Waking Windows festival returns in Winooski: Must-see shows – Burlington Free Press
It’s back, baby!
The Waking Windows festival is the first big musical event each spring in northern Vermont — or at least it was until 2020, when the party that takes over Winooski for three days became one of the first dominoes to fall in a devastating year for public gatherings.
This year’s event — still under the shadow of COVID-19 but ready to go ahead with relative safety this weekend — is the first to take place in three years.
That’s exciting news for local music fans who want to meet up with the friends and bands they haven’t seen for so long. But the stressful part of a glorious celebration like Waking Windows and the more than 100 performers it offers stems from one simple question? Who should I see? Or maybe more specifically, Who must I see?
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Here we offer some ideas to possibly ease your worried mind. These are some of the acts I’ve seen and enjoyed, while others are acts I’ve heard a lot of buzz about and can’t wait to catch for the first time. And if all else fails while you’re at Waking Windows, just trust your eyes and ears and go in a venue or to an outdoor concert stage and let the music sink in.
6 p.m., start your festive weekend with the evocative Americana sounds of hometown boy Sean Hood and his project Eastern Mountain Time (Four Quarters Brewing).
7 p.m., how many rappers do you know of with a PhD in science from Cornell? At least one, if you know of Sammus (rotary stage).
7:20 p.m., Japanese psychedelic rockers Kikagaku Moyo are playing what they are saying is their final tour, so don’t make this one of your “I’ll catch them next time” bands (main stage).
7:40 p.m., longtime Vermont musician Peg Tassey has been reemerging of late, and will do so with her new project, 4_7_8 now (The Monkey House).
8:50 p.m., they’ve been loud for a long time — veteran rock trio Dinosaur Jr. brings the noise (main stage).
10:10 p.m., Burlington ensemble The Bubs brings the peppy punk party wherever they go (The Monkey House).
10:10 p.m., borne from the ashes of Waking Windows favorite The Snaz, the new Vermont rock band Guy Ferrari makes its festival debut (Waterworks Food and Drink).
11:20 p.m., they rocked Vermont for a long time but rarely get back here, so dreamy Texas band The Cush might be an apt nightcap (Winooski Methodist Church).
4 p.m., start the busiest day of the festival on a literate note with the Page Burner Reading Series featuring Ashland Hubbard, Ben Aleshire and Kylie Gellatly (Autumn Records).
5:40 p.m., fronted by Burlington vocalist Stephanie Wilson, acqua mossa will also be making an appearance at next month’s Burlington Discover Jazz Festival (rotary stage).
6:10 p.m., expect Australian singer-songwriter Alex Cameron to play songs from his brand-new album, “Oxy Music” (main stage).
7 p.m., Vermont-based threesome The Larkspurs show up with their keen harmonies in tow (The Archives).
7:30 p.m., Great Britain has a tradition of spoken-word lyrics over cool post-punk tunes — think The Fall, John Cooper Clarke and The Blue Aeroplanes — and Dry Cleaning keeps that hip vibe going (main stage).
8 p.m., singer-songwriter Vagabon created songs for her self-titled 2019 album that music website Pitchfork called works “of not only personal self-discovery, but evolution in real time” (rotary stage).
8:50 p.m., Michelle Zauner made bestseller lists with her 2021 memoir “Crying in H Mart,” and brings her indie-pop outfit Japanese Breakfast to Winooski (main stage).
10:10 p.m., another band that evolved from Brattleboro pop-rock group The Snaz is called Dari Bay (Waterworks Food and Drink).
11 p.m., Brattleboro keeps cranking out the cool indie-rock bands, too, as Thus Love— recently shouted out by Rolling Stone — demonstrates (The Monkey House).
11:10 p.m., thoughtful Burlington singer-songwriter Henry Jamison has a new album out, “The Years” (Winooski Methodist Church).
3:50 p.m., Vermont singer-songwriter act Lily Seabird makes it feel easy like Sunday afternoon (rotary stage).
4:40 p.m., it’s a good day for Vermont singer-songwriter-driven performances, including this one from Lillian and the Muses (Winooski Methodist Church).
5:50 p.m., Burlington rockers Rough Francis always make music that sounds like the best kind of explosion (rotary stage).
6 p.m., a local comedy showcase hosted by Annie Russell includes Mike Thomas, Tim Bridge, Hillary Boone, Eric Dreiblatt and Nico D’Elisa (Four Quarters Brewing).
9 p.m., finger-style guitarist Yasmin Williams is one of the more buzzworthy of this year’s festival acts (Winooski Methodist Church).
10:10 p.m., the New York band Public Practice has a funky post-punk sound reminiscent of “Rapture”-era Blondie that’s driver by killer bass lines (The Monkey House).
WHAT: Waking Windows festival
WHEN: Friday, May 13-Sunday, May 15
WHERE: Venues throughout Winooski
INFORMATION: $45-$65 for single-day passes (weekend passes are sold out). www.wakingwindows.com
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May 13, 2022 at 05:44PM