105.9 FM WOMM-LP The Radiator; Burlington, Vermont's Community Radio Station
Word by Jack Donahue. Photo by Lily Chau.
Ted Sharpe is a recent addition to the DJ roster at The Radiator. When talking to Ted, he gives off a calm, mellow vibe that keeps you intrigued and relaxed. This is the same feeling Ted hopes to give off with the music that he enjoys to play. With influences from all around the world, Ted says that, “The whole thing about DJ-ing is sharing music.” This seems to be Ted’s main goal in his radio show, which is called ‘Mountain Monk Cafe,’ to share music of a variety of genres that all have one purpose to Ted: To make the listener feel relaxed and rejuvenated after listening. He chose the name ‘Mountain Monk Cafe’ for the environment a cafe gives off, just like his music; most of the songs he plays sounds similar to that of a mellow cafe. Ted also hopes to highlight certain nationalities and their music, and praise it. He hopes that this will help “blur the lines between different types of music,” showing that we have a lot more in common than some may think. To sum it all up, Ted’s show is going to be featuring “a little something you like and a little something new,” which all fits under his big mellow personality. “I try to be relaxed about it.” ‘Mountain Monk Cafe’ can be heard on Tuesday nights from 8-10pm.
Words by Jack Donahue. Photo by Lily Chau.
Michael F. McNamara has joined the Radiator broadcast crew with a new segment on Tuesdays from 5pm to 6pm called ‘504 by 802.’ For being a slightly older guy Michael gives off a lot of positive energy when talking to him. Once the conversation moved into jazz music there was no need for him to talk about his excitement, it could be seen by how he sat a little straighter and talked a little quicker. Michael hopes to indulge his listeners with a variety of New Orleans sounds from brass, rock, to funk. Having been living in Burlington for the past 25 years while also traveling to New Orleans frequently to visit, Michael understands the differences in jazz between New Orleans and Vermont and he hopes to merge this vast culture of music into his radio show. With jazz bands coming through Vermont pretty often Michael wants to reach out to these artist to invite them onto his show. Right now his dream guest would be Trombone Tony of Trombone Shorty and the Orleans Avenue. The reason for stepping into the Radiator program schedule was that he liked the idea of “having a show that I would play whatever I liked” while also being a big believer in community radio and organizations like Big Heavy World, and trying to promote Vermont bands which he hopes to do with New Orleans jazz. “It’s important for people all over the country to realize the musical culture that New Orleans still has.”
Photo by James Lockridge.
Hana Zara; Aram Bedrosian, Mahlon Gross and Mark Lapierre: ‘Rocket Shop Live at Main Street Landing’
Free family-friendly live concert at Main Street Landing on Wednesday, November 20: Live broadcast on 105.9FM The Radiator / the cable TV channels of RETN / and streaming on bigheavyworld.com!
Join Big Heavy World, Main Street Landing, and RETN for the first of a monthly concert series featuring free admission to a live concert broadcast of Big Heavy World’s local music radio hour, ‘Rocket Shop.’ Come be our studio audience in Main Street Landing’s Black Box Theater! At 7pm we’re hosting a Musicians for Musicians panel on the subject of copyrights, then at 8pm we enjoy live music from Hana Zara, followed by an ensemble performance by Aram Bedrosian, Mahlon Gross and Mark Lapierre.
Hana Zara is a Nebraska native and Burlington transplant. Her latest album, ‘Tatterhood,’ received rave reviews from Arts Riot and Seven Days. First hand testimony about Hana’s live show: ”I suppose Bob Dylan had a first gig somewhere. I don’t know where but I would imagine that if we could crawl into a time capsule and travel back to that moment it would be one to savor, or maybe Leonard Cohen…the music that had a real message, poetry that evoked something inside and stirred up the spirit. This is what I observed on Thursday night at Cafe Vivaldi listening to Hana Zara perform her first bonafide gig in NYC. While I really wanted to stand up and say to the audience… you are witnessing the beginning of what I truly in my heart think is a momentous occasion….the birth of a real artist. And so amidst the chatter and sound of plates clanking she took a sip of water, lifted her guitar and quickly tested her starting note. The sound of her voice has a vulnerable lilting quality with an airy kind of tone. You might be inclined to close your eyes to just listen but you will not because there is a sweet kind of self conscious shyness rolled up into a street smart gypsy. She paints her lyrics. I imagine what might happen with this career and only hope that she remains true to the exquisite essence of her unplugged self. Standing up there alone is perfection. She is a little dark jewell. I am really looking forward to her CD.” -Kathy Ingraham (singer and composer for film, TV Commercials, Records- Warner, RCA, Arista, Epic, AVI)
Aram Bedrosian, Mahlon Gross and Mark Lapierre
Aram’s debut album of funk driven, melodic pieces instantly earned him international acclaim for it’s balance of technical achievement and musicality and solidified his place on the forefront of bass innovation. He is hard at work on the follow-up, A Dark Light, set for release in October 2013. He has performed on stages across the country, appeared on dozens of albums, owns and instructs at The Bass Dojo in Burlington, Vermont where he resides. He is also the resident bass instructor at multiple colleges and gives lessons worldwide via webcam.
The Rocket Shop Live concert series is made possible by Advance Music, the Vermont Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Main Street Landing’s Black Box Theater is accessible; for more information contact Mariah Riggs, (802) 540-3018.
Words by Valentina Frimi. Photos by Lily Chau.
Bonita Kosak came to Rocket Shop to talk about her upcoming album, ‘Sunflower Serenade.’ With the help of Kyle Rose, this charming lady uses honest words and imagery taken right out of the Vermont landscape in her acoustic songs to bring powerful political messages to light. Her album will be finished by the end of the year.
Andy Lugo brought news of his open mic nights at Manhattan Pizza in Burlington.
Iron Sword stopped by Rocket Shop tonight to talk about their recently released EP ‘Loose Leaf.’ The metal band from Burlington formed in 2012, with Brandon Pratt, Mike Graham, Ben Morrisette, and Drew Storcks, who shared an interest in metal, and were influenced by acts suck as Black Sabbath and Elder. You can often see them playing local gigs at Nectar’s, The Monkey House, and 242 Main, but they’re looking into future plans of touring the broader horizons of New England. https://www.facebook.com/ironsword
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