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The Waking Windows Festival is the first big musical event every spring in northern Vermont—or at least it was until 2020, when the party that dominated Winwinsky for three days became one of the first dominos to fall in a devastating year for public gatherings.
This year’s event – still under the shadow of COVID-19 but ready to move forward in relative safety this weekend – is the first to be held in three years.
This is exciting news for local music fans who want to meet friends and bands they haven’t seen for a long time. But the stressful part of a glorious celebration like Waking Windows and the 100+ artists it presents stems from one simple question? Who should I see? Or perhaps more specifically, who should I see?
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Here are some ideas that can ease your anxious mind. These are some of the works I’ve seen and enjoyed, while others are ones I’ve heard so much about and can’t wait to see for the first time. And if all else fails while you’re in Waking Windows, just trust your eyes and ears and go to an outdoor concert venue or stage and let the music sink in.
Friday May 13
At 6 p.m., kick off your festive weekend with the lively Americana sounds of hometown boy Sean Hood and his venture. Eastern Mountain Time (Four-quarter fermentation).
At 7 p.m., how many rappers do you know have a PhD in science from Cornell University? At least one, if you know samos (rotating phase).
7:20 p.m. Japanese rock psychedelic Kikagaku Moyo They play what they say is their last tour, so don’t make this one of your “I’ll pick them up next” (main stage) bands.
7:40 p.m., a longtime Vermont musician peg tassi She’s reappeared recently, and she’s going to do so with her new project, 4_7_8 now (Monkey House).
8:50 p.m. They’ve been rowdy for a long time – veteran rocker trio Junior dinosaur. Brings noise (main stage).
10:10 p.m., Burlington Band pop He brings a racy punk party wherever they go (The Monkey House).
10:10 p.m. Bored from the ashes of Waking Windows favorite The Snaz, Vermont’s new rock band Jay Ferrari At the festival for the first time (Waterworks Food and Drink).
11:20 p.m. They rock Vermont for a long time but rarely come back here, very dreamy Texas band kush A cup might be appropriate (Winooski Methodist Church).
Saturday 14 May
At 4 p.m., start the busiest day of the festival with an educated note with burner page reading series Is characterized by Ashland Hubbard, Ben Ellishire And Kylie Gelatly (Autumn Chronicles).
5:40 p.m., in front of Burlington vocalist Stephanie Wilson, Aqua Musa He will also appear at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival (Rotating Theatre) next month.
6:10 p.m. Australian singer-songwriter is expecting Alex Cameron To play songs from his new album “Oxy Music” (Main Stage).
7 p.m., the trio in Vermont larkspurs They appear with their extreme harmony in (archive).
7:30 p.m. Great Britain has a tradition of spoken words to great post-punk tunes – think The Fall, John Cooper Clarke, The Blue Airplanes – and dry cleaning It keeps the hip vibe going (main stage).
8 p.m., singer-songwriter vagabond She created songs for her self-titled 2019 album called by music site Pitchfork that work “not just personal self-discovery, but evolution in real time” (Rotating Theatre).
8:50 p.m. Michelle Zoner makes bestseller lists with her 2021 memoir “Crying in H Mart,” and brings her indie music outfit Japanese breakfast Lewinsky (Main Theatre).
10:10 p.m. Another band that evolved from Brattleboro’s pop-rock band The Snaz Dari Bay (Water, food and beverage stations).
11pm Brattleboro continues to release great indie rock bands too so loveRecently yelled at by Rolling Stone (The Monkey House) explains.
11:10 p.m., thoughtful Burlington singer-songwriter Henry Jamison He released a new album, “The Years” (Winooski Methodist Church).
Sunday 15 May
3:50 p.m. Vermont singer-songwriter show Lily Siberd Makes it as easy as a Sunday afternoon (rotating stage).
4:40 p.m. It’s a good day for singer-songwriter-led shows in Vermont, including this one from Lillian and thinks (Winooski Methodist Church).
5:50 p.m., Burlington rock raw francis Always make music that sounds like the best kind of blast (rotating stage).
6 p.m., a local comedy show hosted by Annie Russell includes Mike Thomas, Tim Bridge, Hilary Boone, Eric Dreblatt and nico delissa (brewing four quarters).
9 p.m., finger-style guitarist Jasmine Williams It is one of the most famous works of this year’s festival (Winooski Methodist Church).
10:10 p.m., New York Band general practice It has a funky post-punk sound reminiscent of “Rapture” -era Blondie played by killer bass lines (The Monkey House).
if you go
what or what: Festival of Awakening Windows
whenFriday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15
where: Places all over Winowski
Information: $45-$65 for one-day passes (weekend tickets sold out). www.wakingwindows.com
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