Twist and Shout

Twist and Shout
Life is never straight (Joey Kulkin photo)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Vignettes from Vermont: "Graffiti Vault Unplugged!"

Robb Bower in the Graffiti Vault;
To perform on "Graffiti Vault Unplugged!
email a link of your work to

BENNINGTON -- "The Poughkeepsie Kid" opened the Graffiti Vault door to a cool idea, and now Fiddlehead at Four Corners art gallery is seeking musicians in Greater Bennington to perform live during "Graffiti Vault Unplugged!"

"Graffiti Vault Unplugged" will debut in the next few weeks but for that to happen we need to book talent well ahead of the premier. 

If you want to perform just email and tell us what kind of music you play and provide a link on YouTube or SoundCloud or MySpace or wherever you keep it online. Or, you can stop into the gallery during working hours.

Robb Bower, the fella you see above with his 6-string, became the first musician to perform in the Graffiti Vault the other day when he sang the tear-jerker "I Am Missing You" for the first time in a public setting. The 60-year-old San Diego resident sang it last weekend at his mother's memorial.

As he strummed and sang, the idea sprang to life: "Graffiti Vault Unplugged!" ...

... and the concept is rather simple.

We want to broadcast live music from the Graffiti Vault every Friday and Saturday night. One or two singers or a singer and acoustic guitarist (etc. etc.) will perform original music or covers for up to 30 minutes during a Google+ Hangout that's broadcast live on YouTube.

No electric guitars or amps or synthesizers or drum machines. Congas are welcome, though. Tambourines and harmonicas, too.

Rock, pop, country, blues, opera, country, ballads ... Bowie, Dylan, Springsteen, Sting ... come one, come all, singers, come and show us your chops in the Graffiti Vault.

Judging by Robb's performance, the acoustics in the Graffiti Vault are pretty sweet.