Posts Tagged ‘Vermont’

Well, Eric and I woke up outside Holyoke, MA on Friday March 23rd by the side of the highway. Sleeping in the car can make you a bit stiff, so we try to stretch every morning to keep us healthy…

We made our way slowly north to Montpelier, VT for our Pocket Vinyl show that night at the Black Door, a venue three stories up!! It was a lot of stairs to carry a piano up…

We were scheduled to play two separate sets that night, once starting around 8:30 and another at 10:30. The venue had a dinning area a floor below and they offered us some really delicious vegan salad & bean stew.It’s always so wonderful getting free vitamins when we’re on the road; it’s hard trying to eat well. The didn’t have a mic stand so Eric duck taped the microphone to an old vacuum cleaner to a chair. It worked pretty well.

At 8:30 the only one there was Sam, our really awesome British bartender. The girl who set things up recommended we wait until more of a crowd gathered. Apparently there was a film festival going on in town that same night. We waited until about 10:00, when a small handful of people trickled in.

Because of the low attendance we decided to just play the one set, but it went really well and everyone seemed to enjoy it! I painted a bit of a “mountain man” during the show…

Everyone there was so awesome and friendly, and I think we made some pretty great connections. After our set we decided to get in the car and drive on to Burlington, VT. Jacqueline, our good friend Dave’s sister (who we met on another tour in Burlington) had offered up her apartment for the entire weekend, and after our previous night of hardly any sleep, we figured we really needed it…


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This past week has been a busy, and very stressful, one. Eric and I hit the road the morning of Wednesday the 14th of March, heading up towards Burlington, Vermont, after packing in a whole bunch of extra non-Pocket Vinyl related gear. Eric had 2 out-of-town shows with the local band he’s joined recently, Raise the Rent. There was room for me to come along so I did, as a non-performer. Not going to lie, that aspect was weird and difficult for me to grasp. I’m not sure I like not performing and just being an audience member. I missed being on-stage.

Anyways, the first show was at a little bar called Red Square. Our Burlington friend, our friend Dave’s sister, and the one who so kindly opened her place to us last time Eric and I were in town, showed up for a bit! It was great seeing her, and we’ll be staying with her when Pocket Vinyl tours up there again later this week!

Since I wasn’t on-stage I decided to do some sketching. It’s been a long while since I’ve sketched and I want to get back into it. Here’s my view from behind the stage:

Then I moved around to the front, but I was done sketching.

We stayed at a friend of Daphne’s (Raise the Rent’s singer & songwriter), and spent a good part of Thursday walking around downtown Burlington. Heading into a record shop Eric and I spotted this:

A poster for the movie we’re loosely associated with!!

Last year, just a few days before our wedding in fact, Eric got a call that one of Pocket Vinyl’s songs had been picked up to be in a trailer for a documentary! We were thrilled and it was a welcomed chunk of change when we could really use it. Months later we watched the trailer and were pretty… surprised? Anyways, check it out for yourself. The song at the very beginning of the trailer is written and performed by Eric, and can be found on the 2010 album Protagonist.

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Since I’ve been neglecting this blog and I seem to be on a bit of a posting roll right now…

Tomorrow Eric and I load up the piano and a few other items that don’t belong to us and head up to Burlington, Vermont for a non-Pocket Vinyl show! Yep, we’re hitting the road for a very short 2 show mini tour with Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent. In case you’ve missed the past few mentions of this band, Eric has jumped onto their group as the piano player (when we’re not out of town for Pocket Vinyl stuff).

Like I said, the first show will be in Burlington, VT, at Red Square, 136 Church Street, tomorrow. Show goes from 7:00 until 10:00. Stop by if you can and keep me company (since I won’t be performing)! Here’s the Facebook event.

Thursday night’s show is a little closer to home, at Black Moon Music Lounge, 37 State St, Belchertown, MA 01007. This show goes from 8:00 until 11:00, and we’ll be heading home soon afterwards. Here’s the Facebook event for that one.

Then, after a night at home in Connecticut just Eric and I will be heading up to Maine for two Pocket Vinyl shows!

