazine called him, “one of the most captivating songwriters around today” and Seven Days wrote, “Fitzsimmons is an immensely talented singer. With a shimmering, silken delivery, he is effortlessly emotive.” Patrick has shared the stage with some of the acoustic music scene’s biggest names including Shawn Colvin, Dar Williams, Roger McGuinn, Ellis Paul and Vance Gilbert.
Fitzsimmons is a founding member of From Good Homes, a roots rock band signed to RCA Records in the mid to late 90′s . He began his solo career in 2001 and continues to tour throughout the northeast building a large and loyal following with his soulful, captivating performances. For more information: www.patrickfitzsimmons.net
Lisa-Marie Fischer is a 20-year old singer/ songwriter from Marburg, Germany. Her unique recognizable voice has received much credit from the media and music industry. In her songs, whether country, folk, or singer/ songwriter style, Lisa-Marie shares much of her own life with her audience. She accompanies herself on stage, playing the guitar and harmonica. Her musical style immediately reminds one of the southern states of the USA, which has been the home of many influential artists in Lisa-Marie’s musical genre. She recorded her first album in February 2012 at the Powerplay Studios in Maur / Zürich, followed by a five-week USA tour, with performances in VT, MASS, NY, MN and TN in summer of 2011. Her song Valentine’s Day was plugged for global airplay in February 2012. Fischer will be touring in 2012 and featuring new material. For more information: www.lisamariefischer.com, www.facebook.com/lisamariefischer, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrfesjHxJjs or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qCHN3AB7MQ www.lisamariefischer.com
Joshua Panda and the Hot Damned feature an exceptional combination of rock ‘n roll and soul. Fusing his influences, Mick Jagger and Otis Redding, Panda showcases his powerful vocals and energetic stage presence. Panda is known as a most entertaining front man. The Hot Damned stars Ed Grasmeyer on bass, Steve Hadeka on drums, Eric Maier on keys, and Brett Lanier on electric guitar. Panda has opened for a variety of national acts, such as: Tower of Power, Delbert McClinton, Alexi Murdoch, Martin Sexton, Bret Michaels of Poison and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. He is proud to announce that his next album, recorded in Switzerland at Powerplay Studios, will be released this summer. “Joshua Panda puts on one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. The energy and the charisma is so natural that you can’t help but be pulled in. Go see it, and you’ll be converted too!” Ben Coe, The Artist Farm. For more information: www.joshuapanda.com or www.reverbnation.com/joshuapanda.
Steve Hartmann needs nothing more than his voice and guitar. After years as the front man for Acoustic/Rock band SIMON, he has now ventured forth as a solo artist with the impending release of his full-length debut album, Waking up the Echoes. Hartmann started at age 12, taking classical piano lessons. After picking up a hand-me-down guitar from his mother at age 15, he finally gave in to all the request for him to get a ‘real’ show. Since then, it’s been a passion, bordering on addiction. Sharing the stage with artists, such as Jeffrey Gaines and Dispatch, playing venues like the House of Blues, the Elbow Room, the Tin Angel, Club Passim and Higher Ground, Hartmann has captured audiences of various sizes bringing groove and grace to every stage he steps onto. Drawing upon the influences of his favorite performers, (U2, Dave Matthews, the Counting Crows, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, Shawn Colvin and more) he crafts acoustic songs about his life and friendships in a variety of tones. For more information: http://www.ourstage.com/profile/stevehartmann, www.facebook.com/stevehartmann, www.youtube.com/stevehartmannmusic or www.reverbnation.com/stevehartmann.
