Kat Wright has been on the Burlington, VT scene for a long time as a solo act as well as part of multiple bands. However, when paired with the 8-piece Indomitable Soul Band, a soulful power radiates across the room, captivating audiences whether you’re in Radio Bean for her or not.
Dance pop group Madaila mix neon face paint and leggings with catchy, over-the-top synthpop. Bring comfortable shoes and glitter.
Singer songwriter Caroline Rose is all smart lyrics and fire-cracking guitars, Americana, blues, and rockabilly. She never leaves the stage without having rocked out at least once.
4. Eric George
Eric George brings a piercing voice that instills a strong sense of folktales. His shows swim in country twang.
Nick Zammuto, formerly part of The Books, has started blending songs with a new group that evokes a style easily comparable to his former band. In a similar art-music approach, he and his new band mates instead mix ethereal strings and banging bass lines against pensive lyrics. The sounds are moody, brooding, and provide dark electronic soundscapes.
Helmed by vocalist and songwriter Emma Cook, Questionable Company melds folk and funk together into a sound bigger than you’d expect from a three piece.
Blanchard, a Charlotte, Vt native, mixes her gorgeous vocals against easy guitar riffs while balancing both against two languages.
8. Mayrse Smith
Rustic and intimate, Mayrse Smith captures a traditional folk Vermont sound and expands upon it, adding her crisp voice over multiple guitars and slow drums.
Because Phish and Vermont are almost synonymous at this point, it’s hard to get past their stigma when you’re a jam band from the same state. However, Twiddle has proved that they’re a force of their own, with narrative lyrics, eclectic instrumental improvisation, and shredding guitars in typical jam fashion.
Amanda Gustafson’s stunning vocals are held up against a range of genres: gloomy soundscapes, fuzzy guitars, and some punk vibes all appear in some form on record and at shows.