This weekend is the 49th annual Littleton Art Festival! We are closing out the festivities of this day with amazing original music from two incredible bands… Dares from NYC and The Ruined Generations from Haverhill NH area.
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As we start up our series of live music this fall I’m thinking about the importance of fostering a scene around the arts and music in our north country community. We have been at it for a while now and are constantly trying new things, sometimes risky things… What we really depend on is a dedicated core group of folks that support live music and the arts.
The Friday before Halloween was our biggest show to date! Thanks to everyone that came out dressed up and rocked out! Big hugs to Time Out Timmy and Mad Cat Habitat and Tyler Blain House for making this night something for the history books!
Tonite is Jazz Nite! These cats are killing! Their sound fills The Loading Dock in warm round edges punctuated by Ben Salomon's amazing drum solos. Donny Cail and Dennis Cote lead the charge with beautiful tone. Hopefully Chris Cote will sit in on trumpet, he added the perfect amount of contrast to the shape of the tunes. Jazz standards and not so standard tunes from the 50s and 60s classics.
Recently we have teamed up with Junction Magazine, from White River Junction, to support BANDADE. BANDADE is a charitable business that taps local popular musicians to help raise money to aid in the fight against cancer.
Saturday 5/20 prepare for a sonic portal into the outer reaches of your consciousness/soul (heh heh)
Ruckzuck is coming back to play at The Loading Dock, this time they have a brand new album, new glitter, more synths, more shiny objects, with this trio from PA more is definitely more! Their music reminds me a lot of early Kraut-rock sounds from the likes of Can but also Flaming Lips and most importantly a sound that only these three artists can make and that is why I am so happy they are coming back to play in Littleton.
Soul Juice is from my second favorite state, California! This will be uncharted territory for these guys, playing in the north country! The music has a loose jammy feel to it, very sunny and shimmery guitars and ever present tambourine even when there is no actual tambourine.
Rounding out the night is Floral Amoral. It's no surprise I'm heavily biased when it comes to this band, I play beep beep machines in the group. Lately as I have been more and more involved in running The Loading Dock and less time devoted to making music, Floral has blossomed into new directions. Andrew Hauprich is the unstoppable songwriter/mastermind behind this band. He has a host of new tunes that the guys have been shedding on, the direction is a more unabashed rock sound with a beating heart of deep deep songs propelled by drum and bass synchronicity of Carl Gifford and Asher Salomon. The songs will get stuck in your head. Unlike other earworm tunes, you won't mind these ones, at least I don't.