Phil Henry is that rare contemporary folk artist who will impress you from every direction. There’s his sweet and strong voice, that intricate and flawless guitar work, and songs so rich and sweeping you will wish you wrote them yourself. But he also has an authenticity that cannot be taught or bought. He is an old-school storyteller who builds songs from a place of honesty, without crossing over into the T.M.I. of confessional songwriting. He has played the big stages: Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, and won top-prize at SolarFest and the Susquehanna Arts and Music Festival. “Thanks to years of formal training, his arrangements and melodies are works of real craftsmanship,” said Sarah Craig, director at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., one of the top folk clubs in the nation. “Combine that with his playful and compassionate nature, and it’s no surprise that Phil is finding his way onto the best folk stages.” Henry builds a connection; gently shaking an audience out of their own heads and into the vivid world he creates. He is that rare breed of egoless musician who truly believes in the communal experience between performer and audience. He crafts characters with real motives, puts them in situations and makes you care enough about them to want to hear how their story ends. Listen to his gem WQRZ off of his critically honored 2010 release, Robots and Romance, and you will understand. You can hear the storm blowing, you can smell the dank studio and the rain outside, and you can feel the tension as the deejay keeps his post despite the storm closing in. Henry is a builder, in every sense of the word. He does not just make songs; he builds stringed instruments by hand. He builds albums, too, as a producer with a keen sense for what makes great ear candy. And he does not just make music; he teaches it, conducting a high-school chorus in the snow-covered mountains of central VT. A product of Saranac Lake, N.Y., and graduate of SUNY Potsdam, Henry says he was inspired to perform after seeing a Martin Sexton show in the late 1990’s. Of course, during his own journey, Henry built his own unique voice, borrowing from the traditions of Richard Shindell, Peter Mulvey and Paul Simon, even finding inspiration in the books of Kurt Vonnegut and the movies of the Coen Brothers. But, there is no one quite like this quiet Vermonter whose powerful voice speaks for itself. For more information: www.philhenryband.com
Sarah Stickle is a nineteen-year-old singer/songwriter based in Burlington, Vermont. “Sarah’s warm and inviting presence lures you into her youthful music…” says Big Heavy World. A relatively new addition to the Vermont music scene, Stickle has collaborated with names such as Marie Claire and Aya Inoue, opened for Myra Flynn and Zack duPont, and appeared as a guest at events hosted by Joe Adler, Brett Hughes, and Bob Wagner. Formerly of The Matchsticks, Stickle’s influences draw from a broad range of folk, indie, and rock musicians alike, including Gillian Welch, Bruce Springsteen, Ingrid Michaelson, and The Shins. Stickle utilizes her warm voice to add a hint of jazz to her original pop and folk arrangements, as well as to her repertoire of tastefully chosen cover songs. Her debut EP, Baby Steps, was released in May 2012. Stickle will be joined on stage by vocalist Jackie Buttolph. For more information: www.reverbnation.com/sarahsticklemusic
Aaron Flinn’s Salad Days’ music is true. When you hear someone who is meant to make music perform, the impact is certain and powerful. This is the experience that comes with listening to Aaron Flinn (solo or with his band Salad Days). The music is meant to be and anyone who takes the time to hear it will be stronger for it. Aaron Flinn plays anything he can get his hands on and writes, engineers, records and performs most of the material that you’ll hear. Aaron also loves hitting the studio or stage with a long list of incredibly talented characters: poets, prophets, beats, bastards, wizards, fairies, family and friends. Elements of folk, indie rock and classic pop combine with powerful vocals, poetic lyrics and finger picking guitar. An eclectic group of rock and folk rock songs, with an emphasis on lyrical substance and performance from the soul, Aaron began playing and writing in high school. He won numerous competitions in performance and writing throughout his time at UVM and Berklee College of Music (where he graduated Magna Cum Laude). He has gone onto release an impressive body of original work, all the while touring such hallowed venues as Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Great American Music Hall and many House of Blues and working with the likes of The Samples, Gov’t Mule, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Don McLean and Tragically Hip. For more information: www.aaronflinn.com
Claudia Varona: Simply ooze 90′s alternative rock. Native to the land of Burlington, Vermont, Claudia Varona now pursues a career in music and attends Berklee College of Music, where she met her band mates; Ben Zoleski (lead guitar) Steve Bunce (bass) and Jared Pease (drumset). They are influenced by artists, such as: Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, CSNY, the Raconteurs, Animal Collective, the Dirty Projectors, Jeff Beck, Regina Spektor and many others. Creating a positive atmosphere, Claudia’s energy and passion can be felt on and off stage. With tasty vocal harmonies and lyrics addressing contemporary manifestations of perception, Claudia Varona and the Phobia are not to be missed. For more information: www.claudiavaronaandthephobia.com or www.reverbnation.com/thephobia.
Emily Nyman: With her unique style, poetic lyrics, soothing vocals, and expressive guitar, Emily Nyman’s performance is a real treat. An eclectic mix of originals and cover tunes, including singer-songwriter, folk, and classic rock, with a sprinkling of blues, country and old standards, Emily’s performance is sure to please audiences of all ages and musical tastes. She connects with her audience in an intimate way, inviting listeners to experience the emotions behind her originals or reminisce to familiar cover tunes. For more information: www.emilynymanmusic.com.