Friday March 16 we’ll be in Portland, Maine, at Blue, (650A Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3305) and we start out the show at 6:00.

Saturday March 17 (St Patrick’s Day!) we’ll be back at one of our favorite DIY venues, the Bombshelter in Brunswick, Maine (with Vite Vite Brigitte!). 55 Jordan Ave, Brunswick, Maine. Things will most likely be starting close to 8:00.

Then it’s just a few short days before we go on our next big 2 month tour!! Hope to see you at one of these shows or on the road!

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I’m very behind on show updates. Let’s see…

Pocket Vinyl‘s show on Wednesday, November 2nd was at Charlie O’s World Famous in Montpelier, Vermont.

We’d arrived in Montpelier a couple hours early, despite taking our time with sampling some of Vermont’s finest local tastes. The small town is very quaint, and we enjoyed looking into some local shops and spending a bit of time using the wifi at a small coffee shop.

At Charlie O’s we played as part of their Day of the Dead festivities, and there seemed to be a pretty good crowd. We also were the only ones on that night and we played two 45 minute sets with a break in the middle. I decided to do two paintings, one for each set, and tried to work at having them go together:

When the guy who won the bid for the first (blue) painting noticed that the second (yellow) painting sort of went along the same vine, he decided to bid on both and won. Here they are together:

Also, this was the first time a couple people at the show told me that my work reminded them of M.C. Escher. That was very flattering.

We left Montpelier after midnight, thinking we’d drive into the night until we couldn’t stay awake any longer, and then pull over to sleep in the car. This would be our first time on this tour sleeping in the car. We headed towards Syracuse, NY, and not soon after we started we began to see signs of road damage from Hurricane Irene from a few months ago. We’d seen photos of damage in Vermont, but didn’t realize it was this bad. At one point we just reached a complete road block, declaring that the road we needed to take was completely washed out. We headed down a different way and punched in to our GPS to get us around it.

Looking at the map of our area we could see that getting over a mountain we were on the edge of would get us back on track, so we began heading up into the woods, following a paved road that turned into well-packed dirt, then pot-holed dirt, then gravely rocks. We slowly continued along this as the road became more and more narrow, turning into two muddy tire-tracks with weeds scrapping along the bottom of our car in the middle, and thick tall brambles hanging over and blotting out the stars.

Finally we hit a large rock under the car that brought us to a quick halt. Eric hopped out and looked down our path. The road seemed to disappear and instead turn into a cliff littered in huge boulders and snow. I smelled burned rubber and Eric was ankle deep in thick mud, and panic began to set in, as we were at least a half hour from paved road and had no idea if we’d even be able to get our car out of this mess.

And, of course, when you’re in this kind of situation sometime close to 2 o’clock in the morning, you start to imagine all kinds of terrifying outcomes!

Thankfully, we got the car turned around and back onto the harder packed dirt, and then back onto the pavement!! Eric had a rush of adrenaline though, so we continued driving until we found a well-lit ski shop parking lot where we finally parked and fell asleep.

Terrifying, but everything turned out fine! And we can just chalk it up to another Pocket Vinyl adventure.

(Me, waking up the next morning in the car.)


Oh and PS, today’s Eric’s 26th Birthday!!

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I figured I’d post twice in one evening instead of making one big huge mash of a post. Eric and I woke up at Jackie Botjer’s place in Burlington, VT this morning after she’d already headed to work. We made ourselves some pancakes using food she’d offered us the night before, found a cute old photo of her brother Dave on the fridge…

…and took her adorable dog Nestlé for a walk. (We seriously had trouble saying goodbye to him when we had to leave. He’s so cute!!)

Our show tonight is in Montpelier, VT at Charlie O’s World Famous. It’s barely an hour from Burlington, so we had some time to kill. With a few brochures we picked up and a few suggestions from Jackie, we headed to the Ben & Jerry’s factory for the tour and ice cream samples….

…Then to one of Cabot’s branches for some cheese samples…

…Then to a cider mill for some cider samples…

….Then to The Alchemist cannery for some beer samples.

We also got jellies, crackers, popcorn, apples, and chocolate samples along the way. It was fun. I felt like a senior citizen on a bus tour.