Blim Blams: Hailing from Burlington, The Blim-Blams unites local players from town to form a rolling rhythm and blues review. Seven Days music writer Dan Bolles: “…. a couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon what might be my new favorite local band, the Blim-Blams, playing a late-night set — their debut performance, no less — at Radio Bean. Led by the criminally underrated Ryan Ober (Invisible Jet, Led Lo/Co), the Blams deliver a ragged take on early rock and roll that left me grinning from ear to ear.”
Crazyhearse: Based in Middlebury, VT, features David Kloepfer (Guitar, Banjo and Vocals), Billy Dorsey (Bass and Vocals) and Corey Many (Drums and Vocals). With boot stompin’ anthems and high octane crash-n-burners, Crazyhearse has been labeled n intoxicating blend of Americana and Psychobilly. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/Crazyhearse.
Swale: Swale started in 2002 as part of the house band for a burlesque show. For the most part, Amanda plays the keys, Jeremy plays the drums, Eric plays the guitars, and all three of them sing the songs. They’ve released two EPs (Verdigris and Waterlanding) and a full length album (A Small Arrival); people seemed to like each of these. They’re currently finishing up a new album that they hope to put out before it gets cold again. For more information, visit: www.swalesong.com.
Barbacoa: plays an original mix of surf noir and spaghetti western. They stalk the audience like a rogue wave and throw them out on the beach to catch their breath and then hang them out to dry. Bring a tournequet. For more information, visit: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Barbacoa/184518134930665.
The High Breaks: Original surf music that narrates from red lit corners of slow motion speakeasies. For more information, visit: www.lendwaymusic.com.
Loni Nash is a notable singer songwriter known for her poignantly beautiful writing and vocals that linger with a genuine heartfelt quality, moves audiences of all ages. Her musical start came before she was born. Lani’s grandfather, Connie Crunk (stage name Connie Conway), a noted musician, singer, songwriter, music teacher, and producer worked with producer Lee Hazelwood and was a great inspiration for her. Her mother and her aunt, daughters of Connie Crunk, were in a recording singing group called “The Three Teens” as teenagers. Lani has performed, written, produced and released four albums to date and is currently signed to Uh Uh Records, with Steve Durr who co-produced her most recent record, I’m Only Here for the Music, which hit the top 40 on the AMA charts. She has co-written with successful Nashville songwriters such as James Slater, Bekka Bramlett, Lisa Carver and Jeremy Spillman during her 14 years in Nashville. For more info: www.laninash.com
Michelle Sarah: had astonishing powerhouse pipes and a rapturing stage presence. Her performances have left a wake of spellbound audiences as her fan-base spreads across the nation. At age eight, this Canadian born singer/songwriter had her first public performance in Guyana, South America (the country she called home for the better part of her childhood). Now, having developed a unique and powerful sound, Michelle’s melodically refreshing delivery surges with a sly soulful intensity, and the her lyrics express hard-won insight that is beyond her years. She has shared the stage with many notable performers, George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, Warren Haynes, George Porter Jr., Bill Kreutzmann, Robert Walter and more. Her current band consists of several veterans from the Vermont music scene: Phil Carr on drums , Ira Friedman on keys, Seth Eames on guitar, and John Ryan on bass. They provide a soulful, funky backbone to Michelle’s vocal stylings. “…vocals that could bring sunshine out in a hurricane.” – Sonicbids. For more information, visit: http://michellesarah.com.
Greg Douglass: Douglass’ evocative, alternative sound blends “Rufus Wainwright´s opulent musicality and Justin Timberlake´s accessible soulfulness,” according to OUT Magazine. His recent spotlight on NPR’s “Morning Edition” has coined him “one of New England’s best-kept secrets.” Douglass has shared the stage with artists like They Might Be Giants, Shawn Colvin, The Weepies, Jason Mraz, Regina Spektor, and Margaret Cho. Douglass’ 2009 release BATTLER features duets with friends and fellow Vermonters Grace Potter (Grace Potter & The Nocturnals/ Hollywood Records) and Anais Mitchell (Righteous Babe Records), and he is currently touring in support of his latest release, LUCID, a dream-themed concept album, and ode to Kate Bush. Gregory Douglass is an internationally renowned independent musician with eight critically acclaimed albums under his belt. Douglass has sold over 75,000 songs digitally on his own and his videos have amounted to over 600,000 views on Youtube alone. His music videos have charted numerous times on MTV Network’s LOGO TV. Douglass was a finalist in the 2011 Mountain Stage NewSong Competition and won Yobi.tv’s “New Stage” competition, an original web series starring Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. “One of New England’s best-kept secrets.”–Morning Edition, NPR. For more information: http://www.gregorydouglass.com.
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