And now we’re at a cafe in Montpelier using the wifi, but we were just told they close up in a few minutes, so I need to finish this up. Just another interesting day in the Pocket Vinyl tour. Once again, Charlie O’s tonight around 9:30, then off to New Hope Church (7987 State Fair Blvd, Baldwinsville NY 13027) tomorrow night! Hope to see some of you guys on the road!

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I have to admit, I had a hard time with last night…

We left my cousins Billy & Krista’s place around 10 yesterday morning. We had an awesome time hanging out at their place, especially since they’re a part of my family I’ve never really had a chance to get to know before. We’re related though, so why shouldn’t we be close? It was only a few hours drive for us, so Pocket Vinyl showed up in Burlington, VT at Radio Bean pretty early.

We ended up hanging out in the cafe, Eric using their wifi and me spending most of the time knitting. I was already having some trouble thinking too much (which is never a good thing really), and to add to that, sitting around in the cafe, seeing Burlingtoners constantly coming in-and-out, I started just feeling overwhelmed I guess. And more specifically, I was having doubts about whether or not we’re on the right path: if maybe we’re not suppose to be pursuing this one-man-piano-band-on-stage-artist deal. I was just feeling down and uncertain.

An amazing thing that happened though, was our friend Dave Botjer, who’s currently studying in Australia, saw that we were in Burlington and contacted his older sister Jackie, who lives in Burlington. Through a few messages and phone calls we met up with her and she offered us a place to stay! Amazing, especially since the temperature dropped way down last night and sleeping in our car would’ve sucked.

Despite this wonderful news, I found myself still in a sort of cranky mood as we started our set. (I guess I can kind of understand now when I hear stories of people meeting singers etc and reporting that they were real grumps. Even though you’re on stage & in front of people a lot, sometimes you’re just having a crappy day.)

We didn’t realize until we’d finished that Jackie actually made it in towards the end of our set (she took this picture as I was cleaning up):

Then then even helped us out by engaging in a bidding war over the painting with a group of guys sitting close to the stage, and eventually won it when they forfeited:

After chit-chatting with some people in the cafe, we packed up and headed to Jackie’s place. We expected to find her asleep already, but she was up with great conversation and some really delicious left-overs. We had an amazing time with her, and when I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer she directed us to our own room and bed. It was amazing that someone we’d just met would be so giving and open and selfless towards us.

My crabby mood dissolved pretty quickly. It’s funny how we’re always taken care of, but how often I forget about that and start to worry or just get depressed. Last night turned out completely amazing: we had a good set, we made out decently, and even though we’d planned to sleep in a freezing car we instead were given a warm comfortable bed and dinner (and breakfast, actually!). One of the big purposes of this tour is to help us grow our faith stronger. It’s working. I wonder where we’ll be sleeping tonight.

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Alright, since Eric and I hit the road tomorrow, I figure I should put up our next week’s schedule. As a matter of fact, Pocket Vinyl will be having a show every day for the next 19 days of November! For our complete list, check out the tour dates on Pocket Vinyl’s page, but for the next 7 days, here’s the nuts & bolts:


place: Radio Bean, 8 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401

date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

time: 8:00 pm


place: Charlie O’s World Famous, 70 Main Street Suite 1, Montpelier, VT 05602

date: Wednesday, November 2, 2011

time: 8:00 pm


place: New Hope Church, 7987 State Fair Blvd, Baldwinsville NY 13027

date: Thursday, November 3, 2011

time: 8:00 pm


place: Boulder Coffee, 100 Alexander St, Rochester, NY

date: Friday, November 4, 20911

time: 8:00 pm


place: The Crossing, 35 Pennsylvania Ave West, Warren, PA

date: Saturday, November 5, 2011 (Eric’s birthday!)

time: 8:00 pm


place: Filigrees, 1121 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222

date: Sunday, November 6, 2011

time: 8:00 pm


place: Java 101, Houghton College Campus Center, Houghton, NY

date: Monday, November 7, 2011

time: 8:00 pm


And that’s this coming week! To finish off this post, here’s our newest music video, that Eric just finished putting together: I Am Not Japan.